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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 842
Hads: 1,904
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 114
Gots: 240 | FT: 9
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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 beerphilosopher
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked and capped, foil wrapped. A very nice presentation. Pours a clean copper orange color with very little, if any, yeast in suspension after a careful pour. Big white, bubbly head that lasts long. Very intricate lacing in the wide-mouth goblet I've poured into. The nose is complex and pungent, but all in good ways. Decidedly musty and earthy, this beer smells of history and masterful technique. The "barnyard" scents are here in full force, along with an almost fruity sweet accent floating around to tame the pungent nature of this wild beer. This beer is far less sweet than the Lindemans Gueuze, and more accurately reflects the traditional style and nature of what a good gueuze ought to be. The palate is forcefully tart up front, with bitter fruits and straw asserting themselves early. Slight Vinegar-like character which causes the mouth to water in a wonderful way ... something I actually love in a Lambic beer. Fruity and quite acidic throughout, the gueuze warms to a slightly smoother malted wheat foundation. Finishes quite dry and lively with aggressive carbonation levels from start to finish. This is, in my mind, standard for the style and a great example of the age-old craft of producing fine, champagne-like beers through the magic of spontaneous fermentation. A truly excellent beer and a beer that redeems my hope in Lindemans ... a brewer typically known for their sugary sweet "soda pop" lambics here in America. If you buy this beer thinking it'll be something like one of those, boy are you in for a shock. A great Gueuze!

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Photo of Rodrickor
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked the bottle and - holy crap, did someone sneak some farm animals into the house? This has a funky, stinky smell from the wild yeast strains and I love it!

Poured into champagne flute, yielding further funk that fills the room as well as a nice goldenrod, cloudy appearance with a fluffy white head. I take a strong whiff of the aroma once more and drink.

The taste is sour lactates, champagne, and stale hops; a great flavor that went well with the brie I grabbed from the fridge. A lot of carbonation, but it works very well with this style and adds to the enjoyability.

Overall, this is great to sip with a light cheese or some such snack to go along. This would be great to introduce the style to newbies, as it makes for a very interesting experience and a wonderful drink.

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Photo of david131
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, light orange liquid with a thick and creamy white head. Very nice.

S- A beautiful bouquet of funk and fruit. Very aromatic and pungent.

T- A very intense sourness hits at first and then the light fruit comes in at the end. For the ABV, this sure packs a flavor punch.

M- Crisp and dry, but very acidic. The carbonation level is just about right.

D- A huge sipper. Not quite as drinkable as I would expect for the ABV. A very tasty, memorable, and expensive treat.

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Photo of beerking1
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1994. Pours darker than expected, a dark amber color, clear, with a dense, snow white head that lingers long. Aroma is hugely complex, with lots of musty character, some sourness, and very funky, with horse blanket and all you would expect from a true lambic. The flavor is equally complex, acetic and musty but with a balancing sweetness. Aftertaste is equally complex, leaving you wanting more. A great lambic for the true lambic fan.

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Photo of goblet
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle is a 375 ml with a cap and foil around it ,that i popped and poured out into my glass .

Appearence:its an amber copper gold color with a nice tight bubble foamy head that lasts the whole experience with loads of carbonation very clear.

Smell:the aroma is on the mark ,sweet dry hops and lemon/grape fruit sourness low to no malt and a bit of wood quility.

Taste:medium to lite body some mild citrus sweetness like beautiful fresh lemon and grapefruit with a dry hops flavor that just tops this off .it`s so good .

Mouthfeel:this is a mild to rich sour heaven ,lemon juice and grapefruit peels that are pure enjoyment, mouth pucking? great.

Drinkability:this is a great beer,world class ,if this was a bit darker and more alcohol this would be a perfect beer,the flavors are fantastic,the sourness is close to perfection a bit more,perhap some ale qualities would do it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (37,5 cl., vintage 2010) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : medium yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : sour fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : tart flavours, round but very dry, sparkling.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style traditional Gueuze. Drunk "too young" but at cellar t°.

