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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 mendonjoebeer
1.91/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Must have been a bad bottle- should be good until 2014. Started ok with a reasonable expected framboise colorful look. Things went downhill from there. A funky vinegar smell with some raspberry. Taste of vinegar,sour raspberry,cigarette ashes,yuk! Feels ok until the finish with some grit.Six different people agreed with this review- still have 1/2 bottle left.

I tasted again today- same feelings.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.42/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent and flew it back home to share during a comparison tasting with Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus and 3f Framboos. Thanks for hanging out guys.

From a 750ml into a small snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, reddish-white, kind of a lavender blush colored head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a swirling wisp and bubbly ring. Opaque maroon red with no carbonation evident. Much darker than the other two examples of the style. A light wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking really.

SMELL: Some raspberries with grainy, dry bread and lots of barnyard. Hay and horseblanket dominate the aroma and push the fruit to the back. A little unpleasant; wish it was more fruit forward.

TASTE: Some light raspberries up front, with lots of barnyard flavors through the middle, into a slightly funy and sour finish. Some light floral bitterness as well. Milder aftertaste of raspberries, cherries, and lots of hay and horseblanket. Like I'm drinking a barn full of livestock. This is much more farm than the other two on offer.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Relatively airy on the palate compared to the other two. Goes down bubbly and finishes quite dry on the palate. Too light and airy for my palate.

OVERALL: This was by far my least favorite of the three. The flavors were just too barnyard dominante for my tastes, and the light, bubbly, airy palate is just not my style. This one was relatively hard to drink, and there's no way I'd be able to drink a bottle myself. Not my beer.

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Photo of BourbonStreet
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm on a lambic quest right now, and this was a big disappointment along the way. Not really enjoyable at all. Tasted like a budweiser with added raspberry flavor.
A: Nice appearance, although a bit foamy and light for a raspberry lambic.
S: Smells like a typical beer. Little fruit on the nose.
T: Not impressed. Very hoppy and bitter for a lambic. Not enough tartness.
M: Very foamy with a lingering taste of beer.
D: I actually poured this one out halfway through, and that's unusual for me. Just couldn't drink it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a strange looking purple-red color with a minimal and short lived pink head.

S: A completely overwhelming aroma of artificial raspberry is the first thing I notice. There is a mild funky, cheesiness underneath and perhaps a slight acidity.

T: Things don't improve at all when it comes to the flavor. The same sweet, fake raspberry taste and it's slightly sugary. In retrospect, the flavor of this is reminiscent of raspberry jam (and not even a good one).

M: The body is light with a tingly carbonation.

D: I really don't understand the point of these sweetened lambics. If you're going to go through the trouble of making lambic, do it right.

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml cork and cage - expiration date on bottle: 19-07-2014

Lower carbonation. Clear raspberry color with thin pink head that dissipates immediately. It looks nice, both presentation of bottle and the beer. Unfortunately appearance is the least important part of beer for me.

Smells sweet, I do find it to have an artificial candy aroma. An unusual oakiness. Aroma doesn't weaken over time which is strange.

I have a really hard time believing this is a completely wild fermentation. Light malt character to start sip. Into a syrupy sweet dark raspberry character. Minimal to no funk in this beer. Again the oak is quite unusual. I think the barrel was previously used for wine. No major fermentation flaws, just strange flavors in my opinion.

Low acidity. Thicker mouthfeel than expected. Very bland on the tongue.

Both Boons I have had were similarly sweet- candy flavor. It really reminds me of robitussin. Not what I look for in a Belgian Lambic. More similar to a raspberry soda. I wanted to point out that there wasn't yeast/sediment/dregs on the bottom of the bottle. Seeing that pair with the taste really makes me think the beer was pasteurized, back sweetened, and forced carbonated like a keg.

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Photo of ciderfaerie
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: like a fancy glass of prune juice - redish purple and cloudy; minimal head - quick dissipation after pouring (so quick, i only noticed it on the second pour).

smell: raspberry sweetness definitely present with a hint of goat... or maybe it was lamb?

taste: (see smell, above).

mouthfeel: slight fizz from carbonation; medium bodied; pleasantly sour.

drinkability: surprisingly drinkable since the fruit flavor and sweetness are comparatively mild. if i didn't mind the goat smell/taste, i could probably have a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The beer was chilled and served in snifter.

A- The body of the beer is raspberry hued with a pink purple frothy head. The head resolved immediately and was gone.

S- The aroma of the beer is straight up sweet and tart raspberries macerating in balsamic vinegar.

T- Raspberries of both sweet and tart dipping down into acidic and balsamic notes. Honestly this is more like drinking a raspberry soda instead of a lambic.

M- The body of the beer is medium and lightly sticky. The carbonation is lively.

