Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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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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Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

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Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. Vintage 2008.

Appearance- Dark redish/brown with some junk on the bottom of the glass. Quick 1 1/2 finger white/pink head that lasted a short while. Looks heavily carbonated which surprised me for 5 years old.

Smell- Super funky cherry and lemon rind, earthy tobacco. Smells similar to Allagash Cerise. Funky medicinal smell that I get in most lambics. Intriguing.

Taste- Funky cherry and stone fruit, grassy, earthy, lightly oak, finishes super lemony/limey. Way better than the normal Boon Kriek.

Mouthfeel- Heavily carbonated with no booze heat. Medium pucker. Semi-dry.

Overall- Real Impressed by this. Why can't the Boon regulars be this good?

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Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wedge
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Deep ruby color with a soft, creamy pink head. Super smooth, mellow cherry creaminess in the nose. Sour black cherry, a bit of sherry, and a really delicate touch of vinegar along with spices. Big tart cherry flavor...there seems to be a lot going on, but it keeps everything corralled into a nice, tidy flavor profile. Much more sourness coming through here. Just enough sweetness, nice acidity, woody spice, must, and some sort of potpourri-like element. Astringent and puckering, but far from offensively so. Oh man, very satisfying. I'll try to keep my hands off the other bottle for a few years if I can.

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Photo of Krey213
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark burgundy red with a delightful pink tightly foamy head. Aroma is ultra smooth. Awesome cherry pie, softly tart, sweet, and fragrant. Creamy with something vanilla-like, plus musky wood. Taste is tart and smacky. Woody, musky, tart dry berries. Grape skins, astringent and puckering. Very well combined concoction. The word encrusted comes to mind... Very dry, implosively so, brightly and smoothly carbonated, almost chalky texture. Very nice.

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Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by WeeHeavySD, thanks for bringing this old bottle Jon, from the late 1980s or early 1990s, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Pinkish orange color, barely any head, did leave a little ring around the glass though, good legs too
S-Cherries, funkiness, citrus, barnyard, mild sweetness, and various other sour aromas
T-Starts off nice and tart with cherries and soft malt in the middle, dry finish with more sourness, mellows out as it warms and more fruit comes to the surface including citrus and berries, nice cellared kriek
M-Sour, slightly sweet, acidic, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation, taste lingers a long time
D-Could have drank this bottle quite easily, great flavor profile that is not too much at any time, smooth and no alcohol present, not overly sour or sweet which is surprising after so long

This lambic has held up incredibly well for being at least fifteen years old, too bad this is not in production anymore along with the gueuze too, would love to drink again but not likely, recommended

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hawks10
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage – Best before November 4th, 2030 - 375ml green corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip…

Pours a beautiful dark blood red with tons of thick bright pink foamy head. When held to the light the beer glows ruby red, truly a spectacular looking Lambic...

Fresh, juicy, ripe cherries fill the nose, one of the most intense fruit bursts I have ever smelled in a lambic. An aroma similar to a damp musty basement filled with decades of firewood peeks out behind the huge fruit. This beer smells spectacular as well...

Taste is much sweeter than I was expecting. Tons of cherries attack the palate, very juicy and sweet. A quick tart bite hits at the end cutting into the sweetness a bit, as does the oak, which is much more apparent in flavor than smell. Quite tasty, would like a bit more pucker and less sweet, but that will probably come with some more age. Definitely looking forward to trying one in a couple years...

Medium bodied, maybe a bit heavier than a typical lambic, with good carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of lingering oak flavor, 8% alcohol is non-existent...

Very very pleased with this beer, definitely hitting the store tomorrow to pick up a couple more!

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Photo of danedelman
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle marked 2004 into a tulip glass

A-pale amber color with a big fluffy white head.

S-grapefruit, sweetness shines through. A nice funky brett yeast smell backs all that up.

F-very similiar to the head. grapefruit and lemon peel with a nice well balaced sweetness that I feel is much better than the regular oude boon geuze as that one is too dry for me.

M-light and crisp. carbonation is high and bounces on your tongue.

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Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vitesse
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green bottle with cork.

black label with big red lettering: "F. Boon Kriek - Mariage Parfait."

a very traditional lambic. label says it's spontaneously fermented and then bottle conditioned. made in lambeek, belgium (imported by merchant du vin.)

anyone. a great beverage. i had to take some points off for apperance though. the cork and area around it on the bottle had a sticky resiny film on it, which is pretty unappealing. cork held up okay though. in glass the drink was a bright red color. very cloudy with lots and lots of dark yeast sediment, which i didn't drink down.
very tart and acidic kriek. cherries are there but it's not a sweet and fruity drink. nice barnyard, grassy flavors. very complex taste. actually reminded me of champagne. insanely complex.

i paid about $10 for this. a much much better value than the more over-sweetened and popular lambics.

