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Lindemans Gueuze - Brouwerij Lindemans

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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very light hint of sour brettanomyces aroma. Otherwise there's a lot of sugary sweetness in the nose. Seems way too "clean" for gueze.

Deep orange color with a great white head that leaves nice lacing. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles, a very good looking beer.

Well, first thing I taste is sugary, table sugar, not malt, not malt syrup, but sugar. All that sugar is hiding a low level lambic sourness that comes through on the back end. The aftertaste is also sugary. Hop flavor and bittering seems non-existing. There's non of the bacterial or funk flavors that I'm really looking for in a lambic. Really, that sugary flavor is unpleasant.


Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Very lively in the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty low. I can't think of a food I'd want to pair this with except maybe ice cream. If I wanted a soda, I'd drink one. If I wanted an alcopop (which this tastes quite a bit like) I'd have my head examined. If I want a lambic, I'd buy something else.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant coppered amber with a wonderful white lacing and thin head that clings to the glass. Aroma wreaks strongly of brie cheese and mildly of battery acid and candied sugar. Not nearly as funky as most Geuze. Taste is very sweet and faro like, almost like I would imagine a lemon faro would be. Candied sugar and citrus are dominant. Funk is so mild. Very tasty and nice but not terribly gauze like. Not funky and nasty enough for me. Mouthfeel is creamy and sweet rather than dirty and sour. Back of the palate gets hit with carbonation and some pleasant sourness. Overall, very enjoyable but not too exciting nor authentic. Also, too costly.

Photo of rarevos
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never seen a beer that is both corked AND capped. This was.

Poured into champagne flute.

A: Hazy golden-yellow with a steady stream of carbonation. Decent head that caps off the last finger of available glass. Starts to recede quickly, then becomes a thin blanket of foam.

S: Unmistakably Belgian. Has a yeasty kick at first that gives way to a more vinous-like aroma. There are hints of oak and some apparent sourness, as well. Has a very outdoors-y aroma, like grass, hay, straw, flowers.

T: Slight grassiness up front, and you can already tell that there's some tartness building. Bit of an oakiness as the sourness/tartness builds in intensity. You can tell you'll feel this in that "sensitive sour zone" down where your lower jaw meets your ear. Finish is very rustic, pleasantly sour, but mostly fruity and tart. Fruit is vague, but it's got a hint of crisp apple, some white wine grape, and a bit of ripe melon. There's no hop bitterness at all (despite the fact these beers are ridiculously hopped, albeit with aged hops), but there's a long tail that's part fruit, part wood, and part saison-y funkiness.

M: Crisp, dry, and wonderful.

D: True story: the fruit flies that were hanging around the bunches of grapes in my kitchen immediately gravitated to this beer once I had it open. And it was immediate, like within seconds.

Now on to the beer. As with many Belgian beers, I'm torn when I get to the "Drinkability" part. I would absolutely not drink a ton of these, despite the low abv%. But it's crisp, pleasant, very complex, well-made, and relatively easy to find. I'd get it again for sure.

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest gueuze/lambic fan, though I appreciate the yeasty/sour element. It's when they get ultra-tart, like bad vinegar, that I turn off. But this one is about as good an ambassador for the style as any I've had.

Nice cloudiness with a thin head. A large population of bubbles in the hazy golden sea.

Aroma is incredibly subtle. A musty odor masks a citrusy component that tries to find its way through.

The flavors are much more friendly to the palate than some of the harsher, more sour gueuzes I've tried. There's an excellent balance of sweetness and sourness, with just a touch of that sweaty yeastiness that helps define the style. Nothing overly acidic, but nothing overly saccharine either. Along with a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel, I would most definitely pick this up again. I did rank it a bit low on the drinkability meter, as I find these hard to drink any more frequently than every now and then, no matter how good the flavor (and this particular offering delivers well on that front).

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brew pours copper with a large, quickly disippating white head. Brilliant clarity.

Aroma: Winelike, some lactic acid notes. Malt is noticible as well. Plums and pears are abundant in the background.

Taste: Sweet malt presence initially, acidity follows towards the end of the sip and into the aftertaste. The lactic character helps to bring out fruitlike characteristics (noticably grape and plum--think the tartness of a plum close to the skin). Bitterness really doesn't come through until the aftertaste, and it mingles well with the acidity.

Mouthfeel: Seems to have a bit of body for a gueuze. I was also expecting a bit more acidity and carbonation to the brew.

Drinkability: The maltiness balances well with the acidic bite, and the low abv makes it a refreshing hot-day brew.

Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter, ingredients on label.

Pours with deep amber hues, slightly cloudy. Decent egg-shell colored head with mediocre retention. Settles into a rim along the glass.

Very sour aromas come from the glass, almost like vinegar. Somewhat of a musty cellar smell.

Very intense tartness with a light fruity trail. Sweet flavors tango with bitter flavors, creating complexity.

Very crisp feeling which leads to a dry finish with no lingering flavors. Slightly acidic.

