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Timmermans Tradition Kriek Retro Lambic

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

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This beer has instant appeal thanks to the hue of its ancestral garb and its fruity aroma which is so pleasant to the nose. Its flavour – bitter but with a very slight sweetness – recalls how pleasant it is to drink a beer that’s saturated in history. Timmermans Tradition Kriek Retro is to be savoured in the same way that one beholds a painting by Breughel.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9443) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 26, 2014
from Apothibières - pours a clear dark red-amber beer with a poor head retention; aroma of cellar, vinegar and cherries; hints of cheese too; low carbonation, medium-bodied, tasty and gently sour; long aftertaste of vinegar sour cherries and with a lingering sourness

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcberko (6300) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
330mL bottle at Kulminator, pours a clear reddish amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out lots of cardboard and light cherries. Flavour brings out lots of artificial cherries, light residual sweetness and moderate acidity. Usual quality of a lambic from Timmermans, which isn’t saying much. Not good at all - bleh.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AtronSeige (557) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 22, 2014
Aroma: Barnyard, light cherry, sour Appearance: Hazy amber body. Small off-white head. Flavour: Citric acid, sour. Light cherries. Strong carbonic sting. Barnyard, citus, lemon zest. Very Crisp/Tart Palate: Medium-light body. High carbonation. Overall: Enjoyable, good, but still not something I will drink liters of. 375ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 17F. Fruit Lambic

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Renobob (619) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 37,5cl. Peu sucrée, acidité modérée, saveurs fruits rouge. Finale plutôt désagréable sur l'amère.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4521) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2014
21/IV/14 - 37.5cl bottle from de Lambiek (Alsemberg) @ home - BB: 19/X/12 (apparently they sold this to me one or two months before it went bad, never noticed of course) (2014-378)

Clear ruby red beer, aery light pink head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet cherries, bit metallic, cork, bit of basement, more metallic. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: little bitter, sweet cherries, little sugary, lemony, citric acidity. Aftertaste: citric, bitter touch, metallic, sweet cherries, bit sugary. Not bad, but definitely not the best Kriek they ever made. If age should have changed anything, then it would have been by making it more sour, and having the brett eat the sugar. So I’m wondering if they pasteurize this beer...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2716) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle @ Night of the Great Thirst (Eizeringen). Clear amber/golden with a medium off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is of sweet cherries, light hay, grassy notes and the usual lemony presence of Timmermans beers. Taste is slightly sour with sweet cherries (not extremely fruity though), lemon and grassy notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. That’s not bad actually. On the sweet side, but the balance isn’t horrible either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2535) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2014
Pale red. 2 finger head. Cereal. Fermented wheat nose. Sweet taste. Too much almost. Raisins and cherry pie

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (3015) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark gold pour with white head. Aroma is cherry, light gastric notes, definitely some of that sharp lemony-ness of Timmermans Lambic. Taste is sour, nice fruity cherry but light, much less fruity than the common kriek, very dry and sour finish. Palate is well carbed and light medium bodied. Quite Ok actually.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erzengel (2561) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
Das Bier ist braun-rötlich im Glas und riecht nach Kirschessig! Der Geschmack hingegen ist sehr vollmundig-fruchtig, aber leicht wässrig. Der Hauptteil ist säuerlicher werdend mit leicht übertriebenen Kirsch- und Fruchtaromen. Nicht unbedingt künstlich, aber zu viel! Der Nachgeschmack ist leicht sauer-angenehm ohne chemische Noten - ziemlich natürlich.
Aber insgesamt schmeckt das Bier für mich zu "Überfruchtsaftet" - ein bisschen weniger hätte dem Ganzen ganz bestimmt nicht geschadet. Zum Schluss noch die aufgelisteten Zutaten: "Wasser, Fruchtsaft (Kirsch 9,5%, Apfel 2,6%, Holunderbeer 1,2%), Gerstenmalz, Weizen, Zucker, Hopfen, Aromen, Antioxidationsmittel E300".
Test vom 16.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,10,12,7,12,10 - 10,15

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EddyBeer1 (870) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2013
Rouge cuivrée, effervescence forte de visu, légère au palais, col rose abondant. Légèrement sûre, elle se distingue surtout par la trop grande présence de jus de pomme qui donne un goût trop sucré, d’autant qu’on y a aussi ajouté du sucre!


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