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Photo of kjyost
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired via trade last year via Ontario. Poured at ~7C into wine glasses. Paired with cherry pie. Bottle stamped L E10KGC

Pours a yellowish hue with a fizzy head that isn't lasting, though remains as a ring for longer than expected. Aroma is delicious with cherries, tartness and citrus on the nose. Body has many of the same flavours in it, and matches to perfection with the chosen food. Acidity is light, which keeps this as a solid sour that is "entry-level" perhaps, but it has won a friend of mine as a convert.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A score of 4.5 in the "smell" category would lead even the most un-Sherlockian of us to correctly deduce my love for the Gueuze, this being a good one...

Poured into my large tulip with an inviting golden-hazy hue, the small white head dissipates quickly. The nose is vintage Lambic barnyard (in the best possible way of course), with traces of grapefruit and faint malt. Why do I love that so much. Tastes of fresh, tart,yellow grapefruit intertwined with lemon zest that trail off into the aftertaste much like it stared, the hop presence un-detectable of course. Great, easy going, light (but with substance) mouth feel that would lend to an easy consumption of a 750ml on a warm summer day.

It's not the cleanest nor the most puckering Gueuze I've ever had, but it might just be the most refreshing. Served with a three cheese tortellini, with a brown butter, sage, & Greek myzithra cheese sauce, and I couldn't get enough of either. Enjoy.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden copper with a finger of foamy white head. Leaves a good web of lacing down the glass.

Smells tart, with some fruit and spice, with a strong musty, horse blanket smell.

Tart, but not too strong. Some fruit, spice, and again, a little musty. Very strange.

Light body and some carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth.

A good beer. Has that pure, farmhouse style flavor. Complex, yet approachable for newbies to the world of sours. Low alcohol makes it quite sessionable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene'

Appearance: 12 oz corked bottle into a flute. Pours a rich gold with a nice bubbly, pillowy froth leaving some webbing on the glass. Tons of carbonation bottles rising to the top. Heavenly looking.

Smell: Greeted with a nice sour aroma. Hints of lemon juice, brett, a bit of funk.

Taste: Wow. Bitter and sour upfront. The flavor almost mimics a lemon flavored sweet tart. Has a vineous, wine type aftertaste. Some yeasty earthyness is there, but the acidity and sourness lasts through the entire experience and is in the forefront here. Little to no malt flavor, cracker like but overpowered. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, stings the palate and drops alien flavors onto my tastebuds. A fairly dry feel with a lingering sour note.

Drinkability: This is a great example of the style. Unique and delicious, the Cuvee Rene is a nice change of pace beer, and one worth revisiting.

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Photo of bruachan
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bought this at my inaugural trip to chuck's in chagrin falls. big green bottle with a classy orange label

the brew is a light peachy amber. a snow white head sits up top and leaves some nice frosting. the nose is sour, fruity, corky and spicypopourri-ish. i believe this is the damp pony aroma people speak of

lactic. it's sharp up front, but finishes like a sweet lemonade. pear, raspberry

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amberish gold hazed with tons of wheat with a thick bubbly white head and tons of lacing. Smells of ester, musk, and tartness. Tastes of sour apple with a mild funk flavor with heavy wheat flavor. Tons of awesome sourness. Mouthfeel is very nice with tons of carbonation. Drinkability is almost unmatched. I could drink tons of them.

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Photo of brdc
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large corked and capped bottle. Date on label 04/05/06.

Poured into my Lindmenas flute, it is a very good looking clear, light golden brew with a nice white head that holds well and then sticks in large clumps to the bottle sides, very good looking.
I have trouble defining the aromas of a gueuze, but this one has that usual "funky" smell, some spiciness and fruitiness, more on the sweet and tart side, think raspberries.
Taste is actually quite mellow, a little bit sour and acidic, but not much, citric notes all over, particularly lemon.
Easy going, very nice, pleasant; not the big mouth puckering I was expecting, but nonetheless quite pleasant and easy to drink, nicely carbonated adding to the mild "puckering effect".
A good start for someone trying to get into gueuzes; not extreme but well representative and easier to drink than most.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label says 5.5, LCBO sticker says 6.7. Big discrepancy there.

Pours a clear bronze gold with tons of huge, frenetic carbonation bubbles rushing in streams to the giant foamy white head. Retention is incredible, lasting most of the glass. Rustic funkyness, straw, wheat malt in the nose. Tart green apple, wet hay, citrus rind, stinky cheese, vinegar, cherries and many other lambic flavors fill the taste. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a full, prickly carbonation. The finish is ultra dry and quite sour.

