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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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988 Ratings
very good

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Alcoholic cranberry juice. And I like cranberry juice. Pours red (wierd to see) with a slight, red-tinged head. The aroma is cranberries. The taste is all cranberries and raspberries. Makes me pucker up like it is a lime too. I can see having a couple of these in the summer. Really quite good and refreshing. The finish is of slight carbonation and a bit sour, like a Sour Patch Kid.

MuddyFeet, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

If you like the Lindeman's line of lambics, this is one of the top beers in that category. Pours a brilliant red color with a good head. Aroma is, naturally, of cherries - tart, dry, straight-from-the-tree cherries. Flavor is a bit sweeter than the framboise, but still not overpowering. Finish is dry and slightly sour. A quality brew from Lindeman's.

beertastegood, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of oelergud
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Corked 750ml bottle.
Dark red body, pink head with great lace and retention. Moderate carbonation.
Overwhelming cherry scent, very sweet and pleasant.
Taste is very strong cherry flavor with a hint of marcipan. Mild lingering almond skin aftertaste.
Really good mouthfeel, full and solid, finishes dry.
Highly drinkable. Another great offering from Lindemans.


oelergud, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a ruby read color with a nice pink head and very good lace. Smell of tart cherry candy. Some wine like fruityness aromas also come through. Tatse is of sour cherry with some yeast notes coming through. Dare I say that it reminds me of a (gulp) wine cooler, except that it also has a subtle yeastiness to it. It is crisp, dry and somewhat refreshing. Give it a try, just for something different.

sabrills70, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearence: Pours a fizzy red with a thin pink head.

Smell: The smell is an attack of cherries. Nothing else, just cherries.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste explodes into your mouth, leaving a massively acidic aftertaste that lingers forever. It's all cherries though, and tasteful ones at that. The mouthfeel is medium and fizzy.

Drinkability and Overall: A lambic is always a good choice. Hard to find a bad lambic. But, some of them aren't as good as others, and unfortunately this one isn't as phenomenal as lambic could be. It's still a great offering, and one I'd love to have again.

santoslhalper, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Hhawk06
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

This very different brew poured almost blood red like fruit punch with a well formed frizzy, pink head. The odor consists of a pure black cherry feel. Whew, it is certainly very tart on contact, makes you jump back a bit. The black cherry is potent and all consuming. The finish is sugary sweet that is complemented by a quick, clean sour edge. It is quite a concept, and a lovely beer for sipping. It is one to relax and enjoy.

Hhawk06, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%

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!

Dukeofearl, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Stingray5
4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

Stingray5, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

aquatonex, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

edchicma, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

Kookiekwan, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

Billolick, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of soulfly967
4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

soulfly967, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

Shultzerdugen, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

allengarvin, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

HochFliegen, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of silenius
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

silenius, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

CBFanWish, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of Paddez
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Paddez, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

meathookjones, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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...

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

Rastacouere, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of scriabin
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

scriabin, Jul 03, 2004
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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