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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,004 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | 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 TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red/purple color, with a very pink, very large head that fills the rest of the way to the top of a 16 oz. challice. Smell is sweet cherry, but not candy-like whatsoever. Taste is also cherry, tart and sweet, but much less than the other Lindeman's I have tried. Lots of cherry and a wheaty flavor, very clean and delicious, good, well carbonated body. Very good.

TastyTaste, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into pilsner glasses.

Appearance: Pink with light pink foamy head.

Smell: Strong smell of cherries.

Taste: Extremely sweet, almost like cherry soda. Not my definition of beer flavor really, but a nice alternative to champagne...

Notes: My wife loves this flavor, so we've tried this several times. It's fun, but not my type of beer...

TurdFurgison, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welp, quite an experience! This was defiantly something different – but very surprisingly good! A clear raspberry/red with a small whitish pink head – some laces on top. Aromas of a black cherry bourbon. Sweet to start along with some malts, but ends up finishing on the sour side. Very campaign like brew – thin, crisp and tart in the mouth, almost reminiscent of a soda.

Only had a 355ml starter bottle, was nervous about not liking it – but will be getting a big bomber next time as the daughter and wife both enjoyed their little pulls off my glass.

Vancer, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours truly ruby red, with a big old fluff of pink foam.
Smell is sweet tarts, cherries and a light funk.
Tastes immediately sour. This mellows into a sweet cherry pie flavor. The end is total sour sock flavor. Very complex.
smooth and satisfactory. This is a nice introduction into the funky world of lambics. I enjoy this beer immensely

nortmand, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy burgundy with a (huh?) pink head of foam that descends into nice lacing. Aroma has sweet, with sour cherries and sweet-tarts. Body is too light, carbonation, though is good. Initial flavor is composed of sweet bing cherries and that settle into tart bitterness. Might go well with Cherries Jubilee.

palliko, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 375ml bottle a strawberry red, but settled in the glass a little hazier and deeper black cherry. The Airy light pink head was a nice touch. The aroma is filled with dark cherry puree filled with a candied medicine back. Rotted, tart cherries were also a dominant aroma.

The taste was very inviting and sweet with a tiny sour finish. I was hoping for a little more sourness in this. There was a little bit of a cloying sweetness that stuck to the tongue. Fresh cherry cider flavor was all this brew.

The cherry sweetness is much enjoyed at the beginning, but becomes a little intense towards the end. Definately see this becoming a must have on some bigger cities club's menus. I think I will grab an straight up Lambic or Guezue next time I am at the store.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of budsboy
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours clear, red-purple with a fine pink head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is nearly all dark cherry with a malty alcoholic slant.

Taste is abundantly cherry, sour at first, and biting. Then sweetening, leaving a fruit-sugar coating on the lips.

Carbo is high yet this is surprisingly smooth. Full and round and sweet and beautiful.

Not a beer for anyone who doesn't enjoy cherries. This has cherry flavor, seven fold. Like cherries? Try some.

budsboy, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very bright purplish-pink color with a finger and a half of pinkish head and good retention. Smell is big sweet cherry, kind of like cough drops without the menthol notes, very appetizing. Huge cherry taste, suprisingly hardly tart at all, very sweet and juicy taste. Tastes good by itself, taste wonderful paired with some chocolate cake. Very bubbly and champagne-like, this is almost like a cherry soda, and actually probably tastier even to non-beer drinkers. This is a fabulous beer for dessert or a special occasion---anyone who likes cherry will like this beer.

cubedbee, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous, purple color. Somewhat pale in places but a nice, deep purple thoughout. Very nice head to begin with. Some nice lacing. Aroma screams black cherry. Some great peppery notes. Very full and inviting. Big fruit flavor upfront. Slight, malty backbone with a huge black cherry flavor. Peppery flavor from the sourness comes thru and is well balanced with the huge fruit presence. Very good mouthfeel-great body considering the ABV-Id expect it to be a much bigger beer. A killer beer-theres a great balance between the fruit and beer itself. Not overly sweet. This is what a wine cooler should be. Malt based beverage my ass...worth seeking out.

lackenhauser, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of OatherS
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pilsner glass because that is the closest thing I have to a flute.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a massive pink head that is slow to dissipate and laces nicely.

