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Timmermans Framboise Lambic - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-27-2003

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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 81
Photo of pat61
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Has an intense raspberry nose with traces of sweet and tart. It pours brilliant brown tinted red with a very effervescent white foam cap that quickly settles down to about a ¼”. The raspberries dominate the palate and the balance of sweet and tart tends towards the sweet making it easy to drink but unremarkable. It is just a little too close to soda pop.

Photo of gonzo000
3.66/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Reddish brown color with a light, thin head. Tinny bubbles creep up the sides of the glass. Not much lacing.

Smell - Strong fruit smell, not all that pleasant- OK

Taste - This beer tastes very good. I enjoyed it.

Feel - excellent - I liked the carbonation that does not appear to be present when you look at it, but it is nice and light on the font of my tongue when I am drinking the beer.

Overall - Very Good beer.

Photo of dgilks
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear red-mahogany colour with very pale pink colour. Good head retention.

Sharp raspberry aroma. Quite sweet. Almost jammy.

Sickly sweet, candy like raspberry flavour. Touches of barnyard funk that makes a lambic a lambic. For me, too sweet.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

I don't really like this style of sweet lambic but I had the bottle to cook with. Interesting and not as offputting as I expected.

Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color with a thick one finger pink head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Predominant aroma of sweet raspberries and honey.
Nice flavor, sweet but not cloying at all. Its friendly tartness cut down the sweetness. Notes of raspberry juice, guaraná soda, green apples, strawberries and mild vinous oak. Dry aftertaste with a mild acid sensation.
Light body with sparkling carbonation.
Refreshing and balanced Lambic Fruit, not too sweet, nor acid. A bit juicy, but amazingly easy to drink.

Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pinkish brown colour, a mix of the two together, no visible carbonation, 2 fingers of white merangue like head.

S: Fruity, sour, a lactic quality like milk, jam like strawberry jam, a sweet quality like white sugar itself, like I’m about to have jam on toast as there is a malty breadyness as well.

T: Sour and sweet all come in together, then the flavours of again a strawberry jam, then a malty breadyness all come into play, fruit then malt on each sip. Not really distinguishing raspberries themselves, all along I’ve been saying strawberries as that’s more the taste I’m getting as perhaps its that muted, though its obviously a raspberry beer. Mostly its just a red fruitiness. On the burp its definitely raspberry.

M: Medium somewhat acidic and syrupy body. Low carbonation

O: Delicious beer. Says it’s the oldest Frambois Lambicus in the world. Drank April 21 in Kunming China. Got this one here from one of my 2 friends who sells decent imported Belgian beers. I haven’t seen this beer elsewhere in the world, even dare I say Belgium that I can remember. I think its great, but after having Cantillon I know this has sugar added. Certainly not as much as Lindemans, which is more commonly found here.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a nicely done fruit beer, but in the context of other belgian framboise types, its a step below the best. pink in color, almost as much so as the label, and very well carbonated. the berries lend more sugar than tartness in this incarnation, but there is plenty of both elements and just enough acid to cut the sugar. good use of fruit. pale wheat malt almost isnt quite enough of a base for this, as the fruits are really all you can taste or smell, and the yeast is similarly uneventful. if you are a lover of a well done fruity beer, this could be your choice, but for me i am missing the other beer elements, and the snappy dryness of the best versions. great carbonation though and with such a low alcohol content, this is a very sessionable brew, more of a summer thing for me, but a tasty raspberry jam offering from timmermans.

Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer exemplifies the diversity of beer - an easy drinking, sweet berry, summer delight

aroma: warmed up raspberry cordial predominates with berries, apple and blackcurrant

taste: strong raspberry, berries and sherbet with apple, blackcurrant and candy

the beer purists might mark it down for it's softdrink like taste but I think it's great. Full of raspberry goodness, it's a nice contrast to the majority of hop filled beers (which I greatly enjoy) on the market. A great beer to share with friends as it caters for most tastes

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with raspberry juice and raspberry syrup flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent but is more juice-like in my opinion.

Photo of dowen17
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a skinny wine glass

Pours a brownish pink with a one finger white bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves a few small patches of bubbles in the middle and some lacing down the glass.

Smell is of candied raspberries and strawberry jam. Very fruity with just a hint of wheat.

Tastes like a sour raspberry candy. That's it. It's nice, but I was looking for something a little more complex. Very refreshing though.

