Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 207
Hads: 410
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 andersony17
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle from Weis Markets.

A - Cool bottle with a cork and cap, the pour was an ugly pale purple

S - Smelled weak of berries, not all that pungent

TM - Tasted pretty good, with a strong raspberry tart flavor. No lingering aftertaste, was kind of like having a spiked-raspberry juice drink.

O - Worth a try, but not worth continually dropping 7 bucks a bottle. (381 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear ruby ale, an off-pink head, little lacing but good curtains.

The smell is sweet and acid raspberries, other forest fruits.

Tasting fructose sweet, raspberry lemonade, some sour cherry juice.

Little carbonation, a fresh and refreshing feeling, a dry acid finish.

A fresh balanced and nice sour ale. (309 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (691 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle vintage 2010 shared with friends and family after dinner. Served into a tulip glass.

A: Deep ruby/dark pink colored body, cloudy with a fluffy off-white or soft pink looking head. Lots of tight bubbles give this a fairly steady dissipation with very minor lacing on the glass. Certainly looks more "real" in the sense that it doesn't appear artificially colored, instead the real raspberries impart their natural coloring to the beer.

S: Chalky, raw raspberry puree and skin, funk, hay and touches of a sweet red wine character. Not as much sweetness or sugary notes than I expected, which is nice for a change. I'm not a fan when there's ton of an obvious added sugar or sweetener to fruit lambics.

T: Mild funky and fruit notes up-front, lots of raspberry, strawberry and perhaps cherry skin. A gritty grainy "malt" flavor if you can call it that helps take the edge off the fruit midway, and finishes quite crisp. Hints of residual sweet wine elements stick around for a bit in the back end.

M: Highly carbonated, so much the cork flew off the bottle without much help hitting the ceiling. Bubbly, fizzy and the sheer amount of bubbles give it a bit of a smoothness.

Nicely done here, nothing is overly sweet or cloying like other sugared-up lambics can be but perhaps I was looking for just a bit more fruit flavor. It's still a nice beer and one I'd like to have another of sitting in the cellar for a bit longer next time. (1,447 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- A deep mohagony red with a bit of bubbles. The head is a gorgeous bubbly off-white pinkish color. Very thick and creamy. Fairly long lasting. After I pour the last of the 12.7 oz bottle into the glass it becomes a opaque violet color. This impresses me.

S- Strong raspberry aroma blended with some funk. Smells a bit sweet but also has some lactic character suggesting sour perhaps. Almost a hint of concentrate, but supposedly "real" raspberries used. Still smells good though.

T- A biting raspberry flavor. Sweet, tart, and a little lactic. Some vinegar but not overbearing. I would put this at 3.75, and only because there's a weird ketchup flavor to this. Though I love ketchup it's odd for a beer flavor.

M- Light to medium body with a high level of carbonation. Lip smacking induced from the combination of sweetness and lactic character.

O- I think I'm finally starting to realize the craze of Lambics/gueezes/sour beers. They may or may not be the best beers you've ever had, but they sure as hell challenge your pallette and nose. Though this was "cheap" compared to others in the style, it certainly was still an experience and a pleasure to drink as I introduce myself to these styles. (1,226 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-reddish color. Initial fizzy carbonation leads to no head whatsoever. Carbonation is minimal to none.

Smells funky. Sour raspberries are mixed by with what smells like a vinegar mixed raspberries. Not sold on it just yet.

Tart, unsweetened raspberries are the highlight mixed with vinegar. Funk is kind in the background, overpowered by the vinegar. Not too sold on the flavor either.

Hm the aftertaste is really the best part. The vinegar flavors go away, leaving flashes of tart raspberry seeds and funk. Leaves a slightly dry feeling, probably from the sour and vinegar.

Not overly impressed, not the worst by any means. (642 characters)

Photo of beershlitz
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish looking color with a pink fizzy head that rapidly faded away. The smell of the beer is sweet and tart with raspberries. The taste of the beer was full of tart raspberry flavors with a bit of acidic vinegar in there too. The mouthfeel was not carbonated at all and felt like I was drinking a chilled wine. Overall this brew isn't the greatest in my opinion but it might be worth trying if you like this style. (437 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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... (632 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

cheers,
The CPJ (330 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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". (820 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for a 355ml bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Best by 17 Nov 13.

A: deep, mahogany, red color, clear, with off pink head
S: intense juicy fruit, very little to no funk, not cloying at all
T: decent brew, a tad more on the sweetish side but very drinkable with some characteristic barn funk, incredibly deep raspberry sweet/tart qualities, unusual (but not offensive) slight bitter finish in the back of the mouth
M: a bit pithy with some almond qualities, rounded, not overly brett but could use a few more degrees of sour
O: decent but needs just a bit more sourness (583 characters)

Photo of schwaeh
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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... (868 characters)

Photo of gskitt
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There were Parts of this beer I liked and some not so much. Pours a dark red, maroon, cloudy with visible sediment. Smells strongly of raspberries. Tastes strongly of raspberries, little alcohol is Present in the taste. Sour and tart and quite refreshing. Dry mouthfeel. I liked the taste of this beer and would consider drinking it again. (339 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,786 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a nice dark reddish color with a pink head.
Smell: Funky raspberries, cherries, lemon, grass and vinegar.
Taste: Raspberries, lemon, funky lambic, sour cherries, apples. Aftertaste is dry and sour with hints of lemon
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: Nice brew, tastes like fresh raspberries. (332 characters)

Photo of lawaaaw
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a blackberry red color with a pink head. Head is small and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Has a strong, sweet berry scent- mostly raspberry. A bit of an artificial smell - like raspberry lipgloss! Hints of alcohol scents.

Taste: Not as fruity as expected- definitely can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light feel with medium carbonation. Very nice feel.

Overall: I would drink this again-- not as good as many other lambics I have had. (494 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)

A- With the soft pop of the cork, this beer pours a deep glowing red body with a clear bud dense pink bubbly head that fades into a thick ring after a bit. It is too dense to see any carbonation but a few tiny bubbles trail up the glass.

S- The fresh dark ripe raspberries come through during the pour. There is a bright fruit note with a slight dark tartness in the finish.

T- The dark black raspberries flavor has some dry bitter funk notes that linger into the aftertaste. There is a dry raspberry jam flavor and a soft buttery hint in the finish aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a very soft astringent note and a tight fizz finish.

O- The bitterness in the finish is a bit to strong but the nice bright fruit in the nose turns darker in the taste. There is not much depth in this beer with a little tartness and hints of funk hidden underneath. (878 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red/maroon color with 2 fingers of pinkish head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is fruity, tart and funky. There is raspberry, hints of strawberry, farmyard funk, soft acidity and earthiness.

Taste is very fruity, begins with ripe, sweet/tart raspberries and moves to earthy, sour berry flavors with hints of lemon and Brett funk. The finish leaves a puckering sourness that is quenching and full of raspberries as well as hints of malt and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation. Fairly dry overall but the berries bring a nice balance.

Overall a very refreshing beer with a complex flavor and great raspberry presence. Something is missing though... (706 characters)

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