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 Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is growing on me, I think my taste buds have adjusted and I'm liking these style brews more and more, scarry stuff. Anyway this pours out of the corked, capped and foiled bottle, with no freshness dating. its a plummy shade of cherry. Nose is sweet and fruity,leaves some light and well dispersed lacing. Taste is just about right, between tart and sweet, fruity, sticky on the lips. Light and refreshing, went great with a salad this evening. give these lambics a try, they are nicely crafted, interesting, complex beverages.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright rosy red color, huge pink head.
Nose is utterly decadent, sweet and sugary, bold cherries, yet also sour, like SweeTarts candies!
Taste: right off, puckering sour, yet also sweet from the fruit, a constant fandango between the tastes.
Full mouthfeel, tantalizing texture.
Tartness lessens some toward the end, and then, it's pure heaven!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a flute, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby red coloring that is blood-like in its depths and bright ruby around the edges. Tall, frothy, bubbly, pink colored head that starts a tall couple of inches and settles unevenly into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of rich, sugary sweet cherry, both tart and darkly sweet. The nose is similar to cherry cough drops. Flavors are sugar and syrupy sweet cherry, almost like a maraschino, with a bitter tartness at the tail end of the palate. Smooth, thin body that gets frothy and effervescent at the end. Richly sweet cherry aftertaste, with a solid linger following a slick, clean finish.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/06/06- Beer brought by someone at my Super Bowl party.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, wrapped, capped and corked. Poured into my Lindemans flute. Not sure of the year.

Appearance- Dark cherry red, full and murky. Sediment clumps upon the pour. Nice half inch soon disappearing head with fair lace.

Smell- Smells a combo of sweet and sour, with sweet being the dominant one. Fresh cherry orchard.

Taste- Not sour or tart at all. In fact it very sweet. Fresh bing cherry sryup flavor with a touch of jolly rancher sugary flavor as well. Light malt backing with a very small hop kick.

Mouthfeel- This one gets knocked down just a notch because of it over-sweetness. Low-medium carbonation for this style.

Drinkability- Save this one for after dinner. Probably would really go good with some chocolate covered cherries. Overall, tasty, but not a gussler.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer soda, sweet lambic. Served in a Lindemann's flute glass. Beer is bright red / ruby pink with a pink head of small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is cherries.

Beer is sweet, like soda, finishes sweet, it is actually sweeter than most sodas I drink, very cherry, mild tartness, mild everything. I enjoy it but it is overpowering. This is a good beer to have around for guests or parents when they come and visit.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend and family. Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep red/maroon body with a huge fluffy, creamy soft pink head. The lacing and retention were both stellar, leaving this patches on both the walls and a nice cap on the surface. Sure, it's red and pink but for the style it's great.

S: Sweet and sugary black cherries, strawberries and red grapes. Along with the sweetness is a nice subtle tart nature but you can tell it won't be so puckering. A semi-sweet red wine quality comes through towards the back end, nothing really in the way of an abundance of malt or hops though. The fruit dominates.

T: Very sweet but not sickeningly. Black and red cherries are the center of this flavor profile. There's a bit of a tart edge due to the underlying lambic base of this beer though it's certainly been masked quite a bit with the sweetener. Not that I mind it, but in large quantities this might be too much. The finish is dry and fruity, really just an easy drinking exceptional beer.

M: Light and bubbly, highly carbonated but there's nothing to fault here as this is what the style calls for. Dry and sweet flavors lingering around.

Perhaps this is a guilty pleasure but I enjoy a beer like this from Lindemans from time to time. It's a nice change of pace while still giving you traditional lambic qualities with a sweetened edge to it. Not something I could drink in large amounts but this always seems to go over well with everyone.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a vibrant raspberry red with a half finger of pink head and left lots of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was big on the tart cherries with funky barrel, cork, mustiness, and acidic notes. The taste was also huge on the sour cherries but also had the funky barrel notes, cork like character and slight acidic citrus accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, sour, and dry finish. It drank very good and had my novive beer buddies fienning for more.