Mouthfeel is nice. Perfectly carbonated. Leaves a slight sour aftertaste which I love. This is basically like drinking juice.

Overall this is a nice Lambic. Very different from what I was expecting. Nothing special to seek out but I would definitely drink again.

Photo of VinnyA
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle

A - raspberry red, pink head of foam, quickly dissipating

S- acidic, wild berries, raspberries, very fruity smell

T- mild tartness, strong raspberry flavor (almost as if it were a juice) and sweetness

M- moderate carbonation, very refreshing. Finish is crisp and not very dry

O- if you're someone who is trying to explore the world of lambics/guezes, then this is worth a try at least once. It is not bad. I wouldn't necessarily go out and look for this again. A little too "candied" for my personal taste. I've had better, more "traditional" lambics, although Timmermans holds the distinction of the oldest lambic brewery in the world. For an offering that is so heavy on fruity sweetness, I think Lindemans is a safer bet, and there's also Cantillon, if you're a connoisseur that knows where to look. Positives are that it's refreshing and full of flavor while maintaining a light body. A nice relaxer after a day at work and mowing the lawn in the hot summer sun. Would maybe pair this with a chocolate dessert.

Photo of ckollias
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a reddish-pink hue with a pinkish-white head that slowly dissipates down the slide of the glass leaving a good trail and ends in a solid lace.

S: Sweet fruity raspberry aroma.

T: Extremely tart and fruity flavor – mostly raspberry and maybe strawberry followed by a dry sweet finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: As far as lambics go this is one of the best.

Photo of safaricook
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of a pinkish head that reduces soon to layer, some lacing. Body is a clear redbrown with coarse bubbles visible

Smells sweet of raspberry lemonade with a hint of tartness. Artificial.

Taste is raspberry lemonade that seems a little artificial probably due to the sweetener. Nice gentle tart aftertaste really saves the day.

Thin body, refreshing carbonation that keeps sweetness in check, ends nicely dry for such a "sweet" beer.

Not a bad fruity lambic. They tried to make it more mainstream by adding the sugar and sweeteners but there is still this nice tartness, so it maintains some of its lambic heritage. It is dissapointing that they added raspberry juice instead of real raspberries which could remove some of the artificial aroma and taste.

My 250ml bottle was a nice dessert after dinner. Wouldn't drink a second one though.

Photo of finstadp
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Timmermans Framboise Lambic was a light and refreshing beer. It had a pink appearance and was murky. The aroma smelled like fresh strawberries. The mouth-feel was very light and easy to drink. It had a very light and fruity(strawberry) taste which was very refreshing.

Photo of Pegasus
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber brown, with a small, dense white head. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Dense notes of intensely sweet raspberries, faint vanilla, slight horse blanket and a hint of barnyard.

Taste: Opens with strong, tart raspberry, followed by some lemon rind. The raspberry and lemon rind carry throughout the taste. At the close, there is a moderate lambic sourness, which serves to balance the raspberry at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather pleasant, with a hint of champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes:Not bad, certainly light when compared to Lindeman's Frambois, but pleasant.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Limdeman's Lambic flute.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

28/09/10 stamped on bottle
(Served in a flute)

A- This beer has a dark brown body glowing red at the base with a reddish hue to the beige head that becomes sticky and a gentle carbonation swirling up the sides of the glass.

S- The slightly earthy cherry notes give way to a more full raspberry hint that quickly turns into cough syrup as the beer opens.

T- The soft tartness opens to a bright dark raspberry flavor in the finish. The fruit flavor coats the tongue in the sweet finish and gets more and more syrupy with each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz that tries to fit the sweetness but can’t and there is no astringency or alcohol noticed.

O- This has a nice real fruit flavor but the sweetness just overpowers this fruit beer. There is a bit of tartness from the raspberries but it is not enough. The fruit really gets to syrupy and a bit artificial in the after taste. It’s tough to get through this bottle.

Photo of maxk
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a snifter. Bottled on 7/11/11

Brick red color with very small white head.

Smells like acidic raspberries. Reminds me a little bit of raspberry jam.

Tastes like sour raspberries with hint of an aspartame sweetness. Somewhere between a raspberry soda and champagne with an intriguing sourness.

It is a little bit thin, but well carbonated.

This is my first ever Lambic, and I'm definitely interested to try more. I found it to be tasty and enticing to my palate.

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large off-white (a bit beige). Settles in lumps. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. The beer color is like a dark amber with a bit garnet added

Smells like fresh raspberries. It's jammy but not overly sweet.

