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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 48
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of DefenCorps


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Devin is one insanely generous BA. A 1994 Kriek brought out to a tasting? Thank you! From notes:

A: Hazy cherry red with a small head with poor retention, no lace either

S: Intensely acetic, with cherries ( a surprising amount, given the age), with a lot mold and musty character.

T: On the palate, this opens up incredibly acetic with a lot of cherry character. There;s a lot of depth to the flavors, with musty, earthy. The acidity is rather intense, and disrupts the balance, though. The fruit character is great, with plenty of cherry flavor present despite the age.

M: As expected, the body is farily light, and the carbonation, bright. Acidity might be a little high, but this still is an excellent beer

D: An extreme beer before its time, this beer is great. The fact that no one seemed to enjoy it as much allowed me several oz, and I'd gladly drink this again

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:56:27 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Sean9689


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex! 375ml bottle into Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours reddish/pink, light pink-colored, head, thin cap on top and a thick ring around the glass with some slightly spotted lacing.

S - Huge sour cherry nose, nice sour/tart notes, slight funk, some oak. Really though, lots and lots of sweet and sour cherries.

T - Big on the cherries, sour/tart, sugary sweetness, some cheese notes, slight barnyard. It's not "Cantillon Kriek" sour, there's more of a sweetness, but that makes it easier to drink.

M - Light body, crisp and refreshing, dry oak finish.

D - Easily drinkable...goes down so quick. I wish this was distributed in the US, but of course, it's awesome and not on the shelves. Get you some of this!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:19:53 | More by Sean9689
Photo of tpd975


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very rich deep dark maroon with a nice fizzy pink head.

S: Aromas of very tart berry juice, wood, earth, and funk

T: Tart cherry from front to finish, subtle wood, dirt, and hints of leather. Subtle sweetness hides beneath.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with a nice level of carbonation.

D: Good a nice drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:10:32 | More by tpd975
Photo of joe1510


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:21:39 | More by joe1510
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/6/2010. 2008 bottle. Pours a deep red with a thick pink head. Aroma of light funk, smelly diaper, perhaps a hint of fruit. Flavor has much more sweet cherry fruitiness and a tart cherry finish. Very tasty and drinkable, I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 21:13:42 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Jimmys


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into tulip. Harvest 2008. Best Before 04.11.2030.

A: bottle opens without much of a pop. hazed. red if ive ever seen a red brew before. some reddish head starts things off. literally dies to nothing. no lacing.

S: acid. sweet sugar. sour cherries. pie. smells like a kriek.

T: a sweet/sour cherry flavor starts the brew off. tastes just like the middle of a sour cherry pie. awesome. leaves a lingering sweetness on your lips. reminds me of a cherry jolly rancher. besides an outer layer of sweetness, the acid dries everything else out.

M: carbonation is certainly on the milder side. medium body.

D: besides the shitty appearance/carbonation level, this is a pretty solid brew. matured lamic flavor with plenty of sour cherry aspects. the flavor was definitely the biggest standout aspect in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 06:50:36 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Neffbeer


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:04:16 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a quick splash of a one inch high head of white lace, which quickly settled back down and left behind nothing more then the raspberry color liquid in front of me.

rich, and very tart. At first it was hard to get past the sour to find the sweet fruit notes that were lying underneath, however once it warmed a bit, the funkiness settled down quite a bit and some rather nice tones of fruit started to come through. Nice touch of raspberries and cherries, with that unmistakable tartness really starting to show through on this one now.

Rich Raspberry taste wraps around the tongue and then puckers the cheeks with the tartness. Very nicely done. Some subtle apple, maybe pear like flavors dancing around in the back now as well, before really drying out for the fini

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:51:10 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of SummitVA


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful ruby pour with moderate carbonation. Beautiful lacing down the sides of the glass as I drink.

S - Sweet cherries and dark malts. Moderate funk and a just a hint of oak.

T - Deep cherry flavor dominates above all else. Some malt sweetness and oak characteristics. As the nose suggests, moderate funk with very little sour.

M - Medium bodied.

O - As others have mentioned, not an especially complex Kriek, but a very solid and interesting version. Very pleasant drinker that I'm very happy to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:53:16 | More by SummitVA
Photo of kawilliams81


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml cork n caged bottle (2008 date on the neck) into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a vibrant turnip color with a huge 3" dark pink head. Small bubbles on the glass reside quickly.

