Boon Kriek | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon KriekBoon Kriek

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Brouwerij Boon

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

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 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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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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