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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

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224
Ratings:
459
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 459
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-reddish color. Initial fizzy carbonation leads to no head whatsoever. Carbonation is minimal to none.

Smells funky. Sour raspberries are mixed by with what smells like a vinegar mixed raspberries. Not sold on it just yet.

Tart, unsweetened raspberries are the highlight mixed with vinegar. Funk is kind in the background, overpowered by the vinegar. Not too sold on the flavor either.

Hm the aftertaste is really the best part. The vinegar flavors go away, leaving flashes of tart raspberry seeds and funk. Leaves a slightly dry feeling, probably from the sour and vinegar.

Not overly impressed, not the worst by any means.

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Photo of beershlitz
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a hefty pinkish yet light head with lacing, pours with a reddish over light brown hue.

A tart raspberry nose with some hints of barnyard funkiness, hayish and a hint of wheat.

Delicious sour raspberry flavor with deep earthy, horseish aftertones. Acidic fruitiness yet quite thin.

Drinks very crisp with a light carbonation, almost like a flat champagne with sour fruit notes.

A very good beer overall, delicious with chocolate. With the first glass I had some trouble with the funky earth flavor but my taste buds assimilated thereafter. It is on the pricey side but I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish looking color with a pink fizzy head that rapidly faded away. The smell of the beer is sweet and tart with raspberries. The taste of the beer was full of tart raspberry flavors with a bit of acidic vinegar in there too. The mouthfeel was not carbonated at all and felt like I was drinking a chilled wine. Overall this brew isn't the greatest in my opinion but it might be worth trying if you like this style.

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

Boon Framboise is very calm, undercarbonated beer. "Changing the dish, makes hungry". This beer is something different than many other beers. It changes your palate.

L: chesnutt red/brown; one finger top that doesn't last long;
S: very good; sweet raspberry jam; a touch of funk but not very much;
T: okay, but the bretts have been swallowed by the sugar/sweeteners; dry finish; this must be an interesting beer to pair with chees or a sweet dessert;
M: alcohol and dryness are nice; but the undercarbonation and the 'taste' of sweetener ruin it a bit;
O: a good beer; I will try this more often; interested with what to pair it...

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml cork and cage - expiration date on bottle: 19-07-2014

Lower carbonation. Clear raspberry color with thin pink head that dissipates immediately. It looks nice, both presentation of bottle and the beer. Unfortunately appearance is the least important part of beer for me.

Smells sweet, I do find it to have an artificial candy aroma. An unusual oakiness. Aroma doesn't weaken over time which is strange.

I have a really hard time believing this is a completely wild fermentation. Light malt character to start sip. Into a syrupy sweet dark raspberry character. Minimal to no funk in this beer. Again the oak is quite unusual. I think the barrel was previously used for wine. No major fermentation flaws, just strange flavors in my opinion.

Low acidity. Thicker mouthfeel than expected. Very bland on the tongue.

Both Boons I have had were similarly sweet- candy flavor. It really reminds me of robitussin. Not what I look for in a Belgian Lambic. More similar to a raspberry soda. I wanted to point out that there wasn't yeast/sediment/dregs on the bottom of the bottle. Seeing that pair with the taste really makes me think the beer was pasteurized, back sweetened, and forced carbonated like a keg.

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

Reviewed from notes: Used as an Honorary toast to 2 my dearest friends.

appearance: murky reddish brown with a 1 finger head

smell: raspberry, funk,

taste: sour, raspberry, funk, sweet,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very tasty. great desert beer or a great beer for the Sour/Funk lover.

cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" lavendar head fading fast. Dark violet in masstone but clear and watery during pour. Smells of raspberry syrup. Taste is raspberry, far far less sweet than other fruit lambics, but still so much fruit it overwhelms the beer aspects of the beer. And although the sour is present it is far less funky than I'd anticipated.

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Photo of hreb
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I'm only reviewing this because it failed the girlfriend test after I bought it for her. She'll drink Lindemans, but complains it's too sweet. This is definitely less sweet and more funky. This particular sample is a 375 mL champagne-topped bottle which I've served myself in a flute. Heavy, dark sediment in the bottle (from the barrels? or the fruit? definitely not the yeast).

Color is much paler and more natural than the Lindemans, with a thick foamy pink head. Similar raspberry funk aroma. Flavor is of tart raspberry juice with a funky edge, perhaps the oak. I'm pretty sure this lambic is hopped, because there's a really interesting play between the sour flavors of the lambic and bitter undertones in the beer. Where by "really interesting" I mean "enough to get me to finish the quarter bottle".

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for a 355ml bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Best by 17 Nov 13.

A: deep, mahogany, red color, clear, with off pink head
S: intense juicy fruit, very little to no funk, not cloying at all
T: decent brew, a tad more on the sweetish side but very drinkable with some characteristic barn funk, incredibly deep raspberry sweet/tart qualities, unusual (but not offensive) slight bitter finish in the back of the mouth
M: a bit pithy with some almond qualities, rounded, not overly brett but could use a few more degrees of sour
O: decent but needs just a bit more sourness

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Photo of schwaeh
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by inebriatedjoker during the Jackie O's release.

A: Pours a dark violet color. Purple-pink soapy head that dissapates.

S: Smells of tart raspberry, sharp acidity, maybe lacto and brett, maybe a little funk but the fruit stands out the most. Smells kinda sweet.