S- big vinegar whiff, vegetables, dark cherries and raspberries, earthy aromas.

T- tart raspberries, vinegar, with some cherries and something else, maybe some tart rhubarb?

M- medium body, high carbonation. Light acidity and dryness.

O- very nice lambic with lots of sour and tartness. Just enough fruit notes to balance out the sourness and acidity.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:17:11 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of hooliganlife


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:45:07 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of AgentZero


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking red beer with a pinkish head that dissipated to a ring.

S - Tart cherries with some nice funk. Nice barrel, oak, and a little bit of vanilla. Not overly complex, but exceptionally inviting.

T - On the nose cherries, although that is not a bad thing. There is some barrel presence as well, with oak. It is little bit funky and tart.

M - Smooth beer, medium bodied.

O - Easy to get down for the ABV. This is a solid and enjoyable beer, nothing really special going on but I like drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 05:28:23 | More by AgentZero
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and my bro langberg. Good times.

A- a good two fingers of pinkish head from a soft pour sits atop a gorgeous magenta brew. Head settles but comes right back with a good swirl of the glass.

S- light barnyard funk and sweet cherries. Tart at time with a hint of ludens cherry cough drops.

T- sweet out front with cherries and candy sugar. Sour and tart with some mild wood. Vinous and earthy at times.

M- light body and carb very dry.

D- very drinkable and not to sour. Not saying that you can get to sour I love me some sour but this is an easy intro to the style and a tasty treat for the super fan.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:59:51 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Pinknuggets


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2009 vintage) into Ommegang wine flute

A: Amber in color with some inconstancy of browner spots and lighter more honey colored spots. It is semi translucent but standard for a gueuze or any beer that has been aged for that long. There is next to no head or lacing as it was tan when poured but went away instantly.

S: well there is definitely that distinctive funk stink but it is not super pungent, rather there is a stronger smell of wood from the barrels and some hints of white wine. There is also a sweetness that I assume comes from whatever fruit was added but it makes itself known. There is balance despite this smell being diverse.

T:It is somewhat sour upfront but not puckering it is more of a sweet fruity sour taste then puckering. There is not that much funk to it, but the cleanness and crispness of of the sour flavor makes up for that. This is one of the easiest drinking gueze iv ever had which is impressive considering its 8% abv which is unnoticeable.

M:it is thicker then other guezes I've had but it is also very light and smooth so the thickness does not effect it negatively. It has a juicy feel to it as has next to no carbonation though the flavor makes up for that.

O: This is a nice gueze really easy to drink and good sour flavor with a fruity/sweet kick. It was pretty flat and definitely seems like it will develop more over time (so i hope to report back on that) though that being said it is a solid beer that I would recommend is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:07:24 | More by Pinknuggets
Photo of mactrail


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color of beet juice, a little rusty, with a shocking pink head. Nice foam and well carbonated. Light body with an unmistakable woody taste and slightly sour bouquet.

While most of the sugar has been fermented out, this brew is not seriously sour. It's quite tart with a lot of the very dry, mineral taste of the Belgian yeasts. The fruit still seems quite lively and fresh. Some cherries in the nose. Delightfully drinkable and seriously intriguing beer. If you think too many sours are too sour, try this one. Another good education in Belgian styles.

From the bottle purchased at Beer and Gin House in Gent. The larger 37.5 cl bottle with cork. Label lists this as the 2011 harvest.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 20:25:44 | More by mactrail
Photo of Franz4


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle good until 8/10/2028

A- red/magenta pour, looks beautiful, poured with a good head similar to champagne, large bubbles that dissipated quickly, very fine bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass continually.

S- sour cherries, as one would expect, very pleasant.

T- nice sour explosion hits the tongue first, then balances out to a ripe, fresh cherry. Alcohol is hidden well, cherries linger with a woody finish.

M- light bodied, very refreshing. carbonation seems to be just right. Flavor stays with you for a while.

D- Very drinkable, ABV is very well hidden so it could sneak up on someone who was expecting something more along the lines of Lindeman's.

