Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 829
Hads: 1,872
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 108
Gots: 228 | FT: 8
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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 lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed glowing golden colour. Head is an amazing adventure in white frothy bubbling, leaving sticky lacing down the edge of the glass. Surprisingly, the carbonation is hidden or even absent. Otherwise, a very fine looking brew.

Sharp acidity and huge funky wild notes on the nose. Citrus, barnyard and crushed vegetation. Extremely fresh, acidic and forthright. Very expressive on the nose. You can tell this is going to be a rambunctious lambic.

Palate is unfortunately something of a let down. Slight antiseptic medicinal phenols with a mild acidity through the centre. Quite dry throughout, and it lacks something in body and complexity. Oak shavings and wine cork are present, but I was expecting slightly more acidity. Still, it is a very fresh flavoured and very drinkable brew.

Extremely refreshing, and probably more drinkable for its seeming lack of acidity. It gets a little caustic after a while, but you can't beat a beer like this on a hot afternoon. Would have to be one of the cleanest and most refreshing beers I've ever had. Certainly worthy as an occasional treat. (1,101 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2006, Best Before 2010, served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a bright, reddish golden to amber hue, composed of great clarity and rather moderate fizz level; the beer head comes retrained and settles gradually to a rim.
S: absolutely beautiful - savoury-sour notes of marinated starfruits, fresh lemon-juice & apples on a part with old oak-barrel's subtle aroma (French oak) spring to mind, leaving malts/wheat-malts' aroma, light notes of damp yeasts & stinky sulphur, and a whiff of hops behind. Incredibly approachable but well-integrated and reasonably complex at the same time.
T: savoury, tart as well as lactic-sour at the same time in the mildly effervescent swallow, hinting at aromatic lemon rind, leaving a faint trace of aromatic apple-skins, pears, and damp/tannic touches of old oak-barrels creep down the far end of the palate. Slightly bitter, tangy, and lingeringly savoury in the end, but not particularly tart and pungently yeasty as compared with many of its counterparts, while a delicate level of hop aroma in the very end provides an enjoyable "kick" to the dryish and clean finish! Balanced performance.
M&D: slightly spritzy and full of tiny fizz, the palate is therefore clean, refreshing and light, making this a really quaffable session geuze in my book! It's easy to drink the whole 750ml bottle, no sweat, but it takes some extraordinary elements to elevate this ale to the real exciting league. (1,503 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

35 cl bottle corked and capped. With a 'best before' of 2017 this can be considered more than reasonably fresh.

A clear and well polished body with glimmering peach hue; it is scintillating and bright in colour. A ring of white puts bold traces around its perimeter and spreads a thin sheeting across its middle. This looks like a sunny summer day; it triggers a response that not only says "I'm thirsty" but also "life is good."

The aroma is unmistakably that of a lambic. While it doesn't boast as much of the 'barnyard' character, it certainly boast enough sourness, and some portion of acidity, to consider this a great smelling gueuze. Plenty of sugar, buttery oak, and tart green apples.

The flavours continue with notes of soured orchard fruit, vanilla coated oak, light citrus, light clove, unrefined sugar, green grapes, and a bushel full of earthy barnyard wheat. The flavour is not unlike a champagne or white wine that has been diluted with sugar and intensely soured.

With lambic, the name of the game is sour and unlike his sweetened lineup of fruit beers, Rene Lindeman certainly plays by the rules with his gueuze. While he doesn't boast the level of 'funk' that some of his peers do, this gueuze offers a great depth in flavour, full leathery texture, and more than pleasurable drinkability.

Further unlike the sweetened fruit lineup, nothing about the Cuvee Rene tastes commercial. Strains of wild yeast, be they Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brettanomyces lambicus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae or whatever other cultures entered through the barn's walls impart a tremendous character to the beer. It is every bit as distinct as it is tart.

In the future I'll have to empty out the wallet for the wine sized bottle because this personal sized serving was simply not enough. Although it didn't impress me as much as some of what Belgium's other (more traditional) lambic producers offer, this was still hands down every bit as charming and pleasant I've known gueuzes to be. (1,998 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a light golden honey color with a crystal clear body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The big head is very creamy. Nice lace with each sip.

S-Nice sour aroma that is complex, with notes of earthiness and barnyard characters that are not over powering. Very faint rhubarb or green apple smell also.

T- Very well balanced with sour notes and soft wheat blending with barnyard flavor in the background. It finishes with a nice grapefruit tartness.

M- Light mouthfeel with some fizz and a light picker at the finish.

