Lindemans Brewery

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Not to be confused with Lindeman's.
Brouwerij Lindemans
Location Vlezenbeek, Belgium
Opened 1811
Barrels per year 75,000 hL[1]
Active beers
Name Type
Lindemans Apple Lambic
Lindemans Cassis Cassis
Lindemans Faro Faro
Lindemans Framboise Framboise
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René Gueuze
Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René Kriek
Lindemans Kriek Kriek
Lindemans Pêcheresse Pêcheresse

Lindemans Brewery (Brouwerij Lindemans) is a Belgian family brewery based in Vlezenbeek, a small town in the Flemish Brabant southwest of Brussels. It produces lambics.

History[edit]

The history of Lindemans begins in the eighteenth century, as a family farm with a small brewery;[2] the brewery's patriarch was Frans Lindemans, the brother of the then-baillif of Gaasbeek.[3] Commercial brewing began in 1811. In 1930, with the growing success of the brewery, the agricultural activity was stopped, and the Kriek and Gueuze were first brewed. They produced their first Faro in 1978. In 1979, Lindemans became the first brand of lambic to be imported to the United States.[citation needed] In 2003, they expanded production to 8 million liters a year, and added a line for 25 cl bottles,[2] and in 2007 expanded again, with an eye on the Asian market, specifically China.[1] Lindemans has begun exporting to Russia, but the United States is still their largest foreign market.[4]

The company is still a family company, run for a long time by brothers Nestor and Rene,[2] before their sons, Dirk and Geert, took over, each having a 50% interest in the company.[1]

Lindemans Brewery in Vlezenbeek

Beers[edit]

Faro[edit]

Framboise and Pêcheresse bottles

Lindemans Faro is a lambic beer. The first Lindemans Faro was brewed in 1978, when the beverage was becoming popular again. At 4% ABV, it is considered a light beer. It is available in 375 ml and 750 ml bottles.

Fruit beers[edit]

Lindemans varieties include Lambic Framboise (raspberry), Kriek (sour cherry), Pêcheresse (peach), Cassis (blackcurrant), and Pomme (apple).

Because of the limited availability of sour cherries from Schaerbeek, the traditional ingredient for kriek, Lindemans Kriek is made using unsweetened cherry juice which is added to a mixture of lambics of different ages. The resulting beer is described as less sour and more fruity. It contains 4.0% ABV.

Awards[edit]

  • Asia Beer Awards
    • 2010, Silver in the category Fruit Lambique: Pecheresse
  • Australian International Beer Awards
    • 2014, Gold Award: Cassis
    • 2014, Silver Award: Kriek
    • 2014, Silver Award: Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
    • 2014, Bronze Award: Pecheresse
    • 2014, Bronze Award: Apple
  • Beer International Recognition Awards
    • 2011, Best Fruitbeer: Kriek
    • 2011, Belgian Grand Award: Kriek
  • Brussels Beer Challenge
    • 2013, Gold Medal in the category Lambique and Gueuze: Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
    • 2013, Gold Medal in the category Fruit Lambique
  • Great International Beer Festival
    • 2011, Gold Award: Faro
  • International Beer Awards
    • 2010, Winner in the category Fruitbeers: Framboise
  • US Open Beer Competition
    • 2011, Golden Award in the category Fruit and Spice: Pecheresse
    • 2014, Golden Award in the category Fruit and Spice: Pecheresse
  • World Beer Awards
    • 2013, World's Best Sour Beer
    • 2013, World's Best Kriek
    • 2013, World's Best Gueuze: Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
    • 2013, Europe's Best Lambique: Apple
    • 2013, Europe's Best Label: Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
  • World Beer Championships
    • 1994, Platinum Medal: Kriek
    • 1994, Gold Medal: Pecheresse
  • World Brewing Congress
    • 1994, Platinum Award: Kriek
    • 1994, Gold Award: Pecheresse
    • 2001, World Champion: Kriek
  • 1985: Michael Jackson named Kriek Lindemans as one of the 5 best beers in the world.
  • Californian Beer Festival
    • 1995, Gold Medal: Framboise
    • 1995, Gold Medal: Gueuze
  • World Beer Cup
    • 1996 & 1997, Lindemans named one of the 10 best breweries in the world.
    • 2000, Gold Medal: Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
    • 2001, Beer-World Champion: Kriek
    • 2002, Bronze Medal: Oude Gueuze Cuvée
  • Hong Kong International Beer Awards
    • 2009, Winner Fruitbeers: Framboise
    • 2010, Winner Fruitbeers: Framboise

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Muylaert, Jan (18 April 2007). "Geuzebrouwer lonkt naar China: Lindemans investeert fors in opslagcapaciteit". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Acht miljoen liter bier per jaar". Het Nieuwsblad. 3 January 2003. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Driessche, Linda vanden (31 July 2004). "Feest voor 300 jaar: Baljuwhoeve Hoeve al 170 jaar eigendom van familie Van Cutsem". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Depraetere, Ingrid (10 December 2008). "'We kunnen veel van elkaar leren': Russen tonen interesse in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw" (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°48′57″N 4°12′44″E / 50.81579°N 4.21229°E / 50.81579; 4.21229