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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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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green cork and caged 0.75 litre 2007 bottle.

The colour was a true Victoria Plum purple, the beer produced a purple/grey collar too.

The aromas given off were plentiful, cherries, sweet cherries, Bakewell Tarts and mens groins!

The taste was of sour, oh so sour old cherries, it was vinergarous and difficult to drink in more than a small sip at a time.

By the end of the tasting I had a pain behind my ears, the sort you get from trying to blow up ballons. That can't be right can it? This was one of the most acidic drinks I've ever had. I have tried to score according to style (with a personal slant on it)

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Insane un-oxidized blood red color that sits devilishly still in my glass with an impressive lacing. Deep syrupy black cherry bouquet rises up from the glass. Sourness is similar to the geuze. Refreshing one dimensional and light with a big cherry pit taste. There is a bad crab apple flavor in the finish though that puts a downer on it for me. Otherwise it's an interesting kriek. I've never seen such an intense color before.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the unavailable in 'Murrca surprise! Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a dark plum color with a shit ton of ugly sediment floating about. The head is an awful looking lavender film floating on top of the brew with big bubbles and general ugliness.

S: Very earthy, to the point of being 'dirty' smelling, almost even fungal. Light cherries and acetic tartness comes through in a timid manner.

T: It's far more tart in the flavor profile. This one starts with cherries briefly - then BOOM! Acetic, vinegary sourness bombards the palate - I'd reckon the balance is 85% tart, 15% sweet cherries. More of the earthy qualities from the aroma appear later on to finish the brew off. Shame it came after three excellent gueuzes, because this one really spoke to my sour tastebuds very well. It just couldn't measure up regardless.

But compared to the fruity, Arbor Mist-esque (artificial) sugar bombs Lindemans is wont to creating, this is a damn godsend.

M: Not as dry as the gueuzes I just sampled - but just as tannic, if not moreso. As such, it comes across a little harshly. If anything, aging this should give it a more delicate subtlety to the palate qualities.

O: I love the sourness this is providing. If I didn't just have a trio of quality gueuzes, this would probably score a little higher, as unfair as it sounds. A year of age should round out some of its rough edges a touch.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Plonk in Canberra. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep curranty red colour, with a sudsy, but ultimately rather filmy head of pinkish foam. Body is light, but supports what it's going for. It's not a huge looking beer, but it's solid for the style.

Nose tends towards the sweet fruit, with some crushed berry character mixing with the tart cherry aroma, but very little actual lambic acidity. Overall, it's a little flat and dead, with the lambic notes only providing a reprovatory hint rather than the basis of the beer.

Taste is similar, in that it feels flatter than it would have had it gone all out. There's still a pronounced and rather crisp cherry tartness on the palate, but there's not a lot of genuine lambic acidity, or else an acquiescent sweetness. It's a shame, because as a result it feels sort of half way—it can't be bothered throwing its cap in with the true lambics, but it also can't accept its true calling as a pseudo alco-pop.

I'm disappointed in this brew overall. I feel as though it doesn't go the full distance either way. It genuinely has the fundamentals to be a good kriek, but it holds back on fully expressing itself, and ends up a middle-of-the-road curiosity.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark redish orange with a skummy bubbly white head. Very old dry musky funk strong up front, a bit dusty and some light cherry notes balancing in back. The taste is much sweeter than the nose. The funk is light and what is there is dusty. The cherries are much stronger, there is a light hop bittereness in the finish and fairly sour. Light body, a bit syrupy, lighter carb than I'd like.

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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 rarbring
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy ruby red brew, a pale pink head, very small and quickly disappearing.

The smell is interesting, stable, earth, cherries, yeast and wet wood.

Tasting fruity, bitter cherries and sour rhubarbs. Not sweet at all.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a coarse feeling, a small body but a sour freshness.

Not dull at all, a bit uneven, but feels authentic

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Photo of Jonada
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottled June 2012. 6.5% ABV. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blood red color with 2+ fingers of a pink head. Body is nearly opaque with only a small amount of light getting through. Good head retention.

Smell: Sour cherry, barnyard, some light basement notes, and earth. Nice aroma, but perhaps a bit weak.

Taste: WOW. Huge mouth puckering sourness, caught me a bit off guard considering the fairly mild aroma. Big sour cherry flavor, funk and some oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Long lingering sour finish.

Overall: Really good kriek. Not the greatest I've ever had, leaps and bounds better than any other Lindemans fruit lambic. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Red blood. Pronounced nose of sweet cherries and juicy. On the palate, this key and vinous acid at a time - characteristic of good lambics - continues to be accompanied by many tannins.

