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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 845
Hads: 1,931
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 121
Gots: 244 | FT: 9
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle, served in oversized tulip

A - semi-cloudy apple juice colour with thin, bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hops, bitter, some vinegar, apple, pear

T - Some wheat, apple, barn, hay. Sour at the end, knocking everything else out. Tart.

M - Medium-high carbonation off the top, giving way to a medium density.

O - This is my second time having a gueuze. The first was the same brew about 3 years ago. I thought it was too much then, now it's delicious. Easy move from oud bruin and flanders red to this. Delicious.

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Photo of Brewsephus
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml poured into Tulip glass

A- Light yellow to orange, slightly hazy, 3 finger white head.

S-Tart, light funky, lemon, hay, orange zest.

T-Lemon, citrus, tart unripe fruit on the front. Lots of hay, a little barnyard earthy-ness on the finish. Not puckering sourness. I detect a little protein, iron flavor on the finish. Almost like blood. Weird, I know. Had to check my tongue to make sure I didn't bite it or something.

M- Nice crisp tartness, very effervescent which helps to develop all the flavors of the beer. Doesn't feel thin or lacking. Solid.

O- I am thrown off by a little off-flavor at the finish. I am not counting this beer out because it has some really amazing tart and fruit qualities. The funk seems just a little bit off. It's good, but would like to get rid of that iron/protein/blood flavor and have more wet hay and horse-blanket. I would recommend this beer to people first trying gueuze.

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Photo of endovelico
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with low perceived effervescence, little lacing, some floaters and a white head that quickly fizzles out leaving a thin crown.

Aroma: Medium to medium high in intensity. Funky barnyard town right here. A lot of cheese, horse blanket, socks and some powerful cat urine. Some fruit does come through, mainly orange.

Taste: Medium high to high intensity. Citrusy (Lemon and Lemon Balm) and Funky. The funk overwhelms everything though.

Palate: Light bodied, medium low carbonation, medium high acidity, medium high sourness.

Overall: Could use more balance and complexity. It's good but Lindemans has better offerings.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Lost Abbey Teku. 12 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a orangish/burnt color with a soft/prickly white head. The head leaves a white ring around the perimeter, and sticks around for the entire life.

N: Bright sour fruit notes like pear and apple along with some slight tangy vinegar. There's some malty bread like character deep in there as well.

T: Alot of that tart fruit forward with some funky yeast present. Bit of a spice hidden in there, with some vanilla/oaky flavor.

M: On the lighter side, with a prickly sensation and lively mouthfeel. Bit of dryness, and leaves you satisfied.

D and O: Really enjoyed this beer. Bout time I got to giving it a formal review.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with an enormous 6-finger rocky, billowing, white head. Awesome retention but only a bit of patchy lacing. Hazy with tons of bubbles.

S – Musty, barnyard Brett is definitely there along with vinegar acidity with sour apple and maybe pear notes. Some woody oak may be here, too, but that may be the Brett playing tricks on my nose.

T – The taste is split nearly down the middle between tart green apple and musty, barnyard Brett flavors. Sure, it’s not as mouth-puckeringly sour as some gueuzes but it is extraordinarily well-balanced.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a tart and crisp mouthfeel, and a sour and dry finish. Vinegar acidity lingers for a bit.

O – This is a really nice gueuze. Again, it’s not as blisteringly sour as some, but that’s not a bad thing. The balance between the products of Brettanomyces and Acetobacter/Lactobacillus is superb and really helps the drinkability of the beer. Would I like it to be a bit sourer? Sure. But I really don’t have anything to complain about with this tasty beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(bottled: 21 MAR 2011, consumed: 07 FEB 2013 - poured into a tulip)

A: 2" dull-white head, wells up on pour but doesn't quite overflow, spritzy/soft-foamy, yet compact in spots, with surprising initial retention, leaves a top ring of foam....the liquid is light amber, light-moderate haze with micro-tiny sandy-looking specks floating around.... the collar and some swirls keep throughout....not bad at all

