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

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This I beleive to be the best sweet cherry lambic on the market. Brewed in Lambeek, this pours a cloudy cherry red with good head. The nose reeks of cherries, and leads you to beleive it will be harshly sour like cantillon kriek..The taste is shockingly smooth. Those of you looking for the sour face puckering taste of a geuze or cantillon type brew, do not buy this. This is full of cherry flavor and goes down like fruit juice. just the right amount of carbonation helps. sharp cherry flavor in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, could drink this for a week straight. I wouldn't recommend doing that though, as It would probably cause on wicked hangover from the sugar. That would be the fructose that sticks to your lips. Great brew. Usually I only enjoy framboise or cassis lambics, when they are sweet like this (and should really be classified as fruit beers) but this is the exception. The only disadvantage is the outrageous price for a little corked bottle. worth the buy, but only for a special occasion.

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Photo of Phinner
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasing tart cherry flavor compliments a very well-balanced maltiness. This is one of the best examples of a lambic kriek that is widely available in many markets. It's not too tart, yet carries enough pleasing fruit flavor to make it worthwhile seeking out.

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Photo of Brad007
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium reddish color with a nice fluffy head that fades with some lacing. Aroma is sour and filled with the essence of cherries. Smells more polished for a lambic. Taste is sour upfront and fades into a nice cherry aftertaste. A second sip confirms the same thing. The cherry is somewhat less noticeable in the taste and there's more sourness (like a lambic should have).

Feels balanced, delicious and what I expect in a lambic (not like Lindemans, which is also excellent, but not quite as polished).

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
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 BarryNL
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle promises a lot - being a champagne style corked offering - does it deliver? Well, broadly yes - this is one of the best Kriek's I've found, let's review...

A: Cloudy red beer. Minimal head, but lasts well.

S: Lovely sour cherry smell, with malt undertones. Sour cherry and lambic notes balance any sweetness in the aroma.

T: As promised by the smell, this is a great balance between the sweetness of the cherries and the lambic sourness. I'm no great fan of sour lambics, but I also dislike a beer that's too sweet - this one combines my too bugbears to create an excellent balance which works, oh so well. Exactly what a Kriek should be!

M: I don't know what the opposite of "cloying" is, but it might be "Kriek Boon".

D: Highly clean and refreshing in the finish - I don't think I would get tired of drinking this one.

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Photo of Atron67
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a bright red with huge pink foamy tiny bubbles oozing out of it

S- smells of delicious cherries with a slight tart scents, not very sour smelling, more candy-like.

T- had a great smooth flavor, perfectly balanced, nice and complex, no overpowering funkyness, but a great oak aged cherry flavor, well balanced malt, and a smooth amount of sourness is present, but not very strong, leaves a cherry aftertaste

M- light body- fizzy carbonation, flows well over the tongue

D- a great light kreik, nothing really overpowering, very smooth and delicious, a great introductory beer to sour ales too because its present, but not very strong, and is perfectly matched with the cherry flavor

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head has a nice high pink colour, but it rapidly fades away. It becomes thin and fluffy. The beer has a deep dark ruby red colour. It was presented in it’s own narrow high tulip glass.
I consider the odour to be fresh with semi-natural sweet cherry’s. It has some carbonation, but not too much.
Taste is syrup sweet. You get the impression of sweet whole cherries. A mellow, full bodied Lambik taste and some sourness in the back.
The aftertaste is more sour sweet. It’s full and long-lasting.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by how much the cherry flavour came to the front in this lambic as I figured that it might be a much more austere beer with the lambic notes dominating. The cherry taste was deep and delicious with just right amount of sweetness. I never got sick of this beer and realized just how great a blender Boon is with his lambics

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Photo of clvand0
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. This beer pours a dark red color with a tall pink head that has nice retention. Quite cloudy as well. Smells like cherry candy - slightly tart, but not overly. Lots of cherry aroma. The flavor is like candy as well. Sweet, thick, and only a hint of tartness. Lots of thick cherry flavor. Very nice. Not nearly as sour as most lambics, but extremely tasty beer. I'd have this one any day. The body is thick and the drinkability is great.

