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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%

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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy light brown with some reddish hues peeking through here and there. pinkish white head that shrinks to a thin coating pretty quikly, and leaves some, but not much, lace. nose is very nice raspberryish with some beer scent that come through just a tad. taste is sweeet, yet balanced very well by the sourness. tastes very real. hard to describe, this is outside of my usual realm. i do know that i've tried a few other lambics before and this is above and beyond the other framboise i've tried. perhaps i'll have to delve into this side of beerdom more often, i really enjoyed this as my dessert tonight.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 04:33:18 | More by timtim
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark reddish color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of off white, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing, but that seems to be a common trait with most lambics.

S: A strong, pungent smell of raspberries, malt and a sour quality.

T: Tasted of raspberries, but the sourness dominated the flavor, more than I would have expected. There was also slight maltiness to it. A solid flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation here with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A generally well made, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 14:04:08 | More by avalon07
Photo of mdaschaf


4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 15:36:58 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of THECPJ


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Used as an Honorary toast to 2 my dearest friends.

appearance: murky reddish brown with a 1 finger head

smell: raspberry, funk,

taste: sour, raspberry, funk, sweet,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very tasty. great desert beer or a great beer for the Sour/Funk lover.


Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 15:43:13 | More by THECPJ
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2002 18:26:05 | More by rastaman
Photo of paterlodie


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted the 2000 vintage. However it didn't say marriage parfait it had the 6.2% alcohol and on the back label they're mentioning Marriage parfait. Appearance is very nice with its pinkred colour and pink foam. Smell is sour, cherry/framboise notably but not as fresh as a fruitgeuze could be. Somehow I had that feeling as if a litle bit of motoroil drupped into this beer. Forgot that as soon as I took the first sip. Tasted it blind but liked the taste and aftertaste. Nicely balanced sour-fruittaste with some bitterness at the end. Hardly any malttaste but who wants that in a framboise beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 11:21:49 | More by paterlodie
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by date of 4-6-2011

dark and hazy cranberry color. nice head soon fades to wisps and a ring. lacing won't stick.

raspberries and cider on first inhale. almost a cinnamon spice note? slight woody funk and vinegar whiff. nice raspberry on retro-olfaction.

sweet fruit flavors quickly give way to surprising woody oakiness. then a slight cider vinegar acidity that melds w a mild bitterness that goes into an off-sweet fruity finish.

not thin, slight texture and astringency. lively carb.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 15:35:46 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with all quality red fruit lambics this is a pretty beer. Dark cherry red in color with a pink frothy head. Retention is not as good as other lambics, but it does maintain a steady 1/2" of foam.

More horse balnket musty and sour than sweet and fruity, but the raspberries do make their presence known in the smell.

Not excessively sweet, but all the sour you want in a fruit lambic. The raspberries are there, but not the raspberries you know from jelly, preserves or syrup. These would be the ones you pick from the field. Very nicely done. The mustiness is not as bad on the tongue and comes off as earthiness, letting the sour shine on.

Nothing short of a perfect balance between sweet and sour, earthy and fruity. The carbonation doesn't turn this into raspberry champagne, but is still enough to give the beer some sparkle.

I could drink this all night until I started to miss my stouts. At 5% ABV I could drink this all night and still be able to spell stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 00:42:21 | More by Naugros
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle. Best before 2013 vintage 2008

Poured a hazy dull purplish red. No head or lace

Fruity raspberry smells. Sour is there too. Lots of fruit up front in the taste. The lambic seems somewhat subdued. The sour creeps up in the middle then then gives way to a kind of surprisingly sweet raspberry throughout.

Pretty light body. Drinkability is good. Not as complex as some fruit lambics but pretty nice if maybe a little on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 16:42:54 | More by scott451
Photo of fdrich29


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 01:52:29 | More by fdrich29
Photo of HogHill


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Offshore tasting at Harrington's in Chelmsford (to split with the wife).

Poured a dull ruby / plum color, very effervescent, a light shade of violet froth topped it off. Aroma of sourness, raspberries and yeast. Tastes sweet from the fruit, but then it changes into a more sour raspberry flavor. Feels very bubbly on the tongue.
Overall it was a bit more sour and less sweet than Lindeman's Framboise.

