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 CrazyDavros
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish purple with a fading pink-tinged head.
Nose shows cherries and raspberries, a bit of berry jam and soft funk. Tempting.
More cherries as the dominant flavour, with a little tartness. More sweet than sour though. More acidity would do wonders.
Could also use more carbonation.

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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 DavoleBomb
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. The label has 18-01-2015 stamped on it.

3.5 A: Surprisingly clear deep amber color. Almost two fingers of frothy pink head that falls rather quickly and doe not leave much in terms of lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of cherry and in the manner of a cherry flavored lozenge. Next to that, there is vinegary, sweaty gym socks. Musky barn and musty basement. Light iron component and plenty of woodiness. Not much acidity overall.

2.5 T: As much as I hate the intestine eating acidity of Cantillon Kriek, being on the other end of the spectrum might be worse. There's nearly no acidity in this. I'm not sure what the hell this beer spent it's time doing in the barrel, but it's apparent that it wasn't getting infected. Very mild tartness from the cherries. Fairly sweet due to the backsweetening (which I am to understand comes from cherry puree), though nothing like a Lindemans. Some funk in the form of musty basement and sweaty socks, but a lot of it is overshadowed by the cherry. The most aggravating this about this beer is that all the flavor is upfront while the finish is hollow.

2.5 M: Medium body. Reasonable amounts of carbonation, though I'd prefer more. This sits heavily on the tongue without being particularly creamy.

3.0 D: I'm not a big fan of this. The acidity is minimal while at the same time not blasting my tongue with cherry (like a NG BR does). Pretty mediocre.

Disclaimer: I rate backsweetened lambics to the style of sparkling fruit juice, not actual lambics.

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

Poured into a wine glass. Body is the color of raspberry preserves and the head is a fluffy light pink. Retention is very good and there's a bit of sudsy lacing left behind.

Smells exactly like black cherry yogurt. Not as tart as a cherry itself, but rather sweet and tantalizing.

Taste is also quite sweet, with the unmistakeable flavor of black cherries. Pretty low on complexity but that's usually the point of a sweet lambic.

Mouthfeel is very dry for the level of sweetness. Lots of prickly effervescence. Extremely drinkable, great dessert beer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1995 Vintage

A - pours red in color without a head at all

S - nose is cherries with vinegar and some sour, citric notes

T - starts off with sour lemon citric notes mixed in with cherry flavors. The more it moves down the tongue, a cherry pie filling flavor come out - liquid, syrupy, full of cherries, and a bit of cinnamon. Wow, the cherry fruit is alive and well after 17 years of hanging out in the bottle. A little bit of citric lambic flavors come back in the finish, but the cherry still reigns supreme on the palate.

M - syrupy, thick, and viscous

D - this is a good kriek - not as sour or funky as others I have had, but it is still delicious in its own right, especially if you like cherries.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 33cl, cork and caged green glass bottle that looks just like a shrunken 750, even down to the dimpled base. Main label has the words ‘Kriek Boon’ with a trio of cherries hanging above it. The reverse label states that this is a 100% spontaneously fermented ale, aged 2 years in oak vats with a minimum of 200 grams of real cherries per liter. Has a Best Before Date of 10.12.2006 and is listed at 5% alc/vol.

Appearance: The cork is thumbed and easily removed, it is numbered “SB29” [incidentally the same style and numbered cork is used in Oud Kriek Vielle Oud Beersel I note!]. Fantastic looks, a deep cherry red, luscious and fruity looking, I want to kiss and tongue this one never mind drink it. The head builds quickly and settles to a good long lasting ¼” dark pink, almost lilac-purple covering that laces well. Superb conditioning, impressively fine, charged carbonation.

Nose: Lots of Cherries, as you would expect with the use of the real fruit. Pungently fruity, sweet and a tad sharp at times. Muted sourness in the nose, it even exhibits some lambic character, but it is feint at the best of times.

