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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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990 Ratings
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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 52 | 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 beachbum1975
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/11/2009. Thanks to newtonty for sharing.

Pours a slightly cloudy, pinkish/red with a white frothy head with minimal lacing. Decent head retention.

You could open this beer, pour it into a cab glass and use it to freshen the air in your kitchen! This nose on this HUGE. If you like cherry lifesavers, this is the same thing exact thing.

Taste is very much like the nose, but add tart and slight bready yeasts to the mix.

Very nice, but very sweet. Light bodied, full flavored and highly carbonated.

beachbum1975, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of veachster
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It is red/light maroonish in color with a purple head. There is great visible signs of carbonation. When poured into my glass, the foaming bubbles fall to the bottom and rise back to the top. Great retention.

S - I have said this about all the Lindemans Lambics I've tried and the same goes with this one... it has the cork aroma with a hint of cherry. It smells like it will give you hope of what's in store for the taste.

T - It's tart with a fruity acidic bite. It has the similar taste as the smell as if you can almost taste the cherryish cork. I like it.

M - My mouth instantly salivates and my tongue is bitten by the fruity acid. It feels light on my tongue.

D - This is not a chugging beer. I consider it a special beer that I would bring out to share with visitors. I would have wine lovers that do not like beer taste this to show them that not all beers are built the same. I could almost expect a full tummy after a couple bottles.

This is personally my favorite of the Lambics.

veachster, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with small light pink foam.

Smell is cherry, which bursts forth from the glass. You can smell the fruit as soon as you life the glass towards the face.

Taste is very fruity cherry - like the syrupy bottom of a cherry Italian Ice. Light buzz in the mouthfeel, the sour from the cherry builds as the drink is held in the mouth.

If this style of beer is your thing, its really tasty and highly drinkable. For many I suspect this is an interesting taste, but not something they'd keep coming back to.

KTCamm, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of uwmgdman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This black cherry lambic pours a slightly hazy pinkish-red color into my glass with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet, obvious cherries and very inviting. The flavor is a great balance between sweetness from the malt and tartness from the cherries/fermentation. The lively carbonation maintains a nice aroma and flavor throughout the experience. Overall this was a well brewed lambic, couldn't drink it all night, but very good.

uwmgdman, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, not for everybody, and quite pricey.

The presentation is an imperial bottle with foil around the top. Under that foil is a bottle cap, and under that bottle cap is a cork!

Opening it up I smell a medicinal phenol with a TON of fresh cherries- and I do mean fresh. They smell like they were just picked despite the fact that the liquid in the bottle is a product that took a year to produce, then sat in a bottle for about a year waiting to be sold. Pouring the opaque pink fluid more cherries wafted around.

The head was of small to medium-sized bubbles that left a 2-3 cm head in the chalace. Bands of lacing was a calling card of where the level of the liquid once was.

The taste is first quite medicinal- like NyQuil, but that subsides quickly and a dry, tart cherry beverage then shows itself. It's quite dry compared to the other Krieks. Finishing it off a well-hidden bit of hops walks by without being noticed much, and the cherries leave the tounge puckered tart.

Throughout the whole bit you notice the high acid content.

Great beer for a party. Serve with chocolate!

fingerlaker, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish/pink with a thin pink head. Smells strongly of cherries and oxidized malt. Taste is also dominated with black cherries. A very sweet beer, but there is a good amount of tartness to balance. A hint of funk from the yeast. The finish is a hint of malt, showing that this is indeed a beer. There is also a touch of bitterness, but very small. Mouthfeel is nice, high carbonation. Drinkability up front is nice, a sweet treat, that tastes more like a cherry drink than beer. However, after drinking an entire bottle, it gets to be a bit cloying. That said, I would definitely drink this again.

tronester, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark red with a three finger pink head and copious lacings. Aroma is very potent black cherry. Taste is like the most delicious black cherry soda you can imagine. The flavor is very full and sweet and it is hard to believe this has any alcohol at all. Easy drinker with no faults but doesn't taste much like beer at all. Excellent desert choice IMO and not one to swill. Sip it with a meal and enjoy those immense flavors.

