1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

Not Rated.
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,772 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 92
Gots: 182 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (14) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,772 | Reviews: 821 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mkorpal
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 caged and corked bottle poured into a sniffer. First beer I have ever used a corkscrew on. Pours a golden color with a hint of cloudiness which gives it a glowing quality up to the light. Very thin, wispy white head which retains and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is very heavy on the horse like funk. I prefer a more earthy fruity funk, so it's not quite my favorite. There is a bit of sour apple in the nose, but it's almost all horse.

taste leans more towards sour apple, and the funk takes a backseat. Lemon puckering sourness is also present.

Light on the tongue, with solid carbonation.

light on the booze and a solid taste makes for an enjoyable beer. Nice price on it as well.

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

Bottle opens with a big "pop"...poured into a regular water glass, which is my vessel of choice for lambics, saisons, and the like. Really great nose - tart, lemony, musty, with an aspect of cheese and flaky bread. Flavor was pretty tart, some lemon, a bit of cheese, with a slight lingering sweetness, very slight, barely enough to be noticable.

***This was an old review, I've had this beer many times since then, freesher vintages and older ones. The fresher ones are more full in the mouth and have a bit of peach sweetness, while the older ones have more of a well-aged citrus quality that I enjoy. The quality of the older bottles vary. It's a really nice geueze, a tremendous value.

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

2002 Vintage...

A- Poured into a snifter... still has a nice white finger thick head that disappears relatively quickly and leaves behind some light spotted lacing. Beer is a brilliant amber color with light sediment

S- Very aromatic... smells very much like champagne

T- Not to much to explain... sour and tart, but delicious. I drank one of these about 2 years ago (from the same case) and remember it tasting very similar. That being said, the 8 yrs of cellering has left it tasty but similar to what it tasted before IMO

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

D- Very... If you like sours, this is definitely for you. I'm pretty sure I could drink this all night... besides the price tag


Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a hazy yellow orange.

Aroma: Very funk. Horse blanket, acidic, lemon zest, and oak. This one has some tartness to it.

Taste: Sour, tart, and funky. It is musky and dust flavors show with cobweb. Horse blanket funk and sour acidic lemons.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Funky, tart, mouth puckering. Ends a bit tart, but clean.

Overall, a decent gueuze, especially at the price. It is pretty funky, however. I dig it. Above average.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark and murky brown-yellow, kind of like three day old piss. Some sediment and a white head. Leaves ok lacing. This beer smells very sour and raw, with a fermented fruit bluntness. The taste is very tart and sour, reminds me of sour apples with a slightly bitter and salty finish. In the mouth it feels pretty average but an added tart stickness makes it special. This reminds me of a Berliner Weisse without the woodruff or raspberry. It's refreshing and interesting but not really the style for me. Nevertheless, I'm glad I tried it and would try again, just not crazy about it.

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

Pours a mostly clear, golden honey color with a 2-finger, off-white head that slowly falls to a cover without lacing. Shows ample carbonation.

The smell is citrus fruity and some barnyard funk.

The taste is tart, sourish and funky. Tastes like lemon juice.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: This seems very accessible and easy drinking as long as the qualities of a Gueuze suit your palate. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slight hazed apricot color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly to a fresh white collar,,smell is lemon tart mixed with barnyard funk wet grass and apples..taste is lemon drop with a wet hay barnyard taste its has funky earthy musty taste that offset the initial tartness ..mouth feel is crisp and dry more tart than sour just a hint of vinegar..overall a tasty gueuze that got more complex in flavors as it warmed..a pleasure to drink

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

Presents with a pale orange color which is clear at first until the yeast works its way in to cloud things up. An airy white head, about 1/2" thick makes a brief appearance before fading to leave a thin white cap on the beer.

Aroma is full of funky sourness at first, but it tones down pretty quickly to reveal a sweeter background with some estery and musty aromas mixed in.

Again, like the aroma, the taste is sour and tart up front, but it doesn't stop there. As your taste buds get used to the tartness, they start to pick up on other flavors, including fruits and a bit of a musty finish.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, providing a nice crisp feel. A slightly chalky yeast note can be felt more than tasted, making for a nice overall balance.

