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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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86
very good

1,045 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 24
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pinkish red with a pinkhead that soon became thin and patchy. It left a bit of lacing.

It smelled of cherries - strongly.

The taste, like the smell, was of black cherries. The sweetness was mixed in with a tartness.

It was smooth and left a sweet, spritzy, dry feel.

I recommend having this one with a loved one over candles on a romantic evening (in place of wine or champagne).

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

Picked up a 750ml at San Roque Liquors in Santa Barbara.

A - Deep ruby red with a pinkish bubbly head. It doesn't look like beer, more like a frothy kool-aid.

S - A powerful cherry scent meets your nose before it even gets close to the glass. Wow, that is strong!

T - That's black cherries all right! Amazingly intense cherry flavor. Extremely sweet. Can't taste the alcohol at all. It doesn't even taste like a beer. Tastes more like a yummy cough syrup.

M - Pretty full.

D - This is just about as drinkable as it gets (unless you don't like sweet stuff). It's more like having a sugary soda than a beer.

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

This beer poured red, like cherry juice or cherry soda, with a 2 finger pink head. The head lasted a little while, and died down into a thin layer of foam. Although the first few ounces were clear, it quickly became hazy as I went down into the bottle.

The aroma was cherries, cherries, and more cherries. That's about all I can say.

Taste was slightly sour, with very strong cherries to the fore and a slightly malty undertone. Definitely a lambic flavor, you can tell it was wild yeast.

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

Lindemans Kriek Lambic
750 ML green bottle
Served in a Duck Walk vineyards champagne flute

Pours a vibrant light red with a hazy and cloudy body. Pink colored head that has great mass and leaves beautiful trails of lace. Lambics usually look so incredble in a flute glassware.

The nose is mighty ripe. Screaming of sweet cherries and mixed tropical fruit blasts. The unique Belgian yeast funk lingers in the background.

Sipping this beer reveals a complex lambic that balances a nice contrast of sweet and sour. True, strong, sweet cherry flavors dominate the palate. A mouth-puckering sour tartness also makes its presence known on the finish. Hints of freshly picked and pitted cherries with the sugary sweetness of cherry cough syrup. A funky and spicy Belgian yeast funk flares over the intense fruitiness.

A pure delight. To be enjoyed with breakfast, a special holiday, after dessert treat or just because it's so enjoyable.

Photo of gosurfobx
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep red color with a pink head. Smell has none of the usuall lambic funk that I expected, instead it smells sugary sweet. Taste is way too sweet with none of the expected sourness at all. Very strong cherry tasting, almost as if a sugary cherry syrup had been used and not real cherries. Mouthfeel is lacking on carbination. Drinkable, but there are better lambics out there.

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

An interesting looking beer to say the least. Poured in the glass I have here a burgundy red colored beer with a tall bubblegum pink head.

Smell is STRONG cherry aroma that starts the moment that I pulled the cork. Giving the glass a good sniff I get a snoot full of cherry cider aroma with vanilla ice cream. That is about all that I can smell here pretty much it is hard cherry cider.

Taste is very sweet cherry cider with some bitterness in the finish. Hard cherry cider flavor and a great amount of added sugar. This is far sweeter than any cherries I have ever had, and I have had quite a few. The flavor is tart and spicy to but I can't really ID any by name.

Mouthfeel is good.

If I didn't adore the taste of cherry I could have really ripped this beer up for the excessive sweetness. This is without question a dessert beer. I would suggest pouring this over vanilla ice cream as cherry syrup.

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

355ml bottle, dang and with a cork..had a frenzied search all over the house ..but found a cork screw..phew! In appearance dark red , almost purple Lambic, light pink head..dense and bubbly. Very pleasant aroma of wild black cherry, slightly sherberty, Starts sweet cherry creme , then I get the tartness..ends very sour and very nice !! Lovelly on the palate..very smooth and not overcarbonated, even creamy at times. Very nice drink, I have not had much lambics but this was different and a treat.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - poured into a wine glass at home with my family. very great appearance, deep red in color, little head.

Smell - lots of great scents from it, cherries are very abundant in the aroma.

Taste - hmm, can you taste a little cherry? this is very overwhelming with the amount of cherries. tastes as if i was actually in the field picking these fruits for my own. great tasting!

Mouthfeel - my palate absolutely loved it! no carbonation.

Drinkability - easy to drink, loved it. will have more (if i can afford it)

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

Poured into a champagne flute, a dark ruby color with a slight pink head forming. The strong scent of cherries dominates the aroma, but there are hints of malt and a grassy aromas present. The taste almost makes you wonder if this a beer. The cherries sweet and tangy taste dominates the palate, with hints of malt there to remind you that it is a beer. In the mouth, the carbonation is very strong, but a nice dry finish after every swallow. This a dessert beer, particularly something chocolate. This is a beer I get mixed drink friends to try, mostly women, they try and can not beleive it is a beer.

