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

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 10-12-2002)
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Photo of Lemke10


3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 19:03:52 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Dinkel


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

02-09-2013 14:40:00 | More by Dinkel
Photo of cmoody91


3/5  rDev -11.8%

01-28-2013 22:12:00 | More by cmoody91
Photo of KiMiRaiK


4.25/5  rDev +25%

01-27-2013 19:57:20 | More by KiMiRaiK
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

01-08-2013 21:38:30 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Photo of Mattyb79


3/5  rDev -11.8%

01-02-2013 01:58:51 | More by Mattyb79
Photo of Knapp85


3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Photo of rolltide8425


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-26-2012 02:03:22 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of MarioM


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

11-29-2012 06:16:19 | More by MarioM
Photo of Offa


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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
Photo of aztraz


2/5  rDev -41.2%

10-26-2012 21:19:41 | More by aztraz
Photo of tone77


3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Photo of metter98

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Photo of hopley


4.25/5  rDev +25%

10-12-2012 01:23:56 | More by hopley
Photo of doktorhops


3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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


3/5  rDev -11.8%

08-15-2012 14:36:40 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
Photo of Piotr_Rasputin

4.25/5  rDev +25%

08-11-2012 17:32:23 | More by Piotr_Rasputin
Photo of largadeer


2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
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
Photo of thecheapies


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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
Photo of Corkpuller


3/5  rDev -11.8%

05-08-2012 23:45:48 | More by Corkpuller
Photo of ThirstyTorpy


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-08-2012 20:54:46 | More by ThirstyTorpy
Photo of yergermeister


4/5  rDev +17.6%

04-19-2012 13:49:19 | More by yergermeister
Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
78 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.