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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

986 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Slatetank, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

drabmuh, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Rifugium, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of WesWes
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

The beer pours a dark maroon color with a matching head. The aroma is good. It has a very tart cherry scent that pierces your nose; very nice. The taste is awesome. It is full of sour cherries and not much else. It refreshes on the way down. I love this beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks great. I could drink about a gallon of this stuff; a good sessions beer.

WesWes, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%

The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is extremely sweet cherry with no real sour or funk qualities. The flavor is very heavy on the cherry. Tastes a lot like cherry syrup. There is very little tartness although a tad bit of it is there. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This has nothing in common with other Belgian lambics but as far as fruit beers go, this is a good one.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

mdfb79, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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).

jwc215, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

smcolw, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.75/5  rDev -28%

As I pop the cork from this beer a strong note of sticky, sweet cherry hits my nose. The beer pours with a thickish dirty pink colored head. The beer is a red color with a pinkish tinge to it. The aroma has nothing but a sweet cherry drop candy note. The cherry is rich smelling but is missing the cherry pit note that is in good Krieks.

The taste has an over the top sweetness to it that really just dominates this beer in both palate and flavor. There is a strong cherry note as well, and perhaps a bit of cherry skin complexity thrown in as well, but overall this does not even have the fruit character that the Lindemans Framboise has. Simplistic and straight forward, it is perhaps a bit easier to drink than the Framboise, but I do like cherries better than raspberries. There is also a bit of tartness in the finish here, but this wisp of a flavor is all that says that this might be something that is Lambic base.

Gueuzedude, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.7%

MarkyMOD, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance: clear ruby red in color with a thin 1" light purplish head. There was some spots of lace that stuck to the glass.

Smell: cherries and yeast are bold and extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: slightly tart cherries, other mild fruit sweetness, yeast, and some very mild bitterness. Always a consistant beer from my previous experiences.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Lightly dry and mildly crisp throughout. Short-lived aftertaste as the cherry tones linger briefly.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers I would pick up on occasion to change things ups a bit.

Gavage, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

02/06/06- Beer brought by someone at my Super Bowl party.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, wrapped, capped and corked. Poured into my Lindemans flute. Not sure of the year.

Appearance- Dark cherry red, full and murky. Sediment clumps upon the pour. Nice half inch soon disappearing head with fair lace.

Smell- Smells a combo of sweet and sour, with sweet being the dominant one. Fresh cherry orchard.

Taste- Not sour or tart at all. In fact it very sweet. Fresh bing cherry sryup flavor with a touch of jolly rancher sugary flavor as well. Light malt backing with a very small hop kick.

Mouthfeel- This one gets knocked down just a notch because of it over-sweetness. Low-medium carbonation for this style.

Drinkability- Save this one for after dinner. Probably would really go good with some chocolate covered cherries. Overall, tasty, but not a gussler.

GClarkage, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +4.7%

oriolesfan4, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -21.5%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a deep cherry red with a pink rosy head. Smells very sweet with a strong cherry presence. Based on the appearance and aroma of this beer I was not very optimistic, but once I tried it I was pleasntly surprised. The sourness of the lambic balanced out the sweetness of the cherries perfectly and vice versa.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours such an amazingly red-pink colour, so bright and so un-beer-like, with a big soft pink head of candyfloss foam. Lacing is extremely good, however, and it looks like the most extremely fruit fruit lambic I've ever tried. It certainly has that going for it at least.

Nose is rife with strong citric and slightly artificial cherry characters. Big ripe pips and stem aroma, quite sour, with a light crushed aspirin character. It's big, sweet, acidic and fruity. The sour character is very pleasant at least - it's not in the least offensive, but it does come across as somewhat one-dimensional.

Taste is very similar. It's incredibly sweetly acidic. Fruit really dominates, with a huge cherry character. It tastes absolutely nothing like beer - it doesn't even have the offensively sour characters of the most extreme lambic examples like Cantillon. It comes across as sweet and sugary - everyone else here thinks it's an alcopop. So, it has character enough, but it really doesn't have the ruggedness to mark it as a really good beer.

All things considered, it's not a bad drop to drink, and I find it quite a cleansing beer. It comes across as a well balanced lambic. It's very candy-like, and that makes it really unique. Not something I'd drink every day, but it's something I'd happily take on occasion.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +6%

This stuff is growing on me, I think my taste buds have adjusted and I'm liking these style brews more and more, scarry stuff. Anyway this pours out of the corked, capped and foiled bottle, with no freshness dating. its a plummy shade of cherry. Nose is sweet and fruity,leaves some light and well dispersed lacing. Taste is just about right, between tart and sweet, fruity, sticky on the lips. Light and refreshing, went great with a salad this evening. give these lambics a try, they are nicely crafted, interesting, complex beverages.

Billolick, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Lancaster Malt Brewing Co. tumbler. The ale is cold and gradually warming.

The ale is a shade or two darker than a rosé, maybe closer to a raspberry color (despite the kriek moniker). The ale poured vigourously and left a nice lace around the glass.

Smell: Syruppy sweet, the cherry really comes through. The light malt presence also makes itself known, complimenting the cherries.

Taste: The syrup in this ale is upfront, imparting a very sweet taste in the ale. There is no hop presence to speak of and the malts are so overpowered by the syrup and fruit that it tastes as though one is drinking cherry juice, albeit it very good cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness of the ale sits nicely on the tongue, very sweet, almost too sweet.

Drinkability: The only drawback is that could get to be too sweet. Otherwise, this a very interesting take on a lambic, one end of the extremes (lindemans=sweet, liefmans=sour).

akorsak, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense crystal clear glowing deep red body with a microfizz that races toward the surface. There is a ping foam head that last for most of the beer.

S- The sharp smell of Luden's cherry cough drops finish with a medicinal bite the grows as the beer opens.

T- The dark sweet cherry flavor is very artificial tasting with a chemical cough syrup taste to follow and a dark medicinal tonic bitterness in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no astringency or alcohol heat and a soft tight fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a syrupy cherry taste that is not fresh fruit at all but just all artificial. I haven't had Luden's cough drops since I was a kid but one sip of this beer and I fell like I was sick in bed. I couldn't find any other characters in this beer.

rhoadsrage, Jun 27, 2011
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.