Timmermans Oude Kriek Limited Edition - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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96 Ratings

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 07-07-2010

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

We get it: Sours are hot, and Timmermans is in the game here, but sometimes that line you don’t want to cross is very thin ... they are a smidge before it with the sourness here, and it really takes several sips to settle into this brew. Fun to taste, though a bit of a chore to drink, yet still within its style. Worth a go.

STYLE: Fruit Lambic
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Pink head, rose hued

SMELL: Sour cherries, lactic, musty cellar, faint mint, fresh-cut grass, wood, lemon zest, earthy, faint phenols

TASTE: Sour, puckering, crisp pop, thin maltiness, barrel tannin, juicy, cherries, mild funk, nonexistent hop, water crackers, mild spice

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a tumbler it pours a deep saturated crimson, so vivid and seemingly natural. Very charged with carbonation, there's an ever present head of light pink foam that never dissipates for the entire time the bottle was open. Impressive. A little sudsy lace around the edges, creamy meringue surface texture.

Deep natural cherry aroma, dry woody barrel must, cherry pits and skins. Right on the money here, never veers into cough drop territory like their sweetened output (junk by comparison). As it warms there are some vague traces of funk, wet pasture and saddle leather, suggesting Brett Lambicus.

Puckeringly sour, after the first couple sips it becomes less bracing. Dry and tannic, a ton of cherry skin in the taste, evolving notes of natural fruit and oak. Very clean and dry, the lactobacillus seems dominant, lending a crisp and clean crabapple acidity, not at all vinegary. It has a pleasant lingering aftertaste, even some trace vanilla surfaces as it warms.

Not for the sweetened 'wine-cooler lambic' crowd like so much of what Timmermans puts out. This is an impressive traditional Oude Kriek that is putting them back in the game. Respect to Timmermans for reviving a great artisanal product.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright red color lambic with a nice bubbly pink head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sour and tart cherries is dominant with some farmhouse notes. Taste is also quite sour with tart cherries and funky notes. Acidity level is quiet high. Body is about average for style with some good carbonation. I would be curious to try this one in a blind tasting against some 3F or some Cantillon. This is as far away from their sugar lambic as possible.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beatiful ruby red color that lays still in the glass with low carbonation. Strong lactic, bleu cheese, egg, earthy brett, and cherry aromas. This beer has a harsh mixture of lactic and acetic sourness to it. It reminds me of the 07 batch of Cantillon Kriek. Brutal and sour with a quick finish that leaves a ghostly fresh cherry flavor on your tongue. Quite the experience.

Photo of cnbrown313
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red color with a small white head that faded very quickly.

S - This is one of those beers that you smell and immediately begin to salivate. Tons of sour, funky smells... lemon and sour cherries.

T - Unfortunately... this is where it all went downhill for me. I'm not new to sour beers or lambics, but this was overly sour, acidic, and unbalanced. You get a very nice tart cherry flavor upfront, but then it is hard to make out anything else after that because the sour / vinegar flavor takes over SO hard. I drank half of the bottle and had to re-cork it and finish it later. It was not a drain pour, but close.

M - The actual carbonation and mouth feel was nice. Very fine bubbles that move the beer across your mouth nicely... it's just too bad that I couldn't enjoy the flavors.

O - If you are someone who says "They can't possibly make a beer too sour for me," I would recommend picking this up. Also, I would say that I enjoyed a couple ounces with the cheese I was eating too - it paired nicely. But I will never try to tackle another 750ml bottle of this on my own, that's for sure.

Photo of JasonGeyer
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Very dark and hazy red/brown body with a pink effervescent head and a lot of yeasty sediment that poured out with it.

S- Smells of sweet cherries and sour must with a little vinegar.

T- Acidic and sweet upfront that changes to a sourness that puckers my jawline. With a long lasting sour cherry aftertaste.

M- Bubbly gueuze feeling with a bit more acid bite. Makes your mouth gush with excitement at first and then dries your mouth out a little toward the end until your next mouthwatering sip.

