Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait

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Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Rickus
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2011 / L: Clear. Medium carbonation with minuscule bubbles. Delicate foam, like a good champagne, beautiful lacing. S: Sour and grapefruit peel, a hint of yeast and young wood. T: Grapefruit, a lemony aftertaste, a slight sweet note, gin tonic. This is a perfectly balanced geuze. F: Fresh and bubbly. Like a good champagne, but a puckery aftertaste. O: A perfect geuze and one of the best beers I've ever drunk.

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Photo of douglaslreed
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Based on old tasting notes:

Was recommended by a friend, and was the first of the style to try. Because of unruly Texas laws, many small Belgian breweries that make this style are not readily available for purchase in the state, but I was told that this was one of the best that I could find here.

Appearance: Bubbly, effervescent similar to a champagne, with the white head mellowing out shortly after pouring. Lots of bubbles with a straw colored appearance.

Smell: Belgian yeast, very very funky, like mildew or horse blanket. Some citrus in the nose as well. This smells like fair grounds mixed with green apple and citrus peel. This smells so strange, but I just want to go in for whiff after whiff.

Taste: Tart, pungent, sour and super funky. Has sort of a blue cheese or lamb-type pungent-ness. My first thought is, 'Wait, this is beer?' but I can't help myself from wanting another sip. As it warms, the citrus fades and the rank funkiness really shines, as does the apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, medium body, and coats the mouth nicely.

Overall: This is an absolutely delicious beer, and I'm excited to try as many in this style as I can.

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Photo of jfunkk79
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Fantome tulip glass. Pours a hazy rusty copper with head that clears to just the rim of the glass.

Smells very tart/acidic, earthy. Hits your mouth pretty light then comes in with tart citrus which fades to a rich floral taste that hangs on the palette.

Extremely drinkable, light mouthfeel with only a little bit of that clinging sour.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage, 33 cL, purchased in Brussels last summer for 4.95E - what a deal. Stored horizontally at 55* in wine cellar and opened immediately after removing from cellar (sediment in suspension).

Contents under pressure! High carbonation, strong head retention.

Smells like the most purest poop from a prized countryside horse, a really pampered all-natural horse...leather, earth, caves and cobwebs. Cork, Champagne, funky French cheese, sour green apples. I salivate from smelling it.

Wow. What a wave flavors. Sublime lingering presence. Tart orange marmalade, wheat.

It doesn't get much drier than this. Acidity seems to have faded over the years, making the flavours more subtle and graceful.

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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 Onemoresolo
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 dated bottle: Wow. Perfect champagne carbonation, perfect amount of funky tartness balanced by a little lemon zest, alcohol is totally masked. I want to serve this at my wedding, and of course the name is totally appropriate. At 8%, I'll probably have to provide a place to sleep, but that's fine by me.

I'd already given this beer a glowing review, but after trying several other gueuzes (including Tilquin, Cuvee Renee, and Oude Beersel), this one stands out as the best to me. I'd imagine its age has something to do with it, but still. Wow. I'm definitely going back to the store and buying them out of 375s and 750s in preparation of my "perfect marriage." :)

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9.45 for a 375 ml bottle at Downtown Wines in Boston.

Pours a clear pale orange with a gigantic foamy head and a frenetic storm of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. The head lasts a good while and leaves a smattering of lace webs behind. Huge citrusy acidic, sourness in the nose. Leathery brett and earthy flavors mix with stinky cheese in the background. The taste is sharp and sour, with a plethora of complicated lambicy flavors in the mix. Citrus, like sucking a white grapefruit, and tangy raw wheat grain mixes with earthy soft oak flavors and a propoderance of barnyard, cidery, lambic funk. The funk isnt as pronounced as the other authentic lambic brewers/blenders, but its still there in abundance. The finish is ultra dry and slightly puckering. The mouthfeel is full bodied and almost numbing with the busy carbonation. Alcohol flavor is nil throughout.

