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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend | Brouwerij Boon

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92
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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega BlendHORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 08-08-2009

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4.18
pDev:
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 09 bottle

Rich, and bright, vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.

Overall while not my favorite sour I have ever had, it is up there.

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Photo of mothman
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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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle thanks to grownfool. More orange than yellow with a good foamy head. Smell was slightly sour, dusty citrus, good. The taste was also very good but did not have a lot of horseblanket or barnyard, mostly sour citrus with a slight bit of phenol and rubber on the backend. This was so damn easy to drink, quite good. I had read that this gueuze was not so great but I disagree, this was a very good gueuze.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage purchased at Bier Tempel in Brugge. Bottle number 14755, best before October 16th, 2028. Shared at Delilah's Lambic festival.

A - Explodes violently - cork blasted off and hit the ceiling. A finger of white foam that settles to a collar and some haze on top. Hazy apricot body with some serious chunks near the bottom of the bottle.

S - Earthy and mushroomy, with plenty of hay and barnyard. Light lemon sourness and a hint of grain and wheat in the periphery. Quite mellow, although as it warms up there is increasing acetobacter. The flavor profile is more akin to 3F than Cantillon, and that makes sense considering the contributors to this blend.

T - Taste is a bit more sour, with a decent amount of acetic kick, although a bit of pale crackery malt comes out as it warms up. There's still plenty of earthy funk, damp barn, and hay.

M - Very tart and dry, with higher zesty carbonation. Moisture-obliterating, light ephemeral body.

D - We crushed the 750ml bottle quite easily. It gets extremely dry and tannic, but otherwise it's quite easy drinking. I might need to get another one of these for the cellar, as I can see it holding up for the listed 20 years.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a slight haze. Champagne like head off the first pour, but settles pretty quickly.

Musty aroma. Nice helping of horse blanker, should be a funk fest. Rounded out with expected tart apple.

Sour apple right up front. Tartness gradually increases until it's rounded out by nice grain and just a touch of vanilla. Horse blanket throughout lets you know exactly what this is.

Carbonation really brings out the flavours on this one, alive in the mouth. Nice quenching finish.

I was excited for this one, and it didn't let me down. As other reviewers have noted, age helps this round out.

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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 Thorpe429
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Shared by drabmuh at a tasting; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inc of white ehad and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, sour fruit, syrup, oak, and light lactic.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, oak, lactic.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, a little mouthpuckering but not too much.

d - A nice tart gueuze; I liked the smell a lot. Would like to have again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is yellow, straw, with a mild haze to it. Head is nice and medium and large bubbles, no lacing or real retention, aggressive carbonation.

Beer is quite aromatic. Nice acetic and lactic fight with a mild oaky note. I can tell I'm going to love this beer.

It lives up to the aroma. Beer is bright and light on the palate. The sourness hits you almost immediately and carries through to the tart finish of the beer, oh so wonderful. The finish isn't too dry but it is dry. Would I drink it again...ummmm...yeah.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh (Matt) for sharing this one.

A: Hazy light soft orange appearance. Nice active bubbly head and good lacing.

S: Funky smell thats not overly sour but has medium fruity notes and some yeasty qualities. Seems a little confused, it is a huge blend after all.

T: Sour at the back of the palate with definite brett notes, berry tinged tartness and yeasty/vinegar.

M: Smooth and juicy, surprised in this category.

D: Not a bad sour, but not earth shattering.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Served in my Cantillon tulip.

A: This beer appears very hazy and orange in color. As this was shared at a tasting and not continuously poured, I am quite certain that I received some sediment in my serving, creating the cloudier than normal appearance. The head hangs out for a while before leaving a few touches of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma is just terrific. I so enjoy the smell of an authentic Belgian gueuze. I could enjoy this aroma for hours. Funky and awesome, with hints of musty citrus and wild grasses.

T: The taste was also terrific. Nice and funky, and very easy to drink. The flavor lingers long after each sip.

M: Funky, puckering and wonderful. Great feel.

D: A fine example of a gueuze. I look forward to acquiring some of this delicious beer for the cellar.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden hazy beer that poured with a pretty big head. Little bit of lace left on the sides.

S - Lots of horseblanket, baryard funk, lemon, musty barn, and bit of citrus. Good tartness to this.

T - Musty, a little earthy, nice tartness, lemon zest, very full tasting. Slightly sweet on the end and very smooth.

M - Very full, there is high carbonation but it only hits you on the front and goes down very smoothly with a jammy finish.

D - A real sipper for me, but this was a great beer I'd love to drink regularly.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle drank into a Lost Abbey glass...Pressure warning here! As soon as I took the cage off the cork blasted off, missing my eye by an inch and slamming into a ceiling. Amazingly, it doesn't gush at all! The beer pours a dark honey gold with a dark off white head that rises about three fingers with great retention and lacing...The aroma is one noted by horse blanket funk executed supremely. Enough of what you want, not enough to turn off your senses...The taste is more horse blanket, a nice earthy funk, very tastey. The only thing I can complain about is the finish on this beer. It becomes slightly sweet and rough.

This is really good and worth trying.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone at dbuckingham's tasting - not sure who that was.

