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Brewed by Brouwerij F. Boon
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Lembeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1089   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Oude Geuze Boon is one of the finest examples of the traditional 100% spontaneous fermentation Lambic style. To moderate the sourness, Boon Brewery only brews Lambic in the 7 cold months, from early October until April, according to the traditional "turbid mash" system. This Lambic beer is aged for 1, 2 or 3 years in oak casks. The blend, a mild average 18 months old Lambic (unsweetened, unfiltered, unpasteurised) is refermented in the bottle and can be stored up to 20 years. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name. Awards at the World Beer Championships: 2008 Gold, 2010 Silver, 2012 Gold Medal.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10257) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2004
Hazy golden with yeast in it. No head. Aroma from grapefreuit and yeast. Flavor is hoppy and sour with some sweeter notes. Quite a mild finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2457) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 355ml; BB 5/02/22: Clear, speckle-laden golden. Foamy, pasty head settles to a Ĺ inch layer. Raging upsurge of carbonation. Crushed minerals, brettanomyces, and firm musty wood scents with subtle notes of cedar, sour apples, and iron oxide. Feathery and gently airy on the tongue with a peppery spritz. Somewhat sharp with a restrained brett accent. Unchallenging tartness yields notes of iron and lemon zest. Timidly dry, musty, and malty. Limited complexity of salt and apples develops as it warms, but it remains harsh. Intensely harsh finish of crushed minerals and iron oxide briefly overshadows the brett and husky malt sweetness. Laggard, but extremely vague, husky pale malt sweetness coats the palate after the swallow alongside a lingering musty cedar/brett/anise mixture and sneaky malt husky sweetness. Has a lovely appearance, but the aroma and flavor fail to captivate you. Also has a highly underutilized snappy dryness, brisk tartness, and musty oak intensity, compared to the likes of Girardin and Hanssens. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Quite sour, white wine aroma. The only bottle Iíve ever uncaged where the cork flew out by itself, big white head, but ugly big bubbles. My first lambic, so Iím not sure my palate is accurate yet, Iíll probably come back and re-rate in the future with better flavor notes. Very much like champagne without the alcohol bite.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Champagne like carbonation, in this cloudy copper colored beer. A sour aroma followed by sweaty horse blanket, not as intense as the kriek I just had. The flavor is balanced, but definitely sour. There is some sweetness, and bitterness holding the sourness in check until the barnyard flavor sneaks in and is washed away by the very acidic finish, like a chewable vitamin C tablet. There is some body here, but the mouthfeel is more noticably bubbly, almost like alka seltzer. I surprisingly found this better than the kriek I just had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
nice, funky & tart like Iíd expect in a gueuze. Iím eating mussels while Iím drinkng this, so it pairs great. very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 30, 2004
37,5 cl bottle. Rich and persistent head. Dark amber in colour. It stinks like a good traditional lambic: leather and vinous aroma. Taste is quite sour and vinous too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Now this is a slap in the face, an all out assault on your senses if you are not used to this style. A cloudy, albeit hazy orange amber color with a nice bit of head, that dissipates quickly. The aroma is poerful and will clear your sinuses with itís vinegar like sourness. This one has a weird earthy vegetal funk to it, it is very unique. Finishes sour and spicy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
A caveat. I have a taste for the beers of Belgium, but am a little baffled by their taste for sourness in some beers. I mean, the guys who make gueuze. Itís definitely not for everyone, and, maybe, not even for me. Color: a hazy orange. Head: a tad off-white. Aroma: utterly unique, and not for the uninitiated. You have to be ready for this type of beer, for itís unlike anything else in the world. The wild yeast, the spontaneous fermentation. No wonder the lambic brewers are most successful when they introduce fruits to this incredibly demanding brew. Citrusy, sour, dry, medicinal, herbal, even a little vinegary. Texture is full, salty, body is medium, finish is quite lasting. Definitely takes some getting used to, but a solid, thirst quenching, even delectable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Had a more lasting head than the Beersel. Was also sweeter, but not in a necessarily good way? Cloudier and colored like Apple Juice. Still, quite sour, like young fruits. Also musty. Re-rate 9/5/4 As it turns out, it was my mistake in drinking these from the fridge. Today I decided to let them warm to cellar temp and it made a world of difference. Much less acid and more of the malt characters came through. \

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle. A misty golden color with lots of rising bubbles and a foamy white head. A mildly dusty lemon and orange aroma. Tart and sour flavors, with a dry spice and citrus. Fairly smooth and easy to drink.


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