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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans KriekLindemans Kriek

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869 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%

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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Photo of stof0048


4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

*This is my first review so I will attempt to be as helpful as possible.
The Pour:
I used the glassware produced by the brewery for this beer. The lambic pours with a thin pink head and a fair amount of carbonation at you fill the glass. It pours a deep red, almost bergundy color.

The smell is, as one would assume, of cherries and and one can even draw upon the sweetness of the beer just from its unique scent.

Personally, I feel this kriek is the best of any. The mouthfeel is light and the taste is quite sweet (almost too sweet at times). I have had friends compare this lambic to juicy juice. I would have to say that I do not entirely disagree. However, is it such a bad thing? The cherry flavor becomes more powerful as the beer rolls over your tongue and hits the back of your throat. It is also somewhat sour at first... let it sit on the back of your tongue for a moment and you will find the perfect harmony between all of the beers qualities. The carbonation is definitely noticeable, but well matched for this particular beer.

This is the only aspect of the beer that I do not rate incredibly high due to its sweetness. I find that I often have a hard time finishing the 750ml bottle myself so I often split it with a friend and find that I am still quite satisfied. I definitely don't advise drinking more than a full bottle of this as a stomach ache from all the sugar is assured at anything past that.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers and love to endulge on special ocassions. Great lambic and overall teriffic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 08:17:13 | More by stof0048
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first lambic I've had, and I'm impressed. In the words of the Continental, "Wow, wowwy wowwy wow!" This stuff is absolutely fantastic. Pours a cherry red color with a bubbly pink head that dissipates quickly. Has a somewhat musty cherry nose to it. The taste is out of this world. Very tart, great cherry flavor. The alcohol is almost indetectable, which makes it very easy drinking. Unfortunately, it goes for about 6.00 for a 12 oz bottle here in Boston.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 17:46:38 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of DCon


4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this 12 oz beer at iTap House (Chesterfield) and poured it in a Flute Glass.

Beer Appearance: Bright red, 2 fingers length of head

Smell: Twizzlers or a dark cheery type of scent

Taste: Very distinct taste of cherries without the sour finish. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sweet, and not really a sour finish.

Drinkability: Unbelievable! Very sweet but could drink 4-5 without thinking twice. If anything, Lindemans made their Kriek taste nothing like a creek...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:07:51 | More by DCon
Photo of NHGrafx


4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle.

Pours a medium pinkish red cherry color with a light pink head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of tart and sweet cherry and a slight bit of malt.

Taste is, not surprisingly, dominated by cherries, both tart and sweet which seems to balance nicely. Not overly sweet and not overly tart. There is some nice malt character on the finish which gives way to cherries. Overall, it is very cherry. There is a very slight metallic taste in the background which fades very quickly.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. A new favorite for me from the Lindemans product offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 23:45:24 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour got me a little over half a finger of head that can best be described only as strawberries and cream colored. The body is a deep, rich maroon color. The head dissipated down to a few bubbles up top and a ring around the glass, but a thin sheet of lacing struggles to cling to the sides.

Smells of sweet black cherries and medicine mostly.

The flavor is that of deep rich black cherry, with a hint of medicine, making it like a pleasant cough drop flavor. There is a slightly bitter tang to the end as it warms up. Also appearing as it warms is a slight grain flavor in the middle. Overall, very sweet.

Light bodied and highly carbonated, this beer is most pleasing to the palate, although it isn't something I would drink a lot of, nor often. The carbonation is almost that of pop, but this in no way detracts from the drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:27:14 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of Scoats


4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an amazingly drinkable beverage, a fruit sodie pop. The appearance is a wonderful deep bright red. And it goes down oh so sweetly, and all the while oh so tartly.

While I find it amazingly drinkable, it lacks the "beerness" of beer. It's not a let's hang out with boys sort of beer, but that's OK it has it's place. It's a good night cap beer or a let's sit in a pricy Belgian style bar beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2003 05:20:59 | More by Scoats
Photo of geryeb624


4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. corked bottle into DFH Signature Glass.

A- Ruby red in color with lots of bubbles and a finger of pink head. Nice retention and lacing.

S- Wow, smells like a cherry Life-Saver. Big juicy cherries with a little sour funk to balance it. More of a fruit beer than lambic smell.

T- Again, not a lambic taste, but I don't care. I think this is delicious. Big juicy cherry flavor throughout with a tart kick in the beginning and a sweet finish.

M/D- Creamier and more carbonated than the average kriek. Very drinkable, though the possible cloying nature of the sweetness keeps it from a 5.

This isn't traditional lambic and I don't care. I'm rating this as a beer, and as a fruit beer, its outstanding. I think it stands toe to toe with Wisconsin Belgian Red. The beer that got me into craft, and I still enjoy it, even if its name is a bit misleading.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 06:58:16 | More by geryeb624
Photo of ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, as always into tulip glasses

Pours cloudy red with a bit of orange, in this light. nice lingering pink head that i would have like to have seen a bit more substantial.

