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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,550 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 71
Gots: 134 | FT: 7
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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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As my initial gueuze I was really pleased with this one. Lots of head on the pour, lots of little tight little bubbbles, hazy, orange color. The nose is initially a little tangy, a little funk, followed by some green apples or white grapes with sourdough bread - maybe my favorite part. Taste followed the smell for me - strong tart and sour green apples and 'farmy' funk on top of the bready sourdough flavor. Very tight bubbles and finishes extremely dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:11:59 | More by jwchestnut
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy Golden amber colour with a decent size head that retains well.

S - Aromas od grass and lemon citrus are dominant
with a nice backup of sourness.

T - Well balanced between funk, sourness and grassy earthness with the classic green apple and lemon.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation is medium.

O - A very solid Geuze

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 13:25:38 | More by eric5bellies
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Leffe glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color with no head. Almost looks like apple juice.

Smell: Funky, musty smells with hints of sour apple.

Taste: Tart, sour apple, slight funky taste with small traces of chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: My favorite of all of the Lindemans that I've had. Very taste gueuze that doesn't have the artificial syrupy taste of the others. Overall a decent sour beer for about $6 that I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:27:22 | More by Axic10
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a fine white head and fades quickly and laces.

Smells a bit of brett with some apple and pear notes coming through along with some slightly sweet and honey like notes.

Taste is up front tartness that fades into a sweet, green apple flavor, and ends on a more carbonated pear note with some brett funk in the middle. The funk is pretty mild and well balanced. Quite nice, tough, I would prefer a bit more sour.

High carbonation and lighter body work perfectly for the style.

Tart, apple, pear, highly carbonated, slightly funky....a nice gueuze overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:15:41 | More by TenHornsProud
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/03/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. 2003 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-yellow colored pour. At first a large bubbled spritzy head which turns thick and pock marked and lasting. Chunks of fat lace all over the insides of my glass.

Smell- Slightly barnyard, mainly that musty scent. A combination of tart smelling fruits as well.

Taste- Lemon rind, orange and many other fruits form together to meld into a tart, but not overpowering sour taste explosion. Starts out fairly tart, but mellows out. Not necessarily to the point of sweetness, but on the lower end of the sour spectrum towards a saison like taste.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated and super dry. Bone dry. Quenching and a somewhat light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Of the few Gueuze's I have had, this one ranks right up there with the best of them. Tasty and hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 22:46:50 | More by GClarkage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white cap of foam across the top that receeds to a faint white film quickly. Spotty lacing about the glass. Nose is a blend of scents that I can best relate to as being musty but also includes funk and citrus. Taste is a blend of all the aroma indicators (funk, must, citrus) but also is sour and tart with a somewhat dry finish. Has some taste characteristics that are similar to a lemonlike bite. Light bodied with a medium amount of carb.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:08:49 | More by stakem
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to BEERchitect for this one!

A: Cloudy yellow color with off white head. Good amount of head, it's creamy, retention is ok and lacing is ok.

S: Well it's a Gueuze and it smells like one. There is a definitive tartness and pucker. Some lemon juice, green apples as well as a light graininess. Some light coriander, fresh mint, pepperand cardamom. Light peach. Light funk that you expect from a gueuze with the horse blanket and hay. Light smell overall.

T: Well it's all about the lemon juice. There are definitive green apples too. The spices and herb are still there but lower. Very dry, no residual sugars at all. The funkiness is there for sure with good amount of horse blanket and hay.

M: Very dry light body with high carbonation, what you'd expect.

O: very sweet beer considering the price. A must buy for any gueuze noobs.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:45:56 | More by flipper2gv
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank in the morning with some eggs benedict at the compound.

Squeezed tangerine orange with golden yellow tucked in between. A stealth pour yielded a finga of semi fluffy off white head that died off quick. No lacing from this which is typical for the style.

The best part of waking up is some funky gueuze in your cup. An eye opener with hay, horseblanket, a citrus blast of lemon squirts. Great smelling beer, although not my favorite.

The acidity brings forth the pucker, with lemons galore. A nice barnyard thing going on here.it's really hard to explain what a gueuze tastes like this early in the morning, but I know I like it.