This is a great Gueuze, perhaps not as extremely sour as some example, its full of complexity and funk. A standard for the style and a must try. I find the other Lambics of this brewery to be too sweet.

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Photo of Jarod
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 1998
750ml bottle

This beer poured a golden yellow color that had hints of brown when held to the light, it almost seemed to glow. It was, for as old as it was, it was super carbonated. The foam that was created was a off white color, creamy consistency, tight bubbled and long lasting. The taste of the foam was on the sour side. The lace was tight bubbled as well that was patchy in spots and sheety in others. The aromas were of sweet fruits, champagne notes, lots of grapes and berries, sweet malts, as it warmed i started to nose a fresh barn yard and yeast notes. Nice. The flavors were as good as the aromas. Sometimes sour, sometimes sweet. Like a fine champagne, grapes, both sour and sweet, light malts, hints of grapefruit, fresh fruits, as it warmed a dry ash became present and a nice blend of fresh bread and yeast and it finished with a sour/dry finish on my tongue. The body was on the light and refreshing side. It left a dry hop hint in the back of my throat which was pleasing. Over all, bubbly and sour, lots of flavor. It was mouth watering and very easy going. I really enjoyed it and held up very well with age.

This beer was consumed on the night of the birth of my daughter, which was on July 19, 2005.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2004. Served in a tall stange at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a gorgeous, four+ finger head that settles slowly to a fat, supple crown. Good activity shooting from the bottom of my glass. Awesome lacing for a geueze... looks incredibly appetizing.

Smell- A fantastic, all-encompassing performance of sour cherries, horseblanket, and the funk that makes this an amazing representation of the style. As the beer opens up, aromas of fruit going "just over the edge" take over, introducing the sweetness of a neglected dumpster. I love it.

Taste- A salivary gland's wet dream... they pucker and contract, getting ready for the burst of sour fruit that is about to be unleashed. Deliciously farmy, as the sour cherry notes grasp the tongue and concede to the sweetness of the finish. The sourness left behind on the lips and teeth is awesome and, in itself, worth the sampling.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Cold, the mouthfeel is nothing short of amazing. The champagne-like bubbles pop and foam in the mouth and showcase the nuances of such a complex beer. As it comes to temperature, it becomes less carbonated and drinks more like a younger geueze, a few months from being drawn from the barrel. Overall, I loved this beer... it has an approachability that I find very attractive, and it drinks easily by itself or with light appetizers.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle looking forlorn in the bargain bin at Beaumont Market - love the bright orange label, with 'fancy' Art Nouveau-ish design. Green glass 750mL with a cap and cork beneath a wrap of copper foil; 'Bottled' date is notched at '05'. Poured to a small tulip glass.

A: Glowing golden orange, mostly clear with a thin haze of very fine yeasty bits (this became denser the further I delved into the bottle). Head tops off at about a finger and a half of snow-white fizz, then drops quickly before nearly disappearing to a slim creamy ring. Slender bits of loosely-banding lace.

S: Aroma bursts from the glass! Tart apples, apricots, strawberries, sugary candy buttons, lemon zest, 'nasty' tart funk (that smells amazing, though at times is just plain awful!). Spontaneously-fermented funky gueuze/lambic at its finest!

T: A tart, pucker-inducing swirl of flavor: pink grapefruit, crisp green apples, sour white grapes. Slight woodiness and a little yeasty sweetness. So complex, my words are failing me...suffice to say this is bold and forceful with its decidedly 'Belgian' tart funkiness.

M: Curl of the tongue is almost instantaneous; drawing of the cheeks is quick, too. Acidic - I could feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth - oh well, such is life. Not highly carbonated, this still has a biting crispness and a lingering souring, that is as refreshing as a tall lemonade on a hot day. A little malt stickiness lingers on the lips.

D: This style of beer certainly isn't for everyone, but this is a big winner in my book. Perfect sipper for summer...or spring...or fall...oh, maybe winter, too. At just 5% ABV, alcohol is no issue. Liked this very much and would make a point of having it again. Recommended to gueuze lovers (or wanna-be's)!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml capped and corked bottle a little above cellar temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 06 JUL 2012.

Pours a cloudy bright sunshine golden color, a big billowy 3-4 fingers of fluffy white head off of the pour, settles after a few minutes to a skim, fairly retentive layer, light spotty lacing. Big, dark chunks of sediment floating about.

