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 adamette
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, Ohio a few weeks ago. Poured into a clean, clear Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter, the closest thing that I own to a flute glass.

A Immediately this beer sets itself apart from its fruitty counterparts from Lindemans. There is a generous frothy white head which sticks around for 2 to 3 minutes over a light brown translucent body. The label on the front announces it as a Lambic but this looks like an IPA or some other ale.

S Barley, grains in the front. There is already a noticable tartness to the nose. Not much alcohol is able to be smelled by me.

T Barley and a suprising sweetness. The attendant at Chuck's Fine wine indicated that this is the "base beer" for the other Lambics from Lindemans and I believe that it may very well be true. The sweetness is a syrupy type without a specific fruit like the other Lambics, Peche, Pomme, Framboise, Cassis.

M A syrupy nectar like feel that I did not excpect after the description by the attendant at Chuck's Fine Wines who said something like, "it is gross." The barley malt sweetness sticks around in the mouth for a minute or two.

D Good and better than the attendant at Chuck's Fine Wines had me believing upon his description.

Notes: This beer really stands on its own I believe and may very well be a gateway beer to Gueuzes.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/2/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma is surprisingly sweet, almost smells like the Framboise just a little less tart. Flavor has some slight oak barrel and gueuze-like notes but overall, it was very fruity and sweet. Sort of a combination of the pomme and framboise without the tartness. Not what I was expecting (this beer compares more to the fruit lambics than it's cousin Cuvee Rene), but still quite tasty and enjoyable!
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of colts9016
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer is very foamy with a thick head. The color is pale yellowish amber hue.
Nose: Malt, hay, citrus, and hint of honey.
Taste: malt fresh cut hay and lemony citrus with a hint of honey and esters.
Overall: This beer is very dry and has a bit of a sour note. The mouthfeel is astringent and the finish. iThe finish is very sour, bitter and very very dry.

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Photo of peabody
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy yellow to amber with one finger of small white suds. The suds go away quickly.
The smell is like lemon pledge with a hint of mint. Also some malt sugarsthat tell me this is going to be a sugary one.
It's like a lemon and lime sweet tea that is very refreshing but almost too sweet. You know your mouth will be dry from all the sugar left in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is sugary with a hint of sourness.
The drinkability is low here because I can't take so much of the sweet.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than burnt orange and darker than apricot orange. Orange has to be the most common color for craft beer. It must be because I'm sick and tired of trying to come up with new and interesting ways to say... orange. The pale khaki colored crown looks pretty damn good and more than holds its own when to comes to lace deposition.

The nose delivers sweet and sour fruit, as well as a surprising amount of oakiness. Lindemans beer tends to be excessively sweet, but I still expected them to follow tradition and produce a drier gueuze. Maybe my nose is mistaken. Let's see.

Even though Gueuze Lambic has roughly half the sugar of this brewery's fruit lambics (that's an uninformed estimate), it's still too sweet for the style. That said, the extra sugar isn't that bad for the non-purists among us. Just be aware that GL is a dumbed-down, panty stripper sort of gueuze. Okay, so maybe most chicks won't dig it.

There isn't a huge amount of flavor: Granny Smith apples, some oak, a dash of sugar syrup and a splash of apple cider vinegar. The bigger impression is what I like to call flavor sensations. In this case, the interplay between sweet and tart. Bitter wasn't invited to the party (as the style dictates).

The body/mouthfeel was predictable given the sweetness. The beer has a lightly viscous syrupiness that stops just short of sticky on the finish. The superfine bubbles stay behind the scenes and do their jobs very well.

Keeping in mind the fact that my knowledge of the gueuze style could fit on the head of a pin with room to spare, I'm pretty sure that Lindemans Gueuze Lambic is well outside the realm of acceptable, given the addition of so much sugar. That, in combination with the fact that it's a pretty decent little sipper, makes it incredibly hard to score.

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Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an apple juice kind of golden/orange color. Cloudy from the yeast. At first pour, a weak bubbly white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky hay and grass that I love. Some biscuit and dough. Brewers yeast. Some apples and other fruit.
T: Apple cider is what come to mind. Sweet fruity champagne flavors.
M/D: Some snappy carbonation. Though, a creaminess follows. Not hard to drink. A low abv, but too sweet to be a session beer. Very enjoyable to sip on.

My first Gueuze. I don't know what to make of it. This is something I enjoy, but don't know how to rate quite yet. I have some Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René that I am going to try next so I can compare. A complex style, and I want to revisit this beer.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Murky golden color; hazy. Not much head to speak of just some loose bubbles around the edges of the glass. This also results in no lacing.

S. Where to begin...horseblanket, candi sugar, some band aid aroma, apple juice, honey, under ripened sour cherries, lemons and limes. Very complex to say the least.

