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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
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1,649 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,649
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 75
Gots: 159 | 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 Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the missing link between Rodenbach Grand Cru(Flanders Red Ale) and the Oude Geuzes! That may seem strange to you, because they are complete different syles. But if you 'taste closer' you'll find parallels.

L: nice golden/yellow, almost the same colour as the label;
S: a great bouquet of brettanomyces bruxellensis and a bit oak ofcourse (but less than the traditional Oude Geuzes), with a little element of orange, ripe apple and lactics.
T: a good follow up from the smell; bitterness comes up in the right quantity and stops at the right time, and the little sweetness invites you then to take the next nip; elements of champagne and the real Normandic apple cider (from the region of Calvados);
M: perfect;
O: I don't know how many hectoliters they brew from this kind of great beer, but it feels to me that this Cuvée René has the best commercial potential of all Oude Geuzes. Nice to try if you don't know this kind of beer; but also for specialists: I think it's a classic.

The missing link!

Bottle 37,5 cl.

Filosoof, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Poured into wide flute glass...

A- Reddish orange with a film of head and a decent lacing on the glass.

S- Sour BBQ sauce. Really, its very sour but has that smokey sweet woody aroma to remind me of good ol southern BBQ. This beer now makes me hungry!

T/M- One of the best values for an off the shelf sour. Very sour and pungent- vinegar. Woody, earthy, and tart citrus all the way. Light body with low carbonation but a nice crisp sour stinging the tongue.

O- Great value. I we could get this in TN because it really is a decent, mouth puckering beer.

TheGordianKnot, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Bottled on 4/2/10.

A- pours a clear shade of light orange with a one finger white head. The head actually sticks around for awhile, which is a little stunning. Looks gorgeous

S- getting a decent bit of apple and pear out of this one...its OK

T- good tart flavor without being very overwhelming at all. Lots of pears in the flavor...the tartness really isn't puckering, but it lets you know its there

M- body is fine, maybe a little thin. I'd expect nothing less

O- very solid beer. Great beginner sour

bigfnjoe, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml into tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a short, white head over a chill hazed golden body, with fair amount of carbonation flowing up the middle. Head fades to perma ring.

Aromas are inviting. Up front is mostly a musty, Belgian yeasty quality with a light citrus tart in the secondary.

Flavors are great - same path as the aromas, with hay and funk leading off, and tart apple, and lemon coming into play. Some cardboard-like quality in the finish.

Mostly dry mouthfeel, with some bright sour peaking through in middle. Finishes quite dry.

This could be my favorite in the Lindeman's lineup, and while it might not get the high accolades of some others in the style, it's a readily accessible and relatively inexpensive offering. Good value!

BeerImmediately, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Cuvée René pours a bright golden color with a bubbly white head that sticks around on top of the beer and leaves some delicate lace.

Smell: Tart and lactic, with a little bit of light funk. Mostly tart lemon and lemon zest with some musty barnyard notes.

Taste: A little bit of dry crackery malt, a generous dose of tart lemon, chalky yeast and some must and grassy notes at the end. This is clean, simple, and the flavor is fairly short.

Mouthfeel: Vivacious carbonation, light to medium bodied, with a pleasant acidic tartness. Crisp and fairly dry.

Overall: This is a nice introduction into the gueuze family.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After taking off a few days from beer after a great tasting in Houston I decided to have one tonight. I've only had Gueze Lambics at tastings and never had a full bottle, so I'm excited, and am a rookie to this.

Poured into a Tulip

Appearance-A Golden honey color with nice carbonation streaming to the top. Head is a 3 finger white bubbly head that dissipates fairly quick, leaving very little lacing.

Smell-First thing I pick up is saison(ish) farmhouse funk. A few swirls in the glass and I get some apple and pear, slightly sour.

Taste-So I've been getting into sours, and I'm definitely about 50/50 with them right now, and thoguht i'd get more out of this buts rather easy to drink. The front of the lips i get some tart green apple then I get some pretty subtle belgian yeasts with a finish thats a little peppery and sour and pretty dry.

Mouthfeel-More on the light bodied side with moderate to high carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall-I can see why this beer is considered an entry level queze. It's very easy to drink, the tartness comes through. A beer I would definitely drink alot more often.

SWMeyer4141, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of MattyV
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very gentle pour into a Duvel tulip still yields 1.5 fingers of white head sitting atop a hazy deep golden beer. Aroma's a mix of funk/musty notes along with tart green apple, perhaps slightly dominated by the tart/sour components. Funk is more noticeable as it warms. Taste is of citrus (mostly lemons?) as well as the noticeable barnyard funk. Not overpowering in terms of sourness, but still provides a lingering reminder in the cheeks while remaining crisp and refreshing. Light to medium-bodied and high carbonation gives this a nice lively mouthfeel. Inexperienced with the style, so waited until my 2nd bottle to give this a review. The sourness was not as intense as I expected, but I found this to be refreshing in this warm weather, all the while hoping for a bit more complexity.

MattyV, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of DavidST
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.

