Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans
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4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
corked & caged 750ml bottle, The Publican Chicago
paired with pork-shoulder and sweetbread entrees
appearance: served in a nice tulip - aggressively carbonated. straw-golden body with a vigorous foamy white head
smell: distinct sour aroma - citrus tartness, lemon zest, funky as hell
taste: unreal. maybe i've never really had a geuze (can't recall offhand). I seem to recall someone on BA describing the flavor profile as featuring dirty bandaids but i digress. The first thing that hits the palate is an insane element of funk, wood, and barnyard hay. Immediately following is the literal tongue-buckling effect of the sourness...apples, champagne, peach, sugar. An interesting introduction to the style - very enjoyable. flavors seem to change and adapt to food-pairings without overpowering anything.
mouthfeel: superemely sour, tongue-buckling and lip-smackingly so
drinkability: 1/2 x 750ml no issue
08-31-2009 17:29:50 | More by dirtylou
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Capped and corked 375 bottle.
Pours a hazy gold in color with about an inch of head on the pour. Smell is funky and somewhat sour on the pour. Nice stinky, dirty nose. I guess this is where you'd use the term horse blanket, but seeing as how I've never smelled one, stinky will have to do.
Wow this is one sour, mouth puckering beer. I'm absolutely loving it. The sourness is powerful and an all out assault on your mouth. We recently had this at a sour tasting and it was described as a mini Isabelle. I don't know about that, but it is readily available. This is one that I'll be revisiting quite often.
08-27-2009 23:56:43 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Light gold in color with a bit of cloudiness/haze and lots of carbonation.
S: Great combination of funk and tartness on the nose. Green apples and lemon are the dominant fruits. A bit of a champagne smell to it.
T: A nice tart bite, with the lemons and apples quite present. There's a great funkiness to this beer as well, definitely "wild."
M: Not too much carbonation, crisp and a bit dry.
D: I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from this one and I was very pleasantly surprised. A great mix of sour, funk, and fruit.
08-25-2009 07:05:46 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Surprised to finally find this at a local store where I wasn't expecting to see it. I had heard that this is the best offering from Lindemans and after not being able to finish the last Lindemans from the sweetness of the brew, I thought they deserved another chance.
Appearance- Pours a light bodied golden color with just a touch of haziness as I empty out the bottom of the bottle into my tumbler. A great deal of lively carbonation and a small bright white cap of a head that dies fairly quickly, though the carbonation does not. Very much what I am looking for in a gueuze.
Smell- Mmm, lots of tart green apple and lemony citrus with just a touch of funk and maybe a hint of grassiness. Quite a sharp bite to the nostrils in a good way, and I don't pick up on any of the usual suspect sweetness that I've come to associate with Lindemans. I like what I'm smelling.
Taste- More of the same in a good way yet again. A huge bite of tartness that is comprised of green apple, lemon zest, citrus fruits, and just a bit of barnyard. Mouthpuckering, but not overly so and the tastebuds adjust accordingly as the drink goes down. Quite tasty and certainly is the best Lindemans I've ever had, though to be honest I might be marking it up in taste just a bit because it is so damn good when compared to some of the other offerings by the brewery.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- High marks again for both of these categories. The tartness and lively carbonation is on par and keeps this guy going down the hatch. I could easily have a few of these, especially given that I found it for the same price as the other Lindemans 375ml bottles. I guess I was expecting it to be more on the sticker and was pleasantly surprised.
Overall, hands down the best Lindemans I've had and a surprisingly good representation of the style. Would recommend this and certainly seek it out again.
08-21-2009 03:55:47 | More by boatshoes
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
Smell: Tart, brett, estery
Appearance: Deep gold, slight haze, but bottle-conditioned w/yeast at bottom so may be results of raters poor pour or natural look. Good head retention w/good lace at end of glass.
Taste: Sharp on tip of tongue, very complex, old cherry sourness, oak/cork funkiness. Full mouthfeel.
Finish: Dry and tart, pear cider aftertaste.
Overall: Delicious, and for $6 for a good gueze a real bargain.
08-16-2009 02:38:28 | More by bret27
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
Appearance-Light-medium gold color. Pretty clear with a slight cloudiness to it. Small,thin head that lasts to the finish. Good looking beer.
Aroma-Some good funky notes of barnyard and horseblanket are in there with slight fruitiness in background. No hop to speak of.
Flavor-Acidic but not very acidic. I like my mouth to pucker just a little. Sourness up front but fades fast to a seltzery dry finish. Barnyard flavors also end quick. Background of rhubarb is evident. High carbonation.
