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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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211 Reviews
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 425
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 18.01%
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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bosse for sending me home from Europe with a 2000 bottle. Shared with friends from Bryna's birthday party. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - Good looking stuff! The cork came out with a huge pop and it poured with a huge white foam with tons sticky lace that slowly dissipated to a solid cap. Body is a transparent orange-pink with a bunch of tiny bubbles.

S - Damn! That's tons of fresh sweet raspberry. A touch of funk, musty barn, particularly as it warms up. There's not much of a malt bill - just tons of raspberry. It's really nice, but not super complex.

T - Taste has some slight sourness to it, but again it's mostly sweet ripe raspberries, some funkiness and earthy must, and a graham cracker finish/aftertaste.

M - Thin body, slight carbonation tingle but not burning/bloaty, soft texture.

D - I could kill the entire bottle of this one by myself. It's like raspberry soda with a light funkiness.

Not sure why this beer has been slammed - perhaps the 2000 vintage has aged more gracefully.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Beautiful! Ruby-colored and wonderfully bright. When poured, a light pink spritz forms into a champagne-like head. The head fades quickly, leaving only lacing behind. This is the only limit to the appearance being a perfect 5.

Aroma: vinous, like diluted red wine and funky like left-out-overnight wine. With the funk again comes the butter. Fresh raspberry and lacto readily identify the style.

Flavor: a great balance of light malt and fresh raspberries. This malt is a great canvas for the raspberries to shine without overpowering the raspberries with syrupy sweetness. There is slight butter (diacetyl) taste to the beer. I'm surprised how enjoyable this beer is. The tartness is just like a raspberry: tart but not sugar coated or mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Great! this beer is so thin - literally water, but it works so well. The beer is only 5% abv, but give then body, you'd expect something even less than 5%. The thin body, combined with the raspberry and carbonation - make this very similar to flavored sparkling water.

Overall: highly enjoyable - as light and thirst quenching as Gose. 5% abv is no heavyweight, but this beery is very light/thin for its alcohol. This beer could benefit from a little more malt and body. Raspberry flavor and tartness are spot on. I am pleasantly surprised by how good this beer was. I will now certainly try the Kriek.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small light head with moderate retention and okay lacing. The beer itself is a red purple color.

S- huge nose tingling sour aroma up front fallowed by raspberries. raspberries raspberries raspberries. Dry malty aroma in the end.

T- Mixture of dry sour flavors and sweet juicy raspberries. Some caramel and grainy flavors also come through. Great combination of sweet sour and bitter/dry.

M- Great mouth feel, waves of puckering sour sweet juiciness and dry bitterness.

Overall I would say this is one of the better lambics I have had, though at this point i have not had many.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and poured with a thin pink head that slowly faded into wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of tart raspberries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tart raspberries dominate the overall taste. Only some traces of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels light bodied and tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good, there is not a lot of lacing or head, although I don't think that is really the style.
Smell is good. Very rich raspberry smell, a hint of malt and that is all.
Taste is the marriage between wine and beer, not enough complexity to condone a higher rating, but very good.
Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with little carbonation.
Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark violet that looks somewhat like grape Kool-Aid. Average sized, foamy, soap white head with a strong purple/pink hue. Decent retention tat settles into a thin, foamy lace that congregates onto one side.

S - Tons of sweet raspberry aroma with a touch of tartness. Some funk and barnyard aroma in the background, but it isn't very strong. Some other fruit, like apple, plum, cherry, and grape also make an appearance, but pale in comparison to the raspberry. A bit more of the funk/barnyard smell comes out on subsequent sniffs.

T - Mix of sweet and tart raspberry flavor dominates the taste. Some funky and yeast flavors come out, but they aren't too strong. Also has a touch of fruitiness outside the raspberry, but not that strong. Some woodiness is also present.

M - Light to medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. A bit of a spritzy feel with a bit of a puckering and drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable sour with a lot of fruit that balances the tart and sweetness.

Notes: 2004 Vintage Mariage Parfait. This is a fairly sweet and fruit sour, but the raspberries also add a tartness as well. Some other fruit and acidic and funk aspects come out, but this is a very raspberry-centric beer. Pretty good and enjoyable beer, even if it didn't wow me.

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Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Lindemans flute.

A: Deep copper with a slight red tint and mild haze. Champagne like carbonation supports a small pink tinged cap that has incredible retention. Leaves patches of lace behind.

