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 MediocreatBest
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +9.5%
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 -4.7%
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 +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 -6.1%
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 +23.1%
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 -1.7%
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 -4.5%
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 +5.3%
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 +20.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +11.4%
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 +4.5%
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 -6.4%
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 -8.1%
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 +17.8%
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 +22%
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 +16.4%
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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Photo of AudioGilz
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 10 2005, green corked bottle. This beer pours a red/amber mix with a light pink head that quickly reduces to a small lace that sticks to the glass all the way down. The aroma is all sweet-tart cherries, as is the flavor. It's quite enjoyable and not overpoweringly sweet or tart at all. The finish is very dry. This is easy to drink, very enjoyable lambic...worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beauteous cherry red, the head a purple delight, modest in size, frothy in texture and as it dissipates rather quickly leaving behind clumpy bits of lace. Ripe cherries dominate the nose, tart and vinous, crisp, fresh and quite sniffable, the start cherry sweet and the top lean in its feel. Finish is spitefully acidic, tart, sweet cherry aftertaste and dry as a desert bone, a decent Lambic, not great, but not bad either.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle, corked; stamped with 16.10.2005.

This lambic kriek poured to give a red-amber liquid with a rich, slightly pink, foamy head which settled leaving some lace.

The smell was mild: very tart, hint of cherries, and a slight hint of lactic acid.

The taste is very tart, almost sour. The flavor of cherries does not dominate, but is present in the finish. There is also a hint of spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and very tart with a little carbonation.

The drinkability is good, though I prefer a slightly sweeter kriek lambic (such as Lindemans).

2011 edit: wow, how my tastes have changed, as now I only like Oude Krieks, the drier the better

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Photo of Viking
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich garnet-red with a fine, pink head. Rich cherry aroma with hints of brown sugar and ever-so-slightly spicy. Also has a rather vinous character to the smell. Tart cherry flavor, but not overpowering like other fruit lambics I've tried. Nice mouthfeel of rough carbonation and the thickness of the beer itself. Very dry finish. Pretty straight forward and a good cherry lambic.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"16.10.2005" is printed on the back label.

Nice looking scarlet red hue. A slight collar is all this beer offers for a head. Wafts of brown sugar and sour cherry hits the nose immediately. The oak and wood characteristics really add a nice dimension to this beer. Tart, acidic qualities dominate the taste profile otherwise, but not in an obnoxious way. Very slight candied flavors are present if you look hard enough. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. This is one of those beers that beckons another sip from you even though it is fairly tart. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking kriek that is somewhat dry and cherry flavor is not overpowering. Its not assweet as Lindemans but is somewhat sweet and not too tart but has enough tartness to make you pucker a little. I think it could be bit drier and have a little more tartness to help balance the sweet side. I would like to try the Marriage Parfait if I could find it.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Normally i find kriek to be better than framboise, with most of the lambic produces, but with boon i found the opposite, thats not to say this isn't bad, this has lots of fruit, but lacks a bit of tartness, and tends to be a bit sweet, still very refreshing.

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Boon Kriek from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 601 ratings
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