Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 44
Brouwerij Boon

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Lambic - Gueuze
4.09 | pDev: 7.09%
Brouwerij Boon
Retired (no longer brewed)
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 3/2017

White head. Golden orange color.

This is a bigger gueuze (bodywise) and it shows with hint of the abv. Lemon citrus, bready malts, pear skins. Oaky. Bubbly feel with champagne notes.

Apr 26, 2017
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouts a hazy bright golden orange color with bright lemon yellow edges and a two finger white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Pungent aroma that's very inviting with sweet citric acidity, stone fruit, lactic funk and charred oak barrel. Lactic cheesy funk stands out as it warms along with the barnyard/horsey character. The funk and acidity is countered by pale malt and light fruit esters, notably apple and pear. Barnyard funk with cobweb, damp basement, yogurt and horse blanket. Slight mineral presence adding depth to the nose. Smells great.

Lighter end of medium body with sour acidity and lactic funk followed by bready yeast, pale malt and sweet citrus. Not as complex as the aroma suggests. Somewhat light and watery with citric acidity and funky bugs dominating the palate. Dry and mineral-y with sour acidity, pale malt and light fruit. Tart and puckering with lemon juice/pith countered by lactic funk. Subtle buttery flavor with Chardonnay/vinous white wine character along with lemon spritz and lingering acetic sweetness in the finish. Not the easiest beer to drink but not at all harsh. Overall, this beer is pretty good but doesn't live up to the excellent aroma. Decent enough but lacks in complexity compared to others in the style.

Nov 23, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Hazy orange body with a small head that fades to nil. Earthy, basement, funk, mineral, gueuze goodness. The aroma is a notch above the flavor. Bold, mild to medium acetic character. Good stuff.

Jun 12, 2015
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Iris glass.

Appearance is light apricot orange, fizzy white head that settles to thin ring on the edge of the glass, slightly hazy body.

Aroma is certainly aged lambic in essence. Super cheesy, lemon and loquat, light apple cider vinegar, golden delicious apple, cobwebs, and a barnyard presence.

Taste leans more towards the fruity side. Lovely apple presence, lime, lemon, mandarin, and a soft white grape note. The funk is very balanced between grassy/green earth and cheesy/musky basement characteristics. Merged with the fruitiness it's a damn fine lambic.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a soft carbonation that prickles the edges of the mouth and cleanses the palate nicely. Dry finish and the tartness is subdued.

This is fantastic. I had to elevate the overall score on this simply because of how balanced and sophisticated this feels. And at 6 years old this has developed no off flavors yet has such a rounded, (aged) taste. More citrus than Mariage Parfait, which is awesome.

Dec 11, 2014
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blaje from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

As a longtime lambic fan, this geuze was highly praised. This was a gift from a friend. Thanks.

Poured immediately after a somewhat disappointed opening nose, no pop at all, this beer produced a generous white head but that didn’t last very long, leaving a small lacing around the glass. Carbonation is way above expected and almost fizzy like a soft drink. Surprising! It is translucid without big chucks a yeast and golden-orange in colour.

The nose is slightly medicinal, which is the first time I found this in a gueuze. Tart apple, lemon, mild oak, notes of underventilated humid basement (!) and some alcohol. The feeling in mouth is fizzy. Man this gueuze is well carbonated! As expected from this style, sourness is present and well felt, but not too biting. Little sweetness is there and takes form as a stone fruit flavour, maybe ripe peaches or something like that. The aftertaste is not very long, flavours acid green apples are coming up. Bitterness is low.

Overall, a great and pleasant example of what a Lambic is. A very nice beer from BOON.

Sep 07, 2014
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MasterSki from Canada

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Cantillon tulip. It's been a long time since I did a real-time review, but get ready for a bunch as I try to vacate my 'cellar'.

A - A generous white foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Mostly transparent golden body with visible carbonation racing to the top.

S - Tart apple skins, acetic acid, lemon flesh, mild oak and musty attic. Some mild stone fruit sweetness in the periphery, and perhaps a bit of malted wheat when it reaches room temperature.

T - Quite sour. Taste has a bit more earth and herbaceous bitterness to it initially, but as it warms there is increasing peach and apricot sweetness. Finish has a mix of oak and mineral, but it's not quite as aggressive as Cantillon's blends. Quite nice, with good balance of flavors, but lacking the 'je ne sais quoi' or crackle of the greatest gueuze.

M - Medium body, with pleasant tongue-tickling carbonation, and a dry, crisp, finish. No trace of the 8.5% alcohol - that's a bit of a shocker to be honest. The other 'high-gravity' gueuze experiments I've tried weren't this subtle. I got a bit flushed after 8oz, but that was the only hint I got. Quite tannin-heavy.

D - Quite good. Surprised there are so few reviews of this beer; didn't realize it was so limited. Definitely Boon's strongest offering in recent memory. Happily consumed the entire 375ml while catching up on Vikings.

Aug 05, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at De Zwaan

Pours a large white head that falls quickly to a ring on top of a clear dark golden body.

Stone fruit like peach, orange and some grass with slight stale funk. Not the most exciting gueuze.

Very spritzy at first making this beer light and fleeting on the tongue. Makes it not seem like a huge 8.5 lambic beer. Super dry. Probably the closest to real champagne I've had from a lambic based beer. Settles down after a bit though.

I am torn by this beer. There were points while drinking where I was disappointed then it would redeem itself a bit but eh. I liked it but would have almost preferred choosing something else.

Jul 31, 2014
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a loose white head. Nose is as one would expect for the style; however, there is also a trace of ethanol and a medicinal character. Taste is tannic and citrusy. There is a also a hint of cork and a slight medicinal quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is fuller-bodied than a typical gueuze with a bright carbonation and a mild astringency. Overall, Vat 44 comes off as a golden ale/gueuze hybrid than a standard gueuze in my opinion. A very interesting an enjoyable beer. Wish I had one more for the cellar.

Apr 07, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a light golden/orangey color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention with minimal lacing. Aroma of light funky notes with some green apple and tart notes is very refreshing. Taste is also dominated by light funky notes with some green apples notes and some tart notes while maintaining a good balance and avoiding too much acidity. Body is full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid Lambic from Boon with great level of drinkability with some very good complexity.

Jan 27, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brought this back from Belgium in the spring, shared with many at my cellar cleaning.

Light fizzy head, decent lacing, mostly clear sun golden color.

Nose very nice, good musty funk, good complex gueuze, little tart lemon, grassy, funk, very nice.

Taste semi sweet but dry, nice tart funk, lemon, grassy little dank like yeasty funk, great tart gueuze like funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, little pop.

Overall pretty nice, but nothing special like it seemed like it would be.

Dec 29, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with some
thin white had that fades to leave as light blanket.

S - Aromas of tart smokey lemons, light blankets, gentle funky. No alcohol noticeable.

T - Taste is almost like a beginners level gueuze with nice lemons. Gentle funk, solid tart citrus but not oppressive.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and clean, tart carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very tasty beer.

Dec 21, 2013
Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 44 from Brouwerij Boon
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