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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Kriek Cuvée René
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
5-7% ABV

Added by Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
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)

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Photo of atis
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Scriba
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Lukie
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Ljunkan
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beatiful deep dark red color with a nice pink foamy head. It's really nice to look at this beer actually.

Smell is a bit vinous. Notes of smoke, stable and other lambic like aromas is also found. I can't really find much cherries here though.

The taste is good; vinous, sour/acid with some slight sweetness and notes of sour cherries. Great! Maybe I would like to taste the cherries even more though, but I'm new into kriek and lambic beers, so I probably will be better to detect them while getting more experienced. There's also a nice note of (bitter) almonds.

The mouthfeel is overall good; I would describe as a bit "rough", but in a good way.

Overall a good and highly drinkable kriek.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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