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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 86
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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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 metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours cloudy yellow with a big, white frothy head that dies down quickly. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There's a pleasant earthy aroma of wild yeasts with some notes of sourness. The smell is intriguing and invites you to take a sip.
T: The taste is sour, but the tart and acidic flavors are not in any way overpowering. The taste becomes more balanced as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends smoothness.
D: It's strikingly drinkable for a gueuze and isn't overly sour, however this is probably a beer you want to sip.

Photo of Tetano
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a splash of orange. There is no head and no lacing. Streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Sour is the only word that works here. Tartness comes to mind like a fresh granny smell. You can just smell it. A distinct funkiness I have smelled before from a gueuze. Its a smell I haver come to expect and look forward to.

T- A funky sourness hits your tongue on first sip. There is a fruity after taste reminding me of a very sour apple or any sour fruit. The alcohol is well hidden here. The taste matches the smell perfectly.

D - A gueuze is to be savored. I liken the drinking experience to be like a high abv stout. You do not slam this one, it is a sipper. I rated the drink-ability based on the style not against other beers.

Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into flute.
A: Pours a pale greenish-yellow with high carbonation producing 1-2 inch bubbly white head that quickly recedes.
S: Stong funk on the nose. Musty, horseblanket, and wild funky yeast. Very nice.
T: Very tart...dominates even the strong funk. Follows nose with the added tartness and a mineral note too.
M: Mouth-puckeringly tart. Light body. Some effervescent tingle. Excellent.
D: Highly drinkable, but the tartness limits how rapidly you can do so. A very enjoyable brew and certainly the best I've had from Lindemans. Would pair well with food.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank in the morning with some eggs benedict at the compound.

Squeezed tangerine orange with golden yellow tucked in between. A stealth pour yielded a finga of semi fluffy off white head that died off quick. No lacing from this which is typical for the style.

The best part of waking up is some funky gueuze in your cup. An eye opener with hay, horseblanket, a citrus blast of lemon squirts. Great smelling beer, although not my favorite.

The acidity brings forth the pucker, with lemons galore. A nice barnyard thing going on here.it's really hard to explain what a gueuze tastes like this early in the morning, but I know I like it.

Mouthfeel is puckery and light in nature. Carbonation is high and felt and just right. Spritzy with a dry finish. This is a tasty treat and one I really should go for more often. With the availability and price point, you can't go wrong if your into sour beer. My favorite out of the liefman's products without all the extra sweetness.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in to some snifters and enjoyed with some eggs Benedict on the last day of vacation.

A- hazy yellow orange. An inch of loose billowy head from a hard pour that settles to a mirror finish.

S- oak on top of leather and lemon. A deep musty layer and a touch of powdery biscuit.

T- very tart and sour. Tons of old funky oak, horse blanket and leather. Lemon zest and a dry scone.

M- low carb and a slippery mouth feel. Nice pucker going.

D- the best brew from them by far. The aggressive flavor and low abv makes for a great second but its bugs are tuff. Worked well with the eggs to cut through the hollandais it was amazing. Do it.

Photo of Krevee
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful dark golden color that glows in the light with a lot of head that is quick to dissipate to about a half an inch, with very good retention.

S- Sweet citrusy aroma. Has a sort of sour apple/orange citrus smell. The sour being the strongest of the aromas the others are very light somewhat harder to distinguish.

T - The initial taste is similar to the smell, sour apple/orange with a sour finish. The initial taste is sweet with a nice tart finish.

M - Very light mouth-feel with higher amounts of carbonation. Also has a dry champagne like finish.

D - Good drink-ability, not something I would have several of in a night but a great beer to have one or two of in an evening.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Cuvee Renee into pint.

Giant rocky head on clear deep yellow body. Stupid long retention and
lacing. Good looking stuff, impossible to pour without getting all
head and only a little body.

Aroma is all over. Old leather, herbs, lemons, barnyard, musty cellar,

Taste follows nose. Great acidity that's not overpowering. Bright
lemon sourness. A bit of funk and mustyness, and some old leather.

Body is medium with a brisk carbonation which leads to a pretty clean finish.

Despite being a beer that most would shun, this is a great drinking
beverage that can help clear the digestion after a super heavy meal.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours with high carbonation and a large but thin head that goes down to about 1 finger, is a very pretty amber gold and you can tell that it is bottle conditioned.

