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Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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Photo of MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 355ml bottle into a Lindemans Fluted glass.

Looks really nice, reddish coloring with a strong head which eventually dissipated to a solid ring. Further pours reactivated the carbonation.

Sweet & Tart on the nose. Cherries coming through.

Flavor is a s promised by the nose. Maybe a little sweeter than I would prefer, but enjoyable all the same.

Mouth is between thin and medium. Tart and slightly dry on the finish.

I get this beer a lot, because it's the wife's favorite. Overall, I enjoy the occasional glass as well.

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Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet maraschino cherry aroma with hints of tartness. A ruby-red color with a pink head. Tartness hits first. Nice a picketing in a way that stays until the aftertaste. Sweet Italian soda in here to. Nothing subtle about this beer.

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Photo of dd43
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It sure is a sweet lambic, that's absolutely the first impression anyone who drinks this for the first time is going to be left with. Has the cherry imparted pucker that you would expect to find, for sure. The aroma is straight up cherry fruit roll up, the mix of a jelly like sugary sweetness and the big cherry fruit note. Mouthfeel wise this beer does cling to the lips, not overwhelmingly so but it's noticeable.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.49/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a cloudy red color with no lacing and no head. Has a strong cherry aroma with a little sourness but more like old sweat socks. Not appeasing to me. A very sweet cherry taste. Too much. Sourness more akin to the old sweat socks. It is medium bodied with no carbonation. Not really a beer I enjoy. Not a lambic fan overall. Couldn't finish the little bit I poured.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours ruby colored with a pink head. The pink head reduces to a pink ring. Definitely cherry in the nose. Sour cherry in the mouth. Yum!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lambics are great, and Kriek (or “cherry” in my mother tongue, that saucy wench English) is my favourite flavour of Lambic. Fermented spontaneously by cheeky airborne yeasts Lambic beers are quite a unique statement of Belgium in a glass - and if there is any greater brewing nation on this planet I’ve yet to encounter their beers. I <3 Belgium. Lindemans is the yardstick brewer of Lambics and to my surprise I’ve yet to have reviewed this fine Kriek, time to put an end to this injustice!

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a cloudy deep ruby body with a 1 centimetre classic Kriek pink head. Nothing sexier than a tasty young Kriek hey? That pink head soon reduced down to a lace ring, still yummy. 8/10.

S: Bright and tart sour cherry notes upfront, a rose petal character comes through as well, it’s hard to whether this will be a sweet or sour Kriek, judging by the addition of sugar I would imagine sweet but Lindemans got a real sour beer pedigree (try their Kriek Cuvée René - sourest beer I’ve encountered yet!). The main point with a good Kriek is getting the cherry aroma right (as in fresh and not artificial) and I think Lindemans have delivered here. 9/10.

T: Sweet and sour! This is a classic Kriek that finds the balance betwixt the two senses. It begins with a sweet almost cordial cherry character, tartness comes in hard but soon dissipates, then a cherry candy note in the finish. Aftertaste is a tad bit of cloying sweetness, but it does help to balance out that sharp mid-palate astringency. As a note: Surprisingly flavourful for 3.5% ABV. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with some prickly but well-balanced carbonation backing it up, noice! 9/10.

D: Wow, was quite surprised by the flavoursome taste of this mid-strength Kriek - overall, apart from it being a little cloying, this is the best Kriek I’ve reviewed (granted I’ve only reviewed 2 others - I need to get my hands on more Krieks :/ ). Not much else to say other than - I will definitely get this again... and I just said that... Santé! 8/10.

Food match: Carbonade flamande is a Belgian sweet/sour steak and Oud Bruin/Flanders Red Ale stew - this will do. Served with pommes frites of course.

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Photo of NoZeFace
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice cherry lambic. Not too familiar with lambics but this is pretty rad. Showed this to some of my culinary school friends and those who aren't beer fans really enjoyed it. Even made it into a bit of a kir (add champagne/sparkling wine). Perhaps one of the better introduction beers for those who aren't fans of beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled the day before Thanksgiving on 11/25/15. Comes in a beautiful green heavy 355ml (12 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to one of their flute glasses that came with a gift pack with a free glass.

Brew pours a deep dark ruby red, almost red-wine in color with a thin off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of what would be expected with fresh cherries for the most part. Pretty much is same for the taste as it tart but sweet, but not too sweet with a minor dry finish. Very enjoyable brew that isn't too heavy at all. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, really liked this one!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a good deal on this just 9.99 for a 750ml tax included! Had it before but no review for some reason.

