1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

Not Rated.
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,610 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 72
Gots: 151 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,610 | Reviews: 796 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sapper1252
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Near perfect (at least for me), as sour beers go. Definitely not the most sour gueuze I've ever had, but who are we kidding - some of these just get obnoxiously sour.

Very bubbly, lots of great Brett/pedio aromas. Let's not forget the price point in comparison to it's competition. I got some red apple right in the midst of all that sour. Very complex and tasty.

sapper1252, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review!

Appearance: Pours an invitingly hazy Amber color with about a half-inch of small white bubbles at first pour. There are a lot of bubbles rising to maintain the head. After a couple minutes, the head reduced to a thin layer across the top of the beer. After about twenty minutes in the glass, you notice that the beer has become pretty much clear. Even at this point, there are still a lot of bubbles rising. The beer leaves a thick coat of foam for lace around the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Man, the aroma on this beer is gorgeous! There is lots of citrus among some floral scents. The esters rule, but there is still a bit of sweetness that you can tell is there. There is a soft malty profile that accents the wildness of the aroma beautifully. After the head mostly disappears, you can pick out some of the hay/horsey aromatics residing subtly in the background. As it warms a bit, the blatant citrus starts to mellow out to leave you with a much earthier aroma from which you can start to pick out some of the wheat.

Taste: Gee whiz, how can a beer possibly get better than this???? There is a host of lemons and oranges that lead you into a slightly bitter Lambic “twang” in the middle of the profile. Finally the finish ends feeling like it has a medium body with an assertive carbonation that leaves the throat with enough sweetness to trap some of the citrusy goodness to last well after the sip. After it sits for a half an hour or so (I’m sipping this beer slowly) the flavor gets really soft and refreshing. It almost has a velvety mouthfeel as the carbonation looses assertiveness and leaves the beer to cross your palate in its true form. This beer is awesome!

Opinion: I think that this is about as close to a perfect beer as any. This is really the only beer that I have tried from Lindemans that I would consider saying that about. Sure, their flavored Lambics are good, and world-class in their own right...but they are far too sweet for my palate. This one has some surprising sweetness in it, but it barely even coexists with the wholesome funky goodness of the wild fermentation. It is a bit hard for me to believe that this is what the Lindemans beers taste like before they add all of those syrups in.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich golden hued beer with plenty of suspended yeast. An insane frothy head that just won't quit tops the beer.

Complex aromas emanate, including lemon, grapefruit, barn, old hay, and vinegar.

Fantastic sour flavors dominate the palate. Just a touch of sweetness in this exceedingly dry beer. Complex and very nice, leaves a lingering sourness.

Full bodied and extraordinarily refreshing. A fantastic beer for the summer.

nortmand, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of raverjames
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Tan orangish with a 1 finger white head. A little haze with some yeast sediment.
S: Vinegar and unripened citrus fruits. Hint of barnyard funk in the background.
T: Sour sour fruity funk. It is like drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth, only worse. I love it.
M: Again, it is very sour. Great carbonation and the funk is not overboard.
D: Pretty damn good for one of the most sour beers for the money. Once you get used to the tart flavors from the lactobacillus, it goes down smooth.
This beer is proof that Lindemans actually knows how to make a true wild beer.

raverjames, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in Dec. 2009

Pours a hazy pale golden color with an off white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

Smell is musty, lemon, and a bit citrusy.

Taste is fantastic! Very well balanced and easy to drink. Some Gueuze and lambic can be very tart and dry making it a chore to drink, not this one. Sits on the palate nicely also. Upfront is a big hit of orange and lemon tartness, followed by an apple sweetness. Has a musty flavor in the middle. The end of the beer is a bit like a strawberry that isn't quite ripe yet. The finish is of course dry but not an overpowering one.

Overall a nice little beer that I'm proud to have plenty of access to. It seems like it may be a little to fresh right now, I'm sure with some age this could be an outstanding beer.

weissbierdrinker, May 08, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking label on a green bottle .. there is a date of 2017 on the label, but have no clue on the bottled date.

Right when I took out the cork I could see the massive champagne like foam rumbling out of the bottle. Very cool looking! I poured it into my Chimay chalice and got a clear looking, almost cider like fuzzy golden color.

The aroma is very complex. Vinegar, partially digested green apple, shriveled up red grapes, leather, & the famous barnyard hay. Smells like magic.

Taste was almost up there with the aroma. Very acidic, tart, green apple, sour cherry, puke/bile, with some Brett-like Orval'ness to it. An almond taste shows up at the end. I'm loving it.

