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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of jrallen34


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:15:30 | More by jrallen34
Photo of ShanePB


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 18:51:35 | More by ShanePB
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 14:04:08 | More by avalon07
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a thick haze that limits any light passing through. Head is a finger of foam with a color combining light tan and pink; a sickly hue, possibly, but one honestly come by.

Smell: lightly tart, lightly sweet aroma of caramel lambic with raspberries. Exactly as advertised. I like raspberries, so I like this framboise.

Taste: nice, caramelly base lambic flavor with an enticing raspberry element. A bit on the sweet side, but there's a good balancing tartness. It's not overly sour, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a frothy effervescence. It's more rocky than creamy, but the bright bubbles add to the refreshment factor.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. It's not as candylike as other framboise lambics I've had, and it's got a good overall balance and composition.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 07:09:22 | More by flagmantho
Photo of DefenCorps


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 15:33:24 | More by DefenCorps

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-10-2013 23:52:00 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of stcules


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 20:10:09 | More by stcules
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:07:59 | More by spinrsx
Photo of illidurit


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 05:06:35 | More by illidurit
Photo of francisweizen


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 19:35:10 | More by francisweizen
Photo of mrfrancis


4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-16-2013 13:25:29 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of Haybeerman


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 20:59:50 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 05:06:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 01:21:01 | More by tbeckett
Photo of KAF


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-03-2014 01:56:49 | More by KAF
Photo of woosterbill


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 02:13:25 | More by woosterbill
Photo of sweemzander


3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 14:19:24 | More by sweemzander
Photo of FosterJM


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 23:15:30 | More by FosterJM
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 16:26:35 | More by rfgetz
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.2/5  rDev -13%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 13:23:29 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 17:36:46 | More by canucklehead
Photo of tectactoe


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 16:12:04 | More by tectactoe
Photo of bpfrush


3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-16-2011 02:57:03 | More by bpfrush
Photo of Holland


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-15-2012 19:07:56 | More by Holland
Photo of smartassboiler


3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-23-2014 04:20:06 | More by smartassboiler
Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.