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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,627 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 74
Gots: 155 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

emergency_beef, Dec 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

nguasta2, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gueuze pours a hazy golden color with little bits of sediment and a huge white head. Smells of barnyard funk, a bit of vinegar and maybe a touch of lemon. Tastes of sour apples, lemon, a touch of vinegar, some yeast funk and spice are the most evident. Very tart and puckering.. Leaves the mouth watering from sip to sip as any sour tends to do. This is a Great belgian sour beer. 

JustinMatthew, Nov 10, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

msimone372, Feb 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

andrewfjohnson, May 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

joegard, Jul 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

eball33, Aug 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

craigdb, Jan 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Stevie_Janowski, Sep 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Blurose1111, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Chieftog, Jan 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

pearljam118, May 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

KimenTshom, Jul 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

KristofH, Dec 24, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Beautiful bottle.

Faint musky smell when first opened. Pour reveals a dusty straw color. Smell is immediate sweat and funky, but not overpowering. Taste is mindblowing. The funk is up front, but there's malt in there too. This, unlike Cantillon IMHO, is what a funked beer should be. Very elegant flavors. Mouthfeel is great as the bubble is not too shocking. Easily the best bacteria-fied beer I've had.

benmiliron, May 30, 2008
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing, a really really amazing beer, probably one of the best beer I've had in a really long time. Smell is some what sour, taste is little citrusy but also a bitter in the finish. It is incredibly crisp, having several characteristics similar with champagne and the finishes with flavor of a tea. Has a crisp mouthfeel this is truly the champagne of beer.

hdofu, Mar 18, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since 1880, Lambic was bottled to simplify transport but also for conservation properties. This method was the birth of Gueuze: Before the bottling of the Gueuze, a blend is made of 2/3 young Lambic and 1/3 old Lambic. The right ratio young/old is depending on the maturation degree (end attenuation) of each of them. The bottles, with the wild-spontaneous yeast flora, are refermented in the cellar (Method Champenoise).

After 6 months the Gueuze obtains a golden color and a cidery, winey palate; reminiscent, perhaps, of dry vermouth with a more complex and natural flavour.Popped cork and poured a yellow splashed golden sheened. Thick and quickly rising big bubbled carbonation into wine sniffer from 750 ml Champagne bottle filled in Belgium (and named for owner Rene' Lindemans). Hugely foamy and lively as champagine with nuttiness of a Palo Cortdo sherry, a soft rounded sweetness then a long, drying finish that puckers the puss in all possible places.

I found aromas unique to lambic - sour apple acetic acid and horse blanket over the flank and stifle (urea) but not the lactic acid I expected. This was a nice experience and I am glad I had this classic now rather than earlier when I might not have appreciated it as much.


The traditional Gueuze (the Gueuze Grand Cru "Cuvée René") would pair well with a warm slice of apple pie. It is often served as an happy hour drink in Brussels. It is the traditional beer for carbonade, as well as a beautifully based beverage with seafood or other salty meals. It's also delicious with cream sauces.

Thanks to Derek for sharing a glass of this world class "Gooze".

karst, May 28, 2005
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this till last tonight, glad I did. This is drier than the Sahara, sharper than a Razor Blade, as bitter as my ex-girlfriend, has more acid than a lemon orchard, as sour as 4 month old Carton of opened Milk, is as pungent as my overflowing laundry basket after 3 weeks, and has a "cheek-suck" stronger than a hoo..... well I will leave that to your imagination, I don't want to get ejected from the Site!.
Man, this is Bloody Good. I never understand how Lindemans can churn out their normal filtered product at the detriment to this traditional Gueuze. An expensive purchase, a treat really for me - but well worth it. More culture than a Petri Dish, a truly Artisanal Beer, and up with the best of the Gueuze.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 20, 2002
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

Bradley_BizKutZ, Aug 15, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 355 ml green bottle is foil wrapped, capped and corked. It was purchased at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI for $7.19. The bottling code indicates that this was bottled in July 2010. The cork came off with a nice pop. It was poured into Lindeman's proprietary glassware.

As with every Lindeman's product I've ever purchased, this is a volatile brew. The pour, though careful, produced well over 50% head in the glass. The head begins to dissipate rapidly at first, but retention begins to stabilize a minute later. Lacing holds steady where the massive head had once been. A high degree of lively carbonation is seen through the glass. The beer is just a shade darker than yellow, with a nice soft wheaty look. It looks like a celebration

With such a lively amount of carbonation it comes as no surprise that this is fairly aromatic. Anyone who has sampled any Lindeman's product is familiar with this smell. Lactic sourness up front combines with some fruity, melon-like sweetness that is soft yet assertive on the nose. Wheat makes a solid appearance. It is a pleasant aroma that surpasses any of their fruit lambics, while adhering to the primary characteristics that are unique to this brewery.