D-This is very well blended. The barnyard flavors add great complexity but are not in-your-face shocking. The tart sour notes are very nice and really add another nice layer to this beer. Much more character and flavor than any sparkling wine. (820 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves barely a trace of lace. Medium carbonation. Light cloudy, amber color. Nose is cidery. Starts and finishes as a strong, tart cider flavor with absolutely no aftertaste. Light bodied. $11.59 for 750ml bottle. (274 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foil-wrapped 750 mL bottle that is corked and capped.

A: The gueuze is a light apple juice color that combines orange and iced tea together. Not much head-wise, either on pour or as lace.

S: The nose is pleasantly tart, combining horseblanket funky with an acidic tang. Green apple and caramel malts mix with and accentuate the tartness.

T: This one really grabs you. The tartness is far more intense than the nose lets on, coating the palate with wild fauna. The bite is far more acidic than bretty (and luckily the acetic vinegar is nowhere to be found). A medicinal flavor follows the tartness, an unusual transition that leads back to tartness after a few seconds. The tart apple flavors are slow to fade from the palate.

M: This is a sock-knocker, flooring the tastebuds with sheer tartness. The carbonation does a bit but can't withstand the funk.

D: Only 5%, this ale is a testimony to ingenuity by Belgian brewers. So much flavor in such a small package is a great Christmas eve treat. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped and corked bottle into a tulip.

pours a dark golden color with a nice head. smell of traditional vinegar, very acedic..lovely. taste is right on point . quite tart..not lip puckering but close. very funky and acedic and just awesome if you're a gueze fan. mild carbonation ... mild body.

overall one of the better readily available gueuzes. and the price point rocks. (383 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 355ml into a tulip.

Poured a translucent golden orange, 3+ fingers of white ehad which fades to a collar and some light head. No lacing to speak of. Nose is mildly funky, lemon, green apple, skins of an unripe green grape, dried citrus fruit character and a mild sour note. Some general champagne-like character. Taste is quite tart off the bat - acetic, lemon and orange zest. Very dry, and mildly wheaty. Flavour is somewhat short lived on the palate, although the tart feel lingers well on into the finish. This helps quite a bit in terms of helping you pull this back to your mouth for more! Highly effervescent and active on the palate, and this helps add a substantial refreshing characteristic to this. Light body and feel, a simple and effective gueuze. (785 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 355mL bottle to tulip glass at RFD in DC on 5/28/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant and crisp yellow-gold. A three finger head is the product of a good pour. Very little lacing remains as the head fades.

S: Tart apple and a bit of musty limburger.

T: Fresh pear, apple tart and mouth-watering malic acid overwhelm the palate. It's quite complex, yet light and easy to drink. The balance of dry fruit and sour funk is close to perfect.

M: Fizzy - it drinks like a flute of Cava on a warm summer's night. The bubbles reall help to curtail the intensity that would be present without the carbonation.

O: Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene is the perfect entry-level Gueuze. It's approachable for the novice, yet worth returning to time and again for the ol' pro. This may not be the top Gueuze I've had, but it's consistantly one of the best. (835 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,293 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/4/11. Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a bright medium orange colour with two or three fingers of thick bubbly head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sour, funky yeast notes and some apple in the background.

T - A dry tartness is evident up front giving way to some green apple and slightly sweet malt flavours. The finish is dry and tart.

M - Light body; moderate carbonation. (404 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)

Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, readily available gueuze that doesn't break the bank, drinks easy, and isn't too sour for the less hardcore drinkers amongst us. Pours hazy gold with a small head that dissipates rapidly. Somewhat tart, lemony green apple aroma with a pleasant, mild funky barn note and hints of hay.

Flavor follows the nose; not the most complex example of the style, nor the most extreme (by a long shot), just tart and lemony with some musty, barnyard hay funkiness lurking underneath. Hints of black pepper and mild vinegar notes. Sweetness is pretty restrained, something that's rarely true with a Lindemans beer.

Medium to slightly light body, solid carbonation, has a fairly crisp and refreshing feel. One of the best products from this brewer, I'd say. Under 10 bucks for a 750ml bottle makes this a excellent bang-for-your-buck purchase as well. (856 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden orange color with a thin creamy white head. A noticeable amount of floaties and haziness was detected.

S: The nose brought forth some sour oranges, tart green apples and citrusy lemons on nose. A big funky barnyard sourness as well, that was full of sour fruit.

T: a nice yeastiness and barnyard muskiness of wet grains, hay, and sour fruit. There was a big tart and acidic nature to the beer with fresh squeezed lemons and some vinegar. Finishes with a big funky sourness from the yeast, sour apples and oranges, peaches, and lemon with some old bread notes.

M: Body is light, tart and acidic with a spritzy carbonation.

