Boon Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 145
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JorisP on 01-14-2003

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Photo of KarlMcGowan
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A classic Belgian fruit beer whose taste and aroma are simply saturated with the tart tang of Cherries. A sipping beer rather than a session beer, it needs to be served in a goblet or wine glass to appreciate it's full flavour. A good dessert beer for after a full meal. (270 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my new buddy Donn in Germany for this brew

A- dark red like that of forzen cherries. No head and no lacing.

S- sour cherry, somewhat like cold cherry pie. Some faint malt tones come through but not much.

F- wow, sour cherry packs a punch in this brew. That is all i taste. That is true to lambic though.

M- sourness and creamy cherry.

O- I have never been a big lambic fan and this doesnt convince me. However, the style seems on par though. (459 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ok, here we go with another Kriek.

vigorous pour produces a few finger of pink foam that disappears immediately into nothing. Body is a beautiful ruby. not much carbonation visible.

smells of sour cherries, some funk but maybe some horse blanket

taste is sour but not overly sour, with some cherry flavor and a hint of sweetness.

fine tickling carbonation, really spritzy. very light, but not watery.

A refreshing kriek for the summer months, not too sour and definitely not sweet, a good example for the Oude Kriek style. However, I would love to have a stronger cherry flavor and hint of more sweetness for the balance
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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a dark red colour with a pink head, much like a red wine.

Smells very musty and sour, fruity - cherries.

Tastes of sour cherries with a slight hint of sweetness. Very dry and lip-smacking.

Overall a very refreshing beer. (289 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured in a Kriek Tulip glass.

First of all, beautiful bottle art. Small corked green bottle with a violet label. This one concerns the 2006 harvest with the "best before" marked as "21/01/2030".

A: Pours a dark red cherry color forming a huge bubbled rose head. Low retention and some chunks of bubbled lacings left in the glass walls

S: Very Belgian Lambic in the nose. I mean, very fruity. Cherry juice. Tart. Lambic yeasts. Mild sweet malts in the end

T: Follows the nose. Very fruity. Cherry juice. Absolutely deliciously smooth in the mouth. Upfront is mild sweet, in overall a watery, smoothly tart and dry beer. Good stuff

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Sweet upfront, watery mouth sensation. Tart cherry aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Absolutely great Kriek beer! (794 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again BA has timed out and left my review in the dust. This version will be pathetic and less detailed. Bottle from Beer Deluxe. 2008.

A - Poured nearly black with a ring of pink head around the top. Dark purple, red wine colour. No retention or lace.

S - Tart cherry, wood, and some lemon candy.

T - Cherry with lemon candy, tartness, wood, funk. Tartness and sweetness blend well together. Tastes quite nice.

M - Medium body with the same carbonation. Sweet then tartness in the finish.

O/D - A pretty nice Kriek. Typically not my style but it's quite good. Not sure how good the aging has gone but it's worth a shot. (629 characters)

Photo of Hellrob
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

VINTAGE 2008
Wow, a very good kriek refermented a lot in the bottle. very good balanced between the fruity note and the sour character. to try!
Wow, a very good kriek refermented a lot in the bottle. very good balanced between the fruity note and the sour character. to try! (274 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage

A: pours a dark read with a finger of pinkish head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: lots of tart and sour cherry aromas with some slight funky notes as well.

T: again, lots of tart and sour cherry notes dominate. There are slight funky notes and the finish is dry and tart.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is tart, dry, and clean. It could use a little more carbonation.

O: a pretty decent kriek, though a little simplistic. It's still tasty and refreshing. (511 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from 04' that has been cellared appropriately since then.

Pours a beautiful cherry red with a thin white head; pretty good retention actually.

Aroma; woah that's tart; solid cherry presence, a bit of vinegar.

Taste; rounded puckering tartness upfront with a subdued cherry presence finishing with a strong lemon note with just a slight suggestion of flowers!?!?

Finish is long and incredibly puckering...wow!

