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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a slightly hazey copper colour, with bubbly white head that dies quickly.

S - Very sour manure aromas that have a hint of sweet fruit.

T - Interesting sourness to it, not too overpowering and has some sweet peach about it.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - One of the lighter Gueuzes you'll find and worth a try as an intro to Lambics.

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Photo of SBarbeerian
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured light copper color. The head came down quickly and pretty much disappeared.
N: barnyardy, sour, fruity sweetness; a bit funky.
Taste: fruity sweetness, some mild sourness.
MF: quite light bodied with decent carbonation
Overall: unique and pleasant.

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Photo of Philipp
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Gueuze, poured into a Stange.

A- Just a beautiful amber color, thick white head, that stuck around quite a bit, lots and lots of carbonation.

S- A bit hard to describe, very fruity.

T- Slight sweetness upfront, but then lots of sourness and acidity cutting through.

M- Not very thick but acidic and highly carbonated. Not the worst but not really the best either.

D- It tastes fine and everything but this is definetely not a session beer.

Yeah, so I liked it overall, it was an experience.
Maybe a bit expensive and hard to get for me, because I had to drive all the way over to France to get myself a good selection of Belgian beers, but well worth it.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Lindemans flute.

A: appears a clear gold with a thin white head. Looks much like a golden ale or an IPA. Not much head retention, a little bit of lacing.

S: Wow, lots going on here. There is a definite barn house funk in this with notes of sour dough bread, marijuana, among other tart notes. Very complex on the nose.

T: the front is surprisingly sweet, which I did not pick up in the nose. Notes of white grapes, sourdough bread, and a sharp bite of sourness and funk. The sweetness reminds me of the other Lindemans lambics, which is a is slightly artificial tasting. The sourness and acidity do a good job of cutting through, but the balance is a little off.

MF: thin body, high carbonation

D: well I found this Geueze to be a little too sweet in comparison to others. It is a well crafted beer but falls short of excellence.

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Photo of jdense
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bella's Baker City OR, purchased by buddy's better half for Friday bottle share.

Hazy deep gold body, minimal visible carbonation, almost non-existent head, just a thin ring around edge of glass. Nose is pretty fruity, a bit of peach and some meyer lemon, little if any hop odors. The taste is sour, not much else going on other than some oak character, lacking in any sweetness, quite a bit of saltiness in the finish. Pretty good effervescent mouthfeel. Even as I develop my palate for lambics, not sure I could finish an entire bottle of this, though certainly worth a try for sour/lambic fans.

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark golden hue, very much like cider, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a thin meniscus of lace as it falls away. It smells of sour, mildly funky orchard fruit, mostly apple. The taste is sweet and tart at the same time - vinous, green, earthy apple pie. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body medium weight with the fleshy fruitiness, and it finishes dry, the mildly tart fruit still evident.

A decent balance between sweet and sour, and my tooth enamel stays fully intact...

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Coppery orange with a light khaki colored head. Head is about one finger thick after a gentle pour and fades to a thin foamy cap. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Sour apples and a light earthiness. Apple realy comes through as the beer warms. Rather sweet aroma. Just a touch of wheatiness comes through.

T - Lightly soured apple juice. Much like the nose there is a light earthiness but apple really dominates the whole taste profile. A touch one dimensional. A fair bit of sweetness balances the sour.

M/D - Light and crisp. Very lively carbonation. A little too sweet for my liking but still a passable beer.

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Photo of Macca
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy golden colour. Generous small beaded head. Nice lacing.

Funky and tart on the nose. Very interesting but slightly off putting.

Not really sure how to describe the taste. Zingy acidity down the middle of the palate. The funkiness is really full on. A mouth puckering tartness overall.

This was my first lambic and I liked it. I'll have to chase down some more.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a white head. The aroma is tart citurs and not as much funk as I was expecting. The flavor is tartness with a good bit of sweetness to balance things out. Good citrus notes and not much funk. Not a very sour gueuze. Thin mouthfeel and high carbonation. Not bad, but not as good as Cuvee Rene.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far the hardest beer to open. 12 oz capped and corked bottle. You'll need a corkscrew.

Poured in Fluted glass it serves up a 2 finger white head. Color is a medium amber color that would be hazy but translucent if I had paid more attention in my pour. My pour yielded a bit of yeast dust woven in. Once the head settles a nice firm soapy lacing remains.

The smell has all the barnyard stereotypes about spontaneous fermentation and brett yeast. Horse blanket, urine, hay, etc. Also a very soft dried flower aroma. Very earthy and slightly sweet.

Though the aroma suggests a bit of sweetness, the aroma also does not prepare you for the tartness of this beer. Really hard to describe the taste of this one. Does have some barnyard funk, but a really sour fruitty taste that remind me of a combination of many citrus fruits and sugar.

Carbonation is low in this brew but sourness and sweetness is high.

