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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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 beancounter

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian glass from a 750ml bottle. Drink by date was 2014.

A-Poured medium red with a lot of initial carbonation, but very still after a couple of minutes.

S-Typical barnyard lambic smell with raspberry.

T-Nice sour flavor slightly offset by raspberry sweetness. Not much else. More acidy fruit drink than lambic.

M-light to medium body, smooth.

D-Very drinkable, like a fruit drink, not like a lambic. Some have suggested that this is a good beginners lambic, but if this were my first, I wouldn't have been motivated to try others. Especially at this price point ($10)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 17:16:14 | More by beancounter
Photo of mendonjoebeer

New York

1.85/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Must have been a bad bottle- should be good until 2014. Started ok with a reasonable expected framboise colorful look. Things went downhill from there. A funky vinegar smell with some raspberry. Taste of vinegar,sour raspberry,cigarette ashes,yuk! Feels ok until the finish with some grit.Six different people agreed with this review- still have 1/2 bottle left.

I tasted again today- same feelings.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 14:52:31 | More by mendonjoebeer
Photo of metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and poured with a thin pink head that slowly faded into wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of tart raspberries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tart raspberries dominate the overall taste. Only some traces of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels light bodied and tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 22:19:12 | More by metter98
Photo of SFLpunk


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375mL green glass cork and caged bottle. Back label dated 23.02.2014.

Pours a murky purple-y brown with creamy pinkish carbonation. Nose is all about raspberry jam and preserves. Leathery notes and some dried leaves too. Palate is surprisingly bright and spry with acidity. Flavors of medium caramel malt, moist earth, raspberry seeds, juicy plums and a faint oak note. There's a fair amount of sweetness in the center, but the acidity definitely rules the palate. Finish is tart and juicy, leaving my mouth watering.

Sweeter than Cantillon, but heads and shoulders above things like Lindemans and St-Louis.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 01:55:10 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Prestentation: 375 mL corked and caged bottle served at room temperature and poured inot my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. My 300th review on BA, so its a little bit of a special one.

Appearance: Deep purple in color with a one finger pink fizz that quickly recedes. Red and brown highlights throughout and a bit of sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Fresh raspberries and some barnyard notes really take charge. Some vinegar and a slight wooden character in the background. The fruit really comes through nicely.

Taste: Some tart raspberries upfront, but they seem a bit muted compared to the smell. Turns to that bitter tart notes of unripe raspberries after a second. A nice balance of horse blanket and vinegar to compliment and not overwhelm the fruit. Ends really dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: A touch of carbonation and thin. I could have used a bit more bite to the carbonation to really bring out a lot more in this. Really dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavors are nice and controlled without being overpowering and the ABV is low. I could definitely have a couple glasses of this.

Overall, a nice lambic in many ways but nothing ever really takes hold even to make me notice. Definitely not a bad beginner lambic, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:26:52 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of Franz4


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a flute a dark magenta with a slightly pink sudsy head

S- smells of raspberry, yeast, and sour cherries, almost wine-like in character.

T- pleasantly tart raspberries dominate the taste, hints of mild oak flavor come through very subtley, aftertaste sweetens a bit

M-light carbonation with a dry finish

D- very drinkable, except for the price...a nice lambic, wish it was easier on the wallet.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 03:23:52 | More by Franz4
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a deep red with a finger of foamy reddish white head and some little lacing.

The smell is slightly funky but all fruity tartness that pops right into gear and takes no time in getting right into a strawberry flavor.

The taste is strawberry and is thick with some sugary flavor but is also hiding some funk in the background. Some tartness is there to line up and wall in the fruity flavor if this beer and does not let it go away. A wonderful fruit flavor.