So yeah, this is one tart mother fucker, diggin' it! (475 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from overseas. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler. 375mL bottle. 2008 vintage.

Pours a clear dark blood red with a good pink head. Light lacing and a thin pink collar. The nose brings some cherry and a bit of very light funk and acid, though not too much. The cherry component of the flavor is quite nice, though some more lambic character would be nice. Light body with good carbonation. A bit tart. Pretty good, but not up there with the best. (462 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this beer is the #19 beer on beeradvocate's Top Beer - Lambic - Fruit list. Served in a Drie Fonteinen glass.

Beer is heavily carbonated, the cork came flying out of the neck at a hundred miles an hour but the beer didn't gush, until I poured it. This ruby beer rested in the crux of the wine glass, pinned under a huge pink head of small bubbles, with way too good of retention, protecting the liquid from the atmosphere and me. I had to go in eventually and break it up. Beer is clear, some lacing on the glass nice carbonation.

Aroma is oddly metallic with only the reminder that there are cherries in there.

I enjoyed this beer but not for the fruit. The fruit is an afterthought in there for me. The beer is effervescent, tart, mildly bitter, some oakiness at the back. The whole thing was like a base lambic with a mild cherry tartness at the end. I did enjoy it but if I want a cherry lambic I have better ones. (950 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5 cl. vintage 2006), purchased in "Le souffleur de bières", and tasted 27/11/11 ("tasting meeting" organised by Johan : beer and dessert).

Appearance : deep reddish color, with pink foamy head.
Smell : sour cherries aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dry and sour flavours, with woody notes ...
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style traditional lambic, I like the feeling of being on the farm ;-) (416 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

357 ml bottle split in a Sierra Nevada tulip.
6,5% ABV, Best Before 30.03.2026, SB46 on the cork.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing yet another sour with me!

A - Filled with sediment, the brew is an otherwise clear orangy-red topped by a well-retained pink head. Very little lace is left over.

S Funk city! Dry straw, horse blanket, and wild yeast with a touch of both Brett and lactobacillus. Fresh tart cherries give the nose a big kick. I can't wait to taste the sour in this badboy.

T - Lactic sourness demolishes everything in it's path; tart cherry skin tannins follow through but there isn't much else going on in flavor.

M - Swish this around in your mouth and you'll experience one of the biggest sour blasts ever. Almost over-the-top (definitely if you weren't a sour fan to begin with). Medium-light-bodied and teeth-hurtingly dry. Well carbonated to boot!

O - If you enjoy squinting your eyes, this beer is for you. If you like clenching your butt-cheeks, this beer is for you. If you like your beers sour-to-the-max, this beer is definitely for you. The acidity in this beer could strip road-kill blood straight from the street. (1,146 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle poured into a Boon Kriek Tulip. I believe the best by date says 12-22, so best before December 2022.

A - Pours dark ruby-red with a thin rose-colored head that recedes to a nice ring and some patchy haze.
S - Lovely aromas of sour pie cherries, lemon juice, leather, and that signature Boon barnyard "funk". Walks the line between funky, tart, and sweet very nicely.
T - Very tart, this certainly lives up to it's reputation as a sour bomb. However, beyond that lies very nice pie cherry flavors, a well as a good amount of leather, lemon juice, Boon Lambic, and a definite oakiness that is outstanding. The finish is long lasting, puckering, and very dry, with a touch of Brett character. Not quite as complex as it's Cantillion counterpart, but darn tasty.
M - Obviously quite dry and puckering, with a medium mouth-feel and sharp carbonation that helps with the acidity. Well done.
O - An exceptional Kriek, I wish I had more readily access to this! (970 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle spit into tulips,

A: Burnt orange red hue. About a half finger of light pink head. Fast fading leaving a tiny soapy lace ring.

S: Super funktastic! Wet moldy wood, used straw, new pool toys, arm pits, super sour cherry, damp basement. Pretty much everything I want in my kriek.

