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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,694 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,694
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 75
Gots: 161 | FT: 6
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 aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wheres the gueze? Here!

A: Slightly hazy golden color with minimal white head. Some lacing.

S: Big tartness up front with a hint of sour as well. Behind that is all the fruit.

T: Awesome. Starts off sweet then immediately goes into sour. Then there is a break for a second with a hint of fruit then into this aftertaste that I know I am only picking up a fraction of. Its sweet and tart and fruity all at once and my tongue simply gives up.

M: Light body well carbonated.

D: This is a session beer. Would probably kill your tastebuds after a while but what a way to go.

Update:I love gueuze.

aerozeppl, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Rene pours a slightly cloudy ten carat gold with a thin evenly slicked head. Furious carbonation rises from the base of the glass.
Essence of sweet corriander candied citrus with a barely discernable element of funk wafts through your olfactories, as you yearn for that funk to amplify as the brew warms. Wow! What a trick.. sour and bright in the mouth; a long way from my expectations, as I was anticipating a sweeter flavor profile as the nose tends to suggest. This is not a criticism in any way; this brew is fresh, lively and delicious. CR certainly has a great personality, projecting the terroir of the region where this brew is made. Visions of the open fields that "pollinate" this beer giving it its natural initial fermentation are cause to reflect upon the internal beauty of this product. This mild funkiness is also present in the mouth, providing the taster with a unique and exciting taste experience. Flavors of tart citric fruits seem to present the acids in this beer. I noticed other reviewers describing a heavy vinegar profile present in this brew, but there is absolutely none of these types of acids present within nor does the nose even remotely suggest this.
A classy, enjoyable gueuze that will thrill all who love this style.

barknee, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of goatherder
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a pale golden colour with a tall course bubbled white head which retreated to a patchy but persistent covering over the beer. There is a slight haze and an enthusiastic carbonation working the glass to maintain the head. The aroma is funky and complex. Once you get past the punch in the face of sweaty horse there is subtle sweet fruitiness and a hint of sour. The sour comes with a vengeance once you sip this one. Bone dry, intensely sour, fruity in a grapey, dry white wine kind of a way. So hard to describe, each mouthfull you find something different. Wow.

goatherder, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased corked from Livingston, NJ...
Pours a hazy, murky, tawny hue with hardly any head and very little lacing...
Sour, oaky aroma with hints of honey and yeast...
Taste, was equally sour and very pepperish with firm nuances of bittersweet grapefruit and lemons...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability, especially considering the modest 5% ABV...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice muted copper with some very nice head and excellent lacing. It has a very tart, if understated, aroma, with almost nothing else beyond that tartness. Same for the flavor, although it is very excellent and right in line with the style. Nice smoothness, starts as extremely nice and is just a bit rough at the very end. Really nice desert beer.

JamesS, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foiled, capped and corked this gueze pours a rust tinted orange with a slightly hazy complexion and an ecru colored head. The fizzy head falls to a whisper of a cap, but manages to leave some limited lacing.

The scent is very complex. There's tart apple that dominates and a wonderful underlying current of wood. These lively scents are mellowed by a slight mustiness. A little like a damp old horse blanket. It truly transofrmative.

The first few sips shock my palette with its initial overwhelming tartness. Very fruity and emphasizes the sour apple of the nose. Some lemon tartness on the end. Not quite everything that was evident in the nose.

This gueze is well carbonated and its fizziness percolates the palette. Very light and effervescent. Despite the high impact of the sour and tart flavors it is easy to enjoy the full glass and look for more.. Works well with many different foods, especially many seafood dishes.

Jmamay22, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle split with BA Hopheed2113.

A: The first glass is a golden amber with a nice white head and a steady stream of carbonation that adds to the appearance

S: Sour with vinegar and a complex profile with a nice oaky flavor with a hint of vanilla. Decidedly less complex than the 1882 or the Beatification but at 11$ for a 750 - it's fantastic value for money

T: Starts off sour with a pleasing vinegar note with a mildly sweet flavor. The finish is sour and dry. Good stuff

M: Nicely carbonated, great dry finish.

D: I'll drink this again!
4/4/4/4/4.5

**Edit 05 August 2012**
I've been drinking gueuzes for 4 years now, and I need to re-review this.

The nose is musty up front, pleasantly so. It's not got the deep earthy mustiness that a Drie Fonteinen has, instead it's more like a damp, papery basement. A touch of spice is also present. A raw, untoasted oak character is present. Nice.

The palate opens with a refreshing lemony sourness along with a moderate lactic character. Pronounced oak character is present, rather raw and woody. Not terribly funky. Drying and oaky on the finish with lemon and mild lactic character, this is quite nice. A good deal at its price for the style.
4.5/3.5/4/4/4

DefenCorps, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A score of 4.5 in the "smell" category would lead even the most un-Sherlockian of us to correctly deduce my love for the Gueuze, this being a good one...

