Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

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82
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Boon KriekBoon Kriek
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:
598
Reviews:
240
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
64
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Pink, spotaneous fermentation. Very cherry aroma, the real deal. A little too sweet, soft carbonation, a little tart, very drinkable.A touch of spice, I would like more tartness and more spice.Stephen's bottle.Perhaps not the bang on, but a worthy try.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev 0%

Best by 6/18/17.

Pours a clear super dark red with a foamy reddish-khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, cherry, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and slightly sour malt and cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but it seems like the finish product was sweetened up quite a bit compared to other beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is still really well made cherry beer, but it isnt my favorite that they do. its still seemingly immature, sweet from the fruit rather than puckery from the lambic, but the freshness and authenticity of the fruit make it a worthy drink for me, and there still is a sturdy hit if funk mid palate, even though the sourness of the lambics we love the most doesnt really even show up. the cherries are ripe and juicy, not medicinal at all, although they crowd out any malt flavor for most o the drink. carbonation is fair, but the sweetness of the fruit makes this a beer i only need a little of, more of a cordial at this level than a beer, but you cant help but be impressed by the vibrancy of the cherries, and with the texture of the beer overall. its obviously a quality brew, but i think more time, less fruit, more lacto character, and a little more carbonation would really make this special. still, anytime you get good belgian kriek, you dont complain.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and poured with a thin pink head that quickly faded away and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of cherries in the aroma.
T: Flavors of cherries prominently stand out in the overall taste, which has a little bit of sweetness and tartness. There are some hints of oak in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing because the cherries are well incorporated into the taste.

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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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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, 2008 'crop' - 4.2% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, dark purplish-red hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some low-lying iceberg profile lace around the glass as it gradually fades away.

It smells of tart candied cherries, a bit of cherry wine, subtle cough syrup allusions, earthy, vegetal yeast, and a weak grainy, and somewhat sour pale and wheaty malt. The taste is more multifaceted cherry - sweet, sour, vinous, medicinal - so much so that the underlying graininess is pretty much veiled, though at least the yeast character struggles hard enough to get noticed, in passing.

The carbonation is on the soft side, just a trilling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, due in part to the dense fruity component - and thus smooth, to a point. It finishes still sweet, with the cherry's edge relenting somewhat - a nice even graininess becoming more evident.

A pleasant, well-balanced fruit beer - the tartness is definitely on the low side (especially considering the particular guest component) compared to some of its compatriots. Unfortunately, the one-sided fruitiness kind of limits this to dessert fodder, but at 8 bucks a pop around these parts, methinks it was good to try just the one time.

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Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft served in a goblet, scarlet red and completely clear, jewel-tone clarity. Thin layer of pink foam on top that lasted for awhile, leaving some spotty lacing inside the glass.

Smells like cherry Ludens cough drops... ugh. It's extremely one-dimensional, there's nothing about it that remotely resembles lambic in the aroma. Artificial sweet cherry flavoring, might as well be a cherry syrup and soda.

Flavor is more of the same, artificial cherry cough drops. Some astringency in the back, but the moderate level of artificial sweetness takes over, sterile cherry flavoring lingers in the aftertaste. Thin spritzy feel, well carbonated but too light and resembling fruit soda or "sparkling juice". Wouldn't be surprised if this contained Acesulfame K sweetener as Lindemans does, because the artificiality is there. Boon wouldn't admit to it himself at the Lambic Summit, but the proof is right here in the artificial taste. A waste of $8, avoid.

Sad because Boon Oude Kriek is fantastic, and Boon is more than capable of producing exceptional traditional kriek lambic. This beer sadly represents catering to the Belgian market for sweets and crap alcopops.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The cork burst from the bottle and I thought it might be a gusher but very little foam spilled from the lip; in the glass, the beer was all head, however, but eventually it settled down, with plenty of foam clinging to the side and very good retention; needless to say, the liquid was a rusty cherry color capped by a pinkish lavender head

Smell: Sweet cherry jam

Taste: What smells so good turns into a rather one dimensional sweet cherry jam flavor; not sickly-sweet but lacking in tartness and funky complexity; there is a vague hint of tartness on the finish that keeps it from going overboard

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and rather over-carbonated

Overall: Enjoyable, but clearly not an overly complex example of the style

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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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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT. Served in a wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright red color. Somewhat dark, though still bright. Light pink head. Starts out at a single finger and some pretty good retention. The nose carries some fragrant cherries, though there's only a mild tartness and no funk. The flavor is all cherry and tastes too sweet. Nothing there to balance it out and no real indication that this is a lambic. Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly sweet. Mildly tart. Decent enough on a hot day, but nowhere near what a lambic should be.

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Photo of nickfl
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear, dark amber body topped by one and a half fingers light pink foam. Good retention and lace.

S - Cherries and lavender, very perfumey. Subtle acidity hiding in the background.

T - Lots of cherries and some weak acidity. This beer is dominated by a thick, sweet flavor that is disturbingly reminiscent of cough syrup.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fairly easy to drink, but not particularly enjoyable. The acidity and fruit character are weak and the complex funkiness of a fruit lambic is completely lacking, leaving this beer as a dull example of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/1/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark red color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, light Belgian yeast but not much else as you would expect from the style.

T: The taste likewise starts with sweet cherries and then some light Belgian yeast and a thin malt character come in. There’s a good balance for the style which is normally either too sweet, too sour or both. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent Lambic to drink for a while.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
3.6 out of 5 based on 598 ratings.
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