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 Sludgeman
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 2010 bottle date, 750 ml, best befoe 2033.

A very fruity aroma, almost white wine-like.

Not so sour. I can and did drink the entire bottle by myself.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my second ever review for the Geuze style, and I must confess that I owe the style a big apology. The reason being, that when I tried my first Geuze, I was truly ignorant about sour styles of beer and was quite shocked and put off. Now that over the years I've become acclimated to all types of sours, I feel like I get it more.
This one poured a hazy straw color with a couple of fingernails length head that died down and left a consistent thin film and lacing.
In the aroma, there are earth and funk, which is of course accompanied by strong sour, acidic, lemon tartness that stings the nose. However, there is also some grapefruit zest and apricot sweetness that make it multidimensional. Further still, there is a soft fresh wheat, hay and floral aroma that helps take the edge off.
Tart and acidic on the tongue, yet, the sweetness of the apricot and grapefruit zest really adds a drinkable and refreshing touch in the middle palate. There is also an apple cider and white wine quality. It finishes bone dry and is light and drinkable.
I really liked this and wish I had bought two. I want to get to know this style more.

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Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 label.

Very bubbly bottle. Lots of fizzy head. Golden orange color.

Light mineral notes, some funk and barnyard flavors, and lemon citrus. Not acidic. Bubbly, spritzy feel. Dry. A bit of fruit and oak.

Solid for being able to find on the shelf, but I prefer 3f og or classic over this. This one didn't have as much flavor and the feel wasn't my style.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle shared. There is a best before 2032 date on the back, but feel this is right where it needs to be. I'd drink them now if you have this year. Cheers!

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Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Trappistenlokaal ’t Klooster. Clear orange with a white head. Smells like sodium bicarbonate, salt, citrus, vinegar. The taste follows the same notes, light sourness and barnyard funk. Medium to light body, high carbonation and a sour, salty aftertaste.

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Photo of amano_h
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of Pencible
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Label year 2012, best by 09.24.2034. Sampled 07.2016.

A: This poured a mostly clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like minerals and tart vinegar, with funky oak and unripe apricot and clove.
T: It tasted like funky oak and horse blanket, with some tart vinegar and clove and a bit of unripe grapefruit. It had a clean funky aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was one of the funkiest beers I've ever had. The scent and taste weren't very complex, but they were very bold. The body was fitting, and the finish was long, so it was good for sipping. It could age forever (as the label indicated). Fun to try, but not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 2012 Vintage, dated best by 9/2034
Pours a lightly amber tinted medium golden color. The head builds to about 30% of the volume of the pour with a moderately easy pour. The beer is quite clear.

The Geuze has a nice bite to the sour note it gives off, but with some deeper whiffs, it would be more aptly described as a strong funky tartness. Peach, musty to yeasty wood - fairly classic based on my limited experiences.

A very relaxing roll of bubbles helped caress this beer over my tongue. Fairly light body, but not quite as much as expected.

Starts off with less funky and more tart than I expected from my deeper whiffs. Only a dull woodiness appears in the taste that has more notes of passion fruit, tart nectarine, apricot. These tart notes are very nicely restrained versus being aggressive or tongue-ripping. I actually am really appreciating their strength of flavor without the strength of acidity.

There is a nice level of souring that is also kept in check and plays with the base malt beverage instead of becoming/overtaking the beer. This beer is not lacking because of it, but is refreshing and impressive thanks to it.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - hazy golden body, fluffy 2-finger head that quickly dissipates
S - mineral, soapy, a faint barnyard funk, grass, citrus rind,
T - mineral, lemon, pith, oak, apricot, pool water
F - lively, tannic, dry finish
O - feel is the biggest knock against this beer for me, just a bit on the wrong side of light and fluffy.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled & 2012 vintage
Burnished gold body with quickly retreating white head that ends up clinging tiny white bubbles on the rim of the glass
Big sour aroma, cider vinegar and apricot
Aroma is the flavour with some aspirin and white spirit
Easy drinking and well carbonated and solid

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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 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 flyingpig
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage
375ml bottle from Whole Foods Market, Giffnock (£4.49):
This one was a pretty nice lambic from Boon, it started quite light on the nose with the usual sourness & some tart alongside a few grapes but things definitely picked up come the taste with a lot more acidity & funk coming through. It was quite an easy beer to drink with a nice balance to it & strong carbonation; a slight step up from the regular Boon Oude Geuze & a very nice beer overall.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

L - Straw with one finger white head

S - Funk, grain, hay, grassy

T - tart but not sour, very balanced. Good grain presence and light herbal hops. Less complex than some other gueuze I had but it still has a certain character

F - champagne like carbonation but not as dry, smooth

O - A very balanced brew. It aged well. Not so sour but really balance and deep. I'd recomend it for those who never tried gueuze

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Photo of tlema1
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: looks like a juicy IPA, but that's misleading
S: tart, not much nose
T: tart, offensive
F: the tart really lingers
O: tried to rate to style, but this is awful to me

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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 TheElectricOne
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2012 vintage 375ml into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a light-reddish/dark pink color, with a head made up of large bubbles that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing or ring of bubbles. Lots of carbonation activity visible in the center of the glass.

