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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1408
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


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)
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date on label says: 15 NOV 2007

Picked this one out because, well, i've never had this style and wanted to try it.
Capped and corked got me a little weirded out to start with, but okay here it goes

Poured this into my lost abbey tulip glass
A - bright gold with a sizeable white head that filled the glass and looked to be pretty thick, then fell quickly leaving no lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus and sour with a trailing off smell of funky that i'm learning to enjoy a bit more

T - Sour and sour with a bit of funk at the end again

M - Carbonation is a bit high for my liking, kinda smooth but in a champagne kind of way

D - Not bad for my first gueuze, but not my favorite style. I'll try one of these again, but it won't be for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 06:57:07 | More by SirChugsAlot
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was unscrewing the cork outta this beer it flew out about 3 feet high with the wine key still attached.

Poured a 2 finger white head, tons of bubbles rising also. Body is a clear light gold color, similar to a kolsch.

Smell is sour and of vinegar. There is also some hay and acidity. Not much malt or hops.

First taste is the sourness that immediately makes my mouth pucker. Lots of acidity, green apples, and vinegar. No malt or hops are there, but there is an after taste of band aids.

Mouth feel is above average. Body is light and highly carbonated.

Drink ability was above average. Sourness got to me about halfway through the bottle. Dont think I could drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:38:03 | More by angelmonster
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 375ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a cloudy orange/gold with a very light white head that rises about a finger and fades quickly. There is very light lacing.

The aroma is pretty light and its mostly musky tart horse blanket.

The taste is ok, not overly complex. It starts pretty neutral, not much flavor at all. It fades to the end with a bit of tart, but you really don't get much of a tartness until after you swallow where you are hit with some tart.

The feel is so-so.

For a gueze its pretty drinkable because you're ont overwhelmed with flavor, but I don't think you'd necessarily want to drink it because its pretty boring.

Overall, a pretty average to below average gueze. Its not complex, or overally flavorful so this might be a good one for beginners of lambics.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:49:06 | More by jrallen34
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. No date or info.

A - A light haze forms in the pale golden yellow beer. A small white head rises up to just lower back down right away. Specks of lace are dotted on the glass randomly. For how acidic it smells, this seems fair.

S - A slight skunky waft enters my nose but disappears just as quickly as it came. Afterwards I pick up a lightly funky, slightly acidic pale malt scent. A swirl brings out more of the acidity as well as an old cheese funk.

T - Tangy acidic sour smacks the mouth right away bringing with it a zingy Sweet Tart-like finish with a hint of fruit. Mainly white grapes. A bit of bananas as well perhaps. Not much else is going on here. The sour, wet wood, acidic funk overtakes all.

M - Tart acid is mouth-puckering in this medium-light bodied beer. Low carbonation is surprising and unwelcome here.

D - I was hoping, from all I heard, that this beer would be a great way to kick off my next 1,000 reviews, but alas, it;s actually rather bland besides the sourness. I'm not sold on the idea that this beer is really light-struck although the information points to that. I'm definitely up for a second try though.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:29:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves barely a trace of lace. Medium carbonation. Light cloudy, amber color. Nose is cidery. Starts and finishes as a strong, tart cider flavor with absolutely no aftertaste. Light bodied. $11.59 for 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 00:04:00 | More by jdhilt
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scott

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

V.06
Cloudy full-headed beauty, minimal carbonation as far as appearance.
Enticing aroma, but not as room-filling as I would have hoped for. Sour/vinegar/funk that projects itself on your tongue, but then falls a little flat. Maybe a tad bit too much sour apple, and slightly out-of-balance.
Moderately refreshing, and drinkable, but not fantastic. How is this a Cuvee?

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 03:02:22 | More by scott
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a pale golden-straw

Smell: Lemon-vinegar citrus, bit of coriander-type spice, grass, little funk

Taste: More sour than I expected, big lemon but not much depth/complexity.

Mouthfeel:

Drinkability: High, nice for what it is. Good, available, approachable gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:04:21 | More by craytonic
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tjd112

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation - Poured into Chimay goblet

Appearance - Very brown-orange copper color with large, but slightly fizzy head

Smell - Very tart, a lot like sour apples

Taste - Very fruity, yet sour

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with a dry finish

Drinkability - A bitter beer, not something to be gulped

Overall - Its alright for what it is, but its not quite my style

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 18:02:36 | More by tjd112
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ef88

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a flute.

