Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

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159
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495
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
15.7%
 
 
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Photo of pagriley
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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 alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Jacobob10
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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 JRed
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red in body with light cherry head that stays. Smells horsey, cherry with some floral notes. Tastes of very sour cherries, horse blanket, some booze, tangy, with funk. Heavy carbonation with a medium body. Tasty, extra sour, funked out. Real good in the hot weather for 4th of July celebratin'.

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Photo of aleigator
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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 marburg
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1995 vintage dated. Corked and caged and carted back here to Michigan by my fiancee who found this bad boy in Baltimore.

Hazy, thick, pea soup opacity married with sludge brown and blood red and a soapy, frothy head that won't die. Powerful, swirling carbonation -- really lively. Plum and tart cherry skin aromas mingle nicely with a sour-ish, yeasty, unrefined earthy character. Carries through to the palate, which is suprisingly integrated and held together. Certainly, the sourness of a traditional lambic shines through. But there's a great understated cherry flavor and a musty dullness that tempers the ascerbic nature of the beer. Very well put together, and as far as traditional-style lambics go, this thing is remarkably easy to drink. For those looking for a slightly less jarring introduction to the traditional take on the style -- if you think it IS jarring, of course -- this might be a good start.

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Photo of danieelol
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Ian_B
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Jonada
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Dark red in color with a pink or almost light purple head. Head dissipated quickly, but not instantly. There was a fair amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass as well.

S: Sour cherries and definitely some funk

T: Again just a ton of tart sour cherries. It starts fairly sweet upfront and then gives way to some oaky flavors and a pretty tart finish. I don't taste any alcohol whatsoever, but there is a slight warming in the back of the throat to remind you that this beer comes in at 8% ABV.

M: Medium body. Some prickly carbonation but not to the point of being distracting.

O: I was really impressed with this one. Surprisingly drinkable at 8% ABV. I think it finds a great balance of tartness and sweetness. Definitely recommend trying if you're a fan of lambics.

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Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest 2008, Best Before: 04-11-2030. 375 ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark red fruit juice body with a purple tint. A fluffy bright pink head forms but dissolves pretty quickly to some thin edging.

S - Intensely sour cherries, oaky tannins, and some spices. A bit of warming alcohol on the end.

T - Mouth puckering cherry juice with some light oak, vanilla and funky notes. Not very complex, but it has a great sour cherry presence even at 4 years old. Ends abruptly with the 8% abv well hidden. Mouth feel is lively yet thin.

O - A very solid kriek. Very sour and mouth puckering with some light oak and brett notes. A very good starter kriek that I actually prefer to the Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek. Still stumped at why the mariage parfait series has such a high abv though.

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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 Khazadum
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 timtim
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008... red with a pink head that this to a collar. nose is black cherry with touches of sweetness, wood and funk amid a mildly brett-spicy backbone. reminds me of the cherries, the cherry tree and the farm they are on. taste is a well balanced mix of the above with black cherry and wood flavor dominating to me. just barely sour, and not as sweet as the nose led me to think it was going to be. medium body with almost prickly carbonation and a very cherry finish. a completely different animal than say, Hannsens (the best!). overall, very very good. definitely has it's own personality, and it is interesting to see what happens to the lambic flavors when the abv is elevated a bit.

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Photo of amano_h
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Bruno74200
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Neffbeer
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a Cantillon glass. The 2008 version.

A. It pours a bright ruby red color with a purple hue in the light. A light pour yielded a strong one finger head with plenty of effervescence. No lacing, minimal head retention, and excellent clarity.

S: Juicy ripe cherries are dominant at first, but that gives way to some wonderful Brett characteristics. Leather, Barnyard funk, musty blankets and freshly baled hay to name a few. There are notes of the lactic acid lingering just in case I forgot this was a sour.

T: Succulent ripe cherries burst forth unabated. The funk is present, but it is completely dominated by cherry goodness. It is not nearly as sour as I would have expected, a bit sweet actually.

M: Light and bubbly.

