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

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 10-12-2002)
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dcmchew

Romania

3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 12:18:55 | More by dcmchew
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dowen17

Alabama

3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:44:16 | More by dowen17
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hopsputin

California

3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 20:15:19 | More by hopsputin
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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".

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 16:04:26 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

while some sweet/fruity beer lovers might get off on this, I found it a little over the top in many ways. the pour is a hazy pale red color, like muted strawberry jam, with a minimal head and nose of candied cherries. I don't pick up any yeasty tartness that I expect in an authentic lambic, and frankly the fruit seems artificial to me. the taste is all sugar, like Swedish fish or something, its pure sugar without the flavor of real cherries really being there at all. I have had some other timmermans lambics, and I think this is by far my least favorite. carbonation is fine and the body is light, but the sugar is so intense that a whole bottle of this would be near impossible for me, and my teeth hurt after just a few drinks. its bordering on not being a beer in a lot of ways. There are many superior versions out there if you are looking for a more authentic and less diabetic kriek.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:08:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 19:03:52 | More by Lemke10
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 21:56:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Timmermans Kriek
2011 bottle , lists ABV at 4.0%

LOOK: Pours a deep pinkish red, ok clarity, short lived head that recedes to a ring around the edges.

SMELL: Sweet cherry syrup, a hint of musty yeast. Cherry fruit snacks.

TASTE: Mainly sweet, mildly sour ale with cherry flavoring. Has small notes of citrus and very lightly bitter, finishes sweet and sour and a bit like cherry pie filling. Just sour enough to add that dimension to the beer.

FEEL: Light bodied, spritzy carbonation, not really dry at all. Some fruit flavor stays in the finish.

OVERALL: A semi-sweet massly accessible brew from Timmermans. It's sour, but not extremely so, which is what separates the cream from the crop. Average.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:21:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this has a gift from my mom for the holiday, chilled it a bit and poured her and myself a glass yesterday afternoon. The beer poured out as a nice looking reddish purple color with a very soft pinkish white head on top. The retention and lacing were very impressive on this. The smell is of medicinal cherry... not the greatest aroma of cherries I've come across in a beer in my opinion. The taste is also a bit on the medicinal side and is a bit on the sweet side as well. It definitely tastes like cherries though. The mouthfeel of the beer is thin, highly carbonated and a little on the cloying side. Overall it's doesn't taste natural to me, it's a bit on the artificial side which is common in most cases with Timmermans. It's a decent brew but not one I would ask for or purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 14:31:22 | More by Knapp85
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Offa

California

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:27:24 | More by Offa
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 14:36:39 | More by tone77
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy very dark rose to ruby in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that reduces to medium sized patch of large bubbles and a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The smell of this beer is both sweet yet tart with a heavy dosage of cherries - slightly medicinal.

T: There is a light amount of cherry sweetness upfront but the dominant flavor is that of slightly tart yet medicinal cherry.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very slightly prickly from the acidity.

O: Slightly too medicinal in flavor to be really enjoyable or easy to drink for me. Not the best example of a cherry lambic but certainly not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:27:29 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 22:56:34 | More by metter98
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doktorhops

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

150th review! Well let's try something special - a lambic Kriek (cherry). Lambic beers are an interesting lot as they are brewed with wild yeasts and bacteria that float around in Belgian beer cellars. The environment has to be just right to avoid nasty contamination from unwanted bacteria, in fact the yeast that is used in the brewing of lambics 'Brettanomyces' is actually a spoilage yeast in the wine industry.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: The body is a slight cloudy pomegranate with minimal white with a pink hue lacing.

S: Dark candied morello cherries hit the nose straight away, followed by vanilla sugar. There's no denying the sweetness is cloying in the aroma, let's hope for something more in the first taste.

T: Fairly tart straight off the bat. There's an aftertaste of sweet cherries and a mineral water taste overall, but otherwise that is it. Not overly complex like a Trappist brew, however it's nice for a change of pace (if you're looking for one).

M: Little bit watery with the body and with a typical dense Belgian fizz to the carbonation as well.

D: This gets more cough medicine taste as the glass empties. Not really impressed at all, I tried one other Kriek before (which was the Belle Vue Kriek) and it was better... much better as I recall. Give it a try if you're new to the world of lambics and you want a cheap Kriek, but otherwise I would avoid this one.

Food match: Cherry pie... couldn't help myself.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 08:59:12 | More by doktorhops
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largadeer

California

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:42:48 | More by largadeer
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Timmerman's Kriek 11.2oz bottle; dated 01/25/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, plummy purple-red with a thin ring of head. The body looks red-brown without a light backdrop. 3.5

Smells like tart cherry soda with some faint vanilla and general acidity. Like a sour Grenadine or like Jones Black Cherry Soda. Incredibly sweet-smelling, in mostly a good way. 3.5

Tart cherry dominant with syrupy sweetness and some matching bitterness. Has a tiny little pucker note that's more of a dry gum feel even though this beer is pretty sugary. There's also a prominent apple juice note that I feel is the direct contributor to all of the sweetness. The cherry character is better than the aroma, but this lambic could use some complexity or even an acetic acid character (I know, this is not a Flemish Ale). Fruit-forward with no funk and the tartness is held in-check. 3.5

Sticky sweet and a little too persistent with carbonation. The body is thin, but tacky, like fruit juice. Not as refreshing as I'd like. 3.5

I still like these kinds of fruit-lambics, and I recall Lindemans Kriek as having a far more oppressive sweetness than this Timmerman's example. Not everything can be close to Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. A decent Kriek, worth trying the other fruit lambics in their line. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:29:31 | More by thecheapies
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:07:14 | More by flagmantho
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Clear deep ruby color with a thirty second two finger pink head that leaves behind respectable lacing.

S. Acidic black cherry soda aroma with just the tiniest amount of soured smell hiding in the background. I was hoping for something with a bit more sour power.

T. The flavor is also far too close to sweet black cherry soda, with none of the funk nor any of the sourness promised (very half-heartedly promised, mind you) by the nose. As it warms up it also develops a secondary grape soda ‘harmony’ flavor…

M. Light, fizzy, highly carbonated soda water. There is not really any beer here, just another pseudo wine cooler. And most certainly not anything lambic, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 19:59:25 | More by WastingFreetime
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:15:49 | More by donkeyrunner
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heygeebee

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/cherry with a one finger cream head. Head dies, good lacing.

Aromas of cherries, cherry methol throat lozenge, cough syrup.

Taste is a sour blast of cough syrup, cherries, sherbert, a little hop bitterness, very complex, but not in a good way(!)

Mouthfeel very light / watery / fizzy.

All in all, good experiment, but I ain't gonna buy a case and that's a fact...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 07:40:04 | More by heygeebee
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TaySuth

California

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 06:37:43 | More by TaySuth
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.23/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:54:26 | More by blakelive784
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sfprint

Germany

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:16:08 | More by sfprint
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dirtyskunk

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 16:13:00 | More by dirtyskunk
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:21:58 | More by gatornation
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Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
78 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.