T. Its actually sweeter than expected. Plums, honey, apple cider-like qualities, a little bit funky from the bugs but not nearly as complex as the nose, in my opinion.

M. Light in the mouth, a little watery, and low carbonation. I would like for it to be more zingy with the carbonation for the refreshment factor.

D. I am a little bit let down with this one. I wanted a sour beer and this one is not it. Too sweet, but smells nice and very complex.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, nice red-orange color. It doesn't smell as funky as the cuvee rene but still has a vinegar-like and a hint of a musty basement, oldness. Apple-cider vinegar flavor but also sweet and syrupy. Oddly, this still isn't really sour and the syrup-like aspect is a detractor. The cuvee rene is much, much better.

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Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked, capped & foiled bottle like the other Lindemans Gueuze and Lambic beers.
A - Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy dark orange with an inch and a half of slightly off white rocky head that slowly falls away.
S - Has some lemon sourness with a bit of an earthy/musty note. A bit of sweet grainy malt as well.
T - A bit of lemon sourness and earthiness also in the taste but a lot more sugary sweetness as well.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation with a very sweet sticky finish.
D - Like most beers in this style this isn't someything I'd drink on a regular basis but this would be a good introduction to the style. It's got the characteristics that you'd expect but not too overpowering like some others.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle. Dark Golden apple juice appearance. Head lasted briefly, but the beautiful carbonation keeps rising. Woody, sweet smell. Very light apple taste with a little tart aftertaste. Nice feel and very easy to drink. Not something for me to buy repeatedly, but nice to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a apple juice gold color with light orange hues and a fizzy white head.

S: a light tarntess of sour oranges, a light barnyard funkiness and candi-sugar.

T: The initial flavor starts out sweet, with some candi-sugar notes before fading to a gentle funky tartness. There was some lemony citrus notes as well some sour green apples. A nice sweet and sour complexity with a light acidity.

M: light, a little thin on the tongue but finished fairly clean.

D: A solid example by style, nothing fancy, just a well brewed beer that was refreshing leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of ojclark
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apple cider-like aroma with some initial corkiness. Some sweetness and candy-like notes in aroma as well.Lacking expected sour/acidic aroma and barnyardy notes.

Golden color. Very effervescent. Excellent clarity. Rocky, off-white head with excellent retention. Nice looking beer.

Sweet and sour flavor predominates. Very cider-like. Strong acetaldehyde (green apple) notes. Flavor is fairly one-dimensional for a gueuze; lacking in bracing sourness and barnyardy notes. Also seems to have some cork taint. Finishes with a fairly long, rhubarby sweet and sour flavor.

Medium body. Has a slightly syrupy, sugary mouthfeel. High carbonation. Lacks the tart/puckering finish the high acicity of a typical gueuze normally has.

Rather sweet and one-dimensional for a standard gueuze. Actually pretty drinkable aside from the cork taint, but, as with many Lindeman's beers, this is rather one-dimensional and sweet for its style.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am reviewing a bottle of the Lindemans Gueuze Foudroyante. The beer poured a clear golden color with a medium thickness head that runs away quickly and gives way to a little ring on the edge. Slight tart aroma, a bit funky but not too much. The taste is somewhat tart but a bit sweet as well. Sweeter that you usually get in a gueuze but drinkable and approachable for those not used to the style.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a virtually clear golden brown with a light tan head. Nose is an expected musty yeast with a sweet tone blanketing it. Flavor is sweeter than I expected with slight apple qualities as well. The sweet barely leans towards a tart edge...barely. Feel is decent. Nice carbonation. Drinkable, sure. I won’t be pouring it down the drain, but for gueuze, I’ll be going elsewhere in the future. Even with my limited experience on the style, I can tell that this one is not as "mature" or full in character as others are and can be.

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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 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 BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 37.5cl bottle with a bright orange foil covering over the neck, dark and orange labels front and rear. Corked below the bottle top.

Poured into a Hougaerdse DAS tumbler.

Looks like a fizzy cider, amber with a small but solid white head, contsantly being replaced by the carbonisation below in the liquid.

Cooking apples aroma with the sugar already added and the mix is boiling. The appley aroma gets weaker as the beer warms, more subtle smells appear, sour notes, hops and yeast.

A lot sweeter than most Gueuze I have tried, which isn't a huge number. The apple aroma comes into the taste too, as do citric flavours, grapefruit and lemons, but not overly sour.

Tanginess of the citrus stays in the mouth and it is a fairly long stay, but there is an underlaying sweetness which for me takes away the normal Gueuze experience.

I have a feeling this has been produced for the mass market and is a not a Gueuze in the true sence of the style, drinkable without a doubt, but a long way from the sour, bitter old style Gueuze I like to think I can remember.

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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 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.

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3.62 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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