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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 454
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
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Brouwerij Boon
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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 stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a blood red color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, pink-colored, long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Not surprisingly, a lot of cherries in the aroma, along with an earthy quality as well.

T: Sour cherries dominate flavor. There's also a funkiness, along with the earthy quality. Apples also make an appearance. This is a very well done flavor, one that's more sour than sweet, but that's not a problem.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sour finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very solid, well made lambic. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of papat444
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of MarcWP
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

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Photo of itsscience
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 harvest

Pours cranberry juice red with a finger of pink head that quickly subsides. The nose is clean and sweet with the smell of green apple skins, cherries, a little bit of barnyard, and a little bit of lactic acid. This is a delicious beer: it starts off with a sour bite, melding into sweet natural cherries and ending with another huge surge of sourness with grassy, lemony notes. I get a nice dose of vanilla in the aftertaste. It's never artificial and never over-the-top sour. The body is light with high carbonation.

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Photo of wedge
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2009

Deep ruby color with a soft, creamy pink head. Super smooth, mellow cherry creaminess in the nose. Sour black cherry, a bit of sherry, and a really delicate touch of vinegar along with spices. Big tart cherry flavor...there seems to be a lot going on, but it keeps everything corralled into a nice, tidy flavor profile. Much more sourness coming through here. Just enough sweetness, nice acidity, woody spice, must, and some sort of potpourri-like element. Astringent and puckering, but far from offensively so. Oh man, very satisfying. I'll try to keep my hands off the other bottle for a few years if I can.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark burgundy red with a delightful pink tightly foamy head. Aroma is ultra smooth. Awesome cherry pie, softly tart, sweet, and fragrant. Creamy with something vanilla-like, plus musky wood. Taste is tart and smacky. Woody, musky, tart dry berries. Grape skins, astringent and puckering. Very well combined concoction. The word encrusted comes to mind... Very dry, implosively so, brightly and smoothly carbonated, almost chalky texture. Very nice.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Edited on the 15th of October 2015.

2012 vintage. Dark burgundy color with pink head that goes away completely after a while. Aroma is not very intense, with an underlying sweetness, caramel notes and dark cherries. Taste starts funky and fruity, quite balanced between sweet and sour. Aftertaste has a complex caramel and barnyard note. You can definitely tell that it's an aged lambic. Body is light to medium and carbonation is in the medium range too. I think it would be a good choice for a beginners lambic because of the sweet/sour balance.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of macher0
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle to tulip

A: Dark ruby red. Poured 2 finger reddish head that treats to a reddish rim and slight head. Fine bubble carbonation. Some lacing.

S: Moderate fragrance. Sour yeast and bretts. Tart cherry. Neutral oak. Fairly complex but well defined.

T: Tart. Sour yeast. Tart cherry. Hints of plum. Neutral oak. Not at all sweet.

M: Very smooth. High, fine carbonation. Very light bodied. Slightly syrupy, but not over the top.

O: An excellent sour kriek. The appearance is absolutely amazing and should be used as a standard for kreiks. This is way more sour than sweet. The cherries come through very dry and subtle. This is in my rotation constantly.

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Photo of orangesol
3.86/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  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!

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml
$8.99
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.

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Photo of ediaz
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage (best before 04/11/2030) into a St. Louis Kriek .25L lambic flute.

A: Pours a dark ruby red that allows no light through with 1/8th inch head that disappears immediately leaving a small, light delicate lace. It is almost still except for a few small bubbles of carbonation running up the sides. I'd have liked a bit more carbonation.

S: dark candied cherries, slight vinegar, sweet.

T: There is a definite black cherry sour taste upfront that is prominent and unmistakeable but is not overwhelming. The sourness is not overwhelming, but really enjoyable. However acidic and tart it is, there is a certain degree of smoothness of the beer that is enjoyable.

M: This is my favorite part of the beer. The beer coats the mouth smoothly, but the almost absent carbonation noted in the appearance is more evident to balance out the smoothness. It has a medium body and finishes somewhat dry.

O: I got this beer originally as a gift for a friend of mine who was getting married, and grabbed an extra for myself. I'm quite glad I did. The beer was very enjoyable and I am happy I had a chance to try it. I'd definitely recommend this.

