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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

Boon KriekBoon Kriek

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382 Ratings

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website

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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Photo of sweemzander


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
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma here.rich sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away!

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done. i think my favorite style may be changing.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:25:03 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Sam21


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle purchased for $7.99. Poured into a tall goblet.

Appearance – Features a rusty red body with a small and tight pink head. Weak retention and sparse lacing. Looks nice.

Smell – First and foremost there is a big blast of cherry pie filling. Sweet and tart. There is an interesting apple core scent in the background that is hard to pin down. A bit musty.

Taste – Promising start with juicy cherries that have a nice tangy edge that reminds me of a cherry pie. The fruit never fully develops on the palate and seems to dissipate rather abruptly midway through and become watery. There is a light tartness on the back of the tongue, but it never seems to commit. The finish is a bit watery, musty, bitter, and slightly tart. Bitter apple core is noticeable through and seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied with active carbonation. Not fizzy, but definitely active. Soft.

Drinkability – I found this to be an enjoyable kriek, but find the watery middle and mild tartness to be a little confusing on the tastebuds. This beer is neither sweet nor tart. Both characteristics are there, but fail to be fully announce their presence. The apple core bitterness that I am picking up is also a little off-putting within the overall flavor profile. This beer has a lot of potential within the juicy cherries that appear up front, but loses some steam in the finish. The fruit is still there, but not to the same extent. Approachable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:08:36 | More by Sam21
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Beer Distrbutors, into a pint glass. Bottle notes a best before date of April 20, 2014.

Pours a dark red, fluffy and dense pink head. Nice lacing and strong retention. Pretty! Nose has some marschine cherry, mild medicinal notes, some lactic presence. A general yogurt feel to it. Taste has more cherry sweetness, mild lactic notes and this mysterious yogurt comes through again. Mouthfeel has some slight tartness. Good feel with some good cherry flavour. Tastes way better than the nose would indicate.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 17:27:40 | More by liamt07
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright, um, cherry red in the glass. Nice pink head, but not as full as I would like.

Pure cherry juice on the nose with an unhealthy dose of sugar.

Almost sickly sweet up front, big cherry flavour. Mellows somewhat through the middle with a respectable sourness. Nice tart finish.

A middle-ground for true kriek lovers and those who prefer fruit drinks. Overboard on the sweeteners but still does the trick on a sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 15:34:48 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of cpetrone84


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
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a best before date of 2014.

Pours ruby red with a pink head of a quarter inch. A thin but solid skim coat and thick ropes of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sweet cherries, cherry cough drops, and red apples. Cherry juice follows through.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp, slightly chewy mouthfeel. A bit tacky and syrupy.

Cherry juice starts off the palate, with shades of cherry cough syrup and cherry flavoring following through. Sweetish in nature with very little tartness, let alone any sour component.

Finishes with lingering cherry flavors, sweet fruit, and a trace of tartness.

Very much a lambic with training wheels. Lacking the sourness, brett character, dryness, or complexity of a great Kreik. The beer tastes like it was pasturized with cherry flavoring added after. It would probably be great over ice cream or to cook with.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:35:07 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of Lukie


4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 15:21:00 | More by Lukie
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, 2008 'crop' - 4.2% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, dark purplish-red hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some low-lying iceberg profile lace around the glass as it gradually fades away.

It smells of tart candied cherries, a bit of cherry wine, subtle cough syrup allusions, earthy, vegetal yeast, and a weak grainy, and somewhat sour pale and wheaty malt. The taste is more multifaceted cherry - sweet, sour, vinous, medicinal - so much so that the underlying graininess is pretty much veiled, though at least the yeast character struggles hard enough to get noticed, in passing.

The carbonation is on the soft side, just a trilling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, due in part to the dense fruity component - and thus smooth, to a point. It finishes still sweet, with the cherry's edge relenting somewhat - a nice even graininess becoming more evident.

A pleasant, well-balanced fruit beer - the tartness is definitely on the low side (especially considering the particular guest component) compared to some of its compatriots. Unfortunately, the one-sided fruitiness kind of limits this to dessert fodder, but at 8 bucks a pop around these parts, methinks it was good to try just the one time.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:22:24 | More by biboergosum
Photo of metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:51:43 | More by metter98
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, light pink head that dissipated to a thin film quite quickly. Body is dark reddish pink, with good clarity.

S: Aroma is slightly vinous at first, then the sweet cherries come through and stand-out well. Not much at all in terms of sourness/funkiness.

