Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008

5-6% ABV
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 54
Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2011-2012 on the label, poured into a stemless wine glass. Enjoyed on 4.11.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.


The beer pours a nice blood red color, hues of of ruby and garnet, nice opacity with a light layer of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. A pinkish head appears, nice retention but minimal lace. The aroma is really great, loads of tart, juicy cherries, light lemon peel, cheesy funk, straw with oak that lingers well. Simple, but fantastic cherry character. The flavors are nice, dry tart cherries, barnyard funk, straw, crusty malt, earthy oak, light lemon peel, but there is a distinctive gueuze undertone here, rather than just a simple lambic base. The mouthfeel is crisp, coating, dry, moderate carbonation with a light and soft finish.


Verdict: A nice Kriek from Lindemans, I liked the distinctive gueuziness on the tongue a lot, but I wish the cherry profile was juicier like the aroma, comes across as really dry and a bit stale. It's simple, but very nice, definitely an impressive offering from Lindemans and the nose is worth the price of admission alone.

Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - your attractive label caught my eye at Plonk! and now I have what I hope will be a decent Kriek because it has been a while since I've had one. Kriek's (cherry lambic beers) have a habit of being too cherry-syrup or cough medicine flavoured. The good ones however lend a dark sour cherry complexity to the sweetness, well time to find out where Lindemans stands.

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: A pleasing cloudy ruby body with a ring of pink lace around the glass, looks like any good, no - great Kriek.

S: Dark sour Morello cherries, powdered sugar, sourdough yeast and a hint of cherry candy. Overall it presents a fine aroma and I for one am savouring that first sip.

T: Holy astringency! This is one mouth puckering Kriek. Notes of Morello/cherry candy merge together with that sourdough yeast and lemon zest then finishes dry... oh yeah, and sour, so very very sour. If I'm being honest it is a bit too sour - the sourness is drowning out much else.

M: Mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation. It's also a tad gassy for the style.

D: This is one sour fellow. For the first time in a while I had difficulty polishing off a bottle. At the same time I can appreciate the effort and skill that went in to brewing this lambic. Maybe I will reassess this brew later on when I get more used to sour lambics, for now it's a slight disappointment for me.

Food match: Sharp cheeses and bold game meats are the best adversary for this lambic.

Photo of admiral
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, full of flavour: a rare but relatively inexpensive, treat.

aroma: wood/oak predominate with cherry and hints of barnyard and vinegar/wine/sourness

taste: oak and spice to the fore accompanied by cherry, balsamic vinegar, slight red wine and a pleasant sourness/tartness. Very nice woody aftertaste.

beautifully crafted and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of heygeebee
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - cherry red with a moderate good-looking head that fades quickly. Little lace.

S - barnyard, sour, vinegar, cherry menthol.

T - much more sour than nose suggests. Cherries, sour, vinegar all wrapped up in a zesty finish.

M - nice n lively but carbonation is quite soft in feel.

O - have had Lindemans Gueuze which is more entry level, this is a sourer and more traditional beer in many ways. Solid effort and I do not prefer Kriek as a style.

Photo of 77black_ships
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl. bottle procured from Delhaize. Def. cheaper than other 75 cl. fruit lambic’s. 2012 Vintage. Bottle # 316. Even if they are numbered, I can always find these in the supermarket. Pours a dark kriek colour, instantly gone pink head. Nose is huge on kriek’s, very juicy, almost pure juice, slight sourness that is present in the actual fruit, some kriek pits, the fruit skins. Taste is metallic kriek juice, light Gluhwine spices, bit mouldy, touch bitter, strong kriek skins, bitter mouldy, slight hint of cork, slight bitter metal, very faint minerals. Really dries out the mouth, touch watery & high carb. Good on its own but feels like a poor substitute to Cantillon Kriek. I am willing to pay the 2.3 € in order to get the upgrade. If you cannot pick up De Cam, Cantilon, 3F or similar fare, this is not a bad alternative.

Photo of Jonada
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottled June 2012. 6.5% ABV. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blood red color with 2+ fingers of a pink head. Body is nearly opaque with only a small amount of light getting through. Good head retention.

Smell: Sour cherry, barnyard, some light basement notes, and earth. Nice aroma, but perhaps a bit weak.

