Oude Kriek Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lambic - Fruit
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4.17 | pDev: 6.47%
Brouwerij Lindemans
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Notes: Formerly known as Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René

5-7% ABV

This is the masterpiece of which I am most proud, as is one of my sons after whom it is named. What makes this traditional kriek special is that it is brewed with whole cherries. Since real Schaerbeek cherries are scarce, Lindemans Brewery has found their perfect equivalence elsewhere in Europe. It is deep red in colour and its foam head is slightly pink. Very refreshing, this beverage is a perfect thirst-quencher which, thanks to its fizzy and tangy flavour, is ideal as an aperitif.

In order to produce the Oude Kriek Cuvée René, the cherries ferment in lambic that is at least six months old in huge 10,000-litre oak barrels called foudres. After six months, this traditional kriek is bottled in corked 75 cl bottles. The beer will then undergo a spontaneous second fermentation process which, after a few months, will produce the carbon dioxide (CO2) to which this authentic beer owes its carbonation and distinctive foam head.
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, dated December 7, 2016, nearly 4 years in the bottle.

Clear dark red with a column of rising bubbles. Short pink fizzy head with no retention - it was a race to get a whiff with any head at remaining. No lacing.

Aroma is a complex of fruit (indistinct at this point, but the label says it should be cherry), tart acidity, funky and earthy.

Taste is definitely cherry, as taken directly from the trees in my uncle's back yard in Michigan. As with his cherries, it is quite tart and acidic, but not to the level of being truly sour. The earthy funkiness nicely balances the tart cherry, resulting in a beer that, while still on the sweet side, is well back from the level of sweetness in the framboise. The tartness is much more prevalent than the framboise as well. The tart acid provides even a bit of a drying effect in the finish and aftertaste. As the beer warms, the tartness becomes more and more prominent in the flavor, initial, middle, on the finish and into the aftertaste. So, in the end, the lasting effect is not sweet at all. While 7% isn't exactly huge, the alcohol is, nonetheless, not a factor in the taste.

Mouth feel is on the thin side of moderate with the tartness and carbonation providing a tingling sensation.

Overall, a much more enjoyable and refreshing beer than the framboise. This one I very well might make a repeat purchase.

Nov 02, 2020
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. 750 mL bottle purchased locally on 11/15/17. Marked as 2016 vintage bottle. Consumed on 12/24/17. Poured into an El Catador Barrel Aged glass.

A: Somewhere between maroon and the color of cranberry juice, with a fluffy pink head with decent retention. Average carbonation visible. Moderately hazy.

S: Tart cherries, pressed cherry juice, and some lactic acid tartness. Maybe a touch of raspberry aroma here as well. A modest but present funk – basement and fresh barnyard - with some oak and cracker maltiness.

T: Big tart cherries, cherry juice, and a touch of pie filling. A decent bit of funk here also, following the nose - grassy and barnyard and a bit of basement and cheese. Cracker malts, more juicy berries / cherries. It finishes dry with some more tart acid and just a little more funk on the exhale.

M: Average body...maybe a touch on the light side. Good carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: I don’t think this would be confused with the best in class, but it’s got nice and juicy natural fruit flavors and a bit of funk. Easy to drink, quite enjoyable. I’ll be curious what a few years in the cellar does to this.

Apr 03, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i overlook this beer way too often, like ive gotten too conditioned to great lambic having to be brutally expensive and hard to score, i dont know why i let the lindemans name or the reasonable bottle price prevent me from getting into this one until now, i always like their beer, but this was ahead of expectations for me, really very good, way more lambic forward than their more common kriek label, less sweet, more funk, super mature to me too, i loved this and had not problem with the lions share of a large bottle. its brick red in color, sedimented towards the bottom, intensely colored but kind of muted in shine, the head is short and airy and needs to be riled back up every so often. the aroma is striking, piquant and tart from the cherries, immediately mouthwatering, wild and super funky, bretty, old, i love it! the fruit complexion is strong in the flavor, but its dry enough to let the sour lambic come through, oaky and tannic and sharp, light lemon zest to it, minerals, raw wheat, and the absolute essence of the cherries, stunning really. i dont mind the acidity but could use just a little more carbonation to it, i know its okay traditionally for lambic to be still and all, but i like these to really effervesce, and this is well short of that. still, its remarkably good beer overall, an awesome fusion of real cherries (and lots of them) and mature lambic. dont let the availability fool you, this measures up favorably with way more expensive and rare kriek. ill be buying this more regularly...

