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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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no score

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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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Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of donttazemebro
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of beerpirates
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 !

Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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?

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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 callmemickey
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of ipa247
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Khazadum
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.