Category Archives: Gueuze/Lambic

Boon Brewery ‘Mariage Parfait’ Cherry Lambic

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imageKriek Mariage Parfait is an Old Style Kriek of exceptional excellence. 400 grams of wild cherries per litre are fermented together with a strong Lambic of spontaneous fermentation and aged on 6,200 litre oak foudres (large wooden casks) for 5 to 6 months.”

Uncaged, uncorked and poured in to a snifter. This interesting beer displays a mahogany body with strawberry red highlights. It produced an almost pink coloured head that reduced to a fine and foamy overlay. Lacing is OK but wet and a little streaky.
Let us be upfront, we don’t review many of these super sour styles. We must admit though they are extremely unique and quite complex. The tart cherries lead out with this sharp and ultra sour lacto yeast emphasizing it. In support are notes of Angostura bitters, subtle oak, lime juice, plums, raspberry and a kind of rosè wine-like tannin. All sorts of wacky and weird aromas emanating here.
The texture is sharp, acidic and highly carbonated. That aggressive sourness just force opens the saliva glands and fills up the mouth. One positive in all of this is that it hides the 8% ABV incredibly well.
The palate cops a rude awakening with lip puckering sour cherries, vinegar and lime juice initially. It does taper off in to a mild oak flavour that entertains notes of Angostura bitters mid way. Definitely more lacto yeast upfront but the bretty and sweaty horse blanket flavours reveal themselves on the rear. Holds its length really well too.
Holy bejeezus that’s a strange beer. Almost eye-wincing sourness that has an amazing ability to balance itself out with this woody oak and candy sweetness. Definitely won’t be returning but we can see why some beer lovers dig it. Not our cup of tea to be honest.

Timmermans Oude Gueuze

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image“Oude Gueuze is an appellation controlee : its label is protected. It is also known as the champagne of beers, especially as it is only available as a limited edition. Timmermans Oude Gueuze’s special flavour derives from its time-honoured method of preparation. It is a blend of old lambic, which has been aged for three years in wooden barrels, and young lambic which ensures spontaneous fermentation in the bottle. The different lambics are carefully selected by the brewer to obtain a perfect flavour. After it has been produced, Timmermans Oude Gueuze, which is refermented for four months in the bottle, continues to improve for 20 years.”

This is our first crack at a Gueuze (a traditionally Belgian blend with similarities to champagne and sours). Served in a tulip glass (could also be served in a flute glass) the appearance displayed a slightly hazy straw gold with a quickly diminishing head. No lacing at all. Initially off the aroma we picked up a very sour lemon. Additional funky wafts of farmyard, tart fruits and phenols underline just how unique this beer is going to be. Mouthfeel is very strange, highly carbonated and highly sour. Flavour instantly reminds me of sucking on a sour lemon warhead. Maybe some grapefruit and sherbert aswell. The saliva inducing sourness is nothing we’ve ever experienced with beer before. Good length and good body. Tart, acidic and astringent is the best way of summing this up. 5.5% ABV is hidden among the ridiculous levels of acidity here. Maybe we’re a little beer immature but this is a very acquired taste which I don’t think we’ve acquired just yet!