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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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231
Ratings:
471
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.87%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 10oz stem-flute at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Reviewed from notes taken in May 2012.

A: Pours a pink colour head of nice yet restrained creaminess, pretty good thickness, and average retention.

Body colour is a dark cherry red. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raspberry syrup, bacterial notes, and wonderful wild yeast. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Fresh raspberry, nice wild yeast notes. Clean malts, tart fruity esters, and backgrounded light simple hop character. Bacterial notes lending some sourness. Subtle and complex, yet refreshing and enjoyable. Nicely tart. I quite like it. A solid framboise. Well layered and built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and pleasant. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Light on the palate.

Dr: A very drinkable framboise. I'd certainly get it again. I'd like a little more depth, but it's well executed for what it is. Expensive at $7.00 per 10 oz pour. Hides its ABV well.

Low B

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Photo of GPHarris
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick grayish head that was gone so quickly i barely saw it. the body was a dark reddish-purple color.
s - juicy and sweet raspberries, smells like fruit juice.
t - raspberries dominate with a hint of red wine grapes coming through. a hint of tartness at the front but more sweet than sour.
m - slick and medium with a dryness to it.
o - i wasn't expecting much and didn't get it. reminded me of a manishevitz wine. i won't go back to this one.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a swampy-looking brown color with some lavender and faint, ruby hints around the edges. Not quite as vibrant or colorful as I was expecting, especially compared to many other raspberry lambics. The head is soapy and gray-tinted, leaving nothing behind as it quickly dissolves to nothing but a ring.

Lots of juicy raspberries infiltrate my nostrils as I first bring the glass to my face. Some lighter, faintly vinous notes play in the background, somewhat wine-like with a mild tannic character. Aside from a developing touch of mild acidity, there really isn't much else to the aroma. No yeast, funk, or anything else - pretty basic and just full of raspberries with a little bit of grape to it. Not complex, but still refreshing.

The taste is a bit tart up front, but far from what I'd call "sour". It's more just like a quick jolt of tartness from the raspberries and then it fades into a residual, sugary sweetness. Again, the lightly vinous flavors come out; grape skins, tannins, light wine, but the raspberries are still the most prominent thing in the profile. The sweetness that bellows in about halfway through lingers long into the raspberry and fruit-filled aftertaste. The mouth feel is light and watery with heavy carbonation.

Wasn't expecting too much from this, thankfully so. Almost more of a juice than a lambic, as it was pretty one-track minded and not very complex at all. An easy drink, no doubt, and something that may be nice to open with someone who doesn't care much for beer. But don't purchase this expecting Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen quality and you won't be too upset.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An aged version. I love how the fruit holds up on this. And the beer has a superb clarity - at first. Then all the sediment starts getting in on the game and things change up. Consistency of flavor is the most interesting thing here. Brewing mastery that keeps the drinking experience interesting, even after so long. A real pleasure to be able to drink.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
5.5% ABV, 15.04.2014, PL13 on cork.
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - Prune-to-blood red in color with a light haze and loose, poorly retained pink head. Great color!

S - Wow. This mells like a fresh, just rinsed-off bushel of ripe raspberries. So real! Barely sugary at all, the nose is intoxicating; slightly earthy, funky notes behind but it's pretty one-dimensional towards the fruit.

T - Big bold raspberry flavor isn't as fresh-like as the aroma but there's much better balance with the earthy, funky yeast undertones.

M - Dusty dry with a mellow sweetness and light funk finish this light-bodied fruit beer with incredibly drinkability.

O - So drinkable and tasty, this fruit beer is great for a raspberry beer but not that great as far as lambics go.

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Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expiry date 08DEC15. Beer is from 2011

poured it into a flute glass

ruby red body, pink foam that reduces to nothing after a while, big bubbles

smell of raspberries and red fruits in general. also a typical smell Lambic tartness

tastes fruity, clearly raspberries. very moderate sourness for a lambic and also balanced with fruity sweetness. I do not get the artificial sweeteners. Aside from the tartness this reminds me of a soda drink I had many times as a kid in Austria. It was called Himbeerkracherl.

lots of carbonation makes this really refreshing. feels velvety on the tongue.

