Lindemans Gueuze - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 289
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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 peabody
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy yellow to amber with one finger of small white suds. The suds go away quickly.
The smell is like lemon pledge with a hint of mint. Also some malt sugarsthat tell me this is going to be a sugary one.
It's like a lemon and lime sweet tea that is very refreshing but almost too sweet. You know your mouth will be dry from all the sugar left in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is sugary with a hint of sourness.
The drinkability is low here because I can't take so much of the sweet. (487 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I debated this and the Rene Cuvee. As I have no great faith in Lindemans, I chose the smaller (cheaper) bottle. Judging from my opinion of this beer, and the reviews of the Rene, I chose ... poorly.

Pours an orangey-hazy color. Small white head. Smells like ... apples ... and maybe a bit of funk.

Taste is way, way, way too sweet. Seems like there's residual fruit juice in here. I mean, there's some unripe apples, and a bit of the vinegar I expect, but a Gueuze's overriding flavor component should not be sweet.

Disappointing. Lively mouthfeel, though. (559 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,789 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an apple juice kind of golden/orange color. Cloudy from the yeast. At first pour, a weak bubbly white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky hay and grass that I love. Some biscuit and dough. Brewers yeast. Some apples and other fruit.
T: Apple cider is what come to mind. Sweet fruity champagne flavors.
M/D: Some snappy carbonation. Though, a creaminess follows. Not hard to drink. A low abv, but too sweet to be a session beer. Very enjoyable to sip on.

My first Gueuze. I don't know what to make of it. This is something I enjoy, but don't know how to rate quite yet. I have some Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René that I am going to try next so I can compare. A complex style, and I want to revisit this beer. (763 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Murky golden color; hazy. Not much head to speak of just some loose bubbles around the edges of the glass. This also results in no lacing.

S. Where to begin...horseblanket, candi sugar, some band aid aroma, apple juice, honey, under ripened sour cherries, lemons and limes. Very complex to say the least.

T. Its actually sweeter than expected. Plums, honey, apple cider-like qualities, a little bit funky from the bugs but not nearly as complex as the nose, in my opinion.

M. Light in the mouth, a little watery, and low carbonation. I would like for it to be more zingy with the carbonation for the refreshment factor.

D. I am a little bit let down with this one. I wanted a sour beer and this one is not it. Too sweet, but smells nice and very complex. (763 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, nice red-orange color. It doesn't smell as funky as the cuvee rene but still has a vinegar-like and a hint of a musty basement, oldness. Apple-cider vinegar flavor but also sweet and syrupy. Oddly, this still isn't really sour and the syrup-like aspect is a detractor. The cuvee rene is much, much better. (319 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked, capped & foiled bottle like the other Lindemans Gueuze and Lambic beers.
A - Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy dark orange with an inch and a half of slightly off white rocky head that slowly falls away.
S - Has some lemon sourness with a bit of an earthy/musty note. A bit of sweet grainy malt as well.
T - A bit of lemon sourness and earthiness also in the taste but a lot more sugary sweetness as well.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation with a very sweet sticky finish.
D - Like most beers in this style this isn't someything I'd drink on a regular basis but this would be a good introduction to the style. It's got the characteristics that you'd expect but not too overpowering like some others. (726 characters)

Photo of deepsouth
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm drinking this tonight out of a lindemans glass. splitting with the missus. this is one we've had before and both enjoy, but i'm just taking the time to review.

this beer poured a cloudy golden amber with a thin tan head that left quickly. tons of carbonation.

this beer smells a bit like grape peel, earthiness, a bit sour with a touch of malty sweetness. smells good for a fruit beer, although i haven't had that many of them.

the beer is very well balanced to me. equal parts sweet and sour. the taste is very funky and earthy. tastes like it smells. this beer is easily the best beer i've had from lindemans.

the mouthfeel is medium, which is fuller than i expected. not bad.

easily my favorite offering from these guys. i'd like to try some more like this that are rated higher than this one. (806 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My only previous experience with Lindemans is the fruit flavored lambis they brew, so this one is a bit different. It pours a clear light copper with a thin but lingering head. The aroma is fruity, maybe slightly cidery and sweet. The flavor is sweet upfront, with a kind of fruity quality. The fruitiness leads into nice tart and slightly sour flavors. There is a nice earthy funky flavor which combined with the tartness, lingers in my mouth. I am not too familiar with the style, but it is certainly an interesting beer, and not bad overall. (544 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle. Dark Golden apple juice appearance. Head lasted briefly, but the beautiful carbonation keeps rising. Woody, sweet smell. Very light apple taste with a little tart aftertaste. Nice feel and very easy to drink. Not something for me to buy repeatedly, but nice to drink nonetheless. (300 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a apple juice gold color with light orange hues and a fizzy white head.

