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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 80 | 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: 386 | Reviews: 139
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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was dated 1995 by far the oldest bottle conditioned beer I have had to date,poures a color of a ripe cherry with a thin white spotty head.Aroma of sour cherries and vinegar with a woodiness but its pretty faint,taste is tart but not as tart as alot of beers this style maybe because of the age also a light sherry flavor in the finish.A nice find not my favorite style but I kinda like this more than others.

Photo of daedalusfinch
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle, 2008 served in Swamphead Snifter

I've had sparkling wines with far less pop, wow. The second I finished untwisting the cage, the cork flew off and across the room. I was definitely not prepared for that. It pours a rich burgundy color with a big pink-beige head that sticks around longer than I would have imagined -- this beer definitely brings the carbonation.

The nose is full of European cherries, sweet and tart. Underneath, there are characteristic Brut and belgian yeast notes. There's also a good, earthy backbone like an old world wine.

The tart cherries kick it up here; they're definitely first to the party and know they belong here. There's a champagne brut-ness here and a well-placed sourness, almost like a Geuze. It's not cloyingly sweet like I find many fruit lambics, and I absolutely cannot taste the alcohol. What a treat.

It's a little thicker than a lot of lambics, but the carbonation carries it perfectly. The liquid composition is phenomenal -- a perfect vessel for the flavor.

I grabbed three of these when a case came in -- just in case I thought it was especially good. I'll be going back today to grab another four to sit on. Considering the price and availability, I'd say this beer joins Cantillon's tier for lambics. I am very impressed.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this rare sour. 2008 vintage with a best by date of 10/8/28.

The beer pours a beautiful dark red color with a white head. The aroma is strong cherries but there is also some nice funk mixed in. One of the funkier smelling krieks that I have tried.

The flavor is a great mix of brett notes, barnyard funk, cherries and surprisingly, some alcohol. The tartness level is light to medium.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Very glad I got to try this beer. It definitely lived up to the hype.

Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

A very dark crimson with almost no clarity and not a lot of visible carbonation. This looks a bit heavy and substantial for the style, and lacks the typical bubbles. This leaves the glass seemingly clean on the way down.

Nice enough aroma, though nothing is leaping out of the glass. That being said, there's good amount of cherry, earth, and mild wood character.

The flavor is better than the aroma, with distinct cherry notes and strong sourness. There's mild oak and some earthy funk character. The alcohol is very well hidden, as this is somewhat high in alcohol for the style.

Medium to full bodied for the style, with low carbonation.

An incredibly drinkable and tasty kriek, though not at all in the upper echelon of the style.

Photo of Soonami
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7 at Whole Food Plymouth Meeting.

I've had an 08 bottle twice, once from a bottle shipped from Belgium and one from a bottle from a local bottle shop shelf. I think I enjoyed this much more the second time when I had a whole bottle to myself that I got from my local shop.

This beer is awesome. It's a an almost opaque cherry wood color with a huge head that leaves a very thin delicate lace. It's got great cherry aroma. There is a good bit of funky with sharp brett but also very bright fruit. There is a nice bit of perceived sweetness that helps ground the funk. Love it.

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

One word springs to mind here- exceptional. stinky barnyard earthiness in the aroma, quite vinous, almost pinot noir like, very complex, aged cherry skin, lovely lambic tart sourness, i absolutely love this beer.

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

2004 Vintage
(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a deep dark cranberry hued body with a head of raspberry sherbet but soon fades away. There are a few microbubbles that pop up through the beer.

S- The dark tart cherry aroma has a hint of brie rind and some light barnyard hints that mix in with it but they remain very light. There is some fruit skins aroma in the finish.

T- The musty leaves hint is taken over by a dark cherry fruit flavor and some raspberry tartness mixed in. There is a cherry sourness that lingers after each dry sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- The nice blend of fruit and tartness has some mellow hints of funk and the gentle fizz helps to enhance all the flavors. Very nice drinking beer.

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 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.

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 SpeedwayJim
2.55/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2008 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip.

Standard pour yields a 2 finger fluffy light pastel pink head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear red. Lacing is non-existant. Pretty standard for the style.

Nose is tart and sweet cherries. Robust and deep though lacking any sort of funkiness or barrel characteristic.

Opens sweet and robust cherry. Some cobweb flavor mixed with a barrel presence. Woody towards the middle. Hay and band-aid round out the experience. Finish and aftertaste is cherry. Not tart and a bit overly sweet. At least the fruit is prominent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky with some rough edges in the mouth. Goes down with some bubbles. Finish is clean with little to no aftertaste. A bit too carbonated.

As a fruit lambic, this offering is not very good. The cherries are prominent but there's little tartness or cheesiness that usually accompanies a top-notch offering from the style. A bit too sweet too. I won't revisit this one.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008 harvest.

Pours a dark cherry red with reddish pink head, thick at first, lingers.

Ripe cherry, some cherry pie filling, light oak.

Plenty of cherry flavor, a bit dank. Bold and ripe. Light oak and funk but cherry dominates. mildly sour.

Chilled, very carbonated. As it warms to room temp it mellows.

Quite impressed, like this far more than the gueuze version.

Photo of Filosoof
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great sour, but round beer (2008).

L: perfect lasting top; deep cherry brown colour;
S: creamy, light funky bretts, almond;
T: not the most complex beer in the world, but a melange of three/four feelings: cream, cherry ofcourse, natural sweetness (there isn't sugar in it, but I checked the label for it, because I couldn't believe it: so soft!), almond, perfect 'dying' sweetness, ending at the right time to invite you for the next glass;
M: lovely mixture of CO2, sourness, sweet touch and light feeling alcohol;
O: this beer could become even better if I would wait a few years? I'll try that! Looking forward already.

