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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of monitorpop
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark ruby red with a fluffy 1 finger head, which retreats quickly, little lacing

S - Smell is nice, mainly of tart cherries, sweet and inviting

T - As expected follows the nose and the cherries dominate. There is also a little bit of sourness following the sweetness

M - Mouthfeel is nice, light carbonation, very light, but dont think I would want more than 1, due to the sweetness

O - I dont drink many of this style, but for me this is a nice change-up. Easy drinker, plenty of flavor, and I can still function afterward

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle purchased for $8.99 at Jimmie Garant’s in Alpena, MI. The bottle was foiled, capped and corked. What, no wax? The cryptic code on top of the foil likely indicates that this was bottled 12/22/09. The cork comes off with a nice pop. I poured this into my Lindemans lambic glass.

A careful pour yields two fingers of bubbly, rose-tinted head. Head retention is low as the bubbles burn out pretty quickly. However, the head is somewhat self-renewing thanks to a high level of carbonation visible through the glass. Sticky lacing is everywhere. The brew is crimson colored and translucent. (With some haze it would look like blood.) It’s a typical Lindeman’s look. I thought they were quite novel at first, but the novelty has worn off. It doesn’t excite my eyes the way my first Framboise did. (I poured the second pour straight down the center of the glass, yielding about 80% head in the glass, with the bubbles rapidly expiring. These are pretty volatile brews.)

Not surprisingly the aroma is akin to cherry scented Lindemans lambic. There is a contrast between the tart snap of the spontaneous fermentation and the distinct scent of sweet black cherries. It works well. These lambics are noted for their intense fruit aromas, and though cherry does dominate the aroma, it is more subdued than other Lindeman’s fruit lambics. I kind of appreciate the restraint.

The taste is well balanced between a tart lactic bite, and the sweet flavor of cherry juice. It may be the sweetest fruit lambic I’ve tasted; and it also may be the best balanced. Complex it is not, but balanced for sure. The finish is sour and reminiscent of granny smith apples. Per style, hop bitterness is nary to be found. Alcohol? Forget about it. However, a mild sulfurous taste persists in the mouth after the swallow.

With the heavy amount of carbonation and the otherwise light body, drinking Lindemans Kriek is more akin to sipping soda than beer. It is extremely easy drinking, and extremely low in alcohol. Oddly, it leaves a gritty acidic feeling on the teeth, but it is otherwise barb free. This $9 bottle is the cheapest that I’ve found, but that doesn’t make it economical. I find that these are a nice alternative to champagne when my wife and I are in a celebratory mood (Lindemans fruit lambics are the only beers she will drink). As such, this is more of a treat than a daily driver. They’re fun for what they are.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Lindemans Kriek; two when I’m in the mood.

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,290 ratings