Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,825 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 101
Gots: 209 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

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Ratings: 1,825 | Reviews: 831
Reviews by endovelico:
Photo of endovelico
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with low perceived effervescence, little lacing, some floaters and a white head that quickly fizzles out leaving a thin crown.

Aroma: Medium to medium high in intensity. Funky barnyard town right here. A lot of cheese, horse blanket, socks and some powerful cat urine. Some fruit does come through, mainly orange.

Taste: Medium high to high intensity. Citrusy (Lemon and Lemon Balm) and Funky. The funk overwhelms everything though.

Palate: Light bodied, medium low carbonation, medium high acidity, medium high sourness.

Overall: Could use more balance and complexity. It's good but Lindemans has better offerings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

i really liked this one from lindemans, much better than some of their fruited stuff, and a much lighter take on they style than is available from others. its crystal clear after i pour from the capped and corked green glass bottle. radiantly clear really, yeast cake remains on the bottom of the bottle. head is fizzy and white but settles quickly, and there is a real champagne sort of look to it. the nose is only a bit sour, its still definitely blended lambic, no mistake about that, but it hass less of the lactic hotness of others, instead having a light wheat malt flavor and some yeast character other than sourness. its meadowy, springy, floral and very delicate. not a lugging weighty gueuze, but one to really drink up, like a glass of spring white wine, it seems to be the perfect compliment to a chickpea curry, but i can see it working in about a million food contexts. this is a good beer to introduce folks to the style with too, its less caustically acidic but equally refined as the others. i like it quite a bit, and am more excited to crack the bottle of faro lambic in the fridge now too!

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange with a light golded tint with a grear fluffy head that just leaves incredable lacing,aroma is ctrius and some soapy aromas in there as well.Taste a little subdued for the flavor (wich is fine with me)still rather sour and dry some real ripe green apple flavors in there,did I pick up some nutiness in there ass well?Although not a huge fan of the style this beer deserves good marks well made and not overpowering.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Discount Liquor for $7.50 quite some time ago (at least 18 months) and cellared although the bottle itself looks much older than that. I’ll have to search it for a date later. Served in a large snifter.

Appearance: pale peach skin body with aggressive white head that quickly dissipates to an attractive, sticky lace.

Aroma: Potent and complex. Loads of apple and strawberry. Sweet lambic notes similar to the Lindemans fruit beers but tons of funk as well. Sour with lots of acidic lemon.

Taste: Fantastic. As foreshadowed by the aroma, this beer has a tremendous amount of sweet/tart fruit flavor, especially apple, and plenty of barnyard funky/citric/rotten hay and lemons. Some pale malt is found too.

Mouthfeel: The funk is much more controlled and purposeful in this gueuze as compared to others I’ve tried. It’s less sour than many but not less interesting. The combination of the tartness from the fruity yeast and the funk from the bacteria is great. The body remains crisp, fairly clean, and very drinkable too.

An A+ beer and much more than I was expecting from Lindemans.

Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense, golden-yellow color with copper tones kind of spread around the edges a bit. It's cloudy and murky, especially throughout the middle, with a huge and fluffy, slightly off-white head. Volatile and quick to expand, yet also pretty quick to settle into a fine skin. Not much lacing left behind.

The aroma is dense, somewhat heavy, and definitely "gueuze-like" - whooda thunk it, right? Chalk, mild sweet malt, barnyard funk, wet wood, tart fruit (apple skins, pear), mild sulfur and slight vegetation. Lots going on here, and you can definitely tell from the aroma that this one will be more funky than tart. As it warms up, the smells develop into deeper and more robust version of their former selves. Lots more funk from the yeast and tartness from the fruit.

First sip begins with an immediate, initial tart spike and an intense fruitiness; apples, pears, light banana, and maybe even some cherries. Not a moment later, the tartness is challenged and eventually replaced by an incoming funk that hits with a sharp bite midway through. Wet wood, damp cellar, lots of cork, funky yeast, musky and faintly sulfuric notes.

