Category Archives: Belgium

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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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.

Bofkont Raspoetin 2021

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

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 1 and 2 year old lambic with 3 varieties of rhubarb.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, 2021 vintage, bottled on 29th September 2021. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden colour, with an almost two finger white head that had decent retention, while eventually settling to a ring around the glass, and leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funky, citrus, lemon zest, rhubarb, and a touch earthy and leafy.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, funky, light sweetness, rhubarb, with notes of stone fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Although the rhubarb flavours were a bit light, the base and everything else seemed balanced and was enjoyable.

Tilquin Oude Rhubarbe À l’ancienne

Brewery: Gueuzerie Tilquin
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.3%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: 2021-2022

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Old Rhubarbe Tilquin is made from the fermentation of 240g of rhubarb by liter of lambic. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, with a neck label of 2021-2022, and a best before date of 4th November 2031. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had pretty good retention and eventually settled to a nice thin cap while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, earthy, rhubarb, lime, leafy, oak.
Taste: Lightly sour, green, earthy, rhubarb, lemon, with light woody notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: While the aroma was okay, I enjoyed the taste which was nicely balanced.