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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,550 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz corked bottle poured into snifter glass

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with tons of carbonation. A white, creamy head over one finger high quickly forms with excellent retention and some decent lacing.

S - Plenty of funky sourness along with some fruit and musty hints.

T - Fruit sourness with trademark Belgian yeast and bitter tart flavors. In between the sour, fruits peek out to help break up the intensity. This leads to a super dry finish which lingers for a long time, as the sour taste sticks around after swallowing.

M - Carbonated! The starkly dry finish is almost enough to make your lips pucker.

D - This goes down smooth and easy, but the sourness is pretty intense at points, which is capable of slowing you down pretty quickly.

A delicious gueuze from Lindemans here, which is ideal for someone newer to the style (such as myself). The dry and tart components make for some interesting drinking that I'll definitely be coming back for.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 01:06:18 | More by xnicknj
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nickhiller

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I'm not the best judge of Lambics as I'm not quite a convert yet.

A: golden brown, straw bubbly head recedes to nothing, no lacing
S: intense funk, leather, sour fruit
T: funk, acid, cider, must and vinegar aftertaste
M: sharp, relentless acid, champagne-like carbonation is the best part
D: I wish that I could say that I was a fan of sours, but I find them a little off-putting. this seems like a fine example of the style though.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 07:20:32 | More by nickhiller
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 02:35:46 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, very hazy, thousands of tiny bubbles rising from the depths to form a small white head. Its very sour on the nose, kind of earthy and barny. Starts the mouth a' waterin'. Great tasting brew, very sour and tart on the tongue. Lots lof lemon tones, big yeast profile. Different spices, pepper, then some fruit notes. Very active on the tongue, thin bodied. Good brew

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:51:48 | More by Tballz420
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alcurtsinger

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first gueuze. Also my first lambic and sour beer.

A. Pour an orange/yellowish color. A small head with with lacing that recedes quickly.

S. It smells funky, citrusy, sour, and of lemons.

T. Taste like it smells but more sour and tart. Very good. I taste some grapes.

M. Acidic, carbonated, and a little creamy.

D. Very drinkable. It is light and the taste is not too overpowering. I wish I could try more Gueuze's to compare this too, but sadly the only Gueuze available in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 23:13:27 | More by alcurtsinger
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden straw. 1/2 white head that melts down and creates a thin active layer of bubbles that then transform into spotted white mounds.

S - Sour tart apples, a sweet candy aroma, acidic cider character, musty old church pews, dank wheat, sharp grapes.

T - Sour fruit off the start that is gentle at first, then as you open your mouth a moderate tangy lemon bite takes over. Acidic but refreshing with mild woody notes. A funky yeast is evident in the background. Finishes crisp and dry with a touch of lingering sweetness.

This is a fun beer to drink and quite enjoyable. The sourness is more pronounced as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 20:35:15 | More by StaveHooks
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach juice pour with a bone white head that left some nice lacing on the glass as it dropped to a film. Musty nose with the slightest hint of horseblanket, which is then cut through by zippy lemon and dry white wine aromas. This gueuze has a nice sourness with a dry funk in the finish, and it exhibits a great balance which ups its drinkability considerably. Each sip calls to mind under-ripe fruit, grape skin and lemon with a little bit of hay and oak in the tail. Pleasant and remarkably easy to consume for a sour. Medium-light body with a creamy carbonation works well.

A classic gueuze, which can act as a model for the style but doesn't go so far as to completely wow you in any respect.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 13:24:54 | More by bobsy
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Sam21

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This is my first gueze and therefore don't know what to expect.

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Appearance - Pours a vibrant amber with a large white head. Lots of carbonation both in the body and the head. Nice lace in spots.

Smell - Citrus fruit (as if someone just squeezed a lemon), floral notes, funk, and some Belgian spice. Easy to pick apart what you are smelling.

Taste - Starts off with a mouthful of tart fruit, like biting into a slice of lemon. Puckering at times, but not overly sour. The heavy musty funk enters next as the sourness mellows. Finish pulls all the complexity into a dry and acidic finish. Really intriguing stuff. The citric acidity stricks to the teeth and leaves pockets of sourness around the mouth. Each sip pulls me in a little bit more.