I enjoyed this with a cherry cheesecake for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 01:37:34 | More by HogHill
Photo of EPICAC


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a green 12 oz. corked bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square. I served it in one of my New Belgium snifter-style glasses, after letting it warm up for about half an hour.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-orage color, with soda-like carbonation that clings to the side of the glass. A short white head rises, then quickly diminishes to a ring.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly raspberries, with a subtle earthiness.

Taste: Raspberry sweetness hits the palate up front, followed by slight tartness, and then a slightly dry finish. There's a slight hop bitterness here, but it's not a strong presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied, light prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Drinkable, but a little too dry to be something you could drink bottle afte bottle of.

Overall: I don't have alot of experience with the lambic styles. This is only the second Framboise lambic I've had. I prefer it to Lindeman's on it's own. I find that it's not as sweet and just seems more well balanced; though I think Lindeman's wins as far as pairing with desserts.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 05:23:43 | More by EPICAC
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2000.

Appearance: Lovely peachy amber pink, with an ephemerally slim strawberry cream white head.

Smell: Apple juice, frozen raspberries, rosy perfume, raspberry candy, pickled Japanese plums, light lambic funk. Tart and sweet, simple yet winsome.

Taste: Splendidly tart! But beyond that, not much going on. Berry tartness with a grassy straw character and mineral water crispness all couched in an earthy, oaky funk. Finish is bone dry and tangy.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly sparkly and well-attenuated.

Drinkability: This is a nice, mild, and drinkable lambic, light and tart but not too sour and definitely not too sweet. A good summer beer if you're looking for an alternative to the usual wits and weizens.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 13:26:33 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of morimech


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a small pinkish head that had good retention. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell sour fruit and raspberries.

Sour fruitiness dominates the palate but there is a funkiness that sneaks in on the finish. Lip puckering sour throughout.

Medium body with low carbonation. Nice to have the body mellow when the flavor is so sour. Easy beer to drink but I would recommend this as an after meal dessert more than a stand alone drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 22:12:32 | More by morimech
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the portrayal of black raspberries in a very fruit-forward kind of way, this sour ale carries its raspberry flavor very well and without allowing dominance of the fruit.

Pouring a dark beet-red color, the raspberry additions are evident. A froathy pinkish head billows up from the release of carbonation and provides a fluffy textured head that seems to disipate quickly, likely from the acids present in the beer. Light on retention and lace, the beer reduces to a delicate creme before holding firm.

A blend of tart berries and more rich black berry puree hit the nose with a very inviting culmination of scents that include crabapples, lemons-limes, balsalmic vinegar, musty fruits, and a tinge of oak and soy sauce. A very appetizing scent.

Raspberries also dictate flavor, starting with the fresh and ripe flavor of fresh picked raspberries- some of over vine rippened, others of under rippened tart versions. Acidic flavors from citrus blend well with clean lactic tartness and balance the raspberry sweetness well. But there's a point when the raspberry flavor subsides and the more musty rustic flavors of brine and lime supply the refreshing and crisp finish. This creates a dull mid palate where the transition occurs and makes for an abrupt, less smooth transition.

Medium bodied for a fruited lambic (which is still fairly dry because of the acidic tone of the beer). Much of the fruity sweetness remains a factor on the beer's weight and makes for an uphill climb toward the powdery-dry finish that is so enjoyable about their Marriage Parfait Oud Gueuze.

Much of the subtle character of the classic lambic notes are swamped underneath the immense raspberry flavor, sweetness, and feel. A good Framboise but there's a few nuances that make it almost world class.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 17:01:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a thick haze that limits any light passing through. Head is a finger of foam with a color combining light tan and pink; a sickly hue, possibly, but one honestly come by.

Smell: lightly tart, lightly sweet aroma of caramel lambic with raspberries. Exactly as advertised. I like raspberries, so I like this framboise.

