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Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans KriekLindemans Kriek

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a beautiful cherry red that is crystal clear, pours with two plus fingers of pink extremely fluffy head that lingers beautifully and leaves a ton of lacing around the glass
S: cherries, pure and simple cherries, really a wonderful nose on this one
T: cherries dominate in the forefront then it moves into a nice period of tartness in the middle and rounds out with pure sourness which linger beautifully on the palate
M: the cherry tart and sourness really awaken and soothe the palate at the same time, medium carbonation, lingering pukered up feeling from the sour and tart
O: This is the best lambic i have had to date, the taste absolutely blew me away and the scent was tantilizing, absolutely incredible, gonna need to grab some more bottles of this to test it out with some aging, loved it!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head was but a finger, but it lasted quite a bit. Lace was pretty decent, but spotty. Color was an amber-red and pretty clear.

Smell was fruity, cherries mainly, with a touch of funk and some musty notes.

Taste was strongly cherry and berry, tart, with a touch of sour, but some sweetness too. It's a lovely tasting beer, actually. I'm a big fan of fruit beers and this one is certainly plenty on the money.

Body is light and fruity with an almost syrupy finish and just a touch of tartness on the end.

I like this beer. All the beers I've tried from this brewery so far I've liked. Nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark red with a 3 inch foamy red-white head that settles to an island of foam. Random clumps of foamy lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet and sour cherries and some slight funk. Taste is pretty much exactly the same with the funk coming through a bit stronger in the aftertaste. There is also a slightly acidic quality to this one. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. A bit of a sticky residue in the mouth after each sip. Overall, this is another good Lindemans take on the lambic even though it may not be the most authentic product out there.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep ruby red with a one finger light pink head and decent lacing.

S: Strong sweet cherries.

T:  Sweet cherries upfront with a slightly dry/tart finish.

M: Medium/light body with fizzy medium/high carbonation. Left with a slight pucker.

O: Pretty one dimensional, but it's an enjoyable sweet fruit brew.

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Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a flute. Appears a dark red color that is somewhat hazy and has a nice pink head. The head leaves great lacing all around.

Nose is very sweet. Lots of cherry. Somewhat sour as well. The cherries smell almost candy-like, but isn't overly strong. Taste is again, straight cherries. Just as sweet as expected, and the tartness doesn't sit in until late. Not as tart as I was hoping for. Hard to detect anything else in the taste or smell.

Mouthfeel is very thick and leaves a huge thick film on the palate. Good carbonation levels. Overall, an interesting beer. A little too sweet for me, but it is honestly a nice beer that satisfies any sweet tooth cravings you may be having.

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

Reviewed on November 4th, 2011. Poured from a 355 mL bottle into a Snifter. This will be my first ever Lambic tasted and I am quite excited to taste this beauty.

A: Poured a beautiful one fingered head. This drink is just rising with carbonation. The head is a beautiful light purple shade and the body almost looks like Grape flavor. The carbonation actually calms down after a short period.

S: Dark beautiful cherries come to my nose. It smells so deliciously sweet that I just want to bathe in this smell. It's oddly not deep though, but just simply cherry.

T: The taste comes as if it comes from crazy angers. It comes out tart, but the end bite to this drink reminds me of cherry pie. This taste as if I am just devouring a strong tart juice and damn is it insanely good. At times it feels like this can pack a sour punch, but oddly not always. That tartness stays deliciously on the tongue.

M: This holds a nice medium body. The carbonation of this drink simply reminds me of a wine. I really can't tell your if this is a highly carbonated drink, but it might be. Either ways the carbonation feel is just great.

O: Is this really considered a beer? This almost feels like a sparkling grape juice. This is no question that this can be a session beer, but I just can't think of an occasion to drink this for. I thought a beer and a salad was crazy, but after tasting this I could now imagine this food pairing.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - very pretty looking. deep raspberry. transparent. couple inches of pink head that lasted for a while. great lacing

s - at first it is a very strong cherry cough syrup aroma. as it warms it turns more into a sweet cherry pie.

t - very tart fresh out of the cold bottle. the more it warms the more the flavors mellow out, almost into a sweet red wine.

m - light, frothy, smooth, a little dry, carbonation dies down dramatically over the course of an hour and a half in the glass

o - at first i was afraid i had made a bad choice in purchasing this bottle. i have always hated the smell (and taste) of cherry cough syrup, which was the exact strong smell i got when i poured this into the glass. however, my fears were swept away after a short time for two reasons. first off, i FINALLY found something my girlfriend took more than just one sample of. she actually said she might drink this one! this is a huge victory for me. the second reason i was happy with the bottle was because, as stated before, as the glass sat out longer, the more this lambic turned into a tasty red wine flavor.

*note: weizenbob's review (a few before this one) is spot on. i recommend looking at his for a good feel of what you're getting into

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

Pours a creamy,strawberry colored head over a cherry soda body. Curtains of lace on the glass. Aroma is cherry. Taste is crisp, with a
tart and tangy cherry bite to it. The merest hint of acidity and pleasing aftertaste. No noticible alchohol too it.

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