Taste: WOW. Huge mouth puckering sourness, caught me a bit off guard considering the fairly mild aroma. Big sour cherry flavor, funk and some oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Long lingering sour finish.

Overall: Really good kriek. Not the greatest I've ever had, leaps and bounds better than any other Lindemans fruit lambic. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick dark pink color similar to what I would picture raspberry juice to look like. Fizzy white/light pink head was short-lived and faded into nothingness almost instantly.
S: Super sweet cherry and raspberry fruit notes with a good dose of funky earth and sweat. Not cloying smelling but candied sugar is noticeable.
T: Tastes sweeter than the nose let on. The sweetness is almost candy-like, but there is thankful a good deal of earthy, must, dirt, and sweaty funk to help balance it. Fruit flavors boarder on syrup, and I can’t get the thought of Jolly Ranchers dropped in the dirt on a farm out of my head.
M: Lots of carbonation dances on my tongue over the medium body and sweet mouthfeel.
O: Despite my description everything that was described was in a good way. This was better than I expected. I knew it was going to be sweet due to the brand, but despite its sugariness I’d say this is the least sweet and most funky and most sour Lindeman’s I've had.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the unavailable in 'Murrca surprise! Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a dark plum color with a shit ton of ugly sediment floating about. The head is an awful looking lavender film floating on top of the brew with big bubbles and general ugliness.

S: Very earthy, to the point of being 'dirty' smelling, almost even fungal. Light cherries and acetic tartness comes through in a timid manner.

T: It's far more tart in the flavor profile. This one starts with cherries briefly - then BOOM! Acetic, vinegary sourness bombards the palate - I'd reckon the balance is 85% tart, 15% sweet cherries. More of the earthy qualities from the aroma appear later on to finish the brew off. Shame it came after three excellent gueuzes, because this one really spoke to my sour tastebuds very well. It just couldn't measure up regardless.

But compared to the fruity, Arbor Mist-esque (artificial) sugar bombs Lindemans is wont to creating, this is a damn godsend.

M: Not as dry as the gueuzes I just sampled - but just as tannic, if not moreso. As such, it comes across a little harshly. If anything, aging this should give it a more delicate subtlety to the palate qualities.

O: I love the sourness this is providing. If I didn't just have a trio of quality gueuzes, this would probably score a little higher, as unfair as it sounds. A year of age should round out some of its rough edges a touch.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep red color with a pink fizzy head on top that reduces rather quickly and leaves behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: A lot more barnyard/musty aroma than I expected. This is mixed with a good amount of sweet cherries along with a faint tartness.

T: Very similar to the aroma, plenty of barnyard flavor along with cherries, oak, and a slight acetic/vinegar flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, bubbles tend to pop on the tongue.

O: The best beer I have had from Lindemans, a bit mustier than most Krieks I have had, but it is easy drinking with a good flavor profile.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

255th Review
75cl bottle poured into stemmed Cantillon tulip
Vintage: 2009
Bottle No.: 22686

A: Pours a deep cherry burgundy. Quarter (foamy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of dark cherry, funk, and touch of sweetness. Oak notes as well, but mostly cherry here.

T: Mostly cherry here with touch of oak. Nice balance of sweet and funk sour along with appropiate acidity. Enjoyable!

M: Medium bodied with appropriate (soft) carbonation.

O: A very well rounded and complete kriek lambic. Tasty and thoroughly enjoyable!

Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/23/2012

2008 vintage poured into a snifter. Thanks!

Deep magenta with a big pink head. Great looking beer. Strong woody aroma with killer flesh and pit cherry notes. Smells great, not unlike cherry pie. Restrained barnyard and leather notes with evident oak. The fruit is the main attraction here. The flavor is tart and tannic with a moderate lactic sourness and an authentic and strong cherry skin presence. Dry, tannic, piquant finish with a mild acetic acidity. The beer is lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation. Overall, a really nice Kriek.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark redish orange with a skummy bubbly white head. Very old dry musky funk strong up front, a bit dusty and some light cherry notes balancing in back. The taste is much sweeter than the nose. The funk is light and what is there is dusty. The cherries are much stronger, there is a light hop bittereness in the finish and fairly sour. Light body, a bit syrupy, lighter carb than I'd like.

