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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
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1,627 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 74
Gots: 155 | FT: 7
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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 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
Photo of slentz
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice bottle. Gold colored foil wrapper on the top. A bottle from the future. Bottled date reads Nov 23, 2012. Cap and cork, awesome. Very light pop when pulling the cork. Poured at 50 degrees into my Allagash tulip glass.

A: Pours light pale golden hue with 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin ring of tight bubbles. No lacing on the glass nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells a little musty with banana, lemon, and orange notes. This one doesn't have an awfully strong aroma. Definitely reminds me of the smell of champagne.

T: Nice sharp slightly sour and tart taste. Goes down fairly easily. Tastes of lemon and orange come out as detected in the aroma. Very little alcohol detected. Definitely a good beer for the warmer weather.

M: Carbonation is prickly on the tongue which makes it nice and light. Slightly oily consistency.

O: Good but not tart or sour enough to my liking. This is my first Gueuze so I am not sure if they are regularly more tart/sour or not. Overall a very nice beer and I'm glad I got to try this. I think I would pick this up again once or twice a year.

slentz, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one bought from TJ's in Paoli. Poured into my Lindemans glass.Clear auburn color with a decent white heading.Lots of action going on here very alive and inviting.

Smell is mostly of soft fruits with a nice grainy touch. It does have that ever so nice lindemans yeast aroma,slightly spicey,slightly funky.

Taste starts off a little tart in which a different vinegar like twang takes over with that good ol' barnyard funkiness quickly being introduced.Some softer notes of apple, peach,pear,and lemon.Very creeping lip smacking puckering in the end.

Mouth is beauitful.Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.Awesome balance on the palate.

One of the very best of the Lindemans group.

TheFightfan1, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Airyk12
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden copper with a finger of foamy white head. Leaves a good web of lacing down the glass.

Smells tart, with some fruit and spice, with a strong musty, horse blanket smell.

Tart, but not too strong. Some fruit, spice, and again, a little musty. Very strange.

Light body and some carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth.

A good beer. Has that pure, farmhouse style flavor. Complex, yet approachable for newbies to the world of sours. Low alcohol makes it quite sessionable.

Airyk12, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of calebroberts811
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Simply gorgeous golden orange color, plenty of carbonation with a pretty off-white head.

S - Musty old leather, aged cheese, vinegar, champagne, dry mustard, with the sweetness coming from subtle white grape/grapefruit notes.

T - Holy crap, this thing is funky. Sour apple, pineapple, old champagne, citrus rind, and black tea tannins pretty much dominate the palette. If any of you have ever had that fermented tea drink called kombucha, this is like a refined and elegant version of that. Also included is a distinguished white wine vinegar component. Absolutely delicious.

M - Surprisingly refreshing and I'd kill to have some food with this. It could be from the funkiness but the mouthfeel reminds me of a cheese as it is almost creamy.

O - Seriously one of the best beers I've had in awhile and it's a bit disappointing that this is the only readily-available gueuze in my area because I may have a new favorite style.

calebroberts811, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml -> Noble Pils Glass (Girlfriend used the Lindemans Flute)

My first Gueuze.

A ~ Poured very carefully with a huge head. Murky dark pumpkin with some golden highlights. Has alot of character.

S ~ Clove, oak, barnyard, faint barley. Very astringent.

T ~ Tart! Pepper, Grass, Hay, Mud, Pineapple, Grannysmith, Cumquat, Dill, Okra, Kiwi, Smoked wood. A lot going on.

M ~ Prickly and vinegaresque with great carbonation.

D ~ I love Sours. I'll buy this again and again.

chocosushi, May 29, 2011
Photo of Lothore
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep tangerine in color with a frothy 2 finger head that faded fairly quickly.

S- Faint smell, slightly acidic, lemony.

T- Apricot, lemon, funk, slightly acidic on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- A fairly drinkable if not tame example of the style.

