Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans
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4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2008 17:26:10 | More by biegaman
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2008 03:09:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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