Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
Brouwerij Boon

Boon Oude Geuze Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
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Brouwerij Boon
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #27
Ranked #4,916
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Apr 02, 2022
Aug 08, 2002
Boon Oude Geuze Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
Notes: Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait has an alcohol content of 8%. It consists of 95% mild lambic, aged at least three years and specially reserved for this purpose, and 5% young lambic. The latter provides the fermentable sugars and wild yeasts. After mixing in a vessel of 25,000 litres, the wort (unfermented mixture) is filtered and chilled. If we are bottling, we bring it back to fermentation temperature. The bottles are placed in a climate-controlled space for the secondary fermentation. This is followed by maturing at low temperature for at least 6 months. Want to know the bottling date? Simply subtract 20 years from the “best before” date!

The soft, mildly sour berry taste, harmonises with the oak barrels’ aromas in which Geuze Mariage Parfait has ripen. The body speaks of vanilla followed by a bitter aftertaste of cloves that becomes increasingly intense. Sublime.
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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brouwerij Boon "Geuze Marriage Parfait"
375 ml green glass bottle, corked and caged, "2013", "Best before 08/06/2036 Batch#72504"
$9.75 @ The Beer Yard, Wayne, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: This beer is aged for a minimum of three years before bottling so that means it's at least 12 years old, and in the bottle for 9. Normally I wouldn't bother with a beer that old but geuze is a different beast. I'll imagine that it's probably a bit softer than it would be fresh though. The cork came out with a soft pop, and a careful pour delivered a slightly hazy orange colored body beneath a very short head of white that immediately fell leaving behind just a thin collar. The limited head retention is of course expected. It smells of fallen apples, pear, and distant orange. There's the usual funkiness as well with wet straw, old dried wood, soft leather, some mineral, a touch of mustiness, and just the lightest suggestion of horse blanket. The flavor is tart but not puckering. It's not as fruity as the aroma suggests, and it's oaky, mineralish, musty, grassy, leathery, earthy, and ever so slightly metallic. There's some malt to it but it's not really sweet; you can tell that it's balancing the acidity though. It's quite balanced for a geuze. The finish is of course dry and acidic, and it lingers shortly on the tongue. It's light-medium in body with a very delicate carbonation that lends a delicate caress to the tounge. I'm guessing that it's lost some carbonation over the years but I'm still happy with it. I'll be sure to seek out a fresher bottle next time. All in all I'm quite impressed. It's very nicely rounded with a lot of different components, and none of them stand out above the others.
Review #7,858

Apr 02, 2022
4.34 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Mar 14, 2022
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3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2007 and drinking in 2022
Look - Orangish hazy syrup, not bad looking for being 15 years old
Smell - acidic citrus grain
Taste - grainy slight citrus acidic
Feel - pretty flat with a lighter body
Overall - not much a fan, might be because of the again

Jan 31, 2022
4.45 by Rhetion from Florida on Jan 20, 2022
Photo of Sheppard
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

First off, I got this bottle for $10 at a place by me and the bottle is 4 years old. What a freaking steal!

Pours an orangeish hue that's more golden in the light with off white head. Lots of bell pepper on the nose. Mild funk in the washed rind cheese realm. It's got your typical lambic flavor profile, lots of pepper and cheese character with a touch of sweet fresh orange juice on the finish. Acidity is restrained. The minerality is balanced. This is lovely.

Oct 10, 2021
Photo of misteil
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by misteil from Ireland

had the 2015 vintage today at the porterhouse nassau street, another wonderful gueuze, an enchanting drink, a tonne of complex funky flavours balanced against lovely sweet fruit flavours, apple, pear, orange, peach, some vanilla, earthy, wood, black pepper, leather, quite sour, light to medium bodied, high carbonation, some alcohol warming, super smooth and drinkable, just so nice to drink, i love a good gueuze, this is good gueuze.

Sep 14, 2021
4.46 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2021
4.3 by tbryan5 from Louisiana on Aug 20, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RaulMondesi from California

Here we go: the ball is on the 45 yard line, we are down by two and Raul is Loni g up for the kick with Mariage Parfait on his back. Here’s the snap… Waboom! Right down the middle! Raul wins the game! Let’s go!!!!! Yeah

Aug 15, 2021
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
4.03 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2021
4.21 by Dreyski from England on Mar 21, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

375 ml corked & caged green bottle, vintage 2012, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8,0%. Hazy brownish golden colour, moderate white head. Very nice aroma of brettanomyces / farmhouse, lemons and crushed gooseberries. Sour, dry, tart and astringent flavour, notes of brett, lemons and gooseberries. Good stuff.

Mar 20, 2021
4.08 by Dazka from Italy on Mar 12, 2021
4.91 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania on Feb 03, 2021
4.09 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Feb 01, 2021
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 23, 2021
4.48 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 01, 2021
3.95 by abrodsky from Massachusetts on Dec 11, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

2016 vintage, enjoyed on 10/15/2020.

Oct 16, 2020
4.19 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Oct 02, 2020
4.16 by brandoneast from Texas on Sep 16, 2020
3.98 by Boone757 from Virginia on Sep 13, 2020
4.5 by Foeder82 from Belgium on Sep 03, 2020
4.47 by BelgianHops from Belgium on Aug 13, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

2012 vintage - Batch # :53503

Pours hazy amber orange with a frothy off-white foam head. Funky barnyard aroma, horse blanket, toasty hay, straw, woody spice, oak barrel, wine, cider, slight vinegar, caramelized grainy wheaty malts, lemon, tart apricot, mild vanilla, toffee, with dusty earthy herbal floral hops. Tastes tart and funky with barnyard notes, horse blanket, toasty hay, straw, woody spice, cider, slight vinegar, dry wine, oak barrel, some caramelized bready wheaty grainy malts, lemon pith, apricot, spice, hint of vanilla, toffee, and dusty earthy herbal floral hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice oude geuze lambic.

