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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 483
Photo of danieelol
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bluebetty?

Poured a vibrant fluro red colour with lovely red head.

Vibrant sour cherries in the aroma

Taste is mostly sour but highly delicious and drinkable.

This held up really well against some awesome sours and personally I thought it was several times better than the Marriage Parfait Geuze

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep burgundy with a fizzy pink head that recedes quickly. Very attractive in the glass.

S: Intense aromas of tart cherries, pomegranate, must, cider vinegar, and horse blanket. Smells like a lambic should.

T: A fruity, tart entry gives way to notes of cherry, pomegranate, must, unripened vine fruits, cider vinegar, almonds, oak, and horse blanket. Finish is tart and dry with cherry, horseblanket, and pomegranate notes standing out on the long, satisfying fade.

M: Very full-bodied with a luscious mouthfeel. Feels thick, substantial, and incredibly rich.

O: This is one exceptional kriek, and easily rivals Boon's Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait in terms of quality and depth. This would make an incredible after-dinner treat.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for breaking this one out. 750ml corked and caged bottle - 1995 vintage purportedly from Frank Boon's personal cellar. Pours the color of maple syrup with no head. Clarity is hazy without being cloudy. Aromas of leather, tart cherries, tannins and a suggestion of sweetness comprises the nose. Taste follows nose - earthy, leathery and tart cherry flavors come out. Some oxidation is also present, as well as whiskey notes and tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a virtually still carbonation, a slight acidity and a mild oily/viscous quality to the texture. I'm not really sure how to describe this brew. It's by far the oldest beer I've had, and it's quite interesting and complex with some Oud Bruin qualities. A little definitely goes a long way though because there is so much going on with this beer.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of peabody
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of DoctorDog
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.55/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep blood red with a really tall pink fluffy head that sinks, slowly into decent lacings.

S: Brettanomyces (reminds me of gunpowder), and sour dark cherries in a nice balance. Some sweetness in the back.

T: Dry and sweet at the same time. The sour cherries and the Brett makes it sour, but there is a sweetness to it as well. There is a candylike taste in the cherries.

M: Long bitter and sour aftertaste. Body is thin and carbonation is mild.

O: Another nice Kriek. A well crafted product.

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to G311 for the hook-up. 2008 bottle. It pours a translucent oxblood hue and has a smattering of small bubbles atop. The nose is full of rich sour cherry notes and a small amount of tannic oak. Funk, per se, is limited; tartness is not. The flavor delivers, again, intense sour cherry notes and is exceptionally vibrant. Complementing the fruit, musty oak and faint notes of mulled spice, especially cinnamon, are suggested. The feel is silky and very softly carbonated, and it has a mellow dryness on the finish which is quite nice. Overall, it does not blow me away in any specific regard, but it is exceedingly solid across the board.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Pours an attractive purple tinted red, thin cap of pinkish hued head, minimal head retention, but active bubbles spew constantly to the top. Scent is muted, tart cherries, lightly sweet grahmn cracker, faint touches of earthyness. First sip brings a nice taste of mildly tart cherries combined with mildly sweet grahmn crackery malt, the backbone has a mildly earthy feel, touches of mild vinegar - and for as many times as i said mild, thats agood thing because none of the flavors overpower making this highly drinkable - finnished with notes of blackberry, raspberry and red wine. Body is medium, bone dry finish. A nice all around approachable but sophisticated kriek.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of SummitVA
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clouded red ruby, has a lively pink head that settles quickly and leaves no lacing. rather small curtains. Just as it should be!

The smell is very intriguing, sweet fruitiness, sour-bitter cherries, yeast, earth aromas, stable, leather, horse.

Starts with very little sweetness, the a distinct sourness, wild cherries, red vinegar, sour milk, very little bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, a coarse fresh feeling, a thin body. A dry sour finish.

You can't feel that there is 8% ABV in this beer. And it is refreshingly and intriguing and feels very original.

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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 Neffbeer
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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