Boon Framboise (2008) (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Boon Framboise (2008) – Browerij Boon, 5% ABV – 375ml, (Belgium)

From Ratebeer.com:

“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.”

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: Sour rasperry/cherry vinegar -> sweet malts/lingering acidity/funk -> woody/touch of salted caramel finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$6 (after 10% off), September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you’re already a fan of fruit lambics

Tasting notes: Wow a beer from 2008; it’s nice that it’s cork-sealed. Didn’t serve in a flute glass, uh too late cause I poured it before typing this. Pours mauve-brown with a small foamy head and lots of floaties. I want to say something artistic about the opposing directions of the falling sediment and ascending CO2 bubbles but I can’t think of anything. Something like if Coca-cola made a snow globe. A very bursting WOW of a fruity raspberry nose; it’s almost as if it were crushed right in front of your nose. Intense. Drinks with a quite aggressive 8/10-sourness (almost vinegary), a mix of raspberry aroma with the sharp cherry sourness, sweet 7/10-malts in the background, medium cloying, lingering sour acidity on the palate (- pts), mild funk, finishing woody and a hint of salted caramel. Medium complexity, med-depth, good transitions, great balance, not a whole lot of carry/length. Floaties make it less appealing.

Kriek Boon (2006) – Brouwerij F.Boon (Belgium)

Kriek Boon (2006) – Brouwerij F.Boon, 4.20% ABV – 375ml, (Lambeek, Belgium)

on the back label:

“KRIEK BOON is a classic among Belgian Beers, created in the 18th century by adding whole fresh cherries (more than 200g/lit) to a blend of young and old Lambic Beer, aged on oak casks.”

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • My Rating: A
  • Taste Profile: Sweet/sour cherry -> apple/oak -> clean crisp semi-sweet finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$7, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy dense brown with a light red hue, sediment, almost no head, and very little CO2 activity. Sweet and sour cherries on the nose, almost candy-like. Bold red cherry flavour up front, medium (5/10) sweetness, light sourness and tang, woody oak, red apple, light malts, finishing clean and semi-sweet. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, fantastic drinkability. It drinks like a juice, but not as sweet and hint of oak.