Lindemans Gueuze | Brouwerij Lindemans

179 Reviews
Read the review
Lindemans GueuzeLindemans Gueuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 316
Photo of pmcadamis
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A solidly dense three finger head rises above this crystal clear amber brew. This is so purely clear, and so amber that I halfway expect to see a giant mesozoic mosquito frozen in time in my glass! Tons of lace sticks to the glass, and brings back a fat finger and a half of beautiful white foam. This is a beautiful beer!

S - I can smell the battery acid two feet from the glass, and as my nose approaches the glass, I can smell balsamic vinegar, beer battered fish, and some tart raspberry notes show up faintly in the background. This is much less astringent and harsh than other gueuzes that I've tried, and for some that may be seen as a weakness but I'm thankful for it. This also has the traditional gueuze barnyard notes(or what I think smells more like the big ape habitat at the zoo). This has enough nasal zing to make you wince, but not enough to make your eyes water.

T - Wow! This sure is sweet! I was expecting an overwhelming pucker, but this is not at all violent like I expect a gueuze to be. This is one of the most complex brews that I've had in quite a while. I can taste balsamic vinegar soaked beer battered fish (which is just about my favorite food on the planet), sugar cubes, under-ripe raspberry tartness, a load of zingy green apple skin, immature green grapes, sour-pucker candy, and a tiny dollop of honey. Damn! This is a world-class brew.

M - This is medium bodied with some really nice structure on the palate, and a very understated level of carbonation. This feels like a tannic red wine in my mouth, and the finish is surprisingly breif. This could use some more heft and's very gentle.

D - This is scary. I could live on this stuff! I think that it would go well with anything from salads, chicken, steak, chocolate....this is one of the better food beers out there. I could down bottle after bottle of this stuff, but I'd be broke at these prices (I paid $4.99 for a 355ml bottle). If only I were a rich man...Sadly, price is a factor and the cost of this stuff will prevent me from buying it very often but I won't detract from the score just because I'm po'. Actually, this is so drinkable that I wish it had some characteristic that made me want to drink more slowly because at five bucks for this little bottle, I'm paying a dollar a minute at this rate.

 2,323 characters

Photo of santoslhalper
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from scribbled notes from last night.

Pours a nice fizzy red. The smell is wonderful and full of apples and bananas. The taste is very sharp, crisp and clean, and again full of apples. Strong flavored, much like how a good wine should taste. The mouthfeel is a little too thin, but the drinkability is through the roof.

 331 characters

Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was amber, with good head retention. The smell was tart and wheaty. The taste was very citrusy, with a very tart and sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very smooth with a good level of carbonation. Drinkability-wise, I'd drink as many of these as I could afford.

This was my first ever gueuze, a style I was looking forward to trying, and I surely was not disappointed! Lambics are such a pleasant little treat, and surely a wonderful and unique beer experience.

 504 characters

Photo of claytri
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a beautiful cloudy gold with plenty of sediment and carbonation visible. It had 1 finger of white head that quickly became a nice lace. It's smell was fruity and spicy. The taste was of malt and yeast almost gingery with a hint of a mix of Champagne and berries. It is wet and oily, but has a Champagne like tinge of tart dryness in the finish. What a great beer, the complex tastes made it a real feast. My only real issue was that it disappeared way to quickly.

 473 characters

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amber colour, clear, lightly carbonated. Apple (cider) smell and taste. Lightly acidic, but mainly sweet, although not as sweet and one-dimensional as Mort Subite Oude Gueuze or St. Louis Gueuze. Not as delicious and complex as Lindemans' Cuvee Rene, but underrated here on BA. Very refreshing, would be excellent summer drink if cheaper. (5% ABV, not 4.)

 355 characters

Photo of janubio
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour, reminds me of some sherry generous oaked wines. Nice shades when you hold it to the light. Good head with a silky lace. Aroma is pungent and sour, barnyard, ripe fruits. something in it reminds of a blue cheese. Very complex, some fruits on it too, and champagne like. Tart flavor, mouth is dry and sour, some fruits, roasted almonds or hazelnuts, some barnyard too.

