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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

969 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 44 | 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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JoelClark

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-03-2014 18:43:21 | More by JoelClark
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-03-2014 16:16:21 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-03-2014 03:41:59 | More by StoutHunter
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2014 05:43:14 | More by NickThePyro
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Robyn

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2014 04:01:31 | More by Robyn
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-29-2014 19:23:18 | More by Uniobrew31
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dsl72701

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-29-2014 19:21:26 | More by dsl72701
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-29-2014 00:08:04 | More by Sellen
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-28-2014 23:38:34 | More by biegaman
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itracy63

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-28-2014 03:11:31 | More by itracy63
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Hazee

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-27-2014 14:47:24 | More by Hazee
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SBoeckman72

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2014 04:30:18 | More by SBoeckman72
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epyon396

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-27-2014 01:21:16 | More by epyon396
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Leag0002


4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-26-2014 00:39:05 | More by Leag0002
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Cheld

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-25-2014 23:22:37 | More by Cheld
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droobydoo


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-24-2014 04:11:23 | More by droobydoo
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-21-2014 19:30:35 | More by oriolesfan4
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-21-2014 14:11:43 | More by HRamz3
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MojoIRL


4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-19-2014 21:27:53 | More by MojoIRL
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mmva321

Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

07-19-2014 04:30:42 | More by mmva321
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-17-2014 02:24:49 | More by KAF
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JeltMaaj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-13-2014 23:00:59 | More by JeltMaaj
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EdwardK77

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-13-2014 15:12:20 | More by EdwardK77
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gatorlove

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-12-2014 17:57:52 | More by gatorlove
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-12-2014 13:56:05 | More by threedaggers
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