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

A: Poured into champagne flute. Gorgeous opaque red color, light bubbles. Pink-tinted and fluffy head. Significant lacing.

S: Aroma is fruity, lively, and refreshing. Sherbety, hint of raspberry.

T: Dominant flavor is cherry, obviously, but this isn't soda-like. Mild malt tones hiding behind the fruit, but gives this away as a beer when they do peek out. Not a Kool-Aid or candy sweetness, but a more natural one. And at no point is there an alcohol flavor or presence.

M: Not spritzy, which is surprising considering the a.) non-macho stigma of the beer, and b.) the dominant ingredient. Carbonation is noticeable on the tongue. The finish has a slight sweetness/sourness that gives you that "just behind the ear" twinge followed by an urge to pucker.

D: This was very pleasant, and is a wonderful example of why someone's opinion of a lambic should NOT be formed by Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic. This would go wonderfully with a rich chocolate dessert, or even as a dessert by itself.

High ratings here represent having ONE glass of this, as any more would be entirely too much, causing the experience to diminish in all areas. I made the mistake of refilling my flute, and instantly regretted it. My second glass was even more tart than the first (in this way, it requires chocolate or something to cut it), and it started leaving this odd film in my mouth. Second glass was not nearly as good as the first.

Photo of jhu1995
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's see, a cherry lambic. Wonder what this is going to taste like. Oh yeah, cherries!

Pours a deep red, with a thin to medium, pinkish head with a good deal of carbonation. Smelled like cherries - sweet and tart. Tasted like cherries - sweet and tart. Actually, almost had a cherry coke-like taste to it, but in a good way. Very pleasing to the palate - medium bodied. Easy to drink, but could imagine drinking the stuff could get old after a while. A good beer to pair with dessert, especially if it is chocolate. Enjoy.

Photo of jdoolin
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 37cl bottle, poured into a flute glass,

Appearance: a gorgeous red with a pink head. Visually pleasing effervescence. Nice lacing.

Aroma: tart cherries with a faint brett aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I love the taste of this beer. While the cherry flavor is dominant, I also pick up a definite brett character that plays well with the tartness of the cherry. It's very easy to drink.

Notes: say what you will about Lindeman's lambics, I enjoy them and Kriek may be my favorite.

[Edit] It's almost a different style than Boon or Cantillon. Like a cross between a fruit lambic and a faro. I like Lindeman's lambics and always will, but they are definitely a different animal.

Photo of shererjt
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, opaque red with a small, pinkish head. Aroma was rich malt and cherries. I loved the smell of this one; very fruity but not over-the-top like the Lindemans framboise has a tendency to be. Some mustiness. One of the best-smelling beers around. Flavor was very sweet with a pronounced lambic flavor. Cherry was quite apparent but well balanced. Mouthfeel was creamy; personally I think it would benefit from a bit more tartness to balance the sweetness. Drinkability was good too. Not something I'd want to drink a gallon of, but it goes down quick and easy.

An extremely nice beer. Probably my favorite of the Lindemans lambics.

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear crimson with a slight browned tint. Fluffy pinkish capping of foam floats up to a medium stature. Keeps a good puff of foam always present and the lacing is mininally placed in some tiny dots and a few larger strings staying closer the surface of the liquid.

Aroma is of cherry pie filling; sweet, musky, and tart with an apple-y twist to it. Quite nice, very refreshing, clean, and forward.

Flavor is substantially set along a sweet sided cherry, a skad dark, but mostly bright with a unique twist of tartness that sits with a blend of strawberry and green apple within it. Its pretty quick on the tongue, it lashes at you with its blended sweet tartness of flavors mellowing out sooner then you'd expect and finishes with a pleasantly tart leftover tang surrounding the palate with a cherry tinge.

Feel is perky and tangily tarted with a cherry sweetness thats somewhat sugary and juice like. Mediumish body with an active bite of tartness creating some edge to its sweet flavors.

A solid Kriek thats sipable and more so. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Thanks to J & A for the gift. Me and the Mrs. enjoyed it.

I see my tastes have changed since 2003 from my eailier review. Interesting...

Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

well, my second Lambic,

this beer pours a reddish purple with a two finger head that actually stays for a long time. abundant carbonation, nice looking beer.

aroma is pretty much all cherries.

taste is dominated by cherries but there is a also an herbal flavor that i can't quite identify in there somewhere,

nice creamy mouthfeel, very pleasant.

overall, another great tasting fruit beer, i really enjoyed this one. it's not an everyday beer but sometimes something like this could really hit the spot.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of lace and reddish colour with lace and a good head. Cherry aroma though sugary sweet, and that is the taste. Its refreshing, but oh way too sweet. Sourness mid-sip would would like much more.A transition to this style beer. Sampled at Cole's Belgian beer fest.

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

A - 1" pink head. Retains for a minute and then falls to a cap. Red, rose color. Good lace.