Mouthfeel is puckery and light in nature. Carbonation is high and felt and just right. Spritzy with a dry finish. This is a tasty treat and one I really should go for more often. With the availability and price point, you can't go wrong if your into sour beer. My favorite out of the liefman's products without all the extra sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 16:47:34 | More by BARFLYB
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orange over golden yellow color. White head is about half the Cantillon gueuze-ware. Served chilled but it warmed all the way to room temperature before most of the sipping. Almost no lacing remains, but the head itself takes a long time to reduce, while bubbles continue to move skyward.

Fruity, tart, and balanced aroma. Slightly funky, but more musty than truly pungent. A little bit of chalkiness.

Body is moderate for style, definitely not too thin. Tart upfront as expected; very crisp mouthfeel. After the initial bang, there's some fruity flavor, yeasty and chalky again, and just a hint of Brett in the bone dry finish.

Balanced and subtle, full of great flavors that make the mouth water. This should turn a rookie's head and give a seasoned vet something to mull over. Solid offering and reasonably widely available.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 04:39:41 | More by BretSikkink
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden-orange body. Fizzy, one finger head quickly settled to a thin skim with a ring. Just the faintest hints of lacing.

S: Lemon, funk, wheat, green apple. Hints of the tartness to come.

T: Acidic lemon, green apple, pear and funk dominate the flavor profile. Nice and tart. Slightly sour. Good presence of barnyard funk and earthy tones.

M: Medium to light carbonation. Smooth bodied with gentle, even carbonation throughout. Moderate tartness, acidity and sourness in the finish. Lingers for a second or so.

D: A really well balanced effort. Easy drinking and quite accessible. Nice when looking for a less intense gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:03:54 | More by callmemickey
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage Bottled 2002, Sampled February 2004
This was served in an antique Lindeman's, hourglass shaped tumbler glass. Pours a beautiful, very clear, orange-gold color that is topped by a pale off-white head. There is a light dancing carbonation that releases bubbles in wavy streams from the bottom of my glass. The aroma wafting from my glass is made up of grass, lemons, musty notes, dry, and a hint of cat pee. The taste is nice and tart with a certain soft creaminess to it. Fairly soft for a traditional Lambic, but it does have a lot of lemony sourness. As the beer warms up a soft vanilla note develops in the finish. Any musty Brett character is hard to detect in the in the taste. Light and refreshing though, and quite clean tasting for a Lambic. In the end this beer is lacking the complexity and character that would make it so much better.

Vintage bottle date 1994, Sampled November 9, 2003
As I pop the cork, an immediate enticing sour aroma springs forth from the bottle. It pours a cloudy orangish red color and has an off white head. It is definitely carbonated but not superly so. The aroma is sour with citrus notes, a bit of musty character as well. This beer is very dry and sour throughout. There is a definite Brett character as well, reminds me of a musty-leathery something or other, though the Brett character is somewhat subdued compared to other I have sampled. This beer is not as complex as some of the other traditional Gueuzes, but it is proof that Lindemans can make something other than alco-pop if they wanted to.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 17:08:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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mtwentz

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 355ml into a pike tulip.
the head quickly dissipates to a thin crescent of straight white around the edge of the glass. The color is an opaque golden honey.
I can smell the tartness: apple, faint pear and citrus zest, and a thin wet mustiness.
the taste is light- to medium-bodied with lightened characteristics of the smells present. like the streams of tiny bubbles running up the side of the glass, so too does the flavor reveal its dry tartness.
I may have overdone this ale in the near past, but its a flavor and aroma I can picture and crave.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:32:51 | More by mtwentz
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Holland

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale yellow color with a hefty head that stays as a small layer covering the entire top of the beer. Looks thin, but there's a lot of carbonation. Fairly clear.

S: tart smell, kind of white wine-like, and not overwhelming at all

T: first it's sweet and a bit bready, then it's sour but not obnoxious. The white grape flavor is there a bit, too.

M: lots of carbonation, light body

O: good beer, but not great. It lacks the complexity of some of the other belgian lambics, but at $7 for a 375 ml bottle it's worthy to be purchased again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:06:44 | More by Holland
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml bottle into a flute.

A- Hazy orange/golden. Pours with minimal large, effervescing white head, that fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Funky farmhouse & horse-blanket...sweet and sour fruits....interesting.

