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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 423
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 58
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of beerandthedead
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of 2011 pours dark ruby red/purple with dark pinkish head,aroma sour cherry with light
almond tones

taste is pure sour cherry dry acidic but but not acidic as some long dry finish with sour fruit
thin body typical of the style ,very fine kriek up with the best available

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kriek week continues!

2008! A Kriek from five years ago. Wow. My hands are trembling as I type these words... .

Appearance: 5.0: Poured out with no head whatsoever. Deep, dark and completely opaque. A burgundy color and the color and consistency of blood. Just gorgeous and unique.

Smell: 5.0: Dear lord. Heavy, heavy cellar bouquet. Deep oak and musty, cellary nose on this brew. Cherry hints but swirling in the midst of a huge melange of stone, wood, iron bands, cobwebs...amazing.

Taste: 4.75: Front is tart, with some brief salty hints and an ephemeral taste of cherries and cherry stones (pits) floating in the background. Middle is very oaky, with more cherry tartness and some remedial salt and a fascinating hint of charred wood. Also, there is this huge wave of dryness at this taste level that swells up and quickly fades away, with each swallow. Finish is an amazing swell of cherry tartness mixed with an alkaline yumminess and a deep oakiness that is simply hard to describe using the written word. Wow. Aftertaste is surprisingly dry with a somewhat wine-like taste, but has a definite cherry highlight and...man, this beer really opens the neural floodgates for me. Amazing stuff.

Mouthfeel: 4.75: Perfect for a cellared beer. Slight bubbles and obviously no secondary mucking around by the Ood brewmasters.

Overall: 4.75: Darn close to the perfect beer. Perfectly cellared, there is clearly something inherent in this beer that takes it beyond what is already a complex style (i.e. kriek). I really feel like some lone beer reviewer after the nuclear apocalypse who found the last bottle of beer in the world. In fact, if that apocalypse ever comes, this is the beer I want with me while I watch the rocket's red glare. This beer gets my highest recommendation. Purchased at Mink's in Atlanta.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Label on bottle reads 1995. Purchased at Spuyten Duyvil's Ode to Lambics and Bretts (6-12-2007).

There is a massive amount of sediment that has permanently attached itself to the side of the bottle, which is proof that it has been resting on it's side for quite some time.

Pours a clear reddish amber, though much sediment seems to be lurking all over. Antiseptic woody nose that you just can't help going back to again and again. It's so thick and unique. Flavor is a mind blower. Slight sour tones. Kriek character is still going fairly strong. Cherry characteristics seem to be mixed in with a wood tone. Feel is silly smooth.

Unbelievably drinkable. It's almost sherry or port like. But an aged version. This was my first seriously aged beer, so I am sure my naiveté is making a difference here. It is just in a different class at this point from the age. I think this was an outstanding beer and a real treat to have.

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Photo of daedalusfinch
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of ausonius
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage from 750 ml bottle.

Pretty pale red color.
Typical small foamy head that faded to patchy within a few minutes. Very little lacing.

Big cherry stone lactic nose. Funky, slightly earthy, fleshy black, red & wild cherry aromas are intense, complex & just don't quit.
The Brett & Belgian funk take a back seat to the powerful, wild fruit at the moment.

On the palate: Creamy pungent cherry. Earthy, lactic with big cherry skin, cherry pit, & mineral throughout.
Not too sour. Huge cherry stone flavor & some funky older oak & Brett in end flavor & finish. Great balance.

A Great Fruit Lambic

Ho Hum - another great one from Frank Boon.

