Boon HORAL’s Oude Geuze Mega Blend 2022

Brewery: Brouwerij Boon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Lambic – Gueuze
Other Notes: HORAL members – Boon, De Cam, De Troch, Den Herberg, Hanssens, Lambiek Fabriek, Lindemans, Mort Subite, Oud Beersel, Tilquin, and Timmermans. Limited edition – 29300 bottles

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) De Oude Geuze Megablend symboliseert de samenwerking tussen de lambiekbrouwerijen en geuzestekers uit de Zennevallei en het Pajottenland. Voor deze botteling hebben 11 verschillende lambiekproducenten samen Lambiek gemengd. Deze Megablend werd special voor de 13e editie van Toer de Geuze gemaakt. Met deze fles vieren we 25 jaar Tour de Gueze! Op Toer de Geuze 2022 zal deze Megablend meer dan 6 maanden op fles gerijpt hebben. De assemblage bevat Lambiek die 1, 2 en 3 jaar gerijpt heeft op houten vaten.

(translated to English) The Oude Geuze Megablend symbolizes the cooperation between the lambic breweries and blenders from the Zenne valley and the Pajottenland. For this bottling, 11 different lambic producers have mixed Lambic together. This Megablend was specially made for the 13th edition of Toer de Geuze. With this bottle we celebrate 25 years of Tour de Gueze! At Toer de Geuze 2022, this Megablend will have matured in the bottle for more than 6 months. The assembly contains Lambic that has matured for 1, 2 and 3 years in wooden barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2022 vintage, with a best before date of 19th October 2041. Poured into a gueuze glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger fluffy white head that eventually settled to a nice replenishing fluffy cap, while leaving nice lacing.
Aroma: Funky, damp wood, lemon zest, green apple, with slight leather notes.
Taste: Tart, citrusy, lemon, funky, wet wood, with notes of green apple.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Easy to drink with good funky notes.

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Baladin Xyauyù Barrel

Brewery: Birra Baladin
Country: Italy
ABV: 14%
Style: Barleywine – English
Other Notes: 2014 vintage, bottle #0402

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) It represents the complex expression of Teo’s mind in the creation of his couch beers. An high fermented beer after a macro oxidation process and 12 month aging in rhum barrels, which give a natural and turbid aroma. In the glass is without cream and gas.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml waxed and corked bottle, 2014 vintage, bottle #0402. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit, raisin, dates, rum, molasses, caramel, toffee, and a touch boozy.
Taste: Like the aroma, sweet, dark fruit, raisin, dates, rum, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, a touch syrupy, no carbonation.
Overall: Definitely a sipper as it was almost too sweet for me. Just not as balanced as the Fumé.

Baladin Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky)

Brewery: Birra Baladin
Country: Italy
ABV: 14%
Style: Barleywine – English
Other Notes: 2014 vintage, bottle #1762

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) It represents the complex expression of Teo’s mind in the creation of his couch beers. An high fermented beer after a macro oxidation process and 12 month aging in Scottish whisky barrels from Islay, which give a natural and turbid aroma. The color is deep dark brown with copper notes, in the glass is without cream and gas.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.68
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 500ml waxed and corked bottle, 2014 vintage, bottle #1762. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A copper bronze colour, almost syrupy with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Peat, leather, dark fruit, whisky.
Taste: Moderately sweet, dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, light peat, and smoky notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, a touch syrupy, and no carbonation.
Overall: An excellent sipper with good balanced sweetness. Admittedly, there was a worry on my part that this would be overly sweet like the Xyauyù Barrel, but no, it was really enjoyable.

De Cam Perzik

Brewery: Geuzestekerij De Cam
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: 2022 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Fruitlambik: 1000 kilo perzik (peach) worden samen met 1500 liter lambik vergist op vat.

(translated to English) Fruit lambic: 1000 kilos of peach are fermented together with 1500 liters of lambic in a barrel.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2022 vintage, with a best before date of July 2032. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour, with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing. The bottle itself, when opened, turned out to be a slow gusher, and definitely persistent.
Aroma: Peach, peach sour gummy candy, rose apple, apple peel, lemon juice, with a touch of damp wood.
Taste: Sour, tart, slightly underripe fruit, peach, apricot, apple peel, wood, lemon juice, and an acidic lemon pulp like finish which was a little harsh.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Loved the aroma, and the flavours were nicely peach forward. Perhaps the acidic lemon pulpy finish which was a little harsh on the throat was a concern, but I’m hoping it will mellow out a bit over time.

Bofkont Dancing in the Moonlight 2021

Brewery: Bofkont
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Lambic – Fruit

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 1, 2 and 3 years old lambic with apricots (Ardeche in France) blended together with peaches (Spain) and Riesling grapes (2020) from the Mosel in Germany.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.62
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, 2021 vintage, bottled on 15th September 2021. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had pretty good retention, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sweet, jammy, apricot, peach, marmalade.
Taste: Sharp, sour, tart, apricot, peach, dried stone fruit, oak, with light white wine notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: My first thought was that I absolutely loved the aroma, but the flavour was overly sharp and acidic. It quickly grew on me though, and by the time I poured a second glass, I really enjoyed the flavours, and found it refreshing.