Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Woc (66) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked and caged bottle. Slightly dirty reddish pour with a off white head. Sweet artificial cherries, apple juice, raspberries, syrupy. Quite sweet and artificial.
Alusmamuts (1121) - LATVIA - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red clear with small fastly disappearing pink head. Sour, bit cherry aroma. Sour cherry taste, some sweetness in background, also typical lambic notes.
Sten (710) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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)
Bov (10771) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
mcberko (10071) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
AtronSeige (1013) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 22, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
Renobob (1285) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bue en bouteille de 37,5cl. Peu sucrée, acidité modérée, saveurs fruits rouge. Finale plutôt désagréable sur l'amère.
tderoeck (6667) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...