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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 97
Gots: 195 | 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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Ratings: 1,801 | Reviews: 829
Photo of mcrawford
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rayjay
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 from Ledger's. 750mL corked bottle, 2007 vintage. Sample August 2009. I like my lambic beers in a pilsner glass, so in it went.

Average appearance. Not much foam or retention to speak of. Barely made a pop when I took the cork out. Very brite beer, I was at least expecting some proteins or sediment to be in here. Carbonation is there but seems lazy. In these regards the appearance is very average.

Lots of aroma going on, notably green apple. Other gueuze aromas as well, lactobacillus, brettanomyces, farm, and wood.

Excellent flavors going on, complimented by a very refreshing tartness. Notably, under-ripe tropical fruit, green apple, citric acid, and citrus rind.

Finish is complex. It has a crisp dryness, but also so viscosity and sweetness from the beta glucans. Sour in all the right ways too. Could use a tiny, tiny bit more CO2...it would lift up what little thickness there is in the body.

Drinkability is very good, although after a magnum of this you'll be ready to move on, even if only to another lambic. Definitely worth the experience and a long term cellar candidate. Cheers!

Photo of BeanBone
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-orange body capped by a finger or so of whitish head that burns off rather quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: A bold mix of musty, herbal, and spicy tones with an almost medicinal quality at times.

Taste: Dominated by a puckering and acidic sourness; think a mix of lemon juice and dissolved SweeTarts. Once you get past the tartness, peppery, golden-fruity, and funky barnyard notes abound. The aftertaste is herbal with plenty of residual sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sharpish carbonation. This is a beer that really puckers your mouth and narrows your eyes.

Drinkability: With the overriding tartness, this is quite the sipper; a brilliant choice for an aperitif.

Verdict: If you're looking for an introduction to sours, you won't go wrong with a bottle of this. Quite the tart beast when fresh, I'd love to see how this beer mellows after a decade or so.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy golden yellow/orange colour and it didn't gush with foam like I was expecting. Tastes a little like sour candy, with some apples and pear in there, with a dry finish. It wasn't has hard to drink as I was expecting as I am new to sours. It would be hard to drink more then one of these in a sitting though. its a fitting summer beer though.

Photo of Avagadro
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy and orange. With little head. lacing is moderate.

S: bouquet is mild, dominated by lemon juice and granny smith apples.

T: when was the last time you bit into a lemon? This is one of the more sour brews I've had. Cuvée René is quite dry with notes of lemon, apples, pears, and moist earth.

M: light body with moderate carbonation.

D: one of the only gueuzes that is widely available in the US. This brew is great for anybody that likes the sour side of beer.

Photo of mintjellie
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange in colour, cloudy, with a fizzy white head that quickly dies down to a persistent cap. No lace. There is a barnyard character to the aroma, like stale manure and dry hay, and a nice green apple scent as well. Even stranger, there is a distinct note of tire rubber as well. Strangest of all, this aroma is actually kind of pleasant once you adjust to it. Lemony and tart, the sourness reminds me of that in plain yogourt but much, much stronger. Finishes dry with apple skin and faint wood notes. Light-bodied and effervescent, champagne-like texture. Nice feel. A wonderful drink.

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EPseja
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle in a Duvel tulip at just below cellar temperature.

A - Glowing orange color with rusty hints. Head is four fingers to start, settling down to a marshmallowy pillow that never reveals the beer beneath. Beautiful!

S - Normal turned apple-cider sour notes, almost over the edge. Funky sweetness laced with honey and wildflowers. Crisp and refreshing.

T - The first thing in the mouth is not so much taste, but rather sensation (see below). Immediately after, the burst of sourness is mildly jarring, with wisps of apple cider vinegar. In the middle, a honeyed sweetness comes through as an excellent counterpoint and subsequent balance. The finish is mildly acetic and drying.

M - The inital mouthfeel note is the squeeze of your salivary glands, coming before your brain actually receives and processes the sourness. Carbonation is lively, but not overly active - which is good. Swallow is crisp and refreshing.

D - This is definitely a go-to gueuze. It's solid across the board, and easy to drink if you're ready to drink a brew of this style.

Photo of chocosushi
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml -> Noble Pils Glass (Girlfriend used the Lindemans Flute)

My first Gueuze.

A ~ Poured very carefully with a huge head. Murky dark pumpkin with some golden highlights. Has alot of character.

