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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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86
very good

1,098 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 29
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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Ratings: 1,098 | Reviews: 504
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy red with brown tinges. Lots of floaters with a shallow pink head that disappears in a blink.

Smell is wonderful! Cherry pie complete with crust. Brown sugar. Barnyard funk.

Taste is sharp bite of sourness followed by smooth cherries ending with a round tart pie taste.

Mouthfeel is OK and very little carbonation is present in the 2004 bottled brew. More like a sour cherry tea than something brewed and carbonated.

The acid in the beer makes my tongue a little raw after a while, so it suffers on drinkability.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.82/5  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

Photo of twi1609372
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

Photo of grynder33
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 ...

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of mattster
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pomegranite color with a low pink head. Aroma of marischino cherries and sweet tarts. Flavor is initially sweet, with understated cherry flavors. It's just a tad sweet, but the cherry flavor is not overdone, not overpowering. It loses some appeal as I get deeper into the glass and it starts to remind me of cough drops. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat tannic with a powdery feel.

Photo of BadBadger
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This cherry lambic pours a nice dark ruby red color, with a moderatley sized and short lasting head. As noted by other reveiwers, there is definitely a medicinal quality to the smell, reminescent of cherry cough syrup or drops. The taste diverges only slightly from the smell in being nicely sweet and fruity, but with a medicinal flavoring. A rather nice mouthfeel, although there is a minor medicinal adherence to the tongue. If you can get past the reminescence of cherry cough medicine, you won't be let down by this beverage.

Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Kriek...Opaque dark red with an insanely pink (even more than the Framboise) frothy head that laces attractively. Yeah, a lot of cherry to the aroma, but a little too much cherry soda for me. There is a bit of hay mustiness, but I could have used some more. Cherry is naturally the predominant flavor, a bit of grape. On the oversweet side. As many people say that Lambics are brewed sweeter these days, I long for a return to the sour side -- more pits, stems, and skins. There is a decent dryness to the finish, distinguishing it from many American fruit brews, so at least there are two impressions in the complexity department. A little cloying...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great dessert beer we have here, this one can steal just about any girl's heart even if they say they don't like beer. Appearance: Deep cranberry color with a nice sized pink foam very bubbly champagne like quality all the way on the pour leaving heavy patches of lacing sip after sip nice looking beer. Aroma: Tart cherries oh so nice, vinous wine like presence here a simple a bit one dimensional and sweet but perfect at the same time. Taste: Predominantly one rush of cherries but so well textured and mellow and spritzy but put together so well, perfectly aged I have to seek out other examples of Lambic next mission is Cantillon. Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne tickles the senses with each sip yet slight syrup texture so sweet like candy could definitely drizzle this upon some cheesecake for a devine experience. Drinkability: Low abv tastes like candy easily consumed but very sweet keeping this one for me a true dessert beer, it's awesome the beer that makes many a folk realize that beer is such a broad term.

Photo of rastaman
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

very drinkable yes, but at times it was too much like drinking fruit cordial or something, but still nice and at least its interesting.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense crystal clear glowing deep red body with a microfizz that races toward the surface. There is a ping foam head that last for most of the beer.

S- The sharp smell of Luden's cherry cough drops finish with a medicinal bite the grows as the beer opens.

T- The dark sweet cherry flavor is very artificial tasting with a chemical cough syrup taste to follow and a dark medicinal tonic bitterness in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no astringency or alcohol heat and a soft tight fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a syrupy cherry taste that is not fresh fruit at all but just all artificial. I haven't had Luden's cough drops since I was a kid but one sip of this beer and I fell like I was sick in bed. I couldn't find any other characters in this beer.

Photo of r0nyn
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

Definitely does not look like a beer, more like a berry punch, really. Color is a burnt maroon shade, pretty hazy with a decent head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The smell is also very un-beerlike as well, again, more like a cherry/berry punch, quite sweet. After a few more concentrated sniffs, there's a little hint of tartness along with some malt nuances. Still very much under the sweet cherry fragrance. I kinda like it.

More tangy cherry sweetness in the taste, as expected. It's not cloyingly sweet and is nicely balanced with a slight bit of tartness. Bit more sour than most beers, but not very sour at all in the grand scheme of things. I didn't expect hoppiness and I didn't get any, as it's not present at all. There's a slightly bready finish at the end which surprised me. Malts are only very slightly detectable on the back end as well, not too evident at all. Mouthfeel is decent, not watery, but not too much body either. Carbonation is present throughout, almost distractingly so.

Thanks to the sweetness and low alcohol content, this brew is quite drinkable. It may not be for the purist beer drinker, but for people like me who appreciate the less bitter varieties, it's a nice, refreshing thirst quencher.

Photo of bahana
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first real lambic. I don't think Sam Adams Cranberry counts. Does it? Anyway, very sweet and fruity. Obviously a strong cherry taste and smell. Very complex and easy to drink. I'm not sure I would drink this often, but it's good for a change of pace.

Photo of lnashsig
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle, poured into my Duvel Tulip. Pours a cherry red color, red foam fills the glass. Immediately when I popped the cork, cherry pie filling fills my nostrils. On a deeper smell inspection, I get an almost artificial cherry pie aroma. Taste- super super tart cherries. Nauseating. No funk, just pure tart. I feel like I'm eating cherry pie filling out of a can. Its overwhelming. This is going to be painful to finish...I am into Sours, Lambics, Gueze, Wilds, but either this is a crappy version of Kriek, or I don't like Kriek. Drinkability- brutal, unless you like Cherry pie filling out of a can.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Having indulged in cherry season in the Okanagan just this past week, it seems appropriate now to take the lambic interpretation for a spin.

This beer pours a cloudy, pinkish diluted red wine hue, with lots and lots of puffy, thick, and foamy candy floss pink head, which leaves some cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. What we got here is one sexy-looking fruit brew, we do.

It smells like a cross between cherry cordial and cherry cough drops - sweet, tangy, gritty, and fruity, with some red vinous associations created by the same. The taste is somewhat sour black cherries and raspberries, semi-sweet, soft barley and wheat malt, faint musty and funky yeast, and ethereal earthy, leafy hops - they're felt more than tasted.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a trilling frothiness, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and fruity in both its pleasant smoothness and creaminess, much in the manner of a smoothie. It finishes fairly off-dry, the yeast and Halls-touched cherry fruitiness still large and in charge, with the drying aura of the hops helping to even things out as much as it can.

A lovely melange of sassy cherry fruit and sweet grain, and a more or less well-balanced dessert in a glass, with not as much overt sourness as many other Belgian Kriek offerings. I can surely understand the popularity of this particular line of lambics, and this, its king.

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