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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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83
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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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Ratings: 393 | Reviews: 208
Photo of drmeto
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours red with a pink,quickly dissipating foamy head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
Raspberries,cherries,vanilla,oak
T:
-follows the nose plus a slight tartness
-finishes very dry
F:
-Prickly carbonation
-light body
O:
Really nice fruit Lambic

Photo of WillCarrera
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent framboise, nice juicy raspberry aroma but the fruit is a bit less present in the flavor. Mildly sour, soft lambic flavors.

Photo of beerrat
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

OK beer not as good as Lindemans by along shot.

Photo of ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle dated 3/4/16 poured into a wine glass
A: Opaque raspberry red with a one-finger head
S: Lots of raspberry, some yeast/wheat, a touch sweet
T: Dry, bready/raspberry, a touch sour but not much complexity
M: Light-bodied, a little sour/ a little sweet
O: This needs to pick a direction and go with it. Either fruity or sour. Instead the lack of direction leaves it rather average

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml. bottle.

Getting down to the dirty Belgian Lambics. This brew looks great, nice shade of red body with golden hues nice slightly pink head. Some raspberry seeds in the mix too. The aroma is pretty good. Dense raspberry tartness with some faint pepper spice. Some wood and earthen funk. Time for a taste.. Just like the aroma nice berry notes upfront which then turns to a nice sourness. Some wood dryness and some faint funk toward the finish. This finishes sweet and dry. The feel is light body with par carbonation.

Overall: This brew is pretty enjoyable, considering the ABV. It's a very good lambic that is open to all crowds in the Lambic field. It's not too adventurous and yet it's drinkable beyond repair. I guess what people are looking for nowadays is acidity that will burn both your tastes buds and enamel off your teeth. All in all, this brew is worthy.

Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

An odd beast for a raspberry lambic, with notes of apple and rhubarb throughout in addition to tinned raspberries, but really let down by lack of carbonation and a very thin and watery body, which applies to taste and feel. Not real sour, either.

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

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a slightly murky reddish brown color with a decent sized off white heads that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of raspberry jam, a hint of molasses, and a bit of earthy funk. The flavor Is lightly tart from the fruit with lots of berry flavor. Hints of dark caramelized sugars with a touch of citric tartness and earthy funk. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent enough brew, but I felt it could have had more of a pucker factor.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO (2012 vintage); best before Nov. 27 2018. I'm not much of a lambic buff, but as far as fruit beers go, the raspberry/framboise offerings tend to rank amongst my favourites. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep crimson-burgundy hue, technically clear but a little too dark to make much out through the glass. Seated atop the liquid is one finger of frothy, pink-tinged head that wilts rapidly over the next few minutes, resulting in a thin cap/collar and a few scant swaths of lacing. The aroma is decidedly fruity and somewhat reminiscent of red wine - dark cherry, raspberry, balsamic vinegar, oak barrel and tannic grape skin notes combine to form an intriguing, pleasant bouquet.

Tart raspberries are a dominant theme throughout the flavour profile, alongside lesser notes of sour cherry, vinegar and black currant. A little funkier than the other fruit lambics I've tried, and quite vinous as well, with a fruity, acidic aftertaste that lingers briefly. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a gentle, prickly feel on the palate. Fairly smooth, with the tart flavour encouraging rapid sips.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Boon Framboise makes for a nice summer treat, occupying a comfortable middle ground between sweet, fruity flavoured lambics and the funky, sour ones at the opposite end of the spectrum. While this is a good beer with a pleasant, tart, vinous flavour, it's not exactly wowing me. I'd be lying if I said I planned to buy it again any time soon, mostly because it's a little pricy in this market, but given the lack of good lambics around here it's still worth a pick-up or two.

Photo of tbeckett
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.

Photo of ludachris
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nearly two fingers of fizzy light pink head sits on top of the beer. Its body is a striking scarlet red hue with plenty of clarity. Its fruity, dessert-like look can trick someone into thinking this is something other than a beer. I love it for its unique look.