Served ice-cold this is a perfect thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Drinking this on a freezing december night it brings back memories of summer, which is not the worst thing.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy three finger head that has finally reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy crimson red with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sour raspberries, sweet raspberries, funky, and can't wait to try it.

Taste: tart, sweet and sour raspberries, and some acidity to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: light, medium to high carbonation, tart, pucker, and a bit funky.

Overall: This is a tasty lambic I have enjoyed over the years. I had it a few weeks ago at the BBF and happy to have gotten a bottle to take home too. World renowned and very tasty.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent and flew it back home to share during a comparison tasting with Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus and 3f Framboos. Thanks for hanging out guys.

From a 750ml into a small snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, reddish-white, kind of a lavender blush colored head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a swirling wisp and bubbly ring. Opaque maroon red with no carbonation evident. Much darker than the other two examples of the style. A light wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking really.

SMELL: Some raspberries with grainy, dry bread and lots of barnyard. Hay and horseblanket dominate the aroma and push the fruit to the back. A little unpleasant; wish it was more fruit forward.

TASTE: Some light raspberries up front, with lots of barnyard flavors through the middle, into a slightly funy and sour finish. Some light floral bitterness as well. Milder aftertaste of raspberries, cherries, and lots of hay and horseblanket. Like I'm drinking a barn full of livestock. This is much more farm than the other two on offer.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Relatively airy on the palate compared to the other two. Goes down bubbly and finishes quite dry on the palate. Too light and airy for my palate.

OVERALL: This was by far my least favorite of the three. The flavors were just too barnyard dominante for my tastes, and the light, bubbly, airy palate is just not my style. This one was relatively hard to drink, and there's no way I'd be able to drink a bottle myself. Not my beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle brought all the way overseas and enjoyed at a recent beer tasting - thanks Jeffo! Enjoyed alongside a couple other raspberry lambics to provide a bit of horizontal comparison.

Poured into a snifter. Right away I notice the colour - far deeper and darker than other raspberry sours. A rich raspberry colour, the same colour as a raspberry jam or pie. A half inch of off-white head, good retention on this for the style, as a thick ring survives for quite some time.

Nose is quite sweet, with the raspberry coming through quite nicely. Sugary sweet like raspberry pie (you can almost smell the seeds), with a bit of funk, lactic acid and citrus in the back. Very nice.

Good lambic if you like them a bit sweeter. The sweet raspberry gets a much higher billing than the backing funky notes. Definitely a good candidate for an introductory lambic, as the lactic acid and funkier flavours are kept very much in the background, allowing the raspberry to really take over. Without that puckery sour quality, however, I felt that the brew was borderline cloying, but there was just enough to power through. Would be amazing on a warm spring day.

If you like your lambics a little less sour than some of the heavy hitters, this is your man right here. Bridging the gap between the sweeter Lindemans or Mort Subite style and the sourbombs from Cantillon and others, this is a solid brew indeed. But if you're looking for that sour fix, this probably won't be your thing.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

270th Review
75cl bottle to wine glass
Vintage: 2008

A: I untwisted the cage and felt the cork itching to get out and POP! 10 feet into the air it went and the BBQ crowd in attendance for the opening of this was amazed. Someone actually said, "Are you sure that's a beer?" I replied, "nope...it's a lambic!" After some questioning faces, I laughed to myself and explained the art of Belgium lambic brewing to the small group. Anyways, this pours a murky, deep burgundy. Single (off pink) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of raspberry, slight funk, oak, and fresh sweetness. Smells nice, but I'd like the sweetness to be a bit less with more lambic/oak character.

T: Sweet raspberry purée with soft earthiness and unripe cherry. Balance of tart and sweetness is a bit "off center" here. I think this is a result of being a bit too young to actually enjoy.

M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Thick consistency though.

O: A bit too young to enjoy at this point, but I could see this developing quite nicely with some age. No where close to the heavy hitters, but decent enough for off-the-shelf at €12, I guess.