Taste: nice, caramelly base lambic flavor with an enticing raspberry element. A bit on the sweet side, but there's a good balancing tartness. It's not overly sour, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a frothy effervescence. It's more rocky than creamy, but the bright bubbles add to the refreshment factor.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. It's not as candylike as other framboise lambics I've had, and it's got a good overall balance and composition.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 07:09:22 | More by flagmantho
Photo of francisweizen


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant suprise. This was an undated vintage bottle (late 90's probably). This poured our a dark pinkish colour with a small off-white/pink head of foam, that lasted for a bit, and left some interesting lace on my glass. The aromas are of sweet/tart raspberries and lambic funk. The taste is tart, sour, funky, and berry-like all at the same time. The mouthfeel is quite nice, as is the drinkability. This is the half way point between Cantillon and Lindemans. not quite traditional, not quite sweet. MOR.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 19:35:10 | More by francisweizen
Photo of hoppymcgee


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Brett Fest at Spuytin Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

Approx a 3 oz. pour from a 375ml bottle. Vintage 1997.

A: Dark brown like muddy coffee and cloudy with some floaters. Also, I noted the residual sugars sticking to the side of the glass.

S: The best feature of this beer. Sun Maid Raisins.

T: Very sweet - taking the raisin smell to the "sweet tart" level of raspberries. Finishes with more of a dark fruit, prune flavor.

M: Feels like a juice especially when it warms up.

D: A little too sweet, and therefore good for a small sample.

Overall, a solid framboise (especially for the age!) and very happy to get to try this old of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:12:58 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Prestentation: 375 mL corked and caged bottle served at room temperature and poured inot my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. My 300th review on BA, so its a little bit of a special one.

Appearance: Deep purple in color with a one finger pink fizz that quickly recedes. Red and brown highlights throughout and a bit of sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Fresh raspberries and some barnyard notes really take charge. Some vinegar and a slight wooden character in the background. The fruit really comes through nicely.

Taste: Some tart raspberries upfront, but they seem a bit muted compared to the smell. Turns to that bitter tart notes of unripe raspberries after a second. A nice balance of horse blanket and vinegar to compliment and not overwhelm the fruit. Ends really dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: A touch of carbonation and thin. I could have used a bit more bite to the carbonation to really bring out a lot more in this. Really dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavors are nice and controlled without being overpowering and the ABV is low. I could definitely have a couple glasses of this.

Overall, a nice lambic in many ways but nothing ever really takes hold even to make me notice. Definitely not a bad beginner lambic, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:26:52 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of gdrydenc


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated best by 11/2011, it's been sitting in my father's fridge for about 2 years.

A - Pours with very little head, just an accent of white head. Color is orangeish, with a bit of dark red.

S - I think this is my first lambic, so I'm not going on much here. It smells like raspberry upfront. I can absolutely smell the sourness of it.

T - This is pretty sour. Tastes a lot like raspberries, quite sour and bitter. I can't taste any alcohol. This is pretty much exactly what I was expecting it to taste like... no real hop or malt character, pretty much exclusively fruit.

M - Very cool carbonation, effervescent almost like a champagne. I like it.

D - Low ABV? Check. Tart and delicious? Check. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:24:21 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of beershlitz

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a hefty pinkish yet light head with lacing, pours with a reddish over light brown hue.

A tart raspberry nose with some hints of barnyard funkiness, hayish and a hint of wheat.

Delicious sour raspberry flavor with deep earthy, horseish aftertones. Acidic fruitiness yet quite thin.

Drinks very crisp with a light carbonation, almost like a flat champagne with sour fruit notes.

A very good beer overall, delicious with chocolate. With the first glass I had some trouble with the funky earth flavor but my taste buds assimilated thereafter. It is on the pricey side but I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:12:19 | More by beershlitz
Photo of warnerry


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:10:46 | More by warnerry
Photo of ADR


3.9/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 16:57:57 | More by ADR
Photo of biggmike


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish color with a big pinkish head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma was of sweet raspberries. Flavor was also dominated by the taste of raspberries. Has a bit of sourness to it. Mouthfeel is very light, had kind of a wine feel to it. A nice beer that is probably to sweet to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 09:14:53 | More by biggmike
Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown color with tan along the bottom of the glass. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of raspberry, tart malt, sweet malt, and acid. Fits the style of an Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is smooth, crisp, and slightly sharp. There's an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, fresh raspberries, slight sweet malt, and noticeable acidity. Overall, a great flavors, good blend, and easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 00:24:32 | More by Tone
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83 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.