Feb 29, 2020
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ausonius from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2015
Lots of carb, & fresh, dark red, Morrello & wild cherry, touch of rhubarb. Lactic, oak & Brett in background. Medium sour. Really nice, if not the complexity, balance & intensity of top Oude Kriek like Boon, Cantillon, 3F.

Feb 20, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark ruby body with a white ring and lacing. Smell has plenty of tart cherries, oak, and funk, with leather, lambic sugars, apple, and grape supporting. Taste was even more funk driven, with the cherries and oak balancing well, orchard fruits, belgian wild yeast and some dark fruit mix in, sneaky complex. Feel is a little sweet, but still very much captures the style: funky, oak based, and slightly tart.

Sep 09, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a tulip
L: deep, dark cherry/mahogany with a dense, thick dark pink head
S: not noted due to sinus issues
T: tart cherries, almost like an unsweetened cherry pie, earthy, yeasty, some background “pie crust”
F: lots of carbonation tingles your tongue and fills your mouth, but it goes down smoothly leaving a slightly sour, but pleasant, aftertaste
O: an excellent kriek. It lacks some of the “funkiness” of other brands, but that doesn't distract from the overall flavor at all. This is an excellent beer and is ideal for introducing someone to the style.

Aug 28, 2019
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Noah_Aimar from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is amazing, hard to believe that they got that color red naturally (although I'm not doubting), smell is sweet and sour cherries with an interesting acidity. Taste is 100% cherry jolly rancher with a moderate level of tartness and no funk at all. This is not the most complex beer in the world, it's easy to drink and your less beer savvy friends will probably love it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this beer but it falls just short of something to rave about. Will definitely be picking this one up again for a date night or dinner party.

Aug 05, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*Bottled 2/03/16

The cork is soaked through, which I'd imagine is not a good thing, although Google offers some reassurance. Pours ruby red with a thick but ephemeral head of coarse, pale pink bubbles—truly one of the most richly red beers I've ever beheld. Aroma smells of tart cherries with notes of caramel, wood, funk, char, and mild soy sauce.

The taste features heaps of tart cherries that would feel right at home in a Flanders red, along with vinegar and notes of apple peel. There's also an oxidized, woody edge to it that walks a line between characterful and distracting. The case could also be made for horseblanket and similarly earthy elements. Warming reveals wheat on the back end. Medium body and absolutely gonzo carbonation make this sizzle like a buzzsaw on the palate. I'm all for drying out the finish on a sour beer, but they've really taken it to the nth degree here, although that could largely be due to 3.5 years of bottle conditioning...

Overall, this is just the tart, lipsmacking cherry lambic I expected. I don't have much to compare it to, but I certainly wasn't disappointed.

Jul 18, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark ruby coloration with a medium, foamy, pink head. Smells of tart red cherry, with some lighter notes of oaky tannins and musty/cheesy funk coming through as well. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by tart red cherry as well as a distinct citric acidity and some lighter notes of oaky tannins and musty/cheesy funk and just a hint of estery fruit/spice, most notably green apple and grape skins. Finishes with a medium/strong tartness and some cherries and estery fruit/spice notes lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

A great Kriek with a very nice balance of tart fruits, funk, oak and estery notes. Quite tart, which is embellished by some citric acidity, giving this quite a sour, almost mouth-puckering kick, although the funk could be more pronounced.

Mar 16, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with bottling date stamped as '05 FEB 2016'.
Mostly clear, cherry red colored body. Bone with a slight pink tint colored head, half finger on pouring, and stays around as thick cap. Audibly noisy as the bubbles recede. Leaves behind some spots of lacing but most slides back down into glass.
Aroma is so good, with whole cherry expression and funk woody/leather/tobacco yeast notes. So tempting to take repeated whiffs.
Taste is sour, with again the whole cherry expression, and the funk rising up at the end. Dry finish, but does have an extended aftertaste of cherry, which gets slightly sweet.
Medium, also with a medium tooth scraping sensation. Good bubbly and fizzy carbonation.
For those who like a sour ale with a cherry flavor, this is most recommended. Great aromas and superlative funk elements.

