Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 79
Gots: 171 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002)
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Photo of dfclav
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a snifter - 2006 bottle - served at 55 degrees.

A - pours a rich orange gold color with a very nice 2 finger head. Very lively carbonation after getting the cork off. Very nice thin sticky lacing hangs to the glass.

S - musty, with mild citrus notes of lemons and tangerines. A bit of pepper in the mix as well. Pretty low on the funk in my opinion. 

T - very tart, vinegary, with citrus notes picking up in the middle followed by a lot of must on the finish. Apples notes pick up more and more as the beer reaches room temperature as do the barnyard tastes.

M - very light on the palate, very nice prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

D - I let my girlfriend take a sip of this and she told me "it tastes like a crybaby in liquid form". I enjoyed that quote. Drinkability is just average to me, but even though slow when my mouth is away from it for too long it starts to water for another sip. Ok, so i'll knock it up .5! Pretty good starter gueuze.

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

12 oz bottle ~ poured into a flute
I beleive this is a 2007 bottle.

Appearance- Pours a slightely hazy straw color, with a nice two finger bubbly white head, with good retention. A little lace.

Smell- Tart, earthy with some funk, grassy, lemon.

Taste- Tart, but not to sour. Lots of lemon and citrus fruits, some mild funk. Wheat and a bit of grass.

Mouthfeel- Fairly sticky, lighter body, lower carbonation.

Overall- Does not have quite the depth, complexity, and funk as some of the top notch guezes, but this a solid offering. It is a very refreshing drink. The lower price point keeps it more in the rotation, with cantillon/3F being more of the limited treats.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first gueuze.

A - Cloudy straw colored with a giant and very bubbly head.

S - Grassy and earthy malts. A bit of funk and an underlying sweetness.

T - Tart, funky and quite fruity. Reminds me of a complex white wine. Takes a bit for a newb to get used to, but quite quaffable. I get what the barnyard funk descriptor is all about now! Even semi-sour beers have nothing on this. I've had a couple of American Wilds and nothing touches the funk of this; I am sure the earthy tones of this brew come from that.

M - Pretty light and bubbly, not sure the range of mouthfeel on this style, but it seems like most would be thicker, but I don't know the nature of brett. Quite dry as well.

D - Light and refreshing, just be ready for the sour. If this is a beginner sour then I am slightly hesitant to try more, but I definitely will! I find it very interesting that sours are becoming the new big thing, I guess it's because people have to work a bit to enjoy them.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had an impromptu geuze tasting with schen9303. Poured from a 355ml foiled, capped, and corked bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. 2010 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, deep orange-goldenrod. Lacing stays close to the brew. Thick, stringy, and with good retention. Pretty standard overall but lace retention and attractive color put it a step above average.

S: Nose is pretty subdued overall. Cork is prominent. Sweet spices and oak. Conspicuously missing big funk and tartness. Lemon rind and peaches too. Calling this one is a bit awkward but nose is pleasant overall even though its far from what is expected from the style.

T: Oak, sweet wood, tart lemon, apricot, sour peach, and Brett in the back. Sour builds towards the middle. Cobwebs and dirty cotton balls in the middle to end. No real finish as the flavor kind of just peeters out. Drying and puckering aftertaste. Not an intense experience but very enjoyable and the slightest sweetness complements the funk and tartness well here.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly prickly in the mouth. Oily but a bit abrasive going down. Dry finish with a sticky aftertaste. Solid but maybe a tad overcarbonated.

D: I can see why people push this as a "beginner" sour. Not too intense but very enjoyable overall. Nothing to complain about here but nothing that really stands out to make this one unforgettable. Still, a very good beer and one I wouldn't hesitate to revisit.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light gold to orange in color, with about a finger of head that sticks around for a bit due to the carbonation and leaves little lace.

S - Tart apple, orange and lemon citrus, sweet caramel malt, and plenty of funk.

T - Sour and tart, really makes the mouth pucker up and water, apples and pears, lemon and orange, mild malt presence, yeasty earthiness/funk are present.

M - Rather dry and highly carbonated.

D - Really tasty, readily available sour, good to know and great to drink.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy orange body with little head retention.

S: Loads of funk and vinegar.

T: Lip-puckeringly sour with plenty of barnyard notes. Unrelenting dryness in the finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied with bubbly carbonation.

