Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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 cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boon seems to not get enough credit IMO, let's see how their raspberry offering works out.

A- Poured from the green 375ml bottle into a tulip with a dark berry red body. A ridiculously foamy head forms atop the beer to about three fingers or more. Retention is pretty good considering the fizzy texture. Cap falls to a small ring leaving tiny spotty lace.

S- Sweet-tart raspberries up front with a nice lambic funk in the backdrop. The fruit feels fresh and the lactic sour behind it works nicely with just a bit of barnyard funk from the yeast and bacteria. Some vinegar.

T- Similar to the aroma but the sweetness of the fruit takes over a bit here. Tartness is on the lighter side but still gives a nice complexity. Bulk of the flavor is fresh raspberry puree with a tiny bit of lemon sour, oak, acetic and funk backing it up. Fairly straightforward.

MF- Super foamy body with a light overall, dried out consistency. Sourness on the palate is on the lower side for a lambic.

Great raspberry forward but lacking a bit of sourness and some of the complex flavors wild microbes bring in great lambics. Still a nice Framboise to sip on with great fruit and funk aromas. Smell is very nice. After having a lot of good and bad sours this stacks up pretty well. I probably would have been tougher on this earlier on in my reviewing but I now realize the true dedication it takes to brew a beer even this good.

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep reddish-brown body with lots of black sediment floating around; one finger of coarse white foam that quickly recedesto a frothy ring and leaves minimal lacing. Meh.

S: Pure, authentic raspberry aroma - just like the amazing raspberry-cream cheese pie at the Norske Nook in Rice Lake, WI. Quite appetizing, but very single-minded and not at all beer-like. While I would like a bit more complexity, I can't describe this smell as anything other than enjoyable.

T: Very sweet and slightly tart raspberries, light yeast, and some faint oak. Pretty good, but overly sweet for my taste. I expected more sourness from a "100% Spontaneously fermented ale." Still, there's nothing "off" about it all - just simple and sweet.

M: Fairly light, slightly sticky body with ample, soft carbonation. Quite lively and refreshing.

D: Overly sweet to be really drinkable., but still not at all bad.

Notes: I was excited to try this one, as it was the only non-sweetened fruit lambic at my local store, but it was a bit of a let-down: too heavy on the raspberries, nowhere near enough yeast and funk for a lambic. I do really love the smell, though. It kind of reminds me of what I remember the New Glarus Raspberry Tart being like, only not as well integrated. It's been a couple years since I had that, though, so I probably shouldn't talk. I won't be seeking this one out again, but I'll keep it in mind when I get around to trying the Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise - my hopes for that one remain high.

Cheers!

Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1262nd Review on BA
Draft to 9oz Strange

@Beachwood's BBQ Long Beach, Ode to Lambic

App- I am rating a bit higher here because the color on this beer is just so damn pretty. It's like when we were kids and had Kool-aid. That color just no bubbles or cling or anything.

Smell- A bit of a malty blast with some very deep cherry and a bit artificial. Not overly wowing here.

Taste- A bit of a earthy note intermixed with the cherries but again too sweet. Went a bit thick with this one.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a full medium thick carbonation level. A bit syrupy.

Drink- Eh, Ill pass if I see this one again on tap. Wonder if any different from a bottle.

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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a large vintage bottle from 1997 that I picked
up in Portland.

The beer poured a deep brownish red that produced a decent head.
I could smell the complex yeasts coupled with a subdued fruit
nose. The payoff was a mellowed beer with lots of lambic body.
It was like sipping an older champagne that has softened around
the edges. After only being able to taste young commercialized
offerings this was a definite step above in quality.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/14/08. Bottle. Poured reddish brown, with some dark black yeast. The best thing about this beer was its aroma--very sweet with raspberry, reminded me of a Lindemann's Framboise. The flavor was less good, sort of watery and raspberry. Slight tartness. Overall, an ok lambic but certainly not my favorite.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20
3.3/5

Photo of BMMillsy
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

UPDATED: JUL 30, 2013 Bottle with 9-27-2016 enjoy by date, enjoyed July 29, 2013. Pours a pretty deep red color with a small pink head. Aroma of sour vinegar and raspberries, with a bit of yeasty funk to boot. Flavor is up front raspberry with a twinge of sourness. Lingering yeast and raspberry. High carbonation and relatively light mouthfeel. Always love more raspberry, but overall a refreshing sour here. Not bad, but after a bit there is a strange unpleasant funk left in my mouth. I dunno what it is, I am new to lambics.

Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle at the Malt House in Madison, WI. Poured into a Duvel tulip today, 1/27/2014.

App- Dark reddish brown body, a bit of white head, minimal retention, not much lacing

Smell- Funky, sweet raspberry, cane sugar, oak. Smells overly fruit but the funk adds a bit to the complexity.

Taste- Sweet raspberries, rotten oak, funk, horseblanket. Solid.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, a bit thick and custardy. OK carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall- Not the best Framboise, certainly easy to find and not expensive to boot. A decent example of the style, but just a bit above average. Beats Lindeman's offering for sure.

Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle vintage 1986.

A - Pours ruby reddish, light orange hue, bubbles on top.

S - Sweet raspberry, vinegar, light level of tartness, fruity sugary sweetness. I think the almost 26 years of age has toned down the sweet sugars and brought out more of the tart and vinegar notes, which I much prefer.

T - It's crazy how well this held up for this age. Raspberry, vinegar, oak, light tartness, sour cherries. Alcohol is gone. Finish is sweet raspberries and tart oak'd fruit.

M - Light body, light carbonation, syrupy dry finish.

O - Well, color me impressed how well this beer held up. It just so happens I got to try a bottle from 1995 the following week and it wasn't as good as the 1986. The perfect amount of sweetness, tart notes, and oak for me to enjoy with this much age.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
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...

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Photo of harrymel
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bb: 23, Feb 2014

A: Pours a maduro brown with hints of cherry tones. Single finger, light pink foam cap falls in a few minutes leaving a thin sheet of the same. Hazy at best. No lacing.

S: Raspberry, vitamin, mineralic qualities. A near cough syrup smell, but sweeter. Light and airy on the nose.

T: Raspberries are the highlight, plenty of tartness, not too overbearing. Hints of the yeast at the very, very finish. I'm having a difficult time articulating everything I'm tasting here.

M: medium to heavy mought feel with moderate carbonation. Leaves the mouth with a slight dryness.

O: The flavor of the beer is excellent, and it avoids the artificial sweetness I taste in lindeman's. Good beer. I wonder what would happen with a year or two on it.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear light ruby with a white head which rose slightly and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely done with a nice raspberry aromatic that was not over the top but where one could still envision the raspberry seeds. The aroma contained a nice acidic sourness that accentuated the raspberry fruit aroma presence.

The flavor was lightly acidic and lactic sourness which melded well with the raspberry fruit flavor that was not overdone. The fruit and light sourness complemented each other and led to a relatively quick drying in the beer. Some grapeskin and grapeseed flavors were present as they are in many lambics.

The finish was dry with a lasting acidic sourness, light raspberry presnce and grapeskin/seed flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the dinkability was good.

37.5 cl green bottle, corked and bailed. $6.95 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA. Date on bottle 26.03.2007, price tag date of 12/03.

Photo of Jeffo
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Boon Tulip Glass. 2010 Vintage.

A - Pours a muddy reddish-brown with a slight, off-white head that recedes to a very thin ring. Not very impressive looking, kinda like dirty dishwater.
S - Luckily the aroma makes up for the poor appearance, this is straight up Raspberry jam! Big, sweet raspberry notes with a very slight green apple tartness and a tiny bit of funk.
T - The raspberry jam is pretty prominent with the flavor, too, along with a slight muskiness and a generous helping of oak. Not very tart, but very drinkable and delicious. This would be a great entry into the world of fruit lambic.
M - Medium mouthfeel with crisp, sharp carbonation and a slightly drying quality to the finish. Pretty good for the style.
O - I love the Boon fruit Lambics, I think they are some of the most drinkable fruit beers around, period. I have yet to be disappointed with one of these offerings and will continue to hoard as much as I can find. Cheers!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a green 375 ml corked and caged bottle. 2005 batch, abv. listing on label at 4.5%.

Bright ruby red in appearance, lots of carbonation, pinkish spongy head.

Sweet fresh raspberries on the nose, very pleasant and appealing. Not tart and not overwhelming.

The raspberries however don't overwhelm the flavour (unlike the Kriek), but merely accentuate it. The tartness comes more from the lambic itself, and the yeast, than it does from the raspberry fruit. The fruit truly gets to shine on the finish, and especially the aftertaste where it lingers.

Mouthfeel is light and soda-like, the carbonation is what carries this one.

Once again, an okay dessert beer, or would do well complimenting chocolate, especially dark chocolate. However I'll be nursing this one for quite some time, with no need to run out and buy more until I have a special occassion for it.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, the lambic pours a pinkish hue not unlike cranberry juice. But in the glass, it turns to a reddish-brown, translucent monster with behemoth yeast chunks -- reminds me of sweet & sour sauce. The head is unremarkable, white, and thin. As for the aroma? A shit-ton o' berries. Tart and sweet...just as a lambic should be. Mouth is definately watering.

The taste leaves me a bit underimpressed. Notes of berry, plum, tart, wet paper, and some definate earthy notes; alot like eathing a blackberry that has yet to fully ripen. Accordingly, a sour tongue-lashing ensues after each sip. It's surprisingly refreshing and juicy, but the carbonation level is a bit flat for a corked bottle. Bottom line: it's not a bad choice if you're in the mood for a sour brew, but I can't imagine ever drinking more than one and I might look to other, better lambics than this.

Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of rastaman
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of thebigredone
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty red color, tastes like raspberry sugar water. Not really enjoyable, pretty much equivalent to drinking a wine cooler.

Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.