Lindemans Apple | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans AppleLindemans Apple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CualityC on 05-13-2006

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Ratings:
785
Reviews:
333
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
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Photo of Viaduck
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle that I purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, Ohio into a clean, clear tulip glass. I do not own a flute type of glass which would likely be most appropriate. I bought this in the complete series of Lambics from Lindemans that Chuck's carries in order to sample them all.

A Unique non translucent light brown yellow body with a minimal head that dissipates within a minute or two. It is not unlike a thick cider might look.

S Sweet green apples and why not? I do not get much else in the smell but it is an inviting one.

T Sweetness is big (as is the other Lambics that I have tried from Lindemans) and the tart frsh green apple taste is way in front. It continues through to the aftertaste and a nice apple nectar taste is left behind. As it warmed the taste actually improved like a warming Cider might.

M Moderate with big apple tart and sweetness.

D Fair to good since this is certainly a dessert beer.

Notes: This beer really delivers on what it promises, an apple based Lambic and so I will give it a high rating for accurately portraying those tastes.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weizenbob
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

Large 750 ml bottle split between two glasses

A ~ Pale Green/Yellow. Looks pretty great, I enjoy what Lindemans does to their Lambics.

S ~ White grapes, refined sugar, & granny smith apples. Pleasant.

T ~ Sweet tarts (yes, the candy), Fresh grains, & Apple (skins and fruit) at first...as it warms it progresses into the wonderful wet hay flavor of Lambic, following with Lemonade & Lime Zest.

M ~ This one is tarter than other blended lambics I have had and I enjoy that. Not overbearingly sweet at all.

D ~ Such an enjoyable brew, and I like how it is bottled as well. We got to use our lil' Lindemans tool on it. Also, I did not know that this one was 3.5 ABV. . . Definitely unique.

PROST!

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Disclaimer – I don’t like apples or apple cider, but we’ll see how I like this…

Appearance – A clear orange golden color with a very nice head and good lacing.

Smell – The smell is nice. Has the funky sweet scent of their other lambics, without too much apple.

Taste – Initially tastes like a typical Lindeman’s lambic; a nice sweetness with a little sour, but then the apple comes out, which as I said above, I’m not the biggest fan of. Still, not bad.

Mouthfeel – Kind of a fine champagne feel (not taste). Mouthfeel is very nice.

Drinkability – This was better than I expected. Very good for an apple lambic.

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Photo of funkel81
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 9 oz sample. This brew pours a deep straw color with a web-like foam over top. This one is modestly hazy, with no carbonation apparent. This one reminds me a lot of apple juice in the way it looks. The aroma from this one is definately unmistakable apple. It is somewhere between a nice apple cider and the apple jolly rancher candies; slightly real, but somewhat artifically sweet. At least you can't say it lives up the the promise of apple. The flavor is not as sweet as expected. It is definately focused on the sweetness of the apple, but as I swallow the beer, I get just a hint of funkyness and sour, more than I have in any other Lindeman's product. Aftertaste is slightly wheaty. Mouthfeel is on the light side of moderate, with a very light carbonation just working its way out of sulution as it hits my tongue. I enjoy the light zing of sour and tartness, if from either the apple or the beasties used for fermentation, as it lends distant thoughts of other lambics that I enjoy more. Overall, this one is tasty and very easy to drink. It is over done on the sweetness, but it also has very faint wispers of what it could be, so that makes me happy.

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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 deltatauhobbit
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a slight haze to it, fizzy white head that fades quickly and no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a strong sweetness, apple are the dominate aroma, justifiably, but also fairly one note.

Taste starts out sweet with a good deal of tartness thrown in as well, apples are very well represented as the driving force, not much to balance out the sweet apples though, no hops whatsoever but not entirely surprised based on my past experiences with Lindemans, probably one of the most cider like beers I've ever had so if you enjoy cider you'll enjoy this, carbonation is medium-high and finishes sweet but the tartness prevents it from being cloying.

