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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Has a golden color that makes it look almost lit from within. It is extremely active, building up, surpisingly, almost no head but leaving a great lacing. Genuinely one of the most interesting looking beers I've ever seen. The smell is apricots, bananas, sour cherries, and pepper. The taste is predominately dry, with some fruit, then a crisp finish. This a fantastic gueuze,;very, very balanced. The mouthfeel is soft & buttery. The drinkability is good but, as with almost all gueueze for me, the sourness limits this. All in all one of the very best of the style I've had. Of course, your friends that don't like beer will still hate it :)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shbobdb
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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 gottajiboo2
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Ysgard
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +7.3%
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 captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright, radiant orange in color with a big, dissipating head.

Smell – This is a super-rank bouquet of rotten meat and barf that is quite promising. I didn’t pick up a lot of sweetness at first but as it warmed up that seemed to change.

Taste – It’s a bit maltier at the taste and the threatening sourness of the nose isn’t so extreme once tongue meets beer. The light fruiting is nice as well, full of peaches and light apricots. It ends with a tart apple smack.

Mouthfeel – This is a nice weight in the mouth, better than light but not medium-bodied, with some hellacious carbonation.

Drinkability – It was pushing the limit but just did stay on this side of the sour danger zone. It went down well for such a tart, carbonated ale.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle purchased at From the Vine in Columbus, OH. Cap says SB-40. Best by date not readable.

Appearance: Surprisingly huge and ever lasting white head upon a clear gold body. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma: Lemon fruit, wheat, subtle funk and rotten grain. Most of what is wanted is there, however, all notes are very light and subtle. I want more.

Taste: Refined beyond most Gueuze. Lemons and hay with touches of light fruit. Funky rotten fruit rinds. Some oak.

Mouthfeel: Very light and airy. Acidity is subdued and light for the style. Very, very dry finish. Fairly loaded in carbonation and rather brut champagne like.

Drinkability: Exceptional. Bone dry, less acidic than most, and overall mild. Chugable.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brassy color with a rather big off-white head that slowly fizzes away. Some speckled lacings remains on top of the liquid and on the edges of the glass.

S: The smell is very big with lots and lots of aromas popping up through the glass. A gentle funkiness mixes with plenty of aromas of tart fruit and notes of fermenting apples. Hints of grass, dry earth and minerals. A vinegary touch is very aggressive at first, but settles after a while. All in all, a truly amazing smell.

T: The taste is not as impressive as the smell. It's more gentle and not as well composed. Here's lots of tart fruits, primarily green apples, and aromas of grass. Sourness dominates the flavor, but here's quite a lot of slightly wheaty sweetness as well. Funkiness is restrained, but something in the line of horse-blanket appears every now and then. In the middle, the taste gets a little nutty with notes of fermenting apples. The finish is gently sour and has a mild grassy and herbal bitterness to it. Notes of minerals and lingering fruity aromas in the finish as well.

M: Medium body with a refreshing sparkling carbonation. The texture is slightly creamier than most gueuzes.

D: A good gueuze. It has lots of character, but the flavors can't keep up with the fantastic aromas in the smell. The flavor is a little too much on the fruity side and there is something in the finish that bothers me - it's hard to put my finger on it, but something seems off. But it's very interesting to see that a gueuze can handle such a high ABV without it even getting noticeable.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden ale with a slight haze. There head is made of racky white bubbles that are quick to fade into a thick collar around the glass.

S: Medium-strong sour and barnyard like aroma with a moderate apple-like and a lighter rhubarb fruit esters. There is a mouth watering sharpness that's making it had to concentrate with taking a sip.

T: A strong acidic sharpness with a light bit of malt sweetness. The balance is strongly tart and sour. There is a low oak character, no hops to really speak of. A finish that is off-dry, with an aftertaste of fruit and tartness.

M: A light bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation that gets somewhat prickly on the palate.

