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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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232 Reviews

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 543
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Photo of Lukie
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours out a dark ruby with highlights of crimson red in the light. Head is pink/off white and billowing but dissipitates quickly into little lacing on top.

Sour cherry aromas, with hints of barnyard funk. Crisp green apple skin, and hints of horse-hay. Almost like the smell of cherry pips sitting out in the sun, if that makes any sense. But nothing makes sense with Lambic aromas.

Initial flavours of sweet cherry, give way to sour cherry and crisp green apple skin, which is typical for a sweeter lambic. Not too much big sour, but just enough to make you want more.

One of my favourite, more standard Lambics, this one, as it's easily enjoyed with a touch of funkiness to keep you interested. A great choice for someone just starting out.

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Photo of sleazo
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-dark fruit punch red with minimal head and no lace.

S-dark cherry sweetness hints of candy sugar

T- bracingly sweet dark cherries. That sugar comes through. But the aftertaste is a lovely sour citrus. A real refreshing tartness that I like in my lambics yet balanced with the sweetness. This is tasty indeed. This is what it is, if you want a real tart lambic, get one without fruit.

M-light and bubbly. Refreshing for a warm day.

D-Very tasty but the drinkability is limited due to the profound tartness.

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Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: Pink foam. Saturation quite low.
Smell: Nose excellently fruity lambic.
Taste and mouthfeel: Full Flavor, remarkable acidity, fruity. Very good balance between fruity and acidity.
Drinkability: Kriek remarkable, raw and authentic

Review added 10-27-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

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Photo of Natural510
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml/12oz bottle, dated 05-11-2006

Pours a light, transparent ruby red with a finger of head which dissipates into a thin yet residual layer which laces the glass beautifully.
Yeast and cherry tartness nose which is understated but quite apparent.
Cherry and yeasty notes make out the flavor backed by an overall tart sweetness. A bit thin, but tasty nonetheless.
Remains carbonated and somewhat lively even with the bottle open for some time; mouth puckers and vibes from the yeast.
Quite good representation of a lambic; not as bold as some, but that is made up for in its smoothness.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. From Tasty Bev I think, no price tag. Best by 01-02-2015, so I think its had about a year in the bottle.

Appearance: Clear red with a pinkish white head. Pretty good head retention and decent looking lacing.

Smell: Pleasant mouthwatering tart aromas and a little musty funk (a little). Lots of dark cherry smell.

Taste: More sweet cherry and less tart and funk than the smell. Its not overly sweet, nor does it become cough syrupy or cherry soda like-- but it seems like its about to. The oaky notes add some nice complexity of flavor. Doesnt taste as good as it smells, but still deserves a 4.

Mouthfeel: Nice high level of carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Some sticky tannins from the barrel. I'd like a drier finish. It sort of ends... boring.

Overall: A tasty beer. Would be a good introduction to real lambics for a beginner. Very easy to drink. More sweet than funky/sour.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 375ml bottle.

Cork explodes from the bottle and bounces off my ceiling fan. Fortunately, no spillage. Pours an opaque purply-pink color into my goblet. A rocky, dense head of pinkish foam. Lots of fine lace. Smell is sweet cherry, some funk following up and spice. Some sour barnyard aromas underneath.

Taste is dominated by sweet red cherry. Some sourness follows and a bit of driness in the finish to balance out the sweeet. Some tartness and a hint of funk underneath that big sweet cherry flavor. The mouth is sticky sweet but tempered by the dry finish. A bit fizzy on the tongue.

All in all a good drinking lambic. Maybe a touch sweet but enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and poured with a thin pink head that quickly faded away and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of cherries in the aroma.
T: Flavors of cherries prominently stand out in the overall taste, which has a little bit of sweetness and tartness. There are some hints of oak in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing because the cherries are well incorporated into the taste.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky, purple brown beer with a thin head that collapses to a very small ring on the side of the glass.

Smell of syrupy sugar and cherries, a little artificial. No real sourness in there. The wood aging adds a nice depth, but does not leave a strong wood smell.

Taste is a little sweet and has a strong syrup taste of cherries and blackberries. The wood come through a little. The sourness is almost invisible, but shines through every now and then. A nicely balanced beer with sweetener, that has a very good drinkability.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL green glass cork and cage bottle. Back label dated Best Before 13.03.2012, L8073 11:29:33. Trying to figure out when this was bottled...

Pours a fairly clear reddish brow with thin off-white head that recedes quickly. Some sediment.

