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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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91
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1,748 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 86
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

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

No freshness date carved nor fresh by so unknown vintage but guess young. Nice presentatation with forever lasting white head and a nice golden beercollor with not much haze. Nose is delicate giving good fresh horse sweet, dry fresh hay, delicatly dosed sourness and overal very fresh but landlike caracter. Taste is good also having a well dosed but not overdone sourness; grapefruit like, good dryness, horse sweaty, rough leather taste with tard bitterness. Yes this is a fine example of a geuze and easy accesable. Good and for geuze quiet high dosed carbonisation make it together with the plesant taste to great mouthfeel and a well drinkable real geuze; wonder how these 2 1994's in my cellar are doing.

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw color that is hugely carbonated beverage comes with more head than you can shake a stick at. Watching the bubbles rise to the top almost reminds me of sparkling white wine or a champagne. I could not get my nose out of this beer, there's a peach note with musty mushrooms, hay, sour blueberries, farmhouse, wood, lemon, just straight up funk. And it smelled really good. The taste was sour, the bottle was about a year old but still had a brightness to it. Blueberries and peach, sour funk all with a nice prickly carbonation.

Really a fun beer to share with others and watch people guess all the aromas and what they are tasting in it. Great beer.

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

750ml bottle, corked and capped

Served in a champagne flute

Pours with a dark canary yellow body, murky amber hints. Spritzy body, lots of little bubbles, egg white head with bubbly patchy lacing down the glass.

Smell, musty old blankets, citrusy, lemongrass, dry lingering sherbet.

Taste, crisp sourness on the palette, dry and sour citrus fruits, grapefruit, slight saltiness on the finish, a little sweetness too but very slight, Effervesant and spritzy mouthfeel. Slight chalkiness also on the mouthfeel, lingering sourness

A fantastic gueuze, balanced, drinkable and full of flavour

Photo of alostplot
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed glowing golden colour. Head is an amazing adventure in white frothy bubbling, leaving sticky lacing down the edge of the glass. Surprisingly, the carbonation is hidden or even absent. Otherwise, a very fine looking brew.

Sharp acidity and huge funky wild notes on the nose. Citrus, barnyard and crushed vegetation. Extremely fresh, acidic and forthright. Very expressive on the nose. You can tell this is going to be a rambunctious lambic.

Palate is unfortunately something of a let down. Slight antiseptic medicinal phenols with a mild acidity through the centre. Quite dry throughout, and it lacks something in body and complexity. Oak shavings and wine cork are present, but I was expecting slightly more acidity. Still, it is a very fresh flavoured and very drinkable brew.

Extremely refreshing, and probably more drinkable for its seeming lack of acidity. It gets a little caustic after a while, but you can't beat a beer like this on a hot afternoon. Would have to be one of the cleanest and most refreshing beers I've ever had. Certainly worthy as an occasional treat.

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

Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice finger of head which had good retention and left bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was quite pleasent consisting of citric acidic lemons, funky oak barrel notes, cork, slight brett, and some faint tart vinous notes as well. Upfront the taste was quite sour starting with the acidic citrus lemons striking first alongside funky barrel, brett, and vinous accents. It also had a touch of vinegar at the tail end. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight ssweet but sour and dry finish. It drank really good and a 375ml bottle was good enough for me plus I could feel the heart burn kicking in.

Photo of hawks10
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter...

Pours a somewhat clear, golden, sparkling apple cider color with a bit of a pink hue. A two finger very delicate soft white head that leaves a white haze on top of the drink and a bit of lacing...

A very tart citrus aroma hits the nose, lemony and acidic with a bit of funk...

Not as tart or puckering as the nose led me to believe it would be...some earthy funk taste, not too much, with a drying finish...

Prickly and slightly puckering, highly carbonated and light bodied...

Nice offering here from Lindemans, would think this would be a great entry level Gueuze for some...

