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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

941 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 41 | 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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GFSchwab

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark hue of red with a rich foamy head that didn't seem to quit.

The beer was outstanding. Truly a belgian funk house beer, with leathery over tones with sour cherries and a malt background that left my palate in shambles.

There is a long, lingering sourness that parrelles the leathery aftertaste, making truly a complex finish.

Not avery sessional beer, something to be enjoyed slowly with creme brulee or cheese cake.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 09:08:40 | More by GFSchwab
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Tilley4

Tennessee

2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Whew, this one was tough to get through for me... Very sweet...

Poured a very nice reddish color with a nice fluffy head but was full of sediment..

Aroma of sweet cherries...not much else...

Wow, this was way too sweet... I was hoping for a bit of a vinous quality but it tasted more like a cherry wine cooler...

Didn't care for this very much... Only made it halfway through the bottle before I had to give it up..

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 13:54:38 | More by Tilley4
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SaltyLime

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark red with light pink head that dissipates fast, lots of tiny bubbles

Smell - smells like cherry cough syrup

Taste - familiar taste of a cherry jolly rancher, not overly sweet but definitely a sweet drink

Mouthfeel - champagne like carbonation softly plays on the palate

Drinkability - good dessert beer, a fat piece of chocolate cake would have completed it

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 12:22:09 | More by SaltyLime
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This style is excellent paired with the right food and is a wondeful session brew. It pours out looking like carbonated and frothy straw Berry wine cooler. a deep, light-pinkish red color with a wonderfully dense but active and very sticky white head that has very slow dissipation and leaves massive clumps all around the flute glass.

The aroma is very nice with it's cranberry, cherries, raspberry and cream scent, but also a mild, sour, and tangy wild yeast.

The flavor is a very deep and complex red-fruits extraveganza, with very-sweet cherries and tangy raspberries. The tangy, sour yeast adds a decent balance. There's a subtle current of light cream way down deep att he finsih.

The feel is light, active, airy but very smooth on the way down due to the extra-creamy head.

This stuff is classic desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 21:58:18 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my first try at a lambic, but this is my first respected lambic. Pours a deep cherry or crimson with a frothy pink head that resembles anything but a beer. Aroma is sweet, dark cherries with candied raspberries and strawberries (the flavors you would find in gum or lifesavers) mixed in. This is like candy-coated beer. Taste is a t first sweet but an intense sour follows like a sweet tart to help keep it from being too sugary. That leaves a very dry aftertaste, like wine, and makes this brew all the more palatable.

A tremendous brew. A desert beer, and not something I would have every day. Tasty, of course. Different, definitely. Not what I would think of as a beer. But a must try for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 04:20:00 | More by saintwarrick
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a bright red hazy with a strawberry red foam on top, the foam actually lasted pretty long for a sour beer.

S- cherries and wheatiness. the wheat is pretty strong, but the cherries are the main player

T- strong cherry flavor, light on the sourness, but has a pretty nice backing to the fruit as well, nice and smooth

M- highly carbonated, light body,

D- drink on drink on

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 02:49:25 | More by Atron67
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mattster

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours a dark cherry red colored brew with little to no head... mostly lacing across top of brew, and sides of glass. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is of sweet dark cherry. Amazingly, for some odd reason (sarcasm) taste is of sweet cherry too. It does finish nice, but sweetness only leaves me wanting just one - if I finish the whole thing.

But, for many, these sweet lambics are a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 09:54:49 | More by mattster
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deanhead

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pored a brilliant rub-garnet color, with some bubbles, adequately carbonated but no head to speak of.

Aroma of Cherries, tobacco, and vanilla. No hop nose

Tart tasing, sour cherries, and hints of tanins, and raspberies. Intesnley sour, but also sweet. No hop bitterness.

light bodied, bubbly, and crisp.

This is a very drinkable beer, I'd call it beer candy. It is a fabulous beer, and a terrific rendition of the Lmabic style

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 18:55:38 | More by deanhead
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Looks very good, ruby red, creamy pink head.

