Lindemans Gueuze - Brouwerij Lindemans
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3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
A nice though somewhat sticky sweetness. Sour and sweet. Attractive soapy bubblehead and good lace on an orange body. Fruit and malt aroma. Easy mouthfeel and drinkability from maltiness more than acidity. Medium mouthfeel. Sampled at Cole's Belgian fest.
05-01-2006 12:08:17 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
Lighter than burnt orange and darker than apricot orange. Orange has to be the most common color for craft beer. It must be because I'm sick and tired of trying to come up with new and interesting ways to say... orange. The pale khaki colored crown looks pretty damn good and more than holds its own when to comes to lace deposition.
The nose delivers sweet and sour fruit, as well as a surprising amount of oakiness. Lindemans beer tends to be excessively sweet, but I still expected them to follow tradition and produce a drier gueuze. Maybe my nose is mistaken. Let's see.
Even though Gueuze Lambic has roughly half the sugar of this brewery's fruit lambics (that's an uninformed estimate), it's still too sweet for the style. That said, the extra sugar isn't that bad for the non-purists among us. Just be aware that GL is a dumbed-down, panty stripper sort of gueuze. Okay, so maybe most chicks won't dig it.
There isn't a huge amount of flavor: Granny Smith apples, some oak, a dash of sugar syrup and a splash of apple cider vinegar. The bigger impression is what I like to call flavor sensations. In this case, the interplay between sweet and tart. Bitter wasn't invited to the party (as the style dictates).
The body/mouthfeel was predictable given the sweetness. The beer has a lightly viscous syrupiness that stops just short of sticky on the finish. The superfine bubbles stay behind the scenes and do their jobs very well.
Keeping in mind the fact that my knowledge of the gueuze style could fit on the head of a pin with room to spare, I'm pretty sure that Lindemans Gueuze Lambic is well outside the realm of acceptable, given the addition of so much sugar. That, in combination with the fact that it's a pretty decent little sipper, makes it incredibly hard to score.
11-16-2008 13:43:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.95/5 rDev -17.6%
Appearance: Pours an amber color with a modest head that fades to a ringlet but leaves a few shards of lace
Smell: Apple juice with a lot of sugar and a little bit of funk
Taste: Apple juice flavors, with the sweetness dominating up front, and then the funk taking over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness returns though the funk makes a desperate attempt for attention on the after-taste
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation
Drinkability: After a few sips, the sweetness really starts to get to me; in and of itself, the beer is not bad, it is just the accumulated effect of the sweetness that causes the problem
12-08-2010 03:51:38 | More by brentk56
4.1/5 rDev +14.5%
Always looking to try classic Belgian beer styles. This Gueuze is very drinkable and characterful, when compared to others. The beer shows a firmer malt base that is not entirely soured. This gives a bit of sweetness that balances out the sourness. Leaves the beer less sour and astringent than most. The faint malt flavor do, however, begin to take on cola-like flavors that I did not particularly like. But the sweetness from that, makes the beer much more drinkable than expected, and giving the beer a more caramelized color. The beer remains vineous, musky, woodsy, and lightly pungent well into the finish with cleanliness and crispness. Well worth the try.
06-18-2006 16:11:40 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a cloudy dark beige color lambic with a bunch of particle floating around and a medium foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak is more prominent then expected with some light tart note also noticeable. The barnyard factor is lighter then in the Cuvée René and is sorely miss. Taste is sweeter then I would have expected from a gueuze but it still provides a good deal of refreshment. Body is above average with low filtration and good carbonation. While being far from the real thing, this gueuze is still enjoyable on a hot summer day if maybe a tad too sweet.
06-29-2007 17:17:07 | More by Phyl21ca
2.55/5 rDev -28.8%
Thanks a lot to Mark for sending me this one. A new lambic/gueuze is always appreciated!
The beer is amber/orange in color with a short lived white head. Not a very good nose to this. Quite a bit of grass and maybe even some butter. There’s some light lemon notes in the background. The flavor is a bit better. It’s got a decent tartness to it, but it’s somewhat vinegary. A little apple and grass in there, too. Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation. This one really was a let down; Cuvee Rene is much better.
01-09-2012 07:24:44 | More by womencantsail
3.03/5 rDev -15.4%
Decanted carefully into a 3 Fontienen tumbler...hopefully that's not sacrilege. It has a fairly bright reddish amber tone, with flecks of suspended particles. A finger of foam bubbles up, and settles to a white skim, some lacing is present. The sediment gives it a slightly unrefined, dirty look. This isn't all bad considering the raw elements that are involved in it's production.
