Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René
BA SCORE
4.16/5
355 Ratings
Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée RenéLindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#1,749
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
355
pDev:
6.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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62
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2016.

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Photo of Luiz0930
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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 DucksFan16
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 05/27/2016, enjoyed on 02/04/2017

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Sample at GABBF - will revisit

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

Photo of hopley
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwc2017
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mbw314
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 355 ratings
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