Mar 07, 2019
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WA_Brian from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (bottled 27 May 2016) poured into a tulip at 53°F.

L: Pours a ruby red that is clear but too dark to see through the entire glass. Head is a dark pink with good retention but nothing extreme. Head dissipates to a collar around the glass with a floating patch of bubbles in the middle.

S: Sour cherries and funk. A very pure cherry smell.

T: Ripe cherry at the front, followed by a very sour cherry. Very long finish. Not an overly funky kriek, this lets the fruit shine but has enough funk to not be a sweet beer and makes it very easy to drink.

F: Medium body with high carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely but doesn't have that sticky feeling. Makes the mouth water and makes you want another sip.

O: This is absolutely delicious. Beautiful cherry flavor that in balance with the funk makes this really refreshing and easy to drink. This wouldn't be out of place in a blind taste against Cantillon or 3F. On top of that, it's probably the best value in lambic within the United States. It's easy to find and half the price (or more) of its competition.

Feb 13, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy ruby/ orange color . Medium body with plenty of carbonation which dissipates slightly after a while as this is a slow sipper .
Aroma is straight up funk, funk and more funk. Eventually sour tart cherry juice comes through with grape must and rosewater. Very complex aroma which keeps showing more as you take time to savor it
Taste is very similar to aroma, a lot of funk, very, very, vinegary. Sour tart cherry and grape skin follow creating a dry taste. This not one of those sugary lambics

Dec 25, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a ruby red with a big fluffy pink head. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of tart cherries, rose pedals, hibiscus, and musty funk. It tastes of tart cherries, floral, rose pedals, hibiscus, and musty funk. The feel is medium. A nice kriek from Lindeman’s, very underrated.

Sep 22, 2018
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cavedave from New York

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful purple/red with a quick to leave finger of white foam. Big bubbled ring and skim island hang for the ride.

Full aroma. Doughy sweet and yeasty tart join with some righteous fresh cherry and overripe grape notes that entice a salivary response. Some deeper funk there too as it warms.

Full strength taste, that is an immediate tart blast of sour and sweet fresh cherry, and overripe fruit funk. Less vinous than the nose for sure, but there is all kinds of cherry and funk in this pucker provoker that makes for a bright and delicious sip. Adding very light additions are a nice woody tannic note and some more hormonal aspects of funk as it warms. Deep awesome taste.

High carb. and med. viscosity create a refreshing mix. Nicely viscous body that stays clean beginning to end, and the finish is a blast of tart fruit linger.

This is almost as tasty as the last Cantillon Kriek we opened (there I said it) and is easy to get and less expensive too. Highly recommended.

Jul 22, 2018
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep cherry red with nice transparency. Soda-like head forms on the pour but quickly recedes into the liquid leaving a few lone bubbles around the glass.

Ripe cherry aroma right away. Really authentic. Almost as if you can smell the skin and pits as well as the flesh and juice. Rustic wood and Brett funk. Hint of fresh grass and earth.

Cherry at the front of the tongue. Ripe and fresh but not too sweet. Funk, rustic and wood notes all in balance and harmony. Excellent flavor. I really enjoy the complexity and how the wood flavor more defined than many American attempts.

Dryish feel. Hint of cherry skin and grain texture. A tad overcarbonated.

Overall, an excellent expression of the fruit lambic style. A well executed classic.

Jun 12, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

RBSG bus tour stop at PreFunk-Nampa, bottle share. Thanks to Rick. Nice burgundy body, small pinkish head. Huge cherry aroma, some barrel notes, funk and sourness evident. Taste reflects the aroma, a little savory spice added for full effect, plenty of pucker too. Nice!

Mar 06, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Clear rose red pour with 2 fingers of fluffy pink head. Falls fast... leaving a thin rim of lacing.

S: Tart and funky... lemon, cooking cherries, and funk.

T/F: Big pucker to start off... funk and lemon. Tart cherry and unripened frruits... astringent. Almost unpleasant at first. Light bodied... sticky aftertaste that seems sweet in comparison.

