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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,553 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 134 | 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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timtim

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I have a hang-up about lindeman's beers, but this one was actually quite delicious. Hazy burnt gold with a lively white head that looks nice but fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace. This is a geuze though, so it is good for the style. Nose is nice and elegant and trademark lindeman's, which is good, but I'm sorry to say the whole thing seems a little safe and doesn't seem to speak volumes of the place it was made or the person it was made by. Very floral and the oak is a new oak smell, like fresh, french oak. Tart lemon and apple that seems red in the nose and green in the taste. Also a touch of earth and mushroom and must. It touches on everything that is good and proper for the style and comes off dry and refreshing with a little pucker. One of the more affordable and obtainable guezes out there. I will definitely be putting a few of these away and forgetting about them to see how they morph. Great sour jones fix without breaking the bank.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 13:13:28 | More by timtim
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vacax

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée René is a typical albeit attractive gueuze in terms of appearance, with its cloudy gold core shrouded with a tower of white foam on top. Retention is fine, with some sporadic lacing leaving the imprint of large bubbles.

The aroma is dry, lemony, tart, and a relatively light level of Belgian funk. As far as gueuze goes, this has a lot of the attractive features and avoids the more complex, perhaps more esoteric and "acquired taste" type of barnyard funk. Tastes lemony with a tart yeasty character with a touch of grass. Nicely moderate-high sourness with a clean finish for the style. A really good tasting beer, though it lacks some of the complexity seen in other gueuzes--little funk of any kind, seems to be mostly lactic sourness. Almost like an imperial Berliner Weisse. It is tasty though, and for the price point, half to a third the price of other respectable gueuzes. Light bodied with tight, high carbonation. What it lacks in complexity, it definitely makes up for in terms of drinkability, one could probably kill a 750 alone, though it is always better to share with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 03:51:52 | More by vacax
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jayhawk73

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a medium gold color w/ a very thin white head that quickly goes away. Nice carbonation. This is my first Gueuze, so I'm trying to rate it not according to my tastes.

S- Tartness, funk, lemon, fruit, maybe a little pepper in there as well. The sour smell overwhelms everything else for me. But it's not bad. Trying to be open minded.

T- This made me give the bitter beer face. Like sticking an entire lemon into my mouth. Definitely some funk in the taste as well. It tastes like a skunky beer. I know there are guys who love this style, but I don't get it.. Yet.

M- Somewhat smooth in spite of the tartness to the beer. It leaves a sour aftertaste in my mouth. Very thin feeling, goes down easily

O- I've had Rodenbach before, and liked it a lot. This, not as much. Maybe it's one of those acquired tastes, but I really don't get this beer. I will try again though- not giving up that easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 18:06:45 | More by jayhawk73
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tclipse

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-13-2014 03:07:41 | More by tclipse
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into flute.
A: Pours a pale greenish-yellow with high carbonation producing 1-2 inch bubbly white head that quickly recedes.
S: Stong funk on the nose. Musty, horseblanket, and wild funky yeast. Very nice.
T: Very tart...dominates even the strong funk. Follows nose with the added tartness and a mineral note too.
M: Mouth-puckeringly tart. Light body. Some effervescent tingle. Excellent.
D: Highly drinkable, but the tartness limits how rapidly you can do so. A very enjoyable brew and certainly the best I've had from Lindemans. Would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 04:24:43 | More by mwilbur
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

07-06-2014 13:00:56 | More by Goldfishman
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Beezee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

09-01-2012 01:02:36 | More by Beezee
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Amp

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-10-2012 17:01:26 | More by Amp
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DavidST

Texas

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

Poured froma 33cl bottle into a Lindeman's Fluted Glass. I bought this pre aged and it has a bottled on date of 15 Nov 2007. Sadly I have no idea about the aging conditions so I'm hoping for the best, especially with the green bottle.