S: a light tarntess of sour oranges, a light barnyard funkiness and candi-sugar.

T: The initial flavor starts out sweet, with some candi-sugar notes before fading to a gentle funky tartness. There was some lemony citrus notes as well some sour green apples. A nice sweet and sour complexity with a light acidity.

M: light, a little thin on the tongue but finished fairly clean.

D: A solid example by style, nothing fancy, just a well brewed beer that was refreshing leaving you wanting more. (580 characters)

Photo of ojclark
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apple cider-like aroma with some initial corkiness. Some sweetness and candy-like notes in aroma as well.Lacking expected sour/acidic aroma and barnyardy notes.

Golden color. Very effervescent. Excellent clarity. Rocky, off-white head with excellent retention. Nice looking beer.

Sweet and sour flavor predominates. Very cider-like. Strong acetaldehyde (green apple) notes. Flavor is fairly one-dimensional for a gueuze; lacking in bracing sourness and barnyardy notes. Also seems to have some cork taint. Finishes with a fairly long, rhubarby sweet and sour flavor.

Medium body. Has a slightly syrupy, sugary mouthfeel. High carbonation. Lacks the tart/puckering finish the high acicity of a typical gueuze normally has.

Rather sweet and one-dimensional for a standard gueuze. Actually pretty drinkable aside from the cork taint, but, as with many Lindeman's beers, this is rather one-dimensional and sweet for its style. (926 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am reviewing a bottle of the Lindemans Gueuze Foudroyante. The beer poured a clear golden color with a medium thickness head that runs away quickly and gives way to a little ring on the edge. Slight tart aroma, a bit funky but not too much. The taste is somewhat tart but a bit sweet as well. Sweeter that you usually get in a gueuze but drinkable and approachable for those not used to the style. (399 characters)

Photo of iasanlee
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- A clear golden copper. Minimal head with a touch of lacing.

S- Sweet and tart. Citrus and green apple.

T- Extreme sweetness hits hard first. Green apple is what I can most take from it. Definitely some yeast character. Dry club soda like finish.

M- Full bodied and coating. Again, club soda like carbonation.

D- Not a favorite. My girlfriend liked it, but maybe because she loves Riesling wine. (401 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 won’t be pouring it down the drain, but for gueuze, I’ll 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. (531 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,325 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : gueuze, mousse faible et peu tenace, dégagement gazeux faible
Smell : nez fruité et sucré
Taste and mouthfeel : très douce au goût, acidulée et sucrée, peu d'amertume
Drinkability : une version de gueuze correcte mais sans plus (296 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a relatively clear dark golden with just a slight head and no lacing to speak of. The nose is slightly sour with notes of grape must, lemon, and tangerine. A slight hit of sweetness on the end. Really quite sweet- much more so than the nose would suggest, approaching Faro territory. Sweet sour interplay, rather simple, with candi sugar, lemon and tangerine. Just the barest hit of funkiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly slick. Just okay, too sweet for the style and lacks complexity. (496 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely on the sweet side... and with a funkyness that is a tad off-putting... not as clean as other geuze's...

But pours from a 375ml bottle copper/straw, just slightly hazy.

The nose carries the distinctive lactic sour twang, just slightly vinegar-sweet, some caramel/toffee.

Taste is definitely on the sweet side, not quite cloying, but far from dry. Vinegar notes are present around the edges, green apple, sour cherries are faintly available, malt character very much in the background, complex, but just a tad too sweet.

Nicely carbonated, lifts relatively clean of the tongue, approaching spritzy... would work well as an aperitif, or as I served, with chicken with olives, tomato, and shallot in a gueuze reduction.

