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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,612 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
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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 midnite2sixman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ML bottle from Butch's in Holland, MI.

This bottle was poured into a goblet while listening to Know Your Rights by the Clash.

Pours a lightly hazy orange almost the same color as the label on the bottle.

Huge amounts of fruitiness, candy, and grapefruit on the nose. Sweet, light, and apricots also show up a bit. Reminds me of some type of orange/apricot candy I've had before but cannot put my finger on it.

A lot of fruit, tangerine and grapefruit, on the palate. Sour! Very light, very fruity, yet tart but it is quite a curious taste.

Very easy to drink and although I don't see myself buying a lot of Lindeman's myself I will highly recommend this to anyone trying a Geuze! Definitely fits in the style. Has to be one of the best in the category.

midnite2sixman, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/08, BB 12/14.
Poured contents into Leffe chalice.

a) Inch thick white head, bubbles and crackles, and slowly sinks. Hazy pale orange.

s) Lemon sorbet from a foot away, other spicy tropical fruit, some funky moldy basement, damp hessian sack, cheese rind, nutmeg. Some hop leaf in there too. This is what it's all about. Top class, fascinating..

f) Big sour lemon hit up front, blue cheese on a lavoche cracker, some hung-beef gameyness, or venison even. Remarkable.... charcuterie & fromagerie in a bottle...

m) Very light, spritzig, but teeth-grittingly tart.

d) If I compare this with Timmermans Tradition Gueuze, I get two completely different ales. The former is fruity, cidery, simple and refereshing. This is challenging, sophisticated, and infinitely more interesting.

vancurly, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of kkipple
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, so it's a Lindemans product... never really cared for their "lambics", I mean, good dessert material but as representations of the style they seem cheap and candylike... still, I'm liking Gueuzes lately and couldn't pass this one up when I saw it in Atlanta...

Pours a very dull dense orange with a beautiful tight white head that is at least 5cm tall... quite nice... lacing is there, sits well in my goblet, looks fine to me... great retention... no issues here...

Smells pretty solidly Guezue-ish, maybe a little tame and simple, but the requisite sour/tart oak funk and lemon-citrus pale malt caramel coolness are there...acidic and lactic, a hint of apricots here... decent and pretty textbook, takes no chances, wins no awards, just clean and solid.

Taste is much the same vein... tart lemon funk with a hefty dryness to carry the day, mildly malty but absolutely not sweet. Cleansing, refreshing, eye-opening... lacks the complexity and character of say, Girardin, but then most Gueuzes do... easy and not as bracing as some, the funk is a little easy and it's almost smooth...a good into to the style, I say, and certainly a fine brew from Lindemans.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit flabby, fine carbonation but not crackling, finish is dry and a continuation of the main flavor - tart and citric, adult.

Cuvee Rene is a solid Gueuze, a surprise from Lindemans for me and something I can recommend. For $10 a 750ml I would buy this again. How about it!

kkipple, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked 750 with gold foil, and a green bottle. Date code was 21/12/08 and it was produced in 2006.
Pours a beautiful clear gold color with a white head that subsides at a moderate pace. Plenty of bubbles cascading up from the bottom of the tulip.
The aroma is full of crisp granny smith apple, barnyard funk, and a dry bready character. Very nice and complex.

The taste begins with a rush of sourness that is intensified by the carbonation. It is nice and crisp reminding me of a dry champagne but it is much more complex with the sour/funk flavors going on this is a very refreshing beer.
Drinkability is very high once you get used to the sourness.
I think this is the best beer that Lindeman's makes and they should stop mixing good lambic like this into the overly sweet and syrupy fruity beers they make. This stuff is excellent.

RenoZymurgist, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice, creamy, white head floats above a hazy, light-amber beer in this chalice glass. Some rings of lace are deposited above legs as yeast sediment is suspended below.

Opens with fruity apples, followed by sulfur, cough syrup, and fresh, raw corn. A light perfume is cut by distant skunkiness.

Enters with very tart apple, followed by grapes and a long tart finish accompanied by spruce, vinegar and saltiness.

The thin body is very dry, with lively carbonation and some astringency.