I never understood why lambics/guezes were considered 'refreshing' until now. This one is really hitting the spot right now. This could be thee sessionable 'sour beer' (if it wasn't so dang pricey).

diamondc, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml bottle (2002) in a generic chalice glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color, fairly hazy. Good head retention for a gueuze.

Aroma: Sour fruit aroma, with slight sweat notes.

Flavor: Exceptional complex blend of flavors: nutty, woody, sour-grape, fresh hay, a touch of horsiness. All with a wonderfully refreshing tartness and a dry, very dry in fact, finish. First time I've given a 5 on flavor.

Body: Lots of carbonation. Light body, almost powdery at the finish.

Easily the best beer of the Lindemans line, this is a fine example of a Gueuze, one of the most refreshing, yet also a beer worth savoring.

allengarvin, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of shapudding
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

shapudding, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1994. This is my New Years beer. This one pours a slightly oranged yellow color with a 3 finger head that falls to a quarter inch over top of the beer. The nose is really sour, lots of tart and bits of lemony acid, but just sour is all about what it is. The flavor on this beer is just awesome. A huge tart and sour, wtih some lemon and acidy that almost puckers your mouth. Wow. I think this beer is awesome. Full of funk and all that goodness. The feel is nice light moderate, but right where it should be for the tart and sour. Very much an aquired taste, but I love it. For a hugely sour beer, this is really drinkable. I am going out to buy another bottle of this vintage tomorrow. Hot Damn.

kmpitz2, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was recommended by other BA's as a good start for getting my taste buds wet for lambic beer. And I must say they were right on.

Good carbonation. Think white head that dissipates pretty fast. Just a touch of lacing but not much. Nice deep golden color to it. Smell has some spicy/clove-like aromas in it. Nice clean malt aroma and no sourness at all in the nose, which really shocked me for a lambic.

Taste: very well rounded and smooth. Man, this was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a mouth-puckering sour attack on my palate, but it's not the case at all. There is a touch of tartness to it but it's smooth. There is no vinegar flavor in this at all which makes it even more drinkable in my opinion. I was simply shocked by this beer. It's the best sour/lambic beer I've ever had. There is some earthy, herbal flavors in it but it's hard to pin down.

Very nice. If you've never had a lambic I would recommend this one to start with. It's simply great!

dwarvenspirits, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Brewbro000
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pale orange with crisp carbonation bubbles and a thin head that disappears very fast leaving a clean ring around the edge of my Duvel tulip.
S: Citrus, lemon zest and a very light barnyard funk come through on the nose.
T: very dry with crisp carbonation. Slightly tart with minimal what I would actually call "sour". Very well balanced citrus that comes through very dry.
M/D: a good zing on the tongue from carbonation that finishes smooth. I could drink this all day if I could afford the $10.00 price tag. Otherwise an awesome beer that is happily balanced and not fruity like the other typical Lindemans offerings. Next up Faro.

Brewbro000, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Shagator
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of DCgolfpro
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

DCgolfpro, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of RandyKemka
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

RandyKemka, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of bret717
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

bret717, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of st9647v3
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

st9647v3, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of cjs61679
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

cjs61679, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of hopkrid
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

hopkrid, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Blumstein
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Blumstein, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Reed
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Reed, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of KG710
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

KG710, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of jazztoloc
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

jazztoloc, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of ElegantRose
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gosh-darn this is a refreshing beer. I enjoyed opening it-- the process is a little different, as one unravels the foil and then uses a wine-opener to release the petite cork. A lovely little process which enunciates the rustic element.

The smell is the only score that I did not give a perfect score on, not because it is a perfect example of the style, but because the rubbery scent was a little off-putting.

The brettanomyces is very playful in regards to the taste profile. Quite refreshing, and I would say that while this lambic geuze style is different from the traditional style of Rodenbach, I would say that both are equally excellent examples of a successful variation on a theme.

The previous beer I tried (Urthel Saisonniere) I put away in the refridgerator, perhaps to drink later, though probably not. This beer I will probably finish, just because of how good it tastes.

The finish is clean and elegant. The previous beer left a earwax taste in my mouth that lingered, but this beer has cleaned it away quite wonderfully, and now I taste almost cherry-like freshness amidst the sour after notes.

ElegantRose, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of paulcdc
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

paulcdc, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of MarkViss
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

MarkViss, Jul 08, 2014
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.