A: Pours a light amber, almost orange, which is pretty hazy. White, one finger head that disappears quickly.

S: As soon as I took the cap and cork off, it smelled like someone had opened a bag of weed--seriously (I wouldn't call the smell 'skunky' though). So, I guess this one smelled a bit like herbs or grass. A few more whiffs and I picked up lots of sweetness, alcohol, and clove.

T: This is the first lambic I've tried before and honestly, wasn't too crazy about the taste--obviously quite sour. It kept getting more sour as I drank more.

M: Pretty light, but the tannins make it linger. Very astringent and metallic.

D: Like I said earlier, I'm not crazy about sour beer, so I wouldn't reach for more than one more, but I'm glad I tried it.

I'll be in Belgium in the fall and am going to check out a few breweries, including Cantillon, so maybe I'll have a renewed appreciation for lambics when I get back...

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 12:44:10 | More by ef88
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farmhousebound

California

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked gold foil top poured into lindeman's signature tall glass

A- Bright orange / yellow, hazy, down right gorgeous

S- mild funk accompanied by chalky yeast, citrus comes through although overwhelmed by the funk. quite a pleasant aroma, not the most aromatic geuze i've seen, just mild and welcoming.

T- surprised me here. less tart /sour than expected from the smell, but a nice play of sour notes. kind of a watery tartness to start, which is then dominated by the chalky yeast flavors. the finish is dry and somewhat prickly, followed by a lingering mild sourness. refeshing indeed, and not off-putting in any way.

M- thin, watery to start, but then the mix of yeast, sour funk, and prickly carb assault your tongue and mouth midway through making it a very nice introductory geuze. nice spritzy feel, not unlike a champagne.

O- a good geuze. definitely the only beer of lineman's i'd get down on. for the price and availability, you can't really do better in this style. i just wish it were a bit more funky - super refreshing though.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:14:37 | More by farmhousebound
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the Cuvee Rene 1998

A hint, just a hint of metal at "start", but compared to the metallic demeanor of the 1996 vintage Cuvee Rene, this bottle of ’98 was devoid of that strange bewildering, yet temporary flavor.

After the metal sheen had worn away from the start of the ‘96, I'd declare its flavor to be more complex and engaging - a bit more of the yeast and bucolic overtones than its slightly newer sibling.

The 1998 Cuvee Rene cascaded from the bottle bearing a light amber color- with a hint of turbidity-- just enough to whet my anticipation for the possibilities years of bottle conditioning wrought.

The head-- a foamy froth that like a shaky card house came tumbling down as its foundation undermined thanks to the relentless ravages of the air

The nose- some hints of yeast, some hints of malt, some hints of grapes and tannin.

The flavor- transparent and perhaps even thin. I awaited with anxious taste buds poised for the deus ex machina to emerge saving the day-- where was the white knight of complexity riding into the scene-- unleashing and unshackling that vagabond of wonderful flavor images; of rural Belgium, of the vineyards, of the old brewery with its master brewer transfixed by the fruits of his flavorful art?

At heart this Cuvee Rene possessed a light, tart flavor-- an unmistakable austerity laden with dryness. A cordial mouthfeel kept me craving for more.

A clean lasting finish followed every sip.

In conclusion: I tasted nothing to sneer at, but nothing with which to declare the end of all gueuzes.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 04:48:17 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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OneBeertoRTA

California

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For the price you really can't beat this Gueze.

While I prefer Consecration and many of the RR sours this is still very good.

The pour is a real light tangerine/yellow with ample head. I've had bottles with much sediment and others bare. Not sure why, but I've noticed this a lot.

I've also had a bottle that was sour beyond recognition. This is a Gueze that should always be in the refrigerator when you are drinking without a special event.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:23:16 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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KajII

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Flute glass]

The pour was a clear golden orange with a huge (3-4 finger) white pillowy head that reduced to a thin cap which lasted throughout and had fair light spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a funky barnyard Belgian yeast and some light grain malts with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple, pears and a mild white grape winey odor.

