Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 412
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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 ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beers a vary dark purple, uncharacteristic for a framboise. It really looks like grape juice. The head is light pink, raises about 1 finger and then is gone right away. The lacing is non-existent.

The aroma is all one note with lots of sweetn raspberries. If you try real hard there is a tiny bit of tart.

The taste is very tart of the bat, very sharp flavor and bite.

The beer is very light, it goes right down without much lasting flavor.

It is highly drinkable, not overpowering with sweetness and not prohibited by sourness. (585 characters)

Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good, there is not a lot of lacing or head, although I don't think that is really the style.
Smell is good. Very rich raspberry smell, a hint of malt and that is all.
Taste is the marriage between wine and beer, not enough complexity to condone a higher rating, but very good.
Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with little carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. (383 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Lindemans flute.

A: Deep copper with a slight red tint and mild haze. Champagne like carbonation supports a small pink tinged cap that has incredible retention. Leaves patches of lace behind.

S: The nose is sweet overall, with a strong raspberry presence. A mild tartness keeps the sweetness in check.

T: This is a very tart beer. The raspberries are front and center with a raw and somewhat sour unsweetened fruit flavor. An almost cheery like tartness brings up the rear. Toward the end things get a wee bit medicinal, but not enough to detract from the experience. The tart fruit flavor in the finish followed me all the way to bed. It's been awhile since I've had a beer with a finish that long.

M: Medium body is somewhat juicy and has the right amount of carbonation.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It took me a minute to get into the tartness, but things were great from there out. This is a very nice Lambic. (940 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boon Framboise
12.7 Green Bottle
Jet Ink on the back label - 19.10.2014
Served in a Pilsner glass

It's been way too long since I've enjoyed a nice Belgian lambic. I purchased this Boon Framboise last weekend and I'm ready to sip away and provide a review.

I decided to use my coveted Pilsner glass to showcase the pure aesthetic of this beer that pours a Cherry Blossom Red. There is a minimal head on top, which is consistent for the style.

The nose is unique with whiffs of fermented fruit, perhaps raspberries or cherries.

Each sip is syrupy sweet with a cranberry juice familiarity. Hints of raspberry, cherry, cranberry and sour green apple. This lambic strikes a nice balance of acidity, tartness and sweetness that I would expect. A complex and funky beer that I'm thoroughly enjoying right now.

A flavorful lambic to me has the same effect that cat nip has to an awaiting feline. I wish I had another one to open, but at $7 a bottle, that's unlikely. (963 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of br3wmeister
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small light head with moderate retention and okay lacing. The beer itself is a red purple color.

S- huge nose tingling sour aroma up front fallowed by raspberries. raspberries raspberries raspberries. Dry malty aroma in the end.

T- Mixture of dry sour flavors and sweet juicy raspberries. Some caramel and grainy flavors also come through. Great combination of sweet sour and bitter/dry.

M- Great mouth feel, waves of puckering sour sweet juiciness and dry bitterness.

Overall I would say this is one of the better lambics I have had, though at this point i have not had many. (585 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bosse for sending me home from Europe with a 2000 bottle. Shared with friends from Bryna's birthday party. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - Good looking stuff! The cork came out with a huge pop and it poured with a huge white foam with tons sticky lace that slowly dissipated to a solid cap. Body is a transparent orange-pink with a bunch of tiny bubbles.

S - Damn! That's tons of fresh sweet raspberry. A touch of funk, musty barn, particularly as it warms up. There's not much of a malt bill - just tons of raspberry. It's really nice, but not super complex.

T - Taste has some slight sourness to it, but again it's mostly sweet ripe raspberries, some funkiness and earthy must, and a graham cracker finish/aftertaste.

M - Thin body, slight carbonation tingle but not burning/bloaty, soft texture.

D - I could kill the entire bottle of this one by myself. It's like raspberry soda with a light funkiness.

