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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
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

This one labeled 2003.

The smell is pretty lively, with a moderate level of funkiness accompanying the sour.

Taste is wild funkiness, sour, and there's this underlying bitterness, I don't know if it's from the alcohol or a yeast by product. Being that it's 8"% it might be the alcohol causing some spiciness or peppery taste that comes off kinda bitter.

It didn't blow me away in any one area but it just felt like a real solid Gueuze, a style I'm trying to become more familiar with.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours goldenrod with a mild bubbly white head, fair retention, nothing special to look at.

S: Great banyard funk, fermented apples, sweat, champagne grapes.

T: Similar in a lot of way to the original Gueze Boon, but seems more refined, the flavours aren't as out there. Horse blankets and wool form the main flavour with light sourdough malt, acidity and sour fruit. Quite complex.

M: Acidic, but it is quite light, seems thin at times, easy to drink.

D: A nice tasty lambic from Boon, another winner, just wish it wasn't so pricey.

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

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast, lemon and barnyard/mustiness. The flavor was of citrus, pepper, some of the yeast and barnyard elements also are present. The body is medium light and finish has the tartness one expects from the style. A nice beer.

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

Pours a hazy golden with a tight white head that sticks around as a cap. Nice spicy and herbal notes in the aroma, with black pepper, coriander, and lemon. Tastes very Saison-like with some crisp, clean, lemony sourness, black pepper, coriander, and the barest hint of funkiness at the finish. The funkiness increases somewhat as the beer warms. Slightly bitter herbalness at the end. The mouthfeel is quenching, refreshing, and complex. Great beer, and even a bit challenging while completely refreshing.

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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 callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Popped open this geuze to share with a special someone.

Appearance - A nice, hazy, murky gold. Pours with a little head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Um, like champagne. But sort of a musty champagne. With hints of sort of an old apple cider that has started to ferment. The special someone detects some cheese funkiness to it. All that being said, I like these smells. They are earthy and musty, but also fruity.

Taste- Pretty much like the smell. Sort of a rich champagne taste with hints of fruit, but also the mustiness, and the crisp apple tartness.

Mouthfeel - Possibly the hardest to judge. It's very bubbly, like a champagne, but a little thicker. Very smooth, but hard to hold as it tingles.

Drinkability - I shared this bottle, and that's probably the way to go. Like a champagne, it's highly carbonated, so not exactly smooth. However, it's refreshing.

Maybe a nice aperitif with some fruit, especially outdoors on a warm day. I'd treat it like a bottle of champagne, but it has more tartness and mustiness than a champagne would. I enjoy all these characteristics separately, and they mesh very well here.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another brew provided by my RB buddy fishingnet.

A: Nice bubbly carbonation leads to a nice two finger fluffy, white head. The beer is a nice light bright yellow hue.

Sm: Nice funky lambic aromas up front. This one is big on green fruits and yeast. There is a hint of earthy, horsey funk as well. Nice funky brew..

T: Tons of green fruit and funk. Yeasty, earthy goodness in a bottle. Nice and sour without being overthetop. Not the best lambic out there but very solid I must say.

M: Dry in the finish, bold, crisp, and bubbly..

D: Pretty drinkable. We shared a bottle which is about right.

Overall: Nice drinking beer that is best shared. I have really become a fan of this style and this is one of the better offering. It is sort of rare so if you find it buy it.

Thanks Ben, Wow what a day. 6 wonderful brew sampled.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a cream colored head, nice lacing and good retention. Slight haze and amber in color.

Smells of barnyard funk, tartness, light vinegar? and grass.

Tastes tart, funky and grassy. Also has a hit of acidic fruits. The more I drink this beer the more I am able to appreciate it.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first Gueze I've ever tried and I'm quite excited. This one is to toast my new job!

A: Poured from corked and caged bottle with best before date of 1/25/2026 (haha) a hazy gold color, completely opaque. Poured with a head about half an inch thick, that quickly reduced, to about an 1/8 of an inch, stayed the entire beer.

S: When I first popped the bottle open it smelled very skunky, couldn't tell if it was from the green bottle or if this is what its supposed to smell like. Second smell yields a very belgian yeasty smell, after a bit familiar lambic musty, fruity smells surface. Very complex.

T: Not as sour as I had hoped for, but still quite tart. Very dry, somewhat alcoholic as well. Very interesting, but almost overpowering dryness. Interesting hop finish as well. This is a very complex beer, tasty, but not quite as good as I had hoped for.

M: Very dry, nicely carbonated though, pretty smooth and easy in the mouth. Very tart though.

D: One is enough for me. This beer is interesting, and i wish i could get a fresher bottle to compare it, even though the expiration date is 16yrs in the future I think some light got to this one. Not a bad beer, but not one of my favorites.

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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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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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