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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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232 Reviews

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 543
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Big78CJ
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I try to drink at least two lambics a month (I would like to do more but they are pricey sometimes). This was my first of June (drank and reviewed last night, June 7th).

A: Dark red (almost blood-colored) liquid fills the glass. A two-finger pink head rests atop the pretty beer below. This lambic is darker than I am use to, perhaps owing to the width of the glass.

S: Sour, vinegar-like lambic notes caress my nostrils lovingly (damn i love lambics). Despite the deep red color, cherry takes a back seat in the aroma though it is definitely still there. A slight vanilla is noticeable, perhaps from the oak aging?

T: Yummy, sweet and sour red cherries are the dominant flavor here. Of course, it has the wild yeast kick but this is not as harsh as the Mariage Parfait or other geuze.

M: Mildly puckering, leaving the mouth salivating for more. No chewiness or thickness is apparent.

D: I really enjoy lambics and I think Frank Boon and family have done an excellent job over the years. I fully intend to be at the Mariage Parfait beer dinner at Brick Store in August!

All that being said, this beer is very plain and that becomes noticeable towards the end of the glass. It is still a fine beer but I will get the Cantillon next time.

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Photo of sleazo
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-dark fruit punch red with minimal head and no lace.

S-dark cherry sweetness hints of candy sugar

T- bracingly sweet dark cherries. That sugar comes through. But the aftertaste is a lovely sour citrus. A real refreshing tartness that I like in my lambics yet balanced with the sweetness. This is tasty indeed. This is what it is, if you want a real tart lambic, get one without fruit.

M-light and bubbly. Refreshing for a warm day.

D-Very tasty but the drinkability is limited due to the profound tartness.

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

a decent lambic, but doesn't have the tartness or complexity of a true lambic. it's kind of one dimensional with the cherry. However, it tastes good, but this is a lambic damnit! I want some tartness and sourness. this doesn't realy ive me that. The head was decent for a lambic and there was a tiny bit left over throughout. A decent beer, but nowhere near worth the 8.99 I paid for it.

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Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish-pink color with a light pink head that settles to a thin layer in my glass.

It smells musty and tart with notes of cherries, no surprise there!

The taste is tart, but not as sour as I was expecting. The cherry flavors are really big, of course, with the expected underlying musty flavors of spontaneous fermentation.

It's light and crisp and refreshing.

Overall this is a fine fruit lambic, and a good one to get to know the style on, since it's not as sour as others.

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

Pours a deep opaque dirty reddish color with a sizable pinkish head with some stringy lacing that holds on to the side of my glass.
Tart funk up front with a back drop of sweet cherries and even a stawberry like aroma.
Cherry soda like sweetness with some very light tartness in the middle before a slight acidity that pops up in the finish. There is a slight earthy and wood like tone in the flavor throughout each sip.
Smooth with delicate carbonation.
Tasty but overly sweet IMO. I couldn't too much of this and although its nice it lacks complexity I've tasted in other fruit lambics.

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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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 375 ml green bottle, caged and corked. 2004 batch, 4.2% abv listed on the label.

Pours a deep opaque garnet, bloodstone I'd call it at this point. Pink foamy head to it that retains for a short bit, and recedes to a pink frothy cap. Very, very pink.

The aroma is fantastic, if you like fruit, and more specifically cherries. I happen to, so this works out for me. It's pretty much sweet, almost candied, cherries all the way, no getting around it.

That tart, sour lambic flavour right off the hop, merely accompanied by a cherry escort this time around. A tart, sweet cherry escort to compliment the sourness of the lambic. Doesn't get any more complicated than this.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly light and held up aloft by a decent amount of carbonation. About the same texture as drinking a cream soda, lets say.

An okay cherry lambic for what it is, nothing earth-shattering or mind-blowing. Would make a decent dessert beer. I do like cherries, but this does become rather one-dimensional and old hat after half a glass. So be it.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep red beer with a fairly large foamy head. The slightly pink head lingers for a few minutes and leaves thin sheats of lacing down the sides. Looks good for a cherry lambic.

S - Strong ripe red cherries over cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

T - There is more spice than cherries. Cloves, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. There is then a sour cherry flavor. The aftertaste is simply a lingering tart cherry. Not bad, and not very sweet either.

M - Extremely thin and fizzy. This is really like soda water. Not even that refreshing. I swirled it violently to lower the carbonation - it didn't affect much.

D - Alright. Cherry lambics are pretty common and generally better than this one. I won't have it again, but if your idea of the perfect lambic is a sour cherry soda, than hunt this down. It is easy to drink and I got through it with ease.

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Photo of cmburl79
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: deep plum in color with a light pink bubbly head. Quite festive.

