Total Score: 8.3/10
Lambics are great, and Kriek (or “cherry” in my mother tongue, that saucy wench English) is my favourite flavour of Lambic. Fermented spontaneously by cheeky airborne yeasts Lambic beers are quite a unique statement of Belgium in a glass – and if there is any greater brewing nation on this planet I’ve yet to encounter their beers. I ❤ Belgium. Lindemans is the yardstick brewer of Lambics and to my surprise I’ve yet to have reviewed this fine Kriek, time to put an end to this injustice!
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Presents a cloudy deep ruby body with a 1 centimetre classic Kriek pink head. Nothing sexier than a tasty young Kriek hey? That pink head soon reduced down to a lace ring, still yummy. 8/10.
S: Bright and tart sour cherry notes upfront, a rose petal character comes through as well, it’s hard to whether this will be a sweet or sour Kriek, judging by the addition of sugar I would imagine sweet but Lindemans got a real sour beer pedigree (try their Kriek Cuvée René – sourest beer I’ve encountered yet!). The main point with a good Kriek is getting the cherry aroma right (as in fresh and not artificial) and I think Lindemans have delivered here. 9/10.
T: Sweet and sour! This is a classic Kriek that finds the balance betwixt the two senses. It begins with a sweet almost cordial cherry character, tartness comes in hard but soon dissipates, then a cherry candy note in the finish. Aftertaste is a tad bit of cloying sweetness, but it does help to balance out that sharp mid-palate astringency. As a note: Surprisingly flavourful for 3.5% ABV. 8/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with some prickly but well-balanced carbonation backing it up, noice! 9/10.
D: Wow, was quite surprised by the flavoursome taste of this mid-strength Kriek – overall, apart from it being a little cloying, this is the best Kriek I’ve reviewed (granted I’ve only reviewed 2 others – I need to get my hands on more Krieks ). Not much else to say other than – I will definitely get this again… and I just said that… Santé! 8/10.
Food match: Carbonade flamande is a Belgian sweet/sour steak and Oud Bruin/Flanders Red Ale stew – this will do. Served with pommes frites of course.