Pours hazy golden with a well-formed white head that leaves a white ring.

The aroma is rather tart and funky with lots of lemon and oak. Lactobacillus presence is big here, as well as brett.

The flavor is rather complex. Nice malt notes back up the tartness, lemon, and funk.

Medium-bodied, acidic and sharp, with lively carbonation.

A pretty solid gueuze blend, not better than all its components, but maybe about the average of them.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Hazy medium amber body with a finger of coarse white foam. Great looking lambic.

S: Leafy, herbal, grassy funk. Fully tart, and still containing a plethora of complex aromas. Sharp, clean, deep funkiness. Excellent.

T: Starts out with a blast of pure sourness, which soon opens into a smooth display of lightly sweet, hugely vegetal funk. Delicious.

M: Perfect mixture of a smoothly substantial medium body and a solid dose of soft, mouth-filling carbonation. Amazing.

D: This is 40% stronger than Cantillon Classic Gueuze? Really? This blend is perfectly balanced, perfectly tart, and totally drinkable.

Notes: What a treat. Gigantic thanks to John for sharing this funky gem. I've never had a bad gueuze, but this is absolutely one of the very best. It's a true testament to the blender's art that lambics from so many different breweries can come together in such a perfectly coherent, balanced package. Amazing.

Cheers!

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Photo of emerge077
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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Photo of jdense
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle shared by the awesome Todd Hannon at BA bottle share at The Beer Mongers 9.5.2010.

Light straw colored clear body, good carbonation, small amount of quickly dissipating head, not much lacing. Nose is pretty funky with a bit of stone fruit, a bit acidic, complex, and nicely balanced, no noticeable hops.. The taste is insanely complex due to the 'mega' blending, I had a hard time picking the different components, but overall some leather, a bit of horseblanket, face puckering sourness, a bit of tartness, good dose of salty goodness, and a lot of wooden character from the aging vessel, no hops to speak of. Fairly full mouthfeel for style, real good effervescence. Real tasty, though I wonder if this 'mad experiment' would taste completely different the next time.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 07/24/2010 @ CDC Relase
Vintage: 2009
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a golden straw in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left heavy lacing on the glass, that diminished quickly to a skim coat. Nose was of funk, acidicness, and oak. Taste was of mild tart, mild funk, and a finish of leathery oak. Mouthfeel was thin, but the flavors really hung on the palate. Split this bottle w/ friends at the CDC release, but could have easily drank a 750ml. by myself. Great drinkability!

Overall, great brew and a pleasure to have sampled!

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage:

A: Slightly hazy golden body. Moderate sized head comprised of tiny packed bubbles. Slight lacing.

S: Subtle lactic funk, good citric zip cuts through a musty farmhouse musty complexion throughout.

T: Musty with a cutting lemon flavor as hinted at from the nose. Not particularly tart, but nice and funky.

M: Solid carbonation keeps the medium body moving from sip to sip.

D: A nice gueuze. My only real gripe is the price to quality ratio. The regular offerings from Cantillon, Girardin, and Drie Fonteinen are superior in nearly every facet.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Megablend is a pure golden color with a fairly large head with small tightly packed bubbles. Brett is dominant in the aroma. Barnyard hay and light funk with subtle lactic acid rounds out the rest of it. Even with all of that it has a clean smell for a geuze.

Flavor is bretty up front and has an oaky vanilla sweetness building up to a lactic sour aftertaste. Not completely dry, I can see the brett developing this beer into something really great in a couple of years. The taste is not as complex as the aroma yet but the carbonation is lively on your tongue. Carbonation might be getting in the way of this one.

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Photo of craytonic
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice off-white head, pour is a clear golden-yellow with a bit of a haze

Smell: Nice light funkiness, made of grass, wet leather, and farm / horse blankets.

Taste: Similar to the smell, lemon, a light funkiness with some faint vinegar and cat piss, lots of hay, wet leather, horse blanket, etc Very dry; I wish I had sat on this for 5 years.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, almost thin

Drinkability: While not outstanding, this is very, very good and would pair well with food. Great blend.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased from the House of Gueuze.

Appearance: Pours golden with a slight amber hue and a 2 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Nice amount of funk and tartness going on here, albeit not extremely complex. Wheaty, yeasty, bretty and bready :)

Taste: It opens with a moderate barnyard funk=musty cobwebs and decaying wood. Then you are offered an acrid and bitter lemon transition into a very dusty finish. Also has a touch of sweetness that seems as if it would vanish after a few years in the cellar.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied with great carbonation execution. Gently prickly if that makes any sense to anybody besides me. I think the brew would benefit from the carbonation settling a bit.

Drinkability: Going down fairly easily. This one isn't bad by any means but it needs more time to develop for sure.

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Photo of duchessedubourg
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An extraordinary bottle shared by emaineiacman at SMBDC meet-up in May, brought back from Belgium. One of the most exquisite & unusual blends of 8 of Belgium's best lambic brewers. Dry, woody, great aroma of mustiness, deep orangey color, long-lasting tart finish, respectable head. Has been on my life-list for awhile, and can say it is very much worth the effort to procure if gueuze is your passion.

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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 Phyl21ca
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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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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