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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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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mzwolinski

California

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 bottling, sampled in Jan of 2006

Clear copper in color, with a thin, spotty off-white head that soon dissipates to reveal a streaked glassy surface. The aroma is strong, sour, and enticing. Grapey and tart. One sniff and I'm back in Brussels, spending late nights in the Mort Subite...

Not quite as much bite in the flavor as the aroma would have led me to expect. It's still quite tart at the start, mind you, but the flavor has a nice fruity apricot roundness to it in the center, with hints of overripe apple and a bit of funk in the finish. Acidic and dry as Tucson in June, but amazingly smooth and drinkable.

This is miles away from the fruity crap this company puts out. Definitely worth sampling, and worth sitting on for a good long while if you can restrain yourself. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 23:07:45 | More by mzwolinski
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Appearance: Deep golden color, with a touch of haze, small, persistent white head, small streams of fine carbonation, and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Profound musty, sour aroma, with notes of sour hay, barnyard, earth and white wine vinegar, in all, conforms well to style.

Taste: Sharply tart, with profound lemon rind and vinegar notes, understated clove spiciness, and an earthy musty character. The finish is profoundly dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, perhaps a touch harsh, very much like champagne.

Drinkability/notes: A solid, credible example of the most royal of beers. Lambics are an acquired taste, to be sure, but a taste worth acquiring. If a beer style can be said to be transcendent, then it is the Lambic style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 04:01:42 | More by Pegasus
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texashammer

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange and foamy out of the bottle, not untypical for the style. tart and dry nose, some vinegar. slightly complex gueze but not terribly so -- only average. tastes of lambic funk, tart and dry with some acetic qualities. scrubbing bubbles in the mouth, fairly light body.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 13:12:41 | More by texashammer
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Cloudy caramel with a white head that produced lots of lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, cidery apples, and yeast. The flavour mirrors the aroma, with a tart finish. There's a bit of citrus here as well. Everything melds very nicely. Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, and quite dry. Definitely a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 04:01:14 | More by DrJay
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

I generally don't review Lambics or Gueuze, as they often overwhelm my palate. This one was quite drinkable...

A: Looks like a sparkling cider.

S: Funky, tart, sourness.

T: Sour and quite dry, yet balanced by a hint of sweetness. A slight earthy/metalic flavour.

M: Light to moderate body is very acidic.

D: Quite approachable for the style.

Thanks Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 03:08:23 | More by Derek
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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this 750ml corked and capped bottle into a champagne flute. It formed a 2" white head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Foamy head lasts well, and lacing is nice. Aroma is a piercing tartness with a woody-soil tinge to it. This one doesn't have the balance of the straight Lindemans Gueuze. Its flavor seems to focus on the tartness which overwhelms any of the more subtle notes. I drank part of it with a lime to cut the overwhelming tartness. I don't have a very sophisticated Lambic / Gueuze pallet and this may be my shortcoming but I did not like this particular Gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 17:00:53 | More by TheEclecticGent
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2004: Pours with a good head. Body is a light straw color. Some sourness in the nose, as well as some malt notes.

The taste is well balanced between the malt, the citric sourness, and slight funk. Not as shocking to the palate as Cantillon. Lively mouthfeel from the carbonation, and insanely drinkable. Maybe a good introduction to the style for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 03:05:23 | More by Sephiroth
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/03/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. 2003 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-yellow colored pour. At first a large bubbled spritzy head which turns thick and pock marked and lasting. Chunks of fat lace all over the insides of my glass.

Smell- Slightly barnyard, mainly that musty scent. A combination of tart smelling fruits as well.

Taste- Lemon rind, orange and many other fruits form together to meld into a tart, but not overpowering sour taste explosion. Starts out fairly tart, but mellows out. Not necessarily to the point of sweetness, but on the lower end of the sour spectrum towards a saison like taste.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated and super dry. Bone dry. Quenching and a somewhat light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Of the few Gueuze's I have had, this one ranks right up there with the best of them. Tasty and hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 22:46:50 | More by GClarkage
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masikon

