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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Kriek Cuvée René
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
5-7% ABV

Added by Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good beer that most would be think twice about. Tell you what, keep thinking, I'll buy it all. Way more approachable than most cherry sours, no medicinal notes at all. More like a cherry on top of a tart cheesecake.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: 8/12/15. 7% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark crimson red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sour with cherry, cherry juice, funk, must, barnyard, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, funk, must, barnyard, earth, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic sour cherry and funk qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to alcstradamus for sharing this with me while waiting in line at DD. Poured from a bottle into my tulip.

A: Dark blood red hue. Tiny wisp of bright pink head. No lace.

S: Huge tart cherry nose. Just a bit of funk. There's a strange spice I can't put my finger on. The closest thing I could think of was taco seasoning. Not bad just weird.

T: Pure tart cherry juice. I just came back from Door County and they would be proud of this beer. Just smooth tart cherries all the way.

M: Medium to light body. Starts thin but has a bubbly finish on the way down.

D: Super tasty and drinkable. I wish they distributed this in America. I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this one and dumped it into a few peoples glasses while waiting in line at Darkness Day.

The pour was a stunning crimson color. The deepest hue of any Oude Kriek I have ever seen.

The aroma is lightly tart cherry with notes of apple skin and pear.

The flavor is spectacular. Huge cherry tartness, perfect amount of sour for the style. Oak and nuttiness underneath it all. Not very complex, but I don't expect much else for a kriek really.

The body is medium and carbonation is low and perfect.

This is just an incredible beer and is possibly the best Kriek I have had other than Cantillon Lou Pepe. Why in the hell is this not imported? I would stuff my cellar with it if it was financially feasible.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red with a pink fizzy head.

Aroma: dark cherries, almost smells like chocolate covered cherries (cordials). Floral. Funky.

Taste: dry, bubbly champagne like mouthfeel.
Tart and sour cherries.

Delicious and incredibly easy to drink, too easy.

Getting oak now that its warming up.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed some of this at a recent tasting. poured close to cellar temp in a snifter.

A medium red cough syrup color with decent clarity and faint pink hue in the foam. The smell is very fruity with some sour elements and mild cherry odor with a light yeasty lactic element. The feel is very acidic and dry, yet highly carbonated and puckering with some of that cherry skin astringency.

The tast is very good with dry malt and yeast giving the sourness with a acidic cherry juice element complimenting but the overall flavor is crisp with the carbonation it seem almost spicy with lasting sour and astringent qualities lingering on the palate. I am not sure I could drink much of this, but I was impressed that Lindemans can deliver a quality Lambic like this especially since most of us only know them for the overly sweet fruit lambics.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of seaoflament
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember who brought this one, I think it was Ryan again, thanks for the opportunity to try this beer from my wants! Shared at the Stone Sour Fest 09.

The color was a violet and dark black cherry color, fizzy head on top that doesn't retain too long.

Sweet and tart cherries on the nose, hay, acidity, lemons, cherry jam, caramel, and a bit of a sweet butter aroma.

The taste was very good, probably the best commercially available Lindemans. Acidic and sour cherries with a bit of cheese mid-way, very dry finish with some lemons. High carbonation that works well with the beer. Easy to drink, not too acidic on the stomach. Would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours Rudy red with a fizzy somewhat fluffy pink head. Load of berry aromas with hints of raspberry but mainly the sour cherry and the acidic malt. Flavor has loads of sour pie cherries forward with a nicely balanced lactic sour presence. Excellent balance and the fruit come out more as it warms. Light crisp refreshing and tart.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark reddish brown with a thin, yet lasting pink head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell: Wild cherry flesh, tart raspberries, sour milk, faint earth and mildew, perhaps some crab apple.

Taste: Wild sour cherries, raspberry yogurt, crab apples, curdled milk, lemon peel, lemon Warhead candy, mildew, Provolone cheese, beet sugar.

Feel: Medium to medium light body, lively, snappy carbonation, lingering astringency/dryness and a lingering sourness that keeps you puckering.

Overall: This is excellent! The smell alone made my mouth water and I can't set the glass down. I love it!