Smells or sour cherries, sugar syrup, hint of spices, lactic sourness. Funky wild yeasts. There is a definite brand identity to the Lindemans products I've sampled. Makes sense I guess. Big fruit character with the sour funky lambic in the background. Works fantastically.

Tastes way sweeter than I was expecting, but not overwhelming. The sourness and bitterness balance it out nicely. Sour cherries abound. Almost lost in the mix, funky yeasts. Delicious.

Great carbonation and sweet/sour balance.

Guzzle away, fairly low ABV. I'd close this 750ml bottle down and go for another if i had one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 23:47:10 | More by ozmodium
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a deep yet light ruby red, almost a cream-colored redness about it. The pinkish head settles to a layer of random bubbles and film. The beer smells if sweet cherries with a hint of alcohol. The beer tastes deliciously sweet with a tangy cherry tart. The mouthfeel is relatively lively and light bodied.

Overall, this is simply delicious and easy to drink. Low ABV, excellent taste and smell. A great dessert beer, and one of my favourite Lindemans offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 21:52:29 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, purple-tinged crimson robe topped by a frothy pink head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. Absolutely interesting to look at! The aroma is candyish with super sweet cherry backed by mild tart notes. The body is light with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor is astoundingly rich with tart and sweet cherry, but also reveals a bit of lambic character in the finish along with some lingering sweetness. Still, it dries out with a touch of sour astringency. Although I personally find this to be overly sweet and lacking in lambic flavor and aroma, I still feel it warrants high marks based on it's massive character. And it does make an excellent dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 20:02:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of yemenmocha


4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**revised after additional tastings:

Pours off red color with off reddish white thin head (pink). Nice bubbles. Lace retains well.

On the nose this beer seduces with a gourmet dessert-like sour cherry aroma. Cherry-vanilla icing on a German blackforest cake perhaps. Hard to beat.

On the palate is a mouth puckering rich sour dark cherry bomb that sets you back in your seat. Wow this is a flavorful beer.

Finish is tangy sweet, cherry of course, and very appetizing for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 05:14:02 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of RiekerStarBrew


4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After I unwrapped the foil and pulled out the cork, the beer poured into my sniffer sported a clear ruby red color with hints of purple. The head was light pink and there was heavy lacing. The aroma was heavy with sour cherry and hints of wet grains and alcohol. There was also a small presence of spices. The flavor was heavy with sweet cherry flavor and a tart undertone. Without the subtle graininess showing through, you would think this was a champagne of some type. It had good carbonation with a smooth, barley finish. There was very minimal hop presence. I paired this beer with Babybel cheese and it really accented the sourness of this beer. All together, this really was an amazing beer. Those belgains really know what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:27:08 | More by RiekerStarBrew
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It may not be for everyone but I think this is a beautiful product. Poured a gorgeous 2" violet pink head. Smells like a cherry throat lozenge. Clear dark raspberry-like color held up to the light. Flavor is far less sweet than the smell and look might hint, in fact this is gobs of sour black cherry. It's an instant classic and one of only a handful of lambics I've liked so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 08:40:13 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of AudioGilz


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red...pinkish head. Pinkish head says "bye bye" pretty quickly, even though he was welcome to stay longer. Liquid cherry pie anyone? Sweet sweet sweet, sour sour sour. Sweet first, then sour. 50/50 for sure. Not all cherries though...berries berries too. Smooth mouthfeel, very highly drinkable. I'm thoroughly impressed. This is the first lambic I have tried. I can't wait to try others. This stuff is beer? Fruit juice beer! Yumm!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 18:57:12 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of Hibernator


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Kriek Lambic
750 ML green bottle
Served in a Duck Walk vineyards champagne flute

Pours a vibrant light red with a hazy and cloudy body. Pink colored head that has great mass and leaves beautiful trails of lace. Lambics usually look so incredble in a flute glassware.

The nose is mighty ripe. Screaming of sweet cherries and mixed tropical fruit blasts. The unique Belgian yeast funk lingers in the background.

Sipping this beer reveals a complex lambic that balances a nice contrast of sweet and sour. True, strong, sweet cherry flavors dominate the palate. A mouth-puckering sour tartness also makes its presence known on the finish. Hints of freshly picked and pitted cherries with the sugary sweetness of cherry cough syrup. A funky and spicy Belgian yeast funk flares over the intense fruitiness.

