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

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Timmermans Framboise LambicTimmermans Framboise Lambic

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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BourbonStreet
5/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this lambic! And it is a lambic, so it's not supposed to taste like a traditional beer. Beautiful color and nice white head that lasted a while. Perfect balance of fizziness and smoothness. Raspberry flavor and smell were fresh, not artificial, like many lambics. Very nice tartness to break up the sweetness. Clean finish. Could drink this one all night.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank this one in Barcelona, Spain. Clear, pink, forming a foamy, light pink head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is strong. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body. Perfumy aroma of tart raspberries and mildly dusty basement. No discernable hops or other typical fermentation characteristics. Taste is absolutely delicious with tart, sour raspberries, a dry acidity, and a pleasantly dry finish. Hops and malt are delicate and balance the overwhelming raspberries. All the ingredients are in perfect harmony. An overwhelmingly excellent brew.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very difficult beer to review mostly due to the fact you wouldn't even know it was beer unless someone told you. I understand that many people are of the opinion that it really lacks that essential "beer taste," but it ultimately is a lambic, which generally do not taste like traditional beers. And though it might be considered "girly," it is extremely tasty.

A- Basically looks like soda pop after you let the head die down. Still is a very good-looking drink despite the fact that it's not the normal amber you see in beers.

S- Smells more like a fruity wine than beer. Extremely overpowering raspberry smell makes you want to swim in it

T- This is one of the most delicious drinks I have ever had, and easily the tastiest "beer". But it doesn't taste at all like beer. It is probably so tasty because it is overpowered with blatant raspberry flavors. Although I feel I'm being cheated out of a real beer flavor, I stop caring because it is absolutely delicious. It has a near-perfect balance of sweetness and tartness that will make you crave it.

M- Really refreshing and clean, not bitter at all. Kind of like drinking soda pop but with not as much bite.

D- You can drink it about as easily as Kool-Aid. The alcohol isn't overpowering but it's still there so you have to be pretty responsible with this one.

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Photo of Crittervision
4.29/5  rDev +32.8%
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. 

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Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The liquid is clear; colour is dark red with a tint of brown. The pale pink foam forms a quite large head that sinks down to a thin lid with a fizzing sound.

The smell is sweet and very fruity with a clear dry note of raspberries and a sour touch of vinegar. Yeast notes are also present.

The first taste is one of raspberry soda that develops into a fresh sour/dry note with a touch of citric acid and a creamy sweet note. The aftertaste is sour-sweet and creamy with fruity notes.

Mouth feel is fresh with lots of tiny bubbles.

A well crafted fruit-lambic: Not too sweet, not artificial.

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Photo of washburnkid
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a little sad I didn't get to enjoy this in a hot pink can, but at least the bottle I had was lined with hot pink foil!

It's pretty, nice head and lacing. This beer is sour as all get out. Fruity, but there's also a bitterness that takes a good hold of the palate. Light mouthfeel and ample carbonation. As with many other lambics and fruit/veg beers, before or after a meal is where this one belongs.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ho, ho, ho, thought this would make a good Xmas morning beverage... Pours a surprisingly dark, reddish-copper color with a large and fluffy pinkish head. Retention is excellent, and lacing thick.

Nose has a brown ale-ish malt nose with the requisite raspberry aroma, but it is not quite as strong as many lambics. Does not smell all that sweet either, not sure if that is good or bad in this case.

The taste is lightly tart and not over-the-top sweet. Has a nice biscuity base that is a nice departure from the norm for these types of beers. Raspberries are prominent, but not overbearing. I actually think this is a pretty damn good beer, but neither falls in the category of a Cantillon puckering sour nor the sweet, dessert beer lambics...kinda in the middle somewhere. Makes a delicious morning beverage and is soft on the palate. Not exactly "Belgium's Finest Lambic Beer" as the label claims, but I certainly am not regretting my purchase and look forward to the kriek version I have in the fridge. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
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

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Photo of pat61
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of texashammer
3.79/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting results here. Reddish, pinkish, purplish color, transluscent, with little or no head. Smells unpleasant. Weird musty metallic smell is very unappetizing. Tastes very yummy though; good taste kills the smell. Sweet in a raspberry cream sort of way. Raspberries and vanilla. Sweet but more like real fruit than a lot of them. Nice spritz too. Not very tart.

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Photo of ckollias
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of finstadp
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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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!

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.

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Photo of beastfromtheeast
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a small amount pinkish-white head that quickly disperses. White bubbles initially developed along the inside of my glass resembling a soda, but they leave soon, as well. The beer itself is a rather deep red color.

Smell: Fairly robust smell of tart raspberry.

Taste: Tastes, naturally, of raspberries. Initially very tart, but leaves you with a mild, sweet aftertaste. Flavor is borderline overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation, which provides a somewhat filmy and syrupy feel.

Drinkability: It seems almost as if you were drinking a soda, which can be attributed to the syrupy mouthfeel and apparent carbonation. The raspberry flavoring is strong, but not entirely overpowering.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of maxk
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish purple with translucent ruby highlights that had a thin head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma did have big raspberry notes that were jelly like with tart sweet notes. The taste was also dominated by the raspberries along with the jelly character and tart adidic accents; no funk to speak of. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, and tart finish. It drank pretty good but was lacking the funky sour punch I expect from traditional lambic beers.

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Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of dowen17
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
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 platform of providing such things.

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