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

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RATINGS: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 15+ year old bottle (as dated by Boon) Holy shit, this beer is dry. Nice and funky just the way i like it. I donít know if itís the age of this beer (Iím assuming so looking at previous reviews) that makes it amazing, but who cares this beer if insane. Definately going to put another 7 years on my last bottle and drink it at 20 years old, i canít friggen wait. UPDATE: I can still remember almost exactly how this beer tastes 2 months after tasting it and itís without a doubt the the best lambic iíve ever had. That being said Iím bumping up my rating. The bottle we drank deserves it. My first 5.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
20070610 Not sure of serving, probably 750ml, at Spuyten Beast of the Yeast. Leathery, woody (still woody?). Still lambic. Cherry stem astringency prominent. Lingering acidic tartness. Gorgeous aroma is full of cellar and barnyard notes. Mild waxiness on finish. Very nice beer that has obviously aged beautifully and would probably continue to do so.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Cleveland tasting - 750 ml bottle

I got a small sample of this towards the end of the night. There was a little sign of this one being over the hill but overall it wasnít bad. I have now had the trifecta of Framboise, Kriek and Gueuze; the Framboise is still my favorite.

Aroma / Appearance - A murky red body swirled fluidly around the glass producing no carbonation or head. The scent of stale cherries blended with an extremely mellow sourness to form something that was less powerful than I was expecting. A few years ago this was probably pretty potent stuff. For now the edge is gone.

Flavor / Palate - Even after twenty other imperial stouts, gueuzes and sour beers this was easy to drink. It has definitely mellowed over time and is in decline if you are looking for that lambic kick. On the other hand there is still just a bit of cherriness left to make it worthwhile. It was better than some of the feeble attempts at fruit beers but Iíd rather have tried this in its prime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5368) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma is musty sweet cherry, with moderate yeastiness, dust, and cork. It pours a hazy brown with faint red highlights , lots of sediment, and a small pinkish-white head. The flavor starts yeasty with some light cherry. The cherry turns mildly tart in the finish along with some wood and cork in the finish. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Courtesy of styles. Hazy red body with a small beige head with a pink tint. Moderately tart and lightly sweet nose with cherry, basement notes and light berry. The flavor is lightly sour, lightly sweet with cherry, almond, yogurt and light cheese. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Label on bottle reads 1995. There is a massive amount of sediment that has permanently attached itself to the side of the bottle, which is proof that it has been resting on itís side for quite some time. Pours a clear reddish amber, though much sediment seems to be lurking all over. Antiseptic woody nose that you just canít help going back to again and again. Itís so thick and unique. Flavor is a mind blower. Slight sour tones. Kriek character is still going fairly strong. Cherry characteristics seem to be mixed in with a wood tone. Feel is silly smooth. Unbelievably drinkable. Itís almost sherry or port like. But an aged version. This was my first seriously aged beer, so I am sure my naivetť is making a difference here. It is just in a different class at this point from the age. I think this was an outstanding beer and a real treat to have.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 29, 2008
bottled. reddish-brown, no head. aroma of redskins and loads of garbage juice, slight apple vinegar sourness, classy stuff

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle shared by sliffy. Pours a hazy dark red color with a smallish pink head. Aroma is oak, tart cherries, vinegar. Flavor is again tart cherries, oak, citrus, vinegar. Palate is medium bodied, mildly carbonated, finished sour. Pretty good, but just doesnít do it for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Shared by sliffy. Very funky aroma, light cherries and wood. Deep red body with a thin head. Medium to full palate for the style with perfect carbonation. Nice lightly sour flavor with an oak flavor and a tinge of sweet cherry. Easy to drink for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
1994ish Bottle: Pours a hazy red color with a pinkish white head. Aroma, woody, cherries, oak and some acidic funk. Flavor, very dry up front, with the cherries, and a great funky sour finish. Balanced, and quite tasty, itís held up quite well.


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