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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive thanks goes out to caSSino for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a ruby reb with a one finger pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, cherry, wood, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, cherry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This was a really well balanced brew. The funk aspect on this one really added a nice touch to everything else going on here. I went into this one expect to pick up on tart cherries, but they were more along the lines of sweet cherries. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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 Neffbeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a Cantillon glass. The 2008 version.

A. It pours a bright ruby red color with a purple hue in the light. A light pour yielded a strong one finger head with plenty of effervescence. No lacing, minimal head retention, and excellent clarity.

S: Juicy ripe cherries are dominant at first, but that gives way to some wonderful Brett characteristics. Leather, Barnyard funk, musty blankets and freshly baled hay to name a few. There are notes of the lactic acid lingering just in case I forgot this was a sour.

T: Succulent ripe cherries burst forth unabated. The funk is present, but it is completely dominated by cherry goodness. It is not nearly as sour as I would have expected, a bit sweet actually.

M: Light and bubbly.

O: A great beer without question, but I think it would benefit from a bit more time in the cellar (some residual sweetness). I have two more from the 2008 bottling and I will sit them for at least two years before trying again.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2100

"Harvest 2008" on the neck label. BBD: 4.11.2030
Christening a new glass, thanks Allen & Mandy for the Cantillon wine glass! Thanks to Kevin for the beer.

Cork extracts itself with a quiet pop, wispy gunsmoke wafts out.
Thin layer of pink foam crackles on the surface. Extremely thin threadlike string of foam is all that's left soon enough. Pinkish crimson edges, deep burgundy red body. Still, glassy surface.

Wet wood and leathery cherry aroma, slighty briny and sweet.

Schaerbeek "pie cherry" flavors, tart and complex. Wet oak traces emerge in the drying aftertaste. Moderate sourness and puckering, cherry skin and tannic bitterness as it warms up. Resonating tart aftertaste, cherry pits, dried stems, and skins altogether. Light feel, a little spritzy, it dries up quickly on the palate. A nice variation on Boon Oude Kriek, more of a pie cherry flavor and less intense sourness but it holds it's own. Nice pairing with dark chocolate.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml caged and corked bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a dark red/purple color with about an inch pink head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart and sweet cherries, funk, oak and some earthy aromas. It tastes like tart and sweet cherries (more tart than sweet), oak, funk, and some vinegar and raspberries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. I liked this beer, and I think it's definitely worth trying. $6.99 a bottle.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage received via trade with Koopa. Thanks!

Almost completely flat pour. No head at all and just a bit of prickley carbonation in the mouthfeel. Quite a funky nose. Leather wood, and sweat socks. This is pretty heavy on the brett for sure. Awesome taste. Not heavy on the sweetness like so many Krieks out there including the regular Boon Kriek. Sour and tart all the way through my glass.

Man this is good stuff. A true Oude Kriek. Very simular to the 3F Sh Kriek.

Highly reccomended for the style.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with a nice large pink foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sour and tart cherries notes is quite enticing. Taste is a wonderful mix between some tart cherries with some oak and light funky notes with lightly sweet finish and almost no acidity. Body is full with great carbonation. Wonderful interpretation of the style with great restraint on the acidity level.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair corked this winner tonight... '08 version.. very cool!! Thanks a ton Sammy!!!!

Deep dark red/purple... Sam says, "Smoke on the watttahhh"... Nice pink head.. decent retention and lacing..

Nose is bright fruit with dank funk up front, but with aeration the fruit comes out full frontal.

Flavor begins quite sour and fruity.... the funk is more in the background on the palate... a bit oaky.. the cherries linger forever on the finish. acidic but never "acetic" .. no vinegar just a nice fruit punch and a good lingering Brett funk.

Surprising body and a bit lesser carbonation... Very well done.. but I think will be fantastic with 3-6 months in the cellar..

Very cool... I liked this one a lot... especially with warmth... later pours were very nice... let this brew breathe for a bit.

All 4's.... I HOPE/know I will get to try it again. :-)

Photo of jsanford
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml poured into a Rodenbach flute. 2008 vintage.

A - Pours a dark ruby-red with a creamy rose pink head that slowly fades to a slight haze and ring. Such a beautiful beer!
S - Well, it definitely smells like high-quality cherries, but there's such an amazing earthy, cheesy aroma that I just can't get enough of. Leather, barnyard funk, and vanilla round out the nose.
T - Again, the funk and cheese really jump out to me, with the cherry flavor almost being secondary. The cherry flavor is obviously of the highest quality, no doubt that this is the real stuff. Very earthy and funky, again with a bit of vanilla, oak and brown sugar.
M - Slick and smooth, with a medium-thin body and moderately sharp carbonation. Very nice for the style.
O - I really loved this Kriek, right up there with the Cantillion version. I would like to grab a few to lay down for a couple of years.

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 peabody
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really nice. Pours out a dark cherry with two fingers of pinky to purple suds. Very small bubbles.
Smell is cherry skin and strong belgian yeast.
Taste is very sour black cherry with a black currant at the front then a slight sweetness that doesn't rest very long on the tounge.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the 8% has yet to be noticed. This is hidden very well.
Overall this is as good of a strong Kriek as any I have tasted. Very well put together.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
93 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.