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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,615 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 151 | 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 MeisterBurger
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey gold topped by a thick, frothy bone-white head.

The aroma is all apple cider vinegar, barnyard, granny smith apples, grass and white wine. Funky.

Sour and funky. Sour and tart green apple. Like hay straight from the barn. Finish is dry and acidic with a light dusting of white pepper.

Mouthfeel is a light and vinegary.

Easy drinking for a style that's hard to take, but I can't help feeling it's a little green right now.

MeisterBurger, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Gueuze. First sour period. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden/yellow color. Pretty clear. One finger head with big bubbles, slightly off white and good retention.

S: Very yeasty. Smells like a sour hay. Very tart. Lemon. Light sour apples. Slight spiciness. A funky smell.

T: Sour apples. Very tart. Yeasty. Again reminds me of a barn. Very funky.

M: Very thin. Makes your mouth water from the sourness, which is rather nice.

O: Don't have the taste for this style yet. Don't know if I will ever develop one or not. I will keep giving it a shot, for now. As of now I don't like this style. Don't know what all the rage is.

doughanson78, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colour, two fingers of white head, little retention with spots of lace. Smell is full of wild yeast, barnyard notes, horse blanket, floral points, funky with yeast and wheat, subtle citrus and fruit notes. Taste is initially tart, nice sourness, yeasty, sharp citrus, lemon, funky, green apple, dry and fairly complex. High carbonation, full body, lightly syrupy and a nice feel overall. Really good stuff, easily drinkable, could drink lots of this stuff easily, outstanding.

peensteen, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

liamt07, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of mrnobody
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with three and a half fingers of frothy white head; fades quickly, no lacing.

S: Smells yeasty and cider-y: tart green fruit and white wine, musty.

T: Tastes very tart; fruity but no real sweetness apparent; has a dry, bitter finish which I don't believe derives from hops but from the yeast; medicinal.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light; this is very crisp with lots of fine carbonation.

D: It's funny, this is one of those beers that's greater than the sum of its parts. I would not want to drink it all night but still worthwhile.

mrnobody, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

335 ml corked, capped and foil covered bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pulled from the cellar, this is probably only a few months (under 6) old. Served at cellar temperature around 60ºF.

A: Fairly clear orange copper body with the slightest bit of haze the more you pour and get closer to the yeast bed at the bottom. A slightly off-white fluffy and very bubbly head sits atop. The retention is really wonderful, keeping a complete cap throughout as well as some minor lacing.

S: Funky barnyard hay, a tiny whiff of milky lactose, grass and some finely milled grain. I don't necessarily get any hop qualities, but a very grainy malt base does show off a bit.

T: Dry and funky up front with a little pucker. It's quite earthy, barnyard like again with a nice malt undertone. A simple grassy bitter hop note comes through, and leaves this finishing quite dry. A lingering hay quality stays a few seconds after swallow.

M: Very effervescent still, light to medium bodied and smooth with a milky creaminess to it almost. It's very spot on for the style and helps deliver the flavor all over the palate. Very nice here.

I can see why this is such a highly rated beer from Lindemans. It's not overly sweet, sugary or off course and obscure for the style. To me, it tastes very traditional and grounded in its Belgian roots. Since this was the only bottle in my cellar, I will most certainly be grabbing more to lay down and have on hand when a Gueuze strikes my mood.

ShanePB, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of atomeyes
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my second smell-driven beer I tasted this week (the first being Westvleteren Blonde).

Smell: sulphur, minerals and hot springs. A little bit of apple in the smell, but also an acrid smell. I didn't pick up on the manure smell that some posters said they smell (that was more of the Westy Blonde). The smell is somewhere between unique, comforting and off-putting, if possible. Its like that SNL skit about smelling sour milk and how you have to go back for a second whiff.

Taste: less complex than the odour. It has a good gueuze taste without any of the sweetness I was afraid of finding (and that tends to be in inferior gueuzes). It was more of an apple taste than a sour lemony taste. Decent carbonation. Wish it had a fuller mouth feel to it. Wasn't as refreshing as I'd expect and palate-wise, was on the emptier/lighter side. Not a bad beer, but slightly disappointing.

Appearance: like a nice cider.

