750 ml bottle, shared with my son, from Vinmonopolet Stavanger Verksgata. ABV is 8%. Golden colour, large white head. Lovely aroma of farmhouse / brettanomyces, aged white wine, oak and lemons. Moderate carbonation in the glass. Medium sour flavour of brettanomyces and oak.
0,75l bottle shared at home shared by Barna, big thanks. amber hazy color, small white head. smells funky, earthy, grassy, herbal, saison like, bit woody. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation. tastes citric, grassy, earthy, funky, wood, oak, light sherry. finishes lightly dry and light to medium sour with notes of citrus, funk and herbal notes. lovely, very promising, this should age awesomely, bit on heavy side overall.
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Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Funk, citrus, fruit, tart, acidic.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Funk, citrus, fruit, tart, acidic.
Deep gold with a brief white head that might have been affected by an errant speck of cork. Aroma of old oak, sherry, expired furniture polish, cherries, tart apples, pannetone. Smells rich for a gueuze but then upon a taste it's given structure by moderate lactic sourness and horsey funk. Nothing brash about it, it all seems mellow and well integrated. Oak and zingy at the end. Finish grips more after a time. Interesting, deep. Expensive but worth getting another to see how it goes - but seems quite mature now.
Huge, ultra dense & fine yellow head, as whipped eggwhite over faintly veiled orange-russet beer. Great horseblanket, lemonpeel aromas, freshly baked bread. Dry-ish with a fine acidity, partly lemony, partly lactic, partly fruity and other. Fruit as slightly unripe peach, gooseberry, citrus, but also yoghurt. Perfectly attenuated, sparkling carbonation. Lipsmacking acidity, dry-out effect, yet hardly and acidburn. Superb gueuze, arguably the best Lindemans turned out for several decades.
The Lindemans brewery celebrates its 200th birthday this year, and they took the Toer de Geuze as the ideal moment to present this special anniversary geuze to the public, named after the daughter of a brewer who, with her husband, started the company in the early 19th century. Thickly moussy, crackling, egg-white, pillowy head opening here and there in the end but generally remaining very stable; lightly hazed orange-tinged 'old golden' robe with a veritable 'tornado' of sparkling rushing through, turning cloudy further on. Aroma of unripe nectarine, dusty old bookshelves, dry straw, Bretty notes of old leather and horseblanket, hard green pear, old oxidized champagne, wooden furniture, stale lemon juice and old dried lemon peel, wood sorrel leaf, sour grapes. Refinedly acidic onset, lemony but not too sharply so, countered by a rounder, almost peach-like core of estery fruitiness, complemented with gooseberry, yellow plum and green apple aspects, lively carbonated in a fine-bubbled way, with supple yet full body; cracker-like backbone under 'juicy', kefir-like lactic sourness carrying the fruitiness onwards to a dry yet refreshing finish, where elegant woodiness and a late, subtle, deeply buried 'old hops' bitterness bring things to a vinous, sophisticated close. This yellow-green fruitiness of sour grape, green apple and ripe gooseberry never ceases, keeping the whole crisp and gracious. The previous anniversary geuze was very elegant from what I recall, but this one takes it up a notch and is likely the most refined and delicate, as well as characterful product Lindemans has brought fourth in recent times; as vibrant and sophisticated as geuze gets, fruity and crisp but full of personality - a bit like the eponymous Francisca from what I read... A worthy commemoration indeed and a true treat for the geuze and lambic lover, displaying the 'souplesse' and refinement of Lindemans lambic in the most beautiful way possible. Even better than expected, a masterpiece if you ask me.