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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 529
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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. (656 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is still really well made cherry beer, but it isnt my favorite that they do. its still seemingly immature, sweet from the fruit rather than puckery from the lambic, but the freshness and authenticity of the fruit make it a worthy drink for me, and there still is a sturdy hit if funk mid palate, even though the sourness of the lambics we love the most doesnt really even show up. the cherries are ripe and juicy, not medicinal at all, although they crowd out any malt flavor for most o the drink. carbonation is fair, but the sweetness of the fruit makes this a beer i only need a little of, more of a cordial at this level than a beer, but you cant help but be impressed by the vibrancy of the cherries, and with the texture of the beer overall. its obviously a quality brew, but i think more time, less fruit, more lacto character, and a little more carbonation would really make this special. still, anytime you get good belgian kriek, you dont complain. (963 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  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 (739 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,953 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,283 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,904 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear, dark amber body topped by one and a half fingers light pink foam. Good retention and lace.

S - Cherries and lavender, very perfumey. Subtle acidity hiding in the background.

T - Lots of cherries and some weak acidity. This beer is dominated by a thick, sweet flavor that is disturbingly reminiscent of cough syrup.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fairly easy to drink, but not particularly enjoyable. The acidity and fruit character are weak and the complex funkiness of a fruit lambic is completely lacking, leaving this beer as a dull example of the style. (602 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (781 characters)

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. (754 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a lambic flute. Beer is bright red / ruby and hazy with a big pink head that falls away, some lacing, high carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and mildly lactic, lots of cherry in there.

Beer is thin and has this mild sweetness to it, the finish is mildly tart from the fruit, mild lactic acid creaminess to the whole thing. (328 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - ruby red with a soft, pink head that has great retention

S - sweet maricino cherries, sugar, tart

T - sugary, sweet cherries, creamy, tart

M - sticky, smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a really nice lambic. It lost points for me because of the creamy, diacetylic notes that I got in the finish. Otherwise, this lambic is flawless and definitely worthy of your time and attention. (433 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep cherry color, quite clear, with a nice pink head. Not super carbonated though. Smells of cherry and also slightly tart with a woodiness to it as well. Almost cherry candy type aromas. Not very sour tasting at all, though not that sweet either. A little bit of a tannic edge finishes the beer off. Quite mellow for a lambic. Overall this has a nice cherry flavor backed by a pleasing light acidity. This would be a good first lambic beer for those who have not had the style, but in the end it just does not hold up. (522 characters)

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. (537 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours red/purple with a white/lightly pink head, good retention for a lambic, light lacing into a flute. Pretty colour.

S: Heavy on the cherry, maybe a little too much, no funk.

T: Sweeter than I expected, more like Lindemans than Cantillon for sure. Still, the flavour is good and the sweetness doesn't go over the top. Cherry flavour predominates, though the funk I greatly enjoyed in Boon's Guezes is there as a minor note, which gives the beer some complexity and separates it from the industrial sweetened krieks.

M: Mouthfeel is quite nice. Mild acidity is woven throughout. Light-bodied, spritzy, smooth, champagne-like bubbles.

D: A good beer, though I would have liked some more complexity. Can't argue that much, a thoroughly enjoyable and drinkable beverage. (798 characters)

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

Picked up a 75ml for about 4 euro in Ghent. Bottled in 2007. Reminds me of cherry sugar candy and there's a mild vanilla edge in the aroma. Very juicy, but not too thick (like Lindemans). The beer finishes on a fresh, dry cherry note. Quite nice if you like sweet fruit lambics. (278 characters)

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. (435 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a deep reddish purple color with a small bubbly pink tinged head that dissipates slowly. Aromas of sweet and tart cherries dominate the aroma. Hints of tart lemon, balsamic, brown sugar, and earth round out the nose. The flavor is quite a bit sweeter than I was anticipating. Dark sugary sweet with plenty of tart and sweet cherry flavor but seriously lacking in much lactic tartness to offset the sweetness. Hints of almond flavor and a bit of earthiness round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Super easy to drink, more tart than a Lindemans but less than I was expecting. (639 characters)

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