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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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red with a hint of orange with a slight haze. The head is a frosty white that leaves a slight lacing. Smells of cough drops and cherry life savers with a pungent yeasty sourness. Tastes like cherries and red grapes with a sharp sourness with some musky yeast. Mouth feel is light but a bit sticky with a slight, small bubble carbonation. The smell is the biggest turn off here, but it’s not too bad over all.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long ago I thought this beer (with only 3,5% alcohol) was great. I felt some sourness and fruitiness I really liked. And the low degree of alcohol brings that it is permitted to drink it on all days of the week ;)

Then I got to learn the real geuzes and fruit-lambiks, like Oude Kriek, and saw their very greatness.

Now returning to this stuff I'm quite perplex that I ever liked it so much.

L: one finger foam; old cherry colour;
S: nice, but not so much to mention; cherry ofcourse, a bit of almond perhaps (or is it whishful thinking?), but most of all sweeteners and sugar.
T: it looks like a nice cassis-sprite-bitterlemon, with some cherry, but then somewhat more fresher.
M: ok.
O: I have decided to let it score higher 'overall' than it deserves. In his class of sweetened lambiks this straight forward one is one of the best. The high score is only because of this: best product in this type of artificial sweetened beers.

Compared to real beer it deserves less. But that was not my point of fixation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a flute, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby red coloring that is blood-like in its depths and bright ruby around the edges. Tall, frothy, bubbly, pink colored head that starts a tall couple of inches and settles unevenly into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of rich, sugary sweet cherry, both tart and darkly sweet. The nose is similar to cherry cough drops. Flavors are sugar and syrupy sweet cherry, almost like a maraschino, with a bitter tartness at the tail end of the palate. Smooth, thin body that gets frothy and effervescent at the end. Richly sweet cherry aftertaste, with a solid linger following a slick, clean finish.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I poured it into the glass, a festive pink head danced up and quickly fell back down the glass. The lambic is a deep red/purple colour. When you put your nose to it, there is mostly black cherry and alcohol. And unfortunately, thats about all I got from this lambic. There no subtleties that I could detect. For this tongue, it was highly carbonated alcholic black cherry was nearly syrup.

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Photo of burtonbe
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very red in appearance. Nice steady pink head. Good lacing. Very strong cherry smell. Sourness is apparent. Faint pungency. No maltiness in the nose.

Very strong sour cherry taste, but not much else. Fruity and somewhat dry on the aftertaste. Lambic character is very weak and disguised by the huge cherry flavor.

Very nice mouthfeel, not too heavy. Somewhat sticky, sugary. Carbonation is perfect, just enough to accent the sourness without being annoying.

As far as drinkability goes, the sweet/sour cherry taste is cloying, and a little overbearing. No alcohol heat.

Overall a very interesting lambic, but a wee bit too fruity, even for a kreik. A good introduction beer for this specific style. It would be good with pie and ice cream.

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Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pomegranite color with a low pink head. Aroma of marischino cherries and sweet tarts. Flavor is initially sweet, with understated cherry flavors. It's just a tad sweet, but the cherry flavor is not overdone, not overpowering. It loses some appeal as I get deeper into the glass and it starts to remind me of cough drops. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat tannic with a powdery feel.

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

Poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

Hazy red colored liquid. Medium to large, light pink head. Vanished rather quickly.

Aroma was very strong. Sweet cherry slushy. Hint of tartness.

Taste was much more sweet than anything else. Flavors were cherries and honey.

Medium body. Medium to high carbonation.

In my opinion this beer is much to sweet , just like à cherry Candy

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Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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 mmva321
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stange.

Not always a big fan of cherries, but lambics are a style I desperately need to try more of. So here goes with the most ready brand out there.

A: Pours a transparent ruby-red with a small amount of carbonation rising through the center to a faintly red head that builds up early, takes its time dissipating and leaves a detailed lacing.

S: Tart and sweet, but really all I get out of it is cherry syrup. Not my favorite.

T: This is a beautifully pleasant taste that is tart, malty and reminds me just as much of granny-smith apples as it does cherries. A great taste that I have to downgrade a little bit for the overly-syrupy aftertaste that lingers just a little too strong.

M: The feel of this lambic though is fantastic. Dry and perfectly carbonated, it really accents and compliments the flavors. It's also thin bodied and doesn't add any unnecessary weight to the light beer.

O: This is a very vibrant and refreshing beer. Strong flavors and a great feel carry this beer past its mistakes and make it a solid fruit beer.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one sort of sneaked up on me. I've come to expect certain things from Lindeman's lambics, overly sweet, only slight variation from variety to variety.

Pours a pale reddish in color with head to match. Very sugary sweet. Over the top. Nose reminded me of cough syrup and kool-aid. Definatly a dessert in a bottle, no question. A little too sweet to drink much of, but not bad.