S: excellent! what I'd hope for and what I love about the style....from having worked around horses for a couple months last year, I now have a reference for the "horse-blanket" thing, and I get it here: dirt and dust, equine skin and sweat, and hay flour....initially there's also a strawberry or blueberry-like fruit aroma blended with a lactic-souring or maybe acetic acid thing (similar to the smell of adding apple-cider vinegar to milk to make buttermilk substitute)...later on, too, some hints of malt (mostly wheat?) and a medicinal/ginger spice (w/o the ginger "flavor").... was just in love sniffing this, however, it didn't explode out as much as I would've liked

T: the "infection" (Brett, etc), as I like to call it, is not out front (thankfully), and is balanced so wonderfully and kept in check by a tart, dry pear/apple cider quality (fruit and feel)....not enough (malt) sweetness (but that's understood), the fruit flavor begs for a little.... a nice fruity pop on the tip of the tongue in the aftertaste....the taste is great , the balance is superb - a touch of creamier fruit presence is all it needs...

F: only lightly sprtizy.... has a pleasant, smooth-ish, light-medium body - floats over the tongue.... no sharp or acidic-biting sensations (an issue I have with up-and-coming examples - perhaps it mellows out in the bottle with age...)

O: this was fantastic! after trying some newer, hyped gueuzes and other sours lately, and not being impressed, approaching and enjoying this "older" example was a thrill!... i had an epiphany that this would go great with a salty, cured meat, and I was right! had a sliver of proscuitto di parma with the last couple sips and it was bangin'!...gotta retry a bunch of gueuzes now and put this one into perspective...this is truly one of the best!

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Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clear, slightly dull beeswax color with a large soapy white head.

S: Floral, light mineral character, wet oak, lacto acidity, a bit of malty sweetness, honey. Pretty nice.

T: Taste is a step down from the nose. Somewhat muted oaky tartness, light wheat, green apple, a bit of vanilla, very dry finish.

M: Light-bodied, effervescent carbonation.

O: A good gueuze, besides the slightly muted taste.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 02 MAA 2012

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge 4 plus fingers width of slightly off white head. Leaves a few faint patches of lacing.

S: Tart fruits and sweet fruits. White grape and apple. A little bit of funk and some spice. Banana. Faint vinegar. Very nice.

T: Lots of tart sourness, along with apple cider vinegar. Lingering belgian yeast banana on the finish. Lots of lactic acidity. Some peppery spice. Some musty funk. Again, very nice.

M/D: Crisp mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, fuller side of medium bodied. Drinkability is good. Nice mouthfeel here.

O: Overall, a very nice beer. And an affordable gueuze gets bonus points in my book. Id definitely buy this one again. Recommend.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz capped and corked bottled poured into a tulip. Bottled Feb 2012.

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a giant 3 finger puffy white head. A ridiculous amount of visible carbonation in the body. No real lacing.

S: Sour funky farmhouse type yeast. Slight skunkiness to it, not sure if intended.

T: Very tart and sour. Not for the faint of heart. Very good fruitiness to it. Reminiscent of an oud bruin but with more funk and sourness. I really enjoy the qualities in this beer.

M: Loads of carbonation makes this one real light on the tongue. With the sour this has a real crisp finish.

Overall I can't believe it's taken me so long to try this beer. Certainly much different than most of the other beers out there. Worth a try when in the mood for something different or for those who love sours.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle poured into a white wine glass.

So, not sure how to really review this, not like anything I have tasted. Pours light copper with white foam. Hazy/cloudy. Sour nose, powerful. Sour cherry taste, very much so. Some apple cider notes. Loads of flavor and taste.