I thought this was a very nice "change of pace" beer, as Lambic's aren't my usual style of choice. This was excellent and I think it's great to see more alternatives to the overly sweet lambics that are more commonly available.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 18:59:00 | More by Franz4
Photo of corby112


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a cloudy, very dark ruby red color with golden copper edges and a one finger pinkish head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma that's bursting with intense cherry flavor. There's some lactic acid, funky bugs, horse blanket and barnyard character but it's really fruit forward, to the point where I'm picking up the skin and pit of the fruit. Slightly damp smelling with cobweb and ancient oak but not as intensely funky as other lambic. Mostly because of the prominent fruit.

Full bodied, intensely tart and puckering with a much funkier flavor than the aroma suggests. Lots of barnyard, sour acidity and lactic funk along with damp, toasted oak and a sweet vinous fruit character. Slightly syrupy and sweet with a strong cherry/cherry juice flavor. Very organic tasting with cherry skin and juicy fruit flavor balancing out the funk and acetic acid. Again, the pit from the fruit is evident, complimenting the funk and charred oak. Subtle acetic vinegar lingering in the bone dry finish but it's not harsh or solvent like at all with plenty of juicy cherry fruit flavor balancing things out. Not as extreme as some of the other fruit lambics that I've had but its a really nice Kriek that ill definitely be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 07:52:16 | More by corby112
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Dark red in color with a pink or almost light purple head. Head dissipated quickly, but not instantly. There was a fair amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass as well.

S: Sour cherries and definitely some funk

T: Again just a ton of tart sour cherries. It starts fairly sweet upfront and then gives way to some oaky flavors and a pretty tart finish. I don't taste any alcohol whatsoever, but there is a slight warming in the back of the throat to remind you that this beer comes in at 8% ABV.

M: Medium body. Some prickly carbonation but not to the point of being distracting.

O: I was really impressed with this one. Surprisingly drinkable at 8% ABV. I think it finds a great balance of tartness and sweetness. Definitely recommend trying if you're a fan of lambics.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 05:04:39 | More by Jonada
Photo of bluejacket74


4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:04:01 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of xgrigorix


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. No dates.

Strange shade of amber, with a definite leaning towards red. Topped by a pink hued white head. Carbonation sounds lively, but the head quickly falls in upon itself.

Nose is acidic, sour, & intense. Big cherry aromas mix with nuts, damp earth, & oak. Wild!

Tart, acidic, funky. Cherries dominate with musty earthy flavours all over the pallette. Nutty hints in the background. Mouthpuckering sour finish with a heavy oak flavour lingering on. Medium bodied, very gently carbonation. The woody / oak flavour becomes a little overbearing eventually. Overall, well worth $10.50 I paid for it!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 18:11:00 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:31:18 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of MasterSki


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage thanks to Jeffo. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of persistent pink-tinged foam that eventually settles to a thin cap and ticker collar. Lightly hazed ruby red body that has a nice fiery glow to it. Far better head retention than most Kriek.

S - Loads of fresh cherries mingle with pale crackery malt, complemented by some subtle green funk character, and a hint of oak. Not much tart or sour character, but not artificial or medicinal either. Like a funkier Belgian Red with a bit of wood and lactic acidity.

T - The taste has a bit more sour cherry character, offset by pale graham crackery sweetness. Again, heavy on fresh tart cherries, with only mild grass and funk.

M - Medium bodied, light residual stickiness, medium carbonation, and a shockingly well-hidden 8%. Doesn't have some of the carbonation burn of other Krieks.

D - At 8%, this is an easy way to get a buzz on quickly, as it goes down like juice. Perhaps they should rename it Mariage Panty Dropper. Not the most complex kriek, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 15:31:10 | More by MasterSki
Photo of emerge077


4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:33:10 | More by emerge077
Photo of stephens101


4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 00:37:41 | More by stephens101
Photo of TMoney2591


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

2008 vintage. Too bad no one's getting married right now... This stuff pours a clear pale rose topped by a couple fingers of lightly off-white foam. The nose is a blast of tart cherry hovering above sour orange, spicy white wine grapes, and a touch of wheat-y funk. The taste follows this recipe pretty closely, with the cherries really blossoming on the tongue. They range from overtly tart to almost sweet, every iteration sloshing across the tongue in eccentric waves. A bit more sour funk here, but not by too much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn tasty brew, one that makes the 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek completely obsolete (especially for the price).

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:36:38 | More by TMoney2591
Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
93 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.