So you don’t like beer? This ancient style of wheat beer could persuade you otherwise. Fermented by wild yeasts and aged for several years in wooden casks, Belgium’s revered lambic beers arguably have more in common with white wines than regular beers.
A blend of young and aged lambics, Lindeman’s Gueuze pours an amber to copper hue, a shade darker than most examples of the style. There’s a distinctive caramelised and yogurt-like sweetness that reminds me of a faro (sweetened lambic), along with expected notes of apple cider, earthy mustiness, and barnyard funk. Despite its early sweetness, the beer’s long finish is briskly tart and quenching.
An approachable yet rewarding introduction to the complexities of the rustic lambic style, Lindeman’s Gueuze makes a wondorful partner for seafood, ripe soft cheeses and most fatty dishes.