Poured into my large tulip with an inviting golden-hazy hue, the small white head dissipates quickly. The nose is vintage Lambic barnyard (in the best possible way of course), with traces of grapefruit and faint malt. Why do I love that so much. Tastes of fresh, tart,yellow grapefruit intertwined with lemon zest that trail off into the aftertaste much like it stared, the hop presence un-detectable of course. Great, easy going, light (but with substance) mouth feel that would lend to an easy consumption of a 750ml on a warm summer day.

It's not the cleanest nor the most puckering Gueuze I've ever had, but it might just be the most refreshing. Served with a three cheese tortellini, with a brown butter, sage, & Greek myzithra cheese sauce, and I couldn't get enough of either. Enjoy.

Greenfloyd, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking label on a green bottle .. there is a date of 2017 on the label, but have no clue on the bottled date.

Right when I took out the cork I could see the massive champagne like foam rumbling out of the bottle. Very cool looking! I poured it into my Chimay chalice and got a clear looking, almost cider like fuzzy golden color.

The aroma is very complex. Vinegar, partially digested green apple, shriveled up red grapes, leather, & the famous barnyard hay. Smells like magic.

Taste was almost up there with the aroma. Very acidic, tart, green apple, sour cherry, puke/bile, with some Brett-like Orval'ness to it. An almond taste shows up at the end. I'm loving it.

I never understood why lambics/guezes were considered 'refreshing' until now. This one is really hitting the spot right now. This could be thee sessionable 'sour beer' (if it wasn't so dang pricey).

diamondc, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindemans Cuvée René, a Gueze Lambic, pours a finger
of bright white sticky foam over a gorgeous cloudy golden
brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is clean and
fruity- kind of like a tart apple cider. The flavor is also fruity
with a citrus acidity and notes of wood. Mouthfeel is crisp and
light- starting with a bright sour tartness which quickly moderates
into a long, dry, almost velvety finish. I wish this one was as easy
to get as Lindeman's sweeter Lambics- it's the best of what they
offer- maybe it's not quite as accessible as the sweeter stuff, but
it makes up for that with authenticity and complexity. This is another
beer to dig out when your wine-loving friends come over.

shadow1961, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Lukie
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever Gueuze. I have no idea what vintage, as I couldn't find the date.

Poured out into a flute, a bubbly golden straw, with very little head. It does look like a wine.

Sour apples and pear dominate the aroma. It smells acidic. Like the actual smell itself.

Very sour apples and lemon. It is so incredibly sour and dry, but yet amazingly refreshing.

Very dry, but the mouthfeel is quite watery. Lot's of acidity and carbonation. It is very drinkable, but more then one, and I don't think the tastebuds would be existent any longer.

Lukie, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of ph2001
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle in flute

pours smooth with TONS of carbonation maintaining a half finger of head. smells of spice and apples. theres a sweet dry scent too similar to champagne.

smooth with lots of carbonation in the mouth. mouth puckering, but not overwhelming. leaves a dry mouthfeel. has a sweet tartness to it. the flavors are very silimar to lindemans framboise, only without the actual berry flavor itself. it becomes much more bitter as it warms and opens up.

ph2001, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of benmiliron
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Beautiful bottle.

Faint musky smell when first opened. Pour reveals a dusty straw color. Smell is immediate sweat and funky, but not overpowering. Taste is mindblowing. The funk is up front, but there's malt in there too. This, unlike Cantillon IMHO, is what a funked beer should be. Very elegant flavors. Mouthfeel is great as the bubble is not too shocking. Easily the best bacteria-fied beer I've had.

benmiliron, May 30, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle looking forlorn in the bargain bin at Beaumont Market - love the bright orange label, with 'fancy' Art Nouveau-ish design. Green glass 750mL with a cap and cork beneath a wrap of copper foil; 'Bottled' date is notched at '05'. Poured to a small tulip glass.

A: Glowing golden orange, mostly clear with a thin haze of very fine yeasty bits (this became denser the further I delved into the bottle). Head tops off at about a finger and a half of snow-white fizz, then drops quickly before nearly disappearing to a slim creamy ring. Slender bits of loosely-banding lace.

S: Aroma bursts from the glass! Tart apples, apricots, strawberries, sugary candy buttons, lemon zest, 'nasty' tart funk (that smells amazing, though at times is just plain awful!). Spontaneously-fermented funky gueuze/lambic at its finest!

T: A tart, pucker-inducing swirl of flavor: pink grapefruit, crisp green apples, sour white grapes. Slight woodiness and a little yeasty sweetness. So complex, my words are failing me...suffice to say this is bold and forceful with its decidedly 'Belgian' tart funkiness.

