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Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René

5-7% ABV

Added by Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,764
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
361
pDev:
6.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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61
Gots:
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pirmannt1
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.91/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of stephenlee
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of MGibbons
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire123
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby with a loud, light pastel pinkish-red fizz receding to a persistently thick blanket.

This has a very complex smell consisting of a deep variety of oaky notes, from the woody to the charred to the splintery and even smokey, with malic acidity, black pepper, a little earthy funk, kalamata olive, and...cherry!! Nice fresh dark purple cherry skin.

Taste is quite sour, yet smokey with oak, olive, and capped off with delicious purple luxardo cherry, tingling all the way down, bringing a puckering sensation. The ever-present carbonation kicks up the tartness with a slightly semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Knobs303
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atone315
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle, bottled on 9th December 2016 and with a best before date of 9th December 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A very nice deep ruby red colour with a two finger pinkish-purple coloured head that had good retention but pretty much no lacing.

Aroma: Sweetish tart cherry juice followed by some barnyard funk and damp hay with hints of vinegar and oak.

Taste: Crisp sour tart cherries and mixed berries and oak with only hints of barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Crisp, easy to drink, nice tart cherry and enjoyable.

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Photo of mbalint1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Was looking forward to this after hearing good things about this much more traditional lambic from Lindemans. Pours a lovely rose with good sized head that leaves decent lace. Nose is somewhat muted, at least when chilled, with very light farmhouse notes and light cherry. As it warms, there is more pronounced hay. Taste is more cherry-forward, particularly cherry skins, and quite a bit more tart than expected. Green apple as well. Crisp and lively mouthfeel. Overall, this is reasonable for the price, but not particularly nuanced and the straightforward nature combined with high acidity makes it hard to drink in quantity.

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Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cherry juice appearance with a softly pink fizzy foam cap. Cherry hits the nose first followed by just a lingering whiff of funk from the base cuvée Rene. Again, more juicy cherry on the palate, rich but not artificial, followed by bright acidity. Minimal funkiness in the beer. Cuvée Rene certainly isn't overly funky but the cherry has further softened it here. Musty oakiness lends some earthy balance to the cherry. Quite good, expresses cherry more than the lambic base, which is actually quite nice here. I wouldn't classify it as "world-class" but at less than $10 for 750 ml it certainly stands up to many in the category and is a great value.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red hued with just a faint wisp of a head covering not even a quarter of the middle. The aroma is of dark, lush cherries and brettanomyces. I'm tasting a very nice blend of luscious, tart cherries and funky brettanomyces with notes of horse blanket and a humid barn. The mouth is highly carbonated, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shoegueuze
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Roze
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather fresh bottle opened 6 months after bottling.

Suprisingly bright pink head capping a wonderfully rich purple-crimson body. Absolutely fantastic looking.

The aroma is packed and spot-on. Farm-soil and flower petals, orchard after rain, cherry syrup. Authentic. I have had Kriek in the brewery at Cantillon, and this isn't far off from being that good.

The flavor is jammy, sweet-tart in a wonderful proportion, packed with dark sweet cherries (nothing synthetic about the flavor at all), and there is just a light whiff of brett-driven funk to spike the whole concoction. Very nice.

Conclusion: This is in the top 5 best Krieks (in traditional Belgian style) that I have tasted.

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Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 361 ratings
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