S: The nose is sweet overall, with a strong raspberry presence. A mild tartness keeps the sweetness in check.

T: This is a very tart beer. The raspberries are front and center with a raw and somewhat sour unsweetened fruit flavor. An almost cheery like tartness brings up the rear. Toward the end things get a wee bit medicinal, but not enough to detract from the experience. The tart fruit flavor in the finish followed me all the way to bed. It's been awhile since I've had a beer with a finish that long.

M: Medium body is somewhat juicy and has the right amount of carbonation.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It took me a minute to get into the tartness, but things were great from there out. This is a very nice Lambic.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boon Framboise
12.7 Green Bottle
Jet Ink on the back label - 19.10.2014
Served in a Pilsner glass

It's been way too long since I've enjoyed a nice Belgian lambic. I purchased this Boon Framboise last weekend and I'm ready to sip away and provide a review.

I decided to use my coveted Pilsner glass to showcase the pure aesthetic of this beer that pours a Cherry Blossom Red. There is a minimal head on top, which is consistent for the style.

The nose is unique with whiffs of fermented fruit, perhaps raspberries or cherries.

Each sip is syrupy sweet with a cranberry juice familiarity. Hints of raspberry, cherry, cranberry and sour green apple. This lambic strikes a nice balance of acidity, tartness and sweetness that I would expect. A complex and funky beer that I'm thoroughly enjoying right now.

A flavorful lambic to me has the same effect that cat nip has to an awaiting feline. I wish I had another one to open, but at $7 a bottle, that's unlikely.

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Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky, ruddy brown, magenta, with a off0white skim leaving no lace.

Smell is fruity, loads of candied raspberries.

Taste is also heavy on the fruit, which is currently in season locally and something I've been eating a lot of - it's remarkably similar, which is great. I'm just wanting for more lambic. Minimal funk, just a drying bite.

Mouthfeel is dry, acidic, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, it's a reallly fruity lambic, not oude, which I prefer. But not what what was on the label either, so I can't ding them too much.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beers a vary dark purple, uncharacteristic for a framboise. It really looks like grape juice. The head is light pink, raises about 1 finger and then is gone right away. The lacing is non-existent.

The aroma is all one note with lots of sweetn raspberries. If you try real hard there is a tiny bit of tart.

The taste is very tart of the bat, very sharp flavor and bite.

The beer is very light, it goes right down without much lasting flavor.

It is highly drinkable, not overpowering with sweetness and not prohibited by sourness.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a large vintage bottle from 1997 that I picked
up in Portland.

The beer poured a deep brownish red that produced a decent head.
I could smell the complex yeasts coupled with a subdued fruit
nose. The payoff was a mellowed beer with lots of lambic body.
It was like sipping an older champagne that has softened around
the edges. After only being able to taste young commercialized
offerings this was a definite step above in quality.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boon Framboise is very calm, undercarbonated beer. "Changing the dish, makes hungry". This beer is something different than many other beers. It changes your palate.

L: chesnutt red/brown; one finger top that doesn't last long;
S: very good; sweet raspberry jam; a touch of funk but not very much;
T: okay, but the bretts have been swallowed by the sugar/sweeteners; dry finish; this must be an interesting beer to pair with chees or a sweet dessert;
M: alcohol and dryness are nice; but the undercarbonation and the 'taste' of sweetener ruin it a bit;
O: a good beer; I will try this more often; interested with what to pair it...

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Bellabananas21 as a New Years toast.
Poured into flute glass.

A: pours a cranberry crimson, nice clarity, some head upon pour, vanishes quickly and looks like fruit juice. No lacing.

S: nose is chock full of tart raspberry, minimal sweetness, and a considerable amount of barnyard funk at the end.

T: taste starts fruity, hints of raspberry come through, it tastes like it is going to be sweet, but quickly turns into tartness. Finish is quite funky with some effervescence that makes for a quick snappy finish.

MF: medium to high carbonation, light body

O: this is a nice authentic lambic, lacks the depth that Cantillon features in their brews, but worth a try nonetheless

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Photo of LHMark
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Framboise is rare in bars here. If they have any, it's always Lindemanns. Compared to that, Boon is much less sweet, lacking the tongue-shredding tartness of that more commonly available beer.

Color: buckwheat honey with the slightest red tinge, not pink. Pinkish, persistent head, about ¼ inch, completely clear.

