Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans KriekLindemans Kriek

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Kriek Foudroyante

Added by Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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Photo of handmuffin
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours ruby red with large startling pink head that genuinely looks like cotton candy. First aroma after removing the cork is bright sour and acidity, like red wine vinegar. That aroma fades very quickly after pouring, replaced by a very strong cherry smell, like cherry pie filling. No hop or malt aroma is detectable. The flavor is even more cherry upfront, with a mild barnyard funk and sour acidity in the back, very reminiscent of the freshly uncorked aroma. Sweet finish with no hop flavor or bitterness detectable. Surprisingly full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall this beer is interesting. I had read that Lindemans fruited lambics were too sweet or overly artificial tasting, and while I do agree it is rather sweet and the cherry flavor could be interpreted by some as medicinal, neither are so egregious as to make the beer unenjoyable. The sweetness pairs well with the sour and cherry flavor to produce an effect similar to eating fresh tart cherries. The underlying barnyard and horse blanket flavors and aromas that peak out suggest a legitimate lambic component to the beer, very similar to Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvee Rene. In summary, this may be too sweet and overly fruited to be a traditional kriek, but it is still a complex and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet color with substantial and lasting pink, frothy head. Persistent lacing.
S: Cherry and anise.
T: Cherry, caramel, molasses. Tartness substantially offsets the sweetness to very good effect.
M: Light bodied, effervescence passes quickly.
O: Very enjoyable: dessert, not the main course.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A great beverage, but does fall into my 'is it beer' category.

That aside, reviewing purely on its individual merits;

Appearance is very like a fruit juice from concentrate, and really has you in the frame of mind for drinking a soft drink.

Aroma is great, cherry bliss, and again you're thinking full blow fruit juice here.

The taste is good, a bit on the sweet side, and no sense of any alcohol at all.

There is a little fizz on the tongue and boom its gone in a flash, leaving no aftertaste which is surprising.

As with this type of beer I would prefer more abv and a little less sweetness, but for what it is, it is pretty good.

You'll either love it or hate it.

...small adjustment, as I continue on, the beer is starting to leave a powdery coating to my teeth and tongue, so knocked down the feel by 0.25

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours ruby red with a dense creamy frothy pink foam head. Smells like cherry juice, oak, funky hay, tart cherries, green apple, with earthy herbal hops. Tastes like sweet and tart cherries, green apple, oak, funky hay, with earthy herbal hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice kriek.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Lambic beer I have tried. Very, very sweet tasting with strong cherry taste, in fact, the cherry taste almost dominates the whole beer. Good carbonation and has a sticky (sugary?) feel with a clean finish and no hops taste whatsoever. Almost felt like drinking a carbonated cherry drink-- but it was refreshing indeed. Judging from the feel I'm just not sure if what I drank was a beer or not.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweeter than I hoped but a touch sour at least. The cherryness really screams at you. If only it weren't so sweet. Hmm, certainly not one of the best krieks out there.

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Photo of FBarber
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark pink color. Clear and effervescent at first. Frothy pink head dissipates leaving lots of lacing and a residual head.

Smell is rather subdued with some sweet cherry notes. No tart comes through.

Taste is very tart, ripe, sweet cherry up front. While not overly tart, this is the most tart of the Lindeman's lambics. The tartness is so tantalizing it leaves you wanting more. Still though, its quite a nice beer.

Feel is light and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice Kriek. I wish more of that tart cherry character came through in the nose and flavor. But, its still a well crafted beer.

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Photo of dcotom
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep ruby color with a thick white head and lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of tart cherries and yeast funk carry over to the palate. Not terribly sweet, nicely tart, clean finish. An enjoyable quaff from a world-class brewer.

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Photo of MattChiasson
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle, poured a ruby red, clear, with a rose coloured persistent head. I got notes of of sour cherry, red liquorice (nibs), orange, and a subtle hint of spicy/mulled wine. Great carbonation, refreshing and palate cleansing. Would be great with dessert or as a palate cleanser between courses or with assorted canapés.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle hard-poured into a tulip glass.

L - dark ruby red color, almost black without light; two finger bright ruby color head; thick ring of foam around the glass with a layer covering the surface

S - Cherries, cough syrup, jolly rancher; the booze mixes with the cherries to create a cough syrup aroma. Cherries are very dominant and takes up most of the aroma.

T - Cherry War Head. Cherries are there immediately with a tangy sour finish. Bit of a dry bite at the end, but I think Cherry War Head sums it up nicely. Don't worry, no mouth burn. Juicy and fruity.

F - watery in feel; slight viscosity; quite the sour shock on the tongue; juicy and fruity with no alcohol burn

O - it is tasty, but not my thing really. Cherries are not a very mellow flavor so it packs a punch, but if you're going to drink a fruit beer, sours are the way to go. Regular beers with fruit are rather gimmicky but this style requires fruit. Very tasty and big on flavor, I'd like to try the Raspberry next. Cheers!

