The History of Oude Kriek Cuvée René
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 bottled in corked 750 mL 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 in 2016.
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.
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.
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 special; Celebrator Beer News, August/September 2016.
Bronze Medal – US Open 2016. “Sour/Belgian Lambic” as announced July 11, 2016. Here is the full list of winners.
North American Beer Awards Silver Medal, Lambic (cat. 13 B/C), June 2016
Silver Medal, Belgian-Style Sour Ale Category, World Beer Cup? 2016
96 points, Draft Magazine, May/June 2016
“Number Four Beer of 2015,” 96 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2015
Silver Medal Brussels Beer Challenge, Nov. 2015
“World’s Best Sour Beer,” World Beer Awards, 2013
Gold Medal – Fruit Lambic, Brussels Beer Challenge, 2013
Ratebeer.com: 97 points (June 2016)
96 points, “Top Rated Fruit Beer” – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2015
94 points, World Beer Championships, 2015