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: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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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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 Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish color with a golden hue; small tight pale pink head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of raspberry concentrate, light cranberry cocktail and some dark grape juice. Very sweet but not particulary strong.

The taste is sweet with a concentrated raspberry flavor. There is also a carbonated water presence that dulls the fruit presence. Some tart green apple flavors in the finish.

Moderate feel with spritzy carbonation. Very much has a soda feel to it. Sweet on the palate and finishes dry.

A sweet lambic for sure. Not much, if any, funk or sour flavors. Feels and tastes a tad watery.

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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 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 beastfromtheeast
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a small amount pinkish-white head that quickly disperses. White bubbles initially developed along the inside of my glass resembling a soda, but they leave soon, as well. The beer itself is a rather deep red color.

Smell: Fairly robust smell of tart raspberry.

Taste: Tastes, naturally, of raspberries. Initially very tart, but leaves you with a mild, sweet aftertaste. Flavor is borderline overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation, which provides a somewhat filmy and syrupy feel.

Drinkability: It seems almost as if you were drinking a soda, which can be attributed to the syrupy mouthfeel and apparent carbonation. The raspberry flavoring is strong, but not entirely overpowering.

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

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a clear cranberry in color with a medium sized light pink head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of course heavy with the scent of raspberry's, light bread malts and a sweet yeast. It tasted sweet a loaded with raspberry at first then moved to sweet-sour raspberry flavor at the end with the flavor only staying on the tastebuds a short time. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a nice and refreshing Lambic.

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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 Tballz420
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red body, pillowy pink head leaves a fair amount of lace. Raspberry scent, kind of sour. Taste is pretty much all raspberry, pretty sour. A bit of yeast note. Very sharp on the tongue, thin bodied and wet. Not really horrible, but not particularly complex. Kinda tastes like a fruit soda.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ho, ho, ho, thought this would make a good Xmas morning beverage... Pours a surprisingly dark, reddish-copper color with a large and fluffy pinkish head. Retention is excellent, and lacing thick.

Nose has a brown ale-ish malt nose with the requisite raspberry aroma, but it is not quite as strong as many lambics. Does not smell all that sweet either, not sure if that is good or bad in this case.

The taste is lightly tart and not over-the-top sweet. Has a nice biscuity base that is a nice departure from the norm for these types of beers. Raspberries are prominent, but not overbearing. I actually think this is a pretty damn good beer, but neither falls in the category of a Cantillon puckering sour nor the sweet, dessert beer lambics...kinda in the middle somewhere. Makes a delicious morning beverage and is soft on the palate. Not exactly "Belgium's Finest Lambic Beer" as the label claims, but I certainly am not regretting my purchase and look forward to the kriek version I have in the fridge. Merry Christmas everyone!

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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 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 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 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 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 jasonjlewis
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nice to 2 finger head with a good retention dark amber color
The smell is of tart raspberry. There is a far amount of acidity in the nose

Taste has some underlying tartness that accentuates the raspberry. It prevents the raspberry from becoming too sweet. Good balance of sour and sweet.

This beer finishes dry but has a fair amount of sweetness

Certainly better than lindemans so give it a try

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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 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 DuffManOhYeah
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very difficult beer to review mostly due to the fact you wouldn't even know it was beer unless someone told you. I understand that many people are of the opinion that it really lacks that essential "beer taste," but it ultimately is a lambic, which generally do not taste like traditional beers. And though it might be considered "girly," it is extremely tasty.

A- Basically looks like soda pop after you let the head die down. Still is a very good-looking drink despite the fact that it's not the normal amber you see in beers.

S- Smells more like a fruity wine than beer. Extremely overpowering raspberry smell makes you want to swim in it

T- This is one of the most delicious drinks I have ever had, and easily the tastiest "beer". But it doesn't taste at all like beer. It is probably so tasty because it is overpowered with blatant raspberry flavors. Although I feel I'm being cheated out of a real beer flavor, I stop caring because it is absolutely delicious. It has a near-perfect balance of sweetness and tartness that will make you crave it.

M- Really refreshing and clean, not bitter at all. Kind of like drinking soda pop but with not as much bite.

D- You can drink it about as easily as Kool-Aid. The alcohol isn't overpowering but it's still there so you have to be pretty responsible with this one.

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Photo of BourbonStreet
5/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this lambic! And it is a lambic, so it's not supposed to taste like a traditional beer. Beautiful color and nice white head that lasted a while. Perfect balance of fizziness and smoothness. Raspberry flavor and smell were fresh, not artificial, like many lambics. Very nice tartness to break up the sweetness. Clean finish. Could drink this one all night.

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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 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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Timmermans Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
3.23 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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