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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
81
good

370 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Immortale25, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jrenihan, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boon Framboise would look like juice if not for generous pink froth swirling atop it. It can't be too hard to sell a beer when it looks like this; with a deep but clear cranberry complexion, it's as unique as it is pretty. With this much colour it's natural to expect a good amount of fruit.

The aroma is nowhere near as tart as an authentic, artisinal lambic - nor is it as sweet as a modern commercialized one. It strikes a fair balance between the two that might not totally impress fans squarely in either camp. There is some raspberry flavour but the berries don't jump out the glass; there's some basement/barnyard mustiness but no critters crawl up your nose.

The taste makes a similar compromise; it is sweet on the palate upfront but finishes rather dry and mildly tart, with a slight acidic tang. The flavour of the raspberries is far from saccharine or even all that juicy; it tastes like authentic fruit and not some concentrate or candy. A lesser portion of sour cherries is also added and contributes a pleasant pucker in the mouthfeel.

This Framboise won't quite cut it as a dessert unto itself, but its underlying tartness and spritzy effervescence make it a great partner to dark chocolate. It also has the light, fruity disposition to make a nice aperitif, something in lieu of champagne to welcome guests. (Of course, just the sun coming up is occasion enough to enjoy a traditional fruit lambic like this!)

I like Boon Framboise more than these scores may let on - it's only fault is not being as satisfyingly sour or seductively sweet as its compatriots. Still, it's a remarkably enjoyable offering, one worth the bigger price tag. And it's also a safe bet for initiates - this will make you plenty of friends.

biegaman, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tommyguz, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Clear cranberry red with a fingers worth of white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Lacing isn’t evident.

(3.5) S: Tart raspberry, apple, grape, grasses, and faint hefe-like qualities. Bit subdued and straightforward with minimal sourness but still pleasant.

(3.5) T: Tart raspberry, an element of sour – maybe more balsamic than lemon, orchard fruit, grassy grain, and faint cloves. As the aroma indicated, the flavour is good but straightforward and not that bold. However I do like the level of dryness and the fact this isn’t sweet.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Clean and fizzy on the tongue.

(3.5) D: This was good but not a lambic I would revisit given the generally subdued qualities. Just wish there were more lambics to choose from in Ontario stores.

Digimaika2, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of midnitesun11
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

midnitesun11, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

andrenaline, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Burgundy colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Raspberries, citric

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, citric notes and raspberries. There is also a hint of vinegar and it ends with a lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - I can see this being a good intro into sours beers. Its got a light tartness but is in no way overpowering. Most of these types of beers are also a little cloying, this one keeps the sweetness in check. That being said, it is a little one dimensional - but decent and refreshing nonetheless. I'll pick up a few more bottles to have on hand to introduce others to the style.

spinrsx, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $5 CDN. Served chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Slightly opaque, dark purplish raspberry color. One finger of pinkish / purplish head is poured and dissipates quickly. Tons of effervescent bubbles and very little residue left at either the side of the glass or on top of the beer once the head is gone.

Smell - Wonderfully enticing raspberry aroma with some expected floral notes that gives the whole beer a sour smell if that's possible. Some accompanying cherries blended in with raspberries for good measure and an earthy dankness as well. Delicious.

Taste - Sour cherries and raspberries, like those who have been picked a bit prematurely and haven't had a chance to fully ripen. With the lively carbonation, certain soda charcteristics here as well as if freshly squeezed cherry and raspberry juices were squeezed the fermented with tonic. I feel that this description isn't doing the taste justice, but it's very good.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy, yet light bodied, with lower carbonation after the initial pour. Mouth is nicely coated with fruit flavor,but the fizziness seems to prevent any stickiness on behalf of the beer.

Overall - A very good lambic, that I certainly enjoyed, certainly a refreshing beer in the spring. Because of the price point for the quantity, this isn't something I'd pick up regularly, but would have again if offered.

DenisKolkin, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

dbrelsfo, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

ThisMoonlife, Apr 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

hansavijaticar, Apr 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

berkshire413, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 375 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a deep red with a thin head that appears pink in color. The head breaks almost as soon as it appeared.

S: smells of ripening raspberries and other berries. Some funk as well.

T: super-tart raspberries overwhelm the palate. Not much else can get through.

M: medium body and medium/high carbonation. Sour finish is actually quite nice.

O: I found the tartness of this beer to be refreshing at first, but it became a little overwhelming toward the end. I am not sure I'd have this again.

polloenfuego, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Hayley_86, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

KrisDLSmith, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

RedAleMan, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +9%

Sammy, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

dipso123, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

peensteen, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

liamt07, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

yancot, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of allergictomacros
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, ruby red with a tall fizzy head of pink foam. Drops quickly.

S - Sweet fruitiness. Raspberries of course, a bare hint of funk. Supposedly this contains cherries as well, but I can't really tell the difference from just raspberries.

T - A little bit sweet, a little bit tart, a hint of bitterness in the back end. Mostly very clean. Fruit flavour is there as well as a lingering aftertaste that's bitter and fruity (like orange rind, but not orangey).

M - Fizzy, light and refreshing. I dare say a bit on the watery side.

O - Overall, I find this a little weak. Accessible, but not exactly bursting with favour.

allergictomacros, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AugustusRex, Mar 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
81 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.