The flavor is quite sweet. There's no sourness that one would typical expect in the style. It tastes good, but like a raspberry filled cookie. The body is rich and the carbonation is very low. It has a bit of a soda feel to the liquid.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium garnet red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that reduces to a small patch of thick large bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of raspberries that are sweet with a slight hint of artificial sweetness.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is pretty sweet with the natural and artificial flavors of raspberries. Slight amounts of tartness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly from the acidity.

O: Easy to drink as it is not overly sweet or syrupy but not the greatest example of the style - there are others that are less sweet and a little more natural tasting.

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Nov 7th 2011 it looks like.

A real nice pink hued head, kind of sudsy and shampoo like with not much together but holds ok, sits on a body color of real deep cherry red, lightning up around the edges nicely, dark purple and plum with some nice columns of carbonation.

Nose is very artificial candy smelling. Bubblegum and strawberry, with a big fruit sweetness. Cloying and sticky, some faint Halls like cough drop scent also.

Light malted body with a wet and raspberry like sweetness. Faint bread on a slightly carbonated fizzy body, but a faint hint of tartness just creeps out on the swallow. Lightly sugar fruit punch sweet.

Overall, kind of sweet without much acid or any hint of funk and so forth. It's a fruity sweet brew, but probably just a little bit better than the average I'd say.

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Label reads 4% ABV and says the bottling date was 7/11/11.

Appearance: haze-free bright red hue with a good effervescence and a thick finger of frothy pink foam. Not much tenacity to the head, but nice raspberry color.

Smell: nice raspberry aroma but it seems a little bit more candylike than natural raspberry. Still, not too bad.

Taste: moderate raspberry flavor with not much malt; there's a strong tartness as well. Again, the fruit flavor isn't bad but I feel like there's something off here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy carbonation. Not too bad.

Overall: this is a middle-of-the-road raspberry beer. It doesn't have the full complexity I like in a lambic, and it's rather sweet. Decent, but not great.

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/25/11! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured ruby red with a two finger pinkish head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, raspberry, earth, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, strawberry, cream, sugar, and subtle earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The fruit profile on this one is the start of the show as it should be for this style. This made this one very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The aroma was the only downside on this one as the earthy tone I picked up on was the true dominant factor. Definitely a very nice brew that I was glad I was able to find and try.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pours out a clear purplish-pink in color with a fizzy soda bubble collar for a head that goes completely still in two minutes, no lacing.

S. Smells very strongly of candied raspberries, and mildly of the aroma of that holiday fruitcake covered with assorted “candied fruits.” Very sugary kool-aid type of aroma abounds. Where’s the funky lambic aromas?

T. Raspberry Sweet-Tart candies. Only the tiniest suggestion of malt flavors exist in the finish, and even then, only at room temperature. No lambic funk is present in the flavor either.

M. Highly fizzy and carbonated soda pop texture to this one. Tons of fizzy bubbles dance on the tongue, to the point of distraction. Not really worth the money I spent on this one, unfortunately.

Photo of TaySuth
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark reddish-purple. Small head with large, white bubbles recedes quickly leaving behind very minimal lacing.

Smell: Raspberries dominate the aroma. No noticeable hop character. Maybe a hint of vinegar.

Taste: The fruit taste is very enjoyable, yet rather simple. A little more complexity would be appreciated. Absolutely no taste of grains, hops, or alcohol. I feel that I could easily pass this off as a raspberry soda.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and a light body. The finish is tart but not too tart.

Overall: This was fun to drink but I feel that I will seeking out more complex lambics in the future.

Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good, but not great, raspberry lambic.

Bright, deep red, it has a medium-small pink head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is nice raspberry (and berry in general), dark bread, light yeasty funkiness.

Taste is lightly sweet-tart raspberry, hints of underlying lambic yeasty character. It's not great, but its good, enjoyable, and with just enough of a hint of complexity and lambic rusticness under the fruit to maintain interest and provide somewhat more well-rounded character than many, which are sometimes too fruity and sweet.

Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear ruby colored beer with medium sized pink-white colored head.

Smell is strongly of raspberries as expected. Spicy perfume scent mostly clove and cardamom.

Starts out tasting of sour raspberry with a little sweetness and an apple aftertaste. Fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. Not much else to this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty Framboise that favors sour over sweet.

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Timmermans Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
75 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.