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 Phyl21ca
1.58/5  rDev -51.1%
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 -48.9%
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 -45.8%
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 -44%
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 -42.7%
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 -36.8%
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 -33.1%
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 -31%
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 -28.2%
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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Photo of champ103
2.36/5  rDev -26.9%
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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Photo of alenonbeeradv
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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 -20.7%
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 -19.8%
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
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 -17%
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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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Photo of PorterLambic
2.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a really dark pink with a light pink, fluffy head. No lace expected.
Smell is like a jolly rancher raspberry and a touch of malt.
Taste is better with a decent malt note, a better raspberry note though it still has a residual sweetness attached.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence with a fairly clean finish which kind of annoys me. More aftertaste is desired. Decent but not to the level of Lindemans.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of plfahey
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle (6/29/10) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Lovely shade of ruby red with a pale pink, frothy head that has decent retention.

Aroma-Smells extremely sweet and almost artificial, with a raspberry preserves/syrup/soda like character to it. Also slight notes of strawberry. There is a hint of fresh raspberry character underneath, but it smells way too sweet and one-dimensional.

Flavor-Ya know, it's actually not that bad if you're into Raspberry soda. However, as a lambic, it fails somewhat miserably. Some notes of strawberries and raspberry pie filling. Almost no tartness to blunt the sweet raspberry flavor. In the finish, raspberry flavors slowly fade leaving a sugary impression behind.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. I don't find this so sweet as to be cloying, but it finishes quite sweet and leaves a heavy, sugary impression on the palate.

This is a pretty decent, albeit slightly undercarbonated, raspberry soda with a dash of alcohol thrown in for good times and such. However, as a raspberry soda, it is rather overpriced, and not of good value. In all seriousness, this is over-sweetened and so devoid of complexity, that it cannot fairly be called a lambic.

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Photo of rarbring
2.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear red slightly brown brew, an off-white pinkish head with little lacing and curtains.

The smell is very much raspberries, some penicillin with artificial flavors.

The taste is sweet, sugary, raspberry lemonade, cider and a slight cherry seed bitterness.

High carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a fresh almost watery feeling, a coarse finish.

Very much like a fermented lemonade, not the perky lambic feeling I enjoy.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a dark pinkish red color with a fluffy pink tinted head.

S: Intensely sweet and sugary, almost candy-like on the nose. There is plenty of fruit character to it, but it's like raspberry and strawberry jam. A little bit of raspberry gelatin to it, too.

T: There is some light grass and lemon peel to it, but the beer is still mostly just sweet. A bit of tartness along with raspberry jam and candy. Quite a bit of seltzer flavor, too.

M: Light to medium in body with a rather high carbonation.

O: Sugary, sweet, and too highly carbonated. Not a very good or traditional lambic.

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Photo of cetherid
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

poured into a tulip


pour is a dark ruby red. A bubbly small pink head the dissipates quickly.


The smell is like raspberry preserves. Not really much else in this. None of the bret aroma like your authentic lambic.


very sweet syrupy raspberry. Definitely not pure fruit. Way too sweet, basically like a drink a 16 year old girl would have in high school. Like a wine cooler. Good if you like a sweet drink that doesn't taste like any kind of beer.


mouthfeel not much different from a lindemans. Good carbonation and body...might be about all this beer has going for itself.


definitely won't try this again. I prefer more authentic lambics. Lindemans is about the lowest quality i'll go with a lambic and this is way lower. Too damn sweet.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a rose with fluffy pink head.

The smell was tart and of sour raspberries.

The taste was not quite as sour as the smell but still a slight tartness and of sweet raspberries. Overall very one dimensional.

I really haven't had much from the style but I will say, while not being terrible, I will not drink this one again.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Redish color with a big pink head

S - Sweet raspberry syrup flavors. Smells like a candy

T - Sweet raspberry flavor as well, slightly artificial like a jolly rancher, maybe a hint of tartness in the back end but very minor. Mostly just sweet artificial raspberry flavor

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation

D - Really drinkable. A lot sweeter than I'd like though. Reminds me of Lindeman's fruit beers. If you like those you'd probablly like this, I wouldn't mind drinking this again but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it unless I had a serious sweet tooth. Really gets dinged for using the term "lambic" and not really being one.

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Photo of alleykatking
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep darker red with brown hints to it. One finger pinkish head rises and dies rather quickly. Light web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time raspberry aroma on throughout the entire nose. There is light hints of cranberry I would say right after the inital upfront of raspberry. Nothing really else is really there after this though. Just a major sweetness in the aroma. Once this warms a bit I am picking up some sweet malt that I wasn't getting before along with a hint of yeast.

T- A huge sweet raspberry in the front of the beer. There is a underlying malt body to this that comes about only in hints. The middle of the beer shows a light soured raspberry flavor that actually felt like it should be there. This dies down by the end of the beer leaving a sweet raspberry flavor once again and hints of alcohol which seeme to be (shocker) sweetly flavored.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is higher than what I figured it should have been. Raspberry dominated the palate and long into the aftertase with only alcohol coming through with it in the aftertaste. Flavors were very sweet and blended to take on the lambic style. No real off flavors...just sweet. Could that be a little bit of a off flavor? At times this beer seemed a bit watery as well.

D- This was average. I would base all framboise off this one now that I have had it. Not at all what I was looking for and a little less than what I had hoped for.

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