Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon KriekBoon Kriek

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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 bark
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is dark red-brown; the liquid is somewhat cloudy. The foam is quite thin; the colour is purple-pink.

The smell is loaded with lots of cherry-candies, cherry stones and amarelle. There are traces of vinegar and wheat dough.

The taste is both double-sided and balanced: First, it tastes like sweet cherry fruit drink with some dry notes of bitter almonds. Then, a fine full-bodied bittersweet flavour of sour cherries emerges followed by a quite neutral sweetness with some sour notes and a touch of vinegar. The aftertaste is very pleasant (maybe it is a little thin) with a slowly fading taste of cherry jam and some yeast.

The carbonation is very refreshing with a myriad of medium sized bubbles.

This is clearly one of the more complex and delicious krieks that I have drunk. Really nice!

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

After the greatest festival I have ever had the pleasure of attending, Belgium Comes To Cooperstown, I find myself discovering and enjoying the beers of Flanders and Lambeek more and more.

Served at just under fridge temperature in my Celebrator stange.

Appearance- Pours a hazy, ruby/copper with subtle pink glowing from the inside. The head is light pink and a solid finger think. Good duration.

Smell- Sour fruit (cherries) dominate with a canvas of barnyard and bubble gum. As the beer approaches cellar temperature, sour becomes sweet and a nice malty character emerges gently. Great depth of aroma, wonderful to experience.

Taste- Once again the sour cherries are the first wave, but as the beer decants it matures to a plum character. In a about a half hour, I am getting a sweetness that mimicks the changing smell from sour to sweet. Nice transition of smell and taste over time.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light to medium in the mouth with a soft carbonation, if it weren't for the complexity in the taste this would sure be a lot easier to put down. Easy drinking, but very savory. This is one to enjoy after the party's over, when your tastebuds crave to retire with something unique to remember.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle bought from

Poured a slightly dark reddish brown colour... Head was a nice pink colour. Pours with big fluffy head. This disappeared quite quickly and left a very thin layer on top...

Aroma - Sweet & sour cherries, cream, vanilla, biscuits ?

Taste – Creamy, sour cherries, quite sweet. Slightly bitter aftertase. Lemony notes...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy. Very resfreshing...

Overall - A very good kriek. Very refreshing and very drinkable... maybe ever so slightly on the sweet side though...

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I like this style as an indulgence, but was actually a bit surprised by how sweet this one was. Muddy henna red when poured, there's some pink strawberry colored foam on top (which has lasted). Aromawise, while I can pick up the Kriek, I can pick up the sugar as well. Tastewise, It should be figured out by now that I think the sugar (?) overpowers the Kriek more than it should. The cherry is evident, just not as to the fore as would be nice. Some tartness there, but you have to look.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head has a nice high pink colour, but it rapidly fades away. It becomes thin and fluffy. The beer has a deep dark ruby red colour. It was presented in it’s own narrow high tulip glass.
I consider the odour to be fresh with semi-natural sweet cherry’s. It has some carbonation, but not too much.
Taste is syrup sweet. You get the impression of sweet whole cherries. A mellow, full bodied Lambik taste and some sourness in the back.
The aftertaste is more sour sweet. It’s full and long-lasting.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull reddish brown color with a fizzy head. Sour cherry smell. There are some lambic smells, but they seem to be covered up by the cherries. The flavor is real cherries, but not a lot else. From the aroma, I was expecting this beer to be very sour, but the sour flavor never came. The fizzyness and the cherry flavor together make this feel like a soft drink. There's nothing terrible about this beer, I just think it could have been so much better.

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

Taken form notes scribbled down last night.

