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

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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%-7% range, seemingly depending on the batch.


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (1142) - - JUL 27, 2016
Reddish purple. Nose is tart cherries, mint. Taste is tart juicy cherries, a touch of mint, tart & bitter cranberry in the middle, lots of juiciness and tartness on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsen1635 (602) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle. Hazy dark red pour with rose head that fades fast. Aroma has lots of cherry and some raspberry. Taste is balanced sour with refreshing fruity notes. Light body

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (1370) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2016
Pours a dark red, with lively carbonation . Some Brett on the aroma. Clean tasting, with a cherry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1838) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle in garden, 23rd July 16. Pours deep dark red. Aroma is rich tart cherry, cherry skin and concentrate. Taste is full and pungent. Lots of concentrated cherry, tart, and sour, but not too mouth puckering. Really good easy drinking Kriek.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2443) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2016
750ml->tulip from Red White and Bleu. Murky dark red with huge frothy pink head that dissipates to nothing. A: barnyard funk, yeast, cherries, Nice, much more funky than expected. T: tart and sour with cherries over yeast. Quite acidic. Better than expected overall, though aroma really outshines the taste, which leaves some lingering bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1809) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from Belmont Station. Funny how this was a bit of a whale for me, and then it just up and shows in America. Sweet. A: Cloudy, dense-red color with a fizzing pink head that quickly dies into nothing. Lacing. N: Cherry, oak, vinegar, peppercorn, vinous grape, some green apple, grapefruit rind, hint of raspberry. Some funk. T: Quite sour, lightly sweet. M: Light body, spritzy carbonation, no alcohol. O: Very good - a solid substitute for the harder to find Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Echon (329) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2016
Beautiful dark red colour. Very rich tart cherry aroma and flavour. Dry taste with substantial acidity and no bitterness. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall, a very good fruit lambic. The full cherry flavour is great but I miss some of the sweetness from the regular version. Ripe fruit is sweet and I would prefer some of it in this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2782) - DENMARK - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle. Deep red with a medium sized pink head with good retention and regeneration. Lots of cherries in the nose, some almond, citrus, minerals and must also. Flavour is also dominated by cherries with lemon, light almond/marzipan and wood. Medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, light/medium sweet and medium/heavy sour. Long lemony sour finish. The sourness is a bit heavy in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (675) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 10, 2016
Vermelho escuro, vinho, leve turbidez, espuma rosa de pouca formação e média persistência. Aroma de acidez predominante, cereja, uva escura, amora. No paladar acidez de média intensidade,leve dulçor. Corpo leve, alta carbonataçao. Final de média intensidade e persistência, mantém a cereja, maça, avinagrada. Muito boa para o estilo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3612) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2016
750mL bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this has some nice tart, lemony notes, before some sweet cherry flavor takes over. Smells like a fruit roll-up, actually. Transparent ruby colored body with a medium, fizzy puce head present. It’s quickly dissipating, however. Starts with a very faint amount of sweet cherry flavor, before this becomes quite tart, and acetic. There is some good carbonation present. Fairly straightforward, and not overly musty. I think this is good, but I could see how some people might want more layers and complexity.


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