S - bold cherries, sorta phoney-baloney though, a bit of tartness, but mostly candy-like sweetness

T - tastes like kids candy, I wouldn't even call it an alco-pop, because there isn't a hint of alcohol or beeriness.

M - I guess it's ok, who cares.

D - a terrible example of the style, but lord help us if teenage girls ever catch onto this stuff... I could see them drinking it by the truckload.

There is nothing "foul" about this beer... but that is sort of the problem. There is no funk or sourness to speak of. Just sweeeet cherry candy flavour (with absolutely no complexity) to the point that it is sickening.

I've had the New Glarus Belgian Red, which is also sickeningly sweet, but it is also mouth puckeringly sour, so it sorta balances out.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 02:54:04 | More by markaberrant
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a somewhat hazy ruby-red/burgundy with a good inch of pink head that leaves fairly impressive lacing on the side of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Smells strongly of cherries with hints of a funkiness which is no doubt due to the spontaneous fermentation. Tastes strongly of cherries too with a sweet-and-sour quality from the funky twang. Hints of malt toward the finish. Slightly on the dry side. Plenty of carbonation helps make this a pretty refreshing beer despite its flavor complexity and fairly full mouthfeel. A solid beer for sure and my favorite lambic I've had thus far. Really hitting the spot tonight.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 23:22:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's hard to review, because it succeeds in everything it aspires to, just doesn't really do it in a complex, beery sort of way. It pours a light red-maroon color with a thin bit of head on top. Looks solid. Nose is all cherries, as is the taste. My sister observed it basically tastes like cherry soda with a little alcohol. Feel is fairly thin, but not terrible for the style. Drinkability is based on if you like that cherry flavor or not. Personally I'm a fan of fruit juices of all kinds, so I could drink a fair bit of this (I just wouldn't think of it as beer).

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 16:06:39 | More by soupyman10
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I couldn't tell if this was beer or salad dressing. I realize I'm well in the minority here, but I just couldn't enjoy this beer. Still, it had some redeeming qualities.

The smell was sweet, full of cherries. And it didn't seem like artificial cherries, like some beers.

The taste started similarly sweet, but goes tart very fast. Sour cherries take over, like an unstoppable rebel force. It leaves me feeling like I just sucked on a vinegar popsicle.

It felt nice, with some smooth fizzyness, but I really couldn't drink much of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 14:06:01 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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rye726

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry color with a pink head. Good lacing down the glass. Smell is of ripe black cherries and not much else. The flavor get a little more complex as a hint of tartness rises through the finish. Like other Lindeman's brews, not super complex, but a good drinker. Light body with crisp carbonation that lack any acidity.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 21:52:07 | More by rye726
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AleDrinkToThat

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red hue, on the light side of burgundy; A one-finger head that's slightly pink, and stays for most of the duration.

Smell: Black cherries. A hint of malt, but that's just about it.

Taste: Black cherries. It strikes a delicious balance of sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just a *little* higher than I would have expected, but certainly not unwelcome. The tartness dominates, but only slightly. It's also a very sweet beer.

Drinkability: I'd call this lambic a purely dessert beer. It's very, very flavorful and absolutely delicious if you like cherries. If cherries aren't your thing, keep moving.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 04:06:55 | More by AleDrinkToThat
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 18:15:33 | More by Gavage
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

a: A very hazy crimson body, thin white head, patches of lacing.

s: Cherry shock tarts. Sweet cherry with a healthy dose of tartness.

t: Sweet cherry is balanced nicely with low to medium level of sourness. Not very complex, but very enjoyable.

m: Light on the palate, medium carbonation.

