Brewery: Brouwerij Boon
Style: Lambic – Gueuze
Other Notes: Bottle no. 20845
Brewer Description: (from bottle) In 1975 Frank Boon founded Boon Brewery. Now, 44 years later, he passes the torch to his sons Jos and Karel, and can look back with pride at his achievements. The pioneering role he has played is of inestimable value. The passion to create and enjoy a tasty glass of Oude Geuze had brought forth the creation of Boon Brewery, all its beers and now this Oude Geuze Apogee. To create Apogee, Frank made a special blend with lambic from the oldest and the newest foeder at the brewery. This bottle symbolizes the succession by Boon Brewery’s next family generation of brewers.
(from hanging neck label) Though he’s inclined to be modest, we think our dad, Frank Boon, can be very proud. Spurred by a passion for crafting and savouring a nice glass of Oude Geuze, Frank began Boon Brewery in 1975. He has created the original Boon beers, and now also this Oude Geuze Apogee. He was a trailblazer at putting the traditional lambic beers Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek back on the map. His pioneering role has proven invaluable to the Belgium beer landscape. With Apogee, we wanted to symbolise not only the 2nd generation’s succession, but also to create his ultimate ‘indulgence geuze’ – as he sometimes calls it. For this geuze, we’ve blended a two-year aged lambic from a brand-new oak foeder (N°83, third filling) with a three-year aged lambic from the oldest foeder (N°79). Cheers, Jos Boon & Karel Boon, the second generation.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1
Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottle no. 20845, with a best before date of 2039. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A very nice slightly hazy golden colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention, eventually settling to a ring around the glass while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Dusty, hay, light funk, green apple, apricot, dried lemon peel, grass, and damp wood.
Taste: Lightly tart, a touch sour, lemon juice, grapefruit peel, green apple, apple peel, oak, with notes of leather and funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A nice refreshing, balanced and drinkable gueuze.