Brouwerij Boon produces my favorite geuzes. The Marriage Parfait is my favorite of their geuzes. It’s consistently one of my “desert island” beers. Boon’s Marriage Parfait is a beer made from 95% 3 year-old “mild” lambic blended with 5% young lambic. The young lambic provides fermentable sugar and wild yeast to aid in secondary fermentation and conditioning. The Marriage Parfait undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottles and is then cellared in a climate controlled space for an additional 6 months. The bottling date can be found by subtracting the “best before” date on the back.
This means that the 2007 vintage was bottled in 2010 from beer that started it’s journey in 2007.
Appearance: Gold with a bit of haze. White head with low retention.
Aroma: Tangy acidity, earthy, sharp tangy notes. A slight sweet/sour nose. Possible a touch of mushrooms.
Taste: Lighter acidity, tropical fruit, pineapple and a nice bit of wild yeast “funk.”
Overall Impression: Like the rest of Boon’s beers, this beer is well-balanced and complex. While it’s not the most sour geuze out there, it’s one of the most interesting and elegant ones available. Even better, it’s much more price friendly and available than some other more hyped lambics.
Availability: Look for it where you find other Boon beers, at better beer shops throughout the United States. The 2007 is nearly gone from store shelves, so if you see a bottle, snap it up while you can. The 2008 is out now in many areas.
Notes: I didn’t take the bottling date down on this one. I’ll be more careful in the future.