Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans
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4.49/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
02-20-2013 01:34:47 | More by scottfrie
3.5/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
12-31-2012 17:45:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-04-2012 04:16:59 | More by mdaschaf
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
75cl bottle poured into stemmed Cantillon tulip
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!
07-29-2012 09:02:53 | More by spdyfire83
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-27-2012 20:48:32 | More by HopHead84
3.53/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
06-29-2012 15:25:48 | More by cpetrone84
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
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!
06-05-2012 00:38:34 | More by woosterbill
3.53/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
05-05-2012 11:20:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.43/5 rDev +8%
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.
04-02-2012 19:51:32 | More by ShanePB
Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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