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Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small, slender snifter. The beer appears slightly clear and reddish-amber with a pinkish-white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing. The nose gives you some sour cherries and bubblegum.

The beer has a light, almost mild flavor and a light body. The flavor is partly sweet with a nice balancing tartness. I get flavors of cherries, almonds, and a slight wheaty graininess. The finish is partly dry and not very well-sustained. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, easy-drinking, refreshing beer, but I find the flavor to be a bit light for my palate. I also thought it was a bit under-carbonated and lacked the sparkle of a really good lambic.

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Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hopleaf.

A: Dark purplish-red, nice pinkish-white head.

S: Syrupy and natural cherry flesh, a bit of earthy tartness.

T: Pleasant, slightly syrupy cherry, slight earthy seed. Slight tartness in the finish.

M: Fine, pervasive carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Nice cherry flavor, but not nearly tart enough.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sere in tap at Local Option. Appearance is bright red with moderate Haines. The nose is full of ripe cherries, oak, and waves of tartness paired with mild funk. Taste is all fruit with big sweetness up front followed by mild tartness. Mouthfeel is under carbonated with light body. Overall, this Kriek sits somewhere between sweet and tart, the result is somewhat boring in the world of fruited lambics. I wish it swaye one way or the other.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle, best by May 22, 2015. Served at around 40F. Bottle indicates 4% ABV.

Pours purple/red with a one finger pink head that leaves sheets of lacing behind and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma features mostly cherries, black cherries, and some very light underlying hints of vanilla and wood. Good strength.

Flavor starts with a blast of sweet cherry juice, a touch of tartness in the middle and then finishes rather sweet with some slight tart notes. Not sour by any means, any tartness is limited to a tart cherry type presence. Pretty much zero alcohol detected. As it warms, the tartness picks up a touch, but still more sweet than anything.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, very sticky, somewhat syrupy, moderate carbonation. Too sticky.

My first Kriek, so forgive some ignorance here, but comes off as slightly alcoholic cherry soda with a bit less fizz. Sticky, coating mouthfeel is the biggest detractor for me and sweeter than I anticipated. Not really my style, but trying to be objective in the scoring as I have a good feeling that there are better examples of the style out there...

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Photo of Converge
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked & caged 375ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. 2008 harvest.

A - Pours a deep reddish-plum with cherry highlights in the light. Small, well carbonated head of pinkish-white bubbles. Head settles to a thin film that leave small bits of lacing.

S - Big cherry character, juicy ripe ones as well as dried. Slight funk to it, but very mild. Not a great deal of tart fruit or barnyard qualities, more-so big sweetness, but I'm not complaining. Sort of reminiscent of Liefmans Fruitesse, but less artificial.

T - Well, there's nothing puckering about this. Red cherry sweetness upfront, with a touch of barley and hay, and a clean finish. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste; maraschino and black cherry. I get basically zero tart or sour notes. Now, I'll admit that some lambics can be a bit much for me, but this is seriously weak in the sourness department. That being said, I still find this kriek really tasty and drinkable, just not very true to style. Slight lozenge-esque quality begins to appear after a while.

M - Sort of a miss for the style. Carbonation is medium, but quite smooth, and medium bodied. Not tart by any means, and no dryness either.

D - A rather poor representation of the kriek style, but a decent and respectable brew overall. While I can definitely see myself trying this again, I probably won't seek it out; there are just bigger and better things in the lambic style for me to try.

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Photo of atr2605
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours dark red with a rose colored sudsy head with average retention
S-cherry throat lozenges with a bit of a sour aroma in the background
T-sour black cherries up front that switches to a sweeter finish with the cherry flavor staying throughout
M-medium-light bodied, lots of carbonation
O-pretty good lambic, not overly sweet. Would buy it again

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/1/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark red color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, light Belgian yeast but not much else as you would expect from the style.

T: The taste likewise starts with sweet cherries and then some light Belgian yeast and a thin malt character come in. There’s a good balance for the style which is normally either too sweet, too sour or both. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent Lambic to drink for a while.

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Photo of haazer
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Cork comes off very easily, dangerously even as it flies out of my hand and produces some gunsmoke. Beer pours out a deep, maroon red. Pretty turbid, yet well carbonated. Head is a frothy, thick pink color. Fairly retentive but does die down to a thin ring.

S- Smells of sweet cherries. Theres a strong oaky presence too from the barrel. A little bit acidic. Ripe ripe cherry skin is dominant though.

T- Obviously cherry flavor dominates. Definitely real cherries and not the sweetened stuff. Theres a bit of oakiness too, but not too pronounced. Some mild acidity, but not overbearing.

M- A light bodied beer with mid to high carbonation. Some sweetness produces lip smacking.

O- Overall this beer was good but nothing great. I haven't had many krieks, so I didn't really know what to expect. I think it eventually becomes overkill, I let my g/f finish the other glass.

