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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
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384 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a hazy, light red color, topped with a white head with a red undertone.
The aroma is pleasantly sweet nad fruity - cherrylike.
The taste is sweet, there's definitely cherry in there. Finishes with a bit of bitterness somewhere in there.
A very decent kriek.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 16:28:47 | More by MarkoNm
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heygeebee

Australia

2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

2011. From Beer Cartel.

A - deep claret and fizzy. Large bubbles in head. Spotty lace. Large bubbles die to film, not a good look, somehwat high-tide - ish.

S - ice cream. Yep - ice cream.

T - fruits, cherries, raspberries almost. Really quite sweet, and where is the tart and funk? there at the 1% mark, maybe, but this is not a lambic in any way. Very lightweight palate.

M - medium carbonation, undercarbonated for style.

O - fail. Sad, but really not as good as their gueuze at all. Just too sweet and such a lightweight taste for dollar.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 09:13:04 | More by heygeebee
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml bottle at the Malt House in Madison, WI. Poured into a Duvel tulip today, 1/27/2014.

App- dark brownish red body, minimal white head, looks syrupy. Not much retention, no lacing.

Smell- Medicinal, cough syrup, Robitussin. Some cherry flavor, extremely sweet.

Taste- Disgusting. Overly sweet with cherry makes it incredibly medicinal.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thick body, custardy. Had to choke half the bottle down. Luckily for me, another BA was sharing this bottle with me.

Overall- Disgusting example of a kriek. You can do way, way better than this with other shelf krieks.. even Lindeman makes a better one. Look for the likes of Hannsen's or Oude Beersel.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 05:08:12 | More by Stevedore
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Oscar_The_Rauch

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a Piraat Belgium tulip glass

A: 1 finger pale pink head with low retention. The beer itself is more of a dark purple/red color.

N: Plenty of cherry and some funk from spontaneous fermentation and 2 years of aging in oak vats. It really has the Luden's cough drop thing going on, but not a lot of complexity.

T: Confirms nose with some sweetness to it and a creamy mouthfeel.

O: It's an easy one to enjoy when you're in the mood for a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 17:04:59 | More by Oscar_The_Rauch
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FLima

Brazil

3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ruby color with a pink head with low retention.
Sweet predominant aroma of cherries and tart.
Sweet taste of cherries, grapes, a mild sourness and musk.
Medium body with medium carbonation, a bit effervescent.
Tasted to me like a cherry Halls, not bad at all, but still sweet and not that complex.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 14:58:49 | More by FLima
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GPHarris

Alabama

2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly, light purple head into a tulip glass. the body was a dark reddish-purple.
s - cherry cough drops.
t - grape and cherry with a slight tartness but this was overly sweet like cough syrup.
m - slick and medium.
o - more of a fruit beer than a lambic. homeless man's version of new glarus wisconsin belgian red.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 16:48:32 | More by GPHarris
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a reddish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, pink-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: As you might expect, cherry dominates the aroma, with a hint of malt as well. Not exactly multidimensional, but you wouldn't expect it to be.

T: Tasted of cherries (a big heap of them), a hint of citrus, and a little malt as well. Has a bit of sourness about it. Not a bad flavor at all. Decidedly not complex, but certainly likeable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh, medicinal finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have its rough spots, it's still worth a shot. Not the most spectacular lambic out there, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:29:29 | More by avalon07
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well, it's KRIEK WEEK with BeerDocT. I will review three Krieks this week, starting with a 12 ounce baby weighing in at 4% ABV (according to the bottle). Can't wait to get started! here goes... .

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a hazy, deep ruby red. Pink head that never got above a 1/4". Lots and lots of bottle conditioned bubbles all over the place. Beautiful beer.

Smell 3.75: Nice, but subdued nose on this brew. Obviously, cherries dominate, but there is also a very pleasant oaky tannin smell and nice bouquet from the yeast.

Taste 4.0: Front is smooth and silky, but has very little taste to speak of. Middle is where you get hit with the wonderful combination of oak, barley and tart cherries, with the cherries actually playing a supporting role. This is not an overwhelming cherry beer. Finish is smooth, with pleasant barley notes and a subdued and nuanced second bit of cherry goodness. Aftertaste is short, somewhat dry and pleasing with a very light cherry hint.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Creamy and somewhat light in the mouth, this beer certainly hit the carbonation level on the nose for the style.

Overall 4.0: Excellent kriek and a great way to kick off "kiek week." This is a nuanced and subtle kriek, certainly not what you might expect if your only exposure to the style was the Lindeman's Kriek (which is, nonetheless, excellent). This beer would be good with food and certainly is sessionable. I would love to have the opportunity to plow through a few gallons of this beer. Recommended...if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:33:14 | More by BeerDocT
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fairly vigorous pour down the middle yields a fluffy pink head that recedes down to almost nothing over the course of the glass. The body is red. Light lacing.

