On the 19th of April, 2013, Frank Boon and Brouwerij Boon celebrated their grand re-opening with a special party and a special beer. Herman Van Rompuy, the EU President and a friend of Frank’s, was . in attendance to cut the ribbon and officially open Boon’s new brewery. To celebrate the next stage in the brewery’s evolution, Frank created a new beer for the occasion.
Vat 44 is a single barrel (foeder) “mono blend.” In December of 2008, he brewed a heavier than normal batch of beer and placed it in Foeder No. 44. The beer was then bottled in August of 2010 where it bottle conditioned for nearly 3 years before the big party. Only 20,500 375ml bottles were produced (approximately 1,700 12-bottle cases).
Appearance: Hazy gold/blonde. Off-white head, ok retention.
Aroma: Lemon, citrus zest, grapefruit, strong brett funk, notes of straw, fruity undertones.
Taste: Funky and tart with a long finish. Creamy mouthfeel. A bit of white pepper on the finish. Balanced.
Overall Impression: Like all Boon beers, this beer is elegant and very well-balanced. All the parts come together harmoniously. This particular version of his geuze appears to be a bit heavier on the brettanomyces side of things and should continue to develop nicely for a long time. I’m glad I have a few bottles to lay down. While this particular beer was a one-off, I really hope this concept becomes a regular limited-release at Boon. This would add a 3rd, ultimate layer to Boon’s Geuze line (Oude Geuze and Mariage Parfait).
Availability: High limited and dwindling (Limited western European distribution)