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 TaySuth
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark reddish-purple. Small head with large, white bubbles recedes quickly leaving behind very minimal lacing.

Smell: Raspberries dominate the aroma. No noticeable hop character. Maybe a hint of vinegar.

Taste: The fruit taste is very enjoyable, yet rather simple. A little more complexity would be appreciated. Absolutely no taste of grains, hops, or alcohol. I feel that I could easily pass this off as a raspberry soda.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and a light body. The finish is tart but not too tart.

Overall: This was fun to drink but I feel that I will seeking out more complex lambics in the future.

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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 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 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 augustgarage
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Lindemans flute. Produced on January 25th, 2011.

Nearly clear alazarin crimson liquid with a very pale pink crust of active yet lasting foam. Sticky lacing.

Very sweet aroma suggesting various candied fruits, including but not limited to raspberries of course.

Sweet palate entry, with more candy-coated raspberry notes which go back and forth between being dry (thanks to a nearly subliminal hint of funk) and cloying in rapid succession - never really settling on one side of the spectrum. Malt adds a strange flavor in the finish, but this is fleeting. Not especially "natural" or complex. Vaguely metallic and floral throughout, reminding me of Boone's Farms Strawberry Hill, a memory I thought I had blotted out of my early drinking history.

Well carbonated, effervescent, and fairly crisp yet creamy.

Rather a let down; not a terrible beer, but one of the weaker versions of the style (even Lindemans' offerings are significantly more complex).

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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 russwbeck
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear red pour with a fizzy pink head.

S: Very sweet, doesn't smell a terrible amount like a lambic. All raspberries. Tart, but not funky.

T: Well I can certainly say this should be considered a fruit beer, not a lambic. Tart raspberries, sweet, hardly any funk or acidity.

MF: Lots of carbonation, very light, syrupy sweet.

O: Was expecting more of a sour here. It isn't a bad tasting beer, but it isn't great either.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 MirImage
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice pink/white head on top of a ruby red liquid. Decent head retention with some good lacing.

S: Sour fruit juice. Not very strong.

T: Sour apples, raspberries with a hint of rhubarb.

M: Fairly thin with some fizziness that cleans up the palette.

O: Decent enough beer to try out. Haven't had too much experience with Lambics. I would drink this again.

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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 ChugginOil
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Timmermans Framboise

This one pours a light translucent cranberry color. Less than a fingers worth of white head settles fast and leaves a bit of lacing along the glass.

The nose is full of raspberries. A sweet and tart smells draws water from my mouth.

The taste is a sweet and tart fruit blast. Raspberries dominating with a bit of malt recognition at the end.

The mouthfeel is crisp, full of carbonation with a light pucker quality.

Overall, pretty damn tasty and im glad my girlfriend let me try some!

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

I cannot really consider this a lambic, as the aroma and flavor are entirely fruit-juicy. Raspberry juice, not terribly sweet or tart, but slightly carbonated, is all that this beer is evocative of. Decidely non-beery, however, it is a refreshing fruit malt beverage, so I can drink it.

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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 JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful champagne of burgundy depths and topped with laced pink white head. Hard to judge appearance on a lambic because they are so cartoonish but umm above average i guess

Smells of raspberry jam and fruits like a sangria but more candy

The taste is sweet fruit juice, not from concentrate, sour candies and yeast dominate. A good tart.

The body is medium and sticky, the carbonation cascades in the mouth.

A summer drink for the women, but I enjoyed it nonetheless being the bear of a man I am... may be a lie.

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Photo of obywan59
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a winey color with a 1/2 finger barley pink head. Kinda nice looking, just not spectacular.

A nice smell, with light raspberries and some sprightliness.

I'd say more tart than Lindeman's, light raspberries again, a bit on the unripe side.

A little thin. Fizzy early on. Somewhat drying, almost astringent at times.

A nice change of pace. Just not as well-rounded as a Lindeman's. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of bamadog
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at whole foods in Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 3/28/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful and "fun" color that has some robust orange coppery colors, but definitely some hues of like purple and pink that add some definite flair; starts with a firm 1/2 finger off white head that fades to a relatively thick and complete skim on the surface; body has great clarity and shows some moderately strong, but slow carbonation bubbling up throughout.

Smell: Whoa -- smells like freshly crushed raspberries mixed with sugar -- reminiscent of a pie filling; while the smell is pleasant, I just have to wonder where is the funk for some of the wild sides of these beers?

Taste: Really, it's quite good and it sadly reminds me a bit of a cheap wine product that I would drink when in college for the sake of getting a buzz, but I mean that in the nicest possible way because it tastes really good; lots of the overly ripe raspberries and sweet and sticky maltiness; No discernible levels of tartness at all -- in fact, it drinks kind of like a black cherry cola. This would be a beer that I would try to win over a girlfriend that doesn't care for beer with.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it provides plenty of moist stickiness, likely from all of the sugary maltiness that linger throughout the taste that further allows the raspberries to hang around in their so-so sweet manner. Really, no levels of acidity approach the belly in this one, just a solid and well carbonated fruit drink.

Overall: Well, I'm a little torn -- it tastes really good, but it doesn't bring any of the expected funk element to the lambic like I was hoping. Super flavorful, and a bit like drinking a real sugary and over flavored soda, it was fairly refreshing, but seems to lack the craftsmanship that I appreciate from the brewers of the style that seem to do it so much better. Definitely worth trying though.

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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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Timmermans Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
3.23 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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