Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
Brouwerij Boon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #20
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,174
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
1,170
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Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
  226
SCORE
92
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Ysgard
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2009 Vintage - The first round of this to make it to the area in 2014 was all 2009 vintage. It was also incredibly cheap ($6-8 for the 375) which makes me believe there were some warehoused cases that got discovered after the great sour awakening.

Appearance: Is this what we come to these beers for?
Smell: a faint leather background, with lemons, and flower buds, with that odd aroma described as cherry's when its found in red wine.
Taste: Harmonious. Lemon funky, tart, savory leather backnotes, white winey fruit and tannin character, with a hints of medicinal clove and cork. An almost wheaty sweet tang. Good stuff, heartier perhaps than cantillon, but still hangs together incredibly well.
Feel: crisp aftertaste that leaves an efficient, slightly sulfurous lemon funk behind. Fizzy still, biting cheek and tongue. Just heavy enough to push you away from chugging it like the asshole you are.

Accessible masterwork. Sleeper. Not your daddies Gueze. All of the above. Good beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage '07 (four years old at the date of consumption)

Tart, earthy, lemony, and briny- this mature Gueuze unravels a plethera of character, sip after sip. An unadulterated sour at its historic best!

Pouring a hazy straw color, the beer allows for an attractive yellow glow. Very fluffy, airy in its foam texture, the head carries a cottony appearance with off white sheen, sprinkled with yeast. Moderate on lace, the beer fits the part in appearances.

Intense tart aromas surge into the olfactories with the sharp citric scent of limes and white grapefruit peel. Mouthwatering and nearly triggering astringent sensations on the sides of the tongue, simply from the most supple sniff. Aged woods, musty, dusty, and a horsey-earthy envelope encompass the expanding aromas with a mature and authentic farmhouse nose.

Flavors expand on the intensity of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and the impressive tartness of lactic and acetic acids. Sandalwood, must and dust flavors give impressions of old wooden barns, but with only a minimal influence from the off-putting horse or horse blanket notes. Rich with a salty brine that nearly surplants the underpinning of pilsner malt flavor which anchors the beer- a testament to the well-attenuated and mature nature of the beer. Softly chardonay-like and with a slight apple cider vinegar note as it warms, the beer just keeps delivering more and more flavors until the glass is empty.

Intensity seems to be the name of the game with this beer. And the mouthfeel is no exception. Seemingly enamel stripping from the acidic tartness and sourness. But the beer has a short lived initial creaminess that makes a quick transition into a very refreshing tartness, medium astringency, citrus and hop bitterness, and a powdery-dry finish late. But then it slams shut, providing a lemony brine flavor with an exhale; then we're ready for another sip.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle, dated 2003, drank near the end of July 2008.

Now this is what I am talkin' about! A 5 year old Gueuze -- well, almost, since these things are traditionally brewed in the fall. But let's not get into semantics.

The beer is fantastic. A deliciously balanced beer, almost too balanced. The funk and the sour can't quite decide which one wins, and that is pretty nice.

The beer has a nice, rich smell. Candle wax, pineapple, kiwi, and mango.

The taste expands upon the smell. It adds layers of candle wax, lemon, swiss cheese, armpit sweat, cheddar cheese, cheap processed American cheese, chalk, lychee, kumquat, and very dry white wine.

A very good experience, but I have to say that there are better lambics out there. Now, that is always the case that there is a better beer somewhere, but I mean that there are some fresh lambics that I think surpass this deliciously aged example. That doesn't mean it isn't fantastic, it is. But it lacks that sour bite that I love in lambics (as is provided by the likes of Hanssens and Cantillon) while not being overboard with bretty esters (such as 3 Fonteinen).