08-15-2009 23:38:08 | More by Tomas77
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
355ml corked and capped bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy golden orange with a tight, frothy, bright white head that receded into a half inch cap. Thick bands of lacing were formed as the head dissipated. Nose is predominantly tart, light fruit (apple and lemon) with a hint of must in the back. Taste consistent with nose - exactly as anticipated; quite a bit of citric acid on this one. Mouthfeel is fairly light in character with a mild background effervescence that culminates in a slight pucker and a fairly dry finish. Still exploring this style, but a pretty enjoyable sipper with a low abv. Looking forward to trying some more of these.
08-13-2009 01:26:21 | More by Jwale73
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
A= pours a light orange color with a nice two finger head that disapaits quickly for the small bubbles with a nice crackling sound leaving a little lacing.
S= lemony and acidic. Lots of great sour notes of vinegar and such. There's also a little bit of a pale lager sort of smell.
T= awesomely refreshing sour. Really blew me away as being from this brewery. Not a lot of sweetness just vinegar sour and lemons. Great taste.
M= very refreshing and smooth. Really tasty. Loved the mouthfeel on this one.
D= great. Quite the treat of a beer. Smooth and refreshing reccomended.
08-11-2009 01:27:42 | More by jjanega08
4/5 rDev -2%
750 ML corked bottle with a best by date of october 2011 drank from my duvel tulip glass.
A- this one pours golden colored body with a large white head. the head falls quickly and it leaves spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.
S- vinegar and wild yeast. probably more of this than i have smelled in any other beer. lemony hops.
T- the taste was way less acidic and sour than the nose would have indicated. still very wild tasting. lots of citrus, lemon and orange. slight vinegar.
M- light to medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.
D- one bottle was enough. my stomach felt torn up after this one. a little too acidic to tackle this one on my own. next time ill have a friend help.
08-10-2009 02:50:38 | More by jwinship83
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
$11 from Ledger's. 750mL corked bottle, 2007 vintage. Sample August 2009. I like my lambic beers in a pilsner glass, so in it went.
Average appearance. Not much foam or retention to speak of. Barely made a pop when I took the cork out. Very brite beer, I was at least expecting some proteins or sediment to be in here. Carbonation is there but seems lazy. In these regards the appearance is very average.
Lots of aroma going on, notably green apple. Other gueuze aromas as well, lactobacillus, brettanomyces, farm, and wood.
Excellent flavors going on, complimented by a very refreshing tartness. Notably, under-ripe tropical fruit, green apple, citric acid, and citrus rind.
Finish is complex. It has a crisp dryness, but also so viscosity and sweetness from the beta glucans. Sour in all the right ways too. Could use a tiny, tiny bit more CO2...it would lift up what little thickness there is in the body.
Drinkability is very good, although after a magnum of this you'll be ready to move on, even if only to another lambic. Definitely worth the experience and a long term cellar candidate. Cheers!
08-03-2009 01:48:00 | More by rayjay
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
A: Pours a bright hazy orange color with a small, frothy white head that falls quickly. A few spots of lace, not much else. Color is quite vibrant, though.
S: Tart, sour, acidic, lemony, raw wheat. A barnyard-like aroma is prevalent, as well. There's a slight grapefruit element, as well.
T&M: Musty, tart, and acidic up front. Vinegary flavors come in midway, along with a sweetness and citric fruitiness. Fruitiness actually becomes much more prevalent as the beer warms. Lemon, grapefruit, and orange, in that order, all underlie the flavor and linger long into the finish. It's not over-the-top sour and remains accessible. Body is light with a spritzy carbonation.
D: Well, it's pretty sour, so I wouldn't drink more than 1. Still, it's fairly accessible and drinkable for a lambic.
07-22-2009 19:35:07 | More by BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
A- A hazy, light orange liquid with a thick and creamy white head. Very nice.
S- A beautiful bouquet of funk and fruit. Very aromatic and pungent.
T- A very intense sourness hits at first and then the light fruit comes in at the end. For the ABV, this sure packs a flavor punch.
M- Crisp and dry, but very acidic. The carbonation level is just about right.
D- A huge sipper. Not quite as drinkable as I would expect for the ABV. A very tasty, memorable, and expensive treat.
07-02-2009 03:38:11 | More by david131
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
355 ml bottle poured into my Surly tulip. For the life of me I cannot find a date on this bottle. Seriously.
Capped and corked bottle into tulip. Pours a golden orange color with an off white head that leaves minimal lacing around the glass.
The nose is sour and tart, with some funk. Sort of musty or woody, but very sour. I think I'm going to enjoy this!