Smell: Strong cheery odor that is slightly remenescent of cough syrup.

Taste: Very strong flavor. Cherry is dominant. Somewhat tart.

Mouthfeel: SImilar to champagne.

Drinkability: Even though this is my first fruit lambic review this is not the first lambic I have had. I think that the framboise from lindemans is a little bit better, but this is still definitely good.

OatherS, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one sort of sneaked up on me. I've come to expect certain things from Lindeman's lambics, overly sweet, only slight variation from variety to variety.

Pours a pale reddish in color with head to match. Very sugary sweet. Over the top. Nose reminded me of cough syrup and kool-aid. Definatly a dessert in a bottle, no question. A little too sweet to drink much of, but not bad.


Gaisgeil, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Higravity
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer and while it is a little over sweet it doesn't kill the flavors of the bright cherries laced with the yeasty funkness of the lambic. The color is of marichino cherry juice and it has a pink head that settles to foam gobs on top of the beer. The taste is of dark tart cherries a taste easily recognized. It is not medicine like at all it is very smooth and very drinkable.

Higravity, May 29, 2005
Photo of FirstMan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle a little like champagne, leaving lots of bubbles of carbination on the side of the glass as it filled it up. I'm using a wide pilsner glass for this.

Ruby red in color with lots of carbination. I was careful on the pour to keep the yeast that was settled at the bottom of the bottle out of my glass. Because of that, it's very clear.

Fresh, crisp, and tart. Cherrys - nothing medicine-esque at all in this lambic. I've had a few lambics from lesser breweries in the past that have tasted very unnatural, but this is real fruit all the way. Very refreshing.

FirstMan, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very hazy purple and burgundy color. Lazy carbonation, little head, with little retention.

Smell - Dlightful cherry smell is the core of this beer.

Taste - Sour and sweet at the same time, if that's possible. The tartness sort of surrounds the sweetness, and the cherry flavor tends to win out early-mouth through the swallow. In the aftertaste, the sourness shines a little more.

Mouthfeel - Super sweet, with a pretty full body. The carbonation is moderate, but it seems slowed up by the thickness of the beer.

Drinkability - This is a lot like drinking candy, so the 4% alcohol is nice. The sweet-sour balance is a great change from hops-malt.

Comments - What a change this beer is from just about any other kind of beer. Really very sweet. I could like to see a lambic with more tartness, just so I have a better basis upon which to judge this style.

mgdeth, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Waf: a big, dense, bubblegum-pink head. Deep, deep, clear red beer. Sticky lacing. The nose is spicy and packed with cherries. Sugarsweet, with some lambic tartness. The front is tart but dominated by sweet cherries. The middle is thick and syrupy. Cinnamon and cherries. More sweet cherries in the finish with some tartness and spice. It's a nice enough beer. Too sweet for me, but not as bad as the Framboise. Quite spicy-cinnamony... like Red Hots (but not hot). There are some decent lambic flavors.

kbub6f, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, beautiful cherry red color, hazy toward the end due to yeast sediment, with a light pink head that disipates to pink lace.

A fine champagne like carbonation continues till the end. The aroma is CHERRY, with just a hint of earthy mustiness that does not detract at all.

The taste is - you guessed it - cherries! Ripe tart cherries, it starts sweet but then goes tart immediately. finishing with a very nice lingering tart mustiness that demands another taste.

It's not much like "beer" but it's a lot better than cherry soda. Should be great with desert - or for desert - or to share with a friend.

whynot44, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 18, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
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!

Dukeofearl, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Stingray5
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.

Stingray5, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
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.

aquatonex, Jan 01, 2005
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
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