Lindemans Gueuze | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans GueuzeLindemans Gueuze

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.22/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/8/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a golden amber body in color, with red banding, no head, white. Has an aroma of slight alcohol, grapes, tart, but it's weak. Has a weak taste, watery palate with some raisins, fizziness, some alcohol, dry, a lot like champagne. Has a musky aftertaste.

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Photo of dauss
2.47/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

25cl bottle in Antwerpen.

I've never been a big fan of Lindemans, and this is a perfect example.

The smell is just really restrained. Really faint tartness and any bardyard or funky qualities just aren't there.

The taste is sour and sweet. All their beers I have had are all overly sugary sweet, and it takes away from the realy taste of what a lambic should be. After visiting Brasserie Cantillon, this just doesn't even come close to the mouth puckering tartness and dryness, over the top spontanous fermentation funk, or the bitter qualities their beer has.

All in all, this is what I would consider a beginner lambic, probably doctored to make it suitable for more palates.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks a lot to Mark for sending me this one. A new lambic/gueuze is always appreciated!

The beer is amber/orange in color with a short lived white head. Not a very good nose to this. Quite a bit of grass and maybe even some butter. There’s some light lemon notes in the background. The flavor is a bit better. It’s got a decent tartness to it, but it’s somewhat vinegary. A little apple and grass in there, too. Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation. This one really was a let down; Cuvee Rene is much better.

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Photo of iasanlee
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- A clear golden copper. Minimal head with a touch of lacing.

S- Sweet and tart. Citrus and green apple.

T- Extreme sweetness hits hard first. Green apple is what I can most take from it. Definitely some yeast character. Dry club soda like finish.

M- Full bodied and coating. Again, club soda like carbonation.

D- Not a favorite. My girlfriend liked it, but maybe because she loves Riesling wine.

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very light hint of sour brettanomyces aroma. Otherwise there's a lot of sugary sweetness in the nose. Seems way too "clean" for gueze.

Deep orange color with a great white head that leaves nice lacing. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles, a very good looking beer.

Well, first thing I taste is sugary, table sugar, not malt, not malt syrup, but sugar. All that sugar is hiding a low level lambic sourness that comes through on the back end. The aftertaste is also sugary. Hop flavor and bittering seems non-existing. There's non of the bacterial or funk flavors that I'm really looking for in a lambic. Really, that sugary flavor is unpleasant.

Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Very lively in the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty low. I can't think of a food I'd want to pair this with except maybe ice cream. If I wanted a soda, I'd drink one. If I wanted an alcopop (which this tastes quite a bit like) I'd have my head examined. If I want a lambic, I'd buy something else.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml bottle, labeled as Foudroyante Gueuze, picked up in Grenoble, France.

Pours a hazy deep copper with a thick frothy khaki head. Smells fruity, of plum and pear, tart berry. Sour apples, yeasty and spicy. Light brett funk. Very nice.

Taste is where it goes downhill. Sweet, really sweet and fruity. Sour apples. Compared to the complex aroma the taste is too basic and overly sweet. Mouth is crisp up front but becomes sticky sweet, just overwhelming. Very tough to get through this one, just overly sweetened.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

250ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an oversized wine glass.
Best Before: 02/05/2013

I nearly fell over when I saw this sitting on the shelf at my local bottle shop. Lambic in Africa??? The world must be about to end!!!

Appearance: Lindeman’s Gueuze pours an amber colour (WTF), with a backlight revealing a number of small to medium sized particles in suspension. A rough pour yields a large white head that fizzes away pretty quickly and doesn’t leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Hmmm, this certainly doesn’t smell like any geuze that I have ever had, in fact it seems more like a pale ale with a little lambic added. Notes include: Sweet apple juice, pale grain, skunk, a little tart apple peal and a very light musty character.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour leaves a hell of a lot to be desired! Sweet apple juice dominates, with some grainy malt, a little mustiness and a touch of old wood also present. There is only a touch of tartness and the finish is a little watery.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly (after the dreadful nose and flavour), the mouthfeel is actually pretty damn good. The body is light or just over and the carbonation is of a medium level and fantastically smooth.

Overall: I really have no idea what Lindeman’s is trying to do with this beer, but it is the sorriest excuse for a lambic that I have ever encountered! I will certainly never ever buy it again!

