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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,650 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 75
Gots: 159 | 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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Photo of aval89
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden color.. 1 finger of dense head..

S: lemon juice sourness.. barnyard funk.. wet hay.. some skunkines also that I don't remember smelling on past bottles..

T: upfront you get that funk!.. then comes in that lemon sourness with some light vinegar.. more wet hay & funk.. finish is like a bitterness of funk with some moldy cheese hints.. leaves a lingering funk taste..

Mf: prickly carbonation that coats the tongue.. medium body..

O: a great sour beer. Great intro starter as well.

aval89, May 13, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy honey color into a thin tulip with a few fingers of nice champagne head that lingers as a half finger. Beautiful art deco bottle...odd it's both corked and capped.

Nose is sour fruits, mostly lemon, some subtle vinegar and light hay.

Body is medium and dry, with a nice crisp carbonation acidity. Mostly tart lemon and not terribly sweet, either, which I enjoyed.

I really liked this one. Could easily enjoy more sourness, but for the style I think this was right on. Great sipper.

OldIronLungs, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faintly cloudy gold, huge off-white head slowly shrinks to lasting thin foam, tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is very nice paradigmatic Gueuze quality – rustic sour fruits and grain, lots of yeast, wet hay, herbs, lemon.

Taste is drysih but not too dry, with nice Gueuze rutic character overall – lemon and spicy herb, light soured pear, hint of sweetness, yeasty character, wet hay, hint of leafiness, and excellent interplay of the elements. It’s lively and engaging and overall wonderful.

Offa, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared with two others. Poured into Portsmouth tulip glass.

A - Amber apple juice like color with a finger of white head and a whole bunch of carbonation.

S - Muted funkiness with lemony back end.Surprisingly muted. Little bit of granny smith apple.

T - Sour apple and wild yeast funkiness. Tasty and quite acidic. A bit less sour than expected.

M - Medium body with a dryly acidic finish. Slightly cloying sweetness.

O - A great intro to the style, this is a good beer to use to introduce folks to the world of sour beer. It's not on the level of the RR sours I have had, but it is delicious and refreshing. Notably less complex than those RR beers.

greenmonstah, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene is a beer that is deserving of the reputation it has. Despite the offerings from Lindemans that are lacking in complexity, back-sweetened artificially, and fruit-candy flavored, this is an OG MF'ing gueuze. The beer pours a very hazy pale amber like apple juice topped with just a wispy trace of white foam. The beer is muted in aroma, even after being warmed. the aroma is kind of like moldy lemon that rolled around in damp hay. The beer definitely has the puckering lemon taste with hints of must and a little metallic bitterness. This is not the most complex gueuze, but the sourness is pleasing and refreshing. Overall, for the price this is a great beer choice. Although I expect more from the best producers, this is a fine selection.

Soonami, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a fizzy white heat. Aroma of grapes, apple, pears and yeast. Flavor begins with some sweet apple cider notes and pears. Sweetness gives way to tart white grape notes. Good counter to the sweetness. A bit of yeast and more sweetness kick back in on the very dry and light finish. Very fizzy, crisp and light.

uustal, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always passed this one up, and have always regretted it. I've been meaning to try harder to access more gueuze and this one is the one that should have came first. I found a 375ml bottle, I've never seen this in the half bottle size before.

Poured into a Mikkeller wine-style glass.

Appearance
I got a little bit of anti-gueuze in my glass so there is a very light haze with some small specks of sediment at the bottom. Its a honey orange color crowned with a lively, pure white head. Some lacing is left, retention is excellent.

Aroma
There is an unavoidable goat cheese aroma hidden amongst lots of other nuances. Funk is strong and takes on a very goat musky aroma. Rotting wood extends the funkiness. There is a bright fruitiness here as well. Lots of crab-apple drizzled with raw honey. Every other whiff brings out a strong and pleasant aroma of fresh cut flowers and pollen.

Taste
Sourness is actually fairly modest, but acidity remains high. The main flavor of the sourness is crab-apple with a pulpy lemon juice addition. The sourness starts at the front but dies way down by the swallow. The finish is cheesey and very goaty. It tastes almost like licking a billy goat.

Mouthfeel
Very light in body with a high level of effervescence. It dances across the palate and strips it dry.

Overall
This is a decent gueuze, but I'm not expert. Its easy to acquire and affordable. However, I'm certain there are better examples out there, in fact, I believe I've had better.

MbpBugeye, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy dull golden color with thin white, bubbly head.

S- Lots of big yeasty musty barnyard smells with a pronounced tartness.

T- Yeasty, very crisp and tart, some pear-like fruitiness, finishes with funky barnyard flavors.

M- Great, medium to light body, very crisp and semi-dry, loads and loads of carbonation.

O- A really nice gueuze, a good intro to gueuze or lambics in general before trying out some of the fruited or pricier ones, for just ~$11 it's a good value as well.

