Framboise Lambicus
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #186
ABV:
4%
Score:
80
Ranked #47,541
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 17.17%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
230
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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  28
SCORE
80
Good
Framboise LambicusFramboise Lambicus
Notes: Formerly Framboise Lambic.

Timmermans Framboise is made by adding 100% natural raspberry aromas to lambic. After maturation in oak barrels, the beer turns a delicate shade of pink that is sure to delight you. Timmermans Framboise is a beer to be savoured with finesse and elegance.
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emerge077 from Illinois

1.7/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Low-tier sugary fruit soda masquerading as "lambic", more like Framboise-A-Rita.

Reddish amber, thin layer of foam, minimal spotty lace.
Cloyingly sweet aroma. Smells artificial, red hard candy and cough drops.
Tastes cloyingly sweet as well, more like cherry/strawberry candy than raspberry.
Saccharine sweet candy aftertaste, flabby feel, just bland and gross. Didn't finish the glass.
This is trash. To quote Jean Hummler from Moeder Lambic: it's "candy factory bullshit".
Doubtful there's even any lambic in whatever this is.

Sep 26, 2019
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle from Valhalla's Goat, Glasgow (£2.99):
This one was an interesting offering in that it was very sweet throughout but didn't quite turning sickening, although it threatened too towards the end of the taste but stopped short of it. There was a nice combination of berries featuring with raspberries dominating & some strawberries sitting before some blackberries seen things out. It was a relatively easy beer to drink with fine carbonation & some subtle malts helping the balance slightly but I doubt I could drink more than one of this in a row.

Mar 26, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a tremendous sucker for raspberry and strawberry in beer. I know there are all kinds of critical reviews of fruit beers like Abita Strawberry, likewise Lindeman's Cassis or Framboise - but I love how sweet and delicious this stuff is.

Timmerman's Framboise has a very thick, rich feel to it, and it somehow manages to dodge the syrupy, cloying mouth feel that makes a beer a novelty for me. I could drink several glasses of Framboise. As this bottle is a 2012 vintage, I have to imagine that age has been quite kind to it.

Between the fantastic raspberry nose and taste, this is an excellent beer.

Dec 28, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal, the appearance was a ruby red color with a subtle transparency about it. Just a quarter finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated immediately to not leave any lace.
The aroma smelled like raspberry puree' - the sweet with the tart shaping around some musty yeast and grassy notes. Light lemon acidity ever so slightly in the background.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side to roll into the tart side quaintly. Substantial acidity but not distracting. Nice red raspberry aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Lack of grip from the acidity tells me it's a lambic - that slow moving sort of feel which I like a lot. Carbonation did feel a little prickly, but not burdensome. ABV felt on par. Quick raspberry sort of finish.
Overall, as a lambic - fruit, this is definitely one of the better beers by Timmerman's and actually went well on an early humid August night.

Aug 03, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - more potentially diabetes-invoking brew from this recently Cantillon-baiting Belgian operation.

This beer pours a clear, reddish amber colour, which leaves three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky pale pink head, which leaves some slowly melting frosted windshield lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of sharp raspberry pie notes (fruit and creamed Jello, to be specific), bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of musty yeastiness, further muddled dark fruity notes, and very little else. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a somewhat lessened (but still heady) yeasty raspberry character, more indistinct black stone fruit notes, and some subtle leafy, herbal, and musty noble hop bitterness.

The carbonation is pretty innocuous in its weak-form frothiness, the body a decent enough medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a sickly-seeming creaminess slowly emerging as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the raspberry fruitiness kind of muted, but still really running this particular gong-show.

Overall, this is another sort of anemic-seeming 'lambic' from this supposedly venerable Low Countries brewing concern - much more Lindemans than yer more typical robust producers from around the world who provide such things.

Feb 24, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large fizzy light pink head. Color is a ruby red.

This one tastes like a raspberry dessert beer. A little tartness. Very sugary and sweet.

It is easy to drink, but it doesn't taste like a true lambic. Not sour or funky at all.

Apr 22, 2016
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Samlover55 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.z oz bottle poured into belgian tulip
L- dark red with a pinkish tinge thin white head little retention
S- nose is that of strong raspberry jam/syrup
T- perfect blend of sweet and sour strong raspberry notes but complemented beautifully by the tanginess of the wild yeast
F- medium bodied syrupy in a good way, sparkling carbonation
O- great introduction for me into lambics. this is definitely a beer i would like to drink again despite $5 for a bottle

Jan 10, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the brewery that gives us some of the most authentic, dry, sour and earthy beers; masterfully sculpted from the choicest of ingredients and astute care given to its distinctive microflora, Timmermans can also give us a sweeter, simpler and less rustic taste to appease the sweet tooth of fruit beer lovers.

