Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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Boon KriekBoon Kriek

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BA SCORE
81
good

483 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of n2185
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of happy5930
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mnixon86
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phinner
4.73/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

Photo of JRdaSconnie
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of onewetpaw
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of suspect
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of shagal
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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