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

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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


3.9
Hoprider (679) - DENMARK - JUL 21, 2017
Pours fairly dark red with a pink head. Jammy cherry aroma. Very fruity. The taste has rich mineral, sour cherry and a citrus sour finish. Maybe not too much funk or brett but a very nice drinkable acidity. Lingering dry cherry aftertaste. Good.

3.9
circinus (305) - SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle 37,5 cl. Dark red with a thin pink head. Cherries, tart, sour, candy? Quite sharp sourness, hint of sweetness, lots of fruit and cherries. Medium body, medium/high carbonation, slightly sour finish. Very refreshing.

3.5
kaserov (747) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2017
Color granate, turbio, con capa de espuma fucsia de dos dedos de grosor (poca retención). Carbonatación suave. Textura oleosa. Aroma a madera vieja, acidez, fruta. Intenso. En boca es muy ácida, difícilmente se puede discernir la cereza. Madera vieja también. Deja una sensación extraña en boca y es un poco extrema. Me gusta pero no está a la altura de otras cervezas similares.

3.9
VinegarStroke (426) - Napa, California, USA - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle from Tavor: Deep red color with very little head and lace. Bright color. Not that lifted. Citrus, brett and a hint of sour red fruit. Reasonably clean for a sour beer. The palate is amazing. Sour red fruit. just the faintest hint of cherry. Lots of citrus. Lovely weight and balance. It tastes like a Pinot. Extremely sour and very refreshing. Great drink in hot weather.

4.2
davidezdonz (498) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JUL 5, 2017
A 375ml bottle, bottled on 9th December 2016 and with a best before date of 9th December 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass. It was a very nice deep ruby red colour with a two finger pinkish-purple coloured head that had good retention but pretty much no lacing. Aromas were sweetish tart cherry juice followed by some barnyard funk and damp hay with hints of vinegar and oak. Tastes of crisp sour tart cherries and mixed berries and oak with only hints of barnyard funk. Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Overall it was crisp, easy to drink, nice tart cherry and enjoyable.

3.7
Tide (3895) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Deep crimson color, pink head. Sour taste with cherry, wheat, tart, acidic notes, earthy notes and red currant. Sour finish with cherry, wheat, tart, earthy notes and red currant. Excellent kriek.

4.1
KmMat (112) - - JUN 29, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.7
Capa (3298) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Deep ruby. Berries, farmhouse must, tart fruits, dry sweetness. Medium bodied. Finish is dry tart fruit that sticks. Good stuff.

3.5
czlowiekmotyka (314) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 14, 2017
It a very promising looking beer. Nice dark red color (or ruby I am not color sensitive but it looks nice). Smells more fruity than stableish. Really sour and red initially but very quickly the taste disappears. Lacks some balance and finish.

3.4
martjoobolut (4387) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 13, 2017
Small bottle, vintage 2016 (from etre gourmet). Pours dark red with pink-red head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sour, cherries, some sweetness and jammy notes. Flavor is sour, sweet, cherries, acidic. Finish is sour cherries and acidic. Overall: ok, but i like my lambics less acidic and with more brett/funk.


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