Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 396 | Ratings: 1,162
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. in April 2006 for $9.99. Tasted in July 2006. Best by 26.01.2026. No worries there, eh?

Poured in my favorite Cantillon geueze glass, I started here, and as I drank it, also opened the regular Boon Geuze, so I could taste them side by side.

Corks pop is there, satisfying, but small upon opening. Pours a medium clear golden (lighter than the regular geuze) with a BIG frothy head of huge bubbles.

Aroma is nothing less than marvelous. Nice and sour, but not overpowering. Farmhouse organic is there, but under the sour. Maybe even a touch of sweetness like the sweetness found in the tartest of green apples. White grapeskins.

Flavor is much sharper than the aroma. Very, very, very dry. Did I mention that it's dry? Organic and musty. Takes a long time for my tongue to get around, but it definitely improves as the glass empties. More harsh than I like (my favorite is Oude Beersel, also made by M. Boon.), but it's still really good.

I'll be honest, I don't get the esoteric discussions of "authentic" in these kinds of beers, some say this is, some say it's not. Who cares- it's wonderful.

When finished, I wondered how this could be 8%, Just doesn't seem like it.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.79/5  rDev +16%
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 ikats
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful glowing copper in color with creamy white head. Smelling this beer I was first hit with expected barnyard (oh, yeah), but now I am noticing more sour fruits than anything else. Taste is noticeably dry and tart. Carbonation tingles the tongue. This beer is quite light. Very enjoyable and drinkable for when you are in the mood for geuze.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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 Zorro
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ML sample through the efforts of lostbearbrew and 120/190 BIF.

Corked and caged bottle with no sediment in the bottom.

Pours a near clear golden colored beer with a furious thick white head.

Smell is sour even from a distance but not severely so I have smelled far worse lambics. Giving it a hard sniff there is the expected sour odor and lots of wood, cork and pepper aromas. Some mild sweetness is in here but is not a dominant aroma.

Taste is almost sweet with a good and not over powering sourness that is less than a glass of Berliner Weiss. Dry and much like a Chardonnay wine this is spicy and earthy and accessible even for a non-fan of lambics such as myself. This beer is distinctly woody in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Let me state for the records that I don't like lambics, I find them to be tongue searing and stomach churning sour, except this one isn't. An excellent alternative to Chardonnay wine and a good choice for entry in to exploring the world of lambic type sour beers; this is about the only non-sweet lambic I can recommend.

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Photo of styrene
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork twsisted off with the loudest pop I've ever heard. Poured into a Mort Subite flute.

Appearance: Massive carbonation feeds a fluffy, white, Duvel-like head. The beer itself is dark-yellow.

Smell: Funky lambic yeast dominates, but there's a hint of grassiness/earthiness in it, probably from the cork.

Taste: Relatively thin sourness and not much else. Very dry from start to finish, maybe excessively so. Could easily substitute for champagne.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp. Again, like champagne.

Drinkability: Not bad at all for a gueuze, but maybe a bit too dry. Could also be a bit more complex.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright, radiant orange in color with a big, dissipating head.

Smell – This is a super-rank bouquet of rotten meat and barf that is quite promising. I didn’t pick up a lot of sweetness at first but as it warmed up that seemed to change.

Taste – It’s a bit maltier at the taste and the threatening sourness of the nose isn’t so extreme once tongue meets beer. The light fruiting is nice as well, full of peaches and light apricots. It ends with a tart apple smack.

Mouthfeel – This is a nice weight in the mouth, better than light but not medium-bodied, with some hellacious carbonation.

Drinkability – It was pushing the limit but just did stay on this side of the sour danger zone. It went down well for such a tart, carbonated ale.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. Best By date January 1, 2025. Sampled May 2006
Pours a brilliantly clear, gold leaning, reddish copper color. The head is frothy, fairly large bubbled and an off white color. The head is held up by an ample, though in no way explosive carbonation. The aroma is definitely tart with bits of funk running throughout. A woody, sort of tannic astringent note begins the aroma, it then picks up notes of lactic acid, hints of urea, and perhaps even a bit of an enteric note. The aroma says this beer is the full on real deal, I would love for the regular boon products to have this complexity. The aroma evokes thoughts of funky, woody mushrooms, and even some notes from a funky, ripe farmhouse cheese. This beer does not have the full on funkiness of some Gueuzes, but does have the full complement of restrained aromatic funk to it.

