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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 51
Gots: 76 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-11-2002

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Ratings: 382 | Reviews: 136
Photo of Jack_Malts
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yuuuuup this is a goddamn kriek. Delicious as shit!

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light purple body with one finger pink head that left little lace. Aroma is tart, acidic, little bit sour but this isn't a sour ale aroma and there are cherries and hints of oak in the aroma. Smooth, easy to drink thanks to oakiness, the tart cherries are not too sharp but flavorful enough to give off acidic crispness and a little bit of sweetness. Good balance and great drinker.

Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2008 harvest date. Poured into a geuze tumbler 12/1/2014.

A- Dark purple body, vinous in appearance, light pink head consisting of about one finger's worth, nice retention time, not a lot of lacing. [3.75]

S- Rich tart cherries as expected. Fair amount of funk; leather and musty oak come to mind here, but certainly not as funky as some of the other Belgian lambic blenders produce. The cherries are strong here and deliciously so. Sour wheat and dry oakiness as well. [4.25]

F- Sharp cherry tartness, leather, sharp and dry oak, sour wheat. Cherries all the way with a dry, cherry tart-filled finish. Good complexity, a bit less funk than I'm used to but with a very nice mouthwatering acidity. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, nice carbonation. Exceptionally mouthwatering in terms of the acidity which is not bracing but brings a very nice dimension. Strong tart cherry flavour permeates the finish here. [4.25]

O- Very nice complexity in an Oude Kriek; plenty of acidity that isn't bracing, a ton of tart cherries and a nice funk. I enjoyed this one and for the price, I would easily get this one again. [4.25]

Final score: 4.22

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark purplish-black brew, topped by a foamy but firm pink head. Good retention for the style. Maintains a 1/4 finger head throughout. Almost no lacing.

Musty funk comes through in the aroma before cherry pits, accompanied by a noticeable oak bite.

Flavor reverses the dominance, with cherries up front, followed by a very nice funky element, and finished with a vinous, tannin-soaked edge. Just a hint of sweetness; a little sour; more of a musty funkiness with cherries than anything else.

Very light mouthfeel; not a substantial amount of puckering; a little fuller than most Kriek lambics, but nothing to hint at the 8% ABV. Almost creamy.

This is an excellent Kriek, especially for the more available brands like Boon. Nothing incredible or world-beating, but definitely a very good beer.

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Had a bottle with Uncle Jimbo and some other beefreinds last night @ the Kulminator. THis was a 1983 bottle...... I am not a lover of this style but this one was nice to try...

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -4.3%

2012 bottle

Big pink head erupts before fizzing away to a thin covering immediately. Deep red body.

Sour cherry right off the bat. One of my favorite smells. This should be good. Some vanilla. Not much funk going on.

Taste is quite delightful. Tart cherry pie filling and crust going on. Not much depth of flavor though. Basically straight tart cherry and berry notes

The Mariage Parfait beers are easily the best Boons.

Photo of antott0523
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque, dark ruby with the appearance of black cherries. Foamy head with an orange-pink hue that sticks around. Carbonation is barely visible.

S: Black cherries with spicy oak, cola. Damp funkiness that I can only describe as a slightly off putting BO type scent.

T: Sweet cherries and oak up front followed by waves of palatable acidity. The finish is buttery, with notes of oak, vanilla, white wine.

M: Moderate body and a dryness that very closely resembles a dry white wine.

D: I'm having this right after the Boon Kriek 2012. It is far more complex than the former. From start, where it is opaque and not translucent, to the finish, where it is more acidic, woody and has more diverse sweet notes, and a dryer finish. Overall, a very nice ale, and I will be buying more for the cellar.

Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

2009 vintage with a best-by date of 8-17-2031. 375ml bottle purchased at The Beer Trappe in Lexington, Kentucky.

Healthy pop from the cork followed by a dark red pour into a tulip glass, pink head retains nicely. Sourness and acidity is on the tame side, but good mix of cherry juice, woodsy mushroom funk, pleasant tartness, white wine grapes, wheat. Great mouthfeel, easy-going, drinkable and refreshing for a lambic, no hint of that 8%. A great subtle sour, nice mixing of sweet cherries, tartness, funk.