O: A pucker-packed Lambic... not what I was expecting from Lindemans but a solid beer. A long sipper as it would be hard to drink one of these quickly. Better as it warmed up to room temp.

Jan 07, 2018
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gr0g from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated May 2016. Ruby red color. A fizzy pink head sticks around for a bit, then fades to a light film. Musty, fruity aroma. Cherries have definitely left their mark. Some shoe leather notes round out the aroma. Fairly acidic and tart on the palate. No vinegar character. More funky than fruity, as time has dulled the cherry character. Tart, dry finish. A great value for an authentic Belgian kriek.

Dec 24, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 25 Nov 2016

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep red topped by a dense two finger light pink head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass. Nucleation shows that this one is quite lively.
S: Smells of juicy cherries, nice sour notes and a nice hit of funk
T: Taste is huge cherry up front with some nice sour notes coming on strong with some nice notes of barnyard with a hint of horseblanket. Swallow is more juicy cherry, lingering sourness and a little more funk with a touch of oak.
M: This beer has a mouthfeel that is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is quite lively and a touch prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: For the price this one is very tough to beat. This is a fantastic kriek with some great cherry flavor, a nice sourness and some extra funk for a little added complexity. Just a great beer.

Dec 17, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled November 25th 2016.

A nice loud pop when I pulled the cork out, it pours a really dark red with a fairly large head of pink fizz.

Tart cherries with a touch of semi sweet, some Brett, acetic, generally a very nice smell overall.

Tastes just like it smells. Lovely cherry tartness, mild Brett, somewhat acetic thing going on. Minimal sweetness as there's no sugar added.

Light bodied with generous carbonation.

A very good Thanksgiving treat.

Nov 23, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger pink head, dark red body.

Smell: Sour cherry, some barnyard funk. Super refreshing.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, sour and quite acidic. Dry.

Nov 11, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well here comes a review of a beer that I absolutely adore. Literally have about 2 cases of this stuff down in the cellar, it has its own rack (it does share some space with the Cuvee Rene Gueuze though). Pours such a beautiful shade of crimson dark red with a 1/2" cherry pink colored head with ample retention, especially for a lambic. A thing of beauty if you will. The aroma is dried cherry skins, some sweet, some sour.

Taste, damn, how do they make this so damn awesome, but then the majority of their lambic lineup otherwise sucks balls (I mean is below average). Instead of sugary, this is dry, oaky, drapes cherry all over, plenty sour but not really aggressively acidic or acetic. America, fuck yeah (we import this stuff). Slight amount of wood funk that is complimentary, carbonation always spot on.

$11 a 750 = the greatest deal in lambic. It makes the notion of paying etre shipping or trading or standing in line seem like the dumbest Pokemon level beer shit around. Just as good as Cantillon or 3F counterparts, but waaay cheaper and easier to get.

Nov 02, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice kriek.
Ruby colour, no head.
Great smell, pure cherry and bretts, little funkiness
Very tart but not sour taste. The cherry is very present.
Dry mouthfeel
Not up there with Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen but really nice Oude Kriek

Nov 01, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark cranberry jelly color with a bubble gum pink head of 3 fingers that rapidly diminishes to a thin soapy line.

Aromas of apple cider vinegar, cherry, cranberry, currant, and cabernet.

Very sour cranberry and vinegar flavors flushed with salt, limestone, forest moss, and band-aid flavors. Some backyard not-ripe tree apples (crab?) It's very flavorful but hard to drink.

Feel is carbonated and tart like drinking cherry juice. Puckers your mouth all over.

Overall, a decent lambic but it's a sipper. Very powerful vinegar flavors overshadow what could have been a nice fruit mix.

Sep 11, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby color with brownish tinges and small pinkish white cap.

Aroma of tart wild cherries in an old leather bag.

Taste on entry is sharp, tart, cherryish with a layer of something earthy and forresty as if the cherries were picked up off the ground. That sounds gross but it really isn't, just a different take on flavors.

Somewhat thin texture with balancing carbonation.

Every few years I grab one of these Kriek Lambics thinking this time I'll find some nuances I've overlooked before but apparently they still elude my grasp.

Sep 02, 2017
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