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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,612 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,612
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 151 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002)
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Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwinship83, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$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!

rayjay, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of david131
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

david131, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mistofminn, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

OStrungT, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

BMoney575, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

WesWes, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

jsh420, Jun 15, 2009
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2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

alcstradamus, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of dukew456
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

dukew456, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
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!

cjgator3, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

vrazionale, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BobbyBeerman, May 24, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2007

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.

brewcrew76, May 23, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tai4ji2x, May 20, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DiabolikDUB, May 18, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to Gueuze. Not the best, but affordable, and never dissappoints. Beautiful pale orange gold pour with a short lived white head. A bit of swirling reinvigorates. Smell is a bit of a toned down lambic. Nice wafts of sour apple and earthy cheese rind funk that never gets too offensive or out of hand. Sometimes you want that outlandish deep funk in a gueuze, but it is nice to know you have a reliable measure of moderation to fall back on in this beer. I respect it for that. Taste is more on the sour side than the funk, more granny smith apple than cheese rind. Highly carbonated and very high on the tongue. Champagne like and almost bubbly. Complements the dryness of the beer very well. For the style, drinkablity is as high as it gets. I like this beer very much as an in between beer when enjoying other more extreme lambics. A wonderful beer that I enjoy frequently.

Onibubba, May 15, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on the patio on a warm afternoon in May. Seemed about right for the setting. The beer is a cloudy gold color with a firm and very stable head. The aroma is somewhat sour with a fresh and sweaty funk that could have been a little more pronounced (for my tastes). It's got a subtle graininess and a an airy, yeasty freshness as well. The taste is very approachable. It's somewhat tart and has a solidly bitter background. It's say that the sourness is pallet-cleansing rather than mouth-puckering. It's like a gateway gueuze. However, the beer is quite well balanced, which makes it extremely drinkable. Not quite as wild and flashy as other lambics, but this one is very refreshing and quite good.

Suds, May 13, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how old this is. Label says 2017 and I guess that is a "best by" date. Only other number I can find is on the glass "26".

A- Speedy streams of micro-carbonation in a hazy body with a few specks of yeast sediment floating around after pouring out the bottom. Peach-like, saison-like color of orange/gold. Nice active head with a few specks of lacing.

S- Reminds me of the Lindemans Lambic family with that farm blanket funky yeast aroma but that character is more present in this beer. Also smells fruity and dusty/musty.

T- Tart, sour, and lightly sweet in a Fruity Pebbles sort of way(imagine steeped in Fruity Pebbles... or not...). Peach comes to mind but that may just be the color of the beer influencing my taste. More fruity as it warms.

M- Leaves the mouth very dry. Foamy carbonation makes the beer feel effervescent.

D- Pairs well with Romano cheese. Very drinkable if you're into funky flavors

EnojysAnyBeer, May 09, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $9.

A: Gold with a white head that reduced to nothing. Very clear. No lacing to speak of. Very loud beer when it poured, wow.

S: Funky! Sour cherries, lemons, barnyard funk, slightly medicinal. This smells awesome! Horses no doubt about it on this one.

T: Wow, incredibly sour, definitely one of the most sour beers I've ever tasted. Tastes like pale wheat malts, a bit of noble hops, and then a huge hit of lemon juice. Very tasty. The sourness is slightly delayed, but hits quite hard. Excellent!

M: Thin, prickly carbonation, quite dry as well. Hits all the right notes. Huge pucker factor on this one. Wow.

