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Old 01-28-2013, 12:46 AM   #11
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For those of you arguing about styles - I think the distinction here is between oud kriek and the more ubiquitous modern back sweetened krieks.

Lindemans fruit beers are certainly lambics (spontaneously fermented in Pajottenland, wheat + pils malt, etc, etc.) but they are stylistically not "oud" or traditional representations of the style because they are back sweetened. Exceptions to this would be their Cuvee Rene series geuze and kriek.

Is their regular kriek a good representation of the modern belgian kriek style? One of the best. Is it a good representation of a traditional oud kriek? No, and it's not trying to be. For that, see Drie Fonteinen, Oud Beersel, Cantillon, etc,

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:46 AM   #12
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But "nothing like a real lambic"? That's a bit of a stretch given the market for lambics have been closer to Lindemanns for a great while longer than what we as beer snobs would consider a GOOD lambic. Sorry if this came off as argumentative, just playing Devil's Advocate for this commonly misunderstood style.
not saying it isn't a decent beer, my friend; just saying not right. you're correct: it's what we're used to, as the consumers
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #13
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not saying it isn't a decent beer, my friend; just saying not right. you're correct: it's what we're used to, as the consumers
it's a slippery slope. if consumer perception is the primary driver of what constitutes a beer style, then miller lite is a pilsner.... putting something on a label doesn't necessarily make it so.

i work in the retail beer business and explaining the difference between lindemans and a traditional lambic is a challenge because they so often do not have the same customer groups. personally i tend to think of the lindemans products as "fruit beers". there's nothing wrong with fruit beers, but they don't have the characteristics i normally associate with a lambic.
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