Photo of Garbagefactory
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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

bright and hazy yellowish orange, with some pretty enormous white foamy head. not much lacing.

funky, sweet and grassy, with some definite lemon characteristics. lots of farmhouse scents too.

oh sweet jesus is that tart! extremely dry too. lots of that old farmhouse funk too, just buried deeep underneath the tart and sour notes. has some serious fruitiness going on, lots of grape and apple. it is almost like a wine. its just soooo dry, but its really, really complex and actually quite good. but be warned, this is quite a shock if you aren't quite sure what to expect.

the mouthfeel, is very thin but bubbly and having a dry, dry finish leaves quite an impression.

drinkability is quite nice. it is light bodied and quite tasty.

overall, this is one hell of a change of pace, it retains a very refreshing quality while having an extreme amount of flavor. also it is quite drinkable, as it is fairly low gravity and has some really neat carbonation.

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

Opened the bottle and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a relatively thick, rocky, off-white colored head that has some excellent lacing.

The aroma is a good indicator of what I'm in store for when I take a swig. Very tart and dry. Tart green apples, earthy, pungent sour aromas assault my nose with a definite funkiness lingering in the sinus cavities.

The flavor hits me up front with a tart green apples, a definite sourness compliments the beer through the entirety of the drink, but it also some sweet grain flavors and finishes very dry and tart. Leaving a thick layer of mucus on the very back end of the palate. Doesn't sound appetizing, but dang its good!

Medium light bodied, with ample carbonation. I personally have always loved sours, so I was not surprised that I enjoyed this beer as much as I did. So smooth and delicious despite the funk, sour and tartness it really gets my mouth watering. Considering the low ABV this is highly drinkable.

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

Wheres the gueze? Here!

A: Slightly hazy golden color with minimal white head. Some lacing.

S: Big tartness up front with a hint of sour as well. Behind that is all the fruit.

T: Awesome. Starts off sweet then immediately goes into sour. Then there is a break for a second with a hint of fruit then into this aftertaste that I know I am only picking up a fraction of. Its sweet and tart and fruity all at once and my tongue simply gives up.

M: Light body well carbonated.

D: This is a session beer. Would probably kill your tastebuds after a while but what a way to go.

Update:I love gueuze.

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date of July 2010. My first ever gueuze!

Pours a pale yellow color with tons of cascading bubbles and a huge foamy head that could be cut with a knife. Great retention and nice lacing to boot.

Massively floral on the nose. Like a fresh cut bouquet of garden flowers. Rose, iris, orchid and orange peel.

Starts out very fruity and champagne like. It then evolves to some tartness and finally extreme bitterness like grapefruit peel. Still a very floral presence in the taste as well.

Very smooth with soft carbonation. Slightly more than light bodied. Dry finishing.

Personally, this one is night really for me. I can however appreciate what is going on here, but maybe, just maybe gueuze just isn't for me. It appears to be well crafted and right on for the style, but the extreme bitterness and tartness with a lack of sweetness doesn't do a whole lot for me.

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

Bottle states: "Bottled 23 Nov 2012" ??

A: This poured a clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like lots of funk and musk and horse blanket, with vinegar and very wild yeast, and a bit of apricot.
T: It tasted like sour apple and tart under-ripe apricot, with some puckering persimmon and vinegar and funk. It had a very clean and crisp tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, much like champagne.
D: This was a nice gueuze! Surprisingly clean and crisp with more funk than other sours I've tried recently. The tartness was bold but not over powering. The body was fitting and helped drinkability, although it would still be tough to finish more than 6 or 8 ounces of this in a sitting. Age as long as you want, I'm sure it'll be fine for many years. Recommended.

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

My first time with this beer, scared away through the years by the higher price tag. Well, I've plenty more expensive beers since, so there's no excuse for putting it off. Here we go!

Pale peach hue, flush carbonation, rushing up the glass, with a sturdy, off-white head...a very appetizing glass of brew.

Aroma, sour and citric, a little spicy, super funky, that unique smell that only comes out of a gueuze.

