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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,708 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 78
Gots: 170 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jmich24
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip

A: Golden honey with orange hues. Huge 4 finger fluffy off white head. Tons of carbonation from etched glass. Quite a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Instantly reminds me of Duvel, then come the Sour green apples, pear, lactic acid lemons, bread like yeast qualities. Also some funkiness.

T: Starts mildly sour, huge tart granny smith apple lactic acid lemons again some pear. Funkiness is perfect for me, its there but not crazy overpowering.

M: Super carbonated, starts wet, finishes fairly dry. Very refreshing.

O: This was my first gueuze and I am upset I haven't tried the style sooner. Super refreshing, tart and the perfect amount of funkiness for me. Outstanding.

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 355 mL bottle, dated 15 Nov 2007, into a Tulip.

A: Poured a massive 1.5 fingered creamy head, in a tulip this appears huge. The color is a glorious Tawny. The carbonation is rising nicely in the glass and it seems as if the head is hardly going anywhere. This head appears as it's staying for the long haul and this head does.

S: This smell is definitely something that is memorable. The smell of this is simply a vinegar-like grass. This is definitely the first time I have picked up this smell on a beer, but this is my very first Gueuze.

T: At the very beginning of this swallow a very sharp sweetness comes and goes. This becomes really sour. The lining that this leaves in the mouth is oddly really great. As it warms it feels as if this becomes more tart rather the sour I first tasted.

M: This is a nice creamy, crisp, beast that it a delight to take in. The carbonation feels aggressive at first, but medium and the body is also medium.

O: I was promised this would taste like multiple aged Lambics and I can't say that they lied. I could picture myself casually drinking a Lambic, but this is something I could honestly say I was not prepared for.

Photo of BBP
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

5.5% version. Unsure as to whether it's import strength or a newer version.

The appearance is an orange tan, slightly cloudy, with decent head and retention.

The aroma is filled with funk, acidity, and tartness. I almost want to pucker after just the smell.

The taste is right there with the aroma. The only thing I'd add is that it's mildly fruity and the aftertaste is slightly sweeter. There's immense amounts of sourness to this. While it is tasty, the sourness is a bit too much for me. It really dominated the experience.

The mouthfeel is light, but full due to overaggressive carbonation. As soon as the cork came out and it spewed I could have expected it to be a bit like this.

Overall, this wasn't a bad Gueuze, but the sourness left it seeming a bit simple and lacking. Perhaps some age could do this one some good.

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gueuze pours a hazy golden color with little bits of sediment and a huge white head. Smells of barnyard funk, a bit of vinegar and maybe a touch of lemon. Tastes of sour apples, lemon, a touch of vinegar, some yeast funk and spice are the most evident. Very tart and puckering.. Leaves the mouth watering from sip to sip as any sour tends to do. This is a Great belgian sour beer. 

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml gold foil topped bottle, April 2010 vintage poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a small off white head, no lacing. Nose is very funky and sour. Barnyard and a light frutiness. It's really nice.

For being so easy to find and cheap to buy its very good. However, it isn't quite as sour as I'd like, Cantillon and 3F have a much more sour funk and this is just lacking that. The Mouthfeel is very nice and full though, creamy and rich. The finish is dry and barnyardy. Quite approachable for a new sour drinker.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lot of carbonation in this one, the crisp white head maintains throughout the experience and the liquid itself is a clear orange color reminiscent of a medium honey.

S: Defiantly get the sour fruit - Peaches and pears mostly. Behind the sourness I also get a fresh-baked-bread aroma. Smells quite nice, it's a nice combination of scents.

T: Quite funny, it took me a while to pick up the flavors in this beer, but I am settling on lemon and grass. The sourness is present, but not over-powering at all. Very interesting (and good) flavor profile.

M: Oh wow, tart is the first thing I get. Through and through this beer is very dry, highly carbonated, light bodied, and has a solid puckering effect.

D: Quite drinkable, defiantly a good beer - my favorite of the Lindemans so far.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy Golden amber colour with a decent size head that retains well.

S - Aromas od grass and lemon citrus are dominant
with a nice backup of sourness.

T - Well balanced between funk, sourness and grassy earthness with the classic green apple and lemon.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation is medium.

O - A very solid Geuze

Photo of tony223366
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on October 11, 2011.

A: Nice amberish hue. Cloudy. Beautiful white head of 2 fingers. Ends with nice lacing.

S: Definitely musty in beginning and end. Tartness in the middle.

T: Tarty flavor, fruity. I get some mustiness. It's very dry with some chalky yeast. As it's warming I'm getting more and more of a vinegar vibe. Also the mustiness increases.

M: Light body, I was hoping for more carbonation though.

O: Really cool beer, not my favorite of the style but up there.

