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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Belgium
john-martin.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mora2000 on 09-29-2010

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3.18
pDev:
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 227
Photo of ShanePB
2.64/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruddy golden strawberry blonde color, closer to the color of the bottle than the foil wrapper. I smell strawberry puree, and taste something akin to a strawberry jammy flavor mixed with a basic Belgian pale ale. Cloyingly sweet, effervescent, with a dry finish. I’m really not excited about this, and I still have two more bottles left.

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Photo of JizackFH
2.54/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer pours a hazy pinkish copper color. There is about two fingers of slightly pinkish off-white head resting on top. The head has decent retention, and it leaves a little bit of scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a big strawberry aroma, which is to be expected. There isn't really much going on besides a little bit of spice notes that seem to be hidden underneath. I was really hoping for some sourness here.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with a big sweet strawberry flavor. It seems like a mix of fresh strawberry and artificial strawberry flavor. There are some spice flavors, as well as a little bit of bitterness on the back end. The finish leaves some lingering strawberry flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and sort of fizzy carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, and has a pretty smooth feel. There is quite a bit of sweetness going on. It's not quite cloying, but close. A little bit of bitterness is present on the back end.

O - This has alright drinkability. It goes down pretty good, and has decent flavor. It has too much sweetness though. Really, it just doesn't stand up to most of the lambics out there. It has no sourness or funkiness. If you want a sweet strawberry, you have found it. My girlfriend did love it though.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
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-

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Photo of SteveMi
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a Timmermans flute like glass.

A - Pink as one would expect it to be. It looks somewhat like punch you'd expect to see at a prom just without the sherbert floating in it.

S - The smell is lightly of straberry but it's not strong. Not much else.

T - I didn't much like the taste. There is enough alchohol that the strawberry feels like it's trying to mask and overpower any taste that may come through. It reminded me of medicine. It wasn't terrible but I can't say I enjoyed it that much.

M - Light and high carbonation.

O - Lambics are not my usual thing so take it with a grain of salt but I don't think this is something I'd go for again.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
2.37/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours cloudy brown/pink with little head.

Smells of strawberry wine cooler.

Tastes like strawberry wine cooler. Mouthfeel is thin and sweet.

A bad interpretation of a lambic that does not taste like a lambic. Far too sweet. I could not drink this.

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Photo of matjack85
2.34/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up this single 11.2oz bottle at the Binny's store in Schaumburg, IL for $4.49. Freshness date of 18/11/11, so I figured I better drink it now as it only has a month to go.

The beer poured a hazy, pale pink strawberry color that made a finger's worth of white head inside my tulip glass. The head dissipated quickly, but it did leave some OK lacing.

Wow! No doubt this is a strawberry beer. Very pleasant and powerful strawberry smell.

Where did all the strawberries go, and where's the funky lambic yeast flavor? It nust have all evaporated in the smell because there sure isn't much left in the taste. This is a very bland and disappointing strawberry lambic. It tastes more like seltzer water with a little strawberry flavoring added. Some reviewers have said it's too sweet. I say it's not sweet enough and it's definitely not tart enough. This is a poor excuse for a Belgian lambic.

Light bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Neither fruity nor refreshing.

Wonderful smell, horrible taste. Can't recommend spending the money just to smell it. Pass on this one.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.34/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to schmittymack for bringing this one over a couple weeks back. Poured a light brown color with a head a shade or so lighter. Aromas of artificial strawberry mostly, some sweetness and candy. On the palate this one is light bodied and unimpressive, with syrupy sweet artificial strawberry and candy sweetness.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.21/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.21/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Dirty murky pink color with a light pink frothy foam head that leaves decent amounts of gooey lacing in full 3-D, but doesn’t stick around for very long either.

S. Smells exactly like those little individually wrapped strawberry candies. I’d really prefer if I could find some kind of malt scent in my fruit beers, but I cannot find it in this one. Rather, it has the scent of a wine cooler. Not a beer.

T. And it also has the taste of a wine cooler as well. It’s a sweet saccharine sugary mess. There is absolutely no savory, sour, or tart component whatsoever to provide any sort of balance against the cloying sweetness. I’m still sucking on one of those strawberry candies in my mind whenever I taste this beer.

M. Lively carbonation but a heftier medium-thick body make for a disturbingly oxymoronic mouthfeel in this ‘beer’. Feels more like a thicker cream soda in texture than any beer I’ve ever had. Definitely not worth the sticker price for me, I can’t recommend it.

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Photo of champ103
2.14/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.07/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So I was surprised with ho much I enjoyed the Framboise last night, so the wife had an easy time persuading me to crack this open tonight.

She likes this one.
Me... not so much.

A pinkish orange body with a fizzy whitish head and respectable retention and lacing.
Smells like those strawberry candies that look like this:
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Yep. That sums it up. Artificial strawberry--- and it doesn't even smell all that appetizing. There is a soda like syrupy sugar to this-- and even the fizzy feel reminds me of a sunkist soda.

Overall-- this is too sweet, not tart enough, and just not really good. I will buy some more of the framboise for my wife, but will be passing on this one.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.71/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/1/11

Produced on 28/06/10

Rose-tinged and kind of murky. Similar once in the glass, though the color has more of a coppery bent. One and a half finger head is active and crackles away quickly. Fine layer of bubbles and collar retention. Specks of lace.

Strawberry takes a prominent role in the nose, comprising much of the aroma. While strawberries often smell quite nice, this seems really sweet much like the industrial grade strawberries I used to dish at the nursing home. Other than that there are hints of grains, earth and a slight funk. Meh.

Oh, this tastes bad. Upfront, it's as sweet as I feared. Sugary, strawberry concentrate to the max, like drinking bad faux strawberry candies. All the sweetness vanishes on the finish leaving a vapid, opening wrought with thin hints of dry erase marker, plastic and rotten grains. Putrid.

Medium body that's weighed down by granular sugar; it's so sweet it actually affects the feel. Moderate carbonation.

This is terrible stuff. Disgustingly sugary with nothing else of quality to round it out or otherwise make it worthwhile. The label dubs it, "Belgium's Finest Lambic Beer." Bunk. More than half the bottle went down the drain.

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Photo of emerge077
1.67/5  rDev -47.5%
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

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Photo of russwbeck
1.09/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Muddy red pour with an extremely fizzy head.

S: Oh God I cannot believe I am about to drink this. It smells like I left a bunch of Strawberry Jolly Ranchers in my car for the entire month of August and they melted...somehow fermented, and found their way into a bottle. Medicinal, sweet, disgusting.

T: How can the man on the front of this bottle want his likeness represented in such a way? I TRUSTED that man, liar. He led me to this beer as though to say, "Come, drink this. It's a lambic, I swear! Strawberry too, you love strawberries. Buy this!" And like the idiot that I am, I caved.

The beer is just so damn sweet. It honestly tastes like a bad candy from that dish at your grandmother's house you always wish you hadn't decided to try something from.

MF: WAY over carbonated. Awful aftertaste.

O: To call this a lambic is a disgrace to the style.

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