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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 415
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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Photo of jjanega08
4.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= A violent pop of the cork reveils a beer that pours a nice deep red color with a huge pink head on it. The head stands 3 fingers high and is super rocky and holds wonderful lacing and retention.

S= Loads of bright raseberries. Smell that reminds me of Framboise De Amarosa only a little less vinegar in it. There is for sure a deep sour note however beneath the bright raseberries. There is also an oak wood smell to it that I notice later in the beverage.

T= Very well balanced to say the least. Nice mix of sweet and sour to this one. There is a huge sour raseberry note in this one. The raseberry sweetness is there for sure and while sour is the dominate note the sweetness is there which makes me call this balanced. Upon further review it is more sour but still balanced as far as framboise go. I almost feel like I get taste some raseberry seeds in it. There isn't much oak or cheesy funk to it. Just sour and raseberries.

M= Nice bright lively carbonation.

D= This is one of the better framboise that I have ever had. In my opinion I would say this is better than Lost Abbeys FdA. This is sort of the peak of framboise for me.

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Photo of texashammer
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served, at Kulminator, with great ritual and care, with the basket to preserve serving angle, and all. I must confess I am impressed by this ritual. smells like a perfect balance between beer and fruit, with characteristic lambic tartness and slight funk. this is my ideal version. great balance. delectable and addictive. dry finish. oh so good.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 355ml bottle. The beer pours with a nice red color and a large lightly pink head. The head sinks down to two finger widths that stays around and leaves some nice lacing. Smells lovely with a nice balance between the raspberries and the barnyard lambic smell. Taste is amazing. The balance between the sweetness of the raspberries and the acidity and tartness from the brett fermentation play together very nicely. The beer also feels very good in the mouth. The beer sets lightly on the tongue with a high level of carbination that almost tickles the tongue. A great framboise from Boon.

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Photo of rousee
4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like apple cider--but with a tan or brown tint to the color. No lace but it isn't expected here. Smells very vinegar-like sour just like one of those flemish reds--this smell keeps growing on me. Slight hints of honey and fruit in the nose too. More acidic-vinegar than anything else.

Taste is finally the raspberry that you expect--it has some tartness but it is so nicely balanced between sweetness and tartness. It is a fine lambic. Soda-like carbonation--smooth puckery finish. Very quenching.

Velvet mouthfeel. This is one nice beer.

Drinkable and smooth but a bit of overkill goin' on.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boon framboise is a pale rhubarb color red with just a pink spindle of pale pink foam. The nose is a good balance of sourness and fresh raspberry jam.

Taste is multidimensional of watery raspberry juice and bitter raspberry seeds nested in a base full-mouth, mild sour tartness. The interaction of fruit sweetness and big tartness -- with the latter much more of a full force -- makes this lambic exceptionally drinkable. Quite bitter compared to the Lindemans and other sweeter lambics I've had recently, recalling more of a geuze.

A great value sour lambic.

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Photo of ausonius
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From standard 750 Champs bottle

Good head (for a lambic) that faded slowly to a thin, slightly pink foam. Little lacing, obviously.

Big nose of fresh, vibrant raspberry fruit. Very minerally with cherry pit, Brett, & grainy wheat in the background. Nice complex lactic fruitiness - not one note raspberry. Some oak, & actually a hint of some fairly young oak - interesting/nice surprise.

On the palate: Big, complex, mineral/raspberry, firm oak & Brett.
Very nice lactic quality, but not as tart as some.
Love the firm-fruity-oaky-Brett-cherrystone fruit.
Hint of bloodorange. Some oak tannins & hint of (partial) younger oak.

Not vintage dated. Drink by date of 2014.

Another great Boon - Bravo Frank!

94 Points

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, smell the Brett!
This is more of what I've been looking for in a lambic. Fairly clear red beer with a champagne head. A big waft of raspberries and horse blanket, oh yeah! Initially it starts out mouth puckering sour but after a little while you really don't notice that at all, this allows you to appreciate the sweet-tart raspberry flavors, yum. A very light body, way lighter (and dryer) than Lindemanns. Excellent drinkability I wish the bottle was bigger.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was nice, dark pinkish color coming out of the bottle really set it apart right away. Very cloudy with a small, light pink, almost white colored head on top of it

.Huge notes of cherry right up front, raspberries, sour apples, just rich and ripe with fruit. sour, funk, fruit mash up to your face, and here we have it again. Light spicey notes coming up as it warms now as well. hints of apples and raspberries thrown in as well. Smooth, velvety carbonation prickles the tongue as you take each sip. Really just enchanting. No hint of the ABV at all, I could have drank this forever and indeed the bottle was gone before I knew what to do.

this is what i am loving about my new sour craze the ones i least suspect are totally blowing me away in every way!