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

Appearance: clear ruby red in color with a thin 1" light purplish head. There was some spots of lace that stuck to the glass.

Smell: cherries and yeast are bold and extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: slightly tart cherries, other mild fruit sweetness, yeast, and some very mild bitterness. Always a consistant beer from my previous experiences.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Lightly dry and mildly crisp throughout. Short-lived aftertaste as the cherry tones linger briefly.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers I would pick up on occasion to change things ups a bit.

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Photo of liamt07
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 355ml bottle into a tulip. Listed at 3.5% ABV.

Pours an opaque blood red body, with a pretty pink head of a couple fingers. Leaves sheets of pink lace akin to cotton candy, some bubbles remain atop. Nose has black cherries, almost medicinal in quality. Some sweetness and mild funk that never really reveals itself fully. Taste holds both black and red cherries with again an extremely mild funk note, tart and sugary sweet. Big carbonation and residual sugary qualities remain on the palate. Light lingering tartness. Quite easy to put back, but doesn't stand out in any fashion per say. Fruity and sugary, and not a top option kriek. Gimmie something more sour!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pop of the cork brings forth a heavy cherry aroma. Pour is murky red, hazed and seemingly chunky. Slight pink head foams up at first, but doesn't stay too long.
Cherry is all that I can smell. Perhaps some yeast and corriander if I think about it intensely.
Strong cherry taste brings a "wow" after the first sip. A bit of bite or fizzy feeling is present, but overwhelmed.
Syrupy feel to it. Seems more like a cherry drink with some beer in it. A different beer, but half a bottle is all I can take

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium to deep cherry red colour with one finger of reddish-white head.

S - Sweet dark cherries dominate the nose with some sour yeasty notes in the background. Sweet and tart.

T - Cherry dominates the palate as the nose indicated. Tartness and sweetness compliment each other in the cherry flavours. The sour yeast scents that were present in the background in the nose are much more prevalent in the palate but are still the secondary flavour. The finish is dry and tart and slightly puckering.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

O - This one exceeded my expectations. The tart cherry flavours were great but as I continued to drink this one, the tartness and the sweetness each became a a little too much for me. Otherwise this would be an A.

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Photo of WesWes
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark maroon color with a matching head. The aroma is good. It has a very tart cherry scent that pierces your nose; very nice. The taste is awesome. It is full of sour cherries and not much else. It refreshes on the way down. I love this beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks great. I could drink about a gallon of this stuff; a good sessions beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a Blitz-Kriek. On to the beer:

Here we have a red-violet colored beer with a pink rose colored head with good head retention and sticky lace. The aroma generates some cherry skins, mild overall, but brings hope for the taste.

Lindemans is not shy to showcase the fruit they use (real, artificial, whatever it is these days) is each variety of lambic that I have tasted. The black cherry flavor, though sprinkled with an occasional phenol, is full flavored, sweet and a little tart, and leaves itself long into the aftertaste.

Life is too long not to have a Lindemans. The Kriek will bring me back for a re-purchase sometime in the future, even at $5.99 for a 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is extremely sweet cherry with no real sour or funk qualities. The flavor is very heavy on the cherry. Tastes a lot like cherry syrup. There is very little tartness although a tad bit of it is there. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This has nothing in common with other Belgian lambics but as far as fruit beers go, this is a good one.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a flute.

This is my first foray into reviewing a lambic. I've had the Lindemans fruit lambics before, but not in awhile. I'm quite looking forward to this.

Appearance: a nice ruby-brown color with a slight cloudiness. Nice pink head which dissipated leaving an attractive lace.

Smell: tangy cherries and a smooth, soft, almost flour-ey aroma.

