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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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83
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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002)
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Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

peensteen, Mar 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this for my girlfriend and she liked it alot,poured a raberry-red with a bg fluffy head.Had kind of a musty smell wich was more preverlant to me than the rasberry smell.Started off very sweet like rasberry syrup almost but finished with some nice tartness.Almost sticky sweet,a little too fufu I guess for me,seemed real drinkable though.

oberon, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a swampy-looking brown color with some lavender and faint, ruby hints around the edges. Not quite as vibrant or colorful as I was expecting, especially compared to many other raspberry lambics. The head is soapy and gray-tinted, leaving nothing behind as it quickly dissolves to nothing but a ring.

Lots of juicy raspberries infiltrate my nostrils as I first bring the glass to my face. Some lighter, faintly vinous notes play in the background, somewhat wine-like with a mild tannic character. Aside from a developing touch of mild acidity, there really isn't much else to the aroma. No yeast, funk, or anything else - pretty basic and just full of raspberries with a little bit of grape to it. Not complex, but still refreshing.

The taste is a bit tart up front, but far from what I'd call "sour". It's more just like a quick jolt of tartness from the raspberries and then it fades into a residual, sugary sweetness. Again, the lightly vinous flavors come out; grape skins, tannins, light wine, but the raspberries are still the most prominent thing in the profile. The sweetness that bellows in about halfway through lingers long into the raspberry and fruit-filled aftertaste. The mouth feel is light and watery with heavy carbonation.

Wasn't expecting too much from this, thankfully so. Almost more of a juice than a lambic, as it was pretty one-track minded and not very complex at all. An easy drink, no doubt, and something that may be nice to open with someone who doesn't care much for beer. But don't purchase this expecting Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen quality and you won't be too upset.

tectactoe, May 19, 2013
Photo of mlasher1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with pink fizzy head which provides no lacing.

S: Very interesting smell..At first I get the raspberry scent, but that is quickly followed by the noted barnyard smell...can't tell if I like it or not.

T: Not like I expected...definite raspberry taste but not as sweet as I was expecting (i.e. Lindeman's offering).

M: Tart but also dry in comparison to Lindemans.

D: Probably won't ever buy this again considering the price, but if I did I could see having a couple.

mlasher1, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Ben7773, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, very nice!

This raspberry lambic is not as sweet as the ones I have had before (specifically: Lindeman's).

This one features more of a well-rounded, more subdued sweetness. The sweet is still there, but evened-out this time. The tartness is very well balanced with the sweetness, and overall makes for a very satisfying drink. The tart properties hit you at first, and then a subtle sweetness, and everything evens out in the finish.

I really couldnt ask for much more... except another bottle!

chOAKbarrell, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DaftPatrick, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of heddar33
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 19/1/15

A - Pours deep garnet with one finger of slightly pink head. Head does not last long and leaves no lacing.

S - Nice aroma of raspberries, a mix of fresh and a bit of raspberry jam, and a decent amount of yeasty funk near the end.

T - Tart raspberry up front, with some very mild sweetness and some earthy funk in the middle. The finish is another shot of tartness, this time with more of a bitter aspect, perhaps even a touch of lemon, and a good funk presence.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel with a pretty dry finish. A bit more carbonation would be nice.

O - I was afraid this would be sweet, but was pleasantly surprised. The raspberry presence is very nice and the other components work well to yield a nice Framboise.

warnerry, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of fdrich29
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz bottle from Marty's in Newton, Massachusetts.

I have turned my fiance into a lambic lover and now have to keep a few in my beer fridge for her (it's only right, since she bought the thing for me in the first place).

Tonight we shared a bottle of Framboise (I even let her drink her's out of my Linderman glass). Sweet and heavy raspberry aroma with a crisp bittersweet taste. A nice dessert drink to keep on hand.

fdrich29, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the vintage of this bottle, but the label said best by 3/6/2012.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. Not one of the better looking beers I have seen. The aroma is raspberry with some funk. The flavor is similar, with some sweet raspberries as well as a lot of caramel. There is a little funk, but not too much tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I was looking forward to this beer and was disappointed. There is nothing wrong with it, but compared to a Cantillon or a Drie Fonteinen, I don't think it stands up.

Mora2000, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle brought all the way overseas and enjoyed at a recent beer tasting - thanks Jeffo! Enjoyed alongside a couple other raspberry lambics to provide a bit of horizontal comparison.

Poured into a snifter. Right away I notice the colour - far deeper and darker than other raspberry sours. A rich raspberry colour, the same colour as a raspberry jam or pie. A half inch of off-white head, good retention on this for the style, as a thick ring survives for quite some time.

Nose is quite sweet, with the raspberry coming through quite nicely. Sugary sweet like raspberry pie (you can almost smell the seeds), with a bit of funk, lactic acid and citrus in the back. Very nice.

