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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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BA SCORE
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1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1408
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


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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sirtomtom

California

1.7/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

Either everyone keeps getting amazing bottles and mine are terrible or their is something seriously wrong with my tastebuds. This review summarizes two bottles purchased several years apart from one another.

A: Both times a gorgeous hazy yellow color.

S: The first bottle, heavy barnyard funk with a bit of urine. The second time light barnyard funk and a faint bitterness.

T: The first bottle, heavy sour with an incredible cat piss flavor, instant drain pour. The second bottle almost non-existent sourness, incredibly light hay flavors, and a bit of bitterness, almost no flavor to speak of. The second bottle was improved with cherry juice to improve it and make it very drinkable.

M: Both bottles have an excellent fizzy mouthfeel and a nice light-medium body.

O: I feel like these bottles are a bit of a crapshoot. While I'm aware lambics/guezes can be highly variable in flavors based on the random bacteria introduced, if the results are not drinkable then why would they bottle a particular batch. Considering other mass available sours available, this is a terrible choice, with a much better choice being the Duchesse de Bourgogne.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 05:16:07 | More by sirtomtom
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barczar

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed deep golden brown with a robust cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Big lactic sourness on the front, with subtler floral notes underneath.sharp citrus notes dominate, but there's an underlying sweetness and slightly musty barnyard character that add complexity.

Flavor is initially reminiscent of sweettarts, though the lightly dry finish and dominant sourness reign in the flavor. Acetic acid and a hint of horse blanket are present. Definitely as sour as I had hoped. Light phenols emerge as it warms, adding a little complexity to the dominant lemon flavor.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Little bit of funk, lots of sour, and enough malt presence to tie things together. Lacks slightly in character compared to some, but a good sour for those who are into that sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 18:56:44 | More by barczar
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first foray into gueuze-land. Corked bottle pours a honey amber with the froth you would expect from this style. Aroma is acidic, funky, sour fruit, some barnyard with vinous overtones like balsamic vinegar. Taste starts with lemon and pina colada, quickly shifts to sour vinegar, ripe honey, white grape, gooseberry, unripe bramble fruit, all tied together by an earthy funk that at times veers into unpleasant pukey territory but this is probably my inexperience with lambic. Its gets better and more interesting as I tough it out. All acid and no bitter. This has a reputation as a good "starter" gueuze and I'd recommend it as such. Morbidly curious regarding what a more advanced gueuze would taste like. Underneath the sour persists a pleasant tropical fruitiness and some cork. Not too hard to track down if you want to dabble in this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:51:25 | More by CalgaryFMC
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Corked bottle. Bottled on date: 08 Nov. 2011. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: A nice satisfying "pop" from the cork. Very hazy amber to light orange. Very minimal head, quickly dissipating and leaving little lacing on the glass. Lots of small bubbles; almost looks like stars twinkling in the sky.

Smell: Even before I put my nose to it, I can smell the funk. With my nose in the glass, I also pick up a lot of green apple and apple cider vinegar, as well as oak and even more barnyard funk. There is also a surprisingly fruity sour note.

Taste: Where to begin. The first thing I noticed was the funk, and a lot of it. It seems like a common note that holds all of the other flavors together, leading to a very nice and complex balance. Following the nose, there is also green apple and some sour and tart red fruit, maybe raspberry. As I keep sipping, there is woody oak and some wine like tannins, mixed with balsamic and vinegar. When the beer warms a bit, some sea salt and yeast flavors emerge, only to become even more dominated by horseblanket and funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation, but this might be in part due to the bottling age. The beer is very crisp with a creamy body. The finish is long, mouthpuckering, sour. and lively. It just goes on forever.

Overall: So, so good. The price is right, the beer is incredibly complex while remaining balanced, with none of the flavors overpowering the others; they all work together like a symphony. I would definitely buy this again. This is what beer should be. I don't know what else I can say about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:38:26 | More by weltywm
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lindemans glass.

A: Golden hue. Large, cascading, foamy, white head. Tons of rising effervescence. Craters slowly and unevenly, forming dry peaks and valleys as it does. Plenty of sticky, spiderweb lacing.

S: Sour raspberry and sourdough bread.

T: Sour indistinct fruits accentuate a sour bready base.

