Timmermans Oude Kriek Limited Edition | Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Timmermans Oude Kriek Limited EditionTimmermans Oude Kriek Limited Edition

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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

We get it: Sours are hot, and Timmermans is in the game here, but sometimes that line you don’t want to cross is very thin ... they are a smidge before it with the sourness here, and it really takes several sips to settle into this brew. Fun to taste, though a bit of a chore to drink, yet still within its style. Worth a go.

STYLE: Fruit Lambic
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Pink head, rose hued

SMELL: Sour cherries, lactic, musty cellar, faint mint, fresh-cut grass, wood, lemon zest, earthy, faint phenols

TASTE: Sour, puckering, crisp pop, thin maltiness, barrel tannin, juicy, cherries, mild funk, nonexistent hop, water crackers, mild spice

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and wire topped bottle. Bottling date of April 2013 but consumed way before the 2025 BB date!

Pours with an attractive, clear, light ruby (think cranberry juice) body and a decent head that has weak retention and leaves only a bit of lacing.

The fruity, funky, woody, musty aroma is more repellent than attractive. One might be tempted to avoid tasting this, but that would be a mistake.

Flavor: Puckering tart; with a solid base of aged, tart cherries. The rich flavor lingers on and on like a fine red wine, including some tannins.

Near medium body with medium-light carbonation, palpable tartness and a very dry finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml caged and corked bottle - this shows more promise than the overly fruity variants from this brewery that preceded it in our market a short while ago.

This beer pours a dark, sort of muddled purple colour, with one finger of puffy, creamy, and somewhat bubbly pink head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of musty wooden barrel staves, mixed cherry, raspberry, and plum dry fruity notes, some estery yeastiness, a mild earthy funk, and some tame leafy, weedy, and herbal noble hop bitters. The taste is sharply tart and underripe cherry stems, equally acerbic mixed black berry essences, a somehow innocuous funkiness, separate phenolic yeast, well-understated grainy pale malt, stale oak, and a still very meek earthy, leafy, and musty verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its somewhat off-setting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not particularly smooth, not with all that acid flitting about, essentially unchecked. It finishes rather dry, tart, and acerbic, all in a fruity sort of manner.

Overall, this is one tart 'n sour offering, the cherry and friends character not providing a stitch of sweetness to the mix here whatsoever. Not exactly easy to drink, but still a decent example of the style, for those of you weirdos out there who continue to think that this is a good idea for beer in general.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, dark pink color with light pink, foamy head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma is a bit unexpected, with some medicinal, kind of herbal notes but also cherries. Taste is really sour and dry up front. Really fruity as well. Not really funky but it has some interesting yeast notes. Carbonation is on the high side and body feels pretty light. Overall it's a nice, fruity lambic but a bit too acidic for my taste.

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4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/27/14 Opens with a gentle pop, pours an effervescent cherry juice color with rapidly falling pink head. No head retention or lacing

S: Raspberry vinegar, cherry as this warms

T: Tart cherries, intense dryness, & much tartness up front. Intense tartness & sour cherry as this warms. Finishes tart with acidic cherry & raspberry

MF: Light body, slight carbonation, enamel chewing acidity

Very tart & intense, would like some something to balance this out, perhaps a little bit mote layering on the yeast flavor profile? Not quite on point, but close

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a tumbler it pours a deep saturated crimson, vivid and seemingly natural. Very charged with CO2, there's an ever present head of light pink foam that never dissipates for the entire time the bottle was open. Impressive. A little sudsy lace around the edges, creamy meringue surface texture.

Deep natural cherry aroma, dry woody barrel must, cherry pits and skins. Right on the money here, never veers into cough drop territory like their sweetened output (junk by comparison). As it warms there are some vague traces of funk, wet pasture and saddle leather, suggesting wild Brett Lambicus yeast.

Puckeringly sour, after the first couple sips it becomes less bracing. Dry and tannic, a ton of cherry skin in the taste, evolving notes of natural fruit and oak. Very clean and dry, the lactobacillus seems dominant, lending a crisp and clean crabapple acidity, not at all vinegary. It has a pleasant lingering aftertaste, even some trace vanilla surfaces as it warms.

Not for the sweetened 'wine-cooler lambic' crowd like the majority of Timmermans output. This is an impressive traditional Oude Kriek that is putting them back in the game. Respect to Timmermans for reviving a great artisanal product.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright red color lambic with a nice bubbly pink head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sour and tart cherries is dominant with some farmhouse notes. Taste is also quite sour with tart cherries and funky notes. Acidity level is quiet high. Body is about average for style with some good carbonation. I would be curious to try this one in a blind tasting against some 3F or some Cantillon. This is as far away from their sugar lambic as possible.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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Timmermans Oude Kriek Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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