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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 97
Gots: 194 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of fourstringer
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL capped & corked bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No definitive date, but the label is stamped LI13MGC. Presumably a 2013.

A: Lightly cloudy honey-colored orange-yellow body. 1 finger of white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Citric and lactic acid sour with a touch of acetic. Suggests cherry, lemon, apple, pear. Hay. Grass. Basement.

T: Assertive, musty sourness immediately and throughout. Light bitterness on a rather dry finish. Lemon juice lingers in the aftertaste. No significant alcohol presence.

M: Effervescent with high carbonation that brings a nice fullness on the palate. Light to moderate body. Spritzy and refreshing, if not a bit prickly out of the gates.

O: A firmly sour gueuze with a solid and pleasant funk factor. Very good brew. Functioned as both a nice aperitif and a fitting complement to a rather spicy palak paneer and rotisserie chicken slathered with Sriracha.

Note: I had a terrible tasting of this in the past, which I attribute to a bad bottle. All the subsequent experiences have been consistent with the above review.

Prost!

Photo of CraigP83
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a pale ale, ultra carbonated with a huge head that does not like to subside. Smells like funky sour cider. Very tart and effervescent but no easily descriptive flavor. Very interesting

Photo of crossovert
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle a while ago, just decided to pull it out of the cellar and enjoy.

Pours like a saison, a murky orange gold with spools of yeast streaming suspended in the liquid. The white head rose to the top of my Duvel glass but receded pretty quickly and left decent but not amazing lacing.

Despite the green bottle here, no skunkage in the smell. This is a smell i have yet to enconter. Hints of earthiness, brown pear, lemon peel, dark wine, wood, green apple peel, some sweet and sourness, with that wildness of the yeast, an amazing array, quite a scent. It is like a saison on steroids without the barnyard scent, more refined instead.

Taste is sour but not as overt as other beers. The lemon flavor really carries from the scent along with the taste of brown pears, slight wheatiness, and tangy yeast. Loads of pear, lemon, and apple peel flavors in here. This is unlike any sour I have had, it is pretty sour put it doesn't make you cringe, it makes you pucker the mouthfeel and flavor delivery is incredibly smooth. It is well-balanced sourness.

Overall an incredibly unique beer that I could only imagine coming out of Belgium, it has characteristics of a wheat beer and a sour but takes the fruit level to new heights and isn't too sour. Worth 5.30 for the bottle. The 5% abv and non palate ruining status of this beer makes it a king among sour session beers.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ML bottle from Butch's in Holland, MI.

This bottle was poured into a goblet while listening to Know Your Rights by the Clash.

Pours a lightly hazy orange almost the same color as the label on the bottle.

Huge amounts of fruitiness, candy, and grapefruit on the nose. Sweet, light, and apricots also show up a bit. Reminds me of some type of orange/apricot candy I've had before but cannot put my finger on it.

A lot of fruit, tangerine and grapefruit, on the palate. Sour! Very light, very fruity, yet tart but it is quite a curious taste.

Very easy to drink and although I don't see myself buying a lot of Lindeman's myself I will highly recommend this to anyone trying a Geuze! Definitely fits in the style. Has to be one of the best in the category.

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Served in a geueze tumbler 3/6/2015.

A- Light golden-orange body, pours clear initially, very effervescent three finger white head that settles down fairly quickly. Nice retention, lots of rings of lacing.

S- Peppery, funk, a bit cheesy, wheat, a small bit of lactate, floral aromas. Has all the aromas that a good geueze ought to have.

F- Solid sourness with some lactate and mild vinegar, moderate funk bringing cheese and musty oak, a bit of bretty citrus zest, solid wheat base. I taste less of the floral aspects than I smell it, presumably this is coming from the aged dry hops. Good complexity, lacks nothing that I've come to expect from a good geueze. This is excellent.

M- Medium bodied, pricky carbonation that softens up as it settles down. Very drinkable, not too sour or funky.

O- This is a classic that I'm surprised to have not reviewed yet. It's a solid geueze that brings all the components and would be a nice introduction for someone who is looking to expand his/her palate in Belgian lambics. It has plenty of the hallmark aromas and flavours that geuezes tend to have, but with a general softness behind these that won't immediately push you away from the glass.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewsephus
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml poured into Tulip glass

A- Light yellow to orange, slightly hazy, 3 finger white head.

S-Tart, light funky, lemon, hay, orange zest.

T-Lemon, citrus, tart unripe fruit on the front. Lots of hay, a little barnyard earthy-ness on the finish. Not puckering sourness. I detect a little protein, iron flavor on the finish. Almost like blood. Weird, I know. Had to check my tongue to make sure I didn't bite it or something.

M- Nice crisp tartness, very effervescent which helps to develop all the flavors of the beer. Doesn't feel thin or lacking. Solid.

O- I am thrown off by a little off-flavor at the finish. I am not counting this beer out because it has some really amazing tart and fruit qualities. The funk seems just a little bit off. It's good, but would like to get rid of that iron/protein/blood flavor and have more wet hay and horse-blanket. I would recommend this beer to people first trying gueuze.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, vintage unknown, poured into a Duvel tulip. Cork came out effortlessly - a good sign. I've had a few lambics before, but this is my first gueuze.