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Photo of d2daj
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cafe Veloce' in Kirkland, WA
355ml (12oz) bottle
Bottled date: 10/6/2011
Poured into cylinder glass-
Light fine/golden white head- creamy smooth looking
Very fine consistent bubbles
Taste- wow! First impression, this is one SOUR son-a-b! 2nd sip complex lemons, grape sweet entangled in granny smith apple bite. Tongue feels the sour "bang" which then flows smooth and bubbly like champagne.
I wonder if bottled date changes complexity, tart/sour depth as I see many more recent reviews and bottled dates.
Price is $7- reasonable. Very enjoyable and complex beer. Not for the sour faint at heart, but a fun and dramatic beer to try and enjoy the brewer's work.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 bottle with cork and pressure cap; small almost not existant pop as cork is removed.

poured into tulip glass.

bottled 11/23/12.

Appearance: Golden body with 2 fingers of egg white head that fizzes down into a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: moderate tart and funk. Fruity and yeasty. oak, musty, dusty, sweaty, oaky, earthy, hay/straw notes. Honestly, I smell something similiar to the smell of concentrated urine. First sniff was almost offensive, but once I got a few whiffs in on the beer, I made the determination that it really has a big nose thats better after you settle in with the beer a little bit. It not a bad a I originally thought it was. I could actually smell this when i poured from a little ways away from my glass without even really putting my nose into the beer.

Taste: Tart lemons and white grapes. Vinious like white wine. Green apples and light cherry fruitiness. Its fairely yeasty. And then the oak, earth, dusty sweaty funk shows up about midpalate. Finishes with a touch of tart green apple and fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high end of low carbonation. The mouthfeel starts off a touch syrupy like wine and then has a ticklish carbonation that comes alive on your tongue. Semi dry finish.

Overall: What a really complex beer style. There is a lot of things to take in. This is not a style of beer that is for someone who is new to craft beer. $5 for a 375ml bottle of beer. Great price to get your feet wet with this style of beer to trial and see if you like the style.

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Photo of adam42381
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 8/18/12. Review from notes on 12/27/12. Drank in the room aboard the Carnival Dream over Christmas break.

Appearance: Pours an opaque orange/gold color with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Tart fruit, Belgian yeast, barnyard funk and a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Very tart fruit and grape hulls up front followed by funky barnyard notes in the middle before ending with a sour, bitter finish. Aftertaste is bitter and funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The sourness is puckering and coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. Not one to try and polish off by yourself in a single sitting. Would be better shared.

Overall: Good beer overall. I think this is my first gueuze. While it's far from my favorite style, I can say I appreciate what Lindemans has done here. I wouldn't mind revisiting this one at some point in the future.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage.
750ml poured into a wine glass.

Slightly cloudy golden-straw with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Moderate-heavy carbonation.

Lemon juice, Sweet Tarts and vinegar.

Sour lemon juice, peach and Granny Smith apple skins. White wine vinegar and Sweet Tarts. Finishes with musty basement and hints of oak.

Medium bodied, moderately sour, crisp and clean.

Primarily loads of lemon juice, apple skin and vinegar. Not necessarily my favorite style of Sour.

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Photo of Morpheus
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On to beer #2 this fine New Years' Eve. Thus far I enjoyed a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (If you can say that 6 times without screwing up give you one --- no I won't (more for me)) and finished my 'from scratch' BBQ Pizza. The pizza was rich, so I need a contrasting beer.

Too lazy to get another glass, I wash out the mug and pour a July 2012 vintage. Sacrilege
perhaps, yet not a concern in this review IMHO. The bottlecap got wedged in the bottle opener, an event that has never happened to me in 30 years of inebriation! Were the beer gods trying to communicate? 8:1 foam ratio on pouring, with a milky blonde-red color. I do the Homer Simpson Lip Smack in anticipation.

Smell: Tart! More tart than a Welsh Tart! Lemon and lime sour - reminds me of Rose's lime cordial -- and a yeast funk. A-won't-u-take-me-to-...-...-funky-tart?

Taste: Instant tartness disippates into a fruity character, then a late musty finish. Perhaps a little on the mellow-side, but overall a very nice beer which is far too easy to drink. A beer to cellar, and open under the right circumstances.

