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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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 471
Photo of Bierschenker
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer in a 33cl “cristal” glass.
The colour is a dark purple red.
Like with most “Lambiek” beers there is hardly any head. A very thin creamy layer floats on top. It’s colour is a redish grey and there are hardly any bubbles present.
The scent is composed of two strong elements: (1) The typical sour Lambiek scent and sweet raspberry.
The taste is very pleasant! Everything is in balance, the sweet and sour elements make a harmonious combination. At the end some bitterness lingers.
The mouthfeel is quite soft.

This is a great beer for those warm summer afternoons.

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Photo of Shadman
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

old skool green bottle eith the cork and wire. Fizzy, no head/lacing. Cloudy appearance, almost has the look of venous blood. Hopefully it tastes better.

Nice rich aroma of raspberries and malt.
Very tart and very dry initially. Some richer flavor becomes more apparent in the mid/after taste...the malt more certainly.

not as watery as i thought, actually quite decent..the excessive tartness makes this a one off for me though.

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

hazy light brown with some reddish hues peeking through here and there. pinkish white head that shrinks to a thin coating pretty quikly, and leaves some, but not much, lace. nose is very nice raspberryish with some beer scent that come through just a tad. taste is sweeet, yet balanced very well by the sourness. tastes very real. hard to describe, this is outside of my usual realm. i do know that i've tried a few other lambics before and this is above and beyond the other framboise i've tried. perhaps i'll have to delve into this side of beerdom more often, i really enjoyed this as my dessert tonight.

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Photo of brendan13
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy dark pink colour with a few centimetres of pink tinged white head.
S - Some musty, funky notes backed up by some raspberry tartness.
T - The raspberry comes through in the taste as well. Slightly sour. Tastes like raspberry juice.
M - Medium to full bodied & a fairly crisp carbonation.
D - An interesting one that's for sure. I'd possibly drink it again but not on a regular basis.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a thick head that recedes with some lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet with an intoxicating, unmistakable strawberry scent. A slight sourness in the nose as well. Taste is very sour though with the strawberry taking a backseat in the mouthfeel. A bit funky as well but that's par the style. Still quite drinkable and not too sweet.

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Photo of travolta
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice and thick green bottle, corked. Pours into a wonderfully frothy pink head. Good retention. A dark cranberry color.

You can smell this across the room. Deep, lush raspberry. The stems, the seeds, everything. Really syrupy on the nose.

Crisp and vinous at first. Lightly carbonated. Interestingly, the carbonation is not plain, but has a bitter taste itself. Not syrupy like it's nose, but dry and light. The bitter stays with your sip all the way down. The bite from the raspberry comes right in the middle.

Very true to the style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copperish reddish with a rather short-lived pink head.

The smell is floral with vinegar sour/raspberry tart notes. A hint of vanilla, oak and barnyard mustiness mix in.

The taste is of fresh raspberries - tart and sour with some iron and a candi sugar and malty sweetness. Some vanilla/oak imparts a certain unique character to it. Vinuous and very dry in the finish.

Appropriate body for style - light, approaching medium. Flavors linger on the palate.

A tasty, unique (as certain oak, wine and gueuze characteristics intertwine in the lambic), refreshingly tart/dry, brew.

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