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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 auroracrisis
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the tap at Holy Grale into a Boon Kriek branded wine glass.

Ruby red with a tiny pink head that has a touch of lacing as it is drank down.

Sharply sweet, almost like cherry syrup or candy with a light tartness on the nose. There's a faint funk on the nose too but it isn't distinguishable.

Again, like candy on the tongue. Lots of artificial cherry sweetness although I know this was steeped in cherries at some point. No funk, all sweet cherry candy.

Medium body with low carbonation.

This basically tastes like cherry candy. Not cloying, but not far from it either. Going in, I thought this was one of their unsweetened offerings but I should have asked before ordering.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. From Tasty Bev I think, no price tag. Best by 01-02-2015, so I think its had about a year in the bottle.

Appearance: Clear red with a pinkish white head. Pretty good head retention and decent looking lacing.

Smell: Pleasant mouthwatering tart aromas and a little musty funk (a little). Lots of dark cherry smell.

Taste: More sweet cherry and less tart and funk than the smell. Its not overly sweet, nor does it become cough syrupy or cherry soda like-- but it seems like its about to. The oaky notes add some nice complexity of flavor. Doesnt taste as good as it smells, but still deserves a 4.

Mouthfeel: Nice high level of carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Some sticky tannins from the barrel. I'd like a drier finish. It sort of ends... boring.

Overall: A tasty beer. Would be a good introduction to real lambics for a beginner. Very easy to drink. More sweet than funky/sour.

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Photo of Zono
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a glass goblet.

A moderately frothy, cherry-pink head is accompanied by an effervescence typical to lambic.

Appearance: reep red-maroon color, comparable to thickly dried blood.

The smell is rich in burnt, fuity essence.

The taste is pleasantly sour, decidedly less-than-puckering but generally fairly sweet, with a modest complexity of flavor. Some green-apple-type character accompanies the inescapable cherry presence, while the sweetness gives the occasional hint of a caramel note, particularly in the aroma. It is, overall, more mild than the paragonal kriek or, say, examples from Cantillon.

On the whole, a pleasing example of the style, well worth keeping an eye out for, and certainly a genial way of introducing a friend to the (admittedly much broader) world of sour beer.

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Photo of danedelman
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 750ml bottle into Weyerbacher Tulip glass

A-Red color with large pinkish head that stood around awhile.

S-Lot's of canned cherry smell or fake cherry pie smell. Sweetness comes through a lot.

T-Too much cherry, like canned cherries to me. Too sweet and no base kriek(sour) tasted as I was expecting a bit more.

M-light and bubbly, beer flavor was just not my thing.

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged, into a snifter. Had this first in Belgium when I was very new to the beer scene, so having it again for a review. Label has 12-10-2014 stamp.

A - deep brilliant cherry red color. Thin pink head that doesn't stick around much.

S - lots of cherry. Just reviewed another beer that had a cherry syrup aroma, but this one smells like actual cherries. A little bit of funk and sourness come out too.

T - follows the nose, but is pretty much all cherries. Wish this had a little more complexity to it. I did enjoy the slightly acidic aftertaste too. Not sour but has a little tart punch to it!

M - very light bodied, very smooth. Medium carbonation done well. Can't detect the 5% booze.

D/O - very drinkable, but this is a baseline kriek. Fine for the price point, and a great basic lambic. Had no problem downing the bottle.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark blood red with a modest pink head. Sweet and artificial cherry nose. Just a touch of sourness. The flavors are pretty much cherry cough syrup and artificial cherry flavoring. Sweet with barely a hint of sour. Medium body with mild carbonation. Nowhere near what I want in a kriek.

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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 eric5bellies
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Gulden Draak tulip

A - Pours a deep cherry colour with a pink head that reduces slowly.

S - Boiled cherry lolly aroma

T - Up front some boiled cherry lolly flavours and finishes with a sticky sweetness.

M - Light body and spritzy carbonation.

O - Dissapointed no to have any funk in this beer and it smacks of extract rather than genuine fruit.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful cherry color with a nice one finger cherry red head. The smell is like cherry cough syrup with not even the slightest hint of sour or funky. The flavor follows suit with a cough syrup or cough drop cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is actually decent for the fact that this beer tastes so disappointing. Overall would not buy again or recommend anyone to buy this

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Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft served in a goblet, scarlet red and completely clear, jewel-tone clarity. Thin layer of pink foam on top that lasted for awhile, leaving some spotty lacing inside the glass.

Smells like cherry Ludens cough drops... ugh. It's extremely one-dimensional, there's nothing about it that remotely resembles lambic in the aroma. Artificial sweet cherry flavoring, might as well be a cherry syrup and soda.

Flavor is more of the same, artificial cherry cough drops. Some astringency in the back, but the moderate level of artificial sweetness takes over, sterile cherry flavoring lingers in the aftertaste. Thin spritzy feel, well carbonated but too light and resembling fruit soda or "sparkling juice". Wouldn't be surprised if this contained Acesulfame K sweetener as Lindemans does, because the artificiality is there. Boon wouldn't admit to it himself at the Lambic Summit, but the proof is right here in the artificial taste. A waste of $8, avoid.

Sad because Boon Oude Kriek is fantastic, and Boon is more than capable of producing exceptional traditional kriek lambic. This beer sadly represents catering to the Belgian market for sweets and crap alcopops.

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Photo of bashiba
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep dark purple with almost no head.

The smell is slightly carboardy and punget, almost smells like its corked.

The flavor is all cherry, very sweet and fruity almost artificial. Lacking in any sourness or bitterness. Just a fruit bomb.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit watery.

Not real good, to much cherry, not enough beer.

