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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
83
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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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hreb

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I'm only reviewing this because it failed the girlfriend test after I bought it for her. She'll drink Lindemans, but complains it's too sweet. This is definitely less sweet and more funky. This particular sample is a 375 mL champagne-topped bottle which I've served myself in a flute. Heavy, dark sediment in the bottle (from the barrels? or the fruit? definitely not the yeast).

Color is much paler and more natural than the Lindemans, with a thick foamy pink head. Similar raspberry funk aroma. Flavor is of tart raspberry juice with a funky edge, perhaps the oak. I'm pretty sure this lambic is hopped, because there's a really interesting play between the sour flavors of the lambic and bitter undertones in the beer. Where by "really interesting" I mean "enough to get me to finish the quarter bottle".

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:12:56 | More by hreb
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for a 355ml bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Best by 17 Nov 13.

A: deep, mahogany, red color, clear, with off pink head
S: intense juicy fruit, very little to no funk, not cloying at all
T: decent brew, a tad more on the sweetish side but very drinkable with some characteristic barn funk, incredibly deep raspberry sweet/tart qualities, unusual (but not offensive) slight bitter finish in the back of the mouth
M: a bit pithy with some almond qualities, rounded, not overly brett but could use a few more degrees of sour
O: decent but needs just a bit more sourness

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 00:57:27 | More by wisrarebeer
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schwaeh

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by inebriatedjoker during the Jackie O's release.

A: Pours a dark violet color. Purple-pink soapy head that dissapates.

S: Smells of tart raspberry, sharp acidity, maybe lacto and brett, maybe a little funk but the fruit stands out the most. Smells kinda sweet.

T: The taste is very dry raspberry skins, a slight tartness, a little wheat, and some background funk. It seems brett focused, just with more of it's bad qualities showing themselves. The finish almost seems so fast that the flavor is gone before you can process it.

M: The mouthfeel is zesty, crisp, and dry.

O: This is probably the driest beer I've ever had; I can deal with this to an extent but when it totally takes away from enjoying the fruit, it's just no good. Fruit, funk, or sour- this beer needed more of at least one of those to be good. I can see why these are a cheaper option...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:57:34 | More by schwaeh
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gskitt

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There were Parts of this beer I liked and some not so much. Pours a dark red, maroon, cloudy with visible sediment. Smells strongly of raspberries. Tastes strongly of raspberries, little alcohol is Present in the taste. Sour and tart and quite refreshing. Dry mouthfeel. I liked the taste of this beer and would consider drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 23:48:06 | More by gskitt
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 375. Split into tulips.

A: Dark red purple hue. Small pink head. Tiny bits of soapy lace.

S: Full on raspberry puree. Sweet and fruity. Not much funk or sourness. Pretty much one note. Raspberry.

T: Dry raspberry flavor, hint of sourness and funk. I find it a bit disjointed. The sweetness doesn't mesh with the sourness. It's like two beers in one.

M: Light body with mild carbonation.

O: Yet another beer from Boon that doesn't do it for me. Sadly they all can't be oude kriek.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:20:07 | More by beerwolf77
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

With the portrayal of black raspberries in a very fruit-forward kind of way, this sour ale carries its raspberry flavor very well and without allowing dominance of the fruit.

Pouring a dark beet-red color, the raspberry additions are evident. A froathy pinkish head billows up from the release of carbonation and provides a fluffy textured head that seems to disipate quickly, likely from the acids present in the beer. Light on retention and lace, the beer reduces to a delicate creme before holding firm.

A blend of tart berries and more rich black berry puree hit the nose with a very inviting culmination of scents that include crabapples, lemons-limes, balsalmic vinegar, musty fruits, and a tinge of oak and soy sauce. A very appetizing scent.

Raspberries also dictate flavor, starting with the fresh and ripe flavor of fresh picked raspberries- some of over vine rippened, others of under rippened tart versions. Acidic flavors from citrus blend well with clean lactic tartness and balance the raspberry sweetness well. But there's a point when the raspberry flavor subsides and the more musty rustic flavors of brine and lime supply the refreshing and crisp finish. This creates a dull mid palate where the transition occurs and makes for an abrupt, less smooth transition.

