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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Belgium
brtimmermans.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 10-12-2002

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Avg:
3.37
pDev:
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Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of Shmupi
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found it draught in Israel and I'm the happiest man on earth...

Best fruit beer ever ...but in the bottle it sucks

Far better than Belle-vue and other krieks that I've ever drank!!!

But I've never been in Belgium so you never know ....maybe the monks ther have better beers

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a big cherry nose with floral and tart notes. It pours brilliant cherry red with a slight brown tint under a 1” very finely bubbled white foam cap. The palate is just short of coming across as a tart cherry soda but there is just enough tartness to keep it interesting and back it off from being cloying. It is very drinkable, very effervescent, light and refreshing.

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Photo of Dinkel
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, not the best Kriek lambic you'll ever have, a touch sweeter than than i'd like. Still tart enough, sourish refreshing finish, i'd don't mind Timmermans that much, but i prefer the more assertively sour and earthy examples of the style, a nice session kreik lambic!!!! Enjoyable without being over-complex.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright red with a two finger pinkish head.
S: Bitter almonds, red berries, sweetness.
T: Cherries, bitter almond, sweetness, bubbly and really pleasant carboration. After taste of bitter almonds and cherries. A hint of bitterness in the after taste.

Decent kriek. Fresh and not to sweet.

Drink this one with a truffel or some other chocolaty dessert. Yummy!

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Photo of anders36
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lovely dark red colour with a pink head. I can feel the smell of almonds and cherries. It has a bitter yet sweet taste of almonds and cherries. This is the first kriek i taste and i am a little surprised. It was not as bad as i thought it should be. So when i get the chance i will try some more of this styles of beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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 point, but my cloy-o-meter's needle is starting to dip into the red zone, and we all know what that means.

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Photo of dowen17
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very deep ruby color. No head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising.

Nose is a bit salty. Barnyard funk. Sweat. Maybe a hint of fruit but not much.

Taste is tart and funky. Light cherry taste towards the middle and end. Super refreshing.

High carbonation. Thin but not watery.

Would drink again but nothing to seek out. Was hoping for a bigger cherry flavor here.

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Photo of mattfancett
1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 1/16/04 at our little Extravaganza Belgique.

Special Thanks to TheJoj to smuggling this one back from Belgium.

Timmermans poured a bright, bright red-pink with a rosy pink-white head, with little carbonation. Very sweet aroma previews an incredibly sweet cherry flavor, with no sourness whatsoever and only a slight hint of wheat in the finish.

Good, but it tastes more like flat cherry soda than beer. I miss the sour pucker I usually associate with lambics...

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Photo of CanuckRover
2.24/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark red, verging on purple. Big pink head with good retention. Thick lacings all the way down.

Sickly sweet aroma of sugar and cherries.

Sweet up front. Bearable at first with just a touch of tartness. But the tartness fades away quickly and the finish gets a bit nasty with some cloying sweetness.

I've had some sweetened krieks before that I can appreciate them for what they are, but not this. A real mess of a beer. The point of sweetening labics up is to appeal to the masses, I can't imagine who this appeals to.

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sfprint
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Corkpuller
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OldSwampy
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a real pretty partially clear hazy burgundy with a nice very light pink head and moderate lacing. Aroma is strong like cherry cough drops, not as natural aroma as I was expecting. Taste is very refreshing with a little better cherry flavor, but still a very light hint of medicine in the far background. Carbonation is spectacular and there is ever so light of a hint of vinegar in the back that adds to the great feel of this beer. Only a small touch of bitterness or sour with this one, very sweet, yet very refreshing. Makes me want more !!

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