Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#2,802
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
576
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 576
Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2015 bottle.

A: Pours a dark ruby red. A nearly pink head forms and rises at about one finger. That gently fizzles out to a ring that sticks with light lace.
S: Love the dark cherry aroma here. Very aromatic and almost perfume like. Vanilla, and a touch of oak and tannins. This is very nice.
T: Like the nose, plenty of dark cherry flavors here. Even with the bottle being several years old, the tart cherry flavors seem very fresh. I always get a bit of vanilla with Kriek's for some reason, maybe the oak and maybe a mixture of the fruit itself. Though not overly sweet in anyway. Oak and tannins again. A light tartness and acidity lingers. This is great.
M/O: A medium to full body with good carbonation. I would say highly carbonated but still a good crisp bite. That becomes very smooth. Everything works well here which makes this very easy to drink. Everything is in balance and overall well done.

I love Boon Lambic's and this is an excellent example of the style. Even after several years, the fruit flavor seems incredibly fresh. This excellent balance between the tartness and acidity and the fruit and oak flavors. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage consumed 4/19

Copper brown color. Nice pop, white head. Well carbonated.

Slight cherry flavor, but tastes like old. Dust, basement must. Light sweetness. Malt bill like a faro. Unique, maybe not at its prime, but definitely enjoyable. 4.1

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Photo of officerbill
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottling (4 years old) poured into a flute.

A very satisfying pop from the cork. Ruby red with a loose pink head that quickly turned to lace, lots of bubbles.

Faint smell of cherry pie.
A bright, crisp taste of sour cherries with some citrus zest and tannins with an astringency that cleans off the tongue.
The bubbles fizz in your mouth and it goes down easy.

This is a refreshing brew, without the sweetness of a strawberry or peach lambic, and would be a great change of pace on a hot summer day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Garnet umber; lots of farm with candied cherry; mellow dark cherry, cheese, horse, lemon zest, hay and gentle tartness; dry + chalky.

4.25 x 5

“Smells like a milking parlour” sez Mark Carter. The Brett is finally (after Kriek + Oude Kriek) there: lots of funk. Nuanced; some winey barrel, too. An underappreciated gem.

Compared to the rest of the range, Kriek is sweet shop + Oude is fruit + wood; MP is definitely the Big Fish.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep, dark ruby coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of tart black cherries and just a hint of oaky tannins. Taste is dominated by tart black cherries and some rich earthy and tannic oak notes, as well as just a hint of balsamico vinegar and musty funk. Finishes with a light tartness and some cherry and oak notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. You can really tell that this was blendend with older Lambic than their regular Kriek due to the rich oak notes that lend a bit more character and depth to this. However, it's still somewhat lacking in the funk department, especially considering that this bottle is between 3-4 years old now.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle served cold into a Spencer Trappist chalice. LCBO purchase for $7.20 CDN. 2016 Vintage. Best before... some time in the very distant future.

Appearance - Hazy dark pink and purple colored beer with a soft purplish off white head. Modest head retention. Looks like a raspberry smoothie. Tiny bit of sediment.

Smell - Sour cherries, hints of tart raspberries and quite possibly rhubrab. Quite fruity and the intensity ramps up as the beer warms.

Taste - Initially a combo of raspberry and cherry. Tart all the way before a super refreshing sour tart cherry comes through. Reminds me of a better version of sour cherry filling in dumplings or pie. Booze incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Just tart, lots of carbonation and goes down as smooth and as easy as fruit juice. Virtually perfect.

Overall - A very very good if not great lamboic that is a step or two ahead of most of the field. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Chris5554
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like sour cherry cider. Too sour for my preference. I just tried the Lindeman's Kreik and thought it tasted like a good cherry soda, but super sweet. This kind of tastes like an unsweetened good cherry soda, but it's pretty good.

Looks like a hazy red wine. Smell also has a tart tangy-ness. Feels somewhat champagne-like. Poured into a dirty sock suspended above my mouth.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2015 bought at Arrow Wine for $11.99. Poured all 375 ml from the bottle into a large white wine glass.