O: A great beer without question, but I think it would benefit from a bit more time in the cellar (some residual sweetness). I have two more from the 2008 bottling and I will sit them for at least two years before trying again.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark red; small; pink head; good lacing

Aroma: Tart; sour cherries hit you up front

Taste: Just like aroma, tart; sour cherries; dry finish

Remarks: Too dry for my taste; not really my thing

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of jcalabre
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear scarlet while being poured that turns into a dark garnet in the glass. The classic pink head rises tall before sizzling down to a an active crown.

The aroma rising from the pour is enough to make not want to wait for the head to recede before I dive in. There are the typical kriek elements of mustiness (Brett funk) and the sour and earthy Morellos, but it's a bit muted. These elements all transfer into the taste with the cherries really taking over, giving off a little more sweetness than I'm used to in aged krieks.

The first sip delivers a sour tingle to the palate that is some washed out with some mustiness. The body is nicely lightened by the appropriate level of carbonation for this style.

A well-aged kriek, to be sure. Boon delivers again.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375 ml caged & corked bottle into a snifter. 2008 vintage. Thanks to Franz4 for bringing this to me back from some other beery state.

A- Slightly hazy red/magenta. Pours with ~1 finger, effervescent pink-hued head, that fades rapidly to a few stray bubbles.

S- Bubblegum and tart cherries, and hints of slightly funky, hard-to-pinpoint vinous/oaken qualities.

T- Tart cherries. And tart cherries. Followed by some barnyard funky flavors and a touch of oak. The solid 8% ABV is nowhere to be found.

M- Moderately light carbonation with a crisp, fairly light feel.

O- An enjoyable, easy drinking "desert beer" that, due to it's sour/acidic nature, falls squarely into the "one and done" category.

Future outlook: This beer is one of the few that I think might actually improve with certain food/desert pairings (exactly what, I'm not quite sure yet). No matter....can't get it around here, but happy to have tried.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Cantillon taster.

Appearance is crimson red with dark ruby highlights. Active small head settles to a decent size ring. Spume is in rosey pink to light purple color range.

Aroma is the typical cherry nose of krieks with other berries also playing off the cherries. Oak, candy apple, and a touch of earthy funk also present.

The taste brings a very earthy, funky kick up which is only light on the nose. You can tell this is a younger Kriek as the sourness is very subdued. Also the cherries used must have been low on acidity as the kind used can influence the PH profile quite a bit. Instead, the cherry flavor is deep, earthy, fleshy but not really sweet or acidic. I love the depth of flavors here, farmhouse musk, oak, pasture reside along the other fruit flavors you get like sweet cranberry, over ripe blood orange, merlot grape, and even some plantain action going on.

Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is beautifully soft but active. Awesome dry finish, perfect if you ask me, you get the sweet character from the cherries but no residual sugar aftertaste.

I just want to mention that this is further evidence that Boon is up there with Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen for top lambic producers. Between this and their standard Mariage Parfait they prove to be to producing top notch stuff. Would love to see some other fruit variants added to the Parfait range. Would be awesome!

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml dated best before 4.11.2030 into a tulip.

Crimson red with purple highlights and a tiny head upon pouring. Effervescent, spritzy bubbles can be seen dancing to the top of the beer.

Tart cherry skins and flesh with a touch of nuttiness and barnyard funk. Moves into a bit of sweat with some cranberries on the back end of the smell, with vinous and vinegar notes throughout but is missing a bit of complexity.

Again with those tart cherries up front but then moves into a balsamic like vinegar puckering. As it rests on the tongue the fruit comes out a bit more on the back end. A little bit of funk on the tongue but not that much and wouldn't be distinguished by a palate that is unfamiliar with this style.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation, a little bit of drying on the tongue and throat as you swallow it but some stickyness left on the lips.

Good, real cherry flavor with an okay raw lambic presence. I've had better, but this is still a solid authentic lambic.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Soonami
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 dragonWhale
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage..A firey purple blaze descends, spewing forth a voluminous pink front that eventually settles into a small pinking whitehead. Sour and sweet cherries, a little acetobacter and a little sweetness in the nasal aroma. Starts with tang and zip, then the sweet cherries begin to mellow it out, bringing some sweetness to the table. The tart vinegar comes through towards the middle and end, and it finishes with a long sweet and sour cherry flavor that can only be described as in my mouth. A bit drying in the coating of my cavernous maw, but absolutely delectable. A wonderful lambic, something that mine shall aspire to.

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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