Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans
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3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
07-06-2014 05:46:18 | More by doktorhops
4.16/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-30-2014 10:47:47 | More by admiral
3.99/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
12-28-2013 09:08:58 | More by heygeebee
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-23-2013 11:15:08 | More by 77black_ships
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
10-07-2013 04:44:31 | More by Jonada
Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.