Boon Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
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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Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of KarlMcGowan
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of rastaman
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of dgallina
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of edgarius7777
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Too dry for me

Photo of emerge077
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of abfraser
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +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!

Photo of peabody
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of bowersdm
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle partially poured into a pilsner (it was the only relatively thin and cylindrical thing I had). The cork was removed with one of the loudest pops I have ever heard. Best by date of March 30, 2026.

A - red with a 2.5cm white/pink head that is soooo fizzy. The head slowly fizzed down to a 0.5cm crown.

S - sour cherries, musty attic, lactic acid, dead skunk, lemon grass

T - sour cherries with a continued lactic acid presence throughout. Musty attic and earth flavors come through as the beer warms as do the dead skunk and lemon grass (or at least something like it. I'm reading of the dry, grassy finish of some St. Bernardus beers. i always attributed that to hops, so I really have no idea why I taste it in this beer as I was under the impression that lambics are made without hops). The lactic acid is very tart and slightly mouth-puckering, but it's not annoying or undesirable. However, the lactic acid seems to be more present that the fruits, which I thought should be the main flavor component of this beer. Overall, the beer is still great and a good example of the style.

M - slightly syrupy and very effervescent. The carbonation is too be expected and I enjoyed its effect on the beer's mouthfeel.

D - one of the best lambics I've had. Definitely one to try. i'm interested to see how this beer changes with some age on it.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2007 Zythos fest.

Gravity poured straight out the wooden barrel, it looked heavy, dirty and mean. It didn't want to come out, it was happy in the barrel, I had disturbed it. The frothy light pink head disappeared almost as soon as it hit the air.

Incredible woody, sour cherry and grubby farmyard smells attack your nose and your head jolts back, this is a seriously pungent aroma.

Sour is not the right word, tart doesn't do it justice either, rancid or turned discribes the acidic taste better, good job I was expecting it. My wife hated it, I can't pretent I loved it, but you have to try these beers when you see them in a wooden barrel don't you?

Sour cherries and wood from the barrel give an aftertaste which is more pleasant than the original taste, and it stays for a long, long time.

As a one off, I am glad I had it. Would I have another? Not unless it was in a wooden barrel.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2000 vintage. Decent lacing covers a deep pink to ruby hue. Sweaty damp earth nose, highly woody, sandalwood, sweet leather. Not much cherry character at all and actually a very restrained tartness doesn’t seem to match the expectations I had for this beer. Quite dusty in mouth, mellowed tartness, cobwebby palate feels very old and reminds of the old 750s musty marriage parfait gueuzes in terms of aging characteristics. Dry quick finish is pleasantly musty if short. Spicy, salty and peppery hints throughout. Very foamy palate, expanding mouthfeel, medium bodied. Better than the regular boon kriek, but definitely far from the greatness I expected. Still, thanks a lot Jeppe.

Photo of shroompod
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cherry red. Small tan head.

Citrusy lemon and vinegar on the nose.

Tart cherries , vinegar bite, mild cherry sweetness.Slight funkiness in the background keeps this interesting.

Mouthfeel is light/sharp. Good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking Lambic that isn't cloyingly sweet.

Photo of safaricook
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Boon Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
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