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

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Timmermans Kriek LambicTimmermans Kriek Lambic

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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 magpieken
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. 11/06/15. Clear, light mahogany colour; whispy light pink head reduced to a frothy ring and left some nice lace. Cherry aroma dominates with some acidity. Low to medium cherry sweetness and moderate sourness. Light to medium body, fizzy, medium tartness and a dry finish. Not quite to my sweet tooth's taste but a fine example of a fruit lambic. I would probably proffer this one as a good example of the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Produced on 5/16/13. 4% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark crimson-red with a foamy reddish-khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet and sour cherry, cherry juice, and cherry candy aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour cherry, cherry juice, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with decent sweet and sour cherry characteristics, even after over 2 years since this was bottled.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 hophugger
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of SmashPants
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with an old-school Belgian label.

Appearance: pours out a vibrant ruby red / amber-brown with a light could. A half-finger off-white head with a pink tinge. The head leaves no lace as it quickly drops to a decent cap.

Aroma: smells of an artificial cherry - kind of like kids' medicine. Not nice at all.

Taste: better than the aroma for sure, as the nasty cherry has been accompanied by some tart berries and some bitterness in the back.

Aftertaste: and the cherry is back. Pretty nasty.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with a spritzy carbonation that carries the flavours through fantastically. Very refreshing body. Shame about the flavours.

Overall: as with Brouwerij Huyghe's Floris Kriek, I found this to be completely dominated by a nasty and sickly medicinal cherry flavour. A real shame, as I loved their peach lambicus.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

A: Hazy and ruby red coloured with a finger’s worth of head that forms a ring.

S: Maraschino cherries, balsamic, yeast, and cloves. Huge cherry aroma that comes across naturally with a nice balsamic vinegar kick.

T: Cherries, field berries, apples, and a subtle balsamic quality. This is very easy drinking and smooth with not an overly sweet cherry flavour at all. This does seem to be lacking a flavour or two.

M: Thinner bodied with a lower carbonation, but almost too thin and flat for the style. Crisp and dry.

D: This is good and a very natural tasting example of the style but lacks in mouthfeel and doesn't seem to be 100% complete in the taste.

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Photo of Kitsune
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's not a beer actually. A pretty sour and very sweet. Its better to drink it at room temperature or a little lower, you will feel nothing if it is over chilled.
Colour is very nice, dark red.
Smell and taste like a beer with cherry jam.
Wife like it. Girly stuff..

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

It certainly do not taste like a regular beer, but there are others beers that doesn’t do that as well. A very nice red color appears as you pour the beer into the glass.

The beer tastes well and is refreshing. But it’s more like soda, juice or cider than a beer.

Very sweet and sugary in the taste.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark ruby, fluffy one finger head. Sticky lacing later on.
Smells really nice, sweet cherries, fruit pit, candy sugar, spices, some low floral notes.
Quite sweet (not syrupy) and fruity, but without feeling artificial. Sweet and bitter cherries, forest berries, red apple peel, not too much lemon zest. Not as sour as the "Retro Kriek", lower lambic elements too. Still tart enough. Spicy, reminding somehow of almond/amaretto and cinnamon. Low bitterness, wheat in the aftertaste.
A bit soda fizzy, but it's crisp and refreshing, just sweet enough, without lingering unpleasantly in the aftertaste.
Pretty good beer actually, made me think of cherry cake. Not such an interesting "lambic" tho.

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Photo of dowen17
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
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 hopsputin
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy read/purple. 3 finger light pinkish/red head that disappears quickly

s: cherries, slight vinegar, candy sugar - smells very sweet

t: sweet. so sweet, like candy. its all cherries up front, with just the faintest hint of vinegar tartness. hint of sweet malt as well

m: light, and pretty carbonated

o: wow this is sweet - not in a bad way. its just a little too one-dimensional for me. all cherries, would have like a little more tartness, maybe some oak would be nice too.

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Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent head that sticks around. Some spots for lace. Cloudy plum-red color.

Mild aroma, especially given the taste.

Extremely tart. The bottle says the brew is 40% cherries. Based on the taste, I'd say they're baking cherries. There is no sweetness to this brew. My host felt the beer was "green".

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

while some sweet/fruity beer lovers might get off on this, I found it a little over the top in many ways. the pour is a hazy pale red color, like muted strawberry jam, with a minimal head and nose of candied cherries. I don't pick up any yeasty tartness that I expect in an authentic lambic, and frankly the fruit seems artificial to me. the taste is all sugar, like Swedish fish or something, its pure sugar without the flavor of real cherries really being there at all. I have had some other timmermans lambics, and I think this is by far my least favorite. carbonation is fine and the body is light, but the sugar is so intense that a whole bottle of this would be near impossible for me, and my teeth hurt after just a few drinks. its bordering on not being a beer in a lot of ways. There are many superior versions out there if you are looking for a more authentic and less diabetic kriek.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish color with a slightly pink head. The aroma is mostly that of sweet cherries. The taste is sweet with cherries and slightly fizzy in texture. This is smooth, fruity, and refreshing. As far as fruit lambics go, this is kind of average but it’s still very good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this has a gift from my mom for the holiday, chilled it a bit and poured her and myself a glass yesterday afternoon. The beer poured out as a nice looking reddish purple color with a very soft pinkish white head on top. The retention and lacing were very impressive on this. The smell is of medicinal cherry... not the greatest aroma of cherries I've come across in a beer in my opinion. The taste is also a bit on the medicinal side and is a bit on the sweet side as well. It definitely tastes like cherries though. The mouthfeel of the beer is thin, highly carbonated and a little on the cloying side. Overall it's doesn't taste natural to me, it's a bit on the artificial side which is common in most cases with Timmermans. It's a decent brew but not one I would ask for or purchase again.

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Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this to be a very good kriek lambic, far better than their strawberry or raspberry, but then I do usually like krieks more.

Red, it has a small pink head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and a few wisps.

Aroma is nice cherry, hint of cherry brandy and cherry candy and medicine, rustic funky yeasty hint.

Taste is nice, firm cherry character, but not too sweet, thankfully, although it leans slightly to the sweet side. It has a hint of rustic lambic character underneath - firm but still not enough for my tastes. It has a nice light acidic element. It's very good and enjoyable, with at least some rustic lambic character noticeable to round out the fruit, but it needs more and more depth. The problems it suffers, though, are all too common to fruit lambics (or "American wild ales," too), which to me rarely have enough flavour, especially in the funky/rustic/yeasty department, making this overall far better than most.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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