Lothore, May 28, 2011
Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz capped and corked bottle (first beer to use a corkscrew on!) poured into my Duvel tulip. Label says bottled July 2010.

Appearance: Hazy golden color, pours with a huge white head that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very tart, some lemon in there as well as sour apple

Taste: A tart as the smell would suggest, kinda fruity, lemon, sour apple, a little chalky, most of these flavors are strange to me and hard to describe. Some of it resembles the Ommegang beers I've had that were brewed with brett, but not on this level.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body, high carbonation, encourages you to drink small amounts slowly.

Overall: Pretty good, but incredibly strange and foreign to me. I will try more sours, as they are interesting, but I will take my time with them. I will probably eventually revisit this when I get more experience with sours.

MadCat, May 27, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite lindemans product by far! I can find these almost anywhere, which is great for when I want a cheap/accessible gueuze. 12 oz capped and corked bottle poured into a tulip at 45-50 degrees.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a billowing head. Looks great

S - The nose is a bit of a letdown. Its pretty mild but I do smell lemons, sour apples and some light funk.

T - Lemon peel, sour apples, malt and a barnyard funk that isn’t overwhelming. Very tart, sour and refreshing. The carbonation is perfect as well. I let this one warm up to room temperature and some more spices/funk came out. Very tasty!

O - Very good gueuze considering its price and availability. Will be picking up a few more to cellar.

davey101, May 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was wonderful. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass.

Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. . The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.

overall much better then i was expecting

mikesgroove, May 25, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Shared with a friend. From notes.

A - Poured gold with no visible carbonation. Bright. No lacing left and just a ring of retention.

S - Nice. Full of grape, sour notes, and lemon.

T - Much nicer than the aroma which seemed a little muted. Lot's of grapes, dust, and lemon. A stingy sour note up front turns to a little sweetness then back to sour.

M - Strong carbonation with a medium body.

O/D - Not a bad Gueuze but not a great one. Seems run of the mill. Worth a try though. Nothing really jumps out about it.

tbeckett, May 24, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Gueuze pours out as a really nice bright golden yellow with a pretty nice looking head to which was interesting. The smell was not as acidic as most beer of this style out there but it gave me some reassurance that this brew would be drinkable. The acidic smell was balanced with a sweetness on the nose. The taste was also balanced in the same manner. I really was surprised on how drinkable this was for me. Most of the time a Gueuze is just too much for me.

Knapp85, May 19, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/1811

Cloudy, slightly faded golden color. Foam billows up quickly to about an inch and a half and immediately starts to decay just the same. Retention settles for a thin layer of bubbles. Not much for lace.

Grassiness leads off the aroma with a hint of watery lemon to back it up. Stray flourishes of tart apple. Funky, musty notes envelop the aforementioned aromas and calls to mind cheese.

The taste is more tart fruit than that of funk, at least upfront. Notes of tart, crisp apples and, at times, apple cider undercurrents. As the beer warms, more funkiness picks up in the middle - musty with notes of water-logged wood. One aspect I don't care like is that the fruit notions creep back in after the funk subsides; I like the tart fruit at the beginning but on the finish it seems like double-dipping. There is a reasonable amount of sour tidings throughout.

Light, crisp body with ample carbonation even after it opens up. Carbonation is prickly at first, mellowing to merely fizzy later in the glass. Dry, musty finish lingers, tapering off and eventually becoming hollow.

On the whole, not bad. However, the prominence of fruit throughout the flavor profile is a bit cutesy in my book. I like it more the warmer it gets.

Ryan011235, May 19, 2011
Photo of ryanhall
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

love the beer i drank a case in a couple days oops its amazing beer i'm a chef and we use this to make an aolio sauce which makes for a taste dipper for frites or put on a sandwich top knock brewer looking forward to my next case its flavors are some of the best from them ands its tartness is perfect 5.0 for me

ryanhall, May 18, 2011
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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