Nose is big, thick stewed cherries and tanned leather. Prunes, plums, and a little blackberry jam too. A faint whisper of wood.

Palate is sharp with acidity up front but then creeping sweetness takes over. Flavors are very raisin-y with lots of stewed and jam-like fruits. Black cherries for sure and stewed blackberries. Finish is fairly short and well balanced.

This is quite a bit sweeter than I remember it being. Still a tasty lambic. Glad to have scored three *really* dusty bottles recently.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cherry red and filtered, this beer appears to have no carbonation. It has a finger of bright pink head with a slight brown tinge.

S: Lambic lactic macaroni quality, dusty oak and old wood quality, totally reminds me of the atmosphere in Cantillon. Some cherry quality.

T: Cherry sweet and strawberry jam. Sour puckering balance, light macaroni, some acidic like a tart unripe fruit.

M: Medium body, lots of light foamy carbonation.

O: Not a bad lambic, certainly not my favourite as I lean towards the unsweetened verson. Love the scent, taste is okay and mouthfeel not bad.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep red, verging on maroon. Very active carbonation with a huge bubbly pink head. Settles to about a 1 inch cap on the beer.

S - Strong sour aroma of cherries. A touch of funkiness underneath. Really just dominated by tart fruit aromas.

T - More sweet than tart in the taste. Almost syrupy sweet. A light acifity on the back end of the beer. Strong cherry taste throughout with a light puckering tartness early on before the sweetness smashes the whole thing.

M/D - Light to medium bdoied with some stickiness to it. Good carbonation for a very lively feel. In all, just a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark , slightly hazy, pink jam sort of colour. An inch of fluffy pink tinged white head.
S - Very nice strong cherry candy aroma, slightly sour but not much.
T - Like the smell. Cherry sweetness with a touch of tartness.
M - Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.
D - My favorite Kriek so far. Wouldn't drink it too often though. Especially when it's about $15AUS & rarely available.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(best by 19 06 2016 - poured into a fat Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, deep crimson liquid... marshmallow-y pink foam with a good bit of stick to it, streaks of sparkly lace here and there

S: dried, candied cherries... malted chocolate shake (deep in the background)... this smell is quite divine - what you'd hope for... a touch of a toasted grain and cough drop overtone... fairly potent and inviting overall...

T: not terribly sweet or sour, not (acid) bitter... pleasant degree of musty, wallpaper-y funk threaded through... vaguely metallic with some wet stone in the aftertaste, a little raw grain as well... certainly heavy on the fruit, in total - wish it would display a bit more tartness and acidity to balance and excite more

F: medium-full bodied with some rough-sanded edges... mild foamy wash on the palate, lifting it off the flesh, avoiding stickiness... little bit of a lacto/fruit-skin film coating the moist parts... in the end, dry enough and quite easy to drink

O: it's a fruit beer, it's very much flavorful but brings a slow, plodding counterweight to the meager brightness it reveals... cancelled out the semi-dry, earthy tones of the Manchego I started eating towards the end - so don't bother with that - fared a little better with the kale Gouda... that's all the cheese I got right now

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Photo of Filosoof
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lovely deep red with a nice off white head that leaves some good lace.

Smells is cherries, cherries, and more cherries.

Taste is again very cherry with some funk in the finish which is a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Overall, a good dessert beer. Not overwhelmingly sweet and quite tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/1/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark red color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, light Belgian yeast but not much else as you would expect from the style.

T: The taste likewise starts with sweet cherries and then some light Belgian yeast and a thin malt character come in. There’s a good balance for the style which is normally either too sweet, too sour or both. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent Lambic to drink for a while.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Cage & corked 12.7oz bottle. Cellared for a few months after purchase. Chilled and served in tulip.

A: Pours a pinkish puple with some light brown hues. Nice cherry juice color. Purple tinted head is 1.5 fingers to start and rapidly drops to ring and thin layer. Mild lacing.

S: Sweet, cherry, barnyard funk. Wonderful smell to my nose. Similar to Lindeman's but maybe more natural cherry (vs. maraschino/candy). No hop character.

T: Cherries mostly. Some sweetness, but not like the candy sucker flavor of Lindeman's. Maybe like black cherry yogurt. Similar to smell, some nice blended barnyard funkiness. Tart on late taste, but could be a little nastier to suite me.

M: Nice carbonation gives it a bubbly but soft feel. Round but not heavy body. Finishes with a perceived dryness/tartness despite the sweet.

