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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Kriek Cuvée René

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
5-7% ABV

Added by Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008

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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 244
Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 750ml pours with a brilliant ruby red body into a tulip. Atop that forms a pink, thick foamy head making it up to over an inch high with good retention. Head dies to nothing and lace is rare.

S- Funky, bright and ripe aroma blasts out of the glass with a balanced mix of horse blanket, musty barn, lemon acidity, lactic, fresh sour cherries, sour vinous grapes, wet oak wood and cheese.

T- The fruit is strong with this one as the cherries take over a bit more at this juncture. Lactic acid tartness comes in next making the cheeks tighten. Complexity brought on by notes of cheese, musty basement stench, wet vinous oak barrels, tannins, green apple, white wine grapes, sour underripe stone fruit, strawberry and horse funk.

MF- Puffy and foamy light end body that is dried beyond the edge of dryness. Carbonation is on the high side of the spectrum but remains smooth. Ends extremely sour.

Lindemans lambics without sweetener are just about as good as they come. Fresh cherries meet a base of funk and musty goodness. High end sours round it all out and you cannot go wrong here.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color and clarity of cranberry juice with a fluffy, half inch head that dissipates towards the edges. Nose is reminiscent of Sucrets - cherry and medicinal. Taste follows nose with the addition of a hint of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly prickly carbonation and an acidic, dry finish. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the style; however, I was quite impressed by this offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a nice clear dark red, with a small head, and a good level of lacing.

This smells pretty wonderful- tons of sharp and musty sour cherry, with that classic dirty funk I love in regular Cuvee Rene, musty, woody, and sort of just "damp."

This is an awesome shelf fruit lambic that's really readily available. It doesn't quite stand up to the absolute best of the style, but it's still undeniably tasty. It's very complex, with lots of sharp sour cherry, damp woody oak, lemon, maybe a little bit of sulfur, lemon sourness. It's super funky, but still with a dominant cherry presence.

This has a pretty juicy and crisp mouthfeel, with a higher level of carbonation.

This was a really excellent surprise- don't sleep on this one just because it's not Cantillon or 3F.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pink tan fiz that’s gone in a flash over glowing deep ruby. 4
Clay, lime rind, goat’s cheese, old barrel and cherry skins. 4.25
Balsamic hit, some tin + lime, touch of barnyard, leather, walnut oil and black cherry flesh. 4.25
Fizzy, light, crisp. 4

Nose is deep and complex but understated - needs parsing. Continues along this vein: esques any sweetness at all for all the darkest, most savoury aspects of cherry - think duck, not chocolate. Brett peaks out but lactic is restrained to a bit of yoghurt. There’s a youthful brightness to this that makes me wish I’d waited a year or 3. Properly old school (if low on funk), deserves the CR label, and probably the kriek I’d be most curious to revisit first. 4.25

Note: Labeled as "Oude Kriek" but they're the same beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a two finger pink head. The head recedes quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet dark cherries and some light funkiness.

T - The flavor starts with sweet and tart cherries. Midpalate there is some oak that leads into a sour vinous finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very nice kriek. The balance of tart and sweet is perfect. At $10 a bottle this is a must try.

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Photo of largadeer
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish-purple pour that leans toward the hazy side, with a head that head crackles away after a moment. The nose is a fairly even mix of lambic and fruit, bringing plenty of tart earthy cherry that marries notes of cork, damp wood and moldy basement. The palate is slightly more fruit-forward and moderately acidic, but there's still plenty of musty basement flavor to savor. There's a somewhat prevailing cork or dank wood thing going on here that isn't exactly unpleasant, but it's not terrific either. On the whole it's a pretty enjoyable offering, but the base Lindemans lambic doesn't appear to be the most premium stuff. Worth a tick, though. For a cheaper and widely available kriek, it's hard to complain.

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Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice little pink head!?!?! ;)
Dark red body.
Wonderful cherry nose.
Taste follows nose with a very nice sourness; not too sour, almost perfect balance between fruit and sourness.
Nice mouthfeel and overall, I will buy a few more, thank you!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottled on Dec 18, 2015.

Deep, ruby red color, with a thin layer of pink head that clings to the sides of the glass. Sour, funky, musty aroma with lots of sweet cherry. Tart cherry flavor, but not overwhelming. There was an odd metallic twang to it that just would not go away. Kind of hard to describe, but took away from the enjoyment of the beer a little. Regardless, the flavors were there and were quite good. Medium bodied with a sweet and tart finish.

I was very excited that I was able to track down a bottle of this at a local store. Glad to have the opportunity to try it and for the price ($10) I would buy it again and give it another shot. Traditional Kriek at that price point is a-okay with me.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sour cherries. Yes simple and delicious. Nice little drink that seemed to pack more than a 7% ABV punch. Maybe I was a little (maybe alot) tired after volunteering 1/2 day on my day off.

Pretty color nice malt based aroma. Big sour cherry flavor great mouthfeel easy drinking this Friday afternoon. Prefer the Gueuze only because my personal tastes sour apples over sour cherries. And the Gueuze little cheaper although less alcohol. So whatevs, can't believe what a sour head I'm becoming in my old age (hahahaha) ... Recommended.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep dark purple body, oxygenated blood as the carbonation goes and barely pumps through its body veins. Head creation is a dark grape color, slightly garnet hue and thin bubbled with a solid two fingers. Dissolves to a very non existent collar, but circular no ringed puck taken from good carbonation. Real neat and dark looking kriek.

Aroma is a bit quiet. Minor sensing cough drop like cherry, but an almost peanut butter like malt sweetness hides in the bushes. Where did that come from? Mostly though a very closed nose, but certainly alright.

