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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
good

483 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Pink, spotaneous fermentation. Very cherry aroma, the real deal. A little too sweet, soft carbonation, a little tart, very drinkable.A touch of spice, I would like more tartness and more spice.Stephen's bottle.Perhaps not the bang on, but a worthy try.

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Best by 6/18/17.

Pours a clear super dark red with a foamy reddish-khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, cherry, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and slightly sour malt and cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but it seems like the finish product was sweetened up quite a bit compared to other beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT. Served in a wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright red color. Somewhat dark, though still bright. Light pink head. Starts out at a single finger and some pretty good retention. The nose carries some fragrant cherries, though there's only a mild tartness and no funk. The flavor is all cherry and tastes too sweet. Nothing there to balance it out and no real indication that this is a lambic. Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly sweet. Mildly tart. Decent enough on a hot day, but nowhere near what a lambic should be.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The cork burst from the bottle and I thought it might be a gusher but very little foam spilled from the lip; in the glass, the beer was all head, however, but eventually it settled down, with plenty of foam clinging to the side and very good retention; needless to say, the liquid was a rusty cherry color capped by a pinkish lavender head

Smell: Sweet cherry jam

Taste: What smells so good turns into a rather one dimensional sweet cherry jam flavor; not sickly-sweet but lacking in tartness and funky complexity; there is a vague hint of tartness on the finish that keeps it from going overboard

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and rather over-carbonated

Overall: Enjoyable, but clearly not an overly complex example of the style

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

With sweet cherries are the forefront, this hugely aromatic ale delivers a resweetened flavor of cherries to balance against the sharp lactic and acetic sourness from wild yeast and bacteria.

Pouring a dark ruby color of blood and with a rusty haze, the beer forms an eggshell white head that settles into a medium sheet on the surface and dispursed pockets of lace on the glass. A good looking sour ale that holds it's head character much better than most.

Cherry aromas are apparent. But the complementary notes of apple cider, balsamic vinegar, red wine, and lime zest are all welcome complexities that reinforce the cherry additions and offer balance against an otherwise one-dimensional fruity nose. Musty, leathery, woody, and dusty notes contribute layer upon layer of scents that reveal themselves as the beer warms.

Candied cherries frame the flavors with a very focused taste. Tartness of fruit and spontaneous souring is balanced by the medium malt sweetness and fructose left over from tawny cherries. The beer is much sweeter than expected, especially with the dry dusty and vinous aromas that suggested otherwise. Cider, vinegar, wine, leather, and lemons all peak through, but with much less intensity than the aroma portrayed.

Sweetness from unresolved malts and cherries give a greater impression of body than is probably there, but the sweet cherry feel seems somewhat soda pop-ish as the sweetness sticks to the mouth and prevents the powdery and lightly tannic dryness in finish that the beer deserves. Somewhat astringent and acidic, the beer has an oaky tannic feel that replaces hop bitterness and aids in an unsettled balance.

A finish of cherry sweetness extends well past finish and revisits a memory of the fruit going into the next sip. This is a richer Kriek that focuses too heavily on cherry flavor and sweetness. If only the flavor and body held true to the complex aroma mix, this beer would have fared much better.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color lambic with a super huge pink foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of sweet cherries with some tart notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cherries with tart notes. Not as sour as some other example of the style (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen) but I don’t believe any sugar was added maybe just cherries with a sweeter taste profile (but I might be wrong). Body is full with some low filtration and some great carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable and refreshing beer for summertime.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maraschino cherry with pinkish orange trim. The crown is pale pink in color, like cherry juice added to whipped cream, but is semi-stiff rather than creamy. I can't remember if fruit lambics tend to leave much lace or not. Even though this one doesn't, I like the look...

... and I love the nose. Boon Kriek smells like my dream cherry lambic. It may not be serious enough for true connoisseurs, but I think it's fantastic. Each sniff delivers bushel basketfuls of sweet and sour (mostly sour) cherries with an underlying fermented funkiness. It's a cherry bomb of a nose!

It's odd how the aroma and the flavor often fail to match up; in both directions. This is one of those cases because the flavor here is clearly inferior to the nose. It's much less vibrant, much less cherry-like. Whereas the nose was cherries squared, or even cubed, the flavor is cherries halved.

Boon Kriek is neither sticky sweet like some so-called lambics, nor is it amazingly tart and acidic like some others. It tries to have it both ways at once, with limited success. The biggest problem is that the beer lacks a distinct personality. It's as if the brewers wanted to appeal to all drinkers and were afraid to be daring. The end result is a flavor profile that finds itself up a kriek without a paddle.

It's still good beer and I'll have no trouble polishing off the twelve ounce bottle by the time I get to the final word of the review. I just wish it was a more memorable ride. The relative lack of sugar increases drinkability in my eyes, as does the mouthfeel. It's light (and lightly sticky) with just enough bubbles to keep things on the mildly peppy side.

I expected more out of Boon Kriek than I got. First and foremost, I expected more explosive cherry flavor. It's an enjoyable little fruity sipper, but there's no way I'll buy it again if I have to pay the same $5.99 that I paid for this bottle.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a cloudy dark pinkish-red with a finger's worth of pink head.

S: Very buttery for a lambic. Once you get past that, some semi-sweet cherries with a moderate tartness and not really any funk.

T: Good cherry pie flavor that is mostly tart but slightly sweet as well. Mildly dry despite a fair amount of sweetness. At least it doesn't have that same diacetyl character of the nose.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is soft to medium.

D: Nowhere near as bad as the Boon Framboise, but it's not the best kriek out there either. Stick with Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of biboergosum
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.

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise at Local Option.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza's winding down a bit, moving to some "dessert-style" beers. This one pours a clear bleached ruby topped by a bit more than a finger of light-pinkish foam. The nose is nothing but sweet cherries, aching to be set ablaze in a fit of jubilee. The taste keeps this pattern fresh at the start, with those sweet cherries really popping on the tongue. Then, near the finish, a very light (but still noticeable) tartness creeps in for a brief appearance, bringing in a small currant flavor. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly watery (though still mildly effervescent) feel. Overall, a nice lambic, something not too sour and not too sweet.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.