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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
459
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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7
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Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 459
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copperish reddish with a rather short-lived pink head.

The smell is floral with vinegar sour/raspberry tart notes. A hint of vanilla, oak and barnyard mustiness mix in.

The taste is of fresh raspberries - tart and sour with some iron and a candi sugar and malty sweetness. Some vanilla/oak imparts a certain unique character to it. Vinuous and very dry in the finish.

Appropriate body for style - light, approaching medium. Flavors linger on the palate.

A tasty, unique (as certain oak, wine and gueuze characteristics intertwine in the lambic), refreshingly tart/dry, brew.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy three finger head that has finally reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy crimson red with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sour raspberries, sweet raspberries, funky, and can't wait to try it.

Taste: tart, sweet and sour raspberries, and some acidity to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: light, medium to high carbonation, tart, pucker, and a bit funky.

Overall: This is a tasty lambic I have enjoyed over the years. I had it a few weeks ago at the BBF and happy to have gotten a bottle to take home too. World renowned and very tasty.

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Photo of ccm414
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red colored beer with a medium head with average retention for a lambic. Aroma is comprised solely of raspberry. Taste is also dominated by raspberry with a little tart and sour ending. This one is a guilty pleasure for me since I know it taste more like fresh raspberry juice then beer but I like it nonetheless. Very refreshing, I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like strawberry shortcake. There's a great interplay of fresh fruit, tartness, and your usual musty/funky lambic aromas. Flavorwise, an easy tartness gives way to soft raspberry before that mild tartness reenters in this finish. Some may be curious how this compares to Lindemans Framboise-- well, Boon's features less raspberry flavor but I think the result is greater balance. I'll take Boon's.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz bottle

Raspberry and astringent nose (wild yeast). amber in color with a white lace. Malty slight raspberry taste followed by slight bitter finish. Not as sweet or as tart as lindemans.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Framboise Boon
Aged bottle

Pours a deep ruby color with a bit of haze and sediment. The aroma is full of raspberries and malty sugars. In the taste, tart raspberry and lemon flavor. There is a bit of oak but otherwise pretty jammy and slightly acetic. Has a slight musty quality and ever so faint bitterness about it but overall this reminds me of a wild raspberry champagne, not that Ive had one to compare. It is not as sweet as other berry lambics, which is refreshing here. I prefer this to the overly sweeter versions. This is a nice, balanced, lambic.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Used as an Honorary toast to 2 my dearest friends.

appearance: murky reddish brown with a 1 finger head

smell: raspberry, funk,

taste: sour, raspberry, funk, sweet,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very tasty. great desert beer or a great beer for the Sour/Funk lover.

cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy light brown with some reddish hues peeking through here and there. pinkish white head that shrinks to a thin coating pretty quikly, and leaves some, but not much, lace. nose is very nice raspberryish with some beer scent that come through just a tad. taste is sweeet, yet balanced very well by the sourness. tastes very real. hard to describe, this is outside of my usual realm. i do know that i've tried a few other lambics before and this is above and beyond the other framboise i've tried. perhaps i'll have to delve into this side of beerdom more often, i really enjoyed this as my dessert tonight.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cherry red, almost no carbonation, 2 fingers of hot pink head, surprisingly clear and filtered.

S: Raspberries, sour vinegar, fruity floral quality, oak or wood barrel quality, macaroni, almost chocolate covered cherry quality.

T: Sour, acidic, sour lime quality, a little fruitiness, no sweetness, dry.

M: Medium acidic body, puckering, dry finish.

O: Love these traditional lambics. Reminds me of Cantillon’s Kriek in its dryness, fruitiness, and no added sugar. Drank it on my 41st birthday, May 15, 2014. I read afterward that there are cherries in it, so I wasn’t just imagining it on the nose.

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Photo of Franz4
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a flute a dark magenta with a slightly pink sudsy head

S- smells of raspberry, yeast, and sour cherries, almost wine-like in character.

T- pleasantly tart raspberries dominate the taste, hints of mild oak flavor come through very subtley, aftertaste sweetens a bit

M-light carbonation with a dry finish

D- very drinkable, except for the price...a nice lambic, wish it was easier on the wallet.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look:
Year on bottle: 2013. Poured a fairly clear dark reddish brown color. Loads of carbonation. The head recedes in a reasonable amount of time.

Smell:
A decent aroma. Tart raspberry and a slight vinegar smell. Mostly fruit and yeast.

Taste:
Not what I expected compared to other Lambics. I expected a very rich and powerful sweet fruit flavor like others. Slightly sour and a hint of vinegar. Raspberries are very evident. Some malt comes through towards the end. There are some oak-like aging flavors that also come out. Seems a bit thinner than a lambic normally is. I did get some hints of caramel, malt, and yeast throughout.

Feel:
Felt a bit thin but not bad. Starts off a bit dry, but continues to dry out as you go.

Overall:
Not what I was expecting, but a good drinking brew. I was hoping for a bit sweeter flavor and more mouthfeel. I felt as though it started off just ok, but seemed to get better as I went. Maybe it was a bit too cold when I started. Slightly sour but not over powering. There are quite a few flavors that swirl around with this one.