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Photo of natasharai
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a light pink creamy head that dissipated to a nice layer on top leaving a small amount of lacing. The head is easily aroused when the glass is swirled. The beer is a darkish reddish brown.

Smell: Raspberry preserves! :-) Some tartness.

Taste: Sweet raspberry, strong sour tart, has a slight spicy flavor like iced tea, resembling a good raspberry iced tea, leaves mouth with a sweet malty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, good sour pucker, then ends with a sweet and slightly dry feel.

Overall: Really drinkable. The sweet fruity raspberry flavor is delicious then quickly becomes sour/tart, which fades to a sweet flavor making you want more. This is a great fruit beer, currently my favorite since it has the sweet/spicy malt character at the end.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice amber red with a huge, foamy almost pink head,

Smell: The smell is a strong raspberry sweet smell, with a strong alcoholic tint to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This is instantly the most thirst quenching lambic I've ever had. It's got a well balanced, not over powering taste to it. Incredibly smooth, but refreshing enough for a summer day or with a nice breakfast. The mouthfeel is full and enjoyable.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an underrated lambic that is full of character and very entartaining and unique. it really satisfies the palate wihtout overwhelming it. One of the better lambics I've had. It just really hit the spot on this late Sunday night.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pink/red, cloudy brew with a pink top. Aroma of raspberries and lambic sour/mustiness that's expected out of the glass. There may be even a hint of woodiness in the aroma. The body starts out med/light with a good wheat/malt base to balance the slightly sweet but potently sour raspberry flavor. It finishes dry and lemony and the carbonation seems to add complexity to the flavors on the tongue. I do like the sweet/sourness of this one and generally like all the Boon beers, highly recommended for the lambic explorers.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a nice dark reddish color with a pink head.
Smell: Funky raspberries, cherries, lemon, grass and vinegar.
Taste: Raspberries, lemon, funky lambic, sour cherries, apples. Aftertaste is dry and sour with hints of lemon
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: Nice brew, tastes like fresh raspberries.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rust red/brown in my Chimay goblet. Fizzy white head that fizzled out almost immediately. Lively carbonation visible even though brew was a bit cloudy. No head retention or lacing during the drinking period.

Funky brett aroma followed by a raspberry/vinegar aroma and sweet and sour sauce smell.

Taste was a bit sweet up from (lactose?) raspberries, followed by a slightly tart vinegar flavor that was not overpowering. Overall very good and balanced.

Medium bodied and well carbonated mouthfeel. A lightly sweet flavor lingers on the palate for a bit between sips.

I find this framboise to be much more drinkable than most. It is very well balanced and not too strong on the tart or sweet flavors. I would still be worried a bit about the heartburn tho!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 1996. Purple label, Mariage Parfait designation on the back and stored on it's side in the cellar since '96.

Pours luminous ruby with sparkling clarity and a thin, white head with a pinkish tinge. A whispy surface and some dotted lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with ripe, lush raspberries right up front. Oaky undertones and hints of lemon oil, bitter greens, and wet sock follow through.

Medium bodied with juicy but sharpish mouthfeel. A bit tacky and gummy.

Ripe raspberries, bright acid, and a lemony twang start the palate. A balance of sweet fruit and drying tartness work well together. Fairly sharp in nature but pretty tame for a Lambic. Insanely drinkable.

I'm really impressed how well the fruit character has held up for 15 years. Tasting very ripe and juicy and bursting with raspberries. Other Lambic character is a bit muted by the fruit and the beer could certainly be more sour and sharp.

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Photo of goblet
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this from a 375 ml bottle out into a glass .

Appearance.after the pour i got a thin white frothy head that went away quickly and left a ring of foam around the edges of the glass that stays. the color is a reddish brown ,clear no carbonation lite lace.

Smell.the aroma is sweet with fantastic strong berries of course raspberry like on the label,little malt and hops ,a pure raspberry blast.

Taste.lite body, slight malt and hops flavor does comes through along with sweet raspberry ,even some grains and spices perhap sugar is added . nice

Mouthfeel. again,sweet raspberry blast a tad bit of a bitter after taste.tart and some oily hops to just give this a great balanced feel.

Drinkability.i like this beer alot ease to drink with one of my favorite berry flavors ,the price is expensive but worth trying even once ,this goes great with cakes and fruit tarts ,cheese cake you bet go for it.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice raspberry bown color with a creamy pink head. The nose has a good amount of fresh tart raspberries, funky manure and musky oak. The taste was tart and sour with some light fruits and funky oak. A crisp body goes down easy. This is a damn fine lambic. Great balance between sweet and sour.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
5.5% ABV, 15.04.2014, PL13 on cork.
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - Prune-to-blood red in color with a light haze and loose, poorly retained pink head. Great color!

