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Lindemans KriekLindemans Kriek

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of LeRose
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was good as a treat. Would pair well with strong cheese plate to balance the sweetness, but we tried it with dessert - sweetness overload! Great cherry aroma and flavor, nice sour hit on the back end. Cold is a must...not very pleasant as it warmed up. Very champagne-like, light mouthfeel, minimal aftertaste, maybe a tad bit sweet for my tastes. Wasn't what I expected - different and interesting style for sure. Liked, would drink again, but would not use with dessert.

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

this is exactly what a kriek should be, this is the definition of the style really. pours cloudy and pink, champaigne looking carbonation, and a fizzing white head about half an inch tall. the nose is tart from the yeast and from the cherries, a little sweet but not at all overdone. flavor is really true to black cherry, fresh not dried. sweet, but made tart and puckery by the yeast. its still a little sugary in terms of feel, but in a dessert setting i think it is a positive attribute. the fruit juice and the yeast work together better in this beer than in almost any other out there in my experience. super intense carbonation and an alredy light body make this really exciting in the mouth. a great bottle to share after a thanksgiving feast or similar celebration, not something you would drink every day.

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Photo of Dennrat
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was honestly disappointed. The appearance was fine. Smell, strong cherry. The taste was faintly like cherry cough syrup. Mouthfeel, light carbonation. Overall, anti-climatic. Starts out decently, but leaves the cheery cough syrup aftertaste on the palette.

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

A: Nice clear red colour, pink and frothy head, a lot of lacing and good head retention;

S: A very strong and sweet cherry with some hint of a spicyness;

T: Starts with sweet fruit, not just cherry, hints of strawberry and cranberry, but the sweetness along with most of the strong fruit flavours fade and a tartness comes in, although not that sour;

M: Medium bodied, thick and syrupy mouthfeel, decent level of carbonation;

O: Good Kriek if you like it on the sweet side, gives you a strong red fruit, highly drinkable, pretty much a dessert in a bottle!

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a white wine glass a beautiful cherry color that ranges to a cloudy sunset red. No head or lace was present.

Reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch or Smith Bros. Cherry Cough Drops.

Sweet! Very sweet. Cherry cough syrup. Some tart cranberries are also discernible.

Slick with a medium body that leaves a syrupy coating.

This is a fun dessert beer reminiscent in flavor and spirit of fruit striped gum.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After purchasing the Lindeman's stange (a while ago so I could have a stange), I saw this beer and decided what's better than owning the glassware - trying the beer that labels the glass.

Here goes (this is my first lambic, bear with me):

Into a stange:

A: deep ruby red/purple colored body with a one and a half finger fluffy lumpy light pink head that lasts a good five minutes. I couldn't see any carbonation because the body was too dark.

S: black cherries up front and dominating, some light barley and dark fruits. Just a tad of sourness comes out.

T: decent combination between the sweet black cherries and sour cherries. Some spice mixes in with the barley.

M: light to medium body giving a "soda" feel to the beer as the carbonation makes itself present. Still, this is very easy to drink. With the low ABV, this is very sessionable.

O: is this a beer? Ok, I know this is my first lambic, but, I'm not sure what else to say other than I wouldn't mind trying others of this style. I'll get this again when I have a malt drinker over to my house and they say they want a beer. I'll give them this just so I can see the look on their face.

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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 deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle into a proper Lindemans glass. It pours out clear and red with a frothy pink foam. Nose is sweet and strong. Lots and lots of cherries along with some wood and a hint of tobacco.

Nice effervescence opens the palate and wakes up the taste buds. Strong cherry flavor on the front of the palate is balanced between sweet and sour and meshes well with the wheaty backbone. Sweetness takes over at mid-palate and stays through the finish. Finish has some tannins and is lemony, slightly dry, and mildly acidic, but not as much as one would expect from a lambic. The acidity is not exactly wine-like, more like ginger ale.

I have had this beer many times and finally decided to review it. It has the typical Lindemans sweetness and strong fruit flavors that I'm sure discourage hardcore fans of sour beers. Nevertheless, the beer is refreshing, pleasant to drink, and easy to find.