Overall, this beer is one of the classic examples of its style and a great intro to sours. By the very definition of its style, I hardly consider sours to be highly drinkable, but this light and dry character of this beer really gives it a boost in terms of drinkability.

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 10/11/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow and it starts with a bit 2 and 1/2 fingers of frothy white head with decent retention; head eventually fades to a full and thin cap; body is slightly cloudy, but still clear enough that one can see through it; body shows moderately strong and quick carbonation bubbling up:

Smell: Tart, tart, and more tart -- a very sour/funky smell beer upon uncapping/uncorking the bottle -- a blast of a bit of stale skunk spray; citric and acidic fruit presence, kind of a combination of lemon, grapefruit and green apple; bit of a musty cellar scent with some wet hay; my eyes kind of water a bit when smelling this one deeply, as does my mouth... Can't wait.

Taste: Absolute solid blast of sour and tartness dominates the palate the second it touches off; once the acrid acidity passes there's a lingering presence of a combination of citric and acidic lemon and possibly green apple; eventually, the citric end falls off and there's a light malty sweetness with a bit of an artificial saccharine aspect that reminds me of Atomic War Heads; awesome flavors for a Gueuze that is relatively affordable.

Mouthfeel: The tartness makes me pucker a little bit, and it really causes the mouth to continually water after it goes down; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left hanging on the roof of the mouth while the insides of the cheeks stay pretty moist; the belly is left burning with warmth from the acidic nature of the beer.

Drinkability: What a great beer - I really regret waiting as long to try it as I have, but I feel that I really had to develop my palate far enough to actually appreciate a beer of this level of craftsmanship. The ABV is definitely moderate, and the body isn't heavy -- the only aspect that would probably slow me down is the acidity as I could see it causing some heartburn it too much was consumed; definitely easy enough to sip through the 355 mL bottle.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden hue with a bubbly, bright white head. Seems fairly carbonated with tons of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface.

S - Lemon upfront along with that sort of nose-filling pungentness that lambics have. There's the expected funk, that to me is most similar to wet hay/straw and wood(which is what I typically associate with brett). It's not as funky or assertive as some other gueuzes I've had, but that might be because it's still fairly cold.

T - More than any other gueuze/lambic I've had, this has the most distinct twang coming from actual wheat flavor as opposed to sourness from the bugs(which is still there). Very woody dirty/earthy funkiness. That leads into the finish along with a lemony sourness.

MF - Lots of prickly carbonation that makes it very refreshing. I haven't had any other gueuzes that were nearly this carbonated, but it's nice.

D - Maybe the most drinkable gueuze I've had. It's not as sour/funky as others I've had, which isn't necessarily good or bad, but I do think that adds to the drinkability.

It's difficult to review a gueuze, because I think I've really enjoyed all of the ones I've tried, and I don't get to drink them very often(price/availability). I'm trying to review to a C = average scale, but it's difficult considering I've only tried a handful. Short and simple: This isn't as sour/funky as others I've tried, but it still has those attributes and is pretty tasty, with much more of a wood flavor than others.

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

2008 vintage, green corked-and-caged 750ml bottle

A - Golden straw with a thin white head.

S - Sour funk, lemon, pear and grass. Delicious!

T - Very tart with lots of green apple, pear, lemon and "horse".

M - Crisp and refreshing with a light body and a dry, mouth-puckering finish.

D - I shared this with friends and I kinda wish I didn't. I want more!

Amazing example of the style, this was the last one on the shelves and I need to figure out how to get them to order more...

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with foamy one finger head, settles into a nice ring leaving some splotchy lace. Smell: fairly subdued - hay, grassy, a little funk, green apple. Taste: pretty tart, lemon/lime over a slight mustiness, fades into green apple, then becomes vinous - champagney, with an acidic grapeskin finish. Mouthfeel: light bodied, just enough fizzy carbonation.

11 Aug 2010 printed on label, but bottling code seems to indicate 2008 bottling (?).

Photo of BierFan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750ml corked and capped bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright hazy orange body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Tart and cork primarily. Kinda grassy.

