I’m always excited to see new products from Brouwerij Boon. They consistently produce some of my favorite Geuzes. Their newest project is a new spin on their classic Oude Geuze. They got the idea when working with Mikkeller on a collaboration blend that would use some of Boon’s dryest stocks.
Liking this idea, Boon decided to produce their own version from a blend of 1-year old, 2-year old, & 3-year old beers. The beer has a much higher attenuation level than their standard Oude Geuze; up to 100% dryness. Finding the right combination of beers that would allow maximum dryness while still having enough sugar left to finish in the bottle was a big challenge according to the brewery.
Appearance: Hazy copper/gold, beige head, great retention.
Aroma:Gooseberries, lemon pith, straw, fruity, citrus zest, mild green apples, light undertones of funk, grapefruit juice.
Taste: Gooseberries, ruby grapefruit, light lemon tones, green apple, mild funkiness.
Overall Impression: Like all Boon beers, Black Label is balanced and elegant with firm but delicate tartness. It has a medium-long finish that lingers pleasantly and refreshingly. I’m excited to see this one landing in the US. I hope it becomes a regular part of the lineup and available in 375ml bottles as well.
Availability: This beer should be appearing on the shelves in the US in the near future. It will be a limited release. Brouwerij Boon beers are imported by Latis Imports.
Notes: Best Before 26/03/2035 (bottled on March 26,2015)
Special thanks to Kevin at Belgian Beer Geek for sending this beer my way via one of our beer trades.