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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,711 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 78
Gots: 170 | 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 Fladder
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer had a light, clear golden amber color and was mildly carbonated. The head was not thick.

The smell was fairly sharp and extremely champagne-like. I couldn't detect any malt or any other typical beer characteristics in the smell.

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the stricking acidity. However, it was not overpowering and the taste dissolved slowly into a pleasant finish. The main taste was apple (Granny Smith maybe), but on the front of the tongue, there was a touch of cedar and grape.
The apple and acidity were a little bit too strong for this beer and could have used a bit more balance, but only a little.

It felt as if the beer evaporated within my mouth as I drank it and was reasonably refreshing, not drying.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle poured into a 9oz tulip.

A - Slightly dark golden color with a big fluffy white head. Rather bubbly. Slight bit of haze.

S - Big nose of bananas hits me first. As I put my nose closer, there's bits of lemon and some barnyard / horse blanket.

T - Tart, and slightly more sour than I was expecting from a Lindemans, but well balanced acidity overall. Not a huge amount of depth. Mostly lemon zest, sour apple, and slight funk, with a bit of a nutty after-taste.

M - Dry and sparkling, almost champagne-like.

D - Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing. While there's not as much going on as some others, this is a very drinkable geuze.

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

Poured from bottle. Had this during the mini-tasting.

A- Pours a light slight hazed pale yellow...turning into a golden straw closer to the bottle of the glass. One and a half finger white head that dies down leaving nice lacing all over the glass.

S- This is very sugary sweet smelling. Almost like they used rock candy to brew this. Some nice light bready yeasty notes along with a strong green apple funky smell. Light barnyard smell in there as well. The funky sour is in there but lightly muted.

T- Nice funk on the front end of this. Nothing too puckering but a nice easy going way to it. Light bready taste as well that falls into a sour green apple taste. This even dies into a sweetness as it hits the tail end of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. There is a certain dryness to this beer. Light funk and apple tastes left on the palate and into the aftertaste. Light acidic fizz to this as well.

D- Very nice drinker. Good for a intro into this whole realm of beers. I will be buying this again for when I need my sour fix and am on a budget!

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

A: Hazy yellow hue; very bubbly and foamy head that disipates quickly, but that is typical for the style

S: Sour and citrusy smelling; there is a subtle yeastiness too; apple cider aroma is strong and there is a subtle vomit smell-it isn't off puting and actually works but it's there

T: Apples and a puckery sourness are evident up front; quite sour but drinkable

F: Bubbly with an even mouth feel

D: For a sour beer, this is quite drinkable and quite delicious

Photo of angelmonster
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was unscrewing the cork outta this beer it flew out about 3 feet high with the wine key still attached.

Poured a 2 finger white head, tons of bubbles rising also. Body is a clear light gold color, similar to a kolsch.

Smell is sour and of vinegar. There is also some hay and acidity. Not much malt or hops.

First taste is the sourness that immediately makes my mouth pucker. Lots of acidity, green apples, and vinegar. No malt or hops are there, but there is an after taste of band aids.

Mouth feel is above average. Body is light and highly carbonated.

Drink ability was above average. Sourness got to me about halfway through the bottle. Dont think I could drink more than one at a time.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle, best by 11 August, 2010. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head which went away quickly. Not very much lacing at all, but there's bits of it around the glass. Aroma is green apple, funk, vinegar and some lemon zest. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's nice and tart with some funk noticable too. It's not too strong, it has the right amount of tartness to make this brew very enjoyable. Mouthfeel/body is light and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and it's easy to finish a bomber of this. This brew reminds me that I need to buy more gueuzes, as it's a style I like but don't drink very often. It's worth buying if you see it somewhere.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent gold with a soft white bubbly head, champagne-esque.

S: Brett funk, leather, horse blanket/sweat and lemons.

T: Lemon and big acid upfront. As the taste evolves, yellow and green apples come to the forefront with the great Brett yeast flavours. Nice lactic acid finish and good mix of flavours.

M: Off-dry, vibrant acidity, little over-carbonated for me though.

