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

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Timmermans Framboise LambicTimmermans Framboise Lambic

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

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 04-27-2003

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +14%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin pinkish head that faded away relatively quickly and left only some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of raspberries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has very sweet flavors of raspberries and almost takes like a fruit juice except with the added carbonation.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the moderate amount of carbonation prevents the sweetness from feeling syrupy on the palate. I'm not sure if I would try this one again because there are fruit lambics that do not taste as one dimensional and overly sweet.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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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 dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium garnet red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that reduces to a small patch of thick large bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of raspberries that are sweet with a slight hint of artificial sweetness.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is pretty sweet with the natural and artificial flavors of raspberries. Slight amounts of tartness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly from the acidity.

O: Easy to drink as it is not overly sweet or syrupy but not the greatest example of the style - there are others that are less sweet and a little more natural tasting.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large off-white (a bit beige). Settles in lumps. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. The beer color is like a dark amber with a bit garnet added

Smells like fresh raspberries. It's jammy but not overly sweet.

The flavor is quite sweet. There's no sourness that one would typical expect in the style. It tastes good, but like a raspberry filled cookie. The body is rich and the carbonation is very low. It has a bit of a soda feel to the liquid.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Timmermans Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 224 ratings