This style of beer also produces an assortment of unique flavors. Tartness washes over the tongue like dry granny smith cider. Other fruity essences include melon and a tinge of banana. The acidic bite is similar to that of a raspberry and somewhat puckering to boot. Fruity as this is, it is very dry with no hop bitterness to be found. It finishes clean and leaves the palate completely neutral. It is very different from the norm, and quite remarkable.

The beer is light bodied; and though the extreme level of carbonation aides to give the body some additional lift, the rush of bubbles becomes mildly abrasive in the mouth. However, with such a dry, clean flavor and such a light body, this spontaneously fermented beauty is very refreshing. It is perhaps the most refreshing grain-based brew of them all.

Lindeman's Cuvee Rene' scores highly where it counts. It is easy on the eyes, a temptress in the nostrils, and a joy to imbibe. It is pretty easy drinking and is one of the most unique beers on the planet. The biggest negative going for this is the relative high cost, as $7.19 could grab 6-packs of other lesser, though solid, beers. Still, for the cost and style, I would much rather be ringing in a New Year with a flute of Cuvee Rene' than I would with sparkling wine. Cheers!

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about this Belgian treat and standard bearer of the style.

weizenbob, Dec 21, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1-year-old bottle into a white wine glass.
A: stunning yellow-orange color that almost matches the color of the paper in the bottle (coincidence?) when first poured lots of swirling bubbles like champagne but that stopped and did not reappear in subsequent pours
S: extremely potent. I could smell the beer immediately after opening standing three feet away. Both the funky weird aromas and the delicious sour aromas are present in spades.
T: incredible. You just can't stop sipping it because the sour taste is so refreshing and delicious. And, unlike what you see with a lot of Belgian sour ales (ie not lambics), you don't get any unpleasantness at all on the aftertaste
M: great of course. The tartness works perfect with the level of carbonation.
O: excellent. If you like funky sour beers this one is a no brainer.

kilo_005, Apr 06, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first gueuze. I'm excited.

Poured into a wine glass the beer is sparkaling golden hued with little to no head. It looks alot like champaigne actually.

The aroma is very tart. A musky barnyard funk abounds from my glass. Dry fruitiness of lemons and grapefruit.

The flavor is fantastic. Super dry tart fruit. Some sweetness but mostly mouth puckering sour apples and lemons. I love it. Very white wine like. Some of the barnyard funk can be found in the finish.

Light body with just enough carbonation to bounce on the tongue. Super dry finish that litterally makes my teeth crunchy.

Overall I am in love with this style. I'm in love with this beer. I will be seeking out more of this style for sure.

beerwolf77, Nov 07, 2009
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4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We have a golden, hazy beer, with a creamy, white neck. The aroma and taste bring oranges and grapefruit, with a touch of pepper, other floral and fruit (pear) esters, and expressive "barnyard" notes caused by wild yeast. The tartness is vibrant, present in the aroma, and dominant in the palate. The body is light, and its acidity balances so well with the fruitness and structure of this beer. The Gueuzes are refreshing and wonderful Belgian beers that amaze me in each experience. The Cuvée Rene is simply fantastic.

HabiMendes, Apr 29, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle this beer pours a deep tangerine color with a bit of foamy head. Leaves lovely lacing in the glass.

First thing that gets your attention is the smell. Holy Moses! Sour, fruity, metallic and raw. Smells of sour grapes that have been sitting a tin fruit bowl.

Taste is like the most mouth puckering lemon has been drained of all its moisture and shoved into your mouth. Quite tasty and unusual. This is my first gueuze as you can probably tell. Very dry in the finish with a long linguering lemony/grapey aftertaste. Suprising and good.

bluegrassbrew, Mar 21, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted out of a 300mL bottle in a Bruery tulip glass.

The Lindemans Gueze pours a honey golden color in the glass with a bright white froth, great retention (froth holds around rim of glass), & nice lacing! For the style, I'm very impressed with the head retention on this beer. The nose is absolutely amazing with a lemon freshness, subtle biscuit yeastiness (like a well made champagne), gala apples, & a powerful, yet elegant floral-like funkiness that all great lambics should have! On the palate, the beer is tart & smooth with balanced acidity & fantastically crisp, yet creamy mouth-feel. Overall, this is an absolutely amazing beer that I'm enjoying throughly! It might even be the highest rated beer I've ever scored! Needless to say, I Highly Recommend this beer!

BevMoAndrew, Sep 03, 2010
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.