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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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.

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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -71.9%

12-22-2011 21:13:22 | More by Marc33
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Regenpak

Netherlands

1.85/5  rDev -48%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 14:13:41 | More by Regenpak
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jojox

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 17:23:01 | More by jojox
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 05:08:12 | More by Stevedore
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

08-29-2013 14:10:19 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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heygeebee

Australia

2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 09:13:04 | More by heygeebee
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:25:16 | More by cpetrone84
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emerge077

Illinois

2.4/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 23:59:21 | More by emerge077
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 05:08:35 | More by ktrillionaire
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 04:52:33 | More by sweemzander
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

09-08-2012 18:23:28 | More by heddar33
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CrusinforaBrewsin

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

06-14-2014 20:40:52 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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Tomblerone

Netherlands

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

05-27-2012 17:06:35 | More by Tomblerone
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

11-15-2011 02:53:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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travishardy929

New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

07-23-2012 22:25:39 | More by travishardy929
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

02-14-2012 16:01:53 | More by shagal
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Brew33

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

01-22-2013 21:30:50 | More by Brew33
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felipeprates

Brazil

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

06-13-2013 11:13:15 | More by felipeprates
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bashiba

Iowa

2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 21:20:19 | More by bashiba
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H1N1

British Columbia (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 03:20:48 | More by H1N1
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 13:53:40 | More by jwinship83
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GPHarris

Alabama

2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 16:48:32 | More by GPHarris
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 03:18:54 | More by Rifugium
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schlimenhaumer

New York

2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 04:43:23 | More by schlimenhaumer
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ibbjamin

California

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:03:58 | More by ibbjamin
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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.