Lindemans

BROUWERIJ LINDEMANS

The Lindemans family owned a farm in Vlezenbeek near Brussels, Belgium where they grew barley and wheat among other crops.  In 1809, they began to focus on brewing Lambics in the winter season when farming was slow.  Lambics became so popular in the 1930’s that the Lindemans stopped farming and began exclusively working on producing Lambics.  They now produce many versions of Lambics including: Kriek, Gueuze, Faro, Framboise, and others.

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Year-Round/Seasonals:

CASSIS: 88 Points

Black Currant Love

Black Currant Love

This Lambic is available year-round in 12 oz. and 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Lindemans Cassis is a lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation the lambic is aged in oak. Black currants are added creating a secondary fermentation and yielding an ale of exceptional flavor and complexity.”

My Description: It begins with a large, pink colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a magnificent amount of lacing. The aroma is potent with notes of berries like raspberries and black berries, which is what I guess black currants smell like. There is also a hint of funk in the aroma as well reminding you that you are drinking a wild fermented beer. Cassis is lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is definitely on the sweet side with the taste following the nose nicely. Black currant and other berry notes take center stage along with some barnyard notes and a smooth herbal finish. The sweetness is combated somewhat by a welcoming sour addition that is faint but noticeable. This beer is tasty and makes for a great dessert beer. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with cheesecake, fruit salads, or spreadable cheeses.

ABV: 3.5%  Color: Red/Purple  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1/10

FRAMBOISE: 93 Points

Raspberry Delight

It is available in 750 ml. and 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Magnificent aroma, delicate palate of raspberries with undertones of fruity acidity; elegant, sparkling clean natural taste.”

My Description: This has such little alcohol and big flavor that just about anyone would like it if they like raspberries. It has a decent white colored that that retains decently but produces some amazing lacing. The aroma has a strong raspberry puree smell that is clean and inviting. The beer is roughly lighter bodied with a higher carbonation level making it crisp and easy drinking. There is sweetness to the beer with the raspberry taste is front and center. There is also a tart presence and a touch of acid to complement the overall experience. It is best served around 38°F and pairs nicely with dark chocolate desserts, Baked Alaska, or a fruit glazed duck.

ABV: 2.5% Color: Ruby Red Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 1/10

GUEUZE CUVÉE RENÉ: 98 Points

Acidic Bliss

For the love of wild yeast

This Gueuze is available year-round in 12 oz. and 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A golden hue sets off the wonderful almost champagne like taste.”

My Description: This is a near masterpiece; clean flavors, a smooth body, and an excellent combination of acid and tart. It begins with a large, white colored head that is bubbly and lasts for a long time leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with a strong sour presence along with notes of hay and fresh cut grass. This beer smells wild and funky, it’s real nice. Cuvée is lighter bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile tastes slightly acidic and definitely more on the sour fruit side. Pale malts can be detected along with notes of green apples and citrus fruits. Oak undertones add character and the aftertaste is tart and refreshing. This a great beer with delicious sour notes and makes for a good choice when you want to chill and sip a beer on the porch. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with roasted asparagus, salads, or grilled mushrooms.

ABV: ~5%  Color: Golden/Orange  Sweetness: 1/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

KRIEK: 91 Points

Black Cherry Lambic

This is a Lambic that is generally more acidic and less fruity than other Lambics.  However, because of the shortage of “Schaerbeekse (black) Cherries,” Lindemans uses a natural method where they extract cherry juice from unfrozen cherries and blend it with selected Lambics of different ages to get a less acidic and more fruity flavor.  This is available in 750 ml. and 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast.  After spontaneous fermentation, black cherries are added, creating a secondary fermentation and yielding a beer of exceptional flavor and complexity.”

My Description:  This Lambic drinks more like a carbonated wine than a traditional beer making it a special occasion type beverage.  Perhaps for New Year’s, instead of drinking cheap champagne, why not spend the same amount and get a nice Lambic; assuming you enjoy this type of drink.  When you initially pour this you will see a beautiful ruby red colored body topped with a thick and foamy brightly colored head.  The head lingers for quite some time producing laces that just stick to the glass.  This has a very strong cherry aroma that smells fresh and heavy; the aroma definitely forecasts what flavor is to come.  Once this hits your lips you will get a minor sense of the acid that is present in the beer but that is quickly overpowered by the strong and sweet cherry flavor that gives way to a tart finish.  That is where the complexity comes from because at first it is sweet but when you swallow the tart will become the dominate flavor you taste.  This all works in harmony to produce a beer that is delicious and smooth.  Give Kriek a try and see what you think. This goes for around $9 – $12 for a 750 ml. bottle.

ABV: 4%  Color: Ruby Red/Dark Pink  Sweetness: 4/10  Bitterness: 1/10

POMME: 96 Points

Apple Goodness

Available in 750 ml. and 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The clean, bright aroma and flavor of apples melds beautifully with the complex tartness of lambic. Smooth, light body with the fresh flavor of real apples and a light green-apple tartness.”

My Description: The flavor is so on point that it tastes almost like a carbonated apple cider, delicious. It has a decent white colored head that retains decently producing good lacing. The aroma is a beautiful green apple bomb with some minor notes of other light fruit, yeast, and some dryness. It is roughly lighter bodied with a higher carbonation level that makes this beer crisp and refreshing. The first thing you will notice is the strong green apple taste that is tart and delicious. There is also some sweetness in the beer accompanied by a hint of sour. It drinks almost like a champagne. This is a high quality beer that shows the great craftsmanship of the company. It is best served around 38°F and pairs nicely with strong smelling cheeses, spicy stir-fry, or a hearty soup.

ABV:3.5%  Color: Clear Light Pale  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1/10