Lots of earthy and fruity esters scatter in the background. The finish leaves you with a lingering sweetness, a dying tartness, and a strong funkiness. Dry as can be - this will scrape the enamel off your teeth with it's unabashed dryness. Thin-medium body, carbonated out the wazoo.

Nothing world-class here, but it's tough when your competition includes breweries like Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Nevertheless, this is still decent for a "shelf gueuze", especially considering the fact that it can be purchased almost anywhere in the United States. Relatively cheap for the style, too.

Photo of atomeyes
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my second smell-driven beer I tasted this week (the first being Westvleteren Blonde).

Smell: sulphur, minerals and hot springs. A little bit of apple in the smell, but also an acrid smell. I didn't pick up on the manure smell that some posters said they smell (that was more of the Westy Blonde). The smell is somewhere between unique, comforting and off-putting, if possible. Its like that SNL skit about smelling sour milk and how you have to go back for a second whiff.

Taste: less complex than the odour. It has a good gueuze taste without any of the sweetness I was afraid of finding (and that tends to be in inferior gueuzes). It was more of an apple taste than a sour lemony taste. Decent carbonation. Wish it had a fuller mouth feel to it. Wasn't as refreshing as I'd expect and palate-wise, was on the emptier/lighter side. Not a bad beer, but slightly disappointing.

Appearance: like a nice cider.

Overall, its a decent beer but slightly disappointing. Definitely a good entrance beer for those interested in lambics or gueuze, but not worth the $6/bottle that it costs in Ontario. I had 2 bottles and am not running out to buy more. Will age the 2nd bottle to see if any of the funky smell dissipates.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

Look (3.5/5) - the look was a bit disappointing, really. The color is a rich gold. It's much too cloudy for the style, a little less than a witbier actually. The head rose quickly and was fairly large, but fell too fast and without any lacing.

Smell (4.5/5) - The smell was ideal. Some sourness, of a sharp sour-grape, berry, or crab-apple sort. The brunky-brett aroma (goat, hay) was in there as, but more gentle and balanced. Slight vanilla in the nose. A little bit reminiscent of sour sugar candy.

Flavor (5/5) - the flavor is excellent and well-balanced. A touch more malt than on the nose with a hint of sweetness to it (overall it is tart wheat and some biscuit). Medium-light sourness is certainly present, but not overpowering. It has the same fruity tones to it and the brett is a little less intense on the tongue than on the nose. The finish has a nice lasting tang.

Feel (4.5/5) - Very good. Light body and very high carbonation. Any more body and the sharp flavors wouldn't play all that well. Fizz compliments the long, sour finish.

Drink (4.5/5) - This was a great brew. Both very drinkable ad intensely flavorful. The brew would have been perfect, if not for the problems with its looks.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene 750ml bottle capped and corked. 5% alcohol. Purchaced from The Beer Exchange Charleston SC. Poured into a German Strange.

A- Pours a heavily active three plus inch head that eventually falls to a half inch bubbley froth leaving patchy lacing on glass.

S- Fresh lemon zest and sour fruits upfront with mild but appearent sweet white grapes.

T-M- Taste is a great Gueuze sour note of sour apples and white grapes followed by tart yeasty malts. Puckering tart is exactly what I was looking for in this beer and i found it. Mouthfeel is mouth watering tartness leaving a refresh tongue ready for more.

D- I could put down pint after pint of this good brew. Haven't found nearby but ill try.

Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, dated 2006. Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is old funky yeast and some fruitiness.

The flavor is mostly sweet sparkling cider and lots of apple jolly ranchers with a little wood and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation.

Overall, this tastes a lot more like a sparkling cider or champagne than a beer. I was expecting a lot more traditional sourness - this was very sweet and alco-poppy.

