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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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 seh410
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful, deep garnet color. Totally opaque with a relatively thin pinkish/offwhite head that sticks to the glass as it dissipates

Aroma: Delicious cherry smell... more like cherry juice than anything else. No alcohol, maltiness or hoppiness reaches my nostrils

Taste: The first thing that hits the palate is the deep and sweet cherry flavor with a kick of carbonation. The yeast and malt follows but stays in the background for the most part. It is definitely tart but so delicious. If you weren't a big beer drinker, it's possible that you wouldn't even realize that this is beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels similar to champagne in the mouth.

Drinkability: Yes and no. Tastes great but it's too sweet a drink for me personally to want to have more than a single glass

seh410, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this quite a few times. A friend of mine makes this her beer of choice.

A- Bright, clear, ruby red with a pink fizzy head. The head sticks around quite a long time and throws a big sheet of lacing.

S- Cherry lollipops are the most dominant smell. There is some traditional lambic smells, but they are faint. Some funk, yeast and sourness.

T- Very tart cherries. There is some sourness but its mostly tart and biting cherries. There is lots of sweetness. There is a low level of perceivable funk like barnyard and hay dust.

M- Pretty stucky, sweet, sugary and cloying at times.

D- This is a beer that is kinda far off from a real lambic. Its everywhere, cheap and tasty for beginners. I can enjoy it every once in a while.

MbpBugeye, May 23, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 wahhmaster
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lindemans flute.

Appearance: Purple-red in color with an similarly colored head. The head is tight and fizzy and dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing. Looks like cherry soda or cherry flavoring syrup.

Smell: Smells strongly of cherries, obviously. Also has subtle wheat and yeast smells in the background, similar to a hefeweizen or other wheat beer.

Taste: Very tart. The cherry flavor heavily dominates. However, you can detect slight hints of yeast and wheat malt in the background. It's faint but it's there.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, like champagne.

Drinkability: Overall, a great lambic. Not my favorite flavor but still a solid beer. Certainly worth a try.

wahhmaster, May 17, 2010
Photo of berley31
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, pink, foamy head that was long-lasting. Body is a dark pink/red, mostly clear with a touch of haziness.

S: Cherry pie aroma dominates. Not really getting any of the horse blanket, barnyard-type aromas.

T: Smooth cherry flavor, with a touch of sourness and acidity in the finish, leaving the mouth fairly dry. Again, lacking the barnyard characteristics classic to the style.

M: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Low-medium tartness quality that leaves a good amount of pucker in the mouth.

D: A very decent and enjoyable fruit lambic, but I'm sure it's considered a lightweight by big fans of the style.

berley31, May 17, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a grape juice red with a .5 finger reddish-white head.

S- Tart cherries and some funk but not a whole lot.

T-Tart cherries and finishes sour and a little bitter.

M-Crisply carbonated, although it's smooth, and light bodied.

D-Really easy drinking. The tart and sour notes really balance off the sweet cherry notes. I really don't understand why a lot of people tend to hate on Lindemans but love New Glarus Belgian Red. The two are very similar to my palate.

samie85, May 09, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, reddish, a deep pink where the light penetrates. A tight, slightly pink head with great retention and good lace.
Smell is rich, sweet, cherry and malt. Like a Smith Bros. cough drop.
Taste is cherry, malt, hint of tartness, sweet mostly though less sweet than in the nose, somewhat metallic in aftertaste.
Call this dessert in a glass. Medium-full body, medium tight effervescence, slightly tangy. Great stuff, Maynard.

PorterLambic, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Kriek | 750 ml. | 4.0% ABV

Pours a deep blood red with a small frothing off-white head. It's dense and opaque, and looks just a bit like berry juice.

Robitussin cherry-flavored syrup.

Robitussin cherry-flavored syrup. Well to be fair, it's nowhere near as thick. Nor is it cloying. It's actually tart and peppy. On the downside, the cherry flavor comes on way too strong and processed. The taste of "beer" or alcohol is negligible.

Medium-bodied, spritzy and peppy. Carbonation is medium and works well.

Unfortunately, the artificial cough syrup analogy persists when discussing the flavor. There's no way around it: The flavor is severely unbalanced. That said, it's not a bad brew, but also probably not worth $10. I will not be getting it again, simply because there are so many other superior options.

BeerNemesis, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

metter98, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

Pours a deep, deep red (almost purple) with a big frothy pink head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Nose is initially that of maraschino cherries. There is a hint of alcohol, and some tart/sour notes as well. The smell alone is nearly enough to send you into a diabetic coma; very sweet and inviting.

