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 Morris729
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red in color with a foamy light pink colored head. Nose is very floral with a strong aroma of fresh roses. Taste is a bit sweet at first but then a delicious tartness of dark cherries takes over. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent. A nice change of pace brew that makes for an excellent after-dinner drink.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml at San Roque Liquors in Santa Barbara.

A - Deep ruby red with a pinkish bubbly head. It doesn't look like beer, more like a frothy kool-aid.

S - A powerful cherry scent meets your nose before it even gets close to the glass. Wow, that is strong!

T - That's black cherries all right! Amazingly intense cherry flavor. Extremely sweet. Can't taste the alcohol at all. It doesn't even taste like a beer. Tastes more like a yummy cough syrup.

M - Pretty full.

D - This is just about as drinkable as it gets (unless you don't like sweet stuff). It's more like having a sugary soda than a beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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 jayrod20
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tart cherry taste with a sweet finish. I would highly suggest warming this drink up before serving. Not too hot, you dont want to burn the alcohol off, i warmed the bottle in the microwave for a minute or 2. You could also stick it in a large bowl of hot water to warm it up. But who wants to wait for water to heat up? not me. Try it, you'll love it. The only problem with this beer other than how sweet it is, seems to be that you can suck them down faster than you can open or afford more.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - poured into a wine glass at home with my family. very great appearance, deep red in color, little head.

Smell - lots of great scents from it, cherries are very abundant in the aroma.

Taste - hmm, can you taste a little cherry? this is very overwhelming with the amount of cherries. tastes as if i was actually in the field picking these fruits for my own. great tasting!

Mouthfeel - my palate absolutely loved it! no carbonation.

Drinkability - easy to drink, loved it. will have more (if i can afford it)

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 38 degrees

Pours a dark red with an appealing cloudiness. Small head which leaves good retention and very good lacing.

Smells like dark cherries just at the perfect peak of ripeness in a wicker basket. Perhaps a touch of dark red globe grapes.

Clean somewhat earthy taste. Big, bold sweet cherry flavor followed by the tartness of real cherries. Light alcohol presence feeling on the back end. While it is remeniscent of winery fruit juice (or a similar high-quality juice), you can tell that this is definitely something which has been brewed.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is almost perfect. Could stand to be a touch thicker.

Easily drinkable, even though the sweetness factor would prevent it from being a session beer for most people.
Excellent dessert beer. If you've been holding off on this (these) bottle(s), take the plunge, spend a couple extra bucks and taste the goodness.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark cherry red color with a large head that quickly shrinks down to about a 1/4 of an inch. It lingers and has the more lacing than any beer I have ever had.

S: The tart cherry smell dominates the aroma. You might think it was a cherry soda instead of a beer based on smell alone.

T: I think this is best described as a cherry explosion in the mouth. The longer you let it linger in the mouth the more tart it becomes. Swallows cleanly with the slightest of tart aftertaste.

M: Very nice in the mouth. Slight carbonation and a refreshing sweet and tart flavor.

D: This one could be mistaken for a tarty fruit juice. The mild sour taste is the only thing that keeps this from being something you could knock back at will.

This is my first lambic beer. I'm surprised it is so sweet and tart at the same time. It tastes nothing like any beer I have ever had, but I tried to judge it based on the experience which I really enjoyed. If you are on the fence about trying a lambic like I was, give it a try. Just be sure to pick out a fruit type flavor you enjoy because it dominates the flavor.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear purple/red with a rocky pink head that drops quickly.

S - Big black cherry aroma with a slight horseblanket undertone.

T - Lots of cherries and sweetness. Not quite sugary sweet but still significant along with a good tart edge. A hit of bitterness sneaks into the aftertaste.

M - Light and slightly fizzy.

D - Very nice. Fruit centered, with everything else playing supporting roles. Not overly complex but some decent balance between the cherries and balancing earthiness and bitterness.

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Photo of lordbrad1
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the few lambics I've tried, and the first kriek I've had.

Poured from a corked bottle (nice touch that). Poured a bright red with a decent pink head that fizzles away quickly to leave some lacing down the glass. Smells a little like cough syrup, but tastes like cherry sours (it's a candy that I'm particularly fond of). If you don't like cherries you're not going to like this beer. However if you like sweet and sour cherry flavors I would highly recommend this brew. It has a light mouthfeel, and is very drinkable though I couldn't see having more than one or two at any given time due to the sweet/sour flavor.

