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
Ratings:
596
Reviews:
238
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
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17
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Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrBoh
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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 stevehagy
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich opaque red color with an almost brown hint to it. The head was a light pink and was nice and foamy. The aroma was excellent as it was full of ripe fruit and sour notes the funk stuck around in the background but was noticeable.
the flavor begins with a full cherry flavor and a nice acidity and sourness from the funky bugs. Much tastier to me than the sweeter krieks this is still a training wheel beer compared to 3fountienien or Hannsens but very nice and classic.
I would love to cook with this beer as well as to try it along side a dish containing dried fruits or fruit juice reductions.

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Photo of BKotch
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Golden
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a white wine glass.

A- Nice color, golden with a tinge of pink. Lightest of pink head with very little bubbles.

S- Cherries dominate, smells good.

T- Like the sour cherries on front but lacks the tartness and dirty wet saddle I wanted. A tad to sweet for me, but a good overall ballance. I perfer more acid.

M- Butteriness with great carbonation.

D- Great overall leaves me wanting one more to split.

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Photo of Rstang19
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Foley67
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lemke10
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a maroon, reddish color with only a slight head. The scent is very rich with cherries giving the aroma more of a cherry wine rather than a cherry beer. It’s very sweet to the nose. The taste is very sweet and refreshing. There is not presence of alcohol at all in the taste. Texture is flat with a touch of carbonation as it finishes. At 5% abv wow! This is something you could give to a kid and they would think it’s cherry juice. Not bad, different, but could use a little improvement to become a great lambic.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I try to drink at least two lambics a month (I would like to do more but they are pricey sometimes). This was my first of June (drank and reviewed last night, June 7th).

A: Dark red (almost blood-colored) liquid fills the glass. A two-finger pink head rests atop the pretty beer below. This lambic is darker than I am use to, perhaps owing to the width of the glass.

S: Sour, vinegar-like lambic notes caress my nostrils lovingly (damn i love lambics). Despite the deep red color, cherry takes a back seat in the aroma though it is definitely still there. A slight vanilla is noticeable, perhaps from the oak aging?

T: Yummy, sweet and sour red cherries are the dominant flavor here. Of course, it has the wild yeast kick but this is not as harsh as the Mariage Parfait or other geuze.

M: Mildly puckering, leaving the mouth salivating for more. No chewiness or thickness is apparent.

D: I really enjoy lambics and I think Frank Boon and family have done an excellent job over the years. I fully intend to be at the Mariage Parfait beer dinner at Brick Store in August!

All that being said, this beer is very plain and that becomes noticeable towards the end of the glass. It is still a fine beer but I will get the Cantillon next time.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle purchased at the Bier Tempel in Brussels.
This is a 2005 Vintage, at two years of age, and a best before of 2011.
My first Kriek in Belgium; I thought this might be a nice treat to conclude a long first day and tuck me into my hotel bed after nearly 45 hours without sleep!

Poured into an undersized (damn hotel room glassware!) wine glass. It would make a loud sizzle as all the tiny bubbles fizzled out. A deep, deep burgundy red in colour. Ruby and purple highlights when up to the light. Only a light, light - hardly standing - line of bright pink head, but a stunningly attractive colour all the same.

Before I could even jot down the above notes I was hit with the tremendously strong aroma of pure, black cherries. Unmistakably dark, black cherries. Pure, with no hint of artificialness, this is Kriek aroma at its finest. Very intense, yet even more pleasant.

Things seem to take a turn here on in. Being very under carbonated and with a slightly syrupy texture, the mouthfeel became distractingly medicinal. The taste sticks with you, but otherwise there is no lasting afterthought. While it isn't artifically (or overly) sweet like more commercial brands, there is still no tartness what so ever - it's almost as if there is no lambic in the blend.

The flavour, like aroma, is dominated by dark, ripe cherries. I found it very similar to Unibroue's 'Quelque Chose' in that it possessed a honey-like sweetness and left a strong warming sensation. It was almost like a mead with cherries or a Polish brandy wine. The cherries really stick in the mouth.

I liked it - the flavour is lovely and aroma fantastic. A good product from a wonderful brewer. Albeit, this is far from the best of Krieks, but it was certainly worth far more than the 1,50 euro I payed for it!

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Photo of enelson
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute. Lot 0083

A - Pours a dark ruby-red with a thin, rosy pink head that dissipates quickly. Lots of visible carbonation. Looks pretty!
S - Big cherry flavors dominate, smells like cherry pie filling and cherry Now and Laters. Sweet brown sugar and tart red wine vinegar are in there, too. Really enjoying the nose on this.
T - More sweet dark cherry with just a tiny bit of tartness. While there is some lambic "funk" and oak present, the cherry certainly takes center stage. Honestly, this could easily pass as a artisan cherry soda (and I mean that in the best way).
M - Light-bodied with a high, sparkly carbonation.
D - Incredibly drinkable, I could easily pass this off as cherry soda, and, at 4% ABV, could drink it all day. Perhaps not as tart and funky as other offerings, but this would be a superb choice for getting your feet wet in the Lambic world!

