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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,648 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,648
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 74
Gots: 159 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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 vacax
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée René is a typical albeit attractive gueuze in terms of appearance, with its cloudy gold core shrouded with a tower of white foam on top. Retention is fine, with some sporadic lacing leaving the imprint of large bubbles.

The aroma is dry, lemony, tart, and a relatively light level of Belgian funk. As far as gueuze goes, this has a lot of the attractive features and avoids the more complex, perhaps more esoteric and "acquired taste" type of barnyard funk. Tastes lemony with a tart yeasty character with a touch of grass. Nicely moderate-high sourness with a clean finish for the style. A really good tasting beer, though it lacks some of the complexity seen in other gueuzes--little funk of any kind, seems to be mostly lactic sourness. Almost like an imperial Berliner Weisse. It is tasty though, and for the price point, half to a third the price of other respectable gueuzes. Light bodied with tight, high carbonation. What it lacks in complexity, it definitely makes up for in terms of drinkability, one could probably kill a 750 alone, though it is always better to share with a friend.

vacax, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big pillowy off-white head sits on top of a hazy orange body. Lots of rushing bubbles keeps the head around for a while, and sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

Smells of lemon zest, yeast and a fairly strong citric tartness. A very fresh feel to the nose, as if the aromas are very alive.

Really tart, right from front to back. Citric in nature, with a faint yeasty funk throughout. There is a little bit of melon sweetness underlying it all.

Light bodied with fairly high carbonation and a stickiness to it that coats the mouth a bit. It's a fine feel for the style, but nothing outstanding.

Good beer, worth trying if you like sour brews or if you are just starting to check them out.

elricorico, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of popery
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, tart gueuze. While not quite as wonderful as some gueuze, this is still excellent beer. This is a real punch in the mouth gueuze that leaves a film of tartness on the teeth, like licking a lemon. In fact, it's a bit like mixing with lemon juice with a good, dry champagne, which sounds appealing to me, anyway. There's some dry, neutral oak in the finish and a tiny touch of horse blanket-brett flavor peeks out. Otherwise, it's mostly lemon/grapefruit rind tart. While it's not my favorite gueuze, it's still quite good and comes in at a much lower price than the competition. If only Lindemans would stop sweetening their fruit lambics (or start importing the Kriek Cuvée René)...

popery, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of raverjames
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Tan orangish with a 1 finger white head. A little haze with some yeast sediment.
S: Vinegar and unripened citrus fruits. Hint of barnyard funk in the background.
T: Sour sour fruity funk. It is like drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth, only worse. I love it.
M: Again, it is very sour. Great carbonation and the funk is not overboard.
D: Pretty damn good for one of the most sour beers for the money. Once you get used to the tart flavors from the lactobacillus, it goes down smooth.
This beer is proof that Lindemans actually knows how to make a true wild beer.

raverjames, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color with haze and bubbly carbonation. Nice champagne like head. Smell is strong sour/tart lemon with funk comming through nearly as much on the back end. Taste is of sour and tart lemon zest backed with hay and funk. Strange hint of salt on the palate and champagne like taste on the palate after a few sips as my tounge gets used to it. Body is light with prickly champagne like carbonation, pretty dry finnish and suprisingly little aftertaste. Once you get past the strong sour and funk flavors, this really is impressive. Miller Highlife boasts itself as the champagne of beers, but this is much closer with the body, carbonation and taste.

rfgetz, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy and orange. With little head. lacing is moderate.

S: bouquet is mild, dominated by lemon juice and granny smith apples.

T: when was the last time you bit into a lemon? This is one of the more sour brews I've had. Cuvée René is quite dry with notes of lemon, apples, pears, and moist earth.

M: light body with moderate carbonation.

D: one of the only gueuzes that is widely available in the US. This brew is great for anybody that likes the sour side of beer.

Avagadro, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Dawkfan
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful golden yellow straw color. 3 fingers of frothy white head, moderate lacing. Retention is great, tons of carbonation, looks like a funnel cloud in the middle of my tulip glass.

S - A lot of funk & sourness in this. Apples, lemons, it reminds me of champagne a little bit.

