It’s my wedding anniversary in a few days so could a beer with the name perfect marriage be a good alternative to champagne to toast the day? The bottle looks the part and it’s a vintage 2009, so that’s a good start, at least.
Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait is a blend of 95% mild lambic, aged for at least three years and 5% young lambic, which provides the fermentable sugars and wild yeasts necessary for the secondary bottle fermentation. The final product is matured at low temperature for at least 6 months. According to the brewery if you want to know the date of bottling all you have to do is subtract 20 years from the “best before” date.
The beer pours a pale orange with a good white head and high carbonation. The smell is earthy, horse blanket, increasingly farmyard. The taste matches: initially sharp with a sour undertone becoming more fruity before leading on to a herbal clove, very dry finish. The 8% alc vol. stays well in the background.
All in all, this beer looks good in the glass with a steady stream of bubbles, is very well put together and would, in my opinion hold its own against champagne as a celebration drink. As I don’t think my wife would be of the same opinion, I think I’ll stick with the champagne and not put my perfect marriage at risk.