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Photo of dowen17
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry red. One finger head that quickly dissipates to a lace around the glass.

On the nose is cherries and cranberries. Very tart smelling. Some sour apple in the background.

Taste is very interesting. Fingernail polish type taste at the beginning. Some fruits present themselves towards the middle and end of the taste. A little bit of oak and some weird yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Very nice carbonation. A little thick. Nice.

This is a great sour. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with a nice large pink foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sour and tart cherries notes is quite enticing. Taste is a wonderful mix between some tart cherries with some oak and light funky notes with lightly sweet finish and almost no acidity. Body is full with great carbonation. Wonderful interpretation of the style with great restraint on the acidity level.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. Vintage 2008.

Appearance- Dark redish/brown with some junk on the bottom of the glass. Quick 1 1/2 finger white/pink head that lasted a short while. Looks heavily carbonated which surprised me for 5 years old.

Smell- Super funky cherry and lemon rind, earthy tobacco. Smells similar to Allagash Cerise. Funky medicinal smell that I get in most lambics. Intriguing.

Taste- Funky cherry and stone fruit, grassy, earthy, lightly oak, finishes super lemony/limey. Way better than the normal Boon Kriek.

Mouthfeel- Heavily carbonated with no booze heat. Medium pucker. Semi-dry.

Overall- Real Impressed by this. Why can't the Boon regulars be this good?

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beerandthedead
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of 2011 pours dark ruby red/purple with dark pinkish head,aroma sour cherry with light
almond tones

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

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Photo of safaricook
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is from harvest 2011.
Poured it in a tasting glass from Bierconsumentenvereniging, the Netherlands.

Nice pink fine bubbled head hanging in there for a while and little but picturesque lacing. Body clear ruby with lots of bubbles visible.

Surpringly sweet aroma of cherries, raspberries and candi with some tart undertones and other wild yeast flavors

Tartness as expected but not as biting as found in other oude kriek; red fruits of course that bring a little fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is velvety from fine carbonation. According to style a light body but not watery.

This is a very drinkable kriek that is restrained on sourness, which makes it accessible to a broader public. Not only that, but it also balances the sourness with fruitiness. I think this is very well done. Probably the best of this style I have ever had.
P.S.:Reading the other reviews just realized that this kriek has 8%, which is really high for a kriek. Didn't taste the booze at all, but this explains somehow its immaculate balance. No change of score though.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml, vintage 2008, poured from a basket into a 3 Fonteinen wine-style glass.

A: Lightly hazy, deep purple body under a gorgeous 2 finger head of fine lilac foam that settles into a cap. Stunning Kriek.

S: Lovely, if slightly understated (for an 8% fruit lambic at least) aroma: tart cherry, oak, vanilla, and some grassiness. Very nice.

T: Rich, juicy cherry right up front, with more complex lemon and green apple acidity midway through. A bit of oak and spice, too. At first I thought it was a little plasticy and boozy, but as it warms that all goes away. This is really, really pleasant.

M: Soft, velvety, moderately-carbonated medium body. Excellent.

O: This was great. Wish I'd bought more.

Cheers!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip.

It pours a deep ruby color with a nice foamy cherry colored head.

The aroma is sweet and slightly tart cherry, Musty oak, vanilla, and some balsamic vinegar in the background.

Boon Kriek starts off with a sweet cherry flavor with a little bit of vanilla. Slowly the flavor turns tart and sour, with an acetic undertone.

The mouthfeel is a little bit on the full side to start out with, but it lightens up a little bit as the sip progresses. The carbonation is creamy and imparts a smooth character. It is not intensely sour, but somewhat acetic and vinegary.

This is quite a solid Kriek.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
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

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle:

poured a deep ruby red with a finger of pink head. smells of perfume, cherries, lactobacillus, wine barrels. the taste is very tart up front, lots of sour cherry, funky barnyard wet hay, cork, cedar. medium body with high carbonation.. nice and tart.

a lovely lambic i got in a trade for 2 heady toppers. worth it in my opinion. lots of nice sourness makes me love this even more than i should! can't really feel the heavy abv, it is masked well by the tart fruityness.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.