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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait

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Brouwerij Boon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

2008 Harvest

Boon's Kriek Mariage Parfait has a deep garnet body that's pretty dense and opaque The head is heavily pink and rises surprisingly high, to a couple fingers in height actually, before crackling and fizzling to a thin ring. Ruby highlights glow when directly backlit.

Saturated oak gets things started before damp minerality takes over. Wet stones, damp soil, waterfalls, wet trees, yada, yada. Smells like a dew covered forest. Black cherries and a moderate acidity was through with the minerality becoming second act instead of headliner but there is a lot of wood in the nose of this beer.

Flavor is much the same. wet wood, trees, soil, and rock lead the way and remain throughout the entire flavor profile. Black cherries hit mid-palate along with a vinegar acidity. Damp, tannic wood notes push through on the swallow. As it warms a lactic quality comes along on the aftertaste. The minerality and wood notes are what make this beer while the cherries play second fiddle.

The body has a moderate weight but feels light as air. Vinegar acidity leaves the teeth on edge slightly but this is by no means a face imploder. The finish quickly becomes dry and tannic with a lot of lingering woodiness. Easy drinker but for the heartburn.

Boon's Kriek Mariage Parfait is a damn fine authentic kriek and although I prefer Gueuze Mariage Parfait, the kriek adds a unique twist. While the wet wood complexity is what makes this beer I could see it becoming taxing over time. A 375 is just he right amount. I'll grab some more of these guys.

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a flute glass. Bottled in 2011.

Pours a deep ruby, almost purple, with a two finger head on an average pour. Fairly opaque, lots of foamy cling. Smell is lots of malt, cherries, some yeast and purple grapes, a sweet, spicy aroma as it warms, like cinnamon. Taste is also a little malt forward, good amount of cherries, yeast. Also pick up the spice in the taste. Fairly sweet. A little tart, a little sour, but not a lot of either. Smooth, good carbonation, a little light bodied for the style.

A very solid Kriek, certainly a strong cherry presence in the smell and taste. Good price point. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Pours an attractive purple tinted red, thin cap of pinkish hued head, minimal head retention, but active bubbles spew constantly to the top. Scent is muted, tart cherries, lightly sweet grahmn cracker, faint touches of earthyness. First sip brings a nice taste of mildly tart cherries combined with mildly sweet grahmn crackery malt, the backbone has a mildly earthy feel, touches of mild vinegar - and for as many times as i said mild, thats agood thing because none of the flavors overpower making this highly drinkable - finnished with notes of blackberry, raspberry and red wine. Body is medium, bone dry finish. A nice all around approachable but sophisticated kriek.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex! 375ml bottle into Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours reddish/pink, light pink-colored, head, thin cap on top and a thick ring around the glass with some slightly spotted lacing.

S - Huge sour cherry nose, nice sour/tart notes, slight funk, some oak. Really though, lots and lots of sweet and sour cherries.

T - Big on the cherries, sour/tart, sugary sweetness, some cheese notes, slight barnyard. It's not "Cantillon Kriek" sour, there's more of a sweetness, but that makes it easier to drink.

M - Light body, crisp and refreshing, dry oak finish.

D - Easily drinkable...goes down so quick. I wish this was distributed in the US, but of course, it's awesome and not on the shelves. Get you some of this!

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very rich deep dark maroon with a nice fizzy pink head.

S: Aromas of very tart berry juice, wood, earth, and funk

T: Tart cherry from front to finish, subtle wood, dirt, and hints of leather. Subtle sweetness hides beneath.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with a nice level of carbonation.

D: Good a nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Devin is one insanely generous BA. A 1994 Kriek brought out to a tasting? Thank you! From notes:

A: Hazy cherry red with a small head with poor retention, no lace either

S: Intensely acetic, with cherries ( a surprising amount, given the age), with a lot mold and musty character.

T: On the palate, this opens up incredibly acetic with a lot of cherry character. There;s a lot of depth to the flavors, with musty, earthy. The acidity is rather intense, and disrupts the balance, though. The fruit character is great, with plenty of cherry flavor present despite the age.