M: Sour and bitter on the palate. A little mouth-puckering. Dry, pungent finish.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really good. Great head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is sour fruits and bread. Tastes like it smells... bready grains accentuated with sour fruity tones. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:56:11 | More by bmwats
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silverking

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: It pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: The aroma is slightly woody, with strong notes of vinegar. Light fruity notes as well (apple, lemon.)

T: extremely tart. lemons and vinegar. Light woody notes again. There is also a mild bitterness on the finish.

M: clean, refreshing. Light bodied, with less carbonation than I expected.

O: not too sure about this one. Its pretty acidic.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 23:06:06 | More by silverking
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Adamah_Adonai

Hawaii

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A fairly mild and refreshing sour. It has a pleasant floral cheese quality to it. It pours a clear golden color with a little bit of head. It is lightly sweet up front and then a mild sour that doesn’t linger for very long. it has a light thin and lively body. Not my favorite sour but definitely a good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:53:42 | More by Adamah_Adonai
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magictacosinus

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good to see these finally popping up everywhere in the Bay. Poured out of a 11.2oz corked bottle into a tulip glass. The bottling date is screwed up, but there is a place on the label where it's supposed to go. Ehh, no worries - if anything has the longest shelf life, it's an oude gueuze.

Pours a golden amber color complete with a foamy off-white head and tons of bubbles. Looks very soda-like in terms of carbonation, and indeed, the foam fizzes out pretty quickly as well. Some sediment eventually creeps in with additional pours, producing a cloudier looking offering. Definitely viscous and vinous looking overall, which is a plus. Not as syrupy looking as their other offerings, but that's to be expected, as this is their only unsweetened product that they have left.

The nose is quite pungent and musty, and exactly what I'd expect in the classic gueuze style. Aromas range from wet straw, lemon peel, dried white raisins, apricots, and farmhouse must. Slightly mineral-y on the nose as well, almost resembling limestone or something similar. The sourness is very well pronounced at this point, and is held back well with the grainy, bready character underneath. Great stuff overall.

The flavor continues the same profile, only far more creamier and carbonated that I expected. There's the predominant wet hay flavor, as well as notes of citrus, vinous white grape qualities, and a little bit of mustiness and sweetness that is cut by the malts at the end. Really bready, actually - almost surprisingly so. As this warms up it begins to resemble the same yeasty sensation you get in higher end sparking wines, and added to the floral hoppy character, as well as the wild bacteria, this turns out to be pretty satisfying and a charm to drink. It never goes flat, although it does get a little syrupy as it gets warmer. Nothing too complex, but integrates the flavors I love in gueuzes quite well.

This is probably the best affordable oude gueuze on the market - I believe I paid $7 or so for this. I do wish Lindemans had kept working these sour, musty aromas in their fruit-based beers, as they have a great rustic profile. Oh well, at least there's Cuvée René. Recommended - much better than other large gueuze makers in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:10:44 | More by magictacosinus
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a huuge head. The head is white, foamy, and just sits on top of the beer forever. The beer itself is a pale yellow color with loads of carbonation, I can definitely see why Gueuze is known as the champagne of Belgium.

The nose is quite subtle, it is lightly vinegary but not nearly as "in your face" as some other sours.

This beer is fairly sour, I would put this at a 8/10. Its pretty damn tasty, and if it was much more acidic, I probably wouldn't like it so much. The beer starts out with just a hint of sweetness and this is immediately obliterated by an acidic sourness. In my opinion this beer is on an equal footing with Cantillon Gueuze, its that damn good.

This is a DEFINITE buy again. For $10.99 it is the cheapest, and in my opinion, one of the best, gueuze's on the market.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:14:28 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bottled one year ago.

a: Hazy dark golden color; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Musty grains, apple cider vinegar (more vinegar than apple), lemon rind, and some fairly pronounced woody aromas.

t: Very tart, but more heavy than refreshing if that makes sense. Strong, lingering woody notes mingle with green apples and tart wheat.

m: Light carbonation makes this feel heavy overall.

o: Leaps and bounds better than their sweet lambics, this doesn't measure up to other geuezes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 16:32:44 | More by DIM
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled December 14, 2012. Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow orange color with 2 fingers of a white head. Body is slightly hazy with moderate levels of carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Musty, barnyard funk, oak, green apple.

Taste: Tart apple and pear, musty, oak, hay, some lactic acidity.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with high carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this. This has all of the sourness and funk that's missing from Lindeman's fruit lambics. If you're a fan of the style, this is a great bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 05:01:18 | More by Jonada
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cap n cork bottle into a teku.

