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Lindemans Kriek - Brouwerij Lindemans

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996 Ratings
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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 mschofield
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy ruby with a pink head. Laces in webs, well carbonated.
The aroma is full of cherry, very strong a combination of sour and sweet, maybe they use both black and red cherries, or it's just sweetness from the malt and my nose is playing tricks on me.
Nicely tart, the taste is sour cherry, just light malt under the cherry taste. Sweet cherry comes through next once you're used to the tartness. Not terribly complex as it's just a blend between cherry/sweet/sour in the aroma and flavor departments.
I love it but it never seems like I'm drinking a beer. I like to have this after dinner.

mschofield, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml foil wrapped, corked green bottle. Pours a cascade of dark cherry wildness into a snifter with a two finger light pink head. Very attractive lacing of the same hue, but with some tiny beige bubbles. Bouquet of fresh dark cherries is intoxicating. It's sinful to taste. Light notes of hops and soft malt remind you that this is an ale. The Chantilly lace on the glass keeps reminding me that thiis Lambic cherry ale is very tasty. You can find this ale at most pubs/cafes in the Low Countries of western Europe. It's not cheap there, either.

Near perfect if you like cherries with your ale.

merlin48, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of putnam
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.

putnam, Sep 23, 2002
Photo of HimerMan
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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.


HimerMan, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of drizzam
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of my favorite beers...thick, frothy pink head and exceptional cherry flavor. Finally, a beer that's good enough for breakfast, brunch or dessert! It may get a little old drinking more than a couple of bottles though...it's a little on the sweet side, but still one of the top two in Lindemans line of lambics.

drizzam, Jan 28, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
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.

beerluvr, Sep 16, 2002
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 stof0048
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

*This is my first review so I will attempt to be as helpful as possible.
The Pour:
I used the glassware produced by the brewery for this beer. The lambic pours with a thin pink head and a fair amount of carbonation at you fill the glass. It pours a deep red, almost bergundy color.

The smell is, as one would assume, of cherries and and one can even draw upon the sweetness of the beer just from its unique scent.

Personally, I feel this kriek is the best of any. The mouthfeel is light and the taste is quite sweet (almost too sweet at times). I have had friends compare this lambic to juicy juice. I would have to say that I do not entirely disagree. However, is it such a bad thing? The cherry flavor becomes more powerful as the beer rolls over your tongue and hits the back of your throat. It is also somewhat sour at first... let it sit on the back of your tongue for a moment and you will find the perfect harmony between all of the beers qualities. The carbonation is definitely noticeable, but well matched for this particular beer.

This is the only aspect of the beer that I do not rate incredibly high due to its sweetness. I find that I often have a hard time finishing the 750ml bottle myself so I often split it with a friend and find that I am still quite satisfied. I definitely don't advise drinking more than a full bottle of this as a stomach ache from all the sugar is assured at anything past that.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers and love to endulge on special ocassions. Great lambic and overall teriffic beer.

stof0048, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Admiraldinty
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.

Admiraldinty, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour got me a little over half a finger of head that can best be described only as strawberries and cream colored. The body is a deep, rich maroon color. The head dissipated down to a few bubbles up top and a ring around the glass, but a thin sheet of lacing struggles to cling to the sides.

Smells of sweet black cherries and medicine mostly.

The flavor is that of deep rich black cherry, with a hint of medicine, making it like a pleasant cough drop flavor. There is a slightly bitter tang to the end as it warms up. Also appearing as it warms is a slight grain flavor in the middle. Overall, very sweet.

Light bodied and highly carbonated, this beer is most pleasing to the palate, although it isn't something I would drink a lot of, nor often. The carbonation is almost that of pop, but this in no way detracts from the drink.

CFHMagnet, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this 12 oz beer at iTap House (Chesterfield) and poured it in a Flute Glass.

Beer Appearance: Bright red, 2 fingers length of head

Smell: Twizzlers or a dark cheery type of scent

Taste: Very distinct taste of cherries without the sour finish. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sweet, and not really a sour finish.

Drinkability: Unbelievable! Very sweet but could drink 4-5 without thinking twice. If anything, Lindemans made their Kriek taste nothing like a creek...

DCon, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of NHGrafx
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle.

Pours a medium pinkish red cherry color with a light pink head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of tart and sweet cherry and a slight bit of malt.

Taste is, not surprisingly, dominated by cherries, both tart and sweet which seems to balance nicely. Not overly sweet and not overly tart. There is some nice malt character on the finish which gives way to cherries. Overall, it is very cherry. There is a very slight metallic taste in the background which fades very quickly.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. A new favorite for me from the Lindemans product offering.

NHGrafx, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of ozmodium
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, as always into tulip glasses

Pours cloudy red with a bit of orange, in this light. nice lingering pink head that i would have like to have seen a bit more substantial.

Smells or sour cherries, sugar syrup, hint of spices, lactic sourness. Funky wild yeasts. There is a definite brand identity to the Lindemans products I've sampled. Makes sense I guess. Big fruit character with the sour funky lambic in the background. Works fantastically.

Tastes way sweeter than I was expecting, but not overwhelming. The sourness and bitterness balance it out nicely. Sour cherries abound. Almost lost in the mix, funky yeasts. Delicious.

Great carbonation and sweet/sour balance.

Guzzle away, fairly low ABV. I'd close this 750ml bottle down and go for another if i had one.

ozmodium, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a deep yet light ruby red, almost a cream-colored redness about it. The pinkish head settles to a layer of random bubbles and film. The beer smells if sweet cherries with a hint of alcohol. The beer tastes deliciously sweet with a tangy cherry tart. The mouthfeel is relatively lively and light bodied.

Overall, this is simply delicious and easy to drink. Low ABV, excellent taste and smell. A great dessert beer, and one of my favourite Lindemans offerings.

JuicesFlowing, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of geryeb624
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. corked bottle into DFH Signature Glass.

A- Ruby red in color with lots of bubbles and a finger of pink head. Nice retention and lacing.

S- Wow, smells like a cherry Life-Saver. Big juicy cherries with a little sour funk to balance it. More of a fruit beer than lambic smell.

T- Again, not a lambic taste, but I don't care. I think this is delicious. Big juicy cherry flavor throughout with a tart kick in the beginning and a sweet finish.

M/D- Creamier and more carbonated than the average kriek. Very drinkable, though the possible cloying nature of the sweetness keeps it from a 5.

This isn't traditional lambic and I don't care. I'm rating this as a beer, and as a fruit beer, its outstanding. I think it stands toe to toe with Wisconsin Belgian Red. The beer that got me into craft, and I still enjoy it, even if its name is a bit misleading.

geryeb624, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Scoats
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.

Scoats, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

JakerLou, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

wattoclone, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of drinking12many
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

drinking12many, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Std73
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Std73, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

desint, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

twobeernuts, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of TheRealReed
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Very tart but quite enjoyable.

TheRealReed, Aug 30, 2014
Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.