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first of this style, this poured a subdued golden hue with mild head and some lacing. Smell was very tart, sour and sweet, very intense aroma. Taste was very sour in front which puckers the lips and finishes with some mild fruity notes, for me the sourness just dominates the experience. I guess I'll just admit that being a freshmen BA my palate probably just isn't devoloped enough to appreciate this style yet. I plowed through a tulips worth of this one but I could't get anyone I was with to even try more than one sip. I can see the value in this beer however so I will definitely be revisiting it after perhaps a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 00:21:08 | More by masikon
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date carved nor fresh by so unknown vintage but guess young. Nice presentatation with forever lasting white head and a nice golden beercollor with not much haze. Nose is delicate giving good fresh horse sweet, dry fresh hay, delicatly dosed sourness and overal very fresh but landlike caracter. Taste is good also having a well dosed but not overdone sourness; grapefruit like, good dryness, horse sweaty, rough leather taste with tard bitterness. Yes this is a fine example of a geuze and easy accesable. Good and for geuze quiet high dosed carbonisation make it together with the plesant taste to great mouthfeel and a well drinkable real geuze; wonder how these 2 1994's in my cellar are doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 19:25:57 | More by paterlodie
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studentofbeer

California

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee Rene-- this isn't one of Lindeman's sweet "lambics"-- this is the real deal.

color-- light pilsner color with a dirty white head. good lacing down the side of the glass. lots of carbonation, and dry dry dry.

green apple, hay, lemon, grass, dirt/ground, little musty, but not as intense as some guezes. nothing widely funky like cat pee or horse blanket in this one.

very dry and light on the tongue. zesty, sour lemon and floral characterstics. sourness on the sides of the tongue. very spritzy, tart and refreshing--you really get a flavor for the wheat. feel like there is almost some hop character to this one.

this is a good gueze but i think cantillon and others are certainly more deep, funky and complex. nonetheless, i can see this being a bit more widely appealing just because its not as funky and sour as some. this would make an amazing apperetif--dry, bubbly and not too overwhelming. just right to whet an appetite. Very champagne-like.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 04:15:57 | More by studentofbeer
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whynot44

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, hazy light orange color, sizeable off-white head that sticks around and leaves loads of nice lace. There are lot's of tiny bubbles like champagne.

The aroma is acidic, like apple cider vinegar, sour milk, musty, earthy, traces of lemon, hay, bread, apricot and other things I can't even name.

Taste is along the same lines - mouth puckeringly sour green apples, lime, wood, yeast, wheat, sour cherries. Intensely dry finish that demands another taste. This is a very quirkily unique style of beer.

If you like really dry wine, sour green apples, iced tea with no sugar and extra lemon, or ever thought of stuffing a whole lime in your corona, you might want to give this a try. Not an everyday beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 04:19:49 | More by whynot44
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Belgian Sour beer. Smells tart and moderately sour. Slight fruity aromas behind, and a little yeasty. Looks mostly clear yellow with a slight wheat haze to it. Tastes have a good blend of barley and wheat malt flavors and textures with a complex citrus sourness and acidity. Very efforvescent to the toung. Pleasantly creamy and tart. Not astringent, just nicely tart. Finish is dry and champaign like. Aftertaste is moderately sweet and tart. Lingers for quite a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 18:56:21 | More by BEERchitect
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PatYoda

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No vintage on the bottle so I think it's the new packaging which means it's probably pretty fresh. Appearance is great. Clear copper with a very nice white head that won't go away in my champagne glass. Smell is very musty. A tiny bit of a rotten smell in there and you can tell it's very acidic. Taste is also very acidic and sour - definitely mouthpuckering. It has a very clean finish compared to the other lambics I've tried, which leaves me a little disappointed as I prefer the tartness to linger on the palate. The flavor seems a bit muted and doesn't quite have that zing that I've come to love. It's just a tad too watery for my tastes as well. Extremely refreshing though, and something I could drink all night long. Perhaps with some age this will develop.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 00:34:33 | More by PatYoda
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a light golden honey color with a crystal clear body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The big head is very creamy. Nice lace with each sip.

S-Nice sour aroma that is complex, with notes of earthiness and barnyard characters that are not over powering. Very faint rhubarb or green apple smell also.

T- Very well balanced with sour notes and soft wheat blending with barnyard flavor in the background. It finishes with a nice grapefruit tartness.

M- Light mouthfeel with some fizz and a light picker at the finish.

