Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait
Brouwerij Boon

Boon Oude Kriek Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait
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Brouwerij Boon
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #66
Ranked #3,746
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Jan 29, 2022
Sep 11, 2002
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3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

2015 vintage. Pours a deep cherry red, light pink 0.5" head that quickly settles out, no lacing. Nose is oak, must, wine lees, cherry and cherry wood, mild lactic notes. Much of the fruit has sapped out of this over the years - there's an initial hit of sourness at the start, but tannic oak takes over rather quickly and sticks through to the finish. What is there of the fruit registers as sour cherry (I'd also buy raspberry), but it's far in the background. Feel is great - so very smooth and drinkable, the only thing keeping me from drinking quarts of the stuff is price. Would like to have fresh version to drink alongside to see how much the fruit is meant to shine.

Jan 29, 2022
4.07 by Sphagnicola from Belgium on Jan 16, 2022
4 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 14, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

2011 vintage bottle. 2033 best before date so guessing this is a 2013 release.

Pours a kind of deep purple with red hues. Kind of in that Coca Cola/Dr Pepper meets Dimetapp grape vein in color. That classic musty cherry character on the nose. Even after all of this time, it's incredibly fruit forward. The cherry character is sweeter than I anticipated. Having this, I'm wanting to get some Intense Red some time soon. This has moderate levels of acidity and funk. Overall, it's pleasant to drink, but I feel like there's less lambic character than I would like.

Oct 10, 2021
4.25 by altrio on Oct 04, 2021
4.48 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 375 ml bottle at local tasting, vintage 2011. Hazy deep red colour, moderate pink head. Lovely aroma of brettanomyces / farmhouse, sour cherries, crushed cherry kernels and almonds. Sour cherries galore in the flavour, tart finish. Classy beer.

Mar 20, 2021
4.06 by samEBC from Belgium on Mar 12, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ptarmigan98 from Alaska

First Lambic . . . didn't really know what to expect. Not as much head as expected. Bottle was dated 2018. Beautiful red as it poured . . . not nearly as sour as we heard possible.

Mar 12, 2021
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 23, 2021
4.23 by tbryan5 from Louisiana on Jan 09, 2021
4.18 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 01, 2021
3.67 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 05, 2020
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 02, 2020
4.5 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Nov 01, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, 2018 vintage, with a best before date of 24th June 2039. Poured into a Boon stemmed glass.

Appearance: A cloudy cherry red colour, with a two fingered pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly but settled to a thin cap, while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Cherry, oak, apple, and a touch vinous and funky.

Taste: Light sour, tart, cherry, dried cherry, vanilla, oak, funk, with some vinous notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good cherry aroma and flavours with an interesting mix of oak, vanilla and funk.

Sep 28, 2020
4.18 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Aug 22, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

375 mL cork & cage bottle bought at the LCBO early last year - Vintage 2016, best before Aug 26 2036 and served slightly chilled.

Pours deep burgundy, taking on more of a magenta-purple hue when held to a bright light. A deliberately rough pour produced about one finger of bubbly, light pink-tinged head that settled off within the next minute or so; a tight collar is the only surviving remnant. Its aroma is tart and somewhat vinous, including notes of red wine, oak and yeast funkiness; the cherries, for their part, come off decidedly sour vs. sweet, with hints of raspberry also coming through.

Fruity and flavourful, but not particularly tart/sour for a lambic. Cherries and raspberries dominate the forefront, with a mixture of bready, wheaty malt sweetness, grape must and oak following shortly thereafter. Hints of spiciness at the finish and lingering beyond - cherry pits come to mind - with sweet cherry pie, mild funk, oak astringency and tart cherries carrying on into the aftertaste. Medium in body, with low-ish carbonation levels that gently prickle the palate, resulting in a fairly smooth, fulfilling texture on the tongue. Absolutely no sign of that 8% whatsoever.

Final Grade: 4.24, an A-. While it's not as if I've reviewed scores of them, I will say that Boon's Kriek Mariage Parfait is one of the better krieks I've sampled over the years. Maybe marginally overrated if you're going by its very impressive BA score... but given the fact that I don't drink all that many lambics, fruited or otherwise, there's no real reason to take my word for it - try this beer for yourself if you can find it, and then report back with your own findings. I regret not picking up a second bottle while I could, because I'd like to see how this fares over the long term - I've seen some far-out expiry dates, but 20 years out from the bottling date is so ridiculous that I need to test it for myself... assuming I live that long.

Aug 02, 2020
2.42 by stephenlee93 from England on Jul 04, 2020
4.14 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Jun 18, 2020
4.03 by gshak from Texas on Jun 06, 2020
4.08 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jun 01, 2020
4.25 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on May 10, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mikeinportc from New York

2015 Best by 04/07/2037 Batch #74306

Medium dark, translucent, ruby-red, with slight pink head, that dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell is dried &/or cooked cherries, similar to pie filling, minus the sweetness. Light acetic notes , and faint tannic wood aromas. Mellows, and blends a bit as it warms.

Taste is dried,vinous cherry, some oak and leather, finishing with the barest hint of cherry+lambrusca sweetness. Some very light bitterness lingers after swallow.

Feel is light-medium, despite the 8%abv, but not watery. Some light, very,very fine carbonation hits the tongue towards finish. Just enough to let you know that it's beer, and not wine. Some just noticeable, slight warming at the back of the palate , and overall, as I get through about 8oz . The only indication that this is 8% , rather than 4%-ish.

Overall, very enjoyable. First time having this , & definitely need to get more.

Mar 29, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

375ml bottle served in a little Cantillon glass. 2015 vintage.

Pours a dark ruby with a medium sized head, fairly large for the style really. Kind of murky. Lots of carbonation. Smell is oak with a hint of funk, and lots of cherry.

Taste is bitter and fruit-skinny, moderate tartness, fair amount of oak.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, good beer.

Mar 28, 2020
3.98 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Feb 20, 2020
4.23 by edthehead from New York on Jan 01, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MarcusF

Muted cherry flavor. Good carbonation. Pleasing dark red color.

Dec 05, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by WA_Brian from Washington

2015 bottle.

L: Pours a ruby red that is clear but very dark requiring a lot of light to see its color. Head is a dark pink with good retention.
S: Sweet cherries. Not a strong aroma.
T: Subtle cherry. Creamy sweet vanilla flavors. Not as much cherry as I would expect and not funky.
F: Medium-low body, carbonation lower than expected.

Underwhelming. The whole beer is a bit muted. The nice lambic funk is missing, the cherry flavor is a bit muted and what cherry flavor is present is not my favorite.

Nov 24, 2019
4.25 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2019
4.27 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Jun 22, 2019
4.06 by brandoneast from Texas on Jun 19, 2019
4.23 by Vyacheslav from Canada (ON) on Jun 13, 2019
4.2 by Narkee from Australia on May 30, 2019
4.06 by AirBob from Massachusetts on May 28, 2019
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on May 25, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by champ103 from Texas

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.

May 19, 2019
4.27 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on May 19, 2019
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Apr 22, 2019
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