Made with black cherry juice, this fruit lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans in Vlezenbeek, Belgium pours a deep, slightly hazy ruby-magenta colour with a small, but frothy light pink head that gets retained as a collar and leaves moderate lacing. Lindemans Kriek smells strongly like fresh black cherries and ripe wheat. There is also a syrupy sweet oat tone that reminds me of a muffin being baked.
Lindemans Kriek tastes mostly like cherry juice. A deep tartness is accompanied by a malty sweetness and a slight chocolate flavour comes through in the finish, particularly after warming. The beer has a light-medium body with a prickly, soda-like feeling on the tongue. It goes bitter and tart, but also leaves an appetizing syrupy sweetness in the aftertaste. It’s well-balanced, quite tasty and because of its low ABV it’s extraordinarily easy to drink.
Lindemans Kriek is packaged in a foil-topped bottle using a cap and cork system. For me, the cork adds a lot to the experience when opening and pouring the beer. The label is a tan colour with a wordmark and cherry images printed in black and red. There is no freshness dating, but a description of the beer and complete ingredients are printed.
Even at almost six dollars a bottle, I’d enjoy Lindemans Kriek as or with desert often if it were readily available. I consider it a delicious treat and will go out of my way to find the rest of the brewery’s line up that includes raspberry, peach and apple varieties. Lindemans Kriek can be found at select LCBO stores, particularly in summer months and is distributed throughout the USA by Merchant du Vin, who are based in Tukwila, Washington.
Type: Lambic – Fruit
Brewery: Brouwerij Lindemans
Format Purchased: 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 3.5%