Boon Oude Lambic
Brouwerij Boon

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Style:
Belgian Lambic
Ranked #21
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #12,875
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 9.52%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
46
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  2
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tetra-pak: Poured a dark yellow color Lambic with no carbonation. Aroma if funky barnyard notes light cat pee notes. Taste is also a very funky mix of must, barnyard, oak with light green apple notes and subtle acidity. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable Lambic with more complexity than expected.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Native Son Ale House in Santa Ana, CA.

This one doesn’t hit me over the head like a caveman taking his girl to prom. It’s nice though. It light like walking down the River Thames with your sweet heart and she’s not constantly looking at her phone. It’s decent, it’s smooth, and you know what? I love this girl.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich golden with a tight white head that lingers but leaves little lacing
Nose is oaky and acidic. Not a lot of depth and not especially aromatic
Taste follows the nose with a sharp acidity that carries the oakiness well. Some sweetness that reminds me of cherry and dark ripe apples. Disappointingly shallow flavor
Mouth feel is thin and crispy with a heavy dose of carbonation.
Overall it's a bit underwhelming. Lacking the depth of flavor behind the up front acidity that marks the best lambic. Not offensive but just a little one dimensional

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i was excited to find this one on tap, but it is nowhere near as complex or high quality to my palate as so many of the other boon beers have been in my experience. this is murky and light copper in color, without much more head than a little thin white bubbling around the edges of the wine glass. it smells woody and a bit sweet, but also kind of muted to me, definitely less sour than others, without the mature funk either, and smells more young than old to me, although there is just a little oxidation to it, some red apple, sherry, and some sweet maltiness that i wasnt anticipating. the flavor is about the same, less complex than any of their others, way less sour, barely even tart here, some thin funkiness, but lots of malt and some wood as well, apple candy, not as dry as it could be, and again tasting more young than old to me. overall this might be better in a blend of some kind with some sourer beer than it is on its own, not that it isnt interesting and good, but just that its nowhere near the level of lambic complexity and quality that i have grown to love in their beer. interesting to have a glass of, but this is one of the weaker of their offerings, at least in my opinion. more bubbles would help this, a little more tartness too, good but not great in my experience here...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Redlight Redlight. Clear orange. Smells of dried grass, oak, a bit of acidity, maybe some citrus. Tastes pretty sweet with a sharp oaky twang. A little oxidation. Dried grass in the back end. No carbonation, served flat. Medium body. Very tasty and a rare treat to find.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, 2y old lambic. Clear dark golden color with just a few bubbles. Aroma has nice yeast funk, cellar notes, damp wood. Taste is quite bitter, funky, moldy, woody, earthy. Light body, medium plus carbonation. Really rustic lambic with lots of farmhouse and barnyard character.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange tinged golden body with scant white bubbles.

Dirty musty funk with apple and melon fruitiness with a citric edge.

Citrus fruit acidity. Funk even gets a little old cheesy in the aftertaste.

Flat and dry.

I really dig this. Not a big Boon fan but this was great. I feel like their gueuzes could be better based on this sample of lambic.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Engelbewaarder, Amsterdam.

Slight cloudy dark gold with loose film.
Deep oaky nose, like balsamic white vinegar.
Definite sourness: white grape notes and some must with an acetic bite; but also intricate wood, hints of apricot, light caramel, some grassy notes, a bit of vanilla... the list could go on.
Crisp, round, soft.

Seamless; you don't even real notice the sourness. Almost like a liqueur, with limitless depths, but also sharp and clean. In short, amazing.

Non-beer geek friend quoth: "A delightfully perky little number!" so it's that, too.

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Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boon 2 Jaar Oude Lambiek on-tap at Bierproeflokaal In de Wildeman, in Amsterdam.

Boon Oude Lambic looks like it needs to be dusted off. Is the idea for it to look like the barrels in which it's aged? Although a fairly pale honey colour, the beer is so hazy that you can't see through it at all. As for carbonation, not even a CSI unit could turn up a trace of it.

The first sniff makes me wonder if this is what it would be like to lick a barnyard floor. The term “horse blanket” is often used to describe this style and it fits well. It is exceedingly musty, with a strong bacterial tartness and a distinct vinegar-like element. Think of it ostensibly as a petri dish.

The flavour sounds like it might appeal to a horse; there's lots of straw and applesauce. Vague notes of orchard fruit arise to make a minor, strictly superficial resemblance to champagne, albeit one entirely flat and soured. This made a great pairing with Dutch Trappist cheese.

Unblended Lambic tastes kind of like a combination of lemon juice and cider vinegar. It might be unpalatable if not for aging in wooden barrels - 2 years in this case - which adds subtle remnants of vanilla and softening oak flavours. This example is nicely mellowed though still retains its 'funk'.

Boon isn't as celebrated a name as, say, Cantillon, but their unblended Lambic is every bit as good (and, for my money, even better). Though extremely rare, this style is so unique as to be incomparable to anything else; scarcity is its least important aspect. Still, I'm jealous even of myself for having gotten the chance to try it. Don't ever pass this one up!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on cask at the Zythos Festival in Belgium, March 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Body is a hazy orange/gold, no carbonation.

Smells spicy and acidic, with citrus/orange peel, old wood must, and funky cheese and horseblanket notes.

Tastes of sour apples, orange zest, bitter hops. Moderately tart. Long dry spicy finish.

Body is light and carbonation non-existent, has a flat mouthfeel. Typical for a lambic.

An old lambic that is unblended. Overall a good example of an old lambic that is fairly smooth and quite drinkable.

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Boon Oude Lambic from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 46 ratings