Brewed by Brouwerij F. Boon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Lembeek, Belgium


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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Framboise Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh raspberries (25%) and wildcherries (5%)are used for this Lambic beer. Framboise Boon is the missing link between beer and wine and is served chilled in flute glasses. NO artificial sweeteners, flavourings, preservatives or colouring agents. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2005
1997 front label, 1996 back label, go figure. 750mL bottle shared with Bucknaked on 4/30/2005
Pour reveals a light pink-tinged yellow head that is initially quite full and thick, but rapidly dissipating. I’m just impressed that it poured a head at 8-9 years of age. Body is a deep magenta-amber-orange, growing somewhat dull purple as more sediment is added to the glass. And sediment there is, yeast or protein floaties and a black silt-like substance (raspberry seeds?). Aroma is just incredible for a fruit lambic of this age. I would not expect this much fresh, real raspberry purée smell from it. Thick, lightly sweet and ripe smelling, it smells of fresh red raspberries concentrated in to a luscious beer nose, with only slight, slight tannic notes in the background. A hint of caramel-like aroma, perhaps, as well. After the impressively fruity-sweet nose, I wasn’t too surprised to find the flavor going a bit overboard on the sweetness. Mind you the body is not syrupy, and is fairly on par with the aged MP gueuze I tried, that is to say, quite soft and not watery, but tingly and supportive of the flavors. But the flavor is just too much red raspberry preserves. Some smooth, rich vanilla bean flavors as well. I get very little tannins from this (though they are present to some extent), and I daresay, no real traces of any sour lacto, or pedio here, certainly nothing one would expect from a perfectly married lambic. But that is F. Boon, I guess. I appreciate that the fruit is real flavored, not some syrupy-sweet medicine, but comparing this to, say, Rose de Gambrinus or Lou Pepe Framboise it falls far, far short. Glad, as always, to try it though. For mouthfeel I’d give it near a 5, but the balance (all sweetness, for the most part) brings my palate score way down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2002 bottle poured a nice ruby color with small fizzy head. Sweet raspberry aroma and flavor with just a bit of tart on the finish. This was good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2005
2002 vintage bottle. Aroma was of fermented fruit. Dark amber to light brown color with the customary fizzy fruit beer white head. Had raspberry fruit sweet flavor with dry aftertaste of a wine on the palate. Good lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2005
04.23.05 1997 750ml bottle thanks to MaiBockAddict. Gunky and particle filled raspberry amber with ample white head. Aroma didn’t knock me over, a bit too creamy for me, buttery, but tons of tart raspberry. The nose was love-hate for me. Tasty flavors of raspberry and cream cheese, light funk, good astringency. Very mellow for a lambic of such reknown. Body is fantastic. Thanks Dave!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2005
Tap Ny evening. Vintage bottle. Pink in color with a nice white head. Very fruity aroma. Sweet. Rasberries. Tart flavor. Well balanced beer. A touch of sourness in aroma and flavor. Enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 2/15/2004 Total Score: 4.1
Very good. Pink orangey color. Lasting pink head. Great rasberry flavor. Complex and yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 TAP NY evening. 1997 vintage. Pinkish, semi-clear, floaties, white head. Tart fresh rasberry aroma. Slight cheese. Awesome rasberry tart flavor. Not too sweet, and well balanced. Slight lambic funk, and slight cheese flavor. Like to add that this was the best Framboise that I have had to date...
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2004 Total Score: 4.1
Bottle says 5% abv, with a best by 2007 date on the lable. Pours a pink-orange-red and clear. Nice even carbonation, and a nice lasting pink head. Has a rasberry syrup aroma, with a little sourness in the background. This is wonderfully smooth, with a great rasberry flavor up front, and a nice sour apple flavor in the background. Syruppy on the sweet side. Complex. Yummy. I really like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2005
My first lambic rating. Aroma is of rasberry and apple cider. Pours reddish amber, with small fizzy head, mostly diminishing. First sips are powerfully sour then successive become somewhat sweeter. Aftertaste is acidic and lasting. Initailly I would consider these love it or leave it, but it kind of grows on me. I’m sure there are better and I will see.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
A bit to Rasberry forward. But a nice beer anyway. Flavor of sweet raspberries and a mild boon signature acidity. Sweet and fruity palate with a very perfumy nose. Finish is of overdone raspberry. A "Liquid Panty Remover".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
Reddish amber in colour with a small pinkish head. Aroma is storngly rapsberry with some lactic tartness. Taste is initially sour rapsberry then a citric sourness with a bit of barnyartd funkiness. Pretty good, the most guezey fruit lambic I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
This beer is dark and has a creamy woodberry head. The aroma is well hidden. The first impression while tasting do bring up the woodberries again. Refreshing and drinkable.

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