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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 56
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A ruby red colored beer with a small white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Really funky smelling beer with some nice tart cherries and some horseblanket and hay.

T - Really nice and super tart cherry taste. Pretty mouth puckering with awesome funk. Great rating and not too sweet.

M - Smooth, dry finish, soft carbonation.

O - Really nice beer that was great for sour lovers. Recommended.

AgentZero, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jerriko for trading me this, I've wanted this forever! Poured into two belgian tumblers this was bright reddish-pink with a good foamy head. Smell is cherries and a little old lambic, definitely not your average Lindeman's but you knew that didn't you? I was expecting the flavor to be Cuvee Rene Gueuze plus cherries but this is slightly different. The cherries were full and the beer was sour but very easy to drink. This was probably one of the better krieks I've had right behind Lou Pepe.

ArrogantB, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of johnbjaeger
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got this in a particularly generous box from Mr. Doopiedoopiedoo. Not a ton of carbonation here, but I'm okay with that. It looks like something I want to drink and smells like a sweaty ballsack. Now, to be perfectly fair, I think a lot of higher end lambics from the Belgium smell somewhere between sweaty ballsack and infected foot. I get past it pretty easily because this thing is tasty business. Nice and tickly on the tongue, this has a musty old cherry taste with a fair amount of sour. It really sounds like I hate this, but I really really enjoy it and I wouldn't say no to another bottle. Really. In fact, I may have to go searching for another one.

While I drink this I am watching House Hunters International and thinking, "yeah, I could probably find something to do in Belgium..."

johnbjaeger, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy ruby red brew, a pale pink head, very small and quickly disappearing.

The smell is interesting, stable, earth, cherries, yeast and wet wood.

Tasting fruity, bitter cherries and sour rhubarbs. Not sweet at all.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a coarse feeling, a small body but a sour freshness.

Not dull at all, a bit uneven, but feels authentic

rarbring, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened and poured into two glasses in my hotel room in Brussels. Enjoyed as my wife and I walked around the Grand Place on a mild March evening.

A: Blood red body. Minimal fizzy pink head. Dissipates quickly.

S: Assertive tart cherries. A little oak. Nice but a bit simplistic.

T: Like the nose, there are a ton of tart cherries packed in here. Again some oak. Tasty, but lacking the complexity from the funk and must in the better krieks.

M: Lively carbonation. Perhaps a bit more than I’d like. Nice tart finish.

O: A nice offering. Similar to the Cuvee Rene Gueuze in that its probably a good intro beer to authentic kriek flavors but toned down from the complexity that the style can offer.

callmemickey, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

eduardolinhalis, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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
Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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?

Overlord, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 soulgrowl
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

soulgrowl, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 beerwolf77
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

beerwolf77, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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
Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

alcstradamus, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Photo of Sigmund
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Sigmund, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

tpd975, May 27, 2010
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

weissbierdrinker, May 07, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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
Photo of LittleCreature
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

LittleCreature, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BlackHaddock
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
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
Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.