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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 453
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 57
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 Danny1217
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage
Pours a deep red. Small red tinted head that dissipates quickly.
A complex aroma. Acidic and funky. The cherry smell is mostly masked by the funk from the wild yeast and bacteria, but it's there if you inhale deeply. The smell the outdoors and a hint of sour cherries.
Flavor is nice and funky as well. Pretty sour but not over the top. Cherry flavor is not as pronounced as it could be, but rather serves to complement the base beer. Light body and surprisingly good carbonation for a 5 year old beer.

I've been into sour beers for several months now. Surprisingly, this is my first traditional fruited lambic. I will be making a trip to Belgium in a couple weeks and will drown myself in lambics to get a better stylistic comparison for this beer. For now however, i really love this kriek.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2008

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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into tulip glass.

Vintage 2008.

Nice loud pop when this C&C bottle was opened up.

Appearance: deep crimson red body with a big pink head. 2 fingers of head quickly fizzes away to a thin ring.

Smell: sweet cherries and oak. Slightly sharp vinegar note and a hint of wheat malt and funk.

Taste: moderately tart cherries with moderate funk. The fruit and funk in this beer are really well balanced together nicely. Oak barrel and a touch of vinegar. More wood, sweet cherries, lemons, and berries in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied neer with almost moderate carbonation levels. Soft carbonation that is fairly smooth. As the beer crosses over your tongue a slight prickly carbonation gives life to the beer. Dry finish to this beer.

Overall: I would say this is very comparable to a cantillion in the flavor profile, but cantillion has a better mouthfeel. Really nice Kreik.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage
(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a deep dark cranberry hued body with a head of raspberry sherbet but soon fades away. There are a few microbubbles that pop up through the beer.

S- The dark tart cherry aroma has a hint of brie rind and some light barnyard hints that mix in with it but they remain very light. There is some fruit skins aroma in the finish.

T- The musty leaves hint is taken over by a dark cherry fruit flavor and some raspberry tartness mixed in. There is a cherry sourness that lingers after each dry sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- The nice blend of fruit and tartness has some mellow hints of funk and the gentle fizz helps to enhance all the flavors. Very nice drinking beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait 2008. Best by 11/04/2030.

Pours a deep magenta color with a thin translucency. Not much light gets through this one, as it can be best described as cloudy. Lovely light pink head formed and fell. A very thin ring sits atop the beer almost three minutes after the pour.

Huge red wine notes and big tannins. Both dark cherry and black grape fermented fruits with moldy skins and a hint of lemon rind. Almost forgot this was 8% until I whiffed it. Funk is at a nice medium level with that mildewy basement odor to it. If there was just a bit more intensity to the nose, as a whole, I'd rate this higher.

Almost a hint sweet and with a lot of these really tart and convoluted fruits coming through. Tart pie cherry, black raspberry, Granny Smith apple, and very moldy lemon rind. A touch vinous (even has sour grape aspects) and funky (moldy fruits and age). This beer has aged gracefully thus far.

Medium-bodied with close to a milky feel, but with a very light carbonation that almost pushes the booziness to the front. Slightly warming, actually a sipper.

Tasted along with a '10 Cantillon Kriek, a '10 Drie Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek, and a '07 Drie Fontienen Oude Kriek. Ranked in the bottom two.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle...

Tart cherry aromas dominate the nose here as expected... this is quite nice... Doesn't smell artificial but rather has a nice cherry character that has a nice yeasty twang to it... I like it. Not a trace of booze...

Sour puckering tart cherries pretty much sums up how this beer tastes... Nice vinous aspects without being too sweet... This one isn't overly sour but I will say this... it's pretty damn sour... Not quite La Folie sour but it's reaching that way... I'm guessing the age has really brought the funk out in this and I'm actually very happy that I have access to this beer pretty much all the time in a land where sours are very few and far between. I'm happy with this...

I'm glad I decided to take a chance on this beer. I will probably make this one of my go to sours as I can readily find this beer. Nice!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, shared with my bride on our wedding day, bottled the year we met.

Pours deep red with a pink, sudsy head that settles slowly. Patchy lacing here and there on the sides of the glass. Aroma is dominated, as expected, by tart cherries, with lemon, balsamic vinegar, oak, apple cider, and a decent dose of funky mustiness coming in close behind.

Flavor follows the nose exactly; tons of tart cherry, follows by oak, sour lemony notes, and a pleasant funk characteristic that adds a nice bit of complexity to the proceedings. Vinegar is hinted at but stays at bay. Finish is dry. Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation; lively overall mouthfeel.

This is a solid, middle of the road kriek, by which I mean you get a nice dose of sour fruitiness without the over the top puckering power of the more extreme examples, but it also isn't a candy sweet fake attempt at the style. You can actually find on store shelves on occasion and it's not prohibitively expensive, two more factors to recommend it.

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Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of mrbubbler at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some cherry and berry aromas. Taste is much the same along with some woody flavors on the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair corked this winner tonight... '08 version.. very cool!! Thanks a ton Sammy!!!!

Deep dark red/purple... Sam says, "Smoke on the watttahhh"... Nice pink head.. decent retention and lacing..

Nose is bright fruit with dank funk up front, but with aeration the fruit comes out full frontal.

Flavor begins quite sour and fruity.... the funk is more in the background on the palate... a bit oaky.. the cherries linger forever on the finish. acidic but never "acetic" .. no vinegar just a nice fruit punch and a good lingering Brett funk.

Surprising body and a bit lesser carbonation... Very well done.. but I think will be fantastic with 3-6 months in the cellar..

Very cool... I liked this one a lot... especially with warmth... later pours were very nice... let this brew breathe for a bit.

All 4's.... I HOPE/know I will get to try it again. :-)

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Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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'.

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Photo of Jonada
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, best before date of 04/11/2030, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep red color with a couple fingers of dark pink head, recedes to a collar and leaves little lacing.

S- Some tart cherry, sweet fruit/raspberry aroma, oak.

T- Moderately tart and lactic with some sour dark cherry flavor, which could stand to be a bit stronger, has some lingering fruity sweetness, some oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, moderately dry finish.

O- A pretty nice kriek, it's a bit sweeter than I would like, it's very drinkable but I easily preferred the Geuze Mariage Parfait.

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Photo of shleepy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 375mL bottle into tumbler glasses in Brussels.

Classic kriek appearance, smell, and taste. Strong cherry flavor and quite dry. The cherry taste even lingers in the aftertaste.

Wasn't sure that it would be a "true" kriek, as opposed to a sweet one, but it's quite nice. Would gladly drink again, and no worse than the standard krieks from other brewers/blenders. Only a Lou Pepe would be a significant step up.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive thanks goes out to caSSino for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a ruby reb with a one finger pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, cherry, wood, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, cherry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This was a really well balanced brew. The funk aspect on this one really added a nice touch to everything else going on here. I went into this one expect to pick up on tart cherries, but they were more along the lines of sweet cherries. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Holy hell this beer is amazing. Not much can be said for the lacing, the head development, the time for carbonation on appearance. However... moving on to the core nature of the beast...

Smells amazing of tart cherries, sweet cherry skins, a light sherry character, bare touch of oak presence as well.

Tastes.. mouth puckeringly tart but still fruity. Like raspberries, fresh picked blueberries, cherry pits, lactic acid for sure, lingering cherry tartness, fructose plasticity and phenols, and finishes dry tannins. Oh how I love it.

Full body, very nice puckering presence, great lingering fruit characteristics... perhaps a tad too high in the alcohol character but it helps with the sherry fruit liquor sweetness I get at times.

This is a shockingly great Kriek... hell I may go buy a half case for putting down.

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