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 BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With sweet cherries are the forefront, this hugely aromatic ale delivers a resweetened flavor of cherries to balance against the sharp lactic and acetic sourness from wild yeast and bacteria.

Pouring a dark ruby color of blood and with a rusty haze, the beer forms an eggshell white head that settles into a medium sheet on the surface and dispursed pockets of lace on the glass. A good looking sour ale that holds it's head character much better than most.

Cherry aromas are apparent. But the complementary notes of apple cider, balsamic vinegar, red wine, and lime zest are all welcome complexities that reinforce the cherry additions and offer balance against an otherwise one-dimensional fruity nose. Musty, leathery, woody, and dusty notes contribute layer upon layer of scents that reveal themselves as the beer warms.

Candied cherries frame the flavors with a very focused taste. Tartness of fruit and spontaneous souring is balanced by the medium malt sweetness and fructose left over from tawny cherries. The beer is much sweeter than expected, especially with the dry dusty and vinous aromas that suggested otherwise. Cider, vinegar, wine, leather, and lemons all peak through, but with much less intensity than the aroma portrayed.

Sweetness from unresolved malts and cherries give a greater impression of body than is probably there, but the sweet cherry feel seems somewhat soda pop-ish as the sweetness sticks to the mouth and prevents the powdery and lightly tannic dryness in finish that the beer deserves. Somewhat astringent and acidic, the beer has an oaky tannic feel that replaces hop bitterness and aids in an unsettled balance.

A finish of cherry sweetness extends well past finish and revisits a memory of the fruit going into the next sip. This is a richer Kriek that focuses too heavily on cherry flavor and sweetness. If only the flavor and body held true to the complex aroma mix, this beer would have fared much better.

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Photo of clvand0
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. This beer pours a dark red color with a tall pink head that has nice retention. Quite cloudy as well. Smells like cherry candy - slightly tart, but not overly. Lots of cherry aroma. The flavor is like candy as well. Sweet, thick, and only a hint of tartness. Lots of thick cherry flavor. Very nice. Not nearly as sour as most lambics, but extremely tasty beer. I'd have this one any day. The body is thick and the drinkability is great.

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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 Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color lambic with a super huge pink foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of sweet cherries with some tart notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cherries with tart notes. Not as sour as some other example of the style (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen) but I don’t believe any sugar was added maybe just cherries with a sweeter taste profile (but I might be wrong). Body is full with some low filtration and some great carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable and refreshing beer for summertime.

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Photo of mmcave
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle
Chilled and poured into flute-"esk" glass nice two finger creamy white/pink head with good retention thick and foamy looking. The body is the color of stewed strawberries. A dark purplish burgundy with slightly lighter tones around the base very attractive. The lacing is not very present.

Smell up front is similar to that of Dannons cherry yogurt. I was expecting something a bit more wild and funky. Its very smooth and extremely accessible. No hop aroma obviously. The cherries are really present they smell like the tart cherries and in a pie,.

Taste again is a bit too immediately approachable for me. The cherries manifest in their tartness and that slight pleasant pucker making you want more. As I said before I was expecting more sourness from wild yeast, but again this is very quaffalbe and I think would be great desert beer or modified and used for a salad dressing. I feel its might be a tad too sweet to be an aperitif though.
Totally worth a try.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lovely deep red with a nice off white head that leaves some good lace.

Smells is cherries, cherries, and more cherries.

Taste is again very cherry with some funk in the finish which is a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Overall, a good dessert beer. Not overwhelmingly sweet and quite tasty.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I try to drink at least two lambics a month (I would like to do more but they are pricey sometimes). This was my first of June (drank and reviewed last night, June 7th).

A: Dark red (almost blood-colored) liquid fills the glass. A two-finger pink head rests atop the pretty beer below. This lambic is darker than I am use to, perhaps owing to the width of the glass.

S: Sour, vinegar-like lambic notes caress my nostrils lovingly (damn i love lambics). Despite the deep red color, cherry takes a back seat in the aroma though it is definitely still there. A slight vanilla is noticeable, perhaps from the oak aging?