T: Total SOUR POWER. The initial sips stings my cheeks like a mouthful of hornets. Intense sour cherry with a huge lactic and vinegar blast. New pool toys and wet moldy oak. My eyes are actually watering with every swish.

M: Medium to light body with good amounts of carbonation. Dry mouth puckering finish.

O: This was one of the most sour krieks I've yet to try. Great cherry flavor and super intense sour make this a fantastic beer. I would love to get a hold of a case of this stuff. (798 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle served at Les Brassins. Brussels, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Deep dark red color with a small white head of foam.

S: Sour cherry smell with a bit of that natural fermenting aroma.

T: Extremely sour and acidic cherry flavor. Easily trumped every other kriek I tried in Belgium.

M: Good body with a high level of carbonation.

O: A great lambic that's extremely sour and free of added sugar. I don't think my stomach could take more than one or two of these in a sitting, but I would definitely pick one up if available back home. (553 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/10/11 notes. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a pint glass. Unfortunately I could not read what vintage this is, but I'm pretty sure it is several years old.

a - Pours a murky, deep red-purple color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, very acedic, tart dark fruits, light oak, and light brett/funk. Smells pretty sour and a little funky; very nice.

t - Tastes of insanely tart cherries and other sour dark fruits. Also some brett, funk, oak, fruit. Very acedic, one of the sourest beers I've ever tasted.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall a really nice, sour beer. The taste was one of the sourest tasting beers I've ever tasted in my life. It was a little tough drinking a full bottle of it, but I would love to try it again sometime and share it with some friends. If you're looking for a really sour beer, this ones for you. (919 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a lambic tumbler. Best before 30-03-2026 printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a crimson red color. Produced a nice pink cap of fluffy foam. Pretty good retention despite its style.

(S)- A nice funky lactic acidity. Subtle hints of Brett. A nice tart cherry and oaky dryness as well. Overall, a really nice aroma.

(T)- A really potent and sour acidity level up front. Dry bits of oaky and earthy lactic notes. A subtle cherry fruit profile in the far background.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level that takes a backseat to its potent sour acidity level. Very tart and sour with the fruit starting to fall off.

(D)- Easily one of Boon's best offerings I have had from them so far. Oh so very sour, but thats how I like it! Very good stuff; do not expect this to last long on the shelves in my area; especially for the price. (863 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased today at De Honte Draankshop in Cadzand, Holland.
Cork and cage bottle, treat for my day off.
Date on the bottle is 2006,so a 5 year old Lambic, best before 25.09.2028.
Opens with a nice pop, pours a light murky ruby-red tone. Pink around the borders, light pink head. Very light, the murkiness makes it look a bit like a glass of grapefruit/pomegranitemix color.
Smells of sour wood, fermentated cherry, tart lambic, horseblanket, hay-like sourness,dried raisin, the horseblanket character comes through and makes this quite the funky brew.
Black grapes, lemon, sweet/sour pretty well balanced with a nice hit of funk.
Flavor is medium dry, not mouth puckering, but light and crisp.
Sour apple, cherry, woodiness, light citrus prickling, sour dried fruit.Horsey yeastiness comes through, cherry is the dominating flavor.
Acid and sourness play a dominant role...and I love it. Lively sip after sip, the acidic keeps it interesting and light. The oaky bakground mixed with the light cherry sweetness keeps it in balance.
Light, refreshing and highly enjoyable. Drinkablity is super high, almost dangerous. Goes down light and easy.
Great beer, well constructed and well enjoyed (1,187 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged drank out of my russian river "tion" glass.

A- the pour yields a hazy dark cherry red (fitting) body with a pinkish colored head on top. the head fades almost instantly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing i can pick up in the nose are tart fresh cherries. nothing artificial smelling in here. a little bit of barnyard-esque funk sneaks in but is quickly overshadowed by the acidic aspect.