This is a real winner. Cleaner than other great gueuzes but still chock full of complexity and uber dryness. Very delicious, I will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this magnificent bottle and thought I’d sample it while comparing it with my review on the website. Shock, I hadn’t reviewed it yet. Time to do something about that.

When I uncorked the bottle a magnificent sweet sour geuze odour awakened. I used a Boon glass to pour. A thick golden beer with a wild head emerged. The head is tamed and resides at half a centimetre on top of the beer. It leaves some small dotted lacing on the glass. It now resembles the side of a recently harvested field. With the weeds (yeast) discolouring the side.
The wild river carbonation is still going strong.
Scent resembles Geuze heaven. A strong tart and sour odour. Citrus and sour green apples. Thick malt, richer hops. Not really the barnyard feeling. Rather an exclusive champagne. Wood and cork elements too.
The taste goes through flesh and bone. Neutral up front, but when it hits the back of the tongue, an eruption occurs. Several rich elements flow through each other. A very dry bitterness seems to be the base. The walls are clearly a well yeasted beer. But the sour citrus that was so present in the odour, now plays a secondary role. Fresh hops and different kinds of grains finish off.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full, but created by mostly light elements.
The aftertaste is more robust and mature. Full malt and yeast tones. Spicy and dry undertone. Spicy and sticky. Aged cork and wild herbs. Still some citrus sourness finishes off.

Blows my socks off!!!!

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Photo of jwc215
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cage-corked bottle, best before 25.01.2025.
Poured into tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed orange with a thick bubbly white head. Bubbles of various sizes rise to the top. Some tiny bits of lacing slide down the glass. The head thins to a floating patch after some time.

The smell is of lemony fruitiness with some mildly spicy breadiness, barnyard mustiness, graininess and candi sugar.

The taste is sweettart. Light tart lemony fruitiness combines wonderfully with toffeeish maltiness. Sweetness balances tartness well. Finishes with a long dryness.

Just enough carbonated bubbles gently glide over the palate without being fizzy. Effervescent with enough body to it to keep it together.

A great, refreshing beer. "Perfect marriage" indeed. Malty character keeps the funky gueuze (spelled "geuze" by this brewery) fairly mild for the style, but allowing enough of it to come through. A great, unique brew. Try pairing with a creamy cheese.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We've compared 5 year old bottle of this one with relatively fresh Lindemans Gueuze, and the difference between extraordinary and good but plain was very clear. Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait is definitely more complex and "nobler" one. One of the best gueuzes I've tried, maybe somewhere between 3 Fonteinen OG and Lindemans Cuvee Rene, maybe right there with them. Apple, pineapple, grapefruit, mold, well carbonated, not too sweet, not too acidic, almost perfect.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper with a 1/4 inch frothy ivory head. Head hangs in there for a bit but dissipates for the most part after a few sips. Smell is funky. Strident brett and barnyard. Sour apple, hints of tart plum.

Taste is very different from the aroma, at least in balance. Very dry up front. An even balance of the green apple fruitiness, the barnyard funk, the light sweetness of the malt and the puckering tartness. Then it finishes nice and dry again. Crisp, clean and dry mouth. Exquisite on the tongue. Very nice. Every now anf then you are struck by a brew that is simply subtle, balanced and well crafted. This is one for me. Been wanting to try this for years and it did not dissappoint. Time to get more.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Corked bottle poured in to a Boon glass. Much thanks to one of the Public House bartenders for reccomending this one.

This is the most balanced Geuze I have ever had.

Great golden straw colored body. Champagne like carbonation and head.

Funky barnyard nose. Awesome!

This beer has a GREAT taste to it. Sour and funky but not overpowering. Balanced to perfection. You can taste a very light hop flavor on the back end. A slight sweetness towards the end too.

Quite refreshing. I could drink this all day long.

Truly a perfect marriage of the old and new lambics!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at a small tasting. Thanks for bringing this Bob!