Medium bodied for a fruited lambic (which is still fairly dry because of the acidic tone of the beer). Much of the fruity sweetness remains a factor on the beer's weight and makes for an uphill climb toward the powdery-dry finish that is so enjoyable about their Marriage Parfait Oud Gueuze.

Much of the subtle character of the classic lambic notes are swamped underneath the immense raspberry flavor, sweetness, and feel. A good Framboise but there's a few nuances that make it almost world class.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 17:01:10 | More by BEERchitect
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a nice dark reddish color with a pink head.
Smell: Funky raspberries, cherries, lemon, grass and vinegar.
Taste: Raspberries, lemon, funky lambic, sour cherries, apples. Aftertaste is dry and sour with hints of lemon
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: Nice brew, tastes like fresh raspberries.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:37:11 | More by rvdoorn
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lawaaaw

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a blackberry red color with a pink head. Head is small and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Has a strong, sweet berry scent- mostly raspberry. A bit of an artificial smell - like raspberry lipgloss! Hints of alcohol scents.

Taste: Not as fruity as expected- definitely can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light feel with medium carbonation. Very nice feel.

Overall: I would drink this again-- not as good as many other lambics I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 22:22:55 | More by lawaaaw
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)

A- With the soft pop of the cork, this beer pours a deep glowing red body with a clear bud dense pink bubbly head that fades into a thick ring after a bit. It is too dense to see any carbonation but a few tiny bubbles trail up the glass.

S- The fresh dark ripe raspberries come through during the pour. There is a bright fruit note with a slight dark tartness in the finish.

T- The dark black raspberries flavor has some dry bitter funk notes that linger into the aftertaste. There is a dry raspberry jam flavor and a soft buttery hint in the finish aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a very soft astringent note and a tight fizz finish.

O- The bitterness in the finish is a bit to strong but the nice bright fruit in the nose turns darker in the taste. There is not much depth in this beer with a little tartness and hints of funk hidden underneath.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 20:57:02 | More by rhoadsrage
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trevorjn06

Washington

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

Pours a deep red/maroon color with 2 fingers of pinkish head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is fruity, tart and funky. There is raspberry, hints of strawberry, farmyard funk, soft acidity and earthiness.

Taste is very fruity, begins with ripe, sweet/tart raspberries and moves to earthy, sour berry flavors with hints of lemon and Brett funk. The finish leaves a puckering sourness that is quenching and full of raspberries as well as hints of malt and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation. Fairly dry overall but the berries bring a nice balance.

Overall a very refreshing beer with a complex flavor and great raspberry presence. Something is missing though...

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 04:30:48 | More by trevorjn06
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was nice, dark pinkish color coming out of the bottle really set it apart right away. Very cloudy with a small, light pink, almost white colored head on top of it

.Huge notes of cherry right up front, raspberries, sour apples, just rich and ripe with fruit. sour, funk, fruit mash up to your face, and here we have it again. Light spicey notes coming up as it warms now as well. hints of apples and raspberries thrown in as well. Smooth, velvety carbonation prickles the tongue as you take each sip. Really just enchanting. No hint of the ABV at all, I could have drank this forever and indeed the bottle was gone before I knew what to do.

this is what i am loving about my new sour craze the ones i least suspect are totally blowing me away in every way!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:29:27 | More by mikesgroove
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Review from notes. Served at the May beer dinner at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth DE.

A: The beer is a hazy ruby/magenta with a nice foamy, pink head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind no lacing.

S: Tons of raspberries on the aroma. There is some like oak and a little bit of vinegar.

T: Nice sour/tart raspberry flavors that combine sweet and sour very well. Hints of vanilla and a little bit of spice on the backend.

M: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation and provides a light fizziness.

