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Boon Oude Geuze VAT 109 Monoblend 18/04/2016 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.
Barrel no. 109 is a 9000 liter barrel of more than 100 years old from a series of four, built by the Munich company Drexler around 1910. It was built as a “beer barrel”, but was put into operation from 1935 as a storage barrel for cognac. In 2009, the barrel was put into service at Brouwerij Boon after it was sanded on the inside. This cask still gives a special cognac character to the Lambic that ripens on it, which is why Boon selected it for the VAT series. VAT 109 is the first Geuze in this series of which the Lambic was brewed 100% in the new brewery hall.
The Lambic from Oude Geuze VAT 109 has matured for 2 years in Foeder no. 109. After bottling and after more than 6 months of further aging in the bottle, this VAT 109 is ready to be drunk. With a fermentation rate of 93%, the Geuze VAT 109 is not extremely dry, but very full-bodied, a perfect balance.
The wild yeasts have developed a wealth of flavors and aromas in the Lambic of this VAT 109: oak wood, smoky-spicy, some vanilla, dry fruit and some peach. Supported by an alcohol content of 8.25% Vol. this Oude Geuze VAT 109 fits perfectly with game dishes and old cheese.
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