Lots and lots of tart cherries, would almost be too tart but the sweetness balances it out well. Really not much else there, but the straight forward cherry fruitiness is quite nice. Medium bodied and a bit light on carbonation. Very drinkable and a nice change of pace from the norm.

CBlack85, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet cherry bomb with minimal sour notes.

Presentation: 750 ml capped and corked green bottle. Label notes notes name and brewery with a deco embroidery over a cream background. Side notes ingredients, main brewing characteristics, and characteristics. There is a couple of visible batch codes, but it lacks any legible bottling or best by date. Served into a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep cherry pour, with a very generous pink head, nice retention, surface memory, and great lacing.

S - Sweet cherries, sugar and a minimal sour hint.

T - Taste follows the nose and amplifies the sweet cherry sense but little else... For an instant it seems that the brew is about to give room to some rich sour flavors but it is barely a shy hint that gets woven back into the sugary sweetness coating the blend of dark cherries.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - It´s not bad, and works well on occasion socially but can be a bit boring and overtly sugary and monotonous.

Notes: Fair lambic, a bit too lost in the fruit blend and surely not even remotely offering the complexity that the brewer promotes.

Daniellobo, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a black cherry/dark red with no head and moderate lacing, and tons of floaties. Looks like cough syrup.

S: Massive blast of cherries and a sour funk from the wild yeasts. Wow. Nice.

T: This one is sweeet. Really sweet. Anyone with a sweet tooth would like this. As it stands for me, this is good, but doesn't really remind me of beer at all. It's like faintly alcoholic black cherry soda. Like franks black cherry wishniak soda.

M: Oily, or greasy? Something like that. More carbonated than I expected. Ho hum.

D: A good dessert beer. Would go really well with a slice of cherry cheesecake. It's more of a novelty and off the norm, but for 6 dollars a 12 oz, I'd rather get something I really liked and could drink a few of. The sweet cloying nature of this one must dull my palate, not to mention could probably cause some serious hangovers.

irishking1977, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red color with a pink head and fairly strong carbonation. Head retention is decent but not much lacing. Smell is very sweet and laced with the twinge of tart cherries. They cherries and sweetness dominate so much that not much else can be picked up on. The taste is much like the aroma. Sweet with plenty of tart cherry tang that really dominates the palate. Hardly any lactic sour or musty characteristics. It is pretty much all about sugary sweetness contrasting with the sour cherries. This is not a bad thing necessarily, but this is definitely not the most complex lambic out there. Mouthfeel is light to medium and seems a little less sticky than a lot of other offerings from this brewery. The sugar keeps this from being a session beer, but it is drinkable for the style. All in all this is a nice dessert beer and I enjoy it more than most of their other fruit lambic offerings.

zoso1967, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours reddish-purple with a pink white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind spotty pink lace.

Smell: Smells a bit too artificial- like cherry cough medicine.

Taste: Tart, natural cherry flavors throughout- pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Thin and somewhat sticky and syrupy, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a good lambic. This is my least favorite that I've had from Lindeman's, but it's still worth a try.

Mosstrooper, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep rosy crimson color. Large red tinted white foamy head.

S - Sweet, bold cheery. Also has a good sourness and a little tart.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweet cherry is the primary flavor. There is a bit of tart and sour.

M - Medium body and decent carbonation. A bit sticky.

D - Decent, but the taste would be a little much after a while. Similar to other Lindemans' offerings, probably a little too sweet to have great drinkability.

Notes: Sweet lambic, similar to an alcoholic, sour cherry Kool-Aid. Similar to other Lindemans', quite sweet with a bit of tartness.

FreshHawk, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes this DOES taste like melted popsicles. So what?

A - Absolutely crimson with a pink lace. A very pretty beer

S - Tremendous smell of black cherry, palpably tart, tempered by a wild horse blanket aroma

T - It's candy-like, intensely tart and cherry-flavorful. Despite the tremendously large fruit flavors, there is a bit of underlying complexity in this brew. The wild yeast, wheat and barley make significant, albeit subtle, discernible flavor contributions, especially the wheat. It tastes like a confection made from the most delicious wild cherries and grains. Which is exactly what it is.

M - Lindemans fruit lambic is an all-around excellent product; they are all like delicious fruit Champagne.

D - This is a bit sweet-tart, to the point of being slightly overwhelming, but it is exceptionally decadent and quite delicious. It is a great beer for blending as well. And better to be overwhelmed than underwhelmed.

ktrillionaire, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a goblet. The color was an intense deep red with a huge 2 finger head of pinkish foam. The head lingered for a bit and then receded down to a minimal cap of foam. Substantial lacing noted.
The aroma was huge sweet cherries, a whisp of citrus, aspirin, sweet tarts, and a small sour note, barely noticed in the background.
The taste goes from tart to sweet with slight acidic edges. It is barely sour, much less than I expected. The taste is full of cherry sweet tarts with a dry tart finish. Very fruit juice-like.
There was a good amount of carbonation and an adequate mouthfeel.
This was a very easy and enjoyable quaff. I was expecting more sour and less fruitiness, but I enjoyed this nonetheless. I can see myself enjoying this beer from time to time.

