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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 soulgrowl
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2000.

Appearance: Lovely peachy amber pink, with an ephemerally slim strawberry cream white head.

Smell: Apple juice, frozen raspberries, rosy perfume, raspberry candy, pickled Japanese plums, light lambic funk. Tart and sweet, simple yet winsome.

Taste: Splendidly tart! But beyond that, not much going on. Berry tartness with a grassy straw character and mineral water crispness all couched in an earthy, oaky funk. Finish is bone dry and tangy.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly sparkly and well-attenuated.

Drinkability: This is a nice, mild, and drinkable lambic, light and tart but not too sour and definitely not too sweet. A good summer beer if you're looking for an alternative to the usual wits and weizens.

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

Dark, dusky orange with a small splash of raspberry red; an odd color for a raspberry fruit beer, even if it's a lambic. The pinkish ecru cap has a shortcake-like texture and manages to decorate the glass with assorted scraps of sudsy lace. This isn't a bad looking beer, but I never would have guessed the style on appearance alone.

The nose contains at least as much sour lambic funkiness as it does red raspberries. If my memory is the least bit accurate, I think Boon Kriek was much fruitier than this. That doesn't mean I don't like it, just that it isn't quite what I expected. Repeated sniffs convince me of a wonderful sweet-tart contrast that is sure to be present on the palate as well.

It's odd, but the flavor is even less raspberry-like than the nose. I wonder if this batch was shortchanged on fruit for some reason; if fewer than the usual 200 gm of berries per liter were added. I know that age isn't the culprit since the 'best by' date isn't until 2009.

Actually, the dominant member of the flavor profile is oak. If an oaky lambic with a hint of ripe raspberries sounds like your kind of thing, then Boon Framboise is your kind of beer. I'm still trying to decide if it's my kind of beer. Tart easily overpowers sweet... and a clenching woodiness obliterates them both, especially on the finish.

There's nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel considering the style and the ABV. It's on the light side of medium, with a restrained feel to the carbonation that works much better than the fizziness that a lesser beer might deliver. By the same token, it isn't the least bit impressive.

Boon Framboise is a beer for the lambic lover much more than it is a beer for the fruit beer lover. My lambic experience is still in the novice stage, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a classic of the style, raspberries or not. Even though I'll be able to make it to the bottom of the bottle with no trouble at all, this will the last bottle that I ever buy.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is a rusty red color with a thin faintly pink head.
the smell is mostly sweet raspberry, with a faint harsh fruit skin type smell like thick grape skin or something, it's sort of hard to describe, beneath that is a hint of yeasty barnyard funk.
the taste is filled with nice juicy raspberries, with a slightly more intense, somewhat bitter raspberry seed taste towards the middle. both tart and sweet at times, but not overwhelming in either direction. i don't find any of the mild funk from the aroma in the flavor.
a little light in the mouth, with moderate carbonation, but the lightness suits the flavors.
quite drinkable and quenching. a more than suitable framboise. that i'll try and rememeber to come back to when in the mood for the style.

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

From the bottle, the lambic pours a pinkish hue not unlike cranberry juice. But in the glass, it turns to a reddish-brown, translucent monster with behemoth yeast chunks -- reminds me of sweet & sour sauce. The head is unremarkable, white, and thin. As for the aroma? A shit-ton o' berries. Tart and sweet...just as a lambic should be. Mouth is definately watering.

The taste leaves me a bit underimpressed. Notes of berry, plum, tart, wet paper, and some definate earthy notes; alot like eathing a blackberry that has yet to fully ripen. Accordingly, a sour tongue-lashing ensues after each sip. It's surprisingly refreshing and juicy, but the carbonation level is a bit flat for a corked bottle. Bottom line: it's not a bad choice if you're in the mood for a sour brew, but I can't imagine ever drinking more than one and I might look to other, better lambics than this.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured red with some tawny highlights that spared it from otherwise resembling cream soda. Plenty of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top briefly formed a nice head that quickly reduced to a soapy ring.

The smell was mainy sweet raspberry and with a slightly sour tinge, no doubt coming from the yeast. The taste, however, was practically an inversion of that: a tart puckering sensation to start and ending sour — though not necessarily because of the raspberry, more from the yeast. The sweetness detected in the smell was mostly absent. The carbonation was lively on the palate, but the overall feel was a bit watery.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a green 375 ml corked and caged bottle. 2005 batch, abv. listing on label at 4.5%.

Bright ruby red in appearance, lots of carbonation, pinkish spongy head.

Sweet fresh raspberries on the nose, very pleasant and appealing. Not tart and not overwhelming.

The raspberries however don't overwhelm the flavour (unlike the Kriek), but merely accentuate it. The tartness comes more from the lambic itself, and the yeast, than it does from the raspberry fruit. The fruit truly gets to shine on the finish, and especially the aftertaste where it lingers.

Mouthfeel is light and soda-like, the carbonation is what carries this one.

