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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

836 Reviews
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Reviews: 836
Hads: 1,886
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 111
Gots: 232 | FT: 7
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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 ljdrinksbeer
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold (leaving sediment in bottle) not much head
Smell is funky
taste is layer upon layer of pure bliss, especially the lactic sour, then the funk, then some grapefruit, then back to the funk and it just keeps going, decently long finish.
light creamy body with plenty of carbonation creating a dry finish
really wasn't expecting a gueuze this good at the price I will be getting more soon! (400 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear orange-ish yellow, with a half inch head, and a smaller level of lacing.

Smells pretty potently sour, some vinegar, barnyard, and citrus.

This is pretty good, but tough to drink a large amount of. There's musty mood, lactic acid, vinegar, barnyard, orange, grapefruit, and a sort of "damp flavor." The sourness is fairly puckering, but far from the most sour beer I've ever had.

This beer is a slow sipper, due to the intense flavors. It's got a tart and creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a pretty good entry level gueuze with some solid flavors. (642 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep gold with a swiftly rising column of effervescent bubbles geysering from the bottom of the goblet where the stem is attached. The pour produces 1.5 fingers of champagne like, rapidly declining, effervescent, white head that recedes to a solid 1/8th inch cap of dense foam leaving wisps of lacing. Aroma is dominated by sour apples, oranges & tart lemons backed by barnyard wet hay, Brett yeast mustiness & phenolic hints with something like lime sherbet mixed with blue cheese & a little skunk hint buried underneath. Taste is very sour & dry. Phenolic with Brett like barnyard funk, orange, lime & very tart green apples mix with sherbet cream. Finishes smooth, mellow, fruity & bitter but the flavours are short lived producing an aftertaste that is a rapidly fading wet hay bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry, slightly chalky, bracingly tart & very crisp with a faint prickle & astringency. (949 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 into tulip. Pours a slightly hazy orange-apricot with a white head that has a yellow cast to it, really bright champagne fizz sound. Dissipates quickly, again not unlike champagne. I mean, even the bottle looks somewhat like a champagne bottle.

The aroma is faint, the tiny, aggressive bubbles not giving off much of a hint of what is to come. The expected sour is there, some green orchard fruit, some citrus zest, a hint of yeast, and really no malt.

The flavor is of course why we came to this bottle. Bright granny smith apple and unripe pear immediately that enhances the lactic pucker we love in our guezes. I am reminded a bit of Petrus Aged Pale, but the orchard fruit notes really shine through in this beer. Citrus zest complements thoroughly in the taste, pretty much in all three phases. A touch of yeast in the finish with the green, unripe orchard tartness lingering.

Mouthfeel is, right, champagne like. This is a top notch brew. I read Garret Oliver's selection on Gueze's after this and wish it were the other way around. I definitely plan on a food paring with this beer in the near future. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on the advice of some members of the BA community. The scenario was that I was going to eat oysters and started a thread on what people thought a good pairing was. Gueuze was a popular response . Not knowing the style, I was excited to try. I have mixed feelings.
It poured a nice golden color that was pleasing to the eye, no problem there. However, the aroma was quite a turn off! I don't know how else to put it, but it smelled like urine. The taste started out salty and sour. It reminded me of the one Gose I have tried, which I didn't like. However, as I began eating the oysters, the taste settled somewhat and became more fruity. I had this throughout the rest of the meal and felt the feel is drinkable enough when accompanied with food. I would not drink this alone anytime soon.
What else can I say about this? I wanted to like it and was disappointed. Perhaps it is too radical a departure from the type of beer I'm used to and I just need to develop a taste for it over time. Perhaps it is just not my style. W'ell see. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Guessed

A- pours a cloudy pale golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a film on top that retains nicely

S- barnyard funk, dried hay, sugar coated lemon peel, funky yeast,

T- barnyard with notes of wet hay up front, the big sour notes kick in mid-palate with lemon peel and Belgian sugar, bone dry wheat finish with a linger of lemon

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slight foamy mouthfeel and a tart, bone dry finish

O- easy drinking with just enough puckering sourness (512 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottles served in a small wine glass. Fresh served slightly above cellar temps.

Appearance: really cloudy pale yellow, nice Belgian lace

Nose: apricots, sour funk, wet blanket, dank, lightly skunky (in a good way)

Taste: creamy, apricots, sour and funky, tart cherries

Sour #3 of the day and probably the best of all. I'm really liking the funky stuff lately. (368 characters)

Photo of WiscoTerr
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this beet is insane. I wish my wife would wear this as a perfume. I don't the she wants a slight scent of horse blanket, but it would do it for me. (161 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (355 ml) with coded bottled on date LI27MGC printed on the label. My second encounter with a geuze lambic, but my first from Belgium. I haven't had much from Lindemans in the past, but I'm excited to try it.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright golden orange body with a slight chill haze, and some yeast chunks at the bottom of the glass. Three big fluffy fingers of fizzy white head. Looks delicious.

