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

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Texasfan549, May 12, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

metter98, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

largadeer, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 31, 2013
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.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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".

smcolw, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

rolltide8425, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

harpus, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +18%
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?

flagmantho, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Boone757, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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?

bark, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a light clear red, almost like a white zinfinadel wine....The aroma is super light, only a touch of sweet cherries on the front, wish they were tart...The taste is really bland, just juice, no taste or flavor here at all. Some Timmermans I really like, but this one is total garbage.

jrallen34, Jul 07, 2010
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.

tone77, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25 cl long-necked brown bottle. Red label with cherries and on old-looking pic of brewery-workers in the old days...

A: Pour is deep red and the surprisingly large compact pink head dissipates slowly into a little lace.

S: Sweetness from the cherries (?). Some wheat - faint ripe bananas. Citric notes. Almost no yeast...

T: Way to sweet at first, but then the sweetness sets and other flavours evolves; dry cherries, wheat but only a little brett.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit sour. Body is light and carbonation is medium, but very smooth. Aftertaste is long and holds a sour dryness.

D: I really like Kriek, but this one is to sweet for my taste and I missed the brett-feeling. This could work as a "Kriek-for-beginners".

Evil_Pidde, May 15, 2010
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Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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