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 TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

2008 vintage. Too bad no one's getting married right now... This stuff pours a clear pale rose topped by a couple fingers of lightly off-white foam. The nose is a blast of tart cherry hovering above sour orange, spicy white wine grapes, and a touch of wheat-y funk. The taste follows this recipe pretty closely, with the cherries really blossoming on the tongue. They range from overtly tart to almost sweet, every iteration sloshing across the tongue in eccentric waves. A bit more sour funk here, but not by too much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn tasty brew, one that makes the 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek completely obsolete (especially for the price).

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

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 Vintage. Thanks to beerwolf for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep cranberry; almost plum color. Produced a nice cap of pink froth; some lacing.

(S)- A nice fruity-like jam tart character. Some nice dry oak.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A ripe jammy cherry/berry flavor. Some acidity. Finishes dry and oaky.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A nice balance too of fruit and oak with a kiss of sour acidity.

(D)- Overall, a solid Kriek. An easy to drink and enjoy offering, so very approachable if you are just getting into the style. Surprisingly refreshing too.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mikeymikee.

Dark red hue. Light pink finger of head. Full on new pool toys with a hint of arm pit funk. Macerated cherry skins and a mild sweetness. Flavors are mild sour with a good amount of sweet cherry. The funk is present but nothing like I hope for in my krieks. Medium body with a mild amount of carbonation. Not my favorite kriek but not horrible.

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Photo of daedalusfinch
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle, 2008 served in Swamphead Snifter

I've had sparkling wines with far less pop, wow. The second I finished untwisting the cage, the cork flew off and across the room. I was definitely not prepared for that. It pours a rich burgundy color with a big pink-beige head that sticks around longer than I would have imagined -- this beer definitely brings the carbonation.

The nose is full of European cherries, sweet and tart. Underneath, there are characteristic Brut and belgian yeast notes. There's also a good, earthy backbone like an old world wine.

The tart cherries kick it up here; they're definitely first to the party and know they belong here. There's a champagne brut-ness here and a well-placed sourness, almost like a Geuze. It's not cloyingly sweet like I find many fruit lambics, and I absolutely cannot taste the alcohol. What a treat.

It's a little thicker than a lot of lambics, but the carbonation carries it perfectly. The liquid composition is phenomenal -- a perfect vessel for the flavor.

I grabbed three of these when a case came in -- just in case I thought it was especially good. I'll be going back today to grab another four to sit on. Considering the price and availability, I'd say this beer joins Cantillon's tier for lambics. I am very impressed.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 2008, best by 04-11-2030.

A great pop when I removed the cork, it pours a deep deep red with a pinkish head of foam and it brings some nice lacing.

There are sweet and sour cherries notes up front in the smell and some earthy malt but the cherries rule all.

Same goes for the taste. 3 years old and the cherries taste so fresh and vibrant; I can now see the reasoning behind the very, what I thought was, optimistic best by date. I'd say the balance between the sweetness and tartness is near perfection right now. 18 years into the future? Who knows but I reckon this beer would still be a treat.

I'm now getting an earthy character, almost Brett like but not quite. I love the sound of this brew; snap, crackle, and pop? It almost sounds like it's refermenting in my glass. ;^)

Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation which, by the way, suits this beer to a T, the mouthfeel is awesome and..the beer drinks awesome as well. What a wonderful brew!

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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 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 coreyfmcdonald
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Huhzubendah
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008

What a gorgeous beer. A simply perfect appearance. Radiant ruby hues with soft pink accents when held to the light. Pinkish purple head that measures over a half inch thick. Excellent retention and lacing. A joy to observe.

The aroma is top notch as well. Sour cherries take center stage, with funky, musty, oak in supporting roles.

Lots of cherry flavor. Just the right amount of funk and sour presence. Enough to induce the slightest pucker, but so smooth I could drink several glasses and not grow weary of it. Homemade cherry pie? One of the most easy drinking fruit lambics I have had in a while.

8% abv? Difficult to believe. Alcohol content is masterfully disguised. Ridiculously smooth on palate, with a lingering aftertaste of tart cherries.

Overall, fantastic. So glad I was able to get a few of these. A must have for the lambic connoisseur.

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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 emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2100

"Harvest 2008" on the neck label. BBD: 4.11.2030
Christening a new glass, thanks Allen & Mandy for the Cantillon wine glass! Thanks to Kevin for the beer.

Cork extracts itself with a quiet pop, wispy gunsmoke wafts out.
Thin layer of pink foam crackles on the surface. Extremely thin threadlike string of foam is all that's left soon enough. Pinkish crimson edges, deep burgundy red body. Still, glassy surface.

