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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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988 Ratings
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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 53 | 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 tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the metro (mai4de2long2) club warehouse store in beijing carries this. a nice surprise.

hazy dark cherry gem-like color, some yeast and sediment still ends up in my pour. cute pink head that fades but leaves behind plenty of lace

the aroma is cherry, as you'd expect. hint of alcohol or something medicinal. sweet and pleasing.

the taste follows suit, with an intense fruitiness that is at first sweet, but not cloying, and fades quickly to reveal tartness and an ever so slight hint of hop. again, some medicinal notes, which i guess is fine by me, since i love luden's cough drops, hehehe. still, in other instances it might prove distracting instead.

mouthfeel is tart, carbonated, but finishes very silky

quite enjoyable, albeit certainly a luxury item out here. the medicinal notes also cut down the overall drinkability a bit

tai4ji2x, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Uh-oh...is it the evening, me, or this beer? Ruby red with a dissapointing head...unmistakeable scent of cherry--almost cherry cola!....syrupy sweet...I'm thinking Sucrets?...fizzy palate--to the point of acidic throat attack....cherrys in taste, yes--robust, almost seething with cherries, but not in a Ms. Pacman kind of way...so strange to have such a drastic swing in experiences between the framboise and the kriek....perhaps in between both is the better review, but this kriek seems to be intruding my taste buds with a medicinal taste that doesn't leave me with a "beer" experience...perhaps a future re-reviewer...

dacrza1, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a great deep red color, with a slight foamy head. It has a great cherry scent, as well as a great cherry flavoring. A bit sweet for me, as far as beer goes, but it is an excellent desert drink (or desert all by itself!). Goes down smoothly, if a little thick.

JamesS, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark cherry red color with a large head that quickly shrinks down to about a 1/4 of an inch. It lingers and has the more lacing than any beer I have ever had.

S: The tart cherry smell dominates the aroma. You might think it was a cherry soda instead of a beer based on smell alone.

T: I think this is best described as a cherry explosion in the mouth. The longer you let it linger in the mouth the more tart it becomes. Swallows cleanly with the slightest of tart aftertaste.

M: Very nice in the mouth. Slight carbonation and a refreshing sweet and tart flavor.

D: This one could be mistaken for a tarty fruit juice. The mild sour taste is the only thing that keeps this from being something you could knock back at will.

This is my first lambic beer. I'm surprised it is so sweet and tart at the same time. It tastes nothing like any beer I have ever had, but I tried to judge it based on the experience which I really enjoyed. If you are on the fence about trying a lambic like I was, give it a try. Just be sure to pick out a fruit type flavor you enjoy because it dominates the flavor.

GatorBeerNerd, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

totally wasn't what i expected, i thought it would be more like...well, beer. my first true lambic was a nice switch from the ordinary.

A- from 12oz corked and capped bottle poured blood red with magenta overtones into a wine glass, 1/2in pink soapy fizzy head settled quickly but a thin solid pink ring remained.

S- intense cherry with some slight cough drop flavors in the back, but not artificial smell. very fresh over ripe cherries, wheat, oats, and an odd new band-aid smell, like sterilized hospital equipment or something.

T- sour black cherry dominates, becoming sweeter and letting out other faint flavors. a wheaty maltiness, and some alcohol that may actually be the residual flavors from the oak barrels.

MF- prickly mid high carb, juicy and refreshing

D- chuggable. but too expensive. it's like an alcoholic cherry soda with the added complexity of wheat, barley, and yeast. the beautiful thing is that it's not made from all the bullshit cherry soda is. it's only 3 or 4 natural ingredients + water and i think that's freakin sweet.

hustlesworth, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of domtronzero
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never really thought that I'd enjoy lambics, but have come to find that they are indeed enjoyable. Poured a nice pink red with nice carbonation and fizzy short lived head. Little to no lacing left on the glass. Aroma is strongly of cherries and fruit. Tastes simliar. Alcohol is hardly detectable, and the fruity fizzy bevarge goes down smooth. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, and crisply carbonated. Overall this is an excellent brew. I especially enjoyed it when I mixed it with Stone Smoked Porter. The cherries and chocolate/coffee flavors blended absolutely flawlessly.

domtronzero, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear deep red with a small pinkish head of foam that shrinks quickly to some islands in the middle and it has some nice lacing.