Photo of woosterbill
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sharing this Europe-only treat.

A: Pours a deep, deep crimson body with an inch of frothy pink head that disappears quickly and completely. Big points for the deep, rich color, but I wish the head weren't so transient.

S: Intensely deep black cherry - far more tannic and bittersweet than the cherry aroma seems in most Krieks. Juicy, yet not as sweet; more skin. There's a touch of grassy funk and straight acidity complimenting the fruity, but the juicy dark cherry is the star. Terrific.

T: Sour and bitter, with tannic cherry skin dominating everything else. Some tart grapefruity citrus toward the long, bitter finish. Ok, but disappointing compared to the aroma.

M: Prickly, lively, a little sticky. Ok.

O: I've been wanting to try this one for a long time, but somehow didn't get around to it on either of my trips to Belgium. It didn't disappoint, especially in the aroma department - I've never experienced a Kriek that displayed quite this depth of cherry essence. Many have been more intense, more juicy, more ripe - but never as deep and dark and mysterious. The flavor didn't quite measure up, but overall it was still an extremely enjoyable Lambic. I wish they exported it!

Cheers!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Plonk in Canberra. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep curranty red colour, with a sudsy, but ultimately rather filmy head of pinkish foam. Body is light, but supports what it's going for. It's not a huge looking beer, but it's solid for the style.

Nose tends towards the sweet fruit, with some crushed berry character mixing with the tart cherry aroma, but very little actual lambic acidity. Overall, it's a little flat and dead, with the lambic notes only providing a reprovatory hint rather than the basis of the beer.

Taste is similar, in that it feels flatter than it would have had it gone all out. There's still a pronounced and rather crisp cherry tartness on the palate, but there's not a lot of genuine lambic acidity, or else an acquiescent sweetness. It's a shame, because as a result it feels sort of half way—it can't be bothered throwing its cap in with the true lambics, but it also can't accept its true calling as a pseudo alco-pop.

I'm disappointed in this brew overall. I feel as though it doesn't go the full distance either way. It genuinely has the fundamentals to be a good kriek, but it holds back on fully expressing itself, and ends up a middle-of-the-road curiosity.

Photo of ShanePB
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, 750 ml bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Deep ruby red with a soft pink fluffy, soapy head. No lacing on the glass, though there was a nice retention cap and a few quick swirls brought back the highly effervescent nature of the beer. Really nice for a Kriek.

S: Big cherry, funk, sweet ripened red fruit and fruit juice. It doesn't smell "artificial" most likely because this is not sweetened like their regular Kriek is. Very natural and classic.

T: Mmm, delicious. Big red cherries, oak, balanced tartness with a slight acidic component. A bit of funk and strawberry perhaps towards the back end. It's not really sweet per se, but the cherries definitely give the beer a natural sweetness, though the tartness balances it out nicely.

M: Highly carbonated (the cork rocketed out of the bottle), with a smooth feel from all the bubbles. Not sticky or dry like some can be, really well done.

This was simply wonderful. By far my favorite beer Lindemans puts out, and it's a shame this is unavailable here in the USA. I would buy and drink this all the time if I could, but when I order from Belgium, this will always be in my shipment. Great stuff here.

Photo of megahurts4
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lindemans Kriek Cuvee Rene

Appearance: purple-red, small dissipating head, and no lace.

Smell: funky lambic and cherries.

Taste: tart fresh cherries and a malty lambic tone.

Mouthfeel: medium and tart.

Overall:
This is a very nice kriek. The lambic flavor in the undertone is wonderful.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Red blood. Pronounced nose of sweet cherries and juicy. On the palate, this key and vinous acid at a time - characteristic of good lambics - continues to be accompanied by many tannins.

Unfortunately, cherries seem a little too present and the acidity of lambic has a slightly too strong - too much to stomach - which prevents it from reaching the heights occupied by models more balanced and tasty.

Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Oct 2010.

(A)- Pours a deep plum color. Produced a good pink head that dissipated to a cap of froth. Some lace. Very dark, rich color.

(S)- A nice ripe and juicy cherry pie oak. Bits of currants or something too. A nice acidic tartness. Very clean smelling.

