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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Ratings: 507 | Reviews: 228
Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Uniobrew31
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cannot get past the niquil taste. May be better with a few years on it but drinking the 2012 in late 2014 proved pretty disappointing to me. By a different one for a few bucks more would be my advice.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Camping in Beersel. Pours a bright red like a jar of bar cherries topped with a frothy deep pink head. Aroma of tart cherries pounds the nose from a foot away and is followed by touches of sweet brown sugar and hints of the mild lambic sourness that is to come. As expected cherry dominates the palate as well. There are hints of vinousness and a general red fruitiness but this isn't particularly depthful. Still, the sweet/tart character of the cherries mixed with the sourness of the lambic, which also dries the beer a little, makes this a very balanced and pleasant beer - as cherry beers go especially. I very much enjoyed it on this and other occasions.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kriek Boon Lambic Ale, 4.0% alcohol content.
Green bottle corked and caged, poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A- Pours a deep red fluid that produces a tight bubbled light red head, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries and red wine upfront with slight hints of sweet alcohol fumes.

T-M- Has a upfront sweetness of cherries and a red wine bitterness. Refreshing light tart and a smooth watery mouthfeel put this down as a after dinner beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

This sweetened Lambic pours a pink-rose lace, which shows some good retention on the muddled cerise liquid. Smells of cherry cough drops, wild musty herbs and a little bit of lemon peel ... a super-sweet nose. Smoothness leads to a peppy crispness. Very wet with a watery cherry flavor, the sweetness battles it out with a deep tartness ... seems to be a stalemate. Minty, mineral, cellar, musty yeast, a little grainy and faintly metallic. which are all lost trails of complexities here. Finishes with more of that metallic flavor and a dull twang of tartness, one that's dry at that.

This beer is in a bit of an identity crisis, but it has the potential to be a full-on sweet Lambic, or it could have gone down the road of being ultra traditional without the small portion of sweetener. Regardless, this is a great starter for the unschooled Lambic drinker.

To clarify, when we talk about this beer being sweetened it is not to be confused with other non-traditional beers that use artificial sweeteners. Fruit is used to sweeten this beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first foray into the world of lambics....here goes. Caged & corked bottle. Pfft! goes the cork. Pours a deep cherry red with a wonderful foamy pink head. Gotta say I like the looks of it. Sour cherries invade the nostrils along with a funky earthy smell.

Mouth puckery sour cherry goodness melds with odd dirty, musty notes. A bit of sweetness sneaks in as well, candy sugary. Yummy spontaneously fermented brew.

Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy. Bubbly carbonation runs over my tongue. Easily drinkable brew and quite a tasty treat. Not your everyday beer, but nice for a change of pace. I look forward to trying some more lambics and seeing where the style takes me.

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label say 4% abv. Best by 1/18/2015

A - Pours a beautiful deep cherry color with one finger of pink foam. Head has surprisingly good retention before settling to a thin cap.

S - Pretty straightforward aroma with big cherry notes and a very faint earthy funk. Good, if not deep. Cherry has a bit of cherry candy character but none of the medicinal notes that often accompany cherry.

T - Nice tart cherry. It is somewhat sweet, but nowhere near Lindemans sweet. Some earthy yeast funk gives some depth, but this is pretty one note. Still enjoyable.

M - Light mouthfeel with a crisp tartness and faint earthy bitterness on the finish.

O - Not the most complex kriek, but good for what it is.

Photo of grynder33
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Efferescent creamy aroma a tart cherry taste that lacks the creaminess that the aroma promises, mouthfeel and texture is a little thin, a hint of sourness starts coming on, and I'm basicaly stood up by the malt, which never shows. I like Lindemanns better.

Photo of deebo
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up on a trip to Belgium in Sept 2010. The label stated the vintage as 2009 (harvest 2009).

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A pinkish-red with medium carbonation. Some lees left in the bottle. Forms a large head of light pink foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of sweet, slightly tart cherries with a faint background hint of mustiness. Seems too sweet for a traditional lambic.

Tastes of sweet cherries with a tart, dry finish. Mild vinegary acidity. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a tingly sourness. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Faint aftertaste of sweet cherries.

Nice but lacking in depth. I'm guessing this is a more commercial kriek with added sweeteners. Plenty of cherry flavour, but it's too sweet and doesn't have enough funky lambic character. Easy drinking and goes down well, but forgettable.

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

Boon might not be at the top tier of Lambic and Geueze producers, but this Kriek is nonetheless very tasty. The beer presented in a corked and caged 750 ml bottle and poured into a white wine glass (all I had around while on vacation). The kriek was a clear garnet in color with a fine pink cap that lasted but left little lacing. The beer smelled and tasted very bright from sour cherries. The beer was not too sweet but nicely balanced with enough tartness. Overall, the expression of the wild character was limited, the amount of fruit flavor had that effect on the beer and it appeared that the beer was not bottled conditioned which can definitely help the bugs do more work. This is a good beginner beer, but for the more advanced beer drinker, this might be disappointing

Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy maroon color, thin skin of pink bubbles. Slight simple Belgian lace. Tart aroma, vaguely cherry but not overwhelming and not saccharine. Decent medium profile for a fruit Lambic, fruity but not wildly sweet or artificially boosted. Carbonation is tight and well-released. Could use more astringency and skin-like senses for my tastes but at least its not cartoonishly cherry soda in profile, as some can tend to. Ranks mid pack and something I would drink again.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Normally i find kriek to be better than framboise, with most of the lambic produces, but with boon i found the opposite, thats not to say this isn't bad, this has lots of fruit, but lacks a bit of tartness, and tends to be a bit sweet, still very refreshing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, 2008 'crop' - 4.2% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, dark purplish-red hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some low-lying iceberg profile lace around the glass as it gradually fades away.

