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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

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Ratings:
459
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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Photo of bylerteck
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle. From notes.

A - Red wine coloured pour, good carbonation, bright. One finger pink head with spotty lace and OK retention.

S - Sweet fruit, definite raspberry, fruit juice.

T - Raspberry, tart fruit juice, funk, earth.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, dry and mildly tart to finish.

O/D - Sweeter than some takes on the style, but good. Liked it but the tartness could have been amped up.

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Photo of ludachris
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nearly two fingers of fizzy light pink head sits on top of the beer. Its body is a striking scarlet red hue with plenty of clarity. Its fruity, dessert-like look can trick someone into thinking this is something other than a beer. I love it for its unique look.

Heaps of raspberry jam with a tart twist burst from the glass. There's a little hay and a touch of dry astringency. The nose lies heavily on the sweet, fruity, contrived end of the usually complex, wild, and funky Gueuze style.

Similar to the nose, the taste profile is full of sweet raspberries. The presence of its syrupy backing is lessened by its lively level of carbonation and tart twist. Grape skins come out at its peak but are short lived. A flash of damp breadiness makes its way into the finish.

Light bodied with a spritzy level of carbonation. Dry throughout with a clean finish.

I liken this to a summer spritzer as opposed to a traditional Lambic. It's quite tame on the more traditional characteristics of the style but at the same time it's very refreshing and perfect for a light, fruity, thirst quenching beer on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very thin pinkish head that dissipates quickly. Looks like cranberry juice.

S - Raspberries, lot's and lot's of raspberries. Smells great.

T - Sour, raspberries, acidic. Refreshing.

M - lively carbonation and a dry finish.

O - A delicious fruit lambic that is very refreshing on a hot summers day.

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Photo of byronic
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and clear deep cherry with pinkish white head dissipating into a little ring on the glass.

Smells of raspberry and malt, quite a sweet nose with a tinge of acidity.

Quite sour with the right amount of fruit. A bit of bitterness and acidity in the finish. Very dry. The alcohol is very well hidden.

The mouth feel is quite acidic at first rendering a similar experience to biting into a lemon or lime. Very dry finish.

I'm growing to like the lambics/sours. This is a very nice raspberry lambic. I'd love to have it with a slice of chocolate cake!

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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 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 biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boon Framboise would look like juice if not for generous pink froth swirling atop it. It can't be too hard to sell a beer when it looks like this; with a deep but clear cranberry complexion, it's as unique as it is pretty. With this much colour it's natural to expect a good amount of fruit.

The aroma is nowhere near as tart as an authentic, artisinal lambic - nor is it as sweet as a modern commercialized one. It strikes a fair balance between the two that might not totally impress fans squarely in either camp. There is some raspberry flavour but the berries don't jump out the glass; there's some basement/barnyard mustiness but no critters crawl up your nose.

The taste makes a similar compromise; it is sweet on the palate upfront but finishes rather dry and mildly tart, with a slight acidic tang. The flavour of the raspberries is far from saccharine or even all that juicy; it tastes like authentic fruit and not some concentrate or candy. A lesser portion of sour cherries is also added and contributes a pleasant pucker in the mouthfeel.

This Framboise won't quite cut it as a dessert unto itself, but its underlying tartness and spritzy effervescence make it a great partner to dark chocolate. It also has the light, fruity disposition to make a nice aperitif, something in lieu of champagne to welcome guests. (Of course, just the sun coming up is occasion enough to enjoy a traditional fruit lambic like this!)

I like Boon Framboise more than these scores may let on - it's only fault is not being as satisfyingly sour or seductively sweet as its compatriots. Still, it's a remarkably enjoyable offering, one worth the bigger price tag. And it's also a safe bet for initiates - this will make you plenty of friends.

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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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Burgundy colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Raspberries, citric

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, citric notes and raspberries. There is also a hint of vinegar and it ends with a lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - I can see this being a good intro into sours beers. Its got a light tartness but is in no way overpowering. Most of these types of beers are also a little cloying, this one keeps the sweetness in check. That being said, it is a little one dimensional - but decent and refreshing nonetheless. I'll pick up a few more bottles to have on hand to introduce others to the style.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $5 CDN. Served chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Slightly opaque, dark purplish raspberry color. One finger of pinkish / purplish head is poured and dissipates quickly. Tons of effervescent bubbles and very little residue left at either the side of the glass or on top of the beer once the head is gone.

