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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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very good

941 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 41 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 38 degrees

Pours a dark red with an appealing cloudiness. Small head which leaves good retention and very good lacing.

Smells like dark cherries just at the perfect peak of ripeness in a wicker basket. Perhaps a touch of dark red globe grapes.

Clean somewhat earthy taste. Big, bold sweet cherry flavor followed by the tartness of real cherries. Light alcohol presence feeling on the back end. While it is remeniscent of winery fruit juice (or a similar high-quality juice), you can tell that this is definitely something which has been brewed.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is almost perfect. Could stand to be a touch thicker.

Easily drinkable, even though the sweetness factor would prevent it from being a session beer for most people.
Excellent dessert beer. If you've been holding off on this (these) bottle(s), take the plunge, spend a couple extra bucks and taste the goodness.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 20:59:03 | More by coldmeat23
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Kriek pours with cranberry cocktail colour and clarity (and, arguably, contains as much real fruit). The distinguishing feature, of course, of this and any good Kriek is the rosy-pink froth - which this bottle, and now the glass too, has in abundance. A beer that is so simultaneously bright, dense, and vivid in colour is a beautiful beer indeed.

It's hard to say what's appreciated more on the nose: cherries or sugar. There's a staggering amount of both. The brewery claims to use black cherries but this smells more like something you'd find floating on top of a milkshake; there's nothing dark or tart here, it's bright maraschino red all the way. That and a lot of white sugar.

Indeed, Lindemans Kriek is quite evidently not a beer for diabetics. Depending on where in the world you're buying it don't be surprised to find things like fructose (corn syrup), cherry flavouring, or the dubious 'sugar substitute' next to cherry juice on the ingredients list. Disappointing, but not surprising; it would take a heck of a lot of cherries to achieve this much sweet fruitiness.

In fact, brewing purely with real cherries would more likely result in tartness rather than sweetness. Their pits tend to lend an almond-like taste while, like you'd expect rotting fruit to do, the cherries themselves turn borderline sour and impart a fermented funkiness (which a lambic should already characteristically have). This, however, has little of any of that.

It's true: Lindemans Kriek is more fruit juice than lambic, and more sugar than fruit juice. The initial impression of cranberry cocktail turns out to actually be pretty spot on - mostly candy-like, syrupy sweetness and only a superficial, token amount of the fruit's true tartness. It's still an absolute pleasure to drink but, make no mistake, 'tis no true lambic.

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Poured into a Stange.

Not always a big fan of cherries, but lambics are a style I desperately need to try more of. So here goes with the most ready brand out there.

A: Pours a transparent ruby-red with a small amount of carbonation rising through the center to a faintly red head that builds up early, takes its time dissipating and leaves a detailed lacing.

S: Tart and sweet, but really all I get out of it is cherry syrup. Not my favorite.

T: This is a beautifully pleasant taste that is tart, malty and reminds me just as much of granny-smith apples as it does cherries. A great taste that I have to downgrade a little bit for the overly-syrupy aftertaste that lingers just a little too strong.

M: The feel of this lambic though is fantastic. Dry and perfectly carbonated, it really accents and compliments the flavors. It's also thin bodied and doesn't add any unnecessary weight to the light beer.

O: This is a very vibrant and refreshing beer. Strong flavors and a great feel carry this beer past its mistakes and make it a solid fruit beer.

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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