Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon
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United Kingdom (England)
4.9/5 rDev +16.9%
Bottle of 2011 pours dark ruby red/purple with dark pinkish head,aroma sour cherry with light
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
08-04-2013 19:24:33 | More by beerandthedead
4.85/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
12-31-2007 09:52:23 | More by RblWthACoz
4.81/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
08-30-2013 04:47:37 | More by BeerDocT
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
12-22-2011 16:41:27 | More by daedalusfinch
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
09-18-2010 22:19:20 | More by ausonius
4.69/5 rDev +11.9%
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!
05-10-2014 00:23:23 | More by MarcWP
4.68/5 rDev +11.7%
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!?
04-01-2004 00:13:46 | More by francisweizen
4.66/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
12-21-2013 13:58:47 | More by dcmchew
4.64/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-12-2013 01:52:13 | More by JRdaSconnie
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-12-2004 02:11:42 | More by marburg
Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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