D: If Lindemans was a recording artist, Framboise would be its self-consciously accessible and commercial recording and Cuvee Rene would be its dense experimental work. Having the two so close together was really quite jarring. This is a fine example of the style, but I think I'd enjoy it more in the summertime.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is similar to a dry white wine, not really champagne like, more stinky... more Pinot Grigio. This has a musty taste, not too musty mind you. It is also sour, not too sour mind you. Basically this has all the refreshing light pleasantries of a traditional Gueuze without too much funk, without too much horse. Take from that what you will, I prefer a little bit harder a lambic, but this is tasty. I like that this has become more available in my area.

Photo of goblue3509
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey like yellow color with a big pillowy head which recedes to a skim. There are hints of soapy lace on the glass but not much. The aroma is of green apples and pears, a tart smell almost a champagne like smell. The taste is much of the same green fruits are prevalent with a champagne like taste, no hops but a nice even tart green fruit taste. The mouthfeel is dry with a nice carbonation profile. The drinkability is good, its an easy drink without and thing to detract for the drinkability. An nice well rounded flavor.

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

got this one in a trade with freud. thanks fred!

375ml corked and capped bottle topped with bronze foil. bottled dec 2009. sampled feb 4/2011.

pours a beautiful deep orangey gold, crystal clear and lighter at the start of the pour, darkening and growing hazy toward the end of the bottle. a big bright white head springs up and falls fairly quickly to a thin layer atop the beer. a bit of spotty lace is left in its wake.

aroma is great. cherry, lemon, tangerine, leather and horse blanket. malt vinegar. caramel and toffee. it doesn't really smell sweet, but i feel like it has all that character - caramel, toffee, candy, complex fruity character. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. it has such a bright character too. fantastic.

taste is good. okay, there is a little sweetness here, but not much. orange, tangerine, and lemon. faint caramel. toffee. bit of malt and cider vinegar. horse blanket and leather. bit of spice. perhaps some cherry pit and almond.

mouthfeel is good. fairly light body with a nice dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. restrained but complex sourness. good depth. a tasty sour.

Photo of Spider889
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from the bottle at Winking Lizard.

Every year their bottle list gets a little more advanced. And while Lindemans has never really shown itself to make "true" lambics, I was excited to try this beer, which suggests the possibility of being the truest lambic they have yet made.

Poured into a signature Lindemans flute.

The beer has an unpolished brass color, cloudy, with visible carbonation. There was a tight small white head, made up of vigorous carbonation. Typical of many gueuzes, there was nearly no retention or lace.

Smelled of tart apple skins and strong basement funk. Aromas of mildew, damp cardboard, old wood and metal. It was very potent from the moment I poured the beer. The aroma finishes with dank notes of white wine and vinegar. Not bad for a Lindemans, indeed.

The taste was very dry. Tartness leading into full-blown sour twinges in the glands after half a glass. There's more apple - granny smith - that shows. Overall a fairly plain tasting gueuze.

The mouthfeel is extremely dry. The tartness combined with the dryness really turn this into a sipper.

This was a nice change of pace for Lindemans, but I think I'll leave my gueuze money in the hands of the time-worn experts.

Photo of trappistlover
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(375ml bottle). Pours yellow-orange color with dissipating white head. small sediment in suspension. Aroma of funk, grapes and some wood. Taste is sour, but some sweetness balances the beer. Thin to medium bodied with oily texture. Smooth finish. A nice beer

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a nice white head. Scent is ver funky with a bit of leather. I love this scent...Great taste...Funkiness with some cheese flavors and more leather. Lots of lemon with more funky cheese and grassy flavors. Mouthfeel is very puckering and crisp. Drinkability is high. My favorite from Lindemans BY FAR!

