Brewed by Brouwerij Lindemans
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
St Pieters Leeuw-Vlezenbeek, Belgium


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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Our traditional Kriek Cuvée René Grand Cru is brewed with wild yeast from the surrounding air, water, malted barley, wheat, aged flower hop flowers and selected wild cherries. Deep cherry red clear body, tart taste with a moderate sourness and an authentic cherry skin presence. No added sugar.

Note: ABV known to be in the 5%-6.5% range, seemingly depending on the batch.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for the unavailable in ’Murrca surprise! Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game. A: Pours a dark plum color with a shit ton of ugly sediment floating about. The head is an awful looking lavender film floating on top of the brew with big bubbles and general ugliness. S: Very earthy, to the point of being ’dirty’ smelling, almost even fungal. Light cherries and acetic tartness comes through in a timid manner. T: It’s far more tart in the flavor profile. This one starts with cherries briefly - then BOOM! Acetic, vinegary sourness bombards the palate - I’d reckon the balance is 85% tart, 15% sweet cherries. More of the earthy qualities from the aroma appear later on to finish the brew off. Shame it came after three excellent gueuzes, because this one really spoke to my sour tastebuds very well. It just couldn’t measure up regardless. But compared to the fruity, Arbor Mist-esque (artificial) sugar bombs Lindemans is wont to creating, this is a damn godsend. M: Not as dry as the gueuzes I just sampled - but just as tannic, if not moreso. As such, it comes across a little harshly. If anything, aging this should give it a more delicate subtlety to the palate qualities. O: I love the sourness this is providing. If I didn’t just have a trio of quality gueuzes, this would probably score a little higher, as unfair as it sounds. A year of age should round out some of its rough edges a touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2016
750, corked and capped. Pours a cloudy dark crimson with a tight fizzy pinkish head. Mild sweet nose, showing a mix of snack and pie cherries, some sweet, some tart, with a bit of sweet vinegar there as well. Creamy medium body with lively carb. The same snack/pie sweet/tart combo on the mid palate. Well made and certainly inoffensive, but not really a bold statement (about what you’d probably expect from Lindeman’s, except done much more naturally and elegantly than many of their beers).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (2109) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2016
Bottled, 2009 vintage, courtesy of caesar. Hazy deep red colored, small head. Powerful funky and fruity nose, tartness, some wood. Sour and tart flavor, cherries and citric acid. I just love oude kriek with some age on it, making it somewhat less fruity and more funky. Fantastic oude kriek, at least at this age, perhaps even my favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6172) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle, 2009 vintage, small sample. Hazy pink to red color, short frothy head. Aroma is very fruity of cherries, tartness, funk, barnyard. Quite sour in taste, lots of fruity cherry, citric acid. Great tartness, on the edge, but still quite smooth due to the big amounts of cherry. Loved this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcartamdg (2695) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Pours a deep red with a thin pinkish head. Aroma of cherries, funk and oak. Taste is sour cherries, oak and funk. Big cherry presence while still keeping the lambic profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puren (448) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - JAN 15, 2016
barwa czerwona jak sok z wiśni, piana obfita, różowawa, bardzo sycząca, szybko opada do cieniutkiej warstwy, która ciągle jest odświeżana "źródełkiem" na środku, brak koronki;
bardzo kwaśny, wiśnie, kiszona cytryna, dębina, skóra;
ciało niskie, bardzo wysoko nasycone, puchnie w ustach, powoduje wściekłą reakcję ślinianek, trochę wykleja na podniebieniu, leciutko grzeje w przełyk, kwaśny finisz, bardzo mocno się po nim odbija;
gorzka cytryna, kompot z wiśni z pestkami, jest lekka taka pestkowa właśnie goryczka, drewniana;
solidny kwach, wg mnie można go spokojnie leżakować przez parę lat (ja ten egzemplarz trzymałem rok), wówczas piwo stanie się troszkę łagodniejsze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (1110) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares, Bursprak Edition. Pours hazy dark red with a medium white head. Aroma has lots of funk, cheese, cherries, light marzipan, horseblanket. Taste has lots of cherries, acidic, funk, vinegar. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
szymonskc (255) - Skórcz, POLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Zapach intensywny, kwaśny, winny, dominuje aromat wiejski, stajnia, może delikatnie wiśniowy. Barwa czerwona, mętne. Ładna różowa, drobna i wysoka piana, która szybko znika. W smaku jest bardzo kwaśne, cierpkie, winne, octowe. Kwaśność mocno przykrywa delikatnie majaczące w tle wiśnie. Goryczki brak, wysycenie wysokie. Piwo świetne, mimo iż dosyć męczące.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rotaman14 (492) - Germany, lives in Vilnius, LT, - DEC 29, 2015
Pours a hazy, deep purple body, with a pink, albeit quickly diminishing, small head. Aroma of horseradish, fresh carrots, blackcurrant and lemonade. Didn’t expect such an aroma, but it’s complex and pleasant enough. Upfront sourness, almost no fruitiness. Fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1867) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous bottleshares. Pours hazy dark red with a pink head. Aroma of cheese, big funky notes, cherry, oak, horse blanket - did not expect this kind of complexity and deep funk. The taste is funky with some vinegar, red currants cherry, oak and just extremely sour. Very different to what I expected - and better too.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Membo (1) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
Nice candied cherry aroma with light funk and residual sour. Pours blue rare to purple with a lively but quick dissipating head. Mouth feel is bright from the carbonation going to slightly sticky in the back. Sour is unapologetic throughout the structure. Lemon, oak, red currants, red berries, funk. Tasty brew.

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