Aroma: fruity, but the malt is still evident. Noticeable raspberry smell

Flavor: tart raspberry on the sides of the tongue. The sourness of the gueze base is still very evident. Almost zero finish. Very clean. Very prickly on the tongue, like champagne

I really like the Boon over any other Framboise I've tried because the presence an flavor of the raspberries come through, while the overpowering sweetness and tartness are somewhat curtailed. It's all in the balance.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear light ruby with a white head which rose slightly and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely done with a nice raspberry aromatic that was not over the top but where one could still envision the raspberry seeds. The aroma contained a nice acidic sourness that accentuated the raspberry fruit aroma presence.

The flavor was lightly acidic and lactic sourness which melded well with the raspberry fruit flavor that was not overdone. The fruit and light sourness complemented each other and led to a relatively quick drying in the beer. Some grapeskin and grapeseed flavors were present as they are in many lambics.

The finish was dry with a lasting acidic sourness, light raspberry presnce and grapeskin/seed flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the dinkability was good.

37.5 cl green bottle, corked and bailed. $6.95 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA. Date on bottle 26.03.2007, price tag date of 12/03.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a corked 12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy brown with tinges of ruby. Thick frothy pinkish head that fades a bit but is persistent. Some lace. Smell is lightly sour, yeasty and tart raspberry.

Taste is tart up front, hints of funky sourness. The sourness really builds as it warms. The funkiness grows too. There's some light sweetness but not much. Most everything is overwhelmed by the tart raspberry flavor. Lightly bitter and spicy in the finish, gingery. The mouth is a little thin but does not detract from the enjoyment. Tasty and tart, very easy to drink for the style. All in all a nice surprise and one I would not hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with dessert at the Farmhouse. This is a heck of a framboise. I sincerely wish Lindemans, which seems to be everywhere, was this good. It's not an "oude" fruit beer, but it still incorporates wild yeast and oak barrel character. To begin, there's a big, pure raspberry taste and aroma that's only slightly sweetened. The background has a crisp toasted oak with a hint of vanilla. The yeast adds a mildly tart lemon juice note and blends with the barrel to give off peppery and earthy background notes. Delicious. One of the best young fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at whole foods in Portland.

A - Dark brown color with a one finger head which quickly disappears.

S - faint tart rasberries

T - Tart rasberry with a slight acidic taste.

M - really like the mouth feel typical of the style but really liked it.

D - Good would have some more but after having a rasberry tart from New Glarus would prefer that over this one.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copperish reddish with a rather short-lived pink head.

The smell is floral with vinegar sour/raspberry tart notes. A hint of vanilla, oak and barnyard mustiness mix in.

The taste is of fresh raspberries - tart and sour with some iron and a candi sugar and malty sweetness. Some vanilla/oak imparts a certain unique character to it. Vinuous and very dry in the finish.

Appropriate body for style - light, approaching medium. Flavors linger on the palate.

A tasty, unique (as certain oak, wine and gueuze characteristics intertwine in the lambic), refreshingly tart/dry, brew.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy three finger head that has finally reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy crimson red with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sour raspberries, sweet raspberries, funky, and can't wait to try it.

Taste: tart, sweet and sour raspberries, and some acidity to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: light, medium to high carbonation, tart, pucker, and a bit funky.

Overall: This is a tasty lambic I have enjoyed over the years. I had it a few weeks ago at the BBF and happy to have gotten a bottle to take home too. World renowned and very tasty.

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Photo of ccm414
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dirty pink/copper color with much sediment from the brewing process. Pours with much large-bubbled head, disipating quickly leaving little lace. Much like a champagne.

S- Raspberry! sweet honey and some jam-like qualities. Very sweet and easy on the nose.

T- Very sweet raspberry and grape flavors. A surprisingly long finish, a nice surprise.

M- Great carbonation, light.

D- Easy to drink, but very, very sweet. I would recommend this beer for this style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red colored beer with a medium head with average retention for a lambic. Aroma is comprised solely of raspberry. Taste is also dominated by raspberry with a little tart and sour ending. This one is a guilty pleasure for me since I know it taste more like fresh raspberry juice then beer but I like it nonetheless. Very refreshing, I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like strawberry shortcake. There's a great interplay of fresh fruit, tartness, and your usual musty/funky lambic aromas. Flavorwise, an easy tartness gives way to soft raspberry before that mild tartness reenters in this finish. Some may be curious how this compares to Lindemans Framboise-- well, Boon's features less raspberry flavor but I think the result is greater balance. I'll take Boon's.

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
84 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.