Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

Not Rated.
Boon Oude Kriek Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait

Educational use only; do not reuse.

144 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 144
Hads: 423
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 58
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-11-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (21) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 144 | Hads: 423
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.

 932 characters

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.

 1,025 characters

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.

 504 characters

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.

 331 characters

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.

 648 characters

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.

 686 characters

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.

 631 characters

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.

 521 characters

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.

 575 characters

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.

 880 characters

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.

 971 characters

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.

 612 characters

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.

 511 characters

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.

 1,072 characters

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

 716 characters

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

2008 vintage

A: Rich transparent red body. Small, pinkish fizzy head. Decent retention. Very spotty lacing.

S: Tart cherries with a soft oaky must. Only the slightest hint of funk.

T: All said, a tasty, but not overly complex kriek. Lacking the depth and variety of cherry flavors that some of the better representatives deliver. The oak is mild, the funk is faint.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Perhaps a bit thin towards the finish.

O: As noted above, not the best representative... but certainly a respectable offering.

 523 characters

Photo of drewd0g
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from DeCicco's [brewster]
2008 on the ring
Appearance is a lovely red hue, like cherries. smell is funky, earthy and tart. taste is funky, sweet and sour cherry, overall very pleasant. the mouthfeel is nice, with some real crisp carbonation, it helps cut the acidity. real nice. very drinkable, i'm a big fan of this beer, surprised it doesn't have more reviews.

 369 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Poured into a Stillwater wine glass. Beer is clear (mostly at first) until I pour the sediment into it, I can't help myself. It's kind of purple to pink, nice head, good carbonation, one finger small bubbles head, no lacing, aggressive carbonation. The color wasn't as dark as I was expecting.

Aroma is also a little on the weak side, there is this cherry-ish tartness to it, this overall lactic with some succinate and malate with a mild acetate bite.

Beer is thin and the beer has this musky, mildewy flavor on the late palate that I wasn't expecting at all. The forward is some mild sweetness from the cherries, mild fruit flavors, lactic creaminess, some acetic bite, and a mildly tart finish. Overall it's not the best lambic I've ever had but it was decent. I'd have it again for sure.

 807 characters

Photo of kbutler1
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

 391 characters

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is reddish in color, relatively translucent and poured with a finger high pink head that never completely faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of tart cherries in the nose with some notes of sourness and hints of funk and oak.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of tart cherries; the finish has a moderate amount of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the taste has a good balance between the sour and tart taste of cherries. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden in both the smell and taste.

Note: 2008 vintage

 743 characters

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 260 characters

Photo of Franz4
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

 898 characters

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

 715 characters

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.

 1,326 characters

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.

 533 characters

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