T: Yummy, sweet and sour red cherries are the dominant flavor here. Of course, it has the wild yeast kick but this is not as harsh as the Mariage Parfait or other geuze.

M: Mildly puckering, leaving the mouth salivating for more. No chewiness or thickness is apparent.

D: I really enjoy lambics and I think Frank Boon and family have done an excellent job over the years. I fully intend to be at the Mariage Parfait beer dinner at Brick Store in August!

All that being said, this beer is very plain and that becomes noticeable towards the end of the glass. It is still a fine beer but I will get the Cantillon next time.

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Photo of sleazo
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-dark fruit punch red with minimal head and no lace.

S-dark cherry sweetness hints of candy sugar

T- bracingly sweet dark cherries. That sugar comes through. But the aftertaste is a lovely sour citrus. A real refreshing tartness that I like in my lambics yet balanced with the sweetness. This is tasty indeed. This is what it is, if you want a real tart lambic, get one without fruit.

M-light and bubbly. Refreshing for a warm day.

D-Very tasty but the drinkability is limited due to the profound tartness.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a decent lambic, but doesn't have the tartness or complexity of a true lambic. it's kind of one dimensional with the cherry. However, it tastes good, but this is a lambic damnit! I want some tartness and sourness. this doesn't realy ive me that. The head was decent for a lambic and there was a tiny bit left over throughout. A decent beer, but nowhere near worth the 8.99 I paid for it.

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Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish-pink color with a light pink head that settles to a thin layer in my glass.

It smells musty and tart with notes of cherries, no surprise there!

The taste is tart, but not as sour as I was expecting. The cherry flavors are really big, of course, with the expected underlying musty flavors of spontaneous fermentation.

It's light and crisp and refreshing.

Overall this is a fine fruit lambic, and a good one to get to know the style on, since it's not as sour as others.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maraschino cherry with pinkish orange trim. The crown is pale pink in color, like cherry juice added to whipped cream, but is semi-stiff rather than creamy. I can't remember if fruit lambics tend to leave much lace or not. Even though this one doesn't, I like the look...

... and I love the nose. Boon Kriek smells like my dream cherry lambic. It may not be serious enough for true connoisseurs, but I think it's fantastic. Each sniff delivers bushel basketfuls of sweet and sour (mostly sour) cherries with an underlying fermented funkiness. It's a cherry bomb of a nose!

It's odd how the aroma and the flavor often fail to match up; in both directions. This is one of those cases because the flavor here is clearly inferior to the nose. It's much less vibrant, much less cherry-like. Whereas the nose was cherries squared, or even cubed, the flavor is cherries halved.

Boon Kriek is neither sticky sweet like some so-called lambics, nor is it amazingly tart and acidic like some others. It tries to have it both ways at once, with limited success. The biggest problem is that the beer lacks a distinct personality. It's as if the brewers wanted to appeal to all drinkers and were afraid to be daring. The end result is a flavor profile that finds itself up a kriek without a paddle.

It's still good beer and I'll have no trouble polishing off the twelve ounce bottle by the time I get to the final word of the review. I just wish it was a more memorable ride. The relative lack of sugar increases drinkability in my eyes, as does the mouthfeel. It's light (and lightly sticky) with just enough bubbles to keep things on the mildly peppy side.

I expected more out of Boon Kriek than I got. First and foremost, I expected more explosive cherry flavor. It's an enjoyable little fruity sipper, but there's no way I'll buy it again if I have to pay the same $5.99 that I paid for this bottle.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 375 ml green bottle, caged and corked. 2004 batch, 4.2% abv listed on the label.

Pours a deep opaque garnet, bloodstone I'd call it at this point. Pink foamy head to it that retains for a short bit, and recedes to a pink frothy cap. Very, very pink.

The aroma is fantastic, if you like fruit, and more specifically cherries. I happen to, so this works out for me. It's pretty much sweet, almost candied, cherries all the way, no getting around it.

