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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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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
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
504
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
15.66%
 
 
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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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 captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Pours deep brick red with a creamy pink head that leave lacing. Nose is a big muddled with some funk, musty cherry, citrus, and hay. Flavor is simple with some initial cherry tartness which quickly moves to a tart woody flavor. Carb keeps it nicely prickly in the mouth. Personally, I think the mariage parfait geuze is more enjoyable.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Bruno74200
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Not big complexity but some nice cherry notes and wild yeast (brett?). Very astringent maybe too much, it makes it very wine like tannins plus a great dryness

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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 BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a very thin cap and ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of tart cherries up front, along with a nice oaky barrel character and funk. Malt hold up strong to the cherries, but gets mixed in with the oak quite a bit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a rush of tart and sour cherries followed by a moderate malt and oak background. Funk present throughout thanks to the open fermentation. Finishes with lingering tart cherry notes and some sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A great cherry lambic with a big focus on the cherries (no surprise there). Not overly tart, funky, or sour which helps with drinkability. Definitely worth checking out if you're into lambics, especially cherry lambics

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Photo of rjp217
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle.... Developed nicely over the years, big juicy cherry, moderate acidity, medium body and really drinkable. Beautiful deep red color on this.

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Photo of pagriley
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 into snifter

Pours slightly cloudy and murky ruby red. effervescent pink head
tart cherry and solid funk on the nose. Not jumping out as complex - a bit one dimensional
Same on the palate. lactic sour, funky, with horse blanket and cherries underneath.
Medium feel - very drinkable

Overall a solid Kriek. Not top tier, but very tasty, and for a very well priced shelf beer, it is hard to do much better!

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Photo of amano_h
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, 37.5cl bottle poured into Cantillon Balloon.

Explosive sour cherries right off the bat. Malt is the secondary characteristic on the nose, accompanied by sweeter and funkier aromas of malt, lemon zest, old leather, and mild blue cheese in that order. There's a bit of a spicy character on the back end as well, oddly reminiscent of cinnamon.

Taste is basically sour cherry juice all over. Very sharp, very dry, and slightly acetic; the funkiness is translated in the back, with a little bit of the yeast character poking through here and there. The sweet and the spice from the nose is somewhat muted and becomes even more so as the cherry takes over with time and temperature.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Simple good pop off the cork, Vintage 2013.

Deep purple and red body color, dark and filled with fine pink rising faint carbonation, that rips fast through the sides of the glass. Minimal head creation, but some is there, a pink hue, slightly pinhead bubbly but a creamy tilted collar is always present. Very solid lambic.

Even better nose. Bouquet is of soft cherry but excellent funk earth and sharp gueuze like hotness. Excellent garden like dry herbs, very subtle to match with this really nice cherry aroma. Gets into a funky taffy candy like quality as well. Just superb.

Palate is just sinful and fantastic. Hot earthy warm cherries, and explosive popping mouthfeel. Carbonation gets into champagne but with thicker malt depth, and juiced cherry qualities. Lemon drop qualities, and very light tonic flavors in the mid palate, with a big earth and almost mint sage qualities in the aftertaste. Heavily green herbed finish, garden and soil fresh. Fruit angle manages excellent balance of funk and mild sugars, not even a touch sweet or even syrupy.

An excellent guezue earthen like kriek, one that has really developed nicely and very memorable.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage -
Pours deep ruby red with white head that quickly falls to a ring. Aroma of cherries, red grape, slight plum, earthy funk, oak, very very slight balsalmic. Flavor is like the aroma, a big sour cherry bomb with nice earthy undertones, malt and hay. Slight tannic quality from the barrel. The feel is light and dry w/high carbonation. Tasty Kriek.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from State Line Liquors. A wonderful geuze. Wonderful aroma for the style. What fruit was naturally imparted? This is a bit aged, but still good for another two decades. Funky bold, a white head on creamy yellow with active bubbles. By itself. Oal, sour, very drinkable and satsifying. Good carbontion.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is ruby red.
Solid head on the beer from the pour with nominal retention for the style. Sugary with Belgian yeast pull on the tongue. The tart is higher than usual but is very much welcomed. Cherries is dominate in the flavor and has a nice sour taste. This beer is beautifully done and will drink many more of these in the future.

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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 NoYouDidnt
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks good. Pretty pink head. Smells fruity, bit sour, limeade, cherry. Tastes much the same. Get more cherries there. Overall. Tasty enough. Not your thing exactly NYD. Pick it up if a friend comes who likes that style.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep cherry red and crystal-clear ruby under a light, with a foamy pink cap that crackles and pops. Aroma of cherries and oak with lots of funk that adds a gritty earthiness to the fruit. Not very sour, with a pleasantly dry finish that tingles with carbonation. Overall this is delicious but a little bit one dimensional. Could maybe use a little more sweetness, and/or a little more sourness to fill out the overall balance.

