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Boon Framboise - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 414
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of vanrassel
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a thick head that recedes with some lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet with an intoxicating, unmistakable strawberry scent. A slight sourness in the nose as well. Taste is very sour though with the strawberry taking a backseat in the mouthfeel. A bit funky as well but that's par the style. Still quite drinkable and not too sweet. (356 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,975 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy red-purple with just a very thin layer of lace. Smell: cranberry-raspberry juice, fairly neutral yeast note, a little vinous. Taste: very juice like, but it's got a nice raspberry taste and tartness, and a little grape skin. Active carbonation despite the lack of head. Not bad. (293 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 10oz stem-flute at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Reviewed from notes taken in May 2012.

A: Pours a pink colour head of nice yet restrained creaminess, pretty good thickness, and average retention.

Body colour is a dark cherry red. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raspberry syrup, bacterial notes, and wonderful wild yeast. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Fresh raspberry, nice wild yeast notes. Clean malts, tart fruity esters, and backgrounded light simple hop character. Bacterial notes lending some sourness. Subtle and complex, yet refreshing and enjoyable. Nicely tart. I quite like it. A solid framboise. Well layered and built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and pleasant. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Light on the palate.

Dr: A very drinkable framboise. I'd certainly get it again. I'd like a little more depth, but it's well executed for what it is. Expensive at $7.00 per 10 oz pour. Hides its ABV well.

Low B (982 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (583 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Clear cranberry red with a fingers worth of white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Lacing isn’t evident.

(3.5) S: Tart raspberry, apple, grape, grasses, and faint hefe-like qualities. Bit subdued and straightforward with minimal sourness but still pleasant.

(3.5) T: Tart raspberry, an element of sour – maybe more balsamic than lemon, orchard fruit, grassy grain, and faint cloves. As the aroma indicated, the flavour is good but straightforward and not that bold. However I do like the level of dryness and the fact this isn’t sweet.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Clean and fizzy on the tongue.

(3.5) D: This was good but not a lambic I would revisit given the generally subdued qualities. Just wish there were more lambics to choose from in Ontario stores. (806 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a like a weak tea with very little suds.
Smell is all raspberry. something dark in behind the raspberry. Mabey a yeast or burnt malt? Mabey a black cherry skin. Wet dog and perfume/powder.

Taste is a little dirty but sweetness abounds here with a hint of dark malty sour skin.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty but finishes clean.
Drinkability is OK here but Russian River has the market on sour beers. (407 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle vintage 2010 shared with friends and family after dinner. Served into a tulip glass.

A: Deep ruby/dark pink colored body, cloudy with a fluffy off-white or soft pink looking head. Lots of tight bubbles give this a fairly steady dissipation with very minor lacing on the glass. Certainly looks more "real" in the sense that it doesn't appear artificially colored, instead the real raspberries impart their natural coloring to the beer.

S: Chalky, raw raspberry puree and skin, funk, hay and touches of a sweet red wine character. Not as much sweetness or sugary notes than I expected, which is nice for a change. I'm not a fan when there's ton of an obvious added sugar or sweetener to fruit lambics.

T: Mild funky and fruit notes up-front, lots of raspberry, strawberry and perhaps cherry skin. A gritty grainy "malt" flavor if you can call it that helps take the edge off the fruit midway, and finishes quite crisp. Hints of residual sweet wine elements stick around for a bit in the back end.

M: Highly carbonated, so much the cork flew off the bottle without much help hitting the ceiling. Bubbly, fizzy and the sheer amount of bubbles give it a bit of a smoothness.

Nicely done here, nothing is overly sweet or cloying like other sugared-up lambics can be but perhaps I was looking for just a bit more fruit flavor. It's still a nice beer and one I'd like to have another of sitting in the cellar for a bit longer next time. (1,447 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Nice and thick green bottle, corked. Pours into a wonderfully frothy pink head. Good retention. A dark cranberry color.

Nose:
You can smell this across the room. Deep, lush raspberry. The stems, the seeds, everything. Really syrupy on the nose.