That tart, sour lambic flavour right off the hop, merely accompanied by a cherry escort this time around. A tart, sweet cherry escort to compliment the sourness of the lambic. Doesn't get any more complicated than this.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly light and held up aloft by a decent amount of carbonation. About the same texture as drinking a cream soda, lets say.

An okay cherry lambic for what it is, nothing earth-shattering or mind-blowing. Would make a decent dessert beer. I do like cherries, but this does become rather one-dimensional and old hat after half a glass. So be it.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep red beer with a fairly large foamy head. The slightly pink head lingers for a few minutes and leaves thin sheats of lacing down the sides. Looks good for a cherry lambic.

S - Strong ripe red cherries over cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

T - There is more spice than cherries. Cloves, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. There is then a sour cherry flavor. The aftertaste is simply a lingering tart cherry. Not bad, and not very sweet either.

M - Extremely thin and fizzy. This is really like soda water. Not even that refreshing. I swirled it violently to lower the carbonation - it didn't affect much.

D - Alright. Cherry lambics are pretty common and generally better than this one. I won't have it again, but if your idea of the perfect lambic is a sour cherry soda, than hunt this down. It is easy to drink and I got through it with ease.

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Photo of cmburl79
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: deep plum in color with a light pink bubbly head. Quite festive.

S: A bright nose of cherries overwhelms you as you take the first sniff.

T: I was expecting more cherry flavor from the smell of it. So I was a little
Disappointed. Was not too sour. Would defiantly liked some more cherry in there.

M: was light and crisp and refreshing. Perfect for the summer.

D: Not exactly my pint of beer but was very easy and light to drink. Its not too sour so may be a good beer to start someone on lambics.

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

375ml bottle, corked and caged

Pours with a ruby body, slightly hazy. Tight pinky white head with good retention, some lacing on the glass

Smell, a whiff of cherries, mixed berries. A few esters and a bit of malt

Taste, crisp dry mouthfeel, oaky cherries, some sourness but nothing too overpowering, lasting acidic cherries on the finish

A bit disappointing but still a solid kriek. I've come to expect alot from Boon however this isnt a big bold sour lambic like cantillon kriek or kriek de ranke but it is pretty solid

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep burgundy with a stable head. Strong tart cherry aroma. Flavor is very tart and a bit sour up front, with fruit, some carbonation in the middle and lingering tanginess. Some bubblegum. Light mouthfeel and definitely not cloying. Might re-review later because this is my first non-Lindeman's lambic.

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Photo of phisig137
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 3-8-2009. Cork pops off with a rather weak pop, and pours a dark ruby mahogany color. Thick foamy 2 finger pink hued head with great retention forms. Once it slowly falls, a thick blanket is left ontop of the glass.

Aroma is syrupy sweet, and slighty fake smelling. It is pleasant, but doesn't smell all that exciting. Almost smells like cough syrup.

Flavor is considerably better. Slightly sweet up front, with loads of bing cherry flavors. Wheat pops up in the middle, where the flavor turns decidedly tart. Slight acidity helps to cut the up front sweetness. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is average, if not slightly thin. Drinkability is good.

An enjoyable beer, and a nice change of pace, but not all that great. I've had better lambics, but I've also had worse. Middle of the road, and at least worth a try if you've had many of the others.

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Photo of Umbra
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/12/2006 ink jet on the back label.
Cork shot off as I took the wire cage off, and some of the brew came streaming out. Afterward, poured it into my trusty Bellevue chalice. Poured a deep red amber with a red tinged white head. It rose quick quickly, looking rocky with mix matched bubbled. Reduced quickly to a nice lace.

Smell of cherry cough drops, but with a sour and tangy mix in the background. Light mouthfeel, with a bunch of carbonation going on. Initially the "funk" and some sourness come through, but they came rushing in with the tingles. They were quickly tacken over by sour cherry and deep sweetness. Finishes sweet, with cherry floating in the back tastebuds.
Drinkable, I could see this served with a fresh fruit tart, some zabayone or perhaps a flan.