Burnt orange hues with a slight white head. Cloudy. Very nice nose of wildflowers, cheese, wood, sour lemon, apples, and leaves. Nice blend of fruit and funk. Quite pronounced tartness, yet not exceedingly sharp as to offend the palate. Delicious and quite pleasing. Goes well with an earthy brie cheese.

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Photo of pat61
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Berries, funky washed rind cheese, goldenrod, and wet horseblanket on the nose. Pours gold with a slight haze under 1”, whispy white foam cap that fairly rapidly dissipates but leave thin lace. A marvelously fine carbonation supports dry, crisp lemony, citrusy tart flavors with a slight bitterness on the end. Incredible creamy texture, light body. A super refreshing beer.

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Photo of downes51
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just excellent. I tried and tested a bottle of this alongside of the 'regular' Oude Geuze and candidly there's not a lot of difference. The smell is a little more pungent, the body a little thicker, but it's a tough call to tell them apart. And of course it's a bit stronger and a lot more expensive. Having said that, it's great beer.

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Photo of MCImes
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Geuze-y. They all look pretty similar. Golden color, medium-high carb. What do

S- Apricot, peach, lots of apple, pear, other white fruits. Funk.

T- This is one of my favoriet Geuzes. It is perfectly balanced IMO. It is sour without being biting. It has just enough residual sweetness to balance the sour. The white fruits just come pouring through every sip. This is a perfect palette cleanser. I love drinking it with steak, good cheese, or a salad (like a apple, candied walnut, bacon, cheddar, vinaigrette on spring greens...yummy). This is a very mellow geuze while still being packed with funky Belgian goodness and just the right amount of sourness. Its one of my all time favorites that isnt too hard to find.

M- enough residual sugar to perfectly balance the sourness.

O- I think it deserves higher than the 92 it has right now. Im aging some from 2007 and its drinking sooo nice. Be sure to drink it at 55-65*. I think it gets worse as it gets colder.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 750ml thanks to red carpet glendale, ca

a 1/2 inch head settles to nothing, signifying a very acidic brew at hand. there is very slight milky sud lacing on the sides of the glass in a ring indicating where the head once stood. The slightest stir will invoke a slight amount of head around the rim of the glass. Appears to be an intensely pale straw color with lazily rising bubbles and a hint of sediment swirl.

smells like lime, lemon grass, and tart biscuit with a very pronounced bready aromatic quality. completely overwhelms the senses! Not very hard to pick these foreword notes out of the crowd.

Taste is very light, clean, then sharp, bitter, sour, bready, and finishes a very interesting acidic tart and cloying hay/funk flavor!!!

mouthfeel is light, crisp, and finishes dry, with a lot of acidic layers.

drinkability...well this is a 5 year old bottle of beer that has an extra 3 years added on that, so rarity comes into play but its such a refreshing mark of quality among so many 'wanna be' sours, that i gave it a five. such a great brew.

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Photo of bobsy
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Le Cheval Blanc were doing 40z pours of the Mariage Parfait for $4. I gave T a 20 and asked him to grab me one. He came back with $6 change and a whole bottle...

2005 vintage.

Pours a deep and cloudy gold with a small white head that dropped to the finest of collars. Typical appearance for the style. Fantastic dry white wine nose, with a barrel-load of funk (literally). So much funk in one sniff its amazing, and as a lover of this I have to give it the maximum 5. Huge musty barnyard flavours - horseblanket, hay, cider, leather - its all there, complimenting nice dry white flavours and pleasant lemon notes. Sour, yet still very, very drinkable, and with a great quenching body.

I loved this. Its my kind of beer and I could drink it all day long. I had no idea it was 8%, as it hides the alcohol so well in an intensely funky and intense gueuze experience.

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Photo of riored4v
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to a tulip with a 1.5 finger, white head. Slightly hazed, golden colored body.

Aroma is lemony and citric. Good amounts of vinegar with some slight funk. Malty and a bit grainy.

