Joos Frans Lindemans presents

Oude Kriek Cuvée René

“Traditional kriek in all its splendour! Probably our most complex product.”

This is the masterpiece of which I am most proud, as is one of my sons after whom it is named.

What makes this traditional kriek special is that it is brewed with whole cherries. Since real Schaerbeek cherries are scarce, Lindemans Brewery has found their perfect equivalence elsewhere in Europe. 

It is deep red in colour and its foam head is slightly pink. Very refreshing, this beverage is a perfect thirst-quencher which, thanks to its fizzy and tangy flavour, is ideal as an aperitif.


Secret technique

In order to produce Oude Kriek Cuvée René, the cherries ferment in a lambic that is at least six months old in huge 2,640 gallon oak barrels called foudres. After six months, this traditional kriek is bottled in corked 75 cl bottles. The beer will then undergo a spontaneous second fermentation process which, after a few months, will produce the carbon dioxide (CO2) to which this authentic beer owes its carbonation and distinctive foam head.

since 1961. Our old kriek has been called 'Cuvée René' since 2007.
alcohol (alcohol content) 7 %
colour Ruby red with a pinkish-red foam
Conservation tip Due to the second fermentation process in the bottle, this kriek will keep for years. Like wine, it undergoes a favourable change in taste. The bottles should be stored lying on their sides.
calories 55 kcal (3.5 oz)
taste Beer with a pure cherry flavour that is fresh and pleasantly tart, with a masterful sour-sweet balance. The sweet-sour attack of the stone tannins turns into a sour-sweet finish that lingers for some time. The perfect balance between its sourness and the sweetness of the cherries makes this a refreshing aperitif.
Food pairings - Rabbit
- Mild blue cheese (eg. Stilton or Bleu des Causses), bread with cottage cheese and herbs
serving temperature 5 °C °C

Good to know : The pretty red Cuvée René label with its Art Nouveau style was designed by famous American beer importer Charles Finkel.


“This Kriek Cuvée René is the best of Lindemans Brewery: an old kriek in the great tradition of Belgian krieks. For this grand cru, only the highest quality raw materials were selected to provide the best taste.”




World Beer Awards

World’s Best Sour Beer 2013

World’s Best Kriek 2013

World's Best Kriek 2019

Golden medal / country winner / category Sour & Wild Beer 2019

Golden medal / country award / category Wild & Sour 2020

Golden medal / country award / category Sour & Wild Beer, Kriek 2021

World's Best 2022

Brussels Beer Challenge

Gold medal category Fruit Lambic 2013

Golden medal / winner old style fruit beers 2016

Golden medal / Flavoured beer - Old style Fruit-Lambic 2019

Bronze medal 2022

World Beer Cup

Silver Award category Belgian-style Sour Ale 2018

European Beer Challenge

Golden medal 2024