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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,747 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,747
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 86
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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 JustinMatthew
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gueuze pours a hazy golden color with little bits of sediment and a huge white head. Smells of barnyard funk, a bit of vinegar and maybe a touch of lemon. Tastes of sour apples, lemon, a touch of vinegar, some yeast funk and spice are the most evident. Very tart and puckering.. Leaves the mouth watering from sip to sip as any sour tends to do. This is a Great belgian sour beer. 

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml gold foil topped bottle, April 2010 vintage poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a small off white head, no lacing. Nose is very funky and sour. Barnyard and a light frutiness. It's really nice.

For being so easy to find and cheap to buy its very good. However, it isn't quite as sour as I'd like, Cantillon and 3F have a much more sour funk and this is just lacking that. The Mouthfeel is very nice and full though, creamy and rich. The finish is dry and barnyardy. Quite approachable for a new sour drinker.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lot of carbonation in this one, the crisp white head maintains throughout the experience and the liquid itself is a clear orange color reminiscent of a medium honey.

S: Defiantly get the sour fruit - Peaches and pears mostly. Behind the sourness I also get a fresh-baked-bread aroma. Smells quite nice, it's a nice combination of scents.

T: Quite funny, it took me a while to pick up the flavors in this beer, but I am settling on lemon and grass. The sourness is present, but not over-powering at all. Very interesting (and good) flavor profile.

M: Oh wow, tart is the first thing I get. Through and through this beer is very dry, highly carbonated, light bodied, and has a solid puckering effect.

D: Quite drinkable, defiantly a good beer - my favorite of the Lindemans so far.

Photo of eric5bellies
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

Photo of tony223366
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on October 11, 2011.

A: Nice amberish hue. Cloudy. Beautiful white head of 2 fingers. Ends with nice lacing.

S: Definitely musty in beginning and end. Tartness in the middle.

T: Tarty flavor, fruity. I get some mustiness. It's very dry with some chalky yeast. As it's warming I'm getting more and more of a vinegar vibe. Also the mustiness increases.

M: Light body, I was hoping for more carbonation though.

O: Really cool beer, not my favorite of the style but up there.

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

First Gueze in my beer drinking experience so I don't have any frame of reference to compare to.
Enjoyed the cap/cork bottling. Poured into a fluted glass. This beer has plenty of foamy, bubbling head which eventually settles down to a thin lacing. Lots of small carbonated bubbles rising to the top after the initial pour dissipating a bit after about 5 mins.
Aroma has an interesting mix of light funkiness, with strong hints of apple and lemon and some overall earthiness.
Initial taste is crisp, definitely tart and sour with more of those apples and lemons coming through.
The feel is very light and refreshing on the tongue with the fizz hitting the back of the throat.
Dry finish, lingering on the back of the tongue and throat.
Very enjoyable and unique.

Photo of cnally
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous pour, raqdiant amberish yellow body, nary a head but small white foam wisps remain.

The aroma is exactly the ascerbic, sour aroma you would want. More white vinegar than apple or balsamic. The yeast component is rank, in the best possible way.

PUCKER UP! Wow, what a flavor. A distinctly yeasty punch just puts you under while the vinegary sour mauls you. Finishes surprisingly fruity, mango, banana.

The mouthfeel is puckering. Dry, fizzy, and puckering.

Awesome stuff. As good as any sour I have ever had. Period.

Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvée René
Gueuze

75 cl bottle poured into Lindeman's flute. Purchased at Surdyk's for 8.99 (a couple dollars below the usual)

Bright hay colored and very effervescent, Cuvée René pours with a fluffy white head that departs rather soon and leaves no lacing. Certainly young but not as young as it claims on the bottle (bottled 18 August 2012!) --- I can detect the malty sweetness so there is a lot of room for development. Of course there is some funk but it's dominated by a lot of spicy, phenolic notes. The funk is musty, and storage like as opposed to Sarah Jessica Parker-ish.

I like the taste much better: slightly tart, hints of malt in sweetness and in the body, with a bitter and slightly tannic finish akin to fruit peel. Phenolic. Funky notes here and there but very subtle. Prickly carbonation and dry finish. Very bubbly and refreshing. I will buy it again when I am feeling sour, but I wish it were more intense.

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Golden and amber with a moderately sized off-white head. Spots of lacing down the glass.

The initial aroma is full of sulfur and brick, though that subsides as the beer sits. Aromas of grass, hay, lemon flesh, and lemon zest push through along with a wonderful funk and a bit of stinging sourness.

The flavors include a mild funk, a stinging sourness, sulfur and brick, grass and earth, and a bit of lemon and apple. Complete, though not particularly stunning.

