De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend | Brouwerij Lindemans

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De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary BlendDe Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blended by Lindemans from 1-year and 2-year-old Lindemans lambic and 2-year-old Girardin lambic.

Added by Thorpe429 on 09-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
21
For Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at De Heeren. October 2012.

The beer is clear and light orange colored with a formidable, cloudy, white head. The aroma brings some cheesy funk, hay, authentic Belgian lambic scents. Nice flavor! Ahh...cheesy, barnyard funk with hints of citrus. Transporting aroma and taste. Really wonderful. Low carbonation and silky smooth on the palate. A terrific example of the style, I feel fortunate to have tried this. What a great place to enjoy food and beer.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this back from Europe with me. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden amber color with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Tart and really funky. Rather herbal, but the funk quality definitely wins.

Taste: This one is light and very funky up front. I'm getting some herbal and lemon notes. The finish gets very bitter and even more funky than the rest of the sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with nice, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty traditional gueuze. The finish is really funky. I thought this was a nice effort.

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Photo of AndrewK
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Steve.

Light orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring rapidly. The nose is sulfury, funky, a little eggy, lemony, tart, bright and young. My notes say "gueuzey", what that means I have no clue. But it does smell rather simple.
The palate opens mildly sweet with melons, moderate funk, sulfur, lemon and grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness. Moderate lactic sourness is present too. Light in body, medium-high level of carbonation, this beer is drying and funky on the finish. Solid stuff, but I was surprised by how unimpressed I was by this.

**Edit 04 Oct 2015**
Thanks, Trey.

With age, the Girardin characteristics have become more prominent with preserved lemon, honey. a beautifully pronounced floral bouquet, a moderate mushroom and wet earth funk. Up front, the palate is dominated by Girardin with its stunning lemons, citrus and mild floral character before the Lindeman's takes over for the back half. Wet hay, oak, tannins and wet dog are present. While the flavors are excellent, they still don't seem to be perfectly married together; this is a little disjointed. Still, this is quite excellent.
4.25/3.75/4

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Photo of raveskdr
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Olin73. Thanks man! Part of our LA tasting, non LA bottles. Poured into a mini-snifter.

A - Hazy yellow straw with a nice receeding off white head.

S - Very solid amount of Belgian funk right up front with slight acidic lemon notes. Minerality on the back end.

T - Large amount of that barnyardy funk. Moderate acidity on the back end.

M - A bit on the light side for a gueuze. Drinkable and funky, but there needs to be a bit more body to put up with the funk.

O - Yes, I used funk a lot. This is a very solid beer. 20 Euros? Maybe not. But very glad to be able to try this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazy light yellow with a slightly off white bubbly head. The nose has a ton of cheesy funk, light leathery brett with a nice sweet appricot to balance. Taste is solid, funk is dialed down a bit, less cheesy rind and more leathery, dusty notes. Sweetness is decent, not super bright but nice lemon, appricot and peach. Fairly sour, dry finish on a light body, assertive carbonation.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brystmar
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Marcos a few weeks back -- thanks! Reviewed from notes.

Straw-colored pour yields white, thinly-bubbled head. Sticky, retentive lace adorns my glass.

Lots of oak and yeasty funk in the nose. Citrus shines through. Mild sugary sweetness, though this sweet characteristic is nothing like the other (awful) Lindemans "lambics" brewed with artificial sweeteners. Smells like a well-made gueuze should.

Tart and funky. Oaky and lemony. Complex, yet balanced. If you blindfolded me, handed me this glass of DHL20, and asked me who made this sour, I never would have guessed Lindemans. Goes to show they know how to make a good lambic if they decide to forego the adjuncts.

This was a pleasantly surprising gueuze I'd happily drink again. That's definitely the first time I've ever said that about a beer from Lindemans.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at DLD 2012...thanks Thorpe?

A - Pours yellow in color, white fizzy head, thin collar.

S - Lemon citrus, funk, nice level of sour/tartness, oak. Pretty good and straight-forward...everything works together nicely.

T - Similar to the nose, lemon peel, citrus, funk, tart/sour notes, light acidity, oak. A very solid Gueuze, to say the least. I think this one went beyond my expectations. Finish is tartness and oak.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A very solid Gueuze, no doubt. I would have this one again for sure, but I don't think I would purchase from overseas and pay the high shipping costs associated with getting it over to me. That said, I'll gladly take another pour somewhere down the road.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Thanks to whoever brought this to the DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with three fingers of fluffy white head and mdoerate to high carbonation evident. Very carbonated and head lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of earthy notes, funk, cheese, oak, hay, floral notes, light space. Some nice funk but not too overpowering.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, cheese, barnyard funk, spice, oak, lightly sour fruits, light citrus. A little step up from the nose, quite nice.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Crisp, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a ncie gueuze. Some nice funk in the nose and taste, and some sour fruits in the taste as well. A touch overcarbonated but still a great beer. Would like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of pperez38
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Andy pulled out this big gun tonight. Poured into a chalice. This one pours a clear bubbly golden color with a thick pillow of white head and a little bit of spotty lace.

