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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle from Toronado. Best by 2025 I believe... hard to read the bottle in a dark bar. Cloudy golden orange, moderate to large head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is huge barnyard action. I wanted to fall into the glass. Fairly acidic but not as extreme as Cantillon. Medium bodied, moderate acidity. Big without being messy. Kick ass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2006
A Mes rate: Bottled from De Heeren van Liedekerke. Great stuff. Maybe just a little bit of a let down considering how well respected it is but hey. Not as sour as I was expecting, plenty of funky barnish character and not as overly cherry as I thought it would be given their commercial kriek. Just a little too straight forward for me to class it as really great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
1995 bottle generously shared at Spuyten Duyvil in 2007. Deep red brew with a thin pinkish head and loads of suspended particles. Very sweet sherryish oxidation, cherry sweetness with lots of vineous character as well. Soft woodiness throughout. Surprisingly sweet and fruity after all this time. Late acetic acid and tartness on the back. Itís showing its age but itís still a fantastic brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2007
1995 - Red brown body with a huge creamy white head; Medium sized nose with lots of age to it, very oxidized with a very little kriek behind; Huge soft carbonation in slightly sour soft body; Medium long only a little sour finish, slightly dry, very little fruity aroma. Way to old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoser (368) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 I had this as the Mariage Parfit but have been told it was a mis-label by an importer so who the fuck knows. Easily the best of the Boon products I have and complex. Page 61 of Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide and only 199 of his 500 Classic Brews in this book to go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1783) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2007
I hope Iíve got this one right. 2004 vintage served up at Afspanning ít Waagstuk in late 2006 at a cost of e5.20. Thin head, very clear ruby red on colour. A touch of bottle stink early but this soon blows off the leave cherry fruits dominating. Lots of tart and sour notes early to taste but settles to let some cherry and fruit peak through. Tart fruits underpin the palate in a rather unique fashion totally coating the underside of the tongue. Finishes a touch short but not deal breaker. As per other decent gueze and lambics its tough to see the bottle age such is the robust structure. Only blemish was a dirty sulphuric character that wouldnít subside.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2005
RBESG 2005. Vintage 1980 Bottle. Orange brown colour with no head and carbonation. Acid earthy cherry aroma and extreme sour also sour flavour of wood. More speciel than good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 375ml bottle, vintage 2003
Consumed at Hop Duvel, Gent, May 2006 ( 3 years cellared)

Murky dark purple with a light pink head. Fresh and tangy cherries, very tart and tangy overall. Lightly sweet up front, quenching for sure, with a semi-sweet red grape flavor. Some things I was not so hot about was the lack of a seedy cherry flavor, and the nose is comparatively light for the style. Otherwise, still a very good kriek.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrockLanders (776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle...didnít see the date, just got a short pour from it. Told it was from mid 90ís. Color is a cloudy reddish I suppose. Sour woody nose, fruity...you can sense a load of tartness lurking. Nice cherry twang, more tartness, and a big musty bang in the flavor. More carbonated than the pour had me believing. Seems thin...sour flavor gets more intense. Tart fruitiness lingers to the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle, Heeren van Liedekerke, Denderleeuw. 2003 vintage. Clear effervescent deep ruby with a bright pink, fizzy-foamy head diminishing to a persistent 1" layer on the top. Lacing is a uniform layer that slides and doesnít stick, but stays together in a sheet of bubbles that stack together and just wait until you equalize a tilted glass to make their way down. Smell is almost over-ripe cherries in almost equal proportion to yeasty brett. Cherries donít make their appearance in the flavor until right after the swallow; before that, the sourness is almost exactly like an intense Italian ice (more citric than Cantillon). Delicious, but not as complex as it could be. Finish is a lingering acid and brett, with the acid breaking in waves and then resting in intermitent brettty driness. Occassionally, an earthy prick hits the back of the tongue and adds a nice counterpoint to hte sour. This beer is all about raw flavors: sour and sweet and bitter and dry, without linking any of them to an identifiable source.

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