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Photo of Converge
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Technically my first gueuze, though certainly not my first sour. Bottled March 21st, 2011.

A - Pours a super hazy golden amber, with a thick foamy head of off-white suds. Solid head retention, with above average lacing of sticky foam.

S - Mild funk and tart. Not much 'barnyard' character in this one. Mild grassy notes, with some sweeter notes pushing through. Slight hay aroma, but not much else.

T - Certainly not big on the sourness, but there's definitely a tartness to it throughout the profile. Mild funk, especially in the finish. Slightly musty, with some hay, grassy sweetness, and even some mild fruity notes. Green apple, white grape, and some lemony notes.

M - Light bodied, slightly tart, with some crisp carbonation that matches well. Very good.

D - An excellent brew, and for the style, based on my limited knowledge, is done very well. Possibly a tad sweet for a traditional gueuze. Super drinkable, with a nicely balanced profile and crisp, refreshing feel.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is also the first formal gueuze.

Appearance- A bit of lacing yielded from a goldenrod yellow cloudy body. There also was a fair bit of carbonation and a light yellow tan head.

Smell- Like the bottom of a cold rock carved cellar or cave. There is a bit of wet rock and funky sourness. This is really different.

Taste- A mix of fruity sweetness and yeasty funk. As expected there isn't any malt or hops just a yeast driven brew. The sweeter portions of the beer are more of the typical characters: cherries, raspberries, sour unripped blackberries. The funk and tartness are next with a measure of musty minerals, like a soil collection of gruss or shale (I guess I really am a geologist). Not quite my thing, but I can still appreciate it.

Mouthfeel- Tart, dry, and funky. Its pretty typical but between the carbonation and its tartness it has a lighter mouthfeel.

This is a experience and something you should seek out.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light copper color, bordering on light orange and dehydrated piss yellow. A fizzy white and rocky head appears and quickly fizzles away like a soda, leaving a light scrim and ring on the glass. The beer’s body is very cloudy, with haze hiding all of the other side of the glass from view. Carbonation bubbles are a constant stream running up from the bottom of the glass. On the nose the beer smells richly funky, with spicy hay, light fruit leather, and heavy brett smells. Light smells of cherry are also present in the sweet fruit leather smell. The beer tastes sweet and fruity with wonderful barnyard funk in the beginning of the taste. Tart flavors are light and controlled, but lovely, and lemon notes definitely come through in the tart taste. The beer begins light grass and hay, moving into barnyard funk and light fruit leather before opening into lovely lemon characters and then moving into more barnyard hay and the supposed “horse-blanket” flavor. The aftertaste is grassy with nice hay notes and as it warms there are also notes of wheat spice and light banana in the esters. On the mouth the beer feels sharp with carbonation before mellowing into a medium to light body with nice tart puckering in the mouth. The mouth is left quite clean with only a slight scrim of saliva. Overall this is a solid gueuze, some nice barnyard character, and some great balance between the tart, sweet, and funky flavors. This beer is a success from Lindemans, with some great lemon characteristics. A must try for sour fans.

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Photo of Absumaster
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange, clear beer with a small head. Some light carbonation visible.

Smell is mostly lactic acid with fruity notes. The smell reminds of peach and grapefruit. There is some wood present.

Taste is quite tart at first, with the sour being mostly lactic acid and some minor aetic acid tones. After 2 sips the beer is tart but never goes overboard on the sour. No aggresive tartness. This is one of the greatest benefits of this beer, it is tart but never mouth puckering. The beer nicely balances the tartness with enough body. There are nice fruity, earthy flavors which are backed up by a subtle wood taste. The beer is quite drinkable and for me a very rounded gueuze.

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Photo of TheFightingMongooses
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 08 Nov 2011, poured into a flute

A - Golden yellow. Pilsner-like but with more of a bright neon glow. Fluffy white head starts at 3 fingers, then reduces down to a lasting half finger with good uneven lacing. There is lots of carbonation.

