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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,776 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 92
Gots: 182 | FT: 6
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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 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 Squelch
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw colored. Crystal clear. Effervescent Champagne like head.

Smell: Banana aromas shine through with the horsey brett aroma.

Taste: Sour tartness dominates. Very nice and tart. No sweetness. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Puckering tartness is awesome in this beer. One of their best beers.

Drinkability: I was initally scared to drink this beer but after trying it am very impressed. I will definitely be drinking again.

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.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/12/2011. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge sour apple, pear, lemon, grass, wet hay, leather, vinegar, earth, pepper, funk, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of tart lemon, pear, apple, grass, earth, wet hay, pepper, herbal, light funk, and yeast spices. Fair amount of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, pepper, herbal, grass, hay, and earth on the finish for a bit. Moderately dry on the finish. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying tartness or acidity at all. Very moderate and refreshing amount of tartness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Gueuze! Very well balanced with good complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Though this is not as complex as some of the other higher regarded offerings; this is a beer than any true gueuze fan would definitely enjoy. Great value for the price as well.

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

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a golden-yeloow, with 1 fingered white head, which disappeared upon impact. What lacing?

S - Honey, caramel, sour brett, with notes of citrus and light alcohol.

T - Lots of sour bret, some caramel, citrus and slight bit of honey. No alcohol this time around.

M - Definitely malt dominated, which left notes of sweet and sour mixed. Very intriguing.

D - Definitely good, would like to up my samplings and spelling of the gueuze.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly orange with a head that doesn't stick around much. Pretty looking

S: Fruity and tart. Great for a Gueze

T: Stout and tart. The sourness comes through first followed by a pleasing tartness. The fruit taste lingers until the end. It's a great balance of all flavours.

M: A bit thin on the mouthfeel. It doesn't really help or hurt the beer.

D: For a gueze yes.

Photo of bump8628
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked bottle with best before of 2017.

Pours a hazy gold/orange into a tulip with 3 fingers of froth.

Aroma is complex with barnyard funk, lactic acidity, and a bracing, spicy tartness.

Taste is sour, tart, mildly cheesy and funky, musty, and just a touch acetic. All of the lambic characteristics are well in balance with no individual one coming to the forefront.

The finish is dry and tart and the heavy carbonation scrubs the tongue and palate.

Overall, a very enjoyable, balanced lambic that may be more approachable than some of the really sour ones out there. So far, this beer has aged extremely well and would easily hold up for another 10 years in the proper conditions.

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

Hazy orange-straw color with a thin white head. Decent lacing.
Smell is tart and sour, with some heavy yeast notes. White grapes, grapefruit, as well as some acidic, woody notes.
Taste is quite tart and sour, with some more white grapes, grapefruit, and oak notes. Slightly acidic towards the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and very dry to the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good.

Photo of MrDave
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a deep gold with a champagne-like bone white head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Sour notes dominate, but a slight sweet peach aroma comes through on the nose. Mild berry tones noticable. Lots of sour black cherry dominates the palate. Dry, somewhat short finish. Amazing flavor upfront. Mild mustiness in the back. Dry, crisp effervescent mouthfeel. Quite refreshing. One of the few beers I could mistake for a champagne. My wife even thought it tasted like champagne, only more sour. A very good beer. I will try this one many times over. Try this one!!

Photo of albertjr21
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The following was printed on this 750ml bottle: LJ02IGCR. Consumed on 1.14.11. Poured into a 20 oz. brandy glass.

A: Appears a dull earthy orange gold color and is completely foggy.

S: A wild nose of funky spicy fruit, perhaps burnt orange. Very intriguing.

M/T: A nice off balanced feel between sweet and sour with sour winning the battle. Fruity and complex with notes of wool and burnt orange rind bitterness.

D: A robust champagne-esque body and dry finish contributed very well to a pairing with Italian antipasta and bruschetta.

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

Appearance is hazy but the color is vibrant deep orange with gold tones. Head is a small dense ring with good lacing.

Aroma is very floral with soft honey notes, complex citrus, straw, sweat/horse blanket/barn yard smells and a light clean malt note in the distance.

Taste is very complex with flavors, aromas and textures climbing over and under each other, everything is scrambling around and difficult to focus on. I don't mean that in a bad way. Overall, this beer is super dry (some would say almost chalky), acidic, fruity with all sorts of citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a peach quality seems to be there too. This moves from Super dry and acidic to a soft and sweet honey note before you realize that the acid never left and clamps back down on the palate.

This beer is very light in body and super dry, not something that you can easily drink quickly. I know many people hate these beers but I love them, this is a real thinking man's beer!

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.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.