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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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BitteBier

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An attractive pour somewhere between crimson and burgundy. Topped with a finger's worth of tight pink foam that laces heavily along the sides. Sweet black cherry scent that is noticeably more natural than the notes one finds in many fruit beers. Despite the strength of the fruit smell, foundation of clean grains is present as well. A crush of sweet but not syrupy cherries dominates the taste. This reminds me of a genuine fountain-made cherry phosphate but with enough underlying (and relatively dry) malt taste to prevent it from being unidimensional. Fades to a nice balance between fruit and grain, with a cleaner mouthfeel than I expect from something this sweet. Entirely too drinkable for one's own good (or the good of one's wallet). My first lambic will certainly not be my last.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 20:21:18 | More by BitteBier
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

Burgundy hue, a finger of pink head, healthy retention, thick sheets of lace. Delicious black cherries dominate the nose with faint hints of maltiness. Alluring. Scrumptious palate, pleasantly tart but there is a perfect undertone mix of tangy and sweet cherries... nice malt undertones too. Ideal carbonated, medium-light body… a simple pleasure to drink. Lovely acidic/tart aftertaste, slight puckering affect, leaves you wanting more. Indeed it lacks some flavor depth and complexity but this is still a tasty treat. Screw wine, drink lambic!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 18:24:32 | More by bditty187
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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

Pours to a reddish-purple color. Has a super black cherry smell. It smells like cherry pie and cherry 7up. The flavor is sweet with black cherries. It is just delicious. It would be a great beer with a dessert like white cake or vanilla ice cream. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 05:37:13 | More by BeerBuilder
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark red color with a small pink head and medium lacing. It comes corked and capped - which I've never seen before. The aroma was very sweet and filled with fruity scents. The taste was very sweet and it reminded me of a good wine. The flavor is very strong of cherries and very enjoyable. This is not a beer drinker's beer, but it is more of a sweet wine drink. I really enjoyed the taste, but I wouldn't call this a beer. It's also quite expensive and has a very low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 18:32:11 | More by clvand0
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light red color like cran apple juice with a big bubbly pink head on top. Sugar and sour cherries leap into your nose. MMMMM

Very nice smooth brew with some tingly carbonation. Sour cherries are accompanied by a very sweet flavor to really excite the taste buds. It is a delightful brew, and although my experience with lambics is certainly limited, I find this to be quite enjoyable. It is much less tart than some others. I can't decide if I like it better that way or not. Definitely try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 15:44:03 | More by ElGuapo
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

Quite tasty, but not really a 'true' lambic beer. This lambic pours a nice red colour with an off white, pink-tinged head. The aromas are of sour, black cherries and the taste is more of the same. This is a very syrupy-sweet lambic that many people will enjoy and some will not enjoy...Me, I enjoy it but I do like traditional lambic beers better. This is a very good lambic beer to try if you have never had a lambic before. The mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is on par as well.
Cheers!
-F

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 13:34:42 | More by francisweizen
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jreitman

California

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

Bright cherry red in color with a fair bit of pinkish/white head. Sweet cough syrupy smell kind of turned me off. A little too sweet for how I like my lambics... tartness was almost non-existent. Lindeman's is closer to a fruit beer than a true lambic IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 11:17:19 | More by jreitman
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first lambic I've had, and I'm impressed. In the words of the Continental, "Wow, wowwy wowwy wow!" This stuff is absolutely fantastic. Pours a cherry red color with a bubbly pink head that dissipates quickly. Has a somewhat musty cherry nose to it. The taste is out of this world. Very tart, great cherry flavor. The alcohol is almost indetectable, which makes it very easy drinking. Unfortunately, it goes for about 6.00 for a 12 oz bottle here in Boston.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 17:46:38 | More by Admiraldinty
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Denali

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 ounce capped and corked bottle, no vintage on bottle.

Appearance: Pink head that dissipated somewhat but still impressively lasted for the entire beer with lots of lace. Beer was a clear blood-cherry red color. And now a moment of silence for all of the cherries that gave their lives for this beer...

Smell: Musty farm-like smell followed by strong cherry aroma. The musty aroma got stronger as the beer warmed.

Taste: Tart and sweet cherry flavor up front, mixed with some sour apple. Less sweet malt flavor kicks in next. Cherry sweetness and bitterness combine into the aftertaste. The fruit flavors reminded me of lifesavers candies. An enjoyable grass-like flavor also sometimes kicks in. Note that for the first few sips, there was also sometimes a metallic aftertaste as well but as the beer aired out and warmed up, the metallic aftertaste went away.

Mouthfeel: Soda like light carbonation.

Drinkability: No alcohol taste whatsoever. Very drinkable indeed.

