Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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234
Ratings:
579
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
22.56%
 
 
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Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright, um, cherry red in the glass. Nice pink head, but not as full as I would like.

Pure cherry juice on the nose with an unhealthy dose of sugar.

Almost sickly sweet up front, big cherry flavour. Mellows somewhat through the middle with a respectable sourness. Nice tart finish.

A middle-ground for true kriek lovers and those who prefer fruit drinks. Overboard on the sweeteners but still does the trick on a sunny day.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle, best by May 22, 2015. Served at around 40F. Bottle indicates 4% ABV.

Pours purple/red with a one finger pink head that leaves sheets of lacing behind and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma features mostly cherries, black cherries, and some very light underlying hints of vanilla and wood. Good strength.

Flavor starts with a blast of sweet cherry juice, a touch of tartness in the middle and then finishes rather sweet with some slight tart notes. Not sour by any means, any tartness is limited to a tart cherry type presence. Pretty much zero alcohol detected. As it warms, the tartness picks up a touch, but still more sweet than anything.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, very sticky, somewhat syrupy, moderate carbonation. Too sticky.

My first Kriek, so forgive some ignorance here, but comes off as slightly alcoholic cherry soda with a bit less fizz. Sticky, coating mouthfeel is the biggest detractor for me and sweeter than I anticipated. Not really my style, but trying to be objective in the scoring as I have a good feeling that there are better examples of the style out there...

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Khiasmus for this one!

Pours a murky red with a small crown of pink head and very good lacing elevates this to an A minus.

Smell is of cherry, cherry cherry. Reminds me of Kasteel Rouge, which as good as it smelled was a lackluster drinker. No hints of sourness here.

Taste is extremely light at first..unusually watery. Cherries come in the background, but this is definitely not a Cantillion or a Lindemans for that example. Oddly light..not unpleasant, just rather watery.

Mouth is thin and bubbly as it needs to be.

While I'd rather have a Cantillion Kriek anyday, this is a pleasant drink.

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Photo of deebo
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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 MediocreatBest
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

fair warning, this is one of my first lambic, but as i use the BA review function not only to lend my opinions to everyone else but also to store my own beer notes, i'm throwing my lambic uneducated review into the mix.

dark magenta with inty bubbles sticking all around the edge. even smells sour. smells of fruits, hard to pick out the cherry notes. also smell woody characteristics. every sip seems so different from the last, some over poweringly sour and bitte, while others seem much more mellow. i wouldn't even say that it tastes that much like cherries, i think i taste it cause i a supposed to. so ahrd to describe the flavors, but i get a pleasent wet carboard kind of taste, mixed with the sourness and a pop of fruit at the end. much crisper when cold, much more sour as it warms. you canr eally taste it waround the outside of your tounge, i dont know what taht means, just an observation i have never noticed before. Surprisingly heavy as it sits in the old gut for awhile, might just be the acidity.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep burgundy with a stable head. Strong tart cherry aroma. Flavor is very tart and a bit sour up front, with fruit, some carbonation in the middle and lingering tanginess. Some bubblegum. Light mouthfeel and definitely not cloying. Might re-review later because this is my first non-Lindeman's lambic.

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Photo of onewetpaw
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked and caged 375ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Slightly sweet cherry nose

A- Minimal head. Pours a dark rose. Slight hazy appearance.

F- Sweetness tasting of dark cherries. Very slight tartness of the fruit is present. Not hop flavors are present and the malts aren't really detectable by me.

M- Low carbonation. Full body that coats the tongue.

O- Too sweet for my liking. I read on this site that the sweetness is from the fruit not from artificial sweetners. I am not so sure about this though. This amount of apparent sugar seems unlikely to survive the prolonged warm storage this bottle was undoubtedly subjected to unless it was pasteurized. I like the slight tartness and do enjoy the cherry flavors. They are just a little pronounced for my liking. More like a shout in your face than the more subtle flavors I like in a complex, balanced beer.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep red beer with a fairly large foamy head. The slightly pink head lingers for a few minutes and leaves thin sheats of lacing down the sides. Looks good for a cherry lambic.