S ~ Clove, oak, barnyard, faint barley. Very astringent.

T ~ Tart! Pepper, Grass, Hay, Mud, Pineapple, Grannysmith, Cumquat, Dill, Okra, Kiwi, Smoked wood. A lot going on.

M ~ Prickly and vinegaresque with great carbonation.

D ~ I love Sours. I'll buy this again and again.

Photo of ScubaSteve00
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mvdillman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of pweis909
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 date on bottle.

A-Orangey, just to the yellow side of weak tang, with a finely bubbled fizz that persists only at the edges of the glass.

S-Faint pilsner malt aroma, with some medicinal overtones.

T-sharply tart, but some malt and mineral apparent if one swishes, near the finish.

M-Winey, champanois sort of mouth feel.

D- I am of two minds. Light body and tartness are at odds. The tartness is almost too much for me, obscuring the malt and the bretty characters.

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.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared with fisherman34, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazey unfiltered deep orange colour, beautiful colouring. 1/2 inch of head with very mild carbonation, leaves some light lacing. A beautiful beer to look at to be sure. Aroma is very tart with some zesty lemon citrus sourness. Light summer peach aroma in the background. Simple but lively and aromatic.

Taste is just straight up puckeringly dry and sour. Woody flavours with the lemony sourness with a bit of sour cherry. As the beer warms a cheesy character begins to appear, especially in the finish. Not a lot of complexity I find, but it's very tasty. Mouthfeel is very dry and sticky, puckering as I said, and the carbonation is quite mild. I'm not sure If I'd like more than one of these, I'm not the world's biggest "sour" fan but I can respect this beer for the style and what it is. Certainly unique and I'm looking forward to lots more beers in this style in the future.

Photo of phishfoolme
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brewtus
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GuitarIPA
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep gold with lots of carbonation and a wonderfully thick head.

Lots of hay, grass and interesting aromas you would normally find in a barn. Definitely alot of Brett yeast and loads of sourness.

Lemon sourness upfront with a grassy, winey undertone. No hops to speak of, as is to be expected. Very sour, nice and sweet. Wonderfully simple and complex at the same time.

Gueuze is the shit, I don't know what else to say!

Photo of djmichaelk
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle from 41st Ave Liquors in Santa Cruz, CA. Paired with some 5 year old gouda. My first gueuze -- taking advice from the forums to start with this one.

A - Huge 3-4 finger head on the initial pour. Recedes to a thin cap with plenty of patchy lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, a bit of mustiness and funk. The stinky cheese REALLY sets this off.

T - Orange zest, lemon, and funk in the front. Tastes like the barnyard a bit, some dust in the middle, and then a hint of some berries in the back with more citrus. Very yummy. And the gouda is only helping to bring out some of the background flavors in this one.

M - Medium body with a light and dry finish. Not heavy in any way, doesn't really coat the mouth, and just glides down the throat easily.

D - Off the charts for me. It's just dry enough, and the citrus really makes this feel refreshing. I immediately wished I had bought another one. Like others have said, it would be a great daytime beer. I'd love to try this with some seafood in the backyard this summer. A little pricey for sessioning but I could still drink a ton of this.

Overall, my first gueuze has me wanting to try lots more of them. I can tell where a lot of my time (and money) will be going in the near future.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of aepb1
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Honey yellow with a frothy white head

S- Vinegar and what my girlfriend describes as "feet." Definite funk

T- Very citrus lemony sour and some funk in there too. As this warms, green (sour) apple definitely comes through

M- Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation

D- The sour's not overwhelming, love it!

Photo of LMH88
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Beerzebub
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, slightly hazy, a bit of off-white head, delicate lace.

Smells mainly of tart raspberry, passion fruit, cooked sour cherry, strawberry rhubarb pie, and mildly of bacterial damp earth, musty leaves, vanilla, vinegar. Relatively mild, fruity, clean. Nice.

Tastes mainly of lactic acid, sour fruit - cranberry, raspberry, passion fruit - with old leaves, wood, minerals, biscuit. Not quite totally dry, but becomes so. Enjoyably tart and refreshing. Fairly long, dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel is defined by puckering acidity, with some nice chalky minerality, a bit of astringency, and fine spritzy carbonation.

Not very funky or vinegary, but plenty sour, a gueuze on the simple and approachable side.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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