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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,086 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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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: 1,086 | Reviews: 499
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of lace and reddish colour with lace and a good head. Cherry aroma though sugary sweet, and that is the taste. Its refreshing, but oh way too sweet. Sourness mid-sip would would like much more.A transition to this style beer. Sampled at Cole's Belgian beer fest.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark red with a 3 inch foamy red-white head that settles to an island of foam. Random clumps of foamy lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet and sour cherries and some slight funk. Taste is pretty much exactly the same with the funk coming through a bit stronger in the aftertaste. There is also a slightly acidic quality to this one. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. A bit of a sticky residue in the mouth after each sip. Overall, this is another good Lindemans take on the lambic even though it may not be the most authentic product out there.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours medium dark red with a pink head that quickly dies down into a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass. A light level of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There's a distinct smell of cherries--similar to cherry cough drops--but in a sweet sense.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by sweet cherries, although there is a bit of sourness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink. I would probably have this again and pair it with a sweet dessert.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a strawberry jello cloudy body with a salmon colored head that leaves enough splashy lacing; just can't get over the color

Smell: Musty sour cherry nose with a touch of balsa wood; the sweetness clearly peaks through

Taste: Starts out with a sweet cherry flavor that is joined by the sour notes; the sourness and sweetness build into the finish and the sour flavors win out at the very end; slightly cloying, nonetheless

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and light bodied

Drinkability: Awfully hard to drink a whole bottle of this sweet stuff; I'm not a fan of sour beers but the sweetness of this off-style lambic doesn't do it for me, either

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, a treat for the senses. Aromas hit the nose hard with dark black cherry fruitiness, sweetness, and tartness. Rich and complex even at the first whiff. Looks thick, rich, and maroon with a haze and good retention. Carbonation is a bit low, but suitable for the style. Tastes rich and sweet with a, probably, good dose of malt, but hiding behind the cherries. Nearly cloying. Tart and lightly sour across the toung and in the jaws--just enough to savor every sip and deter slamming it down. Thick, smooth texture with a mild astingency in the finish. Ends with a big sweetness and lingering tartness.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color beer with a huge pink color head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of cherry is dominant with light tart notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by sweet cherry notes with light tart notes also discernable and quite a lot of sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation. I know syrup is used in there and I know this is not brewed as per traditional ways but I can't help but fall in love with this guilty pleasure each time I drink this.

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking red color with a thin pink colored head on top. The smell of the beer is of cherry which is a good thing. The smell has some light wild yeast aromas in there too giving a little bit of funk on the nose. The taste of the beer is of sweet and sour cherry. It seems to start sweet and end with the tart. The mouthfeel is similar to a carbonated wine. Overall it's not a terrible lambic in my opinion, however some think that Lindeman's is just too sweet all around. To each their own.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucent dark cherry red (or crimson if you prefer) with a substantial head of emasculating pink froth that demonstrates great persistance and a stickiness that results in chunky wisps of abstract-patterned lace. It looks remarkably like Lindemans Framboise, but then why wouldn't it?

The nose is intense and is redolent of sweet n' sour cherries. There's no mistaking what this beer is brewed with. It also possesses that fermented, wine-like aroma that makes it clear that, appearances aside, this is more than mere fruit juice.

There aren't any surprises on the palate, although the incredible mouth-squinching tartness caught me a little off guard. Plump, juicy, sweet cherries burst over the tongue. A salivary gland tweaking, tongue ruffling sourness is right there in lock step.

There isn't an overwhelming amount of complexity as there aren't any serious competing flavors vying for center stage. On a good note, the black cherry flavor itself seems more layered and deeper than expected, probably as a result of the interplay between impressively sweet and impressively sour.

All well-crafted fruit lambics seem to garner nearly identical scores from me. The three Melbourn Bros. beers and now two Lindemans lambics have all gotten somewhere in the vicinity of 4.0. Maybe that's because their sugar content limits drinkability, but I suspect that the real reason for the glass ceiling is that they just don't seem all that much like beer to me.

I can no longer convince my wife to taste (or even smell) beer after some unfortunate, though well meaning, attempts on my part to bring her gently into the beer lover's fold. She loves cherry flavored *everything* and has a sweet tooth, so perhaps if I had started with Lindemans Kriek, she'd be better able to share my passion for beer. In others words, chicks'll dig this stuff.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is exactly what a kriek should be, this is the definition of the style really. pours cloudy and pink, champaigne looking carbonation, and a fizzing white head about half an inch tall. the nose is tart from the yeast and from the cherries, a little sweet but not at all overdone. flavor is really true to black cherry, fresh not dried. sweet, but made tart and puckery by the yeast. its still a little sugary in terms of feel, but in a dessert setting i think it is a positive attribute. the fruit juice and the yeast work together better in this beer than in almost any other out there in my experience. super intense carbonation and an alredy light body make this really exciting in the mouth. a great bottle to share after a thanksgiving feast or similar celebration, not something you would drink every day.

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a deep ruby red with a short lived pink head, about a finger high.

S: Sweet cherry candy on the nose with a little bit of a cherry cough drop sort of flavor. Not the menthol kind, but more of the sweet Ludens sort of cough drop.

T: The flavor is sweet, too. Tons of cherry flavor, which is nice, but after awhile it becomes far too sweet. A bit of the cherry cough drop flavor to it and lots of sugar/candy sort of flavor.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: Sort of a guilty pleasure, but at the same time, it's a bit too sweet to drink a ton of.

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -47.8%

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a fizzy, bubbly, purplish-red color with a foamy, pink head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet black cherries. It almost smelled like some cherry Hawaiian shave ice.

T - It was both tart and sweet. Tons of cherry flavor with some slight yeastiness.

M - It was crisp with a syrupy, stickiness. A light bodied beer.

D - If sipped slowly or consumed in small doses it is very easy to drink. I can't imagine drinking a lot of it in a short amount of time.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear red (the ver definition of the word red) with a small pinkish-white head that leaves a bit of lacing as it settles to a thickness of a third-of-a-finger. The smell is of dry, fresh cherries, with a sparkling background (I've no other way to say that...). The taste is mostly the same, but the cherries are now moist, fuller, more pronounced, with a slight hint of yeasty earthiness near the base. It doesn't sit very heavily on the tongue, and the carbonation is light and unintrusive, making for a highly drinkable and highly tasty brew.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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