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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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86
very good

1,027 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

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 mercyfulfate:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mercyfulfate, Jan 02, 2012
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Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

tectactoe, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

hopsleeroy, Jul 12, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

RoninBirdman, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of twi1609372
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

twi1609372, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of grynder33
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

grynder33, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

TTripp725, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

generallee, May 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Doomcifer, Jun 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

JakerLou, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ...

Jason, Apr 12, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

merlin48, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of BlueHammer
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BlueHammer, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of mattster
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mattster, Apr 04, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Apotheosis, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

NoetheMatt, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

wattoclone, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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