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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
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464 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, corked and caged

Pours with a ruby body, slightly hazy. Tight pinky white head with good retention, some lacing on the glass

Smell, a whiff of cherries, mixed berries. A few esters and a bit of malt

Taste, crisp dry mouthfeel, oaky cherries, some sourness but nothing too overpowering, lasting acidic cherries on the finish

A bit disappointing but still a solid kriek. I've come to expect alot from Boon however this isnt a big bold sour lambic like cantillon kriek or kriek de ranke but it is pretty solid

cypressbob, Dec 30, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

orbitalr0x, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
Photo of heddar33
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -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.

warnerry, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of grynder33
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

grynder33, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +12.7%

jisak74, May 13, 2012
Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

innominat, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

deebo, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of jburchett
3/5  rDev -15.5%

jburchett, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Funky-Brewster, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

PretzelsNBeer, May 12, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

doremite, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Soonami
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Soonami, Aug 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Dec 08, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Adkins1203, May 31, 2014
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

rastaman, Jul 06, 2002
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2013
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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.