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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of MMAJYK
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***Review from phone

A- Bright red and totally clear. Head is pink and 1 1/2" into my Lindeman's glass. Sticky lacing and syrupy looking.

S- On first sniff, the Luden's Cherry Cough Drop aroma takes over! This would possibly be a bad thing, but not for me; I love those damn things! Very sweet cherry with a touch of sour pretty much sums it up.

T- Again, very sweet but a tad sour. Marchiano cherries reduced down with a simple syrup and carbonated. There is some lighter citrusy zing to the middle and end of the taste.

M- Medium to syrupy with high carbonation.

D- Sweet, nice and crisp. Very refreshing.

MMAJYK, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for at least a couple years in my cellar, so it should be mellowing out by now. It is a bit surprising to me that I haven't reviewed this beer until now. Anyway, here we go...

Appearance: Pours a deep red color with a hint of orange and brown hues in there to accent. There were quite a few bubbles stuck to the glass after a really slow pour. There was very little head made up of pinkish bubbles that faded back into the beer within about 20 seconds.

Aroma: Very defined cherry with subtle lambic qualities. The cherry is very clean even still. As the beer starts to warm up some, there are some other fruity aromatics coming out, like pears, plums, and dark cherries.

Taste: Bold cherry pie like flavor with plenty of sweetness. There is a little bit of earthiness in there to compliment the cherry, but the cherry is the dominant part of the profile. The mouthfeel is tingly at first because of the acidity from the fruit. Once the palate gets used to this sensation, the mouthfeel actually comes across a bit heavy due to light carbonation and a mildly syrupy feeling that it leaves on the back of the throat after the sip.

Opinion: This is a classic beer, so how can you do it too bad? This example has a bit too light of carbonation, probably because of its age. I thought that the age would help mellow out the in your face cherry that this beer has, but it didn't really. I guess this beer is just better fresh, and that in your face flavor is what it does best. Love it or leave it. I prefer some of the other kriek beers better...like Cantillon or even Liefmans. Anyway, this is a staple beer and one that should be tried...especially by the ladies.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy purple tinged dark red colour with a couple of centimetres of rocky pinkish head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - The smell is all about the cherry!
T - The taste is also dominated by cherry. Sweet but then sour cherry. A bit of a earthy taste too.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Not too bad. The cherry can be quite strong at first but after a few sips you get used to it. Not something to drink on a regular basis but once in a while would be OK.

brendan13, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 38 degrees

Pours a dark red with an appealing cloudiness. Small head which leaves good retention and very good lacing.

Smells like dark cherries just at the perfect peak of ripeness in a wicker basket. Perhaps a touch of dark red globe grapes.

Clean somewhat earthy taste. Big, bold sweet cherry flavor followed by the tartness of real cherries. Light alcohol presence feeling on the back end. While it is remeniscent of winery fruit juice (or a similar high-quality juice), you can tell that this is definitely something which has been brewed.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is almost perfect. Could stand to be a touch thicker.

Easily drinkable, even though the sweetness factor would prevent it from being a session beer for most people.
Excellent dessert beer. If you've been holding off on this (these) bottle(s), take the plunge, spend a couple extra bucks and taste the goodness.

coldmeat23, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of MikeWilson
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Surprised that there was a cork under that large bottle cap! It popped like I was opening a champagne. Even before I finished pouring the glass my nose was overwhelmed with dark cherry aromas that almost made my mouth water. The smell was deep and lustrous, with only the slightest hint that I was holding a beer. Some alcohol. The dense red cap of bubbles refused to break apart as I swirled the beer around to release more of that luxurious cherry smell. The beer is dark red through and through.

I have to admit that I was slightly shocked (but not necessarily disappointed) that this did not taste like beer. The cherry taste was even more intense than the aroma. The cherries were bolstered by an overwhelming sweetness that is appropriate in champagne or kool aid, but not in beer. But then again this was not really a beer. It was closer to a champagne than a beer.

This "Kriek" stands on its own because it is unique in its intense fruitiness. I happen to love the cherries but there was simply too much sugary sweetness present to make me want to buy another.