O: An easy drinking fruit lambic. Went very well with the chocolate dessert it was paired with. Would certainly consider picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 15:36:58 | More by mdaschaf
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iguenard

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

( 33/50, 5% alc/vol, Home, from 1st Rochester trip) At the top of the glass, the beer becomes a bright and powerful red, but at bottom, it swims a pinkish orange hue. The head of white-orangeish bubbles starts low and stays at a healthy disc of dense bubbles. Good strong aromas of sweet raspberries. Though I would suspect their natural origin. Sour, acidic lambic aromas, well displaying the oak maturation. Smells creamy, sorbetlike. Like a raspberry yogourt. Slightly sulfurous, acrid raspberry flavours. Dry, oaky, old lambic acids come up with a metallic, odd bile-like acrid flavour. They smells right, but they don’t taste fresh at all. Still, as you finish the bottle, it gets easier and easier to handle. Great natural raspberry sediment. Acidic and sour, but the sourness is at an odds with something in the beer. The raspberry bitterness seems like raisin tannins. Acrid and powerful. Leaves a dry impression and robs a bit from the fruitiness. Sample is a year old, from the shelf of Beers of the world! So handling might have been an issue. This lambic would be much, much better served fresh in a barrel. This sample is a far ways from the coasts of Belgium. Would warrant another try. Otherwise, fresh red fruit-seeds, raw lambic acidity and a sulfurous, bile bitterness that puts us at odds with nice fruity flavours, oaked and aged.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:31:59 | More by iguenard
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harrymel

Washington

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

Bb: 23, Feb 2014

A: Pours a maduro brown with hints of cherry tones. Single finger, light pink foam cap falls in a few minutes leaving a thin sheet of the same. Hazy at best. No lacing.

S: Raspberry, vitamin, mineralic qualities. A near cough syrup smell, but sweeter. Light and airy on the nose.

T: Raspberries are the highlight, plenty of tartness, not too overbearing. Hints of the yeast at the very, very finish. I'm having a difficult time articulating everything I'm tasting here.

M: medium to heavy mought feel with moderate carbonation. Leaves the mouth with a slight dryness.

O: The flavor of the beer is excellent, and it avoids the artificial sweetness I taste in lindeman's. Good beer. I wonder what would happen with a year or two on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:57:23 | More by harrymel
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jsanford

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Boon Tulip Glass. 2010 Vintage.

A - Pours a muddy reddish-brown with a slight, off-white head that recedes to a very thin ring. Not very impressive looking, kinda like dirty dishwater.
S - Luckily the aroma makes up for the poor appearance, this is straight up Raspberry jam! Big, sweet raspberry notes with a very slight green apple tartness and a tiny bit of funk.
T - The raspberry jam is pretty prominent with the flavor, too, along with a slight muskiness and a generous helping of oak. Not very tart, but very drinkable and delicious. This would be a great entry into the world of fruit lambic.
M - Medium mouthfeel with crisp, sharp carbonation and a slightly drying quality to the finish. Pretty good for the style.
O - I love the Boon fruit Lambics, I think they are some of the most drinkable fruit beers around, period. I have yet to be disappointed with one of these offerings and will continue to hoard as much as I can find. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:55:53 | More by jsanford
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sweemzander

Illinois

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
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Mosstrooper

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep pinkish-red color with a medium pink head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind only a few spots of lace.

Smell: Smells strongly of sweet raspberry with a bit of a wine aroma- similar to cheap white zinfandel I got back in college, but I guess not that bad.

Taste: Begins with raspberry flavor, finishing with a mild vinegar sourness. Good overall and very well-balanced, but lacks assertiveness that could make it great.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with light carbonation and a somewhat syrupy finish.

Drinkability: A good framboise lambic- most of them either have fake fruit flavor and no sourness or, even if they have a real fruit flavor also lack the sourness. This has both of those good fruit lambic flavors, but, again, this beer doesn't ever quite assert itself. Still more than worthy, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:52:33 | More by Mosstrooper
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another lambic, I like Boon but this lambic was way way way too sweet.

Beer is kind of brownish red with a white head of small bubbles.

Aroma is like raspberry jam. At this point I know what I'm in for.

