Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #19
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,289
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
1,186
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Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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stcules from Italy

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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beertunes from Mayotte

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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t420o from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boon 2014 Geuze Mariage Parfait

Best Before: 24/08/2037
Batch #: 80602

A - loud pop when removing cork. Some minor gushing as the cork is removed. Light pour yields a 1-1/2 finger head. Very active carbonation. Head is off-white and beer is a deep golden color. Very good head retention. 4.5

S - Some nice funkiness from the wild yeast, Belgian yeast, green apple, lemon, light spice and clove, tart. Very nice. 4.5

T - the depth of flavor on this is beautiful. It’s not anywhere near as sour/tart as I would have expected. Wild yeast and a light funk dominate upfront and impart a light tartness and a deep earthy flavor. In the middle I get some of the green apple and lemon and it finishes funky at the end with some light spice. Alcohol is completely hidden. Beautiful beer. 4.5

M - thankfully the carbonation dies down a bit. It’s lightly effervescent and has a nice medium body. 4.5

O - an excellent Geuze that was a pleasure to drink. The layers of funky wild yeast in the beer that impart a beautiful earthiness are world class. 4.5

A+

Nov 06, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle-conditioned, you may wish to rest for a while and pour with care.
L- Deep amber, with hints of orange, somewhat cloudy. Pours with thin white head that mostly clears quite quickly.
S- I get some fruit, wood and some leather.
T- Notably dry, tending towards sharp, some unidentifiable fruit. The oak aging does come through quite clearly in woody notes. The fruit note is now akin to gooseberry.
F- Dry, pretty bitter, the CO2 is already fast ebbing away. I suppose it's refreshing, probably the highest ABV% beer I've had I could find that focus-point in.
O- It's a most unusual style. At points I'm wondering if it tastes more like a dry sparkling wine than a beer. Interesting to try but too much challenge and not enough reward for me.

Bought from Harvey Nichols dept store, Knightsbridge, London £6.50/375ml (ouch!). BB: 08/06/2036

Sep 26, 2019
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Herbertly from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle. Enjoyed on 8.23.19.
L: Opaque hazy orange and golden nectar. Bright and stimulating white head.
S: Musty, funk, wild, oak, crisp pear, and hint of citrus.
T: Bright vinegar, wood barrel, complex layers of malt and sourness.
F: Tightly carbonated, foaming and alive. Lingering bitter and drying mouthfeel.
O: My first true lambic. This was quite the treat and is opens me to a world of complex and aged funky flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it did a perfect job of hiding its 8%. I'd like to try another 2013 in a dozen years.

Aug 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage; drank 7/14/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded a nice white head; minimal lace.

Tart apricot, mild honeyed grain & faint farmyard funk notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart apricot & mild farmyard funk flavors up front; mild honeyed wheat notes on the finish.

Soft yet tart; balanced but flavorful. I like this.

Jul 15, 2019
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Mtn from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is surprising with plenty of vinous ripe white grape but also darker raisin and prune. Musty funk,
Perfumey oak, and a hint of spice (star anise?) that is reminiscent of De Dolle.

Appearance is cloudy burnt golden honey orange. Off white head lingers

low to Med acidity, Medium carb, Med body

Taste is heavier on Oak and the funk is more barnyard. More Vinous ripe white grape, slight Pear. bready to biscuity malt.

Overall very nice , Very Complex, and
Very balanced. The spice character was a nice surprise and fit very well.

Jun 08, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

HOW HAVE I NOT REVIEWED THIS??

Pours perfect. Damn near iridescent orange, delectable haze, great head.

Damn near perfect aroma. Smelt, grain, Brett, ash, fruit. Perfectly balance between dry and tart.

Tastes EVEN BETTER than it smells. Rounded fruity tartness up front, then ashen grain, then a magnificent finish of tart and spicy yeast with nodes if raspberries and vanilla.

Jun 06, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank vintage 2013 while grilling and it was very nice and thirst quenching

Look: golden to amber with a thick white head

Aroma: It has a nice apple, lemon and oak aroma.

Taste: The flavor is sweet and tart apple, white grapes, champagne, maybe yeast, oak, fairly complex and unique flavor, and very nice.

Body/Overall: light, fruity

Apr 30, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber color, three finger white head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Sour as fuck.

T: Slightly sour, champagne-ish in a good way, very smooth. Much better than I expected from the aroma.

F: Medium bodied, smooth and nice.

O: Quite surprised by this one. Nice sour.

Apr 28, 2019
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Would I buy this again? Sure. Its a very accessible Gueze and a fine example of the style. Though lacking some of the finer points of more well-renown Guezes, this is still a good/great beer.

Jan 27, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale golden amber coloration with a large, foamy head. Smells sweet'ish, with mild funk and notes of red berries and green apple, with a hint of a certain herbal note. Taste is somewhat more complex than the nose, with fruity notes of white grape, tart green apple, red berries: cranberry, redcurrant, dark fruit: plum, as well as ligher earthy/woody oak notes, leather and hay, along with light barnyard funk, some herbal/spicy notes and a certain honey sweetness. Finishes sweet and tart, with some herbal/spicy notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This has a good complexity and mellow balance to it, but somewhat lacks the funk, which came as quite a surprise to me after 5 years. Also a bit too sweet for my personal taste and the mouthfeel is a little flat.