S - Strong ripe red cherries over cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

T - There is more spice than cherries. Cloves, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. There is then a sour cherry flavor. The aftertaste is simply a lingering tart cherry. Not bad, and not very sweet either.

M - Extremely thin and fizzy. This is really like soda water. Not even that refreshing. I swirled it violently to lower the carbonation - it didn't affect much.

D - Alright. Cherry lambics are pretty common and generally better than this one. I won't have it again, but if your idea of the perfect lambic is a sour cherry soda, than hunt this down. It is easy to drink and I got through it with ease.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep ruby color. Small head. Aroma is cherry, with a subtle touch of brett that fades very quickly. Medium bodied Kreik. Cherry flavor is evident yet very subdued. The tartness, sourness and brett are all there but they seem muted. It nicely balanced, but sort of toned down. Its not watery or anything. But all the flavors seem toned down a couple of steps. It like they turned it down to a 7. If I can understand the Flemish on the label its best before 17 09 2006 so its not a old bottle or anything. Its sort of a Kreik Light.. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red body with a tight pinkish head. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Super sweet cherries. Think like ring pop cherry. Only the slightest hint of funkyness.

T: If you thought the nose was sweet, get a load of the taste. Ring pop cherry sweetness meets medicinal cherry robitussin.

M: Medium to light bodied... sweet throughout... cloying by the time you are finishing the bottle.

D: In the end this is one sweet cherry bomb. I think some people might appreciate the sweetness more than I do. In the end I just think this lacks the refinement and subtlety that makes good krieks one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Downtown Wine & Spirits today along with various other beers. I let this chill and served it in one of my New Belgium Glasses.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy burgundy. A thick foamy pink head tops the beer, but thins to a persistent layer, leaving some lace. The head reemerges upon swirling.

Smell: The predominant aroma is sweet cherries, with a very light sour component. Earthy or barnyard aromas are almost imperceptible.

Taste: Sweet cherries, mild sourness, very light earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, medium-bodied, with a light dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Since the sourness is mild the beer doesn't just have to be sipped.

Overall: I was hoping for more sour and earthy aromas and flavors. As is, this is a pretty good sweet lambic.

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Photo of csiewert
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear deep red color with a trace of fizzy head that laces well, but does not linger

S - some funk, cherries... Almost wine like, but kind of off putting

T - cherry juice... Some funk, but not much... Finishes fairly abruptly and empty

M - flat and watery... Definitely would like some extra carbonation in this one

O - overall an average lambic at best

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Photo of stcules
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful colour, intense ruby, with a compact foam, light pink.
Smell of cherries, sweet, but not too sweet.
Compared with the same on tap, thre is not that point of geuze sour..
Even in the taste: good, but a little sweet.
Some sour is present in the aftertaste, quite sharp.
Light body. Good and drinkable.
Anyway, this one is better on tap.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured the color was a hazy brownish red with very little foam on the rim of the glass and some lace.

The smell of sour cherries was very strong. That was the high lite of this Kriek. The taste fell quite a bit short, compare to the aroma the ale gave out. The flavor of a sour substance was evident, but not much on the cherry side. Although pleasant, it came up short for a good Kriek.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy ruby red with a wisp pinkish head.

S - Smells of sour wild cherry and a slight hint of yeast funk. Mostly just cherry, which is only slightly sour.

T - Taste is sweet cherry, with only a bit of tartness. Lacking in complexitiy, it is fairly one-noted.