S- Like a fresh orchard, apples, acidity, spices and lemonade. Plus probably a 100 other flavors. hmmm

T- Super tart at first but it mellows out quickily, almost zero of the raw sour flavors you find in most sours I have had, the souriness is super refined and reminds me again of lemonade, also has a great dry finish. So this is what a great gauze tastes like!

M- High carbonation and a thin body.

D- easily my new favorite lambic. I need to go buy more of this.

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

Appearance - Golden straw colored with foamy head that's quick to dissipate. Moderate lacing that disappears quickly.

Smell - Yeasty, hints of lemon/orange citrus zest. A little bit barnyardy. Reminds me of my grandmother's canning basement.

Taste - a great mouthwatering sour pucker. The yeast from the nose is very present. Has a lot of champagne characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Very silky. Just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Goes down really easily, but the sour might wear on me after a while.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this beer. Goes great with the spicy thai noodles that I paired it with. We had trouble narrowing down notes on the taste, and it was mentioned that this beer is more about the mouthfeel and "what it does to you" more than how it tastes.

Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2006 vintage), purchased in the buy one get one free rack (came to $4.75/bottle...can't go wrong here) of a local store around Christmas '09. Seems like a good day to pour this one into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful translucent amber gold color with 2 full fingers of dense, fluffy white head. Lots of champagne-like carbonation rises constantly from the bottom of the glass. Head has very good staying power and leaves behind a thick layer of lacing on the glass as it slowly fades towards the surface of the beer.

S - A bit fruity and a lot funky in the aroma. The characteristic sweet, fruity and sour aroma of a gueuze. Lots of lemon and some sour apples. Good amount of barnyardy funk too.

T - Funky and tart, but doesn't really give much of a puckering sensation, even on the first sip - surprising. Lactic and acetic acid, a bunch of lemon and some sour apples - all blended together nicely. Funk is present, horseblankety and barnyardy, but not at the level I expected, especially for a 2006 vintage. Overall, this is an incredibly smooth and well rounded gueuze. Very good.

M - Tart and a bit puckering, but well controlled. Body is characteristically thin. Carbonation is medium to medium high - a bit lighter than I typically see in this style. Nice and refreshing...the citrusy, fruity and sour character give a bit of a drying sensation, but strangely, at the same time refreshing.

D - Low in alcohol, high in fruitiness, sour/tartness, funk - all nicely balanced together. Another example of a fine gueuze, and one that is affordable and readily available. I am reminded again by this one - why seek out the rare, high priced American wilds (many of them are extremely good, don't get me wrong - I've sampled a number of them) when I can go down to the local store, spend less than $10 for a bottle of this and get a beer that is pretty much equivalent - maybe better.

Photo of hawks10
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter...

Pours a somewhat clear, golden, sparkling apple cider color with a bit of a pink hue. A two finger very delicate soft white head that leaves a white haze on top of the drink and a bit of lacing...

A very tart citrus aroma hits the nose, lemony and acidic with a bit of funk...

Not as tart or puckering as the nose led me to believe it would be...some earthy funk taste, not too much, with a drying finish...

Prickly and slightly puckering, highly carbonated and light bodied...

Nice offering here from Lindemans, would think this would be a great entry level Gueuze for some...

Photo of Reaper16
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a pale orange that glows brightly when held to light. Its sort of a chrome yellow (school bus color). The head billows up to a 2.5 finger sized mound of white fluff, though it dissipates within a minute or two. I'm not getting any real sense of lacing.

Zingy wheat and lots of orange zest in the aroma. Sort of like an imperial wit without the brewing spices. Instead there is the unmistakable smell of spontaneously fermenting yeasts. A squeeze of lemon juice tartness tempered by some medicinal astringency. Not much funk at all; at most there is a kiss of dried-out hay. This beer smells like you expect a gueuze to smell like and brings nothing else to the table. Pretty restrained, really.

That element of restraint is present on the tongue as well. In fact the flavors mirror the nose without any variation. Lightly tart lemon/orange/generic citrus balanced by some drying band-aid taste and grass. Wheaty, zippy, well balanced.

I like the mouthfeel. The carbonation level is on point; it isn't overactive but scrubs the palate enough to matter. This is super drinkable because of the very things that hold back the scores for aroma and taste -- the beer is subdued and balanced while being refreshing.

