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De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 93
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 5.87%
Wants: 41
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 09-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Blended by Lindemans from 1-year and 2-year-old Lindemans lambic and 2-year-old Girardin lambic.
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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened April '15.
Popped open cap, cork expanded out on its own and shot out hitting a 30-40 ft ceiling
Funky noise, much more complex over the course of the night when left off to the side
Look was standard, lots of carbonation.
Taste was exceptional and I certainly liked this blend.
Even for one and two year, this beer was complex.
Can't wait to see how this beer will develop over the course of a few more years. (426 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of tart green apple with some light barnyard and funky notes also perceptible. Taste is also a well-balanced mix of sour and tart green apple notes with some barnyard and hay notes with almost no acidity in the finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I love the complexity and the limited amount of acidity in this beer. (462 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

Pours hazy straw/blonde in color with a thin bublly head and not much lacing. A big, powerful nose, sour cherries, green apple, acidic and some bread/buscuit doughiness. One the palate, there is some residual malt sweetness and again sour cherries, lactic acid and some nice Brett funkiness. Just a great beer! (431 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had last in the series of others similar in style, but felt it stood out enough to give it a proper review

The color is golden and resplendent with only a slight haze and thick cap of white settles to a ring of ultra fine beads. The smell has lots of funk up front but as it is allowed to warm gently it opens up with some nice floral and earthy yeast notes that bring to mind green grape and slight fresh vegetal/herbal odors with a hint of sour fruit rind that has a musty slightly vinous quality. The feel is tart and dry with slightly fruity sweet tinges that segue into spice with a mild element of malt and wood w/ moderately high carbonation and mild astringent tinges with nice blend of juicy and yeasty elements.

The taste is tart and lemony with a dry malty almost bitter in the first taste with a slight sharp acidity that seems to mellow and become more tropical in flavor with bits of wood blending well w/ gentle lemon and lactic yeasty tinges that bring to mind fruit rind and hints of kumquat in the same breath. I like the mild pineapple tinges and light oaky quality that seems to emerge more toward the finish. I find there is a tannic element which brings to mind white grapeskin. Overall I was pleased to have the chance to try this, A very approachable Gueuze that doesn't scrimp in the flavor department at all. It has subtlety and balance, but it drinks very well and is expressive at the same time. I consider this a nice blend of flavor - well worth the effort if you can find this. (1,514 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Heeren shared with PapaEugene

Look: The beer pours a beautiful golden-yellow orange color and a long lasting large head.

Smell: Barnyard, horseblanket, cheese, citrus (orange lemon) and some moderate funk.

Taste: Lots of lemon, green apples, but not too acidic, horseblanket, hay, and some wooden tones. The beer has a dry tart citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium-high carbonation which tingles the tongue.

Overall: A must try for geuze geeks like me. Very nice, very balanced and refreshing. However, be patient, this blend is still too young. Better wait at least a year before opening. (627 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at De Heeren. October 2012.

The beer is clear and light orange colored with a formidable, cloudy, white head. The aroma brings some cheesy funk, hay, authentic Belgian lambic scents. Nice flavor! Ahh...cheesy, barnyard funk with hints of citrus. Transporting aroma and taste. Really wonderful. Low carbonation and silky smooth on the palate. A terrific example of the style, I feel fortunate to have tried this. What a great place to enjoy food and beer. (462 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blended by Lindemans from 1-year and 2-year-old Lindemans lambic and 2-year-old Girardin lambic.

Several pours from the bottle at De Heeren's 20th Anniversary celebration on Saturday September 3, a few hours after arriving in Belgium. Served in a HORAL mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a slight orange tint. Big, foamy white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Very bubbly.

Nose brings forward a really nice amount of funk and light cheese. Faint citrus and a nice earthy complexity. Horse blanket throughout. Some lemon and then a bit more funk. Very earthy. Quite cheesy as well.

The flavor is close to the nose, but not quite as complex. Probably closer to a 4.25. Plenty of funk and cheese plus a bit of citrus and a mild lactic acidity. Lemon is there as well as a bit of barnyard funk. Faint straw.

Light body and very crisp carbonation. Light acidity throughout with a good dosing of lemon rind behind the funk. Very dry finish. Quite tasty and a nice addition to the De Heeren lineup. (1,028 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/17/2011

Shared by Tim, thanks!

A: Bright gold with good clarity. The head is two inches of sea foam with great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Blue cheese and oak blend with sulfur and prominent barnyard notes. Horse blanket is evident with a touch of cat piss and lemon.

T: Tart and acidic with a little sulfur and a good amount of lemon. Lightly cheesy with a firm lactic sourness. Oak is evident and well integrated. The finish is lemon with a flourish of citric acidity, tannins, and oak.

M: Lower medium in body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A bit young but very good. This will probably be killer in a few years. (636 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle opened 12/3/2011

A: A massive, billowy white head crowns a clear, golden-orange body marked by vibrant carbonation. Streaks of foam left with each sip.

S: Assertive lemon, green grapes, and orange notes. Soft musty oak and earth. There is no doubt about Girardin's influence in the blend.

