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A Lambic is a wheat beer that has undergone fermentation with wild, natural yeast. It is usually flavoured with fruits such as cherries, raspberries or peaches.
LINDEMANS KRIEK, a sweet-acid drink, is obtained by adding fresh black cherries to a Lambic. The addition of fruits starts another fermentation in the oak barrels. After another 8 to 12 months, the Kriek-Lambic is filtered and bottled. This traditional type of fruit beer is more acidic and less fruity.
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Back to the beer:
First thing to do is pull out the cork as this beer is bottled like Champagne with a small cork stopper underneath the bottle's foil cap.
As soon as you open this beer the dominant cherry aroma hits you like...well, like a whole lot of cherries. It's very intense and sweet smelling. There is also a slightly sour and yeasty note to the aroma.
The beer pours to a very deep, pinkish-red, cloudy colour with quite lively carbonation (sparkling rather than gassy) and a full, pink, cherry blossom-like, frothy head which laces the glass beautifully.
The initial flavour is sweet and sour with a velvety, sparkly mouthfeel. The drink itself is sparkling but very smooth with the dominant flavour, as you would expect, a rich cherry sweetness. I'm reminded of Black Forest gateaux with a slightly citrus tanginess or tartness but the cherry flavour is so intense it tastes artificial.
As the sweet and sour flavours fade the ale characteristics make a somewhat belated appearance although the fruitiness stays well into the dry, woody and slightly acidic finish.
The acidity does help cut the sweetness but it is too much like drinking fruit juice. This is more of a beer flavoured cherry drink than a cherry flavoured beer. The alcohol content is 4% ABV.
It's not to everyone's taste but it's always good to try new and different things, right? I would recommend trying this beer if you get the chance, but I wouldn't make a night of it. I don't think you could drink more than one anyway.
I tried this beer in Belgium but it's available in the UK. A similar, although at 6.5%, stronger beer of this style, is Liefmans Kriekbier. This is widely available in supermarkets here too.
The other night me and my mate really felt like a drink. Not being big drinkers we were at a loss at what to buy so decided on a few unusual offerings to try out. This being cherry beer appealed to us girls big time so we decided to grab a couple of bottles!
Dark green bottle with a cap that you need to pull off with a bottle opener and it is covered in red foil you simply peel of with ease. On the front of the bottle there is a red label with a picture of cherries on the front and we are told that it is Lindemans Kriek 'Traditional Belgian Lambic beer with spontaneous fermentation with cherries and sugar' and that it contains 3.5 Volume and is 37,5cl. Other information given on the bottle tells me a bit about the beer (and in other languages), ingredients and the best before date are clearly displayed and contact details for Lindemans are stated. Nice enough bottle, that is easy to open and informative enough too.
A Bit About The beer According To The Back Of The Bottle:
Kriek is a traditional cherry beer based on Lambic. Lambic is a Belgian beer, exclusively brewed in the Brussels region. The local wild yeasts cause a spontaneous fermentation. After 1 or 2 years in oaken barrels selected cherries and cherry juice are added and give a fresh, fruity and delicate taste. Serve cool.
The Beer Itself:
Open the bottle up and your met with like a cherry cola smell really. Overly and fakely sweet, pour it cool (it's horrid served at room temperature by the way) and you get a sort of rosy coloured sparkling beer.
Overly fizzy in our opinions, smelling and sugar sweet with a hint of yeasty hops this did nothing for me or my friend. It tasted sort of like kids beer or something and not real lol. The smell was horrid and the taste was like beer with cherry juice added to it but the taste of fruit has no place in beer we thinks!
Too sweet with an odd bitter beer taste to it we felt it just couldn't make up it's mind what it wanted to be and for us could of done with a little less cherry juice involved in it! Not for us and we won't be drinking it again.
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.19 a bottle and ours came from Asda.
Brand: Lindemans / Type: Beers