Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brouwerij Lindemans

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

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Photo of Dentist666
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6.5% Abv. Pours hazy ruby beer with utterly fizzy pink head, rapidly runs to nothing. Smell - cherry, red berries, vinous, tad funky.
Taste - acidic, but not mouth-puckering, tart, sour cherry. Greatly balanced, refreshing and true.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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 kalosjakar
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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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Photo of zeledonia
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up on the recommendation of a local beer store, and based on my experience with the Cuvee Renee Gueuze. A little confused if this is actually a different beer than the Kriek Cuvee Renee, but the label pic for that beer clearly says "Kriek", not "Oude Kriek", and mine says the latter. Tasted 8 May 2016.

Pours a clear crimson color, almost like dark cherries. A little fuzz of pink head on the surface, gone quick with little lacing, as expected.

Smell is sweet cherry deliciousness. Little tart comes through, making it more like the uber-sweet Lindemans fruit beers than what I'd expect from a sour. On to the taste.

This is fantastic. Crisp up front, then tilts to tart, which is soon balanced out by the cherry sweetness. Waves of flavor, flowing over and mixing with each other. Cherries, wood, a touch of lemon. There's just a tiny hint of sharpness in the finish, otherwise its near-perfect.

Feel is outstanding as well. Light body, snappy carbonation.

This is a heck of a beer. Very happy that it's readily available. Still trying to figure out if their Kriek is different from their Oude Kriek. Cherries, tartness, and so much more.

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Photo of rjp217
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of mctizzz
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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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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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Photo of Ri0
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Buck89
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of KYGunner
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of PatrickCT
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a flute

A- A deep ruby red with a pink head.

S- Sweet and sour cherries, nice musty funk, some oak. Reminds me of cherry pie.

T- Sour, lemons, cherries, some funk, faint oak.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A well done lambic, definitely no sugar added. Love this, great deal and I hope it becomes as easy to find as Cuvée René Gueuze

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Photo of emerge077
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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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good beer that most would be think twice about. Tell you what, keep thinking, I'll buy it all. Way more approachable than most cherry sours, no medicinal notes at all. More like a cherry on top of a tart cheesecake.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large dark green bottle with a beautiful classic label of red. Poured quite nice with a dark cherry red hue and a riviera pink head. Hints of their traditional kriek with lush cherry tartness but with some added funk. Drinks a bit bigger than the regular Kriek, but surprisingly well balanced for a sour ale. A nice after dinner ale with enough funk paired with the usual cherry tart. Superb kriek!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -2.2%
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 +2.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +4.3%
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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Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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