(T)- Oh, nice and acidic sourness with some dry oak up front. The fruit is there, but in the background with a hefty acidity attached to them. Not very funky, but there's some lactic bits in there.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great balance of sour acidity, oak, and ripe fruits; awesome!

(D)- Regular Cuvee Renee is a good gueuze for the money, but this definitely has that beat and is an excellent kriek. I cannot believe this is not imported over here in the states! A big acidity, but has good fruits and oak to back it up. Perhaps Lindeman's best beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with myself and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings. 2009 Vintage, Bottle in 2010. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured blood red with a two finger pink head that subsided to a very minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, cherry, raspberry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, cherry, raspberry, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. One of the best offerings from Lindemans I have had thus far. The berry aspect of this one mixed REALLY well with the sour/tart/funk notes in this one making it enjoyable. With the low ABV it was very easy drinking, but I could see it getting old after a little while however. I would love to have this one again however to test the previous theory though.

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Sean - didn't catch the vintage. Served in a Jester King snifter.

A - A finger-plus of pinkish foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving minimal lace. Dark reddish pink body.

S - Tart cherries, funk, pie crust malt, some lactic sourness, and more farmy and musty funk. Definitely a rotting overripe fruit character than an acidic sour one.

T - Taste has significantly more acetobacter and balsamic vinegar character. Tart cherries are again at the forefront, and there's a lemon and light oak finish. Not as funky as the aroma, but good in a different way.

M - Tart, dry, medium-light body, and medium-low carbonation that seems a tad low for the style. Lots of residual tooth-coating resins.

D - This stuff is quite good. I would purchase it if it were available in the US at Cuvée René prices. I was sad that the bottle was split three ways.

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared with friends into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours ruby red, thick collar, thin filmy cap.

S - Huge sour cherries, huge funk, sour, tart. Lots of sour cherries and big on the sour and tart notes. Very very funky with lots of barn. Very musty and funky, feet, socks. Whew, so good!

T - Big funk barnyard, sour cherries, big fruity tartness. Really mouth-puckering and dry fruity notes. Very acetic, huge tart, lots of sour.

M - Light, spritzy carbonation, dry cherry finish.

O - A wonderful kriek that I'd rank up top amongst Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Would love to have again, although not being distributed to the US hurts this chance. Def give a try!

Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A ruby red colored beer with a small white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Really funky smelling beer with some nice tart cherries and some horseblanket and hay.

T - Really nice and super tart cherry taste. Pretty mouth puckering with awesome funk. Great rating and not too sweet.

M - Smooth, dry finish, soft carbonation.

O - Really nice beer that was great for sour lovers. Recommended.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jerriko for trading me this, I've wanted this forever! Poured into two belgian tumblers this was bright reddish-pink with a good foamy head. Smell is cherries and a little old lambic, definitely not your average Lindeman's but you knew that didn't you? I was expecting the flavor to be Cuvee Rene Gueuze plus cherries but this is slightly different. The cherries were full and the beer was sour but very easy to drink. This was probably one of the better krieks I've had right behind Lou Pepe.

Photo of johnbjaeger
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got this in a particularly generous box from Mr. Doopiedoopiedoo. Not a ton of carbonation here, but I'm okay with that. It looks like something I want to drink and smells like a sweaty ballsack. Now, to be perfectly fair, I think a lot of higher end lambics from the Belgium smell somewhere between sweaty ballsack and infected foot. I get past it pretty easily because this thing is tasty business. Nice and tickly on the tongue, this has a musty old cherry taste with a fair amount of sour. It really sounds like I hate this, but I really really enjoy it and I wouldn't say no to another bottle. Really. In fact, I may have to go searching for another one.

While I drink this I am watching House Hunters International and thinking, "yeah, I could probably find something to do in Belgium..."

Photo of rarbring
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy ruby red brew, a pale pink head, very small and quickly disappearing.

The smell is interesting, stable, earth, cherries, yeast and wet wood.

Tasting fruity, bitter cherries and sour rhubarbs. Not sweet at all.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a coarse feeling, a small body but a sour freshness.

Not dull at all, a bit uneven, but feels authentic

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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.