Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

Boon KriekBoon Kriek
599 Ratings
Boon KriekBoon Kriek

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As a lambic fan, I'm looking forward to trying this -- "Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name." Poured from a 375ml corked-and-caged bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a translucent red wine color (think a light pinot noir) with a thin pink head of almost no retention. Not what comes to mind based on the lambics I've had in the past. No lacing to speak of, either.

S: Mainly smells like Ocean Spray cranberry/cherry juice, with a hint of funky sourness in the background. A fairly strong aroma overall.

T: The cherry juice flavors are definitely overpowering here. The only thing that reminds me I'm drinking beer is the slight hint of funk on the finish. Almost no sour flavors come through. Overall, cloyingly sweet and pretty disappointing.

M: Medium-bodied and almost flat in terms of carbonation.

O: Definitely not a beer I'll revisit in the future. It's basically like drinking a bottle of cranberry-cherry juice.

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Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mitlinks
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Bigben0328
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Brew33
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of RashyGrillCook
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from keg in The Cask, Pimlico. Half pint.

Pours a red/pink colour, with a light red foamy head.

Smells very fruity and sweet.

Tastes quite tart with a hint of sweetness. Definite cherry taste. Very pleasant and refreshing.

Overall quite a simple tasting, yet refreshing and tasty beer.

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Photo of cbnz
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Lemke10
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a maroon, reddish color with only a slight head. The scent is very rich with cherries giving the aroma more of a cherry wine rather than a cherry beer. It’s very sweet to the nose. The taste is very sweet and refreshing. There is not presence of alcohol at all in the taste. Texture is flat with a touch of carbonation as it finishes. At 5% abv wow! This is something you could give to a kid and they would think it’s cherry juice. Not bad, different, but could use a little improvement to become a great lambic.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a commercial point of view this is an excellent beer. From a beer drinker's point of view it cannot win the prices.

Beer drinkers won't buy this. But women on hot terraces will. It can really compete with the Lindemans Kriek.

L: good, dark red, regular top;
S: the lambic is completely overwhelmed by the sweeteners and sugar. Otherwise: the sugars and sweeteners don't feel so extreme as in most commercial fruit beers; if you like cherry yoghourt: this is what you smell;
T: round, bit chemical because of the sweeteners, cherry yoghourt again, almond;
M: nice, good finish;
O: this beer has been made to sell; it is not made for beer reviews; very intelligent brew.

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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 Seanniek91
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 bottle poured into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Very dark mahogany/red with one fingered bubbly white head that lasted about 20 seconds. Very little lacing.

Smell- Funky grassy smell. Cherry. Yeasty body. Some kind of chemical smell that I can't put my finger on, but not a bad chemical smell...

Taste- First cherry. Then some funky earthiness. Tastes better after every sip. Sweet with a very very very mild tartness.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as I expected. Smooth. No taste of alcohol (shouldn't be at 4%). Light and refreshing.

Overall- Solid lambic for the price. Obviously no Cantillon or Fontenien, but I would choose a Lindemanns over this specific Boon.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of birchstick
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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 YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of endovelico
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky oxidized-pink brew with low perceived effervescence. No lacing and little head formation.

Smell: Medium-high in intensity. The obvious sweet cherry notes, sour notes, candy and some barnyard.

Taste: High intensity. Candy, cherry, sour apple and some gamy notes. Very enjoyable.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied, long lasting pleasant aftertaste, low carbonation, medium-low acidity and sourness, Low bitterness and sweet throughout.

Overall: It's not a Lambic you have to grow into. It's not a sour bomb, or a funk bomb, or a beer nuanced by years of wood aging. It's sweet, it's flavorful, it's not the most complex wild brew, but putting snobbery aside you can't tell me it's not delicious... Just keep that in mind if you are put off by the score. Cheers.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 599 ratings
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