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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Kriek Cuvée René

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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: 94 | Ratings: 251
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Cuvée René Kriek

A: This widely available, relatively cheap, genuine Kriek pours a beautiful, deep red, almost burgundy. It is mostly clear and has very obvious active carbonation. The pink strawberries-and-cream head was large at around three fingers but short-lived. Lacing is basically nonexistent. It is a gorgeous color that could use a little work with the finer points of appearance, even though the acidity surely hinders retention and lacing. 4/5

A: Wet wood funk, tannic oak, and flooded basements are surprisingly the main notes here. There is a ton of funk that almost takes over the whole beer. It almost smells a little corked (and the cork was slightly deteriorated and damp), though that could simply be an extreme level of funk. A little barnyard sneaks in with some wet hay, but this is mostly the musty, damp, oaky sort of funk rather than full on barnyard or cheese. Cherry skin is there underneath with some sweeter smelling cherry flesh and a little of the spicy cinnamon note that some cherry beers have. Underneath that is the lemony acidity, some moderate red wine vinegar, and red berry accents. This is a very complex-smelling Kriek that could do with a little more balance and subtlety (this is an intense aroma) and would benefit from putting the cherries a little more in the spotlight. 4.25/5

T: Again, damp hay, waterlogged oak, flooded basements, cobweb, and leaky attics (plus a little cork) is the first and most prominent note. Minerality, white pepper, and a bit of ammonia are up front with the funk as well with a distinct hard water taste. Cherries pop in after that with genuine cherry skin, cinnamon, red berries, and a smack of sweet cherry flesh before being swept aside by a very intense two front assault from lemony acidity, apple cider vinegar, and red wine vinegar on one side and bitter, tannic oak barrel on the other. This leads into a very dry aftertaste that is dominated again by the oak and some leftover earthy dried cherries. Again, stunning in its sheer intensity and complexity, but a little subtlety would go a long way. 4.25/5

M: The dryness and acidity of course play havoc with the mouthfeel. It is medium on the palate, almost creamy at times with the high carbonation and small bubbles. There is a ton of dryness that assaults the palate throughout in conjunction with all sorts of sour (acidic and acetic) that reaches very high levels of pucker toward the end. It is just too much for its own good and forces one to sip slowly. 3.5/5

O: Like its brother Cuvée René Gueuze, this beer bats way above its pay grade. At only $10-12 on every shelf with a half decent import section, this is a no-brainer. It does not quite have the deftness, subtlety, complexity, and all-around quality of Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek or Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus, but it is far cheaper and far easier to find and will do more than serviceably to scratch that fruited lambic itch. Pair with Akercocke's "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" for all the extremity and complexity of Opeth that comes just short in execution due to a slight lack of polish. 4.5/5

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

Taking their famed Framboise and ramping up its fermentation capabilities, we now get the proper Brussels kriek lambic that we all knew that it could be.

Kriek Cuvee Rene carries a strong black cherry scent across the nose, decorated with cider, red wine, must and a gentle waft of sea brine. Deep ruby at its core, the beer's dark red austere foreshadows a candy-sweet flavor of cherry lifesavers, plum, blackberry, fig and tar.

Embarking on the middle palate, the sweetness waivers and the sourness takes hold. Tart, crisp and sharply of dry french cider, robust merlot and plum wine, a stately, strong and fruit-centric flavor emerges. Again, blackberry, blackcurrant, date and fig apply a robust earthen taste even as the sweetness continues to dry, en route to a sour, peppery and woodsy finish.

Semi-dry and retaining a malty-fruity interplay even late, the medium-bodied sour ale uses its acidity to cut through the sweetness and command a dry cherry finish. Clean, crisp, refreshing even with a lingering sweetness to persist, the ale's simple sourness and modest earthiness is simply sublime and savory with each and every sip.

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3.83/5  rDev -7%
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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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Great color. Deep, blood red. Nose is hay, young oak, cherry skin and pit and pulp. The funk is just developing here but overall the nose is quite mellow. Beer opens puckering sour cherry tartness. Hints of lemon zest, cobwebs, plastic and hay up front. An aggressive sour throughout with more barnyard and hay at the end. Juicy, dry finish. A treat! Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down puckering, dry and tart. Filmy aftertaste. Very good though a touch over-carbed.

At its current score, this is way under-rated. I wouldn't mind sitting on a few bottles of this.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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