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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

932 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001)
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Dukeofearl

California

2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky red with a bright pink head. Smells like cherries- almost to the point of being like artificially flavored sweet cough syrup. Flavor is sweet with a slight tartness I can't tell if it's from the lambic or from sour cherries. It does not have a pronounced lambic sour astringency. It's ok for what it is, but nothing exciting. To me, it's not beer- it may be a good slightly alcoholic cherry drink, but it's not beer to me. My girlfriend likes it, so it's ok!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 23:29:45 | More by Dukeofearl
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Stingray5

New York

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

Pours reddish brown with a slightly pink head. Cherries evident in the aroma, but with spices and wisps of hops. Very pleasing. I was happy that this was more beer-like than the Framboise. Cherry sweet tart candy in the taste, followed by super pucking tartness. lingers forever on the back of the tongue. I could see serving this to unknowing guests after dinner and them really enjoying it. Very accessible.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 03:29:22 | More by Stingray5
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aquatonex

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this beer? It's a bit like a high class soda.

Pours cherry red (go figure). Deep pretty color. Not much head at all, moderately carbonated. Taste is, well, cherries! Lots and lots of cherries. A natural sweetness with the cherry tart. It isn't too tart, though a little too sweet. If you want a real beer, I wouldn't recommend this as your option. But, if you're looking for something unique and with lots of character, go with this.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 03:07:04 | More by aquatonex
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first lambic...very interesting. Color is cherry red with a pink, ice cream soda like head. Smell is just a bit odd...I got the cherries, but there was a tad of mustiness present. Taste is very nice..initially sweet cherry, then a pleasant tartness on the finish...hmm..is this a beer? Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes with a nice tartness. Extremely easy to drink. Reminded me a tad of the flavored malt beverages, but witha distinctly higher quality. Will definitely try their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 23:45:10 | More by edchicma
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Kookiekwan

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy ruby red color has a one finger frothy pink head with little retention but moderate lacing( like little pink spiderwebs). The aroma is strong( it fills the room) of black cherries. The taste is of( yes, you guessed it) sweet candy-like cherries( it reminds me of cough drops) but wait as soon as you get used to the sweet a sour tart flavor sneaks up and hits you hard. It makes you want another sip immediately to find out what's going on. The beer is light, crisp, and refreshing.

Reflection: I usually dont like cherry flavored anything( bad cough syrup experience as a kid) but this beer is one I plan on having again and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 21:59:03 | More by Kookiekwan
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Billolick

New York

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

This stuff is growing on me, I think my taste buds have adjusted and I'm liking these style brews more and more, scarry stuff. Anyway this pours out of the corked, capped and foiled bottle, with no freshness dating. its a plummy shade of cherry. Nose is sweet and fruity,leaves some light and well dispersed lacing. Taste is just about right, between tart and sweet, fruity, sticky on the lips. Light and refreshing, went great with a salad this evening. give these lambics a try, they are nicely crafted, interesting, complex beverages.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 01:56:21 | More by Billolick
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

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

Poured a sweet looking dark red color with a white head that lasted until the end and lots of lacing on the glass. The smell was, of course, of cherries. The taste, again, was of black cherries and some sour ones too. The mouthfeel was pretty decent, with a slight syrupy feel and decent carbonatoin. The slight tartness was nice. Overall, I say that this is a pretty decent offering. A great starting point for exposing others to the world of good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 16:45:45 | More by soulfly967
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml w/ cork and cage.
If nothing else, this beer is cool just for being so different.
Pink color and head, lightly cascading carbonation.
Strong smell of cherries, not that it's bad.
The taste is nice and tart. I only wish there was more maltiness, and hops, it seems the cherries rob the beer of its beer-ness.

This is a beer I like to whip out on the uninitiated to expand their horizons of beer, even people that don't like beer much appreciate the character and easiness of LKL.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 21:14:03 | More by Shultzerdugen
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allengarvin

Texas

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

Presentation: 355 ml bottle, served in a narrow tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: Ruby red, with a large head of pink foam, fairly rapidily dissipating.

Aroma: Cherry, certainly, with a slight tart odor I can't quite place... slightly vegetal.

Flavor: Very sweet flavor up front, with a huge burst of flavor. It dries a little with sour cherry flavor at the end.

Body: Medium light body.

Except for the slight sourness at the end, this lacks most of the characteristic flavors associated with lambics. But it's still a very tasty beer, far better than most American fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 03:14:48 | More by allengarvin
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HochFliegen

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark cherry red color with a nice fizzy white head that lasted till the last sip.
The smell reminded me too much of a cherry flavored cough syrup. It was quite strong in cherry and a bit sour in the smell but it had a dominating medicine like smell to it. Hope the taste isnt like that.
The taste I was pleased by the fact that it wasnt medicine like the smell at all. It was of dark ripe cherries with a slight sour aftertatste that left the mouth watering for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 22:28:39 | More by HochFliegen
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucent dark cherry red (or crimson if you prefer) with a substantial head of emasculating pink froth that demonstrates great persistance and a stickiness that results in chunky wisps of abstract-patterned lace. It looks remarkably like Lindemans Framboise, but then why wouldn't it?