D: A quality Gueuze right here. A 180 change from their well known sweet lambics, this is traditional dry, funky lambic, well made.

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

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Soft, lactic sourness with some mild funk. Bready malt backs up the wild yeast character along with fruity notes of green apple and mild, sour cherry.

T - Sour, with a bit of lemony sweetness and a surprising note of lime. Bready malt appears in the middle to contrast the tartness an wheat that dominates early. The acidity fades a bit in the finish, though the musty notes remain and combine with a bit of peppery spice.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nice and sour, though not as intense or funky as some brands such as Cantillon. There is a good balance of malt and acidity that helps the drinkability and lends some contrast to the funk. An enjoyable and authentic lambic that is a good bit cheaper and slightly easier to come by than most other examples of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color. The first smell that hits you is one of funk, with some vinegar and fruit mixed in as well. The flavor is very fruity with a good bit of funk and sour tart. This is not a beer with an extreme amount of sourness, but it has a near perfect mix of fruit, sourness and funkyness. This beer is extremely drinkable and finishes very dry. Outstanding beer.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007. Although there is a confusing notch between a 5 and 6 on the label. Gold label with a matching foil top. Beneath the foil top is a cap and cork. 750 mL poured vigorously into a tall pilsner.

A- Pours beautifully into the tall glass, showing great variation in color from top to bottom. A pale-gold morphing into a deeper gold with even haze. Crab-nebula-like lacing.

S- With a quick whiff, only a sweetness similar to cane-sugar. A deeper huff reveals a green apple funky tartness and some yeast character.

T- Funk sourness throws a hook put doesn't know you out. It catches you, but doesn't sting for very long. Green apple again, leaving an "equal" like sweetness once the tartness dies down.

M- Light on the palate and spritzy with meadium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D- Low alcohol, easy to drink, a great "intro" gueuze or a great bargain for the gueuze oriented.

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white cap of foam across the top that receeds to a faint white film quickly. Spotty lacing about the glass. Nose is a blend of scents that I can best relate to as being musty but also includes funk and citrus. Taste is a blend of all the aroma indicators (funk, must, citrus) but also is sour and tart with a somewhat dry finish. Has some taste characteristics that are similar to a lemonlike bite. Light bodied with a medium amount of carb.

Photo of darklordlager
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before August 11 2010
A: Pours a mostly clear light, bright lemon colour with a 1/4" head that looks like it will dip under within a minute or two.

S: Vinegar, astringency, sour lemon, musty, wet grass, orange zest.

T: Bright sour astringency, going into a pleasant lemon sourness. Sour funky/musty taste near the end that goes well into the finish.

M: The carbonation is hard to tell, due to the sour astringency. The sourness makes it very apparent in your mouth. Sour pucker makes you bring it in for another sip.

D: Very sour, though not to the point of being offputting, even after quite a few oz's. Not as dry/sour as other geuezes I've had.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml, $10, Nikki's Liquors, into White Birch flute.

A- Yellow, pale pale pale, nothing special, but still nice looking.

S- Tart, tangy, fruity, lemon zest, vinegar, hmm. Very good.

T- Wow! Tart, sour, and tasty. Citrus, funk, mouth-puckering, but not overpowering... I like it. Hardcore lemon and some wet grass. Clean enough, though, not much funk. Juicy fruit sourness.

M- Good carbonation, great body and great mouthfeel. Brace for the sourness, cause it's a-comin'.

D- Insane. I downed this with ease. I really found this to be a stellar gueuze, and I will buy some more again.

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

Color was a nice orange and carbonation was appropriate for the style. The nose carried a normal amount of funk but had more fruit tones than I expected. Taste and mouthfeel were great with a fine balance of tart and funk, with a dry finish.

I bought this hoping it would be a more affordable alternative to Cantillon Iris, and I was happy to find that it is. Let's be clear, you get what you pay for with Iris and it's the superior unblended, but at just over $5 a bottle (versus $12 for Iris), the Lindeman's is kinder to the wallet.

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.

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.

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)...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
92 out of 100 based on 1,711 ratings.