Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek
Brouwerij Boon

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #96
Ranked #15,776
4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
Brouwerij Boon
Very Good
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misteil from Ireland

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 bottle, defintley one of the nicer kriek’s i’ve had, gets the sweetness of the cherries just right without making it overwhelming, nicely tart too, crazy lambic flavours present, leathery, earthy, floral, herbal, some caramel, some brown bread, quite acidic, wood, nutty, almonds, brazil nuts, hint of bitterness, quite nice and complex, fun stuff.

May 13, 2021
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork popped off of the bottle here with much gusto as I opened it. Poured out of a 12.7 oz bottle into my tulip glass.
This beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy dark red color. There were a lot of yeasty chunks in the glass after I poured it even though I tried to give this one a fairly gentle pour for this very reason. Has a pink head that made a fizzing sound when first poured. Head eventually settles to a solid 1/4 inch thick with good retention. Aromas of some bready malts and wheat along with some cherry tart sweetness along with a bit of funk. A similar flavor profile with bready malts and wheat that gives way to cherry tart sweetness and some barnyard funk notes. Also a bit of an oak note too. Good balance of flavors. Has a crisp, also smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. This is a fairly heavily carbonated beer indeed that leaves you feeling full. Has a dry finish with a nice tart, slightly sour and funky aftertaste. I like this overall, but this is not something I could drink all the time.


Mar 22, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep ruby red with a pink fluffy head. It's clear. I'm going to let it settle for a few minutes anyway.

S: A strong aroma of well-aged grains fills the room. You can pick up some cherry but it's an afterthought.

T: She's cherry alright. If you enjoy a cherry background, it is lovely. The classic Belgian lambic flavor is perfectly balanced with the cherry. She has lots of great tasting flavor while not overdoing it.

F: Mildly tart, balanced by fruit sugars. Wet cherry finish. Light bodied and packs lots of alcohol. The stealthy 6.5% is huge for a lambic

O: This is a nice middle ground between price and flavor.

Feb 01, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 2018 vintage, from The Beermongers

A gorgeous deep reddish pink with a light pink head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose has wonder schaarbeekse cherries, bright, sour, fruity and with the classic cinnamon notes from their pits. Moderate almond skin as well. A really good lemon and mild lactc funk are present. As fantastic as the fruit expression is, the base lambic is just disappointing, lacking in depth and counter to the fruit. The palate opens bright and tart with lots of cherry, with cinnamon, almond, a touch of vanilla, a really lovely schaarbeekse kriek note. Again, there's a not a whole lot behind it. There's a light yogurty, lactic note, minimal lemon notes. Mild watery mid-palate. Particularly disappointing given the lovely nose.

Jan 23, 2021
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Crystal clear deep red color, massive four finger pink head, minimal lacing, good carbonation.

S: Sour cherries, alcohol.

T: Sour cherries, alcohol, smooth. Nice!

F: Light bodied, nicely flavored.

O: Nice lambic, on the boozy side.

Jan 07, 2021
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BrandonAllaire from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An aggressive pop on opening with a big foam head that takes a while to dissipate. A dark red pour with pink that runs throughout the foam and the lacing. Smell gives way to cherry, cherry pit, and a little bit of funk which carries through to the palette. You can tell the cherry in this lambic has already started to take on spice and cherry pit characteristics of a well-aged kriek. The cherry pit flavor is eventually subdued by tartness and a mild funk. Good mouthfeel but does not linger on the palette very long. Overall I give this a 4 due to its availability, price, and quality here in the states. Snag it if you can.

Jan 03, 2021
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, 2018 vintage, with a best before date of 3rd April 2039. Poured into a Boon stemmed glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy ruby red colour with a slightly more than two fingered pink head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a thin cap, while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and sour, cherry, lightly tart and some floral notes.

Taste: Good balance of sweet and sour cherry, tart, oak, and light funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: While the amount of funk is low, there is a good amount of cherry and a nice balance between sweet and sour flavours. Enjoyable, worth trying again.

Sep 28, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, best before 03/04/2039. Poured into a tulip.
Look: A real purpley red, reminds me a little of blackcurrant juice. Effervescent head which quickly quickly subsides to next to nothing. Great colour.
Smell: sourness and acidity on the nose, a little funk, followed by cherry.
Taste: much like the nose, cherry, lemon, tart and sourness, there is something a little green and herbal towards the bitterness.
Feel: light, spritzy, aggressive bubbles, decent length.
Overall: Solid, tasty if a little one note.

Jul 02, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather cloudy, deep, dark ruby red coloration with a large, fluffy, pink, lasting head. Smell is dominated by overripe, tart, black cherries, with a hint of a certain flowery cherry blossom note as well. Taste follows the nose, being very much dominated by the rather tart, overripe black cherries, with some oak and the merest hint of musty funk also coming through. Finishes rather dry with a light/medium tartness and some black cherries and oak lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this is just a bit one-dimensional and kinda lacking the funk, it does have a rather distinct, vibrant tart black cherry presence to it that is rather striking, with a dry character and very little sweetness coming through. There's also a rather good amount of oak to this, which provides some more depth, while just a hint of musty funk rounds things out nicely. Perhaps not the most complex example of the style, but still rather enjoyable due to that intense tart black cherry character. I guess there really is something to those Schaarbeekse cherries and I will be on the lookout for more Schaarbeekse Kriek.

Jun 14, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with a large foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of fresh cherry notes with some tart notes and funky notes is also noticeable. Taste is also a great mix of huge fresh cherry notes with some light residual sugar notes, some tart notes with oak and light funky notes are also perceptible. Body si full for style with good carbonation. Very refreshing and complex.

Feb 01, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle. Deep red. Smells of bright cherry. Sweet jammy cherry. Tastes of deep cherry and cherry pie spice. Earthy yeast flavors. Hardly sour at all. Well carbonated. Medium light. Very deep earthy notes with the cherry. Low acidity, which is odd.

Nov 19, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle that I think cost $11. Aroma is sweet cherry, mild funk, touch of leather. Cherry cough syrup on the flavor, tastes young too, not much complexity but very easy to drink. Not that sour in my opinion.

Oct 13, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most intense Boon offering with a great cherry character. Smooth mouthfeel and limited funky sourness.
A very nice offering. A good opening to the world of lambics

Sep 30, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, somewhat cloudy, ruby with magenta tinted foam that makes a fluffy ring. Smell has sweet and slightly tart cherry, oak, flowers, and belgian yeast, but lacking the definition of a traditional kriek. Taste is a mix between cherry soda and cherry cough drop, with oak, slight funk, and flowers. Feel has more of the funk than the taste, a little heavy for a lambic, a touch syrupy too.

Sep 26, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2018 vintage; drank 9/23/19 @ the Yarchives.

Luden's cough drop vibes here...really sweet & syrup-y. This wasn't great, but it was drinkable (in a small dose).

Sep 25, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Ruby colored where light barely passes through the center. Beautiful pink head. Modest streaks for lace.

The smell is off, it reminds me of decaying meat. It's unattractive without a hint of a traditional Kriek.

The flavor is tart like an unsweetened cherry pie. The good news is that cherries dominate the flavor, leaving a tart but oddly sweet finish.

Sep 22, 2019
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