 380 characters

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a part of me that wants to say this beer is fruity and thus not worthy of a review, but there's this other part that says it's exceptionally delicious and worthy of my praise. It's tart, fizzy, and altogether addicting. I'm no gueuze expert, but it's almost as if you took the other Lindemans and cut out the cherries and raspberries and whatnot. Nothin' but meat and potatoes in this summbitch, I tell you what. Good Stuff.

 432 characters

Photo of Spineypanda
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber, with a nice head that resides quickly and leaves nice lacing.
Smells sour and delicious. It smells like lambics, but lacking the sweet sugars.
Tastes very nice! Heavy tartness and some serious lack of sugar, which makes this beer pretty cool. Nothing that is like a normal Belgian but more than that.

 323 characters

Photo of rarevos
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never seen a beer that is both corked AND capped. This was.

Poured into champagne flute.

A: Hazy golden-yellow with a steady stream of carbonation. Decent head that caps off the last finger of available glass. Starts to recede quickly, then becomes a thin blanket of foam.

S: Unmistakably Belgian. Has a yeasty kick at first that gives way to a more vinous-like aroma. There are hints of oak and some apparent sourness, as well. Has a very outdoors-y aroma, like grass, hay, straw, flowers.

T: Slight grassiness up front, and you can already tell that there's some tartness building. Bit of an oakiness as the sourness/tartness builds in intensity. You can tell you'll feel this in that "sensitive sour zone" down where your lower jaw meets your ear. Finish is very rustic, pleasantly sour, but mostly fruity and tart. Fruit is vague, but it's got a hint of crisp apple, some white wine grape, and a bit of ripe melon. There's no hop bitterness at all (despite the fact these beers are ridiculously hopped, albeit with aged hops), but there's a long tail that's part fruit, part wood, and part saison-y funkiness.

M: Crisp, dry, and wonderful.

D: True story: the fruit flies that were hanging around the bunches of grapes in my kitchen immediately gravitated to this beer once I had it open. And it was immediate, like within seconds.

Now on to the beer. As with many Belgian beers, I'm torn when I get to the "Drinkability" part. I would absolutely not drink a ton of these, despite the low abv%. But it's crisp, pleasant, very complex, well-made, and relatively easy to find. I'd get it again for sure.

 1,631 characters

Photo of texashammer
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey and hazy with a fluffy white head -- so pretty!
peachy smell, almost like the Peche, but a little more understated. very sour, but only a 7 or so on the sour scale when I think about a Flemish. peachy and yeasty and dry. very appetizing. there's a nice spritz in the middle of the medium body. drinkability is pretty high. wow this is enjoyable.

 354 characters

Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. green champagne bottle. It pours into my flute glass orangey/bronze, with light carbonation and a thin, whitish head that leaves light lacing. Quite aromatic, with mouth-watering tart and acidic notes, along with tangy wheat and a light musty character. On the palate, it is tart and lightly sweet, with a crisp fruitiness (melon/apple?/grape?) a lemony bite, mild cork and oak, a dash of hops, salt?, and some wild/funky notes. The body is medium with light carbonation, smooth yet dry, and it has a sweet, lingering finish. Overall a quite drinkable, but mild gueuze - one packed with flavor, but it's not quite tart or wild enough to fully stimulate my senses.

 670 characters

Photo of Phocion
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first lambic experience, so I will try to be as open-minded as possible in this review. Poured into a matching Lindemans flute with a clear gold and thin white lacing for a head. Lots of bubbles throughout.

Nose is strong bitter and sour yeasts. Very grassy but a hint of sweet caramel as well. Very tarty citrus notes also.

I was a little shocked by my first taste, but in a good way. Very warm tarty and crispy lemon perfectly balanced by a sweet malt. Sour, but not overly so.

Very warm and smooth mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy, yet very sharp at the same time. High carbonation and easily drinkable. I think I'm the newest convert to lambics. Would definitely recommend this to any beer drinker. It's different, but good.

 742 characters

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Label Lore: Now that my arm is tired from struggling with the cork, since the cap broke off. BA brownie points: There is a punt in the bottom of the 12 oz. 355 mL bottle.

Clear brewed iced tea golden orange hues with a few scant bubbles that rise up, but only for a few seconds. An egg shell white paper thin head cap that trails down me tulip glass.