Jul 07, 2020
3.23 by stephenlee93 from England on Jun 13, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

375ml corked and cages bottle - 2013 vintage - poured into a long stemmed tulip at 50°F. Good pop. Slow pour - no sediment, no gush.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear fiery orange - glowing with almost amber hues, topped with a finger of loose, off-white head, that very quickly recedes to a foamy collar. Slow, lazy, but plentiful effervescence continuously rises to the surface. Very pretty.

Nose: Ahh, oak. So much oak. Wet oak. Wet funky oak. Very traditionally oaky. In addition to the absurd amount of oak, there's tons of funk - barnyard, horseblanket, wet leaves, hay, grass, earth, etc.. There is a whole bouquet of bright, fresh notes as well, namely Apple, but also pear, spring flowers, fresh rain, berry stems and seeds, white grape, and of course lemon, which also lends a definef tartness, which is really not all that acetic or vinegary. There's also tons of leather, dusty attic, old library, and stone. Beautiful.

Palate: Right from the start, there is a grainy malt sweetness that is actually fairly surprising. I'm sure the higher ABV (8%) is responsible for that. There's tartness that quickly follows, but it really isn't a sour beer. Perhaps 7 years in the cellar has mellowed this out. So we open with some slightly sweet, musty, dusty grain and malt, alongside a very restrained tartness - mostly brett, but lactic as well. The brett influence is HUGE, and every possibly bretty note is in here. A bit sweaty, tons of overripe stone fruit - namely peach and apricot that's borderline moldy. Huge vinous quality, with both red and white wine notes. Tons of bright apple, pear, and plum too. The oak is front and center, going hand-in-hand with the funk, lending a bit wet woody note. Plenty if lactic minerality as well, which could be seen as a touch of salinity. The sweetness lends a bit of a funky honey note as well, right before the finish which brings some vanilla notes from the wood. In the finish, the sweetness subsidies, and that oak really ramps up and lends a nice splinter dryness. This accentuates the vinous character, and it finishes not too dissimilar to an old wine. Given the surprisingly amount of dark fruit and berry notes in here, it almost leans towards a red wine.

Mouthfeel/Body: Obviously, an ale of this nature is going to lean on the lighter-bodied side. Given the higher ABV, and the touch of sweetness that it lends, it really bumps that closer to medium-light in body. The effervescence, while not champagne-level lively, is definitely champagne-level fine, and shares the mouthfeel of an ever-so-slightly lazier champagne. Drying from the oak.

Overall: This is a nice gueuze. Now, are there better examples of the style? Certainly! I've yet to open any of my Cantillon bottles, but I'm sure this isn't in the same league as them, or Drie Fonteinen. I think the one thing really holding this back is the sweetness. If this were a bit drier, I think that would help open it up a little. Now, it's still fantastic, and it delivers more than any typical wild ale you'll encpunter. It's funky, it's colourful, it's balanced, and it's insanely oaky and rather mature. I think this is a brilliant gateway gueuze, and for the price and accessibility, how can you turn it down? Under $10 for a mature, cellared, authentic Oude Gueuze? Come on, that's where it's at! If your'e AN INSECT JUST LANDED IN MY GUEUZE... okay, little bugger out. It'll just add to the funk, right? Right. If you like sour ales, just try it. It isn't so funky that it'll put you off, but it's just funky enough to appreciate.

Jun 10, 2020
4.08 by gshak from Texas on Jun 06, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by stcules from Italy

2013 Vintage.
Very clean orange appearance, at first. One finger of white foam, quite evanescent.
In the smell leather, some metallic notes, fruiiness, ripe peach, goose berry. Astringency.
In the taste a very clean sourness, some dusty cellar. Well managed sourness.
Light salty note, again leather, horse blanket.
Light astringency, lemon.
Very drinkable.

May 06, 2020
4.55 by blisscent from Rhode Island on May 03, 2020
4.29 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Feb 11, 2020
4.06 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Feb 03, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2014 vintage, batch 80306, Best before 12/04/2037. 12.7oz bottle (purchased at Garden Path Fermentation) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lovely dark orange color with over an inch of white head that had very good retention and no lacing.

Strong funk in the nose, with some base grains showing through. And very soft floral hop notes.

Pretty similar on the tongue, with a very slight orange taste at the back.

The body was light, crisp, and smooth, with tartly dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, especially if you like the funk.

Overall, excellent brew. Might try to find older vintages, or age a couple on my own.

Feb 02, 2020
4.8 by WynnO from Florida on Jan 29, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

375ml bottle poured into tulip. This one is from 2015.

Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that leaves a bit of splotchy lace as it quickly recedes.

Smells of sour white grapes, underripe apple, lemon juice, leather jacket, barnyard funk, barrel wood and white wine vinegar.

Tastes of more sharp vinegar, juicy green apples, unsugared lemon slices, more earthy barnyard funkiness, oak staves and some soft vanilla.

Feels light and soft. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. FInishes dry

Verdict: Recommended. Goes a little hard on the sourness, but still pretty damn tasty.

Jan 25, 2020
3.85 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire on Jan 03, 2020
4.53 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
4.27 by edthehead from New York on Nov 20, 2019
Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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