M - Light body, with an only slightly sticky feel. Drying finish

O - Really not impressive. It is not much better than Lindeman's weak offerings. Sweet without much funk or sourness, though at least these characteristics are hinted at.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Great Lambic Summit

A deep, thick looking cherry red pour with thick poof of prickly pinkish hued head. Scent is of strong, tart and sweet cherry - almost like pre packaged pie filling. While its not what i want out of a beer necessarily, i think it smells fantastic. Taste is very syrupy and almost medicinal, strong musty cherrys, cola, cranberry and touches of grahmn cracker. Medium bodies, syrupy and coating. The scent is the beers best quality and thats about all i enjoyed.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a deep reddish purple color with a small bubbly pink tinged head that dissipates slowly. Aromas of sweet and tart cherries dominate the aroma. Hints of tart lemon, balsamic, brown sugar, and earth round out the nose. The flavor is quite a bit sweeter than I was anticipating. Dark sugary sweet with plenty of tart and sweet cherry flavor but seriously lacking in much lactic tartness to offset the sweetness. Hints of almond flavor and a bit of earthiness round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Super easy to drink, more tart than a Lindemans but less than I was expecting.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a disappointment to drink. I was expecting so much more in the way of taste and aroma.

Poured a cloudy effervescent strawberry jam color with a thin pink head that left some lacing.

Aroma was of sour cherries and sweet malt.

Taste was genrally sour with little or no cherry taste that I could identify. And no real swettness at all. Way too dry.

Very carbonated.

I felt the Lindemans was a better brew.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, rosy red beer, well carbonated. Small, wispy, white head fades to a ring. Somewhat faint nose: cherries, sweetish, not much tart, a little earthy funk. Sweet, carbonated, cherry-flavored drink. Again, just a little earthiness, but very little tartness, bite or character. Finish is somewhat bitter, but still very tame. A little disappointing.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a cloudy dark pinkish-red with a finger's worth of pink head.

S: Very buttery for a lambic. Once you get past that, some semi-sweet cherries with a moderate tartness and not really any funk.

T: Good cherry pie flavor that is mostly tart but slightly sweet as well. Mildly dry despite a fair amount of sweetness. At least it doesn't have that same diacetyl character of the nose.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is soft to medium.

D: Nowhere near as bad as the Boon Framboise, but it's not the best kriek out there either. Stick with Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen.

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Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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 rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear red brew, the head is pink, small unevenly sized bubbles, a few lacings and some curtains.

The smell is distinctly fruity, cherries, rhubarbs and some yeast.

Sweet, candy-like cherry flavor, sour fruits and some almond, normal and bitter.

Medium carbonation, a bit spritzy, aggressive small bubbles, syrup feeling. rather light body.

A rather "normal" kriek, good as aperitif or digestif.

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Photo of Buggies
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark red... no light passing through that abyss. Nice billowing reddish brown head. Smells of cherry... kinda reminds me of a cherry pipe tobacco sort of smell. Kinda musty.

Taste is interesting... most definitely cherries no doubt about that. Also has some sort of spice in the background that is hidden by the cherry. Also has a wine taste to it. The finish has a slight sour cherry pucker to it.

Not a bad beer and worth atleast a try.

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Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, light pink head that dissipated to a thin film quite quickly. Body is dark reddish pink, with good clarity.

S: Aroma is slightly vinous at first, then the sweet cherries come through and stand-out well. Not much at all in terms of sourness/funkiness.

T: Sweet cherry flavor is very dominant, but not overpowering. Slightly acidic and sour, but not as much as a lot of other Krieks I've had. No real barnyard characteristics present.

M: Light-medium body, with moderate-high carbonation. Not really puckering at all.

D: A tasty beer, but overall not one of the stronger fruit lambics out there.

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Photo of bruachan
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pink! i was once trained to think this a bad thing, but now i'm excited about it. good foam to begin. the beer itself is not quite pink, but certainly a deep red (and not the garnet variety of red)

stroooong cherry aroma. i hope this won't be a jam beer. i would expect more acidity in the aroma...but there is a slight yogurty funk

more cherry massivity. light body and mostly lacking in recognizable malt characteristics and yeast contribution. a touch of lactic acid

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
3.59 out of 5 based on 579 ratings.
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