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

Timmermans Framboise LambicTimmermans Framboise Lambic
218 Ratings
Timmermans Framboise LambicTimmermans Framboise Lambic

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 04-27-2003

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1/5  rDev -69.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.58/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a bright pink beer with almost no head. Aroma of flavoured raspberry isn’t very enticing. Taste is quite a letdown with some artificial flavour of raspberry covering everything and no tart, sourness or acidity noticeable. This tastes more like a juicy soft drink then beer. There is no way I’m going to try something else from those guys unless it is highly rated and praised.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.65/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Joshua (Hopschnapps) for this one. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Standard pour yields a billowy 1.5 finger light pink head with very good retention. Beer is a clear, dark red that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is patchy with good stick.

S: Nose is incredibly aromatic and deep but also very simple. Raspberry syrup without any hint of funk, oak, or Brett. Sweet, but ultimately a bit dissapointing.

T: Opens raspberry syrup with some notes of cough medicine and yeast. Excessively sweet throughout with a flavor that doesn't change. Finish is raspberry soda with a sticky, sweetned, fruit juice aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth but oily, sticky, and filmy going down. Very messy finish with an aftertaste that just wouldn't go away.

D: This is probably the sweetest "beer" that I've come across by a large margin. Not a traditional lambic by any stretch of the imagination and probably too sweet even to be called a fruit beer. If you like excessively sweet fruit soda, this is right up your alley, otherwise, avoid at all costs. My Cantillon glass almost feels tainted by this one.

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Photo of AlexLMS
1.75/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First of all I would like to state that Lambic beers are definitely not my style. They don't taste like beer. Anyway, here is the review:

Appearance: very bright medium red colour. The head is pinkish white, very low and frothy. Impaired retention but lots of lacings.
Aroma: raspberry and sugar.
Taste: raspberries, sugar and nothing else.
Mouthfeel: cloying, very high carbonation, very low alcoholic strength and a light body.
Finish: again raspberries. Weak sour aftertaste.

Overall: I think that my senses were caught unaware and I could only feel the raspberries all over it (aroma, taste and finish). It could be refreshing if not for the huge amount of sugar. In short, a raspberry soft drink. First and last.

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Photo of crossovert
1.81/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz pink foiled bottle. Produced on: 29/06/10.

It pours a clear ruby with a fizzy pinkish white head. The head quickly dissipates with no lacing.

It smells like raspberry yogurt, not much else, very sweet.

It tastes like raspberry Jell-O. Not very good, watery, crappy.

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Photo of dbalsock
1.85/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It appeared much like a wheat beer overloaded with raspberry juice might look... like soda pop with a bright fizzy head that after a few minutes reduced to a thin lace. The aroma was very very sweet raspberry and had some artificial characteristics... almost medicinal. The taste was worse, like raspberry/cherry cough syrup with a very cloying mouthfeel, low carbonation and even hard to swallow. It made my tongue feel funny and slick and made the other things I ate or drank taste differently as well. A poor showing that should never be called a lambic.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.04/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nose with a powerful scent of raspberry suggesting the use of a syrup. It is safe obviously not on this one because the mouth is the same ilk, that is to say strong on the fruity and syrupy but without being saturated with sugar. The lambic is discreet, if not nonexistent, and the omnipresent scent of raspberry.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.16/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from the bottle into my Darkness tulip...Pours a dark blood red, almost grape juice purple with a light purple head. Ok retention and lacing...The aroma starts off with really "true" fresh squeezed raspberries; sweet yet tart. However, as you get deeper into the layers some really unpleasant notes of generic juice, and candy start to surface...The taste is terrible, a complete lack of flavor, no tartness the raspberries disappear and all you get a bitter metallic berry.

Most Timmermans are fruit to a fault and sweet, this is neither and a very poor representation of a fruit beer.

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Photo of deadliest
2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A finger of light pink foam dies down quickly leaving a small bit of lacing. The body is very clear, dark, brownish red.
S: Not much going on, light smell of sweet fruit.
T: Nothing offensive about the taste, just a light tastes of sweet raspberry. Not really sweet enough for the guilty pleasure of something like their strawberry lambic, or say Lindemans framboise, and without any of the sour flavors or tartness I would like in a lambic.
M: Highly carbonated, light body, feels like it should have a dry finish but ends up kinda sticky.
D: Just boring. Nothing offensive about this beer, but no reason to come back.

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Photo of ricke
2.32/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving date: 2009-05-18. Served in wine glass.

A: A strange deep red color with both pink and brownish hues. A medium sized head with a slight pink nuance. Some lacings.

S: Very simple smell, almost completely one-dimensional. Basically just aromas of artificial raspberries - raspberry candy, cheap raspberry fruit juice, bubblegum. Perhaps some notes of strawberry-like fruitiness as well. Smells more like candy than beer.

