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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
459
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears a light brown hue with delicate rouge highlights and a quarter inch of head that dissipates within a few moments. The aroma brings raspberries, sugar, and jam with a touch of oak and just a slight funk. The flavor is overly sweet, with a formidable sugary raspberry presence. The sweetness becomes cloying after just a small pour. This beer was not in the same echelon of the great Belgian fruit lambics I have grown to love.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 1996. Purple label, Mariage Parfait designation on the back and stored on it's side in the cellar since '96.

Pours luminous ruby with sparkling clarity and a thin, white head with a pinkish tinge. A whispy surface and some dotted lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with ripe, lush raspberries right up front. Oaky undertones and hints of lemon oil, bitter greens, and wet sock follow through.

Medium bodied with juicy but sharpish mouthfeel. A bit tacky and gummy.

Ripe raspberries, bright acid, and a lemony twang start the palate. A balance of sweet fruit and drying tartness work well together. Fairly sharp in nature but pretty tame for a Lambic. Insanely drinkable.

I'm really impressed how well the fruit character has held up for 15 years. Tasting very ripe and juicy and bursting with raspberries. Other Lambic character is a bit muted by the fruit and the beer could certainly be more sour and sharp.

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

375ml wire-mesh capped and corked bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, and tightly foamy pale pink head, which settles evenly, leaving a few random up-swells of patchy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet and tart raspberry puree, pale and caramel malt, a hint of earthy funk, some soft wooden notes, and a bit of freelancing sugar. The taste is earthy, rather tart fresh raspberry, aided and abetted by an in kind cherry wine essence, understated pale grainy malt, green, slightly funky yeast, and a bit of astringent, gritty oak stave character.

The carbonation is moderate, just a vacillating frothiness, the body medium weight, and well, fruity in its plain smoothness, of course, but more on the acidic side of things, for what it's worth. It finishes off-dry, and still very fruity, the inherent sweetness balanced by the seemingly itinerant dryness, so balance more or less attained.

I do have a latent fear of sugary, fruity malt bombs, and likewise, enamel-dissolving acetic acid attacks (I'm looking at you, Cantillon), so it is quite pleasant to come across a level, fruity lambic such as this. Everything that the eponymous fruit promises, rendered in beer form. Good stuff.

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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 aepb1
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red translucent body, tiny white head that dissipates almost instantly

S- A bit of raspberry fruity malt maybe? Not much carbonation, little to no nose

T- Very dry! A hint of fruity malt up front and the finish is dry and makes you salivate giving a copper flavor in the finish as well

M- Light body, crisp and dry

D- If I am in the mood for a very dry framboise, this is it!

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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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Photo of beancounter
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian glass from a 750ml bottle. Drink by date was 2014.

A-Poured medium red with a lot of initial carbonation, but very still after a couple of minutes.

S-Typical barnyard lambic smell with raspberry.

T-Nice sour flavor slightly offset by raspberry sweetness. Not much else. More acidy fruit drink than lambic.

M-light to medium body, smooth.

D-Very drinkable, like a fruit drink, not like a lambic. Some have suggested that this is a good beginners lambic, but if this were my first, I wouldn't have been motivated to try others. Especially at this price point ($10)

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
1.91/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Must have been a bad bottle- should be good until 2014. Started ok with a reasonable expected framboise colorful look. Things went downhill from there. A funky vinegar smell with some raspberry. Taste of vinegar,sour raspberry,cigarette ashes,yuk! Feels ok until the finish with some grit.Six different people agreed with this review- still have 1/2 bottle left.

I tasted again today- same feelings.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and poured with a thin pink head that slowly faded into wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of tart raspberries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tart raspberries dominate the overall taste. Only some traces of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels light bodied and tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375mL green glass cork and caged bottle. Back label dated 23.02.2014.

Pours a murky purple-y brown with creamy pinkish carbonation. Nose is all about raspberry jam and preserves. Leathery notes and some dried leaves too. Palate is surprisingly bright and spry with acidity. Flavors of medium caramel malt, moist earth, raspberry seeds, juicy plums and a faint oak note. There's a fair amount of sweetness in the center, but the acidity definitely rules the palate. Finish is tart and juicy, leaving my mouth watering.

Sweeter than Cantillon, but heads and shoulders above things like Lindemans and St-Louis.

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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 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 Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a deep red with a finger of foamy reddish white head and some little lacing.

The smell is slightly funky but all fruity tartness that pops right into gear and takes no time in getting right into a strawberry flavor.

The taste is strawberry and is thick with some sugary flavor but is also hiding some funk in the background. Some tartness is there to line up and wall in the fruity flavor if this beer and does not let it go away. A wonderful fruit flavor.

The feel of this beer is light and goes right through you and is leaving some interesting flavors on the way down but no heavy feel in the mouth feel. A great fruity beer.

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Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boon Framboise was like an intermediate beer framboise, not the syrupy, fruit pop that some mass-produced fruit lambics are, but also not the challenging, battery acid, enamel stripping sour offerings from the more artisanal producers. The beer was a deep ruddy pink with a seemingly perpetual effervescence. The nose was full of raspberry and a mineral and earthy aroma. The beer tasted very fruity and dry, but again had minerally tang that I wasn't a fan of. The carbonation ample and paired well with a hearty vegetarian meal. Nice drinking, but at $12 a pop, I won't be a repeat buyer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Naugros
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with all quality red fruit lambics this is a pretty beer. Dark cherry red in color with a pink frothy head. Retention is not as good as other lambics, but it does maintain a steady 1/2" of foam.

