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 largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Timmerman's Kriek 11.2oz bottle; dated 01/25/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, plummy purple-red with a thin ring of head. The body looks red-brown without a light backdrop. 3.5

Smells like tart cherry soda with some faint vanilla and general acidity. Like a sour Grenadine or like Jones Black Cherry Soda. Incredibly sweet-smelling, in mostly a good way. 3.5

Tart cherry dominant with syrupy sweetness and some matching bitterness. Has a tiny little pucker note that's more of a dry gum feel even though this beer is pretty sugary. There's also a prominent apple juice note that I feel is the direct contributor to all of the sweetness. The cherry character is better than the aroma, but this lambic could use some complexity or even an acetic acid character (I know, this is not a Flemish Ale). Fruit-forward with no funk and the tartness is held in-check. 3.5

Sticky sweet and a little too persistent with carbonation. The body is thin, but tacky, like fruit juice. Not as refreshing as I'd like. 3.5

I still like these kinds of fruit-lambics, and I recall Lindemans Kriek as having a far more oppressive sweetness than this Timmerman's example. Not everything can be close to Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. A decent Kriek, worth trying the other fruit lambics in their line. 3.5

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 WastingFreetime
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Clear deep ruby color with a thirty second two finger pink head that leaves behind respectable lacing.

S. Acidic black cherry soda aroma with just the tiniest amount of soured smell hiding in the background. I was hoping for something with a bit more sour power.

T. The flavor is also far too close to sweet black cherry soda, with none of the funk nor any of the sourness promised (very half-heartedly promised, mind you) by the nose. As it warms up it also develops a secondary grape soda ‘harmony’ flavor…

M. Light, fizzy, highly carbonated soda water. There is not really any beer here, just another pseudo wine cooler. And most certainly not anything lambic, either.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillion has vanished from shelves and this stuff has popped up in it's place.

My bottle label looks different than the one picture here - I got a black and white photo of some Belgian good ol' boys. The beer itself is a brownish eggplant color but shines beautiful ruby red when held to light. Big Calamine lotion pink head leaves a fair amount of foam stuck to my glass. Decanted so I could dump the dregs in a Flanders Red ale.

Smells exactly like Dannon strawberry banana yogurt. Not a little bit like but dead on. Tastes like Dannon strawberry banana yogurt with some Lindemann's cherry cough drops added in. It's no Cantillion but not much is.

Like Dannon strawberry banana yogurt? If so, you'll like this beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/cherry with a one finger cream head. Head dies, good lacing.

Aromas of cherries, cherry methol throat lozenge, cough syrup.

Taste is a sour blast of cough syrup, cherries, sherbert, a little hop bitterness, very complex, but not in a good way(!)

Mouthfeel very light / watery / fizzy.

All in all, good experiment, but I ain't gonna buy a case and that's a fact...

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Photo of TaySuth
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red color with a white, one finger head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Cherries dominate the aroma but it is pretty one-dimensional.

Taste: This limbic tastes good but, like the smell, it is rather one-dimensional. No malt or hops presence to be found.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a nice body. No complaints but not great.

Overall: Fun to drink but not complex enough to earn anything above an average rating.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, transparent ruby red color with a thin, one finger, pink head. Retention is poor.

S - Dark cherries, black currant, cherry extract syrup and mild yeasty/bacterial funk. Seems a bit imbalanced and sweet, but interesting all together.

T - Opens heavy on the tart cherry and yeast. It's entirely too sweet through the finish, where the tart sourness from the yeast finally come through. It's simple and imbalanced.

M - Smooth, wet and almost syrupy. Doesn't work with the beer to well, but it's to be expected.

D - Suffers from simplicity and imbalance. Not really a good offering for the style, or beer at all.

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Photo of sfprint
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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 dirtyskunk
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear red into my tulip. Little to no head, disappears quick, but there are plenty of bubbles on the side of the glass below the surface like in a champagne. These disappear too after a minute.

Nice tart cherry smell, so strong it almost comes across like artificial flavoring. A little toasty/matly/woodsy in the back too, the whole thing smells like a cherry pie.

Just like the nose, this is pure cherry with some very nice tartness in the back countering the mild sweetness from the fruit. Unlike the nose, this is more balanced and has none of that artificial smell.

Average to nice mouthfeel, not too syrupy, not too thin. Very nice carbonation feel on the tongue.

I don't have a lot of experience with the style to pit this against, but it seems to be well balanced, very fruity, not too sweet, and to generally fit the style's description. I would like a little more tartness or complexity from the spontaneous fermentation.

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Photo of gatornation
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from an 11.2oz bottle into 12oz flute

A-a clear medium dark cherry color with a fast receding pink head that did reveal some nice lacing

S- fresh cherry and fruit

T- just fresh cherries no rel sour funk just average

M-nicely carbonated with cherry tastes thru out a little dry and tart noy sour at all

O- just average with a cheery only taste to me

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Belgium's finest lambic beer.... I disagree
pours a pinkish red. Lot of light pink head. Looks decent but not stellar.
Smells a bit empty. Fruit. Some sweetness.
Tastes like a fruit beer. No lambic to be found.
Good carbonation but lacking overall. Like a fruit soda

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Photo of ckollias
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a reddish-amber with a thick redish one-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the whole glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: Sweet fruity watermelon aroma.

T: Very sweet and fruity. Watermelon and cherry come to mind. Alcohol is probably presented but masked by the overwhelming fruit taste.

