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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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463 Ratings

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Photo of callmemickey
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red body with a tight pinkish head. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Super sweet cherries. Think like ring pop cherry. Only the slightest hint of funkyness.

T: If you thought the nose was sweet, get a load of the taste. Ring pop cherry sweetness meets medicinal cherry robitussin.

M: Medium to light bodied... sweet throughout... cloying by the time you are finishing the bottle.

D: In the end this is one sweet cherry bomb. I think some people might appreciate the sweetness more than I do. In the end I just think this lacks the refinement and subtlety that makes good krieks one of my favorite beers.

callmemickey, Jun 11, 2010
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 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 Golden
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a white wine glass.

A- Nice color, golden with a tinge of pink. Lightest of pink head with very little bubbles.

S- Cherries dominate, smells good.

T- Like the sour cherries on front but lacks the tartness and dirty wet saddle I wanted. A tad to sweet for me, but a good overall ballance. I perfer more acid.

M- Butteriness with great carbonation.

D- Great overall leaves me wanting one more to split.

Golden, May 24, 2010
Photo of Graham5161986
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My 199th review! Let's pop the top on this one.

Appearance is quite dark, pouring an almost burgundy colour with a frothy, light pink head that snaps crackles and pops down into a wispy film leaving some traces of lacing.

Smell is of classic sweet and sour cherry aromas with definite hints of apple, strawberry, raspberry and even a bit of cherry-cola. You do get a bit of a medicinal cherry cough-syrup aroma as well which has never been one of my favorite flavours (it is very slight, however).

Taste is even a bit sweeter than I expected with good amounts, again, of cherries, apples and strawberries with definite notes of vinegar and cranberries in there as well. Still, it just seems to come across a bit one-dimensional I'm afraid.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite chewy with an oily, not too crisp finish that coats the mouth leaving it feeling kinda sticky. Decent acidity but it doesn't make my mouth water as much as other lambics I've tried.

Drinkability-wise, at 4%, it would seem like you could drink quite few of these in one go. However, it's just too darn sweet for my taste buds to endure much more than 1 bottle unfortunately. It's relatively unclean finish makes drinking it a bit more of a chore as well. Overall, there's nothing offensive about this beer, it just lacks character in all aspects. That said, I wouldn't go searching for this beer again.

Here's hoping my 200th will be a bit more impressive!

Graham5161986, May 13, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Fairly deep pink hue, with oak sediment and no head.

S - Not so cherry-y, or lambic-y, this has more of a wine spritzer nose. If you served me this, on ice, and said it was white zinfandel with 50% Sprite and 50% club soda

T - The flavor is, as stated, quite akin to a wine spritzer. The tart and wild aspects associated with lambic's yeasts and the earthy mustiness imparted by oak aging are basically absent, so this is an unusual example of the style. Frankly I would prefer Lindemans/St. Louis/Floris over this.

M - Soft carbonation does not help the cause.

D - Though it is not tremendously sweet, there is no real tartness to balance, and so it is somewhat cloying.

ktrillionaire, May 03, 2010
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 Pecorasc
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle is almost identical to the Framboise. Poured the entire bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A- Great variation in color from orange at the thin bottom of glass to a reddish brown at the thicker top. Looks hazy until held up to the light, revealing good clarity. A white head with a slightly reddish tint. Good retention: leaving a consistent and level layer of foam. No signs of carbonation in the glass. Lots of sediment floating throughout. Tons of lace that slides down the steep sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet cherries, cherry syrup and cherry puree. A slight tanginess in the background. Deeper inhales make your nose tingle like smelling a soda.

T- First you just get a zap from the carbonation (which interestingly wasn't detectable by looking at the beer). Once that subsides, restrained flavor of cherries. Only cherry flavor with no skin or pits. Syrupy in the front of mouth with a sweet residue, but also leaves a cleansing sensation. A tiny tartness in the finish with very minor dust taste.

M- Tingly and very carbonated at the start. Light and refreshing throughout.

D- Because this is not overly sweet and because it is so light and refreshing, this has great drinkability if you can enjoy the fruit flavor and lack of traditional lambic tartness.

