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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
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424 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz poured into a goblet.

A = Deep burgundy color, with a pink-red layer of foam on surface.

S = Cherry brandy, salt-sour candy.

T = Salt-sour candy with a bitter cherry flavor, not much else going on with this beer.

M = Too foamy in mouth, light-medium body, fair mouthcoat.

D = This is a decent aperitif, but I can think of much better,

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 19:06:18 | More by Traquairlover
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear, but not a lot of light gets through. Deep cherry red colour. Pinkish-white head, good size, but drops to a ring and some splotchy islands. Very little lacing.

S - nice blend of tart cherries and mild funk. More balanced towards cherry, but it's not overdone.

T - sweetness level is restrained by some tartness and more mild funk. Finishes semi-dry, but enough to wash away the initial sweetness. Aftertaste brings out more pleasant funk.

M - carbonation is medium, but still keeps things moving along nicely. Enough body to not be watery, good for the style.

D - A respectable introduction to fruit lambic, but still fairly tame.

I couldn't finish either of the Lindemans fruit lambics I previously reviewed, so this is a step in the right direction. Extremely approachable, yet it is not an offensive syrupy mess. There is a hint of "wild" character, I doubt a newbie would even pick it out. Not something I'll chase down again, but certainly recommended to anyone looking for an intro to fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 23:38:48 | More by markaberrant
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 02:18:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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illidurit

California

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:48:48 | More by illidurit
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brendan13

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark , slightly hazy, pink jam sort of colour. An inch of fluffy pink tinged white head.
S - Very nice strong cherry candy aroma, slightly sour but not much.
T - Like the smell. Cherry sweetness with a touch of tartness.
M - Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.
D - My favorite Kriek so far. Wouldn't drink it too often though. Especially when it's about $15AUS & rarely available.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 09:28:45 | More by brendan13
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark strawberry jam color with a fizzy grape juice looking head. Aroma of cherry lollipop with a hint of acidity and cool cement. Straight up cherry lifesaver flavor with tartness tingling the sides of the tongue at the back of the mouth. Not much lambic character to distinguish behind the sweet cherry flavors. Pity. I'm afraid I can't even take this beer seriously. Double pity. However, on a few sips, the late finish reveals some funky tartness not explained by the cherry. It must be the lambic poking through after all. But it's only on random infrequent sips. Triple pity. My final revelation is the taste of cherry soda mingled with the smoke of fireworks. Too bad I couldn't have gotten buzzed off this as a kid on the fourth of july while lighting bottle-rockets. Quadruple pity.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 06:12:41 | More by dedrinker
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This I beleive to be the best sweet cherry lambic on the market. Brewed in Lambeek, this pours a cloudy cherry red with good head. The nose reeks of cherries, and leads you to beleive it will be harshly sour like cantillon kriek..The taste is shockingly smooth. Those of you looking for the sour face puckering taste of a geuze or cantillon type brew, do not buy this. This is full of cherry flavor and goes down like fruit juice. just the right amount of carbonation helps. sharp cherry flavor in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, could drink this for a week straight. I wouldn't recommend doing that though, as It would probably cause on wicked hangover from the sugar. That would be the fructose that sticks to your lips. Great brew. Usually I only enjoy framboise or cassis lambics, when they are sweet like this (and should really be classified as fruit beers) but this is the exception. The only disadvantage is the outrageous price for a little corked bottle. worth the buy, but only for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 04:48:24 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Brad007

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 01:48:43 | More by Brad007
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky, purple brown beer with a thin head that collapses to a very small ring on the side of the glass.

Smell of syrupy sugar and cherries, a little artificial. No real sourness in there. The wood aging adds a nice depth, but does not leave a strong wood smell.

Taste is a little sweet and has a strong syrup taste of cherries and blackberries. The wood come through a little. The sourness is almost invisible, but shines through every now and then. A nicely balanced beer with sweetener, that has a very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 16:47:26 | More by Absumaster
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thierrynantes

France

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: Pink foam. Saturation quite low.
Smell: Nose excellently fruity lambic.
Taste and mouthfeel: Full Flavor, remarkable acidity, fruity. Very good balance between fruity and acidity.
Drinkability: Kriek remarkable, raw and authentic

Review added 10-27-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 13:44:12 | More by thierrynantes
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a bright red with huge pink foamy tiny bubbles oozing out of it

S- smells of delicious cherries with a slight tart scents, not very sour smelling, more candy-like.