S - Cherries. Hard candy (jolly rancher sourness).

T - Sour! Big cherry flavor. Initial sip is similar to a Warhead but with way more sweetness. Tart, tangy fruit. Some wood in the finish. A little oxidized.

M - Medium bodied. Lively, spritzy carbonation. Doesn't finish overly sweet. Seems to be a little tannic.

D - I like it. Very tasty and a cool change of pace.

Photo of BadBadger
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This cherry lambic pours a nice dark ruby red color, with a moderatley sized and short lasting head. As noted by other reveiwers, there is definitely a medicinal quality to the smell, reminescent of cherry cough syrup or drops. The taste diverges only slightly from the smell in being nicely sweet and fruity, but with a medicinal flavoring. A rather nice mouthfeel, although there is a minor medicinal adherence to the tongue. If you can get past the reminescence of cherry cough medicine, you won't be let down by this beverage.

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

I entered the local beer store for a few of these and ended up spending $50+ before realizing it.

Poured into a tulip glass this had a good-sized pink fluffy head looked really well. After some time the head disappeared to a layer effect on the top of the beer and laced the sides of the glass slightly.

Smells like a sweet wine not much else I can say but it was good.

Taste sweet like cherries and then turns tart. It also finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is good. Little carbonation and a dry finishes it up nicely.

Drinkability is good it is an easy drinking beer... sipping really is a better word.

Paired well with chocolate.

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

Bottle poured into red wine glass.

This was my first experience with a lambic, so bear with me!

A - Pours a pretty bright cherry red soda color. Very thin cap that dissapeared very fast. Bright, crisp and inviting.

S - Cherry, Cherry, Cherry. Exactly what I expected but the smell was very crisp cherry and almost like wine.

T - Again, the cherry just expolodes in your mouth. Very light hint of hops as it finishes dry. Sourness is there, but not quite as strong as I understand most Lambics to be.

M - Good carbonation. This feel very lively in your mouth as the cherry, hops and fizz all mingle and mellow out.

D - Very good dessert beer, and a great way to finish off a long evening of stouts and winter ales. This leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

Photo of tkarsies
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from bottle into wine goblet after dinner as a dessert. Poured a hazy maroon color with a 3/4 inch pink head that left fine lacing throughout.
Smell was almost all sour cherries, very sweet, with just a faint hint of malt.
Taste was same as the smell. Very tart and sweet cherry taste, like an extremely sour cherry Jolly Rancher. No bitterness at all. Slight maltiness in the aftertaste as the sourness fades. Sweetness borders on cloying at times.
Lively carbonation with smooth mouthfeel. Slight stickiness with the sweetness.
The extreme sweetness limits amount that can be consumed at a time but overall an enjoyable dessert beer and worth drinking again.

Photo of danielharper
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased from Wayne's Package Store, near Warrior, AL.

A: Deep red color towards top, tends more light towards the bottom of the pilsener glass.

S & T: Cherry aroma, with a tart after. As the beer warms, the tartness becomes more prominent.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, nice carbonation.

D: Not too drinkable for my taste, but fans of lambics will enjoy it. My fiancee, who drinks lambics but no other type of beer, prefers Lindeman's Framboise to this.

Photo of gotbeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This lambic pours a dark red with a pink head. After the head dissapates it leaves a sticky, lacing on the glass.

The smell is of cherries- pure and simple. The taste is of more cherries, jolly rancher candy cherry sweetness, and a little tartness. The tart is somewhat overpowered by the sweetness of this brew.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky sweet. The drinkability of this beer would be low for me as the sweetness would get old in a hurry. A decent beer to have one of for dessert or to compliment something sweet.

Photo of granger10
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright red color with a smallish fizzy pink head. Smell reminds me of New Glarus Belgian Red, which I didn't like. Cherry fruit gushers. Where's that Lambic quality. It's also missing in the taste. There's just a lot of juicy sweetness to it. It tastes like cherry juice. A bit syruppy. Finish is drier though which makes it somewhat drinkable. I guess I just don't care for cherry beers too much, but this seems to have almost no lambic qualities.

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

02/06/06- Beer brought by someone at my Super Bowl party.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, wrapped, capped and corked. Poured into my Lindemans flute. Not sure of the year.

Appearance- Dark cherry red, full and murky. Sediment clumps upon the pour. Nice half inch soon disappearing head with fair lace.

Smell- Smells a combo of sweet and sour, with sweet being the dominant one. Fresh cherry orchard.

Taste- Not sour or tart at all. In fact it very sweet. Fresh bing cherry sryup flavor with a touch of jolly rancher sugary flavor as well. Light malt backing with a very small hop kick.

Mouthfeel- This one gets knocked down just a notch because of it over-sweetness. Low-medium carbonation for this style.

Drinkability- Save this one for after dinner. Probably would really go good with some chocolate covered cherries. Overall, tasty, but not a gussler.

Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.