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

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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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 Pexkool
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with lots of little bubbles that form a 1 finger tall white/pinkish head that dissipates almost immediately, but leaves a lace that lasts the whole tasting.

S - As expected, strawberries. A pleasant strawberry aroma that reminds of strawberry soda or kool-aid, perhaps. A little alcohol is very well hidden.

T - At first, it's all strawberry soda, with the high carbonation, sourness and flavor. Then the sweetness fades away and you can taste the malts and hops in good balance with the overall flavor of the brew.

M - The carbonation is a little high for me, but it fits the beer. It leaves a refreshing sensation, mostly because of the low ABV and IBU, almost as if you had drank a specially tasty soda.

Overall, I liked this beer the most of all the other fruit beers I had had. I've tasted the Samuel Adams strawberry and raspberry beers, but this one I enjoyed the most. I would definitely have another one. Even right now! This is one of those beers you can drink a whole six pack (if they sold it) in one session. Recommended if you want to try a fruit beer but don't know where to start.

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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 VncentLIFE
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very hazy murky apple cider, but a bit more orange. White patches of head on top.

As soon as I uncapped it, the room just filled with sweet artificial strawberries. Its a bit much, it reminds of strawberries and cream cereal.

Definitely backsweetened. Lots of strawberry flavors (I may even git a tiny hint of natural flavors). I stand by strawberries and cream. Candied sugar sweet. Its like a Lindemans lambic. Fantastic dessert beer for sure. but in terms of lambics, its missing any kind of funk or acidity.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute glass]

The pour was a murky plum orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) light pink foamy head that reduced down to a large collar of foam with some really good sticky lacing.

The aroma was all about the strawberries, with a little musty yeast and a hint of bubblegum.

The taste was sweetly tart with a bit of maltiness and a strong strawberry presence throughout. It kind of reminds me of a “Sour Strawberry Jolly Rancher”. The flavor lasted a decent duration after the swallow being mostly of tart strawberries and not much else.

Mouthfeel was light in body and slightly syrupy in texture with a very lively carbonation.

Overall a very sweet and tart Lambic that was mildly refreshing. It’s a brew that would be great mixed with a good imperial stout...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a somewhat cloudy red orange amber. Thin head, but some lacing. Strong strawberry aroma with some funky notes. Flavor is sweet, strawberry juice prominent. Sweet-sour finish. Pleasant and drinkable. No complexity and not a great lambic. Perhaps a bit cloying to drink a lot of this at a sitting, but I enjoyed this glass.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 26/1/11, so it's just over a year old.

Appearance: pale gold-pink hue with a lot of haze. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam without much tenacity.

Smell: tart strawberry aroma with an earthiness underneath which is reminiscent of cereal grains. Pretty much as advertised, but it really smells a lot like a strawberry breakfast bar of some kind.

Taste: big strawberry flavor with a tartness and sweetness which seem like a genuine lambic character. It doesn't precisely float my boat, but as I said it is definitely as-advertised.

Mouthfeel: quite light with a good carbonation and decent creaminess, if a bit thin for full creamy satisfaction.

Overall: a decent beer if you're into strawberry lambics. Otherwise, you will probably not find anything in here to like.

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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 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 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 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 CaptJackHarkness
4.52/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into Pilsener type glass.
Strawberry is right!
Smells of pints and pints of ripened fresh fruit. Pours a hazy garnet colored body with frothy white,but,short lasting head. Laces glass continuosly.Tastes of tart strawberry; it's a liquid dessert!

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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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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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 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:
http://littlegeniedistributors.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Strawberry_Candy_4d0ee9e61ac49.jpg
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 plfahey
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle (6/28/10) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pinkish-orange-red hue with just a touch of haze to it. Head is nearly white but has the faintest hint of pink tone to it. Decent head retention.

Aroma-Overly sweet-smells like strawberry fruit snacks mixed with stewed strawberries. No other character or point of complexity to be found. Overly candy-like.

Flavor-My initial impression here is strawberry fruit snacks again. The sweet strawberry character is overwhelming up front and rather one dimensional, but fades relatively quickly, at first to a light strawberry candy flavor, followed by nothing. Flavor also has slight cider characters to it.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately low carbonation. A heavy sugary character lingers on the palate-not quite cloying, but it gets close.

