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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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972 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001)
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Reviews by PatronWizard:
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a deep cheery red under a huge pink sponge cake head with great lacing. Smells like wild cherry life savers (which are awesome) yet slightly sour like a hamper or a linen closet. Taste is tart wild cherry, like cough syrup. Almost smooth, light carbonation. Maybe too sweet. I would do this again.

04-23-2009 22:27:55 | More by PatronWizard
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance – This poured a beautiful, deep dark raspberry purple. The head settled slowly into pits of foam along the top of the liquid and a thick, purplish-white ring around the glass.

Smell – The deep, dark aroma of black cherries came out perfectly at the nose. They hit the nose dead on here. I love the smell of black cherries and this was exactly it.

Taste – Oh, yes. The flavor here is super sweet and extremely powerful. I can pick up what seems like a small malt base, but it’s the sharp dark cherries that blow me away at the tongue. I would have liked to have seen a little more complexity here, but boy they have that black cherry flavor down pat.

Mouthfeel – This one is actually medium-bodied with some foamy carbonation and enough tartness to make the drinker take note.

Drinkability – This is my favorite of the Lindemans thus far. I really enjoyed sipping this one down.

03-13-2004 01:14:22 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3/5  rDev -21.5%

Ever had a Ludens cherry cough drop? If you answered yes then you know exactly what this beer looks, smells, and tastes like. None of the tartness that I cherish in cherry beers is more then faintly present here. This one is pure sweet cherries and syrup. It’s very medicinal, not quite to the point where it would resemble cough syrup but close. I find this to be too sweet and artificial tasting for me. I also think that the head could be more impressive and the aromas bigger. Overall I think that this might do well as a desert beer for women with sweet teeth but otherwise it’s pretty mediocre.

12-09-2005 21:56:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of DanGeo


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-28-2013 00:30:27 | More by DanGeo
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a soft, ruby color, mostly hazy with a tiny bit of clarity along the edges. The pink-tinted head piles up like a fluffy cloud and just sits, menacingly atop the lambic. Huge, chunky lacing stays plastered along all sides of the glass. The aroma is full on, sweet and sour cherries. An intense fruity tartness that tickles the nostrils right from the get-go. Mild yeast and and alcoholic tones give the mild "wine-like" smell, but make no mistake - the aroma is full-on cherry, and not grape in the slightest. The aroma is very intoxicating and starts working hard on the saliva glands with each whiff.

To no one's surprise at all, the flavor is a densely packed with ripe, juicy, tart, and sweet cherries. A nearly puckering sour element opens up immediately and tests out the taste buds. The tartness eventually transitions into a sweetness that lasts well into the finish, almost with a sugary or candied flavor to it. Very mild (and I mean VERY mild) woody and corky flavors with a touch of yeast, but cherries are the real star of the show here. I'd be foolish to try and list other fruits, but reasonably so - cherries are the only flavor here. A bit one dimensional, but you kind of know what you're getting into before you buy this one, right? Slightly sweet and nearly dry finish, thin body, carbonated well.

I might be biased because I love cherries, but this may be the best of the Lineman's lambics (well, the ones that are readily available on most stores' shelves). Nice tart and sweet qualities, easy to drink, and satisfying overall. Sort of a one-trick pony, but it's almost to be expected here. A good introduction to the style without getting to much into the funk side of things.

02-13-2013 03:01:08 | More by tectactoe
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Deep red with pink fizzy head. Has a cola look to it. Smeel of. . .cherries, but not an artificial flavor. Slightly sour/tart upfront but smoothes back to a very rich cheery flavor-nice but it is very sweet. Very straightforward flavor-not super complex. This sweetness takes away from the drinkability after drinking a little bit. Very nice easy drinking beer

07-12-2008 02:30:41 | More by hopsleeroy
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-07-2013 03:21:44 | More by RoninBirdman
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4.97/5  rDev +30.1%

this is an exceptional lambic. of course it's a strong tart cherry taste but it is fine. this is an example of a good fruit beer, "fruit beer=bad" isnt always true. miller chill, thats bad, this is not. this has a real, clear and present chery taste, but it isnt juicy jucy juice or arbor mist.

10-06-2007 06:53:28 | More by twi1609372
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured rby red with very little head;almost looked fizzy, serious full cheery aroma, becomes a creamy cherry smell on second whiff, felt little carbonation on the tonguesoft creamy cherry taste, not to sweet or sour.Before the day was done I had called 5 people recommending that they try this

10-08-2003 19:16:13 | More by grynder33
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-25-2013 20:29:56 | More by TTripp725
Photo of generallee

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

It was poured from a green capped and corked 355ml bottle into a Lindemans fluted glass. The label has a description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: It has a cute light pink foam head sitting on top of a dark red and very effervescent liquid. This well carbonated beer has a very slight hazy and a few small yeast particles floating around inside it. As for that pick head, it holds on very well and makes lots of nice pink lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very fruity in both a sweet and tart way. It’s like a cross between Nerds candy, cherry suckers, currants and raspberry.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a flash of sweet cherry candy then moves on to notes of tart currants, tart raspberries and something like a strawberry fruit roll-up. Under this I get some mildly sour yeast notes and a very slight almond note. It finishes slowly with mild berry and yeast tartness sticking to the palate. The body feels light to medium and just a bit sticky even with a very active and lively carbonation.

