Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 102
Gots: 221 | FT: 7
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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 Lukie
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever Gueuze. I have no idea what vintage, as I couldn't find the date.

Poured out into a flute, a bubbly golden straw, with very little head. It does look like a wine.

Sour apples and pear dominate the aroma. It smells acidic. Like the actual smell itself.

Very sour apples and lemon. It is so incredibly sour and dry, but yet amazingly refreshing.

Very dry, but the mouthfeel is quite watery. Lot's of acidity and carbonation. It is very drinkable, but more then one, and I don't think the tastebuds would be existent any longer.

Photo of ph2001
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle in flute

pours smooth with TONS of carbonation maintaining a half finger of head. smells of spice and apples. theres a sweet dry scent too similar to champagne.

smooth with lots of carbonation in the mouth. mouth puckering, but not overwhelming. leaves a dry mouthfeel. has a sweet tartness to it. the flavors are very silimar to lindemans framboise, only without the actual berry flavor itself. it becomes much more bitter as it warms and opens up.

Photo of benmiliron
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Beautiful bottle.

Faint musky smell when first opened. Pour reveals a dusty straw color. Smell is immediate sweat and funky, but not overpowering. Taste is mindblowing. The funk is up front, but there's malt in there too. This, unlike Cantillon IMHO, is what a funked beer should be. Very elegant flavors. Mouthfeel is great as the bubble is not too shocking. Easily the best bacteria-fied beer I've had.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle looking forlorn in the bargain bin at Beaumont Market - love the bright orange label, with 'fancy' Art Nouveau-ish design. Green glass 750mL with a cap and cork beneath a wrap of copper foil; 'Bottled' date is notched at '05'. Poured to a small tulip glass.

A: Glowing golden orange, mostly clear with a thin haze of very fine yeasty bits (this became denser the further I delved into the bottle). Head tops off at about a finger and a half of snow-white fizz, then drops quickly before nearly disappearing to a slim creamy ring. Slender bits of loosely-banding lace.

S: Aroma bursts from the glass! Tart apples, apricots, strawberries, sugary candy buttons, lemon zest, 'nasty' tart funk (that smells amazing, though at times is just plain awful!). Spontaneously-fermented funky gueuze/lambic at its finest!

T: A tart, pucker-inducing swirl of flavor: pink grapefruit, crisp green apples, sour white grapes. Slight woodiness and a little yeasty sweetness. So complex, my words are failing me...suffice to say this is bold and forceful with its decidedly 'Belgian' tart funkiness.

M: Curl of the tongue is almost instantaneous; drawing of the cheeks is quick, too. Acidic - I could feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth - oh well, such is life. Not highly carbonated, this still has a biting crispness and a lingering souring, that is as refreshing as a tall lemonade on a hot day. A little malt stickiness lingers on the lips.

D: This style of beer certainly isn't for everyone, but this is a big winner in my book. Perfect sipper for summer...or spring...or fall...oh, maybe winter, too. At just 5% ABV, alcohol is no issue. Liked this very much and would make a point of having it again. Recommended to gueuze lovers (or wanna-be's)!

Photo of botham
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a rich amber color with two fingers od white head that remains for a minute or two. light lacings.

aroma is sour, with a sweet quality and a light fruit character. mild pale malts are enveloped by the fruit, while a wheat-like malt aroma forms a base. unique, with a pleasant profile.

taste is tart, with a sour character and a lack of the sweetness that makes some lambics unbearable. there is a lack of any distinct taste here, with only a sourness that finishes into a lightly fruity aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and tart, with a semi-dry finish of residual sourness.

drinkability is decent. this is an acidic brew without much complexity, but the simplicity works well with the tart and sour profile. this is basically a lambic without the sweetness and the fruit. cheers!

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown colo with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as well. The nose has a sour citrus front accompanied by musky oak, and funky fruits. Taste is again very tart with some earthy funk behind it. Not as complex as the nose lead me to beleive. Crisp and refreshing body. A good example of the style and definately Lindeman's best brew.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $9.49 bottled in 2005. Appearance is a really nice orange with a lasting white head. The smell from the bottle is really nice and funky. The smell from the glass is pungent, earthy funk. Musty, dank basement funk. The taste is quite sour and has a nice pucker. There is also a cheesy, lactic funk and earthy mushrooms. Sour fruitiness that is pretty much what I was hoping this beer would deliver. I've had sour beers before but this is my first gueuze, seems like a perfect beer to pair with cheese. The intensity of the beer reduces it to a sipper for me despite the low ABV.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orange over golden yellow color. White head is about half the Cantillon gueuze-ware. Served chilled but it warmed all the way to room temperature before most of the sipping. Almost no lacing remains, but the head itself takes a long time to reduce, while bubbles continue to move skyward.

