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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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969 Ratings
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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 44 | 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 deadonhisfeet


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a small bottle into a proper Lindemans glass. It pours out clear and red with a frothy pink foam. Nose is sweet and strong. Lots and lots of cherries along with some wood and a hint of tobacco.

Nice effervescence opens the palate and wakes up the taste buds. Strong cherry flavor on the front of the palate is balanced between sweet and sour and meshes well with the wheaty backbone. Sweetness takes over at mid-palate and stays through the finish. Finish has some tannins and is lemony, slightly dry, and mildly acidic, but not as much as one would expect from a lambic. The acidity is not exactly wine-like, more like ginger ale.

I have had this beer many times and finally decided to review it. It has the typical Lindemans sweetness and strong fruit flavors that I'm sure discourage hardcore fans of sour beers. Nevertheless, the beer is refreshing, pleasant to drink, and easy to find.

07-31-2012 01:10:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of jwc215


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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).

08-25-2006 12:09:12 | More by jwc215
Photo of packetknife


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

It tastes quite good, very sweet and that is what you expect. Its a beaute. I''m quite fond of the Lindemans line and this one is deserving as well. Special occasion beer or for the girl.

04-27-2002 19:45:17 | More by packetknife
Photo of jabocu


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

02-22-2006 03:08:49 | More by jabocu
Photo of necoadam


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

I wasn't a big fan of fruit beers, but now that I've had a few of these lambics, they're growing on me. Poured out a nice deep cherry red color with a huge amount of carbonation that took a while for it to settle. Smell was all cherries. Even though it was only one element, it was very pleasing to the nose. Taste was tart with lots of dark cherries. Wasn't as tart as the other fruit lambic's. Good dessert brew.

04-28-2004 02:27:07 | More by necoadam
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

No freshness info.

a: A very hazy crimson body, thin white head, patches of lacing.

s: Cherry shock tarts. Sweet cherry with a healthy dose of tartness.

t: Sweet cherry is balanced nicely with low to medium level of sourness. Not very complex, but very enjoyable.

m: Light on the palate, medium carbonation.

d: Very easy drinking, I think you could convince a novice this was non-alcoholic. If anything limits drinkability, its the sweetness. Great beer for people who "hate" beer. I've gotten my family into the habit of drinking Lindemans at the holidays, makes it much more bearable.

01-26-2008 22:50:59 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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.

04-17-2005 23:30:00 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Pours a black cherry/dark red with no head and moderate lacing, and tons of floaties. Looks like cough syrup.

S: Massive blast of cherries and a sour funk from the wild yeasts. Wow. Nice.

T: This one is sweeet. Really sweet. Anyone with a sweet tooth would like this. As it stands for me, this is good, but doesn't really remind me of beer at all. It's like faintly alcoholic black cherry soda. Like franks black cherry wishniak soda.

M: Oily, or greasy? Something like that. More carbonated than I expected. Ho hum.

D: A good dessert beer. Would go really well with a slice of cherry cheesecake. It's more of a novelty and off the norm, but for 6 dollars a 12 oz, I'd rather get something I really liked and could drink a few of. The sweet cloying nature of this one must dull my palate, not to mention could probably cause some serious hangovers.

03-20-2010 00:12:59 | More by irishking1977
Photo of Higravity


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

05-29-2005 18:01:06 | More by Higravity
Photo of bbeane


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

A- Poured into a snifter... a 1/4"- 1/2" light pink colored head sits on top of a burgundy colored beer. Light activity, leaves very little lacing

S- Very strong cherry tart aroma

T- Follows right in line with the smell. Very sweet start and finishes with a pronounced tart bite

M- Very watery with light carbonation

D- Like drinking juice. Goes down extremely easy. Might start to get too sweet after 1 or 2, but very tasty to start. Probably great during the summer... I prefer this to the Pomme


12-27-2009 00:18:22 | More by bbeane
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color beer with a huge pink color head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of cherry is dominant with light tart notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by sweet cherry notes with light tart notes also discernable and quite a lot of sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation. I know syrup is used in there and I know this is not brewed as per traditional ways but I can't help but fall in love with this guilty pleasure each time I drink this.

08-16-2010 19:11:42 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium to deep cherry red colour with one finger of reddish-white head.

S - Sweet dark cherries dominate the nose with some sour yeasty notes in the background. Sweet and tart.

