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Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

very good
517 Reviews
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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Added by Quaffer on 07-28-2001

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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 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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours such an amazingly red-pink colour, so bright and so un-beer-like, with a big soft pink head of candyfloss foam. Lacing is extremely good, however, and it looks like the most extremely fruit fruit lambic I've ever tried. It certainly has that going for it at least.

Nose is rife with strong citric and slightly artificial cherry characters. Big ripe pips and stem aroma, quite sour, with a light crushed aspirin character. It's big, sweet, acidic and fruity. The sour character is very pleasant at least - it's not in the least offensive, but it does come across as somewhat one-dimensional.

Taste is very similar. It's incredibly sweetly acidic. Fruit really dominates, with a huge cherry character. It tastes absolutely nothing like beer - it doesn't even have the offensively sour characters of the most extreme lambic examples like Cantillon. It comes across as sweet and sugary - everyone else here thinks it's an alcopop. So, it has character enough, but it really doesn't have the ruggedness to mark it as a really good beer.

All things considered, it's not a bad drop to drink, and I find it quite a cleansing beer. It comes across as a well balanced lambic. It's very candy-like, and that makes it really unique. Not something I'd drink every day, but it's something I'd happily take on occasion.

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Photo of Bigjay1584
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honestly lambics are not my favorite style in general but I have to give Lindemans respect for putting out something that can make even non-beer people take notice. The overall quality is excellent. A lucid pink color with good head retention till the end. It smells very potent.. like super sour cherry coke, but not unpleasant. It actually is very drinkable but its just too sour for me. (Please give me some hops!) Fouthfeel is a little too thin and carbonated, reminiscent of white wine but with less alcohol.

My nut-shell review: If a jolly rancher were re-incarnated as a beer then you would have Lindemans Kriek.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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 dstc
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep red color with a nice full pink colored head that disappears slowly leaving a nice thin lace on the glass. Very bubbly.

S: Like cherries. Very fruity smell.

T: Again, like cherries. Strong fruit flavor.

M: Seems very carbonated, but enjoyable. Nice and bubbly on the tongue.

D: Good beer but not something I could drink all the time, the 750ml bottle was plenty at one sitting.

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Photo of Lukie
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a marone with a big pink bubbly head. Not as red as I was expecting it to be.

Really strong, sweet cherry juice aroma, with only subtle hints of sour cherry. Very sweet smell. Hints of geuze in the background, but pretty much overpowered by sweet cherry.

Very sweet cherry flavours, with subtle sourness again. Just overly sweet, and nowhere near the sour levels of say, Bell-vue, which is saying something.

Low carbonation, surprisingly, with a light body. Very easy to drink, and a nice low midstrength alcohol level makes this a perfect session beer on a hot day... maybe over some ice... maybe if it was cheaper.

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Photo of illidurit
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into wine glass. Deep clear candy-apple red with a light-pink head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is black cherry yogurt, mostly sweet and no trace of sourness. Flavor is sweet ripe cherries up front which fade into a tart finish that digs at the corners of the jaw. Again, no sourness, but a very strong tartness that provides a mild semblance of balance. Still overly sugary and not all that easy to drink. Mouthfeel is similar to wine cooler.

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Photo of krrockwe
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really enjoyed the raspberry lambi (framboise) that I had the other night so I figured I would give this a shot. Was not as good in my opinion. Still enjoyed it though

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Photo of malcontent
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost like a semi-carbonated grape juice, hardly any lacing to speak of although it is at least an attractive shade of purple.

Smell is out of control. Almost an artificial cherry, like a Jolly Rancher or Big League Chew; this takes me back on a trip I didn't ask to go on.

Very sweet but with a welcome bit of tartness at the end. There are some actual beer qualities in this lambic unlike some of the other Lindemans offerings.

Not really that great. The kind of "beer" that you'd want to reccommend to that girlfriend who just has no interest in learning anything about beer but that would at least allow you to steer her away from Bartles & James.

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Photo of mattster
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours a dark cherry red colored brew with little to no head... mostly lacing across top of brew, and sides of glass. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is of sweet dark cherry. Amazingly, for some odd reason (sarcasm) taste is of sweet cherry too. It does finish nice, but sweetness only leaves me wanting just one - if I finish the whole thing.

But, for many, these sweet lambics are a favorite.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep red with a pink wispy head. The aroma is dominated by cherries and oakyness. The taste is almost entirely of cherries with some tartness, but definitely not enough. Theres also iron, oak and sacharine sweetness in the middle. The finish is of sweetish cherries. An OK Lambic, but not nearly sour or tart enough. Maybe I got an old or bad bottle.

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Photo of DrJay
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very clear, deep ruby red with bright pink, fine bubbles. Good head retention with solid, sticky lacing. The aroma was quite strong of sweet cherries, crossing the border into cough syrup territory. Same in the flavour, but a little tartness and faint bitterness helped cut this character. The texture was alright, palate coating without being cloying, and the carbonation was quite mild. A fair offering, but nowhere near their cassis.

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Photo of Keffa
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live Review. Poured into my mini snifter.

Bottle was purchased for my fiancée, and I decided to snatch a little from her and review it. Thanks honey :)

A: Pours a deep purplish red with a tiny pink head that receded quickly and left very little lacing. Tiniest of rings of bubbles cap the beer.

S: Overly sweet cherry, a tiny hint of funk and acidity. Not a lot here, but not really all that bad.

T: Sweet cherry off the bat, but as it warms the sweetness lessened it's grip on the palate. Funk is light, earthy, damp hay, and a slight mustiness. Acidity is very light and towards the finish ALMOST turns sour. What malt that does peak it's hea through is dry, almost cracker like.

M: Thin, very lightly carbonated, slick on the palate.

O: This bottle is by far the least sweet I've tried. It's also the most noticeably funky bottle I've tried as well. Being the one beer my fiancée will drink, it's in the house a lot, and I'm grateful for that fact. As a fruit beer, it's average. If you get a bottle like this one, it's not overly sweet, slightly funky and acidic. If you get a bottle like most I've had, it's overly sweet almost to the point of tasting fake (with it being artificially sweetened, that should be expected though), with very little acidity and funk.

The regular bottles I'd rate more along the lines of 3/3/2.5/3/3. This one gets a little bit higher for being better. I hope every bottle I buy for her is like this one. I won't hold my breath.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kriek gives off aromas full of cherry fragrances. It pours like a soda and looks like one too. There is a lot of carbonation which creates a thin sticky looking head. It really looks like a colored champagne. This tastes like a soft drink as well. Very full of tart cherry flavor and not much else. This is refreshing and I'll have to try out some other Lambics so I can get a basis for comparison.

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