The feel of this beer is light and goes right through you and is leaving some interesting flavors on the way down but no heavy feel in the mouth feel. A great fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 05:04:17 | More by Duhast500
Photo of Soonami


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boon Framboise was like an intermediate beer framboise, not the syrupy, fruit pop that some mass-produced fruit lambics are, but also not the challenging, battery acid, enamel stripping sour offerings from the more artisanal producers. The beer was a deep ruddy pink with a seemingly perpetual effervescence. The nose was full of raspberry and a mineral and earthy aroma. The beer tasted very fruity and dry, but again had minerally tang that I wasn't a fan of. The carbonation ample and paired well with a hearty vegetarian meal. Nice drinking, but at $12 a pop, I won't be a repeat buyer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 05:12:08 | More by Soonami
Photo of Mora2000


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the vintage of this bottle, but the label said best by 3/6/2012.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. Not one of the better looking beers I have seen. The aroma is raspberry with some funk. The flavor is similar, with some sweet raspberries as well as a lot of caramel. There is a little funk, but not too much tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I was looking forward to this beer and was disappointed. There is nothing wrong with it, but compared to a Cantillon or a Drie Fonteinen, I don't think it stands up.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:33:08 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with all quality red fruit lambics this is a pretty beer. Dark cherry red in color with a pink frothy head. Retention is not as good as other lambics, but it does maintain a steady 1/2" of foam.

More horse balnket musty and sour than sweet and fruity, but the raspberries do make their presence known in the smell.

Not excessively sweet, but all the sour you want in a fruit lambic. The raspberries are there, but not the raspberries you know from jelly, preserves or syrup. These would be the ones you pick from the field. Very nicely done. The mustiness is not as bad on the tongue and comes off as earthiness, letting the sour shine on.

Nothing short of a perfect balance between sweet and sour, earthy and fruity. The carbonation doesn't turn this into raspberry champagne, but is still enough to give the beer some sparkle.

I could drink this all night until I started to miss my stouts. At 5% ABV I could drink this all night and still be able to spell stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 00:42:21 | More by Naugros
Photo of JAXSON


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

Small pour at Lambic Summit event. Of course it's trendy to dismiss this among the 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon offerings, as the previous rater predictably did, but in doing so one looks beyond the merit this beer offers. Pours a cloudy deep maroon. Nose of rich, seedy raspberries. Jam-like and really full. Much more naturally sour than the Boon Kriek given the nature of the fruit used, which makes the beer much more palatable. Really full-on seedy raspberries in the mouth. Pretty decent balance between sweet and tart elements. Certainly not as dry, sour, and complex as the unsweetened lambics at this event, but pretty good still. Finish is a bit weak. The best of the three Boon offerings at the summit.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:36:07 | More by JAXSON
Photo of ausonius

New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From standard 750 Champs bottle

Good head (for a lambic) that faded slowly to a thin, slightly pink foam. Little lacing, obviously.

Big nose of fresh, vibrant raspberry fruit. Very minerally with cherry pit, Brett, & grainy wheat in the background. Nice complex lactic fruitiness - not one note raspberry. Some oak, & actually a hint of some fairly young oak - interesting/nice surprise.

On the palate: Big, complex, mineral/raspberry, firm oak & Brett.
Very nice lactic quality, but not as tart as some.
Love the firm-fruity-oaky-Brett-cherrystone fruit.
Hint of bloodorange. Some oak tannins & hint of (partial) younger oak.

Not vintage dated. Drink by date of 2014.

Another great Boon - Bravo Frank!

94 Points

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 21:39:40 | More by ausonius
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml. corked and caged bottle into a Duchess oversized wine glass. Not sure of the vintage but its recent. Shared by schen9303.

A: Pours a monstrous 3 finger, cotton candy pink colored head with decent retention. Beer is a stunning, clear red. Lacing is patchy but sparse and with moderate cling.

S: Nose is fragrant and pungent. Crushed raspberries, cobweb, and band-aid with a distinct woody barnyard aroma. Subdued but at the same time, very deep and enticing.

T: Raspberries are big and bold upfront. Very sweet with little tartness at the back. This one sweetens even more as it warms and the sour drop almost completely out. Spicy and yeasty towards the finish which is dry and bit a woody. Aftertaste is sticky and fruity and lingers on the palate.