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Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice little pink head!?!?! ;)
Dark red body.
Wonderful cherry nose.
Taste follows nose with a very nice sourness; not too sour, almost perfect balance between fruit and sourness.
Nice mouthfeel and overall, I will buy a few more, thank you!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is so good! Spritzy, airy and tart it holds a natural cherry sweetness. The flavor is not too tart and appropriately sweet. There's a bit of mineral and champagne while keeping a dessert like quality.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep bright red color lambic with a large pink foamy head with good retention and some good lacing as well. Aroma of tart cherries is overwhelming and quite enjoyable, light sweet touch is definitely natural and not from sugar added to the mix. Taste is also a dominant mix of very tart cherry with a refreshing zest and a lightly sweet finish. Oak and light funky barnyard notes are also noticeable though very hard to decipher. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well done overall and as good as some of the most famous traditional lambic kriek producer.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a flute

A- A deep ruby red with a pink head.

S- Sweet and sour cherries, nice musty funk, some oak. Reminds me of cherry pie.

T- Sour, lemons, cherries, some funk, faint oak.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A well done lambic, definitely no sugar added. Love this, great deal and I hope it becomes as easy to find as Cuvée René Gueuze

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditmier cracked this right after the Lou Pepe Kriek... I am still amazed that I was able to enjoy this brew with a bunch of pours... Thanks a ton Eric!!

Deep pink head.. the brew looks like cherry soda..

Dark sweet cherries are out front in the nose with a domineering and pretty gueuze like funk that is pretty enveloping.. I said "cheesy" ... Sam said "foot funk".. I think he hit it on the head... tons of fruit, but the lambic characteristics remind me of nasty/stinky wool socks.

Flavor begins with the gueuze notes and melt into tart cherries.. very very lactic.. deep and dank.. bits of oak showed on later pours... and some acetic qualities open up too.

The body was a bit heavier than the Cantillon... and the carbonation was a bit less.. but I was way more impressed with this bottle than I was expecting.

Eric.. seriously props for this one... I had been eying it for a while, but had no idea how to go about scoring it.... You're a good man.

3.5/4.5/4.5/4/4

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant reddish ruby hue, white head with a champagne like crackling fades quickly. Aroma has the funky almost cheesey Lindemans bugs, definitely sour and acetic in the nose. Flavor follows suit with lemon rind, vinegar, cheese and a tart cherry finish. This is much closer to a fruited gueze than any type of framboise, sweet fruit lambic. Medium bodied with champagne like feel. A fine product that showcases the bugs of Belgium.

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Photo of atis
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2007, sampled 2010

Pours dark red with large and effervescent red head that slowly fades to red patchy layer at the top, excellent retention for Lambic beer. Aroma is funky faint and tart cherry, hints of sweetness.

Taste is mild sour cherries mostly with some bits of barnyard, medium dry-finish and very long lasting juicy cherries. It is not as tart as I expected, but just a little bit more of sweetness would be too much.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate or slightly above moderate carbonation. Drinkabilitry is amazing, I am sure I have never before had so refreshing beer, I was not at all thirsty, but it went down way too fast. Amazing, I would have never expected something so good from Lindemans.

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Photo of Overlord
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a purplish bright red color with a pink, frothy head. Interesting. This is Lindemans?

Smells like raw tart sour cherries. Wow, what a bracingly fresh aroma. Not a hint of sweetness in here, just cherry skins and acid cherry slurry. This is Lindemans?

Tastes like raw acetic fruit cherry acid mixed with a bit of oak/wood and a hint, just a hint, of light funk. Not a particularly funky brew, but that little bit of musty barnyard-ness does make it more complex than expected. This is Lindemans?

Very nice lively mouthfeel. Well carbonated. A bit palate wearying. This is Lindemans?

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Photo of mctizzz
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was never distributed to my area, luckily someone was cool enough to send me a couple bottles.

Pours blood red, smells like tart cranberries, taste is much the same, mouth feel is thick for the style. Good, not great, looking forward to seeing how this develops with a year+.

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