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Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
587
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
22.5%
 
 
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15
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For Trade:
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Photo of Regenpak
1.92/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Tried two 375ml bottles on different dates. Corks came off with a solid "pop". Poured into a frosted Kriek Belle-Vue chalice. Wonderful dark red, nice pink head that slowly dissipates. Funny that I almost couldn't smell anything. Just a faint hint of cherries.

Then the taste. Even though the "best by" date is March 2016 it is bad. Strong licorice-y and only a little cherry. According to the label not only sugar is used but also an unspecified sweetener. Maybe it's aspartame, which spoils any beverage due to enzymes in my mouth. Or something. For me it's impossible to enjoy this beer. In any case, sweeteners don't belong in beer.

ABV is 4.0% by the way.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
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 DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Camping in Beersel. Pours a bright red like a jar of bar cherries topped with a frothy deep pink head. Aroma of tart cherries pounds the nose from a foot away and is followed by touches of sweet brown sugar and hints of the mild lambic sourness that is to come. As expected cherry dominates the palate as well. There are hints of vinousness and a general red fruitiness but this isn't particularly depthful. Still, the sweet/tart character of the cherries mixed with the sourness of the lambic, which also dries the beer a little, makes this a very balanced and pleasant beer - as cherry beers go especially. I very much enjoyed it on this and other occasions.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kriek Boon Lambic Ale, 4.0% alcohol content.
Green bottle corked and caged, poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A- Pours a deep red fluid that produces a tight bubbled light red head, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries and red wine upfront with slight hints of sweet alcohol fumes.

T-M- Has a upfront sweetness of cherries and a red wine bitterness. Refreshing light tart and a smooth watery mouthfeel put this down as a after dinner beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

This sweetened Lambic pours a pink-rose lace, which shows some good retention on the muddled cerise liquid. Smells of cherry cough drops, wild musty herbs and a little bit of lemon peel ... a super-sweet nose. Smoothness leads to a peppy crispness. Very wet with a watery cherry flavor, the sweetness battles it out with a deep tartness ... seems to be a stalemate. Minty, mineral, cellar, musty yeast, a little grainy and faintly metallic. which are all lost trails of complexities here. Finishes with more of that metallic flavor and a dull twang of tartness, one that's dry at that.

This beer is in a bit of an identity crisis, but it has the potential to be a full-on sweet Lambic, or it could have gone down the road of being ultra traditional without the small portion of sweetener. Regardless, this is a great starter for the unschooled Lambic drinker.

To clarify, when we talk about this beer being sweetened it is not to be confused with other non-traditional beers that use artificial sweeteners. Fruit is used to sweeten this beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first foray into the world of lambics....here goes. Caged & corked bottle. Pfft! goes the cork. Pours a deep cherry red with a wonderful foamy pink head. Gotta say I like the looks of it. Sour cherries invade the nostrils along with a funky earthy smell.

Mouth puckery sour cherry goodness melds with odd dirty, musty notes. A bit of sweetness sneaks in as well, candy sugary. Yummy spontaneously fermented brew.

Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy. Bubbly carbonation runs over my tongue. Easily drinkable brew and quite a tasty treat. Not your everyday beer, but nice for a change of pace. I look forward to trying some more lambics and seeing where the style takes me.

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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of heddar33
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label say 4% abv. Best by 1/18/2015

A - Pours a beautiful deep cherry color with one finger of pink foam. Head has surprisingly good retention before settling to a thin cap.

S - Pretty straightforward aroma with big cherry notes and a very faint earthy funk. Good, if not deep. Cherry has a bit of cherry candy character but none of the medicinal notes that often accompany cherry.

T - Nice tart cherry. It is somewhat sweet, but nowhere near Lindemans sweet. Some earthy yeast funk gives some depth, but this is pretty one note. Still enjoyable.

M - Light mouthfeel with a crisp tartness and faint earthy bitterness on the finish.

O - Not the most complex kriek, but good for what it is.

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Photo of grynder33
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Efferescent creamy aroma a tart cherry taste that lacks the creaminess that the aroma promises, mouthfeel and texture is a little thin, a hint of sourness starts coming on, and I'm basicaly stood up by the malt, which never shows. I like Lindemanns better.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 innominat
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deebo
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-A big pour of Boon Kriek for the wife enjoyed overlooking a Bruges canal. I helped her out and took some notes...this one is clear and a magnificent red with a pink glass sticking lace.
S-Cherries and lots of them. Not much else here, but a very inviting aroma.
T-The taste of this kriek is clean but quite 1 dimensional. Cherries up front and in the finish. Very weak sourness in the end. Nothing like what you would get out of Cantillon or DF.
M-Light and spritzy finishes nicely dry. Super easy to drink.
O-A cherry forward lambic. Big fans of sourness and funk present in some of the other krieks probably won't love this one but is really tasty and easy to drink which is a big plus in my book. Lacks complexity.

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Photo of jburchett
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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 PretzelsNBeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up on a trip to Belgium in Sept 2010. The label stated the vintage as 2009 (harvest 2009).

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A pinkish-red with medium carbonation. Some lees left in the bottle. Forms a large head of light pink foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of sweet, slightly tart cherries with a faint background hint of mustiness. Seems too sweet for a traditional lambic.

Tastes of sweet cherries with a tart, dry finish. Mild vinegary acidity. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a tingly sourness. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Faint aftertaste of sweet cherries.

Nice but lacking in depth. I'm guessing this is a more commercial kriek with added sweeteners. Plenty of cherry flavour, but it's too sweet and doesn't have enough funky lambic character. Easy drinking and goes down well, but forgettable.

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Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Soonami
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boon might not be at the top tier of Lambic and Geueze producers, but this Kriek is nonetheless very tasty. The beer presented in a corked and caged 750 ml bottle and poured into a white wine glass (all I had around while on vacation). The kriek was a clear garnet in color with a fine pink cap that lasted but left little lacing. The beer smelled and tasted very bright from sour cherries. The beer was not too sweet but nicely balanced with enough tartness. Overall, the expression of the wild character was limited, the amount of fruit flavor had that effect on the beer and it appeared that the beer was not bottled conditioned which can definitely help the bugs do more work. This is a good beginner beer, but for the more advanced beer drinker, this might be disappointing

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
3.6 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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