d: Very easy drinking, I think you could convince a novice this was non-alcoholic. If anything limits drinkability, its the sweetness. Great beer for people who "hate" beer. I've gotten my family into the habit of drinking Lindemans at the holidays, makes it much more bearable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 22:50:59 | More by BradLikesBrew
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep ruby color, opaque in the glass. It had a light pinkish head. There is a strong cherry smell, almost like a juice. There is a distinct sweet cherry taste that is pleasing and well-balanced with a sour tartness. Because of its initial sweetness, this beer is smooth and easy to drink. It can go down quickly without realizing it if you don't remember to sip and enjoy it! I really like that this beer can be enjoyed any time of the day and makes a particularly nice "breakfast" brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 00:29:36 | More by BlueHammer
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stephendr

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of medium, with a strawberry colored head – nose is not too impressive no much going on, some cork, and soft cherries – taste of pleasant sourness, tart cherries, and sweet strawberry- body is mild, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of dark cherries, and a sugary sweetness

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 07:27:07 | More by stephendr
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark red with a fluffy pink/white head that dissappears to lace on the glass. Smell is cherries in spades. Taste is also cheeries, some real and also some syrupy cherry flavoring. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a sour cherry taste in the end. Heavy carbonation and a bit acidic. I love cherries and I think this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 22:31:35 | More by johnnnniee
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pop of the cork brings forth a heavy cherry aroma. Pour is murky red, hazed and seemingly chunky. Slight pink head foams up at first, but doesn't stay too long.
Cherry is all that I can smell. Perhaps some yeast and corriander if I think about it intensely.
Strong cherry taste brings a "wow" after the first sip. A bit of bite or fizzy feeling is present, but overwhelmed.
Syrupy feel to it. Seems more like a cherry drink with some beer in it. A different beer, but half a bottle is all I can take

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 05:01:06 | More by Mebuzzard
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very clear, deep ruby red with bright pink, fine bubbles. Good head retention with solid, sticky lacing. The aroma was quite strong of sweet cherries, crossing the border into cough syrup territory. Same in the flavour, but a little tartness and faint bitterness helped cut this character. The texture was alright, palate coating without being cloying, and the carbonation was quite mild. A fair offering, but nowhere near their cassis.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 15:39:37 | More by DrJay
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Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild red color that reminds me of cranberry juice. Nice fluffy head that fades into decent lacing. Aroma has some sourness and a nice blast of cherries. Taste is sour upfront and the cherries dominate the rest of the palate. It feels rather unbalanced and overly fruity. Not a bad thing but the other kriek I had was more balanced.

Still decent for the style. Worth the price I paid as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 02:22:26 | More by Brad007
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first lambic I ever tried and doesn't disappoint. If I need a lambic, I typically reach for the Kriek (Cherry) first.

The smell is what hits you first, you can smell the sweet cherries from across the room. This lambic is very sweet and tart at the same time. So much so, that one 750ml bottle is pretty much all you will want to drink to give your taste buds a chance to recuperate.

This has also been one of the few beers that I've been able to get non-beer drinkers to try and like. Break them in with a lambic, move onto some other less sweet fruit beers and soon enough they'll be drinking all sorts of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 17:36:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
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RiekerStarBrew

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After I unwrapped the foil and pulled out the cork, the beer poured into my sniffer sported a clear ruby red color with hints of purple. The head was light pink and there was heavy lacing. The aroma was heavy with sour cherry and hints of wet grains and alcohol. There was also a small presence of spices. The flavor was heavy with sweet cherry flavor and a tart undertone. Without the subtle graininess showing through, you would think this was a champagne of some type. It had good carbonation with a smooth, barley finish. There was very minimal hop presence. I paired this beer with Babybel cheese and it really accented the sourness of this beer. All together, this really was an amazing beer. Those belgains really know what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:27:08 | More by RiekerStarBrew
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thierrynantes

France

2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : gueuze à la robe rouge foncé, mousse compacte mais faible rosée et peu tenace, dégagement gazeux faible
Smell : nez fruité de cerise et sucré (sirop)
Taste and mouthfeel : très douce en bouche, acidulée, trop sucré et n'offre aucune amertume
Drinkability : une bière lambic moyenne

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 09:13:32 | More by thierrynantes
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