Lindemans Apple | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CualityC on 05-13-2006

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Photo of claspada
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma begins with sweet and tart green apples. Maybe a little mustiness in the background but not much. Pretty straight forward.

The taste begins with of artificially-flavored apple candy with an unrelenting sweetness; basically a green apple jolly rancher. Extremely juicy with cheek-pulling acidity and a puckering tart finish. Best cider I've had in awhile, but not a great beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin matched with medium carbonation.
Overall this tastes like a green apple cider plus a cup of sugar. Definitely one of the poorer offerings from Lindemans and no where as good as the Peche or Framboise.

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Photo of dfillius
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet
A: Gentle Pour yields 1/4 finger of fizzy white head with poor retention. Hazy golden color. I'd like better head retention please.
S: Very apple cidery like. Smells the same as a packet of dry apple cider mix or a green apple jolly rancher. Too sweet and fake smelling.
T: Sugary like a pixy stick out in front. Tart finish of a granny smith apple keeps it from being cloying. Tastes like a wine cooler. The flavor would be better without the smell involved.
M: Sweet then tart.
D: I'd drink again, but not a second glass or buy frequently at all. A dessert beer definitely!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 vandemonian
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Apple is a sweet, apple-flavoured lambic in the image of their other variaties. It's nice, if you like that sort of thing.

A: Yellow-orange colour and a decent head and lacing. 4

S: Sweet apple flavour with a hint of lambic funkiness. 4

T: Taste is sweet with a hint of acidic sourness and the definite taste of green apples. Yum. 4

M: Slightly foamy. 3

O: Very tasty. Although it gets a little sickly. 3.5

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Photo of Daredevil
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

flavored beers are currently the flavor of the time around here ... but funny enough the more artificial such flavors are the more poplar the brew is .... quite disappointing ...

Lindemans has a nice range of flavored lambics, which are all but artificial ....
unsurprisingly, "Apple" tastes like one of the better Irish ciders ...

.... maybe not something to compete the truly serious brews, but certainly a great party beer ....

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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's the pour, or maybe it's my new Lindemans stange that I'm pouring it into, but this is a beautiful beer. A golden color with a touch of haze builds up a big, billowing crown of creamy, thick white head about two fingers high with great retention. Lacing is left plentifully, not in massive amounts, but what sticks to the glass is massively thick. The activity in the glass never ends.
Tart green apple comes off the nose immediately and, by far, most strongly. There's a bit of a grains presence underneath and a touch of hay, but the green apple, delicious in its own right, masks the real character underneath.
The same happens in the flavor, with the massively tart green apple being the show, but the other elements aren't quite as masked. Under the granny smith flavor are grains, hay, a touch of yeasty funk that I both like and find appropriate in this beer, and a nice sour edge that pulls through at the end of each sip.
The body is appropriately light, as is the not quite champagne-like carbonation keeping it crisp and lively. If anything, this should have a nice crisp bite to it, and it does.
It seems like the quality of a Lindemans lambic is in how much the real complexity and character come out underneath the fruit and how well it's balanced. This is a good beer, but less than Framboise, with my favorite thus far being Peche, the very first one I ever tried.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a lindemans flute. Kinda feels nice pouring a beer into its own glass!

Poured the color of cider (turbid). 3/4 inch head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of cider and candy apple flavoring. Taste was rather unlike any other beer. The taste reminds me of apple champagne, if they made apple champagne from artificial apple flavoring. The most notable aspect was the slightly sour/bitter taste that was somewhat tricky to detect. I would have almost missed it if I hadn't been analyzing the flavors. The small alcohol presence came through and tasted like an American Adjunct-type flavor. The aftertaste starts out purely sweet apple candy flavoring. The finish is reminiscent of apple wine or champagne.

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Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: This was part of a box set with a tall fluted glass and one other bottle of Lindemans Framboise. It was poured from a green capped and corked 355ml bottle into the fluted glass from the box set. The label has a description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: It has a light hazy look with a pale tarnished or old gold color. In it there is a ton of champagne like carbonation. This helps support the tall, tightly packed head on top. The long lasting head makes for good sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: This has sweet and tart green apple notes with sweet bready malt and dry wheat.

Taste/Palate: Up front it has sweet bready and wheat notes full of tart green apple candy (jolly rancher) and sweet apple cider notes. It finishes with a semi-sweet tartness which is cut with some dry bready yeast notes. The palate is lively and well carbonated but still feels a little bit sticky.

Notes: I like this beer as a novelty beer. It is interesting but only in small amounts or as a dessert beer.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy, pale green. Head like champagne that faded fast and left nothing behind.

S: Cherry cough drops, apple skins, sour apple Jolly Ranchers, fresh apples. Get it?

T: Sour to sweet, apples, cool water, light traces of grains.

D: This ain't beer. I'll drink it in place of apple juice. Possibly a step up from Martinelli's Sparkling.