M: Curl of the tongue is almost instantaneous; drawing of the cheeks is quick, too. Acidic - I could feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth - oh well, such is life. Not highly carbonated, this still has a biting crispness and a lingering souring, that is as refreshing as a tall lemonade on a hot day. A little malt stickiness lingers on the lips.

D: This style of beer certainly isn't for everyone, but this is a big winner in my book. Perfect sipper for summer...or spring...or fall...oh, maybe winter, too. At just 5% ABV, alcohol is no issue. Liked this very much and would make a point of having it again. Recommended to gueuze lovers (or wanna-be's)!

msubulldog25, May 22, 2008
Photo of botham
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a rich amber color with two fingers od white head that remains for a minute or two. light lacings.

aroma is sour, with a sweet quality and a light fruit character. mild pale malts are enveloped by the fruit, while a wheat-like malt aroma forms a base. unique, with a pleasant profile.

taste is tart, with a sour character and a lack of the sweetness that makes some lambics unbearable. there is a lack of any distinct taste here, with only a sourness that finishes into a lightly fruity aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and tart, with a semi-dry finish of residual sourness.

drinkability is decent. this is an acidic brew without much complexity, but the simplicity works well with the tart and sour profile. this is basically a lambic without the sweetness and the fruit. cheers!

botham, May 19, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown colo with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as well. The nose has a sour citrus front accompanied by musky oak, and funky fruits. Taste is again very tart with some earthy funk behind it. Not as complex as the nose lead me to beleive. Crisp and refreshing body. A good example of the style and definately Lindeman's best brew.

rye726, May 18, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $9.49 bottled in 2005. Appearance is a really nice orange with a lasting white head. The smell from the bottle is really nice and funky. The smell from the glass is pungent, earthy funk. Musty, dank basement funk. The taste is quite sour and has a nice pucker. There is also a cheesy, lactic funk and earthy mushrooms. Sour fruitiness that is pretty much what I was hoping this beer would deliver. I've had sour beers before but this is my first gueuze, seems like a perfect beer to pair with cheese. The intensity of the beer reduces it to a sipper for me despite the low ABV.

ArrogantB, May 17, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orange over golden yellow color. White head is about half the Cantillon gueuze-ware. Served chilled but it warmed all the way to room temperature before most of the sipping. Almost no lacing remains, but the head itself takes a long time to reduce, while bubbles continue to move skyward.

Fruity, tart, and balanced aroma. Slightly funky, but more musty than truly pungent. A little bit of chalkiness.

Body is moderate for style, definitely not too thin. Tart upfront as expected; very crisp mouthfeel. After the initial bang, there's some fruity flavor, yeasty and chalky again, and just a hint of Brett in the bone dry finish.

Balanced and subtle, full of great flavors that make the mouth water. This should turn a rookie's head and give a seasoned vet something to mull over. Solid offering and reasonably widely available.

BretSikkink, May 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by fly along with pint_size, and aceofhearts. Pours a glowing bright orange color with a very light, bright white head. Smell is funky sourness, and a bit gauzy. Taste is nicely tart, and yet faintly sweet, moreso than I remember from other gueuzes at least. Some oaky tart dryness and citrusy flavor to accompany as well. I'm not there yet, but I'm coming around on the style slowly. Thanks for sharing again, Alan!

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of tapman
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml champagne bottle, bottleing date is April '06. Poured into a snifter, boyeeee.

Pumpkin orange in body, head is large when poured aggressively, but is easier to control than other beligium ales I've tried. Head is also off-white or eggshell, not stark white like others of the style. Body is slightly transparent, though it appears to be unfiltered to a degree.

Nose finds a very small amount of sour banana. Next is a hint of sour fruit medley (apple, pear, white grape). Then comes the smell of belgium ale, a most familiar aroma. Smell is very delicate and a bit wine-like. I'm looking forward to this.

Interesting taste. A lot different than the fruited lambics, though yet very similar, too. Tart sour, almost citric acid, taste though mellowed by the belgium style light malts. Small hint of sour fruit (less banana than expected). A rubbery taste is just about apparent, concentrated wine tannins may better describe this. Not unpleasant, certainly a contrast from the sweet fruit lambics. Almost savory in a way. Anyways, yeast is in the back and is light and delicate.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and carbonated. Typical for the style.

A fine and complex brew, though it's not really a session or binge type beer for me. This is something to have next to the fruited lambics as a means to get the true taste of lambic. My palate has definitely been taught a lesson and I am a better beer drinker because of it. Don't get my low drinkability score wrong, its an excellent brew, just not really drinkable for me. I may change this review latter as this is my first unflavored lambic, or perhaps just review future tastings of the style with a more mature palate. Either way give this one a try!