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

poured from a 355ml into a pike tulip.
the head quickly dissipates to a thin crescent of straight white around the edge of the glass. The color is an opaque golden honey.
I can smell the tartness: apple, faint pear and citrus zest, and a thin wet mustiness.
the taste is light- to medium-bodied with lightened characteristics of the smells present. like the streams of tiny bubbles running up the side of the glass, so too does the flavor reveal its dry tartness.
I may have overdone this ale in the near past, but its a flavor and aroma I can picture and crave.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into wine glass

A: Bright gold with an orange hue, poured with very fine, large head that receded to a white, covering film

S: Barnyard aromas but not over the top, not too many sharp notes, just a little musty

T: Base of a wheat beer, light, no hops, very light malt, but funky, very dry and tart, not quite sour, not as musty as aroma, but has a deep feel to it despite simple ingredients

M: Very dry, like white wine, puckering

D: Light and refreshing but it is complex

Notes: Didn't blow my mind, but it is definitely a very good example of a Gueuze.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with an amazing head. Head has awesome retention. No lacing. Smells fruity and a bit spicy. Taste super sour. Picking sour pear, sour apple and maybe some cherries. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Feels very clean. Drinkability is ok. Being my first gueuze I didnt know what to make of it. Its a pretty simple straight foward beer. It was good but I wouldnt pay 8 dollars for this again.

Photo of jimbus
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden straw yellow in color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Tart funky aroma with some sweetness behind the must. Tartness rolls around the tongue to the back of the mouth while the chalky, acidic cider flavors swell. Champagne-like mouthfeel from the carbonation. The beer is growing on me as I continue to sip.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden straw color. White head disappears quickly. A few nice spots of lace. Very fine bubbles streaming from the bottom.

Tart, sharp lactic aroma. Funky, with a slight leathery aroma. Fruity notes.

Tart, slightly puckering. A sour note lingers for a while. A bit of a ripe fruit feel. Earthy and dry finish.

Lighter body, with a good carbonation feel. Tartness is refreshing. Alcohol is a non-factor here. Very refreshing, a great change of pace.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangy-gold with a foamy white head. No lacing, tons of bubbles rising.

Light malt, but some tart fruit aromas, not rind, but skin. Some musty funk as well.

Sour malt up front, then some mineral/chalk, tart appleskin element (this does have a sour apple quality to it). Acidic edge clears the palate quickly, and you a mild bitter finish. Tart, mineral, bitter.

Nice carbonation and some astringent elements. Enough body to know what you are drinking. Good structure here.

Overall, a decent rep of the style, although thee are others that have more complexities. I got 12 oz. bottle, and that was enough. $8? Worth a try.

Photo of albertjr21
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The following was printed on this 750ml bottle: LJ02IGCR. Consumed on 1.14.11. Poured into a 20 oz. brandy glass.

A: Appears a dull earthy orange gold color and is completely foggy.

S: A wild nose of funky spicy fruit, perhaps burnt orange. Very intriguing.

M/T: A nice off balanced feel between sweet and sour with sour winning the battle. Fruity and complex with notes of wool and burnt orange rind bitterness.

D: A robust champagne-esque body and dry finish contributed very well to a pairing with Italian antipasta and bruschetta.

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

A: Finger and a half of slightly off white head on top of a lighter copper body. The beer is totally clear with lacing. The head just does not go away.

S: Not as pungent as I expected. Some cherry with a hint of a sour aroma. Some other fruits as well, citrus? It was also a bit musty.

T: Starts with a fruit flavor and then comes a complex sour flavor. There is a bit of green apple and a hint of bitterness, as well as some grapefruit. There is a also a bit of hay flavor as well as general mustyness.

M: The beer had a lighter to medium body, with good carbonation leaving it not tasting thin.

D: I was expecting the beer to be a bit more sour and it was slightly thicker than I expected. I will definitely be trying more sours, even though I did not exactly fall in love with this beer. Even though I didn't fall in love with it, I did find the beer to be pretty enjoyable.

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

Bottled July 1st 2010.

Excellent first impressions, the bottle and presentation was nice with a cork, cap, and wrap. The pour didn't disapoint with great fragrance as soon as I popped the cork and a beautiful appearance in the glass. Foamy head that lasted a while and left about 3/4 of the surface with fluffy lacing.

First taste was a very tart, very satisfying sip. This gets all of it's crispness from the sour, and any alcohol taste was completely masked if present. Good mouthfeel and highly carbonated.

Drinkability was good, although my first sips were small to adapt to the sourness and increased through the beer.

Very nice, highly recommended.

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

Presentation: Thought I would try out this widely available and inexpensive gueuze. I would like to lay some sours down int he cellar and see how they develop with time and this one seems like a prime candidate. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a white wine glass. Label is simple orange background with black designs. Bottle code is L L22IGCR 4720. From research, it seems that the first L stands for Lindemans. The next L is month made (December). the 22 is day made, and the I is year made (2009). The GCR stand for Gran Cru Rene. So, this bottle is just over a year old.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of one finger of nearly white head. This settles very quickly to a thin, incomplete coating of foam, eventually collapsing to the barest of rings. The beer itself is a hazy amber with some activity. I can see sediment kicked up in the bottle as I pour.