Bitter sour acidic lemony scents cut through me nostrils. Plenty of flower petal earthy airy meadow aromas.

First Swigs: Cherry soda with extra syrup flavorings. Sour, but not overly so for a gueuze. Tart apple. I can smell and taste the cranberry Earthy dandelionish meadow. At the end, some maltiness appeared.

Frothy feel foams instantly. Thin bodied, the way a gueuze properly should be.

I could drink these all night long, no problemo.

Last Swigs: Reminds me of Unibroue Ephemere Apple. I didn’t get any lees from the pour, despite trying. I’ve heard people refer to Lindemans the “quick fix for the gueuze craving.” True. $5.75 from Circle Liquors. Worth a try. Heck! 4% ABV.

Beer is good. Happy goooze beering.

 1,093 characters

Photo of AlexJ
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, copper orange in color with a puffy white head that sticks like billowy spiderwebs in my Allagash chalice.

Aroma is very lively with tart apple vinegarette, apricot, lemon peel, damp basement mustiness, some light farmy notes, and cidery ripe fruit.

Taste is much gentler than some other examples of Gueuze, yet maintrains nice complexity. Sweet and sour cider vinegarette, mild malty sweetness, apricot, melon, and light citrus. There's just enough funky/pungent lambic character and wet celler notes to keep you interested. It's just a little less sweet than something like Dutchesse de Borgogne, which makes it pretty sweet for the style. But is is delicious anyway, I actually like the balance on display here. Mondo delish with huge drinkability.

Body is rather light and thin, with a bubbly, prickly texture and slick, wet mouthfeel.

 855 characters

Photo of errantnight
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely on the sweet side... and with a funkyness that is a tad off-putting... not as clean as other geuze's...

But pours from a 375ml bottle copper/straw, just slightly hazy.

The nose carries the distinctive lactic sour twang, just slightly vinegar-sweet, some caramel/toffee.

Taste is definitely on the sweet side, not quite cloying, but far from dry. Vinegar notes are present around the edges, green apple, sour cherries are faintly available, malt character very much in the background, complex, but just a tad too sweet.

Nicely carbonated, lifts relatively clean of the tongue, approaching spritzy... would work well as an aperitif, or as I served, with chicken with olives, tomato, and shallot in a gueuze reduction.

Drinkability would be higher if it weren't quite so sweet, this bottle went down quickly, but for the price I want something with this level of sophistication in the palate but without such a glaring weakness. That said, I'd love to have this around more often.

 993 characters

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle corked and capped, foil wrapped. Pours a clean copper orange color with very little, if any, yeast particles visible. Big white head that lasts ... fine lacing in the goblet I've poured into. Nose is complex and strange, but in a good way. Definitely a musty (read: old damp room) smell, that actually works for this style. Sweet as well ... bittersweet fruits and straw. Palate is sweet and sour, but maybe the sweet wins out here. Slight Vinegar-like character which causes the mouth to water ... something I actually love in a Lambic. Fruity and quite smooth through the vinegar acidity. Warms to a smoother malt backbone. Finishes quite dry and lively with aggressive carbonation levels. Not being an expert in the Gueuze style, I can't say how it stacks up to it's competition, but I do know I like this on it's own merits. Best Lindeman's product I've had, by far. Makes me want more and that's got to be a good thing. If you're not familiar with a Gueuze, this is probably a good, safe place to start the journey.

 1,027 characters

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out of the smaller bottle a dark clear orange with a thin film of white head.

Smells of dry pasty wheat, both powdered and brown sugar and a funky sour yeast. I’m also getting a little sour pear and plumb.

Tastes of a cherry and apple sweetness with a musky, cider-like sour plumb and tart cherry. As I drink, a dry earthy and woody fruity dryness drifts up into my nose. Finishes with some under ripe pear. Also, I’m getting a distinct olive oil here too.

The mouth feel is light in bodied with a tingly miniature carbonation that leaves my mouth dry in the finish.

This one’s a good sipper, but nothing too amazing.

 649 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a very tart smell that is quite intense. I really can't make out anything else. The taste is great. It is light with a slight malt flavor. It's mostly hidden by the beer's sour nature. It goes down smooth and is very refreshing. I love lambic beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good sessions beer. It's not the best Lindeman's produces, but it's pretty damn good nonetheless.