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Photo of risenz
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frekky
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie71
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DrDogbeer
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a tulip. Thanks TP!
Pours a like shirley temple. Smells of light cherry syrup and candy. Taste is very refreshing. Pretty sweet with a whole bunch of cherries, but not too sweet. Nice dry finish. Good Lambic, would definitely drink again!

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Photo of mmcave
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle
Chilled and poured into flute-"esk" glass nice two finger creamy white/pink head with good retention thick and foamy looking. The body is the color of stewed strawberries. A dark purplish burgundy with slightly lighter tones around the base very attractive. The lacing is not very present.

Smell up front is similar to that of Dannons cherry yogurt. I was expecting something a bit more wild and funky. Its very smooth and extremely accessible. No hop aroma obviously. The cherries are really present they smell like the tart cherries and in a pie,.

Taste again is a bit too immediately approachable for me. The cherries manifest in their tartness and that slight pleasant pucker making you want more. As I said before I was expecting more sourness from wild yeast, but again this is very quaffalbe and I think would be great desert beer or modified and used for a salad dressing. I feel its might be a tad too sweet to be an aperitif though.
Totally worth a try.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking kriek that is somewhat dry and cherry flavor is not overpowering. Its not assweet as Lindemans but is somewhat sweet and not too tart but has enough tartness to make you pucker a little. I think it could be bit drier and have a little more tartness to help balance the sweet side. I would like to try the Marriage Parfait if I could find it.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle, corked; stamped with 16.10.2005.

This lambic kriek poured to give a red-amber liquid with a rich, slightly pink, foamy head which settled leaving some lace.

The smell was mild: very tart, hint of cherries, and a slight hint of lactic acid.

The taste is very tart, almost sour. The flavor of cherries does not dominate, but is present in the finish. There is also a hint of spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and very tart with a little carbonation.

The drinkability is good, though I prefer a slightly sweeter kriek lambic (such as Lindemans).

2011 edit: wow, how my tastes have changed, as now I only like Oude Krieks, the drier the better

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Photo of Warren2621
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pecorasc
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle is almost identical to the Framboise. Poured the entire bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A- Great variation in color from orange at the thin bottom of glass to a reddish brown at the thicker top. Looks hazy until held up to the light, revealing good clarity. A white head with a slightly reddish tint. Good retention: leaving a consistent and level layer of foam. No signs of carbonation in the glass. Lots of sediment floating throughout. Tons of lace that slides down the steep sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet cherries, cherry syrup and cherry puree. A slight tanginess in the background. Deeper inhales make your nose tingle like smelling a soda.

T- First you just get a zap from the carbonation (which interestingly wasn't detectable by looking at the beer). Once that subsides, restrained flavor of cherries. Only cherry flavor with no skin or pits. Syrupy in the front of mouth with a sweet residue, but also leaves a cleansing sensation. A tiny tartness in the finish with very minor dust taste.

M- Tingly and very carbonated at the start. Light and refreshing throughout.

D- Because this is not overly sweet and because it is so light and refreshing, this has great drinkability if you can enjoy the fruit flavor and lack of traditional lambic tartness.

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Photo of Converge
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked & caged 375ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. 2008 harvest.

A - Pours a deep reddish-plum with cherry highlights in the light. Small, well carbonated head of pinkish-white bubbles. Head settles to a thin film that leave small bits of lacing.

S - Big cherry character, juicy ripe ones as well as dried. Slight funk to it, but very mild. Not a great deal of tart fruit or barnyard qualities, more-so big sweetness, but I'm not complaining. Sort of reminiscent of Liefmans Fruitesse, but less artificial.

T - Well, there's nothing puckering about this. Red cherry sweetness upfront, with a touch of barley and hay, and a clean finish. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste; maraschino and black cherry. I get basically zero tart or sour notes. Now, I'll admit that some lambics can be a bit much for me, but this is seriously weak in the sourness department. That being said, I still find this kriek really tasty and drinkable, just not very true to style. Slight lozenge-esque quality begins to appear after a while.

M - Sort of a miss for the style. Carbonation is medium, but quite smooth, and medium bodied. Not tart by any means, and no dryness either.

D - A rather poor representation of the kriek style, but a decent and respectable brew overall. While I can definitely see myself trying this again, I probably won't seek it out; there are just bigger and better things in the lambic style for me to try.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color lambic with a super huge pink foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of sweet cherries with some tart notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cherries with tart notes. Not as sour as some other example of the style (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen) but I don’t believe any sugar was added maybe just cherries with a sweeter taste profile (but I might be wrong). Body is full with some low filtration and some great carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable and refreshing beer for summertime.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
3.6 out of 5 based on 596 ratings.
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