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

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.57%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-27-2003)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 19:09:37 | More by StonedTrippin
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admiral

Australia

3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 08:59:18 | More by admiral
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dowen17

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 22:56:12 | More by dowen17
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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 22:06:13 | More by VinnyA
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ckollias

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:45:25 | More by ckollias
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 17:47:07 | More by safaricook
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finstadp

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 19:32:40 | More by finstadp
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Pegasus

Texas

3.51/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 17:08:00 | More by Pegasus
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 16:16:53 | More by rhoadsrage
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maxk

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:30:17 | More by maxk
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:46:39 | More by smcolw
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:28:03 | More by dbrauneis
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:24:35 | More by smakawhat
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flagmantho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 22:15:11 | More by flagmantho
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:00:22 | More by thagr81us
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:03:28 | More by WastingFreetime
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TaySuth

California

3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:16:37 | More by TaySuth
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Offa

California

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 22:04:45 | More by Offa
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Zorro

California

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 23:15:14 | More by Zorro
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Eriktheipaman

California

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a rose with fluffy pink head.

The smell was tart and of sour raspberries.

The taste was not quite as sour as the smell but still a slight tartness and of sweet raspberries. Overall very one dimensional.

I really haven't had much from the style but I will say, while not being terrible, I will not drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:21:36 | More by Eriktheipaman
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augustgarage

California

3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 06:40:09 | More by augustgarage
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Timmermans Framboise

Pours a reddish color, pink head and little lace. Aroma of raspberries, sweet puree, and a touch of lambic quality. In the taste, bitter raspberry, mildly funky, and finishes tart, quite sweet and dry. Raspberry lambic beer with a small sour and loads of sweetness. Overall, a decent brew, went well with a waffle for breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 14:08:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear red pour with a fizzy pink head.

S: Very sweet, doesn't smell a terrible amount like a lambic. All raspberries. Tart, but not funky.

T: Well I can certainly say this should be considered a fruit beer, not a lambic. Tart raspberries, sweet, hardly any funk or acidity.

MF: Lots of carbonation, very light, syrupy sweet.

O: Was expecting more of a sour here. It isn't a bad tasting beer, but it isn't great either.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:47:59 | More by russwbeck
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rarbring

Sweden

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear red slightly brown brew, an off-white pinkish head with little lacing and curtains.

The smell is very much raspberries, some penicillin with artificial flavors.

The taste is sweet, sugary, raspberry lemonade, cider and a slight cherry seed bitterness.

High carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a fresh almost watery feeling, a coarse finish.

Very much like a fermented lemonade, not the perky lambic feeling I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 19:24:12 | More by rarbring
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ehammond1


2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:00:55 | More by ehammond1
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Timmermans Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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