DavidST, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a mild amount of funk and some lemon. Nothing too complex, but fairly nice. The flavor doesn't take it to the level that I expect from a really nice gueuze, but it does go down easily. Nice funk, but it needs to be a bit strong with greater complexity. Light body and good carbonation. Dry finish. Funk throughout, though it's mild. Pretty good and easy-drinking.

Thorpe429, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Kartoffeln
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a bit of an orange hue, cloudy from sediment and carbonation, and a sizeable white head of fine, dense bubbles. Excellent retention, gradually settling to nearly a half-inch cap.

S: A sharp, slightly sweet cider vinegar aroma and a funky mustiness dominate the nose, but let through smells of dry white wine, fresh fruit, lemon, spicy yeast, and wheaty malts.

T: Lemon juice and cider vinegar give a tart kick before seguing into milder lactic sourness and tastes of green apples, white wine (reminiscent of champagne), understated malts, and a bit of yeast.

M: Hovering between light and medium bodied, but it feels quite light with high levels of crisp, champagne-like carbonation. The finish is dry and clean, leaving no more than slight astringency on the palate.

D: I can't compare it to much else as it's the only gueuze I've had, but it seems to be pretty solid. The flavour profile seemed a bit shallow even after acclimatising to the initial bitterness, but it's well worth trying if only to make you rethink what beer is. Piquant.

Kartoffeln, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Vengeance526
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off-white head that soon fades away and leaves small traces of lacing.

Tart aroma of apples and lemon with some funk.

Taste starts off mildly sour with tart apple upfront followed closely by lemon and grapes with a somewhat funky finish.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a great starter into the realm of sour beers.

Vengeance526, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with about half an inch of head.

The smell starts with a great yeasty fart. Once it mellows out I get dry sour apple and pale malt.

The taste is not puckering, but still very tart. Dry apple, lemon juice, slight vinegar. Goes down easily.

Liked it quite a bit for my first lambic (though not my first sour by a long shot.)

OBeerMeGreatOne, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml into a tumbler, no decipherable date or vintage marking on the bottle.

Upon pouring, the liquid appears a some what hazy straw golden yellow with a one finger head. Effervescent bubbles dance to the top in rapid fashion and rest under the head.

The smell is forward with hay and lemon rind, with musty notes throughout. Kind of subtle for a gueuze, really. Less aromatic than most other gueuzes I'm used to drinking.

Big citric notes on the tongue at first, like biting into a lemon. Followed by sweet, airy wheat flavors and some funk similar to hay and a damp cellar. Not exactly cheesey but not a clean citric acidic flavor to this either, it seems like there is some lactic in there as well. Finishes with more of that tart lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium and spritzy. A little sticky as well. Drying on the palate upon swallowing.

Overall, an okay gueuze. Lacking in aroma but the lemon and earthy hay flavors are nice. A more approachable take on the style, and something I try to suggest to people when wanting to try a gueuze for the first time. Also, it's availability and price is nice which helps my overall opinion of the beer.

auroracrisis, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage November 2010, poured into a snifter on date reviewed.

Pours a hazy toasted malt colored golden body. Head is made up of large bubbles and is off white, but quickly fades away leaving the surface glassy.

When held up to my nose, the nose of this beer immediately strikes of tart fruits, especially juicy granny smith apples. A light kiss of funk accentuates the tart and slightly sour aroma.

The first flavor to be detected on my palate is sour dryness, which isn't powerful in its pucker factor, but is wonderfully attention-grabbing. The dry feel gives way to a slightly sweeter fruitiness (apples) and a touch of malt. The brett-influenced funkiness shows up here as well, even further deepening the myriad of flavors. As everything comes to a close a wonderfully integrated oak flavor appears and adds a smoothing vanilla touch to the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium with higher bubbly carbonation. This is one of the only styles that I find very pleasing when highly carbonated.

Conclusion: A masterpiece. This isn't the best gueuze I have had the pleasure of tasting, but it is still a wonderful beer. Please go buy this and drink it with a friend.

allforbetterbeer, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of DrewShal9
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: honey/golden color with thin white head that dissolves quickly
S: sour, apples, sour lemon, hay, earth
T: funky and vinegary. Initially my first full reminded me of acidic vomit but then as I continued to drink the geuze, I tasted sour cherries and green apple. Funky and different. My first geuze.
M: very bubbly and effervescent. Almost like champagne but not as drying.
O: definitely interested in trying other geuzes now. I don't think I have a strong palate for the flavors yet I well definitely develop one!

DrewShal9, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single corked bottle from the LCBO (!), which represents the first authentic gueuze I've seen in Ontario for about two years. Really excited to see this, as I've been eagerly anticipating another Lindemans brew after purchasing a few of the sweeter, fruitier varieties in the states.

Poured into my oft-neglected, rarely used Lindemans fluted souvenir glass. After popping the cork, what flowed forth was very champagne-like, bubbly and effervescent. When things settled down, what remained was a slightly murky honey-golden brew with lively bubbles of carbonation floating to the surface. And, like a champagne, the head, while initially mighty, quickly receded to a fine ring. While not much to look at, this was about right for the style.

