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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 501
Hads: 1,150
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 20.67%
Wants: 34
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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Photo of Marius
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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%
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 -6.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +6.7%
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 -15.8%
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 +6.7%
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 -25.6%
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 +2.3%
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 +17.3%
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 +18.1%
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 -1.6%
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 +5.4%
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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Photo of melbow
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The initial aroma is reminiscent of a traditional belgian beer style with a cherry undertone. The flavor is sweet without being syrupy, with a slight fruity tartness. The color is a deep, clear red, similar to nice red wine. The head is light, but lasts the duration of the glass.
This would pair well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a hot day.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/17/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy pink head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sweet/tart black cherry, cherry skin, candi sugar, straw, grass, light pepper, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with balanced authentic cherries, candi sugar sweetness, and light earthy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/tart black cherry, cherry skin, candi sugar, straw, grass, light pepper, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet/tart black cherry, cherry skin, candi sugar, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and balance of authentic cherries, candi sugar sweetness, and light earthy yeast flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly syrupy, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is an excellent sweetened fruit Lambic style. All around great robustness and balance of authentic cherry, candi sugar sweetness, and light earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Think dark red pour. Looks kind of like a carbonated red wine. Aroma is all cherry. Lots of tart cherry flavor. Slightly musty aroma and taste. Very good.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

A-red color with a white pink head and some lacing

S-sweet cherries, hint of sour and malt

T-sweet cherries, little tartness, hint of malt

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-nice flavor, but too sweet for me to drink much of this, prefer a more tart, sour lambic

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Photo of mjurney
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Dark purple color. Pink frothy head.

Black cherries, syrup, some tartness.

Lots of black cherries up front, sweet, a little sour, I taste a little raspberry in the background. Finish is tart, yeasty, dry. Body is a little syrupy, sticky, dry.

I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but this one is very good.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into chilled pint glass. Pours a bright red blood color with a two finger whitish pink head that has exceptional lacing ten minutes after the pour. Smells rich of cherries and a hint of malt along with some lingering scents of earthy/vegetable scents. Tastes just as good as it smells, a rich cherry taste with a slight after taste of malt, sweet but yet just the right amount of tart bite to it. Mouthfeel is very light with a lot of carbonation which makes it have like a soda feel to it, like someone else mentioned perfect on a hot summer day, ecspecially here in maine. Overall it is one of the best lambics I've had to date!

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Photo of Capt_kirk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

I enjoyed it but would only drink it as a change of pace.
Pours a deep red with a red foam head, very sweet, very tart, more like a soda or a cider in flavor.
Overall great on a hot day.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A minimal pink head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with no vision of anything. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Cherry, bready malts, sweetness, and a little funky.

Taste: Same as above with sweet cherries, a little tart and funky.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, tart, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice kriek. Light and enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Lindemans Kriek last week for $6.49 at the Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and I've only had a Kriek once, it was a few years ago and I didn't care for it that much, but I thought it was time for me to give this style another try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a green 355ml foiled and corked bottle into a Belgian style tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it's very typical for Lindemans, but the red foil on the bottle makes it a little eye catching. It poured a nice crimson like color that took on more of a brighter ruby hue when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy light pink head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a candy like aroma to it with the cherrys being the first to show up and they impart a sweet and slightly tart cherry like aroma that reminds me of some cherry concentrate and it also has a slight cough syrup like aroma to it. Up next comes a slight fermented like aroma with just a slight bit of lightly funky yeast coming through. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that really showcased the cherrys.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the cherrys still being the first to show up and they impart a all those nice cherry concentrate aspects that I got from aroma without that light cough syrup like aspect. I didn't get any of that yeast aspect that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's just a little more sweetness with a higher amount of tartness and it had a nice cherry like aftertaste with the tartness just lingering for a second. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the cherrys were showcased nicely while imparting the just the right amount of tartness.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly mouth puckering, not too acidic, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, I don't have much experience at all with this style, but since it doesn't have that cough syrup taste that the first one had I would consider this a good one. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, slightly mouth puckering, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is the perfect amount for a after dinner dessert beer, but i think I would have no problem drinking a bottle to myself, it just might take me a little bit to finish it. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, it was pretty good and it did a good job of really showcasing the cherrys and making them the star of the show. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad at all, but I think it would be a little better if it didn't have light cough syrup like aspect to it. I would buy this beer again and I would be interested to see how it ages. I would recommend it to people who love fruity and tart cherry beers. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I went into it thinking there's a good chance it could be a cough syrup bomb and the aroma didn't fully disprove that, but once I got to the taste I started to enjoy and appreciate this beer.So far this is now my Favorite Kriek and my favorite beer from Lindemans. Good job guys, this beer made for one nice dessert beer, keep up the good work.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of mmva321
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red (like zinfandel) with a pink head.

S: Smells of syrupy cherry, slightly tart, but more sweet than tart.

T: Starts out sweet, with cherry, which becomes tart, especially toward the finish, a touch lemony in the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied and smooth.

O: I like the Peche better, but this is decent. Krieks can be very tart, but Im not surprised, having tried the Peche, that this was only slightly tart. That said, tart isn't necessarily what I like in these kinds of ales.

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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