KrisPaulk77, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Ek0nomik
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Purchased at Woodmans Markets (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a dark maroon and crimson color with a light pink and crimson head. If the color wasn't such a dark red I think it'd be pretty clear. It's also quite effervescent. When I popped the cork a bit of foam was starting to build up near the top of the bottle. Each pour also releases a big wave of carbon dioxide. For how sweet this smells there isn't much lace on the side of my glass.

Smell: The nose is of extremely sweet cherries. There's a little bit of cherry cough medicine in there too, along with some chalky calcium carbonate aroma. On top of the sweetness sits a little bit of sour, perhaps from the skin of the cherries. It smells just a little bit tart. Personally, I don't care for a nose this sweet. It smells like I just poured a glass of fruit juice.

Taste: The palate isn't much better than the nose. A very sweet cherry flavor up front with a little bit of tartness as well. Throughout the entire tasting it was like there was a sweet syrup making up the entire flavor. Just like how Coke is made with that syrup and carbonated water, this tasted like carbonated water with a dash of alcohol pumped with fruit syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied beer, but the carbonation on it is pleasant right from the beginning.

Drinkability: Not what I was really in the mood for. It was just too sweet of a beer, and I didn't really think it was a true lambic. Absolutely no funk and over the top sweet. This is candy, not beer.

Ek0nomik, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of jstilwell
2.05/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It seems to me that I tried this many years ago and was quite indifferent about it, while thinking its not really my style. Tried this again at a beer tasting last evening.

The appearance is bright reddish purple with a thin lighter colored head. The smell is off putting, not because of the cherry but the quality. It's an obviously artificially contrived scent reminiscent of ludens cough drops. The taste follows, sticky sweet cherry soda mixed with aspartame. The aftertaste of this sweetner lingers. Surprisingly and perhaps disappointingly there is not much sourness here. I'll be fair and keep appearance and drinkability at the average mark. Kool Aid and cheap wine coolers are big sellers. This is easy to drink with no big boozy taste. I just don't know why anyone would opt for this? To me craft beer is all about the best ingredients, not artificial crap!

jstilwell, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 crhensel
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle into tulip) Like most of these fruit lambics, you really have to be in the mood to have one, and I was ready!! Pours a nice red/ruby color withe a half finger pink head that hung on longer that normal and left strong lacing on the glass. Aroma obviously strong with cherry, but I also detected another sweetness in there.. honey maybe(?) as well as some citrus. The cherries actually reminded me a little of the Luden's cherry cough drops I had as a kid which is not necessarily a bad thing! The taste was very sweet from the cherries, but they were not overpowerling. A slight bite at the finish reminded you you weren't drinking juice! Another strong offering from Lindemans.

crhensel, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/21/2009 (bottle, goblet glass, 53degF, office @ computer after dinner):

Pours a strong purplish red color body, with an average sized dark pink head, lasting. Strong sour aroma and sweet black cherries. Reminds me of cherry ice cream. Some mustiness too. Nice tart taste, sweet cherries. Not as sweet as it is tart and sour. Very tasty, great after dinner drink, especially when I was craving something sweet. Strong fruit flavor from the whole fruit. Mouth puckering. Not super complex, but good for what it is.

jujubeast6000, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Lindemans glass.

A: Dark cherry red. Pours a 2 finger frothy pink head. Leaves thick sticky lacing and little peaks and craters as it settles. More dry lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: A little grain, but mostly cherry... really sweet overpowering cherry.

T: Sweet but more sour cherry flavor. Not as sweetly overwhelming as the nose suggests though. Just a little graininess, and a little bitterness.

M: Light and refreshing. The sweet cherry coats the palette.

D: Good brew to sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is nice. Really solid appearance, and a sweet pleasing fruity nose. Flavor is sour cherry and a little grain, very nice for a special occasion, but not something you'd want to drink too much of... could be a little cloying. Overall, this is a really good brew.

bmwats, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and glowing ruby red color with a thick and lacy red head. Sweet cherry aromas fill the nose and the highly carbonated brew bubbles out a seemingly endless supply of the smell. The flavor is sweet and very, very cherry. There is also a tart bite within the mix of sweetness and fades into an even more tart flavor in the finish. The finish comes and goes quickly as the light body and very high carbonation flow away.

manahansf, Dec 30, 2009
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