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Boon Oude Geuze VAT 77 Monoblend 24/10/2013 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.
Boon Vat 77 Monoblend is a geuze blended from two-year-old lambic (at the time of bottling) from foeder #77 and young lambic. It was released in 375ml bottles and is labeled as 8.5% ABV.
Vat 77 was released in 2014. It consists of 90% lambic from foeder #77 that was brewed on October 26 and 27, 2011, and was bottled on October 24, 2013. Foeder #77 was made in 1906 and since 1986 has been used to hold 3-year old lambic from Boon. It is reportedly one of Frank Boon’s favorite casks.