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Photo of bbtkd
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lindemans Kriek, 4% ABV, 18 IBU, Lambic Fruit style. Pours thin to medium viscosity, red, with 3 finger light pink head, decent lacing. Nose is tart cherries, taste follows, some sweetness, moderate tartness. Good mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit heavy but works for this beer. Overall excellent, though nowhere as good as their own Framboise or Ommegang Rosetta (a different style cherry beer). Has the usual interesting Lindemans packaging - foil, bottle cap, cork, very heavy bottle.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, served reasonably cold into a tulip glass. Purchased while visiting the States.

Appearance - bright hot pink in color, topped with a finger or so of lighter pink foam. Retention is good, clarity is impressive and carbonation appears minimal.

Smell - sour cherries! Intense an d permeating, the sour cherry aroma is so complete that it's hard to pick up much else. Maybe some wood mixed in as well, but the star is 100% cherries.

Taste - loads of sour cherry goodness, rich and full flavoured with sour cherries that have been squished into an oak barrel and then aged and left to mature for a while. Not much else, but the flavor is great. Plenty of sourness, but cut by some sweetness from the cherries.

Mouthfeel - light bodied, soft carbonation, a great summer beer. Very well done for the flavor profiles.

Overall- Lindemans Kriek is not the first cherry lambic I've tried, but it certain is among the best. The cherry profile comes through very nicely with just the right level of sweetness to make this one of the best lambics I've tried. Worthy of a purchase and at the very least a generous sample.

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Photo of 5anvils
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a such a great beer. The first time I was introduced to it was in 1994. It is so unique. Ther cherry finish and the corked bottle are just the beginning of this beer. If you have never had a true Belgian kriek, you are missing out. This is nothing like this fruity flavored beers that US craft brewers try to make. This is a true Belgian beer. Aged for years, kriek beer is specially brewed with aged hops(not for flavor ) but for preservation. This is a great beer to enjoy with your favorite woman. This is a classic european brew that needs to be on your list. It is not a beer that you would drink many of, but would enjoy with a special moment. The combination of aged barrel taste and vintage cork is such a pleasant part of the experience. Check it out, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of mynie
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindemans framboise was the first fruit beer that 90+% of American beer drinkers drank, up until a 2 or 3 years ago. While tasty, it was very light in alcohol, and was always considered something of a girlie option. Maybe about back in 2006, I was at Chicago's Map Room, drunkenly chatting up a tattooed dude who claimed to be a beverage rep. I tried explaining to him the artistry of Lindeman's framboise, and he exploded, literally began to yell, said that fruit beers were for girls and gays and I must not be a real beer drinker.

Neat how times have changed. (Though I'm sure that tattooed dude is still swimming in free beer and dumb opinions.)

Now, fruit and sour beers are near-ubiquitous. They are often very hyped and expensive. So expensive, in fact, that the once ludicrously priced Lindeman's suddenly seems like a bargain at five bucks a bottle. And since I'd never had anything but the framboise, I figured why not give the kriek a try.

The bottle opens smelling like intense, candy cherries. Like Luden's cough drops, only organic. And this is right when it's uncorked, before it's even poured. Easily the most intense cherry aroma I've ever come across in a beer, topping even New Glarus' Belgian Red.

While it looks and tastes good, neither the appearance nor the flavor hold up to the aroma. Pours a very deep, dark, cough syrup red with a small little wisp of a pink head.

Tastes cher-ish. Definitely a beer, definitely a pillar of its style, but still not quite up to snuff with my favorite krieks. Sweet cherries up front, getting tarter and lightly funky as it continues, and then just some sweetness at the back. Very good, but not great.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice from a bottle. It is a beautiful dark ruby red with nice pinkish head and lacing. The smell is very fruity with a distinct cherry character. The taste is sweet and very cherry that is nicely off set with some funk. It went great with cheese and crackers!

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date or stamp visible on the bottle. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, ruby-red with about 1/8 inch of pink head that quickly recedes. There was lots of fizziness when I poured it, but not much is visible in the beer itself. Retention is pretty poor, what little head there was disappeared quickly. Lacing was modest, at best. Like the Cuvee Rene, this really did not score well in terms of appearance.

Smell: Smells like cough syrup. I don't mean that as an insult, just the smell coming off this is just like cough syrup. Dark, very sweet cherry aroma. A little earthiness is definitely present and lurking there in the background.

Taste: Very sweet and slightly sour arrival. Perception of the tartness increased dramatically as the beer warmed. Turns slightly malty and very tart across the middle. The finish just kind of trails off; there was none of the typical bitterness that one experiences in beer; no perceptible hops.

Mouthfeel: Solidly midweight, amble carbonation, quite slick. I feel like this might be a heavier beer, but is saved from the feeling of heaviness by that active carbonation.

Overall: What I liked about the interaction between sweet, sour, and malty in Duchesse de Bourgogne, this has, however this lacks much complexity or subtlety - it is just sour, sweet, cherry, done. That said, it is pretty satisfying, though I get the feeling it would be hard to drink more than one of these. I enjoyed it, and although it piqued my curiosity for the other Lindeman's fruit lambics, I don't know that I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 355ml bottle into a Lindemans Fluted glass.

