Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait (2011)

Posted: September 4, 2016 in Brouwerij Boon, Gueuze, Reviews

I picked up this bottle one of the times that we went to Half Time. It’s a classic, so I should have had this by now, but at least I’m making up for lost time.


ABV: 8%

Style: Gueuze

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait has an alcohol content of 8%. It consists of 95% mild lambic, aged at least three years and specially reserved for this purpose, and 5% young lambic. The latter provides the fermentable sugars and wild yeasts. After mixing in a vessel of 25,000 litres, the wort (unfermented mixture) is filtered and chilled. If we are bottling, we bring it back to fermentation temperature. The bottles are placed in a climate-controlled space for the secondary fermentation. This is followed by maturing at low temperature for at least 6 months. Want to know the bottling date? Simply subtract 20 years from the ‘best before’ date!”

Random: Right now, I only have one day off, so I’ve been updating the blog while Val is asleep on Sundays.

This beer opened with a pleasant pop of the cork. Once I got it into the glass, it had a three finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a crown on top of the body which was golden-yellow and slightly cloudy. There was medium carbonation and floaties too. The nose had some serious funk to it with hay, barnyard and a light oak note. The taste was tart with lemon, hay and white vinegar. It didn’t taste musty or old, despite being a 2011 vintage. It also had some vanilla and oak, which added to the complexity. The body was shockingly light with no booze notes to it. It was dry with soda-like carbonation. The finish was quick with oak and lemon. This was an expensive beer at $8.19 for the bottle ($.68 per ounce). This beer was awesome. It had so many flavors and was insanely complex. I would have this again in a second.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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