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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Photo of jcalabre
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This pours a beautiful red, with orange highlights. The head is small and pink. The head disappears quickly.
Per the suggestion from "Brewmaster's Table" I paired this beer with some fresh goat cheese and pate. It was great. The sour cherry flavor and acidity matched perferctly with the food
The aroma is musty with some cherry. It finishes very dry. 1995 vintage. Loved it.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Holy hell this beer is amazing. Not much can be said for the lacing, the head development, the time for carbonation on appearance. However... moving on to the core nature of the beast...

Smells amazing of tart cherries, sweet cherry skins, a light sherry character, bare touch of oak presence as well.

Tastes.. mouth puckeringly tart but still fruity. Like raspberries, fresh picked blueberries, cherry pits, lactic acid for sure, lingering cherry tartness, fructose plasticity and phenols, and finishes dry tannins. Oh how I love it.

Full body, very nice puckering presence, great lingering fruit characteristics... perhaps a tad too high in the alcohol character but it helps with the sherry fruit liquor sweetness I get at times.

This is a shockingly great Kriek... hell I may go buy a half case for putting down.

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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 oline73
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. This says it is a 2008 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy dark red color with a finger of pink head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Funky cherry. Smells a bit like a fruit vinegar, but it is more complex with that.

Taste: Like the smell but this beer is more tart than it is fruity. The cherry is there, but the tartness dominates. It is quite good. Really refreshing in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a really smooth sour ale. The cherry and tartness are quite refreshing. I would definitely have another.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into tulip glass.

Vintage 2008.

Nice loud pop when this C&C bottle was opened up.

Appearance: deep crimson red body with a big pink head. 2 fingers of head quickly fizzes away to a thin ring.

Smell: sweet cherries and oak. Slightly sharp vinegar note and a hint of wheat malt and funk.

Taste: moderately tart cherries with moderate funk. The fruit and funk in this beer are really well balanced together nicely. Oak barrel and a touch of vinegar. More wood, sweet cherries, lemons, and berries in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied neer with almost moderate carbonation levels. Soft carbonation that is fairly smooth. As the beer crosses over your tongue a slight prickly carbonation gives life to the beer. Dry finish to this beer.

Overall: I would say this is very comparable to a cantillion in the flavor profile, but cantillion has a better mouthfeel. Really nice Kreik.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml, vintage 2008, poured from a basket into a 3 Fonteinen wine-style glass.

A: Lightly hazy, deep purple body under a gorgeous 2 finger head of fine lilac foam that settles into a cap. Stunning Kriek.

S: Lovely, if slightly understated (for an 8% fruit lambic at least) aroma: tart cherry, oak, vanilla, and some grassiness. Very nice.

T: Rich, juicy cherry right up front, with more complex lemon and green apple acidity midway through. A bit of oak and spice, too. At first I thought it was a little plasticy and boozy, but as it warms that all goes away. This is really, really pleasant.

M: Soft, velvety, moderately-carbonated medium body. Excellent.

O: This was great. Wish I'd bought more.


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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A: murky reddish brown. Super thick. Awesome for a kriek. Carbonation albiet little.

S: deep cherry and raspberry. Very nice.

T: Cherry sweet and slightly sour. Not too acidic and lacks vinegar for a Belgian kriek which is good. However there is a mineral component that comes in that is somewhat unpleasant.

M: holds very well. Not too sour and not over the top sweet. Good after taste.

O: great sour. Second bottle I have had and both were good. Very satisfying but that mineral component at the finish could be better but still almost sessionable for this relatively high abv kriek.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip.

It pours a deep ruby color with a nice foamy cherry colored head.

The aroma is sweet and slightly tart cherry, Musty oak, vanilla, and some balsamic vinegar in the background.

Boon Kriek starts off with a sweet cherry flavor with a little bit of vanilla. Slowly the flavor turns tart and sour, with an acetic undertone.

The mouthfeel is a little bit on the full side to start out with, but it lightens up a little bit as the sip progresses. The carbonation is creamy and imparts a smooth character. It is not intensely sour, but somewhat acetic and vinegary.

