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

Timmermans Kriek LambicTimmermans Kriek Lambic
BA SCORE
34.1%
Liked This Beer
3.41 w/ 176 ratings
Timmermans Kriek LambicTimmermans Kriek Lambic
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 10-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,914
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
176
Liked:
60
Avg:
3.41/5
pDev:
16.42%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 72
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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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 StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
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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2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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 biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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 largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy brownish-red appearance. Pours with a finger of pink foam that retains well.

Nose is intensely sweet, bordering on cough syrup. It's pretty much one-dimensional, and that dimension is sweet cherry. There's nothing in the way of funk or sourness.

The palate, likewise is pretty much straight sweet cherry juice with the slightest trace of tartness in the finish. It's an extremely sweet beer from start to finish, with no depth to speak of. The body is on the thin side and there's a strange void of flavor after the initial blast of sugar. Not exactly offensive, but nothing I'd care to drink again.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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 dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
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 krome
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle label reads 4% ABV rather than the above-noted 4.5%.

Appearance: dark, rich red hue with a thick finger of frothy pink foam. I like the deep color of this, compared to the candy-red of some other krieks I've seen.

Smell: nice aroma of cherries and a hint of sour beer underneath. I will admit that the aroma seems pretty candylike, but I have a bit of a weak spot for sweet cherry beers. It might not be to everyone's taste, but I like it.

Taste: a light tartness complements the cherry very well, and the flavor is much less candylike than the aroma. Sweet with a lightly sour complexity makes this a very tasty, if not exactly sessionable, beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and resulting decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and satisfying cherry beer. A bit on the sweet side, but that's OK once in a while, eh?

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Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -12%

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Timmermans Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Beer rating: 34.1% out of 100 with 176 ratings
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