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Photo of spdyfire83
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

86th Review
Bottle to Lindemans Kriek 25cl flute
Best by: 24 August 2013

Enjoyed at Palais des Bières while visiting Geneva, Switzerland.

A: Light to medium copper color. 3+ (light tan) fingernail head on medium pour. Holy head!

S: White pepper, corn chowder, attic, and dry must. Not terribly pleasing at first, but as it warms it seems to be more inviting.

T: Quick sweetness (raisins) up-front that dissappears instantly. I get cheddar cheese and unpleasant/nasty funk from the middle to back end of finish. Not nice.

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.

O: Okay beer, but nothing special here. Off taste for the style and just plain (not too much going on). I would not seek this out again as there are plenty of other gueuzes that I enjoy more.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 37.5cl corked bottle with sealed cap and foil wrap around the bottle top. Poured into a sniffer glass. Beer has been bottled for a little over 12 months.

Pours with a very dark golden tone of a tea with very little, if any, hazing. Poured a 3 finger head that was very reluctant to give itself up as it sustained at least 2 fingers for several minuted before fially settling on a thick surface coating and slight lacing.

Initial aroma is defined by sweet notes. Weak pineapple juice with obvious funkiness and a certain degree of barnyard/agricultural aroma.

Once again, in the mouth this is immediately aroused by sweetness dominated with sugar and reconstituted fruit juice. Fruit peel and fruit cake characteristics are an easy one to pick up but it is lost when the flavor mellows to the point in which you expect to notice a barnish funky after taste, only problem is those elements don't burst through the surface, instead just complicating the initial tastes.

This is definitely lively in the mouth with an active degree of carbonation. This level is either created by or enhanced by the sugar-ish sweet fruit that underlies it taste. Definitely not a heavy beer by any stretch of the imagination which, of course, is to be expected with this category.

Good Gueuze offering but if your after a style defining example, perhaps look elsewhere.

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Photo of Overlord
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I debated this and the Rene Cuvee. As I have no great faith in Lindemans, I chose the smaller (cheaper) bottle. Judging from my opinion of this beer, and the reviews of the Rene, I chose ... poorly.

Pours an orangey-hazy color. Small white head. Smells like ... apples ... and maybe a bit of funk.

Taste is way, way, way too sweet. Seems like there's residual fruit juice in here. I mean, there's some unripe apples, and a bit of the vinegar I expect, but a Gueuze's overriding flavor component should not be sweet.

Disappointing. Lively mouthfeel, though.

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Photo of Longstaff
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my first experience with a non fruit lambic. This is interesting to say the least. Wine like characterstics with a very tart, dry finish. Even though this is not a fruit lambic, I did detect some raspberry flavors. Every sip was different than the last. I think lambics are one of those things where you don't really like it at first but the more you drink, the more you get used to it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A sweet, sour apple note greets my nose as I pour this beer into my 25cl tulip glass. The head starts out a finger and a half thick, despite a reasonable pour and is a pale, off-white color. The beer is an amber, slightly copper tinged color that shows a lightly hazy, copper color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the nose yields a candy sweetness, that for some reason I wasn't expecting from even a Lindemans product. Green apple candies really is an apt descriptor for the aroma as that is the most noticed part. There is a touch of lactic character if you really dig for it and perhaps a touch of dusty malt.

Quite sweet tasting, but has a bit of tartness to it and it does not seem to be quite as sweet as the standard fruit beers from Lindemans, though it is still quite sweet. This finishes with a touch of musty, damp earthiness, which, with the sweetness, is about all that ties this to traditional Lambic. This tastes mostly like green apple syrup (jolly rancher in liquid form). This has a viscousness and heft that in combination with the sweetness makes me thing of syrup.

In the end I can't get past the candied apple character, it drowns out everything else and is overly sweet. This doesn't taste horrible, it doesn't have serious flavor flaws, it just is overly simplistic in its sweetness and not very good. This just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of wl0307
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a slim 250ml brown bottle, bottled date 26/09/2012, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine glass.

