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Boon Oude Geuze VAT 108bis Monoblend 28/11/2018 37.5cl
All oak barrels in the Boon brewery have their own history and are characterized by unique microflora of wild yeasts. The bottles of Oude Geuze “VAT” are a combination of one specific wooden barrel (mono) and a minimal percentage of young Lambic (blend), which starts the refermentation in the bottle. The use of Lambic from one specific oak barrel (such barrels are also called “casks”) creates geuzes with very idiosyncratic characteristics: wine-like, whiskey-like, bone-dry or very tender. The number on the bottle always refers to the barrel number.
The Lambic for Oude Geuze VAT 108bis has matured in cask N ° 108 for 2 years and 7 months. After bottling and after more than a year of further aging in the bottle, this VAT 108bis is ready to be drunk. With a fermentation rate of 89%, the Geuze VAT 108bis is not too hard in taste, there is a nice acid balance. The alcohol content is 8% Vol. The aroma is comparable to the previous version VAT 108 that was released in September 2017. The very winey accents in this VAT 108bis are combined with a clear ‘old beer’ character, which ensures a firm & robust taste with unmistakable, but not overwhelming volatile acidity.
Foeder N ° 108 is a 10,000 L barrel from 1935 that Boon purchased 22 years ago and that comes from a former brewery where the beers contain a lot of volatile acids. The Lambic of this cask enriched the character of all our blends. In February 2019 it was replaced by a completely new cask. The brew of 27 April 2016 was the very last production of this veteran and was bottled as Oude Geuze Boon VAT 108bis, after which this cask was disassembled. The best staves are kept in Boon’s warehouse to carry out repairs to other barrels.