Oude Kriek Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

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From:
Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #75
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,114
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
268
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 13, 2022
Added:
May 15, 2008
Wants:
  65
Gots:
  65
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 4.5 by edthehead from New York

Sep 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a ruby red, perhaps even burgundy. Musty cherry aroma. This isn't super cherry forward. They're there for sure and that mustiness on the nose is found in flavor as well. However, there is a major tartness and a fair amount of acidity. I think that some krieks really lean into the cherries and this doesn't as much. It's dry too. I enjoy this but it's also not my favorite kriek.
Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Cherry colored pour with a rosy pink foam that dissipates to a thin lacy ring.

S - Oaky funk, tart cherry fruitiness.

T - Barrel up front, tart clean cherry, quite dry overall. Not sweet, but also not overly sour.

F - Very fine carbonation, soft, not stinging.

A clean fruity experience. Not sugary or soda like.
Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by arini10 from Oregon

Jul 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by chossboss from Oregon

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by smi69 from New York

Jan 04, 2021
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.46 by steverx8 from England

May 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Robertas from Lithuania

May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.69 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Mar 14, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Reviewed by ausonius from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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
 
Rated: 4 by VaporDome from New York

Nov 28, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +5%
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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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Reviewed by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.24 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Jun 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.24 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Apr 30, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Overly dry for my taste
Apr 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reviewed by WA_Brian from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Rated by Grackos from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Too dry and tart for my taste. Still solid.
Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.33 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Nov 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.48 by bubseymour from Maryland

Oct 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.08 by Leif_Eriksson from Canada (AB)

Sep 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by crob3888 from California

Sep 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by cavedave from New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.94 by dmacnuts from New Jersey

Jun 21, 2018
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Reviewed by bnes09 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

May 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Apr 29, 2018
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