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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
874 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
874
Ratings:
2,039
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
17.16%
 
 
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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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Reviews: 874 | Ratings: 2,039
Photo of frasergrove
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unsure of bottling date, code is LBB100GC. Huge billowing head, with a super clear pale body. Nose is a mixture of fruit - blackberry, tart cherry, some sweet and sour mixture including a tinge of lemon. Smell includes a fresh rose. Taste consists of light buteric acid/fermented wood, earthy and tartness of berries. High carbonic acid - some green apple as well. Overall extremely enjoyable - one of my favorite Oude Gueuzes.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear golden color with a big head that faded quickly to a quarter inch. Little lacing. The aroma was tart, earthy and funky, with a slightly sour tinge. The taste was tart and funky, with just the right touch of barnyard. The mouthfeel was light, with lots of carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, the tart funkiness really hits the spot, very nice.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you wanna talk about the best gueuze value out there, this is the one. I can't remember the last time I didn't buy a 750 of this when its around. $12, such a deal.

Poured light, clear yellow with super frothy white head, extremely tiny bubbles that really leave just a perfect image worth saving. Has a simple tartness to the aroma, green apple, lemon. Taste as expected, slightly sour, not over the top, but a very reasonable amount given the low price point ($6/7) for a 375ml. A little funk to it.

Don't really get a ton of fruit feel from this gueuze, rather dry, again, apple/lemon. Slight white wine and light oak feel along with it. Slightly complex, a good start for style, champagne like at times. Worth getting everytime at $6, not too many examples in this price range that are quality (le terroir when it was mismarked). This really should be a staple in anyone's cellar who likes gueuze.

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Photo of thebeers
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, largely "store aged." Golden orange color with large, billowy white head. Effervescent. Strong funky sour aroma, with a touch of wood and skunk in the background. Mouth puckering sourness in the taste and extremely dry. The wood notes are present, but the skunkiness is absent. Just a hint of fruity sweetness far, far in back. The dryness and aroma aren't melding perfectly, but it's still very good, especially for the price point.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look = 4.0 Pours a clear golden orange with 3 fingers of loose crisp white head that fades quickly; active carbonation and loose medium lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Musky sweet with a lactic acid vinegar mix; highlighted with citrus fruit notes, mostly lemon, and some grassy notes.
Taste = 4.0 Strong initial sourness gives way for the lemon citrus flavors to shine through, sweet through the middle but a mostly dry finish with a very mild funk character and little bitterness
Feel = 4.25 Low to medium bodied with high carbonation; very fizzy, champagne like.
Drinkability = 4.25 Good sour level, easy drinking.
Overall = 4.0625 A very solid blended lambic, strong in all categories.

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Photo of royalenfield
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb gueuze. Poured into a champagne flute. Developed a half-inch head that dissipated almost immediately. The top half of the bottle poured crystal-clear and became progressively cloudier as I made my way down to the dregs. Big, chewy body. Powerfully funky nose with hints of lactic acid, truffle, wet grass, and burnt rubber. The funkiness is more muted on the palate, which is dominated by citrus/green apple tartness that smacks you in the salivary glands. Fruity but bone-dry with no perceptible sweetness - one of the most well-attenuated beers I can remember tasting. Subdued, crisp finish that does not linger. I had this with a dish of seared beef tongue and oven-roasted asparagus. A truly sublime drinking experience!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-10-11 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pretty clear amber-gold with a short white head and mild lace

S - Honey, flowery, earthy spice, wet hay. Smells nice

T - Flavors match the smell with the addition of the moderate sourness. Reminds me somewhat of a golden sour I had at The Rare Barrel (a high compliment).

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Very dry and crisp.

O - What a nice surprise. I've never had their straight Lambic and it is very, very good.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has a nice funky, tart, citrus aroma. Taste is pretty much the same but the tartness is amplified. Very high quality. Very good.

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Photo of lhenschke
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer is moderately hazy with a golden yellow appearance. It has a foamy head, with (what I thought was) a surprising high amount of head retention.

Smell: This beer has a somewhat unpleasant sour, funky smell with some fruitiness. Negligible amounts of hoppiness. However, this is expected for a Gueuze, and it works quite well when combined with tasting.