A pure delight. To be enjoyed with breakfast, a special holiday, after dessert treat or just because it's so enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 23:40:34 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Morris729


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red in color with a foamy light pink colored head. Nose is very floral with a strong aroma of fresh roses. Taste is a bit sweet at first but then a delicious tartness of dark cherries takes over. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent. A nice change of pace brew that makes for an excellent after-dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 17:08:46 | More by Morris729
Photo of taez555


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. One question, can someone explain the cork and bottle cap? It seems a little bit like overkill. Anway.

This lambic poured a small purple/whitish head with a clear ruby, burgundy body.

The nose is PURE fresh black cherries. It bassically smelled like you just opened a can of cherries. Or like a black cherry concentrate. It's quite an amazing and inviting smell.

The taste was yet again, pure black cherries. Tart and slightly sweet. A very fine champagne like carbonation. Rather thick but very easy drinking. It finishes with a very tart dry finish.

Overall it's a great lambic. It's almost a little tough to drink because it's so tart. After one bottle I felt like my teeth were going to rot from the acidity. But still.. A wonderful examble of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 08:08:02 | More by taez555
Photo of JayTheFinn


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml at San Roque Liquors in Santa Barbara.

A - Deep ruby red with a pinkish bubbly head. It doesn't look like beer, more like a frothy kool-aid.

S - A powerful cherry scent meets your nose before it even gets close to the glass. Wow, that is strong!

T - That's black cherries all right! Amazingly intense cherry flavor. Extremely sweet. Can't taste the alcohol at all. It doesn't even taste like a beer. Tastes more like a yummy cough syrup.

M - Pretty full.

D - This is just about as drinkable as it gets (unless you don't like sweet stuff). It's more like having a sugary soda than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 04:57:57 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark cherry red color with a large head that quickly shrinks down to about a 1/4 of an inch. It lingers and has the more lacing than any beer I have ever had.

S: The tart cherry smell dominates the aroma. You might think it was a cherry soda instead of a beer based on smell alone.

T: I think this is best described as a cherry explosion in the mouth. The longer you let it linger in the mouth the more tart it becomes. Swallows cleanly with the slightest of tart aftertaste.

M: Very nice in the mouth. Slight carbonation and a refreshing sweet and tart flavor.

D: This one could be mistaken for a tarty fruit juice. The mild sour taste is the only thing that keeps this from being something you could knock back at will.

This is my first lambic beer. I'm surprised it is so sweet and tart at the same time. It tastes nothing like any beer I have ever had, but I tried to judge it based on the experience which I really enjoyed. If you are on the fence about trying a lambic like I was, give it a try. Just be sure to pick out a fruit type flavor you enjoy because it dominates the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 01:02:10 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of jayrod20


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tart cherry taste with a sweet finish. I would highly suggest warming this drink up before serving. Not too hot, you dont want to burn the alcohol off, i warmed the bottle in the microwave for a minute or 2. You could also stick it in a large bowl of hot water to warm it up. But who wants to wait for water to heat up? not me. Try it, you'll love it. The only problem with this beer other than how sweet it is, seems to be that you can suck them down faster than you can open or afford more.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:25:28 | More by jayrod20
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear purple/red with a rocky pink head that drops quickly.

S - Big black cherry aroma with a slight horseblanket undertone.

T - Lots of cherries and sweetness. Not quite sugary sweet but still significant along with a good tart edge. A hit of bitterness sneaks into the aftertaste.

M - Light and slightly fizzy.

D - Very nice. Fruit centered, with everything else playing supporting roles. Not overly complex but some decent balance between the cherries and balancing earthiness and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 18:42:38 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of coldmeat23


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
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

4.5 A: Deep mahogany in color. Thick frothy pink head with lot of lacing. Very nice.

4.5 S: Smells just like grenadine flavored cough drops. Very nice.

4.0 T: Tart and simultaneously sweet, just like fresh cherries.

5.0 M: Lighter body with champagne-like carbonation. Very enticing.

5.0 D: It's like alcoholic cherry flavored juice, what's not to love.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 03:55:29 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Spikester


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark red with a three finger pink head and copious lacings. Aroma is very potent black cherry. Taste is like the most delicious black cherry soda you can imagine. The flavor is very full and sweet and it is hard to believe this has any alcohol at all. Easy drinker with no faults but doesn't taste much like beer at all. Excellent desert choice IMO and not one to swill. Sip it with a meal and enjoy those immense flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 08:33:57 | More by Spikester
Photo of cdkrenz


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rudy red body topped by a pale pink, frothy and bubble laced head.

S - The scent of yeast is 1st to hit followed by pungent cherries and raspberries.

T - Tart cherry flavor with a tone of malt. This is very tasty stuff.

M - There's certainly a coarse texture here.It feels extremely bubbly and coarse across my tongue. However, this texture really brings out the flavor.

~ This beer is certainly something I'd recommend to friends, and one I hope I'm able to have again, sometime soon if I'm lucky.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 02:19:47 | More by cdkrenz
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