O- Great kriek beer. I love how extreme the sourness hits your jaw and how defined the cherry flavor is without being overwhelming.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a pinkish-red brew with a bit of a light brown tint. Thin pinkish white head formed and then left a bit of lacing on the glass. The nose brought forward a large amount of cherry and tons of lactic acid, along with a very slight acetic character. It could have used a bit more funk, but overall was quite nice. The flavor was dominated by tart, puckering cherries as well as a mild presence of funk. Feel was great with a nice acidity followed by a really dry, puckering finish. Overall, a really solid beer that I was glad to be able to try.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a murky pink color with a white head. Active carbonation rises to the surface.
SMELL: Sour cherries, vinegar, wheat, breads.
TASTE: Full on sourness and some berry. Lemon, unripe citrus, zest. Sour as hell. Sour unripe cherries. Nice true lambic tartness, nearly puckering.
FEEL: Light bodied super carbonated feel with a small dry oakiness.
OVERALL: An aggressively sour Kriek. Enjoyable for those fond of sour ales.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While at the festival of "Nacht van de Grote Dorst 2012",, a festival that dedicates to sour ale, this on takes the cake on the "most sour" award.

As the beer opens up with a deep cherry-red hue, the bright clarity reveals a stream of steady carbonation the fuels the loosely knit head of white foam that rests atop. With subtle lace, the beer provides prominent attention despite it's low pH.

Sharp and pungent, the nose registers a sour note of white wine vinegar, green apples, tart cherries, and musty woods and leather. Where the sharper citrus scents dominate, other more earthy tones provide support to the zesty scent.

Flavors are extreme and balance heavy in favor of sourness of the sharpest cherries, apples, and grapes and makes no apologies for it. Brash, arrogant, and intense- these heavy sour notes of limes, lemons, crab apples, and severely under ripened cherries all play an incredible role on the disturbing level of sourness that the beer beholds.

With very little crusty malt support, the onslaught of cherries and sour ale has full reign on the palate with a short-lived creaminess that quickly succumbs to the acidic palate of sourness and sharp astringency that reeks havoc on all the mouth's surfaces. Very dry and somewhat powdery in texture, the beer leaves the mouth with a fleeting linger of vinegar and cherry.

With the combination of sea brine, cherry tartness, and acetebactar, the beer demonstrates a ton of complexity. Too bad the brunt of acidity makes it unable to explore in the mouth before the unplesaantries of taste and textre render it either drinkable or flushable before appropriate analysis can be observed. I really liked the beer but think the vinegar taste is overwhelming.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger foamy light pink head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour black cherry, lemon zest, green apple, raisin, plum, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, toasted oak, leather, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour black cherry, lemon zest, green apple, raisin, plum, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, toasted oak, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of fruity/acidic sourness and moderate spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour black cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, toasted oak, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and oak barrel flavors; with a good crisp malt/acidity balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice sour kriek lambic. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the high level of acidity thanks to high carbonation, but does get slightly cloying at times. A very enjoyable offering overall.

Photo of sirsteve42
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jammy fruit...cherry pie...Cantillon who?

Photo of FFreak
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski for around $12. Poured from 750 ml bottle into short tulips and shared. A very pretty dark-cherry red with a thin light pink head and lots of tiny bubbles and thin lace. Smell is fruity with a slight bit of straw funkiness. Taste is puckeringly sour followed by straw, horse, and cherry notes. Mouth is thin and highly carbonated...perfect for a true sour. Overall, I loved this beer and would definitely purchase again at this price.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a dark purplish red with tons of fluffy pink head. Nose is decent, lots of cherry, some brett presence, a bit of band-aide. Taste is a bit sweeter, still has a band-aide note, lots of cherry and sugar, overly sweet, faint brett. Highly carbonated, fairly sour, lighter body, faintly syrupy.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Produced on: 4/24/13.

Pours a murky crimson with a foamy reddish-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with cherry, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour cherry, cherry juice, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp, prickly, and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great sour cherry and funk characteristics that make it tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of GJ40
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 750 ml bottle. Produced on 24/04/13.

A - Bright red with good clarity and a small white head that lingers.

S - Tart cherries!!! A hint of funk too.

T - A sour bite that starts early and only increases. It lingers nicely. It's fairly dry. The sour aspect is huge but the cherry flavors help to support it.

M - Light and airy with a high carbonation that spreads the flavor as it hits your palate.

O - Fantastic flavor and bite. Could use more depth and complexity but great flavors.

Photo of bnes09
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Moderate acidity. Nice cherry flavor. Just slightly sweet. Dry finish and well carbonated.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 cork date, Sampled July 2010
Pours with a frothy, one-finger thick, lightly pink tinged, pale head. The beer is a deep cherry color that shows a hazed, red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart and funky, like a sweat soaked sock and there is a soft, tart cherry aroma underneath. Floral cherry aromatics accentuate a touch of sweetness and there is a hint of medicinal phenolics in the finish. The cherry character has a certain buttery character to it. Not bad, definitely an Oude Kriek, at least in the nose.

