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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002)
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Photo of bark
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

bark, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Appearance is murky, ruddy brown, magenta, with a off0white skim leaving no lace.

Smell is fruity, loads of candied raspberries.

Taste is also heavy on the fruit, which is currently in season locally and something I've been eating a lot of - it's remarkably similar, which is great. I'm just wanting for more lambic. Minimal funk, just a drying bite.

Mouthfeel is dry, acidic, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, it's a reallly fruity lambic, not oude, which I prefer. But not what what was on the label either, so I can't ding them too much.

ccrida, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beers a vary dark purple, uncharacteristic for a framboise. It really looks like grape juice. The head is light pink, raises about 1 finger and then is gone right away. The lacing is non-existent.

The aroma is all one note with lots of sweetn raspberries. If you try real hard there is a tiny bit of tart.

The taste is very tart of the bat, very sharp flavor and bite.

The beer is very light, it goes right down without much lasting flavor.

It is highly drinkable, not overpowering with sweetness and not prohibited by sourness.

jrallen34, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
5.5% ABV, 15.04.2014, PL13 on cork.
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - Prune-to-blood red in color with a light haze and loose, poorly retained pink head. Great color!

S - Wow. This mells like a fresh, just rinsed-off bushel of ripe raspberries. So real! Barely sugary at all, the nose is intoxicating; slightly earthy, funky notes behind but it's pretty one-dimensional towards the fruit.

T - Big bold raspberry flavor isn't as fresh-like as the aroma but there's much better balance with the earthy, funky yeast undertones.

M - Dusty dry with a mellow sweetness and light funk finish this light-bodied fruit beer with incredibly drinkability.

O - So drinkable and tasty, this fruit beer is great for a raspberry beer but not that great as far as lambics go.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark reddish color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of off white, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing, but that seems to be a common trait with most lambics.

S: A strong, pungent smell of raspberries, malt and a sour quality.

T: Tasted of raspberries, but the sourness dominated the flavor, more than I would have expected. There was also slight maltiness to it. A solid flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation here with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A generally well made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

KAF, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

At the Great Lambic Summit. Better than the Kriek but not by too much.

Hazy pink with a great light pink head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose is sweetened raspberry juice reminding me of the New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Mildly tannic with some seed character, this is jammy. I like!
The palate opens quite medicinally sweet with raspberries and a mild harshness. Jammy, mildly fatty even. Mildly artificial in sweetness, this beer is medium light in body with a mildly metallic finish. Not terribly impressive.

DefenCorps, Jun 10, 2010
4/5  rDev +8.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Ruddy reddish-brown color; lots of black sediment. Poured a small white fizzy head that dissipated to a skim around the edges. A little lacing, but it washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Very rasberry; sweet and comforting. Some soiurish yeast notes.

T: More rasberries; sweet and slightly tart. Some yeast and wet wood but not really off-tasting or anything.

M: Light body. Fizzy, lively and refreshing.

D: REally sweet to drink too much, but very enjoyable.

Haybeerman, May 11, 2010
Photo of stcules
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Pinky color, with some floating chunks. White foam quite scarce, and with almost no retention.
Intense smell, with a raspberry over all, strong and bold.
Not so tart in the mouth, a good amount of sweet and fruity notes. Raspberry, strawberry.
The right tartness present.
Great aperitif.
Always interesting and pleasant to drink.

stcules, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

2012 bottle. From notes.

A - Red wine coloured pour, good carbonation, bright. One finger pink head with spotty lace and OK retention.

S - Sweet fruit, definite raspberry, fruit juice.

T - Raspberry, tart fruit juice, funk, earth.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, dry and mildly tart to finish.

O/D - Sweeter than some takes on the style, but good. Liked it but the tartness could have been amped up.

tbeckett, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Pours a pale portwine colour, dark red-pink. Head is white, small bubbles but fades quickly. Lace is decent, but overall a bit underwhelming as a beer.

Smells very fruity and sweet, with raspberry and apple juice characters. Odd funky note as well, with a corporeal, slightly salty aroma. Tart as well, vinegary in its fruity character. Not quite fresh, but certainly intriguing and nicely fruity.

Taste doesn't quite scream of fruity character. There's apple and raspberry notes throughout here and there, but a bit thin on the front and a bit watery. Slight tartness late-mid and some funky, organic notes late that get barnyard bitterness on the finish. Pretty decent, but it could really bring the fruit out to be more of a hero, with more acidity as well. Sort of weak fruit with late funk, neither of which is as impressive as it should be.

Decent body, but nothing much to it as far as texture goes; not too thin but a bit bland.

Drinkable and balanced, but there's something unimpressive and weak about it all.

laituegonflable, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Persian red body with a full finger of pinkish tan head. Good retention, some filmy lacing.

