Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans
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4/5 rDev -2%
A-Light amber with an inch and a half of bubbly white head that fades quickly, leaving minimal soapy lacing.
S-Musty old basement, hay, damp leaves, fruit acidity, heartburn.
T/M-Compared to other gueuzes I've had, this one isn't particularly tart. It has a mild, pleasant maltiness, with notes of hay and damp wood. Like an old barn after a rainstorm. The acidity hits mid-palate and fades quickly. A very reserved take on the style. The finish is thin and earthy. Moderate to low carbonation.
D-One of the most accessible gueuzes I've had. A less extreme version of the style that doesn't sacrifice quality.
12-06-2010 00:54:16 | More by DaveHS
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2004. Poured into my Russian River stem.
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head that slowly settles. Lacing is very good, and sticks to the side of the glass.
S: The nose is faint, but still present. Lemon, green apple, and barnyardy funk are prominent, with just a hint of oak lingering in the backround.
T: Though this beer has some age, it's incredibly youthful still. Quite tart, with flavors of lemon and sour apple. The wild yeasts and bacteria lend a good dose of barnyard and earthiness. Finish is dry and very refreshing.
Notes: Perhaps this is the best beer I have had from Lindemans. Light bodied, crisp and dry, this is a great sipper. I'm glad I snapped up the last bottle in the store.
11-28-2010 06:24:39 | More by WYVYRN527
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Pumpkin orange, nice lasting head.
Lots of orange peel, yeastiness, the standard brettiness.
Sour apple, citrus, pear. Sweet and sour, nicely balanced.
Yeast is predominant in the mouthfeel, dry finish.
I'd like to age this, good potential; I think it's too young.
11-27-2010 17:54:06 | More by ptykozoon
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Bottling date of July 2010. My first ever gueuze!
Pours a pale yellow color with tons of cascading bubbles and a huge foamy head that could be cut with a knife. Great retention and nice lacing to boot.
Massively floral on the nose. Like a fresh cut bouquet of garden flowers. Rose, iris, orchid and orange peel.
Starts out very fruity and champagne like. It then evolves to some tartness and finally extreme bitterness like grapefruit peel. Still a very floral presence in the taste as well.
Very smooth with soft carbonation. Slightly more than light bodied. Dry finishing.
Personally, this one is night really for me. I can however appreciate what is going on here, but maybe, just maybe gueuze just isn't for me. It appears to be well crafted and right on for the style, but the extreme bitterness and tartness with a lack of sweetness doesn't do a whole lot for me.
11-23-2010 23:47:32 | More by jera1350
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours a deep amberish gold hazed with tons of wheat with a thick bubbly white head and tons of lacing. Smells of ester, musk, and tartness. Tastes of sour apple with a mild funk flavor with heavy wheat flavor. Tons of awesome sourness. Mouthfeel is very nice with tons of carbonation. Drinkability is almost unmatched. I could drink tons of them.
11-22-2010 16:13:51 | More by TheKingofWichita
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Let his warm up a fair bit, then poured into a flute. Poured a clear gold with a thin bubbly head the disappeared after a bit. Good carbonation.
Dank barnyard smell that is apparent as soon as the bottle is opened. A nice round sour mouthful. Just enough sweetness to balance it out. Sour lemon notes. The carbonation helps the crisp dry finish.
Medium light body with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is very good. Usually after one of these I want another right away.
11-19-2010 06:07:30 | More by scott451
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
from whole foods shared with mmercede poured into wine glasses
appearance: golden, cloudy, some lacing
smell: lactic sour, maybe a little vinegar
taste: very dry, very sour, almost tart, slight bitter aftertaste
mouthfeel: dry, very carbonated
drinkability: taste isn't overly complex, fairly drinkable but i wouldn't have too many
11-15-2010 22:18:19 | More by deskim
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
poured from a 355ml.
appearance is quite perfect really. holding the glass up to the light yields a nice thick golden hue that i wish i saw more frequently. fairly long lasting head thats glides nicely down the side of the glass every time i take a sip. it smells lightly funky but not overwhelming by any means. little bit of granny smith apple that comes through quite a bit more in the taste. its fiarly sour and i enjoy the balance. this being said i think its a good jumping off point for those new to the style. its definitely drinkable in that sense and makes a nice treat to share with my girl as a treat after dinner tonite... yum!
11-13-2010 03:43:26 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
.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.
11-11-2010 05:21:10 | More by wschmit
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
Poured into a bells tulip glass - had to wait for some of the head to settle before i could pour the whole bottle in.
Tons of light yellowish white head. Tried to keep most of the yeast in the bottle.
First sip puckered my lips. This is my first experimenting with sours and wow - didnt know what to expect. Tons of great zing and zip of lemony acrid tartness. Nice light crisp malt present and just a hint of belgy yeast.
Smell was great and pleasant.