Photo of shapudding
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No dating seen on the bottle- maybe there was something on the cork when the bartender had it? I was watching the guitarist and vaguely remember this being corked and capped...
Poured out from the bottle to a Chimay glass a clear and golden with just a bit of a thick and cloudy head that swirled across beautifully. Wonderfully dark wine cellary scents, very vineous with tons of fresh pipe tobacco scents. Difficult for me to describe the body on this one... maybe medium... Give it a swirl and you can get some carb, but not too much, not obnoxious amounts, there is good feel to it, it has a good fit. Wow, this is good stuff! This is what I want when I order a gueuze!! You feel the tartness coming at you before it hits your tongue! Yum! Lemon juice and tart granny smith apples, deeply wonderfully vineous and semi-sour. This is just amazingly good and goes down so easily. I was so happy to see this one in the Dawson's fridge! Happiness!

Photo of Guden
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy copper with some carbonation bubbles and a lot of haze. A nice one finger head that's larger and has better retention than is common in sours.

S- Yogurt, seawater, lemon pie, old wood, a touch of vinegar and vanilla. A nice blend, really inviting and complex, the oak really blends well here.

T- Medium tartness, lemon, wheat, apple and an oak and funk character that seems woody, dank and mysteriously dessert like. Not as complex as the smell with a higher cider character. The sourness becomes a bit stronger as it warms, letting the oak and grain shine less.

M- A bit thin and dry, as expected for the style but a bit lower carbonation would have allowed the flavors to come through better.

D- Not the most complex geuze that I have had but it is nuanced and blends well. Not so sour that I would mind drinking a few in a sitting, unlike some of this style (Oud Beersel for example).

Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum corked and capped with a vintage of 1994 on the label. The cork was in excellent condition showing no drying and a minimal amount moisture.

Appearance: Thin white lacing but it is a trademark Brussels style lace, spritzy with numerous tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Hazed hue makes it a dim golden colour.

Smell: Musty, chalky, cellar and corky huddle with mellow but sizeable tart aromas.

Taste: Light to moderate body, tartness is solid but modest as it has mellowed out over the years. Incredibly smooth and crisp. Fruity after the initial wake of tartness. Dry malt character is clean under tartness, musty flavours are more towards the end with hints of dry chalky yeast.

Notes: Simple but has depth, flavourful but not boisterous. This brew shows little aging flaws at all and perhaps could see another decade or two without turning as long as the cork holds up. I’ll be seeking more bottles ASAP. This would be a good brew to break a newbie to the world of lambics.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color. The first smell that hits you is one of funk, with some vinegar and fruit mixed in as well. The flavor is very fruity with a good bit of funk and sour tart. This is not a beer with an extreme amount of sourness, but it has a near perfect mix of fruit, sourness and funkyness. This beer is extremely drinkable and finishes very dry. Outstanding beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single corked bottle from the LCBO (!), which represents the first authentic gueuze I've seen in Ontario for about two years. Really excited to see this, as I've been eagerly anticipating another Lindemans brew after purchasing a few of the sweeter, fruitier varieties in the states.

Poured into my oft-neglected, rarely used Lindemans fluted souvenir glass. After popping the cork, what flowed forth was very champagne-like, bubbly and effervescent. When things settled down, what remained was a slightly murky honey-golden brew with lively bubbles of carbonation floating to the surface. And, like a champagne, the head, while initially mighty, quickly receded to a fine ring. While not much to look at, this was about right for the style.

The nose is classic gueuze: apple vinegar, hay, funk, wild farmland (how this is a "smell" is beyond me), lemon and dry apple cider. A year ago I would have hated this, but now my mouth is watering a little.

The sourness is quite overpowering at first, but as my tongue acclimatizes, I'm getting some interesting notes of dry apple cider, hay, yeast, a bit of earthiness and champagne grapes. Very, very sour, but oddly enough, I'm quite enjoying it. Light, airy, effervescent.

Though I've had a few brews that stylized themselves as gueuze, this was my first approach at something more authentic, and I have to say I'm digging it. That sour acidic taste is no longer something I'm avoiding, but rather something I'll actively seek out. Brews like this challenge one's perceptions of what a beer is, and the rewards are well worth the exploration. But, I totally understand if a lot of people will hate this, because its very, very different.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml gold foil topped bottle, April 2010 vintage poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a small off white head, no lacing. Nose is very funky and sour. Barnyard and a light frutiness. It's really nice.