Light to medium mouthfeel, though not quite as light and bubbly as I prefer.

An accessible, relatively simple, and inexpensive gueuze.

Photo of claytong
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

feb 2010 vintage

appearance - bright straw in color. good solid head, around 2 inches on controlled pour, doesnt stick around. lacing is minimal.

smell - barnyard (with hay), grapes, apples, a bit of rye (not sure where this is coming from)

taste - minor sour, minor acid. sour/tart grapes, bread, not much barnyard anymore.

mouthfeel - sharp, crisp, good carbonation. body is good for the style. dryness makes it very refreshing for me.

wish it was a little more bold in the nose and mouth.

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

Looks like it was bottled May 10, 2011.

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden colour. A moderate and very fizzy white head dissipates very quickly, leaves just a film. Mild lacing.

Smell is pretty funky. Sour grape and apple and other fruits (a vaguely berry-like scent), vinegar, hay. A bit of a barnyard scent. A bit of sweetness but easily overpowered by the sour.

Taste has a lot going on. Sour. Apple, vinegar, chalk, lemon. A funky flavour that is clearly what people refer to as "barnyard". This is especially prominent in the aftertaste.

Pretty light-bodied, moderate carbonation, sourness puckers the mouth a bit. Carbonation is nice- small bubbles.

Overall, good stuff. Very complex. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of dansmcd
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge sudsy head. Light yellow in body with drools of lace throughout.

S - Sour and vinegary, yet also sweet and cider-like. Dry white wine.

T - Very sour. Under-ripened peach, lemon juice, green apple and champagne.

M - Crisp and bubbly, super-high carbonation, dry finish.

O - Clean and crisp, a refreshing sour beer. Perhaps a bit shallow.

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes:

I’ve been holding onto this bottle all summer long. Waiting for a special occasion to crack it open, and the birth of my buddy’s first seems a worthy occasion.

This pours a cloudy, golden color. Smells wonderfully funky and sour. Thin foam but lots of big bubbles on the pour. Very effervescent which gives it a lightness to the taste and mouthfeel, but really tart. A dry, distinct finish. The tartness dominates. I get some green apple, but in a good way. Reminds me of Bell’s Wild One and Unibroue’s Ephemere.

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/rocky white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citric/lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. Most of the taste is made up of tart citrus and some vinegar. There is also some wheat/barnyard flavour and a bit of a rustiness. It finishes with a tart aftertaste.

Overall – While the taste is definitely interesting, I didn't find it all that complex. Perhaps with a little age the taste will develop a little bit more. I couldn't taste a whole lot besides the tart citrus and the vinegar.

Photo of chadmoe1
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a flute glass on 9/30/11.

A -- cloudy gold, 2 inch white head that dissipated to 1/2 inch after a minute

S -- sour and funk

T -- sour up front, horsey/barnyard flavors you'd expect from wild yeast (Brett maybe?); dry in back; complex

M -- very carbonated (almost like champagne), dry and crisp

O -- first beer of this style but very enjoyable; great taste, crisp like champagne but sour and full of complex flavors. Lips still sour after a few sips.

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

Its body is a slightly hazed rich golden straw hue, chalk full of aggressive bubbly streams. About two fingers of crackling foamy white head is yeilded after a generous pour. There's not much retention to speak of, which I find surprising considering the heavy carbonation that's visible.

Piles of sour green grape skins tickle the nose with hay and funkiness surrounding them and being nearly as prominent. Chalky and dusty come to mind. Underneath the outdoor and wild characters, I pull out a very soft sweetness; a bit fruity and estery but more on the fresh bready side. The nose is complex and a pleasure to decipher.

A bold sourness with a light acidic quality to it envelopes the palate before it shoots along its back. The sour aspect most resembles sour green grape skins and lemon pith with the latter making its home on the middle of the tongue. Bready malts are a mere outline in the overall scheme of things. As the beer settles and nears its end, this becomes more readily detectable.

The feel is sharp, light, and snappy thanks to the high levels of carbonation and pronounced sourness. Dry in the finish and very refreshing.

I'm slowly making my way into the world of sours/geuezes and I found this to be very enjoyable. The sourness is there from beginning to end but it was never overwhelming or made me think twice about taking the next drink.

Photo of VncentLIFE
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.

Photo of wadecats
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 355ml that said it was bottled: 22 Nov 2012 ! Future beer?
Anyway, It had a lovely head with the right amount of carbonation for a gueuze, pretty darn clear and golden. The smell is not heavy but almost musty and sweet. The fruit flies decided to abandon the huge boxes of peaches to come to my class.
I enjoy most guezes/lambics at warmer temps. than suggested and found this to warm up from tart and slightly sharp to more fruity and mellow sour. The initial taste that stood out was of mussels! I would pair this beer to a plate of straight up steamed and unspiced mussels. I enjoyed this super affordable gueuze from the Budweiser of lambic producers.