O- This beer drinks more like raspberry soda than beer. If you are expecting a Cantillion or a FFF sort of experience pass this bottle on by. In all likely hood this is the last bottle of this I will ever buy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells lightly funky with lots of sweet raspberry aromas. Lightly sweet with a bit of raspberry seed taste to go along with the raspberry fruit flavor. A bit of sour acidity as well as a faintly musty taste. Fairly simple for a lambic type beer. A light red color that shows brilliantly clear.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 0z. bottle with cork.

My first official lambic. Pours with little bubble action and head. Looks nice in the glass though. A slightly muddy purplish-red.

Smells pretty much like raspberries, alright. If there's more to it, my nose is too inexperienced at lambics to know better.

Tastes better than I thought it would. I was expecting this cheesy, sour, musty thing. It's not very complex to me, it's a nice raspberry hit up front, pretty much like a wine. This has pretty good carbonation, however. Once it passes through the back part of the mouth, the sour bitterness comes through. It ends on a sour, kind of salty note like when you drink club soda, only more pronounced. Doesn't really develop any more as it warms up. I poured in the dregs of the bottle, some dark purple sediment. I tried to find it, it doesn't settle out, but rather mixes in, but wait, what the hell is that??? That damn fruit fly I was trying to catch earlier took a header right into my lambic! Well, I suppose that's a good sign, nature beckons nature, and he won't drink too much...

The mouthfeel is thin, but leaves a fruity residual taste behind, again, very wine-like. I guess if you're into this sort of thing, this would be drinkable for you, but it's not my cup of tea. It's not unpleasant, but perhaps it's more an acquired taste I'll work on. I have some Lindeman's Kriek, Geuze, and Framboise in the mini-fridge, we'll see what happens...

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Framboise and bacon, the breakfast of champions! Best by date: 06/03/12. Into the Lindeman's flute...

A - Two fingers of pink head, with no lacing on a dark ruby body.

S - Very clean and fruity, like I'm smelling raspberry juice...

T - Starts sweet and tart, finishes sour, always very raspberry-ish.

M - Carbonation is mild for the style, aside from that pretty standard.

D - Well, if you like Lindemans et al, this is another one for you. Fruity, with a very straight forward raspberry flavor. Funk? not here. It is what it is, but if you're looking for depth in a lambic, look somewhere else...

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Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

An odd beast for a raspberry lambic, with notes of apple and rhubarb throughout in addition to tinned raspberries, but really let down by lack of carbonation and a very thin and watery body, which applies to taste and feel. Not real sour, either.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvle Tulip

A - Pours a deep Ruby coolour with a Pink head that reduces quickly

S - Sweet boiled lollies and Rasberry

T - Sweet up front with Rasberries. the finish is slightly sour but not much. The flavours are more extract like rather than genuine Rasberry

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation

O - Not the best offering from Boon but on a hot night with serve a thirst.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany red. Fluffy white head laces nicely.

Aromas of raspberries and pastries were mostly what I got from my nose.

Taste is balanced nicely with sweet and sour tones.

Moutfeel is thin and fluffy with soft carbonation.

Overall it was a balanced lambic that was both easily sipped and gulped.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This was a 1997 bottle drank with Kimchee, Martint, tiggmtl and Oakes. It pours darker than I expected, a rather deep brown, dirty soil alike with barely no head, but lots of flaoties. Aroma is very leafy with raspberry "coulis" notes, like you’d put over a good ice cream. Hints of old books, dirt and earth. In mouth, acidity level is disappointingly low, it’s earthy with raspberry grains flavors, but ultimately just too sweet to be enjoyable. mouthfeel is thin-medium with moderate carbonation. Cloying finish with more of the leafy aspect.

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Photo of bark
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The clear liquid is ruby red; the two finger thick foam is airy and white with a tint of pink. There is no yeast sediment in the bottle, which surprised me.

The smell is very sweet. There are notes of raspberries and lambic-vinegar. It is a bit sharp and almost artificial, like cheap fruit candy. I’m not impressed.

The taste is both dry and sweet. The dominating note is blackcurrant, but there are also some fresh raspberries, earthy yeast, some vinegar /citric acid and a touch of gravy. The long lasting aftertaste is bittersweet with blackcurrants, raspberries and an odd, stale earthy note.

The carbonation is very, very strong. But it won’t cross the line and get sharp. There are lots of small bubbles.

I didn’t really enjoy this beer. The raspberry part was OK, but the lambic had a stuffy, odd yeasty note that didn’t go too well with the fruit.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by inebriatedjoker during the Jackie O's release.

A: Pours a dark violet color. Purple-pink soapy head that dissapates.

