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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 94
Gots: 192 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of Rodrickor
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked the bottle and - holy crap, did someone sneak some farm animals into the house? This has a funky, stinky smell from the wild yeast strains and I love it!

Poured into champagne flute, yielding further funk that fills the room as well as a nice goldenrod, cloudy appearance with a fluffy white head. I take a strong whiff of the aroma once more and drink.

The taste is sour lactates, champagne, and stale hops; a great flavor that went well with the brie I grabbed from the fridge. A lot of carbonation, but it works very well with this style and adds to the enjoyability.

Overall, this is great to sip with a light cheese or some such snack to go along. This would be great to introduce the style to newbies, as it makes for a very interesting experience and a wonderful drink.

Photo of Brewbro000
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pale orange with crisp carbonation bubbles and a thin head that disappears very fast leaving a clean ring around the edge of my Duvel tulip.
S: Citrus, lemon zest and a very light barnyard funk come through on the nose.
T: very dry with crisp carbonation. Slightly tart with minimal what I would actually call "sour". Very well balanced citrus that comes through very dry.
M/D: a good zing on the tongue from carbonation that finishes smooth. I could drink this all day if I could afford the $10.00 price tag. Otherwise an awesome beer that is happily balanced and not fruity like the other typical Lindemans offerings. Next up Faro.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (with a date reading "OKT 2010") into Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange-golden color with a substantial off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind only a few tiny spots of lace and a little bit of floating foam. The large head surprised me due to the style of the beer.

Smell: A strong, musty/woody aroma backed up by sour lemon.

Taste: Begins with a stinging sourness on the tongue along with a slight bitterness reminiscent of lemon peel. The beer only gets more sour as it goes down- it's not really a vinegary lemon-esque sourness, it's just, well, sour. The finish does reveal some musty and woody notes. I must say, despite the assertive sourness, this beer is not a sour bomb. After a bit more drinking and getting used to the sourness, some fruity flavors make themselves faintly known and the yeast asserts itself a bit more

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with strong initial carbonation that mellows out. The finish is dry and very champagne-like, and even a bit refreshing.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that I would be happy to drink again and again. Only my second geuze overall, but it's another winner. I would like to see what this tastes like with more age on it.

Photo of veinless
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear, pale, dull gold, with a slight tinge of green at times. Head is like very fine and soft fizz, with a bit of spotty lacing and not much retention.

Nose is funky, mildly tart, and has some green apple fruitiness to it. Very musty, almost like I took a peek into an attic. Has a slight wet towel smell too, and as unpleasant as this all sounds, it works with the other scents. Tartness is not as strong on the nose as I was expecting.

Taste begins funky, moves to tart apple fruit, then returns to musty and to a nice dry finish. Chalky and mellow, the tartness is not overpowering at all, and in fact I'd like it to be stronger. Green apple really comes out during a large swig, really helping the beer get over the dusty smells a bit. There is a lot going on in the background in every sip of this beer, something I can appreciate, even if all the flavors are a bit jumbled at times.

Mouthfeel is really good, as the beer approaches watery without ever getting there. This is how a refreshing beer should be weighted. Carbonation is healthy but not combative to the palate. Contrast of textures from chalky to smooth and crisp is effective. Drinkability is good as a result, and the dry finish helps a lot too. Sourness is not as strong as it should be however, as I'd want it to wipe clean the palate at every sip.

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

355 ml green bottle with cork, cap, and gold foil. No date or code that I can see.

Served cellar temp into a goblet, Cuvée René is a slightly redish golden orange color with good clarity and thick white head. Good retention and slow to settle.

Aroma is fruity and musky with a nice earthy quality. A little funk and a little cake? Unusual for sure.

Flavor is intensely sour and tart. I couldn't tell from the aroma that it would be this strong so it comes as a surprise. Tannins pull the cheeks in with each sip. It's sweet up front but from middle to end it will zap your taste buds.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. The intensity of flavors is almost too much to handle on the first few sips but then you begin to aclimate.

Overall a really excellent beer. It's much better than those other Lindemans products that seem overly sweet.

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

288nd review on on BA
bottle to tulip
Gold foil with (LG02JGC & 15079 stamped), capped & corked
Bottle date: July 2010 xxx

App- A bursting orange with a slight shimmery yellow tinge on the outside. A nice 2 finger head. Didn't last very long.

Smell- As expected: Funk, yeast, earthy and kinda dank.

Taste- Gueze's are so different to me. Just a weird flavor you cant really describe but dank, earthy, musky but it works and tastes good. The shouldn't work but they do. The flavors are bold and a slight bit tart to me.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carb level. Nice aftertaste of some earthiness.

Drink- Funky, tangy, tasty and very crisp. A very good drinkable beer. If this is in the top 15, I want/need to taste top 5.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Lots of sediment in the neck of the bottle. Very cloudy apple juice. Dark yellow body. White, very foamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Bitter, slightly stale.

Taste - Extremely dry. Cardboard. Medicinal quality to it. Like aspirin. Tastes like lemon or lime skin. Sour.

Mouthfeel - Very dry, a bit of a stale aftertaste.

Drinkability - Only poured about 4 ounces. Don't really even want to finish it. I'm not sure if this is just the style of the beer, or if I got a bad bottle. I'll be sure to re-rate this when I get more knowledge on this style. (edit) after reading some of the other reviews, I'm comfortable that this was not a bad bottle. I am now able to enjoy this more now that I know this is what it's supposed to taste like.

Photo of AwYeh
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bomber poured into tulip glass, shared with Jesse13713.

A: Hazy golden color with a finger of dense, foamy, white head. Good retention and lacing, tons of carbonation bottles flowing up through the glass.

S: Tart and musty, with tons of lambic yeast and a good deal of cloves. Light hints of an earthy, lemongrass aroma.

T: Tart and approaching sour, quite funky and reminiscent of vinegar (you are not reading a review from one of the most experienced gueuze drinkers). Funky, citrusy- lemon rind in particular, and a bit of grass make this one complex and enjoyable.

M: Light/medium body, with light carbonation. A sour coating of the palate, much like with lemon juice but less intense.

D: The complexity of the flavor keep me coming back to this one, and the low alcohol means I could have a few glasses of it. Definitely enjoyable, and a highly recommended first gueuze (as it was for me). Good price point too.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AwYeh for this one.

Appearance - Very carbonated with a prominent head that presents itself with force. A full glass of head here. Poured constantly between three glasses among friends. Awesome soapy lacing. Pours a vibrant gold color.

Smell - Well this is bad. I expected this smell. Very musty with hints of cloves. A slight lemon tart.

Taste - Surpisingly sour. A kind of dirty well-water taste. Yet, it is very fruity. Very acidic and filled with light fruits. Once I get past the smell and initial taste, I really enjoy this beer. A good balance of sour.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly watery. A good balance of sourness. Quite fruity. Easily drinkable and light bodied.

Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Effervescent gold with tight white cap of head.

S: Sour and citric. Nothing overpowering, but unmistakably a lambic.

T: Very tart and acidic, crisp, lemony, musty lactic funk, finishes dry.

M: Light, dry, refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, but you could sip slowly and really savor it.


Photo of dfclav
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
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
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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