T: The taste is very dry raspberry skins, a slight tartness, a little wheat, and some background funk. It seems brett focused, just with more of it's bad qualities showing themselves. The finish almost seems so fast that the flavor is gone before you can process it.

M: The mouthfeel is zesty, crisp, and dry.

O: This is probably the driest beer I've ever had; I can deal with this to an extent but when it totally takes away from enjoying the fruit, it's just no good. Fruit, funk, or sour- this beer needed more of at least one of those to be good. I can see why these are a cheaper option...

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Photo of gskitt
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There were Parts of this beer I liked and some not so much. Pours a dark red, maroon, cloudy with visible sediment. Smells strongly of raspberries. Tastes strongly of raspberries, little alcohol is Present in the taste. Sour and tart and quite refreshing. Dry mouthfeel. I liked the taste of this beer and would consider drinking it again.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 375. Split into tulips.

A: Dark red purple hue. Small pink head. Tiny bits of soapy lace.

S: Full on raspberry puree. Sweet and fruity. Not much funk or sourness. Pretty much one note. Raspberry.

T: Dry raspberry flavor, hint of sourness and funk. I find it a bit disjointed. The sweetness doesn't mesh with the sourness. It's like two beers in one.

M: Light body with mild carbonation.

O: Yet another beer from Boon that doesn't do it for me. Sadly they all can't be oude kriek.

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

With the portrayal of black raspberries in a very fruit-forward kind of way, this sour ale carries its raspberry flavor very well and without allowing dominance of the fruit.

Pouring a dark beet-red color, the raspberry additions are evident. A froathy pinkish head billows up from the release of carbonation and provides a fluffy textured head that seems to disipate quickly, likely from the acids present in the beer. Light on retention and lace, the beer reduces to a delicate creme before holding firm.

A blend of tart berries and more rich black berry puree hit the nose with a very inviting culmination of scents that include crabapples, lemons-limes, balsalmic vinegar, musty fruits, and a tinge of oak and soy sauce. A very appetizing scent.

Raspberries also dictate flavor, starting with the fresh and ripe flavor of fresh picked raspberries- some of over vine rippened, others of under rippened tart versions. Acidic flavors from citrus blend well with clean lactic tartness and balance the raspberry sweetness well. But there's a point when the raspberry flavor subsides and the more musty rustic flavors of brine and lime supply the refreshing and crisp finish. This creates a dull mid palate where the transition occurs and makes for an abrupt, less smooth transition.

Medium bodied for a fruited lambic (which is still fairly dry because of the acidic tone of the beer). Much of the fruity sweetness remains a factor on the beer's weight and makes for an uphill climb toward the powdery-dry finish that is so enjoyable about their Marriage Parfait Oud Gueuze.

Much of the subtle character of the classic lambic notes are swamped underneath the immense raspberry flavor, sweetness, and feel. A good Framboise but there's a few nuances that make it almost world class.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a nice dark reddish color with a pink head.
Smell: Funky raspberries, cherries, lemon, grass and vinegar.
Taste: Raspberries, lemon, funky lambic, sour cherries, apples. Aftertaste is dry and sour with hints of lemon
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: Nice brew, tastes like fresh raspberries.

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Photo of lawaaaw
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a blackberry red color with a pink head. Head is small and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Has a strong, sweet berry scent- mostly raspberry. A bit of an artificial smell - like raspberry lipgloss! Hints of alcohol scents.

Taste: Not as fruity as expected- definitely can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light feel with medium carbonation. Very nice feel.

Overall: I would drink this again-- not as good as many other lambics I have had.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)

A- With the soft pop of the cork, this beer pours a deep glowing red body with a clear bud dense pink bubbly head that fades into a thick ring after a bit. It is too dense to see any carbonation but a few tiny bubbles trail up the glass.

S- The fresh dark ripe raspberries come through during the pour. There is a bright fruit note with a slight dark tartness in the finish.

T- The dark black raspberries flavor has some dry bitter funk notes that linger into the aftertaste. There is a dry raspberry jam flavor and a soft buttery hint in the finish aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a very soft astringent note and a tight fizz finish.

O- The bitterness in the finish is a bit to strong but the nice bright fruit in the nose turns darker in the taste. There is not much depth in this beer with a little tartness and hints of funk hidden underneath.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red/maroon color with 2 fingers of pinkish head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is fruity, tart and funky. There is raspberry, hints of strawberry, farmyard funk, soft acidity and earthiness.

Taste is very fruity, begins with ripe, sweet/tart raspberries and moves to earthy, sour berry flavors with hints of lemon and Brett funk. The finish leaves a puckering sourness that is quenching and full of raspberries as well as hints of malt and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation. Fairly dry overall but the berries bring a nice balance.

Overall a very refreshing beer with a complex flavor and great raspberry presence. Something is missing though...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was nice, dark pinkish color coming out of the bottle really set it apart right away. Very cloudy with a small, light pink, almost white colored head on top of it

.Huge notes of cherry right up front, raspberries, sour apples, just rich and ripe with fruit. sour, funk, fruit mash up to your face, and here we have it again. Light spicey notes coming up as it warms now as well. hints of apples and raspberries thrown in as well. Smooth, velvety carbonation prickles the tongue as you take each sip. Really just enchanting. No hint of the ABV at all, I could have drank this forever and indeed the bottle was gone before I knew what to do.

this is what i am loving about my new sour craze the ones i least suspect are totally blowing me away in every way!

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