Taste: Sharp dark skinned cherry start with a sweetish finish that is dry. Has a lip-smacking fruity character throughout. Rather a simple profile overall, it is a rich cherry ale essentially that lacks complexity but has plenty of deep rich cherry character to make up for it. A fruity brew indeed.

Mouthfeel: Middling presentation in the mouth, nice enough body with sweet/sour feel that is heavily biased towards the former.

Drinkability: A very refreshing drink indeed. A tasty Cherry-laden brew which doesn’t take much effort, but it can be a bit too much in the long run and a tad too sweet.

Overall: I first had Kriek Boon in Ostende in 1994, closely followed by the Mariage Parfait, both of which had the plain old black label with Kriek F.Boon written in a shocking red font. I recall back then that the Kriek was fruity and luscious whilst the Mariage Parfait was dry and spritzy. Both have definitely changed over the years. The Kriek Boon, now has a new label, and is a little more widely available and promoted. It is advertised as a spontaneously fermented 2 year old lambic with real cherries added. The use of real cherries is admirable, giving this a rich fruit character with a lovely rich deep cherry taste that is sweet rather than sour. Kriek Boon, for me, is more about the real fruity cherry aspects, which are gorgeous, but it looses a lot of its lambic character for me in the process, so do not expect tartness in this one, it just doesn’t have any.

More of a ‘Spontaneously Fermented Lambic Ale with Real Cherries’, rather than a “proper” Kriek in my humble opinion, but damn good nonetheless, and one that I certainly continue to enjoy the odd bottle of once in a while.

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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 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 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 patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cherry red and filtered, this beer appears to have no carbonation. It has a finger of bright pink head with a slight brown tinge.

S: Lambic lactic macaroni quality, dusty oak and old wood quality, totally reminds me of the atmosphere in Cantillon. Some cherry quality.

T: Cherry sweet and strawberry jam. Sour puckering balance, light macaroni, some acidic like a tart unripe fruit.

M: Medium body, lots of light foamy carbonation.

O: Not a bad lambic, certainly not my favourite as I lean towards the unsweetened verson. Love the scent, taste is okay and mouthfeel not bad.

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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 homebrew311
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sere in tap at Local Option. Appearance is bright red with moderate Haines. The nose is full of ripe cherries, oak, and waves of tartness paired with mild funk. Taste is all fruit with big sweetness up front followed by mild tartness. Mouthfeel is under carbonated with light body. Overall, this Kriek sits somewhere between sweet and tart, the result is somewhat boring in the world of fruited lambics. I wish it swaye one way or the other.

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Photo of gatornation
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

corked caged 375ml bottle
A-pours a light black cherry color with a nice strawberry/pink head that dissipate quickly to a fresh cap
S-tart cherries wood earth and leather
T-tart cherries with yeast some sweet raspberries notes of wood and leather mild sour/funk
M-low/medium carbonation a sweet and sour palate
O- for the price this good will buy it again when in the mood.. recommended

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear ruby with a whitish light pink head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was sweet with cherries very similar to a cherry cough drop. Behind the cherry aroma was a low acidic sour aroma.

The flavor was light with a low cherry flavor, some light wheat, and a very slight oaky flavor. The acidic sourness was very low and only present enough to dry out the beer. No real complexity existed.

The finish was dry, but not overly so with a light cherry acidic flavor into the afteraste. The body was medium and the beer was refreshing with a low carbonation level and the light cherry flavor. As was mentioned earlier, no real complexity emerged in this beer.

37.5 cl green bottle, corked and bailed. Date on back label 10.12.2006. $4.95 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA, price tag dated 12/03.

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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 Roguer
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thin pink head, decent retention, clear ruby red body.

Cherry aroma with wheat and straw.

Not particularly sweet, nor funky. Cherry pits come to mind. A little dirt in the flavor, giving it just a nice rustic edge. Balanced somewhere between the poorer and better krieks; right in the middle, really.

Soft mouthfeel, lively.

This is a drinkable lambic, but it doesn't stand out at all. I would prefer more sweetness, more tartness, and more evidence of wild yeast.