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Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 label around the neck. Cork popped out easily and minimal gusher. Pink head. Ruby pink color.

Very weak tasting lambic. Minimal raspberry flavors. Bready malts. Bland cardboard finish.

Light bodied. Bubbly feel.

This one isn't undrinkable, it's just not good. Much better framboise options our there. Makes you really appreciate an LPF.

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

Poured from a slightly chilled 375ml bottle into a small wine glass. Clear dark reddish-mahogany color. Nice head, but quick dissipation and not much lacing. Strong, sweet, seedy raspberry nose.

The flavor is something of a surprise as it does not follow the nose at all. It is quite tart with just a hint of raspberry flavor. This lambic definitely does not taste like fruit juice. It is (properly) sour, sherry-like on the front of the palate, and red wine-like in the back. The finish is quite dry and acidic, leaving the mouth ready for more. Very refreshing.

I haven't much experience with lambics. There just aren't that many available where I live. This framboise from Boon is a lot different than the offering from Lindemans. Where this one is very tart and acidic, the other is quite sweet and fruity. I suppose it's all a matter of preference, though die-hard fans of sour beers will probably insist that this one is more representative of the style. I like them both.

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Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky, ruddy brown, magenta, with a off0white skim leaving no lace.

Smell is fruity, loads of candied raspberries.

Taste is also heavy on the fruit, which is currently in season locally and something I've been eating a lot of - it's remarkably similar, which is great. I'm just wanting for more lambic. Minimal funk, just a drying bite.

Mouthfeel is dry, acidic, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, it's a reallly fruity lambic, not oude, which I prefer. But not what what was on the label either, so I can't ding them too much.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a clear crimson red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, sour raspberries, and raspberry puree. Taste is much the same but only mildly sour with some nice fresh raspberry flavors. There is also an acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is neither too sweet or sour with some nice fresh raspberry aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle vintage 1986.

A - Pours ruby reddish, light orange hue, bubbles on top.

S - Sweet raspberry, vinegar, light level of tartness, fruity sugary sweetness. I think the almost 26 years of age has toned down the sweet sugars and brought out more of the tart and vinegar notes, which I much prefer.

T - It's crazy how well this held up for this age. Raspberry, vinegar, oak, light tartness, sour cherries. Alcohol is gone. Finish is sweet raspberries and tart oak'd fruit.

M - Light body, light carbonation, syrupy dry finish.

O - Well, color me impressed how well this beer held up. It just so happens I got to try a bottle from 1995 the following week and it wasn't as good as the 1986. The perfect amount of sweetness, tart notes, and oak for me to enjoy with this much age.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Vintage 2010.

A: Pours a murky brownish-orange with a decent white head.

S: Slightly tart raspberry and sweet raspberry puree. A bit of wheat underneath.

T: Raspberry puree and earthy seed with a bit of a tart bite on the end.

M: Lightly carbonated, light to medium body.

O: Pretty good but sort of simple. Some more funk/tartness might help.

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

Bottle. Best by February 16, 2015. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear deep red with a pinkish hued one finger head that recedes to a foamy ring with a very light wispy cap, leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is raspberries, bread and the slightest hints of funk and vanilla. Pretty much all raspberry on the nose. Very good strength.

Flavor is tart raspberries and that’s about it. Hints of bread and funk...but they’re slight. Pretty much all raspberry on the tongue. Have I mentioned this already? Fairly sweet, but tartness barely wins out (although not really all that sour).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Sticky. Low to moderate carbonation.

On a new style run tonight...my first Framboise and it’s pretty good, but also pretty one-dimensional. Alcoholic tart raspberry juice.

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

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a thick haze that limits any light passing through. Head is a finger of foam with a color combining light tan and pink; a sickly hue, possibly, but one honestly come by.

Smell: lightly tart, lightly sweet aroma of caramel lambic with raspberries. Exactly as advertised. I like raspberries, so I like this framboise.

Taste: nice, caramelly base lambic flavor with an enticing raspberry element. A bit on the sweet side, but there's a good balancing tartness. It's not overly sour, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a frothy effervescence. It's more rocky than creamy, but the bright bubbles add to the refreshment factor.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. It's not as candylike as other framboise lambics I've had, and it's got a good overall balance and composition.

