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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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504 Reviews
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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,159
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 35
Gots: 120 | 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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a corked and capped green 750ml into a wine glass.
A - A stunning juicy red, appears as cherry juice which indicates a large amount of fruit was included in fermentation. The head is about a half inch of pink foam that creates a thin film of lace.

S - Smells very fruity, like a sweet tart or luden's tastes.

M - Extremely sweet and tart feel like cherry candy. Mild effervescence w/ a very sweet finish.

T - The flavor is very Cherry w/ a taste that is so intensely concentrated that it almost tastes like cherry extract. Sugary sweet - the flavor is mostly concentrated on the tip of the tongue. A slight pucker in the tanginess of the cherry taste.

D - A very sweet lambic, but good drinkablility. A pretty classic sweet style. made since 1811. I would prefer more acidity and dry flavor, but this still has an overall good taste and drinkability. Makes a good mix w/ Troeg's Oatmeal stout mixed 1/4 lambic to 3/4 stout I found. I would guess any stout would do, but I like the hop as a complement to the lambic's sweetness. I will have to try a mix w/ Sierra Nevada and the Framboise.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big on cherry flavour both sweet and sour ... some people add sugar cubes to cut the tartness but I think it is fine the way it is. A brew with depth and character ...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Pin's.

Poured into a #proper Lindemans color-print wine-style glass. Deep, dark, ruby red, cloudy, with a half-finger of pink head that retained well and left lots of lacing on the glass. Looked beautiful! Nose is pretty much pure cherry sweetness. Lots of cherry sweetness in the taste, but actually a surprising amount of tartness, especially up front, which I didn't expect, knowing Lindemans' m.o. Cherry candy, and not much else to speak of here. Crisp and syrupy mouthfeel, light-medium body, mildly dry in the finish, with the sweetness lingering to the aftertaste; moderate carb. This is a great dessert beer. Lambic purists will tell you that true krieks shouldn't be as sweet as this, and maybe they shouldn't. In that sense, this isn't very exemplary of the style, and we all know that Lindemans flavors their beers instead of using fruit in the brewing process. But that doesn't mean this can't be a good beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great dessert beer we have here, this one can steal just about any girl's heart even if they say they don't like beer. Appearance: Deep cranberry color with a nice sized pink foam very bubbly champagne like quality all the way on the pour leaving heavy patches of lacing sip after sip nice looking beer. Aroma: Tart cherries oh so nice, vinous wine like presence here a simple a bit one dimensional and sweet but perfect at the same time. Taste: Predominantly one rush of cherries but so well textured and mellow and spritzy but put together so well, perfectly aged I have to seek out other examples of Lambic next mission is Cantillon. Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne tickles the senses with each sip yet slight syrup texture so sweet like candy could definitely drizzle this upon some cheesecake for a devine experience. Drinkability: Low abv tastes like candy easily consumed but very sweet keeping this one for me a true dessert beer, it's awesome the beer that makes many a folk realize that beer is such a broad term.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink color with a light rose head that is a single layer of bubbles.

very sweet cherry smell--almost fake. The group I am with describes it as a Robatusin.

Slightly sour with a very tart finish. It is great with dark chocolate. Lots of cherry, but a little lip-puckering. Good body with lots of carbonation.

Great tartness for a dessert beer. A great example of an excellent lambic.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/02/12 notes. A 375ml bottle picked up earlier that day into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep ruby red-purple color with one finger of fluffy light pink head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of black cherries, sweet dark fruits, spice, Belgian yeast, and a small twinge of sourness. Sweeter than sour, reminds me a lot of black cherry soda.

t - Tastes of sweet black cherries, sour cherries and dark fruits, spice, Belgian yeast, fruity malts, and black cherry soda. Dead ringer for the soda.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, more so than the Framboise I had last week from them. Neither are sour, but both are great sweet fruit beers, with a little bit of a Belgian kick to them. I like cherry a little better and this reminded me of black cherry soda, so I'd choose this over the other, but both are great and worth trying.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright rosy red color, huge pink head.
Nose is utterly decadent, sweet and sugary, bold cherries, yet also sour, like SweeTarts candies!
Taste: right off, puckering sour, yet also sweet from the fruit, a constant fandango between the tastes.
Full mouthfeel, tantalizing texture.
Tartness lessens some toward the end, and then, it's pure heaven!

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pinkish red with a pinkhead that soon became thin and patchy. It left a bit of lacing.

It smelled of cherries - strongly.

The taste, like the smell, was of black cherries. The sweetness was mixed in with a tartness.

It was smooth and left a sweet, spritzy, dry feel.

I recommend having this one with a loved one over candles on a romantic evening (in place of wine or champagne).

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer soda, sweet lambic. Served in a Lindemann's flute glass. Beer is bright red / ruby pink with a pink head of small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is cherries.

Beer is sweet, like soda, finishes sweet, it is actually sweeter than most sodas I drink, very cherry, mild tartness, mild everything. I enjoy it but it is overpowering. This is a good beer to have around for guests or parents when they come and visit.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend and family. Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep red/maroon body with a huge fluffy, creamy soft pink head. The lacing and retention were both stellar, leaving this patches on both the walls and a nice cap on the surface. Sure, it's red and pink but for the style it's great.

S: Sweet and sugary black cherries, strawberries and red grapes. Along with the sweetness is a nice subtle tart nature but you can tell it won't be so puckering. A semi-sweet red wine quality comes through towards the back end, nothing really in the way of an abundance of malt or hops though. The fruit dominates.

T: Very sweet but not sickeningly. Black and red cherries are the center of this flavor profile. There's a bit of a tart edge due to the underlying lambic base of this beer though it's certainly been masked quite a bit with the sweetener. Not that I mind it, but in large quantities this might be too much. The finish is dry and fruity, really just an easy drinking exceptional beer.

M: Light and bubbly, highly carbonated but there's nothing to fault here as this is what the style calls for. Dry and sweet flavors lingering around.

Perhaps this is a guilty pleasure but I enjoy a beer like this from Lindemans from time to time. It's a nice change of pace while still giving you traditional lambic qualities with a sweetened edge to it. Not something I could drink in large amounts but this always seems to go over well with everyone.

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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