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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,653 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 76
Gots: 160 | 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 zookerman182
4.11/5  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.

zookerman182, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of cfadams17
3/5  rDev -26.5%

cfadams17, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a great opportunity to try the 1998 version thanks to the awesome Brian, at Merchant Du Vin. He picked my sample up at the brewery-thanks a mill!! The beer pours a nice orange honey color and serves up a good creamy beige head . The lace is moderate to good. Aromas are nicely sour with plenty of horseblanket and barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and very dry. Flavors are sour cream like-very tart while at the same time mellow and elegant. This is a complex gueze that has taken on a very winelike persona with age. Layers of flavor unfold as the beer finishes. Damn I love this style of beer, and thank Brian for the rare treat!

moulefrite, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of Stocean1
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large wine glass two two fingers, decent head and some lacing - an orange amber color - Smell is yeasty, some fruit and banana - Taste - is sour and earthy, funk, really unpleasantly balanced - like a funky dry sweet wine - not so much yeast/banana - Mouthfeel is dry, medium body and carbonation - Overall I was very disappointed in parting with $6.45 for this brew - could be it is not my style but I will not be grabbing this again.

Stocean1, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a fine white head and fades quickly and laces.

Smells a bit of brett with some apple and pear notes coming through along with some slightly sweet and honey like notes.

Taste is up front tartness that fades into a sweet, green apple flavor, and ends on a more carbonated pear note with some brett funk in the middle. The funk is pretty mild and well balanced. Quite nice, tough, I would prefer a bit more sour.

High carbonation and lighter body work perfectly for the style.

Tart, apple, pear, highly carbonated, slightly funky....a nice gueuze overall.

TenHornsProud, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of DESTRO
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is the 1997 vintage. i cracked this beotch open on new years eve, forget champagne. pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a decent head. champagne like carbonation. smells sour and stanky, "corky" and grassy. whew. flavor wise? big on tartness, fruity and grassy, a tad sour and damn interesting. not as sweet at my previous experiance with a gueze. bubbly on the tongue and finishes a tad dry. this was a great treat and i will for sure get more of these. one hell of a cool beer.

paid $8.99 for the 750ml 97 vintage.

DESTRO, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of diamondc
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking label on a green bottle .. there is a date of 2017 on the label, but have no clue on the bottled date.

Right when I took out the cork I could see the massive champagne like foam rumbling out of the bottle. Very cool looking! I poured it into my Chimay chalice and got a clear looking, almost cider like fuzzy golden color.

The aroma is very complex. Vinegar, partially digested green apple, shriveled up red grapes, leather, & the famous barnyard hay. Smells like magic.

Taste was almost up there with the aroma. Very acidic, tart, green apple, sour cherry, puke/bile, with some Brett-like Orval'ness to it. An almond taste shows up at the end. I'm loving it.

I never understood why lambics/guezes were considered 'refreshing' until now. This one is really hitting the spot right now. This could be thee sessionable 'sour beer' (if it wasn't so dang pricey).

diamondc, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of angelmonster
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was unscrewing the cork outta this beer it flew out about 3 feet high with the wine key still attached.

Poured a 2 finger white head, tons of bubbles rising also. Body is a clear light gold color, similar to a kolsch.

Smell is sour and of vinegar. There is also some hay and acidity. Not much malt or hops.

First taste is the sourness that immediately makes my mouth pucker. Lots of acidity, green apples, and vinegar. No malt or hops are there, but there is an after taste of band aids.

Mouth feel is above average. Body is light and highly carbonated.

Drink ability was above average. Sourness got to me about halfway through the bottle. Dont think I could drink more than one at a time.

angelmonster, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Sachsenfreude, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the Cuvee Rene 1998

A hint, just a hint of metal at "start", but compared to the metallic demeanor of the 1996 vintage Cuvee Rene, this bottle of ’98 was devoid of that strange bewildering, yet temporary flavor.

After the metal sheen had worn away from the start of the ‘96, I'd declare its flavor to be more complex and engaging - a bit more of the yeast and bucolic overtones than its slightly newer sibling.

The 1998 Cuvee Rene cascaded from the bottle bearing a light amber color- with a hint of turbidity-- just enough to whet my anticipation for the possibilities years of bottle conditioning wrought.

The head-- a foamy froth that like a shaky card house came tumbling down as its foundation undermined thanks to the relentless ravages of the air

The nose- some hints of yeast, some hints of malt, some hints of grapes and tannin.

The flavor- transparent and perhaps even thin. I awaited with anxious taste buds poised for the deus ex machina to emerge saving the day-- where was the white knight of complexity riding into the scene-- unleashing and unshackling that vagabond of wonderful flavor images; of rural Belgium, of the vineyards, of the old brewery with its master brewer transfixed by the fruits of his flavorful art?

At heart this Cuvee Rene possessed a light, tart flavor-- an unmistakable austerity laden with dryness. A cordial mouthfeel kept me craving for more.

A clean lasting finish followed every sip.