Taste: The taste is quite incredible. An excellent balance of sour, funk and fruitiness. Not so sour that it's unpleasant, just the right amount to keep things interesting. Certainly unlike any other beer I've had before (having only just begun experiencing lambics).

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a relatively high amount of carbonation. Quite dry, almost wine-like (but with so much more to offer flavour-wise than wine!)

Overall: This beer isn't readily available where I live, and I happened to have it while on vacation a few weeks ago. I'm still thinking about it. The excellent combination of sour and fruitiness in both smell and taste along with the dry, carbonated body makes for a pleasant, flavourful and, overall, unique experience.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

slightly hazy, golden yellow in color. smell is tart, vinegary, maybe ciderish. tastes great. just as i would expect of this slightly big gueuze from Lindemans. tartness up front, slightly dry-like a white wine in the finish. fruity, twangy and makes my mouth water with each sip.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a little hazy, yellow/orange with a white, two finger high, fluffy head. It looks beatiful!

Nose: Funk, tart, hay, orange, citrus, yeast, green apple, very fruity, grass, acid notes, barnyard and herbs. I'm in LOVE with that nose!
Taste: Oh! This is beatiful! Lime, funk, tart, citrus, apple, tangerine and some honey.
Body: Medium body. Crisp and refreshing carbonation. Sweet but yet dry aftertaste.

This is a beatiful beer!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice orange/amber color with a nice white head. good looking beer.

not sure if all lambics/gueuzes smell like this but i think it smells horrible. it's a sweet/funky smelling beer, it honestly reminds me of a skunked coors light, natty light, etc but a little sweeter.

so glad this tastes 10x better than it smells. a nice tart but not overpowering sour taste.

refreshingly light, goes down smooth. a nice smooth sour beer, way different than most beers i drink.

i want to start branching out to styles i seldom, if ever, drink and this is my first gueuze/lambic. refreshingly light and tart, things i like. the smell is offputting but the taste is fantastic.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, simple, well rounded beer that delivers on everything its name advertizes.

The nose has a classic barnyard funk with slight fruit presence.

The taste is a nicely executed sour funk beer.

Overall, a nice sessionable beer.

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

Poured into a wine glass from a 750ml bottle

A - a very cloudy copper orange with a one finger foamy almost bubbly white head and little to no lacing.

S - musky, funky, sour, nice hop bite at the end and slight hints of unripened fruits

T - funk, sour, bread yeast, slight hop floral, lots of barley, slight wheat/grain note and a hint of fruit flowers

M - medium plus body, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation, nice balance, nice complexity and a funk to sour to hop bite finish.

D/O - very drinkable,extremely refreshing and every sip is an experience. Really, really well done Gueuze. One of the best beers/ales I have ever, ever had. Worth the price, worth a go, good anytime of year and great with bbq or grilled anything. Had it with a aged cheddar cheeseburger and North Carolina BBQ sauce and it was brilliant.

Final thoughts - $10-12 a bottle is a bit high, however well worth the price tag. The 5.5% ABV is quite low for me, but does and did nothing to not hasten my decision to pick this guy up.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange, mostly clear. Little fizzy head.

Nose is a bit funky and sour - lemon grass and vinegar probably the most forward.

Flavor is brighter than expected. Nice sour but crisp and refreshing. Very nice Gueze, happy this is relatively easy to find.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden orange, mostly transparent but with a definite cast of haze. Sizable head forms that is slow to fade. Mild lacing.

S - Mostly this is a nose of acid notes, with a hint of barnyard in the background, which promises a true sour experience. Notes of lemon, grass, cut hay, over a vinegar base.

T - It follows the nose, with lemon and herbal notes, and a core of acid elements delivering a driving, but very controlled attack. As sour as it is, there is not a missed step, and everything is dialed in, without any noticeable off flavors.

M - Puckering and punchy, but delivered with enough care to avoid punishing sourness.