Value: Absurd to pay this much for a sparkling, watered-down fruity beer. But as you can see, price something high and lots of people will think it's great.

If I'm gonna drink a fruity beer, give me a Samuel Smith's Cherry Ale...

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Much like a apple juice, Carbinated head with some lacing.

Smell - Strong apple, sugar, some added fruit juices. Malts and some spices.

Taste - Pretty much like a wine cooler. Sweet, carbinated and lots of apple. SMooth and very easy to drink. Sugars are very present.

MOuthfeel - Sweet and a little bitter. Much like a juice drink tounge and palette is covered in suagrs and juice. Thin and not the slightest alcohol burn.

Drinkabilty - Very easy to drink but all the sugar and sweetness would be too much after a bottle or so. Not very much booze so yea you can drink alot but i wouldnt do so. A nice change up or to have on hand for a female that doesnt like beer.

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Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like apple juice but with a beer head. Smells like apple juice more then a cider though. Taste is strongly of apples with a finish of wheats and spices. It is a pleasant taste though not strong. It is very smooth and very easy to drink. If the cost were not so high it would be too easy to drink.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Golden yellow with a slight haze. Body looks like a 50/50 blend of filtered apple juice and apple cider.

Smell - Virtually indistinguishable from Apple juice or cider, but perhaps with a little more sweetness to it.

Taste - Sparkling apple juice. Only the slightest hint of alcohol in the finish, as well as a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Has great fizzy mouthfeel with a decent amount of froth. Light textured body, but plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - Tastes great. Not a session beer, but makes a great gateway beer for newbies getting into new styles.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 355 mL bottle was purchased as part of a gift pack containing two bottles and a Lindeman's glass. There is no bottle dating, but these fruit lambics are renowned for their extended shelf life so I'm not concerned. The bottle was corked, capped, and crowned in green foil. I had to locate my Boy Scout knife as I seem to have misplaced my regular corkscrew. I knew I'd need this thing someday.

The bottle suggest serving this between 38-41 degrees Fahrenheit, but I'm drinking this closer to 50 degrees as I love the way the flavors of a fruit lambic intensify when it's a pinch warmer. The cork comes off with a nice pop and a small amount of beer bubbles over. I poured the bottle into the included glassware.

The pour yields three fingers of white head. Retention is good. Thick sticky lacing lines the glass all the way down. There is a decent amount of active carbonation seen through the glass. The brew is golden and cloudy, not unlike a witbier.

As expected, this is very aromatic. As soon as the cork comes off, fruity scents fill the nose. Up to the glass apple smells dominate. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious come to mind, with a hint of Macintosh and Pear. There is a minor funky aroma from the spontaneous fermentation employed by Lindemans. It's a stretch to smell it though as sweet and tart fruit dominates the nose.

The taste is also dominated by apple. The flavor is a cross of drinking apple cider and biting into a not-quite-ripe Granny Smith apple. The sour characteristics of spontaneous fermentation blossom on the tongue more so than in the nose. Some lemon tartness is present in the finish. This is very sweet for a beer, but the tart apple and wild brett lambicus are the overwhelmingly dominant characteristics in the flavor of this beer. The wheat component and the alcohol go unnoticed on the tongue.

In the mouth, this lambic is akin to sucking the juice out of a Granny Smith apple. The brew is medium bodied and well carbonated. Those personalities, in conjunction with the tartness, create a very crisp and refreshing brew.

Fruit lambic is not what most people think of when talking about beer but it is a very cool and unique style. These Lindeman lambics are not likely to be something that most people will drink every day but they are a very nice treat. The cost is prohibitively high, but the beer drinks like fruit juice, and it is unlikely that anyone could get a buzz off of 355 mL of such a low alcohol brew. These are very fun for special occasions or just because; and they're even more fun to share.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
On most days I would not give two Schlitz for Lindeman's Pomme; but when I'm in the mood, yeah, sure.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Crisp golden color with a pronounced head with large bubbles. Though it was slightly hazy even in a rather thin glass.

The aroma and taste were wonderful, perhaps a bit heavy on the apple aroma's, and honestly this is like drinking a carbonated Granny Smith apple beverage. The mouthfeel was quite amazing, I would take a sip and swirl it around my tongue, and it honestly it felt like gas in my mouth, odd to describe.

Though this was so incredibly undrinkable after the first 5 ounces or so, it almost became a chore to finish the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of ozmodium
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredibly difficult review for me. On one hand I actually really like a lot of what this beverage has to offer, on the other I can't quite figure out how this fits into the spectra of beer...

A- pours a golden light orange, almost clear. Nice 2 finger head but dissipates quickly, sone lacing

S- the tart but synthetic essence of green apple jolly ranchers (which I happen to love), cane sugar, with a barely noticeable yeasty and barnyard quality typical of lindemans lambics. This is where it becomes difficult and quite frankly frightening for me...should a beer really smell like this? It is inviting, yet so very wrong.