I can think of no better gueuze to serve as an introduction to the style. Its tasty, not intimidating, and hints at what the style can do.

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of earthy resin, tart malt, yeast, dry hops, and slight grape. Fits the style of a Gueuze. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a tartness and dryness present. Tastes of yeast, tart malt, dry hop, slight grape, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a tart and dry beer that fits the style quite nicely.

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

Picked up on a whim from a local store...and was pleasantly surprised! Poured from a "magnum"(I think it's called) heavy duty 750ml bottle into my Lindeman's champaigne glass. Pours a hazy watery golden color, with little fizzy white head. The head retention is week, and leaves no visible lacing. Even long after pour, and drinking commences, carbonation continues to fuzz through with tiny little bubbles.

The aroma is musty for sure! Very funky and Brett like. A slight crimp lemon, and no booze noticable...and that's about it.

MMM...very tasty and enjoyable. Extremely funky...fizzy/carbonated, tart. Again, not boozy at all. Very crisp, smooth, and light body. I'm not picking up much of a fruit taste at all...if I was too stretch it, I'd say lemon. But that's probably due to the tartness. Best Lindemans beer by far...to date! Way to go Lindemans!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed glowing golden colour. Head is an amazing adventure in white frothy bubbling, leaving sticky lacing down the edge of the glass. Surprisingly, the carbonation is hidden or even absent. Otherwise, a very fine looking brew.

Sharp acidity and huge funky wild notes on the nose. Citrus, barnyard and crushed vegetation. Extremely fresh, acidic and forthright. Very expressive on the nose. You can tell this is going to be a rambunctious lambic.

Palate is unfortunately something of a let down. Slight antiseptic medicinal phenols with a mild acidity through the centre. Quite dry throughout, and it lacks something in body and complexity. Oak shavings and wine cork are present, but I was expecting slightly more acidity. Still, it is a very fresh flavoured and very drinkable brew.

Extremely refreshing, and probably more drinkable for its seeming lack of acidity. It gets a little caustic after a while, but you can't beat a beer like this on a hot afternoon. Would have to be one of the cleanest and most refreshing beers I've ever had. Certainly worthy as an occasional treat.

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

I poured into my closest semblance to a flute (a 250ml Carlsberg glass). I got a fizzy white head that was gone in 60 seconds. It is gold in color. The smell is like a wet rag left in a musty basement initially. It reminds me of mold and mildew. Then I get some sour apple, pear, white grapes. The taste is light and tangy up front. Then comes the sourness. It's a sour orange flavor. I get a little funk on the aftertaste. It is a little watery but with the lingering sourness, it works nicely. I wouldn't drink this every day, but it is a nice change of pace.


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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky golden straw with a slight fizzy white head.

Aromas of sweat, horse blanket, and a lot of lemon juice, with a strong wet basement undercurrent. Typical funk, but brightened and sweetened by the lemon quality.

Fruity on the palate, showing pear and lemon. Sweet on the whole, finishing with a bit of sugar. Mouthwatering and still funky. Light to medium in body, and somewhat cloying. Sweeter than I'd prefer, but seems like it'd make a good introduction to gueuzes.

Photo of exparte
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pungent sour apple aroma. Pours cloudy and golden with a large, fine head that dissipates very quickly with no lacing at ll. Taste is sour and funky but still somehow pleasant in that makes your cheeks hurt kind of way. Thin and fizzy on the palate; champagne like with a dry, sour finish. It's actually pretty good but I suspect one or two a year would be plenty.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS Snifter

A - Golden color with a big white head, lots of bubbles, hardly any lacing on the glass

S - Smells a little funky like most of thi style with a hint of sweetness, Also strangely reminds me of the smell of salami

T - Starts sweet and finishes with a good sour kick

M - Reminds me of champagne, very carbonated, light body

D - Easy to drink but the sour flaovrs make you want to take your time. I don't think I could drink more than one of these at once but I wouldn't mind having another one in the future!

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

Appearance - Poured into my Bell's tulip with a murky brown/orange color and about a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Tart and sour apples, pears, and green grapes. This is immediately followed by a barnyard funk/musty aroma.