Taste:
Crisp and vinous at first. Lightly carbonated. Interestingly, the carbonation is not plain, but has a bitter taste itself. Not syrupy like it's nose, but dry and light. The bitter stays with your sip all the way down. The bite from the raspberry comes right in the middle.

Notes:
Very true to the style. (570 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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.
Good.
The right tartness present.
Great aperitif.
Always interesting and pleasant to drink. (335 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 375 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a deep red with a thin head that appears pink in color. The head breaks almost as soon as it appeared.

S: smells of ripening raspberries and other berries. Some funk as well.

T: super-tart raspberries overwhelm the palate. Not much else can get through.

M: medium body and medium/high carbonation. Sour finish is actually quite nice.

O: I found the tartness of this beer to be refreshing at first, but it became a little overwhelming toward the end. I am not sure I'd have this again. (538 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a swampy-looking brown color with some lavender and faint, ruby hints around the edges. Not quite as vibrant or colorful as I was expecting, especially compared to many other raspberry lambics. The head is soapy and gray-tinted, leaving nothing behind as it quickly dissolves to nothing but a ring.

Lots of juicy raspberries infiltrate my nostrils as I first bring the glass to my face. Some lighter, faintly vinous notes play in the background, somewhat wine-like with a mild tannic character. Aside from a developing touch of mild acidity, there really isn't much else to the aroma. No yeast, funk, or anything else - pretty basic and just full of raspberries with a little bit of grape to it. Not complex, but still refreshing.

The taste is a bit tart up front, but far from what I'd call "sour". It's more just like a quick jolt of tartness from the raspberries and then it fades into a residual, sugary sweetness. Again, the lightly vinous flavors come out; grape skins, tannins, light wine, but the raspberries are still the most prominent thing in the profile. The sweetness that bellows in about halfway through lingers long into the raspberry and fruit-filled aftertaste. The mouth feel is light and watery with heavy carbonation.

Wasn't expecting too much from this, thankfully so. Almost more of a juice than a lambic, as it was pretty one-track minded and not very complex at all. An easy drink, no doubt, and something that may be nice to open with someone who doesn't care much for beer. But don't purchase this expecting Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen quality and you won't be too upset. (1,617 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle at the Malt House in Madison, WI. Poured into a Duvel tulip today, 1/27/2014.

App- Dark reddish brown body, a bit of white head, minimal retention, not much lacing

Smell- Funky, sweet raspberry, cane sugar, oak. Smells overly fruit but the funk adds a bit to the complexity.

Taste- Sweet raspberries, rotten oak, funk, horseblanket. Solid.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, a bit thick and custardy. OK carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall- Not the best Framboise, certainly easy to find and not expensive to boot. A decent example of the style, but just a bit above average. Beats Lindeman's offering for sure. (616 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a slightly murky reddish brown color with a decent sized off white heads that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of raspberry jam, a hint of molasses, and a bit of earthy funk. The flavor Is lightly tart from the fruit with lots of berry flavor. Hints of dark caramelized sugars with a touch of citric tartness and earthy funk. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent enough brew, but I felt it could have had more of a pucker factor. (483 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a fluffy pink head that recedes down fairly quickly to a thin topping.

I know the Boon beers pack some sweetness but was surprised at the level of musty funk going on behind the big jammy raspberry aroma.

There is a light tartness that takes hold but ultimately comes off more on the sweeter side. The flavor is dominated by the raspberries with some mild funk going on. Light and bubbly on the tongue.

Very enjoyable and drinkable sweeter fruited lambic like the Girardin Framboise. (508 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle dated 3/4/16 poured into a wine glass
A: Opaque raspberry red with a one-finger head
S: Lots of raspberry, some yeast/wheat, a touch sweet
T: Dry, bready/raspberry, a touch sour but not much complexity
M: Light-bodied, a little sour/ a little sweet
O: This needs to pick a direction and go with it. Either fruity or sour. Instead the lack of direction leaves it rather average (389 characters)

Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
84 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.