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Photo of aleigator
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Kriek Marriage Parfait 2012

Yields a beautiful, half finger broad, pink head, slowly collapsing into the ruby red beer, while leaving with a fizzy sound. Sheets of lacing gather at the edge of the glass, complimenting the glowing, red grape juice colored beer.

Packs a good amount of funk and lemon zest, settling on top of a ripe cherry foundation, together with arid forest earth. Rusty blue cheese and old leather enhance the cherry character, as well as the tartness, while the beer doesn't turn overly sour at all. The nose features a beautifully balanced lambic, with a very intriguing cherry complexity, mainly defined by mellow stone pith qualities, lemon peel and more earth.

Highly carbonated, sprizzy beer, leaving the palate with lively bubbles. The beers medium body comes well together, while the mineral defined carbonation introduces tart funk to the palate, easily balanced by well pronounced malts. Drinks fairly easy and clean, no note of the higher abv, other than the distinct maltiness.

Tastes of a bubbly minerality from the high carbonation which sets the course for tart lemon peel and cherry pulp. Cherry gets accompanied by scented wood and earthen malts, which produce an unusual toffee note during the long lasting finish, turning more prominent than the sourness itself after the swallow. Reaches its sour peak right at the middle during drinking, becomes the most funky while swallowing and turns very malty and sweet, but not cherry sweet during the finish, accompanied by a lemony minerality.

Well made, very clean tasting lambic which is a bit surprising for the higher abv it packs. The finish bothers me though, it is way too malty and sweet. While it still succeds at including a lemony note during the aftertaste, the cherries fade too soon, getting replaced by dusty toffee malts.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, 375ml into Zwanze Day 2014 taster.

Nose: rather delicate fruit, more of funk than anything.

Taste: tart cherry skins, something vaguely resembling green grapes, hay, almost sweet middle. Rounds off with dry funk.

Feel: pretty standard lambic affair here. Doesn't miss the mark, but not quite exceptional.

Pretty tasty. Maybe not developed quite yet, still jammy. Might have to get another to lay down a while.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Recommended to me by a Belgian I met in Mongolia.

A: Cherry red body with a thick pink head.
S: That cider like gueze smell.
T: Sharp, dry, and ever so slightly vinegar like, but has a nice cherry juiciness and a mild bread pudding aftertaste.
O: Pleasant enough, just not a fan of this style.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 sticker.

Appearance: Deep rich purple red. Head starts a bit fluffy and dark pink. Drops to a small loose collar with no cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Relatively clear - only a slight haze.

Smell: Sour cherry from the get go. Loaded with oak. Touches of vanilla. Deeply fruity. Sweaty sock and ripe cheese. Citric push backed by a mild acetic edge. Tons of fruit. Oak adds a musty woodiness. Some grass and damp earth. Hint of something phenolic buried deep in the back. Warming pushes the citric note up a bit and the cherries come along with it. Tons of cherry flesh and juice. Almost hints at cranberry. Old wood and damp basement. Malts offer a mild sweetness as compliment and perhaps a touch of something almost bready.

Taste: Oak and sour cherry on repeat. Deeply musty with some strong cheese notes. Grass and a touch of hay coupled with damp stones and earth. Cherry skin. A touch of caramelized malt sweetness layered through the back. A lighter almost crackery malt at the base. Deeply citric with hints of lemon juice. Sour cherry juice. Leather. A vague touch of bandaid in the back. Warming smooths everything out and sweetens the cherry note a touch. Soft fluffy yeast adds a very soft almost kind of spicy ester. A touch of vanilla and something that reads as like-almond. A touch of white vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Dry on the finish with a bracing but not aggressive astringency. A flash of a juicy initial sip. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A much better union than the first.

I tried Mariage Parfait and was underwhelmed. This version is delightful. The sour cherry really compliments the deep oak and mild tannins running through. Sharp and slightly sweet. All in good measure and well worth checking out.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: Blood red. Thick swath of dark pink head. Gorgeous.
smell: Tart and sour cherry. Some hints of funk and a bit of vanilla. Quite subdued.
taste: Again tart and sour up front, with sour slightly dominant. slightly bitter almost spicy finish. Quite dry.
overall: Interesting and tasty. Alcohol is well, nearly completely hidden.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 bowzer4birdie
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2011.

Lovely tart cherries! I don't pick up much if any funkiness to this. Of course, you've got that mouthwatering acidity. Cherries through the finish!

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