O: Nice kriek. Was looking forward to trying this one and I'm happy with it. Could be a little funkier and more sour for me, but the nice cherry flavor. I will probably buy again and put it down for a long time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maraschino cherry with pinkish orange trim. The crown is pale pink in color, like cherry juice added to whipped cream, but is semi-stiff rather than creamy. I can't remember if fruit lambics tend to leave much lace or not. Even though this one doesn't, I like the look...

... and I love the nose. Boon Kriek smells like my dream cherry lambic. It may not be serious enough for true connoisseurs, but I think it's fantastic. Each sniff delivers bushel basketfuls of sweet and sour (mostly sour) cherries with an underlying fermented funkiness. It's a cherry bomb of a nose!

It's odd how the aroma and the flavor often fail to match up; in both directions. This is one of those cases because the flavor here is clearly inferior to the nose. It's much less vibrant, much less cherry-like. Whereas the nose was cherries squared, or even cubed, the flavor is cherries halved.

Boon Kriek is neither sticky sweet like some so-called lambics, nor is it amazingly tart and acidic like some others. It tries to have it both ways at once, with limited success. The biggest problem is that the beer lacks a distinct personality. It's as if the brewers wanted to appeal to all drinkers and were afraid to be daring. The end result is a flavor profile that finds itself up a kriek without a paddle.

It's still good beer and I'll have no trouble polishing off the twelve ounce bottle by the time I get to the final word of the review. I just wish it was a more memorable ride. The relative lack of sugar increases drinkability in my eyes, as does the mouthfeel. It's light (and lightly sticky) with just enough bubbles to keep things on the mildly peppy side.

I expected more out of Boon Kriek than I got. First and foremost, I expected more explosive cherry flavor. It's an enjoyable little fruity sipper, but there's no way I'll buy it again if I have to pay the same $5.99 that I paid for this bottle.

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Photo of antott0523
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 label
Best before end 2017
Cork 40273

A: Deep, translucent ruby color with a foamy pink head that leaves some lacing. Very attractive beer. Some carbonation.

S: Sweet cherry pie filling with a hint of fresh cherry tartness. Musty oak is perceivable.

T: Sweet cherries with virtually no tartness. A hint of oaky woodiness. The finish is sweet and wet.

M: Round with moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkable. Not overly sweet, but not acidic or tart either. Straightforward cherry flavors.

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Photo of Umbra
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/12/2006 ink jet on the back label.
Cork shot off as I took the wire cage off, and some of the brew came streaming out. Afterward, poured it into my trusty Bellevue chalice. Poured a deep red amber with a red tinged white head. It rose quick quickly, looking rocky with mix matched bubbled. Reduced quickly to a nice lace.

Smell of cherry cough drops, but with a sour and tangy mix in the background. Light mouthfeel, with a bunch of carbonation going on. Initially the "funk" and some sourness come through, but they came rushing in with the tingles. They were quickly tacken over by sour cherry and deep sweetness. Finishes sweet, with cherry floating in the back tastebuds.
Drinkable, I could see this served with a fresh fruit tart, some zabayone or perhaps a flan.

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Photo of Viking
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich garnet-red with a fine, pink head. Rich cherry aroma with hints of brown sugar and ever-so-slightly spicy. Also has a rather vinous character to the smell. Tart cherry flavor, but not overpowering like other fruit lambics I've tried. Nice mouthfeel of rough carbonation and the thickness of the beer itself. Very dry finish. Pretty straight forward and a good cherry lambic.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After the greatest festival I have ever had the pleasure of attending, Belgium Comes To Cooperstown, I find myself discovering and enjoying the beers of Flanders and Lambeek more and more.

Served at just under fridge temperature in my Celebrator stange.

Appearance- Pours a hazy, ruby/copper with subtle pink glowing from the inside. The head is light pink and a solid finger think. Good duration.

Smell- Sour fruit (cherries) dominate with a canvas of barnyard and bubble gum. As the beer approaches cellar temperature, sour becomes sweet and a nice malty character emerges gently. Great depth of aroma, wonderful to experience.

Taste- Once again the sour cherries are the first wave, but as the beer decants it matures to a plum character. In a about a half hour, I am getting a sweetness that mimicks the changing smell from sour to sweet. Nice transition of smell and taste over time.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light to medium in the mouth with a soft carbonation, if it weren't for the complexity in the taste this would sure be a lot easier to put down. Easy drinking, but very savory. This is one to enjoy after the party's over, when your tastebuds crave to retire with something unique to remember.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.