A: pours a bright, dark amber colour, coming with very mild carbonation, random chunks of yeast sediments, and a thin off-white head to last.
S: caramely malts abound with funky and sour-apple-ly notes, underlined by a good concentration of (candy) sugar on the nose. A very good swirl gives rise to more complex aroma which lends more depth to the otherwise sour-sweet soup, such as damp old woodiness, bitter-sweet lemons, and astringent, tart stinky/earthy smell typical of the style.
T: thin bodied, loose on the carbonation, the semi-sour but also bitter-sweet cider-ish and semi-lemony flavour is outweighed by the immediately prevailing flow of sweet candy-maltiness, with bits and bobs of sugar scattered here and there, coming quite as an annoyance to the palate in that the supposed deep tartness and refreshing feel from the acidity are conspicuous by their absence… The finish sees a low level of tannic feel coating my teeth and tongue, but again the mouthfeel is not tart enough to make it refreshing; rather, it goes slightly watery as the finish is very ill-“defined” (if you know what I mean…).
M&D: loose on the carbonation on the verge of being flat, medium bodied but really it feels like the added candy sugar dominates the balance, this is not a good example of blended lambic in my honest opinion, having tried myself a dozen or so much better oude geuze where no added sugar is applied. In this case, it feels like the sugary elements have “split” the beer down the middle: clear-cut sweetness vis-à-vis weak funky fruitiness. Personally, I would never want to revisit this beer, unless the brewery reverted to the oude geuze style by abandoning the overpowering candy sugar which really has killed off many more pleasant flavours one would expect from a glass of classic tart funky malt juice…

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Photo of goochpunch
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange color, making this look exactly like a liquid orange sucker. Minimal, spotty lacing, and a thin, frothy head. Some floaties to deal with. Smells musty and sweet with a background of wheat. Smells a bit "malty" for a geuze. Has a cidery sweetness without much funk character. Tastes as if this was a geuze mixed with some other beer. Mouthfeel is light, and smooth but a bit syrupy sweet. I could definately see this being a refreshing beer in warmer months, but there's no way in hell I'd buy this again, honestly. The quality does not match up with the price tag. Ounce per dollar, the Cuvee Renee is a way better beer and way better deal.

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Photo of brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a modest head that fades to a ringlet but leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Apple juice with a lot of sugar and a little bit of funk

Taste: Apple juice flavors, with the sweetness dominating up front, and then the funk taking over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness returns though the funk makes a desperate attempt for attention on the after-taste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: After a few sips, the sweetness really starts to get to me; in and of itself, the beer is not bad, it is just the accumulated effect of the sweetness that causes the problem

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Photo of Sigmund
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375 ml capped and corked bottle, as Gueuze Foudroyante, bought in France. ABV is 4.0%. Hazy dark amber colour, large to moderate off-white head. Sweet and sourish aroma, reminiscent of some cheap white wines, hints of oak, cider apples, rotting berries and barnyard too. Flavour is very sweet, sweeter than any other gueuze I’ve had (not that I’ve had very many), strong notes of rotting fruits and berries, sourish but not astringent. Short sourish-sweet aftertaste. Worth a try, but won’t buy again.

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Photo of eskilgh
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Drank this and the Cuvée René at the same time and compared.

A - Pale, with a touch of copper. Crystal clear. Some foam, but it does down fast.

S - Apple cider, some sort of sour/sugary apple candy, slight funk in the background.

T - Is like the smell dominated by the cider flavor, tart and pretty damn sweet.

M - High carbonation, although I swirled the glass so much it's beginning to disappear now. Medium body, puckering.

O - An OK gueuze, but for me it has two main faults: way too sweet and way too one dimensional. Would get the Cuvée instead of this every time.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : gueuze, mousse faible et peu tenace, dégagement gazeux faible
Smell : nez fruité et sucré
Taste and mouthfeel : très douce au goût, acidulée et sucrée, peu d'amertume
Drinkability : une version de gueuze correcte mais sans plus

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Photo of josanguapo
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. After dinner. Ideal entry-level lambic. Short, with a noticeable yet not excessive sourness. May not blow mind but doesnt disgust. Refreshing and moreish

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Photo of pentathlete
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep gold with a solid ring of bubbles and plenty of carbonation, the light was hitting it just right. Nose had an ever so slight funkiness, I thought maybe the beer was too cold. This beer is simply too sweet and too fruity. There is no tartness or barnyard to balance it. This is a gueuze that my spouse would enjoy, which, I believe, eliminates it from being a part of the lambic family. The Lindemans' brews are like Belgian version malternatives. Of course, this is drinkable. There is nothing remotely threatening about this beer but the fear of the novice mispronouncing the name. This should be a complex melding of flavors, not an excellent choice to accompany your cake and ice cream.

