Dec 1, 2011

Boon Kriek

Boon Kriek photo

As followers of this site may have noticed over the past year or so, I’ve recently gotten more into sours, krieks, lambics and the like. I’ve had some that were almost too tart/sour to enjoy and I’ve had others that were so cloyingly sweet that it was like drinking coolaid. I’ve also had a few that were spot on with an excellent balance between the two.

This promotional bottle of Boon Kriek, however, leans a bit too heavily on the sweetness that what little tart character it has is nearly overwhelmed. It’s not like drinking overly sweetened kids’ drink mind you, but the beer could certainly benefit from a more balanced approach.


A bright purple/pink head caps the deep reddish purple liquid.


The beer smells pretty good as wafts of earthy cherry, a slight tartness and subtle wood join the dominating sweetness.


A hint of tartness hits the tongue first before quickly giving way to cherry coolaid. There is a touch of a funk and a light wood presence in the beer, but it’s not enough to compensate for the sugary character of this beer. Had the initial tartness been a bit brighter on the palate, this beer would have been more suited for the style.


As sweet as this beer was, I still managed to finish it without much complaint. I just wish there was a bit more sour tartness in the mix. The mouthfeel was fine as the beer wasn’t overly slick or syrupy, but it’s a bit too sweet for my liking.

Rating: 3/5

This is a review of a promotional sample received from a PR company.

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