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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
good

477 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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 johnnnniee
3.35/5  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.

johnnnniee, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium reddish color with a nice fluffy head that fades with some lacing. Aroma is sour and filled with the essence of cherries. Smells more polished for a lambic. Taste is sour upfront and fades into a nice cherry aftertaste. A second sip confirms the same thing. The cherry is somewhat less noticeable in the taste and there's more sourness (like a lambic should have).

Feels balanced, delicious and what I expect in a lambic (not like Lindemans, which is also excellent, but not quite as polished).

Brad007, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beauteous cherry red, the head a purple delight, modest in size, frothy in texture and as it dissipates rather quickly leaving behind clumpy bits of lace. Ripe cherries dominate the nose, tart and vinous, crisp, fresh and quite sniffable, the start cherry sweet and the top lean in its feel. Finish is spitefully acidic, tart, sweet cherry aftertaste and dry as a desert bone, a decent Lambic, not great, but not bad either.

Gusler, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a reddish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, pink-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: As you might expect, cherry dominates the aroma, with a hint of malt as well. Not exactly multidimensional, but you wouldn't expect it to be.

T: Tasted of cherries (a big heap of them), a hint of citrus, and a little malt as well. Has a bit of sourness about it. Not a bad flavor at all. Decidedly not complex, but certainly likeable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh, medicinal finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have its rough spots, it's still worth a shot. Not the most spectacular lambic out there, but tasty nonetheless.

avalon07, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is dark red-brown; the liquid is somewhat cloudy. The foam is quite thin; the colour is purple-pink.

The smell is loaded with lots of cherry-candies, cherry stones and amarelle. There are traces of vinegar and wheat dough.

The taste is both double-sided and balanced: First, it tastes like sweet cherry fruit drink with some dry notes of bitter almonds. Then, a fine full-bodied bittersweet flavour of sour cherries emerges followed by a quite neutral sweetness with some sour notes and a touch of vinegar. The aftertaste is very pleasant (maybe it is a little thin) with a slowly fading taste of cherry jam and some yeast.

The carbonation is very refreshing with a myriad of medium sized bubbles.

This is clearly one of the more complex and delicious krieks that I have drunk. Really nice!

bark, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ccrida
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz champagne bottle poured into my large St Feuillien goblet, Boon Kriek is a hazy magenta purple with a small, tight bubbled off-white head

Smell is very sweet and fruity, like fanta grape soda, with a very slight medicinal tinge, perhaps a hint of lacto. Not to bad, but like candy.

Taste is not as sweet, with some oaky, woodsy, and slightly metallic notes, little to no sourness, with nutty, slightly astringent aftertaste. The nuttiness (roasted peanuts) really clashes and doesn't work for me at all. Candied fruit and peanuts...pass!

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but there is still that inevitable syrupiness from to much sugar. The slight acidity is evident in the prickliness on the tongue. The tannins and sugar coats the teeth in an unpleasant manner.

Drinkability is lower for me, this is just another candy beer with really no semblance of the base lambic, more like a wine cooler. Not worth the price, even though I got it on sale, I was hoping it would be funky with a slight cherry tinge. Instead it tastes like cherry slurpee syrup again in oak barrels. I now realize I was thinking of the Oude Kriek, whoops! I couldn't finish this, to sweet and syrupy.

ccrida, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Axnjxn, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Great Lambic Summit. What a disappointment.

Nice cherry red with a soapy pink head with food retention, this is decent. The nose has a big cherry character, quite fruity, like a cocktail cherry. Rather sweet, artificially so, this is simple and lacking in funk. Mildly medicinal too. The palate opens with a cough syrup-like character with berry sweetness, low sourness and low funk. Medium light in body highly carbonated, this is way too sweet and rather disappointing.

DefenCorps, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of stcules
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful colour, intense ruby, with a compact foam, light pink.
Smell of cherries, sweet, but not too sweet.
Compared with the same on tap, thre is not that point of geuze sour..
Even in the taste: good, but a little sweet.
Some sour is present in the aftertaste, quite sharp.
Light body. Good and drinkable.
Anyway, this one is better on tap.

stcules, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

KevinGordon, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +12.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

sweemzander, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Body is the color of raspberry preserves and the head is a fluffy light pink. Retention is very good and there's a bit of sudsy lacing left behind.