Fruity, tart, and balanced aroma. Slightly funky, but more musty than truly pungent. A little bit of chalkiness.

Body is moderate for style, definitely not too thin. Tart upfront as expected; very crisp mouthfeel. After the initial bang, there's some fruity flavor, yeasty and chalky again, and just a hint of Brett in the bone dry finish.

Balanced and subtle, full of great flavors that make the mouth water. This should turn a rookie's head and give a seasoned vet something to mull over. Solid offering and reasonably widely available.

Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by fly along with pint_size, and aceofhearts. Pours a glowing bright orange color with a very light, bright white head. Smell is funky sourness, and a bit gauzy. Taste is nicely tart, and yet faintly sweet, moreso than I remember from other gueuzes at least. Some oaky tart dryness and citrusy flavor to accompany as well. I'm not there yet, but I'm coming around on the style slowly. Thanks for sharing again, Alan!

Photo of tapman
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml champagne bottle, bottleing date is April '06. Poured into a snifter, boyeeee.

Pumpkin orange in body, head is large when poured aggressively, but is easier to control than other beligium ales I've tried. Head is also off-white or eggshell, not stark white like others of the style. Body is slightly transparent, though it appears to be unfiltered to a degree.

Nose finds a very small amount of sour banana. Next is a hint of sour fruit medley (apple, pear, white grape). Then comes the smell of belgium ale, a most familiar aroma. Smell is very delicate and a bit wine-like. I'm looking forward to this.

Interesting taste. A lot different than the fruited lambics, though yet very similar, too. Tart sour, almost citric acid, taste though mellowed by the belgium style light malts. Small hint of sour fruit (less banana than expected). A rubbery taste is just about apparent, concentrated wine tannins may better describe this. Not unpleasant, certainly a contrast from the sweet fruit lambics. Almost savory in a way. Anyways, yeast is in the back and is light and delicate.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and carbonated. Typical for the style.

A fine and complex brew, though it's not really a session or binge type beer for me. This is something to have next to the fruited lambics as a means to get the true taste of lambic. My palate has definitely been taught a lesson and I am a better beer drinker because of it. Don't get my low drinkability score wrong, its an excellent brew, just not really drinkable for me. I may change this review latter as this is my first unflavored lambic, or perhaps just review future tastings of the style with a more mature palate. Either way give this one a try!

P.S. I disagree with Jason Alstrom on this one and feel that the fruited lambics would be much better suited for newbie beer/belgium ale drinkers than this offereing. Don't get me wrong, you're still the man, J!

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked and capped, foil wrapped. A very nice presentation. Pours a clean copper orange color with very little, if any, yeast in suspension after a careful pour. Big white, bubbly head that lasts long. Very intricate lacing in the wide-mouth goblet I've poured into. The nose is complex and pungent, but all in good ways. Decidedly musty and earthy, this beer smells of history and masterful technique. The "barnyard" scents are here in full force, along with an almost fruity sweet accent floating around to tame the pungent nature of this wild beer. This beer is far less sweet than the Lindemans Gueuze, and more accurately reflects the traditional style and nature of what a good gueuze ought to be. The palate is forcefully tart up front, with bitter fruits and straw asserting themselves early. Slight Vinegar-like character which causes the mouth to water in a wonderful way ... something I actually love in a Lambic beer. Fruity and quite acidic throughout, the gueuze warms to a slightly smoother malted wheat foundation. Finishes quite dry and lively with aggressive carbonation levels from start to finish. This is, in my mind, standard for the style and a great example of the age-old craft of producing fine, champagne-like beers through the magic of spontaneous fermentation. A truly excellent beer and a beer that redeems my hope in Lindemans ... a brewer typically known for their sugary sweet "soda pop" lambics here in America. If you buy this beer thinking it'll be something like one of those, boy are you in for a shock. A great Gueuze!

