Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 83 | FT: 6
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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 IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark red; small; pink head; good lacing

Aroma: Tart; sour cherries hit you up front

Taste: Just like aroma, tart; sour cherries; dry finish

Remarks: Too dry for my taste; not really my thing

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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 russwbeck
3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2007 Vintage

A: Pours out of the bottle ruby red with about a finger of fizzy pink head. Absolutely no head retention, but there sure are a ton of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. 3.5

S: Some acidity in the aroma that's cut by cherries. Initially I thought it'd be nicely sour, but as I got going I definitely realized just how sweet it was. 3.5

T: The taste is right on the edge of fruit juice, with just a hint of a sour edge. It's almost like a cider instead of a sour. Sweet, but certainly not the sweetest kriek I've encountered. Slight vinegar level as well. It's just not tart enough for me. 3

MF: Overly carbonated and too sweet. Not quite as drinkable as I would have hoped. 2

O: Pretty disappointed. If you like sweet krieks, this is all you. If you want something that's tart and sour, might want to go a different route. 3

Photo of ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle dated 2008 harvest with a best by date of 2030 so this must have been bottled in 2010. Bright red with a punk head that looked great at first and then died even though the beer was very fizzy (dirty glass?) . Smelled like cherries, no must, no barnyard, no lambic. Taste was tart cherries but I want the funk too and I got none. Mouthfeel was also way too fizzy for my liking.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one at our most recent tasting. 2008 Vintage.

A-pours a dark hazy pink color. the head is white with pink coloring on it.

S-the nose is quite strong, lots of oak with a touch of vanilla. a touch of earthy funk to it, light acidity, notes of cherries and grapes.

T-sour cherries up front, the oak takes over, light note of vanilla behind. earthy funk, a touch of balsamic, acidity, cherries and sour grapes.

M-very nice body, medium with a good syrupy feel, smooth and creamy with a ton of carb and a nice crisp, slightly dry finish.

D-this is a very tasty brew, nice amounts of acidity and sourness with a ton of sweetness. the oak is more in the nose, lighter in the flavor with a good presence.

Photo of FosterJM
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1501st on BA
Bottle to Sapporo flute
375ml c/c

Puchased at Binny's Naperville (Dont remember how much)

App- Had a pour that was a tad too thick and full. More burgundy and deep reds and a good density in the glass. A quick receding 1-1/2 finger white head left no cling.

Smell- Reminds me of a Lindemans Framboise. This was thick and boozy with solid earthy notes and some barrel presence. Replace raspberry for cherry and voila!

Taste- Well having this right after the Gueze I was pumped! This has to be better. No. 0/2. This was very similar to Ke$ha and a hot mess. Thick instead of a nice cripness, boozy vs subtle and just didnt taste very good.

Mouth- Went the opposite direction and was a full medium with a dense carbonation to boot. Slicky and oil fruits with some earthy barrel and oak remain.

Drink- I really thought I struck gold when I found these on the shelf. I was disappointed to say the least. Oud Beersel, Cantillon and 3F are way better options.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for letting me nab one of these out of some box he ordered. Split with Amyliz4 and served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. 2007 Vintage.

Pours a really nice red color with a beautiful pink head that sticks around for quite some time, leaving behind ample lacing. The nose has a bit of a dry herbal character along with some oak and cherries. Mild acid in there as well. The flavor has more dry earthiness and an odd herbal character. Cherries are fairly minimal. Bit of an oak presence with a touch of tannin. Dry finish without too much acid. Nowhere near as good as the plain Mariage Parfait.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mikeymikee.

Dark red hue. Light pink finger of head. Full on new pool toys with a hint of arm pit funk. Macerated cherry skins and a mild sweetness. Flavors are mild sour with a good amount of sweet cherry. The funk is present but nothing like I hope for in my krieks. Medium body with a mild amount of carbonation. Not my favorite kriek but not horrible.

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 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 kbutler1
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2008 vintage. Poured into a tulip glass a bright, vibrant red color with a pink collared head. Very funky aroma with an underlying sweet cherry note. Some wood as well. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. More sweet than I was expecting. Slightly tart cherry. I'd be interesting to see if this would sour up with some time onas of now it's just more sweet. Slight medicinal notes.

