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Timmermans Tradition Kriek Lambic - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 27
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-04-2004

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Reviews by PapaEugene:
Photo of PapaEugene
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally I bought a Kriek that wasn't chemically modified. Used to be my favorite beer when I was 16.... long long time ago. Tried a few since last year but they were all ruined by the addition of horrible sweetener.

A: Nice pale red color and a small white head, that pretty much stayed.

S: Cherries for sure. Almonds and something woody.

T: Sour like a good dry champagne, not like vinegar. Cherries. No sweetness, very fruity.

M: Although it's bubbling like champagne the carbonation is low. Body is a bit thin for my taste.

D: A good start for my re-introduction to original Kriek. Now I will go for the Boon and Cantillon.

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Photo of ricke
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving date: 2009-02-05. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-01-29.

NOTE: My bottle says "Timmermans Tradition Kriek Retro Lambic".

Appearance: Ruby or deep red - not with the shade of pink I'd expected. 2 cm off-white, slightly pink-brown nuanced, sparkly and uneven head. Decent lacings.

Smell: Sweet fruits, some wheat, grass and gentle sour notes. The cherry aromas are there, but not as prominent as expected. Actually, there's not much going on here.

Taste: Initially, the sourness is quit big and the fruit flavors - primarily cherries but some apples as well - mostly tart. The faint taste of malt is consistently bypassed by the acidic fruits. The finish is dry and initially dominated by sweet cherries, that quickly turns tart, and hints of minerals. Towards the end, the beer seems to mellow out a bit. The general sourness turns into tartness instead and the cherry flavors becomes sweeter. The change appears in the finish as well, as it becomes sweeter and more dominated by ripe cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light body, plenty of carbonation. Together with the dryness and sourness, this adds up to a rather sharp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a bad fruit lambic. The taste of cherries is definitely prominent, but not as dominating as expected. It's certainly sour, but again, not overly sour as there's plenty of sweetness going on here as well. However, the list of ingredients for this one is a somewhat of a turn off. In addition to water, malted barley and sugar, it also contains fruit juice (cherries, apples and elderberries) flavorings and an antioxidant. So, it's not one for the purists. Since the beer has the word "retro" in its name, it actually really bothers me that it has all of this stuff in it. What's retro about flavorings and antioxidants? Almost feels like the name is a way to trick gullible consumers. However, I think most people are too informed to fall for it. I actually feel compelled to deduct half a point of the drinkability score because of this. But it's still a decent lambic and I kind of liked it. Also, it's way better than the other kriek (just named Kriek Lambic I think)made by Timmermans, which has a much sweeter, artificial feel to it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of redadevil74
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A This beer has a bright maroon color with some pinkish white lacing

S A huge blast of Sweet fresh cherries

T Lots of cherry like the smell.with a little sourness Not syrupy sweet more fruity cherry sweet

M Nice and light with a dry feel. Kinda reminded me of a wine cooler lol

O A really nice easy drinking Kriek!!! (especially for under 5$)

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Sept. 28, 2010.

Pours a dark cranberry red with an off white/light pink head.

Nose is hugely assertive cherry extract.

Mouthfeel is fresh and moderately bright and well balanced. Very light lambic tart character.

Flavor profile is much like a cherry soda, with a hint of lambic bitter in the mid palate and finish.

This is a good example to drink fresh and then watch change with a bit of age. I'd guess that some of the "sweet cherry essence" may smooth out a bit and more of a tart/funky lambic character will develop. Just a guess on my part.

One thing is certain, there is no doubt but that this is a fruit beer! An interesting introduction to the style. I'd like to see more tart/funk/citric lambic character.

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Photo of Samp01
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice pomegranate red with a frothy lasting white head and some mild lacing. Aroma and Taste is of berries, raspberry, some sweet tar cherry flavor, some light yeast and malt.. A medium body, crisp with a sweet tart flavor on the palate. The Finish is sweet tart cherry, raspberry, some mild yeast. Not an overly sweet brew seems well balanced. A nice enjoyable after dinner drink.

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Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Eurytos
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear burgundy red, a hint of brown, the head is bleak pink, settles quickly and leaves a small lacing.

The smell is yeast, cherry and cherry seeds. But also sour milk of course.

The taste is mildly sour from the lambic, the cherries are there giving some sweetness and bitterness from the seeds.

Rather much carbonation, a bit fizzy, giving a freshness.

In all this is to me much, much better than their normal Kriek.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep reddish color, with a pink head. In the aroma, small sour cherries. In the taste, it is kind of like cherry Kool Aid, with a nice tartness. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry dark cherry aftertaste. Nice small tartness, and not medicinal at all.

