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

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RATINGS: 510   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.


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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (3923) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Pours hazy red with low pink head. Gushes like crazy out of bottle... Aroma of cherries, red berries, bretta and almond icing. Taste is rich berry tart with a cherry and berry finish. Light and crisp body with average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (1653) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear, red with small pink head. In aroma tart cherries, almonds, vinegar. In taste solid sour kriek, very fruity, lots of cherries, berries almonds. Light body, fizzy carbonation, tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
themightyjag (425) - - AUG 13, 2016
375ml bottle from Brewdog shop. Bubbly pink head disappears quickly, no lacing. Clear deep ruby red body. Nose is cherry, yeast, bread, marzipan. Flavour is sour cherry, sherbet, yeast. Long bitter cherry finish. Medium carbonation, clean mouthfeel, dry finish. Superb kriek.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DroolYeast (962) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2016 Bottle @ fairbar Aarhus. Aroma of tart cherries, brett, marzipan. Clear red colour with pink head, not lasting. Taste is moderate sour, light bitter and dry. Light body, dry feel, sour cherry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5680) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle, Batch 1 drunk quite young in 2008, opened for my friend’s wedding.
Awesome pour, with a slight haze to it and a bright, ruby red body with deep crimson hues throughout. Large, pink head is full and shows good retention.
Bright, acidic, lemony-tinged cherries are backed by moderate funk, but nothing too farmy. Certainly little/no sulfur. Lots of lime-like brett character and soft lactic acids.
In the mouth, it’s got a lot more oomph to it than expected, with an ultra tight carbonation and an almost chewy, wheat-like body. However, it’s still nicely dry and the cherries complement the lambic qualities rather than covering them up. Good acidity levels, not intensely sour, but with good complexity of various acids and soft funk. Cherry tartness lingers. 8/5/8/4/16
Batch 2 bottle drunk 8/3/16, also very young.
Well, this certainly didn’t have either the big, rocky, nicely retained head, nor the sumptuous, soft, ultra-tight mouthfeel...Seemingly due to oil on the cherries, the head instantly and audibly fizzles away leaving a clear, rather still-looking dark crimson-burgundy liquid behind....
The nose is sharp, quite acidic, with authentic, at least, cherry character full of black pepper and pit-like qualities. Horsey funk is there as well, but there’s some acetic character that feels very out of place. Light butteriness as well (I don’t think diacetyl).
The flavor was fine, very, very cherry forward, with all sorts of tart, juicy, pit and skin-like qualities. Strong acidity, to the point of sharpness, rather than just heavy sourness. Oily, loose, below average texture for a lambic. Not great....certainly not opening my other bottles for quite a while in hopes it improves. 7/2/7/3/13. Score is an average of the two batches.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksiwzos (120) - GREECE - AUG 3, 2016
Aroma of fruits with bret, salinity, wood, musty, cherries, some light acetic acid notes. Pours dark red with small to medium white head. Taste is amazing, fruity tartness, salinity, cherries, some strange bready maltiness, funk.... Ah so good... Finish is light tart but lingers for quite a while! Amazing example, cheers!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stchloe (968) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Solid cherry flavor, really deep with a nice bite, good yeast finish highlights the style

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Solid lambic. I loved the original Cuvée Rene and this was just as a good. Aroma was good. A nice mustiness with sour cherries, funk a s hints of vinegar. Pour was a beautiful dark brown with a dark red outline and hue with a one finger off white head. Taste was delicious. Sour cherry, funk and stale malt with a nice medium strong carbonation. Sour biting finish that lingered on the back left and right tips of the mouth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1480) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle. Pours ruby/dark red with small pink head. Aroma:cow shit, barn yard, berries, cherry, red currant, Taste: medium +sour, vinegar, cherries, barn yard, Medium body. Sour finish. Nice one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (776) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2016
Pours a ruby/purple colour. Aroma is a sherbet sweetness mixed with a sourness. The flavour... well you can taste the cherries, but the sourness really smacks you across the chops. Great version of the style. Not my favourite style but this is nice.


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