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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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 everetends
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle I picked up for about 8 bucks at Greens off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. Best by date of 1-25-26. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours a really good looking orange color with some really nice pink hues to it. Kind of looks like an apricot type color. Held to the light the pink hues mellow out and the orange really is vibrant. The pour yielded about two fingers of white head. The head quickly fades, but becomes a pretty thick white ring that has some weight to it. Lacing is spotty but still has some nice stick to it. The body is all cloud and murky, beautiful. This has just an amazing look.

S: Smell is a bit on the wierd side. There is a bit of strange funk going on in here. There is a strange wet wood/slightly moldy smell going on here. Behind that is some vinegar and some lemon and apple aromas. On the finish is a bit of musky scent. All of these scents are good, but somehow as they combine here they aren't that appealing. They just have that dirty, don't go into that room because it may kill you but you are still intrigued by the shiny object within so you don't heed the warnings type of smell.

T: This is quite tasty. It starts of with some apple cider vinegar that has that vinegar way about it. The apple really comes out in the form of some acidic granny smith apple skin. Really nice. Then you get some pear meat and some sour grape skins. The grape flavors come in the form of some nice white wine flavors such as a not SO sweet Reisling. Slight oaky wood coming out as well, which has just a touch of the vanilla you sometimes get from oak. Some decent funk in here in the form of a touch of wet hay and leather, all appealing somehow. Very nice and I dig it.

M: Medium bodied brew with a really nice carbonation crispness. This has a really nice red wine dryness to it as well. That type of dryness that really keeps you wanting to drink more. Slight acidic quality to it as well. I can not believe this sits at 8% since it feels so light and drinkable. Aftertaste is all grape skin. Very nice.

D: Oh so nice. This beer is all around good times. This beer does't set heavy whatsoever and that slight dryness really keeps you drinking. Lovely. Sure, the aroma really threw me off, but it makes up for it in every other category. That feel really brings all this together, and the flavors are damned good. Really starting to jump into these Geuze styles and this is damned good. Get some, love some.

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Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam's Marcey

2003 Vintage
Best before 01/02/27

Boon's Mariage Parfait Geuze proudly shows off a glimmering apricot body and a light haziness. The body shimmers when backlit and highlights the immense carbonation that rushes to the surface. A dirty dishwater white head snap, crackles, and pops up to a height of three fingers before quickly fizzling back down to a thin collar shortly after the pour. There's actually some sudsy lacing left behind after each tilt of the glass. This glass of gueuze is making my mouth water.

There's an array of aromas seeping from the glass. A touch of barnyard in the form of damp hay and dusty, musty cobwebs and decaying wood get things going. A crisp bright cider vinegar, although tempered, plays a large role in the overall aroma. There's an interesting fruitiness that is freshly squeezed lemon juice, ripe peach, and gritty pear. Again, the nose on this gueuze is making my mouth water.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride with the vinegar being slightly less acetic as I was hoping. The fruitiness stands out quite nicely with both the lemon and peach playing prominent, refreshing roles with a slight acidity. Damp wheat tartness brings up the rear. This gueuze shows tartness but not the sourness I so thoroughly enjoy; with that said this is an enjoyable gueuze, that's very approachable.

Upon first pour the carbonation is very reminiscent of champagne but it tends to slow down fairly quickly to a more manageable pace. He body is light and when the carbonation dies down borders on watery, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but does detract from the overall feel.

Drinkability is off the charts on this one. The refreshing lemony wheat tartness and light body combine to make this beer drink like a champ. It's actually tough to put the glass down.

This is an all around solid gueuze from Boon and one I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again. It's not bracingly sour or hugely complex but makes for an enjoyable sipper and approachable gueuze.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is apple juice with no murkiness. and some head that dissipated of stuck right to the glass as lace. smell is sour as expected. then complex floral. an arrangement. iris, water lilly are the only one's that noticed. a back bone of watered down watermelon. taste is particularly sour. the finish was particularly bitter. finish has a cognac in the malt with a woody finish that seems the grunt of the bitter. i'm not a florist but its sort of a life time of flower arranging. had it again about 3 weeks later and the beer seems to have a gasoline odor to it almost. light wood sweet from the malt. pollen in the late here after once the keg had sat around a bit. .

next time i should have it a bit warmer. as it does mellow out and have a more... pollen finish.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle acquired at Rivers Bend.
Served in my Chimay goblet.
Pours a murky goldish yellow in color. There's an inch of head that forms on the pour. You can smell the fruit and funkiness in this beer as soon as you pop the cork. It was on the counter 5 feet from me and I could smell it like it was under my nose. Taste is incredible. Plenty of sour and funkiness. Some cider like qualities. The bugs are in full rampage here. Some acidic fruit flavors as well. I'm very intolerant to acidic beers, but this one didn't bother me at all. Every sip was just as good as the first. Perfectly carbonated. The funk/sourness played magnificently with the carbonation. Lively on the tongue. Quite refreshing. This is everything that this type of beer should be. I can't wait to explore other examples of the style and drink everyone of them that I can find.
I will pick up more of this.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started off the night with this one. Thanks go out to newtonty for sharing! Shared with DrewOSU, as well...