The taste doesn't let down. Sour and tart, very acidic. Each taste is a new adventure and has different qualities as the last. Starts out very tart and light, but as it warms it becomes more acidic and sour. Lip puckeringly sour. Me likey!
Mouthfeel is light and dry, very acidic. Crisp feeling from the lively carbonation. Drinkability is great, if you love sour things of course.
Overall, this is a great Gueuze. Given my limited knowledge on the style, I can pretty much guarantee there are better and more highly regarded choices out there, but Lindeman's proves here they can make a quality brew that can stand the test of time. I have no idea how old this bottle is (my guess is no older than 2 years) but I would love to see how it changes with another year or two on it.
06-30-2009 06:36:05 | More by Mistofminn
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
This beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow color, with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving very minimal lace.
This beer has a dominate funky and earthy yeast aroma. I can detect a slight tart aroma. Some sour fruit. It has a very slight grainy aroma as well. It is nice to smell a sour beer that isnt totally dominated by sour aroma.
This beer tastes much more sour than it smells. It is very sour, with some fruity flavor. I can still taste that grainyness, but it is in the shadow of the sour. It has a yeasty funk flavor to it too.
This beer is very carbonated, suiting the style. It leaves a sour fruit aftertaste.
This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. The highly carbonated, sour flavor would become cloying after a while.
Overall: This is a pretty decent beer. Maybe just a bit too carbonated, and the sour flavor is a little over the top. I love a sour beer, but this one is just a tiny bit too much.
06-30-2009 03:17:28 | More by OStrungT
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Sampled on 6-26-09
2017 Stamped on the bottle.
Pours a cloudy golden-orange color, with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. The head is thin but ever-present, and and a complete layer of lacing rims the beer.
Smell is very sour and funky, with lots of light fruit and a yeasty finish. A little cider, very fermented, with a nice olive quality if you look for it.
Taste is very good. Light fruitiness at first, followed by a sharp sourness that has an almost candy-like flavor. Subtle bitterness comes and carbonation hit next, with just a hint of pleasant barnyard. The sour lingers into the aftertaste, but is very clean and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is perfect, big carbonation enhances the sourness and keeps the flavors extremely light.
Drinkability is very good, if you're in the mood for nice, lower abv, sour beer.
Overall, an outstanding beer that is clean and simple and better because of it.
06-26-2009 21:37:11 | More by BMoney575
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
The beer pours a very pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades quickly. The aroma is average. It has little malt or yeast aroma. It's moderately sour with a light funk to it. The taste is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor that's accompanied with a dry, musty Brett character. It's mildly sour with some horse hair taste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average gueuze. It's not as sour as it should be and the malt character is lacking.
06-23-2009 12:42:08 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -2%
pours clear golden yellow with 1/4 finger head that fades and left no lacing
smell is sour sour fruit with some funk??
taste - well this is my first of the style but after reading the description it fits well - sour as can be -mouthpuckering tart fruit - not my cup of tea
mouthfeel - stings the mouth with the intense tartness - a very dry finish
drinkability - is ok to good considering the style - i would not drink more then one a night but it does make me want to try more from this style
06-15-2009 01:35:22 | More by jsh420
2.8/5 rDev -31.4%
This is my first Gueze, hopefully it is a good experience
A--Cloudy, light orange color with a half finger of head in my 25 oz. snifter
S--Very funky smell with apples, pears, oranges, and white grapes creating a nice complexity
T--Totally caught me off guard, I may not be ready for this yet. Tart apples, pears, mouth puckering sourness. A bit of funky band aid in the aftertaste. I am not completely turned off by it but I just can't enjoy it either, maybe in a few years I may try and re-rate this if I become fond of the style
M--Thin with a bit of a tart aftertaste
D--Uh, just couldn't do it. Those who like Gueze's please read a different review, those who are unsure should beware
UPDATE: I am starting to become fond of sour beers, so I will be revisiting this one in the near future for a re-rate
06-11-2009 03:16:58 | More by alcstradamus
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Poured from a 12 oz corked and capped bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a light-medium golden color, with a huge burst of carbonation that forms a very active head, eventually settling down to a thin ring.
The aroma on this beer is very sharp. Green apples permeate through a funky-yeast character. A malty-graininess also peeks its way through.
Crisp, sour, and funky are the three fire words when describing the flavor of this beer. Apples and pears dominate up front, but move aside to allow for that funkiness that I expect. The high carbonation allows for this beer to finish extremely dry, which matches the crisp flavors very well, and allows for high drinkability.
It's been a while since I've had a good gueuze, and this one didn't disappoint.