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Photo of n2185
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear ruby with half a finger of pinkish head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: sweet cherries dominate with some tart notes as well. Smells like cherry candy.

T: thankfully the flavor is not quite as sweet. The tartness is stronger here with some sour notes as well.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery.

O: an alright beer, though too sweet and candy-like for my tastes.

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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 TheCorkStopsHere
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down my favorite of all the fruit lambics I've tried. Smells a bit fruity, as it should, but it's not overly sweet or tart. Super drinkable and well-made!

They also make a Framboise and Geuze that we get here in the states, but i think their Kriek is the shining star of the lineup.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle served in a Lindeman's flute glass. Bottle stamp says best before Jan 17, 2016. 4% ABV on back of bottle.

Appearance: Clear deep red with a light purple/red 1/16" thick persistent foam. Some thin strands of lacing here and there. Nice deep color.

Smell: Sour black cherry with the barest hint of mustiness and oak. There are some wine like smells in here as well - more noticable once the beer has breathed/warmed up a bit.

Taste: Tart cherry with a crisp and mildly bitter finish. Singular flavor with this beer - but with a bigger swallow some other hints of flavors come out, but with a sip it's nothing but tart cherry. This flavor just about dominates all else.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit sticky at first but then it goes away.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting, but I think I like Framboise better as a flavor for a fruit Lambic. When first poured, if I didn't know it was a beer I would have guessed I was served carbonated black tart cherry juice. As it warmed up and rested a bit, I could tell some other flavors were trying to get out from under the cherry, like the bitterness at the end which I thought was a hint of a spicy/earthy hop, but it was so hard to pull out I'm thinking it was my imagination. Great appearance, good aroma, but just okay in everything else. As for drinkability - when paired with food it's a nice drink (went well with chocolate pudding, I suspect it would be even better with chocolate cake) but by itself it's just okay as a sipper.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boon Kriek

LOOK: Pours a deep red with a pink foam.

AROMATICS: Bright cherries, sweet and sour, a touch of lambic mustiness.

TASTE: Tart and slightly sour lambic with an ever present cherry note and crisp malt body.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium/Light bodied, high level of carbonation and a semi dry finish.

OVERALL: A pleasant fruit lambic, would pair excellent with port wine cheeses and spreads, or with waffles and fruit for breakfast.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red pour with about a finger of light pink head. Hardly any lacing, but otherwise a pretty beer. The aroma is like smelling cherry juice with only hints of tartness. Really nothing other than the fruit apparent from the aroma. The taste continues this. cloyingly sweet cherries without much else. The sweetness doesn't really get to me, so I think the drinkability is high. The mouthfeel is medium with a low amount of carbonation. If you're looking for a good kriek, keep looking. You haven't found it yet.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque purple color with a one finger dense pink head that dissipates into a thick foam slick on the surface. Thick lacing is evident on the side of the tulip.

Aroma is fairly sweet, almost caramel, with a tart cherry kick. It's reminiscent of luden's cough drops.

The flavor is reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake, as weird as that sounds. Malt sweetness lingers throughout the sip, with a lactic sourness cleaning up the profile at the finish. The aftertaste is cherry cough drop.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The sweetness is slightly cloying.

Overall, a lot sweeter than I had anticipated. The cherry sourness plays very well with the lactic lambic tartness. Great gateway beer.

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Photo of Phinner
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasing tart cherry flavor compliments a very well-balanced maltiness. This is one of the best examples of a lambic kriek that is widely available in many markets. It's not too tart, yet carries enough pleasing fruit flavor to make it worthwhile seeking out.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Cage & corked 12.7oz bottle. Cellared for a few months after purchase. Chilled and served in tulip.

A: Pours a pinkish puple with some light brown hues. Nice cherry juice color. Purple tinted head is 1.5 fingers to start and rapidly drops to ring and thin layer. Mild lacing.

S: Sweet, cherry, barnyard funk. Wonderful smell to my nose. Similar to Lindeman's but maybe more natural cherry (vs. maraschino/candy). No hop character.

T: Cherries mostly. Some sweetness, but not like the candy sucker flavor of Lindeman's. Maybe like black cherry yogurt. Similar to smell, some nice blended barnyard funkiness. Tart on late taste, but could be a little nastier to suite me.

M: Nice carbonation gives it a bubbly but soft feel. Round but not heavy body. Finishes with a perceived dryness/tartness despite the sweet.

O: Nice kriek. Was looking forward to trying this one and I'm happy with it. Could be a little funkier and more sour for me, but the nice cherry flavor. I will probably buy again and put it down for a long time.

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Photo of onewetpaw
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked and caged 375ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Slightly sweet cherry nose

A- Minimal head. Pours a dark rose. Slight hazy appearance.