T - Wow that's funky! This thing just flat out tastes sour & I'm liking it. Green apples, pear, sour cherries, lemon. Lots of flavor here!

M - This sucker is dry as hell, but just works so well! Light body, huge carbonation, great feel.

D - This was my first Gueuze and it most definitely won't be my last. This is like nothing I've ever tasted beore. I hope I can get my hands on a continuous supply of this stuff.

Dawkfan, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of slaintemhor
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can hardly believe I had never tried this until last summer. Shame on me! The colour was golden with a thin head. The aroma was yeasty, spicy, doughy and biscuit-like. On the palate, there was loads of yeast as well as citrus and clove with a bitterness around the edges that had an essence of mustiness to it. I like it!

slaintemhor, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of deapokid
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into champagne flutes and split with my girlfriend:

This Gueuze pours a beautiful and deep gold, boasting a firm, one-finger head and bubbly carbonation that would rival soda or champagne.

Scent is tart, lemony and funky. It stings the nostril after deep inhalation and packs a barnyard aroma reminiscent of a Saison. It's strong, lively and enticing.

As it hit the tongue, a lemony and musky wine character coats the taste buds, subsiding only for the dry as a bone conclusion. A dash of citrus fruit zest is also hidden in the complex bevy of flavors and the bold flavor lingers long after the liquid is gone.

Although the mouth is far from subtle, it definitely wakes up the taste buds and possesses the sharp bite that can be found in a spicy ginger ale. It has a lot in common with sparkling wines.

Some might consider it too tart for heavy consumption, but, in my humble opinion, this Gueuze is one of the finest around and I never had a second thought about polishing off the bottle as fast as possible.

deapokid, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL gold foil topped green bottle, poured into a snifter.

Clear, effervescent, apple cider-ish gold color with a thick, but quickly receding bubbly white head with little lacing. As soon as I pop the cork I hit by an (delicious) aroma of pungent, sour, funky aroma, citric lemon, must, dirt, etc. Everything expected from a gueze, but not quite as complex or tart as exceptional ones. First sip is extremely sour and musty, followed by citric lemon and earthy notes and as it warms up the finish is slightly sweet before the high carbonation cleanses the palate and leaves a dry, mild sour finish. Overall body is lighter side of medium with an effervescent quality. Lacking the depth of some other guezes, but an excellent example for the availability, accessibility and price.

yourefragile, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle bought from belgianshop.com... bottled date 2004

Poured a dark hazy coppery orange colour... Head started foaming out of the top of the bottle and poured pretty big and foamy but disappeared very quickly... some light lacing...

Aroma - Very strong lambic brett yeastiness, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes... outstanding...

Taste - Sharp sour lemons and strong sour grapefruits, salty, light vinegar hints, very yeasty, faint sweet after notes, grapes, light vanilla, floral, grassy, some woody notes, champagne like hints... again outstanding...

Feel - Very dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness... thirst quenchingly good...

Overall - An outstanding gueuze - one of the best i've tried...

mdagnew, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color that produced a large fizzy brilliantly white fluffy head with great retention. It is leaving behind tiny bits of lacing here and there.

(S)- A zesty but dry lime citrus with an airy biscuity yeast. Finishes in a sour lemon/lime fruit. The middle has a faint apple juice/cider nuance.

(T)- Wow! A definite sour bite that turns into a super tart lime citrus with lemon zest. Finishes super dry with light; overly yeasty-made biscuits and a barnyard hay.

(M)- Great mouthfeel! Smooth, but with a fizzy carbonation level and a sour punch. Great lime flavors. I could get used to this!

(D)- This is my first Gueuze and am loving it! The sourness packs a punch, but is an interesting and dynamic departure from the norm. Loving the lime & lemon citrus. Great stuff, but anything more than a 12oz. at at time would be too much for me.

sweemzander, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow with a nice white head.

Nose is assertive grapefruit, ripe pineapple and fresh green apple with that "sour" character.

Mouthfeel is thin but full of character, citrus and flavors.

Wonderful lemon, grapefruit flavors with undertones and layers of green apple flavors. Fresh, pleasant and bright with medium sour character.

