De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend - Brouwerij Lindemans
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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
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
12-17-2011 21:30:43 | More by scottfrie
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
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
12-11-2011 20:43:18 | More by woosterbill
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
12-10-2011 16:21:00 | More by callmemickey
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
4.1/5 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
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
11-15-2011 13:48:27 | More by rvdoorn
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%
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.
11-07-2011 10:29:03 | More by PapaEugene
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
4.28/5 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
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
De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend from Brouwerij Lindemans
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