Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon
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3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.
Pours a clear crimson red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, sour raspberries, and raspberry puree. Taste is much the same but only mildly sour with some nice fresh raspberry flavors. There is also an acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is neither too sweet or sour with some nice fresh raspberry aromas and flavors.
07-07-2012 02:37:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
A: The beer is clear dark red in color and poured with a thin pink head that slowly faded into wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of tart raspberries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tart raspberries dominate the overall taste. Only some traces of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels light bodied and tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink.
12-31-2010 22:19:12 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
Dark, dusky orange with a small splash of raspberry red; an odd color for a raspberry fruit beer, even if it's a lambic. The pinkish ecru cap has a shortcake-like texture and manages to decorate the glass with assorted scraps of sudsy lace. This isn't a bad looking beer, but I never would have guessed the style on appearance alone.
The nose contains at least as much sour lambic funkiness as it does red raspberries. If my memory is the least bit accurate, I think Boon Kriek was much fruitier than this. That doesn't mean I don't like it, just that it isn't quite what I expected. Repeated sniffs convince me of a wonderful sweet-tart contrast that is sure to be present on the palate as well.
It's odd, but the flavor is even less raspberry-like than the nose. I wonder if this batch was shortchanged on fruit for some reason; if fewer than the usual 200 gm of berries per liter were added. I know that age isn't the culprit since the 'best by' date isn't until 2009.
Actually, the dominant member of the flavor profile is oak. If an oaky lambic with a hint of ripe raspberries sounds like your kind of thing, then Boon Framboise is your kind of beer. I'm still trying to decide if it's my kind of beer. Tart easily overpowers sweet... and a clenching woodiness obliterates them both, especially on the finish.
There's nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel considering the style and the ABV. It's on the light side of medium, with a restrained feel to the carbonation that works much better than the fizziness that a lesser beer might deliver. By the same token, it isn't the least bit impressive.
Boon Framboise is a beer for the lambic lover much more than it is a beer for the fruit beer lover. My lambic experience is still in the novice stage, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a classic of the style, raspberries or not. Even though I'll be able to make it to the bottom of the bottle with no trouble at all, this will the last bottle that I ever buy.
06-24-2007 13:12:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
The pour was nice, dark pinkish color coming out of the bottle really set it apart right away. Very cloudy with a small, light pink, almost white colored head on top of it
.Huge notes of cherry right up front, raspberries, sour apples, just rich and ripe with fruit. sour, funk, fruit mash up to your face, and here we have it again. Light spicey notes coming up as it warms now as well. hints of apples and raspberries thrown in as well. Smooth, velvety carbonation prickles the tongue as you take each sip. Really just enchanting. No hint of the ABV at all, I could have drank this forever and indeed the bottle was gone before I knew what to do.
this is what i am loving about my new sour craze the ones i least suspect are totally blowing me away in every way!
05-25-2011 03:29:27 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
08-08-2011 17:01:10 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
11-01-2004 17:13:46 | More by Phyl21ca
2.55/5 rDev -30.7%
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.
06-17-2010 17:46:01 | More by womencantsail
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
11-16-2011 03:15:03 | More by Knapp85
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
Got this for my girlfriend and she liked it alot,poured a raberry-red with a bg fluffy head.Had kind of a musty smell wich was more preverlant to me than the rasberry smell.Started off very sweet like rasberry syrup almost but finished with some nice tartness.Almost sticky sweet,a little too fufu I guess for me,seemed real drinkable though.
02-26-2003 17:27:52 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev 0%
Served right after New Glarus Raspberry Tart, and the similarities are striking. Big raspberry jam nose also, very bright/high clarity crimson color. Effervescent, crackling pink foam soon dissipates to nothing. Some hints of wet stone and leafy, sweet wild raspberries. Flavor is sweet with a solidly tart lambic in the back, and the taste seems to linger a bit. Some tannic quality, and the bitterness of mixed greens. A vague musty oak note in the middle, but much restrained from traditional sour lambic.
Overall this is a nice apertif or dessert beer. The fruit component isn't overly sweet, but I still find myself craving something sour and truly complex like the Oude Kriek. Maybe someday an "Oude Framboise" will exist...
05-20-2009 00:26:58 | More by emerge077
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
02-20-2011 01:07:39 | More by biboergosum
4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
An aged version. I love how the fruit holds up on this. And the beer has a superb clarity - at first. Then all the sediment starts getting in on the game and things change up. Consistency of flavor is the most interesting thing here. Brewing mastery that keeps the drinking experience interesting, even after so long. A real pleasure to be able to drink.
01-03-2013 15:37:42 | More by RblWthACoz
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
Thanks to bosse for sending me home from Europe with a 2000 bottle. Shared with friends from Bryna's birthday party. Served in my Darkness goblet.
A - Good looking stuff! The cork came out with a huge pop and it poured with a huge white foam with tons sticky lace that slowly dissipated to a solid cap. Body is a transparent orange-pink with a bunch of tiny bubbles.
S - Damn! That's tons of fresh sweet raspberry. A touch of funk, musty barn, particularly as it warms up. There's not much of a malt bill - just tons of raspberry. It's really nice, but not super complex.
T - Taste has some slight sourness to it, but again it's mostly sweet ripe raspberries, some funkiness and earthy must, and a graham cracker finish/aftertaste.
M - Thin body, slight carbonation tingle but not burning/bloaty, soft texture.
D - I could kill the entire bottle of this one by myself. It's like raspberry soda with a light funkiness.
Not sure why this beer has been slammed - perhaps the 2000 vintage has aged more gracefully.
09-13-2009 00:47:59 | More by MasterSki
3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
Another lambic, I like Boon but this lambic was way way way too sweet.
Beer is kind of brownish red with a white head of small bubbles.
Aroma is like raspberry jam. At this point I know what I'm in for.
Beer is thin but the heavy fruit presence on the palate makes the beer seem thicker. It is jelly flavored, strong raspberries and sweetened, at least it tastes that way. Eh, there's nothing wrong with it, there is even some mild tartness from the berries on the finish, it's a big big fruit beer.
03-03-2011 19:24:10 | More by drabmuh
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
Not sure of the vintage of this bottle, but the label said best by 3/6/2012.
The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. Not one of the better looking beers I have seen. The aroma is raspberry with some funk. The flavor is similar, with some sweet raspberries as well as a lot of caramel. There is a little funk, but not too much tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
I was looking forward to this beer and was disappointed. There is nothing wrong with it, but compared to a Cantillon or a Drie Fonteinen, I don't think it stands up.
09-15-2010 02:33:08 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours dark copperish reddish with a rather short-lived pink head.
The smell is floral with vinegar sour/raspberry tart notes. A hint of vanilla, oak and barnyard mustiness mix in.
The taste is of fresh raspberries - tart and sour with some iron and a candi sugar and malty sweetness. Some vanilla/oak imparts a certain unique character to it. Vinuous and very dry in the finish.
Appropriate body for style - light, approaching medium. Flavors linger on the palate.
A tasty, unique (as certain oak, wine and gueuze characteristics intertwine in the lambic), refreshingly tart/dry, brew.
11-16-2007 21:37:36 | More by jwc215
Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
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