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

A: murky reddish brown. Super thick. Awesome for a kriek. Carbonation albiet little.

S: deep cherry and raspberry. Very nice.

T: Cherry sweet and slightly sour. Not too acidic and lacks vinegar for a Belgian kriek which is good. However there is a mineral component that comes in that is somewhat unpleasant.

M: holds very well. Not too sour and not over the top sweet. Good after taste.

O: great sour. Second bottle I have had and both were good. Very satisfying but that mineral component at the finish could be better but still almost sessionable for this relatively high abv kriek.

Photo of JLSIV
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle, into balloon glass, cloudy, deep red color, with a pink head, very little lacing.

Aroma of musty cherries, cellar like, with a fruity wine-like nose, definitely cherry. Some wild yeast smell up front.

First taste is wine, then oak wood, with a tart cherry finish. I think the distinctive taste is the wild yeast used to ferment it.

Mouthfeel to me was dry, and sharp, nicely carbonated, more champagne like than beer or ale, extra dry finish. I would like someone with serious wine chops to give it a taste and see what they get.

Overall, my first Belgian Oude Kriek Lambic ale. I felt I needed to try this type to broaden my tastes a little, which it did. Not sure I would order it up in place of other types, but definitely different, and the taste profile lived up to what the Beer store said it would. I would rate it outstanding based on it's merits, but it is not my type.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into smell in. Best before 2033, but I don't know the exact year because server took the cork.

Appearance - Deep pink body. Nice light pink head. Retains well. Nice pink collar.

Smell - Cherry. Not sweet smelling. Very woody. Acidic smelling
A little lemony. Very little funk.

Taste - Cherry is very nice. Wood immediately. Wood continues throughout and into the finish. Moderate lemon sourness. Kinda grainy. Drops off in flavor in the back end.

Mouthfeel - The flavor drops off in the back end, but it's otherwise very drinkable. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Better than expected from Boon. Very tasty, but not as complex as its more illustrious brethren.

Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My palate for sours is still evolving, but I enjoy trying new things, so looking forward to this. At five years, this would be the oldest beer I've ever rated. I just can't seem to keep them around very long.

Purple with some light red hues and a thin, tan head.

An array of overly sour fruits (chiefly cherry) float soft to the nose, followed by a deep, musty character and notes of brett. Someone left the fruit cart out in the sun too long, or perhaps just right.

Taste is refined with slightly sweet and tart dark fruits (cherry, plum, prune, grape), some fruit skin, and a bit of grain and yeast.

Medium bodied, smooth and dry with no alcohol noticed.

To quote Burroughs, it's "...the most decent, most deeply sour beer I have ever known!" Or something to that affect. Either way it's the finest example of a lambic that I've had, so these beers just might be growing on me.

Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a blood red color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, pink-colored, long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Not surprisingly, a lot of cherries in the aroma, along with an earthy quality as well.

T: Sour cherries dominate flavor. There's also a funkiness, along with the earthy quality. Apples also make an appearance. This is a very well done flavor, one that's more sour than sweet, but that's not a problem.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sour finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very solid, well made lambic. Definitely drinkable.

Photo of papat444
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

***2009 Vintage***

Poured from a 375ml bottle, best before 17.08.2031.

Pours a blood-red pink body with a head that is unmistakably pink. Cream, sour cherries in the aroma. Flavor has a nice balance of sweet and sour cherries. Feel is a touch acidic, next to no carbonation, oak is light. Enjoyed it but not quite up to par with some other Krieks IMO.

Photo of MarcWP
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Cantillon taster.

Appearance is crimson red with dark ruby highlights. Active small head settles to a decent size ring. Spume is in rosey pink to light purple color range.

Aroma is the typical cherry nose of krieks with other berries also playing off the cherries. Oak, candy apple, and a touch of earthy funk also present.

