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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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538 Ratings
Boon Oude Kriek Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,462
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
538
pDev:
8.61%
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
Photo of BeerDocT
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kriek week continues!

2008! A Kriek from five years ago. Wow. My hands are trembling as I type these words... .

Appearance: 5.0: Poured out with no head whatsoever. Deep, dark and completely opaque. A burgundy color and the color and consistency of blood. Just gorgeous and unique.

Smell: 5.0: Dear lord. Heavy, heavy cellar bouquet. Deep oak and musty, cellary nose on this brew. Cherry hints but swirling in the midst of a huge melange of stone, wood, iron bands, cobwebs...amazing.

Taste: 4.75: Front is tart, with some brief salty hints and an ephemeral taste of cherries and cherry stones (pits) floating in the background. Middle is very oaky, with more cherry tartness and some remedial salt and a fascinating hint of charred wood. Also, there is this huge wave of dryness at this taste level that swells up and quickly fades away, with each swallow. Finish is an amazing swell of cherry tartness mixed with an alkaline yumminess and a deep oakiness that is simply hard to describe using the written word. Wow. Aftertaste is surprisingly dry with a somewhat wine-like taste, but has a definite cherry highlight and...man, this beer really opens the neural floodgates for me. Amazing stuff.

Mouthfeel: 4.75: Perfect for a cellared beer. Slight bubbles and obviously no secondary mucking around by the Ood brewmasters.

Overall: 4.75: Darn close to the perfect beer. Perfectly cellared, there is clearly something inherent in this beer that takes it beyond what is already a complex style (i.e. kriek). I really feel like some lone beer reviewer after the nuclear apocalypse who found the last bottle of beer in the world. In fact, if that apocalypse ever comes, this is the beer I want with me while I watch the rocket's red glare. This beer gets my highest recommendation. Purchased at Mink's in Atlanta.

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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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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was dated 1995 by far the oldest bottle conditioned beer I have had to date,poures a color of a ripe cherry with a thin white spotty head.Aroma of sour cherries and vinegar with a woodiness but its pretty faint,taste is tart but not as tart as alot of beers this style maybe because of the age also a light sherry flavor in the finish.A nice find not my favorite style but I kinda like this more than others.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Photo of daedalusfinch
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle, 2008 served in Swamphead Snifter

I've had sparkling wines with far less pop, wow. The second I finished untwisting the cage, the cork flew off and across the room. I was definitely not prepared for that. It pours a rich burgundy color with a big pink-beige head that sticks around longer than I would have imagined -- this beer definitely brings the carbonation.

The nose is full of European cherries, sweet and tart. Underneath, there are characteristic Brut and belgian yeast notes. There's also a good, earthy backbone like an old world wine.

The tart cherries kick it up here; they're definitely first to the party and know they belong here. There's a champagne brut-ness here and a well-placed sourness, almost like a Geuze. It's not cloyingly sweet like I find many fruit lambics, and I absolutely cannot taste the alcohol. What a treat.

It's a little thicker than a lot of lambics, but the carbonation carries it perfectly. The liquid composition is phenomenal -- a perfect vessel for the flavor.

I grabbed three of these when a case came in -- just in case I thought it was especially good. I'll be going back today to grab another four to sit on. Considering the price and availability, I'd say this beer joins Cantillon's tier for lambics. I am very impressed.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this rare sour. 2008 vintage with a best by date of 10/8/28.

The beer pours a beautiful dark red color with a white head. The aroma is strong cherries but there is also some nice funk mixed in. One of the funkier smelling krieks that I have tried.

The flavor is a great mix of brett notes, barnyard funk, cherries and surprisingly, some alcohol. The tartness level is light to medium.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Very glad I got to try this beer. It definitely lived up to the hype.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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

37cl bottle at home. Dark ruby, clear, with a tall pink head with good retention. All sorts of cherries in the taste notes (macerated cherries, cherry preserve, slightly unripe cherries) on top of a light lambic funk layer. Light body, high carbonation and a sour-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

A very dark crimson with almost no clarity and not a lot of visible carbonation. This looks a bit heavy and substantial for the style, and lacks the typical bubbles. This leaves the glass seemingly clean on the way down.

Nice enough aroma, though nothing is leaping out of the glass. That being said, there's good amount of cherry, earth, and mild wood character.

The flavor is better than the aroma, with distinct cherry notes and strong sourness. There's mild oak and some earthy funk character. The alcohol is very well hidden, as this is somewhat high in alcohol for the style.

Medium to full bodied for the style, with low carbonation.

An incredibly drinkable and tasty kriek, though not at all in the upper echelon of the style.

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

Photo of Soonami
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7 at Whole Food Plymouth Meeting.

I've had an 08 bottle twice, once from a bottle shipped from Belgium and one from a bottle from a local bottle shop shelf. I think I enjoyed this much more the second time when I had a whole bottle to myself that I got from my local shop.

This beer is awesome. It's a an almost opaque cherry wood color with a huge head that leaves a very thin delicate lace. It's got great cherry aroma. There is a good bit of funky with sharp brett but also very bright fruit. There is a nice bit of perceived sweetness that helps ground the funk. Love it.

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Photo of BRoweski30
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of simoen
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsauter
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rastaman
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One word springs to mind here- exceptional. stinky barnyard earthiness in the aroma, quite vinous, almost pinot noir like, very complex, aged cherry skin, lovely lambic tart sourness, i absolutely love this beer.

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

2004 Vintage
(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a deep dark cranberry hued body with a head of raspberry sherbet but soon fades away. There are a few microbubbles that pop up through the beer.

S- The dark tart cherry aroma has a hint of brie rind and some light barnyard hints that mix in with it but they remain very light. There is some fruit skins aroma in the finish.

T- The musty leaves hint is taken over by a dark cherry fruit flavor and some raspberry tartness mixed in. There is a cherry sourness that lingers after each dry sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- The nice blend of fruit and tartness has some mellow hints of funk and the gentle fizz helps to enhance all the flavors. Very nice drinking beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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