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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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83
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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Hibernator, Jan 29, 2012
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 ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

ccrida, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

jrallen34, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

tempest, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Filosoof
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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...

Filosoof, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Casey10, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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

homebrew311, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of ccm414
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

ccm414, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Franz4
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a flute a dark magenta with a slightly pink sudsy head

S- smells of raspberry, yeast, and sour cherries, almost wine-like in character.

T- pleasantly tart raspberries dominate the taste, hints of mild oak flavor come through very subtley, aftertaste sweetens a bit

M-light carbonation with a dry finish

D- very drinkable, except for the price...a nice lambic, wish it was easier on the wallet.

Franz4, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Flounder57, Sep 21, 2012
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +9%

Sammy, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +9%

mzeld, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ThisMoonlife
4/5  rDev +9%

ThisMoonlife, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of JamFuel
4/5  rDev +9%

JamFuel, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of sfr26
4/5  rDev +9%

sfr26, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +9%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of dbaker61
4/5  rDev +9%

dbaker61, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

VoodooBrew, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz bottle

Raspberry and astringent nose (wild yeast). amber in color with a white lace. Malty slight raspberry taste followed by slight bitter finish. Not as sweet or as tart as lindemans.

frank4sail, Apr 22, 2002
Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.