Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Kriek Cuvée René
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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 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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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 Ri0
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 750ml into diVino glass. Deep shade of crimson/pink that is transparent. A thick light pink head forms and quickly fizzes away into collar along with spotty lacing on the glass. A very pleasant fragrance of fresh tart cherry along with a musty and oaky aroma. Funk is light as are any vinegar notes. Starts off with a tart cherry juice flavor and is not too sour. A bit of funk and mustiness comes through as well as a bit of oakiness. Not much in the way of sour vinegar. Very light in feel and carbonation. Refreshing and tart with a slow palate drying effect. A nice affordable shelf Kriek (no need to fly all the way to Belgium). I'll be picking up a few more for the cellar.

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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 PatrickCT
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split between two tulips.

a: Ruby red body, mostly opaque. 1 finger light pink head fizzes away leaving faint, slippery lace that slided down the glass into a ring around the edges.

s: Tart cherries and cranberry. Slight musty woodiness.

t: Tart cherry, puckering raw cranberry juice, light oak touch in the middle mingle with a brief cherry sweetness, a touch of spice and vinegar in the finish.

mf: Lighter in body with ample carbonation, carrying the oak and spicy yeast up to meet the sour cherry that dominates. Very well balanced.

o: Give this beer a chance to come up to temp to better enjoy the multiple layers of cherry that the beer offers.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Pours dark ruby red with a quickly fizzling pinkish-purple head. Cherry pie in the nose with barnyard funk and a hint of balsamic in the back. Medium bodied and a bit jammy but crisp. Ripe cherries on the palate with a lemony tartness. Sharp, dry, and chock full of cherries. Finishes with lingering cherries and a bracing tartness.

Great beer! I hope Lindemans continues to release other authentic Lambics.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red hue with a haze-free body and a finger of frothy pink foam. Cherry-tastic!

Smell: rich cherry aroma with a nice tartness and a nice earthy character underneath. A bit sweet, but less so than I was anticipating.

Taste: very tart right up front followed by a nice cherry character and then a tartish, sweetish finish. Again, not as sweet as I was expecting. Very tart and fruity, this is one tasty kriek.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big carbonation and a very nice creaminess.

Overall: I really like this beer. I like cherry beers in general, and this one did not disappoint!

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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 emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep crimson color, pinkish foam that sizzles and fades to a thin broken surface skim.
Frothy lacing around the edges, jewel tone clarity.

Aroma is intense and full of cherries, cherry pie, almond, maybe a hint of cinnamon from the pits.
As it warms up there's a nice funky barrel aroma. Taste is moderately tart and nicely puckering, juicy cherries and a tiny bit of wet hay funk. The finish is slightly abrupt and fleeting. Well carbed, crisp and bone dry.

Overall a great Oude Kriek, it's tasty and the price can't be beat. Unsure how much oude lambic is in the mix, their website says 6 months in a foeder, which isn't so "oude". Glad they finally decided to export it to the US, it's long overdue.

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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 BradtheGreat7
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large dark green bottle with a beautiful classic label of red. Poured quite nice with a dark cherry red hue and a riviera pink head. Hints of their traditional kriek with lush cherry tartness but with some added funk. Drinks a bit bigger than the regular Kriek, but surprisingly well balanced for a sour ale. A nice after dinner ale with enough funk paired with the usual cherry tart. Superb kriek!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent value option here, so great to have it in the states now. I admit that kriek is not my favorite type of lambic, so perhaps I'm not as discerning between breweries/blenders, but I think this compares favorably indeed with 3F and Cantillon, lacking some of that musty funk you find in the best versions but showcasing the cherries awfully well and giving just enough intrigue of funk/oak/must to tie it all together. Deep, dark cherry red on the pour, a fizz of pinkish foam that dissipates quickly. Cherries for sure on the nose, mixing with the oak and funk to give it some depth, an almost floral tone, and hints of other berries. Tart acidic notes in there too, light but present. Palate is similar, no shortage of tartness, cherries up front as well. Again, overall, this is very well done rendition of kriek lambic. You might not love it more than your favorite iterations, but I highly doubt you'd be sad to find this in your fridge. And to get this for $10-$12 a 750ml? No brainer.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red with a pink head that quickly dissipates
S: Earthy Brett, hay, tart cherry, plastic, sweet cherry, lactic, apricot
T: Sour cherry, earthy Brett, lemon, funky, light sweetness, lactic, stone fruit
M: Effervescent medium-high carbonation
O: For $10.99 this is a great deal for what seems like a great representation of a Kriek

