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


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RATINGS: 477   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
The softest, subtlest gueuze underneath; far less sour and with absolutely no artificial or "snappy" fruitiness compared to other guezes - even good ones!; in the Mariage Parfaits everything is blended perfectly. There's some freshly wet wood aroma, soft cherry, some acidic wafts...Thanks Slikwily!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
1995. Strong lambic sour nose, hints of wood, burning wood, cherries and mint. Light mouthfeel, very, very carbonated. It has lost a lot of it's cherry nature, but is strong on sour mustiness, some horseblanket. This all hides the cherry flavor, and I've heard that the fruit blended lambics should be served much earlier than 8 years. This doesn't take away from it's complexity and playfulness on my tongue. Very acidic, citrusy, and thin at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2003
big thanks to captaincouger for this one. 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 aroma is musty with some cherry. It finishes very dry. 1995 vintage. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
1995 vintage. Cork pops with definite authority. Pours a dark ruby red with a wispy rose pink head. Nose is Musty,oaky with sweet cherry and Japanese pickled plums. First taste reveals a medium bodied brew with the flavor of old leather, cherries, oak. Has a weird sweet and sour aspect battling for dominance but neither gains any ground. Finishes dry and thankfully not as astringent as some Lambics.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2003
cloudy reddish brown, light pink head. beautiful complex aroma, dried cherries, wood, red wine, vinegar, leather, mustiness. soft mouthfeel, not so champagne-like as some other lambics I've had, is still quite nice. good follow through and complexity in the flavour. excellent. thanks slikwily!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Big ole bottle pours a burned red color with a good off white to tan head that sustains with some lace sheets. The aroma is quite earthy and cherry like. The flavor is dry like good champagne with sour cherry and finishes dry and lemony. The palate is light like champagne also. Overall, yes this is one of the finest. Would I choose it as a style? Probably not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2003
1995:Hazy,red/oarnge. Fizzy head,leaves lasting,ring in Orval glass. Sour cherries,resting in wood and cobwebs. Quite a bit of malt in the aroma as it warms. Mouthfeel has perfect carbonation,and is dry. Fairly small body,almost creamy. Starts with flavors of iron,wood,malt,and must. Slight cherry,and perfectly balanced sourness. Mouthfeel becomes very soft,and the earthy/cherry/dirt flavors become more evident as it warms. Finish has oak,spice, and subtle cherry pit notes. This bottle seems that it would be in it's prime and is in excellent condition. The last rating had me scared,but when in the mood,I don't see how you could derive more pleasure from a kriek.Thanks to slikwily for this wonderful beer!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7888) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, 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!

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