95 Points.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.68/5  rDev +13%
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!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1983 vintage: sampled at the kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium. A costly 13 euros, but it was damn worth it! A lovely pinkish/reddish brew with a small cap of off-white foam. The aromas scream 'traditional kriek' and consist of some crazy lambic funk, cherry pie filling, slighlty medicinal hops, and some light malts. The taste is quite awesome! It consists of cherry pie filling, exotic spices, yeast, some light malts, and some great meidicinal hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but good enough for me, and the drinkability is quite excellent. Sure, I would have rather had a cheaper, more recent vintage of this brew...but this was the only vintage that they currently have at the Kulminator. and who else is going to have this stuff!?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008

What a gorgeous beer. A simply perfect appearance. Radiant ruby hues with soft pink accents when held to the light. Pinkish purple head that measures over a half inch thick. Excellent retention and lacing. A joy to observe.

The aroma is top notch as well. Sour cherries take center stage, with funky, musty, oak in supporting roles.

Lots of cherry flavor. Just the right amount of funk and sour presence. Enough to induce the slightest pucker, but so smooth I could drink several glasses and not grow weary of it. Homemade cherry pie? One of the most easy drinking fruit lambics I have had in a while.

8% abv? Difficult to believe. Alcohol content is masterfully disguised. Ridiculously smooth on palate, with a lingering aftertaste of tart cherries.

Overall, fantastic. So glad I was able to get a few of these. A must have for the lambic connoisseur.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of marburg
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1995 vintage dated. Corked and caged and carted back here to Michigan by my fiancee who found this bad boy in Baltimore.

Hazy, thick, pea soup opacity married with sludge brown and blood red and a soapy, frothy head that won't die. Powerful, swirling carbonation -- really lively. Plum and tart cherry skin aromas mingle nicely with a sour-ish, yeasty, unrefined earthy character. Carries through to the palate, which is suprisingly integrated and held together. Certainly, the sourness of a traditional lambic shines through. But there's a great understated cherry flavor and a musty dullness that tempers the ascerbic nature of the beer. Very well put together, and as far as traditional-style lambics go, this thing is remarkably easy to drink. For those looking for a slightly less jarring introduction to the traditional take on the style -- if you think it IS jarring, of course -- this might be a good start.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2008 Harvest. Bought at Steve's in Madison yesterday and cellered for all of one night. My treat to myself after a hard days work around the house. Fridge to Cuvee des Jacobins tulip.

S: Funk, little horsey, almonds from the cherry pits, hay, cherry sucker, grape skins.

A: Gorgeous deep red to burgundy with bright red highlights. Kriek trademark pink loft of foam that drops quickly to a ring. Great clarity, effervescent.

T: Why aren't more beers like this? Funky, lactic, natural unsweetened cherries. Acidic but not overly, it is just so balanced.

M: The carbonation takes a very dry beer and gives a creamy and slick mouth. One of my favorite things about the Lambic family. Acid plays on your teeth.

O: Gorgeous beer. I'd consider giving all the rest up and being a Lambic, Kriek, and Framboise devotee. For the price of this beer in the 375mL, it is a no brainer. Once your past the sugary Lindemans beers (which I do still enjoy at times), try out the Boon.

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Photo of jsanford
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of itsscience
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. Vintage 2008.

Appearance- Dark redish/brown with some junk on the bottom of the glass. Quick 1 1/2 finger white/pink head that lasted a short while. Looks heavily carbonated which surprised me for 5 years old.

Smell- Super funky cherry and lemon rind, earthy tobacco. Smells similar to Allagash Cerise. Funky medicinal smell that I get in most lambics. Intriguing.

Taste- Funky cherry and stone fruit, grassy, earthy, lightly oak, finishes super lemony/limey. Way better than the normal Boon Kriek.

Mouthfeel- Heavily carbonated with no booze heat. Medium pucker. Semi-dry.

Overall- Real Impressed by this. Why can't the Boon regulars be this good?