Tart apples on the aroma with a little bit of a pungent cheese aroma in the background; this is enjoyable. Nice standard gueuze funk in this with a little bit of a vinous finish. Subtle flavors of earth and dirt on the pallet with some nice sour notes to round this out. Apples come to mind with some nice acidic notes. Really tasty.

The body is light and the carbonation is crisp. Overall a real nice beer. The best I've had from these guys hands down.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a huge ton to Clark for this one! Poured into a chalice. Shared with family. The color is clear straw. There is a large frothy white head that leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma has some nice mildly tartness with a hint of rubber. Some sweet peach-like aroma is also detected.

The taste starts out with a gentle touch of malt sweetness, quickly followed by a funky rubber. The finish is tart, but on the medium side (not too tart but not too mild).

The body is light, with slightly creamy, slightly prickly carbonation.

This is really tasty. The flavors are mellow, and slightly complex.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled October 2011
A steady, but careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fluffy, four-finger thick, pale tan tinged, off-white colored head; the beer leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows an almost clear, pale amber tinged, gold hue when held up to the light. When I first pull out the cork and am pouring this I get funky notes of urea, lactic acid and musk. A more focused look at the aroma yields a big, funky mushroom note, that gets quite musty, amply sour in its lactic character, plus it has some more complex acidity to it (not just lactic, but it doesn’t smell like it has any acetic, at least to me yet). There is a substantial, muted (if that makes sense) fruitiness that smells mostly of tart grapefruit, but there are more subtle notes of pear and apple. A really deep, lingering stay over the aroma yields notes of grassy grain, cracker like malt / wheat and some light phenolic notes. The nose has quite a bit of musty, musky, phenolic funkiness to it that is quite nice, the acidity is a bit lighter than I would prefer, but it still has a nice sour smell to it.

The beer is quite light, definitely tart, with a prickly carbonation that washes over the palate. The finish has a light, lactic acidity that lingers very lightly on the palate. A funky mushroom character and woody oakiness picks up towards the beginning of each sip and lingers through to the finish before it is mostly wiped clean by an astringent, tannic character, carbonic acid and, surprisingly enough, nothing; the beer sort of disappears because it is so light in many ways. There is a soft slickness to this beer when it is in the mouth (from the lactic acidity, and perhaps a touch from the oak), but mostly this is quite light, even for a Gueuze; it is not quite watery, but it is damn close. The Brettanomyces funkiness isn’t overly aggressive here, but does contribute a nice supporting character to this beer; the mushroom notes come from this, as does a hint of medicinal phenolics, perhaps a touch of mostly cured plastic. As the beer warms up it picks up more grapefruit like notes towards the finish, and this gets especially amplified in my second pour that still has a zippy carbonation.

The body is perhaps the biggest “flaw” in this beer, most really good Gueuzes have a chewiness to them, part of it is more grain / malt character (in the flavor department to), but also part of it is more lactic slickness and more oak structure. Still this is quite a good Gueuze, it would be perfectly balanced if it had more biting acidity and more grain character to go along with the funkiness and mustiness that is found here. In the end, like the finish, this beer ends up disappearing and being too quickly forgotten. A very nice beer, especially since I like Gueuze / Lambic so much, but this is actually quite a bit of a letdown b/c of the track record of the de Heeren van Liedekercke Lambics to date. Still, I would be ecstatic to have a bunch of this beer on hand.

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Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stakem for sharing this one with us at our recent gueuze tasting.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a frothy one and a half finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - This one is funky through and through. Once the funk dies down a bit you can detect some fresh cut grass, oak, funky cheese, some fresh cut citric fruit and a dash of sulfur.

T - Starts off with a bit of sour lemon zest quickly giving way to hints of the typical barn yard funk, blue cheese, oak and some dry maltiness. The sometimes prickly carbonation really doesn't help this one. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as tart as I was expecting with a dry finish. A touch too much carbonation as well.

O - This one was pretty good. It really didn't have any glaring flaws but when we where drinking some of the best gueuze's on the pallet it really didn't shine either.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. First pour gave a big head. Second pour yielded three fingers of foamy white head that fell quickly, but stuck around near the end. A bit of lacing.

3.5 S: Apple and peachy fruitiness. Musty basement, rotting log, and musky animal funkiness. Super dry. Bleu cheese and dry-rot sweatsocks. Lots of funk in this. Low on acidity.

3.5 T: Again super funky. Apple and especially apple orchard earthiness. Rotting log, dry-rot, musty basement, stale bread, and sweat. Not as cheesy as the nose. Again, acidity is quite low with minor lactic acid and basically no acetic. Oak with a moderate tannin component.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good gueuze-level carbonation. Lacking creaminess though.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but certainly not worth the price. I'm glad I didn't get an extra to age. I will say that this is a funk lover's dream. There's tons of it. For me, I would have preferred a bit more acidity and a bit more sweetness. This is dry even for a gueuze.

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De Heeren Van Liedekercke 20th Anniversary Blend from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.1 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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