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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:
#1,774
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
362
pDev:
6.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
65
Trade:
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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by dgilks:
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant deep purple with an amazing violet head. Reasonable retention for style dissipating to a persistent mousse. Lovely.

Barnyard brett funk hits straight up. A light berry like fruit lingers in the background without really making itself be known. It would be nice for the cherries to play a greater role here.

Good cherry up front which flows through the mid and back palates. Strong, grippy acidity in the back of the mouth really tells you that this is a lambic. Low level barnyard character and a very light sweetness also play a part. Very good.

Full mouthfeel despite the low to medium body. Puckering tartness and lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is good for a sour with a light residual sweetness cutting nicely and there being lots of flavour. A good beer, especially for the price.

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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 Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and capped bottle of the 2012 bottling. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Pours a dark ruby red body, two finger white head, good retention and no lacing. Smells of tart cherry, cobweb, moderate funk, oak, a bit of wheat, moderate acetic acidity. A bit of red vinous character as well. Flavour is oak, funk, moderate tart cherry that isn't jam-like but rather more of the essence rather than juice. Moderately acidic, good complexity, nice drying finish with a medium body and good carbonation. It has plenty of character and doesn't punish you with unrelenting sourness yet has much less sweetness than the artificially sweetened version. This isn't as competitive with other well-renowned Krieks like Cuvee Rene compares versus well-renowned Gueuzes, but this is certainly a nice Kriek to open in a pinch.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JW_WNC
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2016.

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Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mctizzz
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

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

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

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of acurtis
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JasonSiedman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep red color with a pink fizzy head on top that reduces rather quickly and leaves behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: A lot more barnyard/musty aroma than I expected. This is mixed with a good amount of sweet cherries along with a faint tartness.

T: Very similar to the aroma, plenty of barnyard flavor along with cherries, oak, and a slight acetic/vinegar flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, bubbles tend to pop on the tongue.

O: The best beer I have had from Lindemans, a bit mustier than most Krieks I have had, but it is easy drinking with a good flavor profile.

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Photo of DStoked
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 5th, 2016 - poured from a capped-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Lindemans flute.

Clear carmine body with cerise highlights and a heavily active but fast receding pink fist of foam fill the glass. Poor retention, meager lacing, no legs. Filtration seems heavy with no visible proteins or yeast in suspension - making a "polite" impression...that is, until the last careful pour which will turn the glass into a solid column of color if you drink the dregs.

Beautiful bouquet of cherry, wildflowers, and wild yeast in the nose. Hints of leather and aged cheese emerge as the beer warms.

Bracing fruit-laden sourness - intense and surprisingly pure fruit flavor - no hint of syrups or other additives on the palate. Low level barnyard funk suggests some lingering caprylic/capric acid in adition to the red-wind vinegar notes from the lactic acid. Medium-dry finish, suffused all the way through with bright tart cherry flavor atop a mineral/lactic base.

Not quite light-bodied; plenty of carbonation, though it escapes from the beer very quickly.

This has the signature characteristics of a traditionally produced kriek - a style that defies replication outside of the region of origin. Exceptionally crafted/blended, though lacking some of the rustic quality you might expect from a living product. Very drinkable and approachable, but, thankfully, without the cloying artifice of many of Lindemans' other fruit beers.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tons of cherry flavor... and while not bad tasting, I really wish this would be more true to style with sour and funk. Just too sweet and too much carb (probably from all the sugar in it).

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep hued garnet tone, transparent, with a fizzy pink head which quickly dissipates.

Nice tart and funky nose. Cherry skins and pits, a light rustiness, and a pungency all combine in a very pleasant aroma. Light notes of flowers, vinegar, and tannins.

Much, much tarter on the palate (and less sweet) than the typical Lindemans offering. An immediate sourness greets you, and then the flavor of cherry pits and skins starts to emerge. As it develops, a touch of cherry meat sweetness develops, accompanied by tannins.

A nice puckering; slick body with just a tiny fizz; lively. Long finish with a slowly fading sourness.

This is a very nice lambic, one that shies away from the soda-like sugary flavor of the cheaper Lindemans lambics. Definitely worth a purchase.

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 362 ratings
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