Oude Kriek Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

Oude Kriek Cuvée RenéOude Kriek Cuvée René
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Brouwerij Lindemans
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #78
Ranked #4,117
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Feb 14, 2024
May 15, 2008
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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Ratings by Sammy:
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2017 edition, yes BB 08/23, still pretty good out of the cork and lots of pink foam A hard tartness that builds up at the pint mark. Its the real thing, somewhat balanced but a 750 must be shared among 4 even 6 people.
Feb 14, 2024
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Brouwerij Lindemans 'Cuvee Rene Oude Kriek' @ 7.0% , 2020 blend served from a red/gold foil cap/corked 375 bottle
A-pour is ruby red from the bottle to a dark red in the glass with a small size pinkish head , dissipating into a minimal lace ring
S-tart acidic cherry funk
T-sweet start , tart & sour cherries dominate , acidic , nice sour bitter bite on the swallow
MF-ok carbonation , big medium body
Ov-quality fruit lambic beer
prost LampertLand
Jan 20, 2024
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Reviewed by Giggy from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 blend. Beautiful red coloring. Lots of tart cherry. This is pretty dry and slightly salty. I appreciate the work that went into brewing this and the quality.
Dec 07, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
355 ml bottle poured cold into a snifter. Beautiful black cherry color, quickly decending pinkish fizxy head. Stamped, probably recommended, to drink by 2032.
Rich fragrance of cherries, wet leather strap, barnyard musk, Brett yeast.
It was way too early to drink this, I admit, but there’s gonna be one stashed soon. Taste is super fizzed out, lightly dank and sour Cheerwine.
Feel is punk rock carbonation, thin in the mouth.
Overall, the magic happens to this authentic Lambic with age - and that’s the lesson of this review. Let it sit. It’s gonna get real good.,.
Aug 06, 2023
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Brouwerij Lindemans "Oude Kriek Cuvée René"
750ml green glass bottle "Bottled: 25 NOV 2016" and sampled on 30 JUL 2023
$12.49 @ Traino's Wine & Spirits, Marlton, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: A careful pour delivers a clear ruby colored body beneath a bright pink head that fades almost immediately. Brettanomyces is evident in the nose with the usual wet straw, mud, leather, and slight metallic notes. It's also fruity but not overly cherry in character; let's just say it's not like the candied cherries that you find in some other lambics. The taste follows the aroma along with a sharp acidity. It's more cherry-like in the fruitiness, and the barnyard funkiness remains. It's not bitter, of course, but it's still dry, acidic, and fruity in the finish. It's very nicely rounded. The carbonation is moderate but the acidity gives it a little zing, and the body is light-medium allowing it to slide across the tongue. This is definitely one of the better, authentic, lambics.
Review #8,704
Jul 30, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle into a teku. 2016 vintage.

Great looking beer, deep burgundy body with a persistent pink tinged head. Tart cherry aroma and taste, lightly sour. Finish a touch light, but overall a great drink.
Apr 26, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by WynnO from Florida

Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Oct 09, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle pour into a taster glass.
L: bright red wine color with a bubbly head that quickly dissipates to a collar around the edge.
S: cherry skin, wine, oak, funk
T: follows the nose
F: light to moderate body, light carbonation
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