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

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 10-12-2002

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 63
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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear ruby garnet with just a lightly pinkish hue head which barely formed but did make an attempt to lace the glass.

The aroma was sweet with a strong cherry presence and a lightly tart acidic character in the background. The aroma also had a lightly earthy nature.

The flavor was tart and refreshing with a slight bit of sweetness that was by no means overdone and a tart and crisp character that was just a bit husky. The beer was not hardly sour at all and only had a mild tartness at best. The cherry flavor was very strong and worked well with what sour presence was notable.

The finish was even with a moderate cherry flavor into the aftertaste and just a very slight tartness. The body was medium light with a carbonation high enough to let the flavors prickle the palate. The beer did not have much complexity but was quite a refreshing beverage.

12 ounce can, purchased at grocery store in Brussels and brought back to the US to give it a whirl. 4% ABV on can.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a reddish color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the cherries with some maple notes mixed in. The cherries smell nice, but they smell artificial. The flavor has a little bit of light funk, as well as some vanilla and oak - but what this beer is all about is the cherries. They are nearly overwhelming and almost hide all of the other flavors. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of Shmupi
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found it draught in Israel and I'm the happiest man on earth...

Best fruit beer ever ...but in the bottle it sucks

Far better than Belle-vue and other krieks that I've ever drank!!!

But I've never been in Belgium so you never know ....maybe the monks ther have better beers

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a big cherry nose with floral and tart notes. It pours brilliant cherry red with a slight brown tint under a 1” very finely bubbled white foam cap. The palate is just short of coming across as a tart cherry soda but there is just enough tartness to keep it interesting and back it off from being cloying. It is very drinkable, very effervescent, light and refreshing.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, not the best Kriek lambic you'll ever have, a touch sweeter than than i'd like. Still tart enough, sourish refreshing finish, i'd don't mind Timmermans that much, but i prefer the more assertively sour and earthy examples of the style, a nice session kreik lambic!!!! Enjoyable without being over-complex.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Produced 25/31/11
(Served in a chalice)

A- The deep auburn body is slightly dense with a thin white film that is popping away but supported by a strong carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The aroma of cherry cough syrup has a dark bing cherry aroma to it and as it opens the aroma gets less offensively sweet.

T- The flavor is better than the nose with dark bing cherries being mellow with the sweetness cut back and the fizz helping to cut the finish. The cherry sweetness coats the tongue after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that helps cut down the sweetness but no alcohol heat to help.

O- This reminds me of a good ice cream flavor there is a bit of sweetness but some depth to the cherry flavor makes it taste like real dark bing cherries. The fizz helps out in cutting down the sweetness but it still coats the tongue.

Photo of Hammarby
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright red with a two finger pinkish head.
S: Bitter almonds, red berries, sweetness.
T: Cherries, bitter almond, sweetness, bubbly and really pleasant carboration. After taste of bitter almonds and cherries. A hint of bitterness in the after taste.

Decent kriek. Fresh and not to sweet.

Drink this one with a truffel or some other chocolaty dessert. Yummy!

Photo of anders36
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lovely dark red colour with a pink head. I can feel the smell of almonds and cherries. It has a bitter yet sweet taste of almonds and cherries. This is the first kriek i taste and i am a little surprised. It was not as bad as i thought it should be. So when i get the chance i will try some more of this styles of beers.

Photo of dowen17
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very deep ruby color. No head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising.

Nose is a bit salty. Barnyard funk. Sweat. Maybe a hint of fruit but not much.

Taste is tart and funky. Light cherry taste towards the middle and end. Super refreshing.

High carbonation. Thin but not watery.

Would drink again but nothing to seek out. Was hoping for a bigger cherry flavor here.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 1/16/04 at our little Extravaganza Belgique.

Special Thanks to TheJoj to smuggling this one back from Belgium.

Timmermans poured a bright, bright red-pink with a rosy pink-white head, with little carbonation. Very sweet aroma previews an incredibly sweet cherry flavor, with no sourness whatsoever and only a slight hint of wheat in the finish.

Good, but it tastes more like flat cherry soda than beer. I miss the sour pucker I usually associate with lambics...

Photo of CanuckRover
2.24/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark red, verging on purple. Big pink head with good retention. Thick lacings all the way down.

Sickly sweet aroma of sugar and cherries.

Sweet up front. Bearable at first with just a touch of tartness. But the tartness fades away quickly and the finish gets a bit nasty with some cloying sweetness.

I've had some sweetened krieks before that I can appreciate them for what they are, but not this. A real mess of a beer. The point of sweetening labics up is to appeal to the masses, I can't imagine who this appeals to.

Photo of sfprint
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 8/4/12

A: Poor head retention and not really a head. little micro rising carbonation. but a beautiful black cherry color. dark but "transparent"
S: Black cherry soda, sweet, syrupy, hint of sourness.
T: It's largely straight cherry soda on the syrupy side, slightly sour. Pretty nice. Underneath that there's a more artificial flavor, but difficult to describe and isn't very strong. I still find it strange that Kriek lambics are considered beers, it's far more soda like.
M: Fun, light soda frothiness. Nice and suitable.
O: Good, hardly a beer but nice and easy.

Photo of hophugger
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a real pretty partially clear hazy burgundy with a nice very light pink head and moderate lacing. Aroma is strong like cherry cough drops, not as natural aroma as I was expecting. Taste is very refreshing with a little better cherry flavor, but still a very light hint of medicine in the far background. Carbonation is spectacular and there is ever so light of a hint of vinegar in the back that adds to the great feel of this beer. Only a small touch of bitterness or sour with this one, very sweet, yet very refreshing. Makes me want more !!

Photo of alleykatking
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a cherry red color...surprising! Half finger pinkish head shows low retention and is gone in a matter of seconds. Web style lacing is light but all over the glass while drinking.