T- Sweet and sour orange/citrus notes...with the edge going to the sweet. Apples and grapes. Incredibly, my craft-beer hating wife sampled, and did not find the taste to be objectionable...and even came perilously close to admitting to like it...

M- Crisp, dry, and effervescent, with slightly biting carbonation. Almost like a dry, sparkling wine/ champagne.

O- Good. Easy drinking, enjoyable change of pace beer...

Future outlook: A beer that delivers what I'd expect and hope for it to deliver. Not something that I'll drink frequently, but definitely something I'll consider picking up just to have around.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:20:25 | More by DoctorDog
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thetomG

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky deep yelow. Aroma is citrusy and flavor is similar but with distinct lemon tartness. Very well carbonated and lively as you sip this is a very nice sour and a good representative of the style. I'm not a huge sour fan. But this is one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 00:48:10 | More by thetomG
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= pours a light orange color with a nice two finger head that disapaits quickly for the small bubbles with a nice crackling sound leaving a little lacing.
S= lemony and acidic. Lots of great sour notes of vinegar and such. There's also a little bit of a pale lager sort of smell.
T= awesomely refreshing sour. Really blew me away as being from this brewery. Not a lot of sweetness just vinegar sour and lemons. Great taste.
M= very refreshing and smooth. Really tasty. Loved the mouthfeel on this one.
D= great. Quite the treat of a beer. Smooth and refreshing reccomended.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:27:42 | More by jjanega08
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Lothore

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep tangerine in color with a frothy 2 finger head that faded fairly quickly.

S- Faint smell, slightly acidic, lemony.

T- Apricot, lemon, funk, slightly acidic on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- A fairly drinkable if not tame example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:51:54 | More by Lothore
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Halcyondays

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent gold with a soft white bubbly head, champagne-esque.

S: Brett funk, leather, horse blanket/sweat and lemons.

T: Lemon and big acid upfront. As the taste evolves, yellow and green apples come to the forefront with the great Brett yeast flavours. Nice lactic acid finish and good mix of flavours.

M: Off-dry, vibrant acidity, little over-carbonated for me though.

D: A quality Gueuze right here. A 180 change from their well known sweet lambics, this is traditional dry, funky lambic, well made.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:07:47 | More by Halcyondays
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color that you cant see through. Has an effervescent 2 inch head. Fades into a ring around the glass.

If you didnt know any better just based on the smell, you would think this is an expensive Gueuze. Extremely sour grapes and the signature barnyard funk. Not too much though, just enough to let you know its there.

It feels very bubbly, and not in a good way. The bubbles really kill the flavors and mouthfeel. I taste a bit of sour and funk, but I lost it. The aftertaste is exactly what i want, but the effervescent nature really destroy what could be a solid Gueuze.

A little too balanced for me. I expect sourness upfront from a gueuze, and this did not deliver.

I know this review sounds bad, but all in all, this is a really solid beer. Not world class, but a very good beer.

Small piece of advice, pour this into a thin walled glass and let it sit, it kills the soda pop carbonation and allows the gueuze flavors to shine.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:07:13 | More by VncentLIFE
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spoony

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml (bottled 02 MAA 2012) into a tulip.

A-The beer poured an amber color with orange overtones. It was mostly clear, with a few floaties in the bottom of the bottle that I let escape. A gentle pour produced a solid 3-plus finger head of dense, off-white foam. The head stuck around for quite a while.

S-I picked up a funky, earthy smell punctuated by tart apples, lemon, and orange. Pleasing, but not all that powerful or inspiring.

T-The beer was quite sour with tart, lactic notes dominating. There was an earthy, funky, wet undercarriage to go along with the tart citrus fruits. While the taste was complex, it was not quite as concentrated or interesting as some of the better gueuze varieties out there.

M-Drinkable for the amount of sour-power this beer has. The carbonation is noticeable, but really well suited to the flavor and weight of the beer. The finish is subtly puckering.

O-I suppose this beer lived up to its billing as a drinkable, if not unique brew. I was not bowled over by it, but it paired pretty well with the smoked salmon burgers I had for dinner. An easy drinking gueuze, if there is (or should be) such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 05:23:54 | More by spoony
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a quick immediately dissipating head with an active carbonation, leaves some wisps of film and decent lacing. Colour is an orangey brown gold, a sort of burnt tawny.