The cork explodes so watch out. The beer pours a nice light red with a foamy pink head. The smell was of cherries, but the complexity was lacking. The same with the flavor. The cherry taste is alright, but the complexity is not there. It's a simple, fizzy cherry alcoholic beverage, without really being anything special. One of the more dissapointing lambics I've had, but still tasty.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

fair warning, this is one of my first lambic, but as i use the BA review function not only to lend my opinions to everyone else but also to store my own beer notes, i'm throwing my lambic uneducated review into the mix.

dark magenta with inty bubbles sticking all around the edge. even smells sour. smells of fruits, hard to pick out the cherry notes. also smell woody characteristics. every sip seems so different from the last, some over poweringly sour and bitte, while others seem much more mellow. i wouldn't even say that it tastes that much like cherries, i think i taste it cause i a supposed to. so ahrd to describe the flavors, but i get a pleasent wet carboard kind of taste, mixed with the sourness and a pop of fruit at the end. much crisper when cold, much more sour as it warms. you canr eally taste it waround the outside of your tounge, i dont know what taht means, just an observation i have never noticed before. Surprisingly heavy as it sits in the old gut for awhile, might just be the acidity.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first foray into the world of goes. Caged & corked bottle. Pfft! goes the cork. Pours a deep cherry red with a wonderful foamy pink head. Gotta say I like the looks of it. Sour cherries invade the nostrils along with a funky earthy smell.

Mouth puckery sour cherry goodness melds with odd dirty, musty notes. A bit of sweetness sneaks in as well, candy sugary. Yummy spontaneously fermented brew.

Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy. Bubbly carbonation runs over my tongue. Easily drinkable brew and quite a tasty treat. Not your everyday beer, but nice for a change of pace. I look forward to trying some more lambics and seeing where the style takes me.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a disappointment to drink. I was expecting so much more in the way of taste and aroma.

Poured a cloudy effervescent strawberry jam color with a thin pink head that left some lacing.

Aroma was of sour cherries and sweet malt.

Taste was genrally sour with little or no cherry taste that I could identify. And no real swettness at all. Way too dry.

Very carbonated.

I felt the Lindemans was a better brew.

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Photo of Paddez
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red-brownish brew with a small, soapy head after a hard pour. Certainly doesn't look overly intresting.
The smell is mainly that of sweet cherries although there's some sourness to be detected as well.
The taste isn't very complex but still complexer than I would have expected. It's a mixed bag of sweetness and sourness with some woody and grainy notes floating around.
The overall mouthfeel is pretty good and the drinkabillity is excellent. This one can be had as a sipper or as a thirst quencher.

A nice Kriek, but definitely not my favourite. Still a decent brew though.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured the color was a hazy brownish red with very little foam on the rim of the glass and some lace.

The smell of sour cherries was very strong. That was the high lite of this Kriek. The taste fell quite a bit short, compare to the aroma the ale gave out. The flavor of a sour substance was evident, but not much on the cherry side. Although pleasant, it came up short for a good Kriek.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle at Lucky Baldwin's during the Belgian Beer Festival.

Big cherry nose with just a hint of. Pits and a small amount of the typical horsey aroma

Flavor starts with an initial slap of sweet cherry with a growing stonw rathiness apearing after a brisk acidity

Finish is mildly sweet with a finish that sweeps you into the next taste

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

Presentation: 33cl, cork and caged green glass bottle that looks just like a shrunken 750, even down to the dimpled base. Main label has the words ‘Kriek Boon’ with a trio of cherries hanging above it. The reverse label states that this is a 100% spontaneously fermented ale, aged 2 years in oak vats with a minimum of 200 grams of real cherries per liter. Has a Best Before Date of 10.12.2006 and is listed at 5% alc/vol.

Appearance: The cork is thumbed and easily removed, it is numbered “SB29” [incidentally the same style and numbered cork is used in Oud Kriek Vielle Oud Beersel I note!]. Fantastic looks, a deep cherry red, luscious and fruity looking, I want to kiss and tongue this one never mind drink it. The head builds quickly and settles to a good long lasting ¼” dark pink, almost lilac-purple covering that laces well. Superb conditioning, impressively fine, charged carbonation.