Comments: I enjoyed the fruity aspects of this beer, although I’m not big on musty aromas. The fruit tastes were fantastic, especially the way the cherry mixed with the sour apple. And that grassy taste too. Its like I’m down on the farm eating cherries and apples. Yeeha! This is good fun. As Paul McCartney once sang, “I Look High, I Look Low, I'm Lookin' Everywhere I Go, Lookin' For A Home In The Heart Of The Country.” If I can only get used to that musty smell. Gotta move out to the country one of these days.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 16:57:35 | More by Denali
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red...pinkish head. Pinkish head says "bye bye" pretty quickly, even though he was welcome to stay longer. Liquid cherry pie anyone? Sweet sweet sweet, sour sour sour. Sweet first, then sour. 50/50 for sure. Not all cherries though...berries berries too. Smooth mouthfeel, very highly drinkable. I'm thoroughly impressed. This is the first lambic I have tried. I can't wait to try others. This stuff is beer? Fruit juice beer! Yumm!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 18:57:12 | More by AudioGilz
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an amazingly drinkable beverage, a fruit sodie pop. The appearance is a wonderful deep bright red. And it goes down oh so sweetly, and all the while oh so tartly.

While I find it amazingly drinkable, it lacks the "beerness" of beer. It's not a let's hang out with boys sort of beer, but that's OK it has it's place. It's a good night cap beer or a let's sit in a pricy Belgian style bar beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2003 05:20:59 | More by Scoats
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marburg

Michigan

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

I waver on this, and all the Lindeman's beers, every time I have them. It's a total mood thing. I'm not one for criticizing them for over-fruiting (or over syruping, rather) their beers. The bottom-line is that it's an attempt at taking a different angle on a pre-existing style. So I can't complain. I guess I can only judge it on what they're trying to do and how I like it when I'm in the mood for what they're trying.

With that said...

The color is very appealling. It just *looks* beautiful in the glass. Depending how you pour it, the head is moderate in size to friggin huge -- but it's definately always pinkish in color. Smells of cherries...like in cherry pie. Personally, I could just sniff the beer for an hour. It's like potpourri. Huge cherry flavor, but hey -- that's what they're obviously going for. The tartness of the lambic is just barely present but compliments the cherry very nicely -- kind of like a toned down Sweet Tart.

For how sweet it is, I actually think it's very drinkable. After a few servings, however, it's like sucking down syrup. Overall, it's a great beer if you're looking for "fruit" -- especially to pair with desserts. Not traditional, but who cares when you're eating sorbet and slathering it in this?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 12:58:14 | More by marburg
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zerk

California

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

Pours a deep rose color, with a thick and persistent pink head. Musty aroma of sour cherries and berries. Flavor is quite pronounced, beginning sweet, and becoming quite tart. Cherry flavors mix with sour apple notes. Moutfeel is prickly with a medium to full body. Lambics are a style that I'm just becoming acquiainted with. This is a very interesting brew, and a nice change of pace. Not something I'd drink all the time, but quite enjoyable.

An interesting side note... this is the first beer my wife has *ever* enjoyed drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 17:35:43 | More by zerk
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frank4sail

New Jersey

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

Slight berry nose with hints of yeast. Ruby red color with a pinkish head that disapates rapidly. Tart berry taste (not just cherry but berry) with a dry toungued finish. Good balence between the sweetness and the tartness. Medium smooth mouthfeel. It is a good Lambic, but not as intensely flavored as their Fram of Cassis. Good for after dinner with sweets.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 12:29:51 | More by frank4sail
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Morris729

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red in color with a foamy light pink colored head. Nose is very floral with a strong aroma of fresh roses. Taste is a bit sweet at first but then a delicious tartness of dark cherries takes over. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent. A nice change of pace brew that makes for an excellent after-dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 17:08:46 | More by Morris729
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Gusler

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasing to the eye deep cherry red with the head modest in size and as it desiccates quickly leaves a patchy bit of lace. Sweet ripe cherries, lightly malted a real treat to the nose. Cloyingly sweet at the start, top lanky and the finish tart with a moderate acidity and a very light hop presence. Quite a nice change of pace from the hop laden over the top malt and devastatingly high ABV beers I normally quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 11:57:17 | More by Gusler
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Kriek...Opaque dark red with an insanely pink (even more than the Framboise) frothy head that laces attractively. Yeah, a lot of cherry to the aroma, but a little too much cherry soda for me. There is a bit of hay mustiness, but I could have used some more. Cherry is naturally the predominant flavor, a bit of grape. On the oversweet side. As many people say that Lambics are brewed sweeter these days, I long for a return to the sour side -- more pits, stems, and skins. There is a decent dryness to the finish, distinguishing it from many American fruit brews, so at least there are two impressions in the complexity department. A little cloying...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 10:07:19 | More by ADR
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

From the moment the bottle is uncorked, the sweet, cherry aroma fills the air. This lambic poured to give a clear, wine-red/amber liquid with a slightly pink, foamy head, that left a little lace on the glass as it settled. The smell was nice and fruity with quite a bit of carbonation sharpness.