O - Lindemans has a place in my heart, because it introduced me to the wonder of Belgian brewing. That said, it has been years since I bought a fruit lambic from them. This goes a long way to clarify that they bring the goods.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle in a tumbler (don't judge it was away from home you make due with what you have)
A:very effervescent, pours a lovely pale orange, head quickly dissipates
S:funky and fruity, also a hint of peppercorn, a subtle floral note comes out in the nose too, there's a lot going on here
T:lemon, orange and a touch of pineapple are all immediately apparent, obviously tart (but not overwhelmingly so) and funky as is common for the style, very dry, but also crisp and refreshing, very subtle hints of alcohol but they are barely apparent and actually pleasant in the degree that they are present. Black peppercorn is also present, that seems like it would be offputting by it is refreshing and complementary.
M:dry and lingering, tartness stays in the mouth
O: an exceptional beer. If you have never had a gueuze, you should start with this one, it is easy to drink without pandering, it is a good representation of the style and it is easy to find not to mention also being quite affordable (way cheaper than gueuze tilquin) if you like lambics, there's really no reason not to try this one and constantly have a bottle in reserve, a great beer all the way.

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Photo of RMelyon
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't know, dude. This was overly sour and was the funkiest beer I've ever smelled. I appreciated its complexity and it tasted better than I thought it would, but I'm not sure gueuze is my thing.

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Photo of lucat
2.72/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Totally flat, without any complexity. Sour and bitter, but that's all you can say of this gueuze. Anyway I will give it a second try, because I hope that maybe it was spoiled by bad storing. Bottled in 9/2013. Opened in 7/2015

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled
Pours a golden body with slight white head that soon clears
Kind of a sweet pineapple start that goes vinegary sour then dries out
really, really complex

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

Beautiful light gold in color, semi-translucent with decent clarity. Pours a large, yet thin in density, fluffy white head. Carbonation streams and maintains foam well into drinking.

Bouquet of white grape must, lemon, earthy, damp basement, cloaked in a sweet honey peach aroma.

Flavors are bright up front with citrus, apple, pear and honey. Mild bread malt character and finishes with a building lemon citrus acidity. Throughout is a vinous quality that accentuates the wild funk and oak, mild vanilla closes the finish.

Carbonation is high, which compliments the thin-medium body. The bright acidity, wild yeast, and palate drying carbonation make this a very easy drinking, yet sophisticated and complex beer. This is an easy to find, yet stellar drinking spontaneous beer, a go-to for the gueuze style.

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Photo of mikesnotesonbeer
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Smells like funky sour apples, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Taste: There’s a lot going on here. This beer is sour and complex. As it approaches room temperate different sour notes comes to the fore – develops a biting apple punch with a shot of orange and lemon to boot. There’s more than one fruit flavor going on here.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, carbonated. This one has ‘bite’.
Overall: This one is a classic. If you haven’t tried it yet you need to. Take your time with this one – the flavor is intense and demands a ‘slow draw’.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

- looks very carbonated and bubbly like champagne
- smell very tart and tangy scents a bitterness and sourness as well
-very sour and dry but it has a taste that i imagine cider is supposed to have
- a little carbonated but it doesn't take away from the beer, wine like
-overall a great beer one that is complex but with a simple taste

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Photo of Myotus
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ML bottle (bottled on 22Jan14) into a stange glass. Pours with 4 fingers worth (RIDICULOUS) of white foam. Golden in color with a plethora of bubbles and slight murkiness. Has strong sour green Apple aromas and hints of wheat malts and yeast (not a particularly great combination of aromas). Initial taste is mildy sour with green apple flavors. Yeast flavors enter shortly after as sournesss persists. Any malt flavors are overpowered by the sourness. Medium-bodied, somewhat smooth with a crisp finish.

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Photo of aleigator
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden, amber color, with a huge, froth head.

Very tart nose, lots of acidity with green apple peel and musty, leathery yeast. Somehow fruity with a complex tartness, very rich in aromas.

Lighter in body than expected, with a decent tart complexity and very high, refreshing carbonation. Carbonation somehow overlocks the acidic sourness, finishing with a dry, slick aftertaste. Lime and apple sourness hit the palate in a dry but pleasant, uncomprimising way. Requires alomst room-temperature to reveal its sour, fruity layer, but starts to get really convincing then. Still, finish is defined by metallic hints and sour brett flavors, a bit watery, then ending quite tart.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.