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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 428
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Boon
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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 atigerlife
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated 2003 into a Lindemann's tulip glass.

Poured a beautiful pink/red with a large, almost white, head. Lots of carbonation can be seen. Wonderful to look at.

The aroma was of raspberry's, but not overwhelming. Also a musty, farmlike smell.

The taste started with a dry, light raspberry flavor. Not nearly as imposing as other in this style. Definite sour taste throughout with a nice raspberry sweetness lingering just behind the sourness. Quite surprising, quite nice. A much more subtle framboise than others I've tried. Definitely contrast witht the lambic nature and the added fruit. Nicely balanced.

There was a light mouthfeel which was rather cleansing. Somewhat of a numbing affect on the tongue. Enjoyable.

Overall, this was quite drinkable. Has a "real" taste to it as compared to others in this style. Very traditional feel. More like a good champagne than others that tend to be more like a fruit juice. Classy. Not too sweet.

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Photo of LHMark
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Framboise is rare in bars here. If they have any, it's always Lindemanns. Compared to that, Boon is much less sweet, lacking the tongue-shredding tartness of that more commonly available beer.

Color: buckwheat honey with the slightest red tinge, not pink. Pinkish, persistent head, about ¼ inch, completely clear.

Aroma: fruity, but the malt is still evident. Noticeable raspberry smell

Flavor: tart raspberry on the sides of the tongue. The sourness of the gueze base is still very evident. Almost zero finish. Very clean. Very prickly on the tongue, like champagne

I really like the Boon over any other Framboise I've tried because the presence an flavor of the raspberries come through, while the overpowering sweetness and tartness are somewhat curtailed. It's all in the balance.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy copper to brown. Lots of sediment rolls around w/ the mild and super fine carbonation, bright white head fades rapidly w/ little to no lacing.

this particular bottle is the 2002 version I've had tucked away for a while. Starts out very pleasant and tasty, raspberries are obviously the theme here but it has much more depth than just being "Fruity" as some tend to be. Then towards the end it just winds up and smacks ya around, very bitter and sour to the point of some "Puckering". Bitterness stays around in the aftertaste and can be "Recycled" so to speak as it sticks to the back of the tongue.

Notes: One of the better lambic's I've had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, smell the Brett!
This is more of what I've been looking for in a lambic. Fairly clear red beer with a champagne head. A big waft of raspberries and horse blanket, oh yeah! Initially it starts out mouth puckering sour but after a little while you really don't notice that at all, this allows you to appreciate the sweet-tart raspberry flavors, yum. A very light body, way lighter (and dryer) than Lindemanns. Excellent drinkability I wish the bottle was bigger.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like strawberry shortcake. There's a great interplay of fresh fruit, tartness, and your usual musty/funky lambic aromas. Flavorwise, an easy tartness gives way to soft raspberry before that mild tartness reenters in this finish. Some may be curious how this compares to Lindemans Framboise-- well, Boon's features less raspberry flavor but I think the result is greater balance. I'll take Boon's.

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Photo of texashammer
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served, at Kulminator, with great ritual and care, with the basket to preserve serving angle, and all. I must confess I am impressed by this ritual. smells like a perfect balance between beer and fruit, with characteristic lambic tartness and slight funk. this is my ideal version. great balance. delectable and addictive. dry finish. oh so good.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a green 12 oz. corked bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square. I served it in one of my New Belgium snifter-style glasses, after letting it warm up for about half an hour.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-orage color, with soda-like carbonation that clings to the side of the glass. A short white head rises, then quickly diminishes to a ring.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly raspberries, with a subtle earthiness.

Taste: Raspberry sweetness hits the palate up front, followed by slight tartness, and then a slightly dry finish. There's a slight hop bitterness here, but it's not a strong presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied, light prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Drinkable, but a little too dry to be something you could drink bottle afte bottle of.