Spikester, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lively translucent crimson red color... Light fluffy white head with a faint hint of pink mixed in... Solid retention... Almost completely still with an occasional carbonation bubble is noted... Very good stickiness...

S - Black cherry... Raspberries... A very faint yeast aroma is noted as well..

T - Cherries and sugar offset by a faint yet pleasant tartness... Simple and straightforward, but quite enjoyable... Perhaps a tad too sweet...

M - Fizzy carbonation... Medium bodied... Perhaps a bit salty... Minor puckering... Taste pleasantly lingers...

D - Quite filling... A wonderful night cap or desert beer... A great way to get introduced to Lambics...

philbe311, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red with a pink head. Liquid is mostly opaque.

Smell is cherries, light malts, and no hops.

Taste is super tart and sweet cherries.

Mouthfeel is soft carbonation, puckeringly sweet and sour.

Drinkability is good as dessert. Can't drink too many of these.

gonzo46and2, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of jsp2
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep blood red that is opaque with a thicky foamy pick head that sticks around. Smells of cherries strongly with background hints of musk, leather, sweat? Tastes of intense sourness and sweetness simultaneously followed by something extremely strange, a slight hint of rotten fruit? Syrupy and highly carbonated at the same time. This extremely unique beer has a tartness that I love. It has just enough wildness as well, and these 2 elements are balanced by a sweet fruity cherry flavor.

jsp2, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

A - A nice vibrant red color, with some depth to its clarity. Nice, long lasting pinkish head.

S - I'm immediately reminded of cherry Jolly Ranchers on the nose, with a slight yeasty background. An odd aroma to have come from beer, but pleasant nonetheless.

T - Not as sweet as other Lindeman's offerings, which is a nice surprise. A very balanced flavor, but that cherry jolly rancher taste is still there. Fleeting cherry yeast aftertaste

M - Smooth and Silky, good carbonation, perfect for lambic.

D - I could probably have a few of these if I took it slow. It's great for dessert and casual drinking, but it's actually pretty filling.

Overall, not a particularly complex or high-class lambic, but definitely a tasty and refreshing change of pace, as well as a good starting point for a lambic newbie.

DannyS, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- Pours a gorgeous cherry red color that is very clear yet somewhat hard to see through. A huge 3 finger head rises and hangs out for a bit. head is that of a pink cherry color. Frothy and mountainous as well.

S- wow the cherry smell is huge. Very sweet and wine like as well.

T- a tasty sweet and sour cherry flavor. Nothing much else to it.

M- carbonation and sweetness. A light tang hits the outer end of it but very smooth and clean.

D- I could pound these back all day but they are filling. It is kind of like a cherry juice. Easy to throw back.

Dodo2step, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of sonicdescent
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as Kriek, this is a completely different ballgame than the Cantillon, but the uninitiated will appreciate this with awe, as it tastes no more strong than a sparkling grape juice.

Appearance = pretty to look at. Dark red liquid with a light pink head and lacing.

Smell - cherries cherries cherries and a smidgen of a wine-smell

Taste - I prefer the Cantillon, but as said before it's difficult to compare the two as the Lindeman's overrides the sour taste with a whole load of sweet. It's enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - yet another parallel to sparkling grape juice.

Drinkability - all things equal, I'd rather drink a Cantillon Kriek, but this is an easy to drink brew.

Overall - Very good.

sonicdescent, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ruby red color that produces a foamy pink head that disappeared quickly and leaves little lace

S - Cherries....lots of them

T - Cherries, in full blast. Little sour taste, but not strong

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation

D - Sweet drink, my favorite of the Lindemans

cvfish, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cranberry color, not much head to speak of, some foamy bubbles around the glass, lots of floaties in the beer. Heavy & rich cherry aroma. Tart cherry flavor, an earthy/musty flavor buried deep beneath the cherry. Lively carbonation, puckering tartness. This is tasty stuff.

corey0212, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 kimcgolf
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark ruby red with thin pink head that lingered for awhile and left okay lacing. Nose was a tart cherry, combined with a hint of malty swettness. The mouthfeel was a bit like the sour-sweet 1-2 punch of a Flemish Sour, though not as pronounced. Flavor followed the nose down the sweet cherry path, and the finish was dry and tangy.

