Lindemans Kriek

Lindemans Kriek

Rated 3.853 by BeerPals

Brewed by Brouwerij Lindemans

Vlezenbeek, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium

Style:  Fruit Lambic

4% Alcohol by Volume

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In origin, this sweet-acid drink was obtained by adding fresh black cherries to a barrel Lambic of 6 months young. The addition of fruits provokes a new fermentation in the oak barrels. After another 8 to 12 months, only peels and stones left and the Kriek-Lambic is ready to be filtered and bottled. The residual sugar can be adjusted with straight-on fruit juice to give a refermentation in the bottle. This traditional type of fruit beer is more acid and less fruity. Because of the limited availability of the "Schaerbeekse Cherries", just as to brew a less sour and more fruity Lambic beer, Lindemans farm brewery developed an unique natural method using pure cherry juice from unfrozen cherries. This straight cherry juice is blended with selected Lambic of different ages. Kriek has a pink-red color and a delicious taste of sparkling cherry champagne.

ID: 12 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank384
Overall Percentile99.3
Style Rank7 of 259
Style Percentile97.3
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.889
Weighted Score3.853
Standard Deviation0.554

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  • ROSSA 13 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I enjoyed this beer at a beer dinner last winter. It wss paired with a tapas course of duck confit in a pastry wrap with a winter squash puree and a couple strips of root vegtable. It was perfect! This could be the best with turkey as well. Crisp, fruity, not near as sweet as white zinfindel. I don't know the cost because it was part of a package price for the dinner.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This bottle has been carefully cellared for a few years. For some reason I thought it was framboise, which I've reviewed before and wanted to test after some maturing. Nope, kriek. I'll have to compare it to fresh in the future. The color is very ruddy brown with just a hint of fine white lace on top. It smells of sweet candied cherry over a light base of raisin and lemon. The flavor is both quite tart and extremely sweet, reminding me of Lance brand "Michigan Cherries" candy from my childhood. A bit of apple cider, raisin, and lemon can also be discerned, but this is all about Michigan Cherries nostalgia-- good if you like them, as I do, but seems too unnatural if you don't. Little carbonation is left, but it takes the form of lovely microscopic fizz. Wet and clean.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    Tastes like cherries for sure, smells like them too. Very sweet, almost too much, you need some flavor variety to get through these, try them all together and at the bar(n) if you have the chance.

  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    375 ml capped and corked bottle, as Kriek Foudroyante and a 3.5 % ABV. Poured in the original Lindemans Kriek Lambic stemmed glass a clear and oak-reddish-burgundy coloured Fruit Lambic with a one finger pink and creamy foamy head that had a very long retention and tons of micro bubbles. Sustained carbonation. Good lacing. The aroma is cherries stones, sourish cherries and sugary-sweety tones. The flavour is powerful sweety cherries, brown sugar and clearly noticeable sourish-tarty tones. The mouthfeel is crispy, prickly, sparkling, quite thin and sweety. This light to medium bodied Fruit Lambic has a long fruity and sweety finish. May be a one way Kriek, but the way is pretty nice.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 4

    So in fairness, I reviewed this by style, so I have it some good numbers. Pours bright, hot pink with a tall pale pink head. Smells like sweet cherries. Tastes like a sonic cherry limeade with a hint of yellow beer beer, maybe kinder to say a cherry shandy (which I am not certain there is such a thing.). Tasty, but not very beer like and I am inexperienced in the lambic world so its hard to say how this one compares.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Capped and corked dark green bottle. Pulled the cap off and the cork was leaking through. Pours a cloudy ruby red with a pink one finger head. Lots of carbonation. Lots of black chunks in it. Aroma is Very much of fruit with a tad bit of cold medicine. Taste is tart with a big hit of cherries and some raspberry. Aftertaste is very tart. I had low hopes for this one after looking at the cork and the chunks in the bottle but this is a very nice Lambic.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A cloudy red brew with a short lasting cap, classic lambic aromas mingle with cheey aromas. Sparkling palate, Has all the musty pucker of a good lambic and the natural cherry fruit tastes but for my tastes it is a tad sweet, the adjunct sweetness cheapens the drink IMHO.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 2.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 6

    Bright red with redish foam head. Aroma is sweet fruit, cherries. Taste likewise, too sweet. A lemonade with alcohol, not my style. (Last bottle purchased in Antwerp and drank in Velp 201206)

  • RICHSBEER 1950 reviews
    rated 5.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Pours a black cherry color, with minimal head an lacing. Wonderful color. The aroma is Cherries with a slight hint of yeasty note, smells more like champagne than beer. The taste is black cherry with a hint of mild spice. More like sparkling wine like than beer. For a fruit beer it is more fruit than anything else, but not cloyingly sweet in any way. Wonderful balance between carbonation and flavor. The mouthfeel is not overly syrupy, but not watery either. A nice balance with a bit of a bite in the finish. Overall: Another great example of what a fruit beer should taste like.

  • KEAL 114 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    If you've ever had sparkling apple juice or cider, this is like a sparkling cherry juice. It's carbonated cherry. Pure sweet cherriness. It's nice, but sort of a novelty drink in my opinion. Quality brew, but seemingly this can't be paired with any type of food - maybe chocolate, but that's about it. For its premium price in the U.S., along with its low alcohol content, this isn't a session drink, nor a sipper. Rather than complex, this is a cherry drink that holds no surprises, but it is kind of exciting. A blast of flavor in every sip. Try it! Not recommended, but still, this is quality. FYI - Take off the foil top, pop the beercap, and there's a cork in the top, so you'll need a corkscrew.

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