Mouthfeel was full enough. Had to take many small sips.
I have realized that I may not be ready to delve into the world of sours. Not really my cup of beer.
11-03-2010 13:12:39 | More by adrock7309
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
750 caged and corked bottle poured into a sniffer. First beer I have ever used a corkscrew on. Pours a golden color with a hint of cloudiness which gives it a glowing quality up to the light. Very thin, wispy white head which retains and leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell is very heavy on the horse like funk. I prefer a more earthy fruity funk, so it's not quite my favorite. There is a bit of sour apple in the nose, but it's almost all horse.
taste leans more towards sour apple, and the funk takes a backseat. Lemon puckering sourness is also present.
Light on the tongue, with solid carbonation.
light on the booze and a solid taste makes for an enjoyable beer. Nice price on it as well.
11-02-2010 02:02:38 | More by mkorpal
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle opens with a big "pop"...poured into a regular water glass, which is my vessel of choice for lambics, saisons, and the like. Really great nose - tart, lemony, musty, with an aspect of cheese and flaky bread. Flavor was pretty tart, some lemon, a bit of cheese, with a slight lingering sweetness, very slight, barely enough to be noticable.
***This was an old review, I've had this beer many times since then, freesher vintages and older ones. The fresher ones are more full in the mouth and have a bit of peach sweetness, while the older ones have more of a well-aged citrus quality that I enjoy. The quality of the older bottles vary. It's a really nice geueze, a tremendous value.
10-29-2010 02:03:08 | More by JAXSON
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Poured into a snifter... still has a nice white finger thick head that disappears relatively quickly and leaves behind some light spotted lacing. Beer is a brilliant amber color with light sediment
S- Very aromatic... smells very much like champagne
T- Not to much to explain... sour and tart, but delicious. I drank one of these about 2 years ago (from the same case) and remember it tasting very similar. That being said, the 8 yrs of cellering has left it tasty but similar to what it tasted before IMO
M- Light bodied with light carbonation
D- Very... If you like sours, this is definitely for you. I'm pretty sure I could drink this all night... besides the price tag
10-23-2010 04:18:46 | More by bbeane
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a hazy yellow orange.
Aroma: Very funk. Horse blanket, acidic, lemon zest, and oak. This one has some tartness to it.
Taste: Sour, tart, and funky. It is musky and dust flavors show with cobweb. Horse blanket funk and sour acidic lemons.
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Funky, tart, mouth puckering. Ends a bit tart, but clean.
Overall, a decent gueuze, especially at the price. It is pretty funky, however. I dig it. Above average.
10-22-2010 14:07:37 | More by mothman
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
10-19-2010 17:39:25 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a mostly clear, golden honey color with a 2-finger, off-white head that slowly falls to a cover without lacing. Shows ample carbonation.
The smell is citrus fruity and some barnyard funk.
The taste is tart, sourish and funky. Tastes like lemon juice.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp and finishes quite dry.
Drinkability: This seems very accessible and easy drinking as long as the qualities of a Gueuze suit your palate. I enjoyed this one.
10-19-2010 01:00:01 | More by meatyard
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
pours a slight hazed apricot color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly to a fresh white collar,,smell is lemon tart mixed with barnyard funk wet grass and apples..taste is lemon drop with a wet hay barnyard taste its has funky earthy musty taste that offset the initial tartness ..mouth feel is crisp and dry more tart than sour just a hint of vinegar..overall a tasty gueuze that got more complex in flavors as it warmed..a pleasure to drink
10-17-2010 01:21:42 | More by gatornation
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Presents with a pale orange color which is clear at first until the yeast works its way in to cloud things up. An airy white head, about 1/2" thick makes a brief appearance before fading to leave a thin white cap on the beer.
Aroma is full of funky sourness at first, but it tones down pretty quickly to reveal a sweeter background with some estery and musty aromas mixed in.
Again, like the aroma, the taste is sour and tart up front, but it doesn't stop there. As your taste buds get used to the tartness, they start to pick up on other flavors, including fruits and a bit of a musty finish.
Mouthfeel is light and dry, providing a nice crisp feel. A slightly chalky yeast note can be felt more than tasted, making for a nice overall balance.
Overall, this beer is one of the classic examples of its style and a great intro to sours. By the very definition of its style, I hardly consider sours to be highly drinkable, but this light and dry character of this beer really gives it a boost in terms of drinkability.
10-12-2010 18:47:43 | More by Kinsman
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Review is from notes taken on 10/11/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.
Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow and it starts with a bit 2 and 1/2 fingers of frothy white head with decent retention; head eventually fades to a full and thin cap; body is slightly cloudy, but still clear enough that one can see through it; body shows moderately strong and quick carbonation bubbling up:
Smell: Tart, tart, and more tart -- a very sour/funky smell beer upon uncapping/uncorking the bottle -- a blast of a bit of stale skunk spray; citric and acidic fruit presence, kind of a combination of lemon, grapefruit and green apple; bit of a musty cellar scent with some wet hay; my eyes kind of water a bit when smelling this one deeply, as does my mouth... Can't wait.