Not a bad Lambic.

kimcgolf, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of beckje01
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the big 750

A- Deep ruby color with lots of white head. Tons of lacing and no visible activity.

S- Tons of cherry in the nose with a slight sour in there.

T- A slight tang to the cherry, but mostly lots and lots of cherry. It has a slight dryness that goes well with the flavor a very tasty beer.

M- Nice activity fits the flavor and thickness is good.

D- Very drinkable at least every time I've had it but it's always as night may not be a lunch beer.

beckje01, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of MarzenMan
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a foil wrapped bottle with cork and cap.

A - Poured dark red with a huge bubbly head like you'd expect on champagne.

S - Very strong cherry/juicy smell. Once it begins to warm you notice some funkiness. Not sure how to describe it. After the rain kind of smell.

T - Very sweet and not as tart or funky as I expected. Lots of cherry juice flavor. Once it warms a little you get a little more complexity/funkiness. Sort of a cherry champagne with some interesting yeastiness in the end.

D - Very drinkable if not a little sweet. Whats not to like about a cherry/champagne/beer?

MarzenMan, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of auburngrad82
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A beautiful deep red with a nice, thick pink head.

S- Very fruity but no cloying.

T- Sweet and tart at the same time. Nice cherry flavor, more like a wine than a beer.

M- Thick and pleasant.

D- My wife, who doesn't like beer, calls this one a "breakfast beer", meaning it's along the lines of a Mimosa- sweet and bubbly but not so strong that it knocks you out.

auburngrad82, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

4.5 A: Deep mahogany in color. Thick frothy pink head with lot of lacing. Very nice.

4.5 S: Smells just like grenadine flavored cough drops. Very nice.

4.0 T: Tart and simultaneously sweet, just like fresh cherries.

5.0 M: Lighter body with champagne-like carbonation. Very enticing.

5.0 D: It's like alcoholic cherry flavored juice, what's not to love.

DavoleBomb, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Alexmc2
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After removing the foil, bottle cap, and cork, the beer pours a beautiful cranberry red with a frothy two finger pink head. Smell is of fresh fruit juice, cherries and cranberry, slight alcohol. Very sweet taste, as is to be expected, sour aftertaste, but it is a pleasant effect. The mouthfeel isn't anything too special, the flavors do not linger very long on the palate. Far too sweet to have more than one, and even getting through one is a bit difficult for me. For a Kriek... its not bad.

Alexmc2, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Purple with a creamy light purple head.

Aroma - Lots of black cherry and surar smells.

Mouthfeel - Thick body with fizzy carbonation.

Taste - Very sweet, lots of black cherry flavor.

Overall - Very one dimensional, but a nice desert beer.

praufs01, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of baos
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into favorite jar.

A: Deep red color with big pink head that dwindles down quickly.

S: Deep cherry jam with yeasty sweetbread overtones.

T: Really really sour on the get go, but this melds with the sweetness as it warms in your glass and on your palate.

M: Medium

D: If you like them fruity; drink away.

baos, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Beernoisseur
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it's my personal fruit preference, but I preferred the Peche version...

This This one tasted and smelled way too much like Luden's cough drops for me to really get into the sensory experience.

Once again, no head. Tiny spots of anemic lacing. I don't think that one really expects that from this style however. It pours dark, almost a Cabernet red.

I am only moderately impressed with these beers. They are basically a flavored malt beverage. They are quite tasty, but I have a really hard time spending 5 dollars a bottle on them.

Beernoisseur, Oct 17, 2008
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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