Wow, huge, bright horse blanket all over, musty basement, a bit of tart lemon.

Big, bright, direct flavors. Big horse blanket Brett, lemongrass, finishes with a big lemon acidic sourness, tart unripened green apple, both are huge. Mid sip, some almost yogurt like lactic funk shows a bit.

A high amount of acidity really lingers, high, bitey carbonation, finishes quite dry. Very mouth puckering.

Really quite an exceptional, fairly unique with its big bright aromas and flavors. By far the best Lindemans lambic I've had, and in no way does it seem artificial when compared to there overly sweet and sugary fruited lambics. And for its price point, a real must try to any sour lover that has yet to try this.

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Photo of rastaman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy/earthy stinky barnyard nose, also a bit of wood, citrus and grassyness. Insanely sour!!!!! Almost too sour, very mouth puckering acidity, lots of citrus, veryu dry yeast flavours, earthy, even refrshing, insanely good!!!! Stay away from the sweetened lindemans stuff and stick to this!!!!

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Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

Rich amber color with a well-retaining white head. Trails of lace reside on the side of the glass.

Smell is a bit more subdued than is typical of most oude gueuzes, but barnyard aspects from the wild yeast linger in addition to some sugar, apricot and green apple.

Taste is well-integrated with sweet-and-sour notes -- tart apple, semisweet sugar, apricot. Quite acidic and bone dry. Incredibly complex, yet makes one thirst for more.

Mouthfeel is fantastic with a subtle, but omnipresent effervescence that makes its mark.

Quite drinkable for a gueuze and very refreshing. One of Belgium's better gueuze lambics. Seek it out, especially older vintages if they can be found. If you thought Lindemans lambics were all sweet fruit bombs, think again. This is the real deal.

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Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Bottle. July 2013

A: yellow. Clear. No head.

S: barnyard. Earthy. Literally hay and straw. County fair.

T: malt followed by sour tartness.
Citrus notes. Acid. Woody. Oaky. Funky.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. Tart. Pucker factor is medium. Funky as Les Claypool.

O: wow. Funky. Sour. Tart. Balanced. Great bear. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of paxkey
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the stuff.
tinfoil on bottle removed reveals a bottlecap removed reveals a tiny cork.
careful opening with a wine corkscrew as you will easily break through the cork if you twist to deep. removes easily enough.
nice pop and fizz followed by a release of barnyard funk.

bubbles and pops in the glass with a symphony of fizz . the fuzzy head dissipates fast. beer is apple cider colored.

aroma is shoe leather fermenting fruit and lots of manure.

very fizzy and very sour with a funky dry finish and a taste that changes on the tongue longue after the swallow.

the aftertaste is where all the magic is with funky giving way to fruit and some malt grain no hops to detect.

this is for the adventurous drinker.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light orange with a large white head with decent retention into a duvel tulip
S: smells of sourness with some funk and other paint thinner like aromas
T: vinegar sourness up front with a little fruitiness, slight sweetness, a but of wood and some funk. aftertaste is more funk with some residual sourness and a bit of wood
M: light body with soft carbonation with a dry finish
O: very impressive with a strong sourness and some great flavors. easy to find and well priced

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL. Champagne bottle
This is a near perfect beer, but not for every beer drinker I am sure. Lambics are something of an esoteric mystery to me, but regardless I find them a style of infinite discovery. Lindemans poured a opaque golden color with a fairly descent sized head and plenty of small lace up and down. Smell was full of cranberry, grassy aroma, and a fair bit of CO2 escaping into my nose. The taste was crisp to the point of mouth puckering. There was tons of tart lemon bitterness, seltzer like carbonation, dusty as an attic and a dry assertive finish. Went perfectly with chicken and shallots cooked in a white wine cream sauce.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a great opportunity to try the 1998 version thanks to the awesome Brian, at Merchant Du Vin. He picked my sample up at the brewery-thanks a mill!! The beer pours a nice orange honey color and serves up a good creamy beige head . The lace is moderate to good. Aromas are nicely sour with plenty of horseblanket and barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and very dry. Flavors are sour cream like-very tart while at the same time mellow and elegant. This is a complex gueze that has taken on a very winelike persona with age. Layers of flavor unfold as the beer finishes. Damn I love this style of beer, and thank Brian for the rare treat!

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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