jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 1986 Vintage @ Delilah's Lambic Festival Chicago: Much lighter in all aspects than the 1995 version I have tried. Much sweeter with a tart pie cherry nose. Incredible sour flavors, but completely mellowed out to produce a nice lasting finish. Simply incredible.
1995: Dark fruit tones with a musty, malt nose. Dark sugar notes with a subtler, yet light sour balance.
Earlier Rating: 10/22/2002 Total Score: 3.6
Heavy malt nose. Fruity and sweet. A tart bitterness. Fairly good lambic.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Although Boon generally disappoints me, this Framboise is a quality product with enough fruity essence that itís a pleasure to drink. Fairly sweet and dark-looking in the glass. Not unlike Lindemanís Cassis. Bit bitter in the finish.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry, sour and oaky, with the raspberries more of a hint instead of the dominating flavor. Pours with a massive, well retained head, and with little black chunks towards the bottom that might be yeast or actual rasperry chunks. Very tart and gueuze like, even more so that Boonís plain gueze.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty good lambic framboise. More tart than sweet IMO. This one is more of a chore to drink than Lindemanís because it is more bitter. Thatís not a bad thing, itís just more of a sipper. I drank this from a champagne flute and would recommend that to anyone who does not have a proper lambic flute. For all itís perceived sweetness, it does tend to finish on the dry side and leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste. Overall, Iíd definitely recommend it though.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Rerate: Smooth as a baby's bottom, only a hint of the super sourness associated with lambics. Fantastic accompaniment to a Wes Anderson Film Festival me and the Mrs. were having tonight. Seek out this beer. Up .1 to a hair under Muzzle's enumeration. Original: 750 ml, also 1996 or 1997, as per Muzzlehatch. Had a 'best before' date of Oct 2001. This is a really wonderful lambic experience, in my book. The color is a murky dark brown, with a lasting pink head. Nose is a perfect mixture of some gueze sourness plus cheesiness with moderate raspberry. Taste is also appropriately mellow; sure, it's tart and all, but not over the top. Alcohol, at 6.2%, is not at all noticeable. Full in the mouth, far fuller than other Framboises, methinks. A great experience all around. I can't wait to see what yeasty surprises await at the end of the bottle. I got two of these from Matt at Liquidsolutions.ws.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice aroma of berries and hint of yeast/banana...? Served to me slightly chilled at a beerfest, lack of head worried me at first. But the taste was marvelous. Oakey and sweet at first, then tart and hoppy bite at finish. Wish it had heavier body, but very nice.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy deep pink purple and virtually no head. Sour and wood-wine-yeasty and sweet raspberry aroma. Swirling the glass produces a burst of floral nectar, almost sticky, sweet fading to what is probably oak but fires up my brain receptors associated with the smell of an school room just after the inkwells have been filled. Palate changes very quickly from sweet to sour to bitter to that smell of ink again and back to a soft sour. Finish is a bland sweetish and unsatisfying.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jammy raspberry aroma. Raspberry not over dominant with a finely balanced oaky yeastiness. Nice dry touch to the finish. I bought this for my mum who doesnít drink and she enjoyed it.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cork pulls with nary a sound - a bad cork, spoiled beer? Cool refreshing smells of raspberry and toffee, a faint sniff of fine wood-aged vinegar. Surprisingly nice carbonation, very fine textured and delicate - appropriately for the style. Nice reddish-brown color with persistent 1/8 inch head. Sweet-tart elixir of rasberry, raisins, wood. Excellent evening summer refresher. Itíd be even better with a drier finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml, 1996 or 97 (says both on the bottle). Very very dark red, thicker and more lasting head than most lambics Iíve had. Nose extremely fresh, with some cream to go along with the sweet/tart of the raspberry. Flavor extremely sour, mouthpuckering even, but very refreshing and smooth and with just enough raspberry sweetnes to get by. Finish powerfully acidic and long. Best lambic Iíve had yet, and a totally worthy beer #500!
Earlier Rating: 5/16/2002 Total Score: 4
Lovely ruby-red complexion on this, with thick but fully diminishing head; nose is fresh raspberries and caramel, mmm. Flavor really nicely balanced, with some of that barnyard gueuze stuff coming through along with the sweet-tart fruit taste. Really delicious, and not overpoweringly sweet like Lindemans (though I love Lindemans too). Very dry smooth finish. Not as heavily carbonated as I would have guessed. Very nice, the best Boon Iíve had.