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Lindemans AppleLindemans Apple

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a pale, hazy honey color with a fizzy 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Green apples, metallic yeast, and slight vinegar.

T - Sweet but tart green apple, slight vinegar, yeast.

M - Very carbonated. Makes your spit sticky like soda does, but has a dry quality to it.

D - Very good but very apple cider/apple soda like. Easy drinking and quite tasty.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lambic pours as a golden color with a decent looking white head on it. There just a bit of haze in there once it's all in the glass. The smell of fermented apples are there along with a little bit of funk and some sweetness. The taste of the beer is decent in my opinion. I think that it's a pretty reasonable mix between sweet and sour. The mouthfeel is pretty light and can be drank pretty quickly. In my opinion this beer doesn't compete with Floris Apple from Belgium.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear golden yellow with a very slight haziness. There was a small white head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles, which later only surrounded the edges of the glass. The level of carbonation is light.
S: The aroma is strikingly very similar to Jolly Rancher candy - sweet green apples.
T: The taste is nearly identical to the smell, except there's a slight bit of sourness in the finish.
M: The beer feels light bodied on the palate, similar to sparkling cider. It's sweeter, but doesn't taste that syrupy because of the carbonation.
D: Very easy to drink. I could easily have lots of these in a sitting but it's a good beer to start out before moving on to other styles.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As if this beer isn't good enough from the bottle. Even smoother, richer, and cleaner from the tap. Very cider-like with apples and berries under a very sugar sweet maltiness and added apples. Very tart and acidic, evident in aroma and flavor. Vigorously carbonated for a playfull effect in the mouth. Astringent feeling, but not overly so. Finishes with a big apple flavor, syrupy sweetness and carbonated dryness and tartness. Sweet almost to the point where it hurts the teeth. Though I love the beer, the sweetness and apples over-take what would be pronounced Belgian Beer flavor.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky apple juice color with a modest head - drops to a ringlet right away but some of the splashes do stick

Smell: Ooh, but that aroma does smell like artificial apple flavoring; really sweet

Taste: Starts out moderately sweet, with some hints of sour and just builds from there; becoming sweeter as time passes

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Good for a few sips and then just becomes too cloying

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. I like the dual fastening system, which requires two separate tools to open, like there's a secret inside worth protecting or something.

This beer pours a hazy, medium, um 'apple juice' yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, billowy, and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some wildly erratic, swirling eddy lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of tart and sweet apple juice, mild earthy yeast, and a sort of sour apple pie crust graininess. The taste is candy-like sweet n' sour green apples, musty apple cider, a saccharine grainy, and somewhat bready maltiness, faintly funky yeast, and some light earthy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wee frothiness here and there, the body medium-full in weight for the style, kind of fleshy, and yet smooth by the same sword. It finishes off-dry and generally clean, the yeasty apple fruitiness hard to deny or dispel entirely.

An enjoyable fruit-laden lambic, one that relies on the inherent tartness of the apple, with little in the way of extra sugar, rendering a decent balance between the tart and the sweet. Along with the cassis and the raspberry versions, there seems to be a divide developing in this line of entry-level fruit lambics, i.e. sweet, vs. not so sweet.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a cloudy beige color lambic with an average bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of semi-sweet apple is dominating with some light tart and oak notes. Taste is also dominated by some apple notes (probably apple concentrate) and some light tart and oak notes. Full body with some average carbonation. I would have like more sourness and oak which would have brought more complexity and would have been a perfect match for the apple.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It was short lived but did leave some lacing.

S - It smelled of crisp, tart green apple. Not much else but a little sourness.

T - Nice tart green apple flavor with a somewhat sour presence. A touch of grain and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and biting. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice "gateway" lambic. There are better out there but this one is nice to share with a newbie.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart green apple, pear, white grape, hay, grass, candi sugar, light honey, slight funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of apples, pale malt, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart green apple, pear, white grape, hay, grass, candi sugar, light honey, slight funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of apples, pale malt, and fruit yeast flavors; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is a very good sweetened fruit lambic style. All around good robustness and balance of apples, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This is more pleasantly flavored than the other variants, but still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an odd one. It tastes and smells artificial, like green apple candy. There's some lambic character beneath, but the apple flavor dominates. I can't imagine it's real, and that's hard to say as it comes from Lindemans. Hmmmm... I guess I'd have to say I'm disappointed. It's way too sweet and artificial tasting to me. I enjoyed it for what it was, but I wouldn't have more than one, and I don't think I'll ever bother with it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."