Probably a digestive. Ranks high as a conversation starter. I knew my father would cringe, but I will have another someday.

date consumed: 29 Sep 2008

SLeffler27, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René is a highly sparkling golden beer with a thick, fluffy, slightly yellowed white head that has outstanding retention and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite powerful and carries notes of funk, cheese, horse blanket, cave and mud. It is light bodied, fluffy and bubbly on the tongue. The finish is crisp and dry. It is very sour, musty and funky, with no noticeable sweetness. There are notes of champagne, bleu cheese and hay. It's a very bretty affair. The finish is full of green apples. It is tart through and through. What a unique beer!

yesyouam, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into an apple-cidery golden color with a nice crown of white head that leaves lace as it disappears. Very nice.

Smells fruity but not sweet. Apples and grapes lead the pack here.

Taste is very nice. This is a sour brew, don't get me wrong, and it is a departure from typical lindeman's fare, but it is not overwhelmingly so. Hints of the fruits, mostly apple.

This is a very thin and heavily carbonated drink, but without the carbonation, this wouldn't be as good. Very well done on this front as no other combination would seemingly work. This would be a great beer to introduce to those unfamiliar with the style or beer at all.

Drinkability is good. I think I will be able to finish the bottle and although it is pricey, I would love to always have some of these sitting around for special occasions and would like to get one to age. Very great drink overall.

sonicdescent, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green glass bottle with cork and crown cap. No date.

Appearance: Poured into Duvel chalice. Light white head that recedes quickly leaving a little lacing. Cloudy orange-tan, like iced tea with lemonade. Some sediment, but not a lot.

Nose: Sour fruit esters. Sour pear, wild lilies, wheat, hot river rocks, minerals, and a little doghair or horsehair smell.

Palate: Intensely sour! Wow! I'll continue my earlier analogy about iced tea with lemonade...except it's more like lemonade discolored by iced tea. Light bodied with a little, quick, carbonation. Flavors of lemon juice, pear, granny smith apple, pine (cut wood), lemon zest, lime zest.

Notes: Really sour! Did not expect that from the same company that provides us with sticky-sweet candy beers. The body is a little lacking in texture, but still, this is probably the best beer they make (that we get here).

SFLpunk, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foil-wrapped 750 mL bottle that is corked and capped.

A: The gueuze is a light apple juice color that combines orange and iced tea together. Not much head-wise, either on pour or as lace.

S: The nose is pleasantly tart, combining horseblanket funky with an acidic tang. Green apple and caramel malts mix with and accentuate the tartness.

T: This one really grabs you. The tartness is far more intense than the nose lets on, coating the palate with wild fauna. The bite is far more acidic than bretty (and luckily the acetic vinegar is nowhere to be found). A medicinal flavor follows the tartness, an unusual transition that leads back to tartness after a few seconds. The tart apple flavors are slow to fade from the palate.

M: This is a sock-knocker, flooring the tastebuds with sheer tartness. The carbonation does a bit but can't withstand the funk.

D: Only 5%, this ale is a testimony to ingenuity by Belgian brewers. So much flavor in such a small package is a great Christmas eve treat.

akorsak, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of hegelec
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL capped/corked bottle into a lambic flute. Enjoyed at Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario with a supper of lake perch with arugula salad.

Deep, somewhat cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Very nice colour. Light wispy lacing.

Smell is fantastic! Given the reputation of this brewery's flavoured lambics, I wasn't expecting anything this complex. Green apple, hay, caramel, and something that can only be described as a yeasty funk.

Taste is even better! Incredibly sour up front with the same funky green apple. Hints of blue cheese? Plenty of malt flavour to balance the sourness as this goes down, but it's actually quite dry. This must be a fairly highly attenuated brew.

The funk is subtle enough not to overwhelm my perch, but this beer is definitely sharp enough to cut through my spicy arugula salad. Exquisite.

Mouthfeel is puckering but refreshing, helped by the moderate carbonation. Somewhat round, but not too full. The drinkability of this beer is very high.

Thank you Lindemans, you exceeded every expectation I had with this classic lambic offering. It's still so remarkable that I can get this in London Ontario.

hegelec, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of hellbilly
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hazy pale orange gold (lightened orange pekoe iced tea) with a short lived agitated white head.

the aroma is very dusty/cement/mineral/stony with notes of pale malty sweetness, grass, flowers, blossom honey and some cinnamon-y spiciness.

the palate is very tart, almost eye watering (more so than i ever would have expected given the reputation of the flavored stuff from this brewery) but there is a respectable amount of malt to keep it quaffable and yet refreshing. there's flavors of stone, grass and bloomy white mold (in a pleasant way) with a lemony sour finish. an aftertaste of dust and must lingers for a bit. thin mouth feel is dry and parching along with a prickly mouth feel from the tartness. it gets a bit "milky" thick in the back of the throat.

it is not as funky as others but it is clean and refreshing.
this is much better than i could have ever imagined. at the price i will always have this on hand...
8/4/8/4/18/4.2

hellbilly, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque orange with a big yellow hue. slightly off white head, mild retention and good lacing.