S: A bright nose of cherries overwhelms you as you take the first sniff.

T: I was expecting more cherry flavor from the smell of it. So I was a little
Disappointed. Was not too sour. Would defiantly liked some more cherry in there.

M: was light and crisp and refreshing. Perfect for the summer.

D: Not exactly my pint of beer but was very easy and light to drink. Its not too sour so may be a good beer to start someone on lambics.

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

375ml bottle, corked and caged

Pours with a ruby body, slightly hazy. Tight pinky white head with good retention, some lacing on the glass

Smell, a whiff of cherries, mixed berries. A few esters and a bit of malt

Taste, crisp dry mouthfeel, oaky cherries, some sourness but nothing too overpowering, lasting acidic cherries on the finish

A bit disappointing but still a solid kriek. I've come to expect alot from Boon however this isnt a big bold sour lambic like cantillon kriek or kriek de ranke but it is pretty solid

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep burgundy with a stable head. Strong tart cherry aroma. Flavor is very tart and a bit sour up front, with fruit, some carbonation in the middle and lingering tanginess. Some bubblegum. Light mouthfeel and definitely not cloying. Might re-review later because this is my first non-Lindeman's lambic.

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Photo of phisig137
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 3-8-2009. Cork pops off with a rather weak pop, and pours a dark ruby mahogany color. Thick foamy 2 finger pink hued head with great retention forms. Once it slowly falls, a thick blanket is left ontop of the glass.

Aroma is syrupy sweet, and slighty fake smelling. It is pleasant, but doesn't smell all that exciting. Almost smells like cough syrup.

Flavor is considerably better. Slightly sweet up front, with loads of bing cherry flavors. Wheat pops up in the middle, where the flavor turns decidedly tart. Slight acidity helps to cut the up front sweetness. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is average, if not slightly thin. Drinkability is good.

An enjoyable beer, and a nice change of pace, but not all that great. I've had better lambics, but I've also had worse. Middle of the road, and at least worth a try if you've had many of the others.

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

Best by 10/12/2006 ink jet on the back label.
Cork shot off as I took the wire cage off, and some of the brew came streaming out. Afterward, poured it into my trusty Bellevue chalice. Poured a deep red amber with a red tinged white head. It rose quick quickly, looking rocky with mix matched bubbled. Reduced quickly to a nice lace.

Smell of cherry cough drops, but with a sour and tangy mix in the background. Light mouthfeel, with a bunch of carbonation going on. Initially the "funk" and some sourness come through, but they came rushing in with the tingles. They were quickly tacken over by sour cherry and deep sweetness. Finishes sweet, with cherry floating in the back tastebuds.
Drinkable, I could see this served with a fresh fruit tart, some zabayone or perhaps a flan.

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Photo of Orrshow
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This beer is a deep ruby red with a centimeter of pink frothy head. The head does have some decent staying power.

Smell – All of cherries and red wine. There are some genuine cherry aromas in there but there is also some really artificial smelling stuff. Very sweet anyways.

Taste – Extremely sweet up front and the flavor is all sugar and cherries. There is a bit of tart in the aftertaste but overall it doesn’t have much variety in its flavor.

Mouthfeel – It’s quite prickly on the tongue and a bit sticky at the end. The body is medium to thin.

Drinkability – Not great but not horrible either. I just had to give a plain old three here.

This beer doesn’t do a whole lot for me. It’s not horrible but there are better fruit flavored beers out there.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, nearly opaque, red with a small pink head that quickly morphed into a persistent lacing.

Big cherry aroma with some musty, earthy tones.

The creamy cherry, red wine flavor is far less tart than I had expected. Krieks are sometimes too sweet and tart for my personal taste, so this was a good thing. The sweetness up front is not overpowering or cloying, while the aftertaste is slightly tart and very dry. Other flavors included wet leather, oak and that indescribable musty presence, typical to most lambics.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, which I found quite pleasing on the palate. While it is well carbonated, it does not drink like a soda. The smooth flavors render this a highly drinkable brew.

I'm very picky about fruit lambics and this is one of my favorite Krieks.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

A: Pours murky dark red with a pink head. The lacing is very nice throughout the beer.

S: Very cherry. What a surpirise. Aroma is overpowered by the cherry flavor. With a touch of yeastys in the smell.

T: Starts with a very sweet cherry flavor, this is followed by an immediate sourness like, well sour cherry. Mouth watering. Then after it goes back to a slight sweet cherry taste. Not bad, if you like cherrys.

M: Carbonated a lot. Not watery but close. Very light mouthfeel.

D: Really not bad. Easy 5% but the cherry flavor is just a little too much for me...

