Boon Framboise | Brouwerij Boon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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223
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455
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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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 warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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 popery
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013. The beer is a brownish reddish purple color. It’s fairly hazy, but I wasn’t handling the bottle gently. Fizzy light pink head. The aroma has a nice jammy raspberry flavor. Very mild funk. Some sugariness coming through. Taste is better than expected. There’s some sweetness to the fruit, but it’s very natural and nice. There’s a lot fruit flavor. A solid dose of oak. Refreshing balancing sour tanginess. The finish is quite oaky. Medium to light body. Prickly carbonation.

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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 laituegonflable
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale portwine colour, dark red-pink. Head is white, small bubbles but fades quickly. Lace is decent, but overall a bit underwhelming as a beer.

Smells very fruity and sweet, with raspberry and apple juice characters. Odd funky note as well, with a corporeal, slightly salty aroma. Tart as well, vinegary in its fruity character. Not quite fresh, but certainly intriguing and nicely fruity.

Taste doesn't quite scream of fruity character. There's apple and raspberry notes throughout here and there, but a bit thin on the front and a bit watery. Slight tartness late-mid and some funky, organic notes late that get barnyard bitterness on the finish. Pretty decent, but it could really bring the fruit out to be more of a hero, with more acidity as well. Sort of weak fruit with late funk, neither of which is as impressive as it should be.

Decent body, but nothing much to it as far as texture goes; not too thin but a bit bland.

Drinkable and balanced, but there's something unimpressive and weak about it all.

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Photo of illidurit
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Persian red body with a full finger of pinkish tan head. Good retention, some filmy lacing.

Aroma is deep black cherry flesh and raspberry seeds. Quite a sweet nose.

Flavor is also sweet. Black cherry yogurt with just-underripe raspberry drupelets. A little acetic acidity sticks to the palate.

Sweet and a bit sticky, good dessert beer. Extremely drinkable, but simple and on the cloying side.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant suprise. This was an undated vintage bottle (late 90's probably). This poured our a dark pinkish colour with a small off-white/pink head of foam, that lasted for a bit, and left some interesting lace on my glass. The aromas are of sweet/tart raspberries and lambic funk. The taste is tart, sour, funky, and berry-like all at the same time. The mouthfeel is quite nice, as is the drinkability. This is the half way point between Cantillon and Lindemans. not quite traditional, not quite sweet. MOR.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 335ml (12 fl.oz) cork and caged green glass bottle that looks just like a shrunken 750, even down to the dimpled base. Main label has a light beige background with the words ‘Framboise Boon’ in a fancy dark green Times New Roman text. The reverse label states that this is a 100% spontaneously fermented ale, aged 2 years in oak vats with 220 grams of real raspberries per liter. Has a Best Before Date of 29.10.2007. Listed at 5.0% alc/vol.

Appearance: The cork is thumbed with a black metal cap and cage. A fantastic ghostly white fog rises from the neck and slowly dissipates as the cork is removed. The cork is numbered “SB34” if that means anything.

My ‘Geuze-Kriek De Cam Gooik’ Tumbler was pressed into service yet again after the earlier Geuze Boon. The Framboise pours with a very familiar look, a mixture of light brown ale and dark red bloody raspberries. Flamingo pink head is comprised of finely attenuated bubbles that forms a sheer silk panties pink covering.…very nice……

Nose: Liquid raspberries, milk shake fruits mix with a home-made from home-grown lumpy Raspberry Ripple Ice-Cream nose that is massive in the odor department.

Taste: Sour Raspberries punctuate the whole essence of this Framboise. Tart, sour, fruits of the forest berries and lost of fruity aspects start middle and a finish this brew. Dry start, dry finish, but with a lusciously fruit laden middle that adds a saliva inducing aspect to this Framboise.

Mouthfeel: Blender mixed freshly picked Raspberries fruits, wholesome feel with a nice berry laden body that in conjunction with the fine conditioning adds a super silky sexy feel to the lick on the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability: There is enough sourness to balance the fruity Raspberry feel here and avoid the usual sweet sickly syrup crap that passes for a Framboise.

Overall: A very nice Framboise, not too sweet, not too syrupy, but with a nice sharp/sour feel that lends a tangible “Old School” aspect to this one. Worth trying, if not to just remind you that not all Lambic-Framboise are for Girls!!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep reddish-brown body with lots of black sediment floating around; one finger of coarse white foam that quickly recedesto a frothy ring and leaves minimal lacing. Meh.