06-11-2009 02:15:06 | More by dukew456
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottled in 2008
A- Capped and caged 750ml poured into a snifter. The cork makes a very loud pop when removed from the bottle. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white colored head that leaves some sporadic lace around the glass.
S- The aroma is sour with a lot of Belgian funk along with green apples and citrus, must and yeast.
T- The taste like the aroma is very tart and acidic with a lot of citrus flavors (lemon) and a little spicy. I love beers like this that make you think after every sip as you discover new flavors as the beer warms up.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry and acidic with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this is a very solid Gueze. The drinkability suffers a bit from the acidity, but this is something that I would love to age a little more. Definitely worth a shot! Recommended!
06-08-2009 04:12:01 | More by cjgator3
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
750 mL bottle at just over refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Label reads "Botteld in 2008" (sic)
A - Poured a thick two-fingered head, with a reddish-brownish-golden body. The brew reacts to even the slightest swirl of the glass.
S - Sweet, peppery, and funky. I get lots of apricot, lemon (and meyer lemon!), musky old basement, peach, white grape, and the slightest hint of vinegar. Of course there are the requisite gueuze smells that have no name.
T - What a remarkably long finish, even for a gueuze! Surprisingly fruit-forward, with apricot, lemon, and apple flavors stepping up the most. Deliciously sour and tart.
M - The flavors sparkle on your palate. Very effervescent mouthfeel because of the high carbonation in conjunction with the flavor profile of sour, farmy, and fruity.
D - Absolutely a joy to drink. This style is my go-to warm weather brew, and the Cuvée René does not disappoint one bit. Be sure to take your time with this brew, as it only gets better as it warms - that's why I start with a refrigerated bottle and enjoy the progression. One of the best examples of gueuze that I've encountered.
06-01-2009 22:40:08 | More by vrazionale
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
This is my second adventure in the lambic styles at the suggestion of my friend and mentor, Shawn the Beer Philosopher. He called this one truer to the lambic style than my first one. My first one made me think I was drinking champaign. So, let's get to it...
A: Golden yellow with a hint of orange, just a little cloudy, clearly visible carbonation trails, and a white head that fizzes down to almost nothing.
S: Of course there is some fruit nose here but it comes off as not sweet but more tart instead. There is a musty/funky note in there, too. Plus this one has a yeasty smell as well (something missing from the other lambic).
T: Taste pretty much follows suit.
M: Thin bodied, bubbly, sometimes a little harsh but over all a good experience.
D: I loved it. As my palette expands with more of this style my opinion may change. But this one made me think I was drinking a style of beer instead of champaign.
05-24-2009 03:35:04 | More by BobbyBeerman
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Very clear yellow with orange tints and a slight white head that doesn't stick around.
S - Lactic acid, hay, wet stone, lemon, tart apple, musty earth and a slight bready aroma.
T - Tart with a biting sourness and a slight sting. Sour lemon, green grapes, tart apple, wet stone and a slight medicinal finish.
M - medium body with good carbonation and a dry lingering tartness.
D - Not as sharp, tart as other Gueuze I have tried but still tasty.
05-23-2009 03:01:40 | More by brewcrew76
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
having had this more often now i really have to bump up the scores. better lacing recently too. i must have been biased against lindemans in my old review. for the price, this is the best value oz-per-oz for a traditional gueuze.
bump up half points each for appearance and drinkability.
OLD REVIEW 7-12-08
750ml green bottle. dated oct 2007, w "best by" of dec 31, 2013
poured into tulip
golden honey with orange tint, slight haze. decent head soon fades to wisps and then just thin ring. lacing doesn't stick.
champagne notes and hay-like aromas. some pear juice and faint must with whiff of vinegar.
mild cider vinegar flavor and acidity. some bready yeastiness and... wet crackers? herbal notes come with hint of hops and bitterness. dry finish with very slight sour pucker.
almost watery, but smooth. moderate carbonation is lively and prickly.
pretty decent and refreshing, but probably not a gueuze i'm seeking out again.
05-20-2009 13:02:18 | More by tai4ji2x
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured from 355ml Bottle (dated Nov. 2007) into Snifter glass.
Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a off white head that quickly disappears and leaves no clues that a head was ever present. Aroma has sour apple, acidity and a bit of yeast. The flavor has similar notes. Sour apple upfront with a nice biting tartness and it lingers with the finish being dry. Its a light bodied beer that is highly carbonated. I really like this beer, I haven't had many sours so I look forward to venturing into this realm much more.
05-18-2009 04:14:12 | More by DiabolikDUB
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,595 ratings.