M: Medium bodied, subtly carbonated, and oily and smooth in the mouth. Dry at the finish with a sticky and slightly abrasive aftertaste that lingers.

D: I think this is the definition of a middle-of-the-road lambic. No real outrageous flavors and not really tart. Flavors are pleasantly mellow but body is a bit too carbonated at times. Still, worth a try as this one'll ease you into the more complex sours.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 20:53:42 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a grapey looking garnet with a finger of insubstantial head

S: From a few feet away, I can smell the raspberries. Up closer, it is straight berry puree, some wild yeast esters, and a disarmingly pleasant woodiness.

T: Juicy tart berry, iron, and a tannin-rich dryness that is not all that pleasing. I love the raspberry presence in this but the finish is a let down.

M: Carbonation is peppy but light, like a good spritzer.

Some of the harsher flavors are stopping me from appreciating this wonderful smelling brew. I think I might just go buy a pack of raspberries instead.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 23:23:28 | More by Lazerlobe
Photo of stakem


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle decanted into 2 small wine glasses and split with the wife. The date on the bottle is quite faded away but I believe it to say 11/7/10. The appearance of this brew is a hazy brownish red with a creamy white head initially less than a finger strong that fades away quite fast.

The aroma of this brew is primarily raspberry sweetness with a very slight underlying of funk and earthiness. The taste is tart upfront with a sweet flavor of raspberry through the body and a lingering amount of sourness. Light feel with a moderate to low level of carbonation that leaves this brew feeling a bit watery. For the most part this brew tastes sweet and makes my mouth salivate, however it finds a way of finishing with a bit of dryness. The drinkability, it is hurt due to the watery aspect but it is easier drinking that say lindeman's take on fruited lambics that get a bit too sweet for me. Overall not bad but not something I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:08:23 | More by stakem
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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 jjanega08


4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= A violent pop of the cork reveils a beer that pours a nice deep red color with a huge pink head on it. The head stands 3 fingers high and is super rocky and holds wonderful lacing and retention.

S= Loads of bright raseberries. Smell that reminds me of Framboise De Amarosa only a little less vinegar in it. There is for sure a deep sour note however beneath the bright raseberries. There is also an oak wood smell to it that I notice later in the beverage.

T= Very well balanced to say the least. Nice mix of sweet and sour to this one. There is a huge sour raseberry note in this one. The raseberry sweetness is there for sure and while sour is the dominate note the sweetness is there which makes me call this balanced. Upon further review it is more sour but still balanced as far as framboise go. I almost feel like I get taste some raseberry seeds in it. There isn't much oak or cheesy funk to it. Just sour and raseberries.

M= Nice bright lively carbonation.

D= This is one of the better framboise that I have ever had. In my opinion I would say this is better than Lost Abbeys FdA. This is sort of the peak of framboise for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 03:44:14 | More by jjanega08
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml cork and caged bottle into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Pours a purple to cranberry color and fills the glass a deep cranberry like color with a pink fizzy head. Head retention is decent, but not great. The appearance of the head looks like it wants to leave lacing, but it just slides too quickly and dissapears.

Aroma is very light, mild tartness, light fruit...overall a faint smelling lambic. Don't get me wrong, the aroma isn't bad at all, just compared to what I expected from a big name lambic brewery like Boon, I was hoping for just a tad more tartness and funkiness.

Flavor is sweet, not sure if this has sugar or sweetners added...but it's refreshing, and no-where near the sweetness of a framboise like St. Louis or Lindemans. Tart aspect is decent and long lasting. Light, crisp mouthfeel...high carbonation. Fruit flavors are strong of raspberries, and the tartness contributes to the overall flavor at the perfect time to keep this beer from becoming too sweet. Very tasty, an easy drinker...a recommended Framboise!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:58:49 | More by ShadesOfGray
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2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a strange looking purple-red color with a minimal and short lived pink head.

