1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

Not Rated.
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,778 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,778
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 92
Gots: 183 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (14) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,778 | Reviews: 823 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of alcstradamus
2.87/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is my first Gueze, hopefully it is a good experience

A--Cloudy, light orange color with a half finger of head in my 25 oz. snifter

S--Very funky smell with apples, pears, oranges, and white grapes creating a nice complexity

T--Totally caught me off guard, I may not be ready for this yet. Tart apples, pears, mouth puckering sourness. A bit of funky band aid in the aftertaste. I am not completely turned off by it but I just can't enjoy it either, maybe in a few years I may try and re-rate this if I become fond of the style

M--Thin with a bit of a tart aftertaste

D--Uh, just couldn't do it. Those who like Gueze's please read a different review, those who are unsure should beware

UPDATE: I am starting to become fond of sour beers, so I will be revisiting this one in the near future for a re-rate

Photo of dukew456
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz corked and capped bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a light-medium golden color, with a huge burst of carbonation that forms a very active head, eventually settling down to a thin ring.

The aroma on this beer is very sharp. Green apples permeate through a funky-yeast character. A malty-graininess also peeks its way through.

Crisp, sour, and funky are the three fire words when describing the flavor of this beer. Apples and pears dominate up front, but move aside to allow for that funkiness that I expect. The high carbonation allows for this beer to finish extremely dry, which matches the crisp flavors very well, and allows for high drinkability.

It's been a while since I've had a good gueuze, and this one didn't disappoint.

Photo of cjgator3
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Bottled in 2008

A- Capped and caged 750ml poured into a snifter. The cork makes a very loud pop when removed from the bottle. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white colored head that leaves some sporadic lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is sour with a lot of Belgian funk along with green apples and citrus, must and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is very tart and acidic with a lot of citrus flavors (lemon) and a little spicy. I love beers like this that make you think after every sip as you discover new flavors as the beer warms up.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry and acidic with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very solid Gueze. The drinkability suffers a bit from the acidity, but this is something that I would love to age a little more. Definitely worth a shot! Recommended!

Photo of vrazionale
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at just over refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Label reads "Botteld in 2008" (sic)

A - Poured a thick two-fingered head, with a reddish-brownish-golden body. The brew reacts to even the slightest swirl of the glass.

S - Sweet, peppery, and funky. I get lots of apricot, lemon (and meyer lemon!), musky old basement, peach, white grape, and the slightest hint of vinegar. Of course there are the requisite gueuze smells that have no name.

T - What a remarkably long finish, even for a gueuze! Surprisingly fruit-forward, with apricot, lemon, and apple flavors stepping up the most. Deliciously sour and tart.

M - The flavors sparkle on your palate. Very effervescent mouthfeel because of the high carbonation in conjunction with the flavor profile of sour, farmy, and fruity.

D - Absolutely a joy to drink. This style is my go-to warm weather brew, and the Cuvée René does not disappoint one bit. Be sure to take your time with this brew, as it only gets better as it warms - that's why I start with a refrigerated bottle and enjoy the progression. One of the best examples of gueuze that I've encountered.

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second adventure in the lambic styles at the suggestion of my friend and mentor, Shawn the Beer Philosopher. He called this one truer to the lambic style than my first one. My first one made me think I was drinking champaign. So, let's get to it...

A: Golden yellow with a hint of orange, just a little cloudy, clearly visible carbonation trails, and a white head that fizzes down to almost nothing.

S: Of course there is some fruit nose here but it comes off as not sweet but more tart instead. There is a musty/funky note in there, too. Plus this one has a yeasty smell as well (something missing from the other lambic).

T: Taste pretty much follows suit.

M: Thin bodied, bubbly, sometimes a little harsh but over all a good experience.

D: I loved it. As my palette expands with more of this style my opinion may change. But this one made me think I was drinking a style of beer instead of champaign.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2007

A - Very clear yellow with orange tints and a slight white head that doesn't stick around.

S - Lactic acid, hay, wet stone, lemon, tart apple, musty earth and a slight bready aroma.

T - Tart with a biting sourness and a slight sting. Sour lemon, green grapes, tart apple, wet stone and a slight medicinal finish.

M - medium body with good carbonation and a dry lingering tartness.

D - Not as sharp, tart as other Gueuze I have tried but still tasty.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

having had this more often now i really have to bump up the scores. better lacing recently too. i must have been biased against lindemans in my old review. for the price, this is the best value oz-per-oz for a traditional gueuze.

bump up half points each for appearance and drinkability.

>>>>>>>>>>>
OLD REVIEW 7-12-08

750ml green bottle. dated oct 2007, w "best by" of dec 31, 2013

poured into tulip

golden honey with orange tint, slight haze. decent head soon fades to wisps and then just thin ring. lacing doesn't stick.

champagne notes and hay-like aromas. some pear juice and faint must with whiff of vinegar.

mild cider vinegar flavor and acidity. some bready yeastiness and... wet crackers? herbal notes come with hint of hops and bitterness. dry finish with very slight sour pucker.

almost watery, but smooth. moderate carbonation is lively and prickly.

pretty decent and refreshing, but probably not a gueuze i'm seeking out again.