Taste, oooh! Puckering, then lip-smacking, sour bite at first, then all is mellow...big lemon rides through the flavor, with yeast character right behind.
Interesting. Tartness is king in this, dominates the feel, but in a gentle, delicious way. Very sophisticated stuff, and, past the powerful tartness, especially approachable.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Hazy gold with a nice tight bubbled three finger head that breaks down slowly.

S: sour or tart with some grassyness and funk to it as well.

T: A pleasant tartness, white wine vinegar, the grassyness and funk found in the nose also come through as well.

M: crisp and refreshing, almost dry. The carbonation is fine and enjoyable, champagne like.

O: really quite an enjoyable beer. My first experience with the type and I want more. I find the tartness and funkyness to be so very different than what I am used to drinking. It is a great and exciting change of pace that I will seek out in the future.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Lost Abbey Teku. 12 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a orangish/burnt color with a soft/prickly white head. The head leaves a white ring around the perimeter, and sticks around for the entire life.

N: Bright sour fruit notes like pear and apple along with some slight tangy vinegar. There's some malty bread like character deep in there as well.

T: Alot of that tart fruit forward with some funky yeast present. Bit of a spice hidden in there, with some vanilla/oaky flavor.

M: On the lighter side, with a prickly sensation and lively mouthfeel. Bit of dryness, and leaves you satisfied.

D and O: Really enjoyed this beer. Bout time I got to giving it a formal review.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, slightly hazy, a bit of off-white head, delicate lace.

Smells mainly of tart raspberry, passion fruit, cooked sour cherry, strawberry rhubarb pie, and mildly of bacterial damp earth, musty leaves, vanilla, vinegar. Relatively mild, fruity, clean. Nice.

Tastes mainly of lactic acid, sour fruit - cranberry, raspberry, passion fruit - with old leaves, wood, minerals, biscuit. Not quite totally dry, but becomes so. Enjoyably tart and refreshing. Fairly long, dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel is defined by puckering acidity, with some nice chalky minerality, a bit of astringency, and fine spritzy carbonation.

Not very funky or vinegary, but plenty sour, a gueuze on the simple and approachable side.

Photo of woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle split 3 ways at Delaney's. Poured into a nonic half-pint.

A: Crystal clear light amber body with an inch of frothy white foam. Acceptable retention and light lace. Not at all bad for the style, but not exactly memorable.

S: Classic gueuze aroma of cheese, horse blanket, apple skin, grape skin, white wine vinegar, and lemon. Funky, fruity, and fun.

T: Tart and acidic throughout, with grape, apple, and barnyard funk. Not quite as complex as the nose, but still solid.

M: Medium bodied with moderate, spritzy, lively carbonation.

D: Very, very easy to drink for a gueuze. Plenty of acidity, but not so much as to be overwhelmingly puckering.

Notes: This one really hit the spot. While its aroma delivered plenty of funk, the flavor was quite user-friendly (i.e., my friends, who are less familiar with sours than I am, enjoyed it too). Very fruity and refreshing, with plenty of sourness. I'd gladly have this again, even though I didn't think it was quite up to the level of Cantillon Classic Gueuze, and wasn't even close to Girardin. Those are tough acts to follow, of course, and Lindemans have done themselves proud with this brew.

Cheers!

Photo of katalijne
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 6 July 2012, poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A: Pretty straw gold with lots of champagne-like bubbles, tall eggshell colored head that recedes slowly, eventually leaving just a ring. Lots of floaty sediment as the carbonation slows.
S: Some good barnyard funk, lemon zest
T: Some sour lemon and a little raw ginger flavor, tart green grapes. Some nice sourness, although a little less than I was hoping for.
M: Light bodied with just about the right amount of carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable, a little less sour than I would like. Very good and much better than I expected from Lindeman's, my only other memorable experience being with their Framboise before I really drank beer.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Consumed alongside some cheese tortelleni.

