Timmermans Strawberry - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 212
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 09-29-2010

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy light reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of those cheap strawberry candies, strawberry syrup, and a slight aroma of the strawberry flavored medicine made for children. Taste is much the same with slightly sour strawberry candy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but slightly artificial with the strawberry presence and quite sugary. (690 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.87/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is very hazy pinkish orangey amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that faded away rather quickly leaving some lacy bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sweet strawberries in the nose along with some hints of mustiness that resembles the smell of an aromatic cheese.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell, starting out with sweet flavors of strawberries and ending with hints of sour, tart and musty flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer wasn't too difficult to drink but I don't think that I would try another one of these. (651 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

people hate on timmermans for no reason. i mean, sure, its a level or two below the best of the best lambic types, but its a very approachable version, a possible gateway to the real good stuff, and more widely available than some of the really special ones. it serves a role. this one is very strawberry heavy, to the point where the yeast and grains are less detectable. similar in that regard to the framboise they do. pale red tint to the pour and a nose of fresh strawberry jam. it is very sweet, which detracts from drinkability, but the fruit is authentic, if a bit overdone. great carbonation cleans it up pretty well though, and in general i like this much better than some of the other common strawberry bombs coming out of belgium. i think this is a cool beer, and one that may turn people on to more tart and acidic traditional lambics, although this one is lacking much of that character. fun beer, not world class cellaring beer. thats okay sometimes. (965 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Don't like beer, do ya? It's too bitter? It's too grainy? But you still want beer. Timmermans offers this strongly flavored strawberry ale that supresses any and all beer character below the threshold to where any beer character is recognizable.

Pouring with a bright ruby hue, the beer's ample carbonation builds a short-lived fluffy head that laces lightly as the beer falls. Not all in all uncommon for fruited sour ales.

Strawberry sweetness, tartness, and character dominates the nose with the slight fruit must, cider, and white wine to complement. The simplified aromas certainly sing the praises of the summer fruit.

Flavors are just as one-sided as the nose suggests. Strawberry flavoring of ripe strawberries, jolly rancher candies, and soda pops come to mind as the sweetness of the beer carries across the tongue in much the way that syrup ridden flavored soda pops do. With little influence from malt, yeast, hops, or any other associated acidity, must, wood, or vinous quality; it leaves the balance severely lacking- siding with sugary taste in the guise of fruit.

Mildly creamy with a fizzy and slgiht fruit acidic finish, the carbonation lifts the beer in similar fashion as common ale but also similar to the fizz of soda pop. But with the lingering coat of sugar, the beer isn't doing the palate any favors.

The super-sweet fruit beers like these are what gives fruited lambics and other well made fruit-forward ales a bad wrap. While the beer tastes much more like a wine cooler than a beer, It's slightly embarrassing to find it beside better beers in the craft beer section of the store. (1,614 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a pink color with a fizzy white head on top that leaves not retention or lacing on the glass. The smell is like a strong slightly sour strawberry soda. Very sweet taste here, not much of a sour flavor of tartness at all in this one. The mouthfeel is a little bubbly but mostly feels a little watered down despite the strength of the flavor. Overall it's more like strawberry candy in a glass or something. (424 characters)

Photo of emerge077
1.67/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This foul affliction of a beer was served up on tap into a small flute at Smallbar Fullerton.

Goldenrod color, somewhat dense white foam, it didn't lace at all, but retained some degree of coverage across the top. If judged on appearance alone, you could have fooled me into thinking this was actually a lambic, based on the appearance and tap handle stating as much.

Saccharine sweet strawberry hard candy. The little red and green wrapper candy, with a liquid center... melt those down and pour it in, it smells the same. Utterly cloying and sickly sweet. Artificial sweetner has no place in a lambic, this is basically kool-aid.

Strawberry hard candy and stale bubblegum flavor. Sickly sweet like nutrasweet, or more likely Acesulfame K (not required to be listed on US labels). Artificial sweetner steamrolls any natural "lambic" or beer essence that may have been present before sweetening. Completely one-dimensional. Fizzy then suddenly flaccid on the palate.

This is absolute junk, an artificial wine-cooler soda drink that bastardizes traditional Lambic. A product like this only serves to tear down Lambic brewers' historic cultural legacy (Timmermans own), in order to make a quick buck peddling alcopops to the oblivious masses.

If you want to know why people "hate on" beers like this, that's why. Sad that some don't understand how close lambic actually came to dying out due in large part to artificial junk like this.

"They out-Lindemans'ed Lindemans." ~acme (1,485 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.67/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce pour - $8.00 at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up an obscured, strawberry sherbet-hued body with a slim, fine, but persistent white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, strawberry-scented aroma. Candy or Kool-Aid springs to mind sooner than beer.