D-This is very well blended. The barnyard flavors add great complexity but are not in-your-face shocking. The tart sour notes are very nice and really add another nice layer to this beer. Much more character and flavor than any sparkling wine.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 02:46:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

Bottled: 1998
750ml bottle

This beer poured a golden yellow color that had hints of brown when held to the light, it almost seemed to glow. It was, for as old as it was, it was super carbonated. The foam that was created was a off white color, creamy consistency, tight bubbled and long lasting. The taste of the foam was on the sour side. The lace was tight bubbled as well that was patchy in spots and sheety in others. The aromas were of sweet fruits, champagne notes, lots of grapes and berries, sweet malts, as it warmed i started to nose a fresh barn yard and yeast notes. Nice. The flavors were as good as the aromas. Sometimes sour, sometimes sweet. Like a fine champagne, grapes, both sour and sweet, light malts, hints of grapefruit, fresh fruits, as it warmed a dry ash became present and a nice blend of fresh bread and yeast and it finished with a sour/dry finish on my tongue. The body was on the light and refreshing side. It left a dry hop hint in the back of my throat which was pleasing. Over all, bubbly and sour, lots of flavor. It was mouth watering and very easy going. I really enjoyed it and held up very well with age.

This beer was consumed on the night of the birth of my daughter, which was on July 19, 2005.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 22:17:06 | More by Jarod
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review!

Appearance: Pours an invitingly hazy Amber color with about a half-inch of small white bubbles at first pour. There are a lot of bubbles rising to maintain the head. After a couple minutes, the head reduced to a thin layer across the top of the beer. After about twenty minutes in the glass, you notice that the beer has become pretty much clear. Even at this point, there are still a lot of bubbles rising. The beer leaves a thick coat of foam for lace around the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Man, the aroma on this beer is gorgeous! There is lots of citrus among some floral scents. The esters rule, but there is still a bit of sweetness that you can tell is there. There is a soft malty profile that accents the wildness of the aroma beautifully. After the head mostly disappears, you can pick out some of the hay/horsey aromatics residing subtly in the background. As it warms a bit, the blatant citrus starts to mellow out to leave you with a much earthier aroma from which you can start to pick out some of the wheat.

Taste: Gee whiz, how can a beer possibly get better than this???? There is a host of lemons and oranges that lead you into a slightly bitter Lambic “twang” in the middle of the profile. Finally the finish ends feeling like it has a medium body with an assertive carbonation that leaves the throat with enough sweetness to trap some of the citrusy goodness to last well after the sip. After it sits for a half an hour or so (I’m sipping this beer slowly) the flavor gets really soft and refreshing. It almost has a velvety mouthfeel as the carbonation looses assertiveness and leaves the beer to cross your palate in its true form. This beer is awesome!

Opinion: I think that this is about as close to a perfect beer as any. This is really the only beer that I have tried from Lindemans that I would consider saying that about. Sure, their flavored Lambics are good, and world-class in their own right...but they are far too sweet for my palate. This one has some surprising sweetness in it, but it barely even coexists with the wholesome funky goodness of the wild fermentation. It is a bit hard for me to believe that this is what the Lindemans beers taste like before they add all of those syrups in.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 02:41:27 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Domingo

Colorado

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

A good beer that's a little bit too sour at first, but after a few sips (once you're accustomed to it) is actually a great summer brew.
I honestly prefer the normal Lindeman's Gueuze as it's not quite as sour, but this brew has a more complex series of flavors.
The smell is actually rather sweet, but with hints of clover and citrus.
Flavor is initially sour, but develops a more complex flavor after the initial sourness dissipates.
I'd actually rate the drinkability of this brew VERY high just because I thought it was very addictive. After polishing off a half-bottle I wanted more immediately. That's a trait I don't think most beers have.
If you like this brew, I'd try the normal Gueuze, too!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 23:01:50 | More by Domingo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellowish color beer with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of funky barnyard, wild sourness and Belgian yeast. Taste is sour (as expected) with some faint sweetness and some funky yeast. Acidity is well balance, which I appreciate and body is quite full. Overall this is a nice Gueuze remove from the sweet fruit lambic that they also produce.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 19:48:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden with an amber hue. The head was just off-white and frothy, growing tall and falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely fruity with cherries and strawberries and grapeskins to even out the aromatics. The aroma led to an acidic yet sweet impression and as it warmed a the tannic grapeskin aroma increased.

