Kriek Lambicus
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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From:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #146
ABV:
4%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,600
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 16.62%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
117
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 16, 2022
Added:
Oct 12, 2002
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  26
SCORE
79
Okay
Kriek LambicusKriek Lambicus
Notes: Formerly Kriek Lambic.

From the cherry tree’s transient flowers, its fruits ripen – round, red and packed with sunshine. Timmermans Kriek blends its famed lambic with this sweetness for a beer that can quench any thirst. Its natural freshness will make you blush for joy
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Pours a clear, ruby red coloration with a small, fluffy head. Smell is dominated by a somewhat artificial cherry aroma, with strong notes of marzipan as well. Taste is an okay balance of sweet and slightly tart red cherries with a distinct, sugary marzipan presence as well. Finishes with a light tartness, medium sweetness and some cherries and marzipan lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a ligh body and medium carbonation.

While I think that this would make for an okay Fruit and Field beer, it does explicitely style itself as a lambic and should be rated as such as far as I'm concerned; and as a lambic it's honestly pretty terrible. Just like the standard stuff by Lindemanns, it's more reminiscent of flavored sugar water than a proper lambic, completely missing the rich funk and nuanced complexity that I expect from the style. There's no way that this is actually spontaneously fermented, is there? In any case, it's a pretty drinkable fruit beer that has got just enough tartness to it to prevent the sugary marzipan presence from becoming overbearing, with a decent fruitiness that feels a bit artificial rather than truly fresh and vibrant though.
Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Shared 250 ml bottle, at a lambic tasting at Lilland Bryggerihotell, Tau (I think I have a bottle from Bris Ølutsalg in my stash somewhere too). ABV is 4%. Clear red colour. Aroma of cherry kernels and almonds. Sweetish and sugary flavour, notes of artificial cherry candy, not very good. Won't buy again.
Apr 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Produced 06/03/19 so probably means March 6th 2019.

Lovely red colour, good head of foam, some floaties. Not surprising given the age of the bottle.

The smell, in a nutshell, sweet cherries.

The taste, in a nutshell, sweet cherries with only the slightest hint of tartness.

Good mouthfeel. This is a delicious dessert beer. That is all.
Apr 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Kiro from Russian Federation

Dec 31, 2020
 
Rated: 2.15 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 22, 2020
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
I had this on draft at Bier Central near my Antwerp hotel in May 2018. It's red and was served in a 25 cl flute glass. It tasted like cherry soda, frankly, and was not really sour. The bar has a fantastic catalog of beers, this was a poor choice and made me doubt my favorable view of Kriek.
Jan 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Light cherry red color with brownish tinges and a quickly disappearing cap.

Very tart aroma of cherry with a lemon twist.

A lemony sharpness is the first thing I notice about the taste followed by sweet cherry. Tartness is a theme that plays all the way to the finish with cherry interweaving with complementary lower notes. Finish is clean and dry.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I generally don't try to match these sharp fruit beers with food preferring to drink them for their own merits. As a stand alone it works well.
Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This pours an effervescent cherry red in the glass. Vigorous foam that dissipates into a tight cap. Big, big, big cherry aroma. Sweetly cherries, crisp and tasty.

Date code says 13/6/18, so almost a year old when tasted.
Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Cerveza rojiza con una cabeza espumosa de poca duración. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma dulce a frutos rojos destacando la cereza. En boca es dulce con un final corto ligeramente agrio.
Nov 09, 2019
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Red color with a thin head.
Aroma with predominant notes of cherries and barnyard.
Bold notes of Kriek, lemon, mild barnyard funky, mild vinegar and oak.
Mild to medium body with flat carbonation.
Intense and interesting Kriek.
Oct 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.84 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jul 31, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Quafftastic from Virginia

May 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.61 by JOBEERFB from Belgium

May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.42 by HopBelT from Belgium

May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Zorro from California

3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Clear magenta colored beer with a small pink colored head.

Smells strongly of cherry as expected. Smells sweet instead of sour. But it pretty much smells like cherry candy.