The appearance is good, a slightly hazy very pale yellow color with a slight golden hue, the head was very large and in off white, but its quickly dissipating. The smell I get some cider vinegar, a little musty, a little funk and some sweetness. The feel is mostly light and quite a bit of tartness. The taste is pretty good, I get mostly the tartness at first, but its more mellow than I expected (I've never had this fresh so I figure its mellowed out because of the age), after the initial tartness, I get a little fruity sweetness. This is way better than the overly sweet fruit lambics they also produce, too bad its so far to find around where I live (Framboise is everywhere though). Overall a pretty good beer, one I'd love to try fresh when its full force, but still good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 18:14:36 | More by DavidST
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-21-2014 14:04:25 | More by psoriasaurus
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River Goblet. This is just a 2010. Have a bunch aging though. Can't wait to open them in 10+ years.

Pours a slightly hazy straw golden color. No head or lacing.

Aroma is amazing. So funky. Barnyard and lemon tart. Smells great.

Taste is pretty much just funk. Not alot of sour. A little bit though.

Mouthfeel is super dry how I like em. High carb.

Overall a tasty gueuze and a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 06:12:39 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-06-2013 23:07:52 | More by ChipMurray
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shadow1961

Minnesota

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

Lindemans Cuvée René, a Gueze Lambic, pours a finger
of bright white sticky foam over a gorgeous cloudy golden
brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is clean and
fruity- kind of like a tart apple cider. The flavor is also fruity
with a citrus acidity and notes of wood. Mouthfeel is crisp and
light- starting with a bright sour tartness which quickly moderates
into a long, dry, almost velvety finish. I wish this one was as easy
to get as Lindeman's sweeter Lambics- it's the best of what they
offer- maybe it's not quite as accessible as the sweeter stuff, but
it makes up for that with authenticity and complexity. This is another
beer to dig out when your wine-loving friends come over.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 07:25:35 | More by shadow1961
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

12-23-2012 18:16:39 | More by Ri0
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-04-2013 17:03:40 | More by pearljam118
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opens with a big "pop"...poured into a regular water glass, which is my vessel of choice for lambics, saisons, and the like. Really great nose - tart, lemony, musty, with an aspect of cheese and flaky bread. Flavor was pretty tart, some lemon, a bit of cheese, with a slight lingering sweetness, very slight, barely enough to be noticable.

***This was an old review, I've had this beer many times since then, freesher vintages and older ones. The fresher ones are more full in the mouth and have a bit of peach sweetness, while the older ones have more of a well-aged citrus quality that I enjoy. The quality of the older bottles vary. It's a really nice geueze, a tremendous value.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:03:08 | More by JAXSON
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

09-12-2012 13:15:29 | More by wattoclone
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Focusf111

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2%

03-03-2014 11:52:52 | More by Focusf111
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TicoCali

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-21-2011 05:29:23 | More by TicoCali
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

06-29-2013 20:08:53 | More by hellhammermario
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2014 01:27:45 | More by Prospero
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kornkid8600

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-08-2011 08:29:54 | More by kornkid8600
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-27-2013 05:31:34 | More by KiMiRaiK
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-29-2013 20:56:50 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle because I was in the mood for some geuze and didn't want to spend a fortune. I was not disappointed. Cracked open a 750mL bottle at cellar temp of 55F and poured it into a champagne flute and shared it with my fiancee.

The body is a crisp and clear peach-hued straw color. Streamers of bubbles cascade upward from countless different nucleation sites and feed a fluffy but coarse head. If not for the video of Armand from 3F showing me how to pour lambic, this would have foamed all over the place.

The aroma is fairly dry and earthy, dominated by oakey tannins and some lactic sourness and a wild funk. There are some apple and peach esters, too. The taste is similar, with the tannins taking on an even more prominent role. The sourness is less acidic than I had expected, as the funk comes out more. Again, the fruity esters are present. The finish is dry, in typical geuze fashion, but this tastes sweeter than some of my favorite geuzes.

Light in texture and full of spritzy carbonation, Cuvee Rene is a solid representation of geuze. However, the tannic notes are a bit overpowering and push some of the more delicate flavors out. Additionally, the finish isn't as bone-dry as I prefer. Overall, a solid beer, and I could finish a full 750 myself. Affordable, so I imagine that I will be revisiting it soon, but it isn't my favorite. Under normal circumstances, I would call the experiment finished and move on to stronger representations, but the price point of this beer is spot on for a lambic lover on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:12:51 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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