Mouthfeel - Very effervescent. Light and fluffy. Champagne-like in many ways.

Drinkability - This beer has a lot going on so I am drinking it nice and slow and enjoying each sip. The sourness really adds a great character to the wild nature of the beer. Definitely something everyone should try at some point, although it's not for everyone. I would definitely be interested in having another bottle after this one, although I think I would rather only have one at a time in order to full appreciate it. One wild beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:12:43 | More by Sam21
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours godlen amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows a mix of sour and sweet light malt, musty stables, faint lemon and kumquat oils. Pretty damn nice.
Flavours are dominated by the acidity initially but soon reveal sweet light malt, and large amount of that musty stable character and some definate cheesy notes. Too much barnyard/stable, otherwise it'd be pleasant and refreshing.
Carbonation seems low, especially given the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 05:33:27 | More by CrazyDavros
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 03:16:05 | More by Parrotbeak
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear orange yellow color. With a pure white head of about one finger.

Smells a little spicey. Some lemon notes also.

It's really hard to pick out exact flavors. I get a touch of a peppery spice and a nice amount of sour. A fruit I cNt quite pinpoint. Peach, nectarine maybe?

Light mouth feel. Light a crisp and clean. Very refreshing on a 90+ degree day.

Overall I like this beer alot. It's not offensive in any way and is very tasty. A good straight forward gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 23:34:50 | More by BigMike
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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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Cloudy golden yellow orange with a huge head that builds and has good retention. Great thick lace and cloud/ring.

S- Tart fruit. Some acetic notes but not too much. The wood from the barrels comes into play. I certainly smell cherry and raspberry. The funk is there along with the typical wine/stem notes and grape hints.

T- Tart fruit and really sour at first but it subdues itself. Grape and vinous notes really prevalent and enjoyable. Wood makes itself felt. A level of acetic acid that is enjoyable for the style. Love the grape notes in this one.

MF- Light creamy and highly carbonated. Nice puckering sour/tartness here. Coat of sour fruit on the palate.

DB- Lots of good flavors going on here. Balanced out well and a nice level of sour. Great price for this 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 16:59:29 | More by cbutova
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cbutova for sharing this 750ml.

Pours hazy orange, huge fluffy white head. Sticks around at about half a finger and leaves good lacing.

Smell is funky, vinegary, white wine. Fruit in the background.

Taste is also very sour and vinegary. Tart light fruit, green apple skin, lemon. Very dry but leaves you wanting another sip like a good gueuze should.

I thought this was more sour than Cantillon gueuze, at least as good as that if not better. Definitely one to split with friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 10:27:52 | More by Chico1985
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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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The head is a mammoth, airy, fluffy, slightly rocky off-white head... Gobs of lacing clings to the glass... Loads of swirling moderated paced small bubbled carbonation... A murky hazy medium golden mustard color with a faint orange hue...

S - Musky... Some barnyard funkiness... Tart peach... Lemon zest... Grassy notes...

T - Notes of tart peach and lemon zest... A little bit of vinegar... Slightly acidic... A touch of saltiness of the finish... An exceedingly tart finish and follow through...

M - Medium bodied... Starts lush and creamy... Quickly turns tart and exceedingly dry... Just a touch of carbonation... Stimulates the saliva glands on the back of the tongue... Just short of intense... Puckering...

D - An excellent Gueuze offering... Nothing spectacular, but nothing detracting either... Just a smooth easy drinker with an excellent appearance and mouthfeel...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:43:35 | More by philbe311
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GregoryVII

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Side Note] I substituted this beer for Cantillon Gueuze in the salad dressing in the "Roasted Cauliflower Salad" recipe in the latest issue of Beer Advocate and decided to pair the rest of this beer with the salad. It was delicious on all accounts.

Poured this beer down the center of a mini tulip glass and came out with a huge, billowy white head that simply exploded into the glass. As it descended the lacing clung to and painted every inch it touched. It was a bright gold color, very attractive, with lively streams of bubbles.