 518 characters

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 1/2" off white head that falls quickly. Orange-amber bourbon color. Patchy lace.

S - Fruit. Powder. Light vinegar aroma. Wood.

T - Sour. Tangy. Fruit - cherry. Vinegar. Slight oxidized flavor. Light malt in finish. Oak wood.

M - Crisp mouthfeel. Clean finish. Great carbonation. Refreshing.

D - Delicious. Great drinkability. Awesome!

 350 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully decanted from the lees, it's a clear copper color with golden and orange highlights; and just a few solid particles in suspension. Tiny bubbles race to the surface, adding to its full, creamy white head. The retention is excellent and it leaves wide, creamy walls of lace. The nose is surprisingly sweet for the style with a touch of sour fruitiness over the traditional lambic characteristics (must, leather, barnyard, etc.). The body is thin, and it's crisp and zesty in the mouth due to it's natural carbonation; but it's also slightly drying and borderline astringent due to it's acidity. Its sweet and sour flavor hints at fruitiness upfront but warms to reveal a wheat-like maltiness and some subtle nutty character beneath. It finishes dry but with some sticky malt and short-lingering brett character. Overall, this is a fairly basic, restrained gueuze that should appeal to the masses. It's an excellent introduction to the style, and it offers immense drinkability to the initiated. Well worth trying or re-visiting.

 1,036 characters

Photo of deepsouth
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm drinking this tonight out of a lindemans glass. splitting with the missus. this is one we've had before and both enjoy, but i'm just taking the time to review.

this beer poured a cloudy golden amber with a thin tan head that left quickly. tons of carbonation.

this beer smells a bit like grape peel, earthiness, a bit sour with a touch of malty sweetness. smells good for a fruit beer, although i haven't had that many of them.

the beer is very well balanced to me. equal parts sweet and sour. the taste is very funky and earthy. tastes like it smells. this beer is easily the best beer i've had from lindemans.

the mouthfeel is medium, which is fuller than i expected. not bad.

easily my favorite offering from these guys. i'd like to try some more like this that are rated higher than this one.

 806 characters

Photo of Patrick999
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was in another gueuze mood, and this was what I could find.

Appearance was good - cidery looking, fizzy head.

Smell was quite nice...smelled like a tart caramel apple, and tastes like one too! Sour upfront with a good deal of residual sweetness competing against the nice oak-y drying. I don't know if I can pick out a great deal of Brett funk, but I get a yogurt-esque element, so perhaps some lactobacillus.

Carbonation was appropriate, maybe just a tad too sticky in the feel.

Easy-drinking gueuze, and an excellent intro into the style - definitely on the sweeter side of the style. That said, it goes down swimmingly, as does the other examples of the style I've tried. Hell, I'm tempted to never drink a white wine again. I wish more examples of gueuze were widely available over here!

 806 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always looking to try classic Belgian beer styles. This Gueuze is very drinkable and characterful, when compared to others. The beer shows a firmer malt base that is not entirely soured. This gives a bit of sweetness that balances out the sourness. Leaves the beer less sour and astringent than most. The faint malt flavor do, however, begin to take on cola-like flavors that I did not particularly like. But the sweetness from that, makes the beer much more drinkable than expected, and giving the beer a more caramelized color. The beer remains vineous, musky, woodsy, and lightly pungent well into the finish with cleanliness and crispness. Well worth the try.

 663 characters

Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My only previous experience with Lindemans is the fruit flavored lambis they brew, so this one is a bit different. It pours a clear light copper with a thin but lingering head. The aroma is fruity, maybe slightly cidery and sweet. The flavor is sweet upfront, with a kind of fruity quality. The fruitiness leads into nice tart and slightly sour flavors. There is a nice earthy funky flavor which combined with the tartness, lingers in my mouth. I am not too familiar with the style, but it is certainly an interesting beer, and not bad overall.

 544 characters

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a rusty amber with a small head. The light apple cider taste caresses the nose. The tartness assaults the tongue. A bit of sweet, but not overwhelming.

 180 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Lindemans Gueuze from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.62 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.