De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend - Brouwerij Lindemans
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4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
09-12-2011 22:55:31 | More by Thorpe429
4.15/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-23-2011 20:51:10 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
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?
12-12-2011 16:50:41 | More by MasterSki
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
12-22-2011 00:38:06 | More by drabmuh
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
11-13-2011 18:32:30 | More by Slatetank
4.15/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-13-2012 23:57:30 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-24-2012 19:09:20 | More by mdfb79
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
02-15-2012 03:09:58 | More by Gueuzedude
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-06-2011 23:26:55 | More by corby112
4.03/5 rDev -1%
Thanks to stakem for sharing this one with us at our recent gueuze tasting.
A - Pours clear golden orange with a frothy one and a half finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.
S - This one is funky through and through. Once the funk dies down a bit you can detect some fresh cut grass, oak, funky cheese, some fresh cut citric fruit and a dash of sulfur.
T - Starts off with a bit of sour lemon zest quickly giving way to hints of the typical barn yard funk, blue cheese, oak and some dry maltiness. The sometimes prickly carbonation really doesn't help this one. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for quite awhile after consumption.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as tart as I was expecting with a dry finish. A touch too much carbonation as well.
O - This one was pretty good. It really didn't have any glaring flaws but when we where drinking some of the best gueuze's on the pallet it really didn't shine either.
02-10-2012 17:41:44 | More by orangesol
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
11-15-2011 14:59:41 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-07-2012 04:14:37 | More by Huhzubendah
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
09-18-2011 04:41:00 | More by HopHead84
De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend from Brouwerij Lindemans
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