Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait
Brouwerij Boon

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #44
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,182
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 8.59%
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
606
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  112
SCORE
93
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Sigmund from Norway

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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ptarmigan98 from Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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mikeinportc from New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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snaotheus from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020-03-27
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
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WA_Brian from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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
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champ103 from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

May 19, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Apr 20, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mar 29, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Mar 25, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Mar 16, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Feb 18, 2019
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Chris5554 from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

May 23, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Apr 01, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Mar 08, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Mar 05, 2018
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Feb 24, 2018
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Jan 29, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Dec 10, 2017
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heygeebee from Australia

3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

Dec 02, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Oct 11, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Oct 01, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Aug 26, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Aug 20, 2017
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