733: Timmermans Framboise Lambic

733: Timmermans Framboise LambicName: Timmermans Framboise Lambic
Brewery: Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Dilbeek-Itterbeek
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4%
First Brewed: ca. 1980
Price: $11.99

Tasting Notes
An elegant beer with the dryness of pink chap age. Smooth, crisp, and intensely raspberrylike. Any excess sweetness is tempered by the lambic tartness, with a pleasantly dry, almond finish. Serve in a champagne tulip. Ideal as an aperitif or with dessert.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I like this style, but this beer doesn’t have a good rating on BeerAdvocate. 75… Which concerns me. Especially since this brewery has been making this style of beer longer than anyone. Also, I am confused. The book calls it a “Lambic” while on the bottle it is a “Lambicus.” Is there a difference? It is the same beer, as I can’t find a second listing anywhere online. I just wonder when they started changing the name and why. The picture on BeerAdvocate is a can, and they also make this in smaller bottles as well as a large bottle, that we bought. Oh well… I am sure it still tastes good!

The beer doesn’t look like a lambic at all, but rather a pink champagne. Not even pink, really. It is almost brown. But I will get to that. I can already smell it, so let’s drink!

Nose: Does it smell like raspberries? Duh! That is what this style of beer is all about. It is only 4% ABV, but that is not uncommon with this style of beer. I really like the label on this beer, too. Oh, in the glass. Right. It is INSANELY carbonated and almost looks like champagne in the glass. It has a nice thin white layer of foam on top, and I can see dozens of tiny white bubbles rushing to the surface. This is a style that I am finding is carbonated.

Hold up… I just realized I did the aroma AND what it looks like in the glass in the same section. Deal with it. I don’t feel like changing it. It smells like fruit juice. Now. What does it taste like?

Flavor: It tastes like raspberry soda. Of course, that is what I was expecting. It is nothing to write home about, and the first flavor that came to mind was cough syrup. Not sure why… I went to an epic mead tasting yesterday and some of those has a cough syrup mouthfeel, but were all delicious. Hard to compare a mead to a lambic, but that is where my head is.

The labels says they are, “The world’s oldest…” Not sure what that means, but for being the oldest I would expect a little more “pop” in their flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: There is a ton of carbonation, which I expected. I am fine with it, too. But it is easy to drink. It makes me think of cherry Sprite or something. If you didn’t tell me this was a beer, I might think it was filled with soda pop. As the beer heats up, the raspberry flavor is really coming out.

Aftertaste: The finish is somewhat dry, but again… I keep comparing it to a soda. That isn’t a bad thing. The tasting notes say it should be served as an aperitif or with/for dessert. It’s not that sweet. It is more dry than sweet. I could see this served as an after dinner drink. Makes me want to walk around an art gallery or something.

This is good, but man… For $11.99 I wanted more flavor. Makes me want to order a soda, though! Cheers, people.

Timmermans Framboise Lambic – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3.5/5 (According to my RateBeer rating, it was a 3.6. But I refuse to rate like that anywhere else. So it was close, nevertheless.)

Sheryl’s Thoughts

I’m not really sure what to think of this beer. I haven’t tried it yet, but it doesn’t seem to have very good reviews. I like lambics, but I typically end up drinking Lindemans. I’ve never heard of this brand. It has pretty low ratings on both RateBeer and BeerAdvocate, it looks like, so I’m kind of surprised that it would wind up in this book.

Ricky poured it, and in the glass it doesn’t even look like a framboise to me. It’s not quite dark enough to me. Most of the framboise that I’ve tried, at least, tend to be a darker, more raspberry-like color. But we’ll see. This is kind of an orange-pink color and a bit cloudy. It smells good, though… pretty much like straight raspberry juice or something. Sounds like it’s time to find out how it tastes… although I think I could sit here and just smell it all day and be happy.

Hmm. That’s tart, but a framboise usually is. It definitely tastes like berry juice. It’s got a thicker mouthfeel than Lindemans, at least to me. It doesn’t taste quite as tart as Lindemans either, but there is almost a funny taste to it. It would be good without the funny taste. It’s odd, and I can’t really describe what the strange taste is. But it takes away from the beer rather than add to it.

This beer is ok, but if I was looking for a raspberry lambic, I’d probably buy Lindemans instead.

Rating: 3/5

732 bottles of beer on the wall…

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