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

Poured from 355ml Bottle (dated Nov. 2007) into Snifter glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a off white head that quickly disappears and leaves no clues that a head was ever present. Aroma has sour apple, acidity and a bit of yeast. The flavor has similar notes. Sour apple upfront with a nice biting tartness and it lingers with the finish being dry. Its a light bodied beer that is highly carbonated. I really like this beer, I haven't had many sours so I look forward to venturing into this realm much more.

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

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

Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of damienblack
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of goblet
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of my favorite gueuzes, to be sure.

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

355ml corked and capped green bottle, purchased from Party Town, poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a deep peachish color that's nearly opaque. Large white head forms a bit loose but holds for a bit before falling and leaving tons of lacing.

S: Clean fruity tartness. Plenty of green apples and green grapes. Yeasty, nearly champagne. Light wheat and biscuity malts.

T/M: I would have to imagine that this bottle has a bit of age on it... Pretty damn sour and tart, all the way to puckering. The green apples and grapes actually taste much closer to the peel/skin with some dry, powdery taste and feel. Overall the drink is very dry. A bit of apricot comes out once you get a bit acclimated to the pucker. Loads of yeast flavor. The wheat and biscuity malts definitely take a back ground but still hold things together. Body is medium light to light with strong carbonation. Very dry with plenty of linger.

D: Dry and refreshing and certainly drinkable.

Photo of brow1901
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee rene pours a bright golden hazy yellow. Fizzy light head fades quickly. The smell is hard to describe, no hops not much malt. But there is some scents of citrus, but its hard to pick one out. The taste is tart as expected, but I didn't like how there was no sweetness to balance the tartness. And I dont like how there is no fruit backbone to help the beer. The mouth is light and the bubbles make it even lighter. At 5% it is a very drinkable beer, however after two glasses the tartness wrecks my tastes.

Photo of goethean
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Intense sharp tart aroma and flavor. Intense, complex aromatics...higher alcohols? Something made me cough. Very tart flavor profile. Lemon fruit, lemon rind, red grapefruit. The sour flavors completely obscure any malt sweetness. Only a slight vinegar component. I like this better than the more vinegary RR Compunction or Cantillon Rose de Grambrinus. Startling amount of flavor packed into this low-alcohol, light-colored beer. Doesn't have a lot of depth, though. It's all right there in front.

Photo of SimmoGee
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a flute

A - Pours with a nice aggresive white head which then stays around. Very strong carbonation is evident in this apple juice coloured beverage which is slightly murky.

S - A bit tart on the nose. Strong citric smell that assaults the nose

T - Citric tartness on initial tast like grapefruit followed by a funky after taste.

M - Fairly smooth which reminds me of champagne. The carbonation does not interfere with overall feel.

D - Overall not too bad but not the best I've had (Cantillon takes that honour). Having said that, I certainly would not turn my nose up at this one if it was offered.

Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sandstone for this one. Cloudy goldenrod color with a large white head. Aroma is pleasantly tart with lemon and orange notes. Flavor is medium acidic with unripe citrus and apple and a touch of lactic funkiness. Semidry finish with a very smooth mouthfeel. More of an intro gueuze than a tooth-enamel-destroyer with massive complexity, but still very solid.

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

Pours a murky yellow/orange, minimal white head.

Smells of lemon zest and apple juice with just a very small hint of apple cider vinegar. Along with a earthy fresh farm air smell.

Mildly tart with a pleasantly funky after taste. Granny smith apple flavor up front.

All around a great beer, i personally prefer the more tart gueze's but am definitely gonna keep buying this one.

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

A - It is smooth and cloudy looking in my beer glass. There is small signs of carbonation (bubbles are hard to see unless there aren't many). It has a white head on a foggy orange body that receeds quickly with no retention.

S - It has an applelish type smell and again with the Lambics, it seems I can pick up that cork smell in the beer along with some kind of citrus.

T - I was expecing that apple taste from the apple smell. It has an off-taste to it somewhat difficult to describe... seems as if it's an apple and an orange peel. Leaves someone a strong "earthy" taste in your mouth, but with lots of salivating.

M - Feels like a medium weight sitting on your tongue. Starts off kind of bland and builds up to a sharp tart.

D - I was caught off guard by the smell and appearance. Out of the Lambic family, I'd personally rank this one the lowest out of the other's I've tried. This is not a beer you would bring to a party and slam. This is more of the sipping kind you would bring out for a special occasion.

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

some murky... quite a bit actually... pour is apple juice with a nice sized head. sort of a surprise. smell is like a lambic. musty sour apple. mellow gueze. quite grassy actually. no metallic in the aluminum sense but its there with a straw finish in the malt. apple is there. mildly in comparison to most. i'm surprised. the murkier side of the bottle is better but linderman's i thought i hated you. this is nice. and for the price fantastic. quite lemony. no as astringent as expected. will have again. a basic, but between this and oud beersel a good introduction to gueze. i personal think linderman's best.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a light bit of orange. Huge fluffy white head. All I can smell is some serious acidic citrus notes, followed by an intriguing subtle mustiness. Highly carbonated - the mouthfeel is great! Very dry. Fantastic sour flavor that subsides quickly and finishes crisp.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,778 ratings.