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

Deep red in body with light cherry head that stays. Smells horsey, cherry with some floral notes. Tastes of very sour cherries, horse blanket, some booze, tangy, with funk. Heavy carbonation with a medium body. Tasty, extra sour, funked out. Real good in the hot weather for 4th of July celebratin'.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review of a lambic....never done this before.

Poured into a standard snifter at about 55 degrees F, 1-inch head, light lacing, deep beautiful cloudy magenta. Aroma is quite sour and funky, and I THINK I'm smelling tannins, although I never reviewed wine, so it is an ingredient that I am still a novice at pointing out. There is some oak aroma/flavor behind the tart cherries. This doesn't taste like a cough syrup at all (which is what I expect with everything made with cherries. Gross). This is a much deeper, classier taste, unlike the super-sweet flavors of Lindeman's lambics. I have a couple more bottles aging, so once I get a little more experience under my belt I will review this again.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage 375 mL bottle

A. Pours a deep hazy red with a half inch pink foamy head that receeds leaving no residual lacing.

S. Tart cherry with a touch of oak and an impression of vanilla.

T. Starts of with mildly tart cherry that moves into oak with some leather and mild barnyard funk. A faint mustiness is present a well.

M. Very high carbonation. It ends very dry leaving little residual flavor on the tongue.

D. Not incredibly complex, but not as dull/ uninteresting as some reviews seem to suggest.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage bottle, at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst; July 2010
The beer pours from the bottle with a deep red, brilliantly clear color. The head is a pink, frothy, initially two-finger thick head. This smells of berries, a complex, jam-like cherry flesh and rich cherry skin aromatics. There are some sharp woody mushroom notes, a cherry acidity as well as some notes of children's aspirin. It is interesting how fast the huge cherry aromatics disappear; the nose is still all about the cherry notes, but it is not nearly as pungent as when this was first poured.

The beer tastes sweet up front, then tart and it finishes with a complex, chewy, cherry skin fruit character. There is a fizzy, carbonic acid bite to this beer that helps to lighten up the texture; it still has a certain chewiness to it, at least for a Lambic, though it is not in any way heavy. The acidity is tart, not aggressively sour, but still enough that I can feel it in my stomach; it is actually somewhat soft, but some cherry acid notes make it not entirely soft and it has a sort of interesting dichotomy between the Lactic and cherry acid notes.

This is quite nice, I definitely prefer a bit more funkiness and complexity in my Lambics, but this definitely gets the job done. It is very quaffable, though perhaps just a touch heavier than I prefer.

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 DoctorDog
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375 ml caged & corked bottle into a snifter. 2008 vintage. Thanks to Franz4 for bringing this to me back from some other beery state.

A- Slightly hazy red/magenta. Pours with ~1 finger, effervescent pink-hued head, that fades rapidly to a few stray bubbles.

S- Bubblegum and tart cherries, and hints of slightly funky, hard-to-pinpoint vinous/oaken qualities.

T- Tart cherries. And tart cherries. Followed by some barnyard funky flavors and a touch of oak. The solid 8% ABV is nowhere to be found.

M- Moderately light carbonation with a crisp, fairly light feel.

O- An enjoyable, easy drinking "desert beer" that, due to it's sour/acidic nature, falls squarely into the "one and done" category.

Future outlook: This beer is one of the few that I think might actually improve with certain food/desert pairings (exactly what, I'm not quite sure yet). No matter....can't get it around here, but happy to have tried.

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 dragonWhale
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage..A firey purple blaze descends, spewing forth a voluminous pink front that eventually settles into a small pinking whitehead. Sour and sweet cherries, a little acetobacter and a little sweetness in the nasal aroma. Starts with tang and zip, then the sweet cherries begin to mellow it out, bringing some sweetness to the table. The tart vinegar comes through towards the middle and end, and it finishes with a long sweet and sour cherry flavor that can only be described as in my mouth. A bit drying in the coating of my cavernous maw, but absolutely delectable. A wonderful lambic, something that mine shall aspire to.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious cherry-flavored Sour Ale where the citic fruit tartness and acetic acid from beer combine for an intense thirst quencher and without the overly sweet flavor that's normally associated with fruit beers.