Once again, an okay dessert beer, or would do well complimenting chocolate, especially dark chocolate. However I'll be nursing this one for quite some time, with no need to run out and buy more until I have a special occassion for it.

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Photo of ciderfaerie
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: like a fancy glass of prune juice - redish purple and cloudy; minimal head - quick dissipation after pouring (so quick, i only noticed it on the second pour).

smell: raspberry sweetness definitely present with a hint of goat... or maybe it was lamb?

taste: (see smell, above).

mouthfeel: slight fizz from carbonation; medium bodied; pleasantly sour.

drinkability: surprisingly drinkable since the fruit flavor and sweetness are comparatively mild. if i didn't mind the goat smell/taste, i could probably have a few of these in an evening.

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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 gosurfobx
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 355ml bottle. The beer pours with a nice red color and a large lightly pink head. The head sinks down to two finger widths that stays around and leaves some nice lacing. Smells lovely with a nice balance between the raspberries and the barnyard lambic smell. Taste is amazing. The balance between the sweetness of the raspberries and the acidity and tartness from the brett fermentation play together very nicely. The beer also feels very good in the mouth. The beer sets lightly on the tongue with a high level of carbination that almost tickles the tongue. A great framboise from Boon.

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Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good, there is not a lot of lacing or head, although I don't think that is really the style.
Smell is good. Very rich raspberry smell, a hint of malt and that is all.
Taste is the marriage between wine and beer, not enough complexity to condone a higher rating, but very good.
Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with little carbonation.
Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boon framboise is a pale rhubarb color red with just a pink spindle of pale pink foam. The nose is a good balance of sourness and fresh raspberry jam.

Taste is multidimensional of watery raspberry juice and bitter raspberry seeds nested in a base full-mouth, mild sour tartness. The interaction of fruit sweetness and big tartness -- with the latter much more of a full force -- makes this lambic exceptionally drinkable. Quite bitter compared to the Lindemans and other sweeter lambics I've had recently, recalling more of a geuze.

A great value sour lambic.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated 2003 into a Lindemann's tulip glass.

Poured a beautiful pink/red with a large, almost white, head. Lots of carbonation can be seen. Wonderful to look at.

The aroma was of raspberry's, but not overwhelming. Also a musty, farmlike smell.

The taste started with a dry, light raspberry flavor. Not nearly as imposing as other in this style. Definite sour taste throughout with a nice raspberry sweetness lingering just behind the sourness. Quite surprising, quite nice. A much more subtle framboise than others I've tried. Definitely contrast witht the lambic nature and the added fruit. Nicely balanced.

There was a light mouthfeel which was rather cleansing. Somewhat of a numbing affect on the tongue. Enjoyable.

Overall, this was quite drinkable. Has a "real" taste to it as compared to others in this style. Very traditional feel. More like a good champagne than others that tend to be more like a fruit juice. Classy. Not too sweet.

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Photo of LHMark
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Framboise is rare in bars here. If they have any, it's always Lindemanns. Compared to that, Boon is much less sweet, lacking the tongue-shredding tartness of that more commonly available beer.

Color: buckwheat honey with the slightest red tinge, not pink. Pinkish, persistent head, about ¼ inch, completely clear.

Aroma: fruity, but the malt is still evident. Noticeable raspberry smell

Flavor: tart raspberry on the sides of the tongue. The sourness of the gueze base is still very evident. Almost zero finish. Very clean. Very prickly on the tongue, like champagne

I really like the Boon over any other Framboise I've tried because the presence an flavor of the raspberries come through, while the overpowering sweetness and tartness are somewhat curtailed. It's all in the balance.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy copper to brown. Lots of sediment rolls around w/ the mild and super fine carbonation, bright white head fades rapidly w/ little to no lacing.

this particular bottle is the 2002 version I've had tucked away for a while. Starts out very pleasant and tasty, raspberries are obviously the theme here but it has much more depth than just being "Fruity" as some tend to be. Then towards the end it just winds up and smacks ya around, very bitter and sour to the point of some "Puckering". Bitterness stays around in the aftertaste and can be "Recycled" so to speak as it sticks to the back of the tongue.

Notes: One of the better lambic's I've had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, smell the Brett!
This is more of what I've been looking for in a lambic. Fairly clear red beer with a champagne head. A big waft of raspberries and horse blanket, oh yeah! Initially it starts out mouth puckering sour but after a little while you really don't notice that at all, this allows you to appreciate the sweet-tart raspberry flavors, yum. A very light body, way lighter (and dryer) than Lindemanns. Excellent drinkability I wish the bottle was bigger.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like strawberry shortcake. There's a great interplay of fresh fruit, tartness, and your usual musty/funky lambic aromas. Flavorwise, an easy tartness gives way to soft raspberry before that mild tartness reenters in this finish. Some may be curious how this compares to Lindemans Framboise-- well, Boon's features less raspberry flavor but I think the result is greater balance. I'll take Boon's.