D: Complexity of flavor is okay but not a lot going on but is decent overall and best shared with a friend. . (763 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of earthy resin, tart malt, yeast, dry hops, and slight grape. Fits the style of a Gueuze. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a tartness and dryness present. Tastes of yeast, tart malt, dry hop, slight grape, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a tart and dry beer that fits the style quite nicely. (444 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I generally don't review Lambics or Gueuze, as they often overwhelm my palate. This one was quite drinkable...

A: Looks like a sparkling cider.

S: Funky, tart, sourness.

T: Sour and quite dry, yet balanced by a hint of sweetness. A slight earthy/metalic flavour.

M: Light to moderate body is very acidic.

D: Quite approachable for the style.

Thanks Kevin! (373 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice medium golden color with a few fingers of crisp white head. There's a little cloudiness and a bit of apparent effervescence which round out the nice picture.

Smell: somewhat sour, musty aroma. This is my first plain gueuze, so I don't have much with which to compare it, but it smells good to me. I get an after-aroma which smells rather like black tea to me, which I do like. It is interesting.

Taste: very bright and tart. Malt flavor is hidden at first but comes through in the end and is a little sweet, a little dry and a little musty. I must say I quite like this, and possibly prefer it to any of the Lindemans flavored lambics, which tend to be cloyingly sweet. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body but with huge carbonation which creates a deliciously creamy brew. I'm a big fan.

Drinkability: quite high. I find sour beers highly refreshing, and this is no exception. Since it doesn't have the strong fruit flavoring of some lambics, it refrains from being one-dimensional as some of the more subtle flavors can come through. I quite like it. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (679 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy caramel with a white head that produced lots of lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, cidery apples, and yeast. The flavour mirrors the aroma, with a tart finish. There's a bit of citrus here as well. Everything melds very nicely. Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, and quite dry. Definitely a fine beer. (314 characters)

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

Big thanks to DrJay for hooking me up with this beauty for BC2! From a 750 ml, foiled, capped and corked.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, huge soapy white head forms, big bubbles, quickly settles down to a decent layer, leaves some sticky lace on its way down. Smell is insane, very fresh and funky, sharp spice bite, sour fruits, acidity, citrus, apples, nice. Taste is sour apples, citrus, caramel, funk, hay, citric acidity in the finish, nice and sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth. Nice balance, very drinkable Gueuze with enough complexity to keep people happy, and not too intense to keep people away. Thanks a lot Jay! (655 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1994.

This beer is beautiful in its clarity. A light copper hue. A somewhat fizzy head to begin with turns into more of a creamy and lush looking coating in a minute. Aroma is lovely. Lemongrass, chalk, vinegar, must and tart raspberry. This is one mouth puckering lambic. The pucker quality really comes on after you swallow. As for other characteristics, I'd say this has quite a bit of acidity to it. Vinegar like. Sour apple like. And like lemon juice. There seems to be some grape like attributes as well. Maybe some grape skin. Tart raspberry comes to mind as well, although this beer is not fruity. There is a dryness present in this beer throughout. The tartness in this beer literally coats your whole mouth. Exactly what a good lambic should do. (758 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Bottled in 2008

A- Capped and caged 750ml poured into a snifter. The cork makes a very loud pop when removed from the bottle. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white colored head that leaves some sporadic lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is sour with a lot of Belgian funk along with green apples and citrus, must and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is very tart and acidic with a lot of citrus flavors (lemon) and a little spicy. I love beers like this that make you think after every sip as you discover new flavors as the beer warms up.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry and acidic with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very solid Gueze. The drinkability suffers a bit from the acidity, but this is something that I would love to age a little more. Definitely worth a shot! Recommended! (848 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Sun Devil liquors, a dusty green bottle, thick as yo mamma's rear end.

Poured out light, clear yellow with super frothy white head, extremely tiny bubbles. Has a simple tartness to the aroma, green apple, lemon. Taste as expected, slightly sour, not over the top, but a very reasonable amount given the low price point ($6).

Don't really get a ton of fruit feel from this gueuze, rather dry, again, apple/lemon. Slight white wine and light oak feel along with it. Slightly complex, a good start for style, champagne like at times. Worth getting everytime at $6, not too many examples in this price range that are quality (le terroir I guess). (659 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden colour. Effervescent with a lovely, tight white mousse for a head. Quite good.

Slightly tart aroma with some nice brett funk. Some light fruitiness is pleasant with some citrus and apple. Very good.

Quite tart yet well balanced. Unfortunately the balance seems to come from a nothingness. No perceived bitterness. On the whole it isn't bad but it's a little bit "empty" and lacks something special.

Medium-light body with very high carbonation. Very dry and a bit puckering.

This isn't a bad gueuze especially for the price. Nonetheless other examples such as Cantillon Classic Gueuze are more satisfying and provide a better experience. (662 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (428 characters)

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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