Overall, its a decent beer but slightly disappointing. Definitely a good entrance beer for those interested in lambics or gueuze, but not worth the $6/bottle that it costs in Ontario. I had 2 bottles and am not running out to buy more. Will age the 2nd bottle to see if any of the funky smell dissipates.

atomeyes, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

mintjellie, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of paxkey
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the stuff.
tinfoil on bottle removed reveals a bottlecap removed reveals a tiny cork.
careful opening with a wine corkscrew as you will easily break through the cork if you twist to deep. removes easily enough.
nice pop and fizz followed by a release of barnyard funk.

bubbles and pops in the glass with a symphony of fizz . the fuzzy head dissipates fast. beer is apple cider colored.

aroma is shoe leather fermenting fruit and lots of manure.

very fizzy and very sour with a funky dry finish and a taste that changes on the tongue longue after the swallow.

the aftertaste is where all the magic is with funky giving way to fruit and some malt grain no hops to detect.

this is for the adventurous drinker.

paxkey, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange colour with large head. Some nice lacing on the glass. Smells fairly tart, with a hint of wheat. Some vinegar type aroma as well. Flavour has a mild sourness to it, quite nice. Very smooth carbonation level. I'm glad this came to Ontario, I plan to pick up several bottles.

kwjd, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - The cork comes out with hardly a pop. Pours with very little apparent carbonation. Hazy orange body with a little bit of whispy lacing.

Smell - Vinegary tart aroma. Wheat and lemon. A bit of a funk to it, but not much.

Taste - Acidic body that masks any complexity, I think. Otherwise, there's some lemony citrus flavors and some wheat. In the back is a lingering sourness of the vinegar persuasion and funk that is pretty appealing.

Mouthfeel - Could be crisper with more carbonation. It feels a bit flat and it makes it feel heavier than it is.

Overall - I liked this the first time I had it. It was the first gueuze I ever had. I now realize how mediocre this is in comparison to some of the greats. It's still drinkable and even enjoyable, but not what I'd call a good example.

Alieniloquium, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle purchased at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts, wheat, and moderate funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with a wheat twang up front with wet hay and herbal hops coming in near the back end. The ending is crisp with a light hint of tartness. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, and not surprised despite the name as I’ve heard many good things. A nice and readily available beer for the style, worth a shot.

glid02, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Somewhat funky barnyard aroma with hints of hay and lemon-lime. Not as big as I would of thought.

The flavor really picks up. Tart fruitiness that is complimented by the funk. Not as pungent as Cantillon beers but pleasantly tart. Dry and acidic is just what this beer should be. Finishes with some grassiness.

Light body with lively carbonation.

A truely enjoyable Gueuze that is widely available.

morimech, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of fragilehearted
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, capped & corked. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - 2 finger head, goes down fairly quickly to cover+ring. Hazy golden color.

S - wow - never really realized what "barnyard funk" truly could be till this. I literally think I may inhale some hay. You also get some of the candied sweet smell/tart that is typical with Lindemans. Lemon/citrus. Pretty unique.

T - puckering funky tartness! It definitely smells sweeter than it tastes. Acidic aftertaste, which I'm not a huge fan of.

M - pretty dry. Light-bodied. Carbonation is fine. Can't really taste any alcohol.

O/D - this is my first gueuze review (& I've only had a couple of them before), & I'd have to say it's drinkable, but you have to like sours. Lots of people say that this is a good intro to sours. I might recommend something else, I guess it depends on what you typically like. Maybe this one if you're a Saison fan. But overall, it's a bit too sour to be too drinkable...one is enough.

fragilehearted, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale orange color; active carbonation but thin, white, fizzy head that dissipates to a thin haze. The aroma is malty with sourish fruit notes: citrus and lemon peel along with spicy peppercorn and coriander. Ample Brett aroma. Flavor is rather sour and tart; definitely funky but the Brett does not overpower the taste, as the fruit and spice notes come through also. It becomes sweeter as the palate adjusts. The mouthfeel is thin but crisp from the carbonation.

goldbot, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states: "Bottled 23 Nov 2012" ??

A: This poured a clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like lots of funk and musk and horse blanket, with vinegar and very wild yeast, and a bit of apricot.
T: It tasted like sour apple and tart under-ripe apricot, with some puckering persimmon and vinegar and funk. It had a very clean and crisp tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, much like champagne.
D: This was a nice gueuze! Surprisingly clean and crisp with more funk than other sours I've tried recently. The tartness was bold but not over powering. The body was fitting and helped drinkability, although it would still be tough to finish more than 6 or 8 ounces of this in a sitting. Age as long as you want, I'm sure it'll be fine for many years. Recommended.

Pencible, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Rhettroactive, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Piraat tulip. Split with the wife.

A single finger of snowy white foam formed on top of the golden honey body. The head quickly dissipated, leaving zero lace behind.

Brett funk, lemon zest and grass make up the nose. Something else in the background has me puzzled...almost a plastic odor...