For being so easy to find and cheap to buy its very good. However, it isn't quite as sour as I'd like, Cantillon and 3F have a much more sour funk and this is just lacking that. The Mouthfeel is very nice and full though, creamy and rich. The finish is dry and barnyardy. Quite approachable for a new sour drinker.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a flute. Bottled 3 Feb 2012.

A: Generous white head. Crystal clear golden body with fizzy bubbles. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving an attractive cap.

S: Very bright and zesty with a beautiful bretty mustiness. Nice light fruit and citrus.

T: Pucker up. Tons of lactic sourness. Sourness hits heavy at the start, moderately in the finish and the citrus and light fruit flashes mid-palate.

M: Drinkability seems pretty high for the style. It's aggressive, yet delicate like champagne. Body is light-to-medium. Carbonation very high.

O: Wonderful to drink as long as you know what you’re getting. It’s a beginner’s gueuze, but gueuze is not a beginner’s beer...at least not in the U.S. I am having some trouble reviewing this because it’s the only gueuze that I’ve had (I’ve had this three times). The best comparison I can make is between this and Beatification which was far more intense.

Photo of pat61
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lemony tart nose with hints of wet horse blanket. The barnyard nose is more restrained in this than some other gueuzes. It pours hazy light golden straw with a persistent, very stiff, rocky, finely bubbled pure white 3” foam cap. The beer has a big citrus character with lemon standing out with just enough sweetness to prevent your mouth from puckering. Overall it is very dry and refreshing. The body is incredible – very creamy, smooth and effervescent with a very fine bead. It improves nicely with age.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml capped and corked bottle a little above cellar temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 06 JUL 2012.

Pours a cloudy bright sunshine golden color, a big billowy 3-4 fingers of fluffy white head off of the pour, settles after a few minutes to a skim, fairly retentive layer, light spotty lacing. Big, dark chunks of sediment floating about.

Wow, huge, bright horse blanket all over, musty basement, a bit of tart lemon.

Big, bright, direct flavors. Big horse blanket Brett, lemongrass, finishes with a big lemon acidic sourness, tart unripened green apple, both are huge. Mid sip, some almost yogurt like lactic funk shows a bit.

A high amount of acidity really lingers, high, bitey carbonation, finishes quite dry. Very mouth puckering.

Really quite an exceptional, fairly unique with its big bright aromas and flavors. By far the best Lindemans lambic I've had, and in no way does it seem artificial when compared to there overly sweet and sugary fruited lambics. And for its price point, a real must try to any sour lover that has yet to try this.

Photo of ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Golden and amber with a moderately sized off-white head. Spots of lacing down the glass.

The initial aroma is full of sulfur and brick, though that subsides as the beer sits. Aromas of grass, hay, lemon flesh, and lemon zest push through along with a wonderful funk and a bit of stinging sourness.

The flavors include a mild funk, a stinging sourness, sulfur and brick, grass and earth, and a bit of lemon and apple. Complete, though not particularly stunning.

Light to medium mouthfeel, though not quite as light and bubbly as I prefer.

An accessible, relatively simple, and inexpensive gueuze.

Photo of boatshoes
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to finally find this at a local store where I wasn't expecting to see it. I had heard that this is the best offering from Lindemans and after not being able to finish the last Lindemans from the sweetness of the brew, I thought they deserved another chance.

Appearance- Pours a light bodied golden color with just a touch of haziness as I empty out the bottom of the bottle into my tumbler. A great deal of lively carbonation and a small bright white cap of a head that dies fairly quickly, though the carbonation does not. Very much what I am looking for in a gueuze.

Smell- Mmm, lots of tart green apple and lemony citrus with just a touch of funk and maybe a hint of grassiness. Quite a sharp bite to the nostrils in a good way, and I don't pick up on any of the usual suspect sweetness that I've come to associate with Lindemans. I like what I'm smelling.