The taste was sour yet still slightly sweet with hints of apple and pear early on, but quickly became very sour with a slight acetic taste taking over. It also possessed notes of yeast and citrus with a mild white wine presence at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long while, with a fruity tart taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a very strong champagne like carbonation.

Overall a good tart fruity brew with a nice sweet sour ending...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:32:24 | More by KajII
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trep

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'03 Champagne bottle shared with my girlfriend and poured into a Lindeman's Flute, stolen from Winking Lizard Columbus. *jk feds*

Superbly clear golden body with a creamy white head that leaves tons of lacing down the glass as it settles. Some carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass, some randomly shoot to the surface.

I can smell this one a few feet away. Raspberries, cherries and some tart grapes with a little earthy funkiness. Very pleasant aroma overall.

Very tart initially with some metallic background notes. Raspberries and cherries come through as it warms and finishes with a white-grape aftertaste. Not bad.

Very thin and high in carbonation. That's about all there is to it. Pretty easy drinking despite the carbonation and the funkiness. I enjoyed it but likely not something i'll seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 02:15:21 | More by trep
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow, highly effervescent body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Funky, lactic, and altogether sour scent of zombified lemons, stale flowers, a musty cellar, and soiled rags used to cover up a horrific crime.

Taste: Sour lemons, barnyard hay, a slice of week-old bread, and a pinch of sodium-free salt. Whew! All that lactic bacteric is a bit grimace-inducing at times, but the longer you drink it, the quick that phenomenon passes. Finish dry and very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for those times when you're just feeling mighty damn sour.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 23:49:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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brendan13

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden colour with a 1.5 centimetre of fluffy white head that falls away fairly quickly leaving light rings of white lace.
S - Quite a musty, earthy aroma along with some lemon and apple sour notes.
T - Very much like the smell; musty, earthy with some sourness.
M - A more restrained tartness than some more "traditional" Gueuzes. Light bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - A fairly approchable version of the style. Not something I'd drink every day but good to have on hand for something to mix things up.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 09:59:30 | More by brendan13
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klewis

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2017

A: Pours a hazy golden with a one-finger, bubbly head. The head quickly dissipates with flares of lacing on the glass.

S: The usual gueuze funk (although somewhat subdued) with light aromas of citrus and tropical fruit.

T: Some funk with a mixture of minty and fruity flavors. Compared to others, this one is not nearly as tart and the flavors not as bold.

M: Light-bodied and quite fizzy and dry.

D: Compared to the others that I've had, this is like a gueuze with training wheels - which makes this a good one for those who are have not been initiated to intensely sour Belgians. Overall, it's good, but I'd rather have a Drie Fonteinen.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 00:06:56 | More by klewis
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brow1901

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee rene pours a bright golden hazy yellow. Fizzy light head fades quickly. The smell is hard to describe, no hops not much malt. But there is some scents of citrus, but its hard to pick one out. The taste is tart as expected, but I didn't like how there was no sweetness to balance the tartness. And I dont like how there is no fruit backbone to help the beer. The mouth is light and the bubbles make it even lighter. At 5% it is a very drinkable beer, however after two glasses the tartness wrecks my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 15:21:48 | More by brow1901
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fairdinkum2

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is different. My first Gueuze.

First impression as it poured in to a tulip glass was very favorable, golden, slightly hazy beer with a thin golden head. The head disappeared quickly with virtually no collar or lacing.

Strong, but not entirely pleasant nose. Really like a lime coolaid, so mostly an artificial smell. Didn't detect the funky horse blanket that others have.

Taste is OK, nothing I would spend much time searching for again. The mouthfeel is OK and the beer is well balanced, but the overall impression is again of artificial lime flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:47:44 | More by fairdinkum2
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark golden, good initial head.

Fruity aroma like apples, with a lemon sourness.

Apples and grapes are apparent, as is honey. Sour twist at the end, like lemon, a bit like orange juice.

Medium-light body, some bubblyness.