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Photo of elricorico
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep rosey red with a thin pinkish head. Seems that a thin cap is retained well by the beer.

Smell is cherry. Cherry Lifesavers and medicinal cherry cough syrup. Images of powdered cherry flavour sugar candies come to mind. Very sweet, a bit too sweet for me.

Up front is cherry flavoured Lifesavers again. Finish is sour cherry, just enough to make the mouth water a little bit after swallowing. The sweet and sour balance relatively well at first, but as I get through the bottle I find sweetness is starting to overpower.

Body is alright, not watery, but I find the carbonation a bit too sharp. Tongue tingling even when swallowed quickly.

Depends how you feel about cherry flavours with this one. It isn't bad, but I really wouldn't look for it again, it just hasn't excited me.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Downtown Wine & Spirits today along with various other beers. I let this chill and served it in one of my New Belgium Glasses.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy burgundy. A thick foamy pink head tops the beer, but thins to a persistent layer, leaving some lace. The head reemerges upon swirling.

Smell: The predominant aroma is sweet cherries, with a very light sour component. Earthy or barnyard aromas are almost imperceptible.

Taste: Sweet cherries, mild sourness, very light earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, medium-bodied, with a light dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Since the sourness is mild the beer doesn't just have to be sipped.

Overall: I was hoping for more sour and earthy aromas and flavors. As is, this is a pretty good sweet lambic.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle dated for end of 2006:

A: hazy wheatish look, modest disappearing head with a bit of lace
S: cherry, no hint of alcohol
T: dry, cherry front, melt-a-way back, no left aftertaste, easy to drink
M: Interesting, between an ale and possible wine, solid body
D: Easy, count this as a session beer, at 5% many could go down, try it with your girlfriend...

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Photo of texashammer
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with no head. Real sour cherry smell. Black cherries. Smells like the fruit really smells/tastes, not like that weird cherry flavor you run into so much. Tastes very light, again, like real fruit. Very small taste compared to the smell. But it grows. Tart, sour cherries, with the lambic sourness too. Not too sweet. Again, like REAL fruit. Very dry finish. Very pleasant.

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

From a 375ml bottle.

Cork explodes from the bottle and bounces off my ceiling fan. Fortunately, no spillage. Pours an opaque purply-pink color into my goblet. A rocky, dense head of pinkish foam. Lots of fine lace. Smell is sweet cherry, some funk following up and spice. Some sour barnyard aromas underneath.

Taste is dominated by sweet red cherry. Some sourness follows and a bit of driness in the finish to balance out the sweeet. Some tartness and a hint of funk underneath that big sweet cherry flavor. The mouth is sticky sweet but tempered by the dry finish. A bit fizzy on the tongue.

All in all a good drinking lambic. Maybe a touch sweet but enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of dgallina
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with illegible freshness date.

Pours a deep garnet with slow carbonation, a creamy milky head, and sticky lacing. Smells of sweet cherries with a touch of woodiness. Tastes sweet and full of cherries up front, developing a neutral and slightly grainy middle and nice woody, finishing tartness. Light, quenching, and well-carbonated in the mouth.

A nice kriek, though on the sweet side compared to Cantillon. Drier and more complex than a typical Lindemans.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous blush with a pastel pink froth that jumps then slosly dissipates. It doesn't collapse it just evaporates. Not only couldn't the bottle wait for me to remove the cage before launching the cork, it also can't wait to unleash it's carbonation. As the bottle sits it belches forth froth.
Smells soapy with a picture of a barrel. Bowl of fresh cherry pits.

Sweet! Massive carbonation makes a virtual slushy in my mouth. Dry wood stacks up on the sides of the palate as the foam melts. Mainly tastes like cherry hard candy, and cherry taffy. I'm going to let it sit for a bit to deflate. This is a foam munster. There's a twinge of sourness. The grapeskin sourness is like an after thought of wild fermentation. Drinking this makes me feel like I sucked some nitrous. It roughed up my throat. I suggest drinking it colder.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear ruby with a whitish light pink head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was sweet with cherries very similar to a cherry cough drop. Behind the cherry aroma was a low acidic sour aroma.

The flavor was light with a low cherry flavor, some light wheat, and a very slight oaky flavor. The acidic sourness was very low and only present enough to dry out the beer. No real complexity existed.

The finish was dry, but not overly so with a light cherry acidic flavor into the afteraste. The body was medium and the beer was refreshing with a low carbonation level and the light cherry flavor. As was mentioned earlier, no real complexity emerged in this beer.

37.5 cl green bottle, corked and bailed. Date on back label 10.12.2006. $4.95 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA, price tag dated 12/03.

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Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.