Smell: Tart nose with hints of lemon citrus and light strawberries.

Taste: Lot of carbonation upfront, sparkles on your tongue like champagne. Tart lemon sourness throughout and lingering well after each sip. Flavors of fresh hay and herbal notes, although the overall flavor is very mild.

Mouthfeel: Extremely high carbonation level but with an excellent body to stand up to it.

Drinkability: extremely light and refreshing. While it is diametrically opposed to the stouts I usually like, I am very interested to see how this changes through the years. Must get some for the cellar.

Photo of drewd0g
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 for only ~$10

the appearance is light orange, straw yellow color. smells sour and like grapes. taste is tart and sweet...tastes like grapes and sour fruit... . the carbonation is lively and it cuts across your tongue. pretty thin body, appropriate for the style. pretty high drinkability, i like the beer. good stuff.

Photo of nhindian
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz corked, capped, and foiled bottle poured into a Lindemans flute.

My first ever Gueuze (and I've actually only had one or two lambics before...). I saw this in the cooler as I was leaving and had to go back and get it as it's hard to find back home and is quite a bit more expensive. Win/win.

A - It is fairly light, about a real faint straw color. It has a ton of head and carbonation, but leaves little to no lace at all. Retention on the creamy, egg-shell colored head is fairly moderate, it reduces to a cap pretty quickly. Clear body.

S - Smell is bold and in your face. I was able to smell this beer before my corkscrew even completely removed the cork, and once it was able to breathe in the kitchen, it wasn't long before it wafted to my nose. It was even faintly traveling to the next room. The first thing I thought of was skunk, and a potent one at that. As I focused more, however, I was able to pick up some really country smells, bringing me back to my days as a child visiting my grandparents, who lived in a very rural part of Pennsylvania. Very musty, dank, an old barnyard type of smell. Some beginning to mold cheese? After that is some citrus, apples, and beers. At first repulsive, as it becomes more familiar its actually quite enjoyable...

T - The taste is sour beyond what I thought a beer could achieve. I've heard stories, but the first-hand experience is more than I could've imagined. Lots of the flavor just immediately goes to the sides of my mouth and activates the sour taste buds, and the back half of the roof of my mouth. Tart, almost like a concentrated Warhead. The sourness mixes with the apple and lemon to make it sort of seem as they are a bit overripe or molding, but it's pleasant in a weird sort of way. The fruits really shine in the finish, which is sour and citric.

M - Mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation. Has a similar mouthfeel to champagne but obviously worlds more sour. Leaves a lasting sourness in the sides of the cheek, but is dry.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is non-existent. I'm hoping that with a few more sours under my belt these will go down easier, but at the moment its a total sipper. Potential though!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle because I was in the mood for some geuze and didn't want to spend a fortune. I was not disappointed. Cracked open a 750mL bottle at cellar temp of 55F and poured it into a champagne flute and shared it with my fiancee.

The body is a crisp and clear peach-hued straw color. Streamers of bubbles cascade upward from countless different nucleation sites and feed a fluffy but coarse head. If not for the video of Armand from 3F showing me how to pour lambic, this would have foamed all over the place.

The aroma is fairly dry and earthy, dominated by oakey tannins and some lactic sourness and a wild funk. There are some apple and peach esters, too. The taste is similar, with the tannins taking on an even more prominent role. The sourness is less acidic than I had expected, as the funk comes out more. Again, the fruity esters are present. The finish is dry, in typical geuze fashion, but this tastes sweeter than some of my favorite geuzes.

Light in texture and full of spritzy carbonation, Cuvee Rene is a solid representation of geuze. However, the tannic notes are a bit overpowering and push some of the more delicate flavors out. Additionally, the finish isn't as bone-dry as I prefer. Overall, a solid beer, and I could finish a full 750 myself. Affordable, so I imagine that I will be revisiting it soon, but it isn't my favorite. Under normal circumstances, I would call the experiment finished and move on to stronger representations, but the price point of this beer is spot on for a lambic lover on a budget.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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