T- the taste is much more acidic and puckering than the smell would have indicated. the funk is nowhere to be found. the cherries are still here, but arnt as pronounced as i would have liked or guessed.

M- light bodied with a very high level of carbonation. puckering and dry. the alcohol sneaks through a little.

D- this wasnt my favorite kriek by a long shot. i think ill be sticking with some of the others that are priced similarly to this in the future. (899 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep reddish clear colour with a pinkish head that dies quick

S - Sweet berries sour and a little lemon.

T - LActose is a little over dominating on the cherry and a little mild sweetness to boot. Not balanced enough.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

A - A nice lambic but the cherries need more presence. (352 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson colour with a small pink head. Very rich colour and fairly clear.

Sweet, mild Brettanomyces character with a hint of cherry and lemon. Good.

Rounded, tart, lemon citrus notes with a touch of lactic acid. Mild sweetness. Lightly funky. Understated but good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Balanced and fine.

A delightful lambic with an understated, balanced tartness. Nothing over the top and quite good. (428 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml into a New Belgium tulip.

Pours a deep ruby red with a half inch head that dissipates into a rim around the edges of the liquid. No lacing, little legging.

Smells first of tart cherries with barnyard musty notes peaking their head in. Hay, tannin from the oak and a nuttiness from the cherry stones become apparent. As the glass warms, more funky notes such as horse blanket and smells similar to a damp, cold basement/cellar that round off the tart cherry smell. Very complex.

Tastes like under ripe cherry skins and unsweetened cherry jam/preserves when first poured at a proper temperature. The sour and funky notes are minimal. As the beer warms though, the musty and lactic qualities begin to become more apparent in the flavor. A harmonious lemon like puckering with musty, old cellar characteristics. Not over powering in either way.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin and juicy. Drying comes after swallowing and carbonation is at a minimum.

Drinkability is relatively high due to the balance of tart and funk characteristics with a lower ABV. I could see it being much more refreshing in the summer time after experiencing the heat though.

A real expression of what a kriek should be. Juicy, tart cherry flavors balanced against musty funk and puckering citric like sour flavors. Definitely a great beer. (1,315 characters)

Photo of gueuzer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle

App- Deep Red, hazy, a little lactic lacing.

Sm- Tart astringency, cherries and other stone fruits. No noticeable funk.

Ts- Initial lactic tang hits the palate, followed up with a slight brett tang/bitterness and some leather. Finishes with overwhelming pie cherries and blackberries. No acetic "vinegar"
taste detected.

MF- Very full bodied for a Kriek. Good amount of carbonation to accentuate the astringency. Nice acidic finish that lingers and plays off the residual sugars left behind; of which there a re plenty.

Dr- Very good, a bit on the sweeter end.

Overall I would say that this is a good, high quality kriek that would serve as a nice entry level to the style to the uninitiated. Its not overwhelmingly tangy (for Belgian standards), its very fruit forward and there is no funk that can sometimes put people off the style. To be enjoyed by the connoisseurs as well, though its not highly complex. (945 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since Boon has virtually disappeared from the shelves around here, I decided to grab this one last bottle that was sitting at the store. Poured in to a snifter, this Kriek comes out a hazed rose color, with just a small lacing for head. The smell is very earthy, with the cherries bringing a tart yet sweet quality to this somewhat funky smelling brew. The taste is really all cherry, but not as sour as some of the other fruit Lambics I have encountered in the past. Instead, this one is just right, coming off slightly sweet, but with the wild sour flavors dominating. Still, there is no overkill here, and the finish is actually more juicy than dry. Mouthfeel is light, and has a good dose of carbonation. Drinkability is superb, nuff said. Although I generally love all Lambic, Boon may be my favorite as of right now. I recently was at a huge Lambic tasting with some friends/fellow BAs, and the Marriage Parfait that got broken out was easily my favorite amongst a lot of well respected examples of the style. Anyway, lets just hope that this isn't the end of Boon in this neck of the woods. Cheers (1,104 characters)

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Boon Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
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