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Photo of drewbage
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle at Lucky Baldwin's during the Belgian Beer Festival.

Big cherry nose with just a hint of. Pits and a small amount of the typical horsey aroma

Flavor starts with an initial slap of sweet cherry with a growing stonw rathiness apearing after a brisk acidity

Finish is mildly sweet with a finish that sweeps you into the next taste

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Photo of Jon
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boon Kriek pours a deep red color with a quick-to-form, quick-to-fade bubbly off-white head. A thin, rubber-band sized head stays and leaves wonderful lace down the tulip glass. Smell is fairly dominated by cherries and some barnyard funkiness. Sour, acidic, and mildly fruity bouquet. Taste affirms this, as expected. Big notes of acidity, sour cherries, and some residual sugar reside in the taste department. An excellent balance of sweet and sour, acidic and tart flavors. Effervescent mouthfeel keeps things interesting along the way. Serving this chilled in the summertime would be a wise idea, as its thirst-quenching qualities are endless. This makes an excellent apertif and is an excellent lambic in the most traditional sense. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DStoked
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1983 Vintage (yes really) @ Kulminator in Antwerp. 40 Euro.

This was an experience! Couldn't pass on trying a 30-year old bottle. Cork was mangled, shrunk, and deformed. Bottle looked like they pulled it out of an Egyptian tomb (BM me for pic). Served in a homemade wood lambic box/basket.

It had a nice, smooth, sour/tart taste to it. Cherries were long gone. Smooth body...not much carbonation after 30 years. Overall it was a good beer, but like I said, it was more about the experience of drinking a 30-year-old lambic, which I doubt I'll ever have again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away!

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done. i think my favorite style may be changing.

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Photo of mschofield
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a satisfying pop and smoke, pours a ruby red, topped with a one finger pink head, full of carbonation, leaves just sparse bits of lacing.
Good cherry base to aroma, perfume, floral, grainy, touch of wet dog.
Tart taste, cherry of course, but more notes comes through and give it some complexity, toasted wheat, wood tannins, grape
dry and wine like in body, medium feel, still some lambic left in this kriek, good sourness.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle dated for end of 2006:

A: hazy wheatish look, modest disappearing head with a bit of lace
S: cherry, no hint of alcohol
T: dry, cherry front, melt-a-way back, no left aftertaste, easy to drink
M: Interesting, between an ale and possible wine, solid body
D: Easy, count this as a session beer, at 5% many could go down, try it with your girlfriend...

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Photo of texashammer
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with no head. Real sour cherry smell. Black cherries. Smells like the fruit really smells/tastes, not like that weird cherry flavor you run into so much. Tastes very light, again, like real fruit. Very small taste compared to the smell. But it grows. Tart, sour cherries, with the lambic sourness too. Not too sweet. Again, like REAL fruit. Very dry finish. Very pleasant.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9oz into Boon Kriek chalice. From notes.

A: Clear sparkling red, with a light white, pinkish head. Good looking lambic.

S: Aroma of sweet fresh cherries, not a huge sour or funky aroma. Medium intensity.

T/M: the front is a smooth, clean cherry note, followed by a underlining acidic balance. This is not too over the top with cherries, but still enough to cover up some of the harsher funky tones. Mouthfeel is smooth and as soft as silk. Good level of sparkling carbonation in the body, as well as lingering cherry finish.

O: overall not one of the best Krieks I have had, but does suit the style very well.

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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 atigerlife
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 2003. Poured into a framboise flute.

Pours a ruby color with a 1 finger fluffy pink head. Good retention. Good amount of carbonation rising. Just beautiful to look at.

Aroma of cherries, but not overpowering. Lightly tart.

Taste is of light cherries, not a lot else. Like a light cherry soda. Interesting.

Light body, lightly cleansing. Smooth. A little flat.

Overall, very good. Exceptional for the style. Very drinkable. I was surprised that it was still very good after 5 years. Probably helped mellow it out.

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Photo of roguetester
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased the beer as part of a Valentine's Day present for my wife a few years ago. The cork came out of the bottle with only minimal pop.

The pour was with a small amount of head that dissapated rather quickly. The aroma was strong with cherries and wine like hints. This dissapated with the head.