T- no surprise here after initially stuffing my nose into the glass. Atomic strength green apple. This stuff is more apple than apple, so to speak. Really syrupy sweet. Apple candy in a glass. Finishes almost tart enough to balance it out, but sadly not quite. Again, quite tasty, but wrong. I kind of feel like I'm cheating on beer with this stuff.

M- really good carbonation, low abv and the nearly great sweet/tart balance make it actually react quite nicely with the mouth.

D- designed to be consumed en masse, despite mixed feelings about this stuff it goes down easy.

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Photo of MrDibbs
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured nicely and looked promising with gold color and a nice head. It had a strong green apple aroma but was too candy sweet for my tastes. It was more like a champagne or cider than beer. I'm not a huge Lambic fan but I was hoping it would pair well with Pad Thai. I couldn't finish it. If your are a Lambic fan, it might be for you.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow, hazy, tiny rising carbonation bubbles. The head is pure white and frothy with a loud voice at a couple fingers tall.

S - Sweet apples, sharp pear and a hint of woodiness.

T - Bite of tart sweet apples. Pucker up as the flavors fill your mouth and slowly engage throughout the rest of your head.

M - The feel is sticky in its remnant and dry throughout each pull.

~ This is a light and fruity tart brew. It has great character and based on the brewing method it is an extremely intriguing brew. I will have this again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 FanofHefe
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay chalice. Nice golden body with a one finger white head. A little lacing along the glass.

Aroma is of tart apples. A hint of watermelon comes out as well.

The taste follows the aroma with a strong tart green apple taste dominating. I still get a hint of watermelon in the background.
Very sweet mix overall.

The overtly sweet tastes make this a little less drinkable for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small Lindemans bottle with cap and cork, poured into a red wine glass.

Pours a golden color with a light deceptive haze. Wisps of white foam.

Strong apple smell. Taste is all apple, sweet at the start and tart at the finish. Becomes more tart as the beer warms. Foamy in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink - good enough beer, delivers what you'd expect.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a stemmed glass. Serve at 38 - 41°F. No date.

Thanks to my fiancée Trish for opening this from the gift-set!

A - Slightly cloudy goldenrod in color with a tall off-white, almost grey foam with good retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

S - Tart, sugary green apple aroma sort of akin to Jolly Ranchers. No real beer aroma in this one. Fruit is too syrupy. I enjoy the aroma but it could be much better.

T - Dry but crisp and refreshing green apple flavor that's a bit too syrupy in nature. A clean tart finish keeps begging for another sip. Mild yeast notes add some complexity to an otherwise one-dimensional brew.

M - A lovely tart and dry finish calls out to be drank and drank again, this crisp and light apple brew has a lively, nice feel in the mouth.

D - Like I am with apple juice and cider, this beer is incredibly quaffable. The alcohol is low, but it's borderline too sweet from the fruit syrup.

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Photo of johnbjaeger
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This, as another BA aptly pointed out, tastes like green apple Jolly Rancher candy. For some people, this is a bad thing. I happen to like green apple Jolly Rancher candy so we're cool on this front. This one has a nice degree of pucker on the intake that hits first before the slightly cloying apple hits and stays through the finish. If you aren't down for that, you might not be happy.

Otherwise, it's a pretty average lambic that drinks easily, looks fine and tickles the tongue just enough. I am not sure how much of this I can stand, but a single glass goes down nice and fast.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 mL corked and capped, foil wrapped bottle, poured into a flute.

Pours a clouded golden yellow with a slight greenish tint. Frothy whitish head with awesome retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, green apples (Granny Smith-like) with only a trace of the impending doom of sweetness that follows in the flavor. Flavor starts off pleasantly tart and sour, like biting into a crisp, fresh Granny Smith, before an unrelenting syrup sweet green Jolly Rancher flavor takes over and refuses to clear the palate long into the finish. Better than I expected, but still disappointing and missing the mark from a true lambic. Was a nice way to try this in their holiday gift pack, but I wouldn't purchase this separately.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow / light orange color with a short 1/2" white head.

Smell: loads of apples and a spicy yeast is easily detectable and very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: tart green apples, yeast, some soft spices and a hint of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long as the tart apples linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this beer is very refreshing and easy to consume. Not a beer to have frequently, but a few times a year is just about right for me.

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

A: Golden yellow with thin white head.

S: Green apple with some Belgian funk

T:Taste follows the nose, tart green apple with slight Belgian funk aroma that increases with warming. Fairly sweet on the front end but doesn't finish overly sweet due to the light tartness.

M: Fairly light body, fine bubbles/sparkling wine type carbonation.

D: Not as sour/tart as a prototypical Lambic but decent flavor with low sourness and alcohol make it a refreshing summer type drink.

Probably not for the hardcore BA who only wants the top of the heap for each style, but I have a soft spot for Lindemans and more importantly it's one of the few beers the Boss likes so I can purchase them whenever.

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