Not as strong as other beers in the style, making it a good introduction for someone new to the style.

Photo of mmcave
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with worm high lights just beneath the head, which slowly dissipates. I was expecting Champagne like effervescence, which this does not produce. The smell is pleasant, slight sent of grapes, like fermented cider, citrus and apple skins. The sent also has a minor metallic note, however this is not over powering or displeasing. The taste seems more tame than other lambics I've had. The others I've had seem more vinegary, or kombucha like, which I am told is desirable. Maybe my taste is just under developed, but this is more my speed at this time. I've also been told that this lambic is made particulary to be sold to wider commercial market. All and all this is a pleasant beer light and pleasing. I would buy this again.

Photo of Phocion
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first lambic experience, so I will try to be as open-minded as possible in this review. Poured into a matching Lindemans flute with a clear gold and thin white lacing for a head. Lots of bubbles throughout.

Nose is strong bitter and sour yeasts. Very grassy but a hint of sweet caramel as well. Very tarty citrus notes also.

I was a little shocked by my first taste, but in a good way. Very warm tarty and crispy lemon perfectly balanced by a sweet malt. Sour, but not overly so.

Very warm and smooth mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy, yet very sharp at the same time. High carbonation and easily drinkable. I think I'm the newest convert to lambics. Would definitely recommend this to any beer drinker. It's different, but good.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out of the smaller bottle a dark clear orange with a thin film of white head.

Smells of dry pasty wheat, both powdered and brown sugar and a funky sour yeast. I’m also getting a little sour pear and plumb.

Tastes of a cherry and apple sweetness with a musky, cider-like sour plumb and tart cherry. As I drink, a dry earthy and woody fruity dryness drifts up into my nose. Finishes with some under ripe pear. Also, I’m getting a distinct olive oil here too.

The mouth feel is light in bodied with a tingly miniature carbonation that leaves my mouth dry in the finish.

This one’s a good sipper, but nothing too amazing.

Photo of AlexJ
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, copper orange in color with a puffy white head that sticks like billowy spiderwebs in my Allagash chalice.

Aroma is very lively with tart apple vinegarette, apricot, lemon peel, damp basement mustiness, some light farmy notes, and cidery ripe fruit.

Taste is much gentler than some other examples of Gueuze, yet maintrains nice complexity. Sweet and sour cider vinegarette, mild malty sweetness, apricot, melon, and light citrus. There's just enough funky/pungent lambic character and wet celler notes to keep you interested. It's just a little less sweet than something like Dutchesse de Borgogne, which makes it pretty sweet for the style. But is is delicious anyway, I actually like the balance on display here. Mondo delish with huge drinkability.

Body is rather light and thin, with a bubbly, prickly texture and slick, wet mouthfeel.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle corked and capped, foil wrapped. Pours a clean copper orange color with very little, if any, yeast particles visible. Big white head that lasts ... fine lacing in the goblet I've poured into. Nose is complex and strange, but in a good way. Definitely a musty (read: old damp room) smell, that actually works for this style. Sweet as well ... bittersweet fruits and straw. Palate is sweet and sour, but maybe the sweet wins out here. Slight Vinegar-like character which causes the mouth to water ... something I actually love in a Lambic. Fruity and quite smooth through the vinegar acidity. Warms to a smoother malt backbone. Finishes quite dry and lively with aggressive carbonation levels. Not being an expert in the Gueuze style, I can't say how it stacks up to it's competition, but I do know I like this on it's own merits. Best Lindeman's product I've had, by far. Makes me want more and that's got to be a good thing. If you're not familiar with a Gueuze, this is probably a good, safe place to start the journey.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked green glass bottle, I hope it is fresh so it isn't skunked though with the three year old hops it might not be an issue.
Poured a clear amber with a thin white head that subsided quickly.
The aroma was full of acetaldehyde and smelled of Brett as well. Lots of green apple and barnyard character with a slight sourness.
The flavor is very clean for a lambic as there is very little lactic sourness but it is still very complex. It begins with a sharp sour bite that segues into an applelike flavor and then a light sweetness blends into the barnyard flavor and the beer finishes clean with a touch of the green apple flavor. The finish is very sharp and lends a clean finish. This is a very mild lambic but it is still a good lambic as it allows an approchable introduction to the style.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden-copper color, very clear, with a moderate, persistent white head, thick broken lacing, and slight slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Spicy aroma, with coriander being prominent, and lesser notes of yeast, honey, and earth.

Taste: Long having been a fan of Lindeman's Framboise, I clearly recognize the earthy yeast undercurrent of this beer. The taste challenges the powers of description, it is slightly earthy, with prominent yeast notes, and an undercurrent of honey and spices. There are also wood and citrus notes. In all, remarkably comples.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example of the style, certainly not to be missed..

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of crwills
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange and grainy from a corked bottle into an oversized wine glass. Massive fluffy head, partially due to the cork falling into the bottle and causing it to fizz up and spill (oops). Head fades quite fast, though.