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Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Lancaster Malt Brewing Co. tumbler. The ale is cold and gradually warming.

The ale is a shade or two darker than a rosé, maybe closer to a raspberry color (despite the kriek moniker). The ale poured vigourously and left a nice lace around the glass.

Smell: Syruppy sweet, the cherry really comes through. The light malt presence also makes itself known, complimenting the cherries.

Taste: The syrup in this ale is upfront, imparting a very sweet taste in the ale. There is no hop presence to speak of and the malts are so overpowered by the syrup and fruit that it tastes as though one is drinking cherry juice, albeit it very good cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness of the ale sits nicely on the tongue, very sweet, almost too sweet.

Drinkability: The only drawback is that could get to be too sweet. Otherwise, this a very interesting take on a lambic, one end of the extremes (lindemans=sweet, liefmans=sour).

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

Pours a very bright purplish-pink color with a finger and a half of pinkish head and good retention. Smell is big sweet cherry, kind of like cough drops without the menthol notes, very appetizing. Huge cherry taste, suprisingly hardly tart at all, very sweet and juicy taste. Tastes good by itself, taste wonderful paired with some chocolate cake. Very bubbly and champagne-like, this is almost like a cherry soda, and actually probably tastier even to non-beer drinkers. This is a fabulous beer for dessert or a special occasion---anyone who likes cherry will like this beer.

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Photo of tim9887
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355mL bottle poured into a tall, narrow pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours beet red w/ very light, faded pink foam head & fine lacing. 1/4" head is retained throughout.

Aroma: Sour black cherries dominate. Also, I thought this was interesting - it had a slightly sweet/creamy aroma reminiscent of an ice cream or sorbet.

Taste: Tart black cherry; kind of sour - not too sour though, well done. Not as harsh or acidic as other lambics which in my mind is well received as I'm still a lambic "rookie" so to speak. Slight sweetness balances out the sourness very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Bright, sparkling (yet smooth!) carbonation. VERY refreshing. I definitely recommend this one to someone who's not very familiar with (and possibly intimidated by?) lambics. Very good stuff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear red (the ver definition of the word red) with a small pinkish-white head that leaves a bit of lacing as it settles to a thickness of a third-of-a-finger. The smell is of dry, fresh cherries, with a sparkling background (I've no other way to say that...). The taste is mostly the same, but the cherries are now moist, fuller, more pronounced, with a slight hint of yeasty earthiness near the base. It doesn't sit very heavily on the tongue, and the carbonation is light and unintrusive, making for a highly drinkable and highly tasty brew.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rudy red body topped by a pale pink, frothy and bubble laced head.

S - The scent of yeast is 1st to hit followed by pungent cherries and raspberries.

T - Tart cherry flavor with a tone of malt. This is very tasty stuff.

M - There's certainly a coarse texture here.It feels extremely bubbly and coarse across my tongue. However, this texture really brings out the flavor.

~ This beer is certainly something I'd recommend to friends, and one I hope I'm able to have again, sometime soon if I'm lucky.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My gateway to beer, first consumed at age 18 in Brussels, Belgium. Every time I have the pleasure of drinking this it takes me back to that very happy time in my life.

A- Perfect. Deep red color, barely translucent. 2 finger pink head in a tulip glass. Retains some, and leaves beautiful lacing all the way down.

S- Smells like Kriek. Cherries that seem tart, and yet sweet.

T- Slightly tart cherry flavor. Not to sweet, but also isn't making be cringe. This is a thing of beauty. Perfect example of the style.

M- Mild carbonation, but not at all intrusive. Feels just right on the tongue.

O- For "ladies' beer" as it was called in Brussels, this isn't half bad. In fact, this is one of my favorite splurges, and something I like to share. A great beer.

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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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Photo of dcotom
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep ruby color with a thick white head and lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of tart cherries and yeast funk carry over to the palate. Not terribly sweet, nicely tart, clean finish. An enjoyable quaff from a world-class brewer.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a darkish red with a nice thick pink head of foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries, sour, sweet, a little bit of bready malt. But cherries are the thing here.

T: Damn that's tasty. Cherries through and through with a nice balance from the malt. Nice sour kick that stays with you for a while. Great lambic.

