Lindemans Apple - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
83
good

706 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: CualityC on 05-13-2006

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Photo of johnbjaeger
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This, as another BA aptly pointed out, tastes like green apple Jolly Rancher candy. For some people, this is a bad thing. I happen to like green apple Jolly Rancher candy so we're cool on this front. This one has a nice degree of pucker on the intake that hits first before the slightly cloying apple hits and stays through the finish. If you aren't down for that, you might not be happy.

Otherwise, it's a pretty average lambic that drinks easily, looks fine and tickles the tongue just enough. I am not sure how much of this I can stand, but a single glass goes down nice and fast.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay chalice. Nice golden body with a one finger white head. A little lacing along the glass.

Aroma is of tart apples. A hint of watermelon comes out as well.

The taste follows the aroma with a strong tart green apple taste dominating. I still get a hint of watermelon in the background.
Very sweet mix overall.

The overtly sweet tastes make this a little less drinkable for me.

Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong apples, tart malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is a strong tartness present, as well. Tastes of apple, yeast, tart malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, an average lambic.

Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a very very light orange in color with a smallish head.

Smell – The apple is extremely tart. It’s not like apple juice or apple cider. It’s more like if you take green apple, smash it with a press, then just lick up the juice.

Taste – I thought this was going to be overly sour but it’s not at all. It’s just a good, raw, juicy apple flavor (as opposed to apple juice) with only the meat of the apple. There’s no apple skin flavor at all, just the juice of the flesh.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and extremely tart.

Drinkability – I had no problem drinking this but it’s certainly not a Lambic and completely lacks the requisite malt base.

Photo of DavidST
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a fluted Lindeman's glass, no clue on the bottle dating.

Pours a mostly clear light yellow color, with a white head, lots of effervescent bubbles stream non stop from the bottom to the top, a champagne type of look. Smell is mostly of granny smith apples not much else. Feel is light, high carbonation, a little tartness from the apples is present. The taste is kind of what I expected, its got a load of nice granny smith apple sourness which I like, followed by loads of sweetness, this is far closer to an apple cider than a beer. Overall an okay beer, not something I would normally get, perhaps a good dessert beer. None of these fruit Lindemans are my type of drink and if I had to choose one I prefer the frambrosie or the kriek over this.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

smaller size. in a lindemans glass.

appears rather lambicy, yellowish with some darker highlights.. lots of fizz inside and a champagne head full of airy bubbles. aroma is extremely strong.. smellable from two feet away. green apple essence of candy and other artificial products. get specific? green apple jolly ranchers and/or blow pops. appeals to my 'lover of sour candy' side, but really makes me think twice about actually drinking it.

once i do, well, i taste artificial candy green apple tartness. what i am amazed by is the finish, which allows some muted funky lambic character to shine. makes me sad that this might have started as a decent beer, and been further polluted by these abrasively chipper sour syrups and whatnot. strangely, i keep drinking it.. and with each sip, i marvel at the contrast between the initial fruit barrage and the finishing woody funk. a complex beer? yes. overall? completely mindboggling.

worth a try in the way that it is different from such fruit-overpowering products like the framboise and the peche, but still cannot hold a candle to the cuvee rene... or even the gueuze. $5 wasted and this beer sampled.. i don't feel like a total ass, but my money could have been spent more wisely.

Photo of DogFood11
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured gingerly it forms a tight and whispy white head that retains and never fades in the slightest bit throughout. Golden in color w/ lots of hyped up carbonation racing to the surface.

Obviously green apple is the core flavor here. Whats nice about this brew is that the tartness is rather balanced out somewhat by the ripe green apple. Those green jolly ranchers come to mind with each drink, tart up front and sweet as it goes on. Refreshing and crisp this is really well put together.

Notes: Certainly not one of my favorite styles as I tend to gravitate towards more traditional lambic styles and other spontaneous fermented products like Guezes, and Biere de Garde but, and a big BUT, this is a well brewed beer and I can appreciate the quality presented here.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of green apples, baby!

Taste: The taste of artificially-flavored apple candy with an unrelenting sweetness. Juicy, cheek-pulling acidity. Puckering tart finish. Best cider I've had in awhile!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Apple cider plus a cup of sugar. Some would say you have a recipe for disaster, but you really just have a recipe for Lindeman's Pomme.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green bottle, nice and thick, pours a vibrant golden color, lots of tiny bubbles, sticks around, good lace. Aroma was pretty much jolly ranger apple candy. Not bad, enjoyable, definitely delivers on the apple promise.

Mild sour presence, adequate apple tartness, way over the top sweetening, I guess to make the sourness more palateable to people who drink lambics but don't want the sourness I guess. Not as sweet as the kriek or framboise, thankfully. Very reminiscient of an apple cider. If they would just take the flavor and aroma of New Glarus Apple Ale, but still keep the spontaneous fermentation here, but quit dumping a gripload of sugar into it, I think you'd have a very good beer.

Instead, the sweetness here really kills it for me, but thankfully, it isn't as bad as some of their others, but nowhere near as good as the gueuze.

