Most commonly made with cherries or raspberries, Belgium’s fruited lambic beers are arguably the least challenging members of this ancient style.
Having taken on the colour of the cherries, Lindemans Kriek pours an attractive deep red hue beneath a fluffy, pinkish head. The aroma is sweet and dominated by notes of ripe cherry and marzipan – the latter contributed by the cherry stones, but the palate offers some early acidity before the sweetness kicks in and then more complex, earthy and funky, rustic flavours come to the fore. It finishes with an attractive and quenching sherry-like tartness. Served chilled in a champagne flute Lindemans Kriek makes a wonderful appetiser, but it’s equally effective at the end of the meal with chocolate-based desserts and cheesecake.
In my experience it is the ideal beer to offer those who are convinced they don’t like beer.