O: An very tart beer that's a little off balance but very enjoyable. This one is so tart it make me worried it might hurt my tooth enamel but totally worth the risk.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 vintage- reviewed 6-21-14 from small bottle

APP- Clear as crystal, luminous strawberry blonde, low white head with not much lace but respectable retention

AROMA- fresh flowers, white grape, hey, faint horse, lemon, melon, low pale malt aroma, that's everything really...very subdued and inviting

FLAVOR- Damn yall. Where to start? Strong but pleasant acidity upfront, mellows and unfolds into a clutch of bright and crisp flavors so harmonious they are tough to isolate, first thing I can latch onto is baked pear, rosemerry, a whisp of white wine vinegar (extremely slight), lemon and mellon, no barnyard here, orange, ...naturally there is no hop flavor, no glaring flaws aside from the vinegar note, barely perceptible pils sweetness. Nice minerality. Some bitterness apparent in the finish.

MF- light bodied, effervescent, quenching acidity that's stops just short of burning, alcohol is there if you pay attention,

OVERALL- This is one of those instances where reviewing the beer almost took the fun out of drinking it. Such a cohesive and harmonious product that you just kinda want to throw it back without thinking about it, which would be very easy to do. Fans of the "funk" may be rather disappointed as this is exceptionally bright and clean. The floral and citrus dimensions are almost on par with any US IPA out there. This is like the greatest glass of lemonade ever.

2010 Vintage reviewed - April 2015 - Big Bottle

Appearance- slightly chill-hazed blonde with low white head and no retention. No lace either. Boon, we both know you're better than this.

Aroma - Big Overripe cantelope, white pepper, lemon zest, mint/ nettle, lavender, dandelion, rhubarb... all very subdued/ muted. Slightly boozy. Sharp.

Flavor - Light malt sweetness with slight honey character, big rhubarb dimension, green melon, floral on mid-palate- rose like, wisp of vanilla in the top, light sandalwood. Could be tasting the barrel here? Has a character that almost reminds me of East Kent Goldings, white pepper/ nettle is back. No sulfur, or musty qualities.

Mouthfeel - Alcohol definitely hits the sinuses. The beer is not astringent or puckering. Acidity and alcohol combine or a long finish that isn't unpleasant, but could be rounder. High carbonation.

Overall - Rewarding, but quite to the standard I expect from Boon. A little messy. In all fairness this bottle was probably not cellared under prime conditions. I was quite surprised to get this at a Manhattan Whole Foods for 13 dollars, I really hope there is no relationship between this sudden availability and the possible downturn in quality.

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Photo of Brewsterrooster
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Super funky, blue cheese, earthy Brett. Great fruit. Gueze with layers of flavor. So much more than just lactic acid in a bottle.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, probably bought about 2 years ago. Pours a clear dark golden with a huge fizzy pillowy white head that retains well and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruits and acidic tartness with some stinky musty yeast.

The flavor is subdued - sweet fruits with a dry metallic note and some tart slight sourness. As it warms, the fruity tart sourness dominates. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, I liked this. It's a bit thin and subdued in the flavor but I like what's there.

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Photo of shapudding
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the tasting party at the General Lafayette!

Poured out a caramelly golden. My pour was towards the end of the bottle, so I had tons of scrod throughout the glass. Light white ring of carbination on the edges with tiny bubbles.

Hard to describe the scent... lightly musty, but not in a bad way. Spicey mustard...citrus... sweetened black tea... Alot going on with the aroma, just so hard to place it all...

Tastes of black tea with lemon, not overly sour. Floral and citrus. Drank next to the Blitheringidiot, he said he tasted dandylions, and damned if I couldn't tast and smell both -yeah, I can remember chomping on them in my youth! Leaves a slightly dry, tealike feeling in your mouth. Overall very nice, if not one you could sit back with for hours on end.

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is very intriguing, it almost looks like a mini sparkling wine bottle. When poured, the color is golden and has a larger head, it is also somewhat opaque. It has a very strong smell that is both hoppy and fruity. The taste is sour and carbonated. I have never tried a sour beer like this but thought it was refreshing and liked how the sour taste stuck around for a while in your mouth.

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Photo of Shagator
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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