T - Cherry dominates the palate as the nose indicated. Tartness and sweetness compliment each other in the cherry flavours. The sour yeast scents that were present in the background in the nose are much more prevalent in the palate but are still the secondary flavour. The finish is dry and tart and slightly puckering.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

O - This one exceeded my expectations. The tart cherry flavours were great but as I continued to drink this one, the tartness and the sweetness each became a a little too much for me. Otherwise this would be an A.

08-07-2011 18:32:35 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of smakawhat


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip like glass. From notes.

Large foamy pink bath bubble head created. Lots of sticky lacing while drinking. Deep cherry red colored body, with some dark opaque like character, not much noticeable rising carbonation. A bit of sticky like leg coating as well. Head has some good staying power as well.

Nose is sweet. Faint cherry cough drop, a little bit of faint lemon. Sugary but nothing to crazy with a little bit of hinting malt density, and some sucrose like sensations.

Palate is fairly round and large. Controlled sweetness and cherry cough drop lozenge like fruit sensations. Chewy backbone. Very large malt and oaky coating mouthfeel, fills every crevice of the mouth with a great round character. Simple. Easy drinking. Some faint tartness on the swallow with some faint cinnamon character.

It may be a sweeter example but it's certainly a fun drinkable lambic.

08-11-2013 00:18:46 | More by smakawhat
Photo of StoutHunter


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

I picked up a bottle of Lindemans Kriek last week for $6.49 at the Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and I've only had a Kriek once, it was a few years ago and I didn't care for it that much, but I thought it was time for me to give this style another try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a green 355ml foiled and corked bottle into a Belgian style tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it's very typical for Lindemans, but the red foil on the bottle makes it a little eye catching. It poured a nice crimson like color that took on more of a brighter ruby hue when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy light pink head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a candy like aroma to it with the cherrys being the first to show up and they impart a sweet and slightly tart cherry like aroma that reminds me of some cherry concentrate and it also has a slight cough syrup like aroma to it. Up next comes a slight fermented like aroma with just a slight bit of lightly funky yeast coming through. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that really showcased the cherrys.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the cherrys still being the first to show up and they impart a all those nice cherry concentrate aspects that I got from aroma without that light cough syrup like aspect. I didn't get any of that yeast aspect that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's just a little more sweetness with a higher amount of tartness and it had a nice cherry like aftertaste with the tartness just lingering for a second. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the cherrys were showcased nicely while imparting the just the right amount of tartness.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly mouth puckering, not too acidic, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, I don't have much experience at all with this style, but since it doesn't have that cough syrup taste that the first one had I would consider this a good one. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, slightly mouth puckering, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is the perfect amount for a after dinner dessert beer, but i think I would have no problem drinking a bottle to myself, it just might take me a little bit to finish it. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, it was pretty good and it did a good job of really showcasing the cherrys and making them the star of the show. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad at all, but I think it would be a little better if it didn't have light cough syrup like aspect to it. I would buy this beer again and I would be interested to see how it ages. I would recommend it to people who love fruity and tart cherry beers. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I went into it thinking there's a good chance it could be a cough syrup bomb and the aroma didn't fully disprove that, but once I got to the taste I started to enjoy and appreciate this beer.So far this is now my Favorite Kriek and my favorite beer from Lindemans. Good job guys, this beer made for one nice dessert beer, keep up the good work.

08-03-2014 03:41:59 | More by StoutHunter
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

06-18-2006 14:48:15 | More by cameraman
Photo of bmwats


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Lindemans glass.

A: Dark cherry red. Pours a 2 finger frothy pink head. Leaves thick sticky lacing and little peaks and craters as it settles. More dry lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: A little grain, but mostly cherry... really sweet overpowering cherry.

T: Sweet but more sour cherry flavor. Not as sweetly overwhelming as the nose suggests though. Just a little graininess, and a little bitterness.

M: Light and refreshing. The sweet cherry coats the palette.

D: Good brew to sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is nice. Really solid appearance, and a sweet pleasing fruity nose. Flavor is sour cherry and a little grain, very nice for a special occasion, but not something you'd want to drink too much of... could be a little cloying. Overall, this is a really good brew.

01-01-2010 05:09:36 | More by bmwats
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance - pours a beautifully bright cherry red color with a pink thick head like an ice cream float. Thick lacing covers the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma - some vague sweetness at first mixed in with a sour mustiness. The sweetness fades after a moment but still has a faint presence.