Sweet aroma, maybe some light wheat behind it, not much funk or sharpness at all. Very mild wet hay mustiness, possibly underripe berry also.
Mild tartness in the taste, but coupled with the sugar it reminds me of poorer versions of Flanders Reds, like Monk's Cafe or Petrus. It's really kind of dull, there's some honeyish taste in the aftertaste, but it's not dry like a traditional Oude Gueuze. Slightly doughy in the middle, but the taste is fleeting. Carbonation is light and fairly mellow. Dregs are like a shot of day-old apple cider. It could be quaffed, but that seems pretty out of character for a Gueuze. Seems like it's been back-sweetened.
The experience makes me wish I was drinking Cuvee Rene, as this was dull and underwhelming like plain yogurt. This "regular" Lindemans Gueuze is not so easy to find in Chicago, but not really worth drinking again, at $6/12 oz. bottle. Give me the Cantillon I crave for a dollar more.
12-04-2007 02:33:20 | More by emerge077
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
This beer pours a clear dark golden hue, very much like cider, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a thin meniscus of lace as it falls away. It smells of sour, mildly funky orchard fruit, mostly apple. The taste is sweet and tart at the same time - vinous, green, earthy apple pie. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body medium weight with the fleshy fruitiness, and it finishes dry, the mildly tart fruit still evident.
A decent balance between sweet and sour, and my tooth enamel stays fully intact...
02-19-2010 19:56:48 | More by biboergosum
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
Carefully decanted from the lees, it's a clear copper color with golden and orange highlights; and just a few solid particles in suspension. Tiny bubbles race to the surface, adding to its full, creamy white head. The retention is excellent and it leaves wide, creamy walls of lace. The nose is surprisingly sweet for the style with a touch of sour fruitiness over the traditional lambic characteristics (must, leather, barnyard, etc.). The body is thin, and it's crisp and zesty in the mouth due to it's natural carbonation; but it's also slightly drying and borderline astringent due to it's acidity. Its sweet and sour flavor hints at fruitiness upfront but warms to reveal a wheat-like maltiness and some subtle nutty character beneath. It finishes dry but with some sticky malt and short-lingering brett character. Overall, this is a fairly basic, restrained gueuze that should appeal to the masses. It's an excellent introduction to the style, and it offers immense drinkability to the initiated. Well worth trying or re-visiting.
03-31-2004 04:41:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a virtually clear golden brown with a light tan head. Nose is an expected musty yeast with a sweet tone blanketing it. Flavor is sweeter than I expected with slight apple qualities as well. The sweet barely leans towards a tart edge...barely. Feel is decent. Nice carbonation. Drinkable, sure. I wont be pouring it down the drain, but for gueuze, Ill be going elsewhere in the future. Even with my limited experience on the style, I can tell that this one is not as "mature" or full in character as others are and can be.
12-30-2007 13:55:13 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
Presentation: 12 oz mini-magnum that is corked, capped and foiled. No freshness date but this type of beer can be aged for many years.
Appearance: Deep orange hue with a slight haze, bubbles rush to the top in a champagne like way and produce a lasting lace.
Smell: Even tartness, grainy and grassy, sweet barn yard aroma. What you would expect in the nose of a lambic.
Taste: Big flowing crispness upfront, very well textured. Medium to high effervescent carbonation with a dry vinous palate. Big tartness puckers the mouth and the dryness intensifies that. A bit acidic but with a hint of grain middle to end. A touch lemony again with the tartness, faint musty flavour and a vague nuttiness from the yeast add a pinch of complexity. Extremely dry finish.
Notes: A decent Gueuze, I have had better but this is good drinking none the less. Is it worth the $4-6 a bottle, that is up to you but for me I could not see dropping that much again with better brews out there.
06-01-2002 20:58:53 | More by Jason
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
Beer poured from a 25 cl bottle into a Cantillon wine glass. Beer is amber and completely hazy with a thin white head of tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.
Aroma is sweet with a mild lactic and an apply kind of cider...I'm thinking this is going to be more like a faro than anything else.
Beer is thin and dry with a mild sweetness, mostly there is a lactic acid sourness but even that is a little weak. It tastes a little cidery, but it's not as sweet as I feared it would be. Overall probably not a repeat, there are much much much better gueuzes out there but it wasn't a regret.
01-09-2011 04:43:23 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a very tart smell that is quite intense. I really can't make out anything else. The taste is great. It is light with a slight malt flavor. It's mostly hidden by the beer's sour nature. It goes down smooth and is very refreshing. I love lambic beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good sessions beer. It's not the best Lindeman's produces, but it's pretty damn good nonetheless.