In the aroma there was sour-vinegar, light fruitiness, musk, lemon-orange-citrus zing, damp and fields. There is nothing like a good Belgian beer when it comes to aroma.

The first sip is tart, sharp and acidic, almost like biting into a lemon. There is just enough sweet here to balance into a very refreshing experience, however. It is an exuberant expression balanced by some earthy notes. The body is light, but the carbonation makes it feel twice its size.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:00:40 | More by GregoryVII
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geryeb624

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review; poured from a 750 mL champagne style bottle.

A- Dark gold to orange in color, with very tall, foamy head. Head is retained fairly well, and considerable lacing.

S- Lots of funk, some sour apple and lemon notes. Sourness and lactic characteristics are up front.

T- Wow, that is a sour beer. Same lemon and apple-like notes. Fruity and sour, which I am a big fan of. Tastes reminiscent of their Kriek with the tartness turned way up. Quite delicious.

M- Fairly light mouthfeel, but substantial enough for the style.

D- Very drinkable despite the sourness, I could go through a 750 mL bottle no problem, though I could see the sourness turning people off after a glass or two.

Overall, an excellent brew. My second foray into lambics, the Lindeman's Kriek being my first. I like this style a lot, and could definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 00:06:26 | More by geryeb624
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tim9887

Pennsylvania

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

A really wonderful ale. Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours golden-orange, hazed, lots of fluffy white head. A good bit of funk and fruity character in the aroma. Pretty tart (sour!) and funky, with citrus-like acidic quality. Really good stuff, I love it. Really makes you pucker up. I'd get this one again without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 21:25:09 | More by tim9887
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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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blackc5

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A radiant orange, with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Lots of funk - damp basement, yet lemony and yeasty. Odd to my nose, but interesting.

T - Fairly aggressive sour and tartness, but not overly vinegary. Crisp and fruity with a fair amount of the funk from the nose coming through as I sip it. Just a bit of malt.

M - Fairly crisp and light bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

D - One bottle was enough for me in a sitting, and it lacked something for me. Will try others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 03:40:03 | More by blackc5
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a very thick head. Musty, barnyard and citrus and sugar in the nose. Strong front hints.

Bitter, dry-champagne and cidery profile. Apples, lemons and yeast. Definite barnyard-y character; very earthy.

A great geuze, pairs nicely with a good farmhouse cheese.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:24:40 | More by BDTyre
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

750mL bottle, corked and capped, $9.99 in OH. I've never picked this up before because Lindemans fruit lambics are so sweet, like soda, and I wasn't sure how good the gueuze would turn out without the fruit. But after reading some reviews I figured it was time to give their gueuze a go.

The beer is clear, bright orange, with a beautiful white frothy head that laces in thick layers with clumps. Off to a very good start, and the aroma follows through as well. Musty funky gueuze aromas, a little lemon, very good. It tastes tart and approachably sour, but still feels authentic. A little dry which is good, lots of citrus acidity.

This is hands down the best beer I've tried from Lindemans. And I'm kind of a fan of their other beers anyway, even if they are just lambic and fruit juice rather than actual fruit fermentation.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 19:45:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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ebin6

California

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Long lasting head; thin, but persistent

S - Great nose. A lot of citrus and floral notes to it

T - Fairly one dimensional, although it does have a great puckering sour taste on the back end which is what I was looking for. But, again, it just didn't have much else going on

M - Quite good; hits all the right spots, though none spectacularly

D - Very drinkable, though not diverse enough to capture my palate's attention for a second bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:36:39 | More by ebin6
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Andrewtherooster

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with great lacing.

Smells of pilsner malt and a barnyard. Very intriguing and complex. Light hints of what I think is lactic bacteria.

As for taste, wow, I was not expecting something so tart and sour. I was expecting more of the straight leather/horse traits, but this beer is highly acidic, almost like a cross between grapefruit juice and sour milk. I don't mean that in a bad way, though, as this beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation.

It's definitely an interesting beer, and perhaps a good introduction to the world of sours, as it's not a vinegary as some. Caught me off guard at the beginning, but I began to really enjoy it as I went on.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:35:35 | More by Andrewtherooster
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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