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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,027 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | 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 Bigjay1584
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honestly lambics are not my favorite style in general but I have to give Lindemans respect for putting out something that can make even non-beer people take notice. The overall quality is excellent. A lucid pink color with good head retention till the end. It smells very potent.. like super sour cherry coke, but not unpleasant. It actually is very drinkable but its just too sour for me. (Please give me some hops!) Fouthfeel is a little too thin and carbonated, reminiscent of white wine but with less alcohol.

My nut-shell review: If a jolly rancher were re-incarnated as a beer then you would have Lindemans Kriek.

Bigjay1584, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a flute.

This is my first foray into reviewing a lambic. I've had the Lindemans fruit lambics before, but not in awhile. I'm quite looking forward to this.

Appearance: a nice ruby-brown color with a slight cloudiness. Nice pink head which dissipated leaving an attractive lace.

Smell: tangy cherries and a smooth, soft, almost flour-ey aroma.

Taste: tangy cherries, with that same muzzy, creamy, flour-ey flavor. I don't know what it is, but I like it a great deal.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: this is delicious and refreshing, yet complex enough to warrant contemplation (and stave off beverage boredom). I think it is very drinkable.

As I said, I'm a lambic novice, but this has me wanting to try a lot more of them.

flagmantho, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice. The bottle is capped but has a cork.

When I poured it poured a bright red, almost like hawaiin punch, but as it settled it was a dark blood red color. There was about a finger high pink head that disappated quickly. There is little lacing.

It smells very sweet, cherries are dominant, almost like cherry cough drops.

It tastes as sweet as it smells with again cherries dominating. WHat made this kriek great was the great sour note at the end.

Overall, a very good lambic.

jrallen34, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a flute. No date.

A - Poured a slightly hazy blood red color that would satisfy any thirsty vampire. Topped by a pink head that was nice and foamy with ample retention and supple, thick lacing down the entire glass.

S - Potent cherry cough-syrup aroma. Musky horse-blanket fun is in the background with fresh black cherries.

T - Despite the thick cherry cough-syrup aroma, the flavor is much more of a freshly picked and washed jucy cherry with a red Starburst sugary sweetness. The musky horse-blanket comes through in the finish balancing, quite well, the sweet cherry.

M - Smooth on the palate with a crisp finish that's delightfully refreshing for something so sweet.

D - Sadly, this style beer isn't for everyone and is much more of a party beer meant to be shared by a handful of people with, possibly, a strawberry cheesecake. That would be good. Delightful though.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rudy red body topped by a pale pink, frothy and bubble laced head.

S - The scent of yeast is 1st to hit followed by pungent cherries and raspberries.

T - Tart cherry flavor with a tone of malt. This is very tasty stuff.

M - There's certainly a coarse texture here.It feels extremely bubbly and coarse across my tongue. However, this texture really brings out the flavor.

~ This beer is certainly something I'd recommend to friends, and one I hope I'm able to have again, sometime soon if I'm lucky.

cdkrenz, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of tim9887
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355mL bottle poured into a tall, narrow pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours beet red w/ very light, faded pink foam head & fine lacing. 1/4" head is retained throughout.

Aroma: Sour black cherries dominate. Also, I thought this was interesting - it had a slightly sweet/creamy aroma reminiscent of an ice cream or sorbet.

Taste: Tart black cherry; kind of sour - not too sour though, well done. Not as harsh or acidic as other lambics which in my mind is well received as I'm still a lambic "rookie" so to speak. Slight sweetness balances out the sourness very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Bright, sparkling (yet smooth!) carbonation. VERY refreshing. I definitely recommend this one to someone who's not very familiar with (and possibly intimidated by?) lambics. Very good stuff.

tim9887, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark red with a 2-finger frothy pink head. Some lacing.

The smell is strong of sweet cherries. The taste is sickeningly sweet with tartness in the end. Tastes almost like a cherry-flavored medicine. Mouthfeel is ridiculously carbonated; quite harsh.

This is drinkable, but it makes me wonder with the sweetness & carbonation whether it should even be considered beer. I don't know, maybe lambics just aren't my style.

theghost3, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've always been curious about Lambics but I've never tried one. Since I like Three Philosophers and this is one of its ingredients, this seemed to be a good place to start, so, on a beer run, I turned around on my way to the register and dropped one of these in the cart.

Poured from the bottle into a Maudite snifter. It's a striking red. It looks like a pomegranate cosmopolitan with a head on it. Very pretty.

The smell is dominated by sweet and sour cherries.

The taste is just what you'd expect after the smell. Lots of sweet and sour in a nice mix. Carbonated candy. Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin but suits the flavors. It's very different but good. Nice if you have a sweet tooth.

Would I buy another one? Yes, but I won't put it in the fridge next to a Double Bastard or a Gulden Draak. They'd probably kick it out the door.

jsapunor, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish, almost purple body with a slowly dieing two-finger pink head that left sticky lace on my tulip glass. An intense sweet and sour cherry taste with hints of other fruits but not much else. Taste is more of the same, although I didn't find the beer to nearly as tart as I thought. I found this beer to be extremely easy-drinking and it passed the ol' lady taste (she only drinks sweet lambics and nothing else, so if she likes it then it is sweet) and very little tart/sourness. Taste is almost entirely cherry with a hint of straw or razzberry. Take this review with a grain of salt because I love cherry flavored drinks (i.e. Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper), so I found this to be a great drink. If you don't like cherries or fruit tasting brews that are sweet, you might want to pass.

clayrock81, May 31, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After pouring into my tulip glass, the beer appears a cloudy, ruby crimson color with sparse sediment and an inch of pillowy pink foam. Nose and flavor are dominated by notes of fruity cherries, mixed berries, sour cherry jam, tart, slightly sour and sweet, all in the same mouthful. About medium bodied and certainly more than adequately carbonated. Worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, May 28, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

zeff80, May 09, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a deep cheery red under a huge pink sponge cake head with great lacing. Smells like wild cherry life savers (which are awesome) yet slightly sour like a hamper or a linen closet. Taste is tart wild cherry, like cough syrup. Almost smooth, light carbonation. Maybe too sweet. I would do this again.

PatronWizard, Apr 23, 2009
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
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