Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 24
Gots: 64 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Lukie
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a marone with a big pink bubbly head. Not as red as I was expecting it to be.

Really strong, sweet cherry juice aroma, with only subtle hints of sour cherry. Very sweet smell. Hints of geuze in the background, but pretty much overpowered by sweet cherry.

Very sweet cherry flavours, with subtle sourness again. Just overly sweet, and nowhere near the sour levels of say, Bell-vue, which is saying something.

Low carbonation, surprisingly, with a light body. Very easy to drink, and a nice low midstrength alcohol level makes this a perfect session beer on a hot day... maybe over some ice... maybe if it was cheaper.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured gently into my stange, three fingers of solid, thick, pink head formed over a burgundy-red body that is quite transparent and looks to be highly carbonated. The head retained well and left plenty of lacing.

Smell - 3.5
Sweet and jam like, big cherry aroma that is a little sour and a little vinegary. A powdery aroma similar to that of musk candy is also present.

Taste - 3.0
Not as sour and more sweet than a traditional lambic, but not to the point of making this a "girly drink", although many women will like this, no doubt. Very sweet upfront with stewed cherry being the predominant flavour, only very slightly sour and vinegary, finishes with a big hit of cough medicine. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity, quite pleasant. Becomes sweeter as it warms, so best drink it straight out of the fridge.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
The fine but lively carbonation died quickly, leaving the beer almost flat and quite syrupy.

Drinkability - 2.5
This became harder to drink the warmer it got. It was quite drinkable when very cold.

The most important message with this beer is to drink it ice cold, when it is more sour, more carbonated and less sweet. Were it not for the oversweetness, this would score much higher. Not a bad beer, but its one big flaw really lets it down. Judging by some of the old reviews, I think this one has been dumbed down (i.e. sweetened up) for the masses.

Photo of zdk9
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a deep ruby red with nice pinkish tiny bubbles bursting on the surface. There is a touch of pocadot lacing. Quite a beautiful beer, maybe more simply because it's not brown.

S- The initial smell was bursting with stuff. Cherry juice, red wine musk (which reminds me of family wine making) yeastiness, and even hints of malt. I'm very suprised with the complexity of this one, and of the strength of the smell.

T- The taste is equally complex, but the cherry is somewhat more overbearing. Still delicious though. Cherry juice is the strongest flavor, accompanied by white bread, and that nice yeastiness. With some good mouth swirling I can detect some bitterness just on the back flanks of my tongue. Mostly though it's sweet with some sour notes.

M- Quite syrupy, I wish less so. The sweetness really lingers in my mouth like soda which I don't care for.

D- I would love to have this one again. My first Lambic (I think) and I'm eager to try the other Lindemans.

Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friend brought this bottle to a beer dinner last night.

A - Deep ruby, cherry color with moderate head for a lambic, and decent retention.

S - Cherries galore, but not the sour kind. Slight amount of hops for bittering.

T - Thought it would be sweeter, but not brilliantly syrupy.

M - The hops may just give this a complete balance. Not too sweet and very palatable.

D - Pretty good, but could not drink 12 oz on its own.

On a side note, we got a little experimental and mixed it with some Old Rasputin. This was fantastic as the blend was a chocolatey-coffee cherry flavor.

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.

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 Cantillon or even Liefmans. Anyway, this is a staple beer and one that should be tried...especially by the ladies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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