Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.05/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of deep, candy-apple red. It supports a head of half a finger, the color of pink roses. The bubbles are small and disappear quickly, leaving specks of lacing around the glass. The beer is fairly opaque due to the darkness of color, but no sediment or haze is noted. Carbonation looks to be light. The aroma is bright with cherries. Once the nose becomes accustomed to this sweetness, a bitterness comes through. This is lent from light malts, and an earthiness, of fruit pits and stems. There is also a drying waxiness about the nose. The taste begins with light malts, and an immensely tart mouthful of cherries and lemon citrus. While puckering, the overall effect is sweet. The middle calms down, with the bite moving to the tip of the tongue, and general malty sweetness covering the rest of the palate. The finish continues in the same style as the rest, with the expected degradation of tartness to a meager fruiting by the end. The aftertaste breathes, surprisingly, with more malt than sugar or cherry. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is high. This contributes a significant creaminess and froth to each sip. The mouth is coated, and quite satiated, despite the pucker produced at the onset of the flavors. The feel is syrupy as it goes down, thanks to the sugary sweetness about it. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the blending of the fruit with the malts. The brew presents a robust fruitiness that is, of course, entirely appropriate for the style, but it doesn't overwhelm the malty beerness of it, which can be easily done considering the strength of the desired flavor. Those flavors are allowed to poke through, and give us a tasty, well balance end product.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2011 02:24:08 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.59/5 rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from bottle into flute.
Appearance: Beautiful deep ruby color with a nice, hazy pink head which was retained for a decent amount of time. Great, consistent lacing around the glass.
Smell: You definitely get the black cherries, but it almost smelled like wine to me - maybe some grape in there? I couldn't tell. Reminded me of wine more than anything.
Taste: This was my first lambic and from what I've heard and read I was expecting it to be incredibly sour, like pucker your lips sour. But the first few sips were incredibly sweet. Not necessarily tart, but just sweet. As it warmed up a bit it remained sweet initially and in the middle of the drink you started tasting a slight bitterness, followed by an incredibly sour finish as it trickled down your throat. Not bad, at all. You definitely taste the black cherries!
Mouthfeel: The first few sips when it was still (probably too) cold it all slid down nice and smooth. The further you got into this beer, however, the drier and drier it left your mouth. By the time I was halfway through I felt myself trying to produce more and more saliva to swallow because it left my mouth so dry.
Overall: Granted this was my first lambic, but I don't think I'm venturing too far when I say this is a good lambic to introduce to a newbie. Very easy to drink- reminded me kinda like juice or very very soft red wine. I could definitely see myself opting to bring a bottle of this to a nice dinner party in place of wine. Maybe drink this as an aperitif or with some type of chocolate. Overall, I thought it was pretty okay. It's not something I would go out looking for and I doubt I'd ever really be in the mood to opt for lambics over much else, but in right setting, like a dinner party, I could definitely see myself enjoying this.
Serving type: bottle
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 23:38:50 | More by moysauce
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.