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Photo of EJFinegan
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, this burgundy colored lambic produced a tight head which quickly fell. The smell of tart cherries was welcoming. However, the flavor was a bit one dimensional for me. Sweet on the front and dry on the finish. I did use this lambic in my cherry brownie recipe and the brownies were amazing.

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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 VncentLIFE
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up along with Boon's Framboise and Gueuze.

Looks like cherry juice, or a really light and thin Merlot if youre a wino. Thin ring of a head.

It smells like a funky cherry. I actually really like it. Barnyard funk, acidic sourness, and cherries really kind of fight for attention like children wanting allowance.

The frist thing I notice is how it feels on my tongue and mouth. It has this cherry juice feeling. Its a semi-sweet cherry flavor that coats my mouth at first. The carbonation kind of makes it feel like a cherry-flavored Izze (carbonated fruit juice basically). That sweetness lingers, while what I picture as a red cherry flavor kind of accents the more tart flavors. The cherries are more tart than Michigan cherries, but sweeter than traditional Belgian Kriek cherries.

Not real sure how I feel about this one. The juicy mouthfeel really makes it drinkable and a nice dessert beer, but it really lacks depth. Even a stronger flavor like sweeter/sour-er cherries, or even some of that Belgian sour funk would have made it much more appealing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The cork burst from the bottle and I thought it might be a gusher but very little foam spilled from the lip; in the glass, the beer was all head, however, but eventually it settled down, with plenty of foam clinging to the side and very good retention; needless to say, the liquid was a rusty cherry color capped by a pinkish lavender head

Smell: Sweet cherry jam

Taste: What smells so good turns into a rather one dimensional sweet cherry jam flavor; not sickly-sweet but lacking in tartness and funky complexity; there is a vague hint of tartness on the finish that keeps it from going overboard

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and rather over-carbonated

Overall: Enjoyable, but clearly not an overly complex example of the style

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise at Local Option.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza's winding down a bit, moving to some "dessert-style" beers. This one pours a clear bleached ruby topped by a bit more than a finger of light-pinkish foam. The nose is nothing but sweet cherries, aching to be set ablaze in a fit of jubilee. The taste keeps this pattern fresh at the start, with those sweet cherries really popping on the tongue. Then, near the finish, a very light (but still noticeable) tartness creeps in for a brief appearance, bringing in a small currant flavor. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly watery (though still mildly effervescent) feel. Overall, a nice lambic, something not too sour and not too sweet.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9oz into Boon Kriek chalice. From notes.

A: Clear sparkling red, with a light white, pinkish head. Good looking lambic.

S: Aroma of sweet fresh cherries, not a huge sour or funky aroma. Medium intensity.

T/M: the front is a smooth, clean cherry note, followed by a underlining acidic balance. This is not too over the top with cherries, but still enough to cover up some of the harsher funky tones. Mouthfeel is smooth and as soft as silk. Good level of sparkling carbonation in the body, as well as lingering cherry finish.

O: overall not one of the best Krieks I have had, but does suit the style very well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT. Served in a wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright red color. Somewhat dark, though still bright. Light pink head. Starts out at a single finger and some pretty good retention. The nose carries some fragrant cherries, though there's only a mild tartness and no funk. The flavor is all cherry and tastes too sweet. Nothing there to balance it out and no real indication that this is a lambic. Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly sweet. Mildly tart. Decent enough on a hot day, but nowhere near what a lambic should be.

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

Kriek Boon Lambic Ale, 4.0% alcohol content.
Green bottle corked and caged, poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A- Pours a deep red fluid that produces a tight bubbled light red head, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries and red wine upfront with slight hints of sweet alcohol fumes.

T-M- Has a upfront sweetness of cherries and a red wine bitterness. Refreshing light tart and a smooth watery mouthfeel put this down as a after dinner beer.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy ruby red with a wisp pinkish head.

S - Smells of sour wild cherry and a slight hint of yeast funk. Mostly just cherry, which is only slightly sour.

T - Taste is sweet cherry, with only a bit of tartness. Lacking in complexitiy, it is fairly one-noted.

M - Light body, with an only slightly sticky feel. Drying finish

O - Really not impressive. It is not much better than Lindeman's weak offerings. Sweet without much funk or sourness, though at least these characteristics are hinted at.

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

Served in a lambic flute. Beer is bright red / ruby and hazy with a big pink head that falls away, some lacing, high carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and mildly lactic, lots of cherry in there.

Beer is thin and has this mild sweetness to it, the finish is mildly tart from the fruit, mild lactic acid creaminess to the whole thing.

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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 mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away!

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done. i think my favorite style may be changing.

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Photo of Sam21
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle purchased for $7.99. Poured into a tall goblet.

Appearance – Features a rusty red body with a small and tight pink head. Weak retention and sparse lacing. Looks nice.

Smell – First and foremost there is a big blast of cherry pie filling. Sweet and tart. There is an interesting apple core scent in the background that is hard to pin down. A bit musty.

Taste – Promising start with juicy cherries that have a nice tangy edge that reminds me of a cherry pie. The fruit never fully develops on the palate and seems to dissipate rather abruptly midway through and become watery. There is a light tartness on the back of the tongue, but it never seems to commit. The finish is a bit watery, musty, bitter, and slightly tart. Bitter apple core is noticeable through and seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied with active carbonation. Not fizzy, but definitely active. Soft.

Drinkability – I found this to be an enjoyable kriek, but find the watery middle and mild tartness to be a little confusing on the tastebuds. This beer is neither sweet nor tart. Both characteristics are there, but fail to be fully announce their presence. The apple core bitterness that I am picking up is also a little off-putting within the overall flavor profile. This beer has a lot of potential within the juicy cherries that appear up front, but loses some steam in the finish. The fruit is still there, but not to the same extent. Approachable and enjoyable.

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