Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,712 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 79
Gots: 171 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002)
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 355 ml green bottle is foil wrapped, capped and corked. It was purchased at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI for $7.19. The bottling code indicates that this was bottled in July 2010. The cork came off with a nice pop. It was poured into Lindeman's proprietary glassware.

As with every Lindeman's product I've ever purchased, this is a volatile brew. The pour, though careful, produced well over 50% head in the glass. The head begins to dissipate rapidly at first, but retention begins to stabilize a minute later. Lacing holds steady where the massive head had once been. A high degree of lively carbonation is seen through the glass. The beer is just a shade darker than yellow, with a nice soft wheaty look. It looks like a celebration

With such a lively amount of carbonation it comes as no surprise that this is fairly aromatic. Anyone who has sampled any Lindeman's product is familiar with this smell. Lactic sourness up front combines with some fruity, melon-like sweetness that is soft yet assertive on the nose. Wheat makes a solid appearance. It is a pleasant aroma that surpasses any of their fruit lambics, while adhering to the primary characteristics that are unique to this brewery.

This style of beer also produces an assortment of unique flavors. Tartness washes over the tongue like dry granny smith cider. Other fruity essences include melon and a tinge of banana. The acidic bite is similar to that of a raspberry and somewhat puckering to boot. Fruity as this is, it is very dry with no hop bitterness to be found. It finishes clean and leaves the palate completely neutral. It is very different from the norm, and quite remarkable.

The beer is light bodied; and though the extreme level of carbonation aides to give the body some additional lift, the rush of bubbles becomes mildly abrasive in the mouth. However, with such a dry, clean flavor and such a light body, this spontaneously fermented beauty is very refreshing. It is perhaps the most refreshing grain-based brew of them all.

Lindeman's Cuvee Rene' scores highly where it counts. It is easy on the eyes, a temptress in the nostrils, and a joy to imbibe. It is pretty easy drinking and is one of the most unique beers on the planet. The biggest negative going for this is the relative high cost, as $7.19 could grab 6-packs of other lesser, though solid, beers. Still, for the cost and style, I would much rather be ringing in a New Year with a flute of Cuvee Rene' than I would with sparkling wine. Cheers!

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about this Belgian treat and standard bearer of the style.

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the more beautiful 12 ounce bottles I've seen, corked and capped. Slightly-hazy golden body with lots of visible carbonation. Light cover of airy white head. No lacing.

On the nose: tons of yeast and minerals, similar astringency to white wine, unripe green apple and light but noticeable funk. Wheat and light sweetness.

Lots of brett funk and substantial citrus sourness, though not quite puckering. Balanced candy sweetness, wheat and herbal hops. Fermenting fruit on the finish.

Light body with an effervescent carbonation and dry finish. Suits the beer well.

Most of my experience so far with sours has been with Cantillon, so there is a level of complexity that I'm missing here but comparing anything to Cantillon is a little unfair. Still, this is obviously a very solid gueuze presenting more than enough funkiness to satisfy. I've seen it stated that Cuvee Rene offers the best quality for your dollar when it comes to gueuze and I wouldn't doubt that. I would love to have a bunch of these around for the summer.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a snifter, part of a mini-tasting with Spdkilz (thanks for bringing this over!!!).

This poured a cloudy, light orange with a half-finger of head to start which was gone after the first few sips. The nose on this gem was a mixture of wet wood, funk, and sour apples. Not a particularly pungent sour, but just enough to let you know what's there.

Initially, it's very tart and the fruit characteristics are very prevalent. Lots of sour apples, grapes, and a touch of orange rinds. The funk taste comes through a little on the back end as well. It's medium bodied and a bit fizzy, but finished quite clean. Overall, this is definitely one of the better sours I've had right off the shelf and certainly would only get better with some age.

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, amber-gold with a big 3 fingers of white head.

Smell. Sour apples and white wine, some nice funk, all light and inviting.

Taste. Sour with some nice dry citrus flavours. Some earthy, woody funk. Some bitterness left in the mouth. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel. Light body with above medium, lively carbonation.

Overall. Nice sour beer. Wish I had tried this sooner. Will buy again.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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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.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice rich amber color with a fluffy white head

S - Nice and yeasty, like a wild ale

T - Smooth and sour and just a little bit salty. This was my first gueuze, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

M - Nice mouthfeel, a little light with a bit of carbonation

D - Very high

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4/5  rDev -2%

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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