Taste: Tartness tries hard to overpower other flavors. Cork is the second most obvious flavor. Oak is there but a little hidden.

Mouthfeel: More full than I expected.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice finger of head which had good retention and left bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was quite pleasent consisting of citric acidic lemons, funky oak barrel notes, cork, slight brett, and some faint tart vinous notes as well. Upfront the taste was quite sour starting with the acidic citrus lemons striking first alongside funky barrel, brett, and vinous accents. It also had a touch of vinegar at the tail end. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight ssweet but sour and dry finish. It drank really good and a 375ml bottle was good enough for me plus I could feel the heart burn kicking in.

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

750-mL bottle.

Poured a clear. light amber color with white foam that settled. Good bubbles in the glass. The smell was mildly and softly acidic with a touch of horse blanket wildness. The taste was acidity but softly so with mild fruitiness (green apples) beneath. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly tart with medium-light body and good carbonation. Fruity and wild flavors linger. A good drink, not too sharp.

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

For some reason, I have a hang-up about lindeman's beers, but this one was actually quite delicious. Hazy burnt gold with a lively white head that looks nice but fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace. This is a geuze though, so it is good for the style. Nose is nice and elegant and trademark lindeman's, which is good, but I'm sorry to say the whole thing seems a little safe and doesn't seem to speak volumes of the place it was made or the person it was made by. Very floral and the oak is a new oak smell, like fresh, french oak. Tart lemon and apple that seems red in the nose and green in the taste. Also a touch of earth and mushroom and must. It touches on everything that is good and proper for the style and comes off dry and refreshing with a little pucker. One of the more affordable and obtainable guezes out there. I will definitely be putting a few of these away and forgetting about them to see how they morph. Great sour jones fix without breaking the bank.

Photo of aepb1
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Honey yellow with a frothy white head

S- Vinegar and what my girlfriend describes as "feet." Definite funk

T- Very citrus lemony sour and some funk in there too. As this warms, green (sour) apple definitely comes through

M- Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation

D- The sour's not overwhelming, love it!

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted out of a 300mL bottle in a Bruery tulip glass.

The Lindemans Gueze pours a honey golden color in the glass with a bright white froth, great retention (froth holds around rim of glass), & nice lacing! For the style, I'm very impressed with the head retention on this beer. The nose is absolutely amazing with a lemon freshness, subtle biscuit yeastiness (like a well made champagne), gala apples, & a powerful, yet elegant floral-like funkiness that all great lambics should have! On the palate, the beer is tart & smooth with balanced acidity & fantastically crisp, yet creamy mouth-feel. Overall, this is an absolutely amazing beer that I'm enjoying throughly! It might even be the highest rated beer I've ever scored! Needless to say, I Highly Recommend this beer!

Photo of galengueuze
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first broke into sours, this was the first beer that I tasted and it has left its mark. A literal assault on the palate, the tartness of this beer is for lack of a better word...amazing. A beautiful golden color invites you to have sip and get ready for a trip. Aroma of that leathery farmhouse funk typical of sours that makes most shy away. The taste of this beer is what defines gueuze styles for me, the fizzy, pounding tartness that does not let up and sticks with you long after your glass is empty.
Hands down a great beer, haven't tried it on tap yet but I'm sure it's great. This beer really makes me appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into this beer. One could look at the label and see from the bottling date that this beer has been aging for some time before it got to you. Try at least once.

Photo of irishgurl4
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Bottle date is 15 Nov 2007. Holy cow! This baby is gonna be noms.

Pours a glowing honey color with a frothy white head that dissipates into a fine broken lacing over the surface and sides of the glass.

Aroma is lemony vinegar with a hint of funk.

Taste is delicious acidic lemon upfront that fades to a barely there earthy funk and a lingering lemonequeness.

Mouthfeel is uber carbonated. Super spritzy but as you keep drinking it leaves that "stripped" feeling across the tongue. Poor little tastebuds, your sacrifice is worthy.

Drinkability is uphill then down. Initially, you're like damn, this is noms, then as the stripped buds start to say uncle the flavors don't come across as strong. Fortunately by that time your at the bottom of your glass.