Palate gets unfortunately a bit more dumbed down. Very wet washing mouthfeel, but with minor cherry flavors and a light crisp palate. A bit of muted carbonation and very little funk or even sweetness that is discernible. Bit of a sticky teeth coating gives just a barely touch of classic earth and almost gueze flavors but doesn't quite get there.

Very subtle and quiet flavors for a lambic, but also lacks a lot of just defining character and interest. Sort of feels dumbed down but is at least drinkable.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red with a pink fizzy head.

Aroma: dark cherries, almost smells like chocolate covered cherries (cordials). Floral. Funky.

Taste: dry, bubbly champagne like mouthfeel.
Tart and sour cherries.

Delicious and incredibly easy to drink, too easy.

Getting oak now that its warming up.

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Photo of rjp217
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty great cherry forward lambic. Beautiful deep red color. Medium to lower level acidity, mild carbonation, more fruit forward than anything else. This is really well done and considering it can be found for $10 a 750ml, it's incredible.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was never distributed to my area, luckily someone was cool enough to send me a couple bottles.

Pours blood red, smells like tart cranberries, taste is much the same, mouth feel is thick for the style. Good, not great, looking forward to seeing how this develops with a year+.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: 8/12/15. 7% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark crimson red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sour with cherry, cherry juice, funk, must, barnyard, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, funk, must, barnyard, earth, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic sour cherry and funk qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Ri0
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 750ml into diVino glass. Deep shade of crimson/pink that is transparent. A thick light pink head forms and quickly fizzes away into collar along with spotty lacing on the glass. A very pleasant fragrance of fresh tart cherry along with a musty and oaky aroma. Funk is light as are any vinegar notes. Starts off with a tart cherry juice flavor and is not too sour. A bit of funk and mustiness comes through as well as a bit of oakiness. Not much in the way of sour vinegar. Very light in feel and carbonation. Refreshing and tart with a slow palate drying effect. A nice affordable shelf Kriek (no need to fly all the way to Belgium). I'll be picking up a few more for the cellar.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Clear dark ruby/copper color with a big fizzy pink head that quickly settled into a wispy cap. Somewhat muted aroma: some wine barrel, cherry, hay, and grass. On the first sip, I sensed the grassy/hay/funky elements first, quickly followed tart cherry and some faint vanilla oak. A dry tannic sticky mouth feel.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is so good! Spritzy, airy and tart it holds a natural cherry sweetness. The flavor is not too tart and appropriately sweet. There's a bit of mineral and champagne while keeping a dessert like quality.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split between two tulips.

a: Ruby red body, mostly opaque. 1 finger light pink head fizzes away leaving faint, slippery lace that slided down the glass into a ring around the edges.

s: Tart cherries and cranberry. Slight musty woodiness.

t: Tart cherry, puckering raw cranberry juice, light oak touch in the middle mingle with a brief cherry sweetness, a touch of spice and vinegar in the finish.

mf: Lighter in body with ample carbonation, carrying the oak and spicy yeast up to meet the sour cherry that dominates. Very well balanced.

o: Give this beer a chance to come up to temp to better enjoy the multiple layers of cherry that the beer offers.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Pours dark ruby red with a quickly fizzling pinkish-purple head. Cherry pie in the nose with barnyard funk and a hint of balsamic in the back. Medium bodied and a bit jammy but crisp. Ripe cherries on the palate with a lemony tartness. Sharp, dry, and chock full of cherries. Finishes with lingering cherries and a bracing tartness.

Great beer! I hope Lindemans continues to release other authentic Lambics.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red hue with a haze-free body and a finger of frothy pink foam. Cherry-tastic!

Smell: rich cherry aroma with a nice tartness and a nice earthy character underneath. A bit sweet, but less so than I was anticipating.

Taste: very tart right up front followed by a nice cherry character and then a tartish, sweetish finish. Again, not as sweet as I was expecting. Very tart and fruity, this is one tasty kriek.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big carbonation and a very nice creaminess.

Overall: I really like this beer. I like cherry beers in general, and this one did not disappoint!

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Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a flute

A- A deep ruby red with a pink head.

S- Sweet and sour cherries, nice musty funk, some oak. Reminds me of cherry pie.

T- Sour, lemons, cherries, some funk, faint oak.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A well done lambic, definitely no sugar added. Love this, great deal and I hope it becomes as easy to find as Cuvée René Gueuze

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep crimson color, pinkish foam that sizzles and fades to a thin broken surface skim.
Frothy lacing around the edges, jewel tone clarity.

Aroma is intense and full of cherries, cherry pie, almond, maybe a hint of cinnamon from the pits.
As it warms up there's a nice funky barrel aroma. Taste is moderately tart and nicely puckering, juicy cherries and a tiny bit of wet hay funk. The finish is slightly abrupt and fleeting. Well carbed, crisp and bone dry.

Overall a great Oude Kriek, it's tasty and the price can't be beat. Unsure how much oude lambic is in the mix, their website says 6 months in a foeder, which isn't so "oude". Glad they finally decided to export it to the US, it's long overdue.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good beer that most would be think twice about. Tell you what, keep thinking, I'll buy it all. Way more approachable than most cherry sours, no medicinal notes at all. More like a cherry on top of a tart cheesecake.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large dark green bottle with a beautiful classic label of red. Poured quite nice with a dark cherry red hue and a riviera pink head. Hints of their traditional kriek with lush cherry tartness but with some added funk. Drinks a bit bigger than the regular Kriek, but surprisingly well balanced for a sour ale. A nice after dinner ale with enough funk paired with the usual cherry tart. Superb kriek!

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