Smell - Wonderfully enticing raspberry aroma with some expected floral notes that gives the whole beer a sour smell if that's possible. Some accompanying cherries blended in with raspberries for good measure and an earthy dankness as well. Delicious.

Taste - Sour cherries and raspberries, like those who have been picked a bit prematurely and haven't had a chance to fully ripen. With the lively carbonation, certain soda charcteristics here as well as if freshly squeezed cherry and raspberry juices were squeezed the fermented with tonic. I feel that this description isn't doing the taste justice, but it's very good.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy, yet light bodied, with lower carbonation after the initial pour. Mouth is nicely coated with fruit flavor,but the fizziness seems to prevent any stickiness on behalf of the beer.

Overall - A very good lambic, that I certainly enjoyed, certainly a refreshing beer in the spring. Because of the price point for the quantity, this isn't something I'd pick up regularly, but would have again if offered.

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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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jpro
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL single from the James Island Pig during their 50% off sale... figured I'd might as well try it. Poured into a small fluted glass.

A: Bright purple; fizzy; huge three-finger head of white foam; no lace.

S: Raspberries; sweet tarts.

T: Raspberry; sweet tart; vinous; pretty sour.

M: Pretty light and lively, as expected; puckering sour finish.

O: A pretty traditional lambic, I suppose... Nothing mindblowing, for sure. Tart.

*from notes 10.05.13

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boon seems to not get enough credit IMO, let's see how their raspberry offering works out.

A- Poured from the green 375ml bottle into a tulip with a dark berry red body. A ridiculously foamy head forms atop the beer to about three fingers or more. Retention is pretty good considering the fizzy texture. Cap falls to a small ring leaving tiny spotty lace.

S- Sweet-tart raspberries up front with a nice lambic funk in the backdrop. The fruit feels fresh and the lactic sour behind it works nicely with just a bit of barnyard funk from the yeast and bacteria. Some vinegar.

T- Similar to the aroma but the sweetness of the fruit takes over a bit here. Tartness is on the lighter side but still gives a nice complexity. Bulk of the flavor is fresh raspberry puree with a tiny bit of lemon sour, oak, acetic and funk backing it up. Fairly straightforward.

MF- Super foamy body with a light overall, dried out consistency. Sourness on the palate is on the lower side for a lambic.

Great raspberry forward but lacking a bit of sourness and some of the complex flavors wild microbes bring in great lambics. Still a nice Framboise to sip on with great fruit and funk aromas. Smell is very nice. After having a lot of good and bad sours this stacks up pretty well. I probably would have been tougher on this earlier on in my reviewing but I now realize the true dedication it takes to brew a beer even this good.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The beer was chilled and served in snifter.

A- The body of the beer is raspberry hued with a pink purple frothy head. The head resolved immediately and was gone.

S- The aroma of the beer is straight up sweet and tart raspberries macerating in balsamic vinegar.

T- Raspberries of both sweet and tart dipping down into acidic and balsamic notes. Honestly this is more like drinking a raspberry soda instead of a lambic.

M- The body of the beer is medium and lightly sticky. The carbonation is lively.

O- This beer drinks more like raspberry soda than beer. If you are expecting a Cantillion or a FFF sort of experience pass this bottle on by. In all likely hood this is the last bottle of this I will ever buy.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

UPDATED: JUL 30, 2013 Bottle with 9-27-2016 enjoy by date, enjoyed July 29, 2013. Pours a pretty deep red color with a small pink head. Aroma of sour vinegar and raspberries, with a bit of yeasty funk to boot. Flavor is up front raspberry with a twinge of sourness. Lingering yeast and raspberry. High carbonation and relatively light mouthfeel. Always love more raspberry, but overall a refreshing sour here. Not bad, but after a bit there is a strange unpleasant funk left in my mouth. I dunno what it is, I am new to lambics.

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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.

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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

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Photo of GPHarris
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expiry date 08DEC15. Beer is from 2011

poured it into a flute glass

ruby red body, pink foam that reduces to nothing after a while, big bubbles

smell of raspberries and red fruits in general. also a typical smell Lambic tartness

tastes fruity, clearly raspberries. very moderate sourness for a lambic and also balanced with fruity sweetness. I do not get the artificial sweeteners. Aside from the tartness this reminds me of a soda drink I had many times as a kid in Austria. It was called Himbeerkracherl.

lots of carbonation makes this really refreshing. feels velvety on the tongue.

Served ice-cold this is a perfect thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Drinking this on a freezing december night it brings back memories of summer, which is not the worst thing.

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