Timmermans Kriek Lambic - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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5/5 rDev +47.1%
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
07-30-2004 06:05:10 | More by Shmupi
4/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
02-15-2012 02:15:49 | More by donkeyrunner
4/5 rDev +17.6%
Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle label reads 4% ABV rather than the above-noted 4.5%.
Appearance: dark, rich red hue with a thick finger of frothy pink foam. I like the deep color of this, compared to the candy-red of some other krieks I've seen.
Smell: nice aroma of cherries and a hint of sour beer underneath. I will admit that the aroma seems pretty candylike, but I have a bit of a weak spot for sweet cherry beers. It might not be to everyone's taste, but I like it.
Taste: a light tartness complements the cherry very well, and the flavor is much less candylike than the aroma. Sweet with a lightly sour complexity makes this a very tasty, if not exactly sessionable, beer.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and resulting decent creaminess. I like it.
Overall: this is a tasty and satisfying cherry beer. A bit on the sweet side, but that's OK once in a while, eh?
03-10-2012 20:07:14 | More by flagmantho
4/5 rDev +17.6%
Love this beer. Only thing that maybe you could fault it is the fact that it was a little too sweet.
A = Ruby Red with little to no foam.
S = Cherries. What else?
T = Sweet cherries. Almost artificial in taste. Very odd.
M = Very good. Moderately carbonated.
D = Good.
10-30-2005 03:20:26 | More by BeerNutta
3.98/5 rDev +17.1%
I find this to be a very good kriek lambic, far better than their strawberry or raspberry, but then I do usually like krieks more.
Red, it has a small pink head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and a few wisps.
Aroma is nice cherry, hint of cherry brandy and cherry candy and medicine, rustic funky yeasty hint.
Taste is nice, firm cherry character, but not too sweet, thankfully, although it leans slightly to the sweet side. It has a hint of rustic lambic character underneath - firm but still not enough for my tastes. It has a nice light acidic element. It's very good and enjoyable, with at least some rustic lambic character noticeable to round out the fruit, but it needs more and more depth. The problems it suffers, though, are all too common to fruit lambics (or "American wild ales," too), which to me rarely have enough flavour, especially in the funky/rustic/yeasty department, making this overall far better than most.
11-11-2012 00:27:24 | More by Offa
3.95/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
10-20-2012 14:36:39 | More by tone77
3.9/5 rDev +14.7%
This pours a reddish color with a slightly pink head. The aroma is mostly that of sweet cherries. The taste is sweet with cherries and slightly fizzy in texture. This is smooth, fruity, and refreshing. As far as fruit lambics go, this is kind of average but it’s still very good.
02-11-2013 19:03:52 | More by Lemke10
3.85/5 rDev +13.2%
This pours very dark red with a red tinged finger of head.
Very strong cherry aroma with a distinct musk stick edge to it. Doesn't smell natural, but I like it anyway.
What a sour bomb! Sweet sour sweet sour. Love it.
Very heavy mouthfeel.
Look I like what they've done here. Does it taste like beer? No. Much more like some sort of soft drink but who cares, it's fun.
Would I want a second? Not tonight but definitely some other time.
06-09-2010 08:45:17 | More by Macca
3.85/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
09-19-2006 21:14:06 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.84/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours dark ruby, fluffy one finger head. Sticky lacing later on.
Smells really nice, sweet cherries, fruit pit, candy sugar, spices, some low floral notes.
Quite sweet (not syrupy) and fruity, but without feeling artificial. Sweet and bitter cherries, forest berries, red apple peel, not too much lemon zest. Not as sour as the "Retro Kriek", lower lambic elements too. Still tart enough. Spicy, reminding somehow of almond/amaretto and cinnamon. Low bitterness, wheat in the aftertaste.
A bit soda fizzy, but it's crisp and refreshing, just sweet enough, without lingering unpleasantly in the aftertaste.
Pretty good beer actually, made me think of cherry cake. Not such an interesting "lambic" tho.
03-19-2014 12:18:55 | More by dcmchew
3.83/5 rDev +12.6%
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...
01-18-2004 18:10:02 | More by RockyTopHeel
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.83/5 rDev +12.6%
330ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast
Poured quite a dark red/pink colour... Head was pinky white and disappeared almost instantly...
Aroma - Strong cherry notes, also strong smell of nuts (almond and pistachio in particular), earthy, slight maltiness, some vanilla notes....
Taste Sweet, lots of cherriness, peppery, orange hintrs, vanilla...
Feel - Quite smooth with light carbonation...
Overall - A pretty good kriek. Maybe slightly too sweet.... worth a try though...
11-21-2005 14:11:11 | More by mdagnew
3.8/5 rDev +11.8%
The liquid is clear; the colour is deep wine red-purple. The thin head is pink/purple. Some lacing occurred.
The smell is bitter sweet with notes of bitter cherries, cherry jam, cherry stones, some soil, vinegar and gravy. The smell is bit unbalanced in an odd way.
The taste is sweet with some sourness. A flavour of cherry jam is the strongest, but there are notes of cherry stones, and sweet fruit candy. The aftertaste is also sweet with a uncomplicated taste of cherries and a touch of raspberries; it is pretty short and balanced.
The carbonation is representative for the fruit lambics; very strong with large bubbles.
This kriek is a bit more simple than the tradition kriek from the same brewer. Perhaps this is an good introduction to the style?
03-04-2006 22:36:55 | More by bark
3.79/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
09-07-2013 20:15:19 | More by hopsputin
3.78/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
04-06-2011 17:47:00 | More by OWSLEY069
Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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