Pours a cloudy light orange with a big 2" white head. Clumpy head sits atop beer.

Lemon and rind aromas, earthiness, Brett, funk, barnyard.

Tart lemons, light pale malts, earthy light bitterness, more tart citrus.

7/10 sourness. Not a bad geuze especially at $12 a 750ml.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 03:47:03 | More by kawilliams81
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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (bottled on July 6 2012) poured into a tulip

A- Turbid gold with pale yellow highlights. Lots of sediment. Fizzy off white head retains well, slight lacing.

S- Tart, fruity and musty aroma. Pretty funky overall, but very interesting. I'm intrigued.

T- Sour, lemon without a looming tang finish, and then a bit of an apple crispness.

M- Fairly light, nice tingly fizziness, and loads of pucker. Lip smacking.

O- My first gueuze. And it was a very pleasant experience. Drinking this has opened a world of beer attributes to me. I think that's why this style is so interesting. The blend of flavors and aromas are exclusive to the gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 12:29:43 | More by BWED
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WetCoaster

California

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

Da-da-da-da-DA-da-da-duh—today is my birthday. So I went ahead and dug through the cellar and popped a bottle of '06. Let's see what we have…

Appearance: Holy crap, this has not lost a STEP. Crisp, assertive carbonation, huge, firm, peaked head, clear, slightly orange gold, bit of haze.

Smell. Ah, perfect. Nice rainwater yeast funk, tart fruit, tight malt. Again, no signs of wear and tear.

Taste: Oooh, that's crisp. Predominant tart citrus with a bit of white pepper and sweet yeast spice. Not a ton going on, but it hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Light and tight. Jesus, that carbonation has not missed a beat, SO crisp.

Overall: Good news—it's still great. Bad news—the aging didn't seem to do a thing for it, tastes almost exactly like a fresh one. Still, definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 07:13:10 | More by WetCoaster
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Brenden

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee Rene is about a hazed medium gold in color and pretty bright despite the haze. A creamy off-white head grows on top and situates itself at just over one finger tall. Lacing is deposited in some fairly clumpy patches almost to the very bottom of the glass.
The gentle funk of wet hay, lemon zest, earth, and the raw tartness of green apple skins greet the nostrils. Basically it's every bit as tart and funky as a Gueze should be with plenty of depth.
The flavor displays the same depth. The something like vinegar that makes the strong base for a good gueze lays it down here. Tartness never fades or falls off, and balances excellenty with a subtle chalky dryness that leads particularly from middle to finish. Other than that I expect to find pieces of lemon pulp while I sip this at some point, at least when it's fresh. The nice thing, though, and what's special, is that the overly hard sourness or tangy bite that would come from biting into a fresh lemon is taken completely off by the earth and dryness.
Aged, the carbonation is mellow. Fresh, it's beastly. I like that it's exceptionally creamy, but it's so much so that it just expands in the mouth. It eases off with time, but when you're drinking it fresh there's such a thing as too much. It doesn't take much off, though, and it still starts and finishes crisp.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 22:06:42 | More by Brenden
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drrone

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 2011 into Rogue Goblet (only glassware available at the time)

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw/golden color. It produced a finger width of white head that faded quickly. I was surprised that it didn't liberate more head and wasn't as effervescent though.

S - Barn yard funk, earthy, goaty, with citrus fruits(lemon and grapefruit) and slightly sour (like sour apple?).

T - Nicely sour up front, followed but a little muskiness and finishes off acidic.

M- Light bodied, crisp and with nice carbonation. Easy to drink. Again, not as carbonated as I would have expected.

O - I'll admit I'm not a Gueuze expert, but I really enjoyed this. It seemed nicely balanced between sour and acidic. It was complex enough to keep things interesting. I will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 17:12:43 | More by drrone
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draheim

Washington

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

375mL (bottled 10/6/2011) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery golden color w/ a big fluffy white head, vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is funky and vaguely sour, almost saison-like. Earthy, spicy, a little musty.