D: Easy drinker, but a little over the top sour. This could begin to wear on a person. Not too shabby over all. I'll definitely be seeking this one out again.

pokesbeerdude, May 09, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of apple juice. Only a bit of a head, even with an aggressive pour. Quickly settles to a tranquil surface. Strong mustily sour smell, not in a fruity way, almost more in a bacterial way (though obviously not really offensive). Taste isn't really sour apple, but more acidic, more vinegaric. More of a barnyard feel. Very try, like a very tangy saison. At first, overwhelmingly sour, but a bit overly ascetic. Sticky coating despite thin feel, once the sour subsides there's not much in the way of substance. Taste after is kind of cheesy, almost cottony. Drinkability isn't that great compared to the other gueze I had (Girardin 1882). I was a bit let down by this one. Not bad for a starter, but there is at least one gueze better.

damienblack, May 08, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle I picked up in Greens off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. I have heard good things about the Cuvee Rene and figured it was about time to give it a try. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice color. It is a peachy color that really reminds me of good apple juice when poured. It has that gold to super light brown to yellow in color. The pour bubbled up a good amount of head, a little over a finger in height. The head is a crisp white in color. Sadly the retention is a bit lame and doesn't have much lasting power, quickly disappearing. Slight bubbles of lace stick on the glass and slowly side back into the body. Tons of carbonation is just flowing up the body. The shimmering color is really the shining point of the brew.

S: Smell is a bit muted to be honest. Very light aroma is coming out. Getting a nice and earthy smell coming out. Maybe some rain and grass coming through. Getting some tartness coming through. Reminds me a bit of some granny smith apples soaked in sour mix. Getting some vinegar as well. Other than that, not a whole lot coming out and the smells that are there are very toned down.

T: That granny smith apple flavor is really coming through. I think the sour mix soaked apples is right on. More tart and sour than regular apple flavor. Apple cider vinegar coming out. Touch of peach and lemon and lime coming out. A bit of fruitiness that reminds me of a Chard. That earthiness is not exactly the show stealer as it is in the aroma but its there. Got a lot of grass and wet hay. The finish comes out with more tartness that reminds me a bit of yellow sweet tarts. Very nice.

M: Medium to light in body that is nice and light. The carbonation gives you a ton of crispness and absolutely adds to that lightness. Still avoids being watery somehow. Nice and dry with a good amount of acid to it. Tart on the palate. Aftertaste is all those tart flavors lingering on the palate. Damned nice.

D: I usually link the feel to drinkability because it makes sense, but it doesn't translate as well here. Although the feel is really good, it becomes too much at times and makes this a bit of chore to get down after glass number one. This is absolutely a brew to share with a group. It has a nice wine like profile but it is so dry it feels like drinking a bottle of dry white. With that said, shared this is a great beer. Would absolutely visit again.

everetends, May 05, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle is a 375 ml with a cap and foil around it ,that i popped and poured out into my glass .

Appearence:its an amber copper gold color with a nice tight bubble foamy head that lasts the whole experience with loads of carbonation very clear.

Smell:the aroma is on the mark ,sweet dry hops and lemon/grape fruit sourness low to no malt and a bit of wood quility.

Taste:medium to lite body some mild citrus sweetness like beautiful fresh lemon and grapefruit with a dry hops flavor that just tops this off .it`s so good .

Mouthfeel:this is a mild to rich sour heaven ,lemon juice and grapefruit peels that are pure enjoyment, mouth pucking? great.

Drinkability:this is a great beer,world class ,if this was a bit darker and more alcohol this would be a perfect beer,the flavors are fantastic,the sourness is close to perfection a bit more,perhap some ale qualities would do it.

goblet, May 04, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice head and good sticky lacing.

Smell is intoxicatingly sour lemon and alcohol, surprising given the low ABV.

Taste is very tart and really, really good. Lemon juice is the star here, with a bit of a sweet fruit background to balance it out...orange, maybe. Still, the undeniable taste is lemon juice. Very sour, and unfortunately not very complex. A very slight hay/barnyard flavor. Really delicious.

This is a puckeringly tart beer when consumed fresh. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is not very high, but mostly due to the intense sourness. This is a hard one to rate on style; it is a great gueuze, but how many really sour, really great gueuzes are super drinkable? Well, I made it through half a 750 no problem. Quite drinkable, I guess.

One of my favorite gueuzes, to be sure.

photomike, May 03, 2009
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,612 ratings.