M: A little thinner than I'd like, but not bad really. Light carbonation but enough so you know it's there.

D: I could throw this stuff down constantly. Nice and easy to drink and damn tasty. This is a great alternative to a standard lawnmower beer on a hot summer day. Really refreshing.

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Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit Lambic's are a tried-and-true method of converting the most ardent beer haters into beer lovers. That was the reason for purchasing the recent Krieks that I served to my friends. The beer didn't disappoint anyone.

The color is deep-pink, almost red, and a thin cotton-candy colored head floats on top. The smell is intense cherries. The first taste is tart, but not really sour, like many other lambics. The foretaste is, at first, very sweet, but contrasted with the tartness, it is welcome. Cherry flavor remains strong throughout the brew, and the finish is crisp and very refreshing.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I started drinking beer twenty years ago. And now I feed sad I waited this long to try a Lambic. For the longest time I couldn't stand the thought of fruits being present in my beer. But after having tried this elixir, my mind is free, and the scales on my eyes have fallen off. What an awesome beer. It does not taste at all like a wine cooler, mixed drink, or a malternative, as I was afraid it would. Instead this has a naturally refreshing, mature character that is typical of the best beers I have ever tasted. Very different than other beers in many respects, but very similar to them in terms of it's purpose of existence.

Pours a shockingly cloudy, dark cherry red with pink effervescent foam that dissipates rapidly. The smell is all cherry along with fresh tilled earth and cut grass. Very sour and crisp with a creamy sweetness that is surprisingly non cloying. Not perceptibly hopped, so no bitterness whatsoever. Clean uncomplicated mouthfeel and awesome drinkability. Bubbly and effervescent like a champagne, but without the puckering dryness. I’ll be back for more Lambics, and other beers that I was apprehensive about.

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4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Admittedly, this is only the second Lambic I've ever tried (the first being Sam Adams cranberry). Still, I wasn't expecting exactly what I got. The appearance, nose, and taste of this reminded me of an energy drink, except without the disgusting chemical taste. There was almost no smell or taste of alcohol, only fizzy fruitiness. Went down very smooth. Overall, I think the fruit taste was maybe a little overpowering. Very good, but not what I'd drink if I were in the mood for beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first lambic I ever tried and doesn't disappoint. If I need a lambic, I typically reach for the Kriek (Cherry) first.

The smell is what hits you first, you can smell the sweet cherries from across the room. This lambic is very sweet and tart at the same time. So much so, that one 750ml bottle is pretty much all you will want to drink to give your taste buds a chance to recuperate.

This has also been one of the few beers that I've been able to get non-beer drinkers to try and like. Break them in with a lambic, move onto some other less sweet fruit beers and soon enough they'll be drinking all sorts of beer.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first lambic. Capped and corked.

There was very little head on the beer, if that is what you could call it. It was sort of some frothy bubbles that ring the side of the glass. There was some lace as well. The color was thin, bloody burgandy, which was imperveous to light. It was difficult to even see what was going on inside. Only occasionally could you see some particles floating around. The aroma was tart and earthy with a fair bit of damp, grassy notes deep in the nose. The taste was tart, but not total mouth pucker tart. Wonderful sour notes of dark syrupy cherries and lemon. The mouthfeel was thicker than the taste would let on with zesty tiny carbonation bubbles. I could drink a thousand of these all summer long if my wallet would let me.

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Photo of oelergud
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottle.
Dark red body, pink head with great lace and retention. Moderate carbonation.
Overwhelming cherry scent, very sweet and pleasant.
Taste is very strong cherry flavor with a hint of marcipan. Mild lingering almond skin aftertaste.
Really good mouthfeel, full and solid, finishes dry.
Highly drinkable. Another great offering from Lindemans.


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Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one, large corked and capped bottle at Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire. Poured into a champagne flute.
It is a beautiful hazy, reddish brew with a foamy pinkish head.
You don't have to get close to the glass to feel the very nice, apetizing sweetish aroma, with obvious cherry notes, but tartness is present as well.
This aroma represents the beer very well, as the taste of this full-bodied beauty is, as advertised, cherry-sweet, but very well balanced by a pronounced tartness that just adds to its drinkability.
A very pleasant dessert beer, that is satisfying without being excessively sweet thanks to its tartness and acidity.
A very nice Lindemans offering, better than its peach variation given the higher tartness and acidity.

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