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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
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476 Ratings
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of EJFinegan
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, this burgundy colored lambic produced a tight head which quickly fell. The smell of tart cherries was welcoming. However, the flavor was a bit one dimensional for me. Sweet on the front and dry on the finish. I did use this lambic in my cherry brownie recipe and the brownies were amazing.

EJFinegan, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. The label has 18-01-2015 stamped on it.

3.5 A: Surprisingly clear deep amber color. Almost two fingers of frothy pink head that falls rather quickly and doe not leave much in terms of lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of cherry and in the manner of a cherry flavored lozenge. Next to that, there is vinegary, sweaty gym socks. Musky barn and musty basement. Light iron component and plenty of woodiness. Not much acidity overall.

2.5 T: As much as I hate the intestine eating acidity of Cantillon Kriek, being on the other end of the spectrum might be worse. There's nearly no acidity in this. I'm not sure what the hell this beer spent it's time doing in the barrel, but it's apparent that it wasn't getting infected. Very mild tartness from the cherries. Fairly sweet due to the backsweetening (which I am to understand comes from cherry puree), though nothing like a Lindemans. Some funk in the form of musty basement and sweaty socks, but a lot of it is overshadowed by the cherry. The most aggravating this about this beer is that all the flavor is upfront while the finish is hollow.

2.5 M: Medium body. Reasonable amounts of carbonation, though I'd prefer more. This sits heavily on the tongue without being particularly creamy.

3.0 D: I'm not a big fan of this. The acidity is minimal while at the same time not blasting my tongue with cherry (like a NG BR does). Pretty mediocre.

Disclaimer: I rate backsweetened lambics to the style of sparkling fruit juice, not actual lambics.

DavoleBomb, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up along with Boon's Framboise and Gueuze.

Looks like cherry juice, or a really light and thin Merlot if youre a wino. Thin ring of a head.

It smells like a funky cherry. I actually really like it. Barnyard funk, acidic sourness, and cherries really kind of fight for attention like children wanting allowance.

The frist thing I notice is how it feels on my tongue and mouth. It has this cherry juice feeling. Its a semi-sweet cherry flavor that coats my mouth at first. The carbonation kind of makes it feel like a cherry-flavored Izze (carbonated fruit juice basically). That sweetness lingers, while what I picture as a red cherry flavor kind of accents the more tart flavors. The cherries are more tart than Michigan cherries, but sweeter than traditional Belgian Kriek cherries.

Not real sure how I feel about this one. The juicy mouthfeel really makes it drinkable and a nice dessert beer, but it really lacks depth. Even a stronger flavor like sweeter/sour-er cherries, or even some of that Belgian sour funk would have made it much more appealing.

VncentLIFE, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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

brentk56, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9oz into Boon Kriek chalice. From notes.

A: Clear sparkling red, with a light white, pinkish head. Good looking lambic.

S: Aroma of sweet fresh cherries, not a huge sour or funky aroma. Medium intensity.

T/M: the front is a smooth, clean cherry note, followed by a underlining acidic balance. This is not too over the top with cherries, but still enough to cover up some of the harsher funky tones. Mouthfeel is smooth and as soft as silk. Good level of sparkling carbonation in the body, as well as lingering cherry finish.

O: overall not one of the best Krieks I have had, but does suit the style very well.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kriek Boon Lambic Ale, 4.0% alcohol content.
Green bottle corked and caged, poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A- Pours a deep red fluid that produces a tight bubbled light red head, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries and red wine upfront with slight hints of sweet alcohol fumes.

T-M- Has a upfront sweetness of cherries and a red wine bitterness. Refreshing light tart and a smooth watery mouthfeel put this down as a after dinner beer.

wesbrownyeah, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy ruby red with a wisp pinkish head.

S - Smells of sour wild cherry and a slight hint of yeast funk. Mostly just cherry, which is only slightly sour.

T - Taste is sweet cherry, with only a bit of tartness. Lacking in complexitiy, it is fairly one-noted.

M - Light body, with an only slightly sticky feel. Drying finish

O - Really not impressive. It is not much better than Lindeman's weak offerings. Sweet without much funk or sourness, though at least these characteristics are hinted at.

greenmonstah, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

drabmuh, Jun 10, 2011
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 mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +22%
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.

mikesgroove, May 25, 2011
Photo of Sam21
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle purchased for $7.99. Poured into a tall goblet.

Appearance – Features a rusty red body with a small and tight pink head. Weak retention and sparse lacing. Looks nice.

Smell – First and foremost there is a big blast of cherry pie filling. Sweet and tart. There is an interesting apple core scent in the background that is hard to pin down. A bit musty.