S- Sweet artifical cherry flavor upfront. Not really picking up anything that is sour just a sweetness. A hint of malt but mostly just sugary sweet cherries.

T- A huge sweet cherry flavor on the upfront of this beer with a hint of light soured cherry to it. In the middle of the beer there is a light metallic hint which actually adds the only real other flavor to this beer besides cherries. The ending of the beer is not only sweet alcohol but also sickly sweet cherry.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was actually quite well for this beer. Cherry dominated the entire palate. I mean this shit stuck to your teeth and lips with cherry resin. Aftertaste was the same super sweet cherry with hints of sweet alcohol that fade faster than the overall cherry flavor. Blended once again to the correct style just overly sweet cherry. Metallic off flavors were light with this beer but the biggest part of off flavors came from the sickly sweet cherry. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was too sweet for me to actually enjoy it and take it seriously. The ABV is low so I think a lot of people who don't drink beers will enjoy this one. A syrupy mess at times and at other times just too damn sweet. I'll pass on this one for future purchases.

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark pinkinsh color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of sour cherries. Taste is the same, a bit wine like, lots of sour cherries and flavor. Feels medium bodied and carbonated in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy brownish-red appearance. Pours with a finger of pink foam that retains well.

Nose is intensely sweet, bordering on cough syrup. It's pretty much one-dimensional, and that dimension is sweet cherry. There's nothing in the way of funk or sourness.

The palate, likewise is pretty much straight sweet cherry juice with the slightest trace of tartness in the finish. It's an extremely sweet beer from start to finish, with no depth to speak of. The body is on the thin side and there's a strange void of flavor after the initial blast of sugar. Not exactly offensive, but nothing I'd care to drink again.

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy dark rosé in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense pink head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cherries in the nose—it's not the sweet type of smell you would expect from a lambic but instead smells like a cherry cough drop.
T: The overall taste follows the smell and has an interesting resemblance to the flavors you get when sucking on a cherry cough drop. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but the cough drop flavors are somewhat detracting and remind me of having a cold.

Photo of TaySuth
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red color with a white, one finger head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Cherries dominate the aroma but it is pretty one-dimensional.

Taste: This limbic tastes good but, like the smell, it is rather one-dimensional. No malt or hops presence to be found.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a nice body. No complaints but not great.

Overall: Fun to drink but not complex enough to earn anything above an average rating.

Photo of Paddez
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A fair kriek

Poured out of a 25cl bottle/33cl can. Beer has a small to medium sized, quickly diminishing head after a heavy pour.

The smell is incredibly sweet and full of cherries. A bit artificial though, a bit chewing-gum-like even. The taste is a little less sweet than the smell but still a bit over the top. Full of almonds and sweet cherries. Yet again though, there's a soda-like taste about the cherries that bring down this beer.

A lot better than Belle-Vue for sure, but definitely too sweet and artificial. Nice for when you're watching a movie or as a desert brew since it's cheap and very drinkable, but other than that there's nothing special about it.

Photo of ritzkiss
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle brought from Scotland by my brother. Pours a cranberry juice color with a finger of light pinkish head. Nose is all sweet candy cherry, very artificial. No sourness or funk. Taste echoes this, faintest sourness in the finish, syrupy thick mouthfeel, cherry cola like fruitiness. Not a great lambic but not undrinkable.

Photo of blakelive784
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, transparent ruby red color with a thin, one finger, pink head. Retention is poor.

S - Dark cherries, black currant, cherry extract syrup and mild yeasty/bacterial funk. Seems a bit imbalanced and sweet, but interesting all together.

T - Opens heavy on the tart cherry and yeast. It's entirely too sweet through the finish, where the tart sourness from the yeast finally come through. It's simple and imbalanced.

M - Smooth, wet and almost syrupy. Doesn't work with the beer to well, but it's to be expected.

D - Suffers from simplicity and imbalance. Not really a good offering for the style, or beer at all.

Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a transparent orange with a crimson hue when held to the light. The mild white/pink head quickly fizzles out into nothing.
The smell is of vinegar, tart cherries, minerals, and faint rubber.
Taste is also of major, tart cherries with a citrus, and vanilla flavor that leads to funky minerals in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation that tingles the tongue on the way down.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillion has vanished from shelves and this stuff has popped up in it's place.

My bottle label looks different than the one picture here - I got a black and white photo of some Belgian good ol' boys. The beer itself is a brownish eggplant color but shines beautiful ruby red when held to light. Big Calamine lotion pink head leaves a fair amount of foam stuck to my glass. Decanted so I could dump the dregs in a Flanders Red ale.

Smells exactly like Dannon strawberry banana yogurt. Not a little bit like but dead on. Tastes like Dannon strawberry banana yogurt with some Lindemann's cherry cough drops added in. It's no Cantillion but not much is.

Like Dannon strawberry banana yogurt? If so, you'll like this beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from an 11.2oz bottle into 12oz flute

A-a clear medium dark cherry color with a fast receding pink head that did reveal some nice lacing

S- fresh cherry and fruit

T- just fresh cherries no rel sour funk just average

M-nicely carbonated with cherry tastes thru out a little dry and tart noy sour at all

O- just average with a cheery only taste to me

Photo of hopsputin
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy read/purple. 3 finger light pinkish/red head that disappears quickly

s: cherries, slight vinegar, candy sugar - smells very sweet

t: sweet. so sweet, like candy. its all cherries up front, with just the faintest hint of vinegar tartness. hint of sweet malt as well

m: light, and pretty carbonated

o: wow this is sweet - not in a bad way. its just a little too one-dimensional for me. all cherries, would have like a little more tartness, maybe some oak would be nice too.

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Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
78 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.