Aroma is deep black cherry flesh and raspberry seeds. Quite a sweet nose.

Flavor is also sweet. Black cherry yogurt with just-underripe raspberry drupelets. A little acetic acidity sticks to the palate.

Sweet and a bit sticky, good dessert beer. Extremely drinkable, but simple and on the cloying side.

illidurit, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

A pleasant suprise. This was an undated vintage bottle (late 90's probably). This poured our a dark pinkish colour with a small off-white/pink head of foam, that lasted for a bit, and left some interesting lace on my glass. The aromas are of sweet/tart raspberries and lambic funk. The taste is tart, sour, funky, and berry-like all at the same time. The mouthfeel is quite nice, as is the drinkability. This is the half way point between Cantillon and Lindemans. not quite traditional, not quite sweet. MOR.

francisweizen, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mrfrancis, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Presentation: 335ml (12 fl.oz) cork and caged green glass bottle that looks just like a shrunken 750, even down to the dimpled base. Main label has a light beige background with the words ‘Framboise Boon’ in a fancy dark green Times New Roman text. The reverse label states that this is a 100% spontaneously fermented ale, aged 2 years in oak vats with 220 grams of real raspberries per liter. Has a Best Before Date of 29.10.2007. Listed at 5.0% alc/vol.

Appearance: The cork is thumbed with a black metal cap and cage. A fantastic ghostly white fog rises from the neck and slowly dissipates as the cork is removed. The cork is numbered “SB34” if that means anything.

My ‘Geuze-Kriek De Cam Gooik’ Tumbler was pressed into service yet again after the earlier Geuze Boon. The Framboise pours with a very familiar look, a mixture of light brown ale and dark red bloody raspberries. Flamingo pink head is comprised of finely attenuated bubbles that forms a sheer silk panties pink covering.…very nice……

Nose: Liquid raspberries, milk shake fruits mix with a home-made from home-grown lumpy Raspberry Ripple Ice-Cream nose that is massive in the odor department.

Taste: Sour Raspberries punctuate the whole essence of this Framboise. Tart, sour, fruits of the forest berries and lost of fruity aspects start middle and a finish this brew. Dry start, dry finish, but with a lusciously fruit laden middle that adds a saliva inducing aspect to this Framboise.

Mouthfeel: Blender mixed freshly picked Raspberries fruits, wholesome feel with a nice berry laden body that in conjunction with the fine conditioning adds a super silky sexy feel to the lick on the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability: There is enough sourness to balance the fruity Raspberry feel here and avoid the usual sweet sickly syrup crap that passes for a Framboise.

Overall: A very nice Framboise, not too sweet, not too syrupy, but with a nice sharp/sour feel that lends a tangible “Old School” aspect to this one. Worth trying, if not to just remind you that not all Lambic-Framboise are for Girls!!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ZEB89, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

sweemzander, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

This one pours a swampy-looking brown color with some lavender and faint, ruby hints around the edges. Not quite as vibrant or colorful as I was expecting, especially compared to many other raspberry lambics. The head is soapy and gray-tinted, leaving nothing behind as it quickly dissolves to nothing but a ring.

Lots of juicy raspberries infiltrate my nostrils as I first bring the glass to my face. Some lighter, faintly vinous notes play in the background, somewhat wine-like with a mild tannic character. Aside from a developing touch of mild acidity, there really isn't much else to the aroma. No yeast, funk, or anything else - pretty basic and just full of raspberries with a little bit of grape to it. Not complex, but still refreshing.

The taste is a bit tart up front, but far from what I'd call "sour". It's more just like a quick jolt of tartness from the raspberries and then it fades into a residual, sugary sweetness. Again, the lightly vinous flavors come out; grape skins, tannins, light wine, but the raspberries are still the most prominent thing in the profile. The sweetness that bellows in about halfway through lingers long into the raspberry and fruit-filled aftertaste. The mouth feel is light and watery with heavy carbonation.

Wasn't expecting too much from this, thankfully so. Almost more of a juice than a lambic, as it was pretty one-track minded and not very complex at all. An easy drink, no doubt, and something that may be nice to open with someone who doesn't care much for beer. But don't purchase this expecting Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen quality and you won't be too upset.

tectactoe, May 19, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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.


woosterbill, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

The Great Lambic Summit

Deep Ruby in color, hazy with spritzy head. First scents are of tart and acidic raspberries, slightly herbal and medicinal. The taste brings what the nose dictates with hints of red wine vinegar, very artifically build to it. Medium bodied, dry. A decent beer that avoided being too tart or sweet.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

FosterJM, May 07, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -13%

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

LilBeerDoctor, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -18.5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.