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De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend - Brouwerij Lindemans

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De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary BlendDe Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 38
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 09-12-2011)
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. First pour gave a big head. Second pour yielded three fingers of foamy white head that fell quickly, but stuck around near the end. A bit of lacing.

3.5 S: Apple and peachy fruitiness. Musty basement, rotting log, and musky animal funkiness. Super dry. Bleu cheese and dry-rot sweatsocks. Lots of funk in this. Low on acidity.

3.5 T: Again super funky. Apple and especially apple orchard earthiness. Rotting log, dry-rot, musty basement, stale bread, and sweat. Not as cheesy as the nose. Again, acidity is quite low with minor lactic acid and basically no acetic. Oak with a moderate tannin component.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good gueuze-level carbonation. Lacking creaminess though.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but certainly not worth the price. I'm glad I didn't get an extra to age. I will say that this is a funk lover's dream. There's tons of it. For me, I would have preferred a bit more acidity and a bit more sweetness. This is dry even for a gueuze.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Steve.

Light orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring rapidly. The nose is sulfury, funky, a little eggy, lemony, tart, bright and young. My notes say "gueuzey", what that means I have no clue. But it does smell rather simple.
The palate opens mildly sweet with melons, moderate funk, sulfur, lemon and grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness. Moderate lactic sourness is present too. Light in body, medium-high level of carbonation, this beer is drying and funky on the finish. Solid stuff, but I was surprised by how unimpressed I was by this.

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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75cl at de Heeren

Pours a deep golden orange with a white head fueled by many a bubble. Served in a Lindemans glass.

There is that barnyard/grass/hay funk thing going on. Light fruity elements of grape, apple, lemon.

Light and bubbly as is to be expected from a geuze but pretty darn bubbly though. Really dry.

3 yrs in the bottle at this point and I would keep it in the cellar for a few more. The young lambic in there doesn't give it too much character. Straightforward and good.

Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to the sharer at CdC.

A: Cloudy gold body with some frothy white head. Ok.

S: Fresh, vibrant, grassy funk. Light barnyard, sulfur, flinty earth, and only a hint of fruitiness. Solid.

T: Tart, herbal, and dry up front, with some almost milky lactic qualities and perfumy floral notes following. Slightly sticky finish. Nice, but a little underwhelming.

M: Fairly substantial, moderately carbonated. Creamy.

O: This was a thoroughly enjoyable Geuze, but it was skewed rather heavily to the grassy/herbal/floral side of the funk spectrum and didn't deliver much in the way of fruity sourness. It also probably didn't help its cause that I drank it immediately after the following sours: Deviation, Armand'4 Herfst, and Armand'4 Lente. It isn't even close to that league, but if I'm fortunate enough to make it back to De Heeren sometime soon I'll gladly order a bottle and give it a fuller exploration.

Cheers!

Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again for sharing, Jeff.
A: Pours a pale straw color with a very active bright white head.
S: Sweaty, earthy, funk that has such a strong barnyard odor it borders on manure. I get a touch of sweet melon as well, but overall there is a dominating animal funk.
T: Follows the nose with a huge funky barnyard earthy taste. Citrus comes through nicely and I get flavors of grapefruit pith and citrus rind. That funky animal crap smell comes through in the aftertaste.
M: Very frothy carbonation, too much actually. The mouthfeel has seltzer water feel to it and is very dry.
O: Too much carbonation. The like the funk just as much as the next guy, but the animal manure smell/flavor was a bit off-putting.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled October 2011
A steady, but careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fluffy, four-finger thick, pale tan tinged, off-white colored head; the beer leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows an almost clear, pale amber tinged, gold hue when held up to the light. When I first pull out the cork and am pouring this I get funky notes of urea, lactic acid and musk. A more focused look at the aroma yields a big, funky mushroom note, that gets quite musty, amply sour in its lactic character, plus it has some more complex acidity to it (not just lactic, but it doesn’t smell like it has any acetic, at least to me yet). There is a substantial, muted (if that makes sense) fruitiness that smells mostly of tart grapefruit, but there are more subtle notes of pear and apple. A really deep, lingering stay over the aroma yields notes of grassy grain, cracker like malt / wheat and some light phenolic notes. The nose has quite a bit of musty, musky, phenolic funkiness to it that is quite nice, the acidity is a bit lighter than I would prefer, but it still has a nice sour smell to it.

