Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

very good
1,268 Ratings
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 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 Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yaron73
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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 AMCPhD
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of darktuna83
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of professorchow
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sourlinus
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Nomis
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zshaft
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Prost76
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 parpalapelix
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Couz74
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tsuacad
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,268 ratings.
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