S: A completely overwhelming aroma of artificial raspberry is the first thing I notice. There is a mild funky, cheesiness underneath and perhaps a slight acidity.

T: Things don't improve at all when it comes to the flavor. The same sweet, fake raspberry taste and it's slightly sugary. In retrospect, the flavor of this is reminiscent of raspberry jam (and not even a good one).

M: The body is light with a tingly carbonation.

D: I really don't understand the point of these sweetened lambics. If you're going to go through the trouble of making lambic, do it right.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 17:46:01 | More by womencantsail
Photo of FreshHawk


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark violet that looks somewhat like grape Kool-Aid. Average sized, foamy, soap white head with a strong purple/pink hue. Decent retention tat settles into a thin, foamy lace that congregates onto one side.

S - Tons of sweet raspberry aroma with a touch of tartness. Some funk and barnyard aroma in the background, but it isn't very strong. Some other fruit, like apple, plum, cherry, and grape also make an appearance, but pale in comparison to the raspberry. A bit more of the funk/barnyard smell comes out on subsequent sniffs.

T - Mix of sweet and tart raspberry flavor dominates the taste. Some funky and yeast flavors come out, but they aren't too strong. Also has a touch of fruitiness outside the raspberry, but not that strong. Some woodiness is also present.

M - Light to medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. A bit of a spritzy feel with a bit of a puckering and drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable sour with a lot of fruit that balances the tart and sweetness.

Notes: 2004 Vintage Mariage Parfait. This is a fairly sweet and fruit sour, but the raspberries also add a tartness as well. Some other fruit and acidic and funk aspects come out, but this is a very raspberry-centric beer. Pretty good and enjoyable beer, even if it didn't wow me.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 17:49:28 | More by FreshHawk
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
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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
Photo of urwithdave


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

A- pours murky brown with ruby highlights. A pinkish head that fades quickly. Some lacing left but nothing to crazy.

A- big berries lots of em. Some wood and a slight vinegar.

T- as one would expect, raspberries are present in a huge way. There is a woody oak presence that is also very strong. There is a very nice balance between the tartness and sweetness in this beer. I am very impressed and honestly a little surprised that I like this lambic as much as I do.

M- light bodied with a low carbonation level. I believe I would have rated this a little higher if it had a little more bubbley in it.

D- I would seek this out again. It was easy to drink and was perfectly balanced. I highly reccomend seeking this one out. Like I said earlier, it was a very pleasent surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 07:37:07 | More by urwithdave
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Ruby red with a one finger thick light pink head. Relatively low head retention but a small amount does form a thin film over the beer and stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Anyone like raspberries? Then this one is for you. Huge tart raspberries up front and maybe some light vanilla oakey woody notes.

T: Low malts and hops though they do serve to balance the fruitiness out. Predominately tart and sour raspberries with a little bit of vinegar-like notes. Finish is a tart/sour raspberry flavor that seems to have some tannins and wine-like characteristics with it.

M: Relatively high carbonation but overall has a lighter body to it. While the tartness consumes the palate it still is on the lighter side in my opinion.

D: I could have a few of these, it is quite enjoyable and refreshing, but I could see that the tart flavor would become tiresome on the palate after a while.

Notes: One of my first non-sweetened lambics and I thought it was quite enjoyable. Not too sweet yet not pushing any extreme boundaries on the sour side either. The price is a bit steep so I would probably on continue to buy this one for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 05:54:00 | More by Soilworker
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4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark ruby/plum color with golden pinkish ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin, quickly dissipating off-white, slightly pinkish head and some visible carbonation bubbling up. Minimal spots of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by fresh raspberries. Very sweet and sugary with some earthy oak tannis, barnyard and horsey funk. The nose isn't as funky as I expected with more of a fruit character.

Very sweet with a nice sour funky tartness that is puckering without being overbearingly acidic. Nice oak tannis and slightly vinous with slight vanilla. Soft carbonation with a huge raspberry flavor and less funk than I expected. Well balanced and very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 07:29:31 | More by corby112
Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.