This is quite a solid Kriek.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle:

poured a deep ruby red with a finger of pink head. smells of perfume, cherries, lactobacillus, wine barrels. the taste is very tart up front, lots of sour cherry, funky barnyard wet hay, cork, cedar. medium body with high carbonation.. nice and tart.

a lovely lambic i got in a trade for 2 heady toppers. worth it in my opinion. lots of nice sourness makes me love this even more than i should! can't really feel the heavy abv, it is masked well by the tart fruityness.

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Photo of safaricook
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is from harvest 2011.
Poured it in a tasting glass from Bierconsumentenvereniging, the Netherlands.

Nice pink fine bubbled head hanging in there for a while and little but picturesque lacing. Body clear ruby with lots of bubbles visible.

Surpringly sweet aroma of cherries, raspberries and candi with some tart undertones and other wild yeast flavors

Tartness as expected but not as biting as found in other oude kriek; red fruits of course that bring a little fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is velvety from fine carbonation. According to style a light body but not watery.

This is a very drinkable kriek that is restrained on sourness, which makes it accessible to a broader public. Not only that, but it also balances the sourness with fruitiness. I think this is very well done. Probably the best of this style I have ever had.
P.S.:Reading the other reviews just realized that this kriek has 8%, which is really high for a kriek. Didn't taste the booze at all, but this explains somehow its immaculate balance. No change of score though.

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Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clouded red ruby, has a lively pink head that settles quickly and leaves no lacing. rather small curtains. Just as it should be!

The smell is very intriguing, sweet fruitiness, sour-bitter cherries, yeast, earth aromas, stable, leather, horse.

Starts with very little sweetness, the a distinct sourness, wild cherries, red vinegar, sour milk, very little bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, a coarse fresh feeling, a thin body. A dry sour finish.

You can't feel that there is 8% ABV in this beer. And it is refreshingly and intriguing and feels very original.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait 2008. Best by 11/04/2030.

Pours a deep magenta color with a thin translucency. Not much light gets through this one, as it can be best described as cloudy. Lovely light pink head formed and fell. A very thin ring sits atop the beer almost three minutes after the pour.

Huge red wine notes and big tannins. Both dark cherry and black grape fermented fruits with moldy skins and a hint of lemon rind. Almost forgot this was 8% until I whiffed it. Funk is at a nice medium level with that mildewy basement odor to it. If there was just a bit more intensity to the nose, as a whole, I'd rate this higher.

Almost a hint sweet and with a lot of these really tart and convoluted fruits coming through. Tart pie cherry, black raspberry, Granny Smith apple, and very moldy lemon rind. A touch vinous (even has sour grape aspects) and funky (moldy fruits and age). This beer has aged gracefully thus far.

Medium-bodied with close to a milky feel, but with a very light carbonation that almost pushes the booziness to the front. Slightly warming, actually a sipper.

Tasted along with a '10 Cantillon Kriek, a '10 Drie Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek, and a '07 Drie Fontienen Oude Kriek. Ranked in the bottom two.

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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 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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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 mrfrancis
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep burgundy with a fizzy pink head that recedes quickly. Very attractive in the glass.

S: Intense aromas of tart cherries, pomegranate, must, cider vinegar, and horse blanket. Smells like a lambic should.

T: A fruity, tart entry gives way to notes of cherry, pomegranate, must, unripened vine fruits, cider vinegar, almonds, oak, and horse blanket. Finish is tart and dry with cherry, horseblanket, and pomegranate notes standing out on the long, satisfying fade.

M: Very full-bodied with a luscious mouthfeel. Feels thick, substantial, and incredibly rich.

O: This is one exceptional kriek, and easily rivals Boon's Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait in terms of quality and depth. This would make an incredible after-dinner treat.

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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 tendermorsel
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage received via trade with Koopa. Thanks!

Almost completely flat pour. No head at all and just a bit of prickley carbonation in the mouthfeel. Quite a funky nose. Leather wood, and sweat socks. This is pretty heavy on the brett for sure. Awesome taste. Not heavy on the sweetness like so many Krieks out there including the regular Boon Kriek. Sour and tart all the way through my glass.

Man this is good stuff. A true Oude Kriek. Very simular to the 3F Sh Kriek.

Highly reccomended for the style.