Beer is thin but the heavy fruit presence on the palate makes the beer seem thicker. It is jelly flavored, strong raspberries and sweetened, at least it tastes that way. Eh, there's nothing wrong with it, there is even some mild tartness from the berries on the finish, it's a big big fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 19:24:10 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears a light brown hue with delicate rouge highlights and a quarter inch of head that dissipates within a few moments. The aroma brings raspberries, sugar, and jam with a touch of oak and just a slight funk. The flavor is overly sweet, with a formidable sugary raspberry presence. The sweetness becomes cloying after just a small pour. This beer was not in the same echelon of the great Belgian fruit lambics I have grown to love.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 18:29:39 | More by Huhzubendah
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 1996. Purple label, Mariage Parfait designation on the back and stored on it's side in the cellar since '96.

Pours luminous ruby with sparkling clarity and a thin, white head with a pinkish tinge. A whispy surface and some dotted lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with ripe, lush raspberries right up front. Oaky undertones and hints of lemon oil, bitter greens, and wet sock follow through.

Medium bodied with juicy but sharpish mouthfeel. A bit tacky and gummy.

Ripe raspberries, bright acid, and a lemony twang start the palate. A balance of sweet fruit and drying tartness work well together. Fairly sharp in nature but pretty tame for a Lambic. Insanely drinkable.

I'm really impressed how well the fruit character has held up for 15 years. Tasting very ripe and juicy and bursting with raspberries. Other Lambic character is a bit muted by the fruit and the beer could certainly be more sour and sharp.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:51:52 | More by brewandbbq
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ccm414

Massachusetts

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

A- Pours a dirty pink/copper color with much sediment from the brewing process. Pours with much large-bubbled head, disipating quickly leaving little lace. Much like a champagne.

S- Raspberry! sweet honey and some jam-like qualities. Very sweet and easy on the nose.

T- Very sweet raspberry and grape flavors. A surprisingly long finish, a nice surprise.

M- Great carbonation, light.

D- Easy to drink, but very, very sweet. I would recommend this beer for this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:04:02 | More by ccm414
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

375ml wire-mesh capped and corked bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, and tightly foamy pale pink head, which settles evenly, leaving a few random up-swells of patchy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet and tart raspberry puree, pale and caramel malt, a hint of earthy funk, some soft wooden notes, and a bit of freelancing sugar. The taste is earthy, rather tart fresh raspberry, aided and abetted by an in kind cherry wine essence, understated pale grainy malt, green, slightly funky yeast, and a bit of astringent, gritty oak stave character.

The carbonation is moderate, just a vacillating frothiness, the body medium weight, and well, fruity in its plain smoothness, of course, but more on the acidic side of things, for what it's worth. It finishes off-dry, and still very fruity, the inherent sweetness balanced by the seemingly itinerant dryness, so balance more or less attained.

I do have a latent fear of sugary, fruity malt bombs, and likewise, enamel-dissolving acetic acid attacks (I'm looking at you, Cantillon), so it is quite pleasant to come across a level, fruity lambic such as this. Everything that the eponymous fruit promises, rendered in beer form. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:07:39 | More by biboergosum
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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
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aepb1

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red translucent body, tiny white head that dissipates almost instantly

S- A bit of raspberry fruity malt maybe? Not much carbonation, little to no nose

T- Very dry! A hint of fruity malt up front and the finish is dry and makes you salivate giving a copper flavor in the finish as well

M- Light body, crisp and dry

D- If I am in the mood for a very dry framboise, this is it!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 16:02:44 | More by aepb1
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a bottle dated best by 11/2011, it's been sitting in my father's fridge for about 2 years.

A - Pours with very little head, just an accent of white head. Color is orangeish, with a bit of dark red.

S - I think this is my first lambic, so I'm not going on much here. It smells like raspberry upfront. I can absolutely smell the sourness of it.

T - This is pretty sour. Tastes a lot like raspberries, quite sour and bitter. I can't taste any alcohol. This is pretty much exactly what I was expecting it to taste like... no real hop or malt character, pretty much exclusively fruit.

M - Very cool carbonation, effervescent almost like a champagne. I like it.

D - Low ABV? Check. Tart and delicious? Check. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:24:21 | More by gdrydenc
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