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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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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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Photo of redliner8
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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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - ruby red with a soft, pink head that has great retention

S - sweet maricino cherries, sugar, tart

T - sugary, sweet cherries, creamy, tart

M - sticky, smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a really nice lambic. It lost points for me because of the creamy, diacetylic notes that I got in the finish. Otherwise, this lambic is flawless and definitely worthy of your time and attention.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of KajII
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Flute]

The pour was a murky dark cranberry red with a very small (almost non-existent) light pink fizzy head that was fully diminishing in just a few seconds and had no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was all about the cherries with a mild caramel malt and a sweet yeast and had a hint of candi-sugar and a slight sour odor.

The taste was abundantly sweet and a tad acidic with a very big cherry presence throughout, with the finish having a hint of candi-sugar and a nice mellow tartness towards the end. The flavor hung on for a decent duration with the sweet-tart cherry taste fading ever so slowly.

Mouthfeel was just a tiny bit beyond light in body and somewhat watery in texture with a soft mellow carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity tart Lambic that was extremely drinkable, reminds me a little of a Sour Cherry Jolly Rancher...

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Regenpak
1.92/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Tried two 375ml bottles on different dates. Corks came off with a solid "pop". Poured into a frosted Kriek Belle-Vue chalice. Wonderful dark red, nice pink head that slowly dissipates. Funny that I almost couldn't smell anything. Just a faint hint of cherries.

Then the taste. Even though the "best by" date is March 2016 it is bad. Strong licorice-y and only a little cherry. According to the label not only sugar is used but also an unspecified sweetener. Maybe it's aspartame, which spoils any beverage due to enzymes in my mouth. Or something. For me it's impossible to enjoy this beer. In any case, sweeteners don't belong in beer.

ABV is 4.0% by the way.

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Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jburchett
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small, slender snifter. The beer appears slightly clear and reddish-amber with a pinkish-white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing. The nose gives you some sour cherries and bubblegum.

The beer has a light, almost mild flavor and a light body. The flavor is partly sweet with a nice balancing tartness. I get flavors of cherries, almonds, and a slight wheaty graininess. The finish is partly dry and not very well-sustained. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, easy-drinking, refreshing beer, but I find the flavor to be a bit light for my palate. I also thought it was a bit under-carbonated and lacked the sparkle of a really good lambic.

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