HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend | Brouwerij Boon

BA SCORE
92
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301 Ratings
HORALs Oude Geuze Mega BlendHORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 08-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
301
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
72
For Trade:
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Photo of Navonod123
1/5  rDev -76.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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Photo of alfrantzell
1.9/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Effervescence often gets in the way of the flavors of gueuze, I feel. That's not the case here - there's nothing for the bubbles to get in the way of.

The smell is faintly of lemons. The taste, once you penetrate the half foot of head, is inconsequential - lemon peel and light acid. Move your tongue a millimeter and the liquid bursts into foam.

Stone makes frequent references to fizzy yellow beer, and this one fits the bill. And at €12.50, it doesn't even have the benefit of being cheap.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Gregg for sharing this one at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a hazed dandelion yellow hue with a tuft of foamy white head.

Smell -- Lots of vinegar acetic character, lemon and, strangely enough, a low vegetal bitterness.

Taste -- Very strange. There's a disproportionately high malt sweetness, but also some peculiar vegetal bitterness. Acetic character is moderate and in proper proportion, but there is really no funk or sourness to speak of save some lemon brett character.

Mouthfeel -- Whoa carbonation! Medium-bodied, took a few dozen swirls in the glass to get the bubbles to an appropriate level.

Overall -- HORALs proves that Americans aren't the only ones who can make a lackluster collaboration beer. Nothing particularly spectacular about this gueuze, and the over-carbonation is horrendous. The top lambic makers of Belgium put their heads together and came up with this?

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013. Nice aroma. Starts well, but very bitter in the finish.

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Photo of Anatole
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #04690, 2011 edition.

With the cork removed with an energetic pop, this beer fills my tumbler a mostly clear light gold with a huge, off-white head with decent retention and no real lacing. The nose is pretty solid. There's a blend of rather pungent grapefruit (Boon), an initial blast of lemon (Girardin) some acetaldehyde (green apples) and damp basement. Moderately spicy and herbal as well, with a blend of mint and eucalyptus oil. A definite sweetness is perceptible as well, rather cereal-like in nature (along the lines of Wheaties). Mildly musty, faintly salty, this is lacking definition. Adding the yeasty makes this mildly goaty as well (think goat's milk).

The palate opens with a pretty huge sourness, very grapefruit-like with some lime character as well. There is also a moderate amount of tannins here, along a rather strong lactic note. There is also flavor reminiscent of acetic acid/acetone, but not quite. The upshot is that the sourness is harsh, and lacks the finesse of some of the better gueuzes out there. Not as musty as the nose would suggest, the funk is mostly a blend of hay, and some mushrooms. The wheaty, cereal sweetness does appear in the mid-palate, strongly reminding me of the Lindemans Cuvee Rene. The mouthfeel is a bit confusing - it's mildly slimy (like a baker's egg wash), but highly carbonated, sweet yet dry, and also a little alcoholic, and a little too tannic for my palate. The tannins enhance the sourness and the harsh qualities of this gueuze. The high ABV makes this a little hard to drink as well. Not bad, but not going out of your way to try IMO, and drinking an entire bottle only emphasizes its flaws.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 2009 release courtesy of Amy.

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a rather tall white head.

S: An intense lemon aroma to this gueuze. In fact, the lemon juice and lemon zest really dominate. Light vinegar notes with mild funk, mostly earthy and musty in nature.

T: Like with the nose, intensely sour and lemony. Not too much depth/complexity or funk. There is a bit of grass, earth, and must. Maybe some damp, old wood, too.

M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation.

O: A decent gueuze, but not really amazing, especially for the price/difficulty of acquisition.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened at the BA BA tasting, don't recall who brought this one. 2011 vintage.

Clear, effervescent amber capped by a tall, lasting head.

Funk and citrus heavy nose, rotten lemon, oak, leather. Pretty good, albeit simple, aroma.

Tastes good but again, fairly simple. Lemon, tannic oak, slight grassiness. Bit of maltiness, too, though it's largely dry. Pretty spritzy mouthfeel, light, mildly tannic finish. Certainly enjoyable, but it didn't leave a strong impression. You'd expect more depth from a lambic blended from so many different sources.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. Pours a dull tangerine hue with a loose, cream-colored head. Nose expresses funk, must, cork and tangerine. Taste follows nose but it comes off a bit watered-down. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and an astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a nice gueuze; however, it didn't knock my socks off. In my honest opinion, I don't see this beer holding up over time and can't quite understand the high ratings.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Batch.
Pour is pale yellow, lively carbonation and white bubbly head.The nose is very funky, tons of cob web with a nice rind like aroma. Hints of sweet lemon but very light. The flavor adds more balance and much more sweetness. The webby funk is decent, more sweetness with a light peppery spice. Peaches and a touch of lemon with a fairly sour spike to it. The mody is creamy and syrupy, decent carbonation and fairly dry. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of scotv
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Vintage 2013.

The colour is gold (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. There is some sediment in the bottle. The large white head is airy; it sinks down to a thick lid leaving lots of lacing.

The sour smell got distinct notes of iodine, lactose and iron. It is a bit withdrawn. As it gets warmer, the smell turns more and more into milk/cream.

The taste is dry and tart with notes of milk powder, citric acid and metal. Growing clean sweetness and iodine. Medium body. The aftertaste is elegant with balanced sourness, more iodine and fruity sour flavours. The long finish is quite simple with smooth sourness.

The carbonation is medium strong; the large bubbles are short lived. The liquid is a bit harsh.

Not bad at all, but I didn’t appreciate the milk-like flavours. A slight disappointment.

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