“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.”
Appearance: Really intriguing…kind of looks like Ribena but cloudier and slightly darker. It forms a wispy off white head which falls away quite quickly. Leaves a wavy lace as it subsides.
Aroma: Ridiculously juicy. Smells a bit like apple and blackcurrant juice but less sugary and more pulpy. The Lambic component is very delicate, maybe a very mild lacto sourness but it’s buried real deep. The mess of raspberry, cherry, blackcurrant and strawberry is totally dominant although there is a flutter of oak coming through too. Very interesting.
Flavour: More of a fruit beer than a Lambic. There’s a very mild sourness initially but it fades in to tart and sweet berries – mostly raspberry with a touch of cherry and blackcurrant. Certainly pick up a bit more barrel character on the palate with its dry and slightly aged notes. Then it all literally drops off a cliff with barely even a flavour on the back palate.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light on and shy on the sourness. Pucker rating gets a measly 1.5/5. Flat-ish Co2. 5% ABV is traditionally on point.
Overall: It’s funny how Cantillon and 3F’s Framboise are super sour but Boon’s is much more of a fruit beer. We’d have to admit we could almost drink this as breakfast juice. It needs that sharper sourness in our opinion.