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Oude Kriek Cuvée René


Lindemans began brewing a traditional oude kriek in 1961; in 2007, it was renamed Cuvée René after brewery patriarch René Lindeman. Despite this long history, the ruby-hued kriek only arrived stateside earlier this year. Whole cherries, including pits, ferment in a six-month-old lambic that’s later blended, bottle-conditioned and aged for another few months. The result is a stunning, dry showcase of stone fruit flavor and traditional Belgian lambic blending, yielding a lightly acetic cherry tartness fringed by dusty hay and amaretto tones. Don’t expect any sweetness—this beauty is dry as a bone with elegant, nutty accents.


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