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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

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

Excellent value option here, so great to have it in the states now. I admit that kriek is not my favorite type of lambic, so perhaps I'm not as discerning between breweries/blenders, but I think this compares favorably indeed with 3F and Cantillon, lacking some of that musty funk you find in the best versions but showcasing the cherries awfully well and giving just enough intrigue of funk/oak/must to tie it all together. Deep, dark cherry red on the pour, a fizz of pinkish foam that dissipates quickly. Cherries for sure on the nose, mixing with the oak and funk to give it some depth, an almost floral tone, and hints of other berries. Tart acidic notes in there too, light but present. Palate is similar, no shortage of tartness, cherries up front as well. Again, overall, this is very well done rendition of kriek lambic. You might not love it more than your favorite iterations, but I highly doubt you'd be sad to find this in your fridge. And to get this for $10-$12 a 750ml? No brainer.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red with a pink head that quickly dissipates
S: Earthy Brett, hay, tart cherry, plastic, sweet cherry, lactic, apricot
T: Sour cherry, earthy Brett, lemon, funky, light sweetness, lactic, stone fruit
M: Effervescent medium-high carbonation
O: For $10.99 this is a great deal for what seems like a great representation of a Kriek

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Randomly came across this at my local Binny's, jumped at the chance to try something I remember being fairly well-regarded. Let's do this: It pours a clear classic ruby topped by a finger of short-lived pink foam. The nose comprises sweet cherries, Luden's style, backed by a faint wisp of vague tartness. The taste definitely ups the tart ante, mostly in the direction of malt vinegar and sour cranberries, with plenty of wild cherry rockin' that funky music, white boy, to keep everybody groovin' all night. Or at least until the bottle is empty, anyway. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, a very tasty cherry sour, one that has plenty of both fruit and tartness, neither gaining a winning edge over the other by any spectacular margin. Good times.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped and corked bottle, bottled 12 AUG 2015. Served in a Prairie lambic tumbler glass, the beer pours a dark red color with about an inch pink head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, the brew smells like tart cherries, green apples and lemon peel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some vinegar, oak, grainy malt and earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, there's a good amount of fruity and tart flavors. It's also easy and enjoyable to drink, I'd buy this again! $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant reddish ruby hue, white head with a champagne like crackling fades quickly. Aroma has the funky almost cheesey Lindemans bugs, definitely sour and acetic in the nose. Flavor follows suit with lemon rind, vinegar, cheese and a tart cherry finish. This is much closer to a fruited gueze than any type of framboise, sweet fruit lambic. Medium bodied with champagne like feel. A fine product that showcases the bugs of Belgium.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark reddish brown with a thin, yet lasting pink head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell: Wild cherry flesh, tart raspberries, sour milk, faint earth and mildew, perhaps some crab apple.

Taste: Wild sour cherries, raspberry yogurt, crab apples, curdled milk, lemon peel, lemon Warhead candy, mildew, Provolone cheese, beet sugar.

Feel: Medium to medium light body, lively, snappy carbonation, lingering astringency/dryness and a lingering sourness that keeps you puckering.

Overall: This is excellent! The smell alone made my mouth water and I can't set the glass down. I love it!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad this finally made it stateside! Bottled Aug 2015, $12/750 from New Seasons.

Pouring a deep red with a pink head that falls off leaving no lacing, this looks solid.The nose has a pronounced cherry character with some skin and minimal pit. A little bit on the fruity side, rather than the leathery note that other krieks have. The base lambic is also particularly lemony and piquant, making this quite tasty. Funk is minimal, the focus here is the sour cherry and the lambic. The sour cherry character is quite intense with the focus being primarily the sourness with the cherry aspect secondary. A little bit of hay is present. The finish is long and sour with some oak tannins and lactic acid. Refreshing.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours Rudy red with a fizzy somewhat fluffy pink head. Load of berry aromas with hints of raspberry but mainly the sour cherry and the acidic malt. Flavor has loads of sour pie cherries forward with a nicely balanced lactic sour presence. Excellent balance and the fruit come out more as it warms. Light crisp refreshing and tart.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 popery
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. The beer is a deep magenta-red color with a fizzy pink head. The bubbles dissipate fairly quickly. The liquid is dark and clouded over. The aroma is cherries, lemons and light lambic funk. There’s a mild medicinal notes, and it shows a touch of age. The fruit is mostly sour cherry goodness, but there are shades of berries and grapes to it. Little bit of sourness comes through. The funk is pretty much in line with Gueuze Cuvée René, light and gentle but packs some delicate depth. Taste is rather tart. Some sour cherries but more lemon peel and sour grapes. Just a touch of fruit sweetness initially. Dry finish. Plenty of pucker. Some body to it. Fairly effervescent. Solid kriek. I wouldn’t mind seeing bottles on local shelves.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, burgundy color with pink head. Aroma has intense, dark cherries and some farmhouse funk. Taste starts with intense sourness and good fruit character. Body is medium and is really well carbonated. Overall this is a very legit fruit lambic which is also very accessible.

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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 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 admiral
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, full of flavour: a rare but relatively inexpensive, treat.

aroma: wood/oak predominate with cherry and hints of barnyard and vinegar/wine/sourness

taste: oak and spice to the fore accompanied by cherry, balsamic vinegar, slight red wine and a pleasant sourness/tartness. Very nice woody aftertaste.

beautifully crafted and a pleasure to drink.

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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 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 scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick dark pink color similar to what I would picture raspberry juice to look like. Fizzy white/light pink head was short-lived and faded into nothingness almost instantly.
S: Super sweet cherry and raspberry fruit notes with a good dose of funky earth and sweat. Not cloying smelling but candied sugar is noticeable.
T: Tastes sweeter than the nose let on. The sweetness is almost candy-like, but there is thankful a good deal of earthy, must, dirt, and sweaty funk to help balance it. Fruit flavors boarder on syrup, and I can’t get the thought of Jolly Ranchers dropped in the dirt on a farm out of my head.
M: Lots of carbonation dances on my tongue over the medium body and sweet mouthfeel.
O: Despite my description everything that was described was in a good way. This was better than I expected. I knew it was going to be sweet due to the brand, but despite its sugariness I’d say this is the least sweet and most funky and most sour Lindeman’s I've had.

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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 mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 spdyfire83
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

255th Review
75cl bottle poured into stemmed Cantillon tulip
Vintage: 2009
Bottle No.: 22686

A: Pours a deep cherry burgundy. Quarter (foamy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of dark cherry, funk, and touch of sweetness. Oak notes as well, but mostly cherry here.

T: Mostly cherry here with touch of oak. Nice balance of sweet and funk sour along with appropiate acidity. Enjoyable!

M: Medium bodied with appropriate (soft) carbonation.

O: A very well rounded and complete kriek lambic. Tasty and thoroughly enjoyable!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


2008 vintage poured into a snifter. Thanks!

Deep magenta with a big pink head. Great looking beer. Strong woody aroma with killer flesh and pit cherry notes. Smells great, not unlike cherry pie. Restrained barnyard and leather notes with evident oak. The fruit is the main attraction here. The flavor is tart and tannic with a moderate lactic sourness and an authentic and strong cherry skin presence. Dry, tannic, piquant finish with a mild acetic acidity. The beer is lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation. Overall, a really nice Kriek.

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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 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 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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