Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans KriekLindemans Kriek
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Kriek Foudroyante

Added by Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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Photo of IKR
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 0brownish purple coloration with thin violet tinted white head. Nice looking.

S: Primarily cherries.

T:Taste follows the nose, Cherries with a light tartness. Slightly sweet finish.

M: Moderate body with a light carbonation.

O: Not much sour/tart but has a decent taste that finishes slightly sweet without any off flavors. Not a complex beer but would one that would be refreshing on a hot day.

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

Bubbly dark cherry pour with a lovely whitish/red head. Delicious sour cherry notes dominate the aroma and flavor. Mouth feel is bubbly and refreshing. The sour cherry flavor is unique and why you will either love it or hate it, I suppose. Don't expect a lot of sweetness here.

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

Deep red with pinkish edges and foamy reddish white head that fades fast. Intoxicating aroma of cherry, sour notes, candy, bubblegum, and fruit acidity. Tastes of cherries, sour notes, bubblegum, tropical fruit juice, acidity, and a slight dryness towards the finish. The fruit and sour hit hard toward the center of the drink but disappears and doesn't cling to the tongue. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A refreshing beauty of a beer. Wild fermentation and cherries go perfectly together on a sunny day.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant middle of the road kriek: if you don't like the extreme sour, but don't want the shame of sticky sweet either, this is a good introduction to the style.

Pink head on a dark (brown) red beer.
Smell and taste of ripe cherries. Full fruity. Good balance between sour and sweet.
The maturation in wood is noticable too: wood, vanilla, nuttmeg, cinnamon.

Smooth and pleasant. Low alcohol and high carbonation makes this a very refreshing drink.

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Photo of NurseJody
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at World of Beer - Corked bottle, poured into a flute glass.

When poured, this beer is a very deep colored red, slighty cloudy with a 2 finger pink head and very nice lacing.

The nose is amazing! Strong hints of black cherries, with little hints of vanilla.

As on the palate, again, just a very strong taste of cherries, with slight hints of vanilla at the finish. Lots of carbination! It did not taste sour at all...

Overall, I could drink this all day long. With little ABV, this beer goes down very well! I couldn't get over how well it tasted! I would highly recommend this beer to those who love fruity beers with lots of carbination.


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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Lindemans stange.Translucent ruby color with a pink-white fluffy heading.Left some great lacing and alot of bubbling action.

Nose is mostly cherry upfront,some softer grainey notes, slightly perfumey.

Taste starts outa bit soft and sugary.Not an over tartness of cherry but enough to really get the tastebuds working. A drooling effect begins to take hold after a few sips.Heavy sugary aftertaste.

Mouth is light bodied,crisp,tremendous carbonation,and very easy drinking.

A solid lambic.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and malty with a firm, sweet overtone of black cherry. I love cherries! It pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany with a definite black-cherry black/purple/red tinge; tan head is tinged in purplish red and doesn't stick around too long. Flavor is mainly sweet and fruity, mostly black cherry, with a sour undertone and a bit of malt. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a fairly persistent tingle and a fruity sweet and subtly sour finish.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked & capped bottle poured into a lambic tumbler.

(A)- Pours a deep dark crimson burgundy color. Produced a nice frothy pink colored head with good retention for the style. Plenty of lacing.

(S)- A very ripe rich cherry aroma. Very sweet smelling. Reminds me of maraschino cherries actually. Some very subtle vanilla and dry oak funk behind the massive candied cherry aroma.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very sweet rich cherry flavor almost like lifesavers in front of an extremely subtle dry oaky tartness.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. Very sweet and sugary with very little sour tartness or acidity.

(D)- Very easy to enjoy, but very much more like a fruit dessert beer than a lambic. Still tasty and did not last long in my glass, but when I want a good lambic, this simply does not fit the bill.

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

From a 12 oz. heavy green bottle, corked and capped. Served from a flute.

Color is red, with a pink head of 1 to 2 fingers high. Very clear and bright, with lots of streaming bubbles like a champagne. Good lacing formed in the glass.

Aroma is very strong of cherry fruits. Sweet smells with no hop aromas. Taste was sweet and fruity - the cherries are very prominent. Kind of tastes like a cherry soda. No typical malt or hop flavors. Feel is highly carbonated, with a light body. The aftertaste balances sweetness with some fruity bitterness as well.

