Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Updated rating. 2005 bottle, 375ml, consumed July 2010, courtesy 4.4-40. Wow, what a difference time makes! This delectable brew is infinitely more enjoyable with some bottle conditioning time. At five years, everything seems amplified and, simultaneously, better defined. Apricot, peach, and lemon come into sharp focus, biting with acidity, yet sufficiently subdued by a clean, fruity sweetness and farmy, cheesy yeast. Flavors too seem more complex, igniting the tongue with a nearly bone dry, crisp citric acidity. This stuff clearly needs a good amount of time to really come into its own. Lay some bottles down, and you will be rewarded handsomely.
Original rating, January 2008, relatively fresh 375ml bottle. Pours a hazy, golden-tangerine body with a large, foamy, snow white head. Steady carbonation becomes apparent upon close inspection. The head settles surprisingly quickly to a thin layer with a pronounced edge. Minimal globs of sudsy lacing slowly meander their way back into the body. The aroma is tart and lively, with citrus and barnyard funk being the primary players. I pick up alot of lemon, some kumquat, and a touch of sweet-tart green apple. Thereís a very faint herbal note that I canít quite identify. The flavor follows the lead of the nose, though the funkiness is subdued quite a bit. Tart citrus again dominates, but there is a creaminess that cuts down on the funk considerably. The mouthfeel is substantial and perfectly carbonated, enhancing drinkability. A semi-sharp finish is short and dry, ending with a slight tingle in the back of the throat. Overall, a very nice, highly drinkable, forgiving gueuze. This is a nice transition lambic.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MN Winter RB Gathering. Nice earthy grassy saddle leather like character with a touch of green apples. Flavor is tart, but not overly, and leaves a little room for improvement as an almost waxy medicinal character is present, but still very nice.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow pissy colour, a slight haze too. Weak white head. Nice complex aroma, a bit different to Boons other stuff, more vinous and woody, got the usual citrus and funk thing happining though. The body feels more like that of a dry scrumpy than that of a classic gueuze. Lots of cidery flavours too, maybe a slight touch of alcohol detracts from the complexity. Bit of citrus in the finish, not much tartness anywhere to be seen. Not as good as Iíd hoped, and a bit of a strange one in all.
beerbiere (101) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow hazy color, nice head, good retention sustained by an impressive carbonation. Funky aroma of horse-blanket, wood, and cirus. Flavor is not so tart for a gueuze (my main complaint) although very dry and a little medicinal (acetaminophene?) and some alcohol. The finish could be more precise, a bit too round for my tastes. Iím not too sure I understand why the alcohol content is so high; it does not serve it well. Ok, but not my favorite.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003. Strange clear off white colour with a bit of a head. Nice citric sourness in the aroma. Some funk taste but light overall with a nice sourness.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle, Best before 25.11.2026. Clear orange with a one finger fizzy white head that fades to a ring before long. Aroma has very tart lemon acidity with lots of old woody dryness. Green apples with cobwebby horseblanket notes. The flavor adds some stale hop bitterness--more than I would have anticipated (3 on a 1-10 scale)--with more fruity sweetness than I had thought from the aroma. Still lemony tart and acidic, but still much more drinkable if new to the style. Dry finish. 8% ABV? Youíre kidding. Medium body lightened by the moderate spritzy carbonation. Very good lambic.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy/milky yellowish gold, nice white champagne head. Nose is giant acidic lemon up front, wood and very bright fruits come in, some horsey/urine notes. Flavor is lemon & bracing acidity, grapefruity distillate, some wood, grapes. Some sweetness comes in at the end. Almost some of the rich malt of a flemish red but super fermented out. I find these malty notes very interesting as Iíve never tasted anything quite like it before. Very highly carbonated.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the sours, and this one had to really develop before it became completely drinkable. Initially, the flavour was very abrasive and acidic. With time, it opened into a complex and tart blanket of flavours. Not a Girardin Black label, but not bad.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was a bit surprised that this wasnít better. Quite dry with a fruity nose, but the taste was one dimensional, stale hops, a bit of bitterness and high acidity, distinct alcohol burn. Sure was pretty, though.
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Kulminator. Came in a little serving basket with proper glassware at the right temp. Gotta love Kulminatorís perfectionist attention to detail. I wish I had had the traditional Oude Geuze Boon side by side so I could see what the Mariage Parfait was all bout. Tasted like all the other delicious geuze Iíve had with the exception of the geuze I had at the Geuze Museum, which is also known as the Cantillon Brewery.