In conclusion: I tasted nothing to sneer at, but nothing with which to declare the end of all gueuzes.

gueuzeonhigh, Sep 30, 2003
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky deep yelow. Aroma is citrusy and flavor is similar but with distinct lemon tartness. Very well carbonated and lively as you sip this is a very nice sour and a good representative of the style. I'm not a huge sour fan. But this is one I would drink again.

thetomG, Jul 05, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Rudy, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Joshpu, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

TheLevi4000, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz capped and corked bottle (first beer to use a corkscrew on!) poured into my Duvel tulip. Label says bottled July 2010.

Appearance: Hazy golden color, pours with a huge white head that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very tart, some lemon in there as well as sour apple

Taste: A tart as the smell would suggest, kinda fruity, lemon, sour apple, a little chalky, most of these flavors are strange to me and hard to describe. Some of it resembles the Ommegang beers I've had that were brewed with brett, but not on this level.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body, high carbonation, encourages you to drink small amounts slowly.

Overall: Pretty good, but incredibly strange and foreign to me. I will try more sours, as they are interesting, but I will take my time with them. I will probably eventually revisit this when I get more experience with sours.

MadCat, May 27, 2011
Photo of rkhaze
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2002.
Pours a clear dark gold color with plenty of carbonation. Big creamy, tight and tiny bubbled head. Nice lace patterns.
Musty barnyard smell. Stale wet grain and old apple cider on its way to vinegar. There was a mild honey aroma throughout.
Funky tart and acidic taste. Pippin apples, lemon and sour orange.
Finishes cheek quenching dry with a bit of sweetness at the edges of the tongue. This really gets the old saliva glands working overtime.
Light bodied with an effervescent, chalk dry mouthfeel.
Tart, crisp and certainly refreshing. Different but enjoyable.
I had a Gueze years ago in Belgian and remember liking it just because it was a bit different and I liked the tradition of spontaneous fermentation. Back to the roots of beer so to speak. My, haven't we come a long way! Looking forward to trying more of this style.

rkhaze, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of infi
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gueuze! 2008 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a snifter.

After a few minutes trying to figure out my wine key and a broken cork later, I could immediatelly smell lemons and a bit of that 'funk' that I've been passionately hearing. Cuveé René pours very smoothly straight out of the bottle and reveals a very thin champagne-like head - white and very bubbly and dissipates in a matter of seconds and leaves no sort of lacing. The appearance is a clear golden yellow, sort of like a light apple juice, with streams of bubbly arising towards the top. The aromas instantaneously reacquaint me back to the lambic style. Tart fruit, namely lemon, apple skin and pear, wood barrels and that slight funk from the yeast are all funneling from the glass. Not quite the 'horse blanket' smell, not that I would know of that scent, but there's nothing of that potency. It's actually quite vinous, like a merlot or something.

As it hits the palate, I initially get a slight citrus and lemony flavor and apple tartness, which then leads to the renowned Brettanomyces funk characteristic. If let sit on the tongue for a while, that funk really becomes pronounced. A nice yeasty breadiness concludes the flavors in the finish and leaves a slight and dry puckering feel. Not as uberly sour or puckering as I was anticipating this was going to be, but it's still identifiable.

Mouthfeel was like drinking a champagne, being light-bodied, dry and crisp and fairly effervescent on the tongue. Drinkability is definitely a slow sipper as it's lively and sour.

This was definitely a nice introduction to the sour world for me and was quite a pleasant experience. I am now definitely interested in trying many others and slowly understanding the big desires for Cantillon, RR and the like.

infi, Oct 27, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ajdemma, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

saxclar123, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a huuge head. The head is white, foamy, and just sits on top of the beer forever. The beer itself is a pale yellow color with loads of carbonation, I can definitely see why Gueuze is known as the champagne of Belgium.

The nose is quite subtle, it is lightly vinegary but not nearly as "in your face" as some other sours.

This beer is fairly sour, I would put this at a 8/10. Its pretty damn tasty, and if it was much more acidic, I probably wouldn't like it so much. The beer starts out with just a hint of sweetness and this is immediately obliterated by an acidic sourness. In my opinion this beer is on an equal footing with Cantillon Gueuze, its that damn good.

This is a DEFINITE buy again. For $10.99 it is the cheapest, and in my opinion, one of the best, gueuze's on the market.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Aug 03, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light wheat golden with some white head. Nose is funky, yeast, banana, apple. Taste is sour, tart, bit of wheat in the finish; mostly sour apples, sweet. Mouthfeel is moderate, medium body. Overall, not digging the style, not something i'll return to.

heebes, Aug 06, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

KindaFondaGoozah, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

volta, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene 750ml bottle capped and corked. 5% alcohol. Purchaced from The Beer Exchange Charleston SC. Poured into a German Strange.

A- Pours a heavily active three plus inch head that eventually falls to a half inch bubbley froth leaving patchy lacing on glass.

S- Fresh lemon zest and sour fruits upfront with mild but appearent sweet white grapes.

T-M- Taste is a great Gueuze sour note of sour apples and white grapes followed by tart yeasty malts. Puckering tart is exactly what I was looking for in this beer and i found it. Mouthfeel is mouth watering tartness leaving a refresh tongue ready for more.

D- I could put down pint after pint of this good brew. Haven't found nearby but ill try.

wesbrownyeah, Apr 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2%

SourinQns, Sep 22, 2014
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.