Photo of shortbus7
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a bottle dated July 2010.

A: A nice yellowish orange with a thin haze. A 3 finger, very light, yellowish head was produced that left way to a thin lace around the rim of the glass.

S: A mixture between sour apples and barn yard. Definitely an interesting smell.

T: Very tart and sour. Very good. Pick up hints of grass and apples along with a little lemon. The finish is slightly metal like/chemical, but not off putting.

M: Good carbonation and produces a nice tingle on the tongue.

O: A good beer. This is not something I could drink everyday, but definitely enjoy on occasion.

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

Effervescent strawberry blonde with piles of loose eggshell foam that fades to a steady film. Nose is yellow pears, crayons, young barrel, a grapey champagne tang, along with flower nectar and a touch of vinegar - intoxicating.
Assertive but not overwhelming acidity overlaying light caramel and yellow plum notes followed by a burst of bready pale malt sweetness and floral, herbal notes (from hops?). Fruity finish and lingering apple cider vinegar tartness.
Light, crisp, lively, soft yet somehow a bit of chew.

Wow. So much more going on here than sour. Not hugely experienced with Gueuze, but this is the first I've had that actually still tastes like a beer. Not hugely funky, but maybe that what's working for me and my rookie palate. I suddenly see the fuss over sours.

Note: Labeled as 5.5%

Photo of thepeter
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden with slight haze, lot's of carbonation. Smells of grass, hay lemons, funk and a bit of metal.
Tastes of barnyard hay, lemons, funk and very lactic on the way down the esophagus.
Effervescent, light and crisp. Overall a very good beer but lacking the depth and the delicate nature of some other in the style.

Photo of amphion1065
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from October 2010 poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a pretty clear yellow-gold, bordering on tangerine. A one-finger pure white head lasts a little while, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. A little bit of suspended yeast that I couldn't quite keep in the bottle, but not too much.

Tons of tart green apples in the aroma. The sourness really doesn't remind me of lemons, limes or other citrus fruits. Instead, I'm reminded of that first bite of a Granny Smith. There's a little cheesy funk in the mix, too, but overall it's quite sweet-smelling.

Sour and slightly tart up front in the taste, with an unmistakable sweet green apple finish. Though the taste is more sour than the aroma would indicate, this is far from mouth-puckering. Some underlying grassy funk at work, but I'd be hard pressed to identify any horse blankets or moldy barnyards. Sweet, if a little muted.

The mouthfeel is great, with solid carbonation. This is a very drinkable gueuze.

There are a host of reasons why Cuvee Rene is a great starter sour. In addition to the relatively innocuous tartness, the price tag really cannot be beat - my $10.75 bottle was on a shelf next to a $13 375 mL of 3F Oude Geuze. In a pinch, this is a great sour pickup.

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

Pours a nice deep gold with lots of carbonation and a wonderfully thick head.

Lots of hay, grass and interesting aromas you would normally find in a barn. Definitely alot of Brett yeast and loads of sourness.

Lemon sourness upfront with a grassy, winey undertone. No hops to speak of, as is to be expected. Very sour, nice and sweet. Wonderfully simple and complex at the same time.

Gueuze is the shit, I don't know what else to say!

Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light shade of amber with a fairly generous head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus notes pair up with some mild barnyard funk notes. The beer finishes on a fairly dry note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a fair level of carbonation (the cork popped fairly loud).

Overall: Not the most complex tasting gueuze, but a good tasting example that's a bargain to boot. This beer is readily available and priced very well for a gueuze. This is definitely one of my go to beers.

Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the missing link between Rodenbach Grand Cru(Flanders Red Ale) and the Oude Geuzes! That may seem strange to you, because they are complete different syles. But if you 'taste closer' you'll find parallels.

L: nice golden/yellow, almost the same colour as the label;
S: a great bouquet of brettanomyces bruxellensis and a bit oak ofcourse (but less than the traditional Oude Geuzes), with a little element of orange, ripe apple and lactics.
T: a good follow up from the smell; bitterness comes up in the right quantity and stops at the right time, and the little sweetness invites you then to take the next nip; elements of champagne and the real Normandic apple cider (from the region of Calvados);
M: perfect;
O: I don't know how many hectoliters they brew from this kind of great beer, but it feels to me that this Cuvée René has the best commercial potential of all Oude Geuzes. Nice to try if you don't know this kind of beer; but also for specialists: I think it's a classic.

The missing link!

Bottle 37,5 cl.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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