A beautiful pour. This is one of the fruited lambics that I like a lot. 4.25

A - Pours ruby red, maybe a bit darker with a one-finger pinkish long lasting frothy head. 4.5

S - Gastric juice, faint metallic, sweet cherries but not overwhelming in any way. 4.25

T - Tart cherries but not sour, faint sweetness, lactic. 4.0

MF - medium light body with a dry finish. 4.25

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375ml bottle into glass. Best before marked on label as 'Best before end 2033'.
Reddish amber colored body. Minimal pinkish tinged head quickly dissipates to bubble fed ring. Just a few spots of lacing without a real pattern.
Cherries are very strong in the aroma, along with funky yeast aspects. Also the oak barrel.
Taste is very much a mix of the dark cherry and the funky yeast (barnyard, leather, and tobacco). A little bit of sweetness but main influences are the tart cherry and the funky yeast. Adds the pleasant oak barrel taste profile.
A rather thick, medium mouth feel. Tart/sour and dry.
Not too sweet, but very well blended fruit flavor with the base lambic beer. Rather tart/sour than sweet with the cherry fruit additions.

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Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share. Deep burgundy pour, small ring of pink head. Grape, red wine aroma. Taste is sweet, grape juice, nice lingering finish. Very well rounded.

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Photo of mkh012
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 version.

Pours deep purple-red with a finger of light red head. Nice looking beer.

The nose is black cherry, band-aid, lemon, and tannic notes.

The taste is black cherry, red wine, tobacco, and mild lemon funkiness. Dry and peppery on the backend. 3/10 tartness but definitely some wild, basement-type funk. Spritzy but smooth mouthfeel. Noticeable barrel character. Overall, very good. A little drier than it needs to be, but refined and tasty.

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Photo of erk0607
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Ruby red with a soft pink head that reduces to tiny bubbles covering the entire surface of the glass
Smell: Dark cheeries, strawberries, mild tartness and funkiness that accompany a kriek, quite fruity with some red wine attributes
Taste: A slightly tart cherry, lots of 'red' fruits, some hay funk driven by the yeast but not overbearing
Feel: Velvety head, smooth carbonation, medium viscosity compared to water
Overall: A good choice for a kriek, not overly 'fruit juicy' but still fruity

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Boon "Kriek Marriage Parfait"
375 ml green glass bottle, corked and caged, "2013"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Clear ruby colored body beneath a foamy finger-thick head of pink. Intense aroma of horse blanket. mold/mustiness, soft leather, and light "metallic". The flavor is very tart but not puckeringly sour and the cherry is clear but not overblown. It's a little sweetish in the middle and that leads to a sweetish tail despite the acidity. Of all of the kriek lambic I've tasted this one might be the most accessible. It's very nicely rounded, not too sour or funky, and not too sweet or cherryish. One could easily fall in love with this beer for life and find it hard to let go. Looking back the lacing is pretty nice, as is the head retention, which is unusual for sour beers. Light-medium in body and delicately bristling on the palate with a nice, fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. Superb!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely deep colour, Short lived head
Muted aromas of overripe cherries... sweet.
Taste is more full on and full bodied with cherries to the fore.
Medium bodied, not fizzy...
Overall it's good, but as sometimes the case with Big Sours, misses the mark in case of zestiness...

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple color,just below average carbonation. Aroma is sour funky grape juice. This was like beers answer to wine,it tasted like funky grape juice. It was a good beer,needed a little more in the taste department.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank at Delirium Café a vintage from 2012.

A: Pours a beautiful red to purple body is a rosed head, one finger thick. No lacing.
S: The aroma of *real* cherries is present in a bed of a lightly acid Geuze. Very good.
T: The taste is very subtle having a very soft cherry flavour followed by the regular Geuze profiles of acidity.
M: Body low. High carbonation. Alcohol unnoticed.
O: It's not an amazingly good beer but it's a very good one. Only my second Boon so far.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, 375ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. This should be carefully poured without the bottom yeast.

Deep ruby purple color with some pinkish shade, it tops with very thick silky pink head that very well retains itself with very good retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy crown and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

The taste and aroma is exactly the same with sour and tart cherries lead in the initial stage like an overripe yet fermented cherry with lots of wild funkiness and mustiness from the spontaneous process. Oaky and spicy from the time in barrel that also yields the hint of vanilla, wood, and clove. Lots of wine element here too with its grape-ish and tannin.

Medium body with creamy smooth mouthfeel and moderately crisp carbonation, the feeling is refreshing with a pleasantly dry finish from all those sour, sweet, and fruity flavors.

Great Lambic, besides of the typical fruity and tart, it also has good funky and oaky barrel characters to make it more delicate. Alcohol is perfectly concealed.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.8/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle date. Pours a deep ruby red, no head, moderate carbonation. Aroma is a bit musty - traces of dark cherry but the yeast snuffs it out, some cork in there too.