The beer is light and tart up front. The beer is fairly cold at the beginning and not nearly as funky as the nose might suggest. Soft notes of tart grapefruit accent the acid notes, and there is even a soft fruitiness here that reminds me of something like strawberries. Perhaps it is strawberries, it is something fleeting, but definitely with a light fruit sweetness that is almost a mirage to the sense of taste. The finish has a long, certainly tannic, seemingly oaky astringent note to it that just sort of hangs out on the palate after the beer has passed down the throat. As the beer warms the fruitiness picks up a bit, almost like a seriously tart, yet quite aromatic apple (imagine a perfectly ripe mackintosh with much of it's sweetness missing).

While I find Lambics, even the hard ones quite drinkable, this one is definitely on the drinkable side. The acidity, for a Lambic, is not that prominent and the seriously funky entero-bacterial notes are quite muted, if not non-existent in the taste. This beer is seriously drinkable despite the 8% alcohol label on the beer. While I could certainly wish for more complexity, this is a perfectly drinkable Gueuze, one which I am happy to be the new owner of 6 bottles. This is also a big step above the Boon Fruit Lambics, though I must admit that, oddly enough, the last batch of Oude Geuze Boon seemed a touch more complex than this bottle. Given this one sample size so far, I would say that on average this is one of the more complex Boon products.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bb date obscured, possibly 2026.

clear consistency, lots of running bubbles behind an orange-hued golden body. carbonation deposits a solid, two-finger even head atop this sacramental brew. nose of soured, wet plant materials and sweet fermented cider. lots of fruit in the nose of this gueuze.. most noticeably a crisp, tart apple skin sweetness and strawberry puree. exceptional aroma.

smooth beer here for a gueuze. maintains the prerequisite sinus-jolting sourness while possessing a more white-wine/champagne style green fruitiness and finishing dryness. one of the few guezes also that i find to be refreshing and overwhelmingly drinkable. this is certainly the closest beer i've ever had to champagne, and i'm assuming thusforth its moniker was created. i would be proud to toast a glass of this at my own wedding.

sour freaks will be a little put-off by the way that the uriney flavors and moldy notes don't take hold in this beer, maybe they will after time (seems like a newer bottle i have here). it's certainly a refreshing change and i dig it. perfect example of why boon is the man.. would love to see his beautiful restraint team up with the russian river crew for some spectacular blending.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375ml (12,7 fl/oz) cork and caged green glass bottle that looks just like a pre-shrunk 750, even down to the dimpled base. Main label has the words ‘Oude Geuze Boon Mariage Parfait’ set against a dark blue label. The word ‘Oude’ is in a gold text above the familiar white text of ‘Geuze Boon’ with ‘Mariage Parfait’ in gold text below. Reverse label states that the Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait is 100% spontaneously fermented. Has a Best Before Date of 26.01.2026 and is listed at 8.0% alc/vol. Bottle-Conditioned.

Appearance: The cork is retained with a black steel cap and held in with a wire cage. Thumbed cork is very easily removed with a mild phrruppp, numbered “SB40”. Resounding off-white creamy expanding head fills my aged traditional Gueuze Belle-Vue tumbler. Peachy gold body with some is littered with lots of hard working fast paced streamers. Light lacing on the tumbler.

Nose: Mellow aromas are a little surprising. Low on the schnozzle scale but it does have a little of everything that counts; lemons, dry wheat, soft funk and a gentle dry acidity.

Taste: Pastoral rustic charm mixes with dry dusty lemons and a soft haywain middle. Finish has woody tones with delicate funk interwoven between the lambic DNA. At first it seems just a little too relaxed and laid back. But it will grow on you, and does. Dry finish with a little oak to soften the middling acidity.

Mouthfeel: As with all the ‘Oude’ Boon variants the high levels of carbonation add immensely to the mouthful. Very lively on the tongue, it dances easily and is fleet of foot, but it packs a big dry

Drinkability: Fantastically drinkable. As with most of Boons offerings it rarely strays into the harsher wastelands but tends to stay firmly entrenched in much cleaner and smoother waters. The firm traditional lambic dryness adds to the quaffability. I wish I had a 750ml of this one.

Overall: Great stuff indeed. Allegedly the Mariage Parfait is solely comprised of a blend of just three year old lambic, though I am not really sure if it ever gets to the listed 8% ABV, or even how it could get to that kind of strength being a traditional lambic, nonetheless, this is well worth the Benjamins. Recommended.

