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:
596
Reviews:
238
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
62
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boon Kriek

LOOK: Pours a deep red with a pink foam.

AROMATICS: Bright cherries, sweet and sour, a touch of lambic mustiness.

TASTE: Tart and slightly sour lambic with an ever present cherry note and crisp malt body.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium/Light bodied, high level of carbonation and a semi dry finish.

OVERALL: A pleasant fruit lambic, would pair excellent with port wine cheeses and spreads, or with waffles and fruit for breakfast.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Photo of BARFLYB
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Iron Abbey in a Liefman's flute.

BOON Kriek is pretty bloody red, red as stoner eyes with trace amount of small bubbles that are off white looking and foamy off the tap. Smell is cherry up front with some artificial like scent. Some plastic and a small malt build. Taste is terribly sweet, cherry, some vanilla extract, mild funk, this one is on the sweet side. Feel is a bit sour, yet sweet overpowers that. Feel is a bit up from light with a syrupy feel on the way down. Minimal carb. 5oz's was plenty, and perhaps too much.

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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 Gueuzedude
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep cherry color, quite clear, with a nice pink head. Not super carbonated though. Smells of cherry and also slightly tart with a woodiness to it as well. Almost cherry candy type aromas. Not very sour tasting at all, though not that sweet either. A little bit of a tannic edge finishes the beer off. Quite mellow for a lambic. Overall this has a nice cherry flavor backed by a pleasing light acidity. This would be a good first lambic beer for those who have not had the style, but in the end it just does not hold up.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Deep ruby red pour with a dark pink one-finger head. Strong aroma of fermented cherries. Great dark cherry flavor upfront with a slightly tart edge. Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Can also taste a hint raspberry and a little oak flavor but the cherry really stands out. Finish with a really nice lingering dark cherry tartness.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours red/purple with a white/lightly pink head, good retention for a lambic, light lacing into a flute. Pretty colour.

S: Heavy on the cherry, maybe a little too much, no funk.

T: Sweeter than I expected, more like Lindemans than Cantillon for sure. Still, the flavour is good and the sweetness doesn't go over the top. Cherry flavour predominates, though the funk I greatly enjoyed in Boon's Guezes is there as a minor note, which gives the beer some complexity and separates it from the industrial sweetened krieks.

M: Mouthfeel is quite nice. Mild acidity is woven throughout. Light-bodied, spritzy, smooth, champagne-like bubbles.

D: A good beer, though I would have liked some more complexity. Can't argue that much, a thoroughly enjoyable and drinkable beverage.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tumbler.

(A)- Pours a deep dark crimson color. Produced a small cap of pink foam. Surprising retention however; some lace.

(S)- Lots and lots of rich yet mildly tart cherries. Some subtle funk. Plenty of an oaky vanilla nuance at the end.

(T)- Very rich and sweet vanilla oak and ripe cherry pits. No funk, no sourness either really.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice profile of rich fruit, but little else. Cherry juice meets light carbonation.

(D)- A very sweet and rich interpretation. Very straightforward here with not a whole lot that makes what great lambics are great; a funk and sourness; this has neither. Boon's Oude Kriek is on a whole other level than this one.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

04/08/2016

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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 Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml bottle at the Malt House in Madison, WI. Poured into a Duvel tulip today, 1/27/2014.

App- dark brownish red body, minimal white head, looks syrupy. Not much retention, no lacing.

Smell- Medicinal, cough syrup, Robitussin. Some cherry flavor, extremely sweet.

Taste- Disgusting. Overly sweet with cherry makes it incredibly medicinal.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thick body, custardy. Had to choke half the bottle down. Luckily for me, another BA was sharing this bottle with me.

Overall- Disgusting example of a kriek. You can do way, way better than this with other shelf krieks.. even Lindeman makes a better one. Look for the likes of Hannsen's or Oude Beersel.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased for me by @epiclurk.

Pours a perfectly gorgeous kriek-red, deep and subtle, with a translucent haze, crowned with a fluffy, substantial head of pink. Body is light and bright, lacing forms in futzy sheets down the side of the glass. No visible carbonation, but otherwise, a really excellent looking kriek.

Nose is sweet and tart, with chewy cherry taffy the most dominant aroma. Sweeter, milder tones of vanilla are present as well, along with a hint of peppery, slightly astringent acidity tingling the back of the nostrils. Very pleasant.

Taste is a lot flatter that it might have been, and there's actually surprisingly little acidity—more a slight lightness through the centre of the palate, which may well be to do with the fruit characters than a lambic fermentation. Still, the fruit is pleasant, if veering even more towards the artificial cherry flavour so prevalent in American candy. Powdery, aspirin dryness on the finish, which actually prevents too much fruit sweetness from residing on the back.

Feel is light and relatively smooth, but genuinely missing the crispness that a true lambic acidity would give it.

Overall, it's a decent kriek that is unfortunately obviously improve-able. There's just too much that could be done to make it better, which detracts from the positive characters that are there.

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Photo of epyon396
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006, BB 29/01/2012. Served lightly chilled in a Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark pink-reddish in colour, the semi-lively fizziness supports a semi-thick, fluffy pale-pink foamy head with o.k. retention.
S: an underlying note of sour-sweet cherry and cherry-skin runs underneath the super-mild tartness of a Lambiek, while a swirl brings out a creamy touch that along with the cherry-fruitiness results in a pleasant aroma almost like a kirsch cream cake.
T: quite light in taste, a little salty-sweet mineral touch skirts the main entry of very mild sour cherry fruits and the remotely tart wheaty ale. The dryish finish is added with a touch of wheaty aroma and restrained chewy tannins, although in the end a somewhat sticky-sugary palate seems to linger.
M&D: with the mildly sprizty mouthfeel echoing the refreshing fruity flavour profile, this super-light-bodied Kriek Lambiek proves to be a very easy-drinking beer in the summer. The lack of complexity is a minor disappointment, but not so much as to decrease the overall drinkability.

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Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a reddish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, pink-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: As you might expect, cherry dominates the aroma, with a hint of malt as well. Not exactly multidimensional, but you wouldn't expect it to be.

T: Tasted of cherries (a big heap of them), a hint of citrus, and a little malt as well. Has a bit of sourness about it. Not a bad flavor at all. Decidedly not complex, but certainly likeable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh, medicinal finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have its rough spots, it's still worth a shot. Not the most spectacular lambic out there, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of mltobin
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Pours an opaque purple color with a one finger dense pink head that dissipates into a thick foam slick on the surface. Thick lacing is evident on the side of the tulip.

Aroma is fairly sweet, almost caramel, with a tart cherry kick. It's reminiscent of luden's cough drops.

The flavor is reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake, as weird as that sounds. Malt sweetness lingers throughout the sip, with a lactic sourness cleaning up the profile at the finish. The aftertaste is cherry cough drop.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The sweetness is slightly cloying.

Overall, a lot sweeter than I had anticipated. The cherry sourness plays very well with the lactic lambic tartness. Great gateway beer.

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

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