Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lindemans Kriek

A balanced Dinner including Fruits and Vegetables
Beer:   Kriek (BLK)

Brewery:  Brouwerij Lindemans 

Date:  March 9th, 2014

Style:  Lambic

ABV: 4.0%

Description:  This was one of the first krieks that I tried, more than 20 years ago, and I've still to find another variety which captures all of its charm.  I've heard BLK described as tasting like everything from dessert wine, to soda, to champagne, to chocolate milk (not really), the common thread being its approachability and broad appeal.

First Impression:
Deep red with a pinkish hue.  2 finger pink head which leaves behind lots of lacing.  Clear and sparkling.

A strong and fairly tart cherry aroma, which becomes noticeably sweeter as the beer approaches room temperature.

Starts out full of sweet cherries which are offset by a slightly crisper tart finish. 

On the Palate:
Very smooth and highly carbonated.  Goes down entirely too easily.

Why You'll like It: 
Light and fruity, with just enough tartness to give it balance.  An excellent introduction to lambics for anyone who's not a beer fan and could be put off by a stronger or more tart version of this style.

In Closing...:
Probably the sweetest kriek that I've had, but, like all of Lindemans' lambics, that's part of what makes it so accessible.  

Rating (out of 5):

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