And that's exactly what Framboise Lambic gives us. As it pours a hazy and rusty ruby-mauve, its head is short and quick while the nose is chocked full of raspberry overtones. Linked with musty fruit nuances, cider, lemon and plum precede a sugary malty-sweet taste of soda and syrup.

Bursting with fruit juice and a candied malt middle palate, the more earthen tones subside and the rich condensed sweetness cakes onto the tongue and balanced only with the medium intensity of the sour beer underneath. Vinously tart with red wine, its complementing green apple, black cherry, lemon, lime and briny taste offers slight reprieve from the raspberry dominance.

Its sugary finish is medium-full and lingers deeply with fruit. Carbonation keeps the beer creamy along with those bubbles highlighting the peppery and tart texture. As palate fatigue comes quickly, the thick layer of fruit sugars are saturating like dessert-type sweetnesses prevail.

Sep 28, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Has an intense raspberry nose with traces of sweet and tart. It pours brilliant brown tinted red with a very effervescent white foam cap that quickly settles down to about a ¼”. The raspberries dominate the palate and the balance of sweet and tart tends towards the sweet making it easy to drink but unremarkable. It is just a little too close to soda pop.

Mar 17, 2015
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Reddish brown color with a light, thin head. Tinny bubbles creep up the sides of the glass. Not much lacing.

Smell - Strong fruit smell, not all that pleasant- OK

Taste - This beer tastes very good. I enjoyed it.

Feel - excellent - I liked the carbonation that does not appear to be present when you look at it, but it is nice and light on the font of my tongue when I am drinking the beer.

Overall - Very Good beer.

Jan 11, 2015
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dgilks from Australia

3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear red-mahogany colour with very pale pink colour. Good head retention.

Sharp raspberry aroma. Quite sweet. Almost jammy.

Sickly sweet, candy like raspberry flavour. Touches of barnyard funk that makes a lambic a lambic. For me, too sweet.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

I don't really like this style of sweet lambic but I had the bottle to cook with. Interesting and not as offputting as I expected.

Jun 09, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color with a thick one finger pink head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Predominant aroma of sweet raspberries and honey.
Nice flavor, sweet but not cloying at all. Its friendly tartness cut down the sweetness. Notes of raspberry juice, guaraná soda, green apples, strawberries and mild vinous oak. Dry aftertaste with a mild acid sensation.
Light body with sparkling carbonation.
Refreshing and balanced Lambic Fruit, not too sweet, nor acid. A bit juicy, but amazingly easy to drink.

May 05, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pinkish brown colour, a mix of the two together, no visible carbonation, 2 fingers of white merangue like head.

S: Fruity, sour, a lactic quality like milk, jam like strawberry jam, a sweet quality like white sugar itself, like I’m about to have jam on toast as there is a malty breadyness as well.

T: Sour and sweet all come in together, then the flavours of again a strawberry jam, then a malty breadyness all come into play, fruit then malt on each sip. Not really distinguishing raspberries themselves, all along I’ve been saying strawberries as that’s more the taste I’m getting as perhaps its that muted, though its obviously a raspberry beer. Mostly its just a red fruitiness. On the burp its definitely raspberry.

M: Medium somewhat acidic and syrupy body. Low carbonation

O: Delicious beer. Says it’s the oldest Frambois Lambicus in the world. Drank April 21 in Kunming China. Got this one here from one of my 2 friends who sells decent imported Belgian beers. I haven’t seen this beer elsewhere in the world, even dare I say Belgium that I can remember. I think its great, but after having Cantillon I know this has sugar added. Certainly not as much as Lindemans, which is more commonly found here.

Apr 21, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Jan 13, 2014
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admiral from Australia

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
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

Nov 18, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with raspberry juice and raspberry syrup flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent but is more juice-like in my opinion.

Aug 11, 2013
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dowen17 from Alabama

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Aug 07, 2013
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish color with light pinkish head. Aroma has some sweet syrupy berry notes but also a small dose of lambic funk. Taste starts sweet and slightly tart, fruity and a bit funky. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. This one is probably the best of the sweet lambics from Timmermans.

Jul 16, 2013
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VinnyA from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Jul 03, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Jun 07, 2013
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

May 25, 2013
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finstadp from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +13%
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.

Apr 24, 2013
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Pegasus from Texas

3.52/5  rDev +6%
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.

Feb 23, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Jan 08, 2013
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maxk from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Dec 27, 2012
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 230 ratings