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

Appearance – This beer is a deep ruby red with a centimeter of pink frothy head. The head does have some decent staying power.

Smell – All of cherries and red wine. There are some genuine cherry aromas in there but there is also some really artificial smelling stuff. Very sweet anyways.

Taste – Extremely sweet up front and the flavor is all sugar and cherries. There is a bit of tart in the aftertaste but overall it doesn’t have much variety in its flavor.

Mouthfeel – It’s quite prickly on the tongue and a bit sticky at the end. The body is medium to thin.

Drinkability – Not great but not horrible either. I just had to give a plain old three here.

This beer doesn’t do a whole lot for me. It’s not horrible but there are better fruit flavored beers out there.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, nearly opaque, red with a small pink head that quickly morphed into a persistent lacing.

Big cherry aroma with some musty, earthy tones.

The creamy cherry, red wine flavor is far less tart than I had expected. Krieks are sometimes too sweet and tart for my personal taste, so this was a good thing. The sweetness up front is not overpowering or cloying, while the aftertaste is slightly tart and very dry. Other flavors included wet leather, oak and that indescribable musty presence, typical to most lambics.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, which I found quite pleasing on the palate. While it is well carbonated, it does not drink like a soda. The smooth flavors render this a highly drinkable brew.

I'm very picky about fruit lambics and this is one of my favorite Krieks.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

A: Pours murky dark red with a pink head. The lacing is very nice throughout the beer.

S: Very cherry. What a surpirise. Aroma is overpowered by the cherry flavor. With a touch of yeastys in the smell.

T: Starts with a very sweet cherry flavor, this is followed by an immediate sourness like, well sour cherry. Mouth watering. Then after it goes back to a slight sweet cherry taste. Not bad, if you like cherrys.

M: Carbonated a lot. Not watery but close. Very light mouthfeel.

D: Really not bad. Easy 5% but the cherry flavor is just a little too much for me...

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Photo of elricorico
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep rosey red with a thin pinkish head. Seems that a thin cap is retained well by the beer.

Smell is cherry. Cherry Lifesavers and medicinal cherry cough syrup. Images of powdered cherry flavour sugar candies come to mind. Very sweet, a bit too sweet for me.

Up front is cherry flavoured Lifesavers again. Finish is sour cherry, just enough to make the mouth water a little bit after swallowing. The sweet and sour balance relatively well at first, but as I get through the bottle I find sweetness is starting to overpower.

Body is alright, not watery, but I find the carbonation a bit too sharp. Tongue tingling even when swallowed quickly.

Depends how you feel about cherry flavours with this one. It isn't bad, but I really wouldn't look for it again, it just hasn't excited me.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Downtown Wine & Spirits today along with various other beers. I let this chill and served it in one of my New Belgium Glasses.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy burgundy. A thick foamy pink head tops the beer, but thins to a persistent layer, leaving some lace. The head reemerges upon swirling.

Smell: The predominant aroma is sweet cherries, with a very light sour component. Earthy or barnyard aromas are almost imperceptible.

Taste: Sweet cherries, mild sourness, very light earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, medium-bodied, with a light dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Since the sourness is mild the beer doesn't just have to be sipped.

Overall: I was hoping for more sour and earthy aromas and flavors. As is, this is a pretty good sweet lambic.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle dated for end of 2006:

A: hazy wheatish look, modest disappearing head with a bit of lace
S: cherry, no hint of alcohol
T: dry, cherry front, melt-a-way back, no left aftertaste, easy to drink
M: Interesting, between an ale and possible wine, solid body
D: Easy, count this as a session beer, at 5% many could go down, try it with your girlfriend...

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Photo of texashammer
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with no head. Real sour cherry smell. Black cherries. Smells like the fruit really smells/tastes, not like that weird cherry flavor you run into so much. Tastes very light, again, like real fruit. Very small taste compared to the smell. But it grows. Tart, sour cherries, with the lambic sourness too. Not too sweet. Again, like REAL fruit. Very dry finish. Very pleasant.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
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