GingerGueuze
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
32
From:
Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  5
SCORE
90
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Notes: Breaking the mold among existing beer styles, Lindemans developed the botanical lambics, a collection of old gueuzes with a twist. Third in this series, GingerGueuze is based on a blend of 12mth old lambic with 2-3yr old lambic, fermented in oak with fresh ginger. Bottle conditioned, GingerGueuze has a golden colour, and combines the sourness of lambic with the subtle flavours of fresh ginger. Ideal as an apertif, it is also perfect for food pairing.
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Photo of brenn79
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, thanks bro- Pours hazy golden with a nice head that retains well. Aroma is ginger, all ginger, some tartness and fruity qualities. The flavor is more varied, nice ginger mixed with lemon, solid sourness, light hop bitterness to balance everything out. I really like this one, easy drinker.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A clear light orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is bright and soggy with fresh ginger, floral honey, lemons, earth and funk. Wet wood, dried mushroom and bitter lemon peel are present. The ginger is, by far, the most prominent note, though, making this a mildly spiced lemonade. The palate opens sour and gingery, with lemon, preserved lemon, wet earth, wet wood, a little mushroom. Again, though, there's a lot of ginger, but quite tastefully done. Modestly sweet with a little lemonade. Drying, sour, gingery on the finish, though a little lacking on the mid palate. Insufficiently tannic for the funk and earth, but the ginger does help temper this aspect. Exceeds expectations.

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head tulip from a corked bomber.

L: Clear light golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Funk and ginger... complex and yeasty.

T/F: Follows the nose. Tart and funky... gueuze all the way and the addition of the ginger (of which I was a bit skeptical) really works nicely... it blends into the funk and unripened fruit quality of the beer. Spicy and acidic... medium to light bodied... and becomes increasingly delicious as it warms to room temp.

O: An outstanding gueuze, and again... the ginger really worked here. Great effort from Lindemans.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this stuff is the bomb, maybe not quite as epic as the basil lambic they did with mikkeller, but i really love whats happening here, i love the idea of an unconventional ingredient in a traditional blended lambic like this, it makes cool sense but its always the same old fruits when we see these from the classic producers. this obviously starts with great beer, but the addition of fresh ginger really brings it to life in a cool new way, and there really is nothing quite like this out there in the world that i am aware of. its got a little pale haze to it, a great tall white head from the bottle, and obvious effervescence, rising and falling almost like champagne in my glass. aroma is spicy natural ginger meeting oak tannins, tart funky wheaty beer, the farmy funk of the lambic is awesome with the fresh spice, and the maturity of it next to the juicy ginger is a cool juxtaposition, my mouth waters for it like crazy. the taste is a touch sweet, which i wasnt expecting, almost like a ginger beer, spicy and real tasting for sure, and so interesting with the lemony bacterial acidity in here, the medicinal sort of iodine lambic bretty funk, and the heavy oak. its carbonated brilliantly so as nuanced and long and complex as it is, its still kind of quenching and refreshing, real drinkable, but i slow myself down and like this better and better as it warms up. so dynamic, i love the ginger in this, its one of a kind and its so dialed in! i know its an expensive bottle, but its fully worth it. a wonderful twist on great lambic and a joy to drink on!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Known mostly for their heavily sweetened fruited lambics, Lindemens Cuvee Rene series have shown the authenticity, rusticity and refinement for which the Brussels region has become known. But with the addition of ginger spice, they are certainly not resting on any historical laurels alone.

Right at the onset of the exuberant pour, GingerGueuze pours with a golden, chrome and straw lined haze that gives the style a striking champagne appearance once equipped with a strong carbonation expression. A tingle of ginger ale isn't just that of beer but of soda pop, but one laced with funk, fauna, spice, dried fruit and a friendly waft of sea air. Faint sweetness of steely caramel, honey, bread crust and a wafer thin breadiness greets the tongue with a brief malty introduction.

As the streams of carbonation usher any malt influence away, the brisk sourness of the ale carries a strong wine-like impression through strong nuances of reisling, weathered citrus, cider, green berries and the rind of pineapple before the spices take control of the middle palate. A strong under current of black pepper, grassy hops and oak tannins slide underneath a strong ginger spice for a bright taste and an extra exotic zip to the late palate.

Medium light and with a playful linger of sourdough and sweetness, the sour and earthy ale trends dry and spice with the culmination of dry ginger ale, the soda, coming more and more to fruition as the finish comes quick and clean. The simple addition of ginger shows that these classic styles can always use an update.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is heavy on the ginger. Makes it bright and peppery. There's very little in the way of funk, barnyard and cheesiness that I usually get from this style. Beer opens ginger, ginger and more ginger. There's some lemon zest, hay and foam in the back. A touch of wet wood and ginger skin at the end gives this one the slightest bitter finish. It works but the ginger is a bit overwhelming at times. Body is light with ample carbonation. Foamy and prickly on the palate and goes down with lots of bubbles. Finishes dry with a filmy aftertaste. A bit too carbonated.

Lindemans makes excellent gueuze but at least until this point, their gueuze + additions haven't really worked in my opinion. This is a pass for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that hardly died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger and funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat funky, but this is mostly subdued and tamed by the ginger flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The ginger in this gueuze is a little strong, but makes this beer quite palatable compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kitch
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, bottled in December 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear golden colour with a big three finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Ginger, lemon, floral, herbal, earthy, oak, funk, wet damp barnyard.

Taste: Cleaner than the aroma as in the ginger and lemon zest take centre stage, a bit ginger ale like, while there is light oak, herbal and funkiness going on in the background, but nowhere near as much as the aroma suggests.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting twist as I felt that the ginger did go quite well with Gueuze and in fact it reminded me a bit of ginger ale. Refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter; bottled in 6/2017, best before end of 2023. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, ginger, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, green apple, melon, white wine, citrus zest, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, white bread, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, ginger, oak, pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, ginger, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, green apple, melon, white wine, citrus zest, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, white bread, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast/ginger/oak spiciness and some lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, ginger, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, green apple, melon, white wine, citrus zest, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, white bread, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, ginger, oak, pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/sticky, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Touch of lingering ginger spice heat through the glass. Overall this is a fantastic spiced gueuze style! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, ginger, oak, pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly tart/spicy/drying finish, never overly lactic. Classic barnyard Gueuze Brett funk with balanced ginger spice vibrancy; nice oak presence and malt backing against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Never overdone on any aspect.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a champagne-like bottle, this beer is corked and pours a mostly clear golden color with a tall white head. The aroma is amazing..a mix of ginger and barnyard. Spice and a little underlying malt. The taste isn't as sour as expected. Just a little tart with lots of ginger spice. Medium body. Wonderful.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's in MA for $15, score. Bright orange, tons of lacing and head. The aroma is heavy ginger and I think Cuvee Rene Gueuze, it's nice and floral, bright. Heavy ginger on the flavor, not really sour at all. Let's not act like Tilquin, 3F, and De Cam don;t all use Lindeman's lambic in their blends. There is a good reason for that.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of carb. White head. Big and fluffy. Golden orange color.

Great gueuze and Lambic flavor. Lemon citrus and oaky with a bit of funk. The ginger is the show here, but it doesn’t over power the gueuze. Very drinkable. Slightly dry in the finish with lemon rind.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 32 ratings