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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 55
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

t0rin0, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for bringing out this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a beautiful bright red color with a nice pink head and a bit of light lacing. Think pink collar sits atop the bright red liquid. The nose brings some nice cherry character with a bit of barnyard funk in the background. Not terribly complex, but nice.

The taste is quite a bit of cherry as well. There's a hint of tartness along with some very mild funk. Good body with nice carbonation and a good level of sweetness. Glad I got to try this and very good to know that Lindemans can certainly make a very high quality beer.

Thorpe429, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

GRG1313, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

JAHMUR, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Slatetank, Apr 05, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 2006 Bottle Vintage, Sampled May 2008
Pours with a pink tinged, light tan colored, frothy, initially three-finger thick, fairly quickly disappearing head that shrinks to a persistent, 1-mm of crowning foam. The beer is a bright, red color that shows a stunningly, brilliantly clear, red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells more of funk than it does of cherry, but it definitely smells of both. Light cherry syrup notes dance around underneath aromatic notes of musty, sweaty horse-blanket, woody mushroom notes, and an only light tartness. There are also notes of lightly toasted oak and toasted, breakfast-cereal like grain here towards the finish. Not the funkiest of Lambics, and the lack of tartness in the nose is a bit unusual; still this is funky enough to be interesting & I like that the cherry aromas play a supporting role. As the beer warms up the sourness becomes much more noticeable in the nose.

Much more sour than the aroma would have suggest; it is even a bit bracing in its acidity. The carbonation is quite pleasing in its frothy texture, though it is not overly carbonated (on the high side for a standard American Beer). This is almost bone dry, so much so that the cherry flavors are actually fairly muted. Lactic acid notes dominate, both there does seem to be just a touch of some sharper acids here. Sour cherry fruit notes, with some tannic cherry skin flavors and a hint of juicy cherry pulp join the more traditional Lambic sour-grapefruit-like fruit flavors. A touch of grassy, crushed-wheat like grain character just kisses the taste buds towards the finish. This predominantly leans towards sourness in its funkiness, but there are some musty, damp earth flavors, some light and some almost clean, barnyard notes. There is also a nice foundation of wood character here that contributes a tannic-influenced heft to the mouthfeel, some toasty, woody-oak flavors, with just a touch of spiciness in the finish.

A fresh pour from my 750ml bottle really accents an aromatic note of funky, woody, earthy mushroom note that even leans a bit towards toe-cheese (that wonderful, funky gunk found in between your toes after a long, hard working, sweaty day in shoes). This doesn't seem to manifest itself in the flavor though.

While the cherry character is fairly soft here, this is much more traditional tasting than I was expecting. I think it is even more traditional than recent examples of the Gueuze Cuvée René. Really, I think the fact that this is bone dry has really helped this along; it doesn't really have much of a funkiness to it, but the fact that it does not have any sweetness (sweet being the antitheses of a decent Lambic), makes this all the more palatable. Even the nose is not overly funky, it just was a bit more noticeable at first because of the slight cherry influence and minimal sourness at first. My biases are definitely showing, but this is definitely an enjoyable beer to be drinking right now.

Gueuzedude, May 15, 2008
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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)

BlackHaddock, Jan 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
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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.

lacqueredmouse, May 05, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kramer for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears freakishly similar to red kook aid only with some haze to it. Pinkish in color with no head formation. A swirl hardly stirs some bubbles out of solution, what does appear fizzes away quickly.

The smell of this brew is freakishly similar to cuvee rene which is still fresh in my mind after sharing one recently with a friend. It smells wild and funky with a blend of sulfur and poopy notes. There is a cherry-like sweetness evident marking the only distinct difference along with grassy notes and deep pitty and earthy qualities.

The taste is similar to the flavor of cherry pits, earthy and surprisingly not all that medicinal like one might expect. The flavor is real, natural cherry but it is subtle and well included in the base qualities of funk, sourness and sulfur. It has a drying finish which urges you to drink more. Not bad.

This is a light bodied brew that at times seemed watery in the feel despite its modest level of carbonation. Overall easy drinking and a unique experience. Thanks again for sharing Kramer!

stakem, Apr 08, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pink hued white head. Good head retention. Color is a maroon/ruby with a lot of haze.

Aroma: Medicinal notes with sour cherries and a lot of oak. It is sweet but tart. Has some funk as well.

Taste: Sour tart cherries. Very tart. Acidic with lemon citrus. Has some oak and funk. It is really mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, mouthpuckering. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, a really nice kriek that I was surprised by. Pretty drinkable with some great quality flavors. I am glad I got to try this one. Thanks Adam!

mothman, Nov 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

afsdan, Apr 08, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer appears a gorgeous ruby hue, with a pinkish / purple head an eighth inch in thickness. The head does recede rather hastily, leaving some nice lacing by which to remember it.

S: Slight funk and cherry aromas.

T: Nice flavor. This is without question the best offering I have yet had from Brouwerij Lindemans (I have yet to try the Gueuze Cuvée René). The flavor is certainly tart (in place of sweet, thankfully) but not incredibly so, or to the point of puckering. Cherry flavors are present throughout and I find them to be very enjoyable.

M: Tart and slightly acetic. Appropriate feel for a fruit lambic.

D: I would definitely drink this again. I will be seeking a couple of bottles for my cellar.

Huhzubendah, Dec 15, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep red color with a pink fizzy head on top that reduces rather quickly and leaves behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: A lot more barnyard/musty aroma than I expected. This is mixed with a good amount of sweet cherries along with a faint tartness.

T: Very similar to the aroma, plenty of barnyard flavor along with cherries, oak, and a slight acetic/vinegar flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, bubbles tend to pop on the tongue.

O: The best beer I have had from Lindemans, a bit mustier than most Krieks I have had, but it is easy drinking with a good flavor profile.

mdaschaf, Aug 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

biegaman, Jul 14, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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

JohnGalt1, Mar 02, 2010
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/23/2012

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.

HopHead84, Jul 27, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +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.

ShanePB, Apr 02, 2012
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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.