Not sure why this beer has been slammed - perhaps the 2000 vintage has aged more gracefully. (1,016 characters)

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (508 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An aged version. I love how the fruit holds up on this. And the beer has a superb clarity - at first. Then all the sediment starts getting in on the game and things change up. Consistency of flavor is the most interesting thing here. Brewing mastery that keeps the drinking experience interesting, even after so long. A real pleasure to be able to drink. (354 characters)

Photo of Bierschenker
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer in a 33cl “cristal” glass.
The colour is a dark purple red.
Like with most “Lambiek” beers there is hardly any head. A very thin creamy layer floats on top. It’s colour is a redish grey and there are hardly any bubbles present.
The scent is composed of two strong elements: (1) The typical sour Lambiek scent and sweet raspberry.
The taste is very pleasant! Everything is in balance, the sweet and sour elements make a harmonious combination. At the end some bitterness lingers.
The mouthfeel is quite soft.

This is a great beer for those warm summer afternoons. (611 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
5.5% ABV, 15.04.2014, PL13 on cork.
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - Prune-to-blood red in color with a light haze and loose, poorly retained pink head. Great color!

S - Wow. This mells like a fresh, just rinsed-off bushel of ripe raspberries. So real! Barely sugary at all, the nose is intoxicating; slightly earthy, funky notes behind but it's pretty one-dimensional towards the fruit.

T - Big bold raspberry flavor isn't as fresh-like as the aroma but there's much better balance with the earthy, funky yeast undertones.

M - Dusty dry with a mellow sweetness and light funk finish this light-bodied fruit beer with incredibly drinkability.

O - So drinkable and tasty, this fruit beer is great for a raspberry beer but not that great as far as lambics go. (868 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of goblet
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this from a 375 ml bottle out into a glass .

Appearance.after the pour i got a thin white frothy head that went away quickly and left a ring of foam around the edges of the glass that stays. the color is a reddish brown ,clear no carbonation lite lace.

Smell.the aroma is sweet with fantastic strong berries of course raspberry like on the label,little malt and hops ,a pure raspberry blast.

Taste.lite body, slight malt and hops flavor does comes through along with sweet raspberry ,even some grains and spices perhap sugar is added . nice

Mouthfeel. again,sweet raspberry blast a tad bit of a bitter after taste.tart and some oily hops to just give this a great balanced feel.

Drinkability.i like this beer alot ease to drink with one of my favorite berry flavors ,the price is expensive but worth trying even once ,this goes great with cakes and fruit tarts ,cheese cake you bet go for it. (906 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice raspberry bown color with a creamy pink head. The nose has a good amount of fresh tart raspberries, funky manure and musky oak. The taste was tart and sour with some light fruits and funky oak. A crisp body goes down easy. This is a damn fine lambic. Great balance between sweet and sour. (293 characters)

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rust red/brown in my Chimay goblet. Fizzy white head that fizzled out almost immediately. Lively carbonation visible even though brew was a bit cloudy. No head retention or lacing during the drinking period.

Funky brett aroma followed by a raspberry/vinegar aroma and sweet and sour sauce smell.

Taste was a bit sweet up from (lactose?) raspberries, followed by a slightly tart vinegar flavor that was not overpowering. Overall very good and balanced.

Medium bodied and well carbonated mouthfeel. A lightly sweet flavor lingers on the palate for a bit between sips.

I find this framboise to be much more drinkable than most. It is very well balanced and not too strong on the tart or sweet flavors. I would still be worried a bit about the heartburn tho! (767 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pink/red, cloudy brew with a pink top. Aroma of raspberries and lambic sour/mustiness that's expected out of the glass. There may be even a hint of woodiness in the aroma. The body starts out med/light with a good wheat/malt base to balance the slightly sweet but potently sour raspberry flavor. It finishes dry and lemony and the carbonation seems to add complexity to the flavors on the tongue. I do like the sweet/sourness of this one and generally like all the Boon beers, highly recommended for the lambic explorers. (521 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.4/5  rDev +18%
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. (700 characters)

Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
84 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.