Unfortunately, cherries seem a little too present and the acidity of lambic has a slightly too strong - too much to stomach - which prevents it from reaching the heights occupied by models more balanced and tasty.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Big pink head fizzled and left a thin layer over a dark red to purple body.

Smell - 4.0
Musty, funky lambic notes are there, though not as pronounced as in more traditional offerings. Sweet cherry fruitiness comes over the top of the wet horse blanket, almondy nuttiness too.

Taste - 3.5
Beautifully balanced, but somewhat thin and lacking punch. A good dose of sweet and tart cherry fruit is balanced by moderate sourness and an almondy note in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very acidic, lively, vigorous carbonation with small bead that feels a little coarse over the tongue.

Drinkability - 4.0
Generally not a strength of lambics, this beer is much more drinkable than most.

A bit of an oude kriek-lite, but far better than the lolly-shop lambics.

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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 woosterbill
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sharing this Europe-only treat.

A: Pours a deep, deep crimson body with an inch of frothy pink head that disappears quickly and completely. Big points for the deep, rich color, but I wish the head weren't so transient.

S: Intensely deep black cherry - far more tannic and bittersweet than the cherry aroma seems in most Krieks. Juicy, yet not as sweet; more skin. There's a touch of grassy funk and straight acidity complimenting the fruity, but the juicy dark cherry is the star. Terrific.

T: Sour and bitter, with tannic cherry skin dominating everything else. Some tart grapefruity citrus toward the long, bitter finish. Ok, but disappointing compared to the aroma.

M: Prickly, lively, a little sticky. Ok.

O: I've been wanting to try this one for a long time, but somehow didn't get around to it on either of my trips to Belgium. It didn't disappoint, especially in the aroma department - I've never experienced a Kriek that displayed quite this depth of cherry essence. Many have been more intense, more juicy, more ripe - but never as deep and dark and mysterious. The flavor didn't quite measure up, but overall it was still an extremely enjoyable Lambic. I wish they exported it!


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Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2011-2012 on the label, poured into a stemless wine glass. Enjoyed on 4.11.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice blood red color, hues of of ruby and garnet, nice opacity with a light layer of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. A pinkish head appears, nice retention but minimal lace. The aroma is really great, loads of tart, juicy cherries, light lemon peel, cheesy funk, straw with oak that lingers well. Simple, but fantastic cherry character. The flavors are nice, dry tart cherries, barnyard funk, straw, crusty malt, earthy oak, light lemon peel, but there is a distinctive gueuze undertone here, rather than just a simple lambic base. The mouthfeel is crisp, coating, dry, moderate carbonation with a light and soft finish.

Verdict: A nice Kriek from Lindemans, I liked the distinctive gueuziness on the tongue a lot, but I wish the cherry profile was juicier like the aroma, comes across as really dry and a bit stale. It's simple, but very nice, definitely an impressive offering from Lindemans and the nose is worth the price of admission alone.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Vintage 2006, bottle No. 01761. Bottled 21.12.2006, BB date 21.12.2012. Red coloured beer, slightly hazy. Fizzy pink head, initially big, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of sour cherries, funk and marzipan. The flavour is very sour and tingling, nearly tart, with notes of sour cherries and lemons. Fairly dry. Lovely sour finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pink hued white head. Good head retention. Color is a maroon/ruby with a lot of haze.

Aroma: Medicinal notes with sour cherries and a lot of oak. It is sweet but tart. Has some funk as well.

Taste: Sour tart cherries. Very tart. Acidic with lemon citrus. Has some oak and funk. It is really mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, mouthpuckering. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, a really nice kriek that I was surprised by. Pretty drinkable with some great quality flavors. I am glad I got to try this one. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid rouge, with a rosy pink but fleeting head. Citric and malic in the nose, with slight farmyard funk. Bready, lemony, and slightly plastic, with only a shadow of cherry and a bit of raspberry. Very tart on the palate, vinous like a sauvignon blanc, with a firm cherry tang but also enough wheaty heft to let you know that this is still a beer. Vaguely rhubarb-like with lemon and green banana notes and really nice carbonation - spritzy enough to match the flavor but not so carbonated that it makes the acidity too rough. Very balanced and flavorful; perhaps too subtle and not krieky enough, but still good - especially with some old Tomme de Chevre.

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Photo of Ljunkan
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beatiful deep dark red color with a nice pink foamy head. It's really nice to look at this beer actually.

Smell is a bit vinous. Notes of smoke, stable and other lambic like aromas is also found. I can't really find much cherries here though.

The taste is good; vinous, sour/acid with some slight sweetness and notes of sour cherries. Great! Maybe I would like to taste the cherries even more though, but I'm new into kriek and lambic beers, so I probably will be better to detect them while getting more experienced. There's also a nice note of (bitter) almonds.