Taste - sweet cherry right off the bat, like Kool-Aid but better. Some moderate tartness follows with some musty elements. The sweet cherry dominates, making this one a more palatable lambic to me. The finish stays sweet and tasty.

Mouthfeel - the tartness gives a drier feel despite the sweetness level. A slightly heavy body is checked by good carbonation.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these even though it's one of my less favorite styles.

01-22-2006 06:05:05 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Pours a fruit punch red with a reddish-pink head. Leaves almost no lacing

S: Sweet cherries dominate, along with some yeast. No brainer here

T: Again, cherries of course. Fairly tart, but sweet as well. Fairly simple, as fruit beers should be

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Like cherry soda, for the most part

D/O: Well, easily drinkable at only 4%. A good example of the fruit beer style, which is not surprising coming from Lindemans

05-21-2011 23:46:44 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

After pouring into my tulip glass, the beer appears a cloudy, ruby crimson color with sparse sediment and an inch of pillowy pink foam. Nose and flavor are dominated by notes of fruity cherries, mixed berries, sour cherry jam, tart, slightly sour and sweet, all in the same mouthful. About medium bodied and certainly more than adequately carbonated. Worth a try.

05-28-2009 20:52:34 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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...

09-08-2005 11:42:47 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of palliko


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

07-17-2005 14:09:56 | More by palliko
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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.

07-03-2004 00:13:57 | More by scriabin
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

Definitely does not look like a beer, more like a berry punch, really. Color is a burnt maroon shade, pretty hazy with a decent head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The smell is also very un-beerlike as well, again, more like a cherry/berry punch, quite sweet. After a few more concentrated sniffs, there's a little hint of tartness along with some malt nuances. Still very much under the sweet cherry fragrance. I kinda like it.

More tangy cherry sweetness in the taste, as expected. It's not cloyingly sweet and is nicely balanced with a slight bit of tartness. Bit more sour than most beers, but not very sour at all in the grand scheme of things. I didn't expect hoppiness and I didn't get any, as it's not present at all. There's a slightly bready finish at the end which surprised me. Malts are only very slightly detectable on the back end as well, not too evident at all. Mouthfeel is decent, not watery, but not too much body either. Carbonation is present throughout, almost distractingly so.

Thanks to the sweetness and low alcohol content, this brew is quite drinkable. It may not be for the purist beer drinker, but for people like me who appreciate the less bitter varieties, it's a nice, refreshing thirst quencher.

09-27-2009 22:29:53 | More by r0nyn
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pours a dark red/purple color with a nice tight whipped pink head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and tart. Big Hi-C fruit punch aroma with a tart unrippened cherry, some peppery spice as well. The taste is of fruit punch and red grape juice with an overlying cherry syrup sweetness. Some metallic notes as well. Similar to the framboise but the cherries don't bring in too much of a tart flavor like the raspberries do. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation, very sweet but the tart bite offsets the sweetness to avoid being cloying. Very tasty brew, very sweet, one glass is enough for me.

10-09-2009 23:13:30 | More by Gmann
Photo of ShanePB


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend and family. Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep red/maroon body with a huge fluffy, creamy soft pink head. The lacing and retention were both stellar, leaving this patches on both the walls and a nice cap on the surface. Sure, it's red and pink but for the style it's great.

S: Sweet and sugary black cherries, strawberries and red grapes. Along with the sweetness is a nice subtle tart nature but you can tell it won't be so puckering. A semi-sweet red wine quality comes through towards the back end, nothing really in the way of an abundance of malt or hops though. The fruit dominates.

T: Very sweet but not sickeningly. Black and red cherries are the center of this flavor profile. There's a bit of a tart edge due to the underlying lambic base of this beer though it's certainly been masked quite a bit with the sweetener. Not that I mind it, but in large quantities this might be too much. The finish is dry and fruity, really just an easy drinking exceptional beer.

M: Light and bubbly, highly carbonated but there's nothing to fault here as this is what the style calls for. Dry and sweet flavors lingering around.

Perhaps this is a guilty pleasure but I enjoy a beer like this from Lindemans from time to time. It's a nice change of pace while still giving you traditional lambic qualities with a sweetened edge to it. Not something I could drink in large amounts but this always seems to go over well with everyone.

01-09-2012 15:09:59 | More by ShanePB
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