Notes: Overall I enjoyed the sweet/tart mix of flavor as well as its pretty appearance.

05-14-2011 19:24:58 | More by generallee
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-21-2014 00:34:47 | More by Doomcifer
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-24-2014 02:12:30 | More by JakerLou
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Big on cherry flavour both sweet and sour ... some people add sugar cubes to cut the tartness but I think it is fine the way it is. A brew with depth and character ...

04-12-2002 09:50:54 | More by Jason
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4.63/5  rDev +21.2%

355ml foil wrapped, corked green bottle. Pours a cascade of dark cherry wildness into a snifter with a two finger light pink head. Very attractive lacing of the same hue, but with some tiny beige bubbles. Bouquet of fresh dark cherries is intoxicating. It's sinful to taste. Light notes of hops and soft malt remind you that this is an ale. The Chantilly lace on the glass keeps reminding me that thiis Lambic cherry ale is very tasty. You can find this ale at most pubs/cafes in the Low Countries of western Europe. It's not cheap there, either.

Near perfect if you like cherries with your ale.

11-15-2003 03:29:27 | More by merlin48
Photo of BlueHammer


4.68/5  rDev +22.5%

This beer pours a deep ruby color, opaque in the glass. It had a light pinkish head. There is a strong cherry smell, almost like a juice. There is a distinct sweet cherry taste that is pleasing and well-balanced with a sour tartness. Because of its initial sweetness, this beer is smooth and easy to drink. It can go down quickly without realizing it if you don't remember to sip and enjoy it! I really like that this beer can be enjoyed any time of the day and makes a particularly nice "breakfast" brew.

01-05-2008 00:29:36 | More by BlueHammer
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +6%

This stuff is growing on me, I think my taste buds have adjusted and I'm liking these style brews more and more, scarry stuff. Anyway this pours out of the corked, capped and foiled bottle, with no freshness dating. its a plummy shade of cherry. Nose is sweet and fruity,leaves some light and well dispersed lacing. Taste is just about right, between tart and sweet, fruity, sticky on the lips. Light and refreshing, went great with a salad this evening. give these lambics a try, they are nicely crafted, interesting, complex beverages.

12-14-2004 01:56:21 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is extremely sweet cherry with no real sour or funk qualities. The flavor is very heavy on the cherry. Tastes a lot like cherry syrup. There is very little tartness although a tad bit of it is there. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This has nothing in common with other Belgian lambics but as far as fruit beers go, this is a good one.

05-19-2010 02:35:49 | More by Mora2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle shared with friends at a recent beer tasting. Surprised I've never come across this before.

Poured into a 6oz sampler, enjoyed with chocolate cake as a dessert brew. Bright cherry red, looks more like Tahiti Treat or carbonated cranberry juice. Light pink-white head, not much lacing. Pretty colour I must say.

Smells like a Twizzler or Fruit by the Foot - not really fresh cherries, more like artificial cherries. Probably not the brewer's intention; probably the extra sugar added to mellow out the kriek.

Tastes quite sweet, but with a mild sour cherry finish to bring this to more palatable levels. Pretty far away from regular beer, but I've noticed the same with their Framboise, Peche and Pomme, so that's what they are going for.

If one were to make a spectrum of krieks based on their sweetness, Cantillon 100% would be at one end and this would be around the other. I tend to like mine at around the 50-60th percentile, edging towards the sour and tart. As for this brew, I certainly don't mind it. It tastes quite good, but it's far too sweet and lacks the sour punch I'm looking for.

Still, if you want a sweet kriek that most folks would enjoy, this is the one.

09-05-2011 03:40:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours a dark cherry red colored brew with little to no head... mostly lacing across top of brew, and sides of glass. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is of sweet dark cherry. Amazingly, for some odd reason (sarcasm) taste is of sweet cherry too. It does finish nice, but sweetness only leaves me wanting just one - if I finish the whole thing.

But, for many, these sweet lambics are a favorite.

04-04-2008 09:54:49 | More by mattster
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

10-20-2013 02:46:58 | More by Apotheosis
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-05-2013 13:58:43 | More by NoetheMatt
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-14-2014 14:57:34 | More by wattoclone
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-16-2011 03:39:13 | More by bpfrush
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-09-2013 02:50:58 | More by Mantooth
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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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