Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,862 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,862
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 102
Gots: 220 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of Crosling
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 1994.

Shared with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey. Thanks for breaking out this rare gem Ernest. It was phenomenal.

Dark Peach.

The nose was funky and very complex and had notes of sour apples, grapes, snake-skin, farmhouse mustiness and barnyard.

This was truly a great gueuze. Very sour, dry, fruity and complex with notes of lemon, grapes, apple, horseblanket, body sweat and dough. Light bodied. Hints of oak on the finish.

The best gueuze I have ever stumbled upon. If Lindemans filtered and sweetened lambics provide the bucks for this lambic, then I am all for it! Middle Aged Women: Keep buying the framboise!

Photo of WiscoTerr
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this beet is insane. I wish my wife would wear this as a perfume. I don't the she wants a slight scent of horse blanket, but it would do it for me.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

Look (3.5/5) - the look was a bit disappointing, really. The color is a rich gold. It's much too cloudy for the style, a little less than a witbier actually. The head rose quickly and was fairly large, but fell too fast and without any lacing.

Smell (4.5/5) - The smell was ideal. Some sourness, of a sharp sour-grape, berry, or crab-apple sort. The brunky-brett aroma (goat, hay) was in there as, but more gentle and balanced. Slight vanilla in the nose. A little bit reminiscent of sour sugar candy.

Flavor (5/5) - the flavor is excellent and well-balanced. A touch more malt than on the nose with a hint of sweetness to it (overall it is tart wheat and some biscuit). Medium-light sourness is certainly present, but not overpowering. It has the same fruity tones to it and the brett is a little less intense on the tongue than on the nose. The finish has a nice lasting tang.

Feel (4.5/5) - Very good. Light body and very high carbonation. Any more body and the sharp flavors wouldn't play all that well. Fizz compliments the long, sour finish.

Drink (4.5/5) - This was a great brew. Both very drinkable ad intensely flavorful. The brew would have been perfect, if not for the problems with its looks.

Photo of MetricOcean
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A warm sourness permeates throughout your mouth. Slight yeast flavor, but the tartness overcomes. Oily like butter. Very sharp and almost musty. The flavor of this thing pops, I mean just POPS. Amazing. Tastes like: fresh leather, sour apricot, non salted popcorn. 92/100

Photo of francisweizen
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001, Drank in 2003. This 2 year old sample of gueze was rather exceptional. It poured a bright yellow/orange-ish colour with a small white head of whispy foam. The aromas were of lambic funk, horse blanket junk, a dirty old drunken monk, and a beer worshipping skunk. The taste was a funky, astringent, sour, dry, excellent melange of non-fruit and fruit flavors. The mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing and the drinkability was excellent as well. Almost as good as Cantillons wonderful gueze and quite worth the $13 a 750ml bottle price tag I paid for it. Simply "world-class"

The 1994 vintage was a bit more complex than the 2001 sample I had before.

Photo of MisterGone
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 into tulip. Pours a slightly hazy orange-apricot with a white head that has a yellow cast to it, really bright champagne fizz sound. Dissipates quickly, again not unlike champagne. I mean, even the bottle looks somewhat like a champagne bottle.

The aroma is faint, the tiny, aggressive bubbles not giving off much of a hint of what is to come. The expected sour is there, some green orchard fruit, some citrus zest, a hint of yeast, and really no malt.

The flavor is of course why