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Photo of Spider889
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Red. A bit murky with a nice rose colored head which forms into a tall foamy cap.

S - Smells really sweet, almost akin to Lindemans with notions of cherry cough syrup.

T - The flavor is still sweet but there is also a nice tartness. There's also some green leafyness and a lingering bitterness.

O - I expected much more after sampling the Marriage Parfait earlier. I guess the two are completely different beers.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1262nd Review on BA
Draft to 9oz Strange

@Beachwood's BBQ Long Beach, Ode to Lambic

App- I am rating a bit higher here because the color on this beer is just so damn pretty. It's like when we were kids and had Kool-aid. That color just no bubbles or cling or anything.

Smell- A bit of a malty blast with some very deep cherry and a bit artificial. Not overly wowing here.

Taste- A bit of a earthy note intermixed with the cherries but again too sweet. Went a bit thick with this one.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a full medium thick carbonation level. A bit syrupy.

Drink- Eh, Ill pass if I see this one again on tap. Wonder if any different from a bottle.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear pink and ruby with lots of highly-active carbonation running up through the body of the beer. Small light pink head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass.

The aroma is a simple one, and pleasant enough: raspberry and simple syrup. Very sweet.

The flavor too is quite simple, without a lot of depth. There's not a lot of sour character or funk at all. This is sweet, syrupy, and filled with raspberry flavor. It tastes like carbonated raspberry juice.

Thin bodied with high carbonation.

A simple, sweet, raspberry beer, though too sweet and not complex enough to drink in much quantity.

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Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 19/1/15

A - Pours deep garnet with one finger of slightly pink head. Head does not last long and leaves no lacing.

S - Nice aroma of raspberries, a mix of fresh and a bit of raspberry jam, and a decent amount of yeasty funk near the end.

T - Tart raspberry up front, with some very mild sweetness and some earthy funk in the middle. The finish is another shot of tartness, this time with more of a bitter aspect, perhaps even a touch of lemon, and a good funk presence.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel with a pretty dry finish. A bit more carbonation would be nice.

O - I was afraid this would be sweet, but was pleasantly surprised. The raspberry presence is very nice and the other components work well to yield a nice Framboise.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle into wine tiulip. Date best by 08/12/15. Light purple in color. Thin tinted pink head. Sudsy lacing, slow slide down glass. 
Aroma deep deep raz, seems sweet. Slightly medicinal. Moderately sweet on taste, moderately tart, slightly puckering.  Perfect balance between sweet and tart. Tasty. 

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Photo of Converge
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a 9oz flute. 2009 vintage, corked & caged.

A - Pours with a small, fizzy head, with minimal retention and no lacing. The color is a sort of cloudy mahogany, or reddish-purple color; not particularly nice looking. Kind of ugly even.

S - Sour raspberries with some lemon rind and acidity. Mild yeasty funk, with some mixed berries and cranberries in the background as well. A little tart, a little acidic, and a little sweet. Balanced.

T - A nice combination of sweet, sour, and funk. Lots of sour raspberries upfront, with strong cranberry undertones. Light lemon presence, but not really citrusy, but more-so acidic. Mild funk in the aftertaste, with cranberries, yeast, and mild tartness finishing it off.

M - Small and fizzy carbonation, but not overly done. Fairly light body, but a touch syrupy. Slight dryness in the finish.

D - Overall, a decent and balanced Belgian lambic that was easy to drink. The premium price may be a bit steep, but compared to the price of Cantillon around here, it's not that bad. And to be honest, this isn't too far off from the Cantillon 100% Kriek I had the other night.

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Photo of andersony17
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle from Weis Markets.

A - Cool bottle with a cork and cap, the pour was an ugly pale purple

S - Smelled weak of berries, not all that pungent

TM - Tasted pretty good, with a strong raspberry tart flavor. No lingering aftertaste, was kind of like having a spiked-raspberry juice drink.

O - Worth a try, but not worth continually dropping 7 bucks a bottle.

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