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

Timmermans StrawberryTimmermans Strawberry
BA SCORE
3.35/5
230 Ratings
Timmermans StrawberryTimmermans Strawberry
BEER INFO

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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mora2000 on 09-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,256
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
230
pDev:
17.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
19
Trade:
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy light reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of those cheap strawberry candies, strawberry syrup, and a slight aroma of the strawberry flavored medicine made for children. Taste is much the same with slightly sour strawberry candy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but slightly artificial with the strawberry presence and quite sugary.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

people hate on timmermans for no reason. i mean, sure, its a level or two below the best of the best lambic types, but its a very approachable version, a possible gateway to the real good stuff, and more widely available than some of the really special ones. it serves a role. this one is very strawberry heavy, to the point where the yeast and grains are less detectable. similar in that regard to the framboise they do. pale red tint to the pour and a nose of fresh strawberry jam. it is very sweet, which detracts from drinkability, but the fruit is authentic, if a bit overdone. great carbonation cleans it up pretty well though, and in general i like this much better than some of the other common strawberry bombs coming out of belgium. i think this is a cool beer, and one that may turn people on to more tart and acidic traditional lambics, although this one is lacking much of that character. fun beer, not world class cellaring beer. thats okay sometimes.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a pink color with a fizzy white head on top that leaves not retention or lacing on the glass. The smell is like a strong slightly sour strawberry soda. Very sweet taste here, not much of a sour flavor of tartness at all in this one. The mouthfeel is a little bubbly but mostly feels a little watered down despite the strength of the flavor. Overall it's more like strawberry candy in a glass or something.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of metter98
2.87/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is very hazy pinkish orangey amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that faded away rather quickly leaving some lacy bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sweet strawberries in the nose along with some hints of mustiness that resembles the smell of an aromatic cheese.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell, starting out with sweet flavors of strawberries and ending with hints of sour, tart and musty flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer wasn't too difficult to drink but I don't think that I would try another one of these.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
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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3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle - I like how the first that I ever hear of this brewery is Cantillon taking the piss out of it, and suddenly it shows up locally here. Eerie.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium reddish amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat chunky pale pink head (sigh), which leaves some random descending alien spaceship lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sweet and sour fresh strawberries, bready and doughy caramel malt, some unwelcome Belgian yeastiness, and a suggestion of plain earthy and weedy noble hoppiness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a still heady candied strawberry essence, further indistinct dark fruity notes, some extant Low Countries yeastiness, suggestions of white and/or black peppercorn spice, and further understated leafy, musty, and dead grassy hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly involved in its palate lifting and separating frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a wee airy creaminess sidling along from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the musty strawberry and friends fruitiness carrying us out.

Overall, this is much less sweet than I was expecting, but surely comes across more like yer typical Lindemans, as opposed to the other more acerbic Lambic producers of Belgian renown. Pleasant enough to drink, I suppose, but hardly worth it, what with the measly 4 points of the ol' wowee sauce - for 8 bucks, I'd much rather just go for a soda, eh?

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2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
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 emerge077
1.67/5  rDev -50.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/30/2012. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart strawberry, strawberry jam/candy, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with big notes of sweet strawberries and some light yeast and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lightly tart strawberry, strawberry jam/candy, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big strawberries, strawberry jam/candy, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness of big sweet strawberry flavors with some light yeast and earthy hop notes; with minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 4%. Overall this is a really solid standard fruit beer. Nice robustness of big strawberry flavors with light yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It really doesn’t fit the Lambic style profile very well at all; but as a standard fruit beer it is quite enjoyable, as long as you don’t mind the sweetness(which wasn’t that bad in my opinion).

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Brass Tap (Tampa).

Hazy strawberry-amber with a durable head ad decent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with a hint of tartness. Somewhat vaguely strawberry.

Flavor: nice sweet/tart balance. Good strawberry flavor.

Feel: smooth and soft carbonation; medium-light body.

O: good for style but could be more complex and a touch more tart.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a very hazy golden ruby red in color with some hints of orange when held up to the light and minimal amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger and a half tall fizzy pinkish white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet strawberry but slightly artificial or sweetened strawberry - like you would get in a jar of jelly or jam. There is a very light note of tartness near the finish and just a hint of mustiness.

T: Very similar to the smell, the beer's flavor is dominated by sweet strawberry with a jam like quality and just a touch of tartness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very little acidic prickliness.

O: The flavor and aroma of the beer is just a little too sweet (artificial) for my preference. Pretty easy to drink but a little too sweet to be sessionable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.67/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce pour - $8.00 at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up an obscured, strawberry sherbet-hued body with a slim, fine, but persistent white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, strawberry-scented aroma. Candy or Kool-Aid springs to mind sooner than beer.

Taste: The sweet, saccharine taste of strawberry flavoring marked with a very, very small blip of acidity and little else. Any funk, any sourness is well hidden by the candyish qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't exactly describe Timmermans craft as "haunting", it's just simple, sweet stuff, more akin to a malternative or even one of those Jones sodas.

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Timmermans Strawberry from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 230 ratings
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