Bracingly sour, the beer finishes with a lingering acidity that lightly burns the throat as it goes down. Bone dry tasting and refreshing, the finish has a certain astringency and tannic character to it that adds to the sharpness formed by the acidity. The acidity is sharp and spicy enough that I think some of it is derived from a touch of acetic character. As my palate adjusts to the sourness, more of the cherry notes become noticeable, and it might even have a suggestion of sweetness to it, though this may just be the fruity cherry notes.

A pretty good example of a traditional Oude Kriek. The acetic character in the finish can be a little too much at times, but really this is a nicely balanced Kriek.

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Had at a local DC RB tasting.

a - Pours a murky pink-purple color with moderate carbonation and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, tart dark fruits, lactic notes. Very acedic, smells great.

t - Tastes of sour, tart cherries and raspberries, vinegar, acedic notes, and light funk. Very mouth puckering.

m - Mouth puckeringly sour, with moderate carbonation and a medium body and a dry finish. Very nice mouthfeel for asour lambic.

o - Overall a very nice sour lambic. Not a lot of funk, but if you like mouth puckering sour cherries, definitely check this one out. Would like to have again.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 bottle into a tall tulip.
Pours a gorgeous garnet color with a finger of head that dissipates.
Aromas, are funky sour, and lots of berry sweetness.
Taste at first is one of the most puckering sour flavors Ive ever encountered.
But I loved it. The sour mellows a little bit in subsequent sips and allows the fruit to the forefront.
Finish is fine and dry but lingering berry flavor too.
Overall, I feel this beer is underrated. I enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of NCMonte
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Tart puckering, cherry Kriek. I liked it, very drinkable, great tartness, very reminiscent of Tart of Darkness.

Photo of Jonada
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle produced on 24th April 2013. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red color with 2 fingers of a light pink head. Lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Tart cherries, barnyard funk, wood, leather.

Taste: Huge acidic sourness followed by huge blast of tart cherry juice and cherry skins. Some oak, mustiness and a touch of vanilla are present as well but are overwhelmed by the aforementioned cherries/sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, somewhat creamy mouthfeel with medium gentle carbonation. Sourness is very high and lingers after the finish.

Overall: Pretty good oude kriek and a big departure from the sweet lambics Timmermans usually puts out. I would definitely have this again, though I don't know that I'll be specifically seeking it out.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice kriek here, not as puckery as others, but approachable and authentically fruity. i like this better than either of the other kriek types they do. the pour is fizzy and stained red, without a ton of head retention through. tartness on the nose before the fruit, this feels more like a genuine lambic, light wheat and acid. the fruit gives an earthy sweet aroma and its contribution to the flavor is very similar. lactic acid in the finish cuts the sweet, and extremely bright carbonation makes it really hum in the mouth. low alcohol keeps it drinkable, and so much less residual sugar than their other krieks makes it more my style. the cherry flavor is strong but not dominating, and the malt is so light that the fruit is really forward. a little unbalanced, and not screamingly sour beer, but a well done kriek by all counts.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Bottle date 04/24/13, so only 7 months old at this point.

A: Bright, seemingly artificial red hue. Large amoun tof vigours carbation produces a rocky, loose head, which fades quickly

S: Smells heavily of sweet cherries and a distinctive sour note.

T: Big cherry flavor quickly overtaken by huge sourness. Tasty to be sure, but powerfully sour.

M: Big carbonation fills your mouth when it hits your tongue.

O: Overall a hugely sour example of this style. Not overbearingly sweet, thankfully, but a little one dimensional.

Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep mulberry color with a carnation pink head. Almost cloudy. Fluffy, but it falls quick. But, the ring holds up.

Bretty hay, farm housing, super tart cherry and cherry pits, acetic lemon, black olives, and light maltiness. Interestingly sour.

Medicinally sour. Very sour with a light bandage note. Unripe cherry tartness is well-documented, and their not messing around with acetic sourness. Funky Brett spills forth with moldy dampness and day-old socks. Nicely fermented with a crisp sour cheese note. Light representation of the barrrl wood with some spikiness. Again, I taste a briny black olive note that I kind of like. A bit perfumy in the finish, but still relatively fruity.

Feels nearly harsh in its sourness. Carbonation has more than just some spunk that contributes positively. Body is light-medium. Finish has a spicy burn. A little cruel on the stomach.

A good kriek lambic. Enjoyable.

Timmermans Oude Kriek Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.