Photo of BlankFrank
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first lambic, and I must say it's very wierd, but in a good way.

Appearance: From a vintage 1990 champagne bottle to a cylinder glass, it looks golden orange with a fizzy white head. It left a small, thin coat of lace.

Smell: Crazy. Basically, it stinks. It smells sour and sharply fruity with a strong musk. For some reason though, I love it.

Taste: This being my first lambic, I knew to expect sweet and fruity, but it's seriously like no beer I've tasted before. Tart apples, pineapple, and very sour with sweetness. I can definitely taste the fermentation and some of the yeast. If you're not prepared, it could probably put you off, but despite it's sharp and crisp almost reeking taste, I somehow like it. It's almost like a sour, skunky champagne.

Mouthfeel: Small, light bubbles, perfectly complements the sharp fruity taste. Light in body.

D: I like it more at each sip, but I can certainly see how someone would turn it away. If you like unique, it's something that'll entice you till the very bottom of the bottle.

Absolutely strange and odd. My brain tells me not to drink something so sweetly rotten, but I can't help loving it so much.

Photo of jar2574
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great big white bubbly head, good head retention. Nice carbonation.

Sour apple smell, with sweet yeast and malts as well. Intriguing.

Sour apple taste as well. Grainy mouthfeel. Yeast, malts. Cool. Different.

My first beer in this style. A winner.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml green corked bottle that I have been saving for a special occasion (letter in mailbox..wink wink).

As soon as I pulled the cork, the funk spread throughout the room. My wife was laughing because it "stunk" so bad. I said it was the smell of greatness. It poured a cidery straw gold with a slight haze and lively head that vanished quickly. Slight yeast sediment that I left in bottle. The aroma was filled with Brett and wet cork. You can smell the seasoned oak casks like they are right in front of you. Slight hints of a fruity chardonay and soft vinegar. The taste is full of acidity and heavy tones of sour green apples. There is a raw oakiness that stands out well after the finish. The sourness is sharp right away, but leads to a very dry finish. It reminds me very much of an ultra-dry cider that I brewed a year ago. The body is thin up front, and on the sides, but holds a good amount of complexity as the swallow finishes. This is one of my first true gueuze and I can see how this would become a beer that you want to keep in stock for occasions that call for a beer like this. Not for everyone, to say the least, but I find myself honored to enjoy a beer of this complexity and craft.

Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle bought from a small little beer museum in Granby, MA withing the past year or two. Gold foil over cork, 1994 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white, extremely effrevescent (hear the fizz!), head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is tart, slightly leathery, with fruit on full display. Taste starts sweet upfront, but quickly goes pleasantly tart, with a touch of funk int he middle, and a dry close. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and drinkability is exceptional. I'd be thrilled to see this again.

Same rating - 6/12/05

750ml bottle bought from The Wine Society, Tyngsboro, MA. Orangey-copper foil over cork, 2003 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Foamy head lasts well, and lacing are is nice for the style. Aroma is piercing tartness with an earthy tinge to it. Taste starts with a subtle smoothness, but quickly turns to the tartness expected, but doesn't overdo the effect. Flavor linger sin the mouth, but that's a compliment, not a fault. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent for the style, almost risking "dumbing down" the style a bit compared to others, almost a gateway brew for the style. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a light blond color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sourness with tart apple, cherry and lemon aromas. A bit of mustiness.

Taste: Musty and sour with hints of tart fruits once again. Not as easy to pick out as by aroma. Apple seems to dominate. Funky.

Mouthfeel: Tart and funky. A bit dry but not by much. Different from most other beers.

Verdict: Not quite sour as Boon but still a decent example of the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow, highly effervescent body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Funky, lactic, and altogether sour scent of zombified lemons, stale flowers, a musty cellar, and soiled rags used to cover up a horrific crime.

Taste: Sour lemons, barnyard hay, a slice of week-old bread, and a pinch of sodium-free salt. Whew! All that lactic bacteric is a bit grimace-inducing at times, but the longer you drink it, the quick that phenomenon passes. Finish dry and very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for those times when you're just feeling mighty damn sour.