F- Sweetness tasting of dark cherries. Very slight tartness of the fruit is present. Not hop flavors are present and the malts aren't really detectable by me.

M- Low carbonation. Full body that coats the tongue.

O- Too sweet for my liking. I read on this site that the sweetness is from the fruit not from artificial sweetners. I am not so sure about this though. This amount of apparent sugar seems unlikely to survive the prolonged warm storage this bottle was undoubtedly subjected to unless it was pasteurized. I like the slight tartness and do enjoy the cherry flavors. They are just a little pronounced for my liking. More like a shout in your face than the more subtle flavors I like in a complex, balanced beer.

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

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip.

A: Very nice deep red almost purple color. Mostly clear but almost too dark to tell. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a light purple 1 pinkie finger head that disappears pretty quickly. Lacing is slight and inconsistent.

S: Pick up big time cherry front with almost a cherry cough syrup like profile. A touch of earthy funk that I would expect from a Kriek.

T: Cherries take center stage but not in a syrupy way. The funk shines through and the end of the flavor turns into a definite lovely sour.

M: Light bodied, perfectly carbonated. Finish is mostly dry but could be more crisp.

O: A really nice tart kriek at a great price point and high availability. A total easy drinkier. My bottle was listed at 4%, not the 5% BA lists here.

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Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label say 4% abv. Best by 1/18/2015

A - Pours a beautiful deep cherry color with one finger of pink foam. Head has surprisingly good retention before settling to a thin cap.

S - Pretty straightforward aroma with big cherry notes and a very faint earthy funk. Good, if not deep. Cherry has a bit of cherry candy character but none of the medicinal notes that often accompany cherry.

T - Nice tart cherry. It is somewhat sweet, but nowhere near Lindemans sweet. Some earthy yeast funk gives some depth, but this is pretty one note. Still enjoyable.

M - Light mouthfeel with a crisp tartness and faint earthy bitterness on the finish.

O - Not the most complex kriek, but good for what it is.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up on a trip to Belgium in Sept 2010. The label stated the vintage as 2009 (harvest 2009).

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A pinkish-red with medium carbonation. Some lees left in the bottle. Forms a large head of light pink foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of sweet, slightly tart cherries with a faint background hint of mustiness. Seems too sweet for a traditional lambic.

Tastes of sweet cherries with a tart, dry finish. Mild vinegary acidity. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a tingly sourness. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Faint aftertaste of sweet cherries.

Nice but lacking in depth. I'm guessing this is a more commercial kriek with added sweeteners. Plenty of cherry flavour, but it's too sweet and doesn't have enough funky lambic character. Easy drinking and goes down well, but forgettable.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the tap at Holy Grale into a Boon Kriek branded wine glass.

Ruby red with a tiny pink head that has a touch of lacing as it is drank down.

Sharply sweet, almost like cherry syrup or candy with a light tartness on the nose. There's a faint funk on the nose too but it isn't distinguishable.

Again, like candy on the tongue. Lots of artificial cherry sweetness although I know this was steeped in cherries at some point. No funk, all sweet cherry candy.

Medium body with low carbonation.

This basically tastes like cherry candy. Not cloying, but not far from it either. Going in, I thought this was one of their unsweetened offerings but I should have asked before ordering.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. From Tasty Bev I think, no price tag. Best by 01-02-2015, so I think its had about a year in the bottle.

Appearance: Clear red with a pinkish white head. Pretty good head retention and decent looking lacing.

Smell: Pleasant mouthwatering tart aromas and a little musty funk (a little). Lots of dark cherry smell.

Taste: More sweet cherry and less tart and funk than the smell. Its not overly sweet, nor does it become cough syrupy or cherry soda like-- but it seems like its about to. The oaky notes add some nice complexity of flavor. Doesnt taste as good as it smells, but still deserves a 4.

Mouthfeel: Nice high level of carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Some sticky tannins from the barrel. I'd like a drier finish. It sort of ends... boring.

Overall: A tasty beer. Would be a good introduction to real lambics for a beginner. Very easy to drink. More sweet than funky/sour.

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Photo of Zono
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a glass goblet.

A moderately frothy, cherry-pink head is accompanied by an effervescence typical to lambic.

Appearance: reep red-maroon color, comparable to thickly dried blood.

The smell is rich in burnt, fuity essence.

The taste is pleasantly sour, decidedly less-than-puckering but generally fairly sweet, with a modest complexity of flavor. Some green-apple-type character accompanies the inescapable cherry presence, while the sweetness gives the occasional hint of a caramel note, particularly in the aroma. It is, overall, more mild than the paragonal kriek or, say, examples from Cantillon.

On the whole, a pleasing example of the style, well worth keeping an eye out for, and certainly a genial way of introducing a friend to the (admittedly much broader) world of sour beer.

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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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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
82 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.