S: Smells of tart raspberry, sharp acidity, maybe lacto and brett, maybe a little funk but the fruit stands out the most. Smells kinda sweet.

T: The taste is very dry raspberry skins, a slight tartness, a little wheat, and some background funk. It seems brett focused, just with more of it's bad qualities showing themselves. The finish almost seems so fast that the flavor is gone before you can process it.

M: The mouthfeel is zesty, crisp, and dry.

O: This is probably the driest beer I've ever had; I can deal with this to an extent but when it totally takes away from enjoying the fruit, it's just no good. Fruit, funk, or sour- this beer needed more of at least one of those to be good. I can see why these are a cheaper option...

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 375. Split into tulips.

A: Dark red purple hue. Small pink head. Tiny bits of soapy lace.

S: Full on raspberry puree. Sweet and fruity. Not much funk or sourness. Pretty much one note. Raspberry.

T: Dry raspberry flavor, hint of sourness and funk. I find it a bit disjointed. The sweetness doesn't mesh with the sourness. It's like two beers in one.

M: Light body with mild carbonation.

O: Yet another beer from Boon that doesn't do it for me. Sadly they all can't be oude kriek.

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Photo of BigBry
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small 375ml green bottle. Cork came out with a nice pop.
First thing we noticed was a vinegary smell fom the cork. Liquid pours a clear ruby red with two fingers of thick white and pinkinsh foam. The smell has some raspberry sweetness and lots of lambic-vinegar. The flavor has some raspberry fruit. More overpowering is the earthy yeast taste and the sour vinegar taste. Lots of carbonation with decent head retention and lots of little bubbles that continue to rise up from the bottom of the glass, other than that body seemed kind of thin.
This beer seemed kind of muddy - nothing really stood out - some earthiness, some sourness, some fruitiness, but nothing to make you say wow.
I didn’t really enjoy this beer, but that is a personal opinion. I know this is a true lambic (not the overly sweet, artificial fruit beers that others have labeled as 'lambic'. Good for the style, just not for me.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a lambic tumbler.

(A)- Pours a pale blush red color. Produced some white bubbles. Minimal lace.

(S)- A big ripe and juicy raspberry and vanilla-like creamy oak aroma. Nice funk, but otherwise a rather sweet smelling lambic. Very dry and earthy too, like a dirty floor.

(T)- Like the smell in terms of some ripe fruits. Not all that sour at all actually. Hints at some acidity, but otherwise a sweeter, yet drier and funkier example. Finishes in a strange metallic flavor.

(M)- A much lower carbonation level than anticipated. Very smooth and sweet yet lacking a classic lambic feel; this feels like juice to me.

(D)- Easy enough to enjoy and savor, but a let down considering the style and other beers this brewery has out there.

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Photo of ph2001
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in flute

slightly hazy red-orange color. lots of carbonation but no real head development. smeels fruity and ale like.

heavy and slightly thick mouthfeel. there is a mild raspberry flavor hiding behind the lambic tartness. this one has much more of a bite and less sweetness than lindemans.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" lavendar head fading fast. Dark violet in masstone but clear and watery during pour. Smells of raspberry syrup. Taste is raspberry, far far less sweet than other fruit lambics, but still so much fruit it overwhelms the beer aspects of the beer. And although the sour is present it is far less funky than I'd anticipated.

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Photo of hreb
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I'm only reviewing this because it failed the girlfriend test after I bought it for her. She'll drink Lindemans, but complains it's too sweet. This is definitely less sweet and more funky. This particular sample is a 375 mL champagne-topped bottle which I've served myself in a flute. Heavy, dark sediment in the bottle (from the barrels? or the fruit? definitely not the yeast).

Color is much paler and more natural than the Lindemans, with a thick foamy pink head. Similar raspberry funk aroma. Flavor is of tart raspberry juice with a funky edge, perhaps the oak. I'm pretty sure this lambic is hopped, because there's a really interesting play between the sour flavors of the lambic and bitter undertones in the beer. Where by "really interesting" I mean "enough to get me to finish the quarter bottle".

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears a light brown hue with delicate rouge highlights and a quarter inch of head that dissipates within a few moments. The aroma brings raspberries, sugar, and jam with a touch of oak and just a slight funk. The flavor is overly sweet, with a formidable sugary raspberry presence. The sweetness becomes cloying after just a small pour. This beer was not in the same echelon of the great Belgian fruit lambics I have grown to love.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of aepb1
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red translucent body, tiny white head that dissipates almost instantly

S- A bit of raspberry fruity malt maybe? Not much carbonation, little to no nose

T- Very dry! A hint of fruity malt up front and the finish is dry and makes you salivate giving a copper flavor in the finish as well

M- Light body, crisp and dry

D- If I am in the mood for a very dry framboise, this is it!

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