S: huge sour lemonade aroma, some light sweet citrus.

T: big tart/sour citrus flavor that turns into green apples, granny smith apples. what a great flavor.

M: medium to low bodied. mild carbonation level. very crisp and clean.

D: ridiculously smooth for as fresh as it is. cant wait to see the sours age. wonderful beer.

paulthebeerguru, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was recommended by other BA's as a good start for getting my taste buds wet for lambic beer. And I must say they were right on.

Good carbonation. Think white head that dissipates pretty fast. Just a touch of lacing but not much. Nice deep golden color to it. Smell has some spicy/clove-like aromas in it. Nice clean malt aroma and no sourness at all in the nose, which really shocked me for a lambic.

Taste: very well rounded and smooth. Man, this was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a mouth-puckering sour attack on my palate, but it's not the case at all. There is a touch of tartness to it but it's smooth. There is no vinegar flavor in this at all which makes it even more drinkable in my opinion. I was simply shocked by this beer. It's the best sour/lambic beer I've ever had. There is some earthy, herbal flavors in it but it's hard to pin down.

Very nice. If you've never had a lambic I would recommend this one to start with. It's simply great!

dwarvenspirits, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy light orange with a finger of cream-colored head that drops to a wispy layer and ring in a few moments. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

The aroma... oh my.... intense, harsh brett sour in the back, along with a hint of crab apple, some lemon, harsh citrus-sour. Cat urine in there too, but little vinegar/horse sweat. The light sweet candi sugar note fights its way through the sour sometimes, but only in small whiffs. This aroma is freaking wonderful.

Flavor/mouthfeel. Harsh tannins bring a soft dryness, even in the middle of each sip. The sugar notes are there in the back, but the lemon sourness, and even the same feeling in the back of the throat as strong homemade lemonade, dominates. No cheesy notes at all, which is both a good thing and surprising for the style... very well done and hard to do. Finish is puckering, but in the middle of the throat. Honestly not an overly complex flavor, just incredibly good.

This is an excellent, affordable example of the gueuze style. Delicious. Highly recommended.

khiasmus, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off I know its cool to hate on this beer, I dig it.. its also ( im told) that its the cheapest gueze per ounce

A- an inviting yellow with a little bit of head and lacing
S- Tart, champaign like smell with some other fruit smells that are hard to pinpoint, very inviting with good carbonation
T- extremley refreshing, tart, slight sour apple, not overly sweet at all
M- pleasant, the carbonation is very nice and very smooth
D- very high in my book , I could drink this all day and the low abv is right up my dorky alley

hands down my favorite from Lindemens that I have tried so far

a great beer to enjoyed by fans of this style and also a gateway beer for people wanting to get into this style

gdfan47, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of DannyS
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasantly golden color with a nice full head.

S - Not very powerful, but unique, winey aroma. Coincides with notes of crisp fruit

T - considering the Lindeman's beers I've had in the past, the sour punch of this one took me by surprise. Was initially turned off to it, but I stuck through it and it grew on me. I love sour flavors, and the bright, eye-opening fruity sour in this beer is a refreshing change of pace.

M - Slightly harsh on the palate, with its smoothness cut right through by the acid. Decent carbonation.

D - Definitely a one-at-a-time beer. I definitely enjoyed it, but you'd have to be nuts to drink more than one bottle of this beer at a time.

Overall, this one won't be for everyone, but it definitely warrants a tasting session.

DannyS, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with a thick foamy head. Funky tart aroma that is sweet, sour and vinuous at the same time with yeast and light crisp frruit notes. Sour and puckering with a nice amount of carbonation. Champagne-like with sweet crisp light fruits (apple, pear and grape) and a very dry sour finish. Acidic.

corby112, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/4/08. 750 mL bottle. Poured a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, tart fruits. Taste was of tart raspberries and apple. I liked this one because it wasn't TOO sour and was easy to drink. An excellent gueuze. 8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy honeyed yellow color with white head.

