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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,615 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
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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 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
Photo of projectflam86
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Musty citrus aroma with a good bit of funk.

T- Sharp and tart initially with some leather and funk. A bit of spice in the finish. Sour with a tart green apple flavor.

M- Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry with a mouth-pukcering finish.

O- Overall quite a bit more sour than I was expecting but pretty good!

projectflam86, May 18, 2011
Photo of knucks999
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a great beer for the price. With the right pouring technique, this pours almost bright into my Duvel glass. Notes of bretty barnyard and lactic sourness fill the headspace in the glass. The taste is similar, incredibly drinkable. Not much foam of lacing. High carbonation.

knucks999, May 16, 2011
Photo of suspect
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Thanks to beerwolf for the hookup. I have never tried or reviewed this type of beer before. Take this with the proverbial grain of salt.

A: Cloudy gold color. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that disappears almost immediately to a thin ring. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Sour notes, funky yeast smells. I've heard barnyard, or barn floor. I guess that's an okay way to describe it, but it's really the sour that is in the forefront of my nose.

T: Has the flavors of a sweet tart, or spree even. Sour candy flavor that is wonderful. One of the most interesting beers I've had. Following the flavor of smarties is a yeasty taste that reminds me of sourdough bread.

M: Starts thin with tons of carbonation and finishes sticky and dry leaving my mouth in need of more. Man that sour really makes me pucker.

O: This is an eye opener for me. It's pretty cool what you can do with water, barley, hops, and yeast. This thing is like those sour patch kids without the sweet finish. It's really exceptional.

suspect, May 15, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden color.. 1 finger of dense head..

S: lemon juice sourness.. barnyard funk.. wet hay.. some skunkines also that I don't remember smelling on past bottles..

T: upfront you get that funk!.. then comes in that lemon sourness with some light vinegar.. more wet hay & funk.. finish is like a bitterness of funk with some moldy cheese hints.. leaves a lingering funk taste..

Mf: prickly carbonation that coats the tongue.. medium body..

O: a great sour beer. Great intro starter as well.

aval89, May 13, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy honey color into a thin tulip with a few fingers of nice champagne head that lingers as a half finger. Beautiful art deco bottle...odd it's both corked and capped.

Nose is sour fruits, mostly lemon, some subtle vinegar and light hay.

Body is medium and dry, with a nice crisp carbonation acidity. Mostly tart lemon and not terribly sweet, either, which I enjoyed.

I really liked this one. Could easily enjoy more sourness, but for the style I think this was right on. Great sipper.

OldIronLungs, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faintly cloudy gold, huge off-white head slowly shrinks to lasting thin foam, tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is very nice paradigmatic Gueuze quality – rustic sour fruits and grain, lots of yeast, wet hay, herbs, lemon.

Taste is drysih but not too dry, with nice Gueuze rutic character overall – lemon and spicy herb, light soured pear, hint of sweetness, yeasty character, wet hay, hint of leafiness, and excellent interplay of the elements. It’s lively and engaging and overall wonderful.

Offa, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared with two others. Poured into Portsmouth tulip glass.

A - Amber apple juice like color with a finger of white head and a whole bunch of carbonation.

S - Muted funkiness with lemony back end.Surprisingly muted. Little bit of granny smith apple.

T - Sour apple and wild yeast funkiness. Tasty and quite acidic. A bit less sour than expected.

M - Medium body with a dryly acidic finish. Slightly cloying sweetness.

O - A great intro to the style, this is a good beer to use to introduce folks to the world of sour beer. It's not on the level of the RR sours I have had, but it is delicious and refreshing. Notably less complex than those RR beers.

greenmonstah, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene is a beer that is deserving of the reputation it has. Despite the offerings from Lindemans that are lacking in complexity, back-sweetened artificially, and fruit-candy flavored, this is an OG MF'ing gueuze. The beer pours a very hazy pale amber like apple juice topped with just a wispy trace of white foam. The beer is muted in aroma, even after being warmed. the aroma is kind of like moldy lemon that rolled around in damp hay. The beer definitely has the puckering lemon taste with hints of must and a little metallic bitterness. This is not the most complex gueuze, but the sourness is pleasing and refreshing. Overall, for the price this is a great beer choice. Although I expect more from the best producers, this is a fine selection.

Soonami, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a fizzy white heat. Aroma of grapes, apple, pears and yeast. Flavor begins with some sweet apple cider notes and pears. Sweetness gives way to tart white grape notes. Good counter to the sweetness. A bit of yeast and more sweetness kick back in on the very dry and light finish. Very fizzy, crisp and light.

uustal, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always passed this one up, and have always regretted it. I've been meaning to try harder to access more gueuze and this one is the one that should have came first. I found a 375ml bottle, I've never seen this in the half bottle size before.

Poured into a Mikkeller wine-style glass.

Appearance
I got a little bit of anti-gueuze in my glass so there is a very light haze with some small specks of sediment at the bottom. Its a honey orange color crowned with a lively, pure white head. Some lacing is left, retention is excellent.

Aroma
There is an unavoidable goat cheese aroma hidden amongst lots of other nuances. Funk is strong and takes on a very goat musky aroma. Rotting wood extends the funkiness. There is a bright fruitiness here as well. Lots of crab-apple drizzled with raw honey. Every other whiff brings out a strong and pleasant aroma of fresh cut flowers and pollen.

Taste
Sourness is actually fairly modest, but acidity remains high. The main flavor of the sourness is crab-apple with a pulpy lemon juice addition. The sourness starts at the front but dies way down by the swallow. The finish is cheesey and very goaty. It tastes almost like licking a billy goat.

Mouthfeel
Very light in body with a high level of effervescence. It dances across the palate and strips it dry.

Overall
This is a decent gueuze, but I'm not expert. Its easy to acquire and affordable. However, I'm certain there are better examples out there, in fact, I believe I've had better.

MbpBugeye, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy dull golden color with thin white, bubbly head.

S- Lots of big yeasty musty barnyard smells with a pronounced tartness.

T- Yeasty, very crisp and tart, some pear-like fruitiness, finishes with funky barnyard flavors.

M- Great, medium to light body, very crisp and semi-dry, loads and loads of carbonation.

O- A really nice gueuze, a good intro to gueuze or lambics in general before trying out some of the fruited or pricier ones, for just ~$11 it's a good value as well.

WillCarrera, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a golden yellow honey color, slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation. 3 finger off-white billowy head has lots of retention and makes good lace.

S: Funk, funk, and more funk. Some champagne notes, decaying fall leaves.

T: Mild cider notes, finishes with a thin sweetness. No malt, no hops, but a puckering sourness comes without warning, and then disappears. Faint bit of lactic sourness, very tame and pleasant. Green apples.

M: Well carbonated, light body, and a velvety quality that's pretty unique. Creamy.

O: Wow. Sweet tarts for grown ups. I think this one might take me from "sours as a novelty" to "sours as a style I really like."

AmericanGothic, Apr 19, 2011
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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