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

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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 (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.


3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfratzke (94) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Sour cherry aroma. Pours a cloudy raspberry red color. Tons of carbonation. Taste is tart sour cherry. Lemon, citrus. What a steal at $11.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (457) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Clear, deep deep purplish red, fizzy head that dies quickly. Muted aroma of cherries, funk, a little bit of wood. Lots of fruit, mild sweetness, almost no tartness at all. Gentle carb, light in body, and brief finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5250) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
750 ml bottle at Agnes & Oscar. Deep red with thin pink head. Aroma has nice cherry notes, tart lactic notes and slight artificial cherries. Taste is sour, lactic, faint acetic, cherries with a tart berry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (592) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle at home (2012, bottled 22 oct 2013). Pours clear light brownish red with a pink head. Tart aroma of cherries, malts, funk, yeast, wood. Taste is moderate to heavy sour, moderate sweet, tart cherries, malts, wood, funk, yeast, dry ending, citric acidic aftertaste. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 26, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2016 0,75l bottle at home shared with the gf. Bottled 12.08.2015. BB 12.08.2021. dark redish hazy color, medium big pinkish head. smells sour, tart, some fruits, marzipan, nutty, light wood, cherry notes, very smooth and lovely smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of cherries, citric, green apples, sour, wood, some nuts, marzipan, tart, lightly watery. finishes lightly citric and sour with notes of cherries and marzipan. good stuff, inbetween taste drops away a bit, but overall nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13621) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2016
2012 bottle from S.P.R.L. Beer Shop in Brussels. Pours deep cherry with little head. Aroma is quite cherry in a sourish way. Med body. Flavor is tart cherry. There’s some yeast, but cherry is it. Rather acidic. Tart cherry skin may be a better description. Dry, nearly astringent. Tart cherry is the thing here.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8701) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2016
2012 bottle shared by bhensonb. The bottle spouted when first opened. Pours ruby with a pretty pink head and a cherry aroma. There is a tart cherry flavor with a dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ffaoe (395) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2016
sour cherry aroma, very faint funk. red in color with fast fading head. distinct cherry flavor, finishes quite tart. faint but lingering pie cherry flavor. Probably the best tasting sours of those Lidemans produces.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (1028) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAY 18, 2016
375ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Lulu reckons this might be the first time this has hit China. Pours ruby red with no head. Aroma of sour cherry. Sour finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle (Dec 2015 bottling, 7% ABV). Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light red/purple, mostly diminishing. Body is dark purple. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (horseblanket), with notes of black cherry, sour apple, sour cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately to heavily astringent. Pretty nice aroma, albeit very fruit-centric...the horsey yeast character is unexpected (and welcomed) for Lindemans. Pretty good flavor balance but not as sour as the better lambic makers. Mouthfeel is the weakest aspect...it’s quite astringent and the watery-syrupy texture doesn’t help. Overall ok, but not a repeat purchase.


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