Nose: Lots of Cherries, as you would expect with the use of the real fruit. Pungently fruity, sweet and a tad sharp at times. Muted sourness in the nose, it even exhibits some lambic character, but it is feint at the best of times.

Taste: Sharp dark skinned cherry start with a sweetish finish that is dry. Has a lip-smacking fruity character throughout. Rather a simple profile overall, it is a rich cherry ale essentially that lacks complexity but has plenty of deep rich cherry character to make up for it. A fruity brew indeed.

Mouthfeel: Middling presentation in the mouth, nice enough body with sweet/sour feel that is heavily biased towards the former.

Drinkability: A very refreshing drink indeed. A tasty Cherry-laden brew which doesn’t take much effort, but it can be a bit too much in the long run and a tad too sweet.

Overall: I first had Kriek Boon in Ostende in 1994, closely followed by the Mariage Parfait, both of which had the plain old black label with Kriek F.Boon written in a shocking red font. I recall back then that the Kriek was fruity and luscious whilst the Mariage Parfait was dry and spritzy. Both have definitely changed over the years. The Kriek Boon, now has a new label, and is a little more widely available and promoted. It is advertised as a spontaneously fermented 2 year old lambic with real cherries added. The use of real cherries is admirable, giving this a rich fruit character with a lovely rich deep cherry taste that is sweet rather than sour. Kriek Boon, for me, is more about the real fruity cherry aspects, which are gorgeous, but it looses a lot of its lambic character for me in the process, so do not expect tartness in this one, it just doesn’t have any.

More of a ‘Spontaneously Fermented Lambic Ale with Real Cherries’, rather than a “proper” Kriek in my humble opinion, but damn good nonetheless, and one that I certainly continue to enjoy the odd bottle of once in a while.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, rosy red beer, well carbonated. Small, wispy, white head fades to a ring. Somewhat faint nose: cherries, sweetish, not much tart, a little earthy funk. Sweet, carbonated, cherry-flavored drink. Again, just a little earthiness, but very little tartness, bite or character. Finish is somewhat bitter, but still very tame. A little disappointing.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle with cork and cage (the one in the picture, actually) opens with a slight pop, but no gunsmoke. Pours a port-colored brownish-red (translucent to opaque). A hard pour brought on a small off-white to reddish-brown head that lasts a few minutes, then collapses back to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma: nicely balanced fruity & sour aroma. Cherry and some other dark rich berries. Fresh and clean, not musty. Flavor: nice crisp clean fruit with a gentle moderate soourness of lambic. not as intense as some, which improves drinkability. Less complex and a little sweeter than others. Makes for better drinking when looking for something easy to drink.

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

Opens with a satisfying pop and smoke, pours a ruby red, topped with a one finger pink head, full of carbonation, leaves just sparse bits of lacing.
Good cherry base to aroma, perfume, floral, grainy, touch of wet dog.
Tart taste, cherry of course, but more notes comes through and give it some complexity, toasted wheat, wood tannins, grape
dry and wine like in body, medium feel, still some lambic left in this kriek, good sourness.

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Photo of grynder33
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Efferescent creamy aroma a tart cherry taste that lacks the creaminess that the aroma promises, mouthfeel and texture is a little thin, a hint of sourness starts coming on, and I'm basicaly stood up by the malt, which never shows. I like Lindemanns better.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whitish-pink hue with dull red influences, hazy, the off-white head was flimsy, unorganized pockets of bubbles around the edges. Not much retention. Minimal spotty lace. The appearance is typical, pleasant looking, if not unspectacular. The nose is lively, tart cherries up front, very strong potency, mildly wheaty in the middle, a kiss of yeast funkiness, strong wood aroma at the end, oak, cork, and almonds. Inviting. The first sip is bracing tartness, this was completely expected but not at this level, very nice. The complexities are prevalent; the flavors are modest in strength however. The tartness subsides and a cherry sourness emerges, there is a naked sense of wood. The palate is very dry as well and a lack of bulk seems to allow the carbonation to stand on its own too much. The sweetness is very modest but enough to balance with beer nicely. Pure cherry taste is mild. This a lovely quaff but it is lacking in some aspects, I’d like more depth on the tongue, more funkiness, more body too. The finish is relativity short but the acidity is pleasant. Medium-light in body. As a whole I liked Boon Kriek but it failed to “wow” me much. I’d absolutely drink it again but this only provokes me to search out better Krieks. I know they’re out there; I just need to find them. Very much worth trying.

