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 UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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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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 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 metter98
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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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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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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 mothman
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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 smcolw
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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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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 smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Nov 7th 2011 it looks like.

A real nice pink hued head, kind of sudsy and shampoo like with not much together but holds ok, sits on a body color of real deep cherry red, lightning up around the edges nicely, dark purple and plum with some nice columns of carbonation.

Nose is very artificial candy smelling. Bubblegum and strawberry, with a big fruit sweetness. Cloying and sticky, some faint Halls like cough drop scent also.

Light malted body with a wet and raspberry like sweetness. Faint bread on a slightly carbonated fizzy body, but a faint hint of tartness just creeps out on the swallow. Lightly sugar fruit punch sweet.

Overall, kind of sweet without much acid or any hint of funk and so forth. It's a fruity sweet brew, but probably just a little bit better than the average I'd say.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh on tap, one of the most expensive kegs I've ever heard tell of...the bottles are pricey, too. Is it worth it?

Pink, pudding-ish head, rosy, raspberry-y appearance, clear at the bottom, darker near the top.

Aroma: sweet, ever-so-slightly tart. Very raspberry, only slightly cloying, not quite in Kool-aid land, but dangerously close.

Taste: Intense flavors on first sip, very puckering, but the tart mellows out with a quickness. Raspberry flavor is fast and furious, then smooths out and leaves the palate quietly. Raise the glass again, down it goes: rapsberry, tart, but, as it says on their website, ""faithfully reflects the colour and flavour of ripe raspberries with no trace of the acidity of lambic."
See, that acidity is something I could actually go for, especially in a fruit lambic. What's left is certainly flavorful and consumable, but rather uninspired.
Fairly flat and one-dimensional, but I hear that's what sells these days.
If you're looking for a more authentic version, look for Oud Beersel, Cantillon, Drei Fonteneine, Boon, or elsewhere.

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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 Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a red color with a white head. The aroma is very strong and one dimensional. I get nothing but raspberry. The flavor is more of the same. The beer is very sweet and syrupy and heavy on the raspberry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This may be a traditional lambic, but it has nothing in common flavor or aroma-wise with the better versions of the style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Timmermans Framboise

Pours a reddish color, pink head and little lace. Aroma of raspberries, sweet puree, and a touch of lambic quality. In the taste, bitter raspberry, mildly funky, and finishes tart, quite sweet and dry. Raspberry lambic beer with a small sour and loads of sweetness. Overall, a decent brew, went well with a waffle for breakfast.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Label reads 4% ABV and says the bottling date was 7/11/11.

Appearance: haze-free bright red hue with a good effervescence and a thick finger of frothy pink foam. Not much tenacity to the head, but nice raspberry color.

Smell: nice raspberry aroma but it seems a little bit more candylike than natural raspberry. Still, not too bad.

Taste: moderate raspberry flavor with not much malt; there's a strong tartness as well. Again, the fruit flavor isn't bad but I feel like there's something off here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy carbonation. Not too bad.

Overall: this is a middle-of-the-road raspberry beer. It doesn't have the full complexity I like in a lambic, and it's rather sweet. Decent, but not great.

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Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear ruby colored beer with medium sized pink-white colored head.

Smell is strongly of raspberries as expected. Spicy perfume scent mostly clove and cardamom.

Starts out tasting of sour raspberry with a little sweetness and an apple aftertaste. Fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. Not much else to this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty Framboise that favors sour over sweet.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very reddish coloured body, slightly cloudy, with a big pink head of fine white foam. Not a lot of lacing, and it does look very thin - much like a thin, sweet beer. Unsurprising, really.

Huge raspberry characters on the nose. Very sweet, with a very tasty tart character to cut through the undeniable sweetness. Lots of berry jam, sweetness, but just enough acidity to make it not sickly.

Taste is really quite refreshing and pleasant, a sweet and sour combination of raspberry fruits and just enough acidity to cut through. Finish is quite dry, but the jammy sweetness sticks around long enough to add to the lingering grily character. Let's face it - it's not an extreme, or even a particularly good example of a fruit lambic, but there's a time and place for it, and this is this time and place for it.

A very drinkable Belgian fruit beer, refreshing, and a nice balance between the tartness of a true lambic and the sickly sweetness of a beer pummelled with fruit syrup. It does perhaps err on the side of sweetness, and it is quite effeminate, but it's undeniably drinkable. I've had far more sickly fruit beers.

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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 beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in flute. Poured a clean, clear red with about 1/2 inch of just off-white head that moderate retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was a very pleasant raspberry scent, with just hints of grain and yeast. The flavor was very much the same, the fruit dominates, with grain and yeast playing minor supporting roles.

The body was a bit thin, but very crisp, clean and dry. Drinkability was good, as this beer wasn't as sweet as others of the style. I'm still not sure I'd have more than one at a time though.

Overall, a nice little brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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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 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 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 dgilks
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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