The sourness crawls under your tongue right at the beginning of the taste and linger there throughout. The initial tartness fades to a mellow center where the citrus lemon comes out for a brief instance. The finish is almost sweet in comparison to the start.

Medium bodied, well carbonated with a dry finish.

This is pretty much the standard I judge all others in this style by. Acidic and tart...puckering...tasty!

mgbickel, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml bottle into a flute.

A- Hazy orange/golden. Pours with minimal large, effervescing white head, that fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Funky farmhouse & horse-blanket...sweet and sour fruits....interesting.

T- Sweet and sour orange/citrus notes...with the edge going to the sweet. Apples and grapes. Incredibly, my craft-beer hating wife sampled, and did not find the taste to be objectionable...and even came perilously close to admitting to like it...

M- Crisp, dry, and effervescent, with slightly biting carbonation. Almost like a dry, sparkling wine/ champagne.

O- Good. Easy drinking, enjoyable change of pace beer...

Future outlook: A beer that delivers what I'd expect and hope for it to deliver. Not something that I'll drink frequently, but definitely something I'll consider picking up just to have around.

DoctorDog, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with a hint of orange. Two of the three pours were translucent and almost transparent. Mine was a bit cloudy as I got the last of the bottle. Decent amount of foamy head and some medium-to-large bubbles in the glass.

S: Crisp apple, funk, horse blanket, hay. Reminds me of a fall morning on a farm when apple picking. I don't know how to better characterize it, but it's amazing.

T: Very tart, moderately acidic, and quite refreshing. A bit funky, but less than the scent would have led me to think. Sourness rises after a few sips. As it warms and as my tongue adjusts, it becomes more moderate and almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider, but with significantly less sweetness or apple flavor.

M: Somewhat champagne-like, but with slightly larger bubbles. Again, almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider.

O: Good gueuze. Too bad many people avoid it just because it's from Lindemans. It'd be interesting to see how much funk develops in this if it were laid down for a few years.

jnn4v, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright and hazy yellowish orange, with some pretty enormous white foamy head. not much lacing.

funky, sweet and grassy, with some definite lemon characteristics. lots of farmhouse scents too.

oh sweet jesus is that tart! extremely dry too. lots of that old farmhouse funk too, just buried deeep underneath the tart and sour notes. has some serious fruitiness going on, lots of grape and apple. it is almost like a wine. its just soooo dry, but its really, really complex and actually quite good. but be warned, this is quite a shock if you aren't quite sure what to expect.

the mouthfeel, is very thin but bubbly and having a dry, dry finish leaves quite an impression.

drinkability is quite nice. it is light bodied and quite tasty.

overall, this is one hell of a change of pace, it retains a very refreshing quality while having an extreme amount of flavor. also it is quite drinkable, as it is fairly low gravity and has some really neat carbonation.

ryanonline, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear yellow, very thin white head that did not last very long.
S: funky, a little fruity, the typical brett barn yard and plastic. No hop at all.
T: very tart, dry almost no sweetness. A bit fruity and the funk and a bit of lemon.
M: very dry, crisp, make my mouth water after each sip.
O: good first in style for me, and makes me want to try more.

rootbeerman, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a flute.

Pours a yellowish orange with a thin head but steady stream of bubbles.

Smell is a sharp, grassy, appley, earthy, complex.

Taste is a very dry, tart, blend of sour, grassy malt, and odd yeast.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Overall this is a very tight, focused beer that is all that I expected.

aubuc1, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02 April 2010

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a finger and a half’s worth of head that fades fairly quickly to a thin coating of bubbles

S: Barnyard funky yeast and some spices, maybe some lemon in there as well

T: Same as the smell, fairly sour and definite barnyard funk. This is what is mostly there, along with hints of lemon peel. Sticks with these, which is great in a gueuze

M: Fairly light bodied with full carbonation. Carbonation helps the sourness out a bit

O: A great gueuze by Lindemans, definitely on the sour side if you like your gueuze like that. Good for the summer time, as it’s fairly low in abv and hits the spot on a hot day

BEERMILER12, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, capped and corked, code L L10IGCR

Carefully decanted, appears bright golden orange with a monstrous fluffy off-white head. Plenty of visibly active carbonation in the beer and some splotches of lacing. Smells tart, funky, plenty of must. A powerful lemony aroma came out when I first opened the bottle but now it's nowhere to be found. That lemon definitely shows up in the taste, acidic but not sour. The flavors intensify as it continues to warm. Light bodied with carbonation that is a bit prickly, and a dry/puckering finish.

Allpe45, Jun 06, 2011
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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