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

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BEER INFO

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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Ratings:
173
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
16.86%
 
 
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Photo of Trentt2
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of bmaslakov
4.29/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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 pau622
1.87/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of MattMorin
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SassaDog
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobanddoug
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldSwampy
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
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 chrisroarshack
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Because Timmermans is more prone to marketing than other blenders, it is possible they sweetened up this version. Given the sourness of the style, I don't regard that sweetness as a bad thing. But it would appear that the style's devotees don't approve.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" has a lengthy review setting context for fruit lambics but says about this Kriek "a good, quenching, refreshing, acidity."

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Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RomzesBrewer
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalosjakar
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/13/13, pouring on 1/5/16. Yikes. At 4% I assume these dont age well. Hopefully im wrong.

Looks like cranberry juice, no head.
Smells like cherries. And applejuice.

Tastes like apple juice with tart cherries add.
I havent had many lambics so im not sure how to rate this but its definitely tasty.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of firkingroovin
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of killcore
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JASvendsen
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LloydDobler
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
3.38 out of 5 based on 173 ratings.
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