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Photo of shertzogovina
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small goblet, the beer is deep mahagony with shades of dark red. A nice little white-pinkish head that leaves decent lace.
A very fruity nose with sour cherries leading the way. almost no hop aroma.
Taste is pleasantly sweet and sour. Champagne-like texture and carbonation. Dry. A lively brew, and with its 5% ABV also gives a nice kick.
Seems that this one wasa made with real whole fruits in the FV as opposed to concentrates. Overall, an excellant fruit-lambic.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage at Eb's
Bright reddish pink color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of cherries, no shit huh? Sweet and sour with a solid shot of lactic and a hint of funk. The flavor is quite tart with lemons and sour cherries balance a little by some sweet fruitiness and a hint of almond. Medium to light body with a tart sour mouthfeel and a crisp level of carbonation. Nice brew a bit tart and somewhat one dimensional but its quite tasty.

1952 Vintage at Eb's
An incredible treat to try these side by side, Thanks Chris!
Visibly darker and paler color without much of a head. The smell is musty and funky with a light non descript fruitiness. Sherry and hints of wet cardboard round out the aroma. The flavor is earthy musty and funky. There are hints of caramel, fruit, and sherry to round out the flavor. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sticky funky mouthfeel.
The 52 has obviously gone through drastic changes over the years, very interesting to compare these side by side. My favorite blend was about 1/3 old to 2/3 new.

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Photo of bark
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep wine red, the liquid is clear. The large head is airy and pale pink. It sinks down with a fizzing sound, leaving a thick lid and some lacing.

It seems like this beer now is sold as "Timmermans Tradition Kriek Retro Lambic".

The smell is tarty-sour and earthy with a mild sweet note of cherries.

The taste is sweet, at first it tastes like cherry squash. Then some fresh sour earthy notes kick in. But it never gets really sour or demanding. The aftertaste got sweet flavours of fresh cherries, some earthy minerals and a hint of cherry ice cream. The finish is sweet-dry.

The carbonation is medium, the liquid is smooth.

An accessible Kriek, perhaps something for the newcomers?

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Photo of Hultkrantz
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of BelgiumBob
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of interzen
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of ktheymans
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, bright red colour with a massive mound of fluffy pink bubbles. Amazing lacing sits on the edge of the glass like solidified lava. Looks great. Really, really wonderful.

Huge sweet medicine and marzipan character on the nose. Yes, the cherry note is there, but its a really sour underripe cherry character. Mostly, and superficially though, it's the aroma of marzipan. Which isn't bad, don't get me wrong. Just unusual - even for a kriek.

Slightly sour but ultimately just sweet flavours of dried cherries and fruit. Light medicinal notes, but mostly just plain cherry-candy flavours. There is a surprisingly pleasant lightness to it. The mouthfeel is quite good, very slick and smooth - not as light as might be expected.

And of course, this is extremely refreshing and drinkable, even if it does insult your masculinity. Overall, a pretty decent kriek. Has all the right characteristics, even if it doesn't have the depth or complexity that would make it truly great.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance : red light color with his neck slightly pink foam.
Smell : tart, cherries
Taste and mouthfeel : It has the taste typical of the kriek(wood and acid). It is initially quite sweet in the mouth and then developed a pronounced acidity while the cherries are well presented.
Drinkability: good kriek

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.8/5  rDev +3%

good kriek, but a bit too heavy and sugary. cherry flavor is very apparent and a bit much. sourness is very high and hurts mouthfeel. still, i would never turn this beer down. enjoyable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AlexLMS
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Timmermans was my first Lambic beer and I did not enjoy the experience. I will try to be impartial in my review in order not to be affected by my personal taste for the style.

This Kriek presented a reddish amber colour and was quite clear. The head was off-white, low and delicate. It faded rather quickly but left some lacing behind.

The nose was alcoholic-vinous, very similar to champagne with fruity cherry notes.

The taste was very sour, alcoholic-vinous, again resembling some stale champagne and a well-marked cherry presence. Very dry mouthfeel, low carbonation, medium body and low alcoholic strength. Mild sour finish.

Overall Timmermans was an interesting beer experience. Easy to drink and very, very different from what you would call a beer. Definitely not for my taste but very instructive.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a step better than their basic kriek, not nearly as much sugar and it doesnt seem even half as artificially fruity, but also probably a step below their oude kriek, which is supremely well done. this one pours more bright red than the oude, but less well carbonated. i get a lot of fresh cherries in the nose, and far less tartness than the oude too, so it seems really fruity. very light malt base is almost undetectable in the wake of all the fruit, which i guess i dont mind since the fruit is so yummy in this context. not too tart, but there is some acid here to balance the sugar, more of a lambic than the basic kriek. they have packed a ton of cherry flavor into this, its a little candy-like but its delicious really. a little thin in body and a little to much sugar makes it drink like a soda with all the bubbles, but i like this substantially more than the other basic kriek they do. a good introduction to the style here too perhaps.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Timmermans Tradition Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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