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Timmermans Oude Kriek

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Brewed by Timmermans (John Martin)
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Itterbeek, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The flavour of Timmermans Oude Kriek, refermented in the bottle, is without comparison. The cherries from which it derives its taste and colour it features traditionally come from Schaerbeek. Slightly acidic and with a wonderful bouquet, this natural and hence unpredictable brew requires careful handling throughout its long maturation period. Created from a blend of old and young lambic, Timmermans Oude Kriek keeps for 12 years. Like Timmermans Oude Gueuze, this is a precious drink, available in a limited edition only !


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (2064) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours a clear cherry Jell-O red with a small pink head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of cherries, oak and some very faint acetone. Taste is pretty damn acidic but still bearable with some tart cherries, oak, lemon. Dry and puckering. Body is moderate, carbonation soft and acidity, while extreme, is extremely refreshing. Overall a pretty nice oude kriek but I think I’m more of a "gueuze" person than a "kriek" one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
martjoobolut (1458) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2015
0,375L bottle, BB 2024 (from beerExpress, Tallinn). Pours hazy red with pink head. The small head stays. Aroma is tart medicinal, cherries, medicinal. Flavor is very sharp tartness, spicy, acidic, vinegar, and salty notes. Overall: feels too much like vinegar. It has some interesting nuances, but I can’t really drink too much of it, it’s too acidic.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3031) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
375ml bottle from Utobeer, 5.5%, BB 2024. Very fizzy on opening and on the pour. Clear ruby, highly sparkling, no head. Looks like some sort of fizzy pop. Aroma is deep cherry, earthy raspberry, sour, cherry cola. Body is medium to light, soft carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is rounded cherry, tart, tangy lemon, apple cider vinegar and balsamic strawberries, sherbet. Very interesting, quite a nice flavour but a bit acidic for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
poech73 (273) - Braine, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2015

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Bouteille de 2013 (embouteillée en 2010). Kriek fort effervescente à au versage. Son nez est fort acide, légèrement malté, boisé sans amertume. En bouche, la bière présente une forte immaturité: son acidité encore trop présente agresse le palais avec de fortes saveurs vinaigrées accompagnées d’arômes de cerises. A condition de lui laisser le temps de s’ouvrir, le goût de fruit revient avec une certaine vigueur mais sans contre-balancer la forte acidité. Ce n’est qu’en fin de dégustation, que je reçois les saveurs boisée légèrement acres accompagnées d’une fine acidité et d’une amertume minérale discrète.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3128) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2015
(Timmermans Oude Kriek) Bottle 375 ml, corked and caged, served into a teku, ABV 5.5% Bright red colour on the body, clear, with one finger of pinkish head on top, thin and with average retention. Nice aroma of cherries, flowers. Taste is quite sour and sharp, easyto get use though after a couple of sips. Vinegar, cherries, wood. Medium body with the carbonation towards the high side. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scirtes (126) - POLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle, bb 2024. Red, hazy beer, foam pink with poor retention. Aromas of cherries, sourness, bitter almonds. Heavy, pleasant sourness, intense cherries, with nice dry aftertaste of almonds. Quite good beer, although aroma could be more complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (4348) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle from BeerMerchants; hazy ribena red pour with a quickly disappearing pink head, aroma has tart cherry and almond, tart sour cherries in the taste, real lip puckering sourness, some nutty almonds, a hint of marzipan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (524) - Poznań, POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours red with light red/pink head that disappears in cocacola style. In aroma tart cherries, almonds, citric notes, no barn aromas. In taste cherry flavour followed by strong acidic finish. Low bodied, strong and fizzy carbonated. Really good Oude Kriek.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (1462) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
Bottle at home. Deep dark red with small short lasting grey/pink head. Sour red berries and elderberries. Old wood, a bit musty, moldy bread. Quite earthy, lots of berry pits, old raspberries. Quite acidic. Low carbonation. Not bad at all, very fruity, but a bit too moldy for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3324) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2015
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger foamy light pink head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour black cherry, lemon zest, green apple, raisin, plum, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, toasted oak, leather, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour black cherry, lemon zest, green apple, raisin, plum, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, toasted oak, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of fruity/acidic sourness and moderate spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour black cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, toasted oak, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and oak barrel flavors; with a good crisp malt/acidity balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice sour kriek lambic. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the high level of acidity thanks to high carbonation, but does get slightly cloying at times. A very enjoyable offering overall.


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