T: Is this beer or is this raspberry soda? It's certainly more reminiscent of the latter. It just taste like very sweet artifical raspberries, some notes of strawberries. Perhaps a semi-tart lemony flavor in the middle. If I really focus, I think I can detect a very faint hint of malts beneath the sweet fruits. The biggest problem is not the fruits per se, but the fact that they are really synthetic in character - no real flavor of genuin fruits. The finish is short with notes of bubblegum, some minerals and more raspberries.

M: Light body with soda-like carbonation. The big amount of carbonation stops this one from becoming overly sugary sweet.

D: If I would be in the mood for a sweet soda and looking for a substitute, I'd definitely go for this one, but as a beer it falls really short. It's to sweet, overly simplistic and quite boring after a while. It's not that it tastes awful or anything, it's just not a good beer. A poor version of the fruit lambic.

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2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a ruby red color. A light pink head rises to two fingers, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: This has a raspberry like fruit cake aroma. Lots of cloying sweetness and sugar. Very artificial raspberry syrup.
T: Exactly as the nose. Cloying sweetness, fruit cake, and artificial raspberry syrup.
M/D: A light body and crisp carbonation. I will not be finishing the bottle, that says it all.

There is a time and a place for the Lindemans type fruit lambics, but this and the strawberry version is just bad. Way to much fake an artificial flavoring. Avoid.

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of alenonbeeradv
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - amber red pink and purple hues. a sorta greay pink head thats not super lively looking about a half finger thick. very hazy. the bottle is insane looking and the can is even crazier. wish i coulda grabbed one of those just as a novelty.

s - eegghhh.. not good dude. i mean not terrible, but very strong and artificially sweetened. i can tell just from the smell. the fruit doesnt smell like fruit, it smells like sugary candy or something. cough syrup and like a bunch of berries that have beer in the garbage for 3 weeks.

t - here we go.. an initial phase of fruit and cough syrup quickly outruled by sweet artificial sugar. onto a phase of funky tart and metalic undertones that stick like a melted popsicle. again... ehh.

m - syrupy sticky think. not very enjoyable. as i said before, kinda like a carbonated melted popsicle.

o - if i drank even 2 of these id most likely wake of with a massive hangover from the amount of sugar thats probably in these things. it reminds me of any commercial sugar/energy drink and alcohol product. nothing tasty. kinda a girly drink a little.. but that might be why the can and bottle were bright fucking pink. well then..

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Photo of dauss
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had it at a french restaurant in Brussels. 35cl bottle, 4% ABV.

Appearance: Definitely filtered, crystal clear blood red. A big pink head rests on top with good retention and lacing.

Smell: all raspberries. Very strong, fresh and fruit, but not much else there, only raspberries.

The taste: Sweet and thing, much like a raspberry soda. A ever so slight bardyardy quality in the finish with a slight tartness. Interesting how this beer finishes dry, but its extremely fruity. All raspberry.

Notes: Their claim of "Genuine Lambic matured in oak barrels and brewed in the Brussels Region" just doesn't seem to work. Its missing the depth and complexity of Cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus, very one dimensional, and the raspberries are just overpower. I assume that this is just another "Framboise Lambic" tailored to the general public.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2


Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Bright, dark, and clear pink and ruby with very little head and not much lacing, either. Pours like soda.

Aromas of sweet raspberries and sweet syrup, perhaps a very slight tartness.

This is cherry 7-Up, isn't it? It has to be!
Simple sweetness, some cherry/raspberry, and little else. Simple, and tastes like soda.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation--again, like soda.

A beer disguised as cherry 7-Up.

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2.6/5  rDev -21%

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2.6/5  rDev -21%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep reddish color, with a pink head. In the aroma, dry and tart sugary raspberry. In the taste, small tart to sugary raspberry, and a bit syrupy. A sour like bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, sugary fruity raspberry in the aftertaste. Too syrupy, more sugary than sour, almost too Americanized.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Timmermans finally makes it to Texas, where it joins the many other post-fermentation sweetened lambics. It pours out a dark ruby color, with a quick-fading head of very pink foam. Aroma worthy of a bowl of Frankenberry cereal wafts up from it, without even a hint of funk. The flavor is overwhelmingly raspberry-ish, with only a very slight tartness. No lambic flavors evidenced at all. Lingering sweetness after the finish leaves me longing for something to wash the taste out with.

Wow, I'm impressed... so sweet and artificial it makes Lindemans seem like a well-crafted lambic.

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2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pours out a clear purplish-pink in color with a fizzy soda bubble collar for a head that goes completely still in two minutes, no lacing.

S. Smells very strongly of candied raspberries, and mildly of the aroma of that holiday fruitcake covered with assorted “candied fruits.” Very sugary kool-aid type of aroma abounds. Where’s the funky lambic aromas?

T. Raspberry Sweet-Tart candies. Only the tiniest suggestion of malt flavors exist in the finish, and even then, only at room temperature. No lambic funk is present in the flavor either.

M. Highly fizzy and carbonated soda pop texture to this one. Tons of fizzy bubbles dance on the tongue, to the point of distraction. Not really worth the money I spent on this one, unfortunately.

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