Smells exactly like black cherry yogurt. Not as tart as a cherry itself, but rather sweet and tantalizing.

Taste is also quite sweet, with the unmistakeable flavor of black cherries. Pretty low on complexity but that's usually the point of a sweet lambic.

Mouthfeel is very dry for the level of sweetness. Lots of prickly effervescence. Extremely drinkable, great dessert beer.

illidurit, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +12.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 33cl, cork and caged green glass bottle that looks just like a shrunken 750, even down to the dimpled base. Main label has the words ‘Kriek Boon’ with a trio of cherries hanging above it. The reverse label states that this is a 100% spontaneously fermented ale, aged 2 years in oak vats with a minimum of 200 grams of real cherries per liter. Has a Best Before Date of 10.12.2006 and is listed at 5% alc/vol.

Appearance: The cork is thumbed and easily removed, it is numbered “SB29” [incidentally the same style and numbered cork is used in Oud Kriek Vielle Oud Beersel I note!]. Fantastic looks, a deep cherry red, luscious and fruity looking, I want to kiss and tongue this one never mind drink it. The head builds quickly and settles to a good long lasting ¼” dark pink, almost lilac-purple covering that laces well. Superb conditioning, impressively fine, charged carbonation.

Nose: Lots of Cherries, as you would expect with the use of the real fruit. Pungently fruity, sweet and a tad sharp at times. Muted sourness in the nose, it even exhibits some lambic character, but it is feint at the best of times.

Taste: Sharp dark skinned cherry start with a sweetish finish that is dry. Has a lip-smacking fruity character throughout. Rather a simple profile overall, it is a rich cherry ale essentially that lacks complexity but has plenty of deep rich cherry character to make up for it. A fruity brew indeed.

Mouthfeel: Middling presentation in the mouth, nice enough body with sweet/sour feel that is heavily biased towards the former.

Drinkability: A very refreshing drink indeed. A tasty Cherry-laden brew which doesn’t take much effort, but it can be a bit too much in the long run and a tad too sweet.

Overall: I first had Kriek Boon in Ostende in 1994, closely followed by the Mariage Parfait, both of which had the plain old black label with Kriek F.Boon written in a shocking red font. I recall back then that the Kriek was fruity and luscious whilst the Mariage Parfait was dry and spritzy. Both have definitely changed over the years. The Kriek Boon, now has a new label, and is a little more widely available and promoted. It is advertised as a spontaneously fermented 2 year old lambic with real cherries added. The use of real cherries is admirable, giving this a rich fruit character with a lovely rich deep cherry taste that is sweet rather than sour. Kriek Boon, for me, is more about the real fruity cherry aspects, which are gorgeous, but it looses a lot of its lambic character for me in the process, so do not expect tartness in this one, it just doesn’t have any.

More of a ‘Spontaneously Fermented Lambic Ale with Real Cherries’, rather than a “proper” Kriek in my humble opinion, but damn good nonetheless, and one that I certainly continue to enjoy the odd bottle of once in a while.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Great Lambic Summit

A deep, thick looking cherry red pour with thick poof of prickly pinkish hued head. Scent is of strong, tart and sweet cherry - almost like pre packaged pie filling. While its not what i want out of a beer necessarily, i think it smells fantastic. Taste is very syrupy and almost medicinal, strong musty cherrys, cola, cranberry and touches of grahmn cracker. Medium bodies, syrupy and coating. The scent is the beers best quality and thats about all i enjoyed.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

cpetrone84, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish purple with a fading pink-tinged head.
Nose shows cherries and raspberries, a bit of berry jam and soft funk. Tempting.
More cherries as the dominant flavour, with a little tartness. More sweet than sour though. More acidity would do wonders.
Could also use more carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Holland
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Holland, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by how much the cherry flavour came to the front in this lambic as I figured that it might be a much more austere beer with the lambic notes dominating. The cherry taste was deep and delicious with just right amount of sweetness. I never got sick of this beer and realized just how great a blender Boon is with his lambics

canucklehead, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -15.5%

st9647v3, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

warnerry, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jaxon53, Jun 29, 2013
Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.