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Boon Oude Geuze VAT 86 Monoblend 29/11/2018 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.
Foeder N ° 86 is a 5,000 liter barrel from 1935. The barrel is part of a series of 2 pieces and was specially built to be placed on the ends of the barrel hall. The front and back are the size of a 10,000 L cask, but the staves are very short, which makes the casks look like tambourines and have been nicknamed “tambourines” at the brewery. Due to the many uses, the front and rear bottoms of these barrels were due for replacement. This work was carried out in new French oak in the year 2016, so that half of the wood surface now consists of old oak (with its lambic microflora) and the other half of new oak. The brew of April 28, 2016 was the first fill after the renewal of foeder N ° 86. The Lambiek for Oude Geuze VAT 86 has matured on it for 2 years and 7 months. The assembly consists of 90% lambic from Foeder no. 86 and 10% young lambic.
After bottling on November 29, 2018 and after more than a year of further aging in the bottle, this VAT 86 is ready to be drunk. With a fermentation rate of 94%, Oude Geuze VAT 86 is not extremely dry, but very full-bodied, nicely balanced. The new oak has imparted a few special aromas to the Lambiek: notes of wood caramel as in cognac and smoky vanilla aromas as in some whiskeys. The oak bearing also strengthened the fullness without making the beer astringent. The wild yeasts in the Lambic of this VAT 86 in turn provided some good complementary flavors and aromas, especially some peach and tropical fruit.