Taste was lemony and acidic as well. Slight vinegar with some barnyard type funk. A bit earthy hop flavor with a fair amount of maltiness and grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with high carb and a dry finish.

Overall an excellent beer. Wished I could get more of this easily. Loads of sour tartness while remaining drinkable.

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Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small corked and caged bottle, vintage 2003, properly aged, although it could easily go on for another decade or two.

Beautiful glowing orange, nice white head, good retention, average lacing.
Ever changing aroma, leathery, funky, earthy, fruity, oaky, tart.
Nice, fine champagne like carbonation, the taste is rich yet amazingly subtle, well balanced, tart but less than the average, oaky and fruity, with a very dry finish. Very well balanced, not excessively tart or acidic, no alcohol to be noticed, easy to drink a lot given the high ABV.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 375ml bottle 2007, best by Sept 10, 2030.

Green bottle, like the Kriek. Boon laughs at the possibility of these beers being light struck, as I do. ;^)

Big pop, brisk pour, lots of foam that seems to be sticking around, hazy orange yellow colour. There's some lacing and the foam is still hanging in there. Now about a finger's worth.

The smell is pretty amazing. Lots of funk, lemon citrus, and VERY bitter. Some peppery spice in the nose as well. It's been a long time since my last Geuze.

First sip in and the lemon and funk hit my palate big time. A slight tartness goes hand in hand with a huge bitterness and a bit of a peppery note here and there. More sips in and more, thankfully, of the same. Wow, this is good. The alcohol is hidden very well so I can just sit back and relax with this fine tasting Geuze. Just what the proverbial doctor ordered.

Fairly light in body with loads of carbonation...lots of "tickling" on the back of the throat after every swallow. Nice mouthfeel, for sure, and very damn drinkable. Oh and the foam is still kicking it.

Hehe...there's not much I can say that's bad about this beer so I won't even attempt to try. This is hitting THE SPOT!

Last pour and the beer is now decidedly cloudy with just a wee bit of sediment from the bottom of the glass. I think this is a must try for the lovers of the style.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into goblet. Great balance. Tart and funky, but none of the Cantillon harshness. Carbonation lasts. Alcohol maked

I could have happily had several more!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite the exceptional gueuze. Probably my favorite of the style to date. I decided to pick up a bottle after some asshole brought his hyperactive daughter into the beer room yesterday during one of the busiest days I've ever had at work, and needless to say I had to clean up a broken bottle. The aromatics were too alluring to pass up. I never would have known it was an 8% ABV lambic, as it tastes much smoother than those that are in the typical 4-6 range.

The beer pours just as I would have expected, to a fairly clear golden/amber peachy color, only slightly hazy, with a nice carbonation that supports a tall effervescent head. Retention is phenomenal, but lacing could stand to be better.

The smell was the initial trait that lured me to this beer as I was mopping up the remains, and it continues to be my favorite aspect of the beer. Slight tart acidity, but also has some citric qualities, as well as a nice light berry aroma. Very smooth. Not nearly as acidic as some gueuzes I've had. Only a light funky sweaty socks smell. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but the funk stands out a little bit more.

The body is creamy and full, which is fairly odd for the style, but it still has that crisp dry acidity with a tart finish. Very good. Quite drinkable given both the style and ABV. I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to get their feet wet with the often overwhelming gueuze style.

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Photo of ChBass
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Le Sous Bock Tavern in Paris. It is a 2007 vintage.

Beer is a dark amber in the lambic glass. The foam subsides, but does not go away!

The smell hits you as soon as you pop the cork... Tartness, with some lactic funkiness.

The taste is not nearly as tart as it smells; absolutely refreshing. The light body is balanced by the lactic tartness and some woddy notes from the oak casks. I could drink a gallon of this stuff; you get no hint of booziness, despite being 8%.

The mouthfeel is light, with some body. Very good.

Overall, an excellent, excellent beer!

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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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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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