Beer pours very hazy with a deep golden-amber hue. Even a gentle pour yields a 2 1/2 finger head with an almost creamy appearance. This beer looks beautiful in my glass. The nose is predominantly wood and yeast, somewhat acidic and a bit earthy. If this were a wine I would say I can smell the terroir. I could smell the beer the instant I opened it; I wish my apartment smelled like this all the time.

Initially sour is the predominant taste - moreso than the nose let on for sure. Between sips I get some bready flavors as well. As the beer warms some fruity flavors develop - I get a lot of apple and pear - and better balance the acidity. The body is a bit fuller than what I would call light, though the carbonation makes it feel more viscous. Each swallow leaves a very thin coating around the edges of my mouth - overall I really enjoy the mouthfeel.

A great beer, I'll definitely be seeking out more lambics in the future.

Photo of PatYoda
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No vintage on the bottle so I think it's the new packaging which means it's probably pretty fresh. Appearance is great. Clear copper with a very nice white head that won't go away in my champagne glass. Smell is very musty. A tiny bit of a rotten smell in there and you can tell it's very acidic. Taste is also very acidic and sour - definitely mouthpuckering. It has a very clean finish compared to the other lambics I've tried, which leaves me a little disappointed as I prefer the tartness to linger on the palate. The flavor seems a bit muted and doesn't quite have that zing that I've come to love. It's just a tad too watery for my tastes as well. Extremely refreshing though, and something I could drink all night long. Perhaps with some age this will develop.

Photo of KhourysBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden straw colored with foamy head that's quick to dissipate. Moderate lacing that disappears quickly.

Smell - Yeasty, hints of lemon/orange citrus zest. A little bit barnyardy. Reminds me of my grandmother's canning basement.

Taste - a great mouthwatering sour pucker. The yeast from the nose is very present. Has a lot of champagne characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Very silky. Just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Goes down really easily, but the sour might wear on me after a while.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this beer. Goes great with the spicy thai noodles that I paired it with. We had trouble narrowing down notes on the taste, and it was mentioned that this beer is more about the mouthfeel and "what it does to you" more than how it tastes.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and capped bottle with tin foil covering. Poured completely from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pale orange in color. Lots of carbonation flowing toward the top of the glass. Almost no head after the pour. A little white lacing settles near the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Tart lemon and some barnyard funk. The funk and some pale malt are rather assetive here.

Taste: The lemon notes really stand out here. The sour notes are rather straightforward but really work well with the funkiness of the yeast. Nicely balanced. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Aggresively carbonated with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The flavors are intense and very upfront, but they are nicely balanced and work well together. The ABV is manageable and the mouthfeel works nicely.

Overall, a nice take on this style. Balanced with good sours notes. Nothing too complex but definitely something worth trying.

Photo of mgbickel
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Piraat tulip. Split with the wife.

A single finger of snowy white foam formed on top of the golden honey body. The head quickly dissipated, leaving zero lace behind.

Brett funk, lemon zest and grass make up the nose. Something else in the background has me puzzled...almost a plastic odor...

The sourness crawls under your tongue right at the beginning of the taste and linger there throughout. The initial tartness fades to a mellow center where the citrus lemon comes out for a brief instance. The finish is almost sweet in comparison to the start.

Medium bodied, well carbonated with a dry finish.

This is pretty much the standard I judge all others in this style by. Acidic and tart...puckering...tasty!

Photo of frlrv1020
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewMaster
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1994 bottle cellared by a friend of mine in excellent conditons. The beer pours a glowing orange with a little head. The aroma is of dry white grapes or the cork from a merlot bottle. The flavor kicks you in the mouth. I am not a fan of very sour things, so this was not too appealing to me. Sour, sour, sour. Very citrusy and sour. There are also some woody notes, perhaps oak. Green apple peel, pear, and white grape juice flavors all fill the glass. This beer overall is excellently complex but I just don't like the intense sour flavor.

Photo of Jfriz25
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours a hazey orange. Couple cm of head which fades but leaves tiny bubbles floating on the surface. Musty faintly sour smell. Tastes exactly how it smells which is a good thing. I would prefer a little more but it has a nice sour flavor. Good enough to get my fix without spending a fortune. Overall a very refreshing brew for a 90 degree day laying in a hammock!

Photo of Converge
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Technically my first gueuze, though certainly not my first sour. Bottled March 21st, 2011.

A - Pours a super hazy golden amber, with a thick foamy head of off-white suds. Solid head retention, with above average lacing of sticky foam.

S - Mild funk and tart. Not much 'barnyard' character in this one. Mild grassy notes, with some sweeter notes pushing through. Slight hay aroma, but not much else.

T - Certainly not big on the sourness, but there's definitely a tartness to it throughout the profile. Mild funk, especially in the finish. Slightly musty, with some hay, grassy sweetness, and even some mild fruity notes. Green apple, white grape, and some lemony notes.