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Photo of texashammer
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served, at Kulminator, with great ritual and care, with the basket to preserve serving angle, and all. I must confess I am impressed by this ritual. smells like a perfect balance between beer and fruit, with characteristic lambic tartness and slight funk. this is my ideal version. great balance. delectable and addictive. dry finish. oh so good.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a green 12 oz. corked bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square. I served it in one of my New Belgium snifter-style glasses, after letting it warm up for about half an hour.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-orage color, with soda-like carbonation that clings to the side of the glass. A short white head rises, then quickly diminishes to a ring.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly raspberries, with a subtle earthiness.

Taste: Raspberry sweetness hits the palate up front, followed by slight tartness, and then a slightly dry finish. There's a slight hop bitterness here, but it's not a strong presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied, light prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Drinkable, but a little too dry to be something you could drink bottle afte bottle of.

Overall: I don't have alot of experience with the lambic styles. This is only the second Framboise lambic I've had. I prefer it to Lindeman's on it's own. I find that it's not as sweet and just seems more well balanced; though I think Lindeman's wins as far as pairing with desserts.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed before dinner in a stange, best by date reads 10/29/07. Served and rated over a half hour, from fridge to cellar temperature.

Appearance- An appropriately suitable "raspberry iced tea" look, with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Smell- Hugely fragrant aroma of fruity hard candies... extremely sweet. As the beer warms up, notes of Brettanomyces and some Belgian funk comes forward.

Taste- Initial blast of raspberries, as in some sort of ice cream or dessert... sweet, conceding to mild horseblanket and barnyard notes. The sour (or is it tart?) character finishes nicely and leaves the same sort of lip-smacking goodness as I experienced with Boon Kriek. Well done, easy to approach for a first-time lambic adventurer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Moderate carbonation accentuates the interplay of fruit with the wild yeasts... it flattens out a bit towards the end however. As far as lambics go, this doesn't venture too far outside the safe zone... but that's fine. This beer is a refreshing aperitif and palate cleanser between courses, and is worth trying.

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

Ah, very nice!

This raspberry lambic is not as sweet as the ones I have had before (specifically: Lindeman's).

This one features more of a well-rounded, more subdued sweetness. The sweet is still there, but evened-out this time. The tartness is very well balanced with the sweetness, and overall makes for a very satisfying drink. The tart properties hit you at first, and then a subtle sweetness, and everything evens out in the finish.

I really couldnt ask for much more... except another bottle!

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Photo of Naerhu
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle reads 2004, but does not have "Mariage Parfait" anywhere on the label. 6.2% abv is what gives it away as the Boon FMP. Has a expiration date of 2009, but I had this in October 2005.

A - Deep red opaque body with pure white head. Deep red rasberry aroma, nice balance of bitterness (natural fruit bitterness, not hoppy bitterness) and sour, though far more bitterness than sourness.
S - Restrained rasberry flavor.
T - Rasberry totally dominates the flavor and there is little if any malt flavor. This tastes more like rasberry wine that beer.
M - Nice mild carbonation and medium body.
D - The bitterness is a tad overwhelming, but otherwise this is a nice beer.

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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 bark
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The clear liquid is ruby red; the two finger thick foam is airy and white with a tint of pink. There is no yeast sediment in the bottle, which surprised me.

The smell is very sweet. There are notes of raspberries and lambic-vinegar. It is a bit sharp and almost artificial, like cheap fruit candy. I’m not impressed.

The taste is both dry and sweet. The dominating note is blackcurrant, but there are also some fresh raspberries, earthy yeast, some vinegar /citric acid and a touch of gravy. The long lasting aftertaste is bittersweet with blackcurrants, raspberries and an odd, stale earthy note.

The carbonation is very, very strong. But it won’t cross the line and get sharp. There are lots of small bubbles.

I didn’t really enjoy this beer. The raspberry part was OK, but the lambic had a stuffy, odd yeasty note that didn’t go too well with the fruit.

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Photo of HogHill
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Offshore tasting at Harrington's in Chelmsford (to split with the wife).

Poured a dull ruby / plum color, very effervescent, a light shade of violet froth topped it off. Aroma of sourness, raspberries and yeast. Tastes sweet from the fruit, but then it changes into a more sour raspberry flavor. Feels very bubbly on the tongue.
Overall it was a bit more sour and less sweet than Lindeman's Framboise.

I enjoyed this with a cherry cheesecake for dessert.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz bottle from Marty's in Newton, Massachusetts.

I have turned my fiance into a lambic lover and now have to keep a few in my beer fridge for her (it's only right, since she bought the thing for me in the first place).

Tonight we shared a bottle of Framboise (I even let her drink her's out of my Linderman glass). Sweet and heavy raspberry aroma with a crisp bittersweet taste. A nice dessert drink to keep on hand.

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