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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 25
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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Photo of zImage
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was quite fruity, but it reminded me too much of halls cough drops for me. I liked the creamy texture of it and the color was rich and dark. I'd have to take the raspberry over this one though. This beer is definitely not on my favourite lambic beer list.

Photo of gus
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is strong cherry, very small head, which dissapears rapidly. Overall appearance is a very dark red in color, somewhat hazy. Flavor is a very tart cherry with just a slight "bite" of an aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and bubbly goes down somewhat smooth. This is not something i would drink all the time, this is something my wife likes, so i would drink this occaisionally.

Photo of guinnessfan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The small bottle poured into a flute, after the damn cork is removed. Lindemans is the single reason I carry bartender openers in every car and many in the house.

A: Nice dark ruby red beer with a big fluffy pink head. Interesting look. Big and bubbly like champagne, with a better fluffy head.

S: Basically just cherries and some earthy, woodish smell. (I don't know if its from the cork or yeast or what)

T: Powerful tart, sour dark cherries. Very powerful taste but not overbearing.

M: Smooth, leaving a tart aftertaste

D: More drinkable to me than wine, perhaps a little too sweet to go with dinner, though. I prefer to substitute the Framboise for dinner.

Good beer? to enjoy after dinner with a chocolate dessert, or to convert the wife from wine to beer. The only problem is that a case of this is $109.99 where I live. It is over $10.00/bottle. It's good but not that good.

Photo of malcontent
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost like a semi-carbonated grape juice, hardly any lacing to speak of although it is at least an attractive shade of purple.

Smell is out of control. Almost an artificial cherry, like a Jolly Rancher or Big League Chew; this takes me back on a trip I didn't ask to go on.

Very sweet but with a welcome bit of tartness at the end. There are some actual beer qualities in this lambic unlike some of the other Lindemans offerings.

Not really that great. The kind of "beer" that you'd want to reccommend to that girlfriend who just has no interest in learning anything about beer but that would at least allow you to steer her away from Bartles & James.

Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If Lindemans Framboise is to Raspberry then Lindemans Kriek is to Cherry.

Appearance: Pours a deep red purple color with a pinkish head.

Smell: The aroma of black cherry and sweet sugars paint the nose with a very enticing sweet tart candy flavor.

Taste: This is a well built fruit Lambic this is certainly sweet with cherry flavors and sugars - syrup and a malt. Then balanced with acidity and tartness again of cherries but a dark sour cherry finish. The flavor is relatively straightforward but certainly pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Full well rounded mouthfeel that is tart on the edges and coats the palate with Lambic flavors.

Drinkability: This style is s bit too sweet and a bit too tart to consider very sessionable but tasty, no doubt; and it is as easy to drink as any in its category.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of dbalsock
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours bright maroon with loads of pink fluffy head. The lacing on the glass is beatiful.

Smell: The aroma reminds me of robotussin and goat... but I kinda like it.

Taste: Black cherry blends with a generic farmhouse/hay taste to make this more of a real lambic than I expected.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly smooth with a tiny bite of alcohol and some light tartness.

Drinkability: I'd have to be in the mood for this again, and there are better lambics out there if I want overpowering sweetness.

Photo of ciderfaerie
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: incredible fluffy head on this thing that reminded me of a rootbeer float. bright clear red, definitely what you'd expect from a cherry beverage.

Smell: a hint of super sweet cherry cough syrup to this beautiful beer.

Taste: did i already mention cherry cough syrup? seriously, its not as strong as a cough syrup, which makes it easier to drink, but I find myself having to take dainty sips to keep from being overwhelmed. i dont get the goatish taste that dbalsock insists exists - and if anyone were to pick up goat, it'd be me.

Mouthfeel: creamy texture with a nice light carbonation. bitter as it moves back.

Drinkability: overall, good. if it were my only option, i could see myself easily having one or easily passing. i think i'm just not a fan of cherry.

Photo of megletaj
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep red with slight carbonation and foam at the very top; at first glance, the beer appears more like a wine-cooler or grape-juice champagne;

Smell: is incredible; from reviews, I knew that it would smell like cherries but it was subtly sweet and not annoying or overbearing;

Taste: I liked the beer more at the beginning of the bottle when I was surprised by its taste and how it was not as sweet as I anticipated, based upon the smell; after too many sips, the flavor intensifies and becomes almost too sweet;

Mouthfeel: at the beginning of the bottle, it felt appropriately carbonated and smooth; towards the end, however, it felt almost syrupy;

Drinkability: this is a very sippable beer to enjoy as a substitute for a glass of wine. I would not, however, be able to drink bottles of this without something to balance out the sweetness that accrued in my mouth after a while. That said, this was a pleasant surprise for a fruit beer and far less sweet than I expected and not at all offensive; I would definitely stock a few bottles of this at home and I anticipate that I will want to try it again soon.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i had to break the top of the bottle with a hammer since the cork got stuck. Sucks to do that to a six dollar beer. Oh well, life goes on.

Appearance is nice read color with amazing head.

Smells of cherries, strongly!

Tastes of cherries and funkiness

Has amazing carbonation and mouthfeel.

I don't see how anyone couldn't give this a five in drinkability.

Photo of HimerMan
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle, poured into a wine glass.

Pour - Awesome, beautiful red with a white/pink head that has an awesome light cherry aroma.

Smell - Cherries and sugar, with a very mild earthy aroma that peaks through at the end.

Taste - Really one of the finer lambics I've had, very easy to drink, also sweet with a nice cherry flavor - almost too easy to drink. It has a syrup-like feel, very nice though, with cherry flavors clearly dominating the palate.

Overall - I would suggest this to be the first beer to try in the Lambic style - it is moderately priced (in comparison) and it will quickly let you know how you feel about the overall style.

Worth a shot to at least pick up a bottle.


Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.