Vintage 2003 - green, 750ml and per the label, best before 08.02.07. We let the beer sit on the table to cool and removed the cage. It shocked the crap out of us when it popped on it's own with no warning. I guess it's time to drink!

Pours a cloudy golden peach with an attractive, creamy/frothy white head. Decent retention with no lacing.

BIG nose of bitter funk! Smells of sour tangerines, straw and band aids!

Unlike the nose, I only get moderate funk levels throughout... It starts really big, bubbly and sour with oak, lemon and grapefruit attributes. Then it quickly fades to a much more modest sour level before swallowing. Bitterness lingers for some time afterward.

Light bodied with high amounts of bubbly, champagne yeast. Medium flavored overall.

Overall, it's a "big bark with a little bite"or the nose was huge and the flavor was moderate. Very nice!

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle with vintage 2003 on the label. My contribution to Open That Bottle Night. Shared with the indefatigable ksak.

A: The gueuze is a golden orange color, lacking any level of turbidity. A lush two finger head has long since evaporated, leaving isolated islands of lace.

S: The nose is dominated by a funky tartness that can best be described as stinky foot. Oak is present under the funk.

T: The funkiness that drips from the nose isn't nearly as strong in the taste. That's not to say that there is no funk, because it is here. Under the funk, oak is prevalent, dominant even. The tartness drys the palate after each sip.

M: The tartness up front is prickly and peppery. The oak that follows is sweet and fortified. The varying textures keep the ale lively.

D: The 8% alcohol is well-hidden behind the oak and wild buggers. If I could find more of this, I'd snap it up.

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

Bought a bottle of this at Beachwood BBQ. 2003 Vintage.

Appearance: Poured a straw gold color. No head to speak of, or lacing. Very tepid-looking pour, not much life to it.

Smell: Whoof! This is a funky one, to say the least. Gym socks, stinky cheese, white grapes, pickle vinegar, hay, and a variety of other complexities underneath. Some spiciness on the back end that I tend to get in most Sour Ales. Really, pretty fantastic stuff if you enjoy these styles. Very complex, very funky. That being said, I think if you were unfamiliar with Gueuze's, you would probably be scared off by this. It's not for the faint of heart, at least in the aroma.

Taste: White grape, alcohol, herbs, general funk, wild yeasts. A little more one note here, and an alcohol quality that didn't peak its head through in the aroma detracts here a bit. Still, pretty darn satisfying and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Extremely dry, but in a way I enjoyed. Slight fizz from the carbonation.

Drinkability: This was a sipper. I shared a bottle with the other patrons, and it took us a bit to get through the whole thing. That was to be expected, though.

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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 wl0307
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this marvellous geuze. 2003 Vintage, the cork marks "SB 53"; BB 05/2027, served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: pours a tangerine-ish amber hue with semi-lively fizziness and a well-lasting fluffy off-white head.
S: so lively and dancing in the air is the tart, salty, yet rusty notes of wild yeasts, underlined by an intense flow of dried-grapefruit-peel like and faintly passion-fruity fragrance as well as aromatic wheat-malts that endow the drink with a gravity. A swirl gives rise to an elegant flow of oakiness to intertwine with the moderately stinky funky yeasts. A harmony in the glass.
T: the taste comes rather bitter and spicy from the start and leaves tart fruits playing the second/third fiddle, full of spiciness from dried citrus-peels and Chinese licorice-spiced olives... The alc. goes down the throat with some weight, leaving behind on the palate restrained undertones of tart-bitter cider and chewy-textured, old-ish oaky woodiness. The long finish of the woody-bitter tinge of ageing rounds up the drink smoothly.
M&D: not as lively in terms of the funky elements that one might expect a lot of in an oude geuze, but this one paints a subtle & mature picture of the drink of its kind. The aftertaste especially shows the depth of a well-aged (6 years now) geuze along with its subtle bitterness that is not so common in its most counterparts I've tried, while the carbonation remains absolutely fresh and tingling on the taste-buds. An excellent beer!