Good lambic if you like them a bit sweeter. The sweet raspberry gets a much higher billing than the backing funky notes. Definitely a good candidate for an introductory lambic, as the lactic acid and funkier flavours are kept very much in the background, allowing the raspberry to really take over. Without that puckery sour quality, however, I felt that the brew was borderline cloying, but there was just enough to power through. Would be amazing on a warm spring day.

If you like your lambics a little less sour than some of the heavy hitters, this is your man right here. Bridging the gap between the sweeter Lindemans or Mort Subite style and the sourbombs from Cantillon and others, this is a solid brew indeed. But if you're looking for that sour fix, this probably won't be your thing.

JohnnyBarman, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ChaseBacon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ChaseBacon, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -18.3%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear pink and ruby with lots of highly-active carbonation running up through the body of the beer. Small light pink head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass.

The aroma is a simple one, and pleasant enough: raspberry and simple syrup. Very sweet.

The flavor too is quite simple, without a lot of depth. There's not a lot of sour character or funk at all. This is sweet, syrupy, and filled with raspberry flavor. It tastes like carbonated raspberry juice.

Thin bodied with high carbonation.

A simple, sweet, raspberry beer, though too sweet and not complex enough to drink in much quantity.

ehammond1, May 03, 2012
Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boon Framboise was like an intermediate beer framboise, not the syrupy, fruit pop that some mass-produced fruit lambics are, but also not the challenging, battery acid, enamel stripping sour offerings from the more artisanal producers. The beer was a deep ruddy pink with a seemingly perpetual effervescence. The nose was full of raspberry and a mineral and earthy aroma. The beer tasted very fruity and dry, but again had minerally tang that I wasn't a fan of. The carbonation ample and paired well with a hearty vegetarian meal. Nice drinking, but at $12 a pop, I won't be a repeat buyer.

Soonami, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a LaTrappe chalice...dark brownish color, head is not as pink as some, typically fine-bubbled and homogeneous. Good tartness to the aroma, but the raspberry portion seems a little artificial. No worry about that in the flavor, the berry sense is minimal, and this beer sets of in a nicely acidic and very dry direction -- even slighlty puckering at the finish. While I think that a little more raspberry could be in order, I'm pretty impressed with this one. There's plenty of Lambic heritage in this one, unlike a lot of cheaper sweet versions. This seems a bit more historical and more interesting -- if less drinkable as a sweet dessert beer.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You think its gonna be sweet when you smell it, but its only slightly sweet at the start, then tart, slightly sour and lots of fruit, very nice and refreshing.

rastaman, May 23, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)

A- With the soft pop of the cork, this beer pours a deep glowing red body with a clear bud dense pink bubbly head that fades into a thick ring after a bit. It is too dense to see any carbonation but a few tiny bubbles trail up the glass.

S- The fresh dark ripe raspberries come through during the pour. There is a bright fruit note with a slight dark tartness in the finish.

T- The dark black raspberries flavor has some dry bitter funk notes that linger into the aftertaste. There is a dry raspberry jam flavor and a soft buttery hint in the finish aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a very soft astringent note and a tight fizz finish.

O- The bitterness in the finish is a bit to strong but the nice bright fruit in the nose turns darker in the taste. There is not much depth in this beer with a little tartness and hints of funk hidden underneath.

rhoadsrage, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Trashcat, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Shawner
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Shawner, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml wire-mesh capped and corked bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, and tightly foamy pale pink head, which settles evenly, leaving a few random up-swells of patchy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet and tart raspberry puree, pale and caramel malt, a hint of earthy funk, some soft wooden notes, and a bit of freelancing sugar. The taste is earthy, rather tart fresh raspberry, aided and abetted by an in kind cherry wine essence, understated pale grainy malt, green, slightly funky yeast, and a bit of astringent, gritty oak stave character.

The carbonation is moderate, just a vacillating frothiness, the body medium weight, and well, fruity in its plain smoothness, of course, but more on the acidic side of things, for what it's worth. It finishes off-dry, and still very fruity, the inherent sweetness balanced by the seemingly itinerant dryness, so balance more or less attained.

I do have a latent fear of sugary, fruity malt bombs, and likewise, enamel-dissolving acetic acid attacks (I'm looking at you, Cantillon), so it is quite pleasant to come across a level, fruity lambic such as this. Everything that the eponymous fruit promises, rendered in beer form. Good stuff.

biboergosum, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Served at the May beer dinner at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth DE.

A: The beer is a hazy ruby/magenta with a nice foamy, pink head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind no lacing.

S: Tons of raspberries on the aroma. There is some like oak and a little bit of vinegar.

T: Nice sour/tart raspberry flavors that combine sweet and sour very well. Hints of vanilla and a little bit of spice on the backend.

M: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation and provides a light fizziness.

O: An easy drinking fruit lambic. Went very well with the chocolate dessert it was paired with. Would certainly consider picking up a bottle.

mdaschaf, May 11, 2011
Photo of DStoked
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.