The taste brings a very earthy, funky kick up which is only light on the nose. You can tell this is a younger Kriek as the sourness is very subdued. Also the cherries used must have been low on acidity as the kind used can influence the PH profile quite a bit. Instead, the cherry flavor is deep, earthy, fleshy but not really sweet or acidic. I love the depth of flavors here, farmhouse musk, oak, pasture reside along the other fruit flavors you get like sweet cranberry, over ripe blood orange, merlot grape, and even some plantain action going on.

Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is beautifully soft but active. Awesome dry finish, perfect if you ask me, you get the sweet character from the cherries but no residual sugar aftertaste.

I just want to mention that this is further evidence that Boon is up there with Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen for top lambic producers. Between this and their standard Mariage Parfait they prove to be to producing top notch stuff. Would love to see some other fruit variants added to the Parfait range. Would be awesome!

Photo of itsscience
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 harvest

Pours cranberry juice red with a finger of pink head that quickly subsides. The nose is clean and sweet with the smell of green apple skins, cherries, a little bit of barnyard, and a little bit of lactic acid. This is a delicious beer: it starts off with a sour bite, melding into sweet natural cherries and ending with another huge surge of sourness with grassy, lemony notes. I get a nice dose of vanilla in the aftertaste. It's never artificial and never over-the-top sour. The body is light with high carbonation.

Photo of wedge
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2009

Deep ruby color with a soft, creamy pink head. Super smooth, mellow cherry creaminess in the nose. Sour black cherry, a bit of sherry, and a really delicate touch of vinegar along with spices. Big tart cherry flavor...there seems to be a lot going on, but it keeps everything corralled into a nice, tidy flavor profile. Much more sourness coming through here. Just enough sweetness, nice acidity, woody spice, must, and some sort of potpourri-like element. Astringent and puckering, but far from offensively so. Oh man, very satisfying. I'll try to keep my hands off the other bottle for a few years if I can.

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark burgundy red with a delightful pink tightly foamy head. Aroma is ultra smooth. Awesome cherry pie, softly tart, sweet, and fragrant. Creamy with something vanilla-like, plus musky wood. Taste is tart and smacky. Woody, musky, tart dry berries. Grape skins, astringent and puckering. Very well combined concoction. The word encrusted comes to mind... Very dry, implosively so, brightly and smoothly carbonated, almost chalky texture. Very nice.

Photo of dcmchew
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2008 vintage. Pours dark ruby, huge fizzy foam at first that pops away very fast, leaving a small lacing.
Strong smell of sour cherries, oak, green grass, big tartness, lemonade, specific funk.
Huge sourness up front, a mix of cherries and lemon zest. It might be a lot at first, but you get used to it after a few more sips. Musty red grapes also, low sweet berries, tartness, balsamic vinegar, high quality lambic notes. Lots of funkiness, wild yeasts really did a number here. Barrel notes are strong, there's an earthy feel, but lots of wood and an overall cellary feel (oak chips aplenty, charcoal towards the end). Green notes are fresh and big, giving off lots of fresh hay, green grass, lemon tree leaves and light tobacco in the finish. Sweetness is felt later on, and doesn't surpass the other elements. Hoppy finish with quite a bitter punch.
Body is almost creamy, with a constant low fizz, closely reminding of a nitro poured Guinness. Alcohol is warm and solely enriches the flavors.
Great kriek lambic, i really like the ruggedness of these Mariage Parfaits.

Photo of macher0
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle to tulip

A: Dark ruby red. Poured 2 finger reddish head that treats to a reddish rim and slight head. Fine bubble carbonation. Some lacing.

S: Moderate fragrance. Sour yeast and bretts. Tart cherry. Neutral oak. Fairly complex but well defined.

T: Tart. Sour yeast. Tart cherry. Hints of plum. Neutral oak. Not at all sweet.

M: Very smooth. High, fine carbonation. Very light bodied. Slightly syrupy, but not over the top.

O: An excellent sour kriek. The appearance is absolutely amazing and should be used as a standard for kreiks. This is way more sour than sweet. The cherries come through very dry and subtle. This is in my rotation constantly.

