Boon Kriek
Brouwerij Boon

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #180
Ranked #40,123
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Brouwerij Boon
Notes: Again, the basic old and young lambic are matured in oak casks. But here we add to one year-old lambic about 400 grams of real cherries per litre. This creates a second fermentation in the casks. Oude Kriek Boon then undergoes a further fermentation in the bottle and has an alcohol volume of 6.5%. After several months, the flavour has matured to the desired taste.
Oude Kriek Boon is a test of your patience. It should lie about 2 years in the bottle. At first, it tastes of fruit, especially sour cherries. Oude Kriek Boon eventually evolves into a deep taste reminiscent of Port or Madeira wine. This is kriek at its best.
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Photo of Nofoba
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018 bottle.

It pours a dark, ruby red body. Medium pink head with some lacing.

It has a sweet aroma of fermented cherries and vanilla.

It has a sweet, sour taste of cherries and tart. The finish is dry with light tart. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; lightly sour and buttery, with high carbonation.

An enjoyable kriek, but compared to others it's a bit mild in flavor and too carbonated.

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Photo of KRug
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A wonderful deep red pour in a tulip glass with 2 fingers of pinkish head at Julian’s in Providence RI

Smells of sweet, slightly tart cherries with a light funk, very light

The taste follows the nose, with pretty much no funk, an easy flavor

The light-medium body is lightly carbonated and goes down easy

Overall a very easy drinking brew, non offensive and not that sour, but still very good

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/5/19 (Chicago): $8.99 plus tax 12.7 oz 4.00 abv % 2016 bottle batch #80406, best before 2/16/22 poured into chalice. Fizzy pink head fades quickly, cherry pour well carbonated. Tart cherry aroma, strong and pleasant. Strong cherry taste, fizzy carbonation holds, crisp and dry, easy drinking.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fuschia; children’s cough drops on the nose; pile of black cherry + a hint of tartness; chewy + round.

4 4 3.75 4 3.75

Cherry! But somehow not sweet. Summery, yet not trashy for what could be alchopop (but whole cherries, no syrup, crucially.) Still, I do miss the Brett.

Next to Oude Kriek + MP Kriek, it is candy but refreshing + doesn’t cloy; it is what it is.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark ruby red coloration with a medium, pink, fluffy head. Smells of slightly tart red and black cherries, with just a hint of doughy malt. Taste is dominated by tart red/black cherries without much else coming through, really, except perhaps a little doughy malt. Finishes with a light tartness and some cherries lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this does have some lovely tart cherry notes and a good balance of sourness and sweetness to it, it's also really one-dimensional and lacking in depth. No real funk to this either, making it taste almost more like carbonated cherry juice than a lambic. It's still enjoyable enough for the nice, tart cherry flavor, just really one-dimensional.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Cerveza de un color rojizo intenso; de baja carbonatación y con un cuerpo ligero. Aroma a cereza y frutos secos. En boca comienza con una sensación dulce pero a los segundos deja una sensación agridulce. A gusto personal, esperaba algo más ácido, y me da la sensación que huele mejor de lo que sabe. De su estilo y precio, optaría por una Lindemans o una Mort Subite.

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Photo of Spike
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml green bottle with caged cork. 4.0% ABV.
L: Dark ruby colour with a thin, pink foam head.
S: Sour cherries.
T: Dry, sour cherry flavour, short finish.
F: Soft mouthfeel, light carbonation, some mouth-puckering.
O: Good example of a grown-up fruit beer. Dry, sour, not too sweet, no artificial flavours. Not my favourite style but I enjoyed this as a sipper.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition, Caged sand corked bottle poured into a snifter

Red liquid crowned by a pencil thin reddish pink foam cap, some lacings

Aroma of tart cherries

Tart cherry taste

Crisp, dry mouthfeel

Good beer

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle shared on 7/23/18. Poured a fairly dark red color with a small, pinkish head of foam. It smelled of cherry with hints of caramel. This really hits between sour and sweet - a little bit of both. Strong with the cherry flavor, though.

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Photo of gibgink
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition shared with the wife on 6-25-18. Pours a bubbly, light red, with the head dissipating quickly. Good cherry nose, and a slightly tart cherry flavor that is enhanced a smidge by the carbonation. Very close to Wisconsin Belgian Red in my opinion, and at $10 a bottle, I will drink again.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, deep ruby, tiny head.

Loads of cherry, some caramel.

Taste, again lots of cherry, some sweetness counters by some tartness.

Med body, med carb.

Overall nice but very one dimensional.

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Photo of SpongeHop
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - dark ruby red, pinkish-white head. very inviting.
S & T - taste is slightly more sweet than the nose lets on at first, but definitely not unpleasantly so. It's definitely not one of those Krieks that are almost cassis soda pops. It is more sour, more bready, browned buttery, almost like a sour cherry pie. Very pleasant.
F - nice and spritzy.

O - not too much into the cherry beers, but this one's a winner for me. Other krieks quickly become almost soda pop like and too sweet. I like that this one was more balanced, more sour, and tasted more buttery and sour cherry pie-like than outright cassis soda.

