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Friday, November 16, 2007

Cellar Notes - Boon Oude Geuze

2002 - 2003 Blend / Tasted October 2007 (13/20)
Thin fizzy head; good retention and very uniform. Colour is fairly typical; orange / very light brown, almost a touch murky. Classic nose of sour fruits, fermenting wine - good lift. Flavours are by no means bold and are similar to the aromas. No bracing acidity or sourness (as I had expected). It's all rather elegant, but perhaps to a fault. The tasting 12 months previously wasn't super impressive - perhaps this beer is better consumed younger?

2003 - 2004 Blend / Tasted October 2006 (16/20)
The real deal. Dry, sour, almost painfully so, a little smokey. Sour grape notes on the bouquet are striking and remind of visit to a winery during fermentation. Dirty sulphur-like notes appear on the palate early - a slight distraction. Finishes sour and hard. Very young despite the fact there’s a little ageing on this sample.

(Drank October 2006, e4.60 @ Kaffe de HopDuvel in Gent).

2002 - 2003 Blend / Tasted October 2006 (13/20)
I drank the 2002 - 2003 blend recently as well. Amber in colour, thin head. Sour notes, quite soft, good drive. Soft again to drink, sour fruits, some slightly dirty grapey notes. A good example of gueze but not a great one. Hmm...bad bottle? 13/20.



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