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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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444 Ratings

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of tempest


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

04-03-2009 23:16:07 | More by tempest
Photo of jojox


2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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.

03-10-2009 17:23:01 | More by jojox
Photo of bowersdm


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

03-01-2009 05:24:04 | More by bowersdm
Photo of atis


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

02-13-2009 09:49:37 | More by atis
Photo of Halcyondays


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

01-22-2009 05:54:07 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Overlord


2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

12-25-2008 00:46:36 | More by Overlord
Photo of BarryNL


4.53/5  rDev +27.6%

The bottle promises a lot - being a champagne style corked offering - does it deliver? Well, broadly yes - this is one of the best Kriek's I've found, let's review...

A: Cloudy red beer. Minimal head, but lasts well.

S: Lovely sour cherry smell, with malt undertones. Sour cherry and lambic notes balance any sweetness in the aroma.

T: As promised by the smell, this is a great balance between the sweetness of the cherries and the lambic sourness. I'm no great fan of sour lambics, but I also dislike a beer that's too sweet - this one combines my too bugbears to create an excellent balance which works, oh so well. Exactly what a Kriek should be!

M: I don't know what the opposite of "cloying" is, but it might be "Kriek Boon".

D: Highly clean and refreshing in the finish - I don't think I would get tired of drinking this one.

11-01-2008 22:53:43 | More by BarryNL
Photo of watchnerd


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

375 ml bottle from BevMo.

I had this back to back with its sister beer, the Boon Oude Kriek. I had the Oude Kriek first, switched to another beverage to cleanse the palate (along with some bread and cheese), then moved on to the regular old plain jane Boon Kriek.

Bottom line: the Boon Oude Kriek is markedly superior to this one, the regular Boon Kriek.

I'd say this particular kriek is closer to a Lindeman's in taste, although not quite as sweet.

10-26-2008 06:10:05 | More by watchnerd
Photo of deepsouth


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

i poured this ruby colored cherry lambic into a wine glass. it poured with very little head. it actually looks like champagne.

the smell is pretty much cherries. smells a bit wild as well.

this tastes way different than i expected having only tried the lindeman's previously. this one is less sweet. i like that. i'd say it's tart, but not sour. for a fruit beer, this tastes pretty good. it's a nice change from the hop bombs i've been drinking recently. my inexperience in drinking lambics is apparent as all i can really pick out is the fruit.

the mouthfeel is as i expected it would be. it's a bit thin, but finishes clean and dry.

this one exceeded my expectations, but still isn't my favorite style or even flavor within the style. still, very drinkable.

10-09-2008 00:35:53 | More by deepsouth
Photo of ccrida


2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

12 oz champagne bottle poured into my large St Feuillien goblet, Boon Kriek is a hazy magenta purple with a small, tight bubbled off-white head

Smell is very sweet and fruity, like fanta grape soda, with a very slight medicinal tinge, perhaps a hint of lacto. Not to bad, but like candy.

Taste is not as sweet, with some oaky, woodsy, and slightly metallic notes, little to no sourness, with nutty, slightly astringent aftertaste. The nuttiness (roasted peanuts) really clashes and doesn't work for me at all. Candied fruit and peanuts...pass!

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but there is still that inevitable syrupiness from to much sugar. The slight acidity is evident in the prickliness on the tongue. The tannins and sugar coats the teeth in an unpleasant manner.

Drinkability is lower for me, this is just another candy beer with really no semblance of the base lambic, more like a wine cooler. Not worth the price, even though I got it on sale, I was hoping it would be funky with a slight cherry tinge. Instead it tastes like cherry slurpee syrup again in oak barrels. I now realize I was thinking of the Oude Kriek, whoops! I couldn't finish this, to sweet and syrupy.

08-26-2008 02:59:36 | More by ccrida
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United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Vintage 2006, BB 29/01/2012. Served lightly chilled in a Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark pink-reddish in colour, the semi-lively fizziness supports a semi-thick, fluffy pale-pink foamy head with o.k. retention.
S: an underlying note of sour-sweet cherry and cherry-skin runs underneath the super-mild tartness of a Lambiek, while a swirl brings out a creamy touch that along with the cherry-fruitiness results in a pleasant aroma almost like a kirsch cream cake.
T: quite light in taste, a little salty-sweet mineral touch skirts the main entry of very mild sour cherry fruits and the remotely tart wheaty ale. The dryish finish is added with a touch of wheaty aroma and restrained chewy tannins, although in the end a somewhat sticky-sugary palate seems to linger.
M&D: with the mildly sprizty mouthfeel echoing the refreshing fruity flavour profile, this super-light-bodied Kriek Lambiek proves to be a very easy-drinking beer in the summer. The lack of complexity is a minor disappointment, but not so much as to decrease the overall drinkability.

08-12-2008 19:08:35 | More by wl0307
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

poured from the bottle into a tulip. Thanks TP!
Pours a like shirley temple. Smells of light cherry syrup and candy. Taste is very refreshing. Pretty sweet with a whole bunch of cherries, but not too sweet. Nice dry finish. Good Lambic, would definitely drink again!

08-11-2008 17:02:18 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of brdc


4/5  rDev +12.7%

Small corked and caged bottle, poured into their snifter.

