Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,265 Ratings
Lindemans KriekLindemans Kriek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,265
Reviews:
532
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.4%
 
 
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49
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176
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Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red color with pinkish head. Aroma has intense sour cherry juice and sweet cherry candy. Taste is sweet but also tart, like cherry candy, not really artificial but sweetened. Body is quite light with good carbonation, really easy to drink. One of the best sweetened lambics, even of the best sweet fruit beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucent dark cherry red (or crimson if you prefer) with a substantial head of emasculating pink froth that demonstrates great persistance and a stickiness that results in chunky wisps of abstract-patterned lace. It looks remarkably like Lindemans Framboise, but then why wouldn't it?

The nose is intense and is redolent of sweet n' sour cherries. There's no mistaking what this beer is brewed with. It also possesses that fermented, wine-like aroma that makes it clear that, appearances aside, this is more than mere fruit juice.

There aren't any surprises on the palate, although the incredible mouth-squinching tartness caught me a little off guard. Plump, juicy, sweet cherries burst over the tongue. A salivary gland tweaking, tongue ruffling sourness is right there in lock step.

There isn't an overwhelming amount of complexity as there aren't any serious competing flavors vying for center stage. On a good note, the black cherry flavor itself seems more layered and deeper than expected, probably as a result of the interplay between impressively sweet and impressively sour.

All well-crafted fruit lambics seem to garner nearly identical scores from me. The three Melbourn Bros. beers and now two Lindemans lambics have all gotten somewhere in the vicinity of 4.0. Maybe that's because their sugar content limits drinkability, but I suspect that the real reason for the glass ceiling is that they just don't seem all that much like beer to me.

I can no longer convince my wife to taste (or even smell) beer after some unfortunate, though well meaning, attempts on my part to bring her gently into the beer lover's fold. She loves cherry flavored *everything* and has a sweet tooth, so perhaps if I had started with Lindemans Kriek, she'd be better able to share my passion for beer. In others words, chicks'll dig this stuff.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink color with a light rose head that is a single layer of bubbles.

very sweet cherry smell--almost fake. The group I am with describes it as a Robatusin.

Slightly sour with a very tart finish. It is great with dark chocolate. Lots of cherry, but a little lip-puckering. Good body with lots of carbonation.

Great tartness for a dessert beer. A great example of an excellent lambic.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big on cherry flavour both sweet and sour ... some people add sugar cubes to cut the tartness but I think it is fine the way it is. A brew with depth and character ...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a corked and capped green 750ml into a wine glass.
A - A stunning juicy red, appears as cherry juice which indicates a large amount of fruit was included in fermentation. The head is about a half inch of pink foam that creates a thin film of lace.

S - Smells very fruity, like a sweet tart or luden's tastes.

M - Extremely sweet and tart feel like cherry candy. Mild effervescence w/ a very sweet finish.

T - The flavor is very Cherry w/ a taste that is so intensely concentrated that it almost tastes like cherry extract. Sugary sweet - the flavor is mostly concentrated on the tip of the tongue. A slight pucker in the tanginess of the cherry taste.

D - A very sweet lambic, but good drinkablility. A pretty classic sweet style. made since 1811. I would prefer more acidity and dry flavor, but this still has an overall good taste and drinkability. Makes a good mix w/ Troeg's Oatmeal stout mixed 1/4 lambic to 3/4 stout I found. I would guess any stout would do, but I like the hop as a complement to the lambic's sweetness. I will have to try a mix w/ Sierra Nevada and the Framboise.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/02/12 notes. A 375ml bottle picked up earlier that day into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep ruby red-purple color with one finger of fluffy light pink head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of black cherries, sweet dark fruits, spice, Belgian yeast, and a small twinge of sourness. Sweeter than sour, reminds me a lot of black cherry soda.

t - Tastes of sweet black cherries, sour cherries and dark fruits, spice, Belgian yeast, fruity malts, and black cherry soda. Dead ringer for the soda.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, more so than the Framboise I had last week from them. Neither are sour, but both are great sweet fruit beers, with a little bit of a Belgian kick to them. I like cherry a little better and this reminded me of black cherry soda, so I'd choose this over the other, but both are great and worth trying.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a deep ruby red with a short lived pink head, about a finger high.

S: Sweet cherry candy on the nose with a little bit of a cherry cough drop sort of flavor. Not the menthol kind, but more of the sweet Ludens sort of cough drop.

T: The flavor is sweet, too. Tons of cherry flavor, which is nice, but after awhile it becomes far too sweet. A bit of the cherry cough drop flavor to it and lots of sugar/candy sort of flavor.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: Sort of a guilty pleasure, but at the same time, it's a bit too sweet to drink a ton of.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear red (the ver definition of the word red) with a small pinkish-white head that leaves a bit of lacing as it settles to a thickness of a third-of-a-finger. The smell is of dry, fresh cherries, with a sparkling background (I've no other way to say that...). The taste is mostly the same, but the cherries are now moist, fuller, more pronounced, with a slight hint of yeasty earthiness near the base. It doesn't sit very heavily on the tongue, and the carbonation is light and unintrusive, making for a highly drinkable and highly tasty brew.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Pours a slightly cloudy dark red with a fluffy pink/white head that dissappears to lace on the glass. Smell is cherries in spades. Taste is also cheeries, some real and also some syrupy cherry flavoring. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a sour cherry taste in the end. Heavy carbonation and a bit acidic. I love cherries and I think this is a great beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

What a great dessert beer we have here, this one can steal just about any girl's heart even if they say they don't like beer. Appearance: Deep cranberry color with a nice sized pink foam very bubbly champagne like quality all the way on the pour leaving heavy patches of lacing sip after sip nice looking beer. Aroma: Tart cherries oh so nice, vinous wine like presence here a simple a bit one dimensional and sweet but perfect at the same time. Taste: Predominantly one rush of cherries but so well textured and mellow and spritzy but put together so well, perfectly aged I have to seek out other examples of Lambic next mission is Cantillon. Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne tickles the senses with each sip yet slight syrup texture so sweet like candy could definitely drizzle this upon some cheesecake for a devine experience. Drinkability: Low abv tastes like candy easily consumed but very sweet keeping this one for me a true dessert beer, it's awesome the beer that makes many a folk realize that beer is such a broad term.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

Poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip like glass. From notes.

Large foamy pink bath bubble head created. Lots of sticky lacing while drinking. Deep cherry red colored body, with some dark opaque like character, not much noticeable rising carbonation. A bit of sticky like leg coating as well. Head has some good staying power as well.

Nose is sweet. Faint cherry cough drop, a little bit of faint lemon. Sugary but nothing to crazy with a little bit of hinting malt density, and some sucrose like sensations.

Palate is fairly round and large. Controlled sweetness and cherry cough drop lozenge like fruit sensations. Chewy backbone. Very large malt and oaky coating mouthfeel, fills every crevice of the mouth with a great round character. Simple. Easy drinking. Some faint tartness on the swallow with some faint cinnamon character.

It may be a sweeter example but it's certainly a fun drinkable lambic.

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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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,265 ratings.
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