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Photo of heatherishoppin
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very sweet smell and taste with a mild sourness. Kind of tastes a bit like fruit juice. Not something I am always searching for in a beer but I am also not a beer snob who thinks fruit has absolutely no place in beer. I love hopped to hell beers but the occasional fruit beer is nice and I love the idea of the fermentation process with wild yeast in lambics.

Merci d'avoir faire cette bière, Lindemans! C'est une bonne bière. Vive la bière belgique!

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Side of the bottle says brewed with fresh black cherrys. Nice to see it isn't extract. And when it pours it is the most elegant red I've ever seen. Nice bold red with a pink bubbly head. Very nice.

S: Tart cherry really comes through. Some sweetness. Certainly something different.

T: sweet and sour. The cherry doesn't come through as much as in the smell. It's like liquid candy... so be ready.

M: A little light and a little overly bubbly but

Overall a very nice beer. Certainly something different. Check it out if you get a chance.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back one bottle from Brussels in my last trip to Rotterdam.

The beer is red in color, can't see through it. The head is pink and dense. The beer looks like strawberry juice. The aroma is sour, like vinegar but I get some cherry that complement the sourness. Regarding the taste, it is quite similar to the aroma however there is a presence of sugar in there too. The finish is very sour like sour candies. Cold it is good, as it warms up, it doesn't get better and the beer lose some punch. Maybe too sugary for me, but not bad. Overall I nice beer.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/capped bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep, dark rasberry/violet tone with a inch and a half foamy pink head. decent retention; nice lacing.

aromatic nose is replete with cherry... big tart presence... yeast. flavor follows the aroma with the bold cherry notes obviously taking center stage. both sweet and tart characteristics; very sweet out front and mid-palate, with the tartness opening up more toward the finish. the sweetness could be toned down a bit.

decent, medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. very drinkable at first, but the sweetness wears you down after a while. i guess a decent and very approachable lambic - good stepping stone for those getting into the style.

originally reviewed: 02-23-2011

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red with a small pink head. Nose shows cherry, cough syrup, faint funky notes and very soft malt. A mix of acidic and sweet flavours are present upon tasting, with cherry throughout and some funky notes later on. The sour finish is perfectly refreshing. Nice moderately high carbonation suits the beer well.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark cherry red with a half finger pink head.

S- sweet cherries, cherries, cherry juice.

T- cherry juice, slight alcohol, wheat, and mild yeast.

M- silky creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, sweet and tart finish.

O- this is the first "beer" I've had where I felt like I wasn't drinking a beer. It reminds me of the cherry apple cider I drank as a kid around the holidays. This doesn't take away for how enjoyable it was. It is very drinkable and is very refreshing.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruby-grape with a finger of dark rose head. Somewhat medicinal aroma of sweet dark cherry.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet cherry with an artificial tinge and some mild tartness on the finish.

Too sweet for my liking; enjoyed Lindemans' Framboise quite a bit more, followed by their Pomme. Next up, Peche...!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured red with light pink frothy lace that left some chunky splashy lace

S- Big sweet cherry, watermelon, and sugary aroma

T- Big watermelon, some cherry , sugar, overall intensely sour.

M- Very high acidity and carbonation

O- This tastes like a watermelon and cherry sour patch kid. Very sour. Great beer for Valentine's Day.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown purple with red highlights. A giant pink fluffy head recedes rather quickly and leaves a whole wall of lacing.

Smell is all tart cherries with a lightly funky yeast underneath.

Taste is spot on, sweet cherries in front, and tart in the end. Not much else here.

Feel is smooth and creamy with some pucker. Very light and easy to drink.

Lots of flavor here for such a low abv. This beer is kind of nostalgic for me as it was the first lambic I ever drank. Less tart than it's berry cousins. Quite strange to look at a pink beer though, which makes it very unique.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a deep yet light ruby red, almost a cream-colored redness about it. The pinkish head settles to a layer of random bubbles and film. The beer smells if sweet cherries with a hint of alcohol. The beer tastes deliciously sweet with a tangy cherry tart. The mouthfeel is relatively lively and light bodied.

Overall, this is simply delicious and easy to drink. Low ABV, excellent taste and smell. A great dessert beer, and one of my favourite Lindemans offerings.