A - Good looking beer very red and dark like cherry juice. Head has a nice pink hue with good carbonation a 1/2 inch that takes a while to dissipate.
S - Not as tart as I remember quite sweet like fresh dark cherry juice.
T - Very sweet and crisp yet not as sugary as juice quite clean as others said somewhat of a palate cleanser. Still one of the better cherry beers I had in a while.
M - If you like light fruity somewhat girly beers this one will win you over every time. Each sip brings sour tart and sweet berries with a clean beer finish.

Overall a very tasty lambic beer that's just as good as I remember from years past. If you find a bomber for 10 bucks buy it without regret!

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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tart but sweet. .oh so good. .like a wine but beer. .so strange but familiar. .delicious. .not overly sweet. Very good pallet clensing. .would love over and over. .but not to much. .can't explain how the feel was beer but wine at the same time. .i feel like dr Seuss reviewing a beer

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of April 23, 2017.
This was poured into my newly purchased stange.
The appearance was a hazy burnt dark cherry red color with a thick one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly.
The smell started off with tart cherries. Light "sour" side of the house rushes in for the balance. Delicate malt.
The taste was the sweet cherries and the sour cherries blending and allowing the tartness being a sly balance but yet in the background.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a sweet to semi-sour harsh texture forming over my tongue. Acidity is there, but not overbearing.
Overall, I'd say this was a good lambic that I would have again, preferably in the Summer.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 250 ml bottle with an expiration date of April 23, 2017, purchased in Japan.

Look: Pours a very dark red that looks black when not held up to the light. A foamy head rushes up on the pour with a pink hue which settles down in a minute or so to a light scum on the surface. Very little lacing present.

Smell: Sour cherries are prominent with a slight cough syrup like quality. A hint of mold and soft cheese undercurrent is present as well.

Taste: The first sensation is a sugar sweetness which is quickly overrun with sour cherries. A very faint candy-bitter aftertaste lingers.

Feel: The beer hits the tongue with an ever so slight astringency which is quickly alleviated by effervescent bubbles. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I`m new to lambics so I didnt know what to expect. This was enjoyable to drink and wasnt overpowering. I suspect the sour taste would become fatiguing after a time, so this may be best as a one off on special occasions.

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Photo of Marius
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark ruby pour, with a soft and tall pink head. Smells of fresh as well as mashed, fermented cherries. The taste is similar, maybe a bit more sweet than was expected and with a lactic acid taste to the mix, on top of a pleasant sourness.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty red-pink beer with light pink head. Smells like cherries, check. Unfortunately, I don't really get lambic funk at all. Taste is sweet cherry soda, but fortunately not too artificial. Not much mouthfeel or finish. I'd like to say it is nothing special, but bottom line is that this beer is pretty tasty. I don't like it as much at the peche, but it is still good. I almost want to give it a lower score since it is so far from a real lambic, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of khmel
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fermented cherry juice. A hint of Belgian yeast in the nose besides the obvious cherry (the nose was the highlight). And it also tastes like cherry juice with just a touch of the lambic sour. I'm pretty sure I could get straight cherry juice for much cheaper and it would taste 90% the same — 99% if i let it sit out a few days. Maybe I'm missing something, but I was not impressed.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date present. Finally getting around to trying this one from Lindemans. 'Belgian Cherry Beer' per the label. No abv listed on the bottle, but I believe it is 2.50% abv and not 4.00% abv as listed here.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a deep dark ruby body with two to three fingers of fluffy pink tinted white head. Moderate fat scattered lacing.

S - A sweet and lightly tart, authentic cherry juice aroma. The wild yeast funk is definitely distinct and noticeable as well.

T - A perfectly sweet, sugary, and lightly tart authentic juicy cherry flavor. Dangerously drinkable stuff.

M - Crisp & tart. Ridiculously easy-drinking, with nice carb. Refreshing.

Overall, an excellent, refreshing, affordable, and approachable lambic from Lindemans. Definitely one of the better lambics I've had from them, one I would definitely considering buying again and again.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lambic beer flavored with cherries. Too sweet for my taste. I tested the barrel version is much better than this. More acidic lambic the more powerful. A beer with more route can leave you satisfied

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Photo of krrockwe
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really enjoyed the raspberry lambi (framboise) that I had the other night so I figured I would give this a shot. Was not as good in my opinion. Still enjoyed it though

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Photo of Wilshade
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Style: Lambic

Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Dark cherry (duh!) with a medium thick pink head. Very effervescent and inviting. The body is translucent with no sediments.