Overall: I don't have alot of experience with the lambic styles. This is only the second Framboise lambic I've had. I prefer it to Lindeman's on it's own. I find that it's not as sweet and just seems more well balanced; though I think Lindeman's wins as far as pairing with desserts.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed before dinner in a stange, best by date reads 10/29/07. Served and rated over a half hour, from fridge to cellar temperature.

Appearance- An appropriately suitable "raspberry iced tea" look, with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Smell- Hugely fragrant aroma of fruity hard candies... extremely sweet. As the beer warms up, notes of Brettanomyces and some Belgian funk comes forward.

Taste- Initial blast of raspberries, as in some sort of ice cream or dessert... sweet, conceding to mild horseblanket and barnyard notes. The sour (or is it tart?) character finishes nicely and leaves the same sort of lip-smacking goodness as I experienced with Boon Kriek. Well done, easy to approach for a first-time lambic adventurer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Moderate carbonation accentuates the interplay of fruit with the wild yeasts... it flattens out a bit towards the end however. As far as lambics go, this doesn't venture too far outside the safe zone... but that's fine. This beer is a refreshing aperitif and palate cleanser between courses, and is worth trying.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, very nice!

This raspberry lambic is not as sweet as the ones I have had before (specifically: Lindeman's).

This one features more of a well-rounded, more subdued sweetness. The sweet is still there, but evened-out this time. The tartness is very well balanced with the sweetness, and overall makes for a very satisfying drink. The tart properties hit you at first, and then a subtle sweetness, and everything evens out in the finish.

I really couldnt ask for much more... except another bottle!

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Photo of Naerhu
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle reads 2004, but does not have "Mariage Parfait" anywhere on the label. 6.2% abv is what gives it away as the Boon FMP. Has a expiration date of 2009, but I had this in October 2005.

A - Deep red opaque body with pure white head. Deep red rasberry aroma, nice balance of bitterness (natural fruit bitterness, not hoppy bitterness) and sour, though far more bitterness than sourness.
S - Restrained rasberry flavor.
T - Rasberry totally dominates the flavor and there is little if any malt flavor. This tastes more like rasberry wine that beer.
M - Nice mild carbonation and medium body.
D - The bitterness is a tad overwhelming, but otherwise this is a nice beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HogHill
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Offshore tasting at Harrington's in Chelmsford (to split with the wife).

Poured a dull ruby / plum color, very effervescent, a light shade of violet froth topped it off. Aroma of sourness, raspberries and yeast. Tastes sweet from the fruit, but then it changes into a more sour raspberry flavor. Feels very bubbly on the tongue.
Overall it was a bit more sour and less sweet than Lindeman's Framboise.

I enjoyed this with a cherry cheesecake for dessert.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz bottle from Marty's in Newton, Massachusetts.

I have turned my fiance into a lambic lover and now have to keep a few in my beer fridge for her (it's only right, since she bought the thing for me in the first place).

Tonight we shared a bottle of Framboise (I even let her drink her's out of my Linderman glass). Sweet and heavy raspberry aroma with a crisp bittersweet taste. A nice dessert drink to keep on hand.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice amber red with a huge, foamy almost pink head,

Smell: The smell is a strong raspberry sweet smell, with a strong alcoholic tint to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This is instantly the most thirst quenching lambic I've ever had. It's got a well balanced, not over powering taste to it. Incredibly smooth, but refreshing enough for a summer day or with a nice breakfast. The mouthfeel is full and enjoyable.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an underrated lambic that is full of character and very entartaining and unique. it really satisfies the palate wihtout overwhelming it. One of the better lambics I've had. It just really hit the spot on this late Sunday night.

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Photo of Hefe
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle on 2/28/05. Best by 9-10-2007. Poured into a Unibroue tulip as I am never sure what kind of glass to use with fruited lambics.