Heaps of raspberry jam with a tart twist burst from the glass. There's a little hay and a touch of dry astringency. The nose lies heavily on the sweet, fruity, contrived end of the usually complex, wild, and funky Gueuze style.

Similar to the nose, the taste profile is full of sweet raspberries. The presence of its syrupy backing is lessened by its lively level of carbonation and tart twist. Grape skins come out at its peak but are short lived. A flash of damp breadiness makes its way into the finish.

Light bodied with a spritzy level of carbonation. Dry throughout with a clean finish.

I liken this to a summer spritzer as opposed to a traditional Lambic. It's quite tame on the more traditional characteristics of the style but at the same time it's very refreshing and perfect for a light, fruity, thirst quenching beer on a hot summer's day.

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very thin pinkish head that dissipates quickly. Looks like cranberry juice.

S - Raspberries, lot's and lot's of raspberries. Smells great.

T - Sour, raspberries, acidic. Refreshing.

M - lively carbonation and a dry finish.

O - A delicious fruit lambic that is very refreshing on a hot summers day.

Photo of byronic
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and clear deep cherry with pinkish white head dissipating into a little ring on the glass.

Smells of raspberry and malt, quite a sweet nose with a tinge of acidity.

Quite sour with the right amount of fruit. A bit of bitterness and acidity in the finish. Very dry. The alcohol is very well hidden.

The mouth feel is quite acidic at first rendering a similar experience to biting into a lemon or lime. Very dry finish.

I'm growing to like the lambics/sours. This is a very nice raspberry lambic. I'd love to have it with a slice of chocolate cake!

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

Framboise Boon
Aged bottle

Pours a deep ruby color with a bit of haze and sediment. The aroma is full of raspberries and malty sugars. In the taste, tart raspberry and lemon flavor. There is a bit of oak but otherwise pretty jammy and slightly acetic. Has a slight musty quality and ever so faint bitterness about it but overall this reminds me of a wild raspberry champagne, not that Ive had one to compare. It is not as sweet as other berry lambics, which is refreshing here. I prefer this to the overly sweeter versions. This is a nice, balanced, lambic.

Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cherry red, almost no carbonation, 2 fingers of hot pink head, surprisingly clear and filtered.

S: Raspberries, sour vinegar, fruity floral quality, oak or wood barrel quality, macaroni, almost chocolate covered cherry quality.

T: Sour, acidic, sour lime quality, a little fruitiness, no sweetness, dry.

M: Medium acidic body, puckering, dry finish.

O: Love these traditional lambics. Reminds me of Cantillon’s Kriek in its dryness, fruitiness, and no added sugar. Drank it on my 41st birthday, May 15, 2014. I read afterward that there are cherries in it, so I wasn’t just imagining it on the nose.

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boon Framboise would look like juice if not for generous pink froth swirling atop it. It can't be too hard to sell a beer when it looks like this; with a deep but clear cranberry complexion, it's as unique as it is pretty. With this much colour it's natural to expect a good amount of fruit.

The aroma is nowhere near as tart as an authentic, artisinal lambic - nor is it as sweet as a modern commercialized one. It strikes a fair balance between the two that might not totally impress fans squarely in either camp. There is some raspberry flavour but the berries don't jump out the glass; there's some basement/barnyard mustiness but no critters crawl up your nose.

The taste makes a similar compromise; it is sweet on the palate upfront but finishes rather dry and mildly tart, with a slight acidic tang. The flavour of the raspberries is far from saccharine or even all that juicy; it tastes like authentic fruit and not some concentrate or candy. A lesser portion of sour cherries is also added and contributes a pleasant pucker in the mouthfeel.

This Framboise won't quite cut it as a dessert unto itself, but its underlying tartness and spritzy effervescence make it a great partner to dark chocolate. It also has the light, fruity disposition to make a nice aperitif, something in lieu of champagne to welcome guests. (Of course, just the sun coming up is occasion enough to enjoy a traditional fruit lambic like this!)