--Carl Sagan

Medium maize, like a darker than usual cider. Maybe it's the label, but I half expected the color to be Granny Smith apple green. The cap is sheep's wool white with a 'bubbles stacked atop bubbles' appearance. Now that I think about it, this is pretty much what an apple lambic should look like.

Plenty of people compare beer of this sort to Jolly Rancher candy. This one, more than most, is a dead ringer for the similarly flavored candy (sour apple, my favorite). It smells like most other so-called fruit lambics: plenty of sweetness, plenty of fermented fruit and a subtle, funky yeastiness.

There are no surprises on the palate, with the possible exception that Pomme might be a tad more salivary gland tweakingly tart that the other Lindemans offerings. Even though they're even more cloyingly sweet, I much prefer beer like this to just about any hard apple cider that I've had to date. I think it's the explosiveness of the fruit flavor, the interaction between sweet and sour, the lack of sulfites, the spiciness and the understated fermented funkiness.

The mouthfeel is as expected for a beer with such a high sugar load. It's full, sticky and lush. The ABV might make it amenable to sessioning, but I can't imagine doing so because of the gut-wrenching sugariness. One bottle, consumed extremely slowly, is more than enough in one sitting.

Lindemans Pomme threw me no curveballs. After drinking Cassis, Framboise, Kriek and Peche, I knew what to expect from the apple version. If you like incredibly sweet, moderately complex fruit beer, and don't mind laying out some cash on occasion, give this one a whirl.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of green apples, baby!

Taste: The taste of artificially-flavored apple candy with an unrelenting sweetness. Juicy, cheek-pulling acidity. Puckering tart finish. Best cider I've had in awhile!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Apple cider plus a cup of sugar. Some would say you have a recipe for disaster, but you really just have a recipe for Lindeman's Pomme.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Had this before, but decided to re-taste it to see how my opinions of it have changed, if at all. It pours a clear apple juice (almost apropos, right?) topped by a nice finger of white foam. The nose comprises green apples and white grapes. Everything's very sweet-smelling, let me tell you. The taste continues this sweet tradition, with a combination of green apples and white grape-peach juice. Tasty, despite the sweetness. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a moderate carbonation and a mildly sticky finish. Overall, a nice little treat, a bit sweet for a proper lambic, but I still generally enjoyed it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/01/12 notes. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a glass.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow-burnt orange color with one finger of fluffy white head that leaves quickly, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet green apples, Belgian yeast, fruity malts, and a tiny bit sour. Smells a bit like hard apple cider.

t - Tastes follows the nose but a little sweeter. Tastes of sweet green apples, light Belgian yeast and spice, and fruity malts. Like sweet hard cider.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall another good lambic from Lindemans, though not my favorite, as I like dark fruits better. This one is straight up sweet green apples; I think if you like hard cider and apple juice you would really like this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Taking one for the team after this one is kicked at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, Ename tripel will be flowing on draft imagine how lucky we are to have a true tripel flowing after this candy inspired fruit ale. Appears a pale golden apple juice with a light white colore head leaves thin specks of lace with each sip. Arom has tart apple, granny smith if you will pretty sharp acidity quality in the smell. Taste howevery is overwhelmingly sweet with Jolly Rancher green apple abundancy with more sweet than tart literally sugary in flavor not so much ciderish but more or less arificially injected with concentrated sugars. Mouthfeel leaves a dry coating on the palate lighter body overarl with spritzy carbonation for this lighter bodied ale. Drinkability well no thanks especially after trying so many fine beers over the years at the Creekhouse.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
1.98/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy gold with some white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is, surprise, surprise - apple. To me it already reminds me of an apple Jolly Rancher. I give it a 3 because it reminds me too much of the candy and lacks maturity. Taste is nasty. Tastes like sour apple. Like that candy was melted and morphed into a drink. It gets more tolerable as times goes on, as is typical with Lindemans brew. But really. Eck. You might as well put this in a bottle and let your kid drink it as apple juice, if it weren't for the alcohol in it. No way am I going to be able to finish this bottle...or an inch more of what is in the glass. Horrid. The only thing I can think that would save this is a proper pairing with food.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like fermented apples and some sweetness. Taste follows with a good sweet/sour balance. Just a bit of funky yeast presence. Not bad overall but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head. Leaves some trails of lacing.