A totally unbeer like beer. Really sweet and sour with no distinguishable malt or yeast characteristics. Now only if this could replace soft drinks and fruit juices in my life I'd be set. Really a refreshing and enjoyable beer and at 4% you could have it and not feel too bad.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans- Gueuze

A- Light clear golden copper brown with a small light soapy head. No lacing.
S- Light and tart. Light sweet white sugar, tart grapes, and a bit of sour funk.
T- Sweet tart grapes, apples, and orange. No flavor overpowers another with a low acidity. Dry wine grape finish.
M- Sweet and tart but mild enough to not make your cheeks hurt.

Overall- Slight tartness and smooth. Easy drinking dessert beer.

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Photo of Stigs
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in oversized red wine glass

A - barely half a finger of lose bubbly white foam, falling quickly to a thin layer. lacing down the side after each sip. the beer is a strong dark amber color, clear with medium carbonation.

S - sour slight rotting apples abound, vinegar, sour white wine grapes. hints of yeasts border between sour and funk.

T - faint sourness kicks off with some apple cider, pears, grapes, more sweetness not found in the nose. tastes a lot like a mild unspiced cider.

M - light carbonated, medium bodied but quite syrupy. flavors stick around for a bit especially towards the back of the tongue.

D - quite unique for the style, to me the more sour the better and this just falls a bit short. enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of cnozzy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a small white head. The head quickly disappears but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Some fruit and slight alcohol aroma. Smells good for a fruit beer.

Taste: Start with fruity sweet, then a bit of sourness, and the aftertaste is slight alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drink: Light bodied, low carbonation but easy to drink. A little bit dry at the end. My wife does love it.

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Photo of reddomino
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours clear bronze with a thick white head that dissipates into a thin covering.

S- It smells slightly vinegary. Not like malt vinegar, but like a white wine style. There is a hint of light fruit and some herbs in the background.

T- A taste of pears and green grapes. Slightly sour, but not overpowering. A definite sweetness brings up the rear and adds a nice balance. Finishes dry as the Sahara.

M- Very light on the palate, as if the beer begins to evaporate before you even swallow.

Overall I found this to be a pretty good and easy drinking ale. It may not be my first choice, but I would reach for it again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with plenty of yeast flakes floating about. Tight off white head that settles into a solid ring. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a lemon tartness. The taste is of sugary white grape juice, granny smith apples, light honey and some subtle spices. The feel is light to moderate, tingly carbonation, and sweet overall. Not as sweet and fruity as their fruit lambics but still rather sweet. The nice feel makes this quite drinkable.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im not incredibly impressed with this beer, though I enjoyed it for what it was. To be fair, it could have been a bad choice after having drank a Tripel.

Flavor was slightly tart and a fellow taster compared it to Apple Strudel for diabetics. There's some sweetness there, but it in an artifical Nutrasweet kinda way. Aroma is of green apples and light notes of ginger spice. The sourness is moderate and would seemingly pair well with a hot summer day. But, in absence of this setting, I would put my money down on something else.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear burnished-gold pour. Thick white head faded quickly.
Aroma is a mix of sweet malt, leathery/goaty funk, a hint of the sourness to come and some faint light fruit. Perhaps too much unsupported goaty-ness.
Flavour is as expected: a mix of sweet and sour with a faint hint of horsy barnyard. The sweetness becomes a bit overpowering later on. A slight hint of grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish.
Light body. Mild carbonation - I would have liked more. Mildly tart.
A very gentle gueuze, good for those who are new to the style. Agree with those who say it is more of a faro.

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Photo of atis
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with small off-white head that immediately disappears. Aroma is sour earthy, sourish apples.

Taste is candy like sweetish acidic wheaty malt with hints of honey; I have to note it is suprisingly sweet. Very dry finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, low tart with sticky sweetness.

Overall, not very good Geuze, but one of Lindemans better beers. Could be suitable for those trying Geuze for the first time as it is very mild.

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Photo of icefisherman
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poored into a standard pint glass with a huge flat head down to nothing but a cap within no time wonderfull light amber/yellow color smells of apples green apples maybe just a little grain taste once again green apples slightly sour but not bad not quite like a cider but almost feel about what is to be expected given the flavors and smell would drink it again it is easy drinking

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Photo of guthrie
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty amber color - poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my favorite Duvel tulip. Slight head, yet sticky. Aroma is more like an apple cider to me. Very slight "sourness" to the smell. Also, very slight funkiness.
Doesn't taste as "gueuzey" to me as some of the others (Cuvee Rene, etc) Definitely very appley. Not as much of a sour punch, although some gets you in the back of the throat, along with a little metallic taste, in the swallow. Not as sour and funky as some. (Although I love the super-sour and may have built up a "tolerance")
Nice mouthfeel...on the thinner side, but I've never had a heavy feeling gueuze. A nice carbonation.
This is way too drinkable.
I think this would be great to introduce someone to the style, since it's nice, yet not too extreme.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, no head, light spotted lacing. Aroma is weak, hints of oak and faint acid. Initially syrupy sweet; mollasses, brown sugar, candy apples, maple syrup. Suggestions of oak tied together with classic gueze acidity. Rather tame on the funky notes and unfortunately sweet; covering up the tang. Lindemans seems to produce these exotic treats for the masses, taming the wild characteristics. These ales shouldn't be so user friendly.

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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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Lindemans Gueuze from Brouwerij Lindemans
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