MikeWilson, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well then, shattered the lip of the bottle in two trying to get the cork out. Still, my background is glassblowing, so after a careful assessment of the damage, followed by an even more careful cleanup and pour, I deemed this one could still be safely saved without me having to pass tiny glass shards through me at some point, or have them imbedded in my palate while sampling. Oh what a dangerous passion this can be...

Pours out a deep cloudy garnet hue, tall pink foamy head that settles to a chunky cap, with thin sheets of lacing.

Smells of sour tart cherries and cherry Nibs licorice, a sort of weird hybrid of natural and artificial that seems to work nonetheless (well, okay I tend to like cherry Nibs). A bit soapy as well on the nose.

The flavour works as well, light grains holding up a modest cherry profile that seems more natural by taste than by aroma. Mild cherry, sweet at times, more tart and sour on the finish, but nothing outside of balanced and maintained.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, carries the flavour well.

I have no complaints with this kriek lambic, it is what it is, and is done well, although not outstanding or exceptional. Great as a dessert beer or a shared nightcap.

IronDjinn, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of wingman14
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark red with a frothy pink head. The smell is of tart cherries with some sweet notes. The taste is exactly the same, sweet cherry, yet not artificial. The lambic is smooth, cannot really tell that it has any alcohol content. This one is an easy drinker, very tasty, but I doubt I could have more than one or two due to the sweetness. Worth checking out. Enjoy.

wingman14, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red with pink fizzy head. Has a cola look to it. Smeel of. . .cherries, but not an artificial flavor. Slightly sour/tart upfront but smoothes back to a very rich cheery flavor-nice but it is very sweet. Very straightforward flavor-not super complex. This sweetness takes away from the drinkability after drinking a little bit. Very nice easy drinking beer

hopsleeroy, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of scaaven
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass. Red color with slight head. Smells like cherries. Tastes pretty good. A bit expensive, but an indulgence that's ok once in a while. The fruit flavor seems very natural, I don't think it's a syrup. Smells like a wine. give it a shot

scaaven, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Troy518
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into two tulip glasses. Head is average and a silky maroon color. Smell's of black cherry syrup. Cherry taste is overpowering and not unlike an Italian Soda with only mild hints of earthiness. This is definitely a dessert beer and should be savored slowly.

($5.99, 375ml, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

Troy518, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Slightly hazy, deep cherry red, pink foamy head which slowly dissipated leaving medium lacing on glass.

S = At first the smell is mostly cherries, very strong and very good, unfortunately that is followed by a slight smell of soap. I would have given the fruit a higher score, but the soap presence was a little offputting.

T = Quite sweet, with a strong cherry flavor, after the initial fruit forward tastes a slight sour wild yeast flavor with salt, pepper and other spices makes a very brief appearance before the cherries come back in full force into a long tart-sweet finish. Not nearly as sour as I was expecting, but very good all the way around.

M = Medium bodied, very good mouthcoating, pleasant fomay carbonation.

D = All in all an easy drinking pleasant beer. Good drinkability but the smell does need to be overcome which causes it to be marked down just a little bit.

Traquairlover, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bit of this with my girlfriend last night. Poured a nice dark red color with huge lace and amazing lacing down the glass. Smell is sweet and full of cherries. Taste is much the same. Sweet malt background and huge black cherry tartness up front. Goes down incredibly smooth and is very easy to drink, however I would probably only have one of these at a time since it's not really my style. Very good!

KeefD, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from the BevMo in Redlands for five dollars on sale, split with my girlfriend a few minutes ago, poured into my small Ballast Point glass

A-Bright red color, small 1/4 inch bubbly light pink head, could see lots of little bubbles in this one, mellowed in a few minutes, some retention, minimal lacing

S-Black cherries, did not really enjoy the aroma because it reminded me of some bad cough syrup I had experience with in my younger years, malted barley, candy, sugar, more fruit, and a hint of tart

T-Sweet malt right up front, then the cherries kicked in, they were more sweet than sour which made this a totally different beer than I was expecting, honestly not much else going on, gets more syrup-like and sugary sweet as time goes by, taste was not complex at all but had a nice overall flavor, would barely be able to tell there was any alcohol in this if you did not know what you were drinking

M-Sweet, syrupy, and sugary mouthfeel, medium body that was on the verge of being full, could have used some more carbonation because it died down fast, taste lingered

D-Could drink this bottle and then some by myself, ABV is very low, smooth for the most part although it could get sweet after a while, no alcohol present at all

This lambic was tastier than it smelled, I did not expect much but the flavor was actually pretty good, a lot more syrupy and sweeter than other krieks I have had which were dominated by vinegary tart, might drink again though, worth trying

Floydster, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart, sweet-smelling, fruity, vanilla oak aroma. Like light cough syrup.

