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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
90
outstanding

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 38
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of pperez38
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
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 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
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend from Brouwerij Lindemans
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.