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 20 years from the “best before” date on the back. This is also why it’s a great choice for a desert island beer, it won’t go bad on you!
This means that the 2008 vintage was bottled in 2011 from beer that started it’s journey in 2008.
Appearance: Gold with a bit of haze. White head with good retention.
Aroma: Lemon, spicy, pepper, lemon zest, nicely sharp acidic nose. Light notes of Brett funk.
Taste: Lemon, earthy, pineapple, passion fruit, bit of funk, phenolic, spicy finish. As always with Boon beers, balanced acidity
Overall Impression: Like the rest of Boon’s beers, this beer is well-balanced and complex. The 2008 seems to be a bit more lemony than the 2007 was. The Mariage Parfait line seems to be more citrusy in its aromas than a lot of Geuzes with the funkier notes taking a well-blended back seat. 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. Look for it where you see Rodenbach and other imports by Latis Imports. The 2008 is nearly gone from store shelves, so if you see a bottle, snap it up while you can. The 2009 is out now in many areas.
Notes: Bottled on 27-7-2011 (July 27, 2011)