T: Like the nose there is a nice bright citric and green grape component. However, tha subtle mineral quality that great Girardin vintages have, starts to come though towards the end. Light wet hay and musty oak rounds things out.

M: Medium carbonation, aggressive carbonation, moderate acidity and mild, crisp, sourness in the finish.

O: All said, I am really looking forward to this aging. It's young still, and the fact that it's a 1/2 year blend is evident in the nose. I think time will do wonders to this beer, particularly in the nose. (849 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently, big time want here. At the time of this review, this is the #20 beer on the "Top Beers -Gueuze" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a Stone IRS glass. Beer is yellow clear effervescent, soft white head, medium bubbles, low retention, no lacing, lots of carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little cheesy, with a mild acetic bite to it, mostly lactic with a mild oakiness to it.

Beer is light and bright, stinging on the tongue, a little tart on the finish, nice though. Really effervescent. Clean relatively dry finish. A nice little gueuze for sure. I'd have it again, no problem. I wonder what this will taste like in 20 years. (664 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt in FL for sending this my way. Served in a Mikkeller goblet.

A - A few fingers of creamy white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few spots of lace. Hazy peach flesh body. Looks like gueuze alright!

S - This is ridiculously funky - massive barnyard, manure, and blue cheese, with some earthy mushroom flavors in there for good measure. Just rank and dirty smelling, with some sulfur and soiled diaper. Beyond that's there's light acetobacter, a dash of lemon, and a slightly Saison-esque malt character that has a touch of lotion to it. I can imagine this aroma being offensive to some but I, somewhat shamefully, really enjoyed it.

T - Unfortunately the taste is a bit of a disappointment in comparison. More earthy, dirty, and woodsy, with very low funky or sour presence. There's a bit of lactic character mingling with dry oak, lemons, and stone fruit malts. It does get a bit more sour as the beer warms up, but there's an over-oaked, slightly seltzer-like quality.

M - The carbonation is a touch high for my tastes, but it's not stylistically in appropriate. Super dry and tannic medium body, with surprising heft for a 5% brew. Not overly acidic, and quite refreshing.

D - The only major impediment to drinkability is the slightly excessive carbonation, but beyond that this is really enjoyable and easy to quaff. If the taste lived up to the promise of the aroma this would be a slam dunk, but as is it's merely an enjoyable gueuze. Still, it's one of the top 3 Lindemans beers I've ever had. Perhaps this will be fantastic in a couple years, but who knows? (1,604 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Marcos a few weeks back -- thanks! Reviewed from notes.

Straw-colored pour yields white, thinly-bubbled head. Sticky, retentive lace adorns my glass.

Lots of oak and yeasty funk in the nose. Citrus shines through. Mild sugary sweetness, though this sweet characteristic is nothing like the other (awful) Lindemans "lambics" brewed with artificial sweeteners. Smells like a well-made gueuze should.

Tart and funky. Oaky and lemony. Complex, yet balanced. If you blindfolded me, handed me this glass of DHL20, and asked me who made this sour, I never would have guessed Lindemans. Goes to show they know how to make a good lambic if they decide to forego the adjuncts.

This was a pleasantly surprising gueuze I'd happily drink again. That's definitely the first time I've ever said that about a beer from Lindemans. (834 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a huge ton to Clark for this one! Poured into a chalice. Shared with family. The color is clear straw. There is a large frothy white head that leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma has some nice mildly tartness with a hint of rubber. Some sweet peach-like aroma is also detected.

The taste starts out with a gentle touch of malt sweetness, quickly followed by a funky rubber. The finish is tart, but on the medium side (not too tart but not too mild).

The body is light, with slightly creamy, slightly prickly carbonation.

This is really tasty. The flavors are mellow, and slightly complex. (595 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this back from Europe with me. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden amber color with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Tart and really funky. Rather herbal, but the funk quality definitely wins.

Taste: This one is light and very funky up front. I'm getting some herbal and lemon notes. The finish gets very bitter and even more funky than the rest of the sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with nice, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty traditional gueuze. The finish is really funky. I thought this was a nice effort. (650 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottled 17 May 2011, best before 3 September 2043, poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color, topped with a big white head, good retention, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of oak and woody, leathery funk, smells quite sour with a particularly prominent lemon aroma, also some mineral smell.

T- More musty, oaky, slightly leathery funk, moderate lactic acidity with lots of lemon as well, also some peach flavors. Finishes with some mineral flavors and lingering acidity.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel, finishes very dry.

O- Certainly the best gueuze I've had from Lindemans, not a bad deal either at 20 euros for take-away from de Heeren. A very tasty, drinkable beer. (730 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim for sharing this.

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a very tall, rocky, white head.

S: As I had hoped, a very funky nose to this. There is a fair amount of sulfur up front, but it does dissipate. Lots of musty oak with a mild fruit aroma, mostly lemon zest with a bit of apple.

T: Lemon zest flavors are more prominent on the flavor. There is only a mild to moderate tartness to this, but it the flavor is also quite funky. Plenty of yeast and barnyard and a bit of grass.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Had a bit of a Girardin Black Label mixed with Cuvee Rene feel to it. I liked it, though I would like to see if that initial sulfur aroma dissipates over time. (719 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Olin73. Thanks man! Part of our LA tasting, non LA bottles. Poured into a mini-snifter.