Photo of dfillius
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet
A: Gentle Pour yields 1/4 finger of fizzy white head with poor retention. Hazy golden color. I'd like better head retention please.
S: Very apple cidery like. Smells the same as a packet of dry apple cider mix or a green apple jolly rancher. Too sweet and fake smelling.
T: Sugary like a pixy stick out in front. Tart finish of a granny smith apple keeps it from being cloying. Tastes like a wine cooler. The flavor would be better without the smell involved.
M: Sweet then tart.
D: I'd drink again, but not a second glass or buy frequently at all. A dessert beer definitely!

Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky apple juice color with a modest head - drops to a ringlet right away but some of the splashes do stick

Smell: Ooh, but that aroma does smell like artificial apple flavoring; really sweet

Taste: Starts out moderately sweet, with some hints of sour and just builds from there; becoming sweeter as time passes

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Good for a few sips and then just becomes too cloying

Photo of allengarvin
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a chalice glass, this pours a limpid amber color with a small head. Nose is very American cidery (that is, apple scented with an overlying sweetness). In flavor, it's almost identical to a bland cider like Woodchuck... except for a touch of pepperiness and a mere hint of vegetal sourness, and that is not a pleasant lambic sourness. Thin bodied, but not unexpected--enough carbonation to make it not unpleasant in mouthfeel.

Very disappointing. Perhaps mildly better than Lindemans Peche, but close enough to be tied for the worst beer of the Lindemans line-up of beers.

Photo of Bananaman
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this one in a regular supermarket in Degerfors, Örebro, Sweden. I just had to buy a few of it.

The bottle looks pretty nice! The color of the beer is hazy orange/yellow with a small white head.

Aroma is mostly sweet apples and a light maltiness. Pretty nice smell actually.

Tastes clean of apple and some artificial sweetener. Some malts lurk in the background.

I'm not a great fan of artificial sweeteners and I think it's just plain wrong to add it in a beer, what ever sort of beer. But I am keeping that out my mind while reweiving the beer.

All and all, highly drinkable and a good thirst quencher (though the artificial sweetener leaves a quite unpleasent dry feeling in your mouth).

Photo of Absumaster
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden beer with a thin head.

Smell of green apples on top of a sweet and artificial apple smell. No hops or malt in the smell.

Taste is sweet with a distinct apple juice taste. Body is sweet and sticky. This beer has been sweetened. There is absolutely no malt or hops to be tasted here. Even the expected tartness is not present. I understand that this is really great for people that don't like beer, but not for me. I will be mild in my judgement.

Photo of DIM
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear, bright golden color. It poured with a large, firm, sticky white head.

s: Smells like apple juice, I was hoping for more cider character. Very sweet smelling, very little to remind me of a traditional lambic, just a hint of earthiness.

t: This is just too sweet for me. I taste apple juice and little else. Some suggestions of wheat and a barely noticeable bit of tartness.

m: A bit on the heavy side for what is supposed to be light and refreshing.

d: I'm sure this is as they intended, its just lacking in tartness and is too sickly sweet for my taste.

Photo of Viggo
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Goodbar in Buffalo, thanks Amanda!

Pours a cloudy yellow/amber, thin white head, leaves some decent lacing, thin ring sticks around, otherwise kind of unappealing, kind of dull. Smell is very sweet, sugary, apples, sourness, strawberry and a touch of vanilla, but overwhelmingly sweet. Taste is insanely sweet as well, tastes like a sour apple jolly rancher, very sugary. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, almost cloying. Much too sugary for me, weird synthetic apple aroma/flavour.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

"Pomme" is French for "apple," and on this Lambic's la- bel, it states apple juice and natural flavor is added. Usu- ally "natural" flavor ends up being a clean, clear sterile extract used for consistency. Suffice it to say, the debate over what "natural" actually means is ongoing.

Head retention is pretty amazing, as it clings to the glass after each sip. Mild haze for a glowing golden-col- ored brew. Big aroma of a bag full of Green Apple Jolly Ranchers or a juice box was thrown in the glass. Very crisp and very smooth, with a fluffy moderate body. Big, tart and juicy sweet green apple flavor. Are we drinking a timid cider or a glass of fresh-pressed Granny Smith apple juice? A bit of Lambic funk seeps in with a mild cellar flavor; then some malt graininess comes through, which is just about enough vindication to pass this off as a beer. Finishes tart and sweet, with a long-lingering apple flavor.

Apple character is dialed up really high here--not bad at all, but this is certainly at the far end of the sweet Lambics. If you want more of the Lambic flavor to come through, let it breathe and warm up a little rather than drink it at the cold temperature (38-41° F) that is advised. Pair this with a walnut-and-grape chicken salad sandwich.

Photo of ADR
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellowish color, a little dull in luster. Thin flat-lying head in a chalice. Laces are thin with scant minimal strings. Highly sweetened but distinct apple aromas, lives in a candy-ish sour ball realm. Light and carbonated mouthfeel. Certainly puts some apple into the Pomme appelation as far as the flavor profile, not as earthy as it should be, but definitely more defined than you find in something like Unibroue Ephemere. Nevertheless, it seems a little bit plastic and on the artificial side, at the same time that its "busting out all over". Interesting slide into a chalky almost oaky wrap-up. Can't say that its really a beer that meets a lot of things I look for in the many styles that are available in the world today.