The nose is classic gueuze: apple vinegar, hay, funk, wild farmland (how this is a "smell" is beyond me), lemon and dry apple cider. A year ago I would have hated this, but now my mouth is watering a little.

The sourness is quite overpowering at first, but as my tongue acclimatizes, I'm getting some interesting notes of dry apple cider, hay, yeast, a bit of earthiness and champagne grapes. Very, very sour, but oddly enough, I'm quite enjoying it. Light, airy, effervescent.

Though I've had a few brews that stylized themselves as gueuze, this was my first approach at something more authentic, and I have to say I'm digging it. That sour acidic taste is no longer something I'm avoiding, but rather something I'll actively seek out. Brews like this challenge one's perceptions of what a beer is, and the rewards are well worth the exploration. But, I totally understand if a lot of people will hate this, because its very, very different.

JohnnyBarman, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of heebes
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light wheat golden with some white head. Nose is funky, yeast, banana, apple. Taste is sour, tart, bit of wheat in the finish; mostly sour apples, sweet. Mouthfeel is moderate, medium body. Overall, not digging the style, not something i'll return to.

heebes, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2010. Into a tulip.

Fulvous yellow, peppered with some specks and hazy enough to obscure my fingers to shadows. An expansive, fizzy white crown two inches tall pops away quickly, leaving a silky top layer and great arcs of lace.

Moderate tartness in the nose is met with lemon peel, green apple, and perhaps some sour cherry. Smooth oak and some peppery spice is also in there.

Mildly acetic, the tartness here is pretty much perfect. Not abrasive, yet snappy enough to be refreshing. Tart apple vinegar, white grapes, fresh oak, a hint of funky hay. Fairly drying finish.

Effervescent. The beer explodes into fizz as it moves, the medium-light body just falling apart. Acerbic finish.

Smooth, tasty stuff, and better than I expected from Lindeman’s.

Phelps, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene

Appearance: hazy yellow, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: lambic fruity sourness.

Taste: lambic acidic notes and a bitter fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice lambic. The flavor is pure and smooth. It has some great well balanced flavor as well.

megahurts4, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Age and bottling date not known.

A light orange to hint of red hued body with a slightly opaque quality. A soapy white head forms but falls a little quick. Lots of rising carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a great mixture of sea salt and bret. Hints of lemon candy sour fruit as well. Smells wonderful.

Taste is matching the nose. Salty but not briny, a little wet in the texture but leave a good tart finish. Mild acid on the swallow with lemon, but leaves a clean light feeling. Very mild and easy drinking.

Overall pretty good, but can't say I was blown away by this. It definitely feels salty more than anything which is interesting. Enjoyable I would have it again, and probably a reason why this is the most reviewed Gueze on beer advocate.

smakawhat, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

Look (3.5/5) - the look was a bit disappointing, really. The color is a rich gold. It's much too cloudy for the style, a little less than a witbier actually. The head rose quickly and was fairly large, but fell too fast and without any lacing.

Smell (4.5/5) - The smell was ideal. Some sourness, of a sharp sour-grape, berry, or crab-apple sort. The brunky-brett aroma (goat, hay) was in there as, but more gentle and balanced. Slight vanilla in the nose. A little bit reminiscent of sour sugar candy.

Flavor (5/5) - the flavor is excellent and well-balanced. A touch more malt than on the nose with a hint of sweetness to it (overall it is tart wheat and some biscuit). Medium-light sourness is certainly present, but not overpowering. It has the same fruity tones to it and the brett is a little less intense on the tongue than on the nose. The finish has a nice lasting tang.

Feel (4.5/5) - Very good. Light body and very high carbonation. Any more body and the sharp flavors wouldn't play all that well. Fizz compliments the long, sour finish.

Drink (4.5/5) - This was a great brew. Both very drinkable ad intensely flavorful. The brew would have been perfect, if not for the problems with its looks.

Rijtjeshuis, Aug 02, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

WeedKing4, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, served in oversized wine glass.
Reviewed from notes.

Lightly hazed orange body with a fluffy meringue head. Excellent lacing and retention.
Smells like apples, pears, oak, sour lactic and citric acid, and a little vinegar note. The taste follows suit.
Wow. Considering how little I think of Lindeman's other beers (except Cassis), I cannot believe how good this beer is.
I've had lots of gueuze-- buy at this pricepoint and availability, Cuvee Rene is top-notch.
Light airy body with a strong sourness that pulls at my cheeks; this beer is a delicious treat that I can drink anytime!

AleWatcher, Jul 31, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear bright pale orange with a small white head of foam. Dissipated rather quickly.

S - lots if acidity at first. A bit of barnyardy funk. Slight sweet bready malts. A little bit buttery.

T - very similar to the nose with bright acidity and a very slight malt sweetness. Some green apple character in the middle. Some funkyness toward the end. Dry and tart finish.

M - medium bodied. Very crisp with bright carbonation.

O - I just wasn't crazy about that little funk bit in the end but otherwise a very refreshing beer for a sticky summer eve.

Teleweizen2, Jul 31, 2011
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.