More horse balnket musty and sour than sweet and fruity, but the raspberries do make their presence known in the smell.

Not excessively sweet, but all the sour you want in a fruit lambic. The raspberries are there, but not the raspberries you know from jelly, preserves or syrup. These would be the ones you pick from the field. Very nicely done. The mustiness is not as bad on the tongue and comes off as earthiness, letting the sour shine on.

Nothing short of a perfect balance between sweet and sour, earthy and fruity. The carbonation doesn't turn this into raspberry champagne, but is still enough to give the beer some sparkle.

I could drink this all night until I started to miss my stouts. At 5% ABV I could drink this all night and still be able to spell stout.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small pour at Lambic Summit event. Of course it's trendy to dismiss this among the 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon offerings, as the previous rater predictably did, but in doing so one looks beyond the merit this beer offers. Pours a cloudy deep maroon. Nose of rich, seedy raspberries. Jam-like and really full. Much more naturally sour than the Boon Kriek given the nature of the fruit used, which makes the beer much more palatable. Really full-on seedy raspberries in the mouth. Pretty decent balance between sweet and tart elements. Certainly not as dry, sour, and complex as the unsweetened lambics at this event, but pretty good still. Finish is a bit weak. The best of the three Boon offerings at the summit.

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Photo of ausonius
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From standard 750 Champs bottle

Good head (for a lambic) that faded slowly to a thin, slightly pink foam. Little lacing, obviously.

Big nose of fresh, vibrant raspberry fruit. Very minerally with cherry pit, Brett, & grainy wheat in the background. Nice complex lactic fruitiness - not one note raspberry. Some oak, & actually a hint of some fairly young oak - interesting/nice surprise.

On the palate: Big, complex, mineral/raspberry, firm oak & Brett.
Very nice lactic quality, but not as tart as some.
Love the firm-fruity-oaky-Brett-cherrystone fruit.
Hint of bloodorange. Some oak tannins & hint of (partial) younger oak.

Not vintage dated. Drink by date of 2014.

Another great Boon - Bravo Frank!

94 Points

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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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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a grapey looking garnet with a finger of insubstantial head

S: From a few feet away, I can smell the raspberries. Up closer, it is straight berry puree, some wild yeast esters, and a disarmingly pleasant woodiness.

T: Juicy tart berry, iron, and a tannin-rich dryness that is not all that pleasing. I love the raspberry presence in this but the finish is a let down.

M: Carbonation is peppy but light, like a good spritzer.

Some of the harsher flavors are stopping me from appreciating this wonderful smelling brew. I think I might just go buy a pack of raspberries instead.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle decanted into 2 small wine glasses and split with the wife. The date on the bottle is quite faded away but I believe it to say 11/7/10. The appearance of this brew is a hazy brownish red with a creamy white head initially less than a finger strong that fades away quite fast.

The aroma of this brew is primarily raspberry sweetness with a very slight underlying of funk and earthiness. The taste is tart upfront with a sweet flavor of raspberry through the body and a lingering amount of sourness. Light feel with a moderate to low level of carbonation that leaves this brew feeling a bit watery. For the most part this brew tastes sweet and makes my mouth salivate, however it finds a way of finishing with a bit of dryness. The drinkability, it is hurt due to the watery aspect but it is easier drinking that say lindeman's take on fruited lambics that get a bit too sweet for me. Overall not bad but not something I would drink again.

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Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pinky color, with some floating chunks. White foam quite scarce, and with almost no retention.
Intense smell, with a raspberry over all, strong and bold.
Not so tart in the mouth, a good amount of sweet and fruity notes. Raspberry, strawberry.
Good.
The right tartness present.
Great aperitif.
Always interesting and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.82/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= A violent pop of the cork reveils a beer that pours a nice deep red color with a huge pink head on it. The head stands 3 fingers high and is super rocky and holds wonderful lacing and retention.

S= Loads of bright raseberries. Smell that reminds me of Framboise De Amarosa only a little less vinegar in it. There is for sure a deep sour note however beneath the bright raseberries. There is also an oak wood smell to it that I notice later in the beverage.

T= Very well balanced to say the least. Nice mix of sweet and sour to this one. There is a huge sour raseberry note in this one. The raseberry sweetness is there for sure and while sour is the dominate note the sweetness is there which makes me call this balanced. Upon further review it is more sour but still balanced as far as framboise go. I almost feel like I get taste some raseberry seeds in it. There isn't much oak or cheesy funk to it. Just sour and raseberries.

M= Nice bright lively carbonation.

D= This is one of the better framboise that I have ever had. In my opinion I would say this is better than Lost Abbeys FdA. This is sort of the peak of framboise for me.

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

Poured from a 375ml cork and caged bottle into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Pours a purple to cranberry color and fills the glass a deep cranberry like color with a pink fizzy head. Head retention is decent, but not great. The appearance of the head looks like it wants to leave lacing, but it just slides too quickly and dissapears.

Aroma is very light, mild tartness, light fruit...overall a faint smelling lambic. Don't get me wrong, the aroma isn't bad at all, just compared to what I expected from a big name lambic brewery like Boon, I was hoping for just a tad more tartness and funkiness.

Flavor is sweet, not sure if this has sugar or sweetners added...but it's refreshing, and no-where near the sweetness of a framboise like St. Louis or Lindemans. Tart aspect is decent and long lasting. Light, crisp mouthfeel...high carbonation. Fruit flavors are strong of raspberries, and the tartness contributes to the overall flavor at the perfect time to keep this beer from becoming too sweet. Very tasty, an easy drinker...a recommended Framboise!

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