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Randomly came across this at my local Binny's, jumped at the chance to try something I remember being fairly well-regarded. Let's do this: It pours a clear classic ruby topped by a finger of short-lived pink foam. The nose comprises sweet cherries, Luden's style, backed by a faint wisp of vague tartness. The taste definitely ups the tart ante, mostly in the direction of malt vinegar and sour cranberries, with plenty of wild cherry rockin' that funky music, white boy, to keep everybody groovin' all night. Or at least until the bottle is empty, anyway. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, a very tasty cherry sour, one that has plenty of both fruit and tartness, neither gaining a winning edge over the other by any spectacular margin. Good times.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped and corked bottle, bottled 12 AUG 2015. Served in a Prairie lambic tumbler glass, the beer pours a dark red color with about an inch pink head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, the brew smells like tart cherries, green apples and lemon peel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some vinegar, oak, grainy malt and earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, there's a good amount of fruity and tart flavors. It's also easy and enjoyable to drink, I'd buy this again! $12.99 a bottle.

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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 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 DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad this finally made it stateside! Bottled Aug 2015, $12/750 from New Seasons.

Pouring a deep red with a pink head that falls off leaving no lacing, this looks solid.The nose has a pronounced cherry character with some skin and minimal pit. A little bit on the fruity side, rather than the leathery note that other krieks have. The base lambic is also particularly lemony and piquant, making this quite tasty. Funk is minimal, the focus here is the sour cherry and the lambic. The sour cherry character is quite intense with the focus being primarily the sourness with the cherry aspect secondary. A little bit of hay is present. The finish is long and sour with some oak tannins and lactic acid. Refreshing.

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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 Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and capped bottle of the 2012 bottling. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Pours a dark ruby red body, two finger white head, good retention and no lacing. Smells of tart cherry, cobweb, moderate funk, oak, a bit of wheat, moderate acetic acidity. A bit of red vinous character as well. Flavour is oak, funk, moderate tart cherry that isn't jam-like but rather more of the essence rather than juice. Moderately acidic, good complexity, nice drying finish with a medium body and good carbonation. It has plenty of character and doesn't punish you with unrelenting sourness yet has much less sweetness than the artificially sweetened version. This isn't as competitive with other well-renowned Krieks like Cuvee Rene compares versus well-renowned Gueuzes, but this is certainly a nice Kriek to open in a pinch.

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Photo of popery
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. The beer is a deep magenta-red color with a fizzy pink head. The bubbles dissipate fairly quickly. The liquid is dark and clouded over. The aroma is cherries, lemons and light lambic funk. There’s a mild medicinal notes, and it shows a touch of age. The fruit is mostly sour cherry goodness, but there are shades of berries and grapes to it. Little bit of sourness comes through. The funk is pretty much in line with Gueuze Cuvée René, light and gentle but packs some delicate depth. Taste is rather tart. Some sour cherries but more lemon peel and sour grapes. Just a touch of fruit sweetness initially. Dry finish. Plenty of pucker. Some body to it. Fairly effervescent. Solid kriek. I wouldn’t mind seeing bottles on local shelves.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, burgundy color with pink head. Aroma has intense, dark cherries and some farmhouse funk. Taste starts with intense sourness and good fruit character. Body is medium and is really well carbonated. Overall this is a very legit fruit lambic which is also very accessible.

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Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of admiral
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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