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Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decanted carefully into a 3 Fontienen tumbler...hopefully that's not sacrilege. It has a fairly bright reddish amber tone, with flecks of suspended particles. A finger of foam bubbles up, and settles to a white skim, some lacing is present. The sediment gives it a slightly unrefined, dirty look. This isn't all bad considering the raw elements that are involved in it's production.

Sweet aroma, maybe some light wheat behind it, not much funk or sharpness at all. Very mild wet hay mustiness, possibly underripe berry also.

Mild tartness in the taste, but coupled with the sugar it reminds me of poorer versions of Flanders Reds, like Monk's Cafe or Petrus. It's really kind of dull, there's some honeyish taste in the aftertaste, but it's not dry like a traditional Oude Gueuze. Slightly doughy in the middle, but the taste is fleeting. Carbonation is light and fairly mellow. Dregs are like a shot of day-old apple cider. It could be quaffed, but that seems pretty out of character for a Gueuze. Seems like it's been back-sweetened.

The experience makes me wish I was drinking Cuvee Rene, as this was dull and underwhelming like plain yogurt. This "regular" Lindemans Gueuze is not so easy to find in Chicago, but not really worth drinking again, at $6/12 oz. bottle. Give me the Cantillon I crave for a dollar more.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a 12 fl.oz. Bottle, gold foil on the neck and a rustic colored label give a traditional feel, as does the Cork and Crown Cap - not by accident I am sure. The Cork pops well, and the Gueuze pours with plenty of effervescence, I am using a De Cam Geuze-Kriek glass that I brought back from my recent trip to Belgium, what I would call a “Gueuze Tumbler” (5 /12” tall with gently sloping sides and a nine-sided base). The head soon settles to about 1/4”, but the carbonation and streaming bubbles continue apace. The nose has some “lambiky” traits, but nothing really pungent that leaps out at you. The head dissipates quite quickly as I work down the glass. The mouth feel is solid, due mainly to the carbonation I suspect, almost velvety. This promised a lot but somehow falls way of the mark; it is a short-lived experience, a dry tart finish with some sweetness and little acidity. This is almost like a dry cider more than a Gueuze to me, usually a bad sign. I respect Lindemans, they are still in business unlike many other solidly traditional lambic producers that went bust or disappeared. There is nothing bad about this Gueuze; it is just that I find this beer falls short of what I expect from a "good" Gueuze. I call it “trad-mercial”, it is not wholly commercial tasting, but neither is it wholly traditional as say a Hanssens, Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon anyways.
I know I have drunk a lambic-gueuze beer, it’s just that I feel I have no proof of the event. I like my Gueuze to remove the enamel from my teeth, make my cheeks sweat internally and make me suck air through my grinding teeth.... then force me go back for more. Not worth $5+Tax for the Bottle IMHO.
If it is to be Lindemans Gueuze for me in future; it will only be the stunning Cuvee-Rene.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

off white head with sliding lace. copper to pink in color, fine carbonation.

Musty in the nose, farmhouse, horseblanket, peach.

Interesting taste. sweetness of the fruits clash akwardly with a significant sour/lemon/rind type citrus, but in the end they end up likeing eachother.

Decent but nothing to "wow". I couldn't see drinking more than 2 of these at any sitting.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a relatively clear dark golden with just a slight head and no lacing to speak of. The nose is slightly sour with notes of grape must, lemon, and tangerine. A slight hit of sweetness on the end. Really quite sweet- much more so than the nose would suggest, approaching Faro territory. Sweet sour interplay, rather simple, with candi sugar, lemon and tangerine. Just the barest hit of funkiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly slick. Just okay, too sweet for the style and lacks complexity.

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Photo of giblet
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is my first lambic. i will start by saying i am not a fan of this time of beer. more of a carbonated champagne/wine to me. this did have good taste and carbonation and good mouthfeel. i just had to block out that i was expecting beer.

glad i tried it. always welcome new styles. i will not likely buy it or its style again. i have a bottle of Peche from them i will try but will not hold high expectations.

suckem up and movem out.


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