As with the other Timmermans lambic that I tried (the framboise), it is overly sweetened-quite reminiscent of strawberry fruit snacks. Overall a bad representation of a fruit lambic with no wild or tart character-it is entirely one dimensional. Tasty, but I can get Welch's Strawberry soda for a fraction of the price.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Timmermans Strawberry Lambic

Poured into a tulip snifter. A ruddy reddish color with a small cap of head that did retain decently well. Aroma filled up the whole side of the bar with sweet and sour strawberries. In the taste, good fresh strawberry flavor and a small tartness. Semi-sweet upfront greeted by a nice restrained sour tang of wild yeast funk. Has all the trademarks of a good fruit lambic, mild sour, complimentary fruit, mildly effervescent, smooth and easy to drink. Overall, I was happy with this little find. A decent lambic, if you dig strawberry which I do.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Random bottle at the back of the fridge, I was in the mood for something sweet so I grabbed it. Poured into a Lindemanns flute. Beer is kind of hazy and pink with a medium head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, high carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is like strawberry candy, very sweet smelling, interesting.

The first sip was the best, it all went down hill from there. It is light and heavily carbonated on the palate and sweet, very sweet, with a lot of fruit but the more I drank the dryer it got, the dryer it got the more sulfur and cloying it got. By the end I regretted this experiment and my sweet tooth. I won't bother having it again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool various shades of pink from the liquid to the head, good retention. Straight up yummy aroma that is spot on strawberry.

Taste falters, all sweet, less fruit flavor, really didn't deliver on the strawberry flavor like it did the smell. No sourness. Or if there was, it was just dominated by the sweetness. Not good enough for a lambic. Light enough body, maybe wheat to it. Easy to drink, but I'd prefer to just smell this stuff as opposed to drink it.

$5 a bottle, can't recommend it. Unless you just like to smell beers.

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Photo of Offa
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, faintly pinkish copper-amber with a big, pale pinkish off-white head slowly shrinking to a lasting thin foamy top and some lace.

Aroma is strawberry with faint earthy yeastiness and metal underneath.

Taste is light sweet strawberry up front with light rustic, earthy yeasty character underneath, and a juicy, lively, zesty light tartness. It’s dryish, not overly sweet, crisp and zesty but the character is all a bit light and subdued and there is not enough “lambic” rustic character for me.

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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 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 matty
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberry colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are both dominated by sour strawberries.It reminds me of a non-alcoholic strawberry daiquri.Something that is best suited for the warmer months.I would buy again but not at 10 dollars for 11 ounces.I would recommend to try at least once if you like lambics.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer when I have traveled, but never picked it up. It is available here in Texas now, so I picked this bottle up at the downtown Spec's in Houston. Let's see what I have been missing all this time.

Appearance: Pours a bit murky and the color is a brownish reddish pinkish with a 1/2" cap of pink tinted tan foam on top that is pretty thick and creamy looking and seems like it has no intention of going anywhere. There is already some lacing left on the glass just from moving the beer around. There is a pretty decent amount of lace left on the glass after drinking, and the head never completely goes away...so it redeems itself here.

Aroma: Initially I got lots of sweet strawberry with very little lambic or anything else to speak of. As I get deeper into the beer I can pick up some caramel notes and some reserved toasty aromatics...but again, nothing funky or anything.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma. It is a strawberry malt beverage without anything really lambic like about it at all. The strawberry is well done and not cloying or dry or anything, so it is an approachable malt beverage. The body is light to medium with ample to high carbonation that keeps you in check so that you don't drink it like a soda. The finish is quite sweet and I am not sure what is providing balance...unless that may be the elusive wild character. I will see if the beer changes when it warms...if so, I will come back to this. (pause) Nope...still a strawberry soda.

Opinion: This is an alright malt beverage, but it is much more foo-foo than any beer that I would like to consume regularly. I mean, there was no yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle? This is a commercialized "lambic" beer if I ever saw one, and may be a good starter beer because it is a whole lot better than the Cranberry Lambic that Boston Brewing makes...but that isn't saying much as it is horrible too. I personally will stick with Cantillon and the likes and leave this for the ladies...or newbie beer geeks.

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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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