I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Magenta-red body under a fizzy pastel pink foam settling to a thin film and thick collar.

Smell is almost all cherries, a mix of black and red, evoking thick and luscious flesh, with a touch of lemon and hint of pungent oak.

Taste is very cherry juice forward. There's a little buttery crust, but it's mostly effervescent, juicy maraschino, almost exclusively, except for a slight hint of charred oak.

For being spontaneously fermented in Lambeek, it surprisingly exhibits no funk at all, and tastes like straight cherry juice.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a date of 18.06.17 on the back label
Clear red/purple with a pink cap that hangs around fueled by plenty of carbonation bubbles racing up.
Red wine, cider, sour cherry.
Tart, tangy sweet cherry flavor...not super complex but really tasty.
A little north of being light bodied, medium carbonation. Cherry flavor hangs around nicely in the finish.
Fun beer,

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Photo of Psilo
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle, BB 12/07/2020.

Pours lovely ruby color. Translucent, but just barely. Didn't notice much yeast at the bottom, but there are more than a few floaties swirling around in the bubbles. Small pink cap leaves a little strips of lacing and sticks around.

Smells of sweet cherry juice. I don't notice any sour or tart smells.

Tastes of sweet cherry juice. No sourness, a slight tartness on the tip of the tongue. Slight oak tannins. Lively carbonation, and very fine bubbles.

Nothing at all "beery" about it. Straight sweet cherry juice, but really smooth and delicious. Really good kriek.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 375ml green bottle into glass. Best before '06/24/2019', Batch '# :53402'.
Dark brown body, ruby red when presented to light. White, purplish head, settles to thicker ring with major islands. Spots of lacing but most settles back into glass.
Aroma is sweet cherry, with sour cherry/funk/wood behind.
Taste starts with sweet cherry, followed by some vinous, sour cherry. A little woody funk way in the background.
Somewhat of a sticky sweet mouth feel, but rather dry at the end, even though some sweetness persists. Good carbonation/fizz on the tongue.
Refreshing, one-in-a-session beer, with the fruit aspect of a lambic.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pokal. The appearance was a dark hazy burnt red color with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Moderate amount of lacing appeared around the glass in a messy sort of way. The smell started off with the sweet cherry side and then opened up into a lighter tart to almost sour underscore of cherries. The taste was mainly the sweet cherries flowing into a delicate sour to tartness of the cherry side. Guess the aftertaste - yup - cherries. Finish is somewhat sticky sweet through the cherries. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light - nice sweet to semi-sour/tart edge hitting my tongue underneath. Overall, damn nice lambic, I know I’d have again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2013. Pours a dark somewhat opaque ruby red color with pink colored head. Cherries, lots of cherries, almost like a piece of cherry pie on the nose with just a touch of funk; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes just like a piece of cherry pie.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from 2013. Opaque, dark red with a lacing of bubbles. Sour cherry smell. Medium feel, only lightly carbonated. Sweet cherry flavors. I don't really detect anything else. Great if you like cherries, but there are other krieks with more lambic character.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This rather nice little lambic pours
a deep dark ruby with a medium dark redish pink tinged head of foam that subsides
to a thick ring, subtle thin pool, and light spotty lacing. Nose of lightly tart cherries....
for being a single dimension it is rather nice. Flavors follow the lead of the nose with
lightly tart cherries and mild carbonation that is lightly effervescent finishing lightly tart
and dry.

Overall, for being only a single dimension it is nice.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was very underwhelmed by this particular product . I know that lambics are not known for their heads but this thing was as flat as cherry juice. The aroma was nice and sweet, full of cherry, but with no hints of tartness or any other funkiness. The flavor was very uncomplicated: Relatively sweet and with only the faintest hints of sourness/acidity. No funkiness. Virtually no carbonation at all too. Finally, even though I know that this is a barely 4% ABV product, I personally have such a low alcohol tolerance that I can usually "feel" the alcohol even at such low ABVs. This was not the case with this product however. It didn't only taste like cherry juice, but it also gave me the same buzz that cherry juice gives me. That is to say, none whatsoever.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz pour into Wine glass

A: Deep ruby red great clarity. Frothy light red head.

S: like cherry syrup, almost a little strawberry.

T: Very sweet not sour at all tons of sweet cherry flavor. Maybe a touch acidic on the end.

M: light to slightly fuller nice cherry cling on the tongue.

O: this is a pretty easy drinking beer I didn't think it would be this sweet. This beer drinks a lot more like a fruited beer than a limbic.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +12.9%
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 Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While I have Had 22 Lambics, I still have a bias against them. And after re-tasting (and re-rating) one of the better Lambics, I recognize I should have a more open mind. This was a friendly beer on a hot summer day and even food-friendly as far as appetizers and again for dessert. So it is versatile and subtle... and worthy of a re-try.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" describes Boon's disciplined process and says the Kriek "end result has a toasty, jammy, cedar intensity." I was wondering how to describe this Lambic. Now I know.

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