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Photo of wedge
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by WeeHeavySD, thanks for bringing this old bottle Jon, from the late 1980s or early 1990s, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Pinkish orange color, barely any head, did leave a little ring around the glass though, good legs too
S-Cherries, funkiness, citrus, barnyard, mild sweetness, and various other sour aromas
T-Starts off nice and tart with cherries and soft malt in the middle, dry finish with more sourness, mellows out as it warms and more fruit comes to the surface including citrus and berries, nice cellared kriek
M-Sour, slightly sweet, acidic, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation, taste lingers a long time
D-Could have drank this bottle quite easily, great flavor profile that is not too much at any time, smooth and no alcohol present, not overly sour or sweet which is surprising after so long

This lambic has held up incredibly well for being at least fifteen years old, too bad this is not in production anymore along with the gueuze too, would love to drink again but not likely, recommended

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Photo of hawks10
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage – Best before November 4th, 2030 - 375ml green corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip…

Pours a beautiful dark blood red with tons of thick bright pink foamy head. When held to the light the beer glows ruby red, truly a spectacular looking Lambic...

Fresh, juicy, ripe cherries fill the nose, one of the most intense fruit bursts I have ever smelled in a lambic. An aroma similar to a damp musty basement filled with decades of firewood peeks out behind the huge fruit. This beer smells spectacular as well...

Taste is much sweeter than I was expecting. Tons of cherries attack the palate, very juicy and sweet. A quick tart bite hits at the end cutting into the sweetness a bit, as does the oak, which is much more apparent in flavor than smell. Quite tasty, would like a bit more pucker and less sweet, but that will probably come with some more age. Definitely looking forward to trying one in a couple years...

Medium bodied, maybe a bit heavier than a typical lambic, with good carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of lingering oak flavor, 8% alcohol is non-existent...

Very very pleased with this beer, definitely hitting the store tomorrow to pick up a couple more!

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Photo of danedelman
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle marked 2004 into a tulip glass

A-pale amber color with a big fluffy white head.

S-grapefruit, sweetness shines through. A nice funky brett yeast smell backs all that up.

F-very similiar to the head. grapefruit and lemon peel with a nice well balaced sweetness that I feel is much better than the regular oude boon geuze as that one is too dry for me.

M-light and crisp. carbonation is high and bounces on your tongue.

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Photo of vitesse
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green bottle with cork.

black label with big red lettering: "F. Boon Kriek - Mariage Parfait."

a very traditional lambic. label says it's spontaneously fermented and then bottle conditioned. made in lambeek, belgium (imported by merchant du vin.)

anyone. a great beverage. i had to take some points off for apperance though. the cork and area around it on the bottle had a sticky resiny film on it, which is pretty unappealing. cork held up okay though. in glass the drink was a bright red color. very cloudy with lots and lots of dark yeast sediment, which i didn't drink down.
very tart and acidic kriek. cherries are there but it's not a sweet and fruity drink. nice barnyard, grassy flavors. very complex taste. actually reminded me of champagne. insanely complex.

i paid about $10 for this. a much much better value than the more over-sweetened and popular lambics.

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Photo of infi
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage, 375-mL bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

This kriek lambic is a beautiful and translucent maroon/magenta color with a one-fingered pink head that slowly crumbles away. I'd definitely say that it's the prettiest-looking lambic out of the small few I've tried so far. Smell is basically full of tart cherries, some subtle hints of oaky tannins and a thin coating of vinegar pungency and funk.

One of the best and smoothest tasting lambics I've ever had. The kriek shows more fruitiness throughout the taste duration with VERY little sourness. It's really like eating the flesh of an almost-ripened cherry- not too sweet, but not too sour either. This all ends on a hum tartness with a slight sliver of some metallic flavor, but not one of disgust. Very organic and natural tasting.

Mouthfeel was borderline medium-bodied with a slight effervescent feel, but very smooth overall. I particularly enjoyed this while it was very cold because every sip gave off an incredible refreshing vibe. I could now see why some of these Belgian blenders prefer to fill up pints of this remarkable stuff. I finished my 375 bottle in 15 minutes- this was seriously delicious and easily drinkable. Definitely buying another bottle or two of this for future consumption. Best until 2028? Yes sir, too good. Thank you, Mr. Boon.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.