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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 56
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
5-6% ABV

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008)
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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green cork and caged 0.75 litre 2007 bottle.

The colour was a true Victoria Plum purple, the beer produced a purple/grey collar too.

The aromas given off were plentiful, cherries, sweet cherries, Bakewell Tarts and mens groins!

The taste was of sour, oh so sour old cherries, it was vinergarous and difficult to drink in more than a small sip at a time.

By the end of the tasting I had a pain behind my ears, the sort you get from trying to blow up ballons. That can't be right can it? This was one of the most acidic drinks I've ever had. I have tried to score according to style (with a personal slant on it)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Insane un-oxidized blood red color that sits devilishly still in my glass with an impressive lacing. Deep syrupy black cherry bouquet rises up from the glass. Sourness is similar to the geuze. Refreshing one dimensional and light with a big cherry pit taste. There is a bad crab apple flavor in the finish though that puts a downer on it for me. Otherwise it's an interesting kriek. I've never seen such an intense color before.

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of grownfool
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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 cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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 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 rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Photo of ThaCreep
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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 avisong
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of simont1
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ScottStache
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of SStein
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Big pink head fizzled and left a thin layer over a dark red to purple body.

Smell - 4.0
Musty, funky lambic notes are there, though not as pronounced as in more traditional offerings. Sweet cherry fruitiness comes over the top of the wet horse blanket, almondy nuttiness too.

Taste - 3.5
Beautifully balanced, but somewhat thin and lacking punch. A good dose of sweet and tart cherry fruit is balanced by moderate sourness and an almondy note in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very acidic, lively, vigorous carbonation with small bead that feels a little coarse over the tongue.

Drinkability - 4.0
Generally not a strength of lambics, this beer is much more drinkable than most.

OVERALL - 3.7
A bit of an oude kriek-lite, but far better than the lolly-shop lambics.

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Sigmund
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Vintage 2006, bottle No. 01761. Bottled 21.12.2006, BB date 21.12.2012. Red coloured beer, slightly hazy. Fizzy pink head, initially big, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of sour cherries, funk and marzipan. The flavour is very sour and tingling, nearly tart, with notes of sour cherries and lemons. Fairly dry. Lovely sour finish and aftertaste.

Photo of doktorhops
3.93/5  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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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.