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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
Ratings:
349
Reviews:
116
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
6.52%
 
 
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62
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Photo of acurtis
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep crimson color, pinkish foam that sizzles and fades to a thin broken surface skim.
Frothy lacing around the edges, jewel tone clarity.

Aroma is intense and full of cherries, cherry pie, almond, maybe a hint of cinnamon from the pits.
As it warms up there's a nice funky barrel aroma. Taste is moderately tart and nicely puckering, juicy cherries and a tiny bit of wet hay funk. The finish is slightly abrupt and fleeting. Well carbed, crisp and bone dry.

Overall a great Oude Kriek, it's tasty and the price can't be beat. Unsure how much oude lambic is in the mix, their website says 6 months in a foeder, which isn't so "oude". Glad they finally decided to export it to the US, it's long overdue.

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep bright red color lambic with a large pink foamy head with good retention and some good lacing as well. Aroma of tart cherries is overwhelming and quite enjoyable, light sweet touch is definitely natural and not from sugar added to the mix. Taste is also a dominant mix of very tart cherry with a refreshing zest and a lightly sweet finish. Oak and light funky barnyard notes are also noticeable though very hard to decipher. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well done overall and as good as some of the most famous traditional lambic kriek producer.

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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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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3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for bringing out this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a beautiful bright red color with a nice pink head and a bit of light lacing. Think pink collar sits atop the bright red liquid. The nose brings some nice cherry character with a bit of barnyard funk in the background. Not terribly complex, but nice.

The taste is quite a bit of cherry as well. There's a hint of tartness along with some very mild funk. Good body with nice carbonation and a good level of sweetness. Glad I got to try this and very good to know that Lindemans can certainly make a very high quality beer.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

According to Merchant du Vin, "Oude Kriek has been brewed by the Lindemans brewery since 1961, renamed Oude Kriek Cuvée René in 2007, and imported into the US in 2016." Tasted from the 750 ml bottle purchased at Haggen Market in Burlington, WA, so it is widely distributed.

Color is that beautiful pink with a wispy but persistent foam and lots of lacing in the Kasteel chalice. Mouthfeel is fizzy and lively. Acidic aroma with the distinctive cherry smell. Overall it is quite tart and astringent, but not at all vinegary. Some mineral taste and a touch of cranberry.

So sharp and bubbly, it's like an extremely dry fruity champagne. It's not what a lot of American brewers would call "sour," but it's the old traditional Lambic yeast taste with an endless sharp edge. Dry pie cherries is the flavor with a little malt substance but none of the sweetness.

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4.14 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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