The smell is of sweet cherries and some caramel malt. Nice nose.

The taste is so very black cherry though not as sweet as I thought it would be and that's just fine by me. The finish does end up slightly tart but that just makes me want to take another sip. It has a medium body and the carbonation is light...it's very drinkable. Very nice dessert beer. I really enjoy the Fruit beers from Lindeman's.

Bitterbill, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of twi1609372
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is an exceptional lambic. of course it's a strong tart cherry taste but it is fine. this is an example of a good fruit beer, "fruit beer=bad" isnt always true. miller chill, thats bad, this is not. this has a real, clear and present chery taste, but it isnt juicy jucy juice or arbor mist.

twi1609372, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of burtonbe
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very red in appearance. Nice steady pink head. Good lacing. Very strong cherry smell. Sourness is apparent. Faint pungency. No maltiness in the nose.

Very strong sour cherry taste, but not much else. Fruity and somewhat dry on the aftertaste. Lambic character is very weak and disguised by the huge cherry flavor.

Very nice mouthfeel, not too heavy. Somewhat sticky, sugary. Carbonation is perfect, just enough to accent the sourness without being annoying.

As far as drinkability goes, the sweet/sour cherry taste is cloying, and a little overbearing. No alcohol heat.

Overall a very interesting lambic, but a wee bit too fruity, even for a kreik. A good introduction beer for this specific style. It would be good with pie and ice cream.

burtonbe, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a "Cherry" red with a little bit of head that doesnt hang on too long. There will be a bit of a theme here

S: Sweetness unlike any other smell Ive smelled to top off a beer. Wife poured hers first across the dinner table and could smell it as if it were directly under-nose. Cherry with a hint of cherry.

T: Exactly what a lambic should be but admittedly a bit over bearing for me. Cherry, cherry, and a little more cherry again.

M: Surprising taste of carbonation but very smooth. The sweetness really sticks to you once it hits the tongue.

D: Very soothing on a hot day similar to the satisfaction of a good lemonade but the cherry can only be taken for so long.

marcpal, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a corked and capped green 750ml into a wine glass.
A - A stunning juicy red, appears as cherry juice which indicates a large amount of fruit was included in fermentation. The head is about a half inch of pink foam that creates a thin film of lace.

S - Smells very fruity, like a sweet tart or luden's tastes.

M - Extremely sweet and tart feel like cherry candy. Mild effervescence w/ a very sweet finish.

T - The flavor is very Cherry w/ a taste that is so intensely concentrated that it almost tastes like cherry extract. Sugary sweet - the flavor is mostly concentrated on the tip of the tongue. A slight pucker in the tanginess of the cherry taste.

D - A very sweet lambic, but good drinkablility. A pretty classic sweet style. made since 1811. I would prefer more acidity and dry flavor, but this still has an overall good taste and drinkability. Makes a good mix w/ Troeg's Oatmeal stout mixed 1/4 lambic to 3/4 stout I found. I would guess any stout would do, but I like the hop as a complement to the lambic's sweetness. I will have to try a mix w/ Sierra Nevada and the Framboise.

Slatetank, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

335 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep plum color with lots of carbonation to fuel a Valentine's Day pink head. Excellent lacing and decent head retention make for quite an attractive-looking lambic. Aroma is rich in black cherries, the real kind, not the maraschino type. A bit of a powdery candy note present as well, as if someone had ground up sweet-tarts and sprinkled some on top of the foam.

Taste is full of (obviously) cherries, as well as notes of biscuity malts, sweet-tart candies, and a bitter unripened vine taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, with a great carbonation level and a superb unripened bitter finish. Quite good, but not as full-bodied or complex as Lindeman's Framboise.

wagenvolks, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of BeerBob
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lindemans Kriek pours a black cherries black from a dark green glass bottle with a pry off cap covering a pull out cork stopper. Head of Black Cherries foam went to over two fingers before settling to a broken carpet of foam with full ring and ample lacing of my glass.

Nose is of major damp Black Cherries. Palate is of the most delicious Black Cherries, first sweet, then turning tart. The carbonation is full and complete.

Black Cheery pie is what this is, delicious and intense Black Cheery pie with out the crust. Lambic Beer is on the label, Black Cheery pie is what is on the inside.