P.S. I disagree with Jason Alstrom on this one and feel that the fruited lambics would be much better suited for newbie beer/belgium ale drinkers than this offereing. Don't get me wrong, you're still the man, J!

tapman, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked and capped, foil wrapped. A very nice presentation. Pours a clean copper orange color with very little, if any, yeast in suspension after a careful pour. Big white, bubbly head that lasts long. Very intricate lacing in the wide-mouth goblet I've poured into. The nose is complex and pungent, but all in good ways. Decidedly musty and earthy, this beer smells of history and masterful technique. The "barnyard" scents are here in full force, along with an almost fruity sweet accent floating around to tame the pungent nature of this wild beer. This beer is far less sweet than the Lindemans Gueuze, and more accurately reflects the traditional style and nature of what a good gueuze ought to be. The palate is forcefully tart up front, with bitter fruits and straw asserting themselves early. Slight Vinegar-like character which causes the mouth to water in a wonderful way ... something I actually love in a Lambic beer. Fruity and quite acidic throughout, the gueuze warms to a slightly smoother malted wheat foundation. Finishes quite dry and lively with aggressive carbonation levels from start to finish. This is, in my mind, standard for the style and a great example of the age-old craft of producing fine, champagne-like beers through the magic of spontaneous fermentation. A truly excellent beer and a beer that redeems my hope in Lindemans ... a brewer typically known for their sugary sweet "soda pop" lambics here in America. If you buy this beer thinking it'll be something like one of those, boy are you in for a shock. A great Gueuze!

beerphilosopher, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of BlankFrank
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first lambic, and I must say it's very wierd, but in a good way.

Appearance: From a vintage 1990 champagne bottle to a cylinder glass, it looks golden orange with a fizzy white head. It left a small, thin coat of lace.

Smell: Crazy. Basically, it stinks. It smells sour and sharply fruity with a strong musk. For some reason though, I love it.

Taste: This being my first lambic, I knew to expect sweet and fruity, but it's seriously like no beer I've tasted before. Tart apples, pineapple, and very sour with sweetness. I can definitely taste the fermentation and some of the yeast. If you're not prepared, it could probably put you off, but despite it's sharp and crisp almost reeking taste, I somehow like it. It's almost like a sour, skunky champagne.

Mouthfeel: Small, light bubbles, perfectly complements the sharp fruity taste. Light in body.

D: I like it more at each sip, but I can certainly see how someone would turn it away. If you like unique, it's something that'll entice you till the very bottom of the bottle.

Absolutely strange and odd. My brain tells me not to drink something so sweetly rotten, but I can't help loving it so much.

BlankFrank, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of jar2574
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great big white bubbly head, good head retention. Nice carbonation.

Sour apple smell, with sweet yeast and malts as well. Intriguing.

Sour apple taste as well. Grainy mouthfeel. Yeast, malts. Cool. Different.

My first beer in this style. A winner.

jar2574, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml green corked bottle that I have been saving for a special occasion (letter in mailbox..wink wink).

As soon as I pulled the cork, the funk spread throughout the room. My wife was laughing because it "stunk" so bad. I said it was the smell of greatness. It poured a cidery straw gold with a slight haze and lively head that vanished quickly. Slight yeast sediment that I left in bottle. The aroma was filled with Brett and wet cork. You can smell the seasoned oak casks like they are right in front of you. Slight hints of a fruity chardonay and soft vinegar. The taste is full of acidity and heavy tones of sour green apples. There is a raw oakiness that stands out well after the finish. The sourness is sharp right away, but leads to a very dry finish. It reminds me very much of an ultra-dry cider that I brewed a year ago. The body is thin up front, and on the sides, but holds a good amount of complexity as the swallow finishes. This is one of my first true gueuze and I can see how this would become a beer that you want to keep in stock for occasions that call for a beer like this. Not for everyone, to say the least, but I find myself honored to enjoy a beer of this complexity and craft.

ALESwhatCURESya, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle bought from a small little beer museum in Granby, MA withing the past year or two. Gold foil over cork, 1994 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white, extremely effrevescent (hear the fizz!), head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is tart, slightly leathery, with fruit on full display. Taste starts sweet upfront, but quickly goes pleasantly tart, with a touch of funk int he middle, and a dry close. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and drinkability is exceptional. I'd be thrilled to see this again.

Same rating - 6/12/05

750ml bottle bought from The Wine Society, Tyngsboro, MA. Orangey-copper foil over cork, 2003 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Foamy head lasts well, and lacing are is nice for the style. Aroma is piercing tartness with an earthy tinge to it. Taste starts with a subtle smoothness, but quickly turns to the tartness expected, but doesn't overdo the effect. Flavor linger sin the mouth, but that's a compliment, not a fault. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent for the style, almost risking "dumbing down" the style a bit compared to others, almost a gateway brew for the style. Very enjoyable.

ppoitras, Feb 23, 2008
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
92 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.