T: Sweet cherry flavor is very dominant, but not overpowering. Slightly acidic and sour, but not as much as a lot of other Krieks I've had. No real barnyard characteristics present.

M: Light-medium body, with moderate-high carbonation. Not really puckering at all.

D: A tasty beer, but overall not one of the stronger fruit lambics out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 21:43:56 | More by berley31
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml split while cutting up dark chocolate.

A: Hazy red color with tons of visible carbonation. The best part of the way this beer looks is the cherry tinged head. It is awesome. A finger and a half of billowy head.

S: The nose is of tart cherries. A little bit of sweetness and a touch of lacto. A touch of the barrel as well.

T: The sweetness everyone talks about is there for sure. The cherries come across nicely. Just a touch of tartness in the finish. Not as complex as the finest examples of the style though this is the Boon offering for the masses.

M: Light body. Well carbonated. Little cry in the finish.

D: Good but not great. Would be a great beer for someone getting into the style. Really great with chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 00:26:09 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of rarbring


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear red brew, the head is pink, small unevenly sized bubbles, a few lacings and some curtains.

The smell is distinctly fruity, cherries, rhubarbs and some yeast.

Sweet, candy-like cherry flavor, sour fruits and some almond, normal and bitter.

Medium carbonation, a bit spritzy, aggressive small bubbles, syrup feeling. rather light body.

A rather "normal" kriek, good as aperitif or digestif.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 20:11:49 | More by rarbring
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

This sweetened Lambic pours a pink-rose lace, which shows some good retention on the muddled cerise liquid. Smells of cherry cough drops, wild musty herbs and a little bit of lemon peel ... a super-sweet nose. Smoothness leads to a peppy crispness. Very wet with a watery cherry flavor, the sweetness battles it out with a deep tartness ... seems to be a stalemate. Minty, mineral, cellar, musty yeast, a little grainy and faintly metallic. which are all lost trails of complexities here. Finishes with more of that metallic flavor and a dull twang of tartness, one that's dry at that.

This beer is in a bit of an identity crisis, but it has the potential to be a full-on sweet Lambic, or it could have gone down the road of being ultra traditional without the small portion of sweetener. Regardless, this is a great starter for the unschooled Lambic drinker.

To clarify, when we talk about this beer being sweetened it is not to be confused with other non-traditional beers that use artificial sweeteners. Fruit is used to sweeten this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:43:21 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark maroon/red with a slight foamy reddish white head and no lacing.

The smell is sweet cherry and a little alcohalish like cough syrup flavor.

The taste has a sugary sweet cherry flavor that pops. Some tart flavor comes together with some oak flavor and has some slight funk flavor that is providing a slight backbone to this beer.

The feel of this beer is light in body and is pretty easy drinking. It goes down quickly and leaves a nice aftertaste that stays for a short while.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 03:48:36 | More by Duhast500
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pink! i was once trained to think this a bad thing, but now i'm excited about it. good foam to begin. the beer itself is not quite pink, but certainly a deep red (and not the garnet variety of red)

stroooong cherry aroma. i hope this won't be a jam beer. i would expect more acidity in the aroma...but there is a slight yogurty funk

more cherry massivity. light body and mostly lacking in recognizable malt characteristics and yeast contribution. a touch of lactic acid

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:40:12 | More by bruachan
Photo of jsanford


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute. Lot 0083

A - Pours a dark ruby-red with a thin, rosy pink head that dissipates quickly. Lots of visible carbonation. Looks pretty!
S - Big cherry flavors dominate, smells like cherry pie filling and cherry Now and Laters. Sweet brown sugar and tart red wine vinegar are in there, too. Really enjoying the nose on this.
T - More sweet dark cherry with just a tiny bit of tartness. While there is some lambic "funk" and oak present, the cherry certainly takes center stage. Honestly, this could easily pass as a artisan cherry soda (and I mean that in the best way).
M - Light-bodied with a high, sparkly carbonation.
D - Incredibly drinkable, I could easily pass this off as cherry soda, and, at 4% ABV, could drink it all day. Perhaps not as tart and funky as other offerings, but this would be a superb choice for getting your feet wet in the Lambic world!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 20:41:42 | More by jsanford
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 BB 01.02.2014. Gently poured into a Duvel tulip after warming up slightly from fridge temperature.

A clear dark ruby with a thin bubbly pale pink head. The head soon diminishes to a ring. Light pink lacing.