Taste has a medicinal edge that throws it off...black licorice, menthol. Black cherry is there, as well as that barnyard Belgian yeast, and that is all fine, but that medicinal element was a bit off for me.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage (4 years from bottling): It pours like a thick cherry juice with a pink head of great retention. The aroma is intensely funky with hints of bitterness. The taste is fairly bitter with bitter notes and hardly any sweetness except for very late. Lots of brett and quinine-resembling bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with more carbonation that one would expect from an Oude Kriek.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition, among the very best krieks out there in some respects. if you like old world lambic before you like fruit beer, this should have a lot of appeal. pink to even true candy apple red in the flute glass, champagne fizz of a head is gone after a second. aroma is almost medicinal funk, super classic old lambic wildness to this, the brett part and the bacterial element indistinguishable from one another as this gets going, iodine, wood, tannins, and of course cherries, which are sweet in the aroma, at least to me. crazy yeast taste on this, super old, slight oxidation, mature funk, wet animal, basement must, pungent wood decay, lemony bite, sweet pie cherry, baked wheat, white wine astringency, pucker, and slate minerals. the cherries arent as intense as in other krieks i have seen, even the traditional ones, which i think lets the wild elements be more vibrant. so much rustic funk here, more than almost anything else i have had from boon, and miles beyond some of their younger blends. woody but kind of light, and even without much carbonation, its sort of flashy and gone on the feel. really excellent stuff, aged just about the right amount of time, and with the fruit as an accent as much as a leader to me, balanced and not too much, although we still have some cherry kool aid and such in the flavor, less pure real cherry, but it works. truly wild and mature beer, a standard setter, and a reminder that a lot of the time you get what you pay for...

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Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (2013) into a Cantillon Tumbler. Pours a reddish purple. No visibility, and tons of carbonation. The head is pink and fizzy, it only last a few moments before it disappears. The nose is barnyard, with a lot of earthy must. Tastes of dry cherries, and musty horse blanket. Loads of carbonation in the mouth, and a good amount of acidity. Its a treat for me to find a bottle of the Kreik Mariage Parfait because we see so many bottles of the unflavored version (which is great). Very enjoyable offering from Boon.

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Photo of zimm421
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with a white head. The nose is tart cherries, oak and a touch of acidity. The taste is acidic, tart cherries, oak and slight vinegar hints. The body is a touch thin, but otherwise no issues. Overall, it's a good Kriek but no one aspect blows me away. 2011 vintage.

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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. I've been looking for Mariage Parfait for like 7 years, without any luck, and then one day it's just sitting on the shelf like it's no big deal.

Pours a silky, foamy, and very deep red.

Smells of mild vinegar, fruity red wine, and oak. It's very acidic, even for the style, but not intense enough to be unappealing. The cherries become more more warm and assertive as the beer sits, and they do a great deal to smooth out the sourness.

Tastes very good. Aggressive and sour but not punishingly so. Tart beginning gets smoothed out gradually by the oakiness, which gives way to a very sweet and smooth finish of cherries, with a little bit of astringent yeast lingering on the tongue.

An absolute classic that's well worth seeking out.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Pours deep brick red with a creamy pink head that leave lacing. Nose is a big muddled with some funk, musty cherry, citrus, and hay. Flavor is simple with some initial cherry tartness which quickly moves to a tart woody flavor. Carb keeps it nicely prickly in the mouth. Personally, I think the mariage parfait geuze is more enjoyable.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, Vintage 2013, dated best by 5/2035:
Poured a ruby to burgundy, a little darker than I expected. Fairly clear except for that deep color. Pinkish rose head builds up nicely on a moderately light pour.

There's a deep wood backbone to the nose that a fairly powerful presence of the cherries that are added to this beer use as a platform. There's a more astringent acidic note that is reminiscent of alcohol - though I do not think that is what it is.

This beer does have a prickliness to the carbonation. The beer is fairly light, perhaps aided by the carbonation.

The sweeter flavors brought by the cherries make this beer less tart accordingly. The carbonation helps here. There are noticeable wood notes in this beer's background, and the cherries shine with a rich, but not sweet, flavor. I do get vague impressions of tartness from fruity notes that are more peach and nectarine than anything else I notice.

Impressed by the fact I get the level of flavor in this beer without it being over the top. The barrel comes through, a light tartness comes through, and the cherries come through. And it's still a beer.

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