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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Belgium | website

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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165
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a transparent orange with a crimson hue when held to the light. The mild white/pink head quickly fizzles out into nothing.
The smell is of vinegar, tart cherries, minerals, and faint rubber.
Taste is also of major, tart cherries with a citrus, and vanilla flavor that leads to funky minerals in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation that tingles the tongue on the way down.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of solid, flesh coloured head that sits over a deep red-brown body that is slightly hazy.

Smell - 3.5
Quite typical aroma of a modern, sweeter kriek. A musky aroma of cherry syrup with a little lambic sourness.

Taste - 3.0
The sourness of lambic is certainly there, especially when ice cold. However, it is not quite enough to balance the sweet cherry syrup flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Feels quite thick and sticky in the mouth with a slight puckering sourness and fine carbonation.

Drinkability - 3.0
Too sweet for ultimate drinkability, but it was easy to drink one.

OVERALL - 3.35
Decent, but to me this is just another too sweet lambic based beer that could have been good.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.57/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours red cranberry juice with sode pop head of 1 cm. Looks like sparkling juice.

Aroma is cherry cough syrup, amaretto, and my mother's German cherry pudding. Hard to detect past that.

Mouthfeel is like slightly flat pop.

Taste is bitter cherry. Strangely medicinal, one dimensional, and not what I expect form a kriek at all. Not working for me.

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Photo of brendan13
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep, dark pink colour poured into a tulip with an inch or so of pink tinted white head.
S - Very strong medicinal, cough syrup like cherry aroma.
T - Quite a big chery flavour. A slight tartness.
M - Medium bodied, quite high carbonation.
D - Couldn't see myself buying this all that often, especially with the $8 price tag.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear ruby garnet with just a lightly pinkish hue head which barely formed but did make an attempt to lace the glass.

The aroma was sweet with a strong cherry presence and a lightly tart acidic character in the background. The aroma also had a lightly earthy nature.

The flavor was tart and refreshing with a slight bit of sweetness that was by no means overdone and a tart and crisp character that was just a bit husky. The beer was not hardly sour at all and only had a mild tartness at best. The cherry flavor was very strong and worked well with what sour presence was notable.

The finish was even with a moderate cherry flavor into the aftertaste and just a very slight tartness. The body was medium light with a carbonation high enough to let the flavors prickle the palate. The beer did not have much complexity but was quite a refreshing beverage.

12 ounce can, purchased at grocery store in Brussels and brought back to the US to give it a whirl. 4% ABV on can.

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Photo of bark
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour is deep wine red-purple. The thin head is pink/purple. Some lacing occurred.

The smell is bitter sweet with notes of bitter cherries, cherry jam, cherry stones, some soil, vinegar and gravy. The smell is bit unbalanced in an odd way.

The taste is sweet with some sourness. A flavour of cherry jam is the strongest, but there are notes of cherry stones, and sweet fruit candy. The aftertaste is also sweet with a uncomplicated taste of cherries and a touch of raspberries; it is pretty short and balanced.

The carbonation is representative for the fruit lambics; very strong with large bubbles.

This kriek is a bit more simple than the “tradition kriek” from the same brewer. Perhaps this is an good introduction to the style?

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

30 December 2005

Pink in colour with a medium sized pink head and good lacing. Medicinal, cherry aroma. Tastes of cherries, white sugar and berries. The flavour is also oaky. Sourness, complexity and malt character seem to be lacking. Light bodied and bubbly. I was expecting this to be better than Belle-Vue Kriek but found it to be too sweet.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured quite a dark red/pink colour... Head was pinky white and disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Strong cherry notes, also strong smell of nuts (almond and pistachio in particular), earthy, slight maltiness, some vanilla notes....

Taste – Sweet, lots of cherriness, peppery, orange hintrs, vanilla...

Feel - Quite smooth with light carbonation...

Overall - A pretty good kriek. Maybe slightly too sweet.... worth a try though...

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

Love this beer. Only thing that maybe you could fault it is the fact that it was a little too sweet.

A = Ruby Red with little to no foam.

S = Cherries. What else?

T = Sweet cherries. Almost artificial in taste. Very odd.

M = Very good. Moderately carbonated.

D = Good.

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Photo of tesguino
1.62/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A lambic beer from the john martins harvest; its taste like ordinary cherry juice, with alcohol, not popular in my country, its smell fruity and very aromatic; taste plane, heavy, and round; good for christmas dinner; drink direct from the bottle; 67% recommended.

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Photo of Paddez
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A fair kriek

Poured out of a 25cl bottle/33cl can. Beer has a small to medium sized, quickly diminishing head after a heavy pour.

The smell is incredibly sweet and full of cherries. A bit artificial though, a bit chewing-gum-like even. The taste is a little less sweet than the smell but still a bit over the top. Full of almonds and sweet cherries. Yet again though, there's a soda-like taste about the cherries that bring down this beer.

A lot better than Belle-Vue for sure, but definitely too sweet and artificial. Nice for when you're watching a movie or as a desert brew since it's cheap and very drinkable, but other than that there's nothing special about it.

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Photo of Shmupi
5/5  rDev +47.9%
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 UncleJimbo
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.68 oz green glass bottle, corked and capped. Date stamped on back label (03/10/97).

This kriek lambic poured an clear, bubbly, orange-amber color with tall, creamy, off-white foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was a strong, tart/sour cherry aroma with a bit of a wild, lactic (slightly acidic) smell. The taste was mildly sweet cherry with a touch of tartness. Other flavors included: sugar, a woody taste, a touch of cinnamon, and a hint of green apples. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and flat. The body was medium-light with moderate carbonation feel. This beer was OK, but the smell was the strongest feature.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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 francisweizen
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is pretty popular in cans in belgium (along with belle-vue). This stuff has the aromas of artificial cherries and sugar. The taste is basically the same. This is like alcoholic cherry juice. The mouthfeel is thin and almost non-existant. The drinkability is OK, and for the price (75 euro cents a can) one can't complain. The Belgian street-drunks favorite kriek!

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Photo of anders36
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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 rastaman
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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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