Taste – Promising start with juicy cherries that have a nice tangy edge that reminds me of a cherry pie. The fruit never fully develops on the palate and seems to dissipate rather abruptly midway through and become watery. There is a light tartness on the back of the tongue, but it never seems to commit. The finish is a bit watery, musty, bitter, and slightly tart. Bitter apple core is noticeable through and seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied with active carbonation. Not fizzy, but definitely active. Soft.

Drinkability – I found this to be an enjoyable kriek, but find the watery middle and mild tartness to be a little confusing on the tastebuds. This beer is neither sweet nor tart. Both characteristics are there, but fail to be fully announce their presence. The apple core bitterness that I am picking up is also a little off-putting within the overall flavor profile. This beer has a lot of potential within the juicy cherries that appear up front, but loses some steam in the finish. The fruit is still there, but not to the same extent. Approachable and enjoyable.

Sam21, May 17, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Beer Distrbutors, into a pint glass. Bottle notes a best before date of April 20, 2014.

Pours a dark red, fluffy and dense pink head. Nice lacing and strong retention. Pretty! Nose has some marschine cherry, mild medicinal notes, some lactic presence. A general yogurt feel to it. Taste has more cherry sweetness, mild lactic notes and this mysterious yogurt comes through again. Mouthfeel has some slight tartness. Good feel with some good cherry flavour. Tastes way better than the nose would indicate.

liamt07, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of CanuckRover
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright, um, cherry red in the glass. Nice pink head, but not as full as I would like.

Pure cherry juice on the nose with an unhealthy dose of sugar.

Almost sickly sweet up front, big cherry flavour. Mellows somewhat through the middle with a respectable sourness. Nice tart finish.

A middle-ground for true kriek lovers and those who prefer fruit drinks. Overboard on the sweeteners but still does the trick on a sunny day.

CanuckRover, Mar 28, 2011
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 brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a best before date of 2014.

Pours ruby red with a pink head of a quarter inch. A thin but solid skim coat and thick ropes of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sweet cherries, cherry cough drops, and red apples. Cherry juice follows through.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp, slightly chewy mouthfeel. A bit tacky and syrupy.

Cherry juice starts off the palate, with shades of cherry cough syrup and cherry flavoring following through. Sweetish in nature with very little tartness, let alone any sour component.

Finishes with lingering cherry flavors, sweet fruit, and a trace of tartness.

Very much a lambic with training wheels. Lacking the sourness, brett character, dryness, or complexity of a great Kreik. The beer tastes like it was pasturized with cherry flavoring added after. It would probably be great over ice cream or to cook with.

brewandbbq, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Lukie
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours out a dark ruby with highlights of crimson red in the light. Head is pink/off white and billowing but dissipitates quickly into little lacing on top.

Sour cherry aromas, with hints of barnyard funk. Crisp green apple skin, and hints of horse-hay. Almost like the smell of cherry pips sitting out in the sun, if that makes any sense. But nothing makes sense with Lambic aromas.

Initial flavours of sweet cherry, give way to sour cherry and crisp green apple skin, which is typical for a sweeter lambic. Not too much big sour, but just enough to make you want more.

One of my favourite, more standard Lambics, this one, as it's easily enjoyed with a touch of funkiness to keep you interested. A great choice for someone just starting out.

Lukie, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

metter98, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, light pink head that dissipated to a thin film quite quickly. Body is dark reddish pink, with good clarity.

S: Aroma is slightly vinous at first, then the sweet cherries come through and stand-out well. Not much at all in terms of sourness/funkiness.

T: Sweet cherry flavor is very dominant, but not overpowering. Slightly acidic and sour, but not as much as a lot of other Krieks I've had. No real barnyard characteristics present.

M: Light-medium body, with moderate-high carbonation. Not really puckering at all.

D: A tasty beer, but overall not one of the stronger fruit lambics out there.

berley31, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml split while cutting up dark chocolate.

A: Hazy red color with tons of visible carbonation. The best part of the way this beer looks is the cherry tinged head. It is awesome. A finger and a half of billowy head.

S: The nose is of tart cherries. A little bit of sweetness and a touch of lacto. A touch of the barrel as well.

T: The sweetness everyone talks about is there for sure. The cherries come across nicely. Just a touch of tartness in the finish. Not as complex as the finest examples of the style though this is the Boon offering for the masses.

M: Light body. Well carbonated. Little cry in the finish.

D: Good but not great. Would be a great beer for someone getting into the style. Really great with chocolate.

aerozeppl, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear red brew, the head is pink, small unevenly sized bubbles, a few lacings and some curtains.

The smell is distinctly fruity, cherries, rhubarbs and some yeast.

Sweet, candy-like cherry flavor, sour fruits and some almond, normal and bitter.

Medium carbonation, a bit spritzy, aggressive small bubbles, syrup feeling. rather light body.

A rather "normal" kriek, good as aperitif or digestif.

rarbring, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -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.

womencantsail, Nov 15, 2010
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