Aroma: lots of sour green apple, some wet wheaty scent....a lot of oak here too. Smells tart and acidic, though not overly so. Doesn't carry that red wine vinegar potency that some guezes do.

Taste: really light and subtle flavors here. I didn't get an overly oaky taste as stated in some reviews; in fact, I wanted a little bit more barrel in mine. Perhaps aging it a couple more years'll do. Anyway, there is a really nice interplay of flavors here........tart, slightly overripe Apple, some pear. No funk present that I can detect, really. Finishes with very mild bitterness, and some mineral noted.

Feel: initially coats the palate with creaminess, and quickly turns into tart, medium astringency....not as light-bodied as I thought, but not viscous or heavy.

Overall: it's a very good lambic. Of course, there are many better renditions of the style out there, but at $8 for the bottle, I'll drink it any day.

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Photo of drmeto
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage:

-pours a hazy golden-amber with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-visible particle floaties
-banana,lemon,lime,green apple,barnyard,sugar,bubble gum,herbs
-green apple.grainy,bready,spicy,lemon,honey
-medium bitterniss
-medium sourness
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol noticeable
Nice Lambic.
Probably the most yeast-heavy Lambic ive had so far
Not as sweet as Lindemans sweetened Lambics,not as sour as Cantillon.

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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 Jow
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful gueuze this one, better than the regular boon in a sense of rounder flavor and a bit less sharp but still has enough body and sour in it.

Not that pricy as some other lambics a certainly worth a try. In my opinion this comes close to a Tilquin or a cantillon gueuze.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a golden-orange with a very quickly dissipating head and large chunks of suspended sediment.

S: Lots of woody, toasted oak and a nice restrained vinous acidity with some brett funk.

T: More raw oak with lots of drying bitter tannins and barnyardy Brett. A bit biting: some more acidity and definitely less oak would have made this a lot better.

F: Medium-light bodied with moderate yet lively carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Thoughts: A fine example of an over-oaked sour. I certainly appreciate the effort and resources that go into keeping the beer in barrels for three years, but the oak character and bretty yeast bite really threw this one off for me.

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Photo of YeastInception
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells like stone fruit and mild funk. Tastes of similar flavor as smell but with a bit of sweetness and mid to high acidity. As it warms flavors of sour cherry and banana come out. Overall very complex fruity geuze.

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Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2010 sticker, decanted into a 1 liter ceramic Boon pitcher, poured into a Boon tumbler glass.

The beer pours a nice, hazy copper color, orange and gold hues, a handful of bubbles rise to the top of the glass where a finger of white head crests, very good retention but yields no lace. The aroma is very nice, funky barnyard, straw, wheat, crisp citrus, lightly floral with a bit of sweetness. I was impressed with the brightness and how pleasant the funk was and little sweetness there was. Certainly the age played a role, but this was a really nice beer to smell. The flavors are fantastic, juicy citrus, grapefruit and orange peel, lemon zest, pale wheat, wildflower bouquet before the funk really creeps up and adds a lot of complexity and character to this beer. Pleasantly tart with just a bit of acetic sourness, lightly bitter aged hops are present as well, offering some green flavors and a bit of a of bite at the back end. The mouthfeel is superb, coating, full bodied, lively carbonation that feels very smooth and has a nice, soft, easy finish that has just a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

Verdict: A very nice gueuze from Boon. Loads of character, complexity but still bright, easy and refreshing. I was surprised that was 8% but couldn't notice at all until the finish, which has just a touch of warmth. I've had a variety of vintages of this beer and have yet to be let down, definitely a great gueuze that has nice accessibility.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle poured in a tulip glass. I got this beer as part of the Rare Beer of the Month Club, and since the 2012 supply was out, got the 2011 instead, a win for me!
As described, pours a beautiful nectar golden color.
The best before date was 12/31/2032, so good for 20 years from bottling. To get a couple of cases of this beer, and break one out each year would be amazing.
This "Oude Gueze" was new to me, but it was outstanding. The beer is so complex with the blends of new and aged lambics, straight out of the region in Belgium. I've been enjoying sours this year, getting more into them. I got hints of citrus, oak, and a tart finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint amber + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker than thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sourness/tartness and funkiness with light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apricot and lemon citrus).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a moderate amount of sourness/tartness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of funkiness and a light flavor of apricot and lemon citrus. Hints of bitterness in the finish with moderate lingering tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an excellent example of the style and is very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable. Really nice flavors and aromas.

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