HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend | Brouwerij Boon

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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:
302
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2009 vintage. Bottle # 14,760.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody and slightly fruity aromas. Taste is much the same and has an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

From a bottle, pours bright yellow, frothy white head.

The nose is funky, a little cheese, sour, wood pulp. Citrus and lemon. The flavor follows the nose, more lemon, citrus, goat cheese, floral hops. It is very tart, lots of funk, bitter. The finish is very active, poprocks down your throat. Very good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, 2013 edition. We'll all get by, with a little help from our friends, it would seem.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with three fat fingers of rather puffy, tightly foamy, and ethereally creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, ebbing surface tension lace around the glass as things gradually recede.

It smells of sharp, acrid acetic acid, of the fruit-borne type, though said fruit is hard to immediately discern - raspberry, lemon (by default), and denuded cherries, I guess - moderately funky farmhouse yeast, bready pale malt, underripe red apples, a touch of wet, grainy wood, and somewhat surprising leafy, grassy hops. The taste is tart, sure, but in a pleasantly diffused sort of way - lemon juice, muddled black berry reduction, a hint of actual cold cooking vinegar - a more laid-back funky yeastiness than suggested by the nose, some sturdy bready, slightly caramel-tinged malt, still mixed and matched orchard fruit esters, subtle moist barrel staves, and generally still game leafy, grassy, and musty hops. No real sign of the elevated alcohol.

The carbonation is quite understated, manifesting in a plain Jane frothiness for the most part, the body a stocky medium weight for the style, and smoother than the norm, given the affable distraction of the usually disruptive souring contingent, which even leads to a small airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, the fruitiness thrusting off the shackles of tartness, joining with the long-burdened malt, to make a go of this as an actually balanced beverage of sorts.

All those different inputs, as originally opined, must have some kind of middling, blending, and in the end, neutering effect, a concept which is evidently on full display here. Distinctly drinkable and approachable for the style (mere price taggery aside), this 'Gueze [sic] Tour' is exactly that - an introduction to the whole shebang, all at once, in a mildly dumbed-down, touristy incarnation. Doesn't mean it doesn't taste good, IMHO.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 edition: 3.95
Thanks Joe for the opportunity to try this elusive gueuze...

Pours into a snifter with an inch or so of loose foam. Bubbles dwindle to a skim, and are noticeably larger than the norm, sort of soda like. Color is a high clarity orange, not seeing much visible carbonation.

Sweet tea and lemon peel in the nose, slight oak. Seems a bit young still and somewhat subdued. Not especially funky, though there is a bit of a citric sharpness with a vigorous swirl.

Flavor is similarly mellow, a bit tart, not quite approaching a full blown sourness. Traces of oak, hay, and lemon, but none of those is overly assertive. Flavor reminds me most of Boon and Timmermans more than the others involved. Body seems to be slightly thin with carbonation that ebbs away too soon. Not sure if time will improve it much, to be honest.

Worth trying, but it doesn't stack up against regular offerings from Cantillon, 3F, and Hanssens.

2011 edition: 4.3
Big thanks to Dave for sharing. Much more cohesive with more depth, it tasted like Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. Bright citrus up front, sour but well balanced, pleasant dry woodiness on the back end. Great stuff.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color gueuze with a huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of light acidity with some oak and lots of tart notes. Taste is not as complex as I would have hoped but some very nice notes of oak with some well balance acidity and sourness makes this a very refreshing drink. I thought it lack some of the green apple notes and barnyard aroma of gueuze. I will not necessarily seek this one out again but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, best before 10/31/2034. Bottle #14416. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, lime, green apple, cherry, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, light white wine vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and light pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, green apple, cherry, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, light white wine vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light-moderate tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, pepper, hay, straw, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funk/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and light pale malt flavors; with a great yeast spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very dry finish from carbonation. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible gueuze style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak barrel and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. Very classic tasting and well rounded gueuze in complexity and balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 label around the top of the bottle

Pours 1/4 finger of fizzy beige head. Color is a pale golden orange.

Aroma: Pretty funky with a basement musk. Grapes and peaches. Sour and funky. The little bit of age shows.

Taste: Funky and sour. Old basement flavors again. Cobweb. Decent amount of fruit as well. Grapes, peaches, and green apples all mix in. Some lemons as well. Very musty.

Mouthfeel: Sour, yet clean. Lighter bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a nice gueuze that surprised me. It was pretty tasty and easy to drink. I'd recommend this one.

2015 blend:
Funky, sour, fruity. Apricot, cantaloupe, wet horse blanket, lemon acidity. 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for breaking out this bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color with some visible carbonation. Pretty good white head with a touch of lacing. The nose is mega funky with a really nice barnyard presence and a bit of hay. Really strong in everything. Mild diaper and rubber in the background, in a good way. The flavor continues along the same route with quite a bit of complex funk. Light to medium body with a very dry finish. Quite a good brew. Thanks again, Matt.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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