M: As expected, the body is farily light, and the carbonation, bright. Acidity might be a little high, but this still is an excellent beer

D: An extreme beer before its time, this beer is great. The fact that no one seemed to enjoy it as much allowed me several oz, and I'd gladly drink this again

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for breaking this one out. 750ml corked and caged bottle - 1995 vintage purportedly from Frank Boon's personal cellar. Pours the color of maple syrup with no head. Clarity is hazy without being cloudy. Aromas of leather, tart cherries, tannins and a suggestion of sweetness comprises the nose. Taste follows nose - earthy, leathery and tart cherry flavors come out. Some oxidation is also present, as well as whiskey notes and tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a virtually still carbonation, a slight acidity and a mild oily/viscous quality to the texture. I'm not really sure how to describe this brew. It's by far the oldest beer I've had, and it's quite interesting and complex with some Oud Bruin qualities. A little definitely goes a long way though because there is so much going on with this beer.

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Photo of dowen17
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry red. One finger head that quickly dissipates to a lace around the glass.

On the nose is cherries and cranberries. Very tart smelling. Some sour apple in the background.

Taste is very interesting. Fingernail polish type taste at the beginning. Some fruits present themselves towards the middle and end of the taste. A little bit of oak and some weird yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Very nice carbonation. A little thick. Nice.

This is a great sour. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008. 375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep raspberry red with bright red highlights. 1-2 fingers of pink head dissipates rapidly. Translucent but very cloudy.

N: Raspberry and sour cherry with light lactic notes. There's a subtle mustiness along with candy chalk sticks.

T: Lactic acid and vinegar like sour notes are upfront along with fresh raspberry and Lemonheads candy. Sour notes continue through and start showing some cherry mid-palate along with some sour Brett. Finishes with rich cherry juice coming out backed by raspberry, again Lemonhead candy and some notes of oak.

M: Medium bodied, sour, tart and dry with moderate-heavy carbonation.

O: More sour than I had anticipated. The 8% abv is non-existent yet it still remains a sipper due to the higher than average lactic and vinegar qualities. Although there's an abundance of raspberry notes, the cherry comes through beautifully towards the back end of the palate. This is a really nice Kriek that would make a great dessert.

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Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a blood red color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, pink-colored, long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Not surprisingly, a lot of cherries in the aroma, along with an earthy quality as well.

T: Sour cherries dominate flavor. There's also a funkiness, along with the earthy quality. Apples also make an appearance. This is a very well done flavor, one that's more sour than sweet, but that's not a problem.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sour finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very solid, well made lambic. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. 2011 vintage. Batch #41692. Best before 2033.

Clear, bright red, with a tall, persistent, pink head. Cherries dominate with a light sourness in the flavor. Medium-light bodied and the ABV is extremely well hidden. Higly carbonated and effervescent. Delicious kriek and an excellent value for the price.

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Photo of danieelol
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bluebetty?

Poured a vibrant fluro red colour with lovely red head.

Vibrant sour cherries in the aroma

Taste is mostly sour but highly delicious and drinkable.

This held up really well against some awesome sours and personally I thought it was several times better than the Marriage Parfait Geuze

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/6/2010. 2008 bottle. Pours a deep red with a thick pink head. Aroma of light funk, smelly diaper, perhaps a hint of fruit. Flavor has much more sweet cherry fruitiness and a tart cherry finish. Very tasty and drinkable, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, shared with my bride on our wedding day, bottled the year we met.

Pours deep red with a pink, sudsy head that settles slowly. Patchy lacing here and there on the sides of the glass. Aroma is dominated, as expected, by tart cherries, with lemon, balsamic vinegar, oak, apple cider, and a decent dose of funky mustiness coming in close behind.

Flavor follows the nose exactly; tons of tart cherry, follows by oak, sour lemony notes, and a pleasant funk characteristic that adds a nice bit of complexity to the proceedings. Vinegar is hinted at but stays at bay. Finish is dry. Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation; lively overall mouthfeel.

This is a solid, middle of the road kriek, by which I mean you get a nice dose of sour fruitiness without the over the top puckering power of the more extreme examples, but it also isn't a candy sweet fake attempt at the style. You can actually find on store shelves on occasion and it's not prohibitively expensive, two more factors to recommend it.

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Photo of pperrecone
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage
it poured a nice ruby color. a head that lasted for only seconds.