T- had a great smooth flavor, perfectly balanced, nice and complex, no overpowering funkyness, but a great oak aged cherry flavor, well balanced malt, and a smooth amount of sourness is present, but not very strong, leaves a cherry aftertaste

M- light body- fizzy carbonation, flows well over the tongue

D- a great light kreik, nothing really overpowering, very smooth and delicious, a great introductory beer to sour ales too because its present, but not very strong, and is perfectly matched with the cherry flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 13:34:32 | More by Atron67
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 21:43:32 | More by BEERchitect
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. This beer pours a dark red color with a tall pink head that has nice retention. Quite cloudy as well. Smells like cherry candy - slightly tart, but not overly. Lots of cherry aroma. The flavor is like candy as well. Sweet, thick, and only a hint of tartness. Lots of thick cherry flavor. Very nice. Not nearly as sour as most lambics, but extremely tasty beer. I'd have this one any day. The body is thick and the drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 01:32:24 | More by clvand0
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle purchased at the Bier Tempel in Brussels.
This is a 2005 Vintage, at two years of age, and a best before of 2011.
My first Kriek in Belgium; I thought this might be a nice treat to conclude a long first day and tuck me into my hotel bed after nearly 45 hours without sleep!

Poured into an undersized (damn hotel room glassware!) wine glass. It would make a loud sizzle as all the tiny bubbles fizzled out. A deep, deep burgundy red in colour. Ruby and purple highlights when up to the light. Only a light, light - hardly standing - line of bright pink head, but a stunningly attractive colour all the same.

Before I could even jot down the above notes I was hit with the tremendously strong aroma of pure, black cherries. Unmistakably dark, black cherries. Pure, with no hint of artificialness, this is Kriek aroma at its finest. Very intense, yet even more pleasant.

Things seem to take a turn here on in. Being very under carbonated and with a slightly syrupy texture, the mouthfeel became distractingly medicinal. The taste sticks with you, but otherwise there is no lasting afterthought. While it isn't artifically (or overly) sweet like more commercial brands, there is still no tartness what so ever - it's almost as if there is no lambic in the blend.

The flavour, like aroma, is dominated by dark, ripe cherries. I found it very similar to Unibroue's 'Quelque Chose' in that it possessed a honey-like sweetness and left a strong warming sensation. It was almost like a mead with cherries or a Polish brandy wine. The cherries really stick in the mouth.

I liked it - the flavour is lovely and aroma fantastic. A good product from a wonderful brewer. Albeit, this is far from the best of Krieks, but it was certainly worth far more than the 1,50 euro I payed for it!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 17:22:10 | More by biegaman
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 19:14:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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mmcave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle
Chilled and poured into flute-"esk" glass nice two finger creamy white/pink head with good retention thick and foamy looking. The body is the color of stewed strawberries. A dark purplish burgundy with slightly lighter tones around the base very attractive. The lacing is not very present.

Smell up front is similar to that of Dannons cherry yogurt. I was expecting something a bit more wild and funky. Its very smooth and extremely accessible. No hop aroma obviously. The cherries are really present they smell like the tart cherries and in a pie,.

Taste again is a bit too immediately approachable for me. The cherries manifest in their tartness and that slight pleasant pucker making you want more. As I said before I was expecting more sourness from wild yeast, but again this is very quaffalbe and I think would be great desert beer or modified and used for a salad dressing. I feel its might be a tad too sweet to be an aperitif though.
Totally worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 19:45:24 | More by mmcave
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lovely deep red with a nice off white head that leaves some good lace.

Smells is cherries, cherries, and more cherries.

Taste is again very cherry with some funk in the finish which is a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Overall, a good dessert beer. Not overwhelmingly sweet and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 02:07:41 | More by bluegrassbrew
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Big78CJ

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 16:45:54 | More by Big78CJ
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sleazo

New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 15:32:02 | More by sleazo
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 04:44:17 | More by jasonjlewis
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Shaw

Florida

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:45:54 | More by Shaw
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Matthew

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 04:00:43 | More by Matthew
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 20:45:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:05:28 | More by IronDjinn
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 01:13:38 | More by mrasskicktastic
Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.