Taste- More of the same in a good way yet again. A huge bite of tartness that is comprised of green apple, lemon zest, citrus fruits, and just a bit of barnyard. Mouthpuckering, but not overly so and the tastebuds adjust accordingly as the drink goes down. Quite tasty and certainly is the best Lindemans I've ever had, though to be honest I might be marking it up in taste just a bit because it is so damn good when compared to some of the other offerings by the brewery.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- High marks again for both of these categories. The tartness and lively carbonation is on par and keeps this guy going down the hatch. I could easily have a few of these, especially given that I found it for the same price as the other Lindemans 375ml bottles. I guess I was expecting it to be more on the sticker and was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, hands down the best Lindemans I've had and a surprisingly good representation of the style. Would recommend this and certainly seek it out again.

Photo of masikon
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first of this style, this poured a subdued golden hue with mild head and some lacing. Smell was very tart, sour and sweet, very intense aroma. Taste was very sour in front which puckers the lips and finishes with some mild fruity notes, for me the sourness just dominates the experience. I guess I'll just admit that being a freshmen BA my palate probably just isn't devoloped enough to appreciate this style yet. I plowed through a tulips worth of this one but I could't get anyone I was with to even try more than one sip. I can see the value in this beer however so I will definitely be revisiting it after perhaps a year or so.

Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene is a beer that is deserving of the reputation it has. Despite the offerings from Lindemans that are lacking in complexity, back-sweetened artificially, and fruit-candy flavored, this is an OG MF'ing gueuze. The beer pours a very hazy pale amber like apple juice topped with just a wispy trace of white foam. The beer is muted in aroma, even after being warmed. the aroma is kind of like moldy lemon that rolled around in damp hay. The beer definitely has the puckering lemon taste with hints of must and a little metallic bitterness. This is not the most complex gueuze, but the sourness is pleasing and refreshing. Overall, for the price this is a great beer choice. Although I expect more from the best producers, this is a fine selection.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Sun Devil liquors, a dusty green bottle, thick as yo mamma's rear end.

Poured out light, clear yellow with super frothy white head, extremely tiny bubbles. Has a simple tartness to the aroma, green apple, lemon. Taste as expected, slightly sour, not over the top, but a very reasonable amount given the low price point ($6).

Don't really get a ton of fruit feel from this gueuze, rather dry, again, apple/lemon. Slight white wine and light oak feel along with it. Slightly complex, a good start for style, champagne like at times. Worth getting everytime at $6, not too many examples in this price range that are quality (le terroir I guess).

Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/05/96...

A deepish shade of ginger brown, hazy in appearance. Good pop to the cork but the head settles quickly to a skim in an open chalice. Minimal lace in the first glass, better in the second. Aroma with a bit of yeastiness, slightly tart but with lots of pie apples in it. Body of this one is decent, carbonation lighter than some, but its there. Lightly challenging flavors, tart with unripe fruit, a sense of woodiness and rose petals. Not overpowering to start, actually pretty drinkable for style. Just at the end, the mouthfeel flattens and that kick in the butt more-sour-than-grapefruit seeds character makes itself known. Not a showdown Gueuze, but good in its pleasantly aged way.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1994 edition but the Sharp Edge manager told me that it was bottled back in 2000 must have been barrel aged for the six in between years. Appearance: Amber orange hue with an off white cream colored head leaves immensely detailed frivilous amounts of lacing, nice. Aroma: Tart cider like character with a woody cask ridden oak finish to it, excellent farmhouse wild notes very different from anyother Lindemann's product. Taste: Tart flowing character subtly sweet great puckering complex very acidic thick wild notes with a tones coming through from the barrel aging process a truly great tasting geuze. Mouthfeel: Effervescent medium bodied lambic, great stuff. Drinkability: Amazingly clean tartness swarms the senses yet with each sip it grows more and more satisfying adding to the addiction of the overall experience of tasting this brew.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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