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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 490
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 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
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a relipstick with lots of bubbles and a pink head. Almost overflowed from my champagne flute. The aroma was cherry juice while in the distant countryside. Could smell some stale hops in this one. The taste was a fizzy cherry bomb with some slight herbal funk and a very mild, tart finish. Great sipping beer while watching a movie after dinner.

scruffwhor, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color, moderate sized pinkish head that was somewhat coarse bubbled with moderate head retention.

Cherry sweetness and a mediciinal/sour character as well - like a sour cherry lifesaver. An earthy, dirty blanket smell as well.

Cherry fruit sweetness dominates early, temperated partially by sourness. Finishes dry with a slight lingering sweet/sour flavor

Light to medium body, effervescent yet smooth, moderate carbonation.

A delightful beverage, but perhaps a bit too fruity and sweet. Feared drinking this "sour" beer, and found it not sour enough for my taste.

mpyle, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Tully's store in Wells. Pours a dark red/brown color that forms a head with nice lacing in the glass on top of the beer. Smell is hardly noticeable, a bit like cherries. Tastes definetly like black cherries, can barely tell it's beer but in a good way. Mouthfeel is lighly carbonated, lightly coats the inside of the mouth, but is nice going down. Overall a real nice beer, doesn't seem like so much a beer but a carbonated fruit drink; but not too sweet. (Thanks to my wife jessica, her first review!! :)

Manosbeeroffate, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle costing $9.45 at the North Coast Coop in Eureka, CA. Poured a beautiful red color with a pink head that lasted a long time and left wonderful lacing. Big nose of cherry and a touch of yeast.. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with remarkable smoothness. Flavor is of cherry of course, with a small bit of tartness underlying the sweetness that stays all the way to the finish. An outstanding example of its type. I am realing a lot of my ratings are up in the 4+ range these days, but I am running into a lot of really nice brews, especially those from Belgium.

rkuhnel, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kriek gives off aromas full of cherry fragrances. It pours like a soda and looks like one too. There is a lot of carbonation which creates a thin sticky looking head. It really looks like a colored champagne. This tastes like a soft drink as well. Very full of tart cherry flavor and not much else. This is refreshing and I'll have to try out some other Lambics so I can get a basis for comparison.

TheSarge, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of dstc
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep red color with a nice full pink colored head that disappears slowly leaving a nice thin lace on the glass. Very bubbly.

S: Like cherries. Very fruity smell.

T: Again, like cherries. Strong fruit flavor.

M: Seems very carbonated, but enjoyable. Nice and bubbly on the tongue.

D: Good beer but not something I could drink all the time, the 750ml bottle was plenty at one sitting.

dstc, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent ruby color. Got a good head with a hard pour that retained decently. A think layer of head remains. Thin lacing on the glass. Smells like a fruit juice. Cherries and strawberries (?!) dominate. Faint yeasty smell. Too sweet but okay. The taste is still a bit on the sweet side, but not as much as the smell would indicate (which is a good thing!) The sourness from the wild yeast dominates, with the cherry flavor rounding out the taste. Heavy bodied, with carbonation that trickles all the way down. It is a bit too sweet to drink more than two but nice...though I prefer the Framboise more.

EmilNoldSinclair, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lindeman's Kriek Lambic pours out a fluffy pink
head over a cloudy ruby brew. The nose is of
black cherries (which is what the Belgians call
Kriek) and oak. Carbonation is moderate, and
the flavor is of black cherry and quite tart. I've
been trying to find a really dry Lambic- this is a
lot less sweet than some of Lindeman's other
Lambics but it's not quite there yet. In his Great
Beer Book, Michael Jackson mentions that to
appeal to more palates, Lindeman sweetens
their best selling Lambics, and no doubt this is
one of those. Still, the brew is pleasant to the
palate- it's just not my first choice of a beer to
pass around to the boys. It would be good with
certain desserts like cheesecake. The bottle
doesn't say, but I doubt the alcohol by volume
gets much above 5%.

shadow1961, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of zImage
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was quite fruity, but it reminded me too much of halls cough drops for me. I liked the creamy texture of it and the color was rich and dark. I'd have to take the raspberry over this one though. This beer is definitely not on my favourite lambic beer list.

zImage, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of gus
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is strong cherry, very small head, which dissapears rapidly. Overall appearance is a very dark red in color, somewhat hazy. Flavor is a very tart cherry with just a slight "bite" of an aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and bubbly goes down somewhat smooth. This is not something i would drink all the time, this is something my wife likes, so i would drink this occaisionally.

gus, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of guinnessfan
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The small bottle poured into a flute, after the damn cork is removed. Lindemans is the single reason I carry bartender openers in every car and many in the house.

A: Nice dark ruby red beer with a big fluffy pink head. Interesting look. Big and bubbly like champagne, with a better fluffy head.

S: Basically just cherries and some earthy, woodish smell. (I don't know if its from the cork or yeast or what)

T: Powerful tart, sour dark cherries. Very powerful taste but not overbearing.

M: Smooth, leaving a tart aftertaste

D: More drinkable to me than wine, perhaps a little too sweet to go with dinner, though. I prefer to substitute the Framboise for dinner.

Good beer? to enjoy after dinner with a chocolate dessert, or to convert the wife from wine to beer. The only problem is that a case of this is $109.99 where I live. It is over $10.00/bottle. It's good but not that good.

guinnessfan, Oct 10, 2006
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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