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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
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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#1,767
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
1,111
pDev:
9.93%
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of WankelEngine
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a small snifter
Vintage 2007

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange color. There is a bubbly white head that quickly fizzes away to nothing. No lacing.

S: Opens with a tart vinegar scent followed by strong, sharp lemon. Some funk as well, mostly an earthy hay. Slight citrus notes.

T: The attack is dry funk and tart lemon. Some vinegar follows which lingers through to the finish. Dry funk of wet hay and horse blanket. An almost champagne-like dry alcohol flavor follows and defines the finish of lemon and lingering funk.

M: Very tart and very dry. Strong effervescent carbonation increases both sensations. Borders on foamy. Drier than most gueuzes I've had probably thanks to a more noticeable alcohol character.

O: I like this gueuze a lot. It's more champagne-like than most, which says something for the style.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed during the second monthly "Beermageddon" with many others recently. 2007 vintage. Poured into a tulip glass from an 11.2oz bottle (I think?). Freshness date is "2030," as all of these beers are.

Pours a straw colored, lightly amber/yellow color, complete with about a half finger of head. As expected under the style at hand, as well as the inordinately high ABV, head retention is pretty low. Some bubbles rise to the top, but this looks as dead as gueuzes can be, only notable with the sticky resins providing lacing all around the glass's edges, as well as its wine-like appearance and color. Not too hazy - definitely different in certain regards. More rustic than certain gueuzes I've had recently, although there's a polished glimmer within. Eye candy for sure.

The aroma is undeniably funky, although not as crazy as Cantillon or 3F (but then again, what is?). As a fanatic of Gueuze Tilquin, I can definitely see where the tamer, slightly less tannic and acidic base came from in the blend. There's a butterscotch, caramel-y flavor that is quickly awash with barnyard funk, woodiness, soured apricots, big citrus rinds, as well as a slightly musty, lactic acidic finish. All of the funky flavors are undeniably subdued by some sort of sweetness underneath, and while this is not bad, it's undeniably different. I'm willing to claim that this gueuze in particular (based off reading the brewery's website) is so different because it's spent far more time in oak, and that only 5% of the blend is a young Lambic. It's still super funky, mind you - but less on the acidic side and far more on the oak-infused, butterscotch soured side. Really interesting stuff.

What's up with the flavor, though? I didn't expect anything too ridiculously acidic or funky, but the first sip reveals even more of the butterscotch/oak flavor far more than I anticipated. Really mellowed out, with a hint of tartness that is subtle in the way that it is in a good saison. Not bad by any means, but definitely experimental, even for the style. The flavor consists of a bready flavor combined with light lemon and raisins, with a touch of acetone and sulfites that meld with the juicy maltiness and grassy, dried hop character. Perhaps this has spent enough time in the barrel that the wild yeasty phenols have dried out substantially? If so, it's interesting, and still a lovely drinking experience, if only a bit less complex within the style. It's refreshing in the sense that it is different, but also only mildly disappointing as I expected a relatively soured experience in the traditional method that this is made.

Quite a different gueuze - not my favorite, but probably the best one to introduce people to who are foreign to the style. Would pair amazingly well with food, and works as a casual, crisp, funky experience as any good saison. Ahead of the pack in terms of the oak blending going on here, but definitely not as extreme. Recommended to fans of gueuzes looking to complete their list of all the traditional Lambic breweries.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2007 bottle:

poured a very clean copper tone with 3 fingers of white foamy head which quickly dissipated. aroma of wine barrels strikes first.. lots of wine grapes, oak, flower petals, funky cheese-like aroma. very tart and sour up front but after each sip you can develop more flavors.. oak, grapes, a charred like bitterness (barrel), cherries. medium (though light) body with a high amount of carbonation. a very nice gueuze for sure, very glad i picked this up. if i could do without one thing it's the slight bitterness.. but i think i can live with it.

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Photo of mahak213
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2007 375mL bottle

Appearance- Super hazy orange body, with a bone colored head. Head receded fairly quickly.

Smell- Tart and funky, slight apricot, grass, lemon

Taste- Dominated by earthy funk, very mild sourness, lemon. Finish has a slight metallic taste that is a bit off-putting, but it fades as it warms up.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation for the style, at least the bottle I had. Doesn't finish very dry, but still has a refreshing quality to it.

Overall- Not my favorite as far as gueuze goes, but not bad. Would be much better without the metallic edge on the finish.

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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008

Pours hazed gold with a rim of whites. Smells of funk, hay, yogurt, lemons, metal and some black olive juice. Flavor carries that nice mouth watering tart I like, then some bicarconate/chalk tones with some lemon peels, some metal, some acetic quality and a good yeast character in the background. Light on thin bodied with hi carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of the 2007 vintage poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass and consumed today, 5/29/2013. The cork pops out with a blast. Very cool.

Aroma: Earthy funk, some vinegar, a good bit of oak, cherries and a hint of peach. It smells rather syrupy and resinous somehow. (3.75)

Colour: Pours a clear dark amber, perhaps copper body with a massive fluffy white head that exceeds 3cm, and slowly dissipates into the body of the beer where it becomes just a bubbly collar. The lacing on this one is fairly decent. (4)

Flavour: Lots of oak and tart but sweet cherry up front, with hints of sweet peach combined with sour vinegar later on.. and the aftertaste is rather earthy. Overall is very acidic and sour, but with earthy effervescence that lingers a while. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Thinner medium body, very well carbonated beer that leaves a strong earthy funk for an aftertaste that lingers for a good while. It hides the 8% well, and drinks like a sipper despite its lighter bodied characteristics. (4)

Overall: A nice geuze that was pleasant to drink. It's sour as hell, but also has a bit of sweetness to balance it out. The oak is very well present, and of course the funkiness is there. As a beginner to Belgian sours, I have to say that this could very well be a good beginner geuze. (4)

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2009. Huge forceful pop off the cork, nearly takes my hand right off

A real looker of a beer. Nearly crystal clear, with apricot pale orange like amber body. A roaring middle column of fire of carbonation in the middle. Head is very frothy and soapy, bleach white with two fingers but always populate with large bubbles from the side glass carbonation. Aggressive, colorful, always keeps a white creamy collar, nearly perfect.

Classic nose of earth wild funky yeast. Dry, a little bit of pepper sense. A bit one dimensional, but also a real solid classic geuze aroma. Not much else to say.

Palate hits with a light body presence. Not quite wet but lots of effervescent almost soda dioxide aftertaste. Mid palate brings large dry earth, with a quick finish and fleeting taste. Not much fruit character, but a light acidic quality and quick pepper in the mid palate. Oak aging doesn't seem obvious due to it's light character but is an easy drinker.

Overall a real easy drinking solid geuze with hints of simplicity, but not much diversity, complexity or extremes either.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,111 ratings
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