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Photo of rastaman
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You think its gonna be sweet when you smell it, but its only slightly sweet at the start, then tart, slightly sour and lots of fruit, very nice and refreshing.

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Photo of drmeto
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours red with a pink,quickly dissipating foamy head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
Raspberries,cherries,vanilla,oak
T:
-follows the nose plus a slight tartness
-finishes very dry
F:
-Prickly carbonation
-light body
O:
Really nice fruit Lambic

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Prestentation: 375 mL corked and caged bottle served at room temperature and poured inot my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. My 300th review on BA, so its a little bit of a special one.

Appearance: Deep purple in color with a one finger pink fizz that quickly recedes. Red and brown highlights throughout and a bit of sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Fresh raspberries and some barnyard notes really take charge. Some vinegar and a slight wooden character in the background. The fruit really comes through nicely.

Taste: Some tart raspberries upfront, but they seem a bit muted compared to the smell. Turns to that bitter tart notes of unripe raspberries after a second. A nice balance of horse blanket and vinegar to compliment and not overwhelm the fruit. Ends really dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: A touch of carbonation and thin. I could have used a bit more bite to the carbonation to really bring out a lot more in this. Really dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavors are nice and controlled without being overpowering and the ABV is low. I could definitely have a couple glasses of this.

Overall, a nice lambic in many ways but nothing ever really takes hold even to make me notice. Definitely not a bad beginner lambic, especially for the price.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml. bottle.

Getting down to the dirty Belgian Lambics. This brew looks great, nice shade of red body with golden hues nice slightly pink head. Some raspberry seeds in the mix too. The aroma is pretty good. Dense raspberry tartness with some faint pepper spice. Some wood and earthen funk. Time for a taste.. Just like the aroma nice berry notes upfront which then turns to a nice sourness. Some wood dryness and some faint funk toward the finish. This finishes sweet and dry. The feel is light body with par carbonation.

Overall: This brew is pretty enjoyable, considering the ABV. It's a very good lambic that is open to all crowds in the Lambic field. It's not too adventurous and yet it's drinkable beyond repair. I guess what people are looking for nowadays is acidity that will burn both your tastes buds and enamel off your teeth. All in all, this brew is worthy.

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Photo of scott451
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle. Best before 2013 vintage 2008

Poured a hazy dull purplish red. No head or lace

Fruity raspberry smells. Sour is there too. Lots of fruit up front in the taste. The lambic seems somewhat subdued. The sour creeps up in the middle then then gives way to a kind of surprisingly sweet raspberry throughout.

Pretty light body. Drinkability is good. Not as complex as some fruit lambics but pretty nice if maybe a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a green 12 oz. corked bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square. I served it in one of my New Belgium snifter-style glasses, after letting it warm up for about half an hour.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-orage color, with soda-like carbonation that clings to the side of the glass. A short white head rises, then quickly diminishes to a ring.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly raspberries, with a subtle earthiness.

Taste: Raspberry sweetness hits the palate up front, followed by slight tartness, and then a slightly dry finish. There's a slight hop bitterness here, but it's not a strong presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied, light prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Drinkable, but a little too dry to be something you could drink bottle afte bottle of.

Overall: I don't have alot of experience with the lambic styles. This is only the second Framboise lambic I've had. I prefer it to Lindeman's on it's own. I find that it's not as sweet and just seems more well balanced; though I think Lindeman's wins as far as pairing with desserts.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by date of 4-6-2011

dark and hazy cranberry color. nice head soon fades to wisps and a ring. lacing won't stick.

raspberries and cider on first inhale. almost a cinnamon spice note? slight woody funk and vinegar whiff. nice raspberry on retro-olfaction.

sweet fruit flavors quickly give way to surprising woody oakiness. then a slight cider vinegar acidity that melds w a mild bitterness that goes into an off-sweet fruity finish.

not thin, slight texture and astringency. lively carb.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted the 2000 vintage. However it didn't say marriage parfait it had the 6.2% alcohol and on the back label they're mentioning Marriage parfait. Appearance is very nice with its pinkred colour and pink foam. Smell is sour, cherry/framboise notably but not as fresh as a fruitgeuze could be. Somehow I had that feeling as if a litle bit of motoroil drupped into this beer. Forgot that as soon as I took the first sip. Tasted it blind but liked the taste and aftertaste. Nicely balanced sour-fruittaste with some bitterness at the end. Hardly any malttaste but who wants that in a framboise beer.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 morimech
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a small pinkish head that had good retention. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell sour fruit and raspberries.

Sour fruitiness dominates the palate but there is a funkiness that sneaks in on the finish. Lip puckering sour throughout.

Medium body with low carbonation. Nice to have the body mellow when the flavor is so sour. Easy beer to drink but I would recommend this as an after meal dessert more than a stand alone drink.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
3.73 out of 5 based on 459 ratings.
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