* Tasting Date: 15/06/06
375ml green bottle, corked and caged. The cork marks "SB 39", BB 15/12/2024... Although it looks now is too early to open this bottle to savour, I've already waited for six months after purchasing it, so that's it. Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.
4 A: pours a bright, dark golden hue; a moderately frothy head forms slowly, while the carbonation is like drizzling rain from the bottom of the glass... very elegant and nice~~
4.5 S: compelling/powerful acidic/tart fruity as well as metallic note... like freshly-squeezed lime juice along with lemon rind with its aroma, alongside oxidised; the sour fruitiness is backed by a hint of banana-oil, a stinky odour of "fermented tofu" (a delicacy in China and Taiwan~~), and an utterly dryish, mineral and woody edge supposedly imparted by barrel-ageing and also inputs of wheat-malts, leaving just a faint touch of sweetness of malts in the remote corner. Overall, not balanced at all, but very assertively tart, exciting, and quite complex.
4.5 T: slightly sharply-textured, dryish, tangy zestiness and bitterness of lemon and tart white grapefruit upfront; an aftertaste of dried herbs and woodiness ensues, bringing even more bitter and tangy edge of citrus fruits. The acidity is surprisingly low on the palate, yet the tongue-plucking dryish edge extends to the very end of the tongue, making it taste more like Chinese herb medicine soup infused with lemon peels! Compared with other old geuze, there's more vertical mouthfeel than complex flavour for enjoyment. Although it's a 8%abv. beer, it tastes just like any ordinary-strength counterparts, which I take as a success.
4 M&4 D: an interesting step forward from the sharper but more tasty Boon's Old Geuze. I guess it does take some more time for this beer to release its concealed complexity, but this beer as young as it is has already shown a mellow body not easy to achieve for the style. I'll certainly re-visit this nice beer, maybe with a ten-year-old sample next time~~

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear and bubbly yellow/very light orange color with a stark white fizzy head that retains very well by lambic standards and leaves ok lacing.

Nose reeks of funk. Barnyard and horseblanket come out strong with tons of brett and other wild yeast apparent. Some light fruit, apples and a bit of straw and some armpit.

Hmm. Not quite as sour as the nose lets on, but man, now tasty! Great light fruit jumps out, some apple and pear. Super farm funk and brett also very strong on the flavor profile. The sourness comes on strong up to the middle of the taste, but then sort of fades a bit as the finish approaches. Very interesting. Appley funk remains on the palate through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal, slight overcarbonation but I like it that way. Greaty dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. The slightly toned down sourness makes this one very easy to consume.

Overall a very nice geueze. Not as sour as most might expect, but make no mistake, this is a sour lambic. Awesome flavor profile, and I like the little extra carbo boost. A fine lambic, and one I am excited to put some more age on.

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Photo of Overlord
2.53/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a pale orange, minimal white head.

Strong smell ... kind of weird. A vinegariness and also a ... rotten odor? Not unripe, but rotten.

That carries through to the taste. Yeargh, this is pretty bad. I don't know what that rottenness is, but it overlays the funk and sour zest and is incredibly offputting.

Good mouthfeel on a bad beer. I feel so guilty recommending this to someone, I confused it with another brew.

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Photo of hopdog
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with a huge sized white head. Aromas of barn yard, animal manure, leather, funky, and citrus. Tastes of some funkiness, citrus, and some wood. Cheese starting coming out as I drink more. I found this one to be on the thin side all the way around. Very light tart finish.

Notes from 9/21/08

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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Sour apples, peaches, and soem vinegar in the aroma. Sharp, funky taste up front. Sweeter, peach taste towards the back with a mascarpone finish. It always throws me when the brett in these sour beers is able to flip from sour to cheese/butter sweet in the finish. Light, tart, and enjoyable.

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

Reviewed on 5/16/08. Bottle. Poured a cloudy light orange with a slight white head. Aroma of sour barnyard funk. Flavor of sour fruits, typicaly gueuze flavor. Not too sour (a plus for me) and very enjoyable to drink. Kind of zesty too! I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, as most lambics are often too sour for my liking. Excellent.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

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Photo of oakbluff
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared via fisherman34, nice to finally try this gueze. Pours a slightly hazed golden straw, one finger white head. Nose- nice pungent sour fruits, vinegar, earthy. Taste- not quite as sour as expected given the sharp smell to the beer, but still had a nice citrus /apple tartness. Thin mouthfeel with a dry earthy quality to the finish. Very easy drinking and high carbonation. Alcohol is hidden for size the of this gueze.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled sample. Dark gold in colour with a few floaties and spritzy carbonation. Very potent sour aromas of lemon and orange with undertones of dried wood. Way more mellow in the mouth than expected. The sour fruits are upfront again, but without being overly tart or sour. Mild wood and funk are present as well. Rounded mouthfeel without the heavy acidic attack of a Cantillon or Girardin, but still quite dry. Good stuff, but my preference would be for a more sour gueuze.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Yellow/orange, sunset colored with a slight haze. A quarter inch of head rises and falls quickly, leaving a moderate color with thin patches. No lacing.

