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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
Ratings:
346
Reviews:
115
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
6.52%
 
 
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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

Photo of madelf66
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 750ml pours with a brilliant ruby red body into a tulip. Atop that forms a pink, thick foamy head making it up to over an inch high with good retention. Head dies to nothing and lace is rare.

S- Funky, bright and ripe aroma blasts out of the glass with a balanced mix of horse blanket, musty barn, lemon acidity, lactic, fresh sour cherries, sour vinous grapes, wet oak wood and cheese.

T- The fruit is strong with this one as the cherries take over a bit more at this juncture. Lactic acid tartness comes in next making the cheeks tighten. Complexity brought on by notes of cheese, musty basement stench, wet vinous oak barrels, tannins, green apple, white wine grapes, sour underripe stone fruit, strawberry and horse funk.

MF- Puffy and foamy light end body that is dried beyond the edge of dryness. Carbonation is on the high side of the spectrum but remains smooth. Ends extremely sour.

Lindemans lambics without sweetener are just about as good as they come. Fresh cherries meet a base of funk and musty goodness. High end sours round it all out and you cannot go wrong here.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color and clarity of cranberry juice with a fluffy, half inch head that dissipates towards the edges. Nose is reminiscent of Sucrets - cherry and medicinal. Taste follows nose with the addition of a hint of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly prickly carbonation and an acidic, dry finish. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the style; however, I was quite impressed by this offering.

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

Photo of epyon396
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 02/2016:
Pours the color of a medium red wine - a light burgundy. Head is a reddish-pink on pour, before it fades to a lighter pink and eventually a pink-hued white that stays atop the surface (thanks to some nucleation points, perhaps).

Nose early shows off the wild nature of this beer; with a little time, the cherry notes come out a bit more prevalently. There is still a tartness in there, but it seems more tied to the cherry than it originally did. The original notes seemed more cheesy - as if they had come from yeasty wood. If anything else, there is a light hay like note flittering around in the back.

Taste initially also leans to the yeast side, with a sour tanginess that has a little chew along with the cheesy quality to the end of the sip. A more careful sip that I let sit a second allows the cherry note to come to my tongue. I would qualify the sensation of the wild fermentation actually leans just to the sour side of tart once I get into the beer. Other accenting notes include a hint of barn woodiness and a slight funky cheese note at the back. The sourness does bring the tongue alive, and mine feels on the verge of cowering, but the barrage stops short of making it run for cover.

An enjoyable sour beer where the cherries join the wild ale and avoid becoming the main player. I bit more sour than I expected, but that is actually a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of mynie
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle foams over once it's uncorked. It settles down after a few seconds.

Pours very bright red, like a candied cherry or a buzzer on an 80s game show.

Smells much more heavily lactic than the other LIndemans' I have had. That's to be expected for the style, obviously. After a few sniffs, some peppery yeast complexities become present, along with cherries.

Tastes, as it smells, much more aggressive than other Lindemans beers, and actually among the more aggressively sour Belgian-made lambics I've ever had. Thankfully, it doesn't reach into the terrifying depths of, say, Upland's offerings. Aggressive, tart lacto at the beginning, moving into a smoother middle of cherries and yeast.

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Photo of mcthfg
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a nice clear dark red, with a small head, and a good level of lacing.

This smells pretty wonderful- tons of sharp and musty sour cherry, with that classic dirty funk I love in regular Cuvee Rene, musty, woody, and sort of just "damp."

This is an awesome shelf fruit lambic that's really readily available. It doesn't quite stand up to the absolute best of the style, but it's still undeniably tasty. It's very complex, with lots of sharp sour cherry, damp woody oak, lemon, maybe a little bit of sulfur, lemon sourness. It's super funky, but still with a dominant cherry presence.

This has a pretty juicy and crisp mouthfeel, with a higher level of carbonation.

This was a really excellent surprise- don't sleep on this one just because it's not Cantillon or 3F.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.14 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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