You have to be impressed with the appearance of this beer. A deep red in the glass with a slight pink ring of foam around the top.

The taste started sweet, cherry and ended tart. A little too sweet for my tastes but I liked the finish. Very smooth, an extremely easy beer to drink.

Anybody interested in trying a lambic, this is a good one to sample. Living in PA, I had to buy a whole case ( set me back a good bit ) but the stuff has a long shelf life and we've enjoyed it over the years.

I would definitely recomment this beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle bought from

Poured a slightly dark reddish brown colour... Head was a nice pink colour. Pours with big fluffy head. This disappeared quite quickly and left a very thin layer on top...

Aroma - Sweet & sour cherries, cream, vanilla, biscuits ?

Taste – Creamy, sour cherries, quite sweet. Slightly bitter aftertase. Lemony notes...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy. Very resfreshing...

Overall - A very good kriek. Very refreshing and very drinkable... maybe ever so slightly on the sweet side though...

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from keg in The Cask, Pimlico. Half pint.

Pours a red/pink colour, with a light red foamy head.

Smells very fruity and sweet.

Tastes quite tart with a hint of sweetness. Definite cherry taste. Very pleasant and refreshing.

Overall quite a simple tasting, yet refreshing and tasty beer.

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Photo of dmarch
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance pretty much tells you what this beer is going to be like. It's a deep reddish color with an off white head with shades of pink. This is going to be a very fruity beer with some sweetness. This is definately a beer for cherry lovers. Nothing but cherries in the aroma and the taste. It might turn some beer lovers off, but the sourness of cherries are in my opinion an excellent choice for an addition of the lambic style. Here's a tip: give this beer to a woman who thinks you're crazy for being so obsessed with beer. A perfect beer for after dinner.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, nearly opaque, red with a small pink head that quickly morphed into a persistent lacing.

Big cherry aroma with some musty, earthy tones.

The creamy cherry, red wine flavor is far less tart than I had expected. Krieks are sometimes too sweet and tart for my personal taste, so this was a good thing. The sweetness up front is not overpowering or cloying, while the aftertaste is slightly tart and very dry. Other flavors included wet leather, oak and that indescribable musty presence, typical to most lambics.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, which I found quite pleasing on the palate. While it is well carbonated, it does not drink like a soda. The smooth flavors render this a highly drinkable brew.

I'm very picky about fruit lambics and this is one of my favorite Krieks.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With sweet cherries are the forefront, this hugely aromatic ale delivers a resweetened flavor of cherries to balance against the sharp lactic and acetic sourness from wild yeast and bacteria.

Pouring a dark ruby color of blood and with a rusty haze, the beer forms an eggshell white head that settles into a medium sheet on the surface and dispursed pockets of lace on the glass. A good looking sour ale that holds it's head character much better than most.

Cherry aromas are apparent. But the complementary notes of apple cider, balsamic vinegar, red wine, and lime zest are all welcome complexities that reinforce the cherry additions and offer balance against an otherwise one-dimensional fruity nose. Musty, leathery, woody, and dusty notes contribute layer upon layer of scents that reveal themselves as the beer warms.

Candied cherries frame the flavors with a very focused taste. Tartness of fruit and spontaneous souring is balanced by the medium malt sweetness and fructose left over from tawny cherries. The beer is much sweeter than expected, especially with the dry dusty and vinous aromas that suggested otherwise. Cider, vinegar, wine, leather, and lemons all peak through, but with much less intensity than the aroma portrayed.

Sweetness from unresolved malts and cherries give a greater impression of body than is probably there, but the sweet cherry feel seems somewhat soda pop-ish as the sweetness sticks to the mouth and prevents the powdery and lightly tannic dryness in finish that the beer deserves. Somewhat astringent and acidic, the beer has an oaky tannic feel that replaces hop bitterness and aids in an unsettled balance.

A finish of cherry sweetness extends well past finish and revisits a memory of the fruit going into the next sip. This is a richer Kriek that focuses too heavily on cherry flavor and sweetness. If only the flavor and body held true to the complex aroma mix, this beer would have fared much better.

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