Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-08-2002

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1,083
Reviews:
370
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. Aged for at least 3 years before release.

Pours a hazy deep orange, amber tint with a nice thin white head, thicker with a swirl. Sour citrus nose, little skunky/celery like but not offensive or unattractive.

Nice mouthfeel with a rich carbonation and a quality "sour" character. A rich and full "sour/tart" character.

Nice citrus/sour/tart flavors that causes a good pucker, with high acid and pleasant sour flavors. Rich and full flavors that are nice by itself and will go very well with food. Sour flavors actually get more and more refined in the glass. Nice

P.S. I just went to my desk 24 hours later and found that the bottle was open and still on the desk with about 3 inches left. I tried it...it was still carbonated, although a bit reduced, and with all of the above characteristics, although perhaps a bit less intense.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

2007 vintage.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy and funky flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

2009 vintage. this beer is outstanding, thanks to my rare beer club for hooking this up. a real treat. it pours a radiant orangey yellow color, hazy, but not nearly as much as some others. the head is over two inches tall, and leaves excellent lacing. the nose is sour and punchy, just how I like it. not as complex as some, but still a lot going on with a lemony acid profile and a floral sort of yeast that goes well with the souring agents. the flavor is just like the nose, very straightforward gueuze. im picking up a little more oak in this than I usually do, which I think helps the sour set in and make a little bigger impression. its very refreshing, and it hides its strength incredibly well. im surprised at its elegance, being as big as it is. I think the age has mellowed it just a bit, as the carbonation isn't quite as effervescent as it probably was. but the relaxed feel really works for me, and the light body helps it stay drinkable. overall an excellent example of the style, it has that perfect sour funk profile that is just right for this time of year. this one is a winner, worthy of seeking out. could see giving it another 10 years or so too...

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellowish brown in color and poured with a three finger high off white head that did down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible along with a few dark yeast particles clinging to the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness and funk in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a moderate amount of sour flavors and a touch of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink compared to other beers in the style because the sourness dis not overpowering. Any traces of alcohol in the taste are well hidden.

Note: 2004 vintage

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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage version. Served from a bottle in the Porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger thin head devoid of cream. Abysmal retention. Hazy yellow-orange colour. Appealing.

Sm: Berry esters/fruit hops. Maybe passionfruit? Mix of different fruits, hence the title I assume. Mild strength scent.

T: Sharp open slices right into the fruit body, with the notes from the nose in their hoppy glory bleeding into the finish. Complex, but lacking the distinctiveness of notes required to be truly subtle and brilliant. The finish is nice, a pleasant floral/berry taste.

Mf: Nicely coarse, fizzy, and dry, coaxing out the flavours. I'd like more of a relaxed open and a bit less incisive carbonation.

Dr: A good Sunday morning beer, but far from a great fruit beer. Certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic, but it's not easy on the wallet - at least not in Dublin - at 6.20 quid. Good for gueuze, and I need to revisit it to go into more detail once I'm more familiar with the style.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Tart green apples with farmhouse funk

Taste: The tart green apple flavors fill the mouth and, after the swallow, some oakiness is detected; tartness expands through to the finish, which becomes filled with yeasty funkiness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high level of carbonation

Drinkability: An acquired taste but quite enjoyable

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool.
Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow into a tulip glass. Three fingers of dense, crackling foam, sheets of sticky lacing, and champagne carbonation.

Honey, wet stone/minerals, lemon rind in the nose. Wet hay, mild barnyard funk, but not as funky or earthy as Girardin. Sour/sharpness is pretty mild. Classical in appearance and aroma.

Lemon juice tart, wheaty, some apple skin in the aftertaste. Dry finish, not especially woody. Lacking in the sour department, more like champagne than anything.

Fairly astringent, crisp mouthfeel. Thin but spritzy, with champagne-like carbonation. A good intro to Gueuze, very drinkable and approachable, but it's not quite as good as their unblended lambic.

Edit: After trying various vintages, this one can be fairly variable. Sometimes great, sometimes mediocre.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. The bottle says 2007.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: I'm getting a nice barnyard funky along with some vinegar/citrus sourness. Some herbal notes with a mildly sweet malt note.

Taste: The funky outweights the sweet right off the bat. More herbal citrus sourness. Some barnyard funk. Everything is very smooth and all the flavors blend together. The finish is slightly bitter and funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I had this with some mussels, and it was perfect. So smooth and very easy to drink. I never would have guessed that it's 8 percent.

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

Bottle: Poured a yellow hazy colored beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Aroma is quite sour with some citrus notes also noticeable. Taste is quite refreshing with again some citrus notes and a quite powerful sour taste. The acidity level is just perfect and doesn’t unbalance this great beer. I was quite surprise with the high level of ABV for a gueuze but since it hard to notice taste-wise I didn’t mind. Overall, a great gueuze with good balance and complexity.

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

Appearance: Dark gold in color with striking clarity. Pours with a large, sticky head of 3 1/2 inches, which settles to about half an inch after a few minutes. The constantly-rising stream of bubbles provide excellent head retention.

Smell: A massive, funky horse-blanket aroma erupts from the bottle as soon as the cork pops off - it's noticeable from a few feet away. Closer inspection reveals oak, vinegar, apple and lemon.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour from the start, with subtle oak and white vinegar. Lemon and grapefruit flavors are most prevalent, both juice and rind, with an underlying funkiness tying it all together. The finish is dry, leaving a light tartness on the palate. Champagne-like carbonation lends a light, airy mouthfeel.

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4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine picked this up in New York. 2004 Vintage.

A: poured a bright yellow without much at all in the way of haze or sediment. The head started out at about two fingers, eventually falling down to some lace around the edge of the brew.

S: loads of funky barnyard, horse blanket, hay, you name it. As unappetizing as it was for everyone to say, there were hints of ammonia reminiscent of things I'd rather not consume, but still rather pleasant indeed.

T: nice and musty. I could almost imagine myself lounging in the hay loft of a barn quaffing this one back all summer long. The Brett really did a fantastic job on this one. Also present was a little bit of oak.

M: nice and dry. Not much of a sour character, but that's perfect on this gueuze, as there's so much going on that I can't adequately describe it. The 8.0% abv is not at all present.

D: quite smooth and the complexity definitely kept me coming back for more. Stand up job from Boon; can't believe this was my first beer from them.

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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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