Nose has fruity chalk, some cardboard (in a good way), and musty fruit.

Sour bomb on the palate, but that's expected with this style. Fruitiness reminds me of peach, apricot, and more. Finishes sour as well, but not overwhelmingly sour.

yemenmocha, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Squelch
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw colored. Crystal clear. Effervescent Champagne like head.

Smell: Banana aromas shine through with the horsey brett aroma.

Taste: Sour tartness dominates. Very nice and tart. No sweetness. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Puckering tartness is awesome in this beer. One of their best beers.

Drinkability: I was initally scared to drink this beer but after trying it am very impressed. I will definitely be drinking again.

Squelch, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been searching for a great sour beer lately. I saw a couple of these on a shelf and decided to give it a try. Impressed? Hell yeah. This is exactly what I've been looking for.

***2006 Vintage***

A- Hazy golden color. Nice inch of head. Lacing is definitely there. Cool looking carbonation...

S- Popped the cork. Immediately got a huge whiff of earthy funkiness. Like herbs and medicine. Sour tart and the sweetest juice you have ever smelled.

T- Here is the best part. One sip and I was completely hooked. Sour sour sour sour sour. Did I say sour? Apples and tropical fruits. The same earthy funkiness from the smell was definitely all over my tongue at this point. I am HOOKED on tart flavors. Kept me coming back for more.

M- Carbonation. Tingly and really carbonated but completely appropriate.

D- I drank the whole bottle with complete ease. And I totally want another one. I will be buying the whole stores stock of this stuff. LOVE IT. BRING ON MORE GUEZE!

DavidSeanNJ, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Underappreciated.

Pours as a golden tan, bubbly looking brew.

I am not a big Lindemans fan, but I went into this with an open mind ... and nose. The smell really reassured me. Funky, barnyard horse mustiness, and a bit of unripe apple/pear.

Flavor adds oak to the mix, but the same unripe apple/pear and barnyard funk notes that I detected in the aroma carry through. A noticeably sour beer, but one that isn't as overwhelmingly sour as other (much higher priced) beers. But, sour enough, and very unlike their other brews.

At only 10.99 a bottle, I may buy them out.

Overlord, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lithy, a great trader for this beer.

Poured from a capped and corked 12oz bottle into a snifter. Light golden in color with a small white head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a touch of hay and horse (I guess some people call it "barnyard funk". Sound good to me.). Certainly smells tarty and sour. A bit of floralness.

Really quite tart and somewhat salty. Kind of feels like I am drinking sea water. Taste is fruity. Green apples and lemon pith. Really tart.

I havent had too many Guezes but I really enjoy them. I enjoy the sour ones the most and this was pretty sour and tart. I really liked it. Best part is, it is light in alcohol so it is quite thirst quenching. Thanks again lithy.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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A: Pours a hazy golden with a one-finger, bubbly head. The head quickly dissipates with flares of lacing on the glass.

S: The usual gueuze funk (although somewhat subdued) with light aromas of citrus and tropical fruit.

T: Some funk with a mixture of minty and fruity flavors. Compared to others, this one is not nearly as tart and the flavors not as bold.

M: Light-bodied and quite fizzy and dry.

D: Compared to the others that I've had, this is like a gueuze with training wheels - which makes this a good one for those who are have not been initiated to intensely sour Belgians. Overall, it's good, but I'd rather have a Drie Fonteinen.

klewis, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Nice hazy golden colored liquid, almost cloudy. One finger head of foam that dissipates smoothly to leave a nice filmy covering. Very good lacing.

Smell is powerful to the point of room-filling. Not that that's a bad thing, though. It's quite pleasant. Tart sour apples. Honey sweetness. Band-aid phenols. Slight pepperey spiciness.
Overall it smells like a nice big basket of tart fruits.

Man that is one good sour-bomb! Taste is very much like cider on steroids. Big, powerful and tasty. Definite sour apple presence. Light honey sweetness that brings a small bit of balance. Acidic presence of fresh squeezed lemons or slightly under-ripened peaches. Nice bit of spice on the back end. All wrapped up in a slight bit of musty funk.

Nice crisp and clean in the mouth. Nothing overpowering. Kind of unexpected for a sour, but quite enjoyable. Very satisfying and easy to drink.

Mmmm! This is one tasty, tasty bottle. Would like to have it over and over again. Very highly drinkable, as long as you aren't opposed to sours.

coldmeat23, Nov 10, 2008
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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