It smells of tart candied cherries, a bit of cherry wine, subtle cough syrup allusions, earthy, vegetal yeast, and a weak grainy, and somewhat sour pale and wheaty malt. The taste is more multifaceted cherry - sweet, sour, vinous, medicinal - so much so that the underlying graininess is pretty much veiled, though at least the yeast character struggles hard enough to get noticed, in passing.

The carbonation is on the soft side, just a trilling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, due in part to the dense fruity component - and thus smooth, to a point. It finishes still sweet, with the cherry's edge relenting somewhat - a nice even graininess becoming more evident.

A pleasant, well-balanced fruit beer - the tartness is definitely on the low side (especially considering the particular guest component) compared to some of its compatriots. Unfortunately, the one-sided fruitiness kind of limits this to dessert fodder, but at 8 bucks a pop around these parts, methinks it was good to try just the one time.

Photo of DStoked
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This I beleive to be the best sweet cherry lambic on the market. Brewed in Lambeek, this pours a cloudy cherry red with good head. The nose reeks of cherries, and leads you to beleive it will be harshly sour like cantillon kriek..The taste is shockingly smooth. Those of you looking for the sour face puckering taste of a geuze or cantillon type brew, do not buy this. This is full of cherry flavor and goes down like fruit juice. just the right amount of carbonation helps. sharp cherry flavor in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, could drink this for a week straight. I wouldn't recommend doing that though, as It would probably cause on wicked hangover from the sugar. That would be the fructose that sticks to your lips. Great brew. Usually I only enjoy framboise or cassis lambics, when they are sweet like this (and should really be classified as fruit beers) but this is the exception. The only disadvantage is the outrageous price for a little corked bottle. worth the buy, but only for a special occasion.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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

Bright, um, cherry red in the glass. Nice pink head, but not as full as I would like.

Pure cherry juice on the nose with an unhealthy dose of sugar.

Almost sickly sweet up front, big cherry flavour. Mellows somewhat through the middle with a respectable sourness. Nice tart finish.

A middle-ground for true kriek lovers and those who prefer fruit drinks. Overboard on the sweeteners but still does the trick on a sunny day.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thin pink head, decent retention, clear ruby red body.

Cherry aroma with wheat and straw.

Not particularly sweet, nor funky. Cherry pits come to mind.

Soft mouthfeel, lively.

This is a drinkable lambic, but it doesn't stand out at all. I would prefer more sweetness, more tartness, and more evidence of wild yeast.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9oz into Boon Kriek chalice. From notes.

A: Clear sparkling red, with a light white, pinkish head. Good looking lambic.

S: Aroma of sweet fresh cherries, not a huge sour or funky aroma. Medium intensity.

T/M: the front is a smooth, clean cherry note, followed by a underlining acidic balance. This is not too over the top with cherries, but still enough to cover up some of the harsher funky tones. Mouthfeel is smooth and as soft as silk. Good level of sparkling carbonation in the body, as well as lingering cherry finish.

O: overall not one of the best Krieks I have had, but does suit the style very well.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 75ml for about 4 euro in Ghent. Bottled in 2007. Reminds me of cherry sugar candy and there's a mild vanilla edge in the aroma. Very juicy, but not too thick (like Lindemans). The beer finishes on a fresh, dry cherry note. Quite nice if you like sweet fruit lambics.

Photo of Jon
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boon Kriek pours a deep red color with a quick-to-form, quick-to-fade bubbly off-white head. A thin, rubber-band sized head stays and leaves wonderful lace down the tulip glass. Smell is fairly dominated by cherries and some barnyard funkiness. Sour, acidic, and mildly fruity bouquet. Taste affirms this, as expected. Big notes of acidity, sour cherries, and some residual sugar reside in the taste department. An excellent balance of sweet and sour, acidic and tart flavors. Effervescent mouthfeel keeps things interesting along the way. Serving this chilled in the summertime would be a wise idea, as its thirst-quenching qualities are endless. This makes an excellent apertif and is an excellent lambic in the most traditional sense. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Filosoof
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.

Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whitish-pink hue with dull red influences, hazy, the off-white head was flimsy, unorganized pockets of bubbles around the edges. Not much retention. Minimal spotty lace. The appearance is typical, pleasant looking, if not unspectacular. The nose is lively, tart cherries up front, very strong potency, mildly wheaty in the middle, a kiss of yeast funkiness, strong wood aroma at the end, oak, cork, and almonds. Inviting. The first sip is bracing tartness, this was completely expected but not at this level, very nice. The complexities are prevalent; the flavors are modest in strength however. The tartness subsides and a cherry sourness emerges, there is a naked sense of wood. The palate is very dry as well and a lack of bulk seems to allow the carbonation to stand on its own too much. The sweetness is very modest but enough to balance with beer nicely. Pure cherry taste is mild. This a lovely quaff but it is lacking in some aspects, I’d like more depth on the tongue, more funkiness, more body too. The finish is relativity short but the acidity is pleasant. Medium-light in body. As a whole I liked Boon Kriek but it failed to “wow” me much. I’d absolutely drink it again but this only provokes me to search out better Krieks. I know they’re out there; I just need to find them. Very much worth trying.

12 ounce green bottle, corked, purchased in Kansas City for $5.50. 5% abv listed on the back label, as is the date 18.10.2005.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.