The taste is very fruity (mostly cherry, but with some hint of apples, grapes, and cranberries) but with a good amount of carbonation. There was a hint of yeast and oak.

The mouthfeel is very nice: tart but also a little sweet on the tongue; smooth, with a fruity aftertaste which lingers nicely on the tongue.

The drinkability is very good. Smooth and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 18:11:20 | More by UncleJimbo
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BeerManDan

California

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

The color after pouring in the glass was of a bright reddish crimson. The smell was of cherries and the aroma seemed so lushish. The taste of this beer was of a cherry nature, but, I felt like I was drinking a kind of cough medicine. I shared this bottle with another person and he felt the same way. But, his wife loved it!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 17:38:22 | More by BeerManDan
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, purple-tinged crimson robe topped by a frothy pink head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. Absolutely interesting to look at! The aroma is candyish with super sweet cherry backed by mild tart notes. The body is light with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor is astoundingly rich with tart and sweet cherry, but also reveals a bit of lambic character in the finish along with some lingering sweetness. Still, it dries out with a touch of sour astringency. Although I personally find this to be overly sweet and lacking in lambic flavor and aroma, I still feel it warrants high marks based on it's massive character. And it does make an excellent dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 20:02:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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Lupe

New York

4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark pink in color, with a thin light pink colored head that leaves some sporadic lace. Big time black cherry aroma along with some sugary sweetness. My mouth is watering. Light bodied and a nice mouthfeel. Starts very tart and then the cherry flavor comes out. Flavor is of black cherries, not a fake cherry taste. Turns sour and then back to tart, as these two characteristic battle it out. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Not too syurpy. Have with dessert, possibly chocolate cake. Delicious!!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 16:06:11 | More by Lupe
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit Lambic's are a tried-and-true method of converting the most ardent beer haters into beer lovers. That was the reason for purchasing the recent Krieks that I served to my friends. The beer didn't disappoint anyone.

The color is deep-pink, almost red, and a thin cotton-candy colored head floats on top. The smell is intense cherries. The first taste is tart, but not really sour, like many other lambics. The foretaste is, at first, very sweet, but contrasted with the tartness, it is welcome. Cherry flavor remains strong throughout the brew, and the finish is crisp and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 12:12:15 | More by Suds
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putnam

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer is the essence of grain. This is the essence of grain and cherries. Emphasis on the cherries. These beers really test the limits of how much fruit can be packed into a mere 750ml bottle. Pure, intense, natural. I find these a lot less cloying than it seems others do. While sweet on the attack, the finish is as dry as a whistle. The impression of sweetness seems perfectly balanced. The fruit was simply very ripe, and that's what carries through the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2002 12:29:30 | More by putnam
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a billowing effervescent pink-tinged head, settling out on top of hazy, murky dark pink/red liquid. Nose is tart cherries mixed with a soda pop sugary sweetness. Taste is a refreshing tartness followed by sugary notes and a cherry tartness emphasized by by the light-bodiedness from the wheat malt. Finishes up tart and very refreshing, my only complaint here is that it's just a tad too heavy-handed with the sweetness. Still, it would be too easy to drink mass quantities of this beer...it's just too damn expensive to make that a reality! I love this beer...I must be the minority because I see it really doesn't get high marks from many here.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2002 03:29:07 | More by beerluvr
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Realale

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reddish-pink color in both the beer and the very rocky head. Nose is all sour cherries - little hint of lambic aromas. Palate has an acidic attack but this is quickly subsumed by a wavy of sweet cherry/cotton candy. There is some length, but little complexity. My sample seemed a bit over-carbonated for the style as well. This is a beer to serve with a fruit tart or strawberry shortcake.

Bias-disclosure: I like my lambics/krieks/geuze very traditional. I want bracing acidity and sourness and I, most of all, want to taste the complexity of the lambic(s). This had none of these elements. The cherries should be just a part of the palate of a Kriek, not its sole compenent. It kills me that Lindeman's markets a beer this sweet - I wish they'd make a more traditional kriek as well because I know that the under-lying lambic is a quality product but here it is completely obliterated by the cherries and, especially, the sugar.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 10:54:49 | More by Realale
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