Photo of woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle split 3 ways at Delaney's. Poured into a nonic half-pint.

A: Crystal clear light amber body with an inch of frothy white foam. Acceptable retention and light lace. Not at all bad for the style, but not exactly memorable.

S: Classic gueuze aroma of cheese, horse blanket, apple skin, grape skin, white wine vinegar, and lemon. Funky, fruity, and fun.

T: Tart and acidic throughout, with grape, apple, and barnyard funk. Not quite as complex as the nose, but still solid.

M: Medium bodied with moderate, spritzy, lively carbonation.

D: Very, very easy to drink for a gueuze. Plenty of acidity, but not so much as to be overwhelmingly puckering.

Notes: This one really hit the spot. While its aroma delivered plenty of funk, the flavor was quite user-friendly (i.e., my friends, who are less familiar with sours than I am, enjoyed it too). Very fruity and refreshing, with plenty of sourness. I'd gladly have this again, even though I didn't think it was quite up to the level of Cantillon Classic Gueuze, and wasn't even close to Girardin. Those are tough acts to follow, of course, and Lindemans have done themselves proud with this brew.


Photo of gueuzer
2.02/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pouted from a 375 ml bottle

App- Nice hazy, straw, cider color. Small white head with lacing

Sm- Citric with a small amount of funk. A little barnyard and some farmer's daughter. Not bad

Ta- Overwhelming acidity that can only be described as gastric. Tasted like I was drinking acid reflux. Utterly disgusting. Not even sour, just acidic. Tried to cut through and tasted some lemon, oak and tannic flavors but it was near impossible. Their blender must be devoid of all cognitive and tasting abilities.

MF- Good amount of carbonation. Bit full bodied for the style, but not horrible.

Dr- Undrinkable due to the taste.

Bought this to introduce a buddy to the style and was completely disappointed. A complete insult to the style. Suppose I should have know better coming from Lindeman's, but some of the other reviews made me optimistic. Will never buy again.

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

12 oz corked bottle poured into snifter glass

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with tons of carbonation. A white, creamy head over one finger high quickly forms with excellent retention and some decent lacing.

S - Plenty of funky sourness along with some fruit and musty hints.

T - Fruit sourness with trademark Belgian yeast and bitter tart flavors. In between the sour, fruits peek out to help break up the intensity. This leads to a super dry finish which lingers for a long time, as the sour taste sticks around after swallowing.

M - Carbonated! The starkly dry finish is almost enough to make your lips pucker.

D - This goes down smooth and easy, but the sourness is pretty intense at points, which is capable of slowing you down pretty quickly.

A delicious gueuze from Lindemans here, which is ideal for someone newer to the style (such as myself). The dry and tart components make for some interesting drinking that I'll definitely be coming back for.

Photo of nickhiller
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I'm not the best judge of Lambics as I'm not quite a convert yet.

A: golden brown, straw bubbly head recedes to nothing, no lacing
S: intense funk, leather, sour fruit
T: funk, acid, cider, must and vinegar aftertaste
M: sharp, relentless acid, champagne-like carbonation is the best part
D: I wish that I could say that I was a fan of sours, but I find them a little off-putting. this seems like a fine example of the style though.

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

750mL bottle, vintage unknown, poured into a Duvel tulip. Cork came out effortlessly - a good sign. I've had a few lambics before, but this is my first gueuze.

Beer pours very hazy with a deep golden-amber hue. Even a gentle pour yields a 2 1/2 finger head with an almost creamy appearance. This beer looks beautiful in my glass. The nose is predominantly wood and yeast, somewhat acidic and a bit earthy. If this were a wine I would say I can smell the terroir. I could smell the beer the instant I opened it; I wish my apartment smelled like this all the time.

Initially sour is the predominant taste - moreso than the nose let on for sure. Between sips I get some bready flavors as well. As the beer warms some fruity flavors develop - I get a lot of apple and pear - and better balance the acidity. The body is a bit fuller than what I would call light, though the carbonation makes it feel more viscous. Each swallow leaves a very thin coating around the edges of my mouth - overall I really enjoy the mouthfeel.

A great beer, I'll definitely be seeking out more lambics in the future.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.