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Lindemans Kriek

Rating: 3.7

Here I will be reviewing my first ever lambic style beer, a fruit lambic brewed by Lindemans brewery which is a family run brewery in Vlezenbeek, Belgium famous for its lambic beers. This particular one is of the kriek variety which is usually made using sour cherries from the Schaerbeek region of Belgium (where all lambic must be brewed in order to bear the name), however due to the limited availability of sour cherries from this region Lindemans Kriek is made using unsweetened cherry juice which is added to the lambic mixture. This one is a beer that I am partly looking forward to as it will be my first of the style, although I have tried a few fruit beers in the past & these have received fairly mixed reviews. Maybe the fact this one is a genuine lambic from the Schaerbeek region it will rate higher than some of these fruit beers. Another first from this beer was that it was foil wrapped around the bottle neck which covered a bottle cap & under this was a cork in the bottle; unusual I thought.

Appearance (4/5): Poured into a large wine glass this one settles to a purplish red colour that is topped by a pink coloured, pinky sized head that is a bubbly one that has good retention, taking about a minute to reduce to a thin lacing. As expected this one is different from most other beers I have reviewed but it still looks good.
Aroma (7/10): As expected there is a large sour cherry presence that isn’t as overpowering as one might have thought. It is not unlike a fruity wine in smell and there is a hint of apples and a sugary sweetness to it.
Taste (7/10): Not at all like the beers I am used to, again matching the nose there is a lot of sour cherries in the taste & a general sweetness too it that helps to balance against the sour cherries. More like a wine than a beer, but a nice wine. There is also some wheat in the taste and the aftertaste is a kind of sour red grapes one that hints at the alcohol that isn’t really there considering this is only 3.5% ABV.
Palate (4/5): The beer is medium bodied & very smooth with a pleasant tang to it. There is a lot of carbonation present & the drink is quite refreshing.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice beer & not like anything I’ve reviewed here before. Similar to a few of the fruit beers I have drank in the past but this one seems a little better. The fact that the beer is so fruity leads me to believe that it would get rather sickening after more than a couple bottles but the one I did have was rather pleasant.

Brewed In: St Pieters Leeuw-Vlezenbeek, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Lindemans
First Brewed: 1930
Type: Lambic – Fruit
Abv: 3.5%
Serving: Bottle (375ml)
Purchased: Asda
Price: £1.88

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  1. October 9, 2015 at 08:28

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