90% eighteen month-old lambic, 5% three year old lambic, 5% very young lambic
Brewer’s Note: “Oude Geuze Boon is a monument of taste and has an alcohol volume of 7%. It consists of 90% lambic at the tender age of 18 months, 5% beer of 3 years, and 5% very young lambic, which provides fermentable sugars and viable yeasts. All our beers are aged in oak casks. We mix them in a mixing tank of 25,000 liters and keep the mixture cool… We place the bottles in an air conditioned room, so the gueuze can undergo secondary fermentation in the bottle. After several months of aging in the bottle this gueuze gets his fine taste. Want to know the bottling date? Pull the shelf life date 20 years.”
Happy New Year from Beer In My Belly! Wooo! The bottle is old fashioned and cluttered with text. It’s almost like an old newspaper page sitting on the bottle. It’s not an absolutely horrid bottle, but overall I’m not really taken with it. It does have some class to it, but the fonts are a little too boring, and are a little too cluttered, and overall it doesn’t work for me. Keep the label for a scrapbook, but I wouldn’t put this one on a shelf.
The champagne of Brussels to role in the New Year! The beer opens like champagne with a big pop and some bubbly gushing. It pours a murky yellow with a huge fluffy white head with varying size bubbles. Lacing was far too slick to really be of note. The beer’s body is cloudy and opaque, and I did find some chunks in the end of the beer (obviously…).
On the nose the beer smells spritsy and fierce with lemon grass funk and cherry fruit leather playing with each other in complex layers. As it warms there is more barnyard in the smell with “horse blanket” notes alongside grassier whiffs.
On the tongue, the beer tastes funky and fresh, with earthy cheese notes playing beside lemon grass citrus and some lovely barnyard funk which builds further in the mouth as the beer warms. The beer opens with sour lemon, moving into the hugely complex middle with barnyard, light fruit leather cherry, and big lemon grass citrus notes. The barnyard closes with lovely earthy cheese notes, while the aftertaste of sour lemon grass lingers in the mouth for quite a while. This beer tastes properly complex for a gueuze.
On the mouth, the beer feels light and spritsy, with a little effervescence coming from the fierce carbonation. The mouth is left rather clean, with the faintest touch of dryness on the back of the tongue. Overall, this is another great gueuze. It takes time for it to warm into big complex flavors, but it brings some lovely citrus notes, and great sprits to the beer. It’s not my favorite in the style, but it is far from my least favorite. I’ll be aging a bottle for a year or so to see how the funk develops in the bottle, as I feel it could grow a little in complexity. This is a great complex beer for a good price point. Try this beer.
For New Years Eve I tried pairing this beer with some of the lovely appetizers at hand. First I paired it with the earthy funk of brie cheese and found a pleasant resonance between the cheese and the earthier notes of the beer. The pairing was tasty and interesting. Next I tried the beer paired with some smoked salmon on top of a cracker with cream cheese. Unfortunately, the salmon’s fouler fishy –side came out with the funk of the beer, and left the fish tasting odd and a little gross.