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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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 snowmageddon
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of infi
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage, 375-mL bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

This kriek lambic is a beautiful and translucent maroon/magenta color with a one-fingered pink head that slowly crumbles away. I'd definitely say that it's the prettiest-looking lambic out of the small few I've tried so far. Smell is basically full of tart cherries, some subtle hints of oaky tannins and a thin coating of vinegar pungency and funk.

One of the best and smoothest tasting lambics I've ever had. The kriek shows more fruitiness throughout the taste duration with VERY little sourness. It's really like eating the flesh of an almost-ripened cherry- not too sweet, but not too sour either. This all ends on a hum tartness with a slight sliver of some metallic flavor, but not one of disgust. Very organic and natural tasting.

Mouthfeel was borderline medium-bodied with a slight effervescent feel, but very smooth overall. I particularly enjoyed this while it was very cold because every sip gave off an incredible refreshing vibe. I could now see why some of these Belgian blenders prefer to fill up pints of this remarkable stuff. I finished my 375 bottle in 15 minutes- this was seriously delicious and easily drinkable. Definitely buying another bottle or two of this for future consumption. Best until 2028? Yes sir, too good. Thank you, Mr. Boon.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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 metter98
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is reddish in color, relatively translucent and poured with a finger high pink head that never completely faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of tart cherries in the nose with some notes of sourness and hints of funk and oak.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of tart cherries; the finish has a moderate amount of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the taste has a good balance between the sour and tart taste of cherries. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden in both the smell and taste.

Note: 2008 vintage

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Photo of sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is horsey, barnyard with rich dark cherries. Nice almond cherry pit. Vanilla and some oak. Wet hay, grassy, rustic funk. Nice balance of lambic and fruit character. Acidity is notable.

Pours purple with ruby red highlights. Frothy pink head that is surprisingly sizable. Fizzles away quickly but leaves about 1/2 cm of head. Even has some lacing.

Brightly acidic on the palate. Tart cherries and lactic acid. Earthy funk and oak character. Not quite as much rich cherry character as in the aroma, though it is present with that lovely almond lingering in the background. A good amount of fruit character is present though leaning a bit more towards cherry pie cherries than the rich cherry flavor I've had in other krieks. Lactic acid, little or no acetic.

Light body with high carbonation. Enough acid and even some tannic qualities to keep it from seeming fizzy. Mouthwatering acidity.

Solid balance of fruit and lambic character. Not my absolute favorite, but considering the price and availability, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. HUGE thanks to jkane101 for the hook-up!

A- Uniformly translucent fushcia body with vibrant color. Pours with a 1 1/2 finger soapy light pink head. 1/2 finger retains nicely.

S- Nose is slightly sweet but vell balanced. Vinegar comes through the most initially as well as a slight acidic tartness-but the rest of the characters rush in quickly-oak, vanilla, sour cherry, and slightly sweet cherry.

T- Cherry, oak, vinegar and vanilla come through initially. Finish is slightly more tart than initial flavor-but with a similar profile. The tartness lingers slightly more than the rest of the profile-but nothing is overpowering and amazingly all the initial flavors linger slightly.

M- Well done. Smooth, slightly yeasty medium wieght body with soft carbonation.

D- This is a very good, well balanced lambic overall. Certainly one of my favorite krieks. This was a nice surprise as well as I wasn't expecting this brew to be SO good. Would love to have this again!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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 coreyfmcdonald
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into flute glass

A: Deep red, slightly hazy with a finger of light pink head on top. The head quickly dissipates to just a ring around the glass. Looks nice, but not exceptional.

S: Quite nice. Strong sour cherry and lemon smell with some must and funk in the background.

T: Strong lemon flavor up front. The sour cherry is not quite as strong as in the smell, but is still significant. There is some significant barnyard funk, but it's certainly not as strong as the lemon and sour cherry flavors.

M: A bit full bodied for a lambic, but quite nice. Carbonation is strong.

O: This is one of my favorite fruit lambics. It is excellent. Very drinkable, complex, with an excellent sour cherry flavor.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon (weeheavysd) for bringing this gem to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. It was determined that this beer was bottled sometime around 1987-1992.

Poured a garnet color with a very thin ring around the glass.

Tart raspberry, cherry, plastic, acidity, and funk. Very interesting.

Tart cherries and sweet berry flavors in the finish, quite dry too. Some tart and dry raspberry, dried apricots, very tasty. Low carbonation but proper for the style. Glad I got to try this one, it was quite good.

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Photo of peabody
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really nice. Pours out a dark cherry with two fingers of pinky to purple suds. Very small bubbles.
Smell is cherry skin and strong belgian yeast.
Taste is very sour black cherry with a black currant at the front then a slight sweetness that doesn't rest very long on the tounge.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the 8% has yet to be noticed. This is hidden very well.
Overall this is as good of a strong Kriek as any I have tasted. Very well put together.

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Photo of DLSheidy
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
4.14 out of 5 based on 527 ratings.
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