Oude Geuze Boon

10 May

Name: Oude Geuze Boon
Brewery: Brouwerij Boon
Type: Gueze (lambic)
Alcohol Volume: 7.0
From: The Offie, Leicester
Price: £5.95
Drink: Cold
In short: The champagne of beers, with a distinctively sharp and sour taste; perfect for sitting with on a sunny day.

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Before you read the rest of this review, I need a favour from you. It’s only a small favour, but it’s a very important one. Forget everything you know about how beer tastes, how it looks and how it feels to drink.

I need you to do this because we’ve left the realm of conventional beer and entered the strange world of lambic beer, a Belgian type of beer which really doesn’t compare to any other type of beer. It makes the rest of Belgian beer look normal, which is no mean feat. But why? Lambic beers as a whole are brewed with wild yeasts through spontaneous fermentation in the open air. That, however, isn’t the only reason that Geuze, the variant of lambic beer we’re dealing with here, is quite so different from ‘normal’ beer.  You see, a Geuze is made by blending old, fully fermented, lambics and younger lambics which haven’t actually finished fermenting, which kickstarts a second fermentation. Combined with the fact that aged hops are used to produce the lambics that are blended into a Geuze, it really is quite some distance away from a traditional lager or ale, in taste and texture.

This Geuze, produced by the Brouwerij Boon, based in the Flemish village of Lembeek is about as traditional as you can get. There are no added sweeteners, and the beers used to produce it were 100% lambic. If you want to experience a quintessential Geuze, this is most likely the one to go for.

I think I’ve laboured that this Is A Very Different Beer enough, so it’s on to the review.

This Oude Geuze is distinctive all the way down. This starts with the smell – light and sour, more wine than beer. This carries on to the gorgeous golden colouring, with a bubbling that isn’t far off of the delicacy of a sparkling wine. Not that it shares much in the way of taste with champagne, however; it’s sharp, with a definite kick to it that hits almost instantly. My first taste was the first time I’d ever had a Geuze, and it was definitely quite something. It has a sourness that comes in with the sharp kick that reminded me of a cider, but even that doesn’t quite explain how it tastes.

The taste is offset by the thickness of the texture, which has a character best described as being close to alka-seltzer and balances the almost offensive sharpness. It’s a neutraliser, but one that doesn’t damage the strength of tastes of this particular lambic. All of this is complemented by the warmth that gathers at the back of the mouth after a few slow sips. They should be slow sips too; this is a beer to enjoy at length, not just because of the expense, but because of the way that the taste and neutralising texture almost subconsciously encourages a few moments of pure leisure.

So pop out, grab the closest lambic you can find, whether a Geuze or a Kriek, and kick back in the nearest patch of sun.

It is Friday, after all.

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4 Responses to “Oude Geuze Boon”

  1. ithinkaboutbeer May 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I love Boon Geuze and their Mariage Parfait Geuze. They are my favorite Geuze producer. I actually had the chance to visit their brewery last September. I had an amazing time. Nice review.

    • Patrick Reckitt May 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks! I took a look at that interview, and I certainly enjoyed it – it shed quite a bit of light on the process and brewery itself, and was a good read too. I may have to see if I can track any more of their Geuze over here.

      • ithinkaboutbeer May 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

        Look for his Mariage Parfait geuze. It’s phenominal. And thanks for checking out my post! I’m glad you liked it.

      • Patrick Reckitt May 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

        Cheers for the tip, I’ll have a hunt!

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