Taste: tangy cherries, with that same muzzy, creamy, flour-ey flavor. I don't know what it is, but I like it a great deal.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: this is delicious and refreshing, yet complex enough to warrant contemplation (and stave off beverage boredom). I think it is very drinkable.

As I said, I'm a lambic novice, but this has me wanting to try a lot more of them.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Kriek pours with cranberry cocktail colour and clarity (and, arguably, contains as much real fruit). The distinguishing feature, of course, of this and any good Kriek is the rosy-pink froth - which this bottle, and now the glass too, has in abundance. A beer that is so simultaneously bright, dense, and vivid in colour is a beautiful beer indeed.

It's hard to say what's appreciated more on the nose: cherries or sugar. There's a staggering amount of both. The brewery claims to use black cherries but this smells more like something you'd find floating on top of a milkshake; there's nothing dark or tart here, it's bright maraschino red all the way. That and a lot of white sugar.

Indeed, Lindemans Kriek is quite evidently not a beer for diabetics. Depending on where in the world you're buying it don't be surprised to find things like fructose (corn syrup), cherry flavouring, or the dubious 'sugar substitute' next to cherry juice on the ingredients list. Disappointing, but not surprising; it would take a heck of a lot of cherries to achieve this much sweet fruitiness.

In fact, brewing purely with real cherries would more likely result in tartness rather than sweetness. Their pits tend to lend an almond-like taste while, like you'd expect rotting fruit to do, the cherries themselves turn borderline sour and impart a fermented funkiness (which a lambic should already characteristically have). This, however, has little of any of that.

It's true: Lindemans Kriek is more fruit juice than lambic, and more sugar than fruit juice. The initial impression of cranberry cocktail turns out to actually be pretty spot on - mostly candy-like, syrupy sweetness and only a superficial, token amount of the fruit's true tartness. It's still an absolute pleasure to drink but, make no mistake, 'tis no true lambic.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As I pop the cork from this beer a strong note of sticky, sweet cherry hits my nose. The beer pours with a thickish dirty pink colored head. The beer is a red color with a pinkish tinge to it. The aroma has nothing but a sweet cherry drop candy note. The cherry is rich smelling but is missing the cherry pit note that is in good Krieks.

The taste has an over the top sweetness to it that really just dominates this beer in both palate and flavor. There is a strong cherry note as well, and perhaps a bit of cherry skin complexity thrown in as well, but overall this does not even have the fruit character that the Lindemans Framboise has. Simplistic and straight forward, it is perhaps a bit easier to drink than the Framboise, but I do like cherries better than raspberries. There is also a bit of tartness in the finish here, but this wisp of a flavor is all that says that this might be something that is Lambic base.

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Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting looking beer to say the least. Poured in the glass I have here a burgundy red colored beer with a tall bubblegum pink head.

Smell is STRONG cherry aroma that starts the moment that I pulled the cork. Giving the glass a good sniff I get a snoot full of cherry cider aroma with vanilla ice cream. That is about all that I can smell here pretty much it is hard cherry cider.

Taste is very sweet cherry cider with some bitterness in the finish. Hard cherry cider flavor and a great amount of added sugar. This is far sweeter than any cherries I have ever had, and I have had quite a few. The flavor is tart and spicy to but I can't really ID any by name.

Mouthfeel is good.

If I didn't adore the taste of cherry I could have really ripped this beer up for the excessive sweetness. This is without question a dessert beer. I would suggest pouring this over vanilla ice cream as cherry syrup.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish, almost purple body with a slowly dieing two-finger pink head that left sticky lace on my tulip glass. An intense sweet and sour cherry taste with hints of other fruits but not much else. Taste is more of the same, although I didn't find the beer to nearly as tart as I thought. I found this beer to be extremely easy-drinking and it passed the ol' lady taste (she only drinks sweet lambics and nothing else, so if she likes it then it is sweet) and very little tart/sourness. Taste is almost entirely cherry with a hint of straw or razzberry. Take this review with a grain of salt because I love cherry flavored drinks (i.e. Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper), so I found this to be a great drink. If you don't like cherries or fruit tasting brews that are sweet, you might want to pass.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy red/burgundy colour with an average size frothy pink coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat/grains, lemons, cherries

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation. I can taste wheat mixed with lots of lemon juice, but it's not too overly sour. There is also of course a lot of sweet cherry flavour. The balance of sweet and sour is really good. It ends with a cherry tart citric aftertaste.

