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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,076 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 27
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of cbros
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of jayrod20
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Tilley4
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
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..

Photo of SaltyLime
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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.

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.

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a bright red hazy with a strawberry red foam on top, the foam actually lasted pretty long for a sour beer.

S- cherries and wheatiness. the wheat is pretty strong, but the cherries are the main player

T- strong cherry flavor, light on the sourness, but has a pretty nice backing to the fruit as well, nice and smooth

M- highly carbonated, light body,

D- drink on drink on

Photo of mattster
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours a dark cherry red colored brew with little to no head... mostly lacing across top of brew, and sides of glass. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is of sweet dark cherry. Amazingly, for some odd reason (sarcasm) taste is of sweet cherry too. It does finish nice, but sweetness only leaves me wanting just one - if I finish the whole thing.

But, for many, these sweet lambics are a favorite.

Photo of deanhead
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pored a brilliant rub-garnet color, with some bubbles, adequately carbonated but no head to speak of.

Aroma of Cherries, tobacco, and vanilla. No hop nose

Tart tasing, sour cherries, and hints of tanins, and raspberies. Intesnley sour, but also sweet. No hop bitterness.

light bodied, bubbly, and crisp.

This is a very drinkable beer, I'd call it beer candy. It is a fabulous beer, and a terrific rendition of the Lmabic style

Photo of markaberrant
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Looks very good, ruby red, creamy pink head.

S - bold cherries, sorta phoney-baloney though, a bit of tartness, but mostly candy-like sweetness

T - tastes like kids candy, I wouldn't even call it an alco-pop, because there isn't a hint of alcohol or beeriness.

M - I guess it's ok, who cares.

D - a terrible example of the style, but lord help us if teenage girls ever catch onto this stuff... I could see them drinking it by the truckload.

There is nothing "foul" about this beer... but that is sort of the problem. There is no funk or sourness to speak of. Just sweeeet cherry candy flavour (with absolutely no complexity) to the point that it is sickening.

I've had the New Glarus Belgian Red, which is also sickeningly sweet, but it is also mouth puckeringly sour, so it sorta balances out.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a somewhat hazy ruby-red/burgundy with a good inch of pink head that leaves fairly impressive lacing on the side of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Smells strongly of cherries with hints of a funkiness which is no doubt due to the spontaneous fermentation. Tastes strongly of cherries too with a sweet-and-sour quality from the funky twang. Hints of malt toward the finish. Slightly on the dry side. Plenty of carbonation helps make this a pretty refreshing beer despite its flavor complexity and fairly full mouthfeel. A solid beer for sure and my favorite lambic I've had thus far. Really hitting the spot tonight.

Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's hard to review, because it succeeds in everything it aspires to, just doesn't really do it in a complex, beery sort of way. It pours a light red-maroon color with a thin bit of head on top. Looks solid. Nose is all cherries, as is the taste. My sister observed it basically tastes like cherry soda with a little alcohol. Feel is fairly thin, but not terrible for the style. Drinkability is based on if you like that cherry flavor or not. Personally I'm a fan of fruit juices of all kinds, so I could drink a fair bit of this (I just wouldn't think of it as beer).

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I couldn't tell if this was beer or salad dressing. I realize I'm well in the minority here, but I just couldn't enjoy this beer. Still, it had some redeeming qualities.

The smell was sweet, full of cherries. And it didn't seem like artificial cherries, like some beers.

The taste started similarly sweet, but goes tart very fast. Sour cherries take over, like an unstoppable rebel force. It leaves me feeling like I just sucked on a vinegar popsicle.

It felt nice, with some smooth fizzyness, but I really couldn't drink much of this.

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry color with a pink head. Good lacing down the glass. Smell is of ripe black cherries and not much else. The flavor get a little more complex as a hint of tartness rises through the finish. Like other Lindeman's brews, not super complex, but a good drinker. Light body with crisp carbonation that lack any acidity.

Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red hue, on the light side of burgundy; A one-finger head that's slightly pink, and stays for most of the duration.

Smell: Black cherries. A hint of malt, but that's just about it.

Taste: Black cherries. It strikes a delicious balance of sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just a *little* higher than I would have expected, but certainly not unwelcome. The tartness dominates, but only slightly. It's also a very sweet beer.

Drinkability: I'd call this lambic a purely dessert beer. It's very, very flavorful and absolutely delicious if you like cherries. If cherries aren't your thing, keep moving.

Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear ruby red in color with a thin 1" light purplish head. There was some spots of lace that stuck to the glass.

Smell: cherries and yeast are bold and extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: slightly tart cherries, other mild fruit sweetness, yeast, and some very mild bitterness. Always a consistant beer from my previous experiences.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Lightly dry and mildly crisp throughout. Short-lived aftertaste as the cherry tones linger briefly.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers I would pick up on occasion to change things ups a bit.

Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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