BeerBob, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, corked and capped. Served in a Liefman's glass

Pours with a cloudy pink body, ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Bubbly and fuzzy pink head, looks very similar to candy floss. Thick lines of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, lots of almonds and marzipan initially on the nose. Black forest gateau and fresh berries in general, rich sugar soaked cherries, some slight hint of maderia. Some yeast on the nose towards the end also

Taste, crisp and aggressively fizzy mouthfeel. Sweet and sptritzy, some spicy fresh fruit, sticky glazed cherries and an almost lemon like zestiness. Theres some rounded fruit yogurt character also, a slight hint of metallic character... almost phenolic. Some tartness on the finish surrounded by tonnes of sweetness, almost artificial sherbet like

Very sweet but mixes the sweet with the traditional sourness. One to have now and again but a little too sweet to be a regular beer in my fridge

cypressbob, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a darkish red with a nice thick pink head of foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries, sour, sweet, a little bit of bready malt. But cherries are the thing here.

T: Damn that's tasty. Cherries through and through with a nice balance from the malt. Nice sour kick that stays with you for a while. Great lambic.

M: A little thinner than I'd like, but not bad really. Light carbonation but enough so you know it's there.

D: I could throw this stuff down constantly. Nice and easy to drink and damn tasty. This is a great alternative to a standard lawnmower beer on a hot summer day. Really refreshing.

YonderWanderer, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle, corked and capped.

Slow pour into a champagne flute yields a large hot-pink head over a cloudy dark red almost magenta body. Lots of lacing. Gorgeous beer.

Smell is sour cherries, sweet cherries, pipe tobacco, and light cracker malt. Some yeasty-bready notes.

Taste is sour cherry jam on saltine crackers. Wowow. Long dry sour finish. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinnish, even a little disappointing, especially in consideration of the ample lacing.

Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this literally all night long. Incredibly good with a fine dark chocolate, which is how I had it.

I have to admit, the only thing that keeps me from drinking this all the time is the price. However, if I ever win the lottery, this becomes my chosen breakfast drink!

ColoradoBobs, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pomegranite color with a low pink head. Aroma of marischino cherries and sweet tarts. Flavor is initially sweet, with understated cherry flavors. It's just a tad sweet, but the cherry flavor is not overdone, not overpowering. It loses some appeal as I get deeper into the glass and it starts to remind me of cough drops. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat tannic with a powdery feel.

far333, Jul 26, 2007
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3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Hazy red colored liquid. Medium to large, light pink head. Vanished rather quickly.

Aroma was very strong. Sweet cherry slushy. Hint of tartness.

Taste was much more sweet than anything else. Flavors were cherries and honey.

Medium body. Medium to high carbonation. Fairly refreshing.

Overall, a nice cherry soda, but not what I would reach for when I want a beer. My wife, however, has fallen in love with the whole line of Lindemans.

, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one, large corked and capped bottle at Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire. Poured into a champagne flute.
It is a beautiful hazy, reddish brew with a foamy pinkish head.
You don't have to get close to the glass to feel the very nice, apetizing sweetish aroma, with obvious cherry notes, but tartness is present as well.
This aroma represents the beer very well, as the taste of this full-bodied beauty is, as advertised, cherry-sweet, but very well balanced by a pronounced tartness that just adds to its drinkability.
A very pleasant dessert beer, that is satisfying without being excessively sweet thanks to its tartness and acidity.
A very nice Lindemans offering, better than its peach variation given the higher tartness and acidity.

brdc, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a cloudy red Kool Aid color with a thin pink head that doesn't hold up too well. No lacing. Smells like cherry Pixie Stick poured into a mix of cherry cough syrup and cherry freezer pop. Way too sweet and artificial smelling with no real lambic characteristics. The cough medicine aspect is pretty well absent in the flavor, thankfully, but the Pixie Stick and Flav-R-Ice or whatever is still there in abundance. Really sweet and artificial tasting, but has a bit of a tart edge towards the middle that lasts to the finish: which then holds some hints at lambic funk, but it is drowned out by the sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and syrupy and has a spritzy carbonation. This is really too sweet to enjoy fully, especially since I know in the back of my head that for the exact same price, one can have a really good traditional lambic that isn't cut with other stuff to make it more accessible and boring. Overall, this is like someone mixed some raspberry cordial in with my beer. Not bad altogether, but not what I would call a good lambic.

goochpunch, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of tapman
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

To balance out the sweetness of my review, please take it with a grain of salt in that I will review this not as I would a beer because its really a whole different experience.

