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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Kriek Cuvée René

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%


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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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Forget about Lindemans Kriek or the Pecheresse, Cuvée René is a real Lambic-Kriek. It's not sweet, first of all, actually, this is acid and dry. When poured, at first time, it has a medium rose head with small retention and no lacings. Subsequent doses have not much head anymore. The color is a dark red. Quite cloudy. Reminds wine. The smell is reeeeally Lambic. Fruity and acid as it should. Reminds grapes but it's probably only cherry. The taste is also acid close to vinegar. Again, very fruity with this metallic end left by Lambics. Again, this is dry. Body is light and drinkability too. Good stuff to people that like wild acid beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 18:17:03 | More by eduardolinhalis
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 18:15:31 | More by stakem
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 14:17:29 | More by Slatetank
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Overlord

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a purplish bright red color with a pink, frothy head. Interesting. This is Lindemans?

Smells like raw tart sour cherries. Wow, what a bracingly fresh aroma. Not a hint of sweetness in here, just cherry skins and acid cherry slurry. This is Lindemans?

Tastes like raw acetic fruit cherry acid mixed with a bit of oak/wood and a hint, just a hint, of light funk. Not a particularly funky brew, but that little bit of musty barnyard-ness does make it more complex than expected. This is Lindemans?

Very nice lively mouthfeel. Well carbonated. A bit palate wearying. This is Lindemans?

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:39:23 | More by Overlord
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 02:46:13 | More by Thorpe429
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid rouge, with a rosy pink but fleeting head. Citric and malic in the nose, with slight farmyard funk. Bready, lemony, and slightly plastic, with only a shadow of cherry and a bit of raspberry. Very tart on the palate, vinous like a sauvignon blanc, with a firm cherry tang but also enough wheaty heft to let you know that this is still a beer. Vaguely rhubarb-like with lemon and green banana notes and really nice carbonation - spritzy enough to match the flavor but not so carbonated that it makes the acidity too rough. Very balanced and flavorful; perhaps too subtle and not krieky enough, but still good - especially with some old Tomme de Chevre.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:54:41 | More by soulgrowl
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:14:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 22:12:30 | More by drabmuh
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to alcstradamus for sharing this with me while waiting in line at DD. Poured from a bottle into my tulip.

A: Dark blood red hue. Tiny wisp of bright pink head. No lace.

S: Huge tart cherry nose. Just a bit of funk. There's a strange spice I can't put my finger on. The closest thing I could think of was taco seasoning. Not bad just weird.

T: Pure tart cherry juice. I just came back from Door County and they would be proud of this beer. Just smooth tart cherries all the way.

M: Medium to light body. Starts thin but has a bubbly finish on the way down.

D: Super tasty and drinkable. I wish they distributed this in America. I would buy it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 00:21:07 | More by beerwolf77
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 00:17:18 | More by mothman
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this one and dumped it into a few peoples glasses while waiting in line at Darkness Day.

The pour was a stunning crimson color. The deepest hue of any Oude Kriek I have ever seen.

The aroma is lightly tart cherry with notes of apple skin and pear.

The flavor is spectacular. Huge cherry tartness, perfect amount of sour for the style. Oak and nuttiness underneath it all. Not very complex, but I don't expect much else for a kriek really.

The body is medium and carbonation is low and perfect.

This is just an incredible beer and is possibly the best Kriek I have had other than Cantillon Lou Pepe. Why in the hell is this not imported? I would stuff my cellar with it if it was financially feasible.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:46:00 | More by alcstradamus
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womencantsail

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 05:29:35 | More by womencantsail
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Sigmund

Norway

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 23:44:22 | More by Sigmund
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 05:57:46 | More by BearsOnAcid
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tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratebeer Winter Gathering.

A: Pours a reddish pink hue with a nice tall off white head. Okay retention with no lace.

S: Aromas of lightly tart cherries, musty oak, red wine, and hints of cheese.

T: Lightly sweet and sour. Nice dose of wood as well. There are hints of raspberries and cherries. Lightly acidic with hints of vinegar and light funky cheese.

M: Lighter in body, zippy carbonation.