Overall – I've still only tried a handful of lambics, but this one was one of the better ones so far. I'm glad I only had a small bottle of it though, I don't think I could drink too much of it in one night. If I could chance one thing, I'd bump up the alcohol level a little bit..

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear deep red with a small pinkish head of foam that shrinks quickly to some islands in the middle and it has some nice lacing.

The smell is of sweet cherries and some caramel malt. Nice nose.

The taste is so very black cherry though not as sweet as I thought it would be and that's just fine by me. The finish does end up slightly tart but that just makes me want to take another sip. It has a medium body and the carbonation is's very drinkable. Very nice dessert beer. I really enjoy the Fruit beers from Lindeman's.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours such an amazingly red-pink colour, so bright and so un-beer-like, with a big soft pink head of candyfloss foam. Lacing is extremely good, however, and it looks like the most extremely fruit fruit lambic I've ever tried. It certainly has that going for it at least.

Nose is rife with strong citric and slightly artificial cherry characters. Big ripe pips and stem aroma, quite sour, with a light crushed aspirin character. It's big, sweet, acidic and fruity. The sour character is very pleasant at least - it's not in the least offensive, but it does come across as somewhat one-dimensional.

Taste is very similar. It's incredibly sweetly acidic. Fruit really dominates, with a huge cherry character. It tastes absolutely nothing like beer - it doesn't even have the offensively sour characters of the most extreme lambic examples like Cantillon. It comes across as sweet and sugary - everyone else here thinks it's an alcopop. So, it has character enough, but it really doesn't have the ruggedness to mark it as a really good beer.

All things considered, it's not a bad drop to drink, and I find it quite a cleansing beer. It comes across as a well balanced lambic. It's very candy-like, and that makes it really unique. Not something I'd drink every day, but it's something I'd happily take on occasion.

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Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cherry red with a pink rosy head. Smells very sweet with a strong cherry presence. Based on the appearance and aroma of this beer I was not very optimistic, but once I tried it I was pleasntly surprised. The sourness of the lambic balanced out the sweetness of the cherries perfectly and vice versa.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked & capped bottle poured into a lambic tumbler.

(A)- Pours a deep dark crimson burgundy color. Produced a nice frothy pink colored head with good retention for the style. Plenty of lacing.

(S)- A very ripe rich cherry aroma. Very sweet smelling. Reminds me of maraschino cherries actually. Some very subtle vanilla and dry oak funk behind the massive candied cherry aroma.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very sweet rich cherry flavor almost like lifesavers in front of an extremely subtle dry oaky tartness.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. Very sweet and sugary with very little sour tartness or acidity.

(D)- Very easy to enjoy, but very much more like a fruit dessert beer than a lambic. Still tasty and did not last long in my glass, but when I want a good lambic, this simply does not fit the bill.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense crystal clear glowing deep red body with a microfizz that races toward the surface. There is a ping foam head that last for most of the beer.

S- The sharp smell of Luden's cherry cough drops finish with a medicinal bite the grows as the beer opens.

T- The dark sweet cherry flavor is very artificial tasting with a chemical cough syrup taste to follow and a dark medicinal tonic bitterness in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no astringency or alcohol heat and a soft tight fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a syrupy cherry taste that is not fresh fruit at all but just all artificial. I haven't had Luden's cough drops since I was a kid but one sip of this beer and I fell like I was sick in bed. I couldn't find any other characters in this beer.

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,247 ratings.
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