Boon Oude Geuze is the flagship beer of Brouwerij Boon. Frank Boon first began commercial geuze production in 1975 when he registered his business and began buying lambic to blend. Blending is a common practice where someone purchases brewed lambic from various breweries then creates their own unique blend. Seeing as geuze is a blend of lambics, this was a natural starting place for the enterprising young enthusiast. In 1978, he took over Rene De Vits’ Geuze blending business which gave him a line to a 300 year old brewery. 1990 saw the brewing of Boon’s first in house beers.
Frank Boon, arguably, can be congratulated for saving one of the world’s unique brewing traditions. He waded into a business that was seeing small breweries in Belgium closing at a very high rate. One of his family members who worked at the Artois Brewery predicted there would be no small breweries left in Belgium by the new millennium. Since this brave begininning, Frank Boon lobbied the European Unionto get GTS, “Guaranted Traditional Specialty,” status for lambics. If it contains the word “Oude” in the name of the beer, it’s been brewed using traditional methods and ingredients. Geuze may be one of my favorite styles of beer. For helping to save them, Frank Boon is truly one of my beer heroes. According to their website, this beer “(is) a magnificent blend of 90% mild 18 month-old lambic, 5% strong 3 year-old beer and 5% very young lambic.”
Appearance: Cloudy gold with amber-ish highlights and an off-white head and ok retention.
Aroma: Lemon zest, earthy funk with floral undertones. A touch of dried grass/straw.
Taste: Nicely sour with enough sweetness to moderate the tartness. Lemon and citrus with a nice level of earthy notes.
Overall Impression: This is a great Geuze to introduce people to the style. It’s the ideal, in my opinion, of what a Geuze should taste like. It’s not too agressively sour like Tilquin or Cantillon (which are amazing products in their own right but not as new person friendly.) Above all, this is a prime example of a geuze that is balanced, complex and beautiful. If you see it, snap it up.
Availability: In larger cities at top notch beer stores.
(Batch date January, 31 2011)