Quite red with a little pink head. Good clarity.

Really tart, syrup sweetness. There's a little bit of a wild side. Dry and powdery with a hint of medicinal qualities. Mostly it's really, really sweet.

The little bit of carbonation works well with the tartness.

Very tasty I must say, only I wish it wasn't so sweet.

MrHungryMonkey, May 30, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Deep, dark red (like a cherry) with a thick head that slowly recedes to a layer of thin bubbly film and leaves some nice fractal rings of lace.

S: Cherries--sweet and sour. Powerful, yet not artificial. Excellent aroma.

T: Big time sweet and puckeringly sour all at once. Rich, sweet cherry flavors to start with followed by a nice sour cherry pucker at the back end. Solid flavor, but not quite as clean as the Lindemans Framboise.

M: Medium bodied with a slight syrupy twinge and gratuitous amounts of carbonation. The sugary-syrup thing is subdued well enough to prevent its being a problem.

D: 1 bottle only--if that. It's incredibly sweet and sour, and something that must be slowly enjoyed.

BamaBeerBuff, May 27, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear purple/red with a rocky pink head that drops quickly.

S - Big black cherry aroma with a slight horseblanket undertone.

T - Lots of cherries and sweetness. Not quite sugary sweet but still significant along with a good tart edge. A hit of bitterness sneaks into the aftertaste.

M - Light and slightly fizzy.

D - Very nice. Fruit centered, with everything else playing supporting roles. Not overly complex but some decent balance between the cherries and balancing earthiness and bitterness.

allergictomacros, May 23, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is much more interesting than the Boon Kriek, even if the other looks a little better.

Dark red, it has a medium pink head that leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is cherry with a hint of earthy yeast. It's not great, but not bad, either.

The taste, the real strength, is far better. The start is mostly sweet cherry but this soon becomes more tart and dry , developing into a nice tart-sweet character with hints of sour yeastiness underneath, while being tingly, lively, and light. It's quite good but could use more yeastiness.

Offa, May 22, 2008
Photo of cbros
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at the beer store and had to try it out.

apperance- when poured is deep rich cherry red color with little head.

smell- overwhelming smell of black cherries

taste- to me this tastes more like a champagne drink flavored with cherries than a beer. very light and refreshing.

mouthfeel- goes down easy and with no after taste.

drinkability- a very light refreshing drink that I would suggest be complimented by a dessert. certainly nothing that should stand alone, however it should be used in supporting role with some type of food. i will certainly try this and other varites again and try to pair it with a corresponding menu item.

cbros, May 17, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tart cherry taste with a sweet finish. I would highly suggest warming this drink up before serving. Not too hot, you dont want to burn the alcohol off, i warmed the bottle in the microwave for a minute or 2. You could also stick it in a large bowl of hot water to warm it up. But who wants to wait for water to heat up? not me. Try it, you'll love it. The only problem with this beer other than how sweet it is, seems to be that you can suck them down faster than you can open or afford more.

jayrod20, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of eb003
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Talk about cherry brew...

Overall a pretty darn good brewski. This thing poured dark red like a zinfandel wine and had a nice foamy head on it that lasted forever. And lacing? you want lacing? this brew laced the glass forever.

The appearance is good, like other lambics I've had; it has a nice cloudy/wheat beer appearance, but darkened by the fruit. The smell is purely that of the fruit with slight hints of wheat. The taste is exactly as advertised...Black Cherries. The mouthfeel is good...crisp and sharp.

The drinkability is good and the right food pairing with this brew would make it very enjoyable.

eb003, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of GFSchwab
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.

GFSchwab, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
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..

Tilley4, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
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

SaltyLime, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
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.

saintwarrick, Apr 11, 2008
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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