Pecorasc, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Travlr
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright red color with a big cumulus-style head and great lacing that lasts forever.
S: Aroma of cherries, obviously, but also citrus.
T: Much sweeter start than the bottled version, but has a slightly sour edge and a dry finish. Lots of fruit.
M: Good body for the style.
D: Nice enough kriek, but stick to the bottled Oude Kriek if you don't like the sweet stuff.

Travlr, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml, Corked and caged, into White Birch flute. 2008.

A- Pink, purple, fizzy, three finger head that looks rose-colored. Head is very long-lasting.

S- Cherries, mild vinegar, but sweet and fruity notes dominate. Almost like cherry cough syrup or a cherry freeze pop.

T- A lot milder than what the nose was alluring to. It's still damn fruity, but it isn't cloyingly sweet, and there's a fair amount of mouth-puckering tartness here which does the cherry flavor very well. Eh, after 2/3 of the beer the tartness is all but gone. Boo.

M- Like carbonated cherry juice, not nearly tart enough... I was expecting more. Carbonation is fair, though.

D- Eh. Too juice-like. Needs moar sour.

ShogoKawada, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Camping in Beersel. Pours a bright red like a jar of bar cherries topped with a frothy deep pink head. Aroma of tart cherries pounds the nose from a foot away and is followed by touches of sweet brown sugar and hints of the mild lambic sourness that is to come. As expected cherry dominates the palate as well. There are hints of vinousness and a general red fruitiness but this isn't particularly depthful. Still, the sweet/tart character of the cherries mixed with the sourness of the lambic, which also dries the beer a little, makes this a very balanced and pleasant beer - as cherry beers go especially. I very much enjoyed it on this and other occasions.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a very deep red colored body with a large very active pink head. i can hear it fizzing as it shrinks. little to no lacing left behind.

S- very sweet and not really tart at all. lots of cherries. thats about it. reminds me of juice.

T- once again mostly sweet. fresh cherry taste, which isnt bad. just not what i was going for when i purchased this. its very very very faintly tart.

M- light and thin. the carbonation level seemed a little high for a lambic.

D- easy to finish. very juice like and unlambic like. disappointing. i wont be buying this again.

jwinship83, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, best by date 2 Apr 2013. Pours a deep, dark red almost a mahogany, with a decent fizzy pink head, a touch of lacing. Aroma is cherry, tart, almost like a cherry cough syrup, with a touch of funk. Flavor is similar, bitter tart cherries with a bit of earthiness. Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium, well carbonated, bitter, and dry at the finish. Good beer.

mtstatebeer, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep red, verging on maroon. Very active carbonation with a huge bubbly pink head. Settles to about a 1 inch cap on the beer.

S - Strong sour aroma of cherries. A touch of funkiness underneath. Really just dominated by tart fruit aromas.

T - More sweet than tart in the taste. Almost syrupy sweet. A light acifity on the back end of the beer. Strong cherry taste throughout with a light puckering tartness early on before the sweetness smashes the whole thing.

M/D - Light to medium bdoied with some stickiness to it. Good carbonation for a very lively feel. In all, just a little too sweet for my liking.

ckeegan04, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Buggies
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark red... no light passing through that abyss. Nice billowing reddish brown head. Smells of cherry... kinda reminds me of a cherry pipe tobacco sort of smell. Kinda musty.

Taste is interesting... most definitely cherries no doubt about that. Also has some sort of spice in the background that is hidden by the cherry. Also has a wine taste to it. The finish has a slight sour cherry pucker to it.

Not a bad beer and worth atleast a try.

Buggies, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. I think I prefer the cherery flavor if I have a fruit lambic

appearance: deep red, like bubbly fruit juice

smell: fruity and lots of cherry aroma

taste: I liked the slight sour aspect and loads of cherried of course. It domonated liek a fruit lambic as usuaul

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: overall it is what it is. If this helps people get into real beer than great.

CampusCrew, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of collander
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful color, deep cherry. Little head that vainshes realatively quick. Faint, almost non-exsistent bubble, slightly viscous. Smells and tasts of cherry, dissapointingly not sour. Great on a hot day like today. This would be good poored over some good vanilla ice cream

collander, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Khiasmus for this one!

Pours a murky red with a small crown of pink head and very good lacing elevates this to an A minus.

