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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 136
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 62
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008

5-6% ABV
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Photo of megahurts4
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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

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Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +10.3%
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 +10%
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 +10%
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 Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +7.8%
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 +6.6%
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 +6.6%
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 Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.1%
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.


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Photo of atis
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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 HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml serving, # 05557, bottled 21/12/06.
Enjoyed at age one and a half thanks to the man who shared it, swoopjones!

Big bubbles comprise the pink, rosy head. The body is red with a blistered rose coloured center. It has a beautiful but brittle glow that only works at certain angles. Without the shine, away from the light, it resembles a little more a clamato drink with a deep set blood red stain.

The aroma is moderately sour with a light pungency. It is bursting at the seams with cherries; notes of both tart, whole fruit as well as the artificial candy syrup. Rene's Kriek is certainly in a different league than Lindemans super sweet common commercial lineup - this is a more traditionally authentic styled lambic.

The taste is a desired blend of souring malt vinegar and tart ripening fruit. 'Horsefunk meets cherry juice' and it couldn't taste much better! The cherry flavour seems more like a juice at times and still isn't as authentically whole-fruit tasting as other top notch Krieks. Fortunately though, Lindemans has steered away from the excessive sweetness and started to delve into the more sensuous world of sour. It suits them, and me, quite well.

The mouthfeel has the authentic lambic pucker to it and the cherries leave a sweet, sugary sensation on the lips after every sip. It is sweet and juicy with light lingering funk. This is what you expect, and want, from your Kriek.

Despite having only positive things to say about it, I found Lindemans Kriek Cuvee Rene to fall slightly short of what Belgium's other traditional lambic artisans offer. While this was a wonderful departure from what they normally make, I'd still prefer Lindemans for the sweetened stuff, and say, Drie Fonteinen for the more traditional style.

That said, this was most definitely a treat and something well worth considering to order ... that is if you are ever fortunate enough to find yourself able to!

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An oddity but a surprisingly good beer. Beer poured into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is pink and hazy with a nice head of medium bubbles and moderate carbonation, no real lacing.

Aroma is a little sulfury and tart, the cherry comes through in the nose, smells pretty good.

Beer is tart and highly carbonated in the mouth, I like it. The cherry flavors are not sweet but they are pronounced in the corners of my mouth through the puckering of the beer. The finish is dry and the beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage bottle.

Pours a blood ruby color with a pink fluffy head that fades quickly (sounding like alka seltzer in water) leaving no lacing around the glass.

Smell is that familiar lambic musty smell with a sweet faint hint of cherries.

Taste is quite tart. Has a fair amount of carbonation that persist. After a few drinks I can lick my lips and taste lemon juice. Sour cherries come in toward the end of the beer, but the cherry flavor isn't overpowering. Very tart and dry.

In my experience most of Lindemans beers are to sweet and watery but this is a great example of the style that I would rank up there with Cantillon. I like it!

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Photo of Scriba
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2008, sampled August 2009

Bought last year, but of some reason it got left behind all the other beers in the kitchen cabinet.

A: This beer is red/violet with a pink head that disappears in seconds (leaving only a thin lid). The liquid is clear but hard to se through.

S: Horse blanket and other lambic aromas compete with the cherry.

T: Not only the taste of an unsweeted kriek. I also taste ripe fruits and grass. It's dry (sour) and vinous. Very complex and very good.

M: Light bodied with medium CO2.

D: This beer was perfect a warm summer evening.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratebeer Winter Gathering.

A: Pours a reddish pink hue with a nice tall off white head. Okay retention with no lace.

S: Aromas of lightly tart cherries, musty oak, red wine, and hints of cheese.

T: Lightly sweet and sour. Nice dose of wood as well. There are hints of raspberries and cherries. Lightly acidic with hints of vinegar and light funky cheese.

M: Lighter in body, zippy carbonation.

D: Good probably the tastiest thing I have ever had from these guys.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a rather dark red color with a pinkish head that dies down rather quickly, leaving only the quite impressive looking beer in the glass alone.

S: A definite cherry aroma, as you would hope for in a kriek. The tartness is there as well, nicely lactic without any vinegar and a fairly pronounced funk.

T: The overall fruitiness of this beer is quite excellent. Not only cherries, but some miscellaneous berry notes and a wonderful fruit skin flavor. Good lactic tartness along with the same funk from the nose, slightly sweaty and woody.

M: The body is on the lighter end of medium with a rolling carbonation that persists on the tongue. Very enjoyable.

D: I like this one better than the Cuvee Rene Gueuze, and I only wish they would sell this beer here in the US! A very nice (and well balanced) kriek.

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Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant deep purple with an amazing violet head. Reasonable retention for style dissipating to a persistent mousse. Lovely.

Barnyard brett funk hits straight up. A light berry like fruit lingers in the background without really making itself be known. It would be nice for the cherries to play a greater role here.

Good cherry up front which flows through the mid and back palates. Strong, grippy acidity in the back of the mouth really tells you that this is a lambic. Low level barnyard character and a very light sweetness also play a part. Very good.

Full mouthfeel despite the low to medium body. Puckering tartness and lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is good for a sour with a light residual sweetness cutting nicely and there being lots of flavour. A good beer, especially for the price.

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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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