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Boon Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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434 Ratings

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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 wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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 +13.8%

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 +12.4%

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 -24.2%

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%

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%

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 +14.6%

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
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%

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 -19.9%

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
Photo of swizzlenuts


4/5  rDev +12.4%

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 -13.5%

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 -0.3%

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 -20.5%

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 +6.2%

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
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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
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3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

01-05-2008 06:12:41 | More by dedrinker
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4.83/5  rDev +35.7%

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.

12-17-2007 04:48:24 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.6/5  rDev +29.2%

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).

12-11-2007 01:48:43 | More by Brad007
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

12-07-2007 16:47:26 | More by Absumaster
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3.95/5  rDev +11%

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.

10-27-2007 13:44:12 | More by thierrynantes
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4.47/5  rDev +25.6%

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

10-27-2007 13:34:32 | More by Atron67
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

10-25-2007 21:43:32 | More by BEERchitect
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4.45/5  rDev +25%

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.

08-27-2007 01:32:24 | More by clvand0
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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!

08-23-2007 17:22:10 | More by biegaman
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

08-20-2007 19:14:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.