WillCarrera, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a golden yellow honey color, slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation. 3 finger off-white billowy head has lots of retention and makes good lace.

S: Funk, funk, and more funk. Some champagne notes, decaying fall leaves.

T: Mild cider notes, finishes with a thin sweetness. No malt, no hops, but a puckering sourness comes without warning, and then disappears. Faint bit of lactic sourness, very tame and pleasant. Green apples.

M: Well carbonated, light body, and a velvety quality that's pretty unique. Creamy.

O: Wow. Sweet tarts for grown ups. I think this one might take me from "sours as a novelty" to "sours as a style I really like."

AmericanGothic, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 25 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Hazy light orangey color with a finger of big bubbled head. The head fades pretty quickly but leaves a decent film that clings to the glass after each drink. The smell has so much going on. A light skunk comes through first, a buggy funk, much like a sour pilsner. Flavor wise has a light up front sour which builds, more funky bugs, and the finish reminds me of Brie mold. Amazingly complex. Nice soft bubbly texture. Finishes very dry and sour. My first Gueuze. I want more!

WestValleyIPA, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful transparent golden color. One and a half finger white head that sticks around but does not over stay its welcome.

Smell: Light funkiness. Not too much sourness detected in the nose. I wish I would catch a little more sour. Behind the funk I detect some candy type scent.

Taste: Surprisingly sour/tart in comparison to the nose. Slight metallic taste while cold, lets hope this goes away with a little warmth. Some slight funk that follows the nose. Metallic taste does disappear after a little time in the glass. Sourness/tartness/fruitiness stays on the tongue for a while after the sip, very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium bodied, not too thin at all which is very welcome after my previous geuze experience.

Overall: I hate the 750ml format for sours because a lot of the time I drink them by myself. 750ml is a bit much but that is due to the style, not the taste. Very affordable at about $8. Would revisit and certainly introduce someone to sours with it.

OddNotion, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to tnip23 for sharing this bottle.

A - A yellow body with some cloudiness to it...carbonation is visible...two finger, bubbly, white head that recedes into a thin cap quickly...shows some good retention along with nice lacing

S - This one is all about the funk and sourness...I'm picking up the funk along with some yeast and spice...sour and tart lemon juice

T - The flavors are all similar to what was found in the aroma...it starts off with all that funk...the middle brings out some of the yeast and is mixed with subtle spices...that quickly fades into big time tartness with flavors of lemon...it makes you pucker up

M - Medium bodied...the feel was nice and complex...starts off like the flavors...funky, prickly carbonation, big time tartness, sour, then drying

O - Here's where I a bit of a problem...although the beer looked good and left my mouth puckering and dry...I don't think I could drink more than one of these...actually half of this was pretty good...we figured it would be a lot better to drink this with food instead of by itself...but please, don't get me wrong...this is an excellent beer and this was my first experience with the style

thain709, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a medium gold color w/ a very thin white head that quickly goes away. Nice carbonation. This is my first Gueuze, so I'm trying to rate it not according to my tastes.

S- Tartness, funk, lemon, fruit, maybe a little pepper in there as well. The sour smell overwhelms everything else for me. But it's not bad. Trying to be open minded.

T- This made me give the bitter beer face. Like sticking an entire lemon into my mouth. Definitely some funk in the taste as well. It tastes like a skunky beer. I know there are guys who love this style, but I don't get it.. Yet.

M- Somewhat smooth in spite of the tartness to the beer. It leaves a sour aftertaste in my mouth. Very thin feeling, goes down easily

O- I've had Rodenbach before, and liked it a lot. This, not as much. Maybe it's one of those acquired tastes, but I really don't get this beer. I will try again though- not giving up that easily.

jayhawk73, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Sun Devil liquors, a dusty green bottle, thick as yo mamma's rear end.

Poured out light, clear yellow with super frothy white head, extremely tiny bubbles. Has a simple tartness to the aroma, green apple, lemon. Taste as expected, slightly sour, not over the top, but a very reasonable amount given the low price point ($6).

Don't really get a ton of fruit feel from this gueuze, rather dry, again, apple/lemon. Slight white wine and light oak feel along with it. Slightly complex, a good start for style, champagne like at times. Worth getting everytime at $6, not too many examples in this price range that are quality (le terroir I guess).

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
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.

flipper2gv, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River Goblet. This is just a 2010. Have a bunch aging though. Can't wait to open them in 10+ years.

Pours a slightly hazy straw golden color. No head or lacing.

Aroma is amazing. So funky. Barnyard and lemon tart. Smells great.

Taste is pretty much just funk. Not alot of sour. A little bit though.

Mouthfeel is super dry how I like em. High carb.

Overall a tasty gueuze and a good example of the style.

PeprSprYoFace, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $6.99 from Beer Run. Can't find a date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours orange with a slight haze that mostly clears as it warms. Bone white head fades down but never completely goes away.

