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Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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361 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#1,763
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
361
pDev:
6.73%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +8.7%
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 -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super fizzy maroon in color. Slightly pink head, poor retention as expected.
Aroma is way funkier than I expected, almost low tide like. Interesting but getting close to off putting.
Flavor is solidly fruity, slightly acidic. Sour cherries.
Very fizzy, slightly out of balance between flavor, acidity and carbonation, still nice but not perfect

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emottram
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pink tan fiz that’s gone in a flash over glowing deep ruby. 4
Clay, lime rind, goat’s cheese, old barrel and cherry skins. 4.25
Balsamic hit, some tin + lime, touch of barnyard, leather, walnut oil and black cherry flesh. 4.25
Fizzy, light, crisp. 4

Nose is deep and complex but understated - needs parsing. Continues along this vein: esques any sweetness at all for all the darkest, most savoury aspects of cherry - think duck, not chocolate. Brett peaks out but lactic is restrained to a bit of yoghurt. There’s a youthful brightness to this that makes me wish I’d waited a year or 3. Properly old school (if low on funk), deserves the CR label, and probably the kriek I’d be most curious to revisit first. 4.25

Note: Labeled as "Oude Kriek" but they're the same beer.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a two finger pink head. The head recedes quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet dark cherries and some light funkiness.

T - The flavor starts with sweet and tart cherries. Midpalate there is some oak that leads into a sour vinous finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very nice kriek. The balance of tart and sweet is perfect. At $10 a bottle this is a must try.

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Photo of largadeer
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish-purple pour that leans toward the hazy side, with a head that head crackles away after a moment. The nose is a fairly even mix of lambic and fruit, bringing plenty of tart earthy cherry that marries notes of cork, damp wood and moldy basement. The palate is slightly more fruit-forward and moderately acidic, but there's still plenty of musty basement flavor to savor. There's a somewhat prevailing cork or dank wood thing going on here that isn't exactly unpleasant, but it's not terrific either. On the whole it's a pretty enjoyable offering, but the base Lindemans lambic doesn't appear to be the most premium stuff. Worth a tick, though. For a cheaper and widely available kriek, it's hard to complain.

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Photo of jwswigs
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
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 361 ratings
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