S: Pure, authentic raspberry aroma - just like the amazing raspberry-cream cheese pie at the Norske Nook in Rice Lake, WI. Quite appetizing, but very single-minded and not at all beer-like. While I would like a bit more complexity, I can't describe this smell as anything other than enjoyable.

T: Very sweet and slightly tart raspberries, light yeast, and some faint oak. Pretty good, but overly sweet for my taste. I expected more sourness from a "100% Spontaneously fermented ale." Still, there's nothing "off" about it all - just simple and sweet.

M: Fairly light, slightly sticky body with ample, soft carbonation. Quite lively and refreshing.

D: Overly sweet to be really drinkable., but still not at all bad.

Notes: I was excited to try this one, as it was the only non-sweetened fruit lambic at my local store, but it was a bit of a let-down: too heavy on the raspberries, nowhere near enough yeast and funk for a lambic. I do really love the smell, though. It kind of reminds me of what I remember the New Glarus Raspberry Tart being like, only not as well integrated. It's been a couple years since I had that, though, so I probably shouldn't talk. I won't be seeking this one out again, but I'll keep it in mind when I get around to trying the Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise - my hopes for that one remain high.

Cheers!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1262nd Review on BA
Draft to 9oz Strange

@Beachwood's BBQ Long Beach, Ode to Lambic

App- I am rating a bit higher here because the color on this beer is just so damn pretty. It's like when we were kids and had Kool-aid. That color just no bubbles or cling or anything.

Smell- A bit of a malty blast with some very deep cherry and a bit artificial. Not overly wowing here.

Taste- A bit of a earthy note intermixed with the cherries but again too sweet. Went a bit thick with this one.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a full medium thick carbonation level. A bit syrupy.

Drink- Eh, Ill pass if I see this one again on tap. Wonder if any different from a bottle.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent and flew it back home to share during a comparison tasting with Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus and 3f Framboos. Thanks for hanging out guys.

From a 750ml into a small snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, reddish-white, kind of a lavender blush colored head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a swirling wisp and bubbly ring. Opaque maroon red with no carbonation evident. Much darker than the other two examples of the style. A light wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking really.

SMELL: Some raspberries with grainy, dry bread and lots of barnyard. Hay and horseblanket dominate the aroma and push the fruit to the back. A little unpleasant; wish it was more fruit forward.

TASTE: Some light raspberries up front, with lots of barnyard flavors through the middle, into a slightly funy and sour finish. Some light floral bitterness as well. Milder aftertaste of raspberries, cherries, and lots of hay and horseblanket. Like I'm drinking a barn full of livestock. This is much more farm than the other two on offer.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Relatively airy on the palate compared to the other two. Goes down bubbly and finishes quite dry on the palate. Too light and airy for my palate.

OVERALL: This was by far my least favorite of the three. The flavors were just too barnyard dominante for my tastes, and the light, bubbly, airy palate is just not my style. This one was relatively hard to drink, and there's no way I'd be able to drink a bottle myself. Not my beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a beer flute
2013 vintage

This beer pours rust colored with copper highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of beige head that leaves no lacing.

It smells like fresh raspberry purée. I don't pick up on any sour or tart aromas. Raspberry dominates.

The taste is raspberry with a little funk. There is a lot of fruit in the taste and not enough funk or sour for my liking.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

It is a good lambic that just lacks a wow factor. It is pleasant to the senses, but I would have liked it better if it has more funk or sourness.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a large vintage bottle from 1997 that I picked
up in Portland.

The beer poured a deep brownish red that produced a decent head.
I could smell the complex yeasts coupled with a subdued fruit
nose. The payoff was a mellowed beer with lots of lambic body.
It was like sipping an older champagne that has softened around
the edges. After only being able to taste young commercialized
offerings this was a definite step above in quality.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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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 brewdlyhooked13
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 0z. bottle with cork.

My first official lambic. Pours with little bubble action and head. Looks nice in the glass though. A slightly muddy purplish-red.

Smells pretty much like raspberries, alright. If there's more to it, my nose is too inexperienced at lambics to know better.

Tastes better than I thought it would. I was expecting this cheesy, sour, musty thing. It's not very complex to me, it's a nice raspberry hit up front, pretty much like a wine. This has pretty good carbonation, however. Once it passes through the back part of the mouth, the sour bitterness comes through. It ends on a sour, kind of salty note like when you drink club soda, only more pronounced. Doesn't really develop any more as it warms up. I poured in the dregs of the bottle, some dark purple sediment. I tried to find it, it doesn't settle out, but rather mixes in, but wait, what the hell is that??? That damn fruit fly I was trying to catch earlier took a header right into my lambic! Well, I suppose that's a good sign, nature beckons nature, and he won't drink too much...