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Photo of elNopalero
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a rosy-red color topped by a strawberry-tinged foam. Makes me think of … Big Red.
There’s a sweetly cherry-like aroma. More candied maraschino than anything fresh. The flavor is just to the wrong side of cloying—think cough drops, cough syrup, and a smooth, sickly sweet artificial cherry flavor. It’s a fun one to share but not something I’d seek out to drink all for myself alone. (That said, I’d definitely mix it—a plug of the kreik in a pint of chocolate stout works wonders.)

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a reddish brown with a large pink head. The aroma reminds me of cherry coke, but with more bit to it. The taste is strong. Damn strong. Cherries are everywhere, drowning out any other flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this brew bores me. I simply can't see myself drinking a beer with such a simple flavor.

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Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cherry red with a pink rosy head. Smells very sweet with a strong cherry presence. Based on the appearance and aroma of this beer I was not very optimistic, but once I tried it I was pleasntly surprised. The sourness of the lambic balanced out the sweetness of the cherries perfectly and vice versa.

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

This beer was quite fruity, but it reminded me too much of halls cough drops for me. I liked the creamy texture of it and the color was rich and dark. I'd have to take the raspberry over this one though. This beer is definitely not on my favourite lambic beer list.

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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 MeisterBurger
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream soda pour leaves a deep purply red liquid topped by a thick, frothy Pepto Bismol pink head. Nice lacing. Very pink.

Smells like cherry cough syrup and balsamic vinegar.

Taste is tart and artificially sweet at the same time. Reminds me of Lik-m-aid Fun Dip candies I used to eat as a kid, with the pink stick you dipped into a powder. In this case, the cherry. Very similar in its delivery of acidic sugar and cherry flavours with a lingering powderiness. Sourness and cherry sweetness dominate here. Leaves my mouth incredibly dry.

There is more of medicine and pop (Tahiti Treat anyone?) and candy than beer about this for my tastes and it seems under-attenuated.

I think there's an audience for this beer that will be very pleased with it. I'd just rather drink beer that tastes like beer.

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Photo of gus
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is strong cherry, very small head, which dissapears rapidly. Overall appearance is a very dark red in color, somewhat hazy. Flavor is a very tart cherry with just a slight "bite" of an aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and bubbly goes down somewhat smooth. This is not something i would drink all the time, this is something my wife likes, so i would drink this occaisionally.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Kriek | 750 ml. | 4.0% ABV

Pours a deep blood red with a small frothing off-white head. It's dense and opaque, and looks just a bit like berry juice.

Robitussin cherry-flavored syrup.

Robitussin cherry-flavored syrup. Well to be fair, it's nowhere near as thick. Nor is it cloying. It's actually tart and peppy. On the downside, the cherry flavor comes on way too strong and processed. The taste of "beer" or alcohol is negligible.

Medium-bodied, spritzy and peppy. Carbonation is medium and works well.

Unfortunately, the artificial cough syrup analogy persists when discussing the flavor. There's no way around it: The flavor is severely unbalanced. That said, it's not a bad brew, but also probably not worth $10. I will not be getting it again, simply because there are so many other superior options.

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Photo of IKR
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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 sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Hoppsbabo
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweeter than I hoped but a touch sour at least. The cherryness really screams at you. If only it weren't so sweet. Hmm, certainly not one of the best krieks out there.

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Photo of marcpal
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a "Cherry" red with a little bit of head that doesnt hang on too long. There will be a bit of a theme here

S: Sweetness unlike any other smell Ive smelled to top off a beer. Wife poured hers first across the dinner table and could smell it as if it were directly under-nose. Cherry with a hint of cherry.

T: Exactly what a lambic should be but admittedly a bit over bearing for me. Cherry, cherry, and a little more cherry again.

M: Surprising taste of carbonation but very smooth. The sweetness really sticks to you once it hits the tongue.

D: Very soothing on a hot day similar to the satisfaction of a good lemonade but the cherry can only be taken for so long.

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Photo of
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Hazy red colored liquid. Medium to large, light pink head. Vanished rather quickly.

Aroma was very strong. Sweet cherry slushy. Hint of tartness.

Taste was much more sweet than anything else. Flavors were cherries and honey.

Medium body. Medium to high carbonation. Fairly refreshing.

Overall, a nice cherry soda, but not what I would reach for when I want a beer. My wife, however, has fallen in love with the whole line of Lindemans.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pop of the cork brings forth a heavy cherry aroma. Pour is murky red, hazed and seemingly chunky. Slight pink head foams up at first, but doesn't stay too long.
Cherry is all that I can smell. Perhaps some yeast and corriander if I think about it intensely.
Strong cherry taste brings a "wow" after the first sip. A bit of bite or fizzy feeling is present, but overwhelmed.
Syrupy feel to it. Seems more like a cherry drink with some beer in it. A different beer, but half a bottle is all I can take

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,253 ratings.
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