A - Hazy yellow straw with a nice receeding off white head.

S - Very solid amount of Belgian funk right up front with slight acidic lemon notes. Minerality on the back end.

T - Large amount of that barnyardy funk. Moderate acidity on the back end.

M - A bit on the light side for a gueuze. Drinkable and funky, but there needs to be a bit more body to put up with the funk.

O - Yes, I used funk a lot. This is a very solid beer. 20 Euros? Maybe not. But very glad to be able to try this. (592 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to callmemickey for sharing this rare treat.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard/horsey character giving off hints of wet hay, oak and straw. There's also a nice lactic funk presence along with some sweet citrus acidity and faint malts. Little to no acetic character. Smells great.

Tart, puckering mouthfeel with a good balance of lactic funk, citrus fruit, earthy oak and subtle acetic vinegar. Decently sour but pretty delicate and well balanced with the lemon acidity and musty oak complimenting the lactic funk. As the palate adjusts, the citrus and funky yeast flavors become more prominent. It could use a bit more funk/sourness but this beer is well balanced, flavorful and easy to put down. (873 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Andy pulled out this big gun tonight. Poured into a chalice. This one pours a clear bubbly golden color with a thick pillow of white head and a little bit of spotty lace.

Tart apples on the aroma with a little bit of a pungent cheese aroma in the background; this is enjoyable. Nice standard gueuze funk in this with a little bit of a vinous finish. Subtle flavors of earth and dirt on the pallet with some nice sour notes to round this out. Apples come to mind with some nice acidic notes. Really tasty.

The body is light and the carbonation is crisp. Overall a real nice beer. The best I've had from these guys hands down. (627 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Heeren in combination with their incredible 4 cheeses lasagna.

A: A yellow orange color and a nice thick head.

S: Horseblanket, citrus and some wooden tones.

T: Citrus, mildly acidic, grassy, horseblanket and wood.

M: Medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation, very smooth with a dry finish.

A very pleasant geuze which might still benefit from aging. Will surely drink again. (400 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Best by 9/3/2043.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, funk, fruit, earth, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, funk, acidic, wood, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice combination of sour, funk, and earth qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle. (661 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a burnt-orange hue with a fluffy, two-inch, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus and cork. Taste consistent with nose - minerally with a little funk at the back. Tangy, tart and slightly medicinal. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a light, pleasant astringency. Overall, a nice example of the style that could probably enjoy a few more years in the cellar. (455 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a thick white head. Slightly darker than the average gueuze.

S: Moderately sweet pale malt and wheat, a bit of pleasant mineral character, cheesy funk and a subtle note of acidity.

T: The taste brings some mild barnyard-ish brett, lightly sweet grain, mineral, oak, earthy dry tartness mid-palate. Stone fruit notes come out as it warms.

M: Pervasive carbonation lends a very creamy feel to an otherwise light and dryish body.

O: Certainly a good gueuze, a bit like an amped-up Cuvee Rene. Some more time in the bottle might let the bugs cut down on the residual sugar a bit more. (655 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Thanks to whoever brought this to the DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with three fingers of fluffy white head and mdoerate to high carbonation evident. Very carbonated and head lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of earthy notes, funk, cheese, oak, hay, floral notes, light space. Some nice funk but not too overpowering.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, cheese, barnyard funk, spice, oak, lightly sour fruits, light citrus. A little step up from the nose, quite nice.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Crisp, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a ncie gueuze. Some nice funk in the nose and taste, and some sour fruits in the taste as well. A touch overcarbonated but still a great beer. Would like to try it again sometime. (788 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I have been ancy to open. A recent gathering of friends with a tasting focus on lambics/geuze provided the right opportunity to open this to share. Poured into a tulip, this brew appears a clear golden copper with an initial surge of foam 3 fingers strong. The cap quickly fades to an island of lace. Spotty patches stick to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of off-white froth.

The smell of this brew is unique with a combined mixture of dirty diaper that is cheesy. Mixed in with that funky aroma are notes of grass and an interesting twist of yogurt. Under the layering of funk are some light skinned fruited quality not too far off from the likes of pear and grape skins. As it warns up, a bit of lemony acidity shines through.

The taste is damp wood upfront that gives way to a vinous quality of white grape skins mixed with faint pear to apple. Funk mingles around throughout that mixes with some lemon rind quality. As the aroma led on, there is a hint of grassy to herbal flavoring before the focus of the taste shifts to oak and mustiness. This brew finishes with an herbal aspect that is almost menthol like with a coolness to the back of the throat.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion in the expected way, instead it provides a refreshing coolness to the back of the throat. There is quite a solid salivation factor to this offering and a drastic difference between the way this brew smells and tastes. No regrets here opening this up potentially "premature" I actually wouldn't mind getting another bottle to see what some age does to this. Try it if you get the opportunity. (1,679 characters)

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De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend from Brouwerij Lindemans
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.