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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

Boon FramboiseBoon Framboise

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BA SCORE
83
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319 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002)
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/14/08. Bottle. Poured reddish brown, with some dark black yeast. The best thing about this beer was its aroma--very sweet with raspberry, reminded me of a Lindemann's Framboise. The flavor was less good, sort of watery and raspberry. Slight tartness. Overall, an ok lambic but certainly not my favorite.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20
3.3/5

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 13:23:29 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Compared to the Lindemans this frambroise is a little thin in body and flavor. A really nice red color with a sweet reapberry nose. I thought that the taste was a little thin not much fruit more of a champagney taste to it. Worth a try but only once.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 03:13:13 | More by Reverand
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-reddish color. Initial fizzy carbonation leads to no head whatsoever. Carbonation is minimal to none.

Smells funky. Sour raspberries are mixed by with what smells like a vinegar mixed raspberries. Not sold on it just yet.

Tart, unsweetened raspberries are the highlight mixed with vinegar. Funk is kind in the background, overpowered by the vinegar. Not too sold on the flavor either.

Hm the aftertaste is really the best part. The vinegar flavors go away, leaving flashes of tart raspberry seeds and funk. Leaves a slightly dry feeling, probably from the sour and vinegar.

Not overly impressed, not the worst by any means.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:38:57 | More by VncentLIFE
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Naerhu

Japan

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 10:50:18 | More by Naerhu
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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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Spider889

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Red. A bit murky with a nice rose colored head which forms into a tall foamy cap.

S - Smells really sweet, almost akin to Lindemans with notions of cherry cough syrup.

T - The flavor is still sweet but there is also a nice tartness. There's also some green leafyness and a lingering bitterness.

O - I expected much more after sampling the Marriage Parfait earlier. I guess the two are completely different beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 01:18:49 | More by Spider889
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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
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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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GPHarris

Alabama

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick grayish head that was gone so quickly i barely saw it. the body was a dark reddish-purple color.
s - juicy and sweet raspberries, smells like fruit juice.
t - raspberries dominate with a hint of red wine grapes coming through. a hint of tartness at the front but more sweet than sour.
m - slick and medium with a dryness to it.
o - i wasn't expecting much and didn't get it. reminded me of a manishevitz wine. i won't go back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 15:36:53 | More by GPHarris
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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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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a delirium tulip.

the beer poured a pinkish brown with no head or lacing.

the smell is raspberries with a touch of sour and a touch of wild. smells very fruity.

the taste is raspberry as well. a bit tart and sour and fairly dry.

the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, which was unexpected. decent carbonation.

this beer is pretty easy to drink. i think it would be better paired with food rather than a standalone drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 00:36:46 | More by deepsouth
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red maroon color with a fizzy reddish head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Smells very sweet with raspberry notes and not much else. Tastes tangy sour upfront with some woodiness. Rounds out with a deeper, more subtle raspberry flavor than some framboises. Finish is puckeringly sour with some malty notes and tannins. Beer is on the light side of medium bodied with a somewhat sticky finish and lingering sourness. Light carbonation makes this fairly drinkable if this is your cup of tea. I personally do not find this beer appealing as it is not fruity enough or funky enough to catch my interest.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:27:43 | More by zoso1967
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish looking color with a pink fizzy head that rapidly faded away. The smell of the beer is sweet and tart with raspberries. The taste of the beer was full of tart raspberry flavors with a bit of acidic vinegar in there too. The mouthfeel was not carbonated at all and felt like I was drinking a chilled wine. Overall this brew isn't the greatest in my opinion but it might be worth trying if you like this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:15:03 | More by Knapp85
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andersony17

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle from Weis Markets.

A - Cool bottle with a cork and cap, the pour was an ugly pale purple

S - Smelled weak of berries, not all that pungent

TM - Tasted pretty good, with a strong raspberry tart flavor. No lingering aftertaste, was kind of like having a spiked-raspberry juice drink.

O - Worth a try, but not worth continually dropping 7 bucks a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:41:00 | More by andersony17
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brendan13

Australia

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

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy dark pink colour with a few centimetres of pink tinged white head.
S - Some musty, funky notes backed up by some raspberry tartness.
T - The raspberry comes through in the taste as well. Slightly sour. Tastes like raspberry juice.
M - Medium to full bodied & a fairly crisp carbonation.
D - An interesting one that's for sure. I'd possibly drink it again but not on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 09:05:52 | More by brendan13
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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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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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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with no head whatsoever, the beer itself is a medium brown with hints of red around the edges where the light gets through.

This beer smells strongly of raspberrys with just a tart hint in the background.

The taste is some raspberry sweetness up front and then that fades to a slight, funky, vinegary tartness. Its quite lovely, probably a 3/10 on the sourness scale.

