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

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-27-2003)
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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

flagmantho, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

sgoro, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

kchannel9, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

thagr81us, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

WastingFreetime, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of TaySuth
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

TaySuth, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -7.1%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Offa, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Zorro, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -7.1%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Eriktheipaman, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
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).

augustgarage, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

russwbeck, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a rad looking cody to it, almost purple with a pink fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer was a little funky and tart but mostly very sweet smelling. The taste of this has a light tartness in the beginning that fades into a sugary sweet raspberry flavor. The mouthfeel is a little like soda to me. Overall it's a decent brew in my opinion. Could be better though.

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of rarbring
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

rarbring, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

ehammond1, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok. So I grabbed this bottle at a shop only because it was 99 cents, the wife loves fruit beers and sours, and I like to tick.
I poured this in my Captain Lawrence tulip and took a whiff-- wow. This reminds me of a Sunkist soda-- did they make a raspberry?
The wife loved it. She says I should buy more, and promises to leave my cellar alone. I say deal and pull up the page to review this beer.

I actually laugh out loud when I see this beer is available in cans. It IS Sunkist!

Anyway...
Pours a rosy pinkish color with a pink head that shines and shimmers like a geode. Some lacing left behind forms streaky lines that would seem to require a rolled-up dollar bill to get rid of...

Smells like raspberry jolly ranchers and strawberry sunkist soda. Seriously. Surprisingly, it isn't bad...
This is not sour... It's more like a fizzy, less tart, more soda-like version of New Glarus Raspberry Tart. If this beer were simply called "Fruit Beer" instead of Lambic, it would be getting an A- or better.
Yeah, it's sweet... A little too much so, especially for a lambic. As a fruit beer, this beer wouldn't seem so far out of its element. The taste has raspberry sweetness as well as a generic sugary note. The body is fizzy and bubbly-- thin feel. The mouthfeel actually works pretty well for this.

Overall... Well... When I compare this to a Cantillon Framboise, this fails miserably... But when I compare this to a large number of fruit beers, this is really not that bad. It is simple, easy to drink, and able to be shared with my wife--- all for a buck a bottle!

Fuck the C- reviews. If you like fruit beers, give this one a try.

AleWatcher, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of plfahey
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

plfahey, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Crittervision
4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tattered label on a dirty 750ml bottle from 1985. Consumed on 12 August 2011 at Kulminator. 

Pours a mid-fruit-rot coppery-brown, very lively with plenty of carbonation, sloppy lacing, a ton of chunky chewed chocolate sediment at the bottom. Plenty of head. 

Smell is the obvious fresh raspberry, stewed strawberries, tart, but near-ripe red fruits. Mmm!

Taste is sweet and full-on raspberry. Juicy goodness. If any thing has disappeared over twenty-five years, I'm not missing it. 

Bright and sparkling mouthfeel. Some dryness, but lusciously wet. I can almost feel the raspberry seeds on my tongue.  

I would partake in a second bottle without hesitation. Sweetened lambics — a guilty pleasure. €12 at Kulminator. 

Crittervision, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a dark pinkish red color with a fluffy pink tinted head.

S: Intensely sweet and sugary, almost candy-like on the nose. There is plenty of fruit character to it, but it's like raspberry and strawberry jam. A little bit of raspberry gelatin to it, too.

T: There is some light grass and lemon peel to it, but the beer is still mostly just sweet. A bit of tartness along with raspberry jam and candy. Quite a bit of seltzer flavor, too.

M: Light to medium in body with a rather high carbonation.

O: Sugary, sweet, and too highly carbonated. Not a very good or traditional lambic.

womencantsail, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of alenonbeeradv
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - amber red pink and purple hues. a sorta greay pink head thats not super lively looking about a half finger thick. very hazy. the bottle is insane looking and the can is even crazier. wish i coulda grabbed one of those just as a novelty.

s - eegghhh.. not good dude. i mean not terrible, but very strong and artificially sweetened. i can tell just from the smell. the fruit doesnt smell like fruit, it smells like sugary candy or something. cough syrup and like a bunch of berries that have beer in the garbage for 3 weeks.

t - here we go.. an initial phase of fruit and cough syrup quickly outruled by sweet artificial sugar. onto a phase of funky tart and metalic undertones that stick like a melted popsicle. again... ehh.

m - syrupy sticky think. not very enjoyable. as i said before, kinda like a carbonated melted popsicle.

o - if i drank even 2 of these id most likely wake of with a massive hangover from the amount of sugar thats probably in these things. it reminds me of any commercial sugar/energy drink and alcohol product. nothing tasty. kinda a girly drink a little.. but that might be why the can and bottle were bright fucking pink. well then..

alenonbeeradv, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh on tap, one of the most expensive kegs I've ever heard tell of...the bottles are pricey, too. Is it worth it?

Pink, pudding-ish head, rosy, raspberry-y appearance, clear at the bottom, darker near the top.

Aroma: sweet, ever-so-slightly tart. Very raspberry, only slightly cloying, not quite in Kool-aid land, but dangerously close.

Taste: Intense flavors on first sip, very puckering, but the tart mellows out with a quickness. Raspberry flavor is fast and furious, then smooths out and leaves the palate quietly. Raise the glass again, down it goes: rapsberry, tart, but, as it says on their website, ""faithfully reflects the colour and flavour of ripe raspberries with no trace of the acidity of lambic."
See, that acidity is something I could actually go for, especially in a fruit lambic. What's left is certainly flavorful and consumable, but rather uninspired.
Fairly flat and one-dimensional, but I hear that's what sells these days.
If you're looking for a more authentic version, look for Oud Beersel, Cantillon, Drei Fonteneine, Boon, or elsewhere.

feloniousmonk, Jun 13, 2011
Timmermans Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
75 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.