Taste is sharply acidic up front, lemony with an underlying sweetness, and then more sour on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied w/ a semi-dry finish. A little prickly from the carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid version of the style and certainly a good introduction, but better ones are readily available.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:58:06 | More by draheim
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 09 NOV 2012

Fairly clear gold with some random flaky bits floating around, topped by a thin, wispy head. Smells a bit grassy and earthy, like wet hay and flower petals, along with barnyard, mustiness, spice, and some dry wood. Tart, earthy flavors - not extremely sour or acidic. Floral, dusty lemons, and mineral notes. Very crisp, dry, light, and fluffy mouthfeel with a refreshing puckering quality. This is good and certainly has all the right elements for a Gueuze, though no standout characteristics. For the price, laying a couple bottles away to have a few years down the road is a no-brainer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 13:40:26 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Bright Glowey gold colored with a small white head. Not a lot of retention and once the head fades you never see it again. Very pretty color though.
S:
Fermented tangy juicy fruits-cherries-oranges-apples-lemon-raspberry and light cereal grains. Very fun, sunny, and stinky.
T:
Flavor is tangy and refreshing. Earthy, fruity, funky and appealing. Fermentd black cherry and light tingly even bitterness.
M:
Very swirlable in the mouth. Perfect super fine carbonation bubbles.
O:
Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 23:59:35 | More by tastybeer
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

37,5 cl poured into a lindemans glass

A - a clear bright pale orange with a small white head of foam. Dissipated rather quickly.

S - lots if acidity at first. A bit of barnyardy funk. Slight sweet bready malts. A little bit buttery.

T - very similar to the nose with bright acidity and a very slight malt sweetness. Some green apple character in the middle. Some funkyness toward the end. Dry and tart finish.

M - medium bodied. Very crisp with bright carbonation.

O - I just wasn't crazy about that little funk bit in the end but otherwise a very refreshing beer for a sticky summer eve.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 16:09:43 | More by beerpirates
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We have a golden, hazy beer, with a creamy, white neck. The aroma and taste bring oranges and grapefruit, with a touch of pepper, other floral and fruit (pear) esters, and expressive "barnyard" notes caused by wild yeast. The tartness is vibrant, present in the aroma, and dominant in the palate. The body is light, and its acidity balances so well with the fruitness and structure of this beer. The Gueuzes are refreshing and wonderful Belgian beers that amaze me in each experience. The Cuvée Rene is simply fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:54:18 | More by HabiMendes
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Auraan

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange with a half-finger white head. There was no lacing on the glass, but it's quite the good looking beer. Scents of brett/barnyard funk, lemon, sour apple and slight sweet notes. Flavor is incredibly sour, with notes of lemon, sour apple, and slight vinegar. Very dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's tart, dry and refreshing. It's also not for everyone. It's incredibly sour natureis fitting only for those of us who like things sour. But with a palette that enjoys those flavors you'll find it excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 06:08:37 | More by Auraan
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow topped by a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is mildly sour, slightly skunky/funky, with a sweet citrusy tartness. It drinks noticeably funky with an initial sweetness that quickly washes away and leaves behind a dry, slightly grapefruit rindy bitterness, and a petri dish worth of culture. This is definitely a light bodied, effervescent, straightforward sour that's quite approachable. However, it has a bit too much sweetness and lacks the super dryness I look for in good gueuzes. I think it also lacks some of the complexity I'd expect to find in other gueuzes, but for its price and availability, this is a solid go-to gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:13:36 | More by ThePorterSorter
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shand

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Life for me is just drinkin' gueuze. Cuvee Rene is actually relatively gently carbonated for the style, a fairly hard pour produced just a finger of head over a very pretty radiant orange body. The aroma is nice, it's fruity (think a tart apple), sour, and just a bit funky. Very intense too, I can smell it easily across the table. The taste comes in with the tart apple pretty strong, which remains the beer's backbone as some wild yeasts contribute a sharp funkiness that quickly fades to a pleasant tartness that compliments the apple. There's a bit of lemony note as well. The mouthfeel is light and a little lower on the carbonation than I'd like, and the drinkability is great.

As far as gueuzes go, this one is a pretty damn good standard and a relatively easy introduction into a more difficult style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 21:15:00 | More by shand
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Gueuze from a 750 ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, produced a thin head, decent retention and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of light malted grain and tart fruit. Light in body, the tartness of this brew comes through first, very smooth mouthfeel, malted grain, earthy undertones and finishes dry. For me this is a great beginner lambic brew- Ive had some outstanding lambics, this done is simple, does the trick.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:29:51 | More by GossageBrewery
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.