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

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 aztraz
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of doktorhops
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Piotr_Rasputin
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of Corkpuller
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ThirstyTorpy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mrebeka
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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?

Photo of FlyingYeti
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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...

Photo of TaySuth
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Gitspe
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of blakelive784
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Photo of sfprint
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
78 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.