The mouthfeel is thin, but leaves a fruity residual taste behind, again, very wine-like. I guess if you're into this sort of thing, this would be drinkable for you, but it's not my cup of tea. It's not unpleasant, but perhaps it's more an acquired taste I'll work on. I have some Lindeman's Kriek, Geuze, and Framboise in the mini-fridge, we'll see what happens...

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Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle vintage 1986.

A - Pours ruby reddish, light orange hue, bubbles on top.

S - Sweet raspberry, vinegar, light level of tartness, fruity sugary sweetness. I think the almost 26 years of age has toned down the sweet sugars and brought out more of the tart and vinegar notes, which I much prefer.

T - It's crazy how well this held up for this age. Raspberry, vinegar, oak, light tartness, sour cherries. Alcohol is gone. Finish is sweet raspberries and tart oak'd fruit.

M - Light body, light carbonation, syrupy dry finish.

O - Well, color me impressed how well this beer held up. It just so happens I got to try a bottle from 1995 the following week and it wasn't as good as the 1986. The perfect amount of sweetness, tart notes, and oak for me to enjoy with this much age.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Bellabananas21 as a New Years toast.
Poured into flute glass.

A: pours a cranberry crimson, nice clarity, some head upon pour, vanishes quickly and looks like fruit juice. No lacing.

S: nose is chock full of tart raspberry, minimal sweetness, and a considerable amount of barnyard funk at the end.

T: taste starts fruity, hints of raspberry come through, it tastes like it is going to be sweet, but quickly turns into tartness. Finish is quite funky with some effervescence that makes for a quick snappy finish.

MF: medium to high carbonation, light body

O: this is a nice authentic lambic, lacks the depth that Cantillon features in their brews, but worth a try nonetheless

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Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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 harrymel
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear light ruby with a white head which rose slightly and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely done with a nice raspberry aromatic that was not over the top but where one could still envision the raspberry seeds. The aroma contained a nice acidic sourness that accentuated the raspberry fruit aroma presence.

The flavor was lightly acidic and lactic sourness which melded well with the raspberry fruit flavor that was not overdone. The fruit and light sourness complemented each other and led to a relatively quick drying in the beer. Some grapeskin and grapeseed flavors were present as they are in many lambics.

The finish was dry with a lasting acidic sourness, light raspberry presnce and grapeskin/seed flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the dinkability was good.

37.5 cl green bottle, corked and bailed. $6.95 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA. Date on bottle 26.03.2007, price tag date of 12/03.

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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 BigBry
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small 375ml green bottle. Cork came out with a nice pop.
First thing we noticed was a vinegary smell fom the cork. Liquid pours a clear ruby red with two fingers of thick white and pinkinsh foam. The smell has some raspberry sweetness and lots of lambic-vinegar. The flavor has some raspberry fruit. More overpowering is the earthy yeast taste and the sour vinegar taste. Lots of carbonation with decent head retention and lots of little bubbles that continue to rise up from the bottom of the glass, other than that body seemed kind of thin.
This beer seemed kind of muddy - nothing really stood out - some earthiness, some sourness, some fruitiness, but nothing to make you say wow.
I didn’t really enjoy this beer, but that is a personal opinion. I know this is a true lambic (not the overly sweet, artificial fruit beers that others have labeled as 'lambic'. Good for the style, just not for me.

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Photo of jsanford
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Boon Tulip Glass. 2010 Vintage.

A - Pours a muddy reddish-brown with a slight, off-white head that recedes to a very thin ring. Not very impressive looking, kinda like dirty dishwater.
S - Luckily the aroma makes up for the poor appearance, this is straight up Raspberry jam! Big, sweet raspberry notes with a very slight green apple tartness and a tiny bit of funk.
T - The raspberry jam is pretty prominent with the flavor, too, along with a slight muskiness and a generous helping of oak. Not very tart, but very drinkable and delicious. This would be a great entry into the world of fruit lambic.
M - Medium mouthfeel with crisp, sharp carbonation and a slightly drying quality to the finish. Pretty good for the style.
O - I love the Boon fruit Lambics, I think they are some of the most drinkable fruit beers around, period. I have yet to be disappointed with one of these offerings and will continue to hoard as much as I can find. Cheers!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
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