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

From a 375ml bottle.

Cork explodes from the bottle and bounces off my ceiling fan. Fortunately, no spillage. Pours an opaque purply-pink color into my goblet. A rocky, dense head of pinkish foam. Lots of fine lace. Smell is sweet cherry, some funk following up and spice. Some sour barnyard aromas underneath.

Taste is dominated by sweet red cherry. Some sourness follows and a bit of driness in the finish to balance out the sweeet. Some tartness and a hint of funk underneath that big sweet cherry flavor. The mouth is sticky sweet but tempered by the dry finish. A bit fizzy on the tongue.

All in all a good drinking lambic. Maybe a touch sweet but enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of dgallina
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with illegible freshness date.

Pours a deep garnet with slow carbonation, a creamy milky head, and sticky lacing. Smells of sweet cherries with a touch of woodiness. Tastes sweet and full of cherries up front, developing a neutral and slightly grainy middle and nice woody, finishing tartness. Light, quenching, and well-carbonated in the mouth.

A nice kriek, though on the sweet side compared to Cantillon. Drier and more complex than a typical Lindemans.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous blush with a pastel pink froth that jumps then slosly dissipates. It doesn't collapse it just evaporates. Not only couldn't the bottle wait for me to remove the cage before launching the cork, it also can't wait to unleash it's carbonation. As the bottle sits it belches forth froth.
Smells soapy with a picture of a barrel. Bowl of fresh cherry pits.

Sweet! Massive carbonation makes a virtual slushy in my mouth. Dry wood stacks up on the sides of the palate as the foam melts. Mainly tastes like cherry hard candy, and cherry taffy. I'm going to let it sit for a bit to deflate. This is a foam munster. There's a twinge of sourness. The grapeskin sourness is like an after thought of wild fermentation. Drinking this makes me feel like I sucked some nitrous. It roughed up my throat. I suggest drinking it colder.

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

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear ruby with a whitish light pink head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was sweet with cherries very similar to a cherry cough drop. Behind the cherry aroma was a low acidic sour aroma.

The flavor was light with a low cherry flavor, some light wheat, and a very slight oaky flavor. The acidic sourness was very low and only present enough to dry out the beer. No real complexity existed.

The finish was dry, but not overly so with a light cherry acidic flavor into the afteraste. The body was medium and the beer was refreshing with a low carbonation level and the light cherry flavor. As was mentioned earlier, no real complexity emerged in this beer.

37.5 cl green bottle, corked and bailed. Date on back label 10.12.2006. $4.95 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA, price tag dated 12/03.

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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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