S - Wow. This mells like a fresh, just rinsed-off bushel of ripe raspberries. So real! Barely sugary at all, the nose is intoxicating; slightly earthy, funky notes behind but it's pretty one-dimensional towards the fruit.

T - Big bold raspberry flavor isn't as fresh-like as the aroma but there's much better balance with the earthy, funky yeast undertones.

M - Dusty dry with a mellow sweetness and light funk finish this light-bodied fruit beer with incredibly drinkability.

O - So drinkable and tasty, this fruit beer is great for a raspberry beer but not that great as far as lambics go.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer in a 33cl “cristal” glass.
The colour is a dark purple red.
Like with most “Lambiek” beers there is hardly any head. A very thin creamy layer floats on top. It’s colour is a redish grey and there are hardly any bubbles present.
The scent is composed of two strong elements: (1) The typical sour Lambiek scent and sweet raspberry.
The taste is very pleasant! Everything is in balance, the sweet and sour elements make a harmonious combination. At the end some bitterness lingers.
The mouthfeel is quite soft.

This is a great beer for those warm summer afternoons.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

A- pours murky brown with ruby highlights. A pinkish head that fades quickly. Some lacing left but nothing to crazy.

A- big berries lots of em. Some wood and a slight vinegar.

T- as one would expect, raspberries are present in a huge way. There is a woody oak presence that is also very strong. There is a very nice balance between the tartness and sweetness in this beer. I am very impressed and honestly a little surprised that I like this lambic as much as I do.

M- light bodied with a low carbonation level. I believe I would have rated this a little higher if it had a little more bubbley in it.

D- I would seek this out again. It was easy to drink and was perfectly balanced. I highly reccomend seeking this one out. Like I said earlier, it was a very pleasent surprise.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An aged version. I love how the fruit holds up on this. And the beer has a superb clarity - at first. Then all the sediment starts getting in on the game and things change up. Consistency of flavor is the most interesting thing here. Brewing mastery that keeps the drinking experience interesting, even after so long. A real pleasure to be able to drink.

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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark ruby/plum color with golden pinkish ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin, quickly dissipating off-white, slightly pinkish head and some visible carbonation bubbling up. Minimal spots of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by fresh raspberries. Very sweet and sugary with some earthy oak tannis, barnyard and horsey funk. The nose isn't as funky as I expected with more of a fruit character.

Very sweet with a nice sour funky tartness that is puckering without being overbearingly acidic. Nice oak tannis and slightly vinous with slight vanilla. Soft carbonation with a huge raspberry flavor and less funk than I expected. Well balanced and very quaffable.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy red-brown color with no head and instant fruit aroma. Looks like port wine, but muddy. Aroma- gentle beer smell with light berry aroma, some sweetness, and being-in-the-woods organic (leaves & flowers). Overall very nice aroma. Flavor: not at all sweet like the aroma- slightly sour with the berry flavors. Not bright fresh strong fruits like I have had in some others, but musty and mulled. That doesn't sound good on the page, but it really tastes better. I am not a fruit beer lover, but this is pretty good, and would be a good way to cool off on a hot day when you want something light and refreshing with good flavor.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated 2003 into a Lindemann's tulip glass.

Poured a beautiful pink/red with a large, almost white, head. Lots of carbonation can be seen. Wonderful to look at.

The aroma was of raspberry's, but not overwhelming. Also a musty, farmlike smell.

The taste started with a dry, light raspberry flavor. Not nearly as imposing as other in this style. Definite sour taste throughout with a nice raspberry sweetness lingering just behind the sourness. Quite surprising, quite nice. A much more subtle framboise than others I've tried. Definitely contrast witht the lambic nature and the added fruit. Nicely balanced.

There was a light mouthfeel which was rather cleansing. Somewhat of a numbing affect on the tongue. Enjoyable.

Overall, this was quite drinkable. Has a "real" taste to it as compared to others in this style. Very traditional feel. More like a good champagne than others that tend to be more like a fruit juice. Classy. Not too sweet.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a deep red with a finger of foamy reddish white head and some little lacing.

The smell is slightly funky but all fruity tartness that pops right into gear and takes no time in getting right into a strawberry flavor.

The taste is strawberry and is thick with some sugary flavor but is also hiding some funk in the background. Some tartness is there to line up and wall in the fruity flavor if this beer and does not let it go away. A wonderful fruit flavor.

The feel of this beer is light and goes right through you and is leaving some interesting flavors on the way down but no heavy feel in the mouth feel. A great fruity beer.

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
84 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.