This was used as a toast with my wife for our wedding anniversary tonight. She tends to like sweet wines so this is one of the few beers we can drink together. Overall a very good fruit lambic.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep red body with a girly pinkish white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity. Heavily reminiscent of cherry pie filling.

T: Sweet and sour like a cherry Jolly Rancher. Also some mustiness.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: Lambic traditionalists may scoff, but damn if this isn't a great dessert beer. Haters to the left.

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Photo of KajII
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Beast served in a flute glass]

Poured a pale red with an average sized fizzy pink head and had good lacing. The aroma was strong of black cherries with a mild sweet malt and sweet yeast scent. It tasted robustly sweet of cherries and slightly acidic at first and finished mildly sweet with a nice black cherry flavor that stayed with you for a nice duration. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall an excellent Lambic!!

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Photo of jwinship83
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and capped bottle drank out of my lindemans flute i got in the gift set.

A- this one pours out a translucent pinkish red colored body with a large pink head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- cherries seem to be the main attraction here. very sweet and natural smelling. very little wild/sour notes. reminds me of pie filling.

T- the taste is once again dominated by sweet natural cherries. there is barely any of the funky/musty notes one expects in a lambic.

M- light bodied with a very subtle level of carbonation. very juice like.

D- this isnt one that i can drink that often. not offensive, but not really for me either. i can see the appeal of this to non beer drinkers.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep, candy-apple red. It supports a head of half a finger, the color of pink roses. The bubbles are small and disappear quickly, leaving specks of lacing around the glass. The beer is fairly opaque due to the darkness of color, but no sediment or haze is noted. Carbonation looks to be light. The aroma is bright with cherries. Once the nose becomes accustomed to this sweetness, a bitterness comes through. This is lent from light malts, and an earthiness, of fruit pits and stems. There is also a drying waxiness about the nose. The taste begins with light malts, and an immensely tart mouthful of cherries and lemon citrus. While puckering, the overall effect is sweet. The middle calms down, with the bite moving to the tip of the tongue, and general malty sweetness covering the rest of the palate. The finish continues in the same style as the rest, with the expected degradation of tartness to a meager fruiting by the end. The aftertaste breathes, surprisingly, with more malt than sugar or cherry. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is high. This contributes a significant creaminess and froth to each sip. The mouth is coated, and quite satiated, despite the pucker produced at the onset of the flavors. The feel is syrupy as it goes down, thanks to the sugary sweetness about it. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the blending of the fruit with the malts. The brew presents a robust fruitiness that is, of course, entirely appropriate for the style, but it doesn't overwhelm the malty beerness of it, which can be easily done considering the strength of the desired flavor. Those flavors are allowed to poke through, and give us a tasty, well balance end product.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 definitely approachable) lambic - a good starter for those getting into the style.

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Photo of AEK
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green bottle poured into a Jacobins gueuze glass.

A. Crimson coloured ale with a heavy pink coloured foamy head. Head retention was very good and left nice lacework around the glass.

S. Red fruits mixture, almond/marzipan aromas.

T. Quite bitter to start then closes with a faint tartness. There is a little kriek in there. I also got the tiniest smack of baking apples.

M. Slightly medium. Carbonation is fairly 'lively'.

D. Not my favourite kriek by any means, mouthfeel was too carbonated for my liking.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maroon body. Pink one finger foamy head. Sour Cherry front end, sour finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden. It feels great in the mouth the way it goes in smooth, bites bitter.

Significantly more bitter than the Framboise, and not nearly as complex in flavor or mouthfeel.


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Photo of ozmodium
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, as always into tulip glasses

Pours cloudy red with a bit of orange, in this light. nice lingering pink head that i would have like to have seen a bit more substantial.

Smells or sour cherries, sugar syrup, hint of spices, lactic sourness. Funky wild yeasts. There is a definite brand identity to the Lindemans products I've sampled. Makes sense I guess. Big fruit character with the sour funky lambic in the background. Works fantastically.

Tastes way sweeter than I was expecting, but not overwhelming. The sourness and bitterness balance it out nicely. Sour cherries abound. Almost lost in the mix, funky yeasts. Delicious.

Great carbonation and sweet/sour balance.

Guzzle away, fairly low ABV. I'd close this 750ml bottle down and go for another if i had one.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cherry red with a light pink head. The head laces very nicely. Bit of haziness.