S - A mouthwatering aroma full of yeast funk, grass, mustiness, and fermented sour apples / cider. Smells sour, fruity, and champagne like.

T - Sour and tart. Fermented apples / cider, earthy / bacterial yeast funk, some malty wheat / grass / grain presence, and a fruity grapey lightly vinous champagne-esque finish. Very delicious.

M - The feel is crisp, fruity, yeasty, earthy, and clean. Light-bodied, easy drinking, and delicious.

Overall, a nice introduction to the style for me. I am a big fan of lambics and this definitely has me interested to seek out more blends. Very recommended.

Lindemans Oude Geuze Cuvée René -----4/5. (1,088 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This'll be my first Geuze. Picked this one up at The Four Firkins. Pours a clear, pale golden color, with a big white foam head with good retention. A good amount of lacing. Lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is lemon rind, with a hint of grassiness. Reminiscent of sparkling pear juice, with more subtle pear notes. A ton of tartness. Very heavy on the green apple. A little bit of metallic funkiness. An interesting blend. Taste features a good deal of sourness up front. Sour green apple. A bit of yeast. Very crisp and highly refreshing . The sourness is not overpowering, and actually leaves a pleasant tangy resin on the tongue. Light-medium body. Lots of carbonation, but man does this one go down easy. Very crisp and refreshing. Although the sourness makes it difficult to chug, it is very easy to rapidly sip on this one. Very much enjoyed this one as my first geuze, and will definitely be seeking out more. (918 characters)

Photo of brewmastercat
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I slept on this one for too long.
Last bottle in my store, many customers recommended it.
Such a good lambic, defintely not funky or out there.
Nice and smooth, a bit of sour and a bit of barrel character.
Dry & sweet.
I could see this lambic turning white wine drinkers to beer.
World-Class for sure.
I've heard this is Lindemans best offering, and it does not disappoint.
There's no artificial sweeteners! Hence the oude! :) (427 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A handsome pour with a blanket of foam that Great yeasty aroma. Tastes of bark and dry fruit. The Belgian dry yeasty flavor is distinctive but not overly strong. Hints of apricot and biscuits.

A little acidic but I wouldn't call it sour. I think it's what the wild yeast/bacteria style of beer is supposed to taste like, not the vinegar bombs so touted in the American Wild category.

A very drinkable, lighter brew with the classic Belgian yeasty taste and bitterish finish. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. (547 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355mL bottle, produced on LA22NGC(have to look up how to decode this).

A-Burnt orange body, minimal white head produced during the pour. No lacing or head retention. Clarity is hazy.

S-Herbal, medicinal, grassy with a fruity bouquet. Sharp pineapple and lemon/lime round up the citrus/fruit components I am picking up. The sour/tartness of this gueuze is easily found in the aroma.

T-Sourness is all over the palate. Not overwhelming and remains very drinkable. Bretty barnyard with lactic acid souring. The malt bill keeps the yeast/bacteria flora in check.

M-Thin bodied, effervescent, dry finish.

O-A good gueuze thats drinkable and not expensive. Will definitely be picking up a couple other bottles to age and see how this blended lambic progresses as it matures. (773 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A -Pours a clear deep gold with a huge fizzy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of green apple, lemon, oak, and some nice barnyard funk.

T - Flavor starts off with light pale malts and flavors of green apple and lemon. There is a nice tartness throughout balance with a yeasty mustiness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Nice dry mouthfeel.

O - This is a damn solid Gueze. Very refreshing and crisp. (421 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
3.5/5  rDev -14%

clear golden color, light white head, clean light citrus with a moderate tart/funk character. Slight pepper, moderate to high carbonation, dry finish. Great for its price. (173 characters)

Photo of eskilgh
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Tasted this alongside the ordinary gueuze from the same brewery.

A - pale golden, crystal clear, head dies down fast.

S - funkiness, leather, green apples, lime,

T - Opens very soft with some veeery faint pale malt profile. As it comes a long it reveals the same complexity of flavors as in the aroma. A apple cidery flavor starts to kick in, and I get a bit worried that it's gonna take over (like in the ordinary guezue from the same brewery), but it stops just short of being too offensive. Dry and tart on the finish,

M - Puckering mouthfeel, body is lighter then the ordinary guezue - I think this one works better. High carbonation.

O - A real treat, tons of exciting flavors, really refreshing. The Cuvée is waaay better than the ordinary gueuze! (759 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold. Head is bubbly, slightly dense, and loose. Lively carbonation throughout. Head retention is decent leaving a small cap and collar. Minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Deep hits of old wet oak. Layers of tart and funk. Deeply earthy with some strong lemon peel and bright citric acid. Solid lactic push as well. Hay and straw with some deeper horse aromas. Woody. Some pear and mealy fruit. A touch of sweetness as well under the woody tart nature. Some pale malts add a bready element with a solid wheat presence thrown in. A touch of cereal grain maybe.