Pours like something out of a C.S. Lewis novel with a dark red hue (that one can still see through) and abundant pink froth.

Smells a bit too (cough) syrupy for me and I prematurely set myself up for disappointment. Some malt and yeast gets through as well. I might be missing the hops, but I'm thinking that they kind of piggyback onto the fruit and round out the very sweet with a little bitterness.

What a relief. Not as medicine-like as I had thought. Very sweet with the slight bitterness of the malts and hops balancing things out. The yeast adds a new dimension as it helps the previous flavors stretch across the palate by giving this brew backbone it needs. Jam and bread are good separate, but together...

Mouthfeel is crisp and not too syrupy as I thought it might be. With all of the ingredients there is a decent texture to it and it is here that I think the wheat really shines. Like champagne with cajones.

Look, before I get a backlash, realize I don't consider this a beer. It's a malt beverage. Unlike 'malt beverages' of today this brew doesn't use high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, 'natural and artificial flavors', or add any extra carbonation. Beer is more on the salty side of the taste buds generally, and my dad would hate this stuff because it doesn't taste like beer. I respect and admire this brew and would drink it everyday if I could. This is the perfect example of a malt beverage and the good ingredients and exceptional brewing methods leave me with a tremendous respect for this brew who could have gone done the High-fructose Highway a long time ago. Cheers to the employees and brew masters at Brouwerij Lindemans!

tapman, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just asked my girlfriend to marry me today, and she loves fruity lambics, so I picked up a 750ml bottle of this stuff for some romantic toasting!

A - Pinkish strawberry hue, slightly hazy but basically clear. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves a collar, haze, and some really nice pink lacing of fine bubbles.

S - Cherry cough syrup phenols, band-aide notes, sugary candy, some musty yeast notes too.

T - Cherry, raspberry, and rhubarb flavors with medicinal undertones. Gets way more complex as it warms. A constant battle between sweet and tart cherry flavors. My FIANCE! loves it!

M - Crisp and acidic bite, with a high level of carbonation to stave off the candy sweetness. Very refreshing and crisp. Medium bodied, but feels lighter due to the carbonation / crisp tartness.

D - Good. I will definitely drink the whole bottle, but it's a little too sweet for sessioning, although the crisp tartness makes it very drinkable for the sugar level.

pmcadamis, May 25, 2007
Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 750 mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: dark red, hazy, with a foamy pinkish head, some lacing. As I worked my way to the bottom of the bottle, some of the sediment worked its way loose.

Aroma: something like outdoor or barnyard-like (brett character), which makes way for sour cherries.

Flavor: starts with the earthy wheat-like tartness, followed by the sweet/sour character of cherries. The sweetness and sourness seem to be very well in balance.

Mouthfeel: light-medium, good carbonation, very slight tendency toward syrup.

Drinkability: 750 mL is a bit much but I did enjoy it in its entirety. If you enjoy the sweet/sour flavor this is a very drinkable beer. I made a raspberry tart for dessert (I wanted sour cherries but they are not in season; unfortunately I didn't have a framboise in the fridge), and this beer complemented the dessert very well.

joeysmokedporter, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Nutleybeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, bubbly pour...comes out like cherry soda....clear and bright red. Good carbonation, but not carbonated like actual soda.

Sweet. Almost a tinge sour too, like sour cherry candy, but not quite that intense.

Actually keeps a nice little head on top and good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Me personally, I enjoy this almost as an after dinner drink...something to sip on. You won't be ordering these all night.

A great alternative to champagne as well...I have drank this on New Year's Eve more than once.

Nutleybeer, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of GimpyCane
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: poured red with orange tint around the edge with a 1 inch fizzy pink head.

smell: very fruit, such as pear, pineapple and cherry. Got scent of vinegar and a hint of dough.

taste and mouthfeel: light body, watery, fizzy carbonated with a sweet start and a very acidic aftertaste.

drinkability: very light and easy to pound.

Overall, I thought this brew was alittle off. The strong vinegar scent and taste reminded me off drinking kambuca ( a fermented tea drink drank in South America and Japan).

GimpyCane, Mar 25, 2007
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.