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Boon Oude Geuze VAT 79 Monoblend 17/12/2014 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 79 Monoblend is a geuze blended from three-year-old lambic (at the time of bottling) from foeder #79 and young lambic. It was released in 375ml bottles and is labeled as 9% ABV. Foeder #79 is the oldest foeder at the Boon Brewery. It was made by the Persenaire Firm in Antwerp in 1883. Since 1986, it has been used to hold 3-year old lambic from Boon. According the brewery, lambic from foeder #79 is mostly used as a component for the Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait bottlings.
Vat 79 was released in April 2016. It consists of 90% lambic from foeder #79 that was brewed on October 26 and 27, 2011, and was bottled on October 24, 2014. It was the first of the Monoblend series to be approved for sale in the U.S.