The mouthfeel is overall good; I would describe as a bit "rough", but in a good way.

Overall a good and highly drinkable kriek.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René - your attractive label caught my eye at Plonk! and now I have what I hope will be a decent Kriek because it has been a while since I've had one. Kriek's (cherry lambic beers) have a habit of being too cherry-syrup or cough medicine flavoured. The good ones however lend a dark sour cherry complexity to the sweetness, well time to find out where Lindemans stands.

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: A pleasing cloudy ruby body with a ring of pink lace around the glass, looks like any good, no - great Kriek.

S: Dark sour Morello cherries, powdered sugar, sourdough yeast and a hint of cherry candy. Overall it presents a fine aroma and I for one am savouring that first sip.

T: Holy astringency! This is one mouth puckering Kriek. Notes of Morello/cherry candy merge together with that sourdough yeast and lemon zest then finishes dry... oh yeah, and sour, so very very sour. If I'm being honest it is a bit too sour - the sourness is drowning out much else.

M: Mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation. It's also a tad gassy for the style.

D: This is one sour fellow. For the first time in a while I had difficulty polishing off a bottle. At the same time I can appreciate the effort and skill that went in to brewing this lambic. Maybe I will reassess this brew later on when I get more used to sour lambics, for now it's a slight disappointment for me.

Food match: Sharp cheeses and bold game meats are the best adversary for this lambic.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Forget about Lindemans Kriek or the Pecheresse, Cuvée René is a real Lambic-Kriek. It's not sweet, first of all, actually, this is acid and dry. When poured, at first time, it has a medium rose head with small retention and no lacings. Subsequent doses have not much head anymore. The color is a dark red. Quite cloudy. Reminds wine. The smell is reeeeally Lambic. Fruity and acid as it should. Reminds grapes but it's probably only cherry. The taste is also acid close to vinegar. Again, very fruity with this metallic end left by Lambics. Again, this is dry. Body is light and drinkability too. Good stuff to people that like wild acid beers.

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Photo of johnbjaeger
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got this in a particularly generous box from Mr. Doopiedoopiedoo. Not a ton of carbonation here, but I'm okay with that. It looks like something I want to drink and smells like a sweaty ballsack. Now, to be perfectly fair, I think a lot of higher end lambics from the Belgium smell somewhere between sweaty ballsack and infected foot. I get past it pretty easily because this thing is tasty business. Nice and tickly on the tongue, this has a musty old cherry taste with a fair amount of sour. It really sounds like I hate this, but I really really enjoy it and I wouldn't say no to another bottle. Really. In fact, I may have to go searching for another one.

While I drink this I am watching House Hunters International and thinking, "yeah, I could probably find something to do in Belgium..."

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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 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 heygeebee
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - cherry red with a moderate good-looking head that fades quickly. Little lace.

S - barnyard, sour, vinegar, cherry menthol.

T - much more sour than nose suggests. Cherries, sour, vinegar all wrapped up in a zesty finish.

M - nice n lively but carbonation is quite soft in feel.

O - have had Lindemans Gueuze which is more entry level, this is a sourer and more traditional beer in many ways. Solid effort and I do not prefer Kriek as a style.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl. bottle procured from Delhaize. Def. cheaper than other 75 cl. fruit lambic’s. 2012 Vintage. Bottle # 316. Even if they are numbered, I can always find these in the supermarket. Pours a dark kriek colour, instantly gone pink head. Nose is huge on kriek’s, very juicy, almost pure juice, slight sourness that is present in the actual fruit, some kriek pits, the fruit skins. Taste is metallic kriek juice, light Gluhwine spices, bit mouldy, touch bitter, strong kriek skins, bitter mouldy, slight hint of cork, slight bitter metal, very faint minerals. Really dries out the mouth, touch watery & high carb. Good on its own but feels like a poor substitute to Cantillon Kriek. I am willing to pay the 2.3 € in order to get the upgrade. If you cannot pick up De Cam, Cantilon, 3F or similar fare, this is not a bad alternative.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened and poured into two glasses in my hotel room in Brussels. Enjoyed as my wife and I walked around the Grand Place on a mild March evening.

A: Blood red body. Minimal fizzy pink head. Dissipates quickly.

S: Assertive tart cherries. A little oak. Nice but a bit simplistic.

T: Like the nose, there are a ton of tart cherries packed in here. Again some oak. Tasty, but lacking the complexity from the funk and must in the better krieks.

M: Lively carbonation. Perhaps a bit more than I’d like. Nice tart finish.

O: A nice offering. Similar to the Cuvee Rene Gueuze in that its probably a good intro beer to authentic kriek flavors but toned down from the complexity that the style can offer.

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