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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Formerly known as Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René

5-7% ABV

Added by Gueuzedude on 05-15-2008

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather fresh bottle opened 6 months after bottling.

Suprisingly bright pink head capping a wonderfully rich purple-crimson body. Absolutely fantastic looking.

The aroma is packed and spot-on. Farm-soil and flower petals, orchard after rain, cherry syrup. Authentic. I have had Kriek in the brewery at Cantillon, and this isn't far off from being that good.

The flavor is jammy, sweet-tart in a wonderful proportion, packed with dark sweet cherries (nothing synthetic about the flavor at all), and there is just a light whiff of brett-driven funk to spike the whole concoction. Very nice.

Conclusion: This is in the top 5 best Krieks (in traditional Belgian style) that I have tasted.

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of StoutHunter
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René at The Lager Mill. I've tried Cuvée René before and I liked it, but I didn't know this beer existed and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a green 750ml bottle that corked and bottle capped into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's typical for the brewery with a clean and classy look, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a darker purple red color that took on more of a ruby red color when held to the light with a fingers worth of bubbly and fizzy pink head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave my lacing behind. This a good looking beer, but I wish it had better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a big tart cherry aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice tart cherry and cherry juice like aromas along with a medium amount of sourness. Up next comes the funky yeast which shows up nicely and it imparts some nice brett and barnyard like aromas and it's followed by the oak which is noticeable, but it is on the lighter side and towards the end there's a little bit of malts which just impart a sweet malt and pale malt like aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, the cherries work well wit it and the funky and oak give it some nice balance.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the cherries still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they have a little less of that cherry intensity. Up next comes the funk which shows up just as much it did in the aroma and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the oak which also shows up just as much it did in the aroma. Towards the end comes the malts which are malt and they show up almost as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects. On the finish there's a higher amount of sourness that lingers and is mouth puckering, and it has a nice cherry, funky and slightly oaky aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, but I wish it was a little more balanced, it's more Cuvee Rene than Oude Kriek.

M- Just a little smooth, mouth puckering, a little acidic, pretty crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish it was a little less acidic and smoother.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a nice example of the style, the flavors worked well together, but I thought the balance could use a little work, I think more cherries could help balanced out the Cuvee Rene. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass is enough for me, anymore than that and heartburn would be soon to come. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it's very nice and it's the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the sourness and acidity, it could be toned down some. I might buy this beer again and I would be interested to see how it ages and I wouldn't turn one down. I recommend it if you want a beer like Cuvee Rene with some noticeable cherry flavors. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it I like it a little more cuvee rene just because it has more complexity, but if your looking for a kriek you might be disappointed. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty and intense sour ale, keep it up.

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

2016 bottle. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lindeman's flute glass. Purchased in Providence, RI.

Pours a dark maroon lightly hazy body with a fizzy pink head that reduces pretty quickly to leaves a ring of retention and some leggy lacing.

Aromas are pleasant, tart berries and musty oak, citrus and grassyness.

On the tonge - notes of tart berries, like the juice of slightly underripe cherries, citrusy sourness, plenty of oak, musty hay, earthy and drying on the finish. Medium carbonation with a medium-light, easy drinking body.

This is a chance of pace from the other fruited lindeman's offerings, which I love, but this has some really world class lambic characteristics - complex and distinct- at a great price point. I'd love to see how it ages and develops.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep purple color capped by a mauve head; spots of lacing linger

Smell: Oak and cherry tones, very dry

Taste: Black cherry flavor with a strong oaky character; neither sweet nor particularly tart but the oak really builds, through the finish - as dry a finish as I have ever tasted; some lingering tartness and a cheesy character in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I would prefer a bit more lactic tartness, this is a Lindemans beer so I am just happy that it is not overly sweet; very approachable, however

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark red. Richly colored. Hazy in appearance. Earthy cherry and cherry skin. Funky. Tart. A bit sour. Not really sweet. Dry and Crisp. Delicious.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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 cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -2.9%
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 cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 02/2016:
Pours the color of a medium red wine - a light burgundy. Head is a reddish-pink on pour, before it fades to a lighter pink and eventually a pink-hued white that stays atop the surface (thanks to some nucleation points, perhaps).

Nose early shows off the wild nature of this beer; with a little time, the cherry notes come out a bit more prevalently. There is still a tartness in there, but it seems more tied to the cherry than it originally did. The original notes seemed more cheesy - as if they had come from yeasty wood. If anything else, there is a light hay like note flittering around in the back.

Taste initially also leans to the yeast side, with a sour tanginess that has a little chew along with the cheesy quality to the end of the sip. A more careful sip that I let sit a second allows the cherry note to come to my tongue. I would qualify the sensation of the wild fermentation actually leans just to the sour side of tart once I get into the beer. Other accenting notes include a hint of barn woodiness and a slight funky cheese note at the back. The sourness does bring the tongue alive, and mine feels on the verge of cowering, but the barrage stops short of making it run for cover.

An enjoyable sour beer where the cherries join the wild ale and avoid becoming the main player. I bit more sour than I expected, but that is actually a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of mynie
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle foams over once it's uncorked. It settles down after a few seconds.

Pours very bright red, like a candied cherry or a buzzer on an 80s game show.

Smells much more heavily lactic than the other LIndemans' I have had. That's to be expected for the style, obviously. After a few sniffs, some peppery yeast complexities become present, along with cherries.

Tastes, as it smells, much more aggressive than other Lindemans beers, and actually among the more aggressively sour Belgian-made lambics I've ever had. Thankfully, it doesn't reach into the terrifying depths of, say, Upland's offerings. Aggressive, tart lacto at the beginning, moving into a smoother middle of cherries and yeast.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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 trevorpost
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super fizzy maroon in color. Slightly pink head, poor retention as expected.
Aroma is way funkier than I expected, almost low tide like. Interesting but getting close to off putting.
Flavor is solidly fruity, slightly acidic. Sour cherries.
Very fizzy, slightly out of balance between flavor, acidity and carbonation, still nice but not perfect

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -8.5%
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 wisrarebeer
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great deep rosy color, poured with good head that dissipated in <min.
Strong cherry and tart nose.
Taste could use a bit more malt backbone, not as balanced as I'd like to see such as with 3F
Mouthfeel had good tartness and definite cherry.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/18/2015. Pours clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger foamy pink head with solid retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon peel, red grape, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, pepper, toasted oak, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon peel, red grape, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, pepper, toasted oak, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/lactic sourness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon peel, red grape, hay, straw, leather, muty funk, pepper, toasted oak, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate oak flavors; with zero astringent sour flavors lingering after the finish. Good dryness from carbonation/acidity as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible kriek lambic. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate oak flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink even with the high amount of acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 18 Dec 2015. Excellent. Slight vinegar, tons of sour cherry. Body is appropriate for the style. For $12 per 750ml bottle, this is a complete steal.

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Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -2.9%
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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