Looks really nice, reddish coloring with a strong head which eventually dissipated to a solid ring. Further pours reactivated the carbonation.

Sweet & Tart on the nose. Cherries coming through.

Flavor is a s promised by the nose. Maybe a little sweeter than I would prefer, but enjoyable all the same.

Mouth is between thin and medium. Tart and slightly dry on the finish.

I get this beer a lot, because it's the wife's favorite. Overall, I enjoy the occasional glass as well.

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Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet maraschino cherry aroma with hints of tartness. A ruby-red color with a pink head. Tartness hits first. Nice a picketing in a way that stays until the aftertaste. Sweet Italian soda in here to. Nothing subtle about this beer.

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Photo of dd43
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It sure is a sweet lambic, that's absolutely the first impression anyone who drinks this for the first time is going to be left with. Has the cherry imparted pucker that you would expect to find, for sure. The aroma is straight up cherry fruit roll up, the mix of a jelly like sugary sweetness and the big cherry fruit note. Mouthfeel wise this beer does cling to the lips, not overwhelmingly so but it's noticeable.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.49/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a cloudy red color with no lacing and no head. Has a strong cherry aroma with a little sourness but more like old sweat socks. Not appeasing to me. A very sweet cherry taste. Too much. Sourness more akin to the old sweat socks. It is medium bodied with no carbonation. Not really a beer I enjoy. Not a lambic fan overall. Couldn't finish the little bit I poured.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours ruby colored with a pink head. The pink head reduces to a pink ring. Definitely cherry in the nose. Sour cherry in the mouth. Yum!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lambics are great, and Kriek (or “cherry” in my mother tongue, that saucy wench English) is my favourite flavour of Lambic. Fermented spontaneously by cheeky airborne yeasts Lambic beers are quite a unique statement of Belgium in a glass - and if there is any greater brewing nation on this planet I’ve yet to encounter their beers. I <3 Belgium. Lindemans is the yardstick brewer of Lambics and to my surprise I’ve yet to have reviewed this fine Kriek, time to put an end to this injustice!

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a cloudy deep ruby body with a 1 centimetre classic Kriek pink head. Nothing sexier than a tasty young Kriek hey? That pink head soon reduced down to a lace ring, still yummy. 8/10.

S: Bright and tart sour cherry notes upfront, a rose petal character comes through as well, it’s hard to whether this will be a sweet or sour Kriek, judging by the addition of sugar I would imagine sweet but Lindemans got a real sour beer pedigree (try their Kriek Cuvée René - sourest beer I’ve encountered yet!). The main point with a good Kriek is getting the cherry aroma right (as in fresh and not artificial) and I think Lindemans have delivered here. 9/10.

T: Sweet and sour! This is a classic Kriek that finds the balance betwixt the two senses. It begins with a sweet almost cordial cherry character, tartness comes in hard but soon dissipates, then a cherry candy note in the finish. Aftertaste is a tad bit of cloying sweetness, but it does help to balance out that sharp mid-palate astringency. As a note: Surprisingly flavourful for 3.5% ABV. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with some prickly but well-balanced carbonation backing it up, noice! 9/10.

D: Wow, was quite surprised by the flavoursome taste of this mid-strength Kriek - overall, apart from it being a little cloying, this is the best Kriek I’ve reviewed (granted I’ve only reviewed 2 others - I need to get my hands on more Krieks :/ ). Not much else to say other than - I will definitely get this again... and I just said that... Santé! 8/10.

Food match: Carbonade flamande is a Belgian sweet/sour steak and Oud Bruin/Flanders Red Ale stew - this will do. Served with pommes frites of course.

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Photo of NoZeFace
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice cherry lambic. Not too familiar with lambics but this is pretty rad. Showed this to some of my culinary school friends and those who aren't beer fans really enjoyed it. Even made it into a bit of a kir (add champagne/sparkling wine). Perhaps one of the better introduction beers for those who aren't fans of beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled the day before Thanksgiving on 11/25/15. Comes in a beautiful green heavy 355ml (12 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to one of their flute glasses that came with a gift pack with a free glass.

Brew pours a deep dark ruby red, almost red-wine in color with a thin off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of what would be expected with fresh cherries for the most part. Pretty much is same for the taste as it tart but sweet, but not too sweet with a minor dry finish. Very enjoyable brew that isn't too heavy at all. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, really liked this one!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a good deal on this just 9.99 for a 750ml tax included! Had it before but no review for some reason.

A - Good looking beer very red and dark like cherry juice. Head has a nice pink hue with good carbonation a 1/2 inch that takes a while to dissipate.
S - Not as tart as I remember quite sweet like fresh dark cherry juice.
T - Very sweet and crisp yet not as sugary as juice quite clean as others said somewhat of a palate cleanser. Still one of the better cherry beers I had in a while.
M - If you like light fruity somewhat girly beers this one will win you over every time. Each sip brings sour tart and sweet berries with a clean beer finish.

Overall a very tasty lambic beer that's just as good as I remember from years past. If you find a bomber for 10 bucks buy it without regret!

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