02-25-2004 01:24:05 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours orange with a white head. The aroma is tart citurs and not as much funk as I was expecting. The flavor is tartness with a good bit of sweetness to balance things out. Good citrus notes and not much funk. Not a very sour gueuze. Thin mouthfeel and high carbonation. Not bad, but not as good as Cuvee Rene.
01-21-2010 06:01:43 | More by Mora2000
2.9/5 rDev -19%
A sweet, sour apple note greets my nose as I pour this beer into my 25cl tulip glass. The head starts out a finger and a half thick, despite a reasonable pour and is a pale, off-white color. The beer is an amber, slightly copper tinged color that shows a lightly hazy, copper color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the nose yields a candy sweetness, that for some reason I wasn't expecting from even a Lindemans product. Green apple candies really is an apt descriptor for the aroma as that is the most noticed part. There is a touch of lactic character if you really dig for it and perhaps a touch of dusty malt.
Quite sweet tasting, but has a bit of tartness to it and it does not seem to be quite as sweet as the standard fruit beers from Lindemans, though it is still quite sweet. This finishes with a touch of musty, damp earthiness, which, with the sweetness, is about all that ties this to traditional Lambic. This tastes mostly like green apple syrup (jolly rancher in liquid form). This has a viscousness and heft that in combination with the sweetness makes me thing of syrup.
In the end I can't get past the candied apple character, it drowns out everything else and is overly sweet. This doesn't taste horrible, it doesn't have serious flavor flaws, it just is overly simplistic in its sweetness and not very good. This just isn't my cup of tea.
06-21-2008 02:38:21 | More by Gueuzedude
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
Green 37.5cl bottle with a bright orange foil covering over the neck, dark and orange labels front and rear. Corked below the bottle top.
Poured into a Hougaerdse DAS tumbler.
Looks like a fizzy cider, amber with a small but solid white head, contsantly being replaced by the carbonisation below in the liquid.
Cooking apples aroma with the sugar already added and the mix is boiling. The appley aroma gets weaker as the beer warms, more subtle smells appear, sour notes, hops and yeast.
A lot sweeter than most Gueuze I have tried, which isn't a huge number. The apple aroma comes into the taste too, as do citric flavours, grapefruit and lemons, but not overly sour.
Tanginess of the citrus stays in the mouth and it is a fairly long stay, but there is an underlaying sweetness which for me takes away the normal Gueuze experience.
I have a feeling this has been produced for the mass market and is a not a Gueuze in the true sence of the style, drinkable without a doubt, but a long way from the sour, bitter old style Gueuze I like to think I can remember.
10-30-2007 20:27:01 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
2.86/5 rDev -20.1%
Coming in a slim 250ml brown bottle, bottled date 26/09/2012, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine glass.
A: pours a bright, dark amber colour, coming with very mild carbonation, random chunks of yeast sediments, and a thin off-white head to last.
S: caramely malts abound with funky and sour-apple-ly notes, underlined by a good concentration of (candy) sugar on the nose. A very good swirl gives rise to more complex aroma which lends more depth to the otherwise sour-sweet soup, such as damp old woodiness, bitter-sweet lemons, and astringent, tart stinky/earthy smell typical of the style.
T: thin bodied, loose on the carbonation, the semi-sour but also bitter-sweet cider-ish and semi-lemony flavour is outweighed by the immediately prevailing flow of sweet candy-maltiness, with bits and bobs of sugar scattered here and there, coming quite as an annoyance to the palate in that the supposed deep tartness and refreshing feel from the acidity are conspicuous by their absence… The finish sees a low level of tannic feel coating my teeth and tongue, but again the mouthfeel is not tart enough to make it refreshing; rather, it goes slightly watery as the finish is very ill-“defined” (if you know what I mean…).
M&D: loose on the carbonation on the verge of being flat, medium bodied but really it feels like the added candy sugar dominates the balance, this is not a good example of blended lambic in my honest opinion, having tried myself a dozen or so much better oude geuze where no added sugar is applied. In this case, it feels like the sugary elements have “split” the beer down the middle: clear-cut sweetness vis-à-vis weak funky fruitiness. Personally, I would never want to revisit this beer, unless the brewery reverted to the oude geuze style by abandoning the overpowering candy sugar which really has killed off many more pleasant flavours one would expect from a glass of classic tart funky malt juice…
07-03-2013 13:27:46 | More by wl0307
Lindemans Gueuze from Brouwerij Lindemans
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