This beer poured a beautifully clear golden color with persistent carbonation floating to the top. The head was a two finger cloudy white even after a carefully gentle pour. Left some nice lacing, too. Gotta love Belgians.

The nose was primarily musty. Deep down in there, there was a slight fruit note, but this is definitely funky. Not a bad funky... but it's definitely the dominant smell.

The taste is fairly drinkable and layered. The citric bite is pervasive in the flavor and can range from sharp to a lemony finish. I get some notes of a fruit that tastes something like apples or pears. Drawing air over it, I get some funk tastes. None of the flavors are overpowering, but they all show up.

The carbonation level is high, but that's the way I like it. Hits my mouth quite well and is always inviting.

I'm just starting to get into sours (no thanks to living in Texas) and I'm glad that this one is always available in my local grocery store. Definitely a good beer and I'll br having this again.

Photo of SebD
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of yeasty funk, tart lemons, grapes and some green apples.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart lemons, yeasty funk, sour apples and some white grapes.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1994 bottling, corked and capped. Cork was moist at the bottom, even after being upright for a significant period of time, which is a good sign. Poured a deep golden with bronze color with a pillowy white head into a traditional Belgian hexagonal tumbler. Intricate lacing left behind as the head subsides. Currant skin aroma, herbal, woody and some musty barnyard funk with an apparent acidity that is affirmed with the first sip. It's subtly sweet, followed with a fruity acidity like sour green apple and lime. Some of your more traditional lambic funk is pretty low, maybe due to the fact that it's 10 years old and had a significant time to mellow and meld flavors, but still a major role in this beer. It, overall, seems to be a little bit sweeter that other blended lambics I've tried, but a good gueuze, nonetheless. Very spritzy and well-carbonated, affirming and dry on the palate. Quenching like quinine in tonic water, and at 5%, I could drink this like it was tonic water.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a completely transparent golden yellow with a tight fluffy head, good retention and a thin lace left behind.

S-the nose has funk and mushroom up front, notes of citric acidity and just a touch of lemon.

T-the funk and mushroom is right up front, citric acidity, hint of sourness in the back. notes of sour grapes and a lingering bite in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy, good carbonation holding throuhgout, medium body and crisp and dry finish.

D-this is well balanced and easy to drink, it has a good balance between funk, sweet, and sourness. very solid beer and great on the palate.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007. Although there is a confusing notch between a 5 and 6 on the label. Gold label with a matching foil top. Beneath the foil top is a cap and cork. 750 mL poured vigorously into a tall pilsner.

A- Pours beautifully into the tall glass, showing great variation in color from top to bottom. A pale-gold morphing into a deeper gold with even haze. Crab-nebula-like lacing.

S- With a quick whiff, only a sweetness similar to cane-sugar. A deeper huff reveals a green apple funky tartness and some yeast character.

T- Funk sourness throws a hook put doesn't know you out. It catches you, but doesn't sting for very long. Green apple again, leaving an "equal" like sweetness once the tartness dies down.

M- Light on the palate and spritzy with meadium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D- Low alcohol, easy to drink, a great "intro" gueuze or a great bargain for the gueuze oriented.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Da-da-da-da-DA-da-da-duh—today is my birthday. So I went ahead and dug through the cellar and popped a bottle of '06. Let's see what we have…

Appearance: Holy crap, this has not lost a STEP. Crisp, assertive carbonation, huge, firm, peaked head, clear, slightly orange gold, bit of haze.

Smell. Ah, perfect. Nice rainwater yeast funk, tart fruit, tight malt. Again, no signs of wear and tear.

Taste: Oooh, that's crisp. Predominant tart citrus with a bit of white pepper and sweet yeast spice. Not a ton going on, but it hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Light and tight. Jesus, that carbonation has not missed a beat, SO crisp.

Overall: Good news—it's still great. Bad news—the aging didn't seem to do a thing for it, tastes almost exactly like a fresh one. Still, definitely enjoyed it.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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