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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 Regenpak
1.92/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jojox
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of bashiba
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of H1N1
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As a lambic fan, I'm looking forward to trying this -- "Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name." Poured from a 375ml corked-and-caged bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a translucent red wine color (think a light pinot noir) with a thin pink head of almost no retention. Not what comes to mind based on the lambics I've had in the past. No lacing to speak of, either.

S: Mainly smells like Ocean Spray cranberry/cherry juice, with a hint of funky sourness in the background. A fairly strong aroma overall.

T: The cherry juice flavors are definitely overpowering here. The only thing that reminds me I'm drinking beer is the slight hint of funk on the finish. Almost no sour flavors come through. Overall, cloyingly sweet and pretty disappointing.

M: Medium-bodied and almost flat in terms of carbonation.

O: Definitely not a beer I'll revisit in the future. It's basically like drinking a bottle of cranberry-cherry juice.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Far too sweet and a very subtle sour/tart finish. Carbonation was very aggressive. It reminds one of a wine cooler. There is definitely the sensation that that one is drinking cough syrup.

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Photo of Overlord
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bubbling reddish pink. Consistency of champagne. Lively mouthfeel is the best thing about it.

Smells like ... cherry extract. I swear, like cherry juice. Taste is way too sweet. There's a tart edge to it, but I don't like carbonated cherry juice. Not sure what they were going for here. I wasn't expecting Lindemans style sweetness.

Won't have again.

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Photo of ccrida
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz champagne bottle poured into my large St Feuillien goblet, Boon Kriek is a hazy magenta purple with a small, tight bubbled off-white head

Smell is very sweet and fruity, like fanta grape soda, with a very slight medicinal tinge, perhaps a hint of lacto. Not to bad, but like candy.

Taste is not as sweet, with some oaky, woodsy, and slightly metallic notes, little to no sourness, with nutty, slightly astringent aftertaste. The nuttiness (roasted peanuts) really clashes and doesn't work for me at all. Candied fruit and peanuts...pass!

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but there is still that inevitable syrupiness from to much sugar. The slight acidity is evident in the prickliness on the tongue. The tannins and sugar coats the teeth in an unpleasant manner.

Drinkability is lower for me, this is just another candy beer with really no semblance of the base lambic, more like a wine cooler. Not worth the price, even though I got it on sale, I was hoping it would be funky with a slight cherry tinge. Instead it tastes like cherry slurpee syrup again in oak barrels. I now realize I was thinking of the Oude Kriek, whoops! I couldn't finish this, to sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Gulden Draak tulip

A - Pours a deep cherry colour with a pink head that reduces slowly.

S - Boiled cherry lolly aroma

T - Up front some boiled cherry lolly flavours and finishes with a sticky sweetness.

M - Light body and spritzy carbonation.

O - Dissapointed no to have any funk in this beer and it smacks of extract rather than genuine fruit.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paid $7.49 for a 12 oz bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a pint glass and shared with my girlfriend as this was her selection. Normally not a fan of fruity beers, but the New Glarus Raspberry Tart is superb so I thought I'd give this one a try as well.

Very fizzy with a somewhat frothy light raspberry colored two inch head that retains well. Nearly opaque with a brownish deep ruby red color. Looks pretty nice. Thick and frothy lacing.

Smells like a cherry pie with some hints of yeast and wheat.

Taste is not as good as the smell. Cherries up front, but there is a bit of funk taste along with it. Not sure how to explain the funk, but it takes away from what could have been a great fruit beer.

Very thick and creamy. A fizzy high carbonated feel. Light to Medium bodied. As with most fruit beers, I can only drink one every once in a while. This one is not the best, and for the price, I expected much more.

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Photo of danedelman
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 750ml bottle into Weyerbacher Tulip glass

A-Red color with large pinkish head that stood around awhile.

S-Lot's of canned cherry smell or fake cherry pie smell. Sweetness comes through a lot.

T-Too much cherry, like canned cherries to me. Too sweet and no base kriek(sour) tasted as I was expecting a bit more.

M-light and bubbly, beer flavor was just not my thing.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful cherry color with a nice one finger cherry red head. The smell is like cherry cough syrup with not even the slightest hint of sour or funky. The flavor follows suit with a cough syrup or cough drop cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is actually decent for the fact that this beer tastes so disappointing. Overall would not buy again or recommend anyone to buy this

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Iron Abbey in a Liefman's flute.

BOON Kriek is pretty bloody red, red as stoner eyes with trace amount of small bubbles that are off white looking and foamy off the tap. Smell is cherry up front with some artificial like scent. Some plastic and a small malt build. Taste is terribly sweet, cherry, some vanilla extract, mild funk, this one is on the sweet side. Feel is a bit sour, yet sweet overpowers that. Feel is a bit up from light with a syrupy feel on the way down. Minimal carb. 5oz's was plenty, and perhaps too much.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep cherry color, quite clear, with a nice pink head. Not super carbonated though. Smells of cherry and also slightly tart with a woodiness to it as well. Almost cherry candy type aromas. Not very sour tasting at all, though not that sweet either. A little bit of a tannic edge finishes the beer off. Quite mellow for a lambic. Overall this has a nice cherry flavor backed by a pleasing light acidity. This would be a good first lambic beer for those who have not had the style, but in the end it just does not hold up.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark blood red with a modest pink head. Sweet and artificial cherry nose. Just a touch of sourness. The flavors are pretty much cherry cough syrup and artificial cherry flavoring. Sweet with barely a hint of sour. Medium body with mild carbonation. Nowhere near what I want in a kriek.

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