Aroma is very defined, very boozy plums, red wine vinegar, fermented berries with a lot of fruitiness. Some dryness and the underlying sourness.

Taste is quite sour, with a raspberry/cherry note. The sourness is really strong on the palate. Quite fruity as it warms, shows some berries and plum character with a lot of tartness. Good depth and complexity, finish is tart and dry.

Mouthfeel is quite full, dominated by the bitter sourness. Quite a full body, nice mouthtingle/sting, notice the carbonation slightly.

I don't know if I will even be a huge fan of this style, sourness and sting is pretty overwhelming. However, this one has a lot of complex fruit flavour to it. Great depth, this beer is an experience for sure. Fans of Lambics should give it a try, but not sure I'll be stocking up.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:26:11 | More by mick303
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a bright golden amber with a two finger pure white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of fruit and sourness are evident immediately on opening the bottle, which is both crown capped and corked, kinda classy. Aroma in the glass is similar, sour apple and grape with funky yeast. Flavor is lemon citrus, apple and grape juice, very tart with wild yeast funkiness. Finishes tart and funky with hints of woodiness. Nice active carbonation makes it look good in the glass and gives a nice mouth feel. The tart fruit and yeast funk were actually not too much more intense than other old lambics, which worked well for me. I'm not a big sour fan, but wanted to try this style, and this satisfied my taste for a champagne like, light sour ale. A fairly classy looking bottle and it looks great in the glass. If I liked sours a bit more, this would be in my fridge all the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 03:13:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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barczar

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed deep golden brown with a robust cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Big lactic sourness on the front, with subtler floral notes underneath.sharp citrus notes dominate, but there's an underlying sweetness and slightly musty barnyard character that add complexity.

Flavor is initially reminiscent of sweettarts, though the lightly dry finish and dominant sourness reign in the flavor. Acetic acid and a hint of horse blanket are present. Definitely as sour as I had hoped. Light phenols emerge as it warms, adding a little complexity to the dominant lemon flavor.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Little bit of funk, lots of sour, and enough malt presence to tie things together. Lacks slightly in character compared to some, but a good sour for those who are into that sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 18:56:44 | More by barczar
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studentofbeer

California

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee Rene-- this isn't one of Lindeman's sweet "lambics"-- this is the real deal.

color-- light pilsner color with a dirty white head. good lacing down the side of the glass. lots of carbonation, and dry dry dry.

green apple, hay, lemon, grass, dirt/ground, little musty, but not as intense as some guezes. nothing widely funky like cat pee or horse blanket in this one.

very dry and light on the tongue. zesty, sour lemon and floral characterstics. sourness on the sides of the tongue. very spritzy, tart and refreshing--you really get a flavor for the wheat. feel like there is almost some hop character to this one.

this is a good gueze but i think cantillon and others are certainly more deep, funky and complex. nonetheless, i can see this being a bit more widely appealing just because its not as funky and sour as some. this would make an amazing apperetif--dry, bubbly and not too overwhelming. just right to whet an appetite. Very champagne-like.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 04:15:57 | More by studentofbeer
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the more beautiful 12 ounce bottles I've seen, corked and capped. Slightly-hazy golden body with lots of visible carbonation. Light cover of airy white head. No lacing.

On the nose: tons of yeast and minerals, similar astringency to white wine, unripe green apple and light but noticeable funk. Wheat and light sweetness.

Lots of brett funk and substantial citrus sourness, though not quite puckering. Balanced candy sweetness, wheat and herbal hops. Fermenting fruit on the finish.

Light body with an effervescent carbonation and dry finish. Suits the beer well.

Most of my experience so far with sours has been with Cantillon, so there is a level of complexity that I'm missing here but comparing anything to Cantillon is a little unfair. Still, this is obviously a very solid gueuze presenting more than enough funkiness to satisfy. I've seen it stated that Cuvee Rene offers the best quality for your dollar when it comes to gueuze and I wouldn't doubt that. I would love to have a bunch of these around for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:27:53 | More by eat
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.