Taste: Absolute solid blast of sour and tartness dominates the palate the second it touches off; once the acrid acidity passes there's a lingering presence of a combination of citric and acidic lemon and possibly green apple; eventually, the citric end falls off and there's a light malty sweetness with a bit of an artificial saccharine aspect that reminds me of Atomic War Heads; awesome flavors for a Gueuze that is relatively affordable.
Mouthfeel: The tartness makes me pucker a little bit, and it really causes the mouth to continually water after it goes down; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left hanging on the roof of the mouth while the insides of the cheeks stay pretty moist; the belly is left burning with warmth from the acidic nature of the beer.
Drinkability: What a great beer - I really regret waiting as long to try it as I have, but I feel that I really had to develop my palate far enough to actually appreciate a beer of this level of craftsmanship. The ABV is definitely moderate, and the body isn't heavy -- the only aspect that would probably slow me down is the acidity as I could see it causing some heartburn it too much was consumed; definitely easy enough to sip through the 355 mL bottle.
10-12-2010 00:54:52 | More by bamadog
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
A - Hazy golden hue with a bubbly, bright white head. Seems fairly carbonated with tons of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface.
S - Lemon upfront along with that sort of nose-filling pungentness that lambics have. There's the expected funk, that to me is most similar to wet hay/straw and wood(which is what I typically associate with brett). It's not as funky or assertive as some other gueuzes I've had, but that might be because it's still fairly cold.
T - More than any other gueuze/lambic I've had, this has the most distinct twang coming from actual wheat flavor as opposed to sourness from the bugs(which is still there). Very woody dirty/earthy funkiness. That leads into the finish along with a lemony sourness.
MF - Lots of prickly carbonation that makes it very refreshing. I haven't had any other gueuzes that were nearly this carbonated, but it's nice.
D - Maybe the most drinkable gueuze I've had. It's not as sour/funky as others I've had, which isn't necessarily good or bad, but I do think that adds to the drinkability.
It's difficult to review a gueuze, because I think I've really enjoyed all of the ones I've tried, and I don't get to drink them very often(price/availability). I'm trying to review to a C = average scale, but it's difficult considering I've only tried a handful. Short and simple: This isn't as sour/funky as others I've tried, but it still has those attributes and is pretty tasty, with much more of a wood flavor than others.
10-09-2010 02:39:13 | More by HitokiriNate85
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
2008 vintage, green corked-and-caged 750ml bottle
A - Golden straw with a thin white head.
S - Sour funk, lemon, pear and grass. Delicious!
T - Very tart with lots of green apple, pear, lemon and "horse".
M - Crisp and refreshing with a light body and a dry, mouth-puckering finish.
D - I shared this with friends and I kinda wish I didn't. I want more!
Amazing example of the style, this was the last one on the shelves and I need to figure out how to get them to order more...
09-29-2010 03:49:26 | More by jsanford
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with foamy one finger head, settles into a nice ring leaving some splotchy lace. Smell: fairly subdued - hay, grassy, a little funk, green apple. Taste: pretty tart, lemon/lime over a slight mustiness, fades into green apple, then becomes vinous - champagney, with an acidic grapeskin finish. Mouthfeel: light bodied, just enough fizzy carbonation.
11 Aug 2010 printed on label, but bottling code seems to indicate 2008 bottling (?).
09-26-2010 02:05:53 | More by babaracas
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a green 750ml corked and capped bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright hazy orange body with a fizzy white head.
Smell: Tart and cork primarily. Kinda grassy.
Taste: Tartness tries hard to overpower other flavors. Cork is the second most obvious flavor. Oak is there but a little hidden.
Mouthfeel: More full than I expected.
09-25-2010 06:06:07 | More by BierFan
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice finger of head which had good retention and left bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was quite pleasent consisting of citric acidic lemons, funky oak barrel notes, cork, slight brett, and some faint tart vinous notes as well. Upfront the taste was quite sour starting with the acidic citrus lemons striking first alongside funky barrel, brett, and vinous accents. It also had a touch of vinegar at the tail end. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight ssweet but sour and dry finish. It drank really good and a 375ml bottle was good enough for me plus I could feel the heart burn kicking in.
09-18-2010 03:06:22 | More by Gobzilla
4/5 rDev -2%
Poured a clear. light amber color with white foam that settled. Good bubbles in the glass. The smell was mildly and softly acidic with a touch of horse blanket wildness. The taste was acidity but softly so with mild fruitiness (green apples) beneath. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly tart with medium-light body and good carbonation. Fruity and wild flavors linger. A good drink, not too sharp.
09-12-2010 01:36:14 | More by UncleJimbo
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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