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

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 150
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Shmupi
5/5  rDev +48.8%
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 (282 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +19%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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? (917 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (283 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (933 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (281 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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... (498 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (441 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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... (478 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (700 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of bark
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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? (775 characters)

Photo of anders36
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

A: Hazy and ruby red coloured with a finger’s worth of head that forms a ring.

S: Maraschino cherries, balsamic, yeast, and cloves. Huge cherry aroma that comes across naturally with a nice balsamic vinegar kick.

T: Cherries, field berries, apples, and a subtle balsamic quality. This is very easy drinking and smooth with not an overly sweet cherry flavour at all. This does seem to be lacking a flavour or two.

M: Thinner bodied with a lower carbonation, but almost too thin and flat for the style. Crisp and dry.

D: This is good and a very natural tasting example of the style but lacks in mouthfeel and doesn't seem to be 100% complete in the taste. (662 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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 !! (550 characters)

Photo of cudmud
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This sample has a magnificent candy-apple red color. In addition, it produces an interesting pink head with loads of lacing. This brew has a striking appearance.

Smell: This beer has tons of cherry notes in the nose. Behind the wonderful fruit aromas there are hints of almond cookie in the background.

Taste: This sample starts out with loads of awesome cherry flavor and sour flavors. Next the beer has an off bitter and metallic taste. After appearance and taste, I was let down by the beer's taste.

Mouthfeel: Dry and inviting.

Drinkability: This is a good dessert beer and even a fun beer to drink on a hot Sunday afternoon. The off aftertaste would keep me from drinking more than one a night. (715 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent head that sticks around. Some spots for lace. Cloudy plum-red color.

Mild aroma, especially given the taste.

Extremely tart. The bottle says the brew is 40% cherries. Based on the taste, I'd say they're baking cherries. There is no sweetness to this brew. My host felt the beer was "green". (304 characters)

Photo of Paddez
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of magpieken
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. 11/06/15. Clear, light mahogany colour; whispy light pink head reduced to a frothy ring and left some nice lace. Cherry aroma dominates with some acidity. Low to medium cherry sweetness and moderate sourness. Light to medium body, fizzy, medium tartness and a dry finish. Not quite to my sweet tooth's taste but a fine example of a fruit lambic. I would probably proffer this one as a good example of the style. (424 characters)

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear red into my tulip. Little to no head, disappears quick, but there are plenty of bubbles on the side of the glass below the surface like in a champagne. These disappear too after a minute.

Nice tart cherry smell, so strong it almost comes across like artificial flavoring. A little toasty/matly/woodsy in the back too, the whole thing smells like a cherry pie.

Just like the nose, this is pure cherry with some very nice tartness in the back countering the mild sweetness from the fruit. Unlike the nose, this is more balanced and has none of that artificial smell.

Average to nice mouthfeel, not too syrupy, not too thin. Very nice carbonation feel on the tongue.

I don't have a lot of experience with the style to pit this against, but it seems to be well balanced, very fruity, not too sweet, and to generally fit the style's description. I would like a little more tartness or complexity from the spontaneous fermentation. (948 characters)

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