S - I am first hit by a funk which brings to mind fireworks/gun powder, or something industrial (machines running, oil, burning rubber). Strangely, it's not at all bad! Soon hints of very sour fruit come into the mix.

T - I first notice the prickly, fluffy mouthfeel as the initial taste is subtle.On the back end is sour green apple candy and a spicy peppery dryness. As I continue to smell and taste, the industrial quality transforms into some earthy vegetables and black peppercorns.

O - My first gueze! I am a bit surprised that I found the sourness to be relatively subdued, but it really enhances the whole experience. This stuff is beyond complex - I will definitely be exploring the style further, and will pick up more of this one for sure!

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Photo of gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades away. The head is very similar to champagne and there is also tons of bubbles that continue to develope like champagne too.

S: There is a good amount of tartness/ sourness on the nose that hits you right in the face. There is also a good amount of sweet fruit like bananas, peaches and even some green apple.

T: LIke the smell, the tartness/ sourness really are the defining part of the flavor. As the beer fades, the flavors start to become a little sweeter, but also very dry.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation that tingles on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat as it goes down.

O: This is a pretty damn good Gueuze and I am glad that I can find this around now. I will for sure stock up on this for the cellar.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually my first Gueze. Not my first sour.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Beautiful hazy rusty orange with a quick one fingered white head.

Smell- Champagne yeast, vinegar, some musty apple or pear, funky earthy notes. Smells more sour than it tastes.

Taste- Reminds me of champagne in taste. Dry grapefruit pulp and bitter apple. Yeast presence (brett?).

Mouthfeel- Bubbly and refreshing. Not too tart that it makes my mouth water. More bitter than tart. Smooth.

Overall- I liked it. A lot different than other lambics. I'd love to try more Guezes.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Anyway, the head is large and white-bubbled at first, but gradually fades into a short, but tight and constant layer that maintains throughout the period of blessed enjoyment.

The smell is laid back gueuze. It's gentle, but certainly present, and accurately implies the beer's flavor profile, though understates it. Nothing too sweet, but barely tart.

The flavor is awesome. A wonderful way to introduce a friend to lambic beer in general, and a challenge to match it's cleanliness. Mouthfeel, similarily, with all that oozing gueuzy au-natural micro carbonation, activity, and general excitement.

Not much needs to be said. Sit down with one of these and learn something about beer, and about yourself.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3 Feb, 2012

A: Beer pours a beautiful shimmering gold. Effervescent appearance, Off-white head, looks very appealing. (can't wait to taste).

S: Some Trans-2 Nonenal present. Does not take away greatly from aroma. Smells Tart, with a hint of fresh citrus and apple/pear (Ethyl Hexanoate). Nice aroma overall, however the papery aroma does not seem to belong.

T: Sweet, tart, no presence of trans-2 in the flavor. really a very refreshing beer. I thought it would be more tart, but it is very well balanced

M: Coats the mouth nicely for 5%, and has a wonderful effervescent quality to it. The bubbles really help this style I feel.

O: What a fantastic representation of the Gueuze. I would drink this again and again.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green mini Champagne-style bottle, capped and corked. Bottled on 2-3-2012. Poured into a Chimay glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod hue, with a creamy ivory cap which shows nice retention. Peppy carbonation.

Smell: Well, my wife says it smells like skunk farts. While I have to disagree with her, it is DEFINITELY funky and wild. Lots of earthy and tart funk, herbal, grassy notes, and some citrus as well. Bold and bright.

Taste: Lots of citrus, chalky mineral notes, earthy funk, a hint of Sweet Tart candy, and maybe just a ghostly note of sulfur. Lightly sweet one second, and dry, light-to-medium sour, and a touch bitter the next. Reasonably complex, challenging, and intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tart, and a little chalky on the finish.

Overall: At $6.99 a 12oz or $11.99 a 750 (esp. the second option) this is a (at least to this Gueuze newbie's palate) a challenging, interesting, and refreshing traditional wild ale.

B 87-88

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.