S: Really smells like cherries. Perhaps a bit of alcohol, but a really sweet cherry smell.

T: Starts off tart, as one would expect, but the sweet cherries really balance this off well. Just a hint of alcohol for me, but the taste really is wonderful.

MF: Light and tart.

D: Very high. This is my gateway kriek...I need more!

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Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours red,semi-clear with a redish, long lasting head. Aroma is of sweet and sour cherry with hints of peaches. The body is medium and crisp. Taste is of sweet and sour cherries with some spices for a balance. A good drink for a dessert.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle.

Pours a medium pinkish red cherry color with a light pink head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of tart and sweet cherry and a slight bit of malt.

Taste is, not surprisingly, dominated by cherries, both tart and sweet which seems to balance nicely. Not overly sweet and not overly tart. There is some nice malt character on the finish which gives way to cherries. Overall, it is very cherry. There is a very slight metallic taste in the background which fades very quickly.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. A new favorite for me from the Lindemans product offering.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this on Christmas Eve 2010. Glad to have found it, and looking foward to trying this.
Opening the foil enclosed 375cl bottle, totally different label than what I have seen in the States. cork and cap
Pours a deep cheery-cherry red color, nice merlot tone, pink highlights, frothy pink cap is nicely thick and leaves beautiful lacing.
Smells of sugared cherrys, black, more bitterly accented cherry notes, light crisp maltiness, very intense cherry note. This beer exibits fully it's main ingredient! A light sourness keeps the sweetness in check. I like it.
On the first sip, way sweeter than expected. Cherry-grenadine like first impression. Super-sweet-cherry Kool-aid, remember that? After subsequent sips, my palate becomes accustomed, and the brew is predominatly black cherry, with a nice carbonated tartness on the finish. Very focused on the "brewing fruit", the first Lindemanns I've had, and I'm pleased.
Upon further reflection, it's hard to judge this for me. I like the sweetness, in that the brewers allowed the natural aspects of the fruit to show through without fermenting all residue out of the brew..
that being said, I would really like a mouth-puckering, tart, completely fermented yeasty, woody,-with-cherry background beer experience also.
I think both ways of presenting a fruit-fermented beer are brilliant, and I really enjoy this experience and will look for another to represent the other end of the spectrum for next time. Cheers to all and Merry Christmas!!

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Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 16 JULY 2012

A: Dark red body with no head. Leaves some lacing.

S: Full of cherries, sweet but to to sweet.

T: Pleasant cherry tartness, not overly sweet.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation makes for a smooth creamy texture.

D: Second lambic I've tried and I don't get it. Fruit juice is what I get out of it. It's not bad, but I don't think I get it.

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Photo of DCon
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this 12 oz beer at iTap House (Chesterfield) and poured it in a Flute Glass.

Beer Appearance: Bright red, 2 fingers length of head

Smell: Twizzlers or a dark cheery type of scent

Taste: Very distinct taste of cherries without the sour finish. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sweet, and not really a sour finish.

Drinkability: Unbelievable! Very sweet but could drink 4-5 without thinking twice. If anything, Lindemans made their Kriek taste nothing like a creek...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a Blitz-Kriek. On to the beer:

Here we have a red-violet colored beer with a pink rose colored head with good head retention and sticky lace. The aroma generates some cherry skins, mild overall, but brings hope for the taste.

Lindemans is not shy to showcase the fruit they use (real, artificial, whatever it is these days) is each variety of lambic that I have tasted. The black cherry flavor, though sprinkled with an occasional phenol, is full flavored, sweet and a little tart, and leaves itself long into the aftertaste.

Life is too long not to have a Lindemans. The Kriek will bring me back for a re-purchase sometime in the future, even at $5.99 for a 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of cetherid
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a tulip


A nice dark ruby red color with a fingers worth of pink bubbly head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves an insane amount of lacing.


awesome. big sweet cherry flavor with some of that funky lambic smell.


Big sweet cherries with a little tartness. My favorite sour beer so far. Reminds me a little bit like a black cherry soda. (pop in my neck of the woods)


light bodied. very bubbly like sparkling wine. Goes down great and leaves a nice cherry aftertaste lingering for a bit.


very high. Relatively low ABV and can be found pretty much anywhere. great taste and very refreshing. A great dessert beer or for a special occasion.

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Beer rating: 69.9% out of 100 with 1,274 ratings
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