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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 25
Gots: 74 | 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 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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

a: A very hazy crimson body, thin white head, patches of lacing.

s: Cherry shock tarts. Sweet cherry with a healthy dose of tartness.

t: Sweet cherry is balanced nicely with low to medium level of sourness. Not very complex, but very enjoyable.

m: Light on the palate, medium carbonation.

d: Very easy drinking, I think you could convince a novice this was non-alcoholic. If anything limits drinkability, its the sweetness. Great beer for people who "hate" beer. I've gotten my family into the habit of drinking Lindemans at the holidays, makes it much more bearable.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep ruby color, opaque in the glass. It had a light pinkish head. There is a strong cherry smell, almost like a juice. There is a distinct sweet cherry taste that is pleasing and well-balanced with a sour tartness. Because of its initial sweetness, this beer is smooth and easy to drink. It can go down quickly without realizing it if you don't remember to sip and enjoy it! I really like that this beer can be enjoyed any time of the day and makes a particularly nice "breakfast" brew.

Photo of stephendr
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of medium, with a strawberry colored head – nose is not too impressive no much going on, some cork, and soft cherries – taste of pleasant sourness, tart cherries, and sweet strawberry- body is mild, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of dark cherries, and a sugary sweetness

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

Pours a slightly cloudy dark red with a fluffy pink/white head that dissappears to lace on the glass. Smell is cherries in spades. Taste is also cheeries, some real and also some syrupy cherry flavoring. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a sour cherry taste in the end. Heavy carbonation and a bit acidic. I love cherries and I think this is a great beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pop of the cork brings forth a heavy cherry aroma. Pour is murky red, hazed and seemingly chunky. Slight pink head foams up at first, but doesn't stay too long.
Cherry is all that I can smell. Perhaps some yeast and corriander if I think about it intensely.
Strong cherry taste brings a "wow" after the first sip. A bit of bite or fizzy feeling is present, but overwhelmed.
Syrupy feel to it. Seems more like a cherry drink with some beer in it. A different beer, but half a bottle is all I can take

Photo of DrJay
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very clear, deep ruby red with bright pink, fine bubbles. Good head retention with solid, sticky lacing. The aroma was quite strong of sweet cherries, crossing the border into cough syrup territory. Same in the flavour, but a little tartness and faint bitterness helped cut this character. The texture was alright, palate coating without being cloying, and the carbonation was quite mild. A fair offering, but nowhere near their cassis.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild red color that reminds me of cranberry juice. Nice fluffy head that fades into decent lacing. Aroma has some sourness and a nice blast of cherries. Taste is sour upfront and the cherries dominate the rest of the palate. It feels rather unbalanced and overly fruity. Not a bad thing but the other kriek I had was more balanced.

Still decent for the style. Worth the price I paid as well.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first lambic I ever tried and doesn't disappoint. If I need a lambic, I typically reach for the Kriek (Cherry) first.

The smell is what hits you first, you can smell the sweet cherries from across the room. This lambic is very sweet and tart at the same time. So much so, that one 750ml bottle is pretty much all you will want to drink to give your taste buds a chance to recuperate.

This has also been one of the few beers that I've been able to get non-beer drinkers to try and like. Break them in with a lambic, move onto some other less sweet fruit beers and soon enough they'll be drinking all sorts of beer.

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After I unwrapped the foil and pulled out the cork, the beer poured into my sniffer sported a clear ruby red color with hints of purple. The head was light pink and there was heavy lacing. The aroma was heavy with sour cherry and hints of wet grains and alcohol. There was also a small presence of spices. The flavor was heavy with sweet cherry flavor and a tart undertone. Without the subtle graininess showing through, you would think this was a champagne of some type. It had good carbonation with a smooth, barley finish. There was very minimal hop presence. I paired this beer with Babybel cheese and it really accented the sourness of this beer. All together, this really was an amazing beer. Those belgains really know what they are doing.

Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : gueuze à la robe rouge foncé, mousse compacte mais faible rosée et peu tenace, dégagement gazeux faible
Smell : nez fruité de cerise et sucré (sirop)
Taste and mouthfeel : très douce en bouche, acidulée, trop sucré et n'offre aucune amertume
Drinkability : une bière lambic moyenne

Photo of yemenmocha
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**revised after additional tastings:

Pours off red color with off reddish white thin head (pink). Nice bubbles. Lace retains well.

On the nose this beer seduces with a gourmet dessert-like sour cherry aroma. Cherry-vanilla icing on a German blackforest cake perhaps. Hard to beat.

On the palate is a mouth puckering rich sour dark cherry bomb that sets you back in your seat. Wow this is a flavorful beer.

Finish is tangy sweet, cherry of course, and very appetizing for the next sip.

Photo of Squelch
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby read with a creamy off white head that sticks around

S: Smells of ripe cherries with a barnyard musty background (from the Brett)

T: Cherries shine through with the horsey flavors of the lambic in the background.

M: Sourness dominates the palate and is a great compliment to the cherries.

D: This is a staple dessert beer at our home with its medium alcohol content and sweet goodness. Goes well with Chocolate.

Photo of skeetermoses
2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Okay, I should know better I have had other beer (if you could call it that) by Lindemans. It almost tastes like cough syrup that is chilled and carbonated. My mom usually does not drink beer, so on the advice of some friends I bought a bottle, she said it was way too sweet and I tend to agree with her. I some how keep trying to get her to drink beer when I see her, but she never goes for it, and this one did not seem to help.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of dacrza1
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
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...

Photo of JamesS
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of domtronzero
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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.

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.

Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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