Dec 29, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Extremely complex beer with just the right amount (a lot, but not too much) of funk and sourness. Leather, horse blanket, wild yeast, vinegar, and oak are all present along with some background grape/wine notes. There is some sweetness, not surprisingly for a 5-year-old beer, but it is well-balanced. A treat to drink and I wish I had picked up more than one bottle when I saw this last September.

Aug 06, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle

Poured into a snifter

Translucent amber orange , frothy, soapy two finger white foam cap settles to a solid bubbly layer, some sticky lacings

Aroma of tart apples, grape, funky, spiciness

Taste is Tart funkiness, bit of apple fruit,

Dry finish , low sudsing

Good beer

Aug 02, 2018
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tjaub95 from Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Beautiful bright hazy orange; two finger head with decent retention

Smell: Funky; oak; fruite; grape; citrus

Taste: Sour; tart; slight bitterness; fruity; funky; oaky

Mouthfeel: Dry finish; medium body; medium to high carbonation

Overall: Love this Oude Geuze. It stands up there with the best of the style with a nice bitterness and good fruit flavors. It has an amazing moutfeel that lends itself to a highly enjoyable drinking experience.

Jul 26, 2018
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RaphaelSC from Brazil

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 2013 batch.

A: Intense orange and hazy with a great with head with great formation and retention;

S:Complex with green apple and grapes, banana and phenolics, citric and leathery;

T: Sour, mildly citric and fruity, green grape lingers, with light bitterness and medium body and carbonation;

M: Mild acidity and grape with a dry end and mild alcoholic feel;

O: Complex on the nose and palate with it mix of green fruit , sour and bitterness, high alcohol profile, makes this beer more than a beverage it is an real experience.

Jun 14, 2018
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janubio from Spain

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow colour, two fingers creamy compact head that lasts for a good while and leaves a ring all the while, irregular good lace.
Aroma has some funkiness, green apples, cider, olives, citrics, .
Medium body,oily texture, good carbonation. Dry acid finish.
Taste of wood, green apples, vinegar,,some citric notes, grapres.
Fantastic Geuze.

May 16, 2018
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flagmantho from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked & caged 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2013 vintage.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is two-plus fingers of frothy white foam. Nice!

Smell: brightly tart with just the right amount of sweetness; somewhat earthy and citrusy in character, like lemongrass or something. I really like it.

Taste: quite earthy in character with a tartness that is not as bright as the aroma. It's also quite dry, which really adds a champagne-like character here; it's very good indeed.

Mouthfeel: light body with with a lot of carbonation and a big if ephemeral creaminess. Good!

Overall: this beer really appeals to me. Tart enough, earthy, and dry; the alcohol barely even registers. This beer is dangerous.

Mar 18, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013 (Best before 13/04/2036, so about 5 years old)

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzle down to a decent cap

S: Farmhouse, acetic tartness, a bit of fruitiness, and some oak. Easy and straight-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the acetic tartness and then goes into some of the oaky and fruity notes including apple and pear. Farmhouse notes show up towards the end and throw some hay and other funk in there as well. Finishes with lingering oak, farmhouse, and very light tartness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. On the drier side

O: A very well done gueuze that is certainly on of the classics. Certainly one of the more oaky and dry ones out there. Worth checking out

Mar 10, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is fantastic. This is real palate opener. It's a little funky, earthy, soury, and different but in a good way. It's not too challenging of a drink like some people would think it is. Try it out if you can get your hands on a bottle. Another good thing about these style of beers is that they hold up for a while without going rancid. Cheers! A-

Feb 23, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013. Poured from 375 ml bottle into a champagne flute. Clear, pale amber colored body, with a two-finger white head that settled rather quickly without a trace. Fruity aroma with notes of tart apple and cherry and undertones of cider vinegar and yeast funk. The flavor profile is almost identical. The finish is on the dry side, with a little sourness and and oaky astringence on the palate. Very well crafted and an exceptional beer.

Feb 05, 2018
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degueulasse from California

3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Geuze Mariage Parfait pours a caramel tan with a head that dissipates quickly. It smells faintly of a sour cider, and it tastes like apples with some lemony citrus. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and the small bite separates this from a cider (in addition to the more funky taste).

Feb 03, 2018
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden straw, white head, very small bubbles that didn't last very long except for the rim
Smell: Funky-hay lemon, grass, acetic, peachy/apricot
Taste: Served when cool- Mild bitterness, lemon, green apple, sweet-tart, some lingering funkiness
Feel: On the thicker side, heavy, light but energetic carbonation
Overall: I'm a fan. It has a mild funk that fits but there's also a sourness that goes along with it.

Jan 29, 2018
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