Taste: The sweet, saccharine taste of strawberry flavoring marked with a very, very small blip of acidity and little else. Any funk, any sourness is well hidden by the candyish qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't exactly describe Timmermans craft as "haunting", it's just simple, sweet stuff, more akin to a malternative or even one of those Jones sodas. (679 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I've had a small eye on this for a while now, but was never able to pull the trigger. Let's see how it goes, shall we? It pours a slightly hazy ruby red grapefruit juice topped by a finger of nearly white foam. The nose is unsurprisingly strawberry-heavy, resembling very closely the strawberry syrup I used to put on my pigs-in-blankets back in the day, sweetness included. The taste is more of the same, but the sweetness is partially cut by a low-lying tartness, akin to real strawberries. The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly sticky finish. Overall, a decent little fruit lambic, but nothing I can really rave about by any sense of the imagination. Pretty tasty if you're into the strawberries, though. (787 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a Duvel/Chouffe/De Koninck tulip. Reviewed live.

Served cold.

A: Pours a quarter finger white colour floater. Quickly dissipates. Hazy pale copper colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Artificial strawberry extract. Pale malts. A strong aroma. Bleh.

T: Tastes like either childrens' candy or good cough syrup. Neither is particularly enjoyable. Badly built and balanced. Overloaded with crystal malts.

Mf: Sugary, smooth, wet, and fairly thick. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but mediocre. I wouldn't have this again. Largely artificial garbage.

Low C- (647 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Random bottle at the back of the fridge, I was in the mood for something sweet so I grabbed it. Poured into a Lindemanns flute. Beer is kind of hazy and pink with a medium head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, high carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is like strawberry candy, very sweet smelling, interesting.

The first sip was the best, it all went down hill from there. It is light and heavily carbonated on the palate and sweet, very sweet, with a lot of fruit but the more I drank the dryer it got, the dryer it got the more sulfur and cloying it got. By the end I regretted this experiment and my sweet tooth. I won't bother having it again. (653 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/30/2012. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart strawberry, strawberry jam/candy, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with big notes of sweet strawberries and some light yeast and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lightly tart strawberry, strawberry jam/candy, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big strawberries, strawberry jam/candy, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness of big sweet strawberry flavors with some light yeast and earthy hop notes; with minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 4%. Overall this is a really solid standard fruit beer. Nice robustness of big strawberry flavors with light yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It really doesn’t fit the Lambic style profile very well at all; but as a standard fruit beer it is quite enjoyable, as long as you don’t mind the sweetness(which wasn’t that bad in my opinion). (1,505 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Brass Tap (Tampa).

Hazy strawberry-amber with a durable head ad decent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with a hint of tartness. Somewhat vaguely strawberry.

Flavor: nice sweet/tart balance. Good strawberry flavor.

Feel: smooth and soft carbonation; medium-light body.

O: good for style but could be more complex and a touch more tart. (357 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a very hazy golden ruby red in color with some hints of orange when held up to the light and minimal amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger and a half tall fizzy pinkish white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet strawberry but slightly artificial or sweetened strawberry - like you would get in a jar of jelly or jam. There is a very light note of tartness near the finish and just a hint of mustiness.

T: Very similar to the smell, the beer's flavor is dominated by sweet strawberry with a jam like quality and just a touch of tartness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very little acidic prickliness.

O: The flavor and aroma of the beer is just a little too sweet (artificial) for my preference. Pretty easy to drink but a little too sweet to be sessionable. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Best by 2/24/11.

The beer pours a pinkish/orange/amber color with a white head. The aroma is exactly like the strawberry candy that comes wrapped in the red and green packages that look like strawberries. I don't get much funk or tartness at all in the aroma, just syrupy strawberry candy.

The flavor is strawberries with a light bit of funk. I don't get very much tartness at all. Not sure of the age of the beer, but it may have been drank too soon.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. (542 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
2.64/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft at The Drafting Room during their Russian River Beer Brunch event, after knocking out the RR beers I wanted, my girlfriend and I decided to give this a shot. 10 ounce pour into a tulip glass.

A: Murky brown with some maroon hues intertwined, topped with a moderately fluffy and slightly off-white head. Honestly, it's kind of an ugly beer to look at, really nothing attractive here at all. It looks sort of like darkened pureed strawberries.

S: Sugar crystals, strawberry hard candy, raspberry and a very faint grain / barnyard note.

T: An immediate wash of sweet and sugary strawberry flavor coats the palate. It's artificial, candy-like and ridiculously sweet. It doesn't really taste BAD but it's nothing I can drink a lot of. Some ever so slight tart qualities come through, finished by an almost caramel malt backbone.

M: Bubbly, very carbonated, finishing a bit dry and sticky. Not too bad for the style but I could do without the dryness.

I really had no clue what to expect going into this beer, it was an interesting Lambic but really sweet and artificial tasting for my likings. My girlfriend felt the same way. It's nothing I'd order again. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, excited to see Timmermans in the Southland since I've heard so much about them,

A: Pours a cloudy Kern's strawberry nectar pink with a moderate white head, hardly any lace.

S: Smells like strwaberry Crush, as much as I enjoy the nostalgia of that nose, it's not really beer like.

T: Artificial strawberry, sugar, no acid. Tastes OK, not repulsive, but so what, give me something interesting.

M: Soft carbonation, light-bodied, easy mouthfeel.