The smell is of green apples with a candyish sweetness.

The taste is of green apples with sweet champagne. Cidery. Sweet and sour.

The feel is light - almost effervescent. Apples stick around - dry finish.

Overall, it is between cider and a mamosa - substitute apple juice for orange juice. Personally, my least favorite of the four main fruit lambics of this brewery - too cidery and sweet - Maybe cider drinkers (and Jolly Rancher enjoyers) would appreciate this more. It does pair well, though, with salad with apple slices in it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A hazy slightly murky body, golden orange with a slight murky brown quality to it as well. There's a few light dark chunks of yeast and trub even with a slow pour. Head is not very large makes about a finger of creamy white, but stays around quite a bit. Retention is good with a nice puck and simple lacing, and a roaring small carbonation rising in the middle of the glass.

Nose is apple and juicy. More closely like box juice quality, and not cidery either. Slightly sweet but not large on the sweetness. Hints at green apple but not acetaldehyde stong. Faint dry ripping barley in the background slightly.

Palate is sweeter than the nose. Box juice apple and light wet feel. Comes out more red tasting than green from the nose. Slight pear sweetness on the finish a bit. Good coating in the front particularly on the teeth, with a slight toothpaste cleanliness.

Overall it's not that cidery but it's not quite beer either. It's alright, but considerably sweeter on the palate than on the nose.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a flute, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a frothy, light, bright white head that forms a sparse surface coating as it settles. Aromas of apple tart and sweet, with some subtle grassy highlights. Flavors are more richly sweet than the nose leads you to believe, with a tart, candy-like apple sweetness blended with hints of a roasted apple sweetness. Light, crisp, and effervescent in mouth, the beer has a tangy sweet aftertaste. Light, crisp finish with a subtle tartness lingering behind.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle, foil, cap and a small cork, no freshness/bottling indication. Pours cloudy light tangerinem with a near white fine, slight head and leaving slithery, stringy lacing, nose of sugary apples. this a quite sweet, sugary brew, undernotes of slight sourness. Dessert beer or perhaps with a salad. Sweetness takes away from complexity.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy apples batman. Purchased a bottle of this at a local beer store, probably my favorite lambic from Lindemanns. Its a good drink. Yellow and cloudy in color. Carbonation formed a complete and tall head, three fingers, fell off by head remained steady. Nice carbonation, filled the area with an huge smell of sour apple. Its an apple beer and it does not fail to deliver apples. Goes down easy, a very good beer IMO. I need to research lambics more to see if its a good example of a lambic. I've heard people complain that Lindemanns does not make "true" lambics. Not sure about this.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07/11/06- Purchased at Bevmo in Mountain View, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caped and corked. No freshness info found. It's a new release though, so I assume it's fairly fresh. Poured into my Lindemans flute.

Appearance- Nucelar glowing golden orange in color. 1/2 inch head with light streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Smells, like apples....sour now and later apples, sour jolly rancher apples, sour blow pop apples and johnny appleseed. So, I'm assuming there is a bit of sugar in this one.

Taste- Yep, I'm glad I shared this bottle with a friend on my new beer Tuesday. Super sugary and thick apple flavor. Kind of like a cider, but with the candied flavor as well. There is another flavor as well, but I'll be damned if I can think what it was. Apple and more apple here.

Mouthfeel- Still tasting this stuff the next morning. Huge sugary mouth coating with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Because of it's sugar content and extreme sweetness, I found this really hard to finish 12 oz or so. There is no way I would have been able to consume the whole bottle. No very highly drinkable, but could work as an afterdinner drink to share at a party with a dessert or something. About 6oz is enough for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a 375ml bottle with friends at the Steelgaarden.

Like the other Lindemans offerings, this one is plenty tasty, but off the charts in terms of its sweet cloying feel. We had a small bottle and I know I couldn't have finished the sucker. The flavor itself was nice, a similar, but more sophisticated flavor than a green apple Jolly Rancher - very candy-like. Not a bad beer and I'd recommend it to anyone that like sour apple.

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Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong apples, tart malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is a strong tartness present, as well. Tastes of apple, yeast, tart malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, an average lambic.

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