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

A moderate pour got me a little over half a finger of head that can best be described only as strawberries and cream colored. The body is a deep, rich maroon color. The head dissipated down to a few bubbles up top and a ring around the glass, but a thin sheet of lacing struggles to cling to the sides.

Smells of sweet black cherries and medicine mostly.

The flavor is that of deep rich black cherry, with a hint of medicine, making it like a pleasant cough drop flavor. There is a slightly bitter tang to the end as it warms up. Also appearing as it warms is a slight grain flavor in the middle. Overall, very sweet.

Light bodied and highly carbonated, this beer is most pleasing to the palate, although it isn't something I would drink a lot of, nor often. The carbonation is almost that of pop, but this in no way detracts from the drink.

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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 Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking red color with a thin pink colored head on top. The smell of the beer is of cherry which is a good thing. The smell has some light wild yeast aromas in there too giving a little bit of funk on the nose. The taste of the beer is of sweet and sour cherry. It seems to start sweet and end with the tart. The mouthfeel is similar to a carbonated wine. Overall it's not a terrible lambic in my opinion, however some think that Lindeman's is just too sweet all around. To each their own.

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

Hazy cherry-coloured body, light cover of bubbly pink head with a little lacing. Beautiful colour but it could use some better head retention.

Cherry is prominent and unmistakable on the nose but the first thing it has me thinking of are Halls cherry cough drops! That said, it does smell good and isn't overly-artificial. Bready yeast, black forest cake, cinnamon, a little dust and a very subtle funk.

For 3.5% ABV the flavour here is huge and cherry dominates; a mostly natural character but with a touch of Cherry Blasters thrown in. Quite sweet with a light tartness, sour lemon, minerals and yeast, a touch of spice (cinnamon), herbal hops in the background and almost no funkiness. Mostly big candy-like cherry flavour.

Light body with lightly effervescent carbonation. Drying cherry finish.

Compared to the only other kriek I've tried (Cantillon Lou Pepe) this example is a bit plain; complexity is not in the same league at all. Still, this is a pleasure to drink and I could see how this would be very accessible to people who think they don't like beer. Sweetness is high but it doesn't come off as cloying nor as a fruity cooler pretending to be a beer. I couldn't drink a lot of it (due to sweetness) but one is great. This would definitely pair well with all kinds of desserts (especially anything chocolate). If there's any brett in here I'd love to try this aged with more showing; I'm not picking up on any and feel it could really use a little.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken on Christmas Eve 2012.

355 ml (12 oz.) darker than Dark green bottle. Bottle is thicker and heavier than most. Foiled, capped, and corked. Very classy appeal. Poured into a flute glass.

A - ruby red in color that's on the darker side. Beautiful and creamy pink colored head that sits proudly on top. Some very nice lacing with this one.

S - very cherry. It's a simple aroma that's both sweet, and sour/tart.

T - black cherries completely dominate every aspect of the flavor. The complexity is the use of cherry and really remarkable. The way it comes from sweet to sour and finishes with tart is unreal. This taste really has it all with sweetness, but also a pristine sourness. All the many flavors of cherry incorporated in this brew is something to be proud of.

M - light to medium in body with good carbonation. Easy to drink and I detected no alcohol taste at all. Smooth with an almost champagne like dry finish.

O - one of the best lambics I've ever had. Simple cherry flavor transformed into a complex beer. The character and complexity used with one flavor aspect is wonderful. Just a delicious experience. Something I'll enjoy again. Good change of pace and soothing.

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Photo of iBeer16
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: dark ruby red, intriguing. Pours with a 1" head, which is of a dark pink color. A lot of lacing.

S: the smell is unparalleled to anything. It's smells like carbonated juice, the black cherries have a strong scent. Scent draws you in, makes you look forward to the first sip, very enjoyable. Smell is similar to that of a freshly opened bag of twizlers

T: great combination of sweet and sour. The taste of the black cherries is very unique and delicious. Starts off very fruity, and finishes with a sour/ tart taste.

M: mouth party! The way it changes from sweet to sour awakens your palate. It is not too carbonated so it is easy to drink.

Overall, this is an incredible lambic, such a good pick up. I am usually one that hates fruity beer but this completely changes that concept. The black cherry sweetness and the sour finish is a great combination. Thanks for the recommendation @bigplay1824

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