D: This is strawberry candy in beer form. Which is fine, except there's nothing more to it than that. It's fine for what it is, the sugary fruity mixed drinks that Conan loves, but for the true lambic lover this is even more lacking than Lindemans. It's been told that Timmermans has made some amazing true to form lambics, and I'd love to try those, but this is clearly strawberry daquiri territory. (865 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.62/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dessert beer for sure, this one has a nice strawberry flavor that does not seem to be pure syrup. Yes, it is sweet, but not over the top. The aroma is the best part of the beer as strawberry comes out on top. While there is not much else going on here, the strawberry alone can save the day.
Smaller bottle helps with the enjoyment. Have this with some cheesecake. (367 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Timmermans Strawberry Lambic

Poured into a tulip snifter. A ruddy reddish color with a small cap of head that did retain decently well. Aroma filled up the whole side of the bar with sweet and sour strawberries. In the taste, good fresh strawberry flavor and a small tartness. Semi-sweet upfront greeted by a nice restrained sour tang of wild yeast funk. Has all the trademarks of a good fruit lambic, mild sour, complimentary fruit, mildly effervescent, smooth and easy to drink. Overall, I was happy with this little find. A decent lambic, if you dig strawberry which I do. (576 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.21/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Produced 26/01/11
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a queer reddish-brown body that is murky, and a pink hue to the lumpy white head that last a good bit.

S- The strawberry milkshake aroma has an odd macaroni and cheese smell, like powdered yeast vegans eat instead of cheese. There is also a bubble gum ester note that comes through when the beer warms.

T- The fake strawberry flavor taste just like freeze dried ice cream with a sweet finish and a candy sugar note in there also.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz with no alcohol heat or astringency.

O- The big candy flavor is all artificial strawberry and there is no malt or hops to challenge it. The carbonation helps to cut the sweetness a bit but it is not enough. (750 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a somewhat cloudy red orange amber. Thin head, but some lacing. Strong strawberry aroma with some funky notes. Flavor is sweet, strawberry juice prominent. Sweet-sour finish. Pleasant and drinkable. No complexity and not a great lambic. Perhaps a bit cloying to drink a lot of this at a sitting, but I enjoyed this glass. (387 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 26/1/11, so it's just over a year old.

Appearance: pale gold-pink hue with a lot of haze. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam without much tenacity.

Smell: tart strawberry aroma with an earthiness underneath which is reminiscent of cereal grains. Pretty much as advertised, but it really smells a lot like a strawberry breakfast bar of some kind.

Taste: big strawberry flavor with a tartness and sweetness which seem like a genuine lambic character. It doesn't precisely float my boat, but as I said it is definitely as-advertised.

Mouthfeel: quite light with a good carbonation and decent creaminess, if a bit thin for full creamy satisfaction.

Overall: a decent beer if you're into strawberry lambics. Otherwise, you will probably not find anything in here to like. (828 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool various shades of pink from the liquid to the head, good retention. Straight up yummy aroma that is spot on strawberry.

Taste falters, all sweet, less fruit flavor, really didn't deliver on the strawberry flavor like it did the smell. No sourness. Or if there was, it was just dominated by the sweetness. Not good enough for a lambic. Light enough body, maybe wheat to it. Easy to drink, but I'd prefer to just smell this stuff as opposed to drink it.

$5 a bottle, can't recommend it. Unless you just like to smell beers. (530 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle drank from my Rodenbach tulip...Pours an ugly soggy strawberry daiquiri color with a light but frothy light pink head...The aroma is surprisingly good for a strawberry beer, very sweet fresh cut strawberries, very candish in the middle, no tartness. Sweet but decent...The taste is super sweet, tons of strawberries, sweet but not terrible, totally lacking in depth though. Not at all sour. This is very juice like. A light bitter finish.

For strawberry beers its not bad, for a lambic is below average. Not at all sour, a great starter for someone not into beer at all. (586 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle of the 2010 (June) vintage pours a hazed rust color with a fairly decent fine-bubbled head. Fades slowly to a nice little collar.

Nose is strawberry galore, waaay to much and too sweet for natural flavoring. Im sure this has been said before, but it smells like a strawberry soda.

Taste calms the sweetness down and a little bit of tartness and some earthy yeast/malt comes out. I actually kind of like it, although admittedly, I tend to like fruit beers from time to time. This one is not as cloyingly sweet as some and there is a light touch of funk underneath...maybe because it is 2 years old...is a welcome addition. "Belgium's Finest Limbic Beer" it is not, but a nice little fruit beer? Sure, I'll be happy to quaff this again. (751 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.14/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy pinkish/red color. A two finger white/pink head forms, but recedes to a ring in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Very sweet candy and sugar. Artificial strawberry hard candy. Blah, and border line offensive.
T: Again, blah. Very artificial. Tastes like a lot of unfermented sugars. Fake, artificial strawberries. A hint of toasted grain lingers as this warms up.
M/D: A light body, with decent carbonation. Not something I am going to come back to.

At least the Lindemans Lambics have something else going on than sweet sugar and artificial flavoring. There is no funk and no tartness to speak of. Just cloying sweetness. I will avoid this from now on. (677 characters)

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