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Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon KriekBoon Kriek

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37cl bottle. Dark ruby pour with a light purple head. Notes of cherries dominate the palate, with additional sherry, caramel and honey and very (and I do mean VERY) subtle lambic notes.

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of Michael Jackson's 500 Beers of Distinction.

Pours fairly dark for a kriek, about the color of a good fruit leather. It's red-ish, but were I not looking for cherries I'd probably call it brown. The effervesence is firm and plainly visible.

Smells mostly sour, with some distinct cherry nodes becoming present upon further inspection. The balance is second tier compared to, say, Rodenbach, but second tier is still a silver medal.

And things are smoothed out considerably in the flavor, where the cherries take center stage. Actually, I'm knocking the aroma down a peg because it's not up to snuff with the flavor.

Starts lightly tart with thick, rich fruit. Big cherries. It gets a bit lambic malty in the middle, but smooth cherries are the main attraction, and it ends on a thoroughly smooth malt and yeast finish. There's a bit of baby aspirin in the finish, too, which many might not like but I consider charming.

A good kriek, overall. Not lifechanging, but certainly worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Murky red, burgundy colored body, with a light pink-purple head that fades quickly to wisps, and lots of lacing.

S - Juicy fruit notes, coupled with a backgrounded acidity and funk.

T - Front is all about cherry flesh and juiciness, then the fermented acidity comes out in the middle, and fades to a sweet fruity close. It is all very good, but the tilt is a bit sweet for my taste.

M - Mild carbonation and acidity are not quite enough to avoid a slightly cloying weight in the close.

O - What is good here is very good - the beer elements are subtle and yet full. The issue is that the result is too sweet for my taste. If the sweetness were a bit more subtle, I would embrace this more. That said, it is a fine example of this kind of lambic.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely red with a pink head, smells strongly of cherries and the taste follows. Far more subtle than I imagined, but an extremely drinkable beer at 4% that I would drink often if I could. For it to be perfect I would like a little bit more of a punch of flavor, but that doesn't negatively impact the beer, just makes it not perfect for my tastes. It's a lovely beer that I will try and get my hands on veyr often.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4% ABV.
Pours clear red with nice creamy pink head, moderate retention. Smell - cherries, taste - tart cherries and some yeast funk. Ample drinkability, refreshing, but not as gorgeous.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a light and refreshing drink. It is pretty much a one dimensional flavor without any complexity or surprises. It reminded me of a Shirley Temple or maybe some sort of alcoholic version of red cream soda. It is easy to imagine knocking these back at an outdoor party in the summer. Probably not what I will be spending my "fancy beer" money on again in the future, but not bad either.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: deep red in color; 1 finger pink head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: cough medicine like, but with a sweet and tartness that sets it apart from that;

T: cherry soda; I can see how people would get cough medicine, but the combination of sweet and tart takes me away from that;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; dry finish;

O: interesting style;

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking a bottle that has been cellared for 2.5 years.

L: pours hazy pink to light cherry red under a thin pink tinted foal collar that rapidly dissipates to a thick film.

S: cherry, cherry pie, light funk, a suggestion of vanilla, hint of earthiness.

T: Big cherry flavors supported with a moderate cherry tartness, a trace of mineral and a tart finish. The cherry flavors linger.

F: Very refreshing with a big effervescence that hits kombucha levels with a softer feel.

O: an excellent, classic beer. Even after 2.5 years in the cellar, the cherry flavors and aromas are intense.

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Photo of Mikus
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful hue, light nose, but truly too much of a 'one note' party for me to hold this in esteem with other favorite Belgian beers. Cherry juice all day long. Clean, refreshing, etc. Just not the complex experience I was looking for. Will have to do a bit more research into the style, I presume.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Boon Kriek a few days ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been working my way through a few different Kriek's lately and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. Best by May 2016. Poured from a green 750ml corked and caged bottle into a teku.