Deep dark red color, near cherry color, clear, nice looking but rather small pink head.
Aroma is lightly tart and cherries.
Well balanced taste, not too sweet, not to sour or tart.
Light and refreshing, but I cannot have more than one. Nicely done, but I prefer a more pungent taste.

07-28-2008 14:59:33 | More by brdc
Photo of ibbjamin


2.7/5  rDev -23.9%

Paid $7.49 for a 12 oz bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a pint glass and shared with my girlfriend as this was her selection. Normally not a fan of fruity beers, but the New Glarus Raspberry Tart is superb so I thought I'd give this one a try as well.

Very fizzy with a somewhat frothy light raspberry colored two inch head that retains well. Nearly opaque with a brownish deep ruby red color. Looks pretty nice. Thick and frothy lacing.

Smells like a cherry pie with some hints of yeast and wheat.

Taste is not as good as the smell. Cherries up front, but there is a bit of funk taste along with it. Not sure how to explain the funk, but it takes away from what could have been a great fruit beer.

Very thick and creamy. A fizzy high carbonated feel. Light to Medium bodied. As with most fruit beers, I can only drink one every once in a while. This one is not the best, and for the price, I expected much more.

07-14-2008 00:03:58 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of Natural510


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

355ml/12oz bottle, dated 05-11-2006

Pours a light, transparent ruby red with a finger of head which dissipates into a thin yet residual layer which laces the glass beautifully.
Yeast and cherry tartness nose which is understated but quite apparent.
Cherry and yeasty notes make out the flavor backed by an overall tart sweetness. A bit thin, but tasty nonetheless.
Remains carbonated and somewhat lively even with the bottle open for some time; mouth puckers and vibes from the yeast.
Quite good representation of a lambic; not as bold as some, but that is made up for in its smoothness.

07-01-2008 05:30:19 | More by Natural510
Photo of atigerlife


4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Dated 2003. Poured into a framboise flute.

Pours a ruby color with a 1 finger fluffy pink head. Good retention. Good amount of carbonation rising. Just beautiful to look at.

Aroma of cherries, but not overpowering. Lightly tart.

Taste is of light cherries, not a lot else. Like a light cherry soda. Interesting.

Light body, lightly cleansing. Smooth. A little flat.

Overall, very good. Exceptional for the style. Very drinkable. I was surprised that it was still very good after 5 years. Probably helped mellow it out.

06-19-2008 23:44:56 | More by atigerlife
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4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured a rich opaque red color with an almost brown hint to it. The head was a light pink and was nice and foamy. The aroma was excellent as it was full of ripe fruit and sour notes the funk stuck around in the background but was noticeable.
the flavor begins with a full cherry flavor and a nice acidity and sourness from the funky bugs. Much tastier to me than the sweeter krieks this is still a training wheel beer compared to 3fountienien or Hannsens but very nice and classic.
I would love to cook with this beer as well as to try it along side a dish containing dried fruits or fruit juice reductions.

06-13-2008 17:50:59 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of nickfl


2.83/5  rDev -20.3%

A - A clear, dark amber body topped by one and a half fingers light pink foam. Good retention and lace.

S - Cherries and lavender, very perfumey. Subtle acidity hiding in the background.

T - Lots of cherries and some weak acidity. This beer is dominated by a thick, sweet flavor that is disturbingly reminiscent of cough syrup.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fairly easy to drink, but not particularly enjoyable. The acidity and fruit character are weak and the complex funkiness of a fruit lambic is completely lacking, leaving this beer as a dull example of the style.

06-05-2008 02:51:06 | More by nickfl
Photo of Offa


2.85/5  rDev -19.7%

This is ok,but certainly not up to the reputation or the price, being really quite bland, neither very fruity nor yeasty.

A dark red and faintly hazy, this had a huge light pink head that slowly shrinks to a lasting, medium head and leaves nice, even, lasting lace.

The aroma is mostly vanilla with cherry medecine, light yeastiness, pungent and sweet and rather nice.

The taste and fell, though, are weak. It has only very mild cherry flavour, and mild earthy, yeastiness. It's a bit sour, but not much, only faint tartness, and mostly just dry, watery, and bland. It lacks the sour-yeasty lambic taste of even the supposedly too fruity Lindeman's and doesn't compare to the Melbourn Bros., both being more fruity and more lambic-yeasty.

05-22-2008 18:07:47 | More by Offa
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

2006 Edition

The beer pours out with a pink head about 1" in height. The beer looks like watered down blood with a bit of carbonation. The head retention is decent.

The smell of the beer is sweet with hints of cherries, and it has a bit of tartness. The beer has a subtle sweetness to it with a combination of hints of tartness. The sourness is very late in the beer. I was expecting a bit more sourness, but this is quite nice. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and carbonation. I could probably drink only a few of these. Solid beer though.

05-16-2008 23:25:54 | More by swizzlenuts
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3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

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,

04-13-2008 19:06:18 | More by Traquairlover
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev 0%

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.

04-05-2008 23:38:48 | More by markaberrant
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2.83/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

03-19-2008 02:18:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

01-25-2008 09:28:45 | More by brendan13
Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
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