Taste - Wow...I barely get a drop on my tongue and my whole mouth begins to pucker and water because of the intense tartness. I can easily pick up apple right away, and there is a definite note of pear flavor that comes in after the stronger apple begins to fade. There is an overall mustiness to the drink that does not kick in per say, but is more so always prevalent.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, loads of carbonation, and finishes extremely dry and crisp.

Drinkability - Definitely a sipper. I only got a 375ml and I think that should be enough for me. There is a bit of an acidic bite to this and I have a feeling this may affect me later on. But I must say this is a refreshing beer that has great flavor and sure wakes you up with its sour/tartness. I would have this again in the future.

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

750ml capped and corked bottle picked up at Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a crystal clear light orange/copper. White fizzy head dies down to a nice ring and stays as I drink.
S- A little bit of hay, general barnyard funk. Nice grassy earth like tones. Subtle.
T- Light lactic acid type sourness, not overpowering. Only complaint is that it lacks a realy complexity that would throw it over the top.
M- Light, crips, refreshing. Spritzy and highly carbonated. Dry. Very nice.
D- Despite the lack of complexity I have no issues putting down a 750ml bottle myself. The light body and not over-the-top sourness makes it easy to drink.

Overall - I've had this beer quite a few times but haven't gotten around to reviewing it. A great gueuze, and a STEAL at $10/bottle. Highly recommended.

Photo of Axic10
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Leffe glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color with no head. Almost looks like apple juice.

Smell: Funky, musty smells with hints of sour apple.

Taste: Tart, sour apple, slight funky taste with small traces of chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: My favorite of all of the Lindemans that I've had. Very taste gueuze that doesn't have the artificial syrupy taste of the others. Overall a decent sour beer for about $6 that I will definitely have again.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

G – Snifter, flute, tulip. In a bitter contest, flute wins over snifter.

A – Hazy orange-yellow, brassy, with a quickly receding head and no lace. Ehhh.

S – Sour and tart apple, pear and peach, some sweet chardonnay oak; at very moderate levels for a Gueuze.

T – Wood, cork, lightly tart and sour. The woody notes are somewhat pronounced, but are generally mild, like oaked California chardonnay. Though it tastes good, it has too little carbonation, too little punch. I am underwhelmed.

M – This beer has the body and aroma of Champagne, but not the proper pleasantly prickly carbonation.

D – Very likable beer, in general. It is not exceptional within its stylistic realm, but it is very solid and certainly quite exotic to the uninitiated. But for me, I would always take Oude Gueuze, Girardin, or Boon over this.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, at Beer Bistro in DT Toronto - weirdly unavailable back home in Alberta - I'm sure that will change.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden amber colour - very reminiscent of fresh-squeezed apple juice - with two fingers of loosely foamy, generally soapy off-white head, which leaves some spotty, cloud-like lace in its fairly slow and meandering wake.

It smells of sour earthy yeast, tart fresh lemon juice, and only a hint of pale grainy malt, with an echo of the hops that were. The taste is quite tart, due to a mostly indistinct citrus (lemon, mostly, I guess) extract, some sour, mildly skunky yeast, and an underlying pale, grainy white malt.

The carbonation is mild, and rather frothy, the body a certain light weight, with a fairly dry and peckish smoothness. It finishes dry as a bleeding desert, the yeast and sour, acidic fruitiness lingering in kind.

For its particular frontal assault on the tongue, this is a decently sippable (somewhat), sour lambic, just a tad less egregious than the Cantillons of the world. I am slowly coming to discover that I actually kind like this sort of thing, in measured doses.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice medium golden color with a few fingers of crisp white head. There's a little cloudiness and a bit of apparent effervescence which round out the nice picture.

Smell: somewhat sour, musty aroma. This is my first plain gueuze, so I don't have much with which to compare it, but it smells good to me. I get an after-aroma which smells rather like black tea to me, which I do like. It is interesting.

Taste: very bright and tart. Malt flavor is hidden at first but comes through in the end and is a little sweet, a little dry and a little musty. I must say I quite like this, and possibly prefer it to any of the Lindemans flavored lambics, which tend to be cloyingly sweet. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body but with huge carbonation which creates a deliciously creamy brew. I'm a big fan.

Drinkability: quite high. I find sour beers highly refreshing, and this is no exception. Since it doesn't have the strong fruit flavoring of some lambics, it refrains from being one-dimensional as some of the more subtle flavors can come through. I quite like it.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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