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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
472
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
34
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ShanePB
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with dessert at the Farmhouse. This is a heck of a framboise. I sincerely wish Lindemans, which seems to be everywhere, was this good. It's not an "oude" fruit beer, but it still incorporates wild yeast and oak barrel character. To begin, there's a big, pure raspberry taste and aroma that's only slightly sweetened. The background has a crisp toasted oak with a hint of vanilla. The yeast adds a mildly tart lemon juice note and blends with the barrel to give off peppery and earthy background notes. Delicious. One of the best young fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +7%
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 BillRoth
4/5  rDev +7%

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

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a thick haze that limits any light passing through. Head is a finger of foam with a color combining light tan and pink; a sickly hue, possibly, but one honestly come by.

Smell: lightly tart, lightly sweet aroma of caramel lambic with raspberries. Exactly as advertised. I like raspberries, so I like this framboise.

Taste: nice, caramelly base lambic flavor with an enticing raspberry element. A bit on the sweet side, but there's a good balancing tartness. It's not overly sour, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a frothy effervescence. It's more rocky than creamy, but the bright bubbles add to the refreshment factor.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. It's not as candylike as other framboise lambics I've had, and it's got a good overall balance and composition.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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 Gueuzedude
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells lightly funky with lots of sweet raspberry aromas. Lightly sweet with a bit of raspberry seed taste to go along with the raspberry fruit flavor. A bit of sour acidity as well as a faintly musty taste. Fairly simple for a lambic type beer. A light red color that shows brilliantly clear.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 sweemzander
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a lambic tumbler.

(A)- Pours a pale blush red color. Produced some white bubbles. Minimal lace.

(S)- A big ripe and juicy raspberry and vanilla-like creamy oak aroma. Nice funk, but otherwise a rather sweet smelling lambic. Very dry and earthy too, like a dirty floor.

(T)- Like the smell in terms of some ripe fruits. Not all that sour at all actually. Hints at some acidity, but otherwise a sweeter, yet drier and funkier example. Finishes in a strange metallic flavor.

(M)- A much lower carbonation level than anticipated. Very smooth and sweet yet lacking a classic lambic feel; this feels like juice to me.

(D)- Easy enough to enjoy and savor, but a let down considering the style and other beers this brewery has out there.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy reddish-brown color; lots of black sediment. Poured a small white fizzy head that dissipated to a skim around the edges. A little lacing, but it washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Very rasberry; sweet and comforting. Some soiurish yeast notes.

T: More rasberries; sweet and slightly tart. Some yeast and wet wood but not really off-tasting or anything.

M: Light body. Fizzy, lively and refreshing.

D: REally sweet to drink too much, but very enjoyable.

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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 Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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 corby112
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark ruby/plum color with golden pinkish ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin, quickly dissipating off-white, slightly pinkish head and some visible carbonation bubbling up. Minimal spots of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by fresh raspberries. Very sweet and sugary with some earthy oak tannis, barnyard and horsey funk. The nose isn't as funky as I expected with more of a fruit character.

Very sweet with a nice sour funky tartness that is puckering without being overbearingly acidic. Nice oak tannis and slightly vinous with slight vanilla. Soft carbonation with a huge raspberry flavor and less funk than I expected. Well balanced and very quaffable.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%
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 Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)

A- With the soft pop of the cork, this beer pours a deep glowing red body with a clear bud dense pink bubbly head that fades into a thick ring after a bit. It is too dense to see any carbonation but a few tiny bubbles trail up the glass.

S- The fresh dark ripe raspberries come through during the pour. There is a bright fruit note with a slight dark tartness in the finish.

T- The dark black raspberries flavor has some dry bitter funk notes that linger into the aftertaste. There is a dry raspberry jam flavor and a soft buttery hint in the finish aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a very soft astringent note and a tight fizz finish.

O- The bitterness in the finish is a bit to strong but the nice bright fruit in the nose turns darker in the taste. There is not much depth in this beer with a little tartness and hints of funk hidden underneath.

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Photo of mltobin
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Great Lambic Summit

Deep Ruby in color, hazy with spritzy head. First scents are of tart and acidic raspberries, slightly herbal and medicinal. The taste brings what the nose dictates with hints of red wine vinegar, very artifically build to it. Medium bodied, dry. A decent beer that avoided being too tart or sweet.

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