Smell: Oh, yes. Cherries! Very much like a fully blossomed cherry tree in spring.

Taste: Very cherry. Nice balance between sweet & sour. It does bring back memories of "Malt Duck" (if you went to high school in late 70s and early 80s, you probably know what I am referring to). Thankfully, it's much more refined than that, though.

Mouth feel: You do feel the effervescence on the tip of your tongue. Light and crisp body.

Overall: For me, a nice introduction to the Lambic style. No real "kick", but a nice relaxing and refreshing beer. Probably at its best in summer.

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Photo of aleigator
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful, dark red color, with a bubbly, pinkish head.

Smells of sweetened, marmelade cherries, with no hints of funk or tartness at all.

Has a refreshing, light-bodied taste to it, which begins sparkling and finishes a bit more smooth.

Tastes of ripe sour cherries, revealing an acidic, refreshing component, while staying very sweet overall. Marmelade overrules the citraic tartness, resulting in a ripe cherry taste, with not too much depth to it. The carbonation adds a slightly metallic aspect to the beer, which is throughout easy drinkable.

A bit too one-dimensional for what I am expecting in a kriek lambic. The sourness is not prominent enough, hindering any subtle notes to unfold, leading to a rich, but too sweet cherry taste, with nothing else going on.

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Photo of drmeto
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear deep red with a small,foamy, pink head
-high carbonation visible
-cherries dominating with notes of oak and vanilla
-very sweet
-high,prickly carbonation

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Photo of tillmac62
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear beautiful dark ruby. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich nose of sweet cherry, slanted to black cherries. Underneath is a lively tart note.

Almost medium bodied with a smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Above normal carbonation with effervescence from the middle on. The carbonation is tight, prickly and lively...a masterpiece.

The flavor profile is World Class. It is intense in cherry flavor, somewhat complex and perfectly balanced with both sweet, sour and tart elements. It begins with a burst of sweet cherry over a rich malt background that is biscuit in nature. In the middle, a rich tartness effervesces. As the sweetness fades, a subtle sour undertone emerges. The finish is a slow fade of tart black cherry over a subtle sweetness and just a hint of sourness.

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Photo of magpieken
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

37.5cl bottle. 08 Sep 2016. I was trying to think of how I would describe the colour and the obvious answer is that it's cherry coloured. Tall, frothy pink head which lasted well and left some lovely Brussels lace. Powerful aroma of black and sour cherries. Reminds me of a cherry starburst. Medium sweetness and a pleasant tartness. Medium-full bodied, smooth, spritzy, sticky and a lip-smacking tart finish. Delicious. 9.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm just starting to get into "sours" and this was recommended by my beer mentor.

A - Dark cherry red color, like a black cherry soda. Big fluffy pink head with strong, filmy lacing. Definitely more soda like and less beer looking.

S - Dark cherries. The sweet dark cherries just overtake all the aroma. After drinking there is a faint malt and faint sourness but overall just cherries which is a very nice smell but strange for a beer.

T - Pretty soft on the palate with the sweet dark cherries accompanied by a mild sourness in the middle. It's as thought eating an under-ripened cherry with a sweet initial and then a tartness to help balance. There is also some light malt character and an acidity from the carbonation to make this very light and refreshing much like a soda with more balance and less sugar.

M - Very light mouth-feel. High carbonation. Light body and high carbonation make this a refreshing beverage. It is soft on the palate which makes it seem more complex but still very light in body.

Overall, this is the first actual "Kriek" I've had and I was surprised by how much actual cherry flavor was stashed into this green bottle. The sourness was very mild and the cherry sweetness was the forward taste so for anyone afraid of lambics or sours this is indeed a good starter sour. I probably wouldn't get this again since $6 for a 12oz "cherry soda" is pretty steep; I'll stick with my IPAs and stouts for now. If you like cherry wine but want something with less body and more refreshing I would also recommend this.

Glass- Flute

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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Barely resembles a beer style but still wonderful in its own right. Super tart & light bodied sweet lambic. The aromas & flavors contribute to a higher rating than it probable should get.

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