DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tame but still funky gueuze, nice aroma of funk and overripe fruit...not overly sour but not overly boring either...enjoyable but too expensive.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This geuze pours a hazy orange gold color from a cork finished 375 ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head, with good long lasting lacing. Aroma is leather and must, sweet and sour with barnyard and horse blanket. A medium to full bodied geuze. Tart and funky flavors blended with barnyard and must. Some old books, apples, lemons and peaches. Despite all the funk, and this one is really funky, make no doubt about it, there is a nice malt backbone. Lively carbonation. A funky, tart and sout geuze, it is not as dry as the ‘regular’ geuze. Lots of stuff going on in this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is tart and funky.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a huge white head. Very refreshing and a very nice dryness. Citrus fruits and a slight earthyness. Also a slight bitterness. Very good.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a carbonated dull orange with a thin white head. Funky sour aroma with cow dung notes that remind me of the Belgian countryside. Quite tart in flavor with grapefruit peel, whaet and barnyard notes. A bit thin in body. Bitter finish.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by Jan. 26, 2025. Brilliant, clear gold with a giant, fizzy, white head. Nose of sour yeast and vinegar soaked pine. Same flavors plus some musty barn funk, grains, subtle gin. Ultra dry finish. Medium, sparkling body. Excellent gueze.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange body. Nose is orange and pinapple bret notes, also cigar tobaccos and black pepper. Flavour is goats milk, pinapple, black pepper and oak. There is a subtle hopiness that complements some citric acidity. Mouth is nice and tart with a drying hop component. With food, even as simple as a cracker, the palate diminishes significantly, making this quite bland.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
<font size=-4>Purchased: <a href=http://www.58degrees.com/>58 Degrees & Holding Co., Tucson, AZ<font size=-1>
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
37,5 cl bottle. Golden clear colour with a nice white head. Aroma of wine, sour acidity, very fresh. Nice flavour, little sour and yearty. Very refreshing and ends up with notes of oak.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured clear golden with a frothy white head. The flavor was tangy yet slightly sweet.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an almost clear golden color with an off-white head. The tart aroma smelled sweaty (like from a body) with a fair amount of lemon. The flavor was sweet and sour with yeasty funk mixed in. Notes of apples. Semi-dry finish.