This is a decent beer for the price. At $7 for a bottle its far from the most expensive lambic out there, but its not overly complex. Probably wouldn't buy this again, but its a nice, fairly cheap, entry level framboise.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 23:38:34 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this for my girlfriend and she liked it alot,poured a raberry-red with a bg fluffy head.Had kind of a musty smell wich was more preverlant to me than the rasberry smell.Started off very sweet like rasberry syrup almost but finished with some nice tartness.Almost sticky sweet,a little too fufu I guess for me,seemed real drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 17:27:52 | More by oberon
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a green 375 ml corked and caged bottle. 2005 batch, abv. listing on label at 4.5%.

Bright ruby red in appearance, lots of carbonation, pinkish spongy head.

Sweet fresh raspberries on the nose, very pleasant and appealing. Not tart and not overwhelming.

The raspberries however don't overwhelm the flavour (unlike the Kriek), but merely accentuate it. The tartness comes more from the lambic itself, and the yeast, than it does from the raspberry fruit. The fruit truly gets to shine on the finish, and especially the aftertaste where it lingers.

Mouthfeel is light and soda-like, the carbonation is what carries this one.

Once again, an okay dessert beer, or would do well complimenting chocolate, especially dark chocolate. However I'll be nursing this one for quite some time, with no need to run out and buy more until I have a special occassion for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:48:12 | More by IronDjinn
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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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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, ruby red with a tall fizzy head of pink foam. Drops quickly.

S - Sweet fruitiness. Raspberries of course, a bare hint of funk. Supposedly this contains cherries as well, but I can't really tell the difference from just raspberries.

T - A little bit sweet, a little bit tart, a hint of bitterness in the back end. Mostly very clean. Fruit flavour is there as well as a lingering aftertaste that's bitter and fruity (like orange rind, but not orangey).

M - Fizzy, light and refreshing. I dare say a bit on the watery side.

O - Overall, I find this a little weak. Accessible, but not exactly bursting with favour.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:49:42 | More by allergictomacros
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Realale

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. corked bottle with a best before date of 1/21/03. In my cellar for several years. Served at cellar temperature (today 55F).

Pours a clear, brownish/orangish/lavenderish color. Thick half inch head, dissipates to a thick, but incomplete cap of foam.

Nose is very acidic, with a strong raspberry component fighting for second billing over a mix of barnyard, citrus, and merde.

In the mouth its acidic and earthy with not much raspberry at all (which is usually a good thing thing). But, there's not a ton going on in the mouth - there's a distracting chalky component, and a lot of barnyard, but thats about it. Disappointingly simple, and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel is odd. I was expecting it to be thinner and more acidic, but the chalkiness makes it clumsy and a bit thick. Not what I look for in a lambic.

Smellability is high, but drinkability is pretty low due to so-so taste, and disappointing mouthfeel. Certainly not up to Boon Kriek or Marriage Parfait in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 09:31:07 | More by Realale
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

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

This beer poured red with some tawny highlights that spared it from otherwise resembling cream soda. Plenty of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top briefly formed a nice head that quickly reduced to a soapy ring.

The smell was mainy sweet raspberry and with a slightly sour tinge, no doubt coming from the yeast. The taste, however, was practically an inversion of that: a tart puckering sensation to start and ending sour — though not necessarily because of the raspberry, more from the yeast. The sweetness detected in the smell was mostly absent. The carbonation was lively on the palate, but the overall feel was a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 22:49:06 | More by vanrassel
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Dark, dusky orange with a small splash of raspberry red; an odd color for a raspberry fruit beer, even if it's a lambic. The pinkish ecru cap has a shortcake-like texture and manages to decorate the glass with assorted scraps of sudsy lace. This isn't a bad looking beer, but I never would have guessed the style on appearance alone.

The nose contains at least as much sour lambic funkiness as it does red raspberries. If my memory is the least bit accurate, I think Boon Kriek was much fruitier than this. That doesn't mean I don't like it, just that it isn't quite what I expected. Repeated sniffs convince me of a wonderful sweet-tart contrast that is sure to be present on the palate as well.

It's odd, but the flavor is even less raspberry-like than the nose. I wonder if this batch was shortchanged on fruit for some reason; if fewer than the usual 200 gm of berries per liter were added. I know that age isn't the culprit since the 'best by' date isn't until 2009.

Actually, the dominant member of the flavor profile is oak. If an oaky lambic with a hint of ripe raspberries sounds like your kind of thing, then Boon Framboise is your kind of beer. I'm still trying to decide if it's my kind of beer. Tart easily overpowers sweet... and a clenching woodiness obliterates them both, especially on the finish.

There's nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel considering the style and the ABV. It's on the light side of medium, with a restrained feel to the carbonation that works much better than the fizziness that a lesser beer might deliver. By the same token, it isn't the least bit impressive.

Boon Framboise is a beer for the lambic lover much more than it is a beer for the fruit beer lover. My lambic experience is still in the novice stage, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a classic of the style, raspberries or not. Even though I'll be able to make it to the bottom of the bottle with no trouble at all, this will the last bottle that I ever buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 13:12:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
83 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.