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

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ricke
2.32/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving date: 2009-05-18. Served in wine glass.

A: A strange deep red color with both pink and brownish hues. A medium sized head with a slight pink nuance. Some lacings.

S: Very simple smell, almost completely one-dimensional. Basically just aromas of artificial raspberries - raspberry candy, cheap raspberry fruit juice, bubblegum. Perhaps some notes of strawberry-like fruitiness as well. Smells more like candy than beer.

T: Is this beer or is this raspberry soda? It's certainly more reminiscent of the latter. It just taste like very sweet artifical raspberries, some notes of strawberries. Perhaps a semi-tart lemony flavor in the middle. If I really focus, I think I can detect a very faint hint of malts beneath the sweet fruits. The biggest problem is not the fruits per se, but the fact that they are really synthetic in character - no real flavor of genuin fruits. The finish is short with notes of bubblegum, some minerals and more raspberries.

M: Light body with soda-like carbonation. The big amount of carbonation stops this one from becoming overly sugary sweet.

D: If I would be in the mood for a sweet soda and looking for a substitute, I'd definitely go for this one, but as a beer it falls really short. It's to sweet, overly simplistic and quite boring after a while. It's not that it tastes awful or anything, it's just not a good beer. A poor version of the fruit lambic.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a red color with a white head. The aroma is very strong and one dimensional. I get nothing but raspberry. The flavor is more of the same. The beer is very sweet and syrupy and heavy on the raspberry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This may be a traditional lambic, but it has nothing in common flavor or aroma-wise with the better versions of the style.

Photo of pat61
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
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 ehammond1
2.59/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2


Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Bright, dark, and clear pink and ruby with very little head and not much lacing, either. Pours like soda.

Aromas of sweet raspberries and sweet syrup, perhaps a very slight tartness.

This is cherry 7-Up, isn't it? It has to be!
Simple sweetness, some cherry/raspberry, and little else. Simple, and tastes like soda.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation--again, like soda.

A beer disguised as cherry 7-Up.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
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 dowen17
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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 augustgarage
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Lindemans flute. Produced on January 25th, 2011.

Nearly clear alazarin crimson liquid with a very pale pink crust of active yet lasting foam. Sticky lacing.

Very sweet aroma suggesting various candied fruits, including but not limited to raspberries of course.

Sweet palate entry, with more candy-coated raspberry notes which go back and forth between being dry (thanks to a nearly subliminal hint of funk) and cloying in rapid succession - never really settling on one side of the spectrum. Malt adds a strange flavor in the finish, but this is fleeting. Not especially "natural" or complex. Vaguely metallic and floral throughout, reminding me of Boone's Farms Strawberry Hill, a memory I thought I had blotted out of my early drinking history.

Well carbonated, effervescent, and fairly crisp yet creamy.

Rather a let down; not a terrible beer, but one of the weaker versions of the style (even Lindemans' offerings are significantly more complex).

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful champagne of burgundy depths and topped with laced pink white head. Hard to judge appearance on a lambic because they are so cartoonish but umm above average i guess

Smells of raspberry jam and fruits like a sangria but more candy

The taste is sweet fruit juice, not from concentrate, sour candies and yeast dominate. A good tart.

The body is medium and sticky, the carbonation cascades in the mouth.

A summer drink for the women, but I enjoyed it nonetheless being the bear of a man I am... may be a lie.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.65/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Joshua (Hopschnapps) for this one. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Standard pour yields a billowy 1.5 finger light pink head with very good retention. Beer is a clear, dark red that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is patchy with good stick.

S: Nose is incredibly aromatic and deep but also very simple. Raspberry syrup without any hint of funk, oak, or Brett. Sweet, but ultimately a bit dissapointing.

T: Opens raspberry syrup with some notes of cough medicine and yeast. Excessively sweet throughout with a flavor that doesn't change. Finish is raspberry soda with a sticky, sweetned, fruit juice aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth but oily, sticky, and filmy going down. Very messy finish with an aftertaste that just wouldn't go away.

D: This is probably the sweetest "beer" that I've come across by a large margin. Not a traditional lambic by any stretch of the imagination and probably too sweet even to be called a fruit beer. If you like excessively sweet fruit soda, this is right up your alley, otherwise, avoid at all costs. My Cantillon glass almost feels tainted by this one.

Photo of plfahey
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle (6/29/10) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Lovely shade of ruby red with a pale pink, frothy head that has decent retention.

Aroma-Smells extremely sweet and almost artificial, with a raspberry preserves/syrup/soda like character to it. Also slight notes of strawberry. There is a hint of fresh raspberry character underneath, but it smells way too sweet and one-dimensional.

Flavor-Ya know, it's actually not that bad if you're into Raspberry soda. However, as a lambic, it fails somewhat miserably. Some notes of strawberries and raspberry pie filling. Almost no tartness to blunt the sweet raspberry flavor. In the finish, raspberry flavors slowly fade leaving a sugary impression behind.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. I don't find this so sweet as to be cloying, but it finishes quite sweet and leaves a heavy, sugary impression on the palate.

This is a pretty decent, albeit slightly undercarbonated, raspberry soda with a dash of alcohol thrown in for good times and such. However, as a raspberry soda, it is rather overpriced, and not of good value. In all seriousness, this is over-sweetened and so devoid of complexity, that it cannot fairly be called a lambic.

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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 Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish color with a golden hue; small tight pale pink head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of raspberry concentrate, light cranberry cocktail and some dark grape juice. Very sweet but not particulary strong.

The taste is sweet with a concentrated raspberry flavor. There is also a carbonated water presence that dulls the fruit presence. Some tart green apple flavors in the finish.