The smell is letting you know you have a sour kriek. sour slight vinegar but barley any but a touch. it is so pleasant or inviting for another sniff.

tast is of tart cherry juice with layers of funk and sourness. This is a very complex beer. sweet on the finishes but not too sweet. it lets the sour come through very complex,

Body is on point

Overall this beer is bomb and if you can try it go for it. bomb!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While not able to embrace the style, this was more enjoyable (and less sour) than many.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and listed in the "1001" and deserves to be there.
Also reviewed in Michael Jackson's "Great Beers of Belgium" and his 1999 "Guide gave it 4 of 4 stars (rare.)

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Photo of Jimmys
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into tulip. Harvest 2008. Best Before 04.11.2030.

A: bottle opens without much of a pop. hazed. red if ive ever seen a red brew before. some reddish head starts things off. literally dies to nothing. no lacing.

S: acid. sweet sugar. sour cherries. pie. smells like a kriek.

T: a sweet/sour cherry flavor starts the brew off. tastes just like the middle of a sour cherry pie. awesome. leaves a lingering sweetness on your lips. reminds me of a cherry jolly rancher. besides an outer layer of sweetness, the acid dries everything else out.

M: carbonation is certainly on the milder side. medium body.

D: besides the shitty appearance/carbonation level, this is a pretty solid brew. matured lamic flavor with plenty of sour cherry aspects. the flavor was definitely the biggest standout aspect in my opinion.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A: Rich transparent red body. Small, pinkish fizzy head. Decent retention. Very spotty lacing.

S: Tart cherries with a soft oaky must. Only the slightest hint of funk.

T: All said, a tasty, but not overly complex kriek. Lacking the depth and variety of cherry flavors that some of the better representatives deliver. The oak is mild, the funk is faint.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Perhaps a bit thin towards the finish.

O: As noted above, not the best representative... but certainly a respectable offering.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep blood red with a really tall pink fluffy head that sinks, slowly into decent lacings.

S: Brettanomyces (reminds me of gunpowder), and sour dark cherries in a nice balance. Some sweetness in the back.

T: Dry and sweet at the same time. The sour cherries and the Brett makes it sour, but there is a sweetness to it as well. There is a candylike taste in the cherries.

M: Long bitter and sour aftertaste. Body is thin and carbonation is mild.

O: Another nice Kriek. A well crafted product.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive thanks goes out to caSSino for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a ruby reb with a one finger pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, cherry, wood, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, cherry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This was a really well balanced brew. The funk aspect on this one really added a nice touch to everything else going on here. I went into this one expect to pick up on tart cherries, but they were more along the lines of sweet cherries. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair corked this winner tonight... '08 version.. very cool!! Thanks a ton Sammy!!!!

Deep dark red/purple... Sam says, "Smoke on the watttahhh"... Nice pink head.. decent retention and lacing..

Nose is bright fruit with dank funk up front, but with aeration the fruit comes out full frontal.

Flavor begins quite sour and fruity.... the funk is more in the background on the palate... a bit oaky.. the cherries linger forever on the finish. acidic but never "acetic" .. no vinegar just a nice fruit punch and a good lingering Brett funk.

Surprising body and a bit lesser carbonation... Very well done.. but I think will be fantastic with 3-6 months in the cellar..

Very cool... I liked this one a lot... especially with warmth... later pours were very nice... let this brew breathe for a bit.

All 4's.... I HOPE/know I will get to try it again. :-)

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

375 bottle poured into Bell's tulip.

A- Deep, murky red. Looks like a mix between red and dark crushed cherry juice. Three fingers of reddish head.

S- A lot of cherry. A good, but not huge sour bite. An earthiness on the back of the cherry, like the skin of the fruit.

T- The sourness is much more pronounced in the taste, and hits you up front. Not ass puckeringly sour, but it packs a good bite nonetheless. A big bunch of cherry follows the sour. No real sweetness associated with it. Very earthy cherry skin, yeast finish.

M- Light in the mouth, but with a not earthiness that adds to the depth without really adding to the body.

O- I like this pretty much. I can count the lambics I've had on two hands, and this is isn't the best but certainly isn't the worst.

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Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, best before date of 04/11/2030, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep red color with a couple fingers of dark pink head, recedes to a collar and leaves little lacing.

S- Some tart cherry, sweet fruit/raspberry aroma, oak.

T- Moderately tart and lactic with some sour dark cherry flavor, which could stand to be a bit stronger, has some lingering fruity sweetness, some oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, moderately dry finish.

O- A pretty nice kriek, it's a bit sweeter than I would like, it's very drinkable but I easily preferred the Geuze Mariage Parfait.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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