There is a nice earthy funk to go along with the sweet cherry notes.

Little touches of tartness and sharpness from the carbonation. Fairly light bodied. Big sweet cherry pie flavor. Little bit of mustiness and some metallic notes that dissipated after letting the beer breathe.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:59:24 | More by MattSweatshirt
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DStoked

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1983 Vintage (yes really) @ Kulminator in Antwerp. 40 Euro.

This was an experience! Couldn't pass on trying a 30-year old bottle. Cork was mangled, shrunk, and deformed. Bottle looked like they pulled it out of an Egyptian tomb (BM me for pic). Served in a homemade wood lambic box/basket.

It had a nice, smooth, sour/tart taste to it. Cherries were long gone. Smooth body...not much carbonation after 30 years. Overall it was a good beer, but like I said, it was more about the experience of drinking a 30-year-old lambic, which I doubt I'll ever have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 18:22:27 | More by DStoked
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish purple with a fading pink-tinged head.
Nose shows cherries and raspberries, a bit of berry jam and soft funk. Tempting.
More cherries as the dominant flavour, with a little tartness. More sweet than sour though. More acidity would do wonders.
Could also use more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 05:19:42 | More by CrazyDavros
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Pink, spotaneous fermentation. Very cherry aroma, the real deal. A little too sweet, soft carbonation, a little tart, very drinkable.A touch of spice, I would like more tartness and more spice.Stephen's bottle.Perhaps not the bang on, but a worthy try.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:07:50 | More by Sammy
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schlimenhaumer

New York

2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As a lambic fan, I'm looking forward to trying this -- "Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name." Poured from a 375ml corked-and-caged bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a translucent red wine color (think a light pinot noir) with a thin pink head of almost no retention. Not what comes to mind based on the lambics I've had in the past. No lacing to speak of, either.

S: Mainly smells like Ocean Spray cranberry/cherry juice, with a hint of funky sourness in the background. A fairly strong aroma overall.

T: The cherry juice flavors are definitely overpowering here. The only thing that reminds me I'm drinking beer is the slight hint of funk on the finish. Almost no sour flavors come through. Overall, cloyingly sweet and pretty disappointing.

M: Medium-bodied and almost flat in terms of carbonation.

O: Definitely not a beer I'll revisit in the future. It's basically like drinking a bottle of cranberry-cherry juice.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 04:43:23 | More by schlimenhaumer
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from keg in The Cask, Pimlico. Half pint.

Pours a red/pink colour, with a light red foamy head.

Smells very fruity and sweet.

Tastes quite tart with a hint of sweetness. Definite cherry taste. Very pleasant and refreshing.

Overall quite a simple tasting, yet refreshing and tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 19:05:18 | More by CwrwAmByth
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a maroon, reddish color with only a slight head. The scent is very rich with cherries giving the aroma more of a cherry wine rather than a cherry beer. It’s very sweet to the nose. The taste is very sweet and refreshing. There is not presence of alcohol at all in the taste. Texture is flat with a touch of carbonation as it finishes. At 5% abv wow! This is something you could give to a kid and they would think it’s cherry juice. Not bad, different, but could use a little improvement to become a great lambic.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:51:52 | More by Lemke10
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a commercial point of view this is an excellent beer. From a beer drinker's point of view it cannot win the prices.

Beer drinkers won't buy this. But women on hot terraces will. It can really compete with the Lindemans Kriek.

L: good, dark red, regular top;
S: the lambic is completely overwhelmed by the sweeteners and sugar. Otherwise: the sugars and sweeteners don't feel so extreme as in most commercial fruit beers; if you like cherry yoghourt: this is what you smell;
T: round, bit chemical because of the sweeteners, cherry yoghourt again, almond;
M: nice, good finish;
O: this beer has been made to sell; it is not made for beer reviews; very intelligent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 07:59:05 | More by Filosoof
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csiewert

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear deep red color with a trace of fizzy head that laces well, but does not linger

S - some funk, cherries... Almost wine like, but kind of off putting

T - cherry juice... Some funk, but not much... Finishes fairly abruptly and empty

M - flat and watery... Definitely would like some extra carbonation in this one

O - overall an average lambic at best

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:17:53 | More by csiewert
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 bottle poured into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Very dark mahogany/red with one fingered bubbly white head that lasted about 20 seconds. Very little lacing.

Smell- Funky grassy smell. Cherry. Yeasty body. Some kind of chemical smell that I can't put my finger on, but not a bad chemical smell...

Taste- First cherry. Then some funky earthiness. Tastes better after every sip. Sweet with a very very very mild tartness.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as I expected. Smooth. No taste of alcohol (shouldn't be at 4%). Light and refreshing.