12 ounce green bottle, corked, purchased in Kansas City for $5.50. 5% abv listed on the back label, as is the date 18.10.2005.

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy maroon color, thin skin of pink bubbles. Slight simple Belgian lace. Tart aroma, vaguely cherry but not overwhelming and not saccharine. Decent medium profile for a fruit Lambic, fruity but not wildly sweet or artificially boosted. Carbonation is tight and well-released. Could use more astringency and skin-like senses for my tastes but at least its not cartoonishly cherry soda in profile, as some can tend to. Ranks mid pack and something I would drink again.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of stcules
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful colour, intense ruby, with a compact foam, light pink.
Smell of cherries, sweet, but not too sweet.
Compared with the same on tap, thre is not that point of geuze sour..
Even in the taste: good, but a little sweet.
Some sour is present in the aftertaste, quite sharp.
Light body. Good and drinkable.
Anyway, this one is better on tap.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep ruby color. Small head. Aroma is cherry, with a subtle touch of brett that fades very quickly. Medium bodied Kreik. Cherry flavor is evident yet very subdued. The tartness, sourness and brett are all there but they seem muted. It nicely balanced, but sort of toned down. Its not watery or anything. But all the flavors seem toned down a couple of steps. It like they turned it down to a 7. If I can understand the Flemish on the label its best before 17 09 2006 so its not a old bottle or anything. Its sort of a Kreik Light.. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of roguetester
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased the beer as part of a Valentine's Day present for my wife a few years ago. The cork came out of the bottle with only minimal pop.

The pour was with a small amount of head that dissapated rather quickly. The aroma was strong with cherries and wine like hints. This dissapated with the head.

You have to be impressed with the appearance of this beer. A deep red in the glass with a slight pink ring of foam around the top.

The taste started sweet, cherry and ended tart. A little too sweet for my tastes but I liked the finish. Very smooth, an extremely easy beer to drink.

Anybody interested in trying a lambic, this is a good one to sample. Living in PA, I had to buy a whole case ( set me back a good bit ) but the stuff has a long shelf life and we've enjoyed it over the years.

I would definitely recomment this beer.

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Photo of Jon
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boon Kriek pours a deep red color with a quick-to-form, quick-to-fade bubbly off-white head. A thin, rubber-band sized head stays and leaves wonderful lace down the tulip glass. Smell is fairly dominated by cherries and some barnyard funkiness. Sour, acidic, and mildly fruity bouquet. Taste affirms this, as expected. Big notes of acidity, sour cherries, and some residual sugar reside in the taste department. An excellent balance of sweet and sour, acidic and tart flavors. Effervescent mouthfeel keeps things interesting along the way. Serving this chilled in the summertime would be a wise idea, as its thirst-quenching qualities are endless. This makes an excellent apertif and is an excellent lambic in the most traditional sense. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dmarch
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance pretty much tells you what this beer is going to be like. It's a deep reddish color with an off white head with shades of pink. This is going to be a very fruity beer with some sweetness. This is definately a beer for cherry lovers. Nothing but cherries in the aroma and the taste. It might turn some beer lovers off, but the sourness of cherries are in my opinion an excellent choice for an addition of the lambic style. Here's a tip: give this beer to a woman who thinks you're crazy for being so obsessed with beer. A perfect beer for after dinner.

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