Boon Framboise | Brouwerij Boon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
472
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
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7
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33
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome, its weird to read some of the critiques here, like only cantillon can make framboise or something, its bogus, the american lambic crowd is a snooty bunch. rarity does not mean quality, and this relatively findable beer is a great one, period. they all have different styles of course, different nuances, and you like what you like, but the pull and push of popular opinion seems to have as much influence on ratings of lambic as the beer itself, bummer. i love this, and i dont care who knows it! a deep pink brew with a soda sort of head to it, an obvious effervescence i love in the style. raspberries both tangy and sugary green the nose and make the palate water with a nice citric pucker as well. perhaps a less developed or mature funk to it, but there appears to be plenty of wood maturation here, and as much fruit as there is wheat, without it ending up particularly sugary. the bacterial sourness is cool, unique to these guys, and the residual sugar of the fruit i reckon balances it just enough. brilliant bubbles really make it dance, and the raspberry flavor is so authentic you almost forget this is a beer and not a fruit wine or something. i disagree with those who claim it lacks depth, i think it has all the elements any of them have, just in a different proportion and order of presentation. count me among the enthusiasts of this one (and their kriek too)!

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of mlasher1
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with pink fizzy head which provides no lacing.

S: Very interesting smell..At first I get the raspberry scent, but that is quickly followed by the noted barnyard smell...can't tell if I like it or not.

T: Not like I expected...definite raspberry taste but not as sweet as I was expecting (i.e. Lindeman's offering).

M: Tart but also dry in comparison to Lindemans.

D: Probably won't ever buy this again considering the price, but if I did I could see having a couple.

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Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of heddar33
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 19/1/15

A - Pours deep garnet with one finger of slightly pink head. Head does not last long and leaves no lacing.

S - Nice aroma of raspberries, a mix of fresh and a bit of raspberry jam, and a decent amount of yeasty funk near the end.

T - Tart raspberry up front, with some very mild sweetness and some earthy funk in the middle. The finish is another shot of tartness, this time with more of a bitter aspect, perhaps even a touch of lemon, and a good funk presence.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel with a pretty dry finish. A bit more carbonation would be nice.

O - I was afraid this would be sweet, but was pleasantly surprised. The raspberry presence is very nice and the other components work well to yield a nice Framboise.

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.71/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! The raspberry taste is exactly what I am looking for in a beer. It is not too tart with wonderful raspberry nodes and a beautiful red color. It is not too sweet, and runs along the palate with a great carbonated, refreshing feel.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz bottle from Marty's in Newton, Massachusetts.

I have turned my fiance into a lambic lover and now have to keep a few in my beer fridge for her (it's only right, since she bought the thing for me in the first place).

Tonight we shared a bottle of Framboise (I even let her drink her's out of my Linderman glass). Sweet and heavy raspberry aroma with a crisp bittersweet taste. A nice dessert drink to keep on hand.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle brought all the way overseas and enjoyed at a recent beer tasting - thanks Jeffo! Enjoyed alongside a couple other raspberry lambics to provide a bit of horizontal comparison.

Poured into a snifter. Right away I notice the colour - far deeper and darker than other raspberry sours. A rich raspberry colour, the same colour as a raspberry jam or pie. A half inch of off-white head, good retention on this for the style, as a thick ring survives for quite some time.

Nose is quite sweet, with the raspberry coming through quite nicely. Sugary sweet like raspberry pie (you can almost smell the seeds), with a bit of funk, lactic acid and citrus in the back. Very nice.

Good lambic if you like them a bit sweeter. The sweet raspberry gets a much higher billing than the backing funky notes. Definitely a good candidate for an introductory lambic, as the lactic acid and funkier flavours are kept very much in the background, allowing the raspberry to really take over. Without that puckery sour quality, however, I felt that the brew was borderline cloying, but there was just enough to power through. Would be amazing on a warm spring day.

If you like your lambics a little less sour than some of the heavy hitters, this is your man right here. Bridging the gap between the sweeter Lindemans or Mort Subite style and the sourbombs from Cantillon and others, this is a solid brew indeed. But if you're looking for that sour fix, this probably won't be your thing.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Beertemple. Clear red pour with a light pink head. Smells like a sweet raspberry syrup. The taste is dominated by raspberries. A bit too light bodied and sweet.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChaseBacon
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

bottled 2-3-14 and cellared until 6-20-16

L: It pours cloudy pinkish amber to brown with a 1” pink tinted cream colored foam cap.

S: Big raspberry, slight funk, oak and herbal notes.

T: Has a raspberry tartness with lemon notes, berry, and light funk.

F: Has an incredible creamy, moussey, airy texture, medium light body.

O: The texture makes this beer. It is incredibly refreshing like drinking a tart raspberry cloud.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear pink and ruby with lots of highly-active carbonation running up through the body of the beer. Small light pink head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass.

The aroma is a simple one, and pleasant enough: raspberry and simple syrup. Very sweet.

The flavor too is quite simple, without a lot of depth. There's not a lot of sour character or funk at all. This is sweet, syrupy, and filled with raspberry flavor. It tastes like carbonated raspberry juice.

Thin bodied with high carbonation.

A simple, sweet, raspberry beer, though too sweet and not complex enough to drink in much quantity.

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Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a LaTrappe chalice...dark brownish color, head is not as pink as some, typically fine-bubbled and homogeneous. Good tartness to the aroma, but the raspberry portion seems a little artificial. No worry about that in the flavor, the berry sense is minimal, and this beer sets of in a nicely acidic and very dry direction -- even slighlty puckering at the finish. While I think that a little more raspberry could be in order, I'm pretty impressed with this one. There's plenty of Lambic heritage in this one, unlike a lot of cheaper sweet versions. This seems a bit more historical and more interesting -- if less drinkable as a sweet dessert beer.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of simoen
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
3.74 out of 5 based on 472 ratings.
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