Brouwerij Boon is famous for their Oude Geuze and Geuze Mariage Parfait. They’re also rightly known for their fruit Lambics. Their Oude Kriek recently won the reader driven Beer Awards Digital Festival for best Fruit Beer. It’s a Belgian website that runs a yearly poll that lets the people decide the winners. While their Oude Kriek isn’t available in the United States, which is highly unfortunate as it’s truly an amazing example of the Kriek art, their Kriek Mariage Parfait is.
Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait, like their Geuze Mariage Parfait, is the top of line for the brewery. Kriek Mariage Parfait is one-year old Lambic that is then mixed with 400 grams of overripe cherries per liter of beer. It is then moved to some of the smaller oak casks at the brewery where it receives additional aging time before being bottled and aged for another 6 months to create the bottle conditioning.
Appearance: Hazy red/purple, light pink head, good retention.
Aroma: Tart cherries, chocolate, vanilla, lemon, touches of oak, earthy/funky notes.
Taste: Lemon zest, cherry liqueur, faint earthy notes with a long finish.
Overall Impression: What a perfect balance between sweet and sour! Cherries are the star of this beer, but they don’t steal the show. They’re balanced against a lot of wood character as well as some great “Lambic” funk. Complex and complete, this sour cherry beer should satisfy even then wonkiest of sour lovers.
Availability: In limited US markets, see their importer, Latis Imports, for more details.
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That sounds positively lovely! I don’t really like very sweet nor very sour cherry beers, but this one sounds awesome!
It is quite lovely. It’s got a nice tart kick. I’d recommend it to you based on what you’ve said. I might avoid their Oude Kriek though, it’s pretty esoteric, in the best way.
I tried Marriage Parfait after reading your review of that beer and I was not disappointed. I’ve had a bottle of the Kriek Marriage Parfait sitting in the back of the refrigerator for a few months now, but I’m leaning toward holding off till spring before trying that one (that time of year seems more appropriate to me somehow), although your review is making it more difficult to wait. I assume like other sours it ages well.
Boon puts their full 20 year best by date on it, unlike their basic Kriek or Framboise. This one will age, although I’ve never had the opportunity to try a really old one. I love Krieks. I’ll drink them any time!