Taste: Lactic wood. Deeply oaked. Solidly earthy with an initial gripping citric bite. Tart edges drop off a bit as it warms and with successive sips. Lemon peel and a touch of oily rind. Malts are slightly bready with some minor sweetness. Wheat adds another layer of malt to the whole thing. Citric tart edge lingers on the edge of every sip. Some farm and the associated grass, hay, straw, and musty funk. Barnyard - horse. Mildly floral on the back. Apricot and pear as well. Funky dirty and mildly tart with a huge oak presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to almost high carbonation. A bit astringent. Smooth initial sip.

Overall: Blend it up baby.

A solid gueuze. Not the most complex, but it's got a great flavor and fits the style. Definitely can't go wrong with it and with a "low" bottle price, it's worth keeping around all the time. (1,455 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%

I heard that this beer is a good starter to introduce yourself to this particular style so looked around and found one that was brewed on 2011. Uncorking it I was hit with a loud pop from all of the carbonation and bright notes of apple and pear on the nose. After pouring it I was able to appreciate its flavor much more. It has bright notes of crisp apple and a slight undertone of bread with a funky kick to it as well. On the palate it has wonderful rich fruit flavor of apple, pear and peach with a sour tone to give it a tangy flavor. Also, there are wonderful undertones of oak and bread all tied together with a funky tang to give it weight. hopefully after I sample other beers in this category, I will be able to broaden my palate and appreciate them more. However, for now I really love it! (801 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

This brew pours a golden/yellow color with a huge head that takes a while to disperse. It is mostly clear with heavy carbonation. Lots of yeast floating in the glass when you get down to pouring from the bottom of the bottle.

The smell is slightly fruity and musty. The sour comes through even in the smell.

The taste is sour, wow, is it sour, very plain with a heavy yeast component and sour fruit. Very dry, like a dry champagne.

Overall this is a good Lambic. It is not very complex and it lacks the fruit component, at least it lacks one specific fruit component, that I am used to from Lindemans but overall it is a solid offering. Personally, I would prefer the Lambics from Lindemans that are flavored with apple, pear, peach etc. (744 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Bottle. July 2013

A: yellow. Clear. No head.

S: barnyard. Earthy. Literally hay and straw. County fair.

T: malt followed by sour tartness.
Citrus notes. Acid. Woody. Oaky. Funky.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. Tart. Pucker factor is medium. Funky as Les Claypool.

O: wow. Funky. Sour. Tart. Balanced. Great bear. Will definitely buy again. (374 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

i really liked this one from lindemans, much better than some of their fruited stuff, and a much lighter take on they style than is available from others. its crystal clear after i pour from the capped and corked green glass bottle. radiantly clear really, yeast cake remains on the bottom of the bottle. head is fizzy and white but settles quickly, and there is a real champagne sort of look to it. the nose is only a bit sour, its still definitely blended lambic, no mistake about that, but it hass less of the lactic hotness of others, instead having a light wheat malt flavor and some yeast character other than sourness. its meadowy, springy, floral and very delicate. not a lugging weighty gueuze, but one to really drink up, like a glass of spring white wine, it seems to be the perfect compliment to a chickpea curry, but i can see it working in about a million food contexts. this is a good beer to introduce folks to the style with too, its less caustically acidic but equally refined as the others. i like it quite a bit, and am more excited to crack the bottle of faro lambic in the fridge now too! (1,110 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy yellow with minimal head.
aroma is funk, barrel, oak, and lemon
taste follows the nose with a tartness that's not overpowering.
Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Nice lingering tartness and dryness.
great beer. Perfect for introductory gueuze drinking. (283 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden with significant carbonation, sustaining, but with minor lacing
S: nice sour lemon and what I think is a Brett-influenced funkiness

T: muted version of the smell. Sour lemon hits first, but doesn't last or grow as I would hope. I can't quite place the "farmhouse" taste that comes in, hay/meadow/wood. There's a wine feel to it as well, late.
M: carbonation and a refreshing taste that has an earthy taste but isn't too dry

O: I was hoping for more tart bite throughout, but this beer did grow on me. The transition from sour to "regular beer" did take some getting used to, however. (601 characters)

Photo of ElegantRose
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gosh-darn this is a refreshing beer. I enjoyed opening it-- the process is a little different, as one unravels the foil and then uses a wine-opener to release the petite cork. A lovely little process which enunciates the rustic element.

The smell is the only score that I did not give a perfect score on, not because it is a perfect example of the style, but because the rubbery scent was a little off-putting.

The brettanomyces is very playful in regards to the taste profile. Quite refreshing, and I would say that while this lambic geuze style is different from the traditional style of Rodenbach, I would say that both are equally excellent examples of a successful variation on a theme.

The previous beer I tried (Urthel Saisonniere) I put away in the refridgerator, perhaps to drink later, though probably not. This beer I will probably finish, just because of how good it tastes.

The finish is clean and elegant. The previous beer left a earwax taste in my mouth that lingered, but this beer has cleaned it away quite wonderfully, and now I taste almost cherry-like freshness amidst the sour after notes. (1,116 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (923 characters)

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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