The nose is intense and is redolent of sweet n' sour cherries. There's no mistaking what this beer is brewed with. It also possesses that fermented, wine-like aroma that makes it clear that, appearances aside, this is more than mere fruit juice.

There aren't any surprises on the palate, although the incredible mouth-squinching tartness caught me a little off guard. Plump, juicy, sweet cherries burst over the tongue. A salivary gland tweaking, tongue ruffling sourness is right there in lock step.

There isn't an overwhelming amount of complexity as there aren't any serious competing flavors vying for center stage. On a good note, the black cherry flavor itself seems more layered and deeper than expected, probably as a result of the interplay between impressively sweet and impressively sour.

All well-crafted fruit lambics seem to garner nearly identical scores from me. The three Melbourn Bros. beers and now two Lindemans lambics have all gotten somewhere in the vicinity of 4.0. Maybe that's because their sugar content limits drinkability, but I suspect that the real reason for the glass ceiling is that they just don't seem all that much like beer to me.

I can no longer convince my wife to taste (or even smell) beer after some unfortunate, though well meaning, attempts on my part to bring her gently into the beer lover's fold. She loves cherry flavored *everything* and has a sweet tooth, so perhaps if I had started with Lindemans Kriek, she'd be better able to share my passion for beer. In others words, chicks'll dig this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 16:13:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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silenius

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy red with brown tinges. Lots of floaters with a shallow pink head that disappears in a blink.

Smell is wonderful! Cherry pie complete with crust. Brown sugar. Barnyard funk.

Taste is sharp bite of sourness followed by smooth cherries ending with a round tart pie taste.

Mouthfeel is OK and very little carbonation is present in the 2004 bottled brew. More like a sour cherry tea than something brewed and carbonated.

The acid in the beer makes my tongue a little raw after a while, so it suffers on drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 02:27:11 | More by silenius
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CBFanWish

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fruit beers have never been my favorite. They tend to be overly sweet or overly sour. I guess if I had to drink nothing but fruir beers for the rest of my life, it would have to be made by Lindemans.
Kreik has a Beautiful dark cherry red colour in which a thick pink head arises. As the beer is consumed, a wonderful lace covers the entire glass.
The aroma and taste boasts strong flavours of cherry. Very little alcohol bite, but it's in there.
This is a dessert beer, nothing else, in my opinion. Its tart cherry flavour would go very well with chocolate cake. I could see it mixed with a stout or a porter for something a little more fun.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 19:54:23 | More by CBFanWish
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Paddez

Belgium

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one on-tap as well as in a 37,5cl bottle..Deep ruby coloured body with a small pink head that quickly dissapears, leaving a ring of lacing that clings to the glass. Smell is purely that of sweet, ripe cherries. There is some tardness in the smell but it's mainly the sweet aroma that has the upper hand. The tardness is more present in the taste, but it's still the sweetness that prevails. The cherry is sweet but tastes authentic rather than artificial (as is the case with i.e. Timmermans kriek)
The mouthfeel is nice, the carbonation is good and the beer goes down very smoothly. It does become very sweet after a while though. I don't think I'd enjoy having more than two of these after eachother.

Still, this is one of the better krieks available. Also very suitable as a desert beer. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 14:20:13 | More by Paddez
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This can in the smaller 12oz bottle I believe, that was capped and corked. Deep cherry red body with a good sized pinkish head of foam. The head dropped quickly leaving scattered lacing around the glass. Aroma was of sweet cherries with some vinous characteristics. Very similar to the smell was the taste with sweet cherries over a bit of tartness. The sweetness became a little too much by the end of the bottle. The mouth was medium with a bit of over carbonation fizziness. Overall not a bad beer but nothing something I could have too many of enough I was in the mood for something sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 13:54:44 | More by meathookjones
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep red with a pink wispy head. The aroma is dominated by cherries and oakyness. The taste is almost entirely of cherries with some tartness, but definitely not enough. Theres also iron, oak and sacharine sweetness in the middle. The finish is of sweetish cherries. An OK Lambic, but not nearly sour or tart enough. Maybe I got an old or bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 21:25:09 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deephazy cherry red with a big frothy pink head. Lots of persistent lace. Smells of sour cherries and yeasty. Hints of the wheat malt.