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

No freshness info.

a: Hazy gold, thin white head, little lacing.

s: Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. Sweet apples, slight sourness.

t: Like the smell, sweet granny smith apples, and moderate sourness. Good sweet and sour combo. Slightly dry finish. Average complexity.

m: Medium body, average carbonation.

d: Very sugary, limits drinkability. A decent lambic, nothing extraordinary, I would prefer a little more sourness.
Makes for a pretty good dessert beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy medium amber color with a one finger of fizzy white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sour and tart green apple aroma mixed with some lighter bits of yeast. Some sweeter apple cider smells are there as well accompanied by a light grassy aroma. Overall the aroma is of a nice tart green apple cider smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet apple cider flavor with a bit of sourness mixed within. The sourness is of a light lemon nature upfront with the flavor growing more tart in nature as the flavor advances due to some more intense green apple flavors coming to the tongue. A yeasty flavor develops initially after the taste begins, with it losing strength at the end of the taste. While the yeast fades and the tartness increases, a light hay flavor and a bit of a funk and vinegar all come to the tongue, mixing with the rest of the flavors to leave a nice sweet but still quite tart apple cider flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light with a carbonation that is composed of tiny champagne like carbonation bubbles. Both the lighter body and higher level of tiny carbonation bubbles are fantastic for the sweet and tart apple flavors of the brew making this a very refreshing beer even in light of its tart and sour nature.

Overall – A sweeter and tasty apple Lambic that is a rather easy and pleasant drinker.

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

A- Poured into a snifter... light fizzy head that disappears quickly, and leaves a slight residue stuck to the glass. Beer is a golden straw color,bit cloudy with some sediment and light activity

S- Has no real beer smell to it IMO. Mostly just an apple/pear aroma

T- I guess for what it is, not bad... doesn't have really any beer characteristics IMO, but taste and smell seems that of is expected from the style. Tastes more like an apple champagne or wine. Starts out with an apple tart taste and finishes middle of the road... not sweet, not dry

M- Light bodied with light carbonation. Leaves a tart apple taste lingering in your mouth

D- Bit pricey. I suppose it's a very drinkable beverage based on body, profile, and alcohol... not really my thing though

CHEERS!!

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Photo of Ksilver2
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden amber with a decent head. Tons of sediment at the bottom. Smells like apple and tastes like it too. Nice clean and refreshing. Reminds me more of a champagne than a beer. Sweet with no link to a beer. Nonetheless, a nice refreshing beer for a summers day.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +3%
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 SirDirtJoe
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

This is an 8 oz. serving of Pomme, poured into a nice Lindemans glass at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Appearance: The ale is a bright golden color. It is crystal clear with no signs of sediment. There is little head.

Smell: Sour Apple Jolly Rancher. Those 4 words do it justice, but you have to admit it is intriguing.

Taste: See above. The sour green apple flavor jumps out at you with a vengence. The flavor is not too acidic, just sour enough to make you appreciate it.

Mouthfeel: The sourness strains the taste buds at times...

Drinkability: My first taste of this new offering and I am curious. I wanna try a bottle and see how the delicate flavors hold up in a bottle.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 headlessparrot
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sold as "Lindemans Pomme" in Canada, because--you know--French.

Pours a surprisingly light colour, an almost orange-ish, pink-ish gold, translucent and with a weak cap of a finger of head that recedes but leaves decent lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is . . . apples. Green apples, though not particularly tart green apple--more of the kind of "green apple" flavour you might find in a bubblegum (or Jolly Rancher). Beneath that (it really dominates) is a bit of Belgian yeast, slight barnyard funk, crisp pale malt. Smells good, but somewhat artificial. Like a sweetened cider with a faint, beer-ish base.

Taste is sweet, artificial green apple, though more of the beer's character comes through here: a bit of yeastiness, some sour cherry, wheat?, a touch of genuine sourness/tartness/tang, faint crackery, peppery malt. Again, good, though leans artificial. High carbonation, light--but quite syrupy--body.

Probably my least favourite of the Lindemans line-up that I've had, and struggles with tasting somewhat "artificial," but it's still a pretty nice, light, easy-drinking and fun beer. Though for my money, if I want an apple-flavoured beer, I'm going for Unibroue's Ephemere Apple.

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

Sweet apple juice aroma with an unexpected caramel note. Slightly sugary cider character and Granny Smith tartness both blend quite well with the sour, acidic limbic qualities. The caramel makes another appearance, too. Clean apple finish.

Apples, apples, and more apples; that’s the name of the game with this one. And, frankly, it’s a better fruit for lambics than most; the Granny Smith tartness and lambic sourness work really well together.

Recommended…

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Lindemans Apple from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.7 out of 5 based on 785 ratings.
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