Good, but not mind-blowing. Personally, I think they overdid it on the alcohol, which leads to the waxy taste and texture.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Pours a lovely pale gold...a bit deeper in color than expected, with a nice medium size creamy head that leaves a film on top and some streaks of lacing. Nose is lemon curd, sweet tarts candy, and a bit of old book smell. Light/bright overall and of course a sour note. The taste is not as sour as the nose suggests. Mild sour, creamy, citrus, grainy. Simple but we'll done. Mouthfeel is medium-light with bright carbonation that still feels soft in the mouth. Overall, very good, and a better geuze than expected from Boon. Second glass was even better.

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a lemony yellow color, with a white foamy head fading to a thin lace. was a bit cloudy. earthy herbal and slight minty smell. taste was sourish and herbal. I was not very familiar with geuze style before this tasting. I thought it was pretty drinkable. I would have a second glass with some sharp salty cheese.

Thanks Phatz, for the sours.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage! On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Pale orange in color with no head on the pour. Perhaps the age has taken the wind out of the head. Fruity and tart in the nose, like the aroma of sweettarts. That's something I like. The beer tastes like it was made awhile back; it's very low in carbonation, the acidity is greatly faded, and overall the flavor is mellower. Perhaps I enjoy the pucker of a fresh gueuze greater than the mellowness of an aged one, but I had higher hopes for this 8 year old Mariage Parfait.

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Photo of twenty5
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jonada
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage 375ml bottle

Appearance: Dark rusty orange color with a little over 1 finger of an off white head. There's a decent amount of visible carbonation streaming through the glass.

Smell: Sour lemon juice, wet hay, funk, oak, slight green apple

Taste: Oak, lemon cough drops, funk, white grape, musty. Much more funk in the taste than in the nose. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Sourness straddles the line between low and medium and is definitely not as sour as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Light, crip mouthfeel. High carbonation. Slight warming alcohol.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of campfirebrew
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, 2008
Lost Abbey Teku tulip

A: Hazy bright yellow orange color. Half finger bright white head. Fluffy pillow like head. Great carbonation.

S: Smells funky. Smells tart. Lots of dryness. Lots of white grape and tart green apple.

T: Not as crazy sour as expected. Tart bite in the tip of the tongue. Malted light wheat in mid mouth. Great carbonation. Getting that white grape. Pretty darn dry. Don't taste the booze but feel it. Crispy finish. Champagne dryness.

M: Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

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Photo of amano_h
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Initial impression is a sharp zingy acetic lemon zest which makes me wonder if this isn't a Cantillon lambic / gueuze. A huge presence of dry vanilla, oak, and subdued barnyard funk notes of predominantly dry hay and tanned leather comprise the aromatic characteristics of this brew. Some grainy characteristics surface toward the back as the brew warms up.

The nose is well-matched on the palate, with the overall impression being a lemony-fresh tart acetic wave of flavor. I remember this bring somewhat tart but with more pronounced oak hindering it from becoming a mouth-puckeringly sour before, but that's certainly not the case here. The sourness is well accentuated by hints of peppery spice and funky dry leather. Out of nowhere the brew then exhibits a somewhat astringent bitter flavor that sticks with you until the finish.

Medium-light bodied, with champagne-like effervescence. Has a somewhat prickly feel to it if you try to gulp too much of it at once, but finishes bone dry as aforementioned.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SFCraft
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

2011 vintage
look: hazy luscious gold with a light white head.
smell: tart, lemony, funky goodness.
taste: much like the nose with a blooming citrus finish.
overall: delicious, a work of art.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle, vintage 2007

A: Large head, recedes fairly quickly. Lots of trains of bubbles.

S: Lemon, clover, light funk

T: Rather hard to describe. Some orange and lemon flavors. Funky with an aggressively bitter note in the end. The highly effervescent mouthfeel seems to mask some flavor.

M: Very effervescent, perhaps a bit overly so as it dominates the experience. Otherwise, light bodied and very dry on the finish.

O: Unfortunately, this isn't living up to the promise of the aroma for me. It's a little more flavorful as it warms up and the carbonation dies down, but the bitter, metallic finish remains. Nowhere near the top of the gueuze world, IMO.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of sposter4
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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