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Timmermans Tradition Kriek Retro Lambic

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


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SinH4 (1388) - Garching, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2015
Ruby color with tan head. Aroma is sweet cherries, some wood, candied sugar, balsamico vinegar. Taste is similar, with lots of balsamico. No complexity, no nice sourness. More like a bad Flanders Red than a Kriek. Still drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
The name ’Timmermans Kriek’ was once very simple, and represented only one beer, an artificially sweet kriek in the style of Lindemans Kriek. Nowadays there are at least four Timmermans Krieks, and if I am not mistaken, this is one of the more recently added ones. Based on the ingredients list (fruit juice, and not only sour cherry but also elderberry and even apple, as well as E300 which is nothing less than ascorbic acid), I expect another sweet and compromised ’kriek’, trying to look serious in a 37.5 cl bottle. Audibly crackling, off-white, somewhat creamy but thin head consisting of tiny bubbles and retaining well, over a beautifully deep vermillion red robe, cristal clear till and including the last drop (filtered!) with quite some fizz. Aroma of damp cellar, elderberry syrup, cherry jam, some moist wood, stewed and sugared apples but also some apple peel, hints of cinnamon, ruby port, lemonade and red cabbage (not in a DMS way) - but nothing convincingly lambic-like, apart from the woody notes. I even get a hint of the typical, cooked smell of pasteurisation, so this is in no way reminiscent of a true ’oude kriek’. Soft sourish onset, spritzy and even a bit overcarbonated perhaps, ’mals’, soft mouthfeel, very fruity but in a sweet, sugared, jam- and candy-like way, like the red fruit sauce my grandmother poured over vanilla ice cream. The sweetness fortunately remains tolerable to some extent, there is a certain mild acidity, but this seems to come more from the lemonade-like ascorbic acid than from natural lambic acids. Supple, smooth but rather thin middle phase, a tad wheaty and a bit bready, leading to a sweet finish with cloying red fruit jam and fruit candy along with the ascorbic acid, distracting from the important things, such as a very soft lactic lambic acidity and subtle retronasal woodiness. I do not see the point in this: this is another compromised, sweet kriek in all respects, though admittedly it has retained a certain, albeit wafer thin lambic character - making it fall between two chairs, as the French say: true lambic afficionados will not like this, and the less discriminating sweet kriek consumer will find it a bit odd and not sweet enough, I’m afraid. Drinkable alright, but redundant and far less ’retro’ or ’Breugheliaans’ than the label wants you to believe, this is just another ’industrial’ kriek in disguise, filtered, sugared, pasteurised and ’lemonised’ with ascorbic acid (always a horrific thing in beer), but still a slightly better option than the Timmermans Tradition Kriek Lambic and certainly that awfully sweet Timms Kriek.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Woc (69) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2015
Slightly strange aroma. Not sensing any cherries. Lovely color, reddish but still a beer, head is almost white. There is almost no sparkle in the glass but you can feel it nicely on the tongue. It does have a typical Timmermans´ slightly sour taste. Not bad, not too sweet, not too sour but I would appreciate a bit more taste of cherries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bursprak (1562) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2015
Corked and caged bottle. Slightly dirty reddish pour with a off white head. Sweet artificial cherries, apple juice, raspberries, syrupy. Quite sweet and artificial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1159) - LATVIA - JAN 31, 2015
Red clear with small fastly disappearing pink head. Sour, bit cherry aroma. Sour cherry taste, some sweetness in background, also typical lambic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (713) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2014
Ruby coloured beer with a small off white head. Aroma is slightly sweet and acidic. Flavour starts of sweet and finishes sour. A bit watery. (Corked bottle 37,5cl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10914) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcberko (10556) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AtronSeige (1038) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Renobob (1333) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 37,5cl. Peu sucrée, acidité modérée, saveurs fruits rouge. Finale plutôt désagréable sur l'amère.

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