Starts off sweet and tasting of cherry. Little bit of sourness but really this is all cherry. No hops or woody flavors, pretty close to cherry soda.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is a mild cherry tasting ale. This could substitute for cherry soda and you might not notice.
Mar 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.74 by Displacerx from Sweden

Mar 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Nov 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by icemanls4 from Switzerland

Oct 23, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the bottle, it pours a burgundy color with a modest pink head. Definite cherry in the nose. The mouth gets a slightly sour cherry flavor - very kriek-like. Yum!
Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.38 by VictoriaTyagunova from Ireland

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Nov 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by Mattias from Sweden

Sep 02, 2017
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
89
Aug 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a pokal, the appearance was a glowing flimsy red color with a quickly dieing quarter finger's worth of white foamy head that barely left any lace. What lace was there just slid off into oblivion.
The aroma had some cherry flesh and skin, sweet and tart, and a whiff of sour with some light lemon tones and fresh grassy notes.
The flavor was mainly the red cherries, once again, sweet and tart with that underlying sour tone to it. Aftertaste was full of the red cherry flesh.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was quick and somewhat tart.
Overall, pretty nice lambic-fruit to me, one that I'd have again preferably in a late Summer's evening. Makes for a nice Summer dessert beer.
Aug 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Trentt2 from Alaska

Jul 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.97 by mishi_d from Romania

Jul 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Beautiful pour, with a nice pink head that leaves a little lace.

Big candy cherry aroma with subtle hints of funk.

Taste is full on cherry, and there's a hint of funk, but it's really too sweet. Could've been a great brew if they didn't back-sweeten so much.

Surprising body for it's weight, but too much sweetness.
May 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.95 by bmaslakov from Russian Federation

Mar 25, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
This might be my least favorite "lambic" not made stateside. Without getting into that locale argument, let's just continue with the review. Kind of a red and brown almost flanders-esque color scheme, pinkish head juts out to 3/4" quickly, lambics have never been the style to boast about retention or lacing. Aroma is that of sugared cherries. Lacking oak, funk, or sourness in the aroma.

Taste, holy sugar sweets, this makes Lindeman's non Cuvee series seem sour and less sweet by comparison. Lots of carbonation, not enough body, not enough tartness. So much sugar in the mouth feel.

I don't get the above average scores on this one. Other than the appearance, it does nothing even average for style. I like some Timmerman's stuff, but definitely not this.
Mar 01, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle (@4 % ABV), part of a quartet of this brewery's offerings to just up and appear in Alberta of late.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium magenta colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy pale pink head, which leaves a bit of streaky and sudsy low-lying cloud form lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of sugary cherries (almost cough-drop in bearing), a subtle earthy yeastiness, some pastry-friendly caramel malt, further green apple and raspberry fruity esters, and very weak earthy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is more saccharine cherry, joined at the hip to some raspberry and plum notes, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lessened caramel sweetness, ephemeral Belgian yeast, an equally hard to pin down red wine vinegar sourness, and more almost benign leafy and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its quotidian frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and smooth enough, I suppose, as that sugary character goes a long way in greasing the wheels here. It finishes well off-dry, with a mixed berry fruitiness ruling the realm of the lingering day.

Overall, this is certainly one of the least tart cherry-flavoured Lambics that I have ever encountered, and that includes Lindemans. Easy to drink, and refreshing to a point, but my cloy-o-meter's needle is starting to dip into the red zone, and we all know what that means.
Feb 28, 2017
 
Rated: 1.87 by pau622 from Spain

Feb 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by MattMorin from Illinois

Oct 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by SassaDog from Iceland

Aug 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by bobanddoug from Illinois

May 21, 2016
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Reviewed by OldSwampy from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Beautiful reddish color, perhaps a brown cast to the red translucence, with a big light pink head. Head is stiff and leaves ample lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is first of all fresh cherries, and then beneath, a pleasant mild yeastiness. Taste begins with a distinct sourness, leading to an expansive bloom of cherry flavor with the yeasty aspect definitely secondary. Could be more complex if components other than the fruit were more forward, both in smell and in taste, but as it is, there's a nice balance. This would not be a recommended beer for someone who dislikes cherries, that's certain. Leaves a clean, slightly astringent mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, and to my palate not too sweet as some have suggested. For many people, it will not seem to be a very "beer-like" beer, but it is very tasty.

My bottle was bottled on "26/08/14" per the label, and I am drinking it on 15 May 2016. Certainly seems to have aged well to this point.
May 15, 2016
Kriek Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 199 ratings