Boon Framboise | Brouwerij Boon

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
471
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.87%
 
 
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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Served at the May beer dinner at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth DE.

A: The beer is a hazy ruby/magenta with a nice foamy, pink head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind no lacing.

S: Tons of raspberries on the aroma. There is some like oak and a little bit of vinegar.

T: Nice sour/tart raspberry flavors that combine sweet and sour very well. Hints of vanilla and a little bit of spice on the backend.

M: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation and provides a light fizziness.

O: An easy drinking fruit lambic. Went very well with the chocolate dessert it was paired with. Would certainly consider picking up a bottle.

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Photo of iguenard
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

( 33/50, 5% alc/vol, Home, from 1st Rochester trip) At the top of the glass, the beer becomes a bright and powerful red, but at bottom, it swims a pinkish orange hue. The head of white-orangeish bubbles starts low and stays at a healthy disc of dense bubbles. Good strong aromas of sweet raspberries. Though I would suspect their natural origin. Sour, acidic lambic aromas, well displaying the oak maturation. Smells creamy, sorbetlike. Like a raspberry yogourt. Slightly sulfurous, acrid raspberry flavours. Dry, oaky, old lambic acids come up with a metallic, odd bile-like acrid flavour. They smells right, but they don’t taste fresh at all. Still, as you finish the bottle, it gets easier and easier to handle. Great natural raspberry sediment. Acidic and sour, but the sourness is at an odds with something in the beer. The raspberry bitterness seems like raisin tannins. Acrid and powerful. Leaves a dry impression and robs a bit from the fruitiness. Sample is a year old, from the shelf of Beers of the world! So handling might have been an issue. This lambic would be much, much better served fresh in a barrel. This sample is a far ways from the coasts of Belgium. Would warrant another try. Otherwise, fresh red fruit-seeds, raw lambic acidity and a sulfurous, bile bitterness that puts us at odds with nice fruity flavours, oaked and aged.

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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 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 sweemzander
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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 Mosstrooper
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep pinkish-red color with a medium pink head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind only a few spots of lace.

Smell: Smells strongly of sweet raspberry with a bit of a wine aroma- similar to cheap white zinfandel I got back in college, but I guess not that bad.

Taste: Begins with raspberry flavor, finishing with a mild vinegar sourness. Good overall and very well-balanced, but lacks assertiveness that could make it great.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with light carbonation and a somewhat syrupy finish.

Drinkability: A good framboise lambic- most of them either have fake fruit flavor and no sourness or, even if they have a real fruit flavor also lack the sourness. This has both of those good fruit lambic flavors, but, again, this beer doesn't ever quite assert itself. Still more than worthy, though.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another lambic, I like Boon but this lambic was way way way too sweet.

Beer is kind of brownish red with a white head of small bubbles.

Aroma is like raspberry jam. At this point I know what I'm in for.

Beer is thin but the heavy fruit presence on the palate makes the beer seem thicker. It is jelly flavored, strong raspberries and sweetened, at least it tastes that way. Eh, there's nothing wrong with it, there is even some mild tartness from the berries on the finish, it's a big big fruit beer.

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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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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
3.73 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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