I like Boon Framboise more than these scores may let on - it's only fault is not being as satisfyingly sour or seductively sweet as its compatriots. Still, it's a remarkably enjoyable offering, one worth the bigger price tag. And it's also a safe bet for initiates - this will make you plenty of friends.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Clear cranberry red with a fingers worth of white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Lacing isn’t evident.

(3.5) S: Tart raspberry, apple, grape, grasses, and faint hefe-like qualities. Bit subdued and straightforward with minimal sourness but still pleasant.

(3.5) T: Tart raspberry, an element of sour – maybe more balsamic than lemon, orchard fruit, grassy grain, and faint cloves. As the aroma indicated, the flavour is good but straightforward and not that bold. However I do like the level of dryness and the fact this isn’t sweet.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Clean and fizzy on the tongue.

(3.5) D: This was good but not a lambic I would revisit given the generally subdued qualities. Just wish there were more lambics to choose from in Ontario stores.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $5 CDN. Served chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Slightly opaque, dark purplish raspberry color. One finger of pinkish / purplish head is poured and dissipates quickly. Tons of effervescent bubbles and very little residue left at either the side of the glass or on top of the beer once the head is gone.

Smell - Wonderfully enticing raspberry aroma with some expected floral notes that gives the whole beer a sour smell if that's possible. Some accompanying cherries blended in with raspberries for good measure and an earthy dankness as well. Delicious.

Taste - Sour cherries and raspberries, like those who have been picked a bit prematurely and haven't had a chance to fully ripen. With the lively carbonation, certain soda charcteristics here as well as if freshly squeezed cherry and raspberry juices were squeezed the fermented with tonic. I feel that this description isn't doing the taste justice, but it's very good.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy, yet light bodied, with lower carbonation after the initial pour. Mouth is nicely coated with fruit flavor,but the fizziness seems to prevent any stickiness on behalf of the beer.

Overall - A very good lambic, that I certainly enjoyed, certainly a refreshing beer in the spring. Because of the price point for the quantity, this isn't something I'd pick up regularly, but would have again if offered.

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

From a 375 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a deep red with a thin head that appears pink in color. The head breaks almost as soon as it appeared.

S: smells of ripening raspberries and other berries. Some funk as well.

T: super-tart raspberries overwhelm the palate. Not much else can get through.

M: medium body and medium/high carbonation. Sour finish is actually quite nice.

O: I found the tartness of this beer to be refreshing at first, but it became a little overwhelming toward the end. I am not sure I'd have this again.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, ruby red with a tall fizzy head of pink foam. Drops quickly.

S - Sweet fruitiness. Raspberries of course, a bare hint of funk. Supposedly this contains cherries as well, but I can't really tell the difference from just raspberries.

T - A little bit sweet, a little bit tart, a hint of bitterness in the back end. Mostly very clean. Fruit flavour is there as well as a lingering aftertaste that's bitter and fruity (like orange rind, but not orangey).

M - Fizzy, light and refreshing. I dare say a bit on the watery side.

O - Overall, I find this a little weak. Accessible, but not exactly bursting with favour.

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 jpro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL single from the James Island Pig during their 50% off sale... figured I'd might as well try it. Poured into a small fluted glass.

A: Bright purple; fizzy; huge three-finger head of white foam; no lace.

S: Raspberries; sweet tarts.

T: Raspberry; sweet tart; vinous; pretty sour.

M: Pretty light and lively, as expected; puckering sour finish.

O: A pretty traditional lambic, I suppose... Nothing mindblowing, for sure. Tart.

*from notes 10.05.13

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 nlmartin
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The beer was chilled and served in snifter.

A- The body of the beer is raspberry hued with a pink purple frothy head. The head resolved immediately and was gone.

S- The aroma of the beer is straight up sweet and tart raspberries macerating in balsamic vinegar.

T- Raspberries of both sweet and tart dipping down into acidic and balsamic notes. Honestly this is more like drinking a raspberry soda instead of a lambic.

M- The body of the beer is medium and lightly sticky. The carbonation is lively.

O- This beer drinks more like raspberry soda than beer. If you are expecting a Cantillion or a FFF sort of experience pass this bottle on by. In all likely hood this is the last bottle of this I will ever buy.

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.