Moderate feel with spritzy carbonation. Very much has a soda feel to it. Sweet on the palate and finishes dry.

A sweet lambic for sure. Not much, if any, funk or sour flavors. Feels and tastes a tad watery.

Photo of alleykatking
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep darker red with brown hints to it. One finger pinkish head rises and dies rather quickly. Light web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time raspberry aroma on throughout the entire nose. There is light hints of cranberry I would say right after the inital upfront of raspberry. Nothing really else is really there after this though. Just a major sweetness in the aroma. Once this warms a bit I am picking up some sweet malt that I wasn't getting before along with a hint of yeast.

T- A huge sweet raspberry in the front of the beer. There is a underlying malt body to this that comes about only in hints. The middle of the beer shows a light soured raspberry flavor that actually felt like it should be there. This dies down by the end of the beer leaving a sweet raspberry flavor once again and hints of alcohol which seeme to be (shocker) sweetly flavored.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is higher than what I figured it should have been. Raspberry dominated the palate and long into the aftertase with only alcohol coming through with it in the aftertaste. Flavors were very sweet and blended to take on the lambic style. No real off flavors...just sweet. Could that be a little bit of a off flavor? At times this beer seemed a bit watery as well.

D- This was average. I would base all framboise off this one now that I have had it. Not at all what I was looking for and a little less than what I had hoped for.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.58/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a bright pink beer with almost no head. Aroma of flavoured raspberry isn’t very enticing. Taste is quite a letdown with some artificial flavour of raspberry covering everything and no tart, sourness or acidity noticeable. This tastes more like a juicy soft drink then beer. There is no way I’m going to try something else from those guys unless it is highly rated and praised.

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
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 metter98
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin pinkish head that faded away relatively quickly and left only some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of raspberries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has very sweet flavors of raspberries and almost takes like a fruit juice except with the added carbonation.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the moderate amount of carbonation prevents the sweetness from feeling syrupy on the palate. I'm not sure if I would try this one again because there are fruit lambics that do not taste as one dimensional and overly sweet.

Photo of TaySuth
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ThaCreep
2.04/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nose with a powerful scent of raspberry suggesting the use of a syrup. It is safe obviously not on this one because the mouth is the same ilk, that is to say strong on the fruity and syrupy but without being saturated with sugar. The lambic is discreet, if not nonexistent, and the omnipresent scent of raspberry.

Photo of obywan59
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a winey color with a 1/2 finger barley pink head. Kinda nice looking, just not spectacular.

A nice smell, with light raspberries and some sprightliness.

I'd say more tart than Lindeman's, light raspberries again, a bit on the unripe side.

A little thin. Fizzy early on. Somewhat drying, almost astringent at times.

A nice change of pace. Just not as well-rounded as a Lindeman's. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ho, ho, ho, thought this would make a good Xmas morning beverage... Pours a surprisingly dark, reddish-copper color with a large and fluffy pinkish head. Retention is excellent, and lacing thick.

Nose has a brown ale-ish malt nose with the requisite raspberry aroma, but it is not quite as strong as many lambics. Does not smell all that sweet either, not sure if that is good or bad in this case.

The taste is lightly tart and not over-the-top sweet. Has a nice biscuity base that is a nice departure from the norm for these types of beers. Raspberries are prominent, but not overbearing. I actually think this is a pretty damn good beer, but neither falls in the category of a Cantillon puckering sour nor the sweet, dessert beer lambics...kinda in the middle somewhere. Makes a delicious morning beverage and is soft on the palate. Not exactly "Belgium's Finest Lambic Beer" as the label claims, but I certainly am not regretting my purchase and look forward to the kriek version I have in the fridge. Merry Christmas everyone!

Photo of DuffManOhYeah
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very difficult beer to review mostly due to the fact you wouldn't even know it was beer unless someone told you. I understand that many people are of the opinion that it really lacks that essential "beer taste," but it ultimately is a lambic, which generally do not taste like traditional beers. And though it might be considered "girly," it is extremely tasty.

A- Basically looks like soda pop after you let the head die down. Still is a very good-looking drink despite the fact that it's not the normal amber you see in beers.

S- Smells more like a fruity wine than beer. Extremely overpowering raspberry smell makes you want to swim in it

T- This is one of the most delicious drinks I have ever had, and easily the tastiest "beer". But it doesn't taste at all like beer. It is probably so tasty because it is overpowered with blatant raspberry flavors. Although I feel I'm being cheated out of a real beer flavor, I stop caring because it is absolutely delicious. It has a near-perfect balance of sweetness and tartness that will make you crave it.

M- Really refreshing and clean, not bitter at all. Kind of like drinking soda pop but with not as much bite.

D- You can drink it about as easily as Kool-Aid. The alcohol isn't overpowering but it's still there so you have to be pretty responsible with this one.

Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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 jpmclaug
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Redish color with a big pink head

S - Sweet raspberry syrup flavors. Smells like a candy

T - Sweet raspberry flavor as well, slightly artificial like a jolly rancher, maybe a hint of tartness in the back end but very minor. Mostly just sweet artificial raspberry flavor

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation

D - Really drinkable. A lot sweeter than I'd like though. Reminds me of Lindeman's fruit beers. If you like those you'd probablly like this, I wouldn't mind drinking this again but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it unless I had a serious sweet tooth. Really gets dinged for using the term "lambic" and not really being one.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nice to 2 finger head with a good retention dark amber color
The smell is of tart raspberry. There is a far amount of acidity in the nose

Taste has some underlying tartness that accentuates the raspberry. It prevents the raspberry from becoming too sweet. Good balance of sour and sweet.

This beer finishes dry but has a fair amount of sweetness

Certainly better than lindemans so give it a try

Photo of Pegasus
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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