D: Good probably the tastiest thing I have ever had from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 13:31:57 | More by tpd975
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage bottle.

Pours a blood ruby color with a pink fluffy head that fades quickly (sounding like alka seltzer in water) leaving no lacing around the glass.

Smell is that familiar lambic musty smell with a sweet faint hint of cherries.

Taste is quite tart. Has a fair amount of carbonation that persist. After a few drinks I can lick my lips and taste lemon juice. Sour cherries come in toward the end of the beer, but the cherry flavor isn't overpowering. Very tart and dry.

In my experience most of Lindemans beers are to sweet and watery but this is a great example of the style that I would rank up there with Cantillon. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 18:02:15 | More by weissbierdrinker
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 07:52:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:22:17 | More by LittleCreature
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 03:58:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 23:39:15 | More by BlackHaddock
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atis

Finland

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2007, sampled 2010

Pours dark red with large and effervescent red head that slowly fades to red patchy layer at the top, excellent retention for Lambic beer. Aroma is funky faint and tart cherry, hints of sweetness.

Taste is mild sour cherries mostly with some bits of barnyard, medium dry-finish and very long lasting juicy cherries. It is not as tart as I expected, but just a little bit more of sweetness would be too much.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate or slightly above moderate carbonation. Drinkabilitry is amazing, I am sure I have never before had so refreshing beer, I was not at all thirsty, but it went down way too fast. Amazing, I would have never expected something so good from Lindemans.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 20:15:21 | More by atis
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dgilks

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant deep purple with an amazing violet head. Reasonable retention for style dissipating to a persistent mousse. Lovely.

Barnyard brett funk hits straight up. A light berry like fruit lingers in the background without really making itself be known. It would be nice for the cherries to play a greater role here.

Good cherry up front which flows through the mid and back palates. Strong, grippy acidity in the back of the mouth really tells you that this is a lambic. Low level barnyard character and a very light sweetness also play a part. Very good.

Full mouthfeel despite the low to medium body. Puckering tartness and lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is good for a sour with a light residual sweetness cutting nicely and there being lots of flavour. A good beer, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 09:14:45 | More by dgilks
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Scriba

Sweden

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2008, sampled August 2009

Bought last year, but of some reason it got left behind all the other beers in the kitchen cabinet.

A: This beer is red/violet with a pink head that disappears in seconds (leaving only a thin lid). The liquid is clear but hard to se through.

S: Horse blanket and other lambic aromas compete with the cherry.

T: Not only the taste of an unsweeted kriek. I also taste ripe fruits and grass. It's dry (sour) and vinous. Very complex and very good.

M: Light bodied with medium CO2.

D: This beer was perfect a warm summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 10:55:59 | More by Scriba
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seaoflament

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember who brought this one, I think it was Ryan again, thanks for the opportunity to try this beer from my wants! Shared at the Stone Sour Fest 09.

The color was a violet and dark black cherry color, fizzy head on top that doesn't retain too long.

Sweet and tart cherries on the nose, hay, acidity, lemons, cherry jam, caramel, and a bit of a sweet butter aroma.

The taste was very good, probably the best commercially available Lindemans. Acidic and sour cherries with a bit of cheese mid-way, very dry finish with some lemons. High carbonation that works well with the beer. Easy to drink, not too acidic on the stomach. Would love to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 19:34:07 | More by seaoflament
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Lukie

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark ruby/red, completely covering the glass over. Clear, but not see-through. The head is red-pink and poured out thick and bubbly, dissipitating into a nice clinging lace 2mm thick.

Big, big, big green apple skin aroma dominates, with tart apple and tart cherry. Funky.

Initial taste is very sour, with dry lemon, crisp green apple skin, and then gives way to a dry tarty cherry. Cherry is no way dominant here. Cherry gives way to a more sour style of cherry fruit. Very nice, very refreshing, very dry.

The sourness of the lambic really cuts through everything in your mouth, and gives way to dry, cidery like feeling. The body is actually very light, while overall, the brew is much more manageable then a straight geuze, but not as sweet as some might expect. A good balance, and enough in there for someone more familiar for lambics, and not someone who wants something so syrupy sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 14:43:41 | More by Lukie
Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.