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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle brought all the way overseas and enjoyed at a recent beer tasting - thanks Jeffo! Enjoyed alongside a couple other raspberry lambics to provide a bit of horizontal comparison.

Poured into a snifter. Right away I notice the colour - far deeper and darker than other raspberry sours. A rich raspberry colour, the same colour as a raspberry jam or pie. A half inch of off-white head, good retention on this for the style, as a thick ring survives for quite some time.

Nose is quite sweet, with the raspberry coming through quite nicely. Sugary sweet like raspberry pie (you can almost smell the seeds), with a bit of funk, lactic acid and citrus in the back. Very nice.

Good lambic if you like them a bit sweeter. The sweet raspberry gets a much higher billing than the backing funky notes. Definitely a good candidate for an introductory lambic, as the lactic acid and funkier flavours are kept very much in the background, allowing the raspberry to really take over. Without that puckery sour quality, however, I felt that the brew was borderline cloying, but there was just enough to power through. Would be amazing on a warm spring day.

If you like your lambics a little less sour than some of the heavy hitters, this is your man right here. Bridging the gap between the sweeter Lindemans or Mort Subite style and the sourbombs from Cantillon and others, this is a solid brew indeed. But if you're looking for that sour fix, this probably won't be your thing.

Photo of spdyfire83
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

270th Review
75cl bottle to wine glass
Vintage: 2008

A: I untwisted the cage and felt the cork itching to get out and POP! 10 feet into the air it went and the BBQ crowd in attendance for the opening of this was amazed. Someone actually said, "Are you sure that's a beer?" I replied, "nope...it's a lambic!" After some questioning faces, I laughed to myself and explained the art of Belgium lambic brewing to the small group. Anyways, this pours a murky, deep burgundy. Single (off pink) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of raspberry, slight funk, oak, and fresh sweetness. Smells nice, but I'd like the sweetness to be a bit less with more lambic/oak character.

T: Sweet raspberry purée with soft earthiness and unripe cherry. Balance of tart and sweetness is a bit "off center" here. I think this is a result of being a bit too young to actually enjoy.

M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Thick consistency though.

O: A bit too young to enjoy at this point, but I could see this developing quite nicely with some age. No where close to the heavy hitters, but decent enough for off-the-shelf at €12, I guess.

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a slightly chilled 375ml bottle into a small wine glass. Clear dark reddish-mahogany color. Nice head, but quick dissipation and not much lacing. Strong, sweet, seedy raspberry nose.

The flavor is something of a surprise as it does not follow the nose at all. It is quite tart with just a hint of raspberry flavor. This lambic definitely does not taste like fruit juice. It is (properly) sour, sherry-like on the front of the palate, and red wine-like in the back. The finish is quite dry and acidic, leaving the mouth ready for more. Very refreshing.

I haven't much experience with lambics. There just aren't that many available where I live. This framboise from Boon is a lot different than the offering from Lindemans. Where this one is very tart and acidic, the other is quite sweet and fruity. I suppose it's all a matter of preference, though die-hard fans of sour beers will probably insist that this one is more representative of the style. I like them both.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a clear crimson red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, sour raspberries, and raspberry puree. Taste is much the same but only mildly sour with some nice fresh raspberry flavors. There is also an acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is neither too sweet or sour with some nice fresh raspberry aromas and flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 Etan
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Vintage 2010.

A: Pours a murky brownish-orange with a decent white head.

S: Slightly tart raspberry and sweet raspberry puree. A bit of wheat underneath.

T: Raspberry puree and earthy seed with a bit of a tart bite on the end.

M: Lightly carbonated, light to medium body.

O: Pretty good but sort of simple. Some more funk/tartness might help.

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

Bottle. Best by February 16, 2015. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear deep red with a pinkish hued one finger head that recedes to a foamy ring with a very light wispy cap, leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is raspberries, bread and the slightest hints of funk and vanilla. Pretty much all raspberry on the nose. Very good strength.

Flavor is tart raspberries and that’s about it. Hints of bread and funk...but they’re slight. Pretty much all raspberry on the tongue. Have I mentioned this already? Fairly sweet, but tartness barely wins out (although not really all that sour).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Sticky. Low to moderate carbonation.

On a new style run tonight...my first Framboise and it’s pretty good, but also pretty one-dimensional. Alcoholic tart raspberry juice.

Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.