Taste is very sweet. Some tartness from the cherries but mostly it's cherry sweetness. Some sour yeastiness. Sticky sweet mouth. I prefer Lindemans Framboise instead of this, more balanced and understated sweetness. But this is a pretty good dessert/after-dinner beer. Wife loves it by the way...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 00:43:33 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pinkish ruby hue. Light pinkish white head that turns into a film, but remain satisfying to look at. Explosion of cherries in the nose, extreme sweetness that approaches vanilla. Very mild wheat acidity, but seriously too sweet to refresh. Cloying finish, lively carbonation, medium soft body.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 18:47:30 | More by Rastacouere
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scriabin

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a little strange drinking a beer that tastes more like fruit juice than beer, but what a nice strange it is. The great maroon color and cherry smell really pique the curiosity and let you know that you're in for something different. The cherry flavor is unlike your standard run-of-the-mill fruit beer and is quite smooth and authentic. It has a very nice feel, with very fine carbonation that cleanse the pallate. It's not something that you'd want to drink all night simply because it is sweet and meant as an apertif (imo), but that that isn't meant to take anything away.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 00:13:57 | More by scriabin
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TagoMago

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very "different" beer, quite unlike any of the lambics I've sampled in the past. This beer has a dark ruby color and pours with a nice sized head with a nice pinkish hue. The aroma is of sweet cherries and yeast. Upfront the palate is hit with a tart, mouth-pukering cherry assault.

This is a superb lambic and makes for a great dessert beer. It should not be consumed in quantity as it becomes rather sweet after a glass or two. However, the alcohol is relatively low at only 4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 04:54:24 | More by TagoMago
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy deep red in color. Initial 1/2" head dissipated quickly to a thin layer of foam leaving no lacing.

S: Super lucious cherry smell overwhelms the nose. Just a hint of a sourness that tempers the sweet smells perfectly. The cherry smell is very natural, and just what I expected after popping the cork on this one. Unreal how good this smells.

T: I'm at a loss. I still can't believe that lambics are categorized as beer. This offering has an incredibly natural tasting cherry flavor to it. The fruitiness is very strong, and balanced out by the lambic sourness to perfection. I can't imagine putting sugar in this beer to sweeten it. It's perfect just the way it is. Fruity, not cloyingly sweet. Aftertaste is a long lingering sourness.

M: Carbonation level seems higher than the Peche lambic I had earlier, and serves to carry the flavors throughout the mouth and some of the aromas back to the nose. Nice and tart, just a bit dry. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but at 4% that should be expected.

D&N: An absolutely perfect dessert beer, or a beer for any other time. The only reason this doesn't get a five on this one is the price. $10 a bottle is pretty steep, but once in a while, tis very worth it. If you haven't tried this one yet, what are you waiting for?

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 06:53:54 | More by JackTheRipper
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours a nice deep ruby with a fizzy little head of pink stained foam.

Smell: Very nice. Full cherry and some light rotten lambic fermentation.

Taste: Initially a sweet dose of cherry fades to leave a suprisingly satisfying pucker of tartness. Again, some light lambic funk, some earthy notes of grass or soil, and that great tart cherry flavor. Not the same as a Flanders Red/Oud Bruin or as sour, but still nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Light and well carbonated, but also more full than the other Lindeman's lambics I've had.

Drinkability: It's very good and I could sip quite a few of these, but after awhile the sweetness of all the Lindeman's lambics turn me off. IMO, the best of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 18:17:26 | More by 99bottles
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't a big fan of fruit beers, but now that I've had a few of these lambics, they're growing on me. Poured out a nice deep cherry red color with a huge amount of carbonation that took a while for it to settle. Smell was all cherries. Even though it was only one element, it was very pleasing to the nose. Taste was tart with lots of dark cherries. Wasn't as tart as the other fruit lambic's. Good dessert brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 02:27:07 | More by necoadam
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soper2000

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

Pours a deep maroon with small white lace around the top of the beer. Smell is great, cherries with a hint of wood. Taste is very fruity and sweet yet finishes dry. Mouthfeel is just like a glass of fruit punch. In my opinion, drinkability is not that great. One serving of this beer is enough for me for one night. I just love the cherry taste of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 01:40:39 | More by soper2000
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a beautiful, deep dark raspberry purple. The head settled slowly into pits of foam along the top of the liquid and a thick, purplish-white ring around the glass.

Smell – The deep, dark aroma of black cherries came out perfectly at the nose. They hit the nose dead on here. I love the smell of black cherries and this was exactly it.

Taste – Oh, yes. The flavor here is super sweet and extremely powerful. I can pick up what seems like a small malt base, but it’s the sharp dark cherries that blow me away at the tongue. I would have liked to have seen a little more complexity here, but boy they have that black cherry flavor down pat.

Mouthfeel – This one is actually medium-bodied with some foamy carbonation and enough tartness to make the drinker take note.

Drinkability – This is my favorite of the Lindemans thus far. I really enjoyed sipping this one down.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 01:14:22 | More by RoyalT
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.