M: Light body and medium carbonation

O: This was my first lambic beer ever. It reminded me of a wine cooler. Not saying that is a bad thing, it was actually a nice change of pace, but this is nothing I could drink all the time.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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 jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a wonderful red beet color with a thick cotton candy head that disappears down to a slick. Wisps of lacing.
S- Smell is pleasant. Leans sweet with heavy cherry presence. Slight sour notes as well. Not quite the wild yeastyness some of these beers have, but that's quite all right.
T- Here, it is way too sweet. Sweet cherries hit up front and hit hard and dominate, not letting any other flavor notes in. A slight metallic note and a bit of sourness in the finish, but really it's for the most part one-dimensional.
M- Strong carbonation up front but dies mid sip. Starts soda-y and and finishes heavy.
O- A decent lambic, but there are better ones outh there. It's just a little too one-dimensional on the cherries for me.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep reddish color, with a pink head. In the aroma, small sour cherries. In the taste, it is kind of like cherry Kool Aid, with a nice tartness. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry dark cherry aftertaste. Nice small tartness, and not medicinal at all.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A= Pours nice red in color with a pinkish head some slight lacing.

S= Kind of has a wine smell to it a little cherry smells kind of sour.

T= The taste is really lacking. Really isn't one can't pick up on to much kind of watered down it taste like colored water with a little bit of not really any cherry flavor really weak.

M= Nice carbonation, light in body.

D= Drinkability would be low for me at $4.50 a bottle this beer is basically useless.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a cherry red color...surprising! Half finger pinkish head shows low retention and is gone in a matter of seconds. Web style lacing is light but all over the glass while drinking.

S- Sweet artifical cherry flavor upfront. Not really picking up anything that is sour just a sweetness. A hint of malt but mostly just sugary sweet cherries.

T- A huge sweet cherry flavor on the upfront of this beer with a hint of light soured cherry to it. In the middle of the beer there is a light metallic hint which actually adds the only real other flavor to this beer besides cherries. The ending of the beer is not only sweet alcohol but also sickly sweet cherry.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was actually quite well for this beer. Cherry dominated the entire palate. I mean this shit stuck to your teeth and lips with cherry resin. Aftertaste was the same super sweet cherry with hints of sweet alcohol that fade faster than the overall cherry flavor. Blended once again to the correct style just overly sweet cherry. Metallic off flavors were light with this beer but the biggest part of off flavors came from the sickly sweet cherry. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was too sweet for me to actually enjoy it and take it seriously. The ABV is low so I think a lot of people who don't drink beers will enjoy this one. A syrupy mess at times and at other times just too damn sweet. I'll pass on this one for future purchases.

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Photo of cudmud
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This sample has a magnificent candy-apple red color. In addition, it produces an interesting pink head with loads of lacing. This brew has a striking appearance.

Smell: This beer has tons of cherry notes in the nose. Behind the wonderful fruit aromas there are hints of almond cookie in the background.

Taste: This sample starts out with loads of awesome cherry flavor and sour flavors. Next the beer has an off bitter and metallic taste. After appearance and taste, I was let down by the beer's taste.

Mouthfeel: Dry and inviting.

Drinkability: This is a good dessert beer and even a fun beer to drink on a hot Sunday afternoon. The off aftertaste would keep me from drinking more than one a night.

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Photo of CanuckRover
2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
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 jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a light clear red, almost like a white zinfinadel wine....The aroma is super light, only a touch of sweet cherries on the front, wish they were tart...The taste is really bland, just juice, no taste or flavor here at all. Some Timmermans I really like, but this one is total garbage.

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle brought from Scotland by my brother. Pours a cranberry juice color with a finger of light pinkish head. Nose is all sweet candy cherry, very artificial. No sourness or funk. Taste echoes this, faintest sourness in the finish, syrupy thick mouthfeel, cherry cola like fruitiness. Not a great lambic but not undrinkable.

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Photo of Macca
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours very dark red with a red tinged finger of head.

Very strong cherry aroma with a distinct musk stick edge to it. Doesn't smell natural, but I like it anyway.

What a sour bomb! Sweet sour sweet sour. Love it.

Very heavy mouthfeel.

Look I like what they've done here. Does it taste like beer? No. Much more like some sort of soft drink but who cares, it's fun.

Would I want a second? Not tonight but definitely some other time.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25 cl long-necked brown bottle. Red label with cherries and on old-looking pic of brewery-workers in the old days...

A: Pour is deep red and the surprisingly large compact pink head dissipates slowly into a little lace.

S: Sweetness from the cherries (?). Some wheat - faint ripe bananas. Citric notes. Almost no yeast...

T: Way to sweet at first, but then the sweetness sets and other flavours evolves; dry cherries, wheat but only a little brett.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit sour. Body is light and carbonation is medium, but very smooth. Aftertaste is long and holds a sour dryness.

D: I really like Kriek, but this one is to sweet for my taste and I missed the brett-feeling. This could work as a "Kriek-for-beginners".

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Photo of rarbring
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The fluid is clear deep red, with a hint of brown, the head bleak pink leaving good lacing.

The smell is very sweet and definitely cherry, more like cherry soda than anything else.

The taste is also cherry dominated and extremely sweet, but with some refreshment from the lambic sourness. also bitter notes - probably from cherry seeds.

A strong carbonation enhances the soda experience.

In all a bit to much soda for me, needs to be moderated with some strong coffee and a small biscuit...

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