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 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 laituegonflable
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright red colour with a slight pink tinge, pure white head with fairly sparse bubbles, doesn't stick around. Mainly due to the fact that there is no carbonation. Slight lacing, but not much. Looks fruity.

Nose is very, very pungent and very nice. I can smell it from a metre away. Very sweet, with a tangy fruit edge. Actually smells more like strawberry than raspberry to be honest, particularly like that artificial strawberry flavour you get filling strawberry cream chocolates, for example. Very aromatic and in spite of the fruit dominance it's quite enjoyably complex.

Well, my first impression is that it's not very sour, which I would expect from a lambic. It's very fruity on the front and mid and the only tartness is a slight puckering at the back. One note, really, through the palate, but it does have a rhythm to it. Sweet, a bit thin, then slightly tart. Quite decent, although the thinness is worrying. I'm going to sit here and worry about it for a bit. Mouthfeel is also a bit thin.

This is pleasantly drinkable, but it's not overwhelmingly good, and to be perfectly, brutally honest, I prefer things that taste like beer. It's just a quirk of mine.

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Photo of madvoice
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rather raspberry pink in colour with a thick foamy head that lasted a while and left a fair bit of lacing down the glass.

Smelled sweet and of fresh raspberries.

Taste was very much raspberry. Sweet to start with then with the tart aftertaste which is typical of raspberries.

Quite a fizzy beer but light on the mouth. In all honesty it didn't taste like beer at all. More of a girly beer this one. I don't mind it and could quite easily drink it but its missing a vital part that is beer.

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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 texashammer
3.79/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting results here. Reddish, pinkish, purplish color, transluscent, with little or no head. Smells unpleasant. Weird musty metallic smell is very unappetizing. Tastes very yummy though; good taste kills the smell. Sweet in a raspberry cream sort of way. Raspberries and vanilla. Sweet but more like real fruit than a lot of them. Nice spritz too. Not very tart.

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

250ml bottle, into a deleirum t tulip

Pours with a purpley pink body, off white pinkish head, fluffy

Smell, some slightly tart fruit on the nose, rasberrys dont adorn the nose but are def. part of the aroma

Taste, smooth crisp rasberry, slight sweetness but not excessive

A fairly solid lambic, but nothin world changing

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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 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 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 Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank this one in Barcelona, Spain. Clear, pink, forming a foamy, light pink head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is strong. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body. Perfumy aroma of tart raspberries and mildly dusty basement. No discernable hops or other typical fermentation characteristics. Taste is absolutely delicious with tart, sour raspberries, a dry acidity, and a pleasantly dry finish. Hops and malt are delicate and balance the overwhelming raspberries. All the ingredients are in perfect harmony. An overwhelmingly excellent brew.

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