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 Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Pours out bright red with a pinkish-white head. Obvious cherry aroma. Fairly light tasting; all cherry and no beer, and not extraordinarily flavorful at that. Smooth and easily drinkable though, and a fair enough after-dinner beer, though definitely not the best of the style.

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Photo of liamt07
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Beer Distrbutors, into a pint glass. Bottle notes a best before date of April 20, 2014.

Pours a dark red, fluffy and dense pink head. Nice lacing and strong retention. Pretty! Nose has some marschine cherry, mild medicinal notes, some lactic presence. A general yogurt feel to it. Taste has more cherry sweetness, mild lactic notes and this mysterious yogurt comes through again. Mouthfeel has some slight tartness. Good feel with some good cherry flavour. Tastes way better than the nose would indicate.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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 cpetrone84
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a copperish amber color, transparent with a slightly off white creamy head.

S-the nose is extremely artificial and sugar, lots of messy malts with notes of sweet raisins and chocolate. The cherry is so faint, the sugars are strong and non inviting. this is rather messy and poor in the nose.

T-the flavor follows the nose, messy and malty. the flavor is less pronounced and very flabby. chocolate malts and sugary raisins with light tart cherry. these flavors are all mild and very watery.

M-thinner feel and poor finish that falls off substantially. carbonation is low and the finish is watery and weak.

D-this is a poor attempt at a beer, flabby, flat, and watery. too malty and artificial with way too much sugar and not enough anything good.

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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 Lukie
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours out a dark ruby with highlights of crimson red in the light. Head is pink/off white and billowing but dissipitates quickly into little lacing on top.

Sour cherry aromas, with hints of barnyard funk. Crisp green apple skin, and hints of horse-hay. Almost like the smell of cherry pips sitting out in the sun, if that makes any sense. But nothing makes sense with Lambic aromas.

Initial flavours of sweet cherry, give way to sour cherry and crisp green apple skin, which is typical for a sweeter lambic. Not too much big sour, but just enough to make you want more.

One of my favourite, more standard Lambics, this one, as it's easily enjoyed with a touch of funkiness to keep you interested. A great choice for someone just starting out.

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Photo of biboergosum
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 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 berley31
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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 aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml split while cutting up dark chocolate.

A: Hazy red color with tons of visible carbonation. The best part of the way this beer looks is the cherry tinged head. It is awesome. A finger and a half of billowy head.

S: The nose is of tart cherries. A little bit of sweetness and a touch of lacto. A touch of the barrel as well.

T: The sweetness everyone talks about is there for sure. The cherries come across nicely. Just a touch of tartness in the finish. Not as complex as the finest examples of the style though this is the Boon offering for the masses.

M: Light body. Well carbonated. Little cry in the finish.

D: Good but not great. Would be a great beer for someone getting into the style. Really great with chocolate.

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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 womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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 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 Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark maroon/red with a slight foamy reddish white head and no lacing.

The smell is sweet cherry and a little alcohalish like cough syrup flavor.

The taste has a sugary sweet cherry flavor that pops. Some tart flavor comes together with some oak flavor and has some slight funk flavor that is providing a slight backbone to this beer.

The feel of this beer is light in body and is pretty easy drinking. It goes down quickly and leaves a nice aftertaste that stays for a short while.

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Photo of bruachan
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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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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 scott451
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 BB 01.02.2014. Gently poured into a Duvel tulip after warming up slightly from fridge temperature.

A clear dark ruby with a thin bubbly pale pink head. The head soon diminishes to a ring. Light pink lacing.

Dark sour cherry smells. The taste is cherries with a slightly sweet tart finish. Very nice. The aftertaste is of a mild sour cherry. Not very beer like at all.

This beer is light in body with a lightly sparkling carbonation. There is not a lot of depth or complexity but its a refreshing and drinkable brew.

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

Reviewed from notes, not what I expected.

A- Dark red with an amazingly beautiful pink foamy head. Great retention and a huge blanket of thick lace. A terrific looking lambic.

S- Sweet salt water taffy like cherry all over the aroma. It is like a creamy dessert type fruit. Vanilla, sugar, slight vinegar.

T- Very sweet and this throws it off for me. A tiny bit tart. The cherry flavor itself is nice but it keeps going back to the sugar. Its almost like an aspartame-sweetened store brand seltzer drink to me.

MF- Light creamy body with low end carbonation for the style.

DB- The flavors here are all good but sweetness devours it. This is the first time I have had a lambic with sugar outweighing tartness. Strange but not bad. The appearance carries the score.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml shared by none other than cbutova.

Pours dark red with huge fluffy pink head, awesome colors, awesome retention with thick cotton candy lacing.

Big authentic cherry smell, very sweet, reminds me of Wisconsin Belgian Red. Slight notes of vinegar.

Taste also reminds me of WBR (fresh cherries) but much less intense, watered down. Pretty much all sweet, some tart, and no sour. Some bready and oak notes. Pretty one-note, excitement is lost after a few sips.

