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Brewed by Brouwerij F. Boon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Lembeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Kriek Mariage Parfait is an Old Style Kriek of exceptional excellence. 400 g of wild cherries per litre are fermented together with a strong Lambic of spontaneous fermentation and aged on 6,200 litre oak foudres (large wooden casks) for 5 to 6 months. Kriek Mariage Parfait is naturally clarified and referments in the bottle. It is unsweetened, unfiltered, unpasteurised and has no artificial flavours, preservatives or colourings added. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name. Pour slowly in a flute glass without disturbing the yeast sediment in the bottle and enjoy this epitome of traditional Lambic brewing.


2.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 30, 2003
No head no lacing, the brew pours a cloudy cherry. The nose is white wine, vinegar, and alcohol. The flavor is extreme sour citrus and vinegar, though this would make excellent salad dressing, I am not keen on imbibing it. Jsquire warned me that this stuff is horrific, and I didn't heed his words. The medium watery palate finishes alcoholic. I guess I'm just not refined enough to rate this style, or perhaps my tongue wins out over style points.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7818) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2003
(fairly well-aged) White head, fast gone. Hazy-red with orange-amber shine. Nose of cherries, woody, musty, slight horseblanket, redcurrant. Cherries in the taste, fresh fruit macedoine, lactic acid, lemony finish. Strange - but true - one has a fleeting impression of the whole fruit, fruitsugars still included. Very complex kriek, deepened by the ageing. After some time, a sulphur impression is released. Retronasal there is cinnamon. The mouthfeel is light - Boon has that often, as if it were fruitjuice. Tartness is especially prominent in the aftertaste. Beautiful kriek, among the best. I'm not that overjoyed with the texture. the rest is wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8914) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2003
HSSSG2003 Part 1 This beer rocks! Murky to say the least. Looks like skim milk mixed with cherry juice. Small, bubbly, white head. Look quick... 'cause then it's gone in a flash. Smells like Girardin Geueze fermented with cherries. The flavor is earthy, tart and tangy. Also tastes like Girardin fermented with cherries. Full-bodied (a lambic?... full-bodied?) with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Long, sour, tongue tingling, toe curling finish. The fairly high ABV is nonexistent in the nose and flavor. A great, full-bodied lambic doesn't come around all that often. Terrific beverage! Thanks for the bottle, Slikwily!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Light red color, no head, aroma of vinegar and cherry. The flavor is tart, acidic with slight malt undertones. Very dry and somewhat acidic finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Strong vinegar or sherry aroma. Ripened cherry/pit (dirt/musty) nose with incomparable tart palate. Flavors quickly resolve into a sharep, woody unsweetened cherry pie flavor (touch of dough, minus the almond extract).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2003
1995: Opaque rose. Fast dying foam. Huge matchstick aroma. Slightly musty and sour. Underlying traits of chalk, spice, lemon zest, earthy hop, flowers, and leather. Understated sour cherry notes. Trace carbonation. Round, elegant feel. Highly acidic up front, the way a kriek should be. Ingenious mixture of light sharpness and rich malt flavors. Lovely metallic and medicinal tinges. Faint notes of sour cherry, coconut, dried cranberry, and leather. Semi-dry finish with notes of iron and musty oak. Belches with the best of them with soft cherry afterthoughts. Remarkable aroma, extremely well balanced, and complex.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2003
1995 vintage.I just couldn't wait any longer for the wife,i just had to try it.I managed to net 2 of these bad boys in a trade,what a deal it was.Nice red color ,small to no head on this one,the carbonation was very faint and nearly none at all for the most part.Nice aroma with the flavor being a semi strong cherry with a slight acidic attitude to it,mildly sweet but mostly tart with an oaky maybe slightly earthy taste but to this untrained palate that could be wrong,but i do know one thing and that is that this is a fantastic brew a little different from other lambic's i've had but it is well worth pursueing this brew if you have the means.Oh and by all means share very little of it you'll definately want this bad boy for yourself.This is a great brew for my #500 and i have to thank Jskendzel and Captaincougar for getting me a bottle.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nick35 (12) - USA - JUN 2, 2003
Enjoyed a 1986 brewing at the Toronado. During the last 17 years the flavor has sweetened and softened. The brett and cherries are fully integrated and the profile is very smooth. My best beer experience to date.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 UPDATE: Just a big wow that a bottle got opened on DLD 2008. Not sure of the exact age of the bottle but was told it was from the early 90’s. Man did this rock, the cherry flavor is still there but the acidity now leads to complete dry and woody finish. Insanely refreshing and very very balanced. If it was a touch more funky it would be perfect. Simply the finest Lambic I have ever had, period!

Original rating 5/11/03 (4.7) Lucky enough to find a bottle of 1997 that had aged well. Ruby red color is very intense. The aroma matches the flavor, Cherries and Oak to the forefront, with a red apple and flowery rose hint. The aftertaste was just as nice, lingering well after the last sip was gone. This is Kriek for which others should strive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Vintage 2000. Beautiful ruby red color. Frothy pinkish head, slowly fading away. Cherry pits and almond aroma. Sour cherry falvor, albolutely dry, with vanilla and cherry pits. Citrus. 300 Grammes of cherry per litre lambic is used, but the flavor is not abundant with cherries. Delicious, complex kriek, Boon at its very best. Vintage 2007: clear pinkish red color. Cherry pits, dust and oak in the aroma. Oak, dust and cherries in the flavor. Thinnish, even a bit alcoholic, yet almost bone dry. Sweet notes come from the cherry fruit only. marzipan in the aftertaste (7 3 8 4 15 = 3.7) Vintage 2011, tasted july 2013 (slightly cooled, cause it is a very hot day). Ruby red color. Oak, cherries in the aroma. Sour flavor, but the sourness is compensated by cherries, vanilla, almond, oak. Complex, maybe a bit thin, but an excellent kriek.


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