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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 beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Overlord
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bubbling reddish pink. Consistency of champagne. Lively mouthfeel is the best thing about it.

Smells like ... cherry extract. I swear, like cherry juice. Taste is way too sweet. There's a tart edge to it, but I don't like carbonated cherry juice. Not sure what they were going for here. I wasn't expecting Lindemans style sweetness.

Won't have again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 375 ml green bottle, caged and corked. 2004 batch, 4.2% abv listed on the label.

Pours a deep opaque garnet, bloodstone I'd call it at this point. Pink foamy head to it that retains for a short bit, and recedes to a pink frothy cap. Very, very pink.

The aroma is fantastic, if you like fruit, and more specifically cherries. I happen to, so this works out for me. It's pretty much sweet, almost candied, cherries all the way, no getting around it.

That tart, sour lambic flavour right off the hop, merely accompanied by a cherry escort this time around. A tart, sweet cherry escort to compliment the sourness of the lambic. Doesn't get any more complicated than this.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly light and held up aloft by a decent amount of carbonation. About the same texture as drinking a cream soda, lets say.

An okay cherry lambic for what it is, nothing earth-shattering or mind-blowing. Would make a decent dessert beer. I do like cherries, but this does become rather one-dimensional and old hat after half a glass. So be it.

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy maroon color, thin skin of pink bubbles. Slight simple Belgian lace. Tart aroma, vaguely cherry but not overwhelming and not saccharine. Decent medium profile for a fruit Lambic, fruity but not wildly sweet or artificially boosted. Carbonation is tight and well-released. Could use more astringency and skin-like senses for my tastes but at least its not cartoonishly cherry soda in profile, as some can tend to. Ranks mid pack and something I would drink again.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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 brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a best before date of 2014.

Pours ruby red with a pink head of a quarter inch. A thin but solid skim coat and thick ropes of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sweet cherries, cherry cough drops, and red apples. Cherry juice follows through.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp, slightly chewy mouthfeel. A bit tacky and syrupy.

Cherry juice starts off the palate, with shades of cherry cough syrup and cherry flavoring following through. Sweetish in nature with very little tartness, let alone any sour component.

Finishes with lingering cherry flavors, sweet fruit, and a trace of tartness.

Very much a lambic with training wheels. Lacking the sourness, brett character, dryness, or complexity of a great Kreik. The beer tastes like it was pasturized with cherry flavoring added after. It would probably be great over ice cream or to cook with.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4% ABV.
Pours clear red with nice creamy pink head, moderate retention. Smell - cherries, taste - tart cherries and some yeast funk. Ample drinkability, refreshing, but not as gorgeous.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whitish-pink hue with dull red influences, hazy, the off-white head was flimsy, unorganized pockets of bubbles around the edges. Not much retention. Minimal spotty lace. The appearance is typical, pleasant looking, if not unspectacular. The nose is lively, tart cherries up front, very strong potency, mildly wheaty in the middle, a kiss of yeast funkiness, strong wood aroma at the end, oak, cork, and almonds. Inviting. The first sip is bracing tartness, this was completely expected but not at this level, very nice. The complexities are prevalent; the flavors are modest in strength however. The tartness subsides and a cherry sourness emerges, there is a naked sense of wood. The palate is very dry as well and a lack of bulk seems to allow the carbonation to stand on its own too much. The sweetness is very modest but enough to balance with beer nicely. Pure cherry taste is mild. This a lovely quaff but it is lacking in some aspects, I’d like more depth on the tongue, more funkiness, more body too. The finish is relativity short but the acidity is pleasant. Medium-light in body. As a whole I liked Boon Kriek but it failed to “wow” me much. I’d absolutely drink it again but this only provokes me to search out better Krieks. I know they’re out there; I just need to find them. Very much worth trying.

12 ounce green bottle, corked, purchased in Kansas City for $5.50. 5% abv listed on the back label, as is the date 18.10.2005.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
3.6 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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