Photo of orangesol
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank this one with Thanksgiving dinner this year.
'08 375ml bottle.

A - Pours ruby red with a fizzy half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all down the glass. Much like the geuze, it went totally flat within minutes.

S - Smells of ripe sour cherries, damp earth, basement must, bit of barnyard funk, lactic sourness, oak and some wet grass. Not as earthy as the geuze thanks to the addition of the cherries but it still just doesn't jump out at me like others in the style.

T - Starts off with the sour cherries quickly giving way to a mix of sharp lactic sourness, musty funk, grass and a touch of sweetness help round it all together. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish. Liking how much the cherries come through here compared to the nose.

M - Medium body with spritzy carbonation. While the geuze was more tart this is a bit more sour, still has plenty of dryness after each sip.

O - I enjoyed this one a bit more than the geuze but it still wasn't worth what I had to pay for them. I think their are better examples of the style but if the price was right I would definitely pick up another bottle.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a fw snifter. vintage 2009

dark cherry red with a big head. smell seems skunked and off...hmm. taste though is amazing though...tastes exactly like cherry pie...like exactly. really easy to drink. light bodied almost with mild carbonation, ABV not detectable.

overall a great kriek!

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml
$8.99
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

2008 Harvest

Boon's Kriek Mariage Parfait has a deep garnet body that's pretty dense and opaque The head is heavily pink and rises surprisingly high, to a couple fingers in height actually, before crackling and fizzling to a thin ring. Ruby highlights glow when directly backlit.

Saturated oak gets things started before damp minerality takes over. Wet stones, damp soil, waterfalls, wet trees, yada, yada. Smells like a dew covered forest. Black cherries and a moderate acidity was through with the minerality becoming second act instead of headliner but there is a lot of wood in the nose of this beer.

Flavor is much the same. wet wood, trees, soil, and rock lead the way and remain throughout the entire flavor profile. Black cherries hit mid-palate along with a vinegar acidity. Damp, tannic wood notes push through on the swallow. As it warms a lactic quality comes along on the aftertaste. The minerality and wood notes are what make this beer while the cherries play second fiddle.

The body has a moderate weight but feels light as air. Vinegar acidity leaves the teeth on edge slightly but this is by no means a face imploder. The finish quickly becomes dry and tannic with a lot of lingering woodiness. Easy drinker but for the heartburn.

Boon's Kriek Mariage Parfait is a damn fine authentic kriek and although I prefer Gueuze Mariage Parfait, the kriek adds a unique twist. While the wet wood complexity is what makes this beer I could see it becoming taxing over time. A 375 is just he right amount. I'll grab some more of these guys.

Photo of ediaz
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage (best before 04/11/2030) into a St. Louis Kriek .25L lambic flute.

A: Pours a dark ruby red that allows no light through with 1/8th inch head that disappears immediately leaving a small, light delicate lace. It is almost still except for a few small bubbles of carbonation running up the sides. I'd have liked a bit more carbonation.

S: dark candied cherries, slight vinegar, sweet.

T: There is a definite black cherry sour taste upfront that is prominent and unmistakeable but is not overwhelming. The sourness is not overwhelming, but really enjoyable. However acidic and tart it is, there is a certain degree of smoothness of the beer that is enjoyable.

M: This is my favorite part of the beer. The beer coats the mouth smoothly, but the almost absent carbonation noted in the appearance is more evident to balance out the smoothness. It has a medium body and finishes somewhat dry.

O: I got this beer originally as a gift for a friend of mine who was getting married, and grabbed an extra for myself. I'm quite glad I did. The beer was very enjoyable and I am happy I had a chance to try it. I'd definitely recommend this.

Photo of dowen17
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry red. One finger head that quickly dissipates to a lace around the glass.

On the nose is cherries and cranberries. Very tart smelling. Some sour apple in the background.

Taste is very interesting. Fingernail polish type taste at the beginning. Some fruits present themselves towards the middle and end of the taste. A little bit of oak and some weird yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Very nice carbonation. A little thick. Nice.

This is a great sour. Would definitely drink again.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
93 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.