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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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81
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476 Ratings
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | 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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5/5  rDev +40.8%

VikeMan, Oct 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.83/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Phinner
4.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasing tart cherry flavor compliments a very well-balanced maltiness. This is one of the best examples of a lambic kriek that is widely available in many markets. It's not too tart, yet carries enough pleasing fruit flavor to make it worthwhile seeking out.

Phinner, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium reddish color with a nice fluffy head that fades with some lacing. Aroma is sour and filled with the essence of cherries. Smells more polished for a lambic. Taste is sour upfront and fades into a nice cherry aftertaste. A second sip confirms the same thing. The cherry is somewhat less noticeable in the taste and there's more sourness (like a lambic should have).

Feels balanced, delicious and what I expect in a lambic (not like Lindemans, which is also excellent, but not quite as polished).

Brad007, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of BarryNL
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle promises a lot - being a champagne style corked offering - does it deliver? Well, broadly yes - this is one of the best Kriek's I've found, let's review...

A: Cloudy red beer. Minimal head, but lasts well.

S: Lovely sour cherry smell, with malt undertones. Sour cherry and lambic notes balance any sweetness in the aroma.

T: As promised by the smell, this is a great balance between the sweetness of the cherries and the lambic sourness. I'm no great fan of sour lambics, but I also dislike a beer that's too sweet - this one combines my too bugbears to create an excellent balance which works, oh so well. Exactly what a Kriek should be!

M: I don't know what the opposite of "cloying" is, but it might be "Kriek Boon".

D: Highly clean and refreshing in the finish - I don't think I would get tired of drinking this one.

BarryNL, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Bierschenker
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head has a nice high pink colour, but it rapidly fades away. It becomes thin and fluffy. The beer has a deep dark ruby red colour. It was presented in it’s own narrow high tulip glass.
I consider the odour to be fresh with semi-natural sweet cherry’s. It has some carbonation, but not too much.
Taste is syrup sweet. You get the impression of sweet whole cherries. A mellow, full bodied Lambik taste and some sourness in the back.
The aftertaste is more sour sweet. It’s full and long-lasting.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Bierschenker, Jun 16, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Keith_R, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

ambiguousfigures, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

IronTom, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

nmann08, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

redliner8, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by how much the cherry flavour came to the front in this lambic as I figured that it might be a much more austere beer with the lambic notes dominating. The cherry taste was deep and delicious with just right amount of sweetness. I never got sick of this beer and realized just how great a blender Boon is with his lambics

canucklehead, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Atron67
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a bright red with huge pink foamy tiny bubbles oozing out of it

S- smells of delicious cherries with a slight tart scents, not very sour smelling, more candy-like.

T- had a great smooth flavor, perfectly balanced, nice and complex, no overpowering funkyness, but a great oak aged cherry flavor, well balanced malt, and a smooth amount of sourness is present, but not very strong, leaves a cherry aftertaste

M- light body- fizzy carbonation, flows well over the tongue

D- a great light kreik, nothing really overpowering, very smooth and delicious, a great introductory beer to sour ales too because its present, but not very strong, and is perfectly matched with the cherry flavor

Atron67, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. This beer pours a dark red color with a tall pink head that has nice retention. Quite cloudy as well. Smells like cherry candy - slightly tart, but not overly. Lots of cherry aroma. The flavor is like candy as well. Sweet, thick, and only a hint of tartness. Lots of thick cherry flavor. Very nice. Not nearly as sour as most lambics, but extremely tasty beer. I'd have this one any day. The body is thick and the drinkability is great.

clvand0, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of drewbage
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle at Lucky Baldwin's during the Belgian Beer Festival.

Big cherry nose with just a hint of. Pits and a small amount of the typical horsey aroma

Flavor starts with an initial slap of sweet cherry with a growing stonw rathiness apearing after a brisk acidity

Finish is mildly sweet with a finish that sweeps you into the next taste

drewbage, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of Jon
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Jon, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma here.rich sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away!

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done. i think my favorite style may be changing.

mikesgroove, May 25, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle dated for end of 2006:

A: hazy wheatish look, modest disappearing head with a bit of lace
S: cherry, no hint of alcohol
T: dry, cherry front, melt-a-way back, no left aftertaste, easy to drink
M: Interesting, between an ale and possible wine, solid body
D: Easy, count this as a session beer, at 5% many could go down, try it with your girlfriend...

robbyc1, May 24, 2006
Photo of texashammer
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with no head. Real sour cherry smell. Black cherries. Smells like the fruit really smells/tastes, not like that weird cherry flavor you run into so much. Tastes very light, again, like real fruit. Very small taste compared to the smell. But it grows. Tart, sour cherries, with the lambic sourness too. Not too sweet. Again, like REAL fruit. Very dry finish. Very pleasant.

texashammer, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of mschofield
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a satisfying pop and smoke, pours a ruby red, topped with a one finger pink head, full of carbonation, leaves just sparse bits of lacing.
Good cherry base to aroma, perfume, floral, grainy, touch of wet dog.
Tart taste, cherry of course, but more notes comes through and give it some complexity, toasted wheat, wood tannins, grape
dry and wine like in body, medium feel, still some lambic left in this kriek, good sourness.

mschofield, May 18, 2004
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4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

DStoked, May 17, 2013
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 09, 2011
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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
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