Pours an odd ruddy colour, with highlights of red. The head is thick, pink, and pillowy almost, fades very slowly. The smell is right up front with rasberries, and then tart, and lightly funky. The rasberry is less pronounced in the taste, more in balance with sour/tartness and earthy, slightly herbal flavors. The rasberry builds on the finish, accompanied by a nice tart, acidic twang.
Not as light as I expected, more of a medium bodied feel, with very delicate carbonation. Drinkable, surely, but perhaps a slight bit out of balance. A nice quaff, but give me Rose' de Gambrinus anyday.

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Photo of rousee
4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like apple cider--but with a tan or brown tint to the color. No lace but it isn't expected here. Smells very vinegar-like sour just like one of those flemish reds--this smell keeps growing on me. Slight hints of honey and fruit in the nose too. More acidic-vinegar than anything else.

Taste is finally the raspberry that you expect--it has some tartness but it is so nicely balanced between sweetness and tartness. It is a fine lambic. Soda-like carbonation--smooth puckery finish. Very quenching.

Velvet mouthfeel. This is one nice beer.

Drinkable and smooth but a bit of overkill goin' on.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted the 2000 vintage. However it didn't say marriage parfait it had the 6.2% alcohol and on the back label they're mentioning Marriage parfait. Appearance is very nice with its pinkred colour and pink foam. Smell is sour, cherry/framboise notably but not as fresh as a fruitgeuze could be. Somehow I had that feeling as if a litle bit of motoroil drupped into this beer. Forgot that as soon as I took the first sip. Tasted it blind but liked the taste and aftertaste. Nicely balanced sour-fruittaste with some bitterness at the end. Hardly any malttaste but who wants that in a framboise beer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a corked 12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy brown with tinges of ruby. Thick frothy pinkish head that fades a bit but is persistent. Some lace. Smell is lightly sour, yeasty and tart raspberry.

Taste is tart up front, hints of funky sourness. The sourness really builds as it warms. The funkiness grows too. There's some light sweetness but not much. Most everything is overwhelmed by the tart raspberry flavor. Lightly bitter and spicy in the finish, gingery. The mouth is a little thin but does not detract from the enjoyment. Tasty and tart, very easy to drink for the style. All in all a nice surprise and one I would not hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of necoadam
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this beer, but a little bit of a let down, but not all hope was lost with this lambic.

Poured out a dark brick red color with a nice head that settled down as time went on.

Smell consisted of fresh raspberries and some nice tartness. There is a good dose of sweetness in the nose as well which leads you to think this is going to be a little cloying. But not so!

Taste was raspberries at first with a good tart to it. But then it just goes tart, tart, and more tart. Wait, don't forget the raspberries. Tart, tart and more tart. Crap, they did forget the raspberries. Would of liked to see a little more fruit mixing in with the tartness, but oh well.

Finished dry which was ok. With all the tartness, the dryness just made the tartness that much more stronger. Good or bad? It's really personal preference in that department. This was ok, but for the price was it worth it? That'll be for you to decide.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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!!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy red-brown color with no head and instant fruit aroma. Looks like port wine, but muddy. Aroma- gentle beer smell with light berry aroma, some sweetness, and being-in-the-woods organic (leaves & flowers). Overall very nice aroma. Flavor: not at all sweet like the aroma- slightly sour with the berry flavors. Not bright fresh strong fruits like I have had in some others, but musty and mulled. That doesn't sound good on the page, but it really tastes better. I am not a fruit beer lover, but this is pretty good, and would be a good way to cool off on a hot day when you want something light and refreshing with good flavor.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This was a 1997 bottle drank with Kimchee, Martint, tiggmtl and Oakes. It pours darker than I expected, a rather deep brown, dirty soil alike with barely no head, but lots of flaoties. Aroma is very leafy with raspberry "coulis" notes, like you’d put over a good ice cream. Hints of old books, dirt and earth. In mouth, acidity level is disappointingly low, it’s earthy with raspberry grains flavors, but ultimately just too sweet to be enjoyable. mouthfeel is thin-medium with moderate carbonation. Cloying finish with more of the leafy aspect.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
84 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.