Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 24
Gots: 66 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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