Overall- Solid lambic for the price. Obviously no Cantillon or Fontenien, but I would choose a Lindemanns over this specific Boon.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 17:21:06 | More by Seanniek91
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deebo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-A big pour of Boon Kriek for the wife enjoyed overlooking a Bruges canal. I helped her out and took some notes...this one is clear and a magnificent red with a pink glass sticking lace.
S-Cherries and lots of them. Not much else here, but a very inviting aroma.
T-The taste of this kriek is clean but quite 1 dimensional. Cherries up front and in the finish. Very weak sourness in the end. Nothing like what you would get out of Cantillon or DF.
M-Light and spritzy finishes nicely dry. Super easy to drink.
O-A cherry forward lambic. Big fans of sourness and funk present in some of the other krieks probably won't love this one but is really tasty and easy to drink which is a big plus in my book. Lacks complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 23:49:45 | More by deebo
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birchstick

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1995 Vintage

A - pours red in color without a head at all

S - nose is cherries with vinegar and some sour, citric notes

T - starts off with sour lemon citric notes mixed in with cherry flavors. The more it moves down the tongue, a cherry pie filling flavor come out - liquid, syrupy, full of cherries, and a bit of cinnamon. Wow, the cherry fruit is alive and well after 17 years of hanging out in the bottle. A little bit of citric lambic flavors come back in the finish, but the cherry still reigns supreme on the palate.

M - syrupy, thick, and viscous

D - this is a good kriek - not as sour or funky as others I have had, but it is still delicious in its own right, especially if you like cherries.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:32:10 | More by birchstick
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endovelico

Portugal

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky oxidized-pink brew with low perceived effervescence. No lacing and little head formation.

Smell: Medium-high in intensity. The obvious sweet cherry notes, sour notes, candy and some barnyard.

Taste: High intensity. Candy, cherry, sour apple and some gamy notes. Very enjoyable.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied, long lasting pleasant aftertaste, low carbonation, medium-low acidity and sourness, Low bitterness and sweet throughout.

Overall: It's not a Lambic you have to grow into. It's not a sour bomb, or a funk bomb, or a beer nuanced by years of wood aging. It's sweet, it's flavorful, it's not the most complex wild brew, but putting snobbery aside you can't tell me it's not delicious... Just keep that in mind if you are put off by the score. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 22:35:48 | More by endovelico
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - ruby red with a soft, pink head that has great retention

S - sweet maricino cherries, sugar, tart

T - sugary, sweet cherries, creamy, tart

M - sticky, smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a really nice lambic. It lost points for me because of the creamy, diacetylic notes that I got in the finish. Otherwise, this lambic is flawless and definitely worthy of your time and attention.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 01:38:32 | More by tdm168
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KajII

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Flute]

The pour was a murky dark cranberry red with a very small (almost non-existent) light pink fizzy head that was fully diminishing in just a few seconds and had no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was all about the cherries with a mild caramel malt and a sweet yeast and had a hint of candi-sugar and a slight sour odor.

The taste was abundantly sweet and a tad acidic with a very big cherry presence throughout, with the finish having a hint of candi-sugar and a nice mellow tartness towards the end. The flavor hung on for a decent duration with the sweet-tart cherry taste fading ever so slowly.

Mouthfeel was just a tiny bit beyond light in body and somewhat watery in texture with a soft mellow carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity tart Lambic that was extremely drinkable, reminds me a little of a Sour Cherry Jolly Rancher...

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Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 18:43:16 | More by KajII
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Regenpak

Netherlands

1.85/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Tried two 375ml bottles on different dates. Corks came off with a solid "pop". Poured into a frosted Kriek Belle-Vue chalice. Wonderful dark red, nice pink head that slowly dissipates. Funny that I almost couldn't smell anything. Just a faint hint of cherries.

Then the taste. Even though the "best by" date is March 2016 it is bad. Strong licorice-y and only a little cherry. According to the label not only sugar is used but also an unspecified sweetener. Maybe it's aspartame, which spoils any beverage due to enzymes in my mouth. Or something. For me it's impossible to enjoy this beer. In any case, sweeteners don't belong in beer.

ABV is 4.0% by the way.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 14:13:41 | More by Regenpak
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small, slender snifter. The beer appears slightly clear and reddish-amber with a pinkish-white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing. The nose gives you some sour cherries and bubblegum.

The beer has a light, almost mild flavor and a light body. The flavor is partly sweet with a nice balancing tartness. I get flavors of cherries, almonds, and a slight wheaty graininess. The finish is partly dry and not very well-sustained. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, easy-drinking, refreshing beer, but I find the flavor to be a bit light for my palate. I also thought it was a bit under-carbonated and lacked the sparkle of a really good lambic.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 20:24:37 | More by deadonhisfeet
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