M - Light bodied, slightly tart, with some crisp carbonation that matches well. Very good.

D - An excellent brew, and for the style, based on my limited knowledge, is done very well. Possibly a tad sweet for a traditional gueuze. Super drinkable, with a nicely balanced profile and crisp, refreshing feel.

Photo of nqualls
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle corked and capped, with 2005 on the bottle.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a two finger white head. Lacing was abundant, but not the typical lacing I'm used to. Very random small patterns.

Smell: First notes are dank and musty, almost moldy. Fades into a tart aroma.

Taste: Initial flavor tastes like a good champagne to me. The quickly fades to green apples with pear notes and a lingering green apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, with a light body and good carbonation.

Drinkability: I rated this low because I think this beer would be too much after a while.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a light golden honey color with a crystal clear body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The big head is very creamy. Nice lace with each sip.

S-Nice sour aroma that is complex, with notes of earthiness and barnyard characters that are not over powering. Very faint rhubarb or green apple smell also.

T- Very well balanced with sour notes and soft wheat blending with barnyard flavor in the background. It finishes with a nice grapefruit tartness.

M- Light mouthfeel with some fizz and a light picker at the finish.

D-This is very well blended. The barnyard flavors add great complexity but are not in-your-face shocking. The tart sour notes are very nice and really add another nice layer to this beer. Much more character and flavor than any sparkling wine.

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Bright Glowey gold colored with a small white head. Not a lot of retention and once the head fades you never see it again. Very pretty color though.
S:
Fermented tangy juicy fruits-cherries-oranges-apples-lemon-raspberry and light cereal grains. Very fun, sunny, and stinky.
T:
Flavor is tangy and refreshing. Earthy, fruity, funky and appealing. Fermentd black cherry and light tingly even bitterness.
M:
Very swirlable in the mouth. Perfect super fine carbonation bubbles.
O:
Very nice.

Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 1994.
Pours a relatively clear deep golden. Spastic lacey head sizzles its way to oblivion.
Intense aroma of sourness (lime and otherwise), hay and other pungent hues. Ghosts of the past, as it is similar to sticking your nose into that really potent baggy that you just scored....Well anyway, it's been awhile, but that is what it smells like. Literally fills the room and I love it.
Hugely, but not overburdeningly sour with, alternately, lime and cider. This puckering sourness lasts the duration. Somewhat musty and hay-like in the middle. Vinegar notes, though not intrusive. Finishes searingly dry. Forces the next sip.
Very interesting. Not an everyday beer, but more of a special treat when looking for something different. Very drinkable. Not as much of a trip as some gueuzes, but this is a winner.

Photo of Tetano
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a splash of orange. There is no head and no lacing. Streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Sour is the only word that works here. Tartness comes to mind like a fresh granny smell. You can just smell it. A distinct funkiness I have smelled before from a gueuze. Its a smell I haver come to expect and look forward to.

T- A funky sourness hits your tongue on first sip. There is a fruity after taste reminding me of a very sour apple or any sour fruit. The alcohol is well hidden here. The taste matches the smell perfectly.

D - A gueuze is to be savored. I liken the drinking experience to be like a high abv stout. You do not slam this one, it is a sipper. I rated the drink-ability based on the style not against other beers.

Photo of d2daj
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cafe Veloce' in Kirkland, WA
355ml (12oz) bottle
Bottled date: 10/6/2011
Poured into cylinder glass-
Light fine/golden white head- creamy smooth looking
Very fine consistent bubbles
Taste- wow! First impression, this is one SOUR son-a-b! 2nd sip complex lemons, grape sweet entangled in granny smith apple bite. Tongue feels the sour "bang" which then flows smooth and bubbly like champagne.
I wonder if bottled date changes complexity, tart/sour depth as I see many more recent reviews and bottled dates.
Price is $7- reasonable. Very enjoyable and complex beer. Not for the sour faint at heart, but a fun and dramatic beer to try and enjoy the brewer's work.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too lazy to look, but I think this might be my first gueuze.

Slightly orangish-tan, cloudy, large swelling head that goes down to about two fingers, then one, then lasts, leaving thick chunks and sheets of sticky lacing.

Smell is apple-y, with tinges of delicious, a bit of granny smith, and a notable portion of crabapple. Also very earthy and tart. You can smell a light sourness too.

Taste is dry and tart, no trace of hops but plenty of pungent mallt flavors, the apple smell translates to the taste but more subtly than you'd expect.

Overall I'm really liking this brew. It mixes various aspects of beer that I happen to really like, such as sourness, fruitiness, dryness and ease of drinking. Coming from this brewery, I'm not surprised it's good.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Vibrant orange colour with a light orange head. This beer has a great feel to it already.
S - It has a tart, fruity aroma.
T - Very fruity, tart, dry, sour taste. Tastes like sweet tarts candy to me. Brings me back to my youth.
M - It has a splendid light body.
D - This is a great beer overall but I am not sure that it has great drink-ability for me. It seems like its tart flavour would start to rub me the wrong way after a few of these.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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