Drinkability would be higher if it weren't quite so sweet, this bottle went down quickly, but for the price I want something with this level of sophistication in the palate but without such a glaring weakness. That said, I'd love to have this around more often. (993 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Grapefruit, caramel, toffee. Grapes, sour milk.

Looks: Copper in colour. Chunks floating... I'm going to assume that it is the yeast. Some head... then poof, it's gone, not even a thin cover left over.

Taste: Sweet & sour. This must have been sweetened. Tarte. Citrusy. Toffee. Buttery oak flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

Overall, I was sort of dissapointed in this, because I was hoping that it was not sweetened. It's not really my cup of tea... or Beer. (487 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A solidly dense three finger head rises above this crystal clear amber brew. This is so purely clear, and so amber that I halfway expect to see a giant mesozoic mosquito frozen in time in my glass! Tons of lace sticks to the glass, and brings back a fat finger and a half of beautiful white foam. This is a beautiful beer!

S - I can smell the battery acid two feet from the glass, and as my nose approaches the glass, I can smell balsamic vinegar, beer battered fish, and some tart raspberry notes show up faintly in the background. This is much less astringent and harsh than other gueuzes that I've tried, and for some that may be seen as a weakness but I'm thankful for it. This also has the traditional gueuze barnyard notes(or what I think smells more like the big ape habitat at the zoo). This has enough nasal zing to make you wince, but not enough to make your eyes water.

T - Wow! This sure is sweet! I was expecting an overwhelming pucker, but this is not at all violent like I expect a gueuze to be. This is one of the most complex brews that I've had in quite a while. I can taste balsamic vinegar soaked beer battered fish (which is just about my favorite food on the planet), sugar cubes, under-ripe raspberry tartness, a load of zingy green apple skin, immature green grapes, sour-pucker candy, and a tiny dollop of honey. Damn! This is a world-class brew.

M - This is medium bodied with some really nice structure on the palate, and a very understated level of carbonation. This feels like a tannic red wine in my mouth, and the finish is surprisingly breif. This could use some more heft and astringency...it's very gentle.

D - This is scary. I could live on this stuff! I think that it would go well with anything from salads, chicken, steak, chocolate....this is one of the better food beers out there. I could down bottle after bottle of this stuff, but I'd be broke at these prices (I paid $4.99 for a 355ml bottle). If only I were a rich man...Sadly, price is a factor and the cost of this stuff will prevent me from buying it very often but I won't detract from the score just because I'm po'. Actually, this is so drinkable that I wish it had some characteristic that made me want to drink more slowly because at five bucks for this little bottle, I'm paying a dollar a minute at this rate. (2,323 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being a fan of the Gueuze I figured I would try this one which happens to be one of the most widely available.

A: Pours a nice cider brown kind of color. The head rushes to the top in tiny bubbles but dies down nicely. There is little fizz after the pour and tons of floaters in the bottle.

S: There is a nice fruity aroma. Green apples with a hint of sugar. There is a definite underlying sweetness which is pretty nice. Not really your usual Gueuze aroma..way more sweet.

T: Starts off with the sweetness of concentrated apple juice. There is a little tart funk in the background, but this is not the flavor of a good gueuze.

M: Despite the lack of bubbles after the pour it is still a lively brew. Pretty crisp and clean.

D: It is nice for one bottle and I actually liked the sweet taste. It is more of a fruit tasting beer than a gueuze.

Overall: Like I said I like the beer, too bad it’s not a traditional gueuze. If you want gueuze go elsewhere. If you want a nice sweet treat with a touch of funk give this one a try. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was in another gueuze mood, and this was what I could find.

Appearance was good - cidery looking, fizzy head.

Smell was quite nice...smelled like a tart caramel apple, and tastes like one too! Sour upfront with a good deal of residual sweetness competing against the nice oak-y drying. I don't know if I can pick out a great deal of Brett funk, but I get a yogurt-esque element, so perhaps some lactobacillus.

Carbonation was appropriate, maybe just a tad too sticky in the feel.

Easy-drinking gueuze, and an excellent intro into the style - definitely on the sweeter side of the style. That said, it goes down swimmingly, as does the other examples of the style I've tried. Hell, I'm tempted to never drink a white wine again. I wish more examples of gueuze were widely available over here! (806 characters)

Lindemans Gueuze from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.