Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait (2011)

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

Boon Framboise

Another day done. My boss was at my terminal today, which means that I was stuck in lots of meetings today. It was nice to get home at a decent time thought. Let’s get to the beer that Val ordered at Memphis Taproom.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Raspberry lambic was once a rarity and only produced for a few weeks during the summer. Frank Boon was the first brewer to again prepare a raspberry lambic in the summer of 1976. More than 300 grams per litre of fresh raspberries give Framboise Boon a fresh fruity taste. The young lambic supports the flavour. But this is very much about raspberries, not the lambic. Of course we do not use artificial flavourings, only real raspberries. Boon Framboise has an alcohol volume of 5%. Drink it when it is young.”

Random: I find the “rhyme time” category in Jeopardy irritating.

This beer poured with a one finger, pink head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing o the glass. The body was a clear red color with light carbonation. The nose was very fruity with raspberry. I didn’t get much else from it. The taste had a lot of raspberry and light funk, which was disappointing as it could have used more. Some vanilla and toasted wood came through as well. The body was very light, bordering on watery with light carbonation. The finish was quick with raspberry and vanilla. This was a nice beer and if you haven’t tried it, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0