Finish is all green apple and grapefruit juice tones. This one is very pleasant; very consumer friendly and very drinkable.

GRG1313, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first gueuze. I'm excited.

Poured into a wine glass the beer is sparkaling golden hued with little to no head. It looks alot like champaigne actually.

The aroma is very tart. A musky barnyard funk abounds from my glass. Dry fruitiness of lemons and grapefruit.

The flavor is fantastic. Super dry tart fruit. Some sweetness but mostly mouth puckering sour apples and lemons. I love it. Very white wine like. Some of the barnyard funk can be found in the finish.

Light body with just enough carbonation to bounce on the tongue. Super dry finish that litterally makes my teeth crunchy.

Overall I am in love with this style. I'm in love with this beer. I will be seeking out more of this style for sure.

beerwolf77, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a small short lived head.

S- Musty and very tart with a pleasant subtle fruitiness.

T- A dry, acidic tartness upfront... Fades to a slightly yeasty mild fruitiness.

M- A nice acidic, dry tartness on the palate. Just the right carbonation makes the brew very smooth.

D- Excellent, plenty of tartness but still very drinkable. If I could afford it I could drink quite a few of these.

JayNH, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a pale golden-straw

Smell: Lemon-vinegar citrus, bit of coriander-type spice, grass, little funk

Taste: More sour than I expected, big lemon but not much depth/complexity.

Mouthfeel:

Drinkability: High, nice for what it is. Good, available, approachable gueuze.

craytonic, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of infi
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gueuze! 2008 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a snifter.

After a few minutes trying to figure out my wine key and a broken cork later, I could immediatelly smell lemons and a bit of that 'funk' that I've been passionately hearing. Cuveé René pours very smoothly straight out of the bottle and reveals a very thin champagne-like head - white and very bubbly and dissipates in a matter of seconds and leaves no sort of lacing. The appearance is a clear golden yellow, sort of like a light apple juice, with streams of bubbly arising towards the top. The aromas instantaneously reacquaint me back to the lambic style. Tart fruit, namely lemon, apple skin and pear, wood barrels and that slight funk from the yeast are all funneling from the glass. Not quite the 'horse blanket' smell, not that I would know of that scent, but there's nothing of that potency. It's actually quite vinous, like a merlot or something.

As it hits the palate, I initially get a slight citrus and lemony flavor and apple tartness, which then leads to the renowned Brettanomyces funk characteristic. If let sit on the tongue for a while, that funk really becomes pronounced. A nice yeasty breadiness concludes the flavors in the finish and leaves a slight and dry puckering feel. Not as uberly sour or puckering as I was anticipating this was going to be, but it's still identifiable.

Mouthfeel was like drinking a champagne, being light-bodied, dry and crisp and fairly effervescent on the tongue. Drinkability is definitely a slow sipper as it's lively and sour.

This was definitely a nice introduction to the sour world for me and was quite a pleasant experience. I am now definitely interested in trying many others and slowly understanding the big desires for Cantillon, RR and the like.

infi, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pear in color with just the slightest bit of head at the top. This dissipates immediately.

S: Tart acidic, and maybe just a little bit of horse blanket. But with a little bit of underlying over ripe fruit.

T: Wow. That makes you pucker. Slight barnyard taste at first and then the tart hits.. strong and sour. This is a sipping beer for sure.

M: Thin, but well carbonated.

D: Sorry, but not really.. Good for the style, bad for kicking back a few with the boys.

Beejay, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle a while ago, just decided to pull it out of the cellar and enjoy.

Pours like a saison, a murky orange gold with spools of yeast streaming suspended in the liquid. The white head rose to the top of my Duvel glass but receded pretty quickly and left decent but not amazing lacing.

Despite the green bottle here, no skunkage in the smell. This is a smell i have yet to enconter. Hints of earthiness, brown pear, lemon peel, dark wine, wood, green apple peel, some sweet and sourness, with that wildness of the yeast, an amazing array, quite a scent. It is like a saison on steroids without the barnyard scent, more refined instead.