Smell: Sour lemon juice. A little apple cider. Some mustiness. Good, but not the most complex.

Taste: Sour lemon and bitter lemon peel/pith. Really as much bitter as sour, and slightly astringent. Hint of acetic. Much more sour/bitter than funk in this one.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really wrong here. Appropriately high carbonation-- lively but not harsh. Dry.

Overall: Too much sour and bitter lemon flavor and not enough else going on. (Relatively) cheap and accessible if you're in a pinch, but there are better ones out there. Maybe some age would help. Damn good compared to other Lindemans.

rapidsequence, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
A - A hazy light orange pour. A frothy bubbly white head that diminishes but laces slightly.
S - Funky funk, sour, very acidic fruit, then some spice and earthy notes end the aroma.
T & M - Sour tart funk right away. There is a strong bite up front that opens to notes of acidic fruits. The more you drink the more you pick up on herbs and floral notes in the middle and back end of the mouth. The beer is very carbinated and light with pop like champagne.
O - A good gueuze with some character and depth.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of thekoz
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date Nov. 2010 (so probably a little young)

Poured this (corked & crowned!) beer in to a tulip glass with an off yellow color. It had a snow white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The initial smell was best described as apple juice with a little funkiness. I would say the smell was the lowest point of this beer.

Had a mild sour tartness to it. Not really a suck your lips in, but more of a slightly sour lemonade.

Very dry, with hints a apple and citrus.

Lightly carbonated, I think that anything more would detract from the beer.

Would certainly buy again, and would like to get a few bottles to age and let develop a little more.

thekoz, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of CanuckRover
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like sparkling cider in the glass. Thin white head fades away pretty quickly, and not much in the way of lacings either.

Tart fruit on the nose. Green apple and white wine, bit dusty.

Cider up front. Tart apples, nice mix of grainy malt and rustic wheat. Lambic characteristics develop slowly, starting with a respectable sourness. Barnyard funk is pretty subtle in this one, an essence midway through, quickly fades. Nice clean finish.

Nicely carbonated, stops short of fizzy, enough to really bring the flavours out.

This is a very approachable gueuze, and not in the sugary mainstream sense. It's a well-crafted, well-balanced example of the style.

CanuckRover, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this three ways, like I saw in some video: two regular glasses without stopping and then the residual in a third. My first gueuze, and really my first sour.

Mine pours an opaque, pale gold with a one finger head that dies away quickly, whereas the pour I did for the lady had a much bigger head and good retention. On the nose there seems to be lemon, dry straw, something everyone seems to call funk, and maybe some cyprian latakia. In the mouth, the tartness attacks the very tip of the tongue upon touching it, a strange sensation for me. There are green apples and sour lemons, and the straw seems to disappear a little bit on the tongue. The tartness seemed to hang on forever even though the brew goes down very quickly. It's a super dry, champagne type finish, slightly acidic, with some bread starting to peek out just at the very end. There is an awful lot going on in this brew. This isn't something I could drink every day, but once in a while this would hit the spot for sure. Totally unlike most beers I seem to like, and I'll be looking into more sours because of this.

EricCioe, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle from Greenville Beer Exchange

A: Cloudy bright pumpkin orange, foamy fluffy head, retention is pretty decent

S: Apple vinegar, wet wood, orchard fruit, sourness and other fruit that I cannot pick out.

T: Tart but not quite sour...thin and delicate flavor profile. Wet wood, light funk, unripe raspberries

MF/O: Delicate body, spritzy carbonation. Puckering finish but not really sour, I found it to be a little one dimensional

scottyshades, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of claireoakhammer
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow, amazing! the label says it was bottled in 05.

a- light yellow
s- citrus
t- absolutely sour and funky in the craziest way possible. sparkly, light, refreshingly acidic, this is super sour and citrusy. and awesome.
m- sparkly, tingles on the tongue
o- an excellent beer, though I can't see drinking more than a half-beer's worth at a time

claireoakhammer, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of farmhousebound
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.

farmhousebound, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of jefferz5000
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharing this 750ml bottle with my brother, Chris. Sharing is caring. Label says this bottle is from 02 Okt 2007.

Pours a clear as day copper gold with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears, completely. Once settled, there is little to no movement.

Aroma immediately starts off with strong sour notes, barn floors, farm dirt and slapping horse tails. The more I pull this into my nostrils, the more I feel like a fly, buzzing around a pile of equine hair laced manure. It feels right.

Taste follows the nose, but is even more sour, and slightly less poopy. I'm digging it. While it's quite sour, it's not overwhelming. I want to keep quenching my thirst with it.

Prickling my tongue, René is well carbonated. It would appear to be much more calm than it is when consumed. Not overly fizzy, though, which is good.

This, I believe, was the first Gueuze I ever tasted, when I discovered the style, and I'm happy to be enjoying it again now, for the second or third time.

jefferz5000, Mar 19, 2011
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.