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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,651 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,651
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 76
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 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
Photo of Teleweizen2
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
Photo of DCon
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ML bottle of this from 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $16.99. Poured from the gold foiled bottle around the cap and top into a Budweiser Holiday Tulip Glass. Has no sign of freshness date but has destroyed series of letters & numbers on the back of bottle in white.

Aroma- Starts with a nice sour aroma with a huge goaty background. Has a light oak aroma here also and this compliments the style COMPLETELY! Very good attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 5 finger, thick head that seems to last forever! A bit hazy but might have been from throwing the bottle around from the Wine Bar to the flat... Has a pale orange color body and has a ton of lace left behind. Can't get any better!

Flavor- Huge sour, upfront taste and then has nice malt sweetness next. Honey-like and gouty once again and doesn't seem to draw any negatives. No hop bitterness or even any taste for that matter. PERFECT Gueuze!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, VERY highly carbonated., Thirst Quenching but then a huge Puckering flavor at the end.

Overall Impression- This is now tied with one of my favorite Gueuze beers! Great qualities, sour, mouth puckering, and the goaty and malty characteristics are well blended. The only complaint with this one was the price... Will be looking to see if I can get a reduced price @ the Liquor store!

DCon, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper in color with some fine lace and bubbles.

Plenty of of tartness in the nose.

Taste is even more tart. Very crisp and plenty of carbonation. Some lemon and orange fruity bits present. Malty characters and no hop presence.

This is supposed to be a starter gueeze or lambic. It's really a nice beer and something I could easily have again and again. This hits the spot on a hot day.

stewart124, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange yellow with a 1 finger white head,

smell: sour, tart, apples, funk, brett,

taste: sour, tart, apples, brett,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very good representation of the style. totally different then anything else I've had from Lindemans. definitely recommend this beer.

Cheers,
the CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large wine glass two two fingers, decent head and some lacing - an orange amber color - Smell is yeasty, some fruit and banana - Taste - is sour and earthy, funk, really unpleasantly balanced - like a funky dry sweet wine - not so much yeast/banana - Mouthfeel is dry, medium body and carbonation - Overall I was very disappointed in parting with $6.45 for this brew - could be it is not my style but I will not be grabbing this again.

Stocean1, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange with a fluffy 3-finger white head. Moderate retention with soapy, bigger-bubbled lace.

The nose is a heady, musty mix of barnyard aromas and tart fruit- a grainy malt not unlike animal feed (either that or the barnyard smells are so huge that I'm just associating it as animal feed), an intense yeasty chalkiness and sour aromas of apple, pear, cherry and orange.

The medium-bodied palate kicks off with a big rush of sour green apple, that same animal feed-like grain and a delicate chalky creaminess sitting quietly in the background. Hops are undetectable, while the mouthfeel gains a much-needed robustness as you get more into the yeasty latter-half of the brew. A mild sweetness joins on the finish but the overall presentation remains wholly tart and the flavors are mostly funky.

My first Gueuze, technically, but it definitely mirrors the experiences I've had with a lot of sours- a touch harsh and unharmonized upon first pour but nicely comes together over half an hour. The flavors in this were pretty straightforward, but they were intense and balanced- that is if you prefer your sours to lean more toward the barnyardy side of things- and the brew itself wasn't puckeringly tart either. There was enough of that chalky creaminess and slight sweetness to round out the acidity. I don't think I'd take a Gueuze over an Oud Bruin but this is solid for the style.

TheWhiskerReview, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of bryehn
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most certainly my first in the style, thought I was buying a regular Lambic, not a "double".

Pours a hazy, wheat-ish, almost American IPA pencil yellow. A decent sudsy collar stays after the moderate tan-coloured head burns off.

Witbier-esque banana and bubble gum come off the top of my regular-sized wine glass. After that, I get an undersized apple and ripe cherry citrus fruitiness.

Wow, that's a sour beer! Tart and sour, like unripened apples, rhubarb or white grapes. Very tart, bitter and I can't seem to find anything else. Tastes great though despite the imbalance, could have easily gone gross.

Very prickly and tart on the front of the tongue. Smooth; like a creamy light white wine.

Sour, yet highly drinkable. Awesome unripe, but overrripe fruit tones.

bryehn, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too lazy to look, but I think this might be my first gueuze.

Slightly orangish-tan, cloudy, large swelling head that goes down to about two fingers, then one, then lasts, leaving thick chunks and sheets of sticky lacing.

Smell is apple-y, with tinges of delicious, a bit of granny smith, and a notable portion of crabapple. Also very earthy and tart. You can smell a light sourness too.

Taste is dry and tart, no trace of hops but plenty of pungent mallt flavors, the apple smell translates to the taste but more subtly than you'd expect.

Overall I'm really liking this brew. It mixes various aspects of beer that I happen to really like, such as sourness, fruitiness, dryness and ease of drinking. Coming from this brewery, I'm not surprised it's good.

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 2010. Poured into my brooklyn tulip, pours a murky gorgeous orange yellow color. Awesome foamy head that stays around forever. Big bubbles, and the funky smell permeates from the bottle. Smell- funky cherries, tart barnyard funk, white wine grapes, peppery lemon scent? Taste- puckering sour, cherries, maybe a hint of pepper and lemon sourness. Wow. I'm in love.

lnashsig, Jul 22, 2011
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
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.