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, purchased in Louisville awhile back and shared with the fiance. It pours a medium bodied bright cherry red with a good amount of carbonation and a two finger bright pink red. The aromas are very dry and bretty with a good dose of sour and tart cherry. It's also a little vinous. It has nice and sharp flavors of sour cherry with red wine notes and a lot of funk. It's a little sweeter than the nose would lead you to expect but is still pretty dry. It drinks medium in body, has nice flavor, and keeps you salivating as opposed to killing your palate with brett. Overall this is a fine Kriek and was well worth the $8.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to G311 for the hook-up. 2008 bottle. It pours a translucent oxblood hue and has a smattering of small bubbles atop. The nose is full of rich sour cherry notes and a small amount of tannic oak. Funk, per se, is limited; tartness is not. The flavor delivers, again, intense sour cherry notes and is exceptionally vibrant. Complementing the fruit, musty oak and faint notes of mulled spice, especially cinnamon, are suggested. The feel is silky and very softly carbonated, and it has a mellow dryness on the finish which is quite nice. Overall, it does not blow me away in any specific regard, but it is exceedingly solid across the board.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great sour, but round beer (2008).

L: perfect lasting top; deep cherry brown colour;
S: creamy, light funky bretts, almond;
T: not the most complex beer in the world, but a melange of three/four feelings: cream, cherry ofcourse, natural sweetness (there isn't sugar in it, but I checked the label for it, because I couldn't believe it: so soft!), almond, perfect 'dying' sweetness, ending at the right time to invite you for the next glass;
M: lovely mixture of CO2, sourness, sweet touch and light feeling alcohol;
O: this beer could become even better if I would wait a few years? I'll try that! Looking forward already.

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The 375 ml size of the 2008 harvest with best by date of 28 Feb, 2030.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a deep dark cherry red with a 1 ¼” fluffy pink head that recedes fairly quikly to a ring of foam with a thin layer of foam covering most of the liquid. As the head recedes there is no lacing left behind. Sipping leaves scattered speckles and legs of lacing that mostly cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: When the bottle is opened the aroma of cherries fills the air even before the beer is poured. Once the beer is in the glass other components of the aroma can be detected. There is just a bit of mustiness along with something that tells me the beer will be tart.

Taste: Although the flavor starts off with a bit of sweetness it soon turns to tart cherry throughout. There are faint traces of the funkiness that will become stronger as the beer is aged longer. The alcohol is well hidden and there may be just a touch of grassiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the ongoing gentle carbonation. The finish begins with tart cherry that gives just a brief hint of sweetness as well before turning dry and receding into the back of the mouth and throat with the tart cherry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this one every drinkable in that each sip leaves me wanting more and the beer is disappearing more quickly than I’d intended with this one. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer and an example of something I’ll hope to be having again in the future. I’m also reaching the conclusion that I definitely prefer my fruit lambics relatively fresh so that the fruit flavors are still strong throughout the beer. I fond this a really nice Kriek and think I’m beginning to develop an appreciation for what the blender contributes to the mix.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an emullient red that is crystal clear and has a nice white lacing around the edges.

Smell of sweet cherry, brett, horse blanket, oak barrel and some metallic acidity.

Taste of sweet cherry, tartness, brett, oak , vanilla , white grape and some acid. This is the sweetest of any Krieks that I have had and it is delicious and refreshing. Rather than overly acidic, there is a nice acidity with a balanced sweetness. Overall very well put together and glad to have tried this one.

Medium mouthfeel with good to high carbonation. Not gushing, so highly carbonated in a good way.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage
Pours a deep red. Small red tinted head that dissipates quickly.
A complex aroma. Acidic and funky. The cherry smell is mostly masked by the funk from the wild yeast and bacteria, but it's there if you inhale deeply. The smell the outdoors and a hint of sour cherries.
Flavor is nice and funky as well. Pretty sour but not over the top. Cherry flavor is not as pronounced as it could be, but rather serves to complement the base beer. Light body and surprisingly good carbonation for a 5 year old beer.

I've been into sour beers for several months now. Surprisingly, this is my first traditional fruited lambic. I will be making a trip to Belgium in a couple weeks and will drown myself in lambics to get a better stylistic comparison for this beer. For now however, i really love this kriek.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
4.15 out of 5 based on 514 ratings.
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