Dark sour cherry smells. The taste is cherries with a slightly sweet tart finish. Very nice. The aftertaste is of a mild sour cherry. Not very beer like at all.

This beer is light in body with a lightly sparkling carbonation. There is not a lot of depth or complexity but its a refreshing and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:15:16 | More by scott451
Photo of cbutova


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, not what I expected.

A- Dark red with an amazingly beautiful pink foamy head. Great retention and a huge blanket of thick lace. A terrific looking lambic.

S- Sweet salt water taffy like cherry all over the aroma. It is like a creamy dessert type fruit. Vanilla, sugar, slight vinegar.

T- Very sweet and this throws it off for me. A tiny bit tart. The cherry flavor itself is nice but it keeps going back to the sugar. Its almost like an aspartame-sweetened store brand seltzer drink to me.

MF- Light creamy body with low end carbonation for the style.

DB- The flavors here are all good but sweetness devours it. This is the first time I have had a lambic with sugar outweighing tartness. Strange but not bad. The appearance carries the score.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:47:16 | More by cbutova
Photo of Chico1985


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml shared by none other than cbutova.

Pours dark red with huge fluffy pink head, awesome colors, awesome retention with thick cotton candy lacing.

Big authentic cherry smell, very sweet, reminds me of Wisconsin Belgian Red. Slight notes of vinegar.

Taste also reminds me of WBR (fresh cherries) but much less intense, watered down. Pretty much all sweet, some tart, and no sour. Some bready and oak notes. Pretty one-note, excitement is lost after a few sips.

Pretty solid mouthfeel+carbonation, but I guess I've been spoiled on lambics for Cantillon, I was hoping for gut-wrenching sourness with a huge cherry taste. Easily drinkable and more or less enjoyable, but I can't see myself ever getting this for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 15:16:42 | More by Chico1985
Photo of xrdsci


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL corked, caged bottle. Listed at 4% ABV.

A: Deep red color, with hints of purple. Thick, frothy, pink head. Lacing is pretty tenacious.

S: Smells almost exactly like Luden's cherry cough drops with a little bit of funk.

T: Like the smell, the sweet cherry taste dominates. Hard to pick up anything else immediately, but the funk (what little there is of it) comes through on the back end once the sweetness wears off. Not nearly as sour as I was expecting.

M: Sparkling carbonation. A little sticky/syrupy.

D: Goes down easy. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:18:29 | More by xrdsci
Photo of SFLpunk


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 03:36:39 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of 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
Photo of mlazzaro


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received this complimentary bottle from the very friendly people at "Menotomy Beer and Wine" in Arlington MA. - thank you very much, I appreciate your generosity.

375 ml bottle. Corked with cage. Great presentation.

A- 4 Good carbonation. Typical looking Kriek. Deep cherry/raspberry colored beer with a light pink head. Decent head retention. Slightly opaque.

S- 3 Smells like cherry candy. Very similar smell to Ludens cherry cough drops actually.

T- 3 Really not the sour Belgian funk that I am looking for in a Kriek. This is mostly just overwhelming sweetness. I have been spoiled with Cantillon's Kreiks, so my standards might be a slightly high for this style.

M- 3.5 A bit syrupy, although pretty smooth on the tongue though. A nice carbonic bite at the end of the sip. Very, very sweet.

D- 3 This is more of a very elegant, slightly alcoholic cherry soda more than the Belgian Lambics I am used to. I respect the fact that they age in oak barrels for two years, but I find this to be a very reserved Lambic. I could easily see why some might love this brew, but it's not really "up my alley."

Also this beer is spontaneously fermented, so it sounds as though it would be very inconsistent. Potentially it could be a different beer next around.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 00:30:50 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of Soonami


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boon might not be at the top tier of Lambic and Geueze producers, but this Kriek is nonetheless very tasty. The beer presented in a corked and caged 750 ml bottle and poured into a white wine glass (all I had around while on vacation). The kriek was a clear garnet in color with a fine pink cap that lasted but left little lacing. The beer smelled and tasted very bright from sour cherries. The beer was not too sweet but nicely balanced with enough tartness. Overall, the expression of the wild character was limited, the amount of fruit flavor had that effect on the beer and it appeared that the beer was not bottled conditioned which can definitely help the bugs do more work. This is a good beginner beer, but for the more advanced beer drinker, this might be disappointing

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 12:56:59 | More by Soonami
Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.