Photo of jrallen34
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the a 375 ml bottle into a Lindeman's glass.

The beer pours a maize clear color with a 2 finger white head that has good retention and lacing.

Everyone compates this to an apple jolly rancher and that exactly what it is. It is a green sour apple, very sweet and wonderful.

The taste is not as great or sweet as the aroma. It doesn't have a ton of sweetness doesn't really taste like an apple and has too much bitterness to it but not a lambic bitterness. I've had the Floris Apple and it dominates this beer.

The feel is light and not entirely drinkable.

Overall, this isn't great.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Taking one for the team after this one is kicked at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, Ename tripel will be flowing on draft imagine how lucky we are to have a true tripel flowing after this candy inspired fruit ale. Appears a pale golden apple juice with a light white colore head leaves thin specks of lace with each sip. Arom has tart apple, granny smith if you will pretty sharp acidity quality in the smell. Taste howevery is overwhelmingly sweet with Jolly Rancher green apple abundancy with more sweet than tart literally sugary in flavor not so much ciderish but more or less arificially injected with concentrated sugars. Mouthfeel leaves a dry coating on the palate lighter body overarl with spritzy carbonation for this lighter bodied ale. Drinkability well no thanks especially after trying so many fine beers over the years at the Creekhouse.

Photo of BigMike
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head.

S: Sweet and sour apples. Some white grape and tartness.

T: Just like green apple jolly ranchers. Not much else to say.

M: Like the peche this one is sweet and coats the mouth with a sugary candiness.

Overall: Below average fruit beer. Seems more like a cider.

Photo of ricke
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving date: 2009-01-23. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 250 ml foiled bottle with freshness date on label (Best before 2010-10-29).

Appearance: I almost expected this one to be green, considering the looks of the bottle... On o more serious note, it's bright orange, almost yellow, and very hazy. A decent two fingered white head settles into a nice long-lasting coat of foam and leaves some fragmentary lacings.

Smell: Apples, apples, apples, and maybe a hint of artificial sweetener and sour aromas. Although the smell of apples can be quite nice and refreshing, this one is not. It mainly smells synthetic and candy-like. If I would use one term to describe the smell of this one, it would be sweet and sour soft apple candy. Even though it's kind of a unique smell, considering it's a beer, it's not that not pleasant.

Taste: A very prominent taste of apples up front... no surprises there. The synthetic character is played down a bit in the taste, but it's still there and the beer still tastes very much as apple candy. It's reminiscent of sweet apple cider. It's very sweet at first, then a slight sourness and some faint malty flavors take over for a little while. This is actually not a very pleasant part of the taste, since the faint malt flavor mixes badly with the overly sweet taste of apples. The finish is primarily sour, but also a bit tart and sweet. Again, the taste of sweet and sour soft apple candy appears. The sourness definitely adds to the brew and makes for a pleasant aspect of its overall profile. But after a while, it feels like I've eaten to much candy.

Mouthfeel: Actually quite good. It's medium-bodied with rather lively bubbles, that go well with the sweet and sour taste.

Drinkability: It's a bit hard to review this one. As a beer, it's rather unique since it tastes more like apple juice or apple cider. As an apple beverage, it's quite good, and if I would be in the mood for something sweet, like cider, I would definitely choose this one over most ciders I've tried. (But one bottle of it would be enough though for one night - it's too sickly-sweet for a second.) However, if I'm in the mood for beer, I would probably choose something else. It's nice for a change, I guess.

As a last comment, I must say that I really would have liked to see this one without the artificial sweetener and fruit juice. Although, I'm a layman when it comes to brewing lambics, but I think it would have been nicer if they would have stuck to the actual fruits.

NOTE: ABV is 4%, according to the label.

Photo of BierFan
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce green bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: A white cap of foam with a body that appropriately looks like apple cider.

Smell: Some green apple smell with an odd funkiness to it. Perhaps the cork is to blame for the funk.

Taste: Tart green apples. Not as big of an apple flavor as I expected.

Photo of ggaughan
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up in a Lindeman's gift set. I was a little leary to try this one as I had hear it tasted like an apple Jolly Racher. The beer poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a slight off white head. The beer had a candy apple nose and a touch of earthiness to it as well. The was actually like an apple Jolly Rancher, very syrupy tasting that leaves a sugary taste on the tongue that is not overly pleasing. Worth a try but I don't think I would go back.

Photo of yourefragile
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 mL corked and capped, foil wrapped bottle, poured into a flute.

Pours a clouded golden yellow with a slight greenish tint. Frothy whitish head with awesome retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, green apples (Granny Smith-like) with only a trace of the impending doom of sweetness that follows in the flavor. Flavor starts off pleasantly tart and sour, like biting into a crisp, fresh Granny Smith, before an unrelenting syrup sweet green Jolly Rancher flavor takes over and refuses to clear the palate long into the finish. Better than I expected, but still disappointing and missing the mark from a true lambic. Was a nice way to try this in their holiday gift pack, but I wouldn't purchase this separately.

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