Aroma is fascinating... horseblanket and must, very sour, with barnlike or hay background.

Taste is only mildly sour, with some sweetness in it as well. Musty/moldy notes, sour apple and melon, maybe a little banana. Somewhat reminds me of a Jolly Rancher candy, which isn't great.

Good, thicker-than-expected mouthfeel and a mild fruity aftertaste.

I don't have a lot of experience with gueuze as a style, so it's hard to compare, but I'm guessing there are a lot better ones than this.

Photo of Backer2004
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Right before I tried Lindeman's, I had an Oud Gueze Beersel and thought it would take me some time before I can adapt to this style. However, this one just was a lot milder in all aspects, especially the sourness factor. Much easier to drink than the former, it still has the tart, hopless taste. Paired okay with some different cheese.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a hazy golden orage with moderatw carbonation. Head is ultra white and on the small side. Aroma is sweet with a tart berry-fruit smell. Sip starts with a tart combination of citris and berry flavors. Yeast flavors provide an interesting edge of flavor. A lightly sweet malt base is nice and becomes grainier in the finish. A touch of wheat is also noted. Drinkability is very high.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull amber color with a white head. Aroma? To put it mildly, it stinks (I love it!). From across the room, it's the smell of sweaty socks and rotten fruit. Up close, it's more of the same, only with a touch of herbal sweetness. ANY self-respecting gueuze will make you think twice about tasting it.

Taste is sour and a little fruity. Apricots or peaches left to rot in the refrigerator crisper for months. A bit of wheaty sweetness follows, something floral, something mildly honey-blossom. Candy tartness, something agricultural and outdoors.

Mouthfeel is light, mild and clean, only slightly puckering. This isn't the palate-raper like the more authentic lambics I like, but it gets the job done. A little too user friendly, but will do in a pinch.

Photo of goochpunch
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange color, making this look exactly like a liquid orange sucker. Minimal, spotty lacing, and a thin, frothy head. Some floaties to deal with. Smells musty and sweet with a background of wheat. Smells a bit "malty" for a geuze. Has a cidery sweetness without much funk character. Tastes as if this was a geuze mixed with some other beer. Mouthfeel is light, and smooth but a bit syrupy sweet. I could definately see this being a refreshing beer in warmer months, but there's no way in hell I'd buy this again, honestly. The quality does not match up with the price tag. Ounce per dollar, the Cuvee Renee is a way better beer and way better deal.

Photo of paulfear
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice deep orangey gold color with a nice creamy white head. the head decreases to almost a thin film. very fruity aroma, slightly yeasty; and it almost smells sour sort of like a semi-sweet wine. very sweet and tart, the taste actually reminds me more of a sparkling wine than a beer.

Photo of Sigmund
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375 ml capped and corked bottle, as Gueuze Foudroyante, bought in France. ABV is 4.0%. Hazy dark amber colour, large to moderate off-white head. Sweet and sourish aroma, reminiscent of some cheap white wines, hints of oak, cider apples, rotting berries and barnyard too. Flavour is very sweet, sweeter than any other gueuze I’ve had (not that I’ve had very many), strong notes of rotting fruits and berries, sourish but not astringent. Short sourish-sweet aftertaste. Worth a try, but won’t buy again.

Photo of nortmand
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with an amber tinge. Fair white head with good lacing. Appears undercarbonated vs. others I've had.

Sharp cheddar smells and farmy sour smells. Exactly what I'd expect, just way subdued.

Sweet up front, gradually builds to a lemon tartness by the back of the tongue, but disappointingly dissipates rather quickly. Sweetness must be faked, tastes like diet pop. I like a tear-jerkingly pungent gueze and this didn't quite get there, plus had that fake sweetness.

Medium carbonation, lacking the overcarbonation I've come to expect from belgian beers. For the masses, but still pretty good.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 1/2" off white head that falls quickly. Orange-amber bourbon color. Patchy lace.

S - Fruit. Powder. Light vinegar aroma. Wood.

T - Sour. Tangy. Fruit - cherry. Vinegar. Slight oxidized flavor. Light malt in finish. Oak wood.

M - Crisp mouthfeel. Clean finish. Great carbonation. Refreshing.

D - Delicious. Great drinkability. Awesome!

Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Nothing really useful

Aroma: Musty, cork and ginger ale.

Appearance: Deep gold with edges of amber, nice thin off white head that leaves respectable lace.

Flavor: Tastes like the cork smells on every other Lindemans beer. While it’s training wheels for “real” lambic beers, it’s very good. A lot like ginger ale with some subdued sweetness and a bit of sour balance. A fair amount of “wood” flavor as well. Very typical of the other Lindemans offerings.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall Impression: Very drinkable, balanced and easy on the palate. You don’t have to reach for this one, it comes to you. A good introduction to the more hard core lambic beers.

Lindemans Gueuze from Brouwerij Lindemans
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