Lindemans

Oude Kriek Cuvée René

Hazy ruby red in color with a delicate pinkish head. Beyond the strong aroma of fresh whole cherries lies brett defined barnyard aromas. This union of barnyard funk and cherry aromas promise an invitingly complex dryness to the drinker. As Oude Kriek opens up on the drinker’s palate, the acidic tartness and sweetness of the cherries unfold into medley of flavors and textures including tartness from the cherries, notes of berry, anise, lemon peel, sherry, and chewiness from the presence of cherry skin left over from the addition of whole cherries during primary fermentation. Cherry-stones provide almond and bready notes to a medium-heavy body with soft natural carbonation. Plenty of pucker for traditional lambic lovers and those just venturing into the world of unsweetened lambics.

Style
Old-style cherry lambic
Stats
ABV: 7.0% - OG: 1.059 - IBU: 18
Ingredients
Water, barley malt, wheat, whole cherries, hops, yeast.
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History

In order to produce Oude Kriek Cuvée René, whole cherries (including pits) ferment in a lambic that is at least six months old in huge 10,000-liter oak barrels called foudres. After six months, this traditional kriek is packaged in corked bottles. Oude Kriek Cuvée René is bottle-conditioned: a second fermentation process which, after a few months, will produce the carbon dioxide to which this authentic beer owes its carbonation and distinctive foam head.

Oude Kriek has been brewed by the Lindemans brewery since 1961, renamed Oude Kriek Cuvée René in 2007, and imported into the US starting in 2016.

Serving Suggestion

Pair with wild game dishes such as rabbit braised in gueuze, rack of venison with sour cherry-port sauce, Thai red curry with roasted duck. For cheese pairing, try a mild blue cheese such as Stilton or Bleu des Causses, toast with cottage cheese and herbs. Or enjoy with desserts such as crêpes with vanilla ice cream, tart red cherry granita, Brussels or Liège-style waffles. Serve in a tall, thick tumbler or Lindemans flute glass.

Stats and Nutrition

Product Sizes and Quantities
12 ounce (355 ml) bottles / 12 per case
25.4 ounce (750 ml) bottles / 12/case
Stats
ABV: 7.0% - OG: 1.059 - IBU: 18
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat, whole cherries, hops, yeast.
Nutritional Info
Serving Size - 12 oz. (355 ml). Calories: 180; Total Fat 0 g (0% Daily Value); Sodium 40 mg (1.5% DV); Total Carbohydrates 7.5 g (2.5% DV); Sugars 2.4 g; Protein 1.4 g (3% DV). (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)

Accolades

World's Best Kreik
World Beer Awards
2022
Gold Medal, Oude Kriek Lambic
World Beer Awards
Sept. 2020
World Beer Championships
2019
Ratebeer.com
June 2019
Silver Medal, Belgian-Style Sour Ale Category
World Beer Cup
2018
Country Winner, Sour Beer: Kriek
World Beer Awards
September 2017
Gold Medal, Old Style Fruit-Lambic
Brussels Beer Challenge
November 2016
5/5 stars; exceptionally great; something specia
Celebrator Beer News
August/September 2016
US Open "Sour/Belgian Lambic" as announced July 11, 2016. Here is the full list of winners.
2016
Silver Medal, Lambic (cat. 13 B/C)
North American Beer Awards
June 2016
Silver Medal, Belgian-Style Sour Ale Category
World Beer Cup
2016
96 Points
Draft Magazine
May/June 2016
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
December 2015
Silver Medal
Brussels Beer Challenge
Nov. 2015
"World's Best Sour Beer"
World Beer Awards
2013
Brussels Beer Challenge
2013
96 Points, "Top Rated Fruit Beer"
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2015