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 mbw314
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Powderhornphil
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of happyreefer
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Silke_Neryn
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deonreds
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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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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 Budlum
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Foley67
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 kevindp9
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 alcohline_trip
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.14 out of 5 based on 341 ratings.
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