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Photo of dgallina
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated best-before January 23 2025 (really).

Pours super-clear golden orange with a half-inch of very thick white head. Gigantic champagne-like carbonation. Aroma is an intoxicating blend of sour barnyard funk and freshly cut green apples. Flavor starts sweetly and fruity, but you're quickly hit by tart sourness that develops into a long-lasting, super-dry grape and oak-tinged puckering finish. Light, a bit slick, and hugely bubbly in the mouth.

A nicely balanced and satisfying geuze. Might be a bit high on the sour funk for the uninitiated.

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Photo of Crosling
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Ostend Beer Festival 2004 in Oostende, Belgium.

Light straw.

Soft, mellow and traditional lambic funk. Notes of of lemon, radishes and horseblanket (cobwebs, snakeskin, blah, blah)

Very traditional and fruity but the lack of body and complexity effect the lambic in many ways. Still though, this is a traditional unsweetened lambic which says a lot and definately worth sampling. There are just so many better examples of the style.

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Photo of dauss
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 5 years old. 2000 Vintage, 375ml bottle, caged and corked, at the Kulminator in Antwerpen.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, extremely effercescent and a bright golden orange. A large bone white head rests on top. Excellent retention, but no lacing at all.

Smell: Touch of metallic, subtle sweaty horseblanket and bardyard, a bit of malt, with a pungent tartness.

Taste: The acidic tartness hits the tongue first, then a light bitterness with a horse blanket jumps in. Very strong bardyard, cheesy, and alcohol. A strong alcohol bitterness in the back on the tongue in the finish.

Notes: even after 5 years of cellaring, the 8% is easily detected. Its not hot or solventy, but I would have assumed it would be more subtle then what I taste. The body is thing and very dry. Definitely an interesting beer, not quite as funky as a fresher gueuze.

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Photo of downes51
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Rastacouere
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep golden body. Honest 1cm foam. Very dry nose, horseblankety, funky notes of blue cheese, barnyard, hay and brand new leather jacket. Extremely sour, biting acidity. Sharp cidery mouthfeel, highly carbonated, pleasantly full bodied. Big notes of pears, horse sweat. Remarkably dry finish, very puckering. Ultimately not as graceful, approachable or complex as a girardin.

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Photo of shapudding
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the tasting party at the General Lafayette!

Poured out a caramelly golden. My pour was towards the end of the bottle, so I had tons of scrod throughout the glass. Light white ring of carbination on the edges with tiny bubbles.

Hard to describe the scent... lightly musty, but not in a bad way. Spicey mustard...citrus... sweetened black tea... Alot going on with the aroma, just so hard to place it all...

Tastes of black tea with lemon, not overly sour. Floral and citrus. Drank next to the Blitheringidiot, he said he tasted dandylions, and damned if I couldn't tast and smell both -yeah, I can remember chomping on them in my youth! Leaves a slightly dry, tealike feeling in your mouth. Overall very nice, if not one you could sit back with for hours on end.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1995 vintage sampled at the Kulminator in Antwerp. This brew was a lovely golden colour with a nice white head. The aromas are of barnyard funk, horse blanket junk, stumbling monk, some guy shooting crunk, a drunk skunk, and a dirty monk. The taste is an excitingly tart gueuze flavor. This stuff will strip the enaml off of your teeth. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and very lively in the mouth. The drinkability is classic!

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Photo of GreenCard
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the 20/09/2003 "de Lambikstoempers" tasting event...

Appearance: light straw color, hazy, huge lacy layer of foam

Aroma: wheaty, fruity, sour, and just a light perception of that lambic "funk" (horse-butt, elephant pits, goat scroat)

Flavor: a pleasing tartness balanced by a subtle sweetness balanced by a tannic bitterness; in a word, "balanced"; very easy to handle and not too lambicky; slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light and spritzy

Overall Impression: This was easily my favorite from the evening, though the Oude Geuze De Cam and the Oude Geuze Mort Subite were also near the top of the list. It's a good geuze if you aren't a huge fan of overwhelming "lambic character" (to put it diplomatically).

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Photo of rastaman
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply awesome. Very stinky earthy smell. Very earthy flavour, very sour, very citric, slightly bitter, and tart, very complex and a slight woody barrel flavour. Don't hesitate if you see this, you won't regret it.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,162 ratings