Smell is of cherry, cherry cherry. Reminds me of Kasteel Rouge, which as good as it smelled was a lackluster drinker. No hints of sourness here.

Taste is extremely light at first..unusually watery. Cherries come in the background, but this is definitely not a Cantillion or a Lindemans for that example. Oddly light..not unpleasant, just rather watery.

Mouth is thin and bubbly as it needs to be.

While I'd rather have a Cantillion Kriek anyday, this is a pleasant drink.

sonicdescent, May 23, 2009
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this 2006 bottle on 12.04.2009 (best by date 02.07.2012). I poured it into a Straffe Hendrick glass, and it looked very nice; a cherry coloured body (no haze) with a foamy head with a lovely pink tinge to it.
The smell was muted sour cherries with a mustiness.
Taste was subdued; neither particularly sweet nor sour. Basically a slightly sour cherry taste with funkiness in the background. Definitely not an alco-pop!
Mouthfeel was creamy and silky smooth, but overall this was slightly dissappointing. I thought it might be more 'challenging'. Good beer though.

JohnfromDublin, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 75ml for about 4 euro in Ghent. Bottled in 2007. Reminds me of cherry sugar candy and there's a mild vanilla edge in the aroma. Very juicy, but not too thick (like Lindemans). The beer finishes on a fresh, dry cherry note. Quite nice if you like sweet fruit lambics.

tempest, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of jojox
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

2004, EU Bottle. "26% Cherries"

a - dark-ish red, rich color. 1 finger head.

s - jolly rancher cherry + some funk and sour mixed in. Scared it's going to be sugar sweet like Lindemanns.

t - back-sweetened grossness. Very sweet, not as much as Lindemanns bt way to sweet for me! Cherry lolipop tasting. I keep hearing Boon is the real deal but this is not.

m - carbonated. I've lost interest.

d - don't like it.

jojox, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz corked and caged bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle displayed a best by date of 21-12-2011. I'm going to assume that this beer isn't two years old, so the date is three years. So, this beer isn't only two months old. Note: This is my first lambic of any kind, but it is not my first sour. I have had guezes and Flanders red ales.

A - the pour is red, much like a wine. there is no head to speak of, but the beer sounded very "fizzy" on the pour, almost like pouring a bottle of 7-up into a glass.

S - cherries, vinegar tine, maybe some lactic acid, cough medicine, cherry throat lozenges. the vinegar aroma seemed weaker as the beer warmed.

T - slightly cherry, but overall, it tasted very medicinal, like cherry cough drops, cough syrup, or throat lozenges. there was a slight vinegar taste in the end, but the beer didn't have any sourness or tartness, just very fruity and medicinal.

M - very fizzy, yet slightly syrupy.

D - very drinkable.

bowersdm, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of atis
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a small fizzy head that dissipates fully immediately. Aroma is sweet and sourish cherry, some malty notes. Taste is mostly sweetish cherry with light-medium sourness. Not bad, but there was too much of that syrupy feeling. Think mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation and light warming sensation in the aftertaste.

It was quite ok, very drinkable, but slightly too sweet.

atis, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours red/purple with a white/lightly pink head, good retention for a lambic, light lacing into a flute. Pretty colour.

S: Heavy on the cherry, maybe a little too much, no funk.

T: Sweeter than I expected, more like Lindemans than Cantillon for sure. Still, the flavour is good and the sweetness doesn't go over the top. Cherry flavour predominates, though the funk I greatly enjoyed in Boon's Guezes is there as a minor note, which gives the beer some complexity and separates it from the industrial sweetened krieks.

M: Mouthfeel is quite nice. Mild acidity is woven throughout. Light-bodied, spritzy, smooth, champagne-like bubbles.

D: A good beer, though I would have liked some more complexity. Can't argue that much, a thoroughly enjoyable and drinkable beverage.

Halcyondays, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Overlord
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bubbling reddish pink. Consistency of champagne. Lively mouthfeel is the best thing about it.

Smells like ... cherry extract. I swear, like cherry juice. Taste is way too sweet. There's a tart edge to it, but I don't like carbonated cherry juice. Not sure what they were going for here. I wasn't expecting Lindemans style sweetness.

Won't have again.

Overlord, Dec 25, 2008
Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.