Pretty solid mouthfeel+carbonation, but I guess I've been spoiled on lambics for Cantillon, I was hoping for gut-wrenching sourness with a huge cherry taste. Easily drinkable and more or less enjoyable, but I can't see myself ever getting this for the price.

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Photo of xrdsci
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL corked, caged bottle. Listed at 4% ABV.

A: Deep red color, with hints of purple. Thick, frothy, pink head. Lacing is pretty tenacious.

S: Smells almost exactly like Luden's cherry cough drops with a little bit of funk.

T: Like the smell, the sweet cherry taste dominates. Hard to pick up anything else immediately, but the funk (what little there is of it) comes through on the back end once the sweetness wears off. Not nearly as sour as I was expecting.

M: Sparkling carbonation. A little sticky/syrupy.

D: Goes down easy. Very refreshing.

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

375mL green glass cork and cage bottle. Back label dated Best Before 13.03.2012, L8073 11:29:33. Trying to figure out when this was bottled...

Pours a fairly clear reddish brow with thin off-white head that recedes quickly. Some sediment.

Nose is big, thick stewed cherries and tanned leather. Prunes, plums, and a little blackberry jam too. A faint whisper of wood.

Palate is sharp with acidity up front but then creeping sweetness takes over. Flavors are very raisin-y with lots of stewed and jam-like fruits. Black cherries for sure and stewed blackberries. Finish is fairly short and well balanced.

This is quite a bit sweeter than I remember it being. Still a tasty lambic. Glad to have scored three *really* dusty bottles recently.

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Photo of H1N1
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is my first lambic review so pardon me if its not as descriptive as it could be. I may not have the palate or adjectives for it yet.

A- Dark red. With 2 fingers of light pink foam. The foam recedes quickly with no lacing. I looks pretty dead before long.

S- Cherry and a bit tart smelling. Reminds me of the smell of doing dishes.

T- Very sweet cherries. It tastes like a cough drop. Almost too sweet. It actually reminds me of a cooler. I like the moments when I get a bit of a tart musty taste. But I really have to search for it.

M- Tingly carbonation. Very fine and bubbly. Like a slightly thicker champagne.

D- Its not for me. It tastes like a girly wine spritzer. Will not buy again. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to buy a Cantillon and hope for the best.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received this complimentary bottle from the very friendly people at "Menotomy Beer and Wine" in Arlington MA. - thank you very much, I appreciate your generosity.

375 ml bottle. Corked with cage. Great presentation.

A- 4 Good carbonation. Typical looking Kriek. Deep cherry/raspberry colored beer with a light pink head. Decent head retention. Slightly opaque.

S- 3 Smells like cherry candy. Very similar smell to Ludens cherry cough drops actually.

T- 3 Really not the sour Belgian funk that I am looking for in a Kriek. This is mostly just overwhelming sweetness. I have been spoiled with Cantillon's Kreiks, so my standards might be a slightly high for this style.

M- 3.5 A bit syrupy, although pretty smooth on the tongue though. A nice carbonic bite at the end of the sip. Very, very sweet.

D- 3 This is more of a very elegant, slightly alcoholic cherry soda more than the Belgian Lambics I am used to. I respect the fact that they age in oak barrels for two years, but I find this to be a very reserved Lambic. I could easily see why some might love this brew, but it's not really "up my alley."

Also this beer is spontaneously fermented, so it sounds as though it would be very inconsistent. Potentially it could be a different beer next around.

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

Boon might not be at the top tier of Lambic and Geueze producers, but this Kriek is nonetheless very tasty. The beer presented in a corked and caged 750 ml bottle and poured into a white wine glass (all I had around while on vacation). The kriek was a clear garnet in color with a fine pink cap that lasted but left little lacing. The beer smelled and tasted very bright from sour cherries. The beer was not too sweet but nicely balanced with enough tartness. Overall, the expression of the wild character was limited, the amount of fruit flavor had that effect on the beer and it appeared that the beer was not bottled conditioned which can definitely help the bugs do more work. This is a good beginner beer, but for the more advanced beer drinker, this might be disappointing

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for something summery, and there's nothing that yells summer like brettanomyces and lactic acid bacteria. Poured into my champagne flutes, because they do great as lambic glasses.

The body is a deep and rich ruby color. The head is colored like strawberries and cream, and looks like marshmallow fluff. It leaves beautiful delicate rings of lace with legs connecting the rings made of streaky and thin bubbles.

The aroma is packed with sweet cherries. It almost smells like a jar of maraschino cherries was opened and poured into secondary. There is a hint of funk in the background, but cherries really steal the show here.

The taste follows closely for the most part. When the beer is around 45 degress, the funk is almost unnoticeable, but as it comes closer to 60, it takes a more notable role in the flavor. However, the cherries do still overwhelm the other characteristics of this beer. Maybe it will improve with age.

Spritzy and light, just what I was hoping for when I picked this one out, but it falls a bit short as the sweet is so much more prominent than the sour and the funky. I would certainly drink this again, as it is readily available and not too expensive. However, it doesn't quite do it for me in terms of a great lambic.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
3.6 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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