My first Gueuze. Initially impressed, but the sourness got to be a little tiring towards the end. Overall enjoyed it, but an acquired taste I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:36:58 | More by Strix
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark and murky brown-yellow, kind of like three day old piss. Some sediment and a white head. Leaves ok lacing. This beer smells very sour and raw, with a fermented fruit bluntness. The taste is very tart and sour, reminds me of sour apples with a slightly bitter and salty finish. In the mouth it feels pretty average but an added tart stickness makes it special. This reminds me of a Berliner Weisse without the woodruff or raspberry. It's refreshing and interesting but not really the style for me. Nevertheless, I'm glad I tried it and would try again, just not crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 17:39:25 | More by Sachsenfreude
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wschmit

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.75L bottle into a pint glass. Bottled "11 Mei 2010."

A: Fizzy head quickly settles into a thin white ring. Good carbonation evident throughout the hazy, golden wheat body. Very little lacing.

S: Sour sweat immediately upon opening. Tartness evident, but moderate. A little bit of musty, dank scent, but not much. A somewhat ester-y character, vaguely hefeweiss-like.

T: A good amount of sourness, backed up by a nice, moderate brett characteristic. The sour apple beginning quickly turns into a mild, slightly bitter funk. It seems like there's a fair amount of wheat in it. A very normal gueuze, I think--perhaps good for beginners, but it doesn't seem terribly complex to me. This has apparently only been in the bottle about six months, so perhaps it needs more time to develop.

M: Good, moderate body with pretty perfect carbonation for the style. This really floats across your tongue when you take a pull.

D: As mentioned earlier, a good starter gueuze, I think, but having had both NG's R&D Gueuze and some Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze in the last month or so...this is only on par with the NG. I like it, but I like most sours.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 05:21:10 | More by wschmit
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle because I was in the mood for some geuze and didn't want to spend a fortune. I was not disappointed. Cracked open a 750mL bottle at cellar temp of 55F and poured it into a champagne flute and shared it with my fiancee.

The body is a crisp and clear peach-hued straw color. Streamers of bubbles cascade upward from countless different nucleation sites and feed a fluffy but coarse head. If not for the video of Armand from 3F showing me how to pour lambic, this would have foamed all over the place.

The aroma is fairly dry and earthy, dominated by oakey tannins and some lactic sourness and a wild funk. There are some apple and peach esters, too. The taste is similar, with the tannins taking on an even more prominent role. The sourness is less acidic than I had expected, as the funk comes out more. Again, the fruity esters are present. The finish is dry, in typical geuze fashion, but this tastes sweeter than some of my favorite geuzes.

Light in texture and full of spritzy carbonation, Cuvee Rene is a solid representation of geuze. However, the tannic notes are a bit overpowering and push some of the more delicate flavors out. Additionally, the finish isn't as bone-dry as I prefer. Overall, a solid beer, and I could finish a full 750 myself. Affordable, so I imagine that I will be revisiting it soon, but it isn't my favorite. Under normal circumstances, I would call the experiment finished and move on to stronger representations, but the price point of this beer is spot on for a lambic lover on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:12:51 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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fragilehearted

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, capped & corked. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - 2 finger head, goes down fairly quickly to cover+ring. Hazy golden color.

S - wow - never really realized what "barnyard funk" truly could be till this. I literally think I may inhale some hay. You also get some of the candied sweet smell/tart that is typical with Lindemans. Lemon/citrus. Pretty unique.

T - puckering funky tartness! It definitely smells sweeter than it tastes. Acidic aftertaste, which I'm not a huge fan of.

M - pretty dry. Light-bodied. Carbonation is fine. Can't really taste any alcohol.

O/D - this is my first gueuze review (& I've only had a couple of them before), & I'd have to say it's drinkable, but you have to like sours. Lots of people say that this is a good intro to sours. I might recommend something else, I guess it depends on what you typically like. Maybe this one if you're a Saison fan. But overall, it's a bit too sour to be too drinkable...one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 06:54:06 | More by fragilehearted
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jdb288

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours bubbly gold with thick white head. Smell is funk, lemon, yeast. Taste is sour/tart lemon, lime, dough. Champagne bubbles...cleans the palate. Goes down smooth. Quite refreshing. One of my first introductions to the style and I will definitely be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:42:01 | More by jdb288
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