Boon Framboise | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon FramboiseBoon Framboise

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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Photo of rszopko17
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: deep red

Smell: strawberry/raspberry Jam

Taste: very fruity, raspberries

Very easy to drink! Almost felt like I was drinking juice. Once of my favorite fruity beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Reddanm1
4.84/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am a very big fan of fruit flavored beers. The Boon Framboise is very good! The appearance is a beautiful cherry brown. The aroma is very berry-ful - it consists of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. The taste is exactly like raspberry jam and very smooth. The aftertaste is bitter, smooth, and dark cherry. Overall, the beer was excellent.

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Photo of moose1980
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. Deep amber wth a thin, pinkish head. Smells like fresh pureed raspberries. Nice, but simple; it lacks the subtle funk that gives others in the style their complexity. Regardless, excellent fresh, fruity aroma. The fruit is much more subdued in the taste, almost like a raspberry spritzer without as much carbonation. No sourness. Watery.

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

Pours with sparkling rose color, moderate head and lacing. Appropriately fruity nose. Interesting blend of fruity raspberry front with almost tobacco flavor finished, but blended so nicely it really worked. Medium body. Enjoyed it and would try it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly clear deep ruby red/light copper color with a 2 finger dense pink head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sweet/tart/tangy raspberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, plum, cherry, apple, red grape, brown sugar, toasted bread, wood, light hay/funk/pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of raspberries, fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/tart/tangy raspberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, plum, cherry, apple, red grape, brown sugar, toasted bread, wood, light hay/funk/pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, plum, cherry, apple, red grape, brown sugar, toasted bread, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and oak flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice young fruit lambic. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and oak flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and easy to drink with the balanced fruit acidity/sweetness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Marius
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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 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 sjdevel
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

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

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 anvindr
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

it isnt unpleasant to drink but definitely not what I look for in lambics at all. would not buy again.

The taste reminds me of a sangria or something along those lines. no complexity and very light without any strong flavors

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Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
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 DaveBar
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so for a 375ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip. 2012 vintage so it's from the older end of the cellar

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Very nice dark red colour and filtered clear

S- This is all that and a bag of chips. Nice raspberry notes.

T- Thin on flavor. Very weak and sourishness is light. Sorry guys it's not a great one. Not a good one either.

M- Tons of carbonation then thin. Very thin

O- Won't drink again. I advise against this one.

Food Pairing

This not very good example of a brew would go ok with....... Pork rinds. The salty nature of the pork rinds will get this brew down.


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Photo of LaurenZ
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is a beer that is deep red in color and has a white head and is fizzy throughout. The aromas are or raspberry and jam, sugary and sweet. The taste is carbonated and sweet, slightly tart and hints of raspberry and other red fruits. Very light bodied. Great overall.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep purple
Aroma: Fruity notes with citrus aromas
Taste: Sweetand sour with a raspberry aftertaste. Very crisp
Overall: Refreshing and easy to drink

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Photo of ande1642
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

deep red in color, some light frothiness as well. The smell was very fruity and pleasantly sweet. Taste was sweet and had hints of raspberry and pomegranate

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep red and maroon colors, frothy
Smell: cherry, blackberry, raspberry, sweet
Taste: less potent than aroma, sweet, but slightly watered down. Pomegranate hints.

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.71/5  rDev +26.3%
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 Mitchellrhen
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mahogany Red
Aroma: Tart Raspberry Aroma
Flavor: Raspberry champagne is what came to mind first, Not as sour as expected, but can definitely tell this was made with real raspberries.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied.
Overall: Decent flavored sour overall, nothing incredibly special but definitely appreciable Gets extra points because the wife decided to steal it from me, so it must have something special going for it:)

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Photo of aleigator
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Boon framboise 2013

Pours a vibrant, ruby-red color, with a medium sized, pink, froth head.

Smells of extremely jammy, sweetened raspberries. The raspberries themselves provide a nice, unripe sourness, which then gets completely wrapped up by profound fruit sugar. Due to the omnipresent sweetness, nothing else cuts through, with the exeption of a noteable tartness.

Produces a silk, utmost pleasant and soft mouthfeel. The beer has a recognizable mineralic quality during its finish, evoking a fizzy impression, combined with the lively carbonation. Astonishing enough, its fantastic mouthfeel is pronounced enough to handle the beers tartness single-handedly.

Offers prickly raspberries from the very beginning, balanced by moldy earth and wet hay. A strange cotton candy adds to the berries, producing a sourness swallowing sweetness, producing a slick feature during the beers finish. From its stronger pronounced minerality evolves a timid tartness after the swallow, accompanied by earth and fruit pits. This gets joined by fruit sugar and slightly muted toffee. Finishes clean, remaining its easy drinkability while renouncing a mentionable sourness.

Too sweet for my taste, scouring over its subtle, but rewarding and Lambic defining flavors. While the fruits are easily noteable, they come along one-dimensional, as there is almost no taste development at all.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Beautiful! Ruby-colored and wonderfully bright. When poured, a light pink spritz forms into a champagne-like head. The head fades quickly, leaving only lacing behind. This is the only limit to the appearance being a perfect 5.

Aroma: vinous, like diluted red wine and funky like left-out-overnight wine. With the funk again comes the butter. Fresh raspberry and lacto readily identify the style.

Flavor: a great balance of light malt and fresh raspberries. This malt is a great canvas for the raspberries to shine without overpowering the raspberries with syrupy sweetness. There is slight butter (diacetyl) taste to the beer. I'm surprised how enjoyable this beer is. The tartness is just like a raspberry: tart but not sugar coated or mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Great! this beer is so thin - literally water, but it works so well. The beer is only 5% abv, but give then body, you'd expect something even less than 5%. The thin body, combined with the raspberry and carbonation - make this very similar to flavored sparkling water.

Overall: highly enjoyable - as light and thirst quenching as Gose. 5% abv is no heavyweight, but this beery is very light/thin for its alcohol. This beer could benefit from a little more malt and body. Raspberry flavor and tartness are spot on. I am pleasantly surprised by how good this beer was. I will now certainly try the Kriek.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red/mahogany, no head or lace. Strong raspberry aroma(what else?) slightly tart and a tiny hint of alcohol . Raspberry taste, and very slightly tart and sour, of which I would have liked more of to add complexity . Very light body and drinkable. Hard to believe its 5.5% abc because it feels less .

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red color with pink head, looks really nice. Aroma is very fruity with no lambic characteristics. Taste has also none of the lambic specific flavors, just a lot of fruit with moderate tartness. Seems more like a well made fruit beer than a fruit lambic. But overall it's really enjoyable and easy to drink.

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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 gonzo000
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a beautiful beer to look at. Bubbles rise from the bottom of this rudy red colored brew. From here everything went down hill. The beer was a 2013 bought yesterday, but I am not sure if aging is a good thing. Smell is not that great, not a lot of fruit, a lot of oak. Dry taste that was lacking fruit taste. I generally like Lambics, but this one was not one of my favorites.

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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

-pours red with a pink,quickly dissipating foamy head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-follows the nose plus a slight tartness
-finishes very dry
-Prickly carbonation
-light body
Really nice fruit Lambic

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