Wet wood and leathery cherry aroma, slighty briny and sweet.

Schaerbeek "pie cherry" flavors, tart and complex. Wet oak traces emerge in the drying aftertaste. Moderate sourness and puckering, cherry skin and tannic bitterness as it warms up. Resonating tart aftertaste, cherry pits, dried stems, and skins altogether. Light feel, a little spritzy, it dries up quickly on the palate. A nice variation on Boon Oude Kriek, more of a pie cherry flavor and less intense sourness but it holds it's own. Nice pairing with dark chocolate.

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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 BeerAndBourbon
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage 375 mL bottle

A. Pours a deep hazy red with a half inch pink foamy head that receeds leaving no residual lacing.

S. Tart cherry with a touch of oak and an impression of vanilla.

T. Starts of with mildly tart cherry that moves into oak with some leather and mild barnyard funk. A faint mustiness is present a well.

M. Very high carbonation. It ends very dry leaving little residual flavor on the tongue.

D. Not incredibly complex, but not as dull/ uninteresting as some reviews seem to suggest.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a quick splash of a one inch high head of white lace, which quickly settled back down and left behind nothing more then the raspberry color liquid in front of me.

rich, and very tart. At first it was hard to get past the sour to find the sweet fruit notes that were lying underneath, however once it warmed a bit, the funkiness settled down quite a bit and some rather nice tones of fruit started to come through. Nice touch of raspberries and cherries, with that unmistakable tartness really starting to show through on this one now.

Rich Raspberry taste wraps around the tongue and then puckers the cheeks with the tartness. Very nicely done. Some subtle apple, maybe pear like flavors dancing around in the back now as well, before really drying out for the fini

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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 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 ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle dated 2008 harvest with a best by date of 2030 so this must have been bottled in 2010. Bright red with a punk head that looked great at first and then died even though the beer was very fizzy (dirty glass?) . Smelled like cherries, no must, no barnyard, no lambic. Taste was tart cherries but I want the funk too and I got none. Mouthfeel was also way too fizzy for my liking.

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Photo of Soonami
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious cherry-flavored Sour Ale where the citic fruit tartness and acetic acid from beer combine for an intense thirst quencher and without the overly sweet flavor that's normally associated with fruit beers.

Pouring a dark red, nearly crimson hue, the beer demonstrates good clarity until the yeast from the bottle is disturbed. A feminine, somewhat fizzy pink head tops the beer and reduces to a thin sheet across the surface before holding true.

Rich aromas of ripe and over-rippened cherries fill the nose along with the sharp scent of apple cider, balsamic vinegar, aged woods, moderate must, and an overall dusty note. Quite tart to the nose, it's hard to tell where the beer stops and the cherries begin.

The cherry focus continues in taste. Black cherry flavor in its unadulturated form puts its fingerprints all over the beer- dominating it at every turn. With a richer and more flavorful cherry flavor, the thin and acidic beer beneath does well in malty support and aids with complexities of added tartness, briney salt, musty, and with additional fruit flavors of lime and crabapples. Along with the acidic and fruit flavor, the beer retains a medium amount of sweetness seeming partially from malt and partly from fruit.

Along with the sweetness, the beer also carries a medium mouthfeel early that lingers into mid palate. But the sweetness is foregone and the beer finishes tart with medium acidity and mildly astringent as the tanins act on the sides of the tongue. With near powdery dryness in finish, the beer leaves a lasting memory of cherry and signature crisp and refreshing tartness.

A good Kriek that, by design retains some sweetness and fuller cherry flavor leaving it less than bone-dry but not as sickly sweet as many others- a good compromise to taste and texture.

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Photo of peabody
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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 DoctorDog
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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 SpeedwayJim
2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2008 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip.

Standard pour yields a 2 finger fluffy light pastel pink head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear red. Lacing is non-existant. Pretty standard for the style.

Nose is tart and sweet cherries. Robust and deep though lacking any sort of funkiness or barrel characteristic.

Opens sweet and robust cherry. Some cobweb flavor mixed with a barrel presence. Woody towards the middle. Hay and band-aid round out the experience. Finish and aftertaste is cherry. Not tart and a bit overly sweet. At least the fruit is prominent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky with some rough edges in the mouth. Goes down with some bubbles. Finish is clean with little to no aftertaste. A bit too carbonated.

As a fruit lambic, this offering is not very good. The cherries are prominent but there's little tartness or cheesiness that usually accompanies a top-notch offering from the style. A bit too sweet too. I won't revisit this one.

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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 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 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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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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