S - Somewhat mild. Cheese, leather, old socks, and an earthiness come to mind.

T - Very lemony upfront. Leather and cheese come on mid palate with a peppery kick, possibly from the alcohol. Lemon peel and old cheese take hold late palate, ending with an earthy bitterness. Finish is very clean.

M - Light to medium bodied with crisp but fleeting carbonation.

D - For a big, sour beer this isn't too hard to drink. It's difficult to judge these beers because I've had very few. I think I prefered the regular Boon Geuze better.

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Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Redlands for around ten dollars, 2003 vintage, split with my dad tonight, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Golden yellow color with some orange highlights, tons of things floating around, tried to leave the sediment behind too, small bubbly white head, less than a half inch, not much retention, no lacing
S-Tartiness, lemon juice, wheat, horse blanket, skunkiness, green plants, weird funk, orange peel, and other fruits
T-Starts off with a big lemon flavor, funky through the middle almost like a saison, then a big tarty finish with a lingering aftertaste, sourness does not blow you away but it is there and works fine, would have liked to see more aggressive flavors but it cannot have it all I guess, will probably age real nicely, bottle said it can be drank now or in the next fifteen years or so
M-Medium bodied, tons of carbonation, although it did not gush thankfully, tart, acidic, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, taste lingers nicely
D-Could have probably drank this bottle but then had some acid reflux problems right after, smooth and easy going down, but very acidic, alcohol is hidden well, pretty light

I wanted to open this after having a small taste of it on Saturday courtesy of chefscott79, I was not very impressed the first time I tried it but tonight it was better, an above average gueuze that did not blow me away or anything, but worth my money, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of illidurit
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass. Hazy dark gold with a small white head of fine carbonation. Aroma is semi-sour, with lemon, apple skin, and chardonnay. Flavor is a little acetic, a little citric, and a little lactic all at once. Not arrestingly sour. Musty lemon with mild phenol, cherry, and nutty yeast. Mouthfeel is sublime. Very soft and pleasant. Finish is dry and tart. Nice carbonation. A good intro to gueuze.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright and hazy golden yellow/orange. Thick lumpy white head that fades rather quickly leaving a thin white layer on top. Lot sof floaties despite a very gentle pur and leaving the bottom inch in the bottle.

S - Very tart nose of lemon and wheat. Funk comes through as well...a cheese funk aroma.

T - Very tart lemon taste up front. A faint earthy graininess comes through before being overwhelmed by a bitter funkiness. I think this might be what some people call horse blanket, but I dont know. Finishes with a bit of a citric acidity that lingers in the mouth.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing. The tartness might make it a tough one on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a cloudy straw color with two fingers of white fluffy suds.
Smell is lambic all the way. Sour lemon peel and sourgrass. I smell a dry wheat/straw that I didn't smell in the 3 Fontienen. This one is not as malty on the nose.
Much milder than the 3 Font. but in a good way. I taste the hops more with a darkness behind the sour. Some alcohol is felt as the concoction delivers itself down the throat.
Not as clean as the 3Font. and it's not as refreshing.
The three Fontienen is much more of a session beer and I would buy it first if it were redily available.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle, best before 25th Jan 2025 (!!). Into my Hopleaf tulip

A: Clear orange with a massive white head. Great retention and this leaves patchy foam as it recedes. Tons of carbonation. Very pretty

S: Intense lemon sourness with a moderate barnyard funk. Oaky. Tons of lemon rind, and a hint of spice (pepper?) Good stuff, though not the most complex of aromas

T: Starts off incredibly sour with a lot of lemon zest but quickly fizzles out with a bland, dusty taste and grapefruit juice. Some green apple. Mildly acidic. Incredibly dry on the finish and I guess that's to be expected with an 8% gueuze. The oaky tannins enhance the astringency on the finish

M: Excellent carbonation but the tannins are a little high for my liking

D: I craved something sour and this is a bit of a disappointment. I doubt I'll pick it up again

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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 Derek
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage.

A: Hazy, brownish-straw, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Huge lactic sourness, old shoes, earthy minerals. Wild.

T: Big funk & tartness up front, but not over-powering. Earthy, leathery, oak & a slight vanilla in the aftertaste.

M: Well attenuated, light to moderate body, moderate carbonation, very dry.

D: Decent for the style.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,077 ratings.
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