Pouring a dark red, nearly crimson hue, the beer demonstrates good clarity until the yeast from the bottle is disturbed. A feminine, somewhat fizzy pink head tops the beer and reduces to a thin sheet across the surface before holding true.

Rich aromas of ripe and over-rippened cherries fill the nose along with the sharp scent of apple cider, balsamic vinegar, aged woods, moderate must, and an overall dusty note. Quite tart to the nose, it's hard to tell where the beer stops and the cherries begin.

The cherry focus continues in taste. Black cherry flavor in its unadulturated form puts its fingerprints all over the beer- dominating it at every turn. With a richer and more flavorful cherry flavor, the thin and acidic beer beneath does well in malty support and aids with complexities of added tartness, briney salt, musty, and with additional fruit flavors of lime and crabapples. Along with the acidic and fruit flavor, the beer retains a medium amount of sweetness seeming partially from malt and partly from fruit.

Along with the sweetness, the beer also carries a medium mouthfeel early that lingers into mid palate. But the sweetness is foregone and the beer finishes tart with medium acidity and mildly astringent as the tanins act on the sides of the tongue. With near powdery dryness in finish, the beer leaves a lasting memory of cherry and signature crisp and refreshing tartness.

A good Kriek that, by design retains some sweetness and fuller cherry flavor leaving it less than bone-dry but not as sickly sweet as many others- a good compromise to taste and texture.

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 davey101
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest 2008, Best Before: 04-11-2030. 375 ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark red fruit juice body with a purple tint. A fluffy bright pink head forms but dissolves pretty quickly to some thin edging.

S - Intensely sour cherries, oaky tannins, and some spices. A bit of warming alcohol on the end.

T - Mouth puckering cherry juice with some light oak, vanilla and funky notes. Not very complex, but it has a great sour cherry presence even at 4 years old. Ends abruptly with the 8% abv well hidden. Mouth feel is lively yet thin.

O - A very solid kriek. Very sour and mouth puckering with some light oak and brett notes. A very good starter kriek that I actually prefer to the Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek. Still stumped at why the mariage parfait series has such a high abv though.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml dated best before 4.11.2030 into a tulip.

Crimson red with purple highlights and a tiny head upon pouring. Effervescent, spritzy bubbles can be seen dancing to the top of the beer.

Tart cherry skins and flesh with a touch of nuttiness and barnyard funk. Moves into a bit of sweat with some cranberries on the back end of the smell, with vinous and vinegar notes throughout but is missing a bit of complexity.

Again with those tart cherries up front but then moves into a balsamic like vinegar puckering. As it rests on the tongue the fruit comes out a bit more on the back end. A little bit of funk on the tongue but not that much and wouldn't be distinguished by a palate that is unfamiliar with this style.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation, a little bit of drying on the tongue and throat as you swallow it but some stickyness left on the lips.

Good, real cherry flavor with an okay raw lambic presence. I've had better, but this is still a solid authentic lambic.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottling. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer pours out clear and very dark ruby-red with a big rocky pink head that quickly dissipates. The nose has some tart cherries, wood, light funk, and red wine grapes.

Light to medium body and a fairly firm mouthfeel. The beer looks well-carbonated, but the mouth doesn't feel it. In the front of the mouth are sweet and sour cherries, some grainy wheat notes, and a nice sharp acidity. The acidity is evident across the entire palate, though the flavor of the beer never seems to develop into anything beyond the initial impression. The finish is dry, tannic, and mouth-drying, leaving you ready for another sip.

Overall, this is a very pleasantly sour, well-made, enjoyable lambic. It will not appeal to fans who judge these things purely by how sour they are. This one is too well-balanced. The acidity is not at all overwhelming. It is definitely far superior to Boon's standard Kriek and is well worth the extra dollar or two in price.

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.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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