cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2018
Bottle @ home. Tasted side by side with an Allagash Coolship Resurgam (2013). Yellow orange appearance with a spritz tan head. The Flavor has lots of lemon citrus, funk, hay, oak, and light tannins. Spritzy and refreshing. I like it. tricksta_p (5456) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2018
Bottle from Drankenspeciaalzaak Jelle, Leeuwarden. Aroma is fruity with barnyard funk, citrus, notes of wine, oak, grapes, soft lemon, and grain. Flavour is tart and a bit sweet with a long medium to heavy sourness and a dry-ish finish. Body is medium. Very fruity and sour with oak, lovely complexity and flavour. Damn Boon, so goddamn good! ebone1988 (2287) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2018
Bottle shared with Frank during the Discovery Box tasting. Aroma is oak, funk, tart, barnyard, must, good. Appearance is golden amber, hazy, light tan head. Taste is bright, funk, tart, oak, must, white wine, apples, good. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, funky oaky aftertaste. Overall, this is really really good. b3shine (9334) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2018
375 ml bottle to teku, sold as part of the Discovery Box (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a moderately hazy geuze orange with fine fizzy off-white head that slowly but steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells of a nice balance of oak, funk, and aged floral hops alongside a well-balanced mild but pleasant tannic presence. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant medium-bodied mouthfeel that falls somewhere between geuze and pinot noir. A bit of aged parm and lemon on the tongue as well. Tasty, and the best Vat in the box. michcam8 (588) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2018
Pours a darkish, golden brown with minimal head. Lovely aroma of white grapes, lemon zest, funk, hay and bread. Taste is very dry, wine grapes, oak, hay, and light malts. Bitter, sour finish. Not overpowering. Lingers a little bit. No detection of alcohol. Very enjoyable!
tderoeck (10877) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2018
21/XI/17 - 37.5cl bottle @ Horeca Expo (Ghent) - BB: n/a (2017-1909) Thanks to the brewers for today's samples and my Ghent beer posse for sharing the glasses and keeping my liver sane. :pjackl (8594) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2018
Clear orange to copper beer, small creamy off-white to yellow head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very herbal, rosemary, thyme, greenish, very strong smell. MF: very lively carbon, medium body. Taste: very herbal, acidic, fruity notes, very refreshing. Aftertaste: fruity, apples, bit lemony, very funky, spicy, soft bitterness, some marzipan.
Bottle from the Boon Discovery Pack. Deep golden pour with a small head. Nose has loads of mineral character. Limestone. Old parmesan rind. Lemon peel. Some soft manure. Drinks slightly fuller bodied. Soft, prickly carbonation underlying. Moderate citric tang. Plenty of oak. Really well balanced. Effortlessly drinkable. Alengrin (5996) - BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2018
The fourth and, for me, last one in this generous discovery box of Boon "Mono blends"; here the 90% old lambic comes from a very old cask (dated back to 1935) originally used by another lambic brewery in a bygone era, apparently one which made lambic containing a lot of "volatile acids" - a term borrowed from wine culture, where it generally refers to Acetobacter infection, i.e. production of acetic acid (vinegar, simply put). Creamy, practically regularly shaped, dense, egg-white head, showing minor gaps here and there minutes after pouring but otherwise remarkably stable; very warm 'old gold', deep and almost 'metallic orange', with swirling strings of champagne-like bubbles playfully curling upwards and effectively sustaining the head; initially cristal clear, with only minute and very disparate dots of yeast every now and then. Shifts to a misty, warmer peachy orange as, in the very end, the sediment is gently added. As is announced on the back label, the aroma indeed shows a strikingly noble, 'calm', distinguished and sedate old lambic character, more so than the three others in this series, hinting at dried old apples, sherry vinegar and very old oxidized sherry, dusty old cupboards, wet lumber, a faint hint of chlorine I often find in Boon blends which contain a proportionally high amount of old lambic but subtle enough to add complexity rather than disfigure the nose, unripe peaches and apricot kernels, very old linseed, straw, subtly embellished with faint suggestions of cottage cheese, sweat and lemon flesh from the small portion of added young lambic. Crisp, immediately drying onset, impressions of sour crabapples, unripe bitter apricots and raw rhubarb, with a thin slice of lemon thrown in adding a more vivid, refreshing acidity; sweetness is, unlike in some of the other Boon mono blends, as good as completely absent, yet the dryness and bitter, sour and 'green' fruitiness keeps things juicy and quenching. Carbonation is what I expect it to be from a traditional geuze: lively, minerally and crystalline, but effectuated by small bubbles like in a sparkling wine - and therefore not overpowering the flavour, but instead facilitating drinkability. The sourness stretches over the entire palate, hinting a bit at sherry vinegar but not in a harsh way at all; the lack of residual sugars adds to a complete and utter, very quenching, mouthwatering dryness, lying on a soft bed of bready barley and subtly soap-ish, cereally wheat. Ends bone dry like it began, with lemon peel- and unripe grape-like aspects to it, as well as a notably (old) sherryish effect and a warm, elegant, clever amount of rustic woody tannins. A touch of deeply situated, almost 'mute' but structurally very effective and eventually - all the way at the back - leafy, 'dusty' hop bitterness colours the tail, briefly highlighted by a glow of gently warming alcohol. I hugely enjoyed the entire series - and the other, individually released Boon VATs for that matter - but this is perhaps a tad more remarkable than the others: very dry indeed, I see the link with those volatile (acetic) acids now, but they do their job in a most sophisticated way. Craft brewers aspiring for lambic-like sours may produce cleverly concocted sour beers every now and then, but this amount of finesse, depth and detailed complexity is - in my humble opinion - seldom seen outside the traditional lambic world. This VAT 108 is dry to the bone (Boon?) but has the nobility, allure and artistic maturity of any great sherry, madera or port. Different and absolutely great - probably my favorite of the four in this box. SlackerMads (3640) - DENMARK - JAN 19, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2018 Bottle from the Boon Discovery Box. Light hazy golden with a medium sized white head with good retention and lace. Pleasant crisp aroma with mild barnyard, wood, citrus and apples. The flavour has wood, barnyard, citrus, alcohol, light astringency. Medium body, mild sweet and medium sour. Crisp and light sour finish and hides the alcohol a little better than VAT 91. Subtile but with lots of nuances, more of a grower than a shower and my favourite from the box, which was a fantastic concept. CanIHave4Beers (4273) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2018
Bottle.... while chillen on the 2nd floor!
Pours a pale golden color with a medium sized head & some nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is earthy & has a pungent funk of barnyard, wet limestone, & a bit of dirty laundry. It has some citrus & pear like fruitiness... complex but certainly inviting.
The flavor is dry, but less bracingly so than Gueuze usually is... well balanced by fruitiness of mild lemon & lots of sour cherry. Oaky & sour with an ever presence of mild wood tannin.
A very special & unique Gueuze.