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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
good

463 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 463
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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1/5  rDev -71.8%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
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1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

Jones153, Oct 14, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Holland, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Regenpak
1.85/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

Regenpak, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of jojox
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

jojox, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Stevedore
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Stevedore, Jan 28, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

heygeebee, Apr 20, 2014
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2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

cpetrone84, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of emerge077
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

emerge077, Nov 04, 2011
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2.45/5  rDev -31%
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.

ktrillionaire, May 03, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

sweemzander, Jun 09, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jun 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

jdougherty, Aug 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

travishardy929, Jul 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

shagal, Feb 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

felipeprates, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of bashiba
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

bashiba, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of H1N1
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

H1N1, Sep 10, 2010
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2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

jwinship83, Oct 23, 2009
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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.