The flavor was sour, but not over the top. The sweetness the aroma promised was nicely absent and made the beer infinitely more interesting as a result. The flavor contained an acidic sourness that was light and refreshing with a fruity flavor of light cherries and strawberries, but not that of a flavored beverage, more a byproduct of the fermentation. The grapeskin carried over into the flavor and let to a tannin impression.

The finish was dry with a slight fruitiness and a slight lasting corn flavor. Sourness barely carried through to the finish. The body was medium light and well done. A nice drinking beer with some interesting complexities.

750 ml bottle, corked and capped and foil sealed. Some dating on cap, but in code.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 22:00:56 | More by GCBrewingCo
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time with this beer, scared away through the years by the higher price tag. Well, I've plenty more expensive beers since, so there's no excuse for putting it off. Here we go!

Pale peach hue, flush carbonation, rushing up the glass, with a sturdy, off-white head...a very appetizing glass of brew.

Aroma, sour and citric, a little spicy, super funky, that unique smell that only comes out of a gueuze.

Taste, oooh! Puckering, then lip-smacking, sour bite at first, then all is mellow...big lemon rides through the flavor, with yeast character right behind.
Interesting. Tartness is king in this, dominates the feel, but in a gentle, delicious way. Very sophisticated stuff, and, past the powerful tartness, especially approachable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 08:36:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75 cl green bottle.

Surprisingly clear golden amber with a thin white head.

Nothing smells like a gueuze! Green apple peel, barnyard funk, vinous, musty wood: you got to dig it!

A wildly dry and astringent, mouth puckering experience. Pleasant sourness matches well with malts that all but disappear in a cascade of carbonation. Talk about dry.

Man, I love the shit out of Gueuze! Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 01:06:55 | More by Shultzerdugen
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karst

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since 1880, Lambic was bottled to simplify transport but also for conservation properties. This method was the birth of Gueuze: Before the bottling of the Gueuze, a blend is made of 2/3 young Lambic and 1/3 old Lambic. The right ratio young/old is depending on the maturation degree (end attenuation) of each of them. The bottles, with the wild-spontaneous yeast flora, are refermented in the cellar (Method Champenoise).

After 6 months the Gueuze obtains a golden color and a cidery, winey palate; reminiscent, perhaps, of dry vermouth with a more complex and natural flavour.Popped cork and poured a yellow splashed golden sheened. Thick and quickly rising big bubbled carbonation into wine sniffer from 750 ml Champagne bottle filled in Belgium (and named for owner Rene' Lindemans). Hugely foamy and lively as champagine with nuttiness of a Palo Cortdo sherry, a soft rounded sweetness then a long, drying finish that puckers the puss in all possible places.

I found aromas unique to lambic - sour apple acetic acid and horse blanket over the flank and stifle (urea) but not the lactic acid I expected. This was a nice experience and I am glad I had this classic now rather than earlier when I might not have appreciated it as much.


The traditional Gueuze (the Gueuze Grand Cru "Cuvée René") would pair well with a warm slice of apple pie. It is often served as an happy hour drink in Brussels. It is the traditional beer for carbonade, as well as a beautifully based beverage with seafood or other salty meals. It's also delicious with cream sauces.

Thanks to Derek for sharing a glass of this world class "Gooze".

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 13:23:45 | More by karst
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an earthy orange color with a tall white-tan head. Lots of clingy lace on the glass. There is a little nose, some sharp yeasty and citrus aromas. The taste: Wow! Immediately a sharp bitter, unripe citrus fruits, and a crisp strong sour flavor.. when this was described as "sour" I guessed that it would be a sluggish sourness.. this is not the case. The sourness is very neat and clean, an excellent addition to the mouthfeel. This beer would make a great aperitif for a wide range of foods, steak and potatoes or seafood dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 02:00:08 | More by MrSeth
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

Bottled on 04/05/96...

A deepish shade of ginger brown, hazy in appearance. Good pop to the cork but the head settles quickly to a skim in an open chalice. Minimal lace in the first glass, better in the second. Aroma with a bit of yeastiness, slightly tart but with lots of pie apples in it. Body of this one is decent, carbonation lighter than some, but its there. Lightly challenging flavors, tart with unripe fruit, a sense of woodiness and rose petals. Not overpowering to start, actually pretty drinkable for style. Just at the end, the mouthfeel flattens and that kick in the butt more-sour-than-grapefruit seeds character makes itself known. Not a showdown Gueuze, but good in its pleasantly aged way.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 15:10:04 | More by ADR
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.