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Boon Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
88
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 22
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JorisP on 01-14-2003)
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Reviews by Hellrob:
Photo of Hellrob
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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!

Hellrob, Feb 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of KarlMcGowan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

KarlMcGowan, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of rastaman
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super dry and sour, like sucking on a lemon, the stinkyness you find in most hardcore lambic is there, public toilets, farmyards etc, but this perhaps has a bit less of those characters, minimal cherry flavour, you can tastes the stones of the cherry, but not the flesh, really super dry (bone dry) finish, really refreshing, i love lambic!

rastaman, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of switzer
2/5  rDev -50.5%

switzer, May 04, 2014
Photo of azorie
3/5  rDev -25.7%

azorie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

distantmantra, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Roguer, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

aztraz, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Seaba
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of dgallina
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml champagne bottle dated best-before October 6th 2021 (really).

Pours clear ruby-red with a half-inch of very thick foam. Smells similar to the Boon oude geuze; strong sour funk blended with fresh green apples and (in this case) some rounded fruitiness from the cherries. Flavor begins with slightly sour cherries, builds into a grainy rounding sweetness, finishes with a superb long-lasting sweet & tart blend of sour cherries, yeast, and funk. Pretty big carbonation, but doesn't overwhelm the mouth; a million little bubbles. Light and quite crisp in the mouth.

The slight cherry sweetness does a good job of rounding and balancing the sour funk, creating a very refreshing and accessible kriek.

dgallina, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Pours a deep, fairly clear garnet red with a surprisingly full, creamy-looking pink head. Lacing is non-existent. Smells sharply lactic and tannic; plenty of oak. The cherries don't really come through until it warms, and then only faintly at the end. Light brett notes. Tastes quite sour, again with a lot of lactic acid. Woody and earthy. The cherries are more noticeable here. Bone-dry finish. Medium body with prickly carbonation. A surprisingly nice 'oude' lambic from Boon.

philipquarles, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of edgarius7777
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Too dry for me

edgarius7777, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious.

Cork gives a sustained pop, and the carpet of pastel pink foam sizzles with a lively crackle. Lace here and there. Deep, rich crimson tone on the edges of the glass, in the center it's nearly opaque darkness. Tiny streams of carbonation. Head sustains itself well and never breaks.

Traditional Lambic funk through and through. Perfect aromas of ripe fruit, hay, and barn stables.

Cherry tartness, pits, stems, whole fruit fermenting into a spritzy tart nectar. Well carbonated and lively. Oak notes are mild but come through in the aftertaste, after the sour lambic has barreled through. Perfect balance. Intense ripe cherry flavors that come through in a big way.

This should be a staple in the fridge of every lambic-lover.

emerge077, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge vinegarette and baby corn aroma. Cloudy faded red/pink in color with a two finger thick pink-tinted head. Fore is tart with lots of sour cherry, msg laden baby corn and and plenty of funkiness to assure the drinker they have a lambic in their hands. A little less acidic than some lambics I’ve had and a good bit sweeter though there is sourness aplenty. Feels lighter of body than even some fruit beer knock off lambics, but has a pleasant all around drinkability to it.

Jredner, May 07, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Beerlando: Poured a deep red color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard taste with some notes of sour cherries. Taste is a mix between some deep sour cherries with some tart notes and some funky barnyard notes as well. Oak was also noticeable but quiet subtle considering the amount of cherries in here. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of n2185
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

n2185, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of abfraser
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 6/30/2026, which is utterly remarkable. That's almost twenty years from now! Wonder what that would taste like. Anyway...

A: Blood orange red, pink. Small white head with very active carbonation.

S: Cherry lambic all the way. Cherries hit first giving way to the musky, earthy lambic. Tartness is evident.

T/M: Exactly like it smells. Cherry, earthy, tart. Nice dry mouthfeel devoid of sweetness. Good stuff.

D: Light-bodied, super dry, low alcohol--the very definition of drinkable. Except it's expensive, like all lambics.

If you're a fan of lambic/krieks this is a good one.

abfraser, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Dodo2step, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +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.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I admit, I have yet to get my arms around most of the fruit lambics. I just don't get them, and don't really appreciate them- not for a lack of trying though!

Pours a pretty clear red that announces cherries all the way with a massive light pink fluffy pillow of a head. Aroma is the sweet-sour dance of cherries.

Seemed a one-note (ok, 2) flavor- cherries and sour. And maybe a slight dustiness/mustiness that reminded me of my grandmas attic when I was a kid.

I guess it was an OK beer, but I'll be honest, it really didn't do much for me. I'll leave it for better palates out there. It's much more interesting than its overly sweet cousins out there, but it's still not for me.

Purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange Ca. in April 2006 for $9.99, tasted in August 2006. Best by 05.10.2024. Accompanied by a green salsd with freshly grilled steak chunks.

Dukeofearl, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of ambiguousfigures
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

ambiguousfigures, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

jsanford, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of peabody
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a berry pretty reddish amber with 1/2 finger of offwhite suds.
Smell is really strong of berries and cherry skins. Almost an old closet smell with the dirty shoes in the bottom and the musty bras hanging above.
Taste is bready sour cherry pie. Sour cherries galore here. How many did they use?
Mouthfeel is very clean except for the dirty aftertaste.
Drinkability is high here. Great sour beer. I need some Cashews and chocolate!

peabody, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light pink head, good retention and lacing. Has a slightly hazy reddish brown color.

Smells of that lambic barnyard funk, leather?, sour cherries and acidic (not as acidic as Cantillon's Kriek IMO).

Tastes tart, acidic, some horse barn and cherries. If I had easier access to this I would be a very happy man.

irishkyle21, May 16, 2008
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Boon Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
88 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.