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

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RATINGS: 1057   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Raspberry lambic was once a rarity and only produced for a few weeks during the summer. Frank Boon was the first brewer to again prepare a raspberry lambic in the summer of 1976. More than 300 grams per liter of fresh raspberries give Framboise Boon a fresh fruity taste. The young lambic supports the flavor. But this is very much about raspberries, not the lambic. Of course we do not use artificial flavorings, only real raspberries. Boon Framboise has an alcohol volume of 5%. Drink it when it is young.

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3.3
LilBeerDoctor (3997) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle. Poured reddish brown, with some dark black yeast. The best thing about this beer was its aroma--very sweet with raspberry, reminded me of a Lindemann’s Framboise. The flavor was less good, sort of watery and raspberry. Slight tartness. Overall, an ok lambic but certainly not my favorite.

3.3
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle 2007. Nice aroma of raspberries, funk, some other tart and sour fruit. Flavor a bit light, sometimes allowing the raspberries to shine through, sometimes offering other light fruit notes of mango and banana, but not terribly strong in the way of funk and not terribly interesting in terms of any sweet, tart, or sour way. Instead sort of a weird, watery funk prevailed. Largely light in palate too with this watery aspect. Pretty disappointed, but not a bad beer.

3.5
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2008
Australian cricket suffered a terrible blow when David Boon announced his retirement from the game to open a small brewery specialising in lambic ales. Not only did the sport lose a formidable opening batsman, it also lost arguably its greatest drinker. Boon, nicknamed the "Keg On Legs", is best remembered for drinking 52 bottles of gueuze on a flight from Sydney to London in 1989 - a feat that connoisseurs of "extreme" long-distance lambic drinking consider unlikely to be bettered (especially considering the shocking absence of lambic ales from many international airline drinks menus). Modest to a T, Boon has never discussed the achievement, which he complains has unfairly overshadowed his stellar career as the "face" of VB in a popular TV advertising campaign. Frustration with the Australian media’s obsession with the "52-bottle flight" is believed to be partly behind Boon’s decision to turn his back on his native land and open the Belgian brewery that bears his name. This tasty framboise is one of the brewer’s flagship lambics. Poured into a chalice, it is revealed as the familiar puce colour that Boon turns when asked about the "52-bottle flight", yet shows some of the effervescence of the younger Boon’s cricketing days. The aroma is tart, yet more approachable than the reclusive Tasmanian. There are oodles of wild raspberries, some barnyard and a heavy wash of sugars. It is as dry as the nuggety Tasmanian, initially quite severe before developing a late warmth. There are lots of sherbety sugars. Cricket buffs may detect a whiff of willow and linseed, perhaps even the faint odour of cricketer’s box about four days into a particularly tense five-day Test match. There is no truth to the rumour that Boon will front the ad campaign for the next spin-off of VB - a lambic ale called Victoria Bitter Unblended. (37.5cl caged bottle from IBS, Perth. 2005 vintage. BB 4/6/11)
Earlier Rating: 3/1/2006 Total Score: 3.4
This Belgian fruit lambic reminded me a lot of a good rose wine. It’s a little too sweet for general drinking IMO, but I could imagine serving it with ice cream on a hot summer day, or sipping it like champagne on a moonlit balcony with a hot babe (yes Kristen, I mean you). It was a muddy cherry colour with a light lather of foam. The raspberries are prominent in the aroma, alongside sour-sweet cherries. Spritzy, champagne-like palate. Very sweet and sugary on the tongue, but fairly well balanced by fruity acids. Faint toffee and oak. Very easy drinking. (Duff homecoming gathering - thanks Duff for bringing this one)

3
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Courtesy of Miver. Poured a medium amber color with a small white head. Aroma is mildly tart rasberries with some barnyard qualities. Flavor is somewhat funky rasberries with some leather and horseblanket qualities and a mildly oaky finish.

3.2
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle. Hazy reddish and amber colour with a little head. Sour aroma with notes of oak, fruitness and berries. Flavour of acidity, raspberries and sourness. Very tasty and very refreshing.

3.8
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Shared by BrianK, 1995 bottle! Hazy amber/brown in color with a small to medium pink head. Aroma is alot of sweet rasberry, with some funk in the background, as well as cobwebs. Taste is sweet initially, and all rasberry, then quickly turns pretty funky and light to moderately sour. hints of basement, yeast , and oak in the flavor.

2.8
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle. Poured clear amber in color with a small head. Aroma of raspberries and a sweet cereal breadiness. Tastes of raspberries with a light tartness and a metallic like finish. Not satisfying.

3.3
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Sampled at 2007 Brewnosers’ Christmas Gathering. Light reddish gold colour with a mostly diminishing fizzy white head. A bit of sour, farmhouse, and barnyard character in the aroma, with a fruity and earthy flavour profile, but really seems like a dumbed down version of the genuine lambic article. Light bodied and almost a bit watery.

3.6
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2008
Once again, one I tried when I first experimented with lambics yet never rated. Bottle @ The Dove. Reddish amber with a thin white head. Nose of sweet raspberry and sherbert. Taste is similar, sweet and tangy yet not as artificial and funky as the kriek. It reminded me of raspberry sorbet, I quite enjoted it.

4
KimJohansen (10509) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 [Vintage 2000 - Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Hazy red with tiny off white head. Sour aroma with notes of raspberries, wood and barnyard. Sweet and sour flavor with raspberry, wood, leather and barnyard notes. Light tart finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2008 Total Score: 3.4
Pours hazy red with off white head. Sweet raspberry aroma. Light sour aroma with loads of raspberries. Not that complex but refreshing.


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