A- The label has a nice simple and clean look to it and it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark red crimson color that took on more of a ruby and crimson color when held to the light with almost a fingers worth of light pink head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Kriek, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a wine like aroma being the first to show up along with a lot bit of oaky and woody tannins. Up next comes the cherries which have a tart cherry an black cherry like aroma with a slight bit of vinegar showing up at the end. The aroma is nice, but I was hoping for more of brighter and juicer cherry aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the cherries being the first to show up and this time they have more of juicier cherry aspect to it, but it's still a little on the lighter side. Up next comes some of those wine like aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time they are lighter. On the finish there's a high amount of low tartness with a little more sweetness and cherry juice aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Kriek, but I wish the cherry aspects were a little bolder.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice and lighter example of the style, I was expecting to be hit over the head with tons of cherries, but in the end it was a little more subtly than I was expecting and while that hurt the flavor a little it did help the drinkability. This beer had good drinkability, it's very smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, not too filling, one glass is the perfect amount for me, but if it was really hot out I could drink the whole bottle, What I like the most about this beer was the drinkability and that it wasn't overly sweet. What I liked the least about this beer was that the cherry aspect was a little more intense. I might get this again when i'm in the mood for a more drinkable kriek. I would recommend it find most Krieks are too sweet and intense for you. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it just lacked that cherry intensity that I like from the style. It's not my favorite beer from Boon, and it's not a favorite of the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice and different take on the style.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Far too sweet and a very subtle sour/tart finish. Carbonation was very aggressive. It reminds one of a wine cooler. There is definitely the sensation that that one is drinking cough syrup.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Ruby red with a 1/2-finger pink head that settles to a thin lacing
S: Sour cherries with a bit of sweetness and a bit bready
T: Like the nose. Sour cherries initially then a bit of malt, some funk and a cherry jam on bread finish
M: Light-bodied, simultaneously sour and sweet
O: A nice introduction to the style but there's no comparison if you've had New Glarus

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice respite from a night full of sours and while it is beautiful to look at and the mouthfeel is amazing and round/full the subtle cherry flesh flavors aren't stacking up in turn. It is quite sweet and refreshing at 4% ABV but at the cost of $9 a 12.7oz bottle I'd say tick it off.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cannot get past the niquil taste. May be better with a few years on it but drinking the 2012 in late 2014 proved pretty disappointing to me. By a different one for a few bucks more would be my advice.

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Photo of MrBoh
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ruby Brown with a light tan cap that quickly faded into almost nothing. Lacing coats wherever it can, and lingers.

Scent is herbal, medicinal. Strong scent of tart cherries, old dry oak, a little spice and a little funk at the end. Just a touch of sweetness of you inhale deep enough.

Taste is reminiscent of raspberry puree at first. Quickly fading into tart cherreies, orange rind, and the medicinal and herbal characters. Some buttery sweetness I can't quite put my finger on, almost like maple without the ugh maple taste.

Mouthfeel is interesting. At first it reminds me of a fruit soda, but it finishes oily and sour. Dry in the back yet very sweet in the front. I can't make sense of it, but it works.

All in all, I like it, and it was definitely a good bargain. I could drink a beer like this year round.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is still really well made cherry beer, but it isnt my favorite that they do. its still seemingly immature, sweet from the fruit rather than puckery from the lambic, but the freshness and authenticity of the fruit make it a worthy drink for me, and there still is a sturdy hit if funk mid palate, even though the sourness of the lambics we love the most doesnt really even show up. the cherries are ripe and juicy, not medicinal at all, although they crowd out any malt flavor for most o the drink. carbonation is fair, but the sweetness of the fruit makes this a beer i only need a little of, more of a cordial at this level than a beer, but you cant help but be impressed by the vibrancy of the cherries, and with the texture of the beer overall. its obviously a quality brew, but i think more time, less fruit, more lacto character, and a little more carbonation would really make this special. still, anytime you get good belgian kriek, you dont complain.

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Photo of antott0523
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 label
Best before end 2017
Cork 40273

A: Deep, translucent ruby color with a foamy pink head that leaves some lacing. Very attractive beer. Some carbonation.

S: Sweet cherry pie filling with a hint of fresh cherry tartness. Musty oak is perceivable.

T: Sweet cherries with virtually no tartness. A hint of oaky woodiness. The finish is sweet and wet.