Photo of KevinSP
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Gueze in my beer drinking experience so I don't have any frame of reference to compare to.
Enjoyed the cap/cork bottling. Poured into a fluted glass. This beer has plenty of foamy, bubbling head which eventually settles down to a thin lacing. Lots of small carbonated bubbles rising to the top after the initial pour dissipating a bit after about 5 mins.
Aroma has an interesting mix of light funkiness, with strong hints of apple and lemon and some overall earthiness.
Initial taste is crisp, definitely tart and sour with more of those apples and lemons coming through.
The feel is very light and refreshing on the tongue with the fizz hitting the back of the throat.
Dry finish, lingering on the back of the tongue and throat.
Very enjoyable and unique.

Photo of cnally
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous pour, raqdiant amberish yellow body, nary a head but small white foam wisps remain.

The aroma is exactly the ascerbic, sour aroma you would want. More white vinegar than apple or balsamic. The yeast component is rank, in the best possible way.

PUCKER UP! Wow, what a flavor. A distinctly yeasty punch just puts you under while the vinegary sour mauls you. Finishes surprisingly fruity, mango, banana.

The mouthfeel is puckering. Dry, fizzy, and puckering.

Awesome stuff. As good as any sour I have ever had. Period.

Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvée René
Gueuze

75 cl bottle poured into Lindeman's flute. Purchased at Surdyk's for 8.99 (a couple dollars below the usual)

Bright hay colored and very effervescent, Cuvée René pours with a fluffy white head that departs rather soon and leaves no lacing. Certainly young but not as young as it claims on the bottle (bottled 18 August 2012!) --- I can detect the malty sweetness so there is a lot of room for development. Of course there is some funk but it's dominated by a lot of spicy, phenolic notes. The funk is musty, and storage like as opposed to Sarah Jessica Parker-ish.

I like the taste much better: slightly tart, hints of malt in sweetness and in the body, with a bitter and slightly tannic finish akin to fruit peel. Phenolic. Funky notes here and there but very subtle. Prickly carbonation and dry finish. Very bubbly and refreshing. I will buy it again when I am feeling sour, but I wish it were more intense.

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Golden and amber with a moderately sized off-white head. Spots of lacing down the glass.

The initial aroma is full of sulfur and brick, though that subsides as the beer sits. Aromas of grass, hay, lemon flesh, and lemon zest push through along with a wonderful funk and a bit of stinging sourness.

The flavors include a mild funk, a stinging sourness, sulfur and brick, grass and earth, and a bit of lemon and apple. Complete, though not particularly stunning.

Light to medium mouthfeel, though not quite as light and bubbly as I prefer.

An accessible, relatively simple, and inexpensive gueuze.

Photo of claytong
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

feb 2010 vintage

appearance - bright straw in color. good solid head, around 2 inches on controlled pour, doesnt stick around. lacing is minimal.

smell - barnyard (with hay), grapes, apples, a bit of rye (not sure where this is coming from)

taste - minor sour, minor acid. sour/tart grapes, bread, not much barnyard anymore.

mouthfeel - sharp, crisp, good carbonation. body is good for the style. dryness makes it very refreshing for me.

wish it was a little more bold in the nose and mouth.

Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like it was bottled May 10, 2011.

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden colour. A moderate and very fizzy white head dissipates very quickly, leaves just a film. Mild lacing.

Smell is pretty funky. Sour grape and apple and other fruits (a vaguely berry-like scent), vinegar, hay. A bit of a barnyard scent. A bit of sweetness but easily overpowered by the sour.

Taste has a lot going on. Sour. Apple, vinegar, chalk, lemon. A funky flavour that is clearly what people refer to as "barnyard". This is especially prominent in the aftertaste.

Pretty light-bodied, moderate carbonation, sourness puckers the mouth a bit. Carbonation is nice- small bubbles.

Overall, good stuff. Very complex. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of dansmcd
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge sudsy head. Light yellow in body with drools of lace throughout.

S - Sour and vinegary, yet also sweet and cider-like. Dry white wine.

T - Very sour. Under-ripened peach, lemon juice, green apple and champagne.

M - Crisp and bubbly, super-high carbonation, dry finish.

O - Clean and crisp, a refreshing sour beer. Perhaps a bit shallow.

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes:

I’ve been holding onto this bottle all summer long. Waiting for a special occasion to crack it open, and the birth of my buddy’s first seems a worthy occasion.

This pours a cloudy, golden color. Smells wonderfully funky and sour. Thin foam but lots of big bubbles on the pour. Very effervescent which gives it a lightness to the taste and mouthfeel, but really tart. A dry, distinct finish. The tartness dominates. I get some green apple, but in a good way. Reminds me of Bell’s Wild One and Unibroue’s Ephemere.

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/rocky white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citric/lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. Most of the taste is made up of tart citrus and some vinegar. There is also some wheat/barnyard flavour and a bit of a rustiness. It finishes with a tart aftertaste.

Overall – While the taste is definitely interesting, I didn't find it all that complex. Perhaps with a little age the taste will develop a little bit more. I couldn't taste a whole lot besides the tart citrus and the vinegar.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
92 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.