Taste is sour but not as overt as other beers. The lemon flavor really carries from the scent along with the taste of brown pears, slight wheatiness, and tangy yeast. Loads of pear, lemon, and apple peel flavors in here. This is unlike any sour I have had, it is pretty sour put it doesn't make you cringe, it makes you pucker the mouthfeel and flavor delivery is incredibly smooth. It is well-balanced sourness.

Overall an incredibly unique beer that I could only imagine coming out of Belgium, it has characteristics of a wheat beer and a sour but takes the fruit level to new heights and isn't too sour. Worth 5.30 for the bottle. The 5% abv and non palate ruining status of this beer makes it a king among sour session beers.

crossovert, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

corked/capped 12oz bottle, 2008

Part of a side by side tasting done with staff. (Cantillon Classic Gueuze being the other bottle chosen to represent the style)

Cuvee Rene has always been a favorite of mine in the style for its aggressive sour edge, accessibility and minimal wallet burden. Gueuze aint cheap...

CR pours a deep, but glowing yellow orange color with a small thin bubbled head and some visible rising carbonation. The nose is sour, no question, lemon skin, smarties candy, vinous grape juice, and hints of mild barrel. Much is the same in flavor, bright tongue assaulting tartness, acidic lemon notes, some light oxidized wood and lemon-head candy. The beer remains dry and full of carbonation. Easy to drink and a wake up call to the taste buds, my only complaint in the mouthfeel dept is the long lingering throat coating feeling that develops over just a couple of sips. Absolutely not for everyone but a Lindemans Cuvee Rene is s MUST TRY for the novice who is too hesitant to dive into a 15-50$ bottle of Cantillon or 3F, this brew will give you a pretty good idea of what the style is about and i you're down, spend the money on the other guys, its totally worth it.

ATPete, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Aenema
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart, green apple and funk.
Taste - Puckering, sour tartness with a barnyard funk flavor.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with light carbonation and a dry, crisp finish.
Drinkability - Enjoyable sipper.

Aenema, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow, like a bale of hay, with over two fingers of frothy white head, there is tons of fast carbonation

S - the aroma is tart, sour, sharp and acidic, like slightly sour grapes

T - supersour at first, but not to a puckering level, a grape flavor, almost like a dry white wine, some tart green apple peel and lemon zest or peel, like biting into a lemon with all the flavor and none of the juice

M&D - super dry, sour and acidic, which can be a bit off-putting, but it grew on me, very lively on the tongue throughout the sip

sinstaineddemon, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of srroos
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped and corked bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip-type stemmed glass. Pours a golden orange with a huge fluffy white head, which has excellent retention. Aromas of tart apples and lemon. Tastes like a granny smith apple, finishes sweet and tart like a lemon. Light body with lots of fine carbonation. Overall, much less tart than other lambics. A nice, approachable, easy to drink starter.

srroos, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked bottle with best before of 2017.

Pours a hazy gold/orange into a tulip with 3 fingers of froth.

Aroma is complex with barnyard funk, lactic acidity, and a bracing, spicy tartness.

Taste is sour, tart, mildly cheesy and funky, musty, and just a touch acetic. All of the lambic characteristics are well in balance with no individual one coming to the forefront.

The finish is dry and tart and the heavy carbonation scrubs the tongue and palate.

Overall, a very enjoyable, balanced lambic that may be more approachable than some of the really sour ones out there. So far, this beer has aged extremely well and would easily hold up for another 10 years in the proper conditions.

bump8628, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Flute.

A: Deep gold with nice clarity. A fizzy and soapy white head starts strong and has decent retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Extremely tart and sour. There's all sorts of funkiness at work here. A strong sour grape and apple aroma dominates. A little lemon adds into the party. Raw malts are to be had, but in limited quantities.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is quite tart and sour. A apple, pear and grape sweetness starts things out. It's quickly replaced by an extreme sourness that borders on tasting like vinegar. Sourdough bread flavors add yet more complexity. Finishes extremely tart and very dry.

M: The relatively light body has a volatile, yet pleasant level of carbonation.

D: Definitely a beer I need to be in the right mood for. But I'm really glad I tried this. A really unique style I'd never had before.

Rayek, Sep 10, 2009
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.