The beer is quite light, definitely tart, with a prickly carbonation that washes over the palate. The finish has a light, lactic acidity that lingers very lightly on the palate. A funky mushroom character and woody oakiness picks up towards the beginning of each sip and lingers through to the finish before it is mostly wiped clean by an astringent, tannic character, carbonic acid and, surprisingly enough, nothing; the beer sort of disappears because it is so light in many ways. There is a soft slickness to this beer when it is in the mouth (from the lactic acidity, and perhaps a touch from the oak), but mostly this is quite light, even for a Gueuze; it is not quite watery, but it is damn close. The Brettanomyces funkiness isn’t overly aggressive here, but does contribute a nice supporting character to this beer; the mushroom notes come from this, as does a hint of medicinal phenolics, perhaps a touch of mostly cured plastic. As the beer warms up it picks up more grapefruit like notes towards the finish, and this gets especially amplified in my second pour that still has a zippy carbonation.

The body is perhaps the biggest “flaw” in this beer, most really good Gueuzes have a chewiness to them, part of it is more grain / malt character (in the flavor department to), but also part of it is more lactic slickness and more oak structure. Still this is quite a good Gueuze, it would be perfectly balanced if it had more biting acidity and more grain character to go along with the funkiness and mustiness that is found here. In the end, like the finish, this beer ends up disappearing and being too quickly forgotten. A very nice beer, especially since I like Gueuze / Lambic so much, but this is actually quite a bit of a letdown b/c of the track record of the de Heeren van Liedekercke Lambics to date. Still, I would be ecstatic to have a bunch of this beer on hand.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL brought back from the restaurant. Split with my wife.

A: Opening bottle of this damn near killed me, so look out. Pours with a massive foamy head that settles into something more appropriate. Color is cloudy straw-orange.

N: Oak, light sourness, ginger, and lemon zest. Lots of wood in this. Measurable level of funk and plenty of leather. Some bleu cheese and sulphuric acid. Perhaps not as complex as the big boys, but the flavors are assertive.

T: More of the denseness from the oak, and it's plenty sour with a slight malt sweetness to round out the edges. Has some sharp acid which comes and goes and detracts from the experience when it's there. Appropriate level of doughiness.

M: Very dry and clean. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: Tasty stuff, and a lot better than I expected it to be. (Maybe the year and a half has knocked out some of the kinks.) A worthy beer.

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Heeren a couple years back and shared this particular bottle with the Loo Crew. Thanks for the fun afternoon guys!

From a 75cl into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, looser looking, white colored head with good retention. Amber orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a foam cap. A half wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of funky on this one. Some moldy and dank basement aromas, hay and barnyard, as well as some light lemon notes. Bold for sure, and quite funky.

TASTE: More acidity than the nose had suggested, with funky flavors at the swallow. Moldy and hay flavors with funky cheese and some barnyard flavors at the finish. Bold aftertaste of funky and moldy cheese and a touch of lemon sourness and vinegary acidity. Funky stuff and quite flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite dry and puckering. Light and zesty carbonation.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. A little funkier and danker than I normally go for, as I'm usually a straight up sour and acidity kind of guy, but this was still really well done and very enjoyable. I've gone through a few of these and look forward to seeing how it develops. Well worth checking out. Recommended.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle brought back for a recent tasting - big thanks to Jeffo for bringing this one!
Brewed in commemoration of the extremely popular De Heeren van Liedekercke (the gentlemen of Liedekercke), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011.

Poured into a small snifter. Hazy copper peach in colour, with a thick ring of foam and some wild, Belgian swirls and islands of head here and there.

Nose is wild, tart, mildly acidic, with some nice funky notes, citrus, and other bold gueuze notes. This is certainly shaping up to be a proper gueuze.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose - big sour acidity, tartness from the citrus, some funk, with a good dry finish. Gotta have that funk.

Carbonation is quite sharp, lighter bodied.

If you like gueuze, this one is a pretty damn good one indeed. Dry and funky, sour with a mild citrus. Good stuff indeed.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a very tall, rocky, white head.
S: a very funky nose , 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: a good classic geuze ! Will age very well !

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De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend from Brouwerij Lindemans
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