Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon
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1.85/5 rDev -47.9%
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.
08-12-2012 14:13:41 | More by Regenpak
2.25/5 rDev -36.6%
2004, EU Bottle. "26% Cherries"
a - dark-ish red, rich color. 1 finger head.
s - jolly rancher cherry + some funk and sour mixed in. Scared it's going to be sugar sweet like Lindemanns.
t - back-sweetened grossness. Very sweet, not as much as Lindemanns bt way to sweet for me! Cherry lolipop tasting. I keep hearing Boon is the real deal but this is not.
m - carbonated. I've lost interest.
d - don't like it.
03-10-2009 17:23:01 | More by jojox
2.25/5 rDev -36.6%
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.
01-28-2014 05:08:12 | More by Stevedore
2.26/5 rDev -36.3%
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.
04-20-2014 09:13:04 | More by heygeebee
2.3/5 rDev -35.2%
A-pours a copperish amber color, transparent with a slightly off white creamy head.
S-the nose is extremely artificial and sugar, lots of messy malts with notes of sweet raisins and chocolate. The cherry is so faint, the sugars are strong and non inviting. this is rather messy and poor in the nose.
T-the flavor follows the nose, messy and malty. the flavor is less pronounced and very flabby. chocolate malts and sugary raisins with light tart cherry. these flavors are all mild and very watery.
M-thinner feel and poor finish that falls off substantially. carbonation is low and the finish is watery and weak.
D-this is a poor attempt at a beer, flabby, flat, and watery. too malty and artificial with way too much sugar and not enough anything good.
03-10-2011 18:25:16 | More by cpetrone84
2.4/5 rDev -32.4%
Draft served in a goblet, scarlet red and completely clear, jewel-tone clarity. Thin layer of pink foam on top that lasted for awhile, leaving some spotty lacing inside the glass.
Smells like cherry Ludens cough drops... ugh. It's extremely one-dimensional, there's nothing about it that remotely resembles lambic in the aroma. Artificial sweet cherry flavoring, might as well be a cherry syrup and soda.
Flavor is more of the same, artificial cherry cough drops. Some astringency in the back, but the moderate level of artificial sweetness takes over, sterile cherry flavoring lingers in the aftertaste. Thin spritzy feel, well carbonated but too light and resembling fruit soda or "sparkling juice". Wouldn't be surprised if this contained Acesulfame K sweetener as Lindemans does, because the artificiality is there. Boon wouldn't admit to it himself at the Lambic Summit, but the proof is right here in the artificial taste. A waste of $8, avoid.
Sad because Boon Oude Kriek is fantastic, and Boon is more than capable of producing exceptional traditional kriek lambic. This beer sadly represents catering to the Belgian market for sweets and crap alcopops.
11-04-2011 23:59:21 | More by emerge077
2.45/5 rDev -31%
A - Fairly deep pink hue, with oak sediment and no head.
S - Not so cherry-y, or lambic-y, this has more of a wine spritzer nose. If you served me this, on ice, and said it was white zinfandel with 50% Sprite and 50% club soda
T - The flavor is, as stated, quite akin to a wine spritzer. The tart and wild aspects associated with lambic's yeasts and the earthy mustiness imparted by oak aging are basically absent, so this is an unusual example of the style. Frankly I would prefer Lindemans/St. Louis/Floris over this.
M - Soft carbonation does not help the cause.
D - Though it is not tremendously sweet, there is no real tartness to balance, and so it is somewhat cloying.
05-03-2010 05:08:35 | More by ktrillionaire
2.48/5 rDev -30.1%
375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tumbler.
(A)- Pours a deep dark crimson color. Produced a small cap of pink foam. Surprising retention however; some lace.
(S)- Lots and lots of rich yet mildly tart cherries. Some subtle funk. Plenty of an oaky vanilla nuance at the end.
(T)- Very rich and sweet vanilla oak and ripe cherry pits. No funk, no sourness either really.
(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice profile of rich fruit, but little else. Cherry juice meets light carbonation.
(D)- A very sweet and rich interpretation. Very straightforward here with not a whole lot that makes what great lambics are great; a funk and sourness; this has neither. Boon's Oude Kriek is on a whole other level than this one.
06-09-2011 04:52:33 | More by sweemzander
2.53/5 rDev -28.7%
Poured a deep dark purple with almost no head.
The smell is slightly carboardy and punget, almost smells like its corked.
The flavor is all cherry, very sweet and fruity almost artificial. Lacking in any sourness or bitterness. Just a fruit bomb.
The mouthfeel is light and a bit watery.
Not real good, to much cherry, not enough beer.
10-24-2011 21:20:19 | More by bashiba
British Columbia (Canada)
2.55/5 rDev -28.2%
This is my first lambic review so pardon me if its not as descriptive as it could be. I may not have the palate or adjectives for it yet.
A- Dark red. With 2 fingers of light pink foam. The foam recedes quickly with no lacing. I looks pretty dead before long.
S- Cherry and a bit tart smelling. Reminds me of the smell of doing dishes.
T- Very sweet cherries. It tastes like a cough drop. Almost too sweet. It actually reminds me of a cooler. I like the moments when I get a bit of a tart musty taste. But I really have to search for it.
M- Tingly carbonation. Very fine and bubbly. Like a slightly thicker champagne.
D- Its not for me. It tastes like a girly wine spritzer. Will not buy again. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to buy a Cantillon and hope for the best.
09-10-2010 03:20:48 | More by H1N1
2.55/5 rDev -28.2%
375ml corked and caged bottle poured into my duvel tulip glass.
A- this one pours a very deep red colored body with a large very active pink head. i can hear it fizzing as it shrinks. little to no lacing left behind.
S- very sweet and not really tart at all. lots of cherries. thats about it. reminds me of juice.
T- once again mostly sweet. fresh cherry taste, which isnt bad. just not what i was going for when i purchased this. its very very very faintly tart.
M- light and thin. the carbonation level seemed a little high for a lambic.
D- easy to finish. very juice like and unlambic like. disappointing. i wont be buying this again.
10-23-2009 13:53:40 | More by jwinship83
2.63/5 rDev -25.9%
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.
10-07-2013 16:48:32 | More by GPHarris
2.65/5 rDev -25.4%
First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA
Pours out bright red with a pinkish-white head. Obvious cherry aroma. Fairly light tasting; all cherry and no beer, and not extraordinarily flavorful at that. Smooth and easily drinkable though, and a fair enough after-dinner beer, though definitely not the best of the style.
04-29-2011 03:18:54 | More by Rifugium
Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
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