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Boon Framboise | Brouwerij Boon

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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 LotsofLupulin
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a slightly murky reddish brown color with a decent sized off white heads that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of raspberry jam, a hint of molasses, and a bit of earthy funk. The flavor Is lightly tart from the fruit with lots of berry flavor. Hints of dark caramelized sugars with a touch of citric tartness and earthy funk. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent enough brew, but I felt it could have had more of a pucker factor.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a fluffy pink head that recedes down fairly quickly to a thin topping.

I know the Boon beers pack some sweetness but was surprised at the level of musty funk going on behind the big jammy raspberry aroma.

There is a light tartness that takes hold but ultimately comes off more on the sweeter side. The flavor is dominated by the raspberries with some mild funk going on. Light and bubbly on the tongue.

Very enjoyable and drinkable sweeter fruited lambic like the Girardin Framboise.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Mora2000
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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 ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle dated 3/4/16 poured into a wine glass
A: Opaque raspberry red with a one-finger head
S: Lots of raspberry, some yeast/wheat, a touch sweet
T: Dry, bready/raspberry, a touch sour but not much complexity
M: Light-bodied, a little sour/ a little sweet
O: This needs to pick a direction and go with it. Either fruity or sour. Instead the lack of direction leaves it rather average

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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 objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked to pour a rose color out of the bottle, settled on a light crimson color, with a nice white head at first, then a thin film. The aroma has a nice raspberry tang to it, and a slight lambic funk. The raspberries come out nicely in taste, nice and tart, slightly sweet at first, with a underlying oak and perhaps wheat just riding below the surface. The mouth is well carbonated, tart and puckering, good enough body and all. Overall, not nearly the best framboise that I've had, but still plenty nice.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red/mahogany, no head or lace. Strong raspberry aroma(what else?) slightly tart and a tiny hint of alcohol . Raspberry taste, and very slightly tart and sour, of which I would have liked more of to add complexity . Very light body and drinkable. Hard to believe its 5.5% abc because it feels less .

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Great Lambic Summit

Deep Ruby in color, hazy with spritzy head. First scents are of tart and acidic raspberries, slightly herbal and medicinal. The taste brings what the nose dictates with hints of red wine vinegar, very artifically build to it. Medium bodied, dry. A decent beer that avoided being too tart or sweet.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Great Lambic Summit. Better than the Kriek but not by too much.

Hazy pink with a great light pink head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose is sweetened raspberry juice reminding me of the New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Mildly tannic with some seed character, this is jammy. I like!
The palate opens quite medicinally sweet with raspberries and a mild harshness. Jammy, mildly fatty even. Mildly artificial in sweetness, this beer is medium light in body with a mildly metallic finish. Not terribly impressive.

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Photo of necoadam
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this beer, but a little bit of a let down, but not all hope was lost with this lambic.

Poured out a dark brick red color with a nice head that settled down as time went on.

Smell consisted of fresh raspberries and some nice tartness. There is a good dose of sweetness in the nose as well which leads you to think this is going to be a little cloying. But not so!

Taste was raspberries at first with a good tart to it. But then it just goes tart, tart, and more tart. Wait, don't forget the raspberries. Tart, tart and more tart. Crap, they did forget the raspberries. Would of liked to see a little more fruit mixing in with the tartness, but oh well.

Finished dry which was ok. With all the tartness, the dryness just made the tartness that much more stronger. Good or bad? It's really personal preference in that department. This was ok, but for the price was it worth it? That'll be for you to decide.

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Photo of sheenisgod
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 wethorseblanket
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Etan
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 iguenard
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Dentist666
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5% ABV. Decent lambic.

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Photo of mlasher1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with pink fizzy head which provides no lacing.

S: Very interesting smell..At first I get the raspberry scent, but that is quickly followed by the noted barnyard smell...can't tell if I like it or not.

T: Not like I expected...definite raspberry taste but not as sweet as I was expecting (i.e. Lindeman's offering).

M: Tart but also dry in comparison to Lindemans.

D: Probably won't ever buy this again considering the price, but if I did I could see having a couple.

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Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 desint
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served right after New Glarus Raspberry Tart, and the similarities are striking. Big raspberry jam nose also, very bright/high clarity crimson color. Effervescent, crackling pink foam soon dissipates to nothing. Some hints of wet stone and leafy, sweet wild raspberries. Flavor is sweet with a solidly tart lambic in the back, and the taste seems to linger a bit. Some tannic quality, and the bitterness of mixed greens. A vague musty oak note in the middle, but much restrained from traditional sour lambic.

Overall this is a nice apertif or dessert beer. The fruit component isn't overly sweet, but I still find myself craving something sour and truly complex like the Oude Kriek. Maybe someday an "Oude Framboise" will exist...

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Boon Framboise from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 480 ratings
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