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Brouwerij Lindemans

Brouwerij Lindemans
Cuvée René Oude Kriek

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 7%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
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Brouwerij Lindemans
Cuvée René Oude Kriek

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 7%
Cloudy red oak color. Funky, fruity, jammy, phenolic, sour aromas of cherry pits, plastic/bandaid, black tea, and cinnamon with a slightly chewy, tart, frothy, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long fresh dark red cherries, raw almonds, candied orange peel, and lime zest finish. A classic Kriek-style beer, with fresh cherry and almond notes sure to create many a lambic fan.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Funky, Sweet & Fruity & Sour & Tart
Aroma Aroma: cherry pits, plastic/bandaid, black tea, and cinnamon
Taste Flavor: fresh dark red cherries, raw almonds, candied orange peel, and lime zest
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Turkey, Chicken Caesar Salad, Mascarpone
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A classic Kriek-style beer, with fresh cherry and almond notes sure to create many a lambic fan.

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Lambic Fruit

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Fruit lambic may vary greatly in color from pale golden to deep ruby red and range from 4-7% in alcohol. Commonly brewed from unmalted wheat, pilsner malt and aged hops, the unique flavor profile of these beers is a result of wild, open-air fermentation in conjunction with extended aging in oak barrels. In addition, the overall flavor profile of these beers is heavily influenced by a wide variety of whole fruit added during fermentation. These fruits are consumed in their entirety during the fermentation process and lend both supplemental flavor and color to the final beer. Similar to gueuze, fruit lambic is a blend of young and old beers typically ranging from 1-3 years. Blending results in a sharp champagne-like effervescence and tart, toasty flavors. Kriek (cherry) and framboise (raspberry) are the more popular and traditional fruits employed. Other exotic fruits are widely used in juice form in more commercial examples of this style. Originating centuries ago in and around Brussels as farmhouse specialties, these beers are still brewed today in the same manner with many of the best examples still Belgian in origin. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lindemans Kriek, Boon Framboise Marriage Parfait, Hanssens Oude Kriek and Upland Raspberry Lambic.