M: Round with moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkable. Not overly sweet, but not acidic or tart either. Straightforward cherry flavors.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(best by 19 06 2016 - poured into a fat Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, deep crimson liquid... marshmallow-y pink foam with a good bit of stick to it, streaks of sparkly lace here and there

S: dried, candied cherries... malted chocolate shake (deep in the background)... this smell is quite divine - what you'd hope for... a touch of a toasted grain and cough drop overtone... fairly potent and inviting overall...

T: not terribly sweet or sour, not (acid) bitter... pleasant degree of musty, wallpaper-y funk threaded through... vaguely metallic with some wet stone in the aftertaste, a little raw grain as well... certainly heavy on the fruit, in total - wish it would display a bit more tartness and acidity to balance and excite more

F: medium-full bodied with some rough-sanded edges... mild foamy wash on the palate, lifting it off the flesh, avoiding stickiness... little bit of a lacto/fruit-skin film coating the moist parts... in the end, dry enough and quite easy to drink

O: it's a fruit beer, it's very much flavorful but brings a slow, plodding counterweight to the meager brightness it reveals... cancelled out the semi-dry, earthy tones of the Manchego I started eating towards the end - so don't bother with that - fared a little better with the kale Gouda... that's all the cheese I got right now

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Best by 6/18/17.

Pours a clear super dark red with a foamy reddish-khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, cherry, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and slightly sour malt and cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but it seems like the finish product was sweetened up quite a bit compared to other beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Deep ruby red pour with a dark pink one-finger head. Strong aroma of fermented cherries. Great dark cherry flavor upfront with a slightly tart edge. Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Can also taste a hint raspberry and a little oak flavor but the cherry really stands out. Finish with a really nice lingering dark cherry tartness.

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Photo of eskilgh
3/5  rDev -16.4%

A - pinkish red, red foam, clear, head dies down fairly quickly

S - Cherries. Smells heavy of what it tastes like when you crush a cherry stone/peach stone in your moth - kinda like almonds or marzipan - fairly sweet.

T - Even more cherries in the taste, sweet, don't get any malt or hops - not much funk or other yeast driven flavors either. Finish is more tart, but still fairly sweet.

M - lightbodied which fits, medium high carbonation. very clean.

O - Pretty clean version of the style - a bit boring and one dimensional. Also I think it's too sweet. More like cherrysoda then a beer.

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Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

2011 Bottle.

A: Rosey-red. Clear. Small bubbles making a thin head.

S: cherry, wood.

T: tart cherry. Medium-mellow sourness.

M: high carbonation. Dry. Crisp.

O: pretty tasty. Balanced well. Fairly basic in flavors and complexity. Would drink again.

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Photo of gatornation
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

corked caged 375ml bottle
A-pours a light black cherry color with a nice strawberry/pink head that dissipate quickly to a fresh cap
S-tart cherries wood earth and leather
T-tart cherries with yeast some sweet raspberries notes of wood and leather mild sour/funk
M-low/medium carbonation a sweet and sour palate
O- for the price this good will buy it again when in the mood.. recommended

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Photo of utopiajane
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crimson with good clarity and a seductive pink undertone. The head is loose cherry tinted foam that fell fast. The nose is ripe black cherries. A hint of woody oak and a brief whiff of barnyard. Taste is sweet and ripe fruit that has a modicum of tartness on it in and of itself. The barnyard is not very prominent on the palate. The wood is airy and light. The carbonation is almost right but could stand a few more bubbles. The malt is a but a touch of crisp wheat and a hint of weight on the palate. The beer is dry. What it isn't - is sour or acidic. It lacks that boldness and it is sorely missed. While the fruit is lovely it just does not engage the palate fully without that aspect. It drinks easily and a bit too easily .

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Photo of Roguer
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thin pink head, decent retention, clear ruby red body.

Cherry aroma with wheat and straw.

Not particularly sweet, nor funky. Cherry pits come to mind. A little dirt in the flavor, giving it just a nice rustic edge. Balanced somewhere between the poorer and better krieks; right in the middle, really.

Soft mouthfeel, lively.

This is a drinkable lambic, but it doesn't stand out at all. I would prefer more sweetness, more tartness, and more evidence of wild yeast.

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