Product Type: Lindemans Beer
Newest Review: ... available in the UK. A similar, although at 6.5%, stronger beer of this style, is Liefmans Kriekbier. This is widely available in supermar... more
HOW I LOST MY CHERRY
Member Name: proxam
Date: 21/08/11, updated on 04/11/13 (144 review reads)
Advantages: It's beer from Belgium
Disadvantages: It's cherry beer from Belgium
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.
Summary: Lindemans Kriek