Photo of geexploitation
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely reddish gold color with a delicate-yet-hard white head that fades to a collar. The nose has a cidery note and a bit of hard, minerally oxidation, but the main element is a winey note, something like a citrus infused dry vermouth. And there's also a lovely, scratchy, wild barnyard note. On the palate, highly acidic, especially at the front and end of the palate, with big lemon juice flavors and a slightly seedy, yeasty note. Mouthfeel is puckering and intense, but not so much so as some other gueuzes out there. Still, that lack of punch actually makes for an exceedingly drinkable ale that combines a touch of smoothness (for the style) and richness with plenty of acidity, citrus, and barnyard for the classic gueuze characteristics. Excellent beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/5/06.

Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and opaque. An inch of head appears upon the first pour, which settles into a ring rather quickly.

Smell - Mild funk mixed with sour, unripened fruit. Apple cider, vinegar and lemons, hay. Pretty approachable for a gueuze as the funk is fairly reigned-in and mild.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very sour, both lactic and acetic. I'm generally used to Lindemans beers being too sweet and syrupy, so this is a nice surprise. Strong notes of sourdough bread, lemon juice, green apples and vinegar. Tart, fruity notes linger on the palate in the finish. Pretty light-bodied stuff, and very refreshing. Not a top notch gueuze, but a solid one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellowish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a sour fruitiness, somewhat like white grape. In the taste, small tartness and a small fruitiness, and yeasty too. A small sour bite in the mouthfeel and a dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice sourness and fruity presence, very nice.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium straw hue with good clarity and a little head.

Lightly sweet with a strange spicy peppery weed/grass-like aroma and a touch of cinnamon. Smells like an old church.

Not what I expected at all. The word barnyard comes to mind. Little sweetness and fruit flavors give way to barnyard tainted tartness. It kind of tastes like and old church too, or some herbal/thistle tea except it’s really tart. The tartness is more dull than strong and punchy. Finishes with dry and metallic hints. My tongue hurts.

Good carbonation and medium body.

Interesting and weird. This isn’t as tasty as I’d hoped, but it is cool. I look forward to trying more Gueuzes, only they’re so expensive ‘round here.

Photo of beerking1
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1994. Pours darker than expected, a dark amber color, clear, with a dense, snow white head that lingers long. Aroma is hugely complex, with lots of musty character, some sourness, and very funky, with horse blanket and all you would expect from a true lambic. The flavor is equally complex, acetic and musty but with a balancing sweetness. Aftertaste is equally complex, leaving you wanting more. A great lambic for the true lambic fan.

Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, dated 2006. Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is old funky yeast and some fruitiness.

The flavor is mostly sweet sparkling cider and lots of apple jolly ranchers with a little wood and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation.

Overall, this tastes a lot more like a sparkling cider or champagne than a beer. I was expecting a lot more traditional sourness - this was very sweet and alco-poppy.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04-05-06, Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Hazes at the bottom the bottle, due t the sediment. Near zero head retention some & lacing

S: Appleskins & a bit of vinegar sourness

T: Sourness, apple vinegar & tartness in your face. A little bit of berry sweetness as this warms. Finishes tart with hints of grapefruit, a bit of sourness & more appleskin

MF: Bone dry & slick with just a bit of carbonation

Drinks a bit slow, due to the dryness & tartness, in style, but not very pleasing to me. Better Guezes out there IMO, lacked complexity to me. Maybe a few more years of aging are in order?

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Discount Liquor for $7.50 quite some time ago (at least 18 months) and cellared although the bottle itself looks much older than that. I’ll have to search it for a date later. Served in a large snifter.

Appearance: pale peach skin body with aggressive white head that quickly dissipates to an attractive, sticky lace.

Aroma: Potent and complex. Loads of apple and strawberry. Sweet lambic notes similar to the Lindemans fruit beers but tons of funk as well. Sour with lots of acidic lemon.

Taste: Fantastic. As foreshadowed by the aroma, this beer has a tremendous amount of sweet/tart fruit flavor, especially apple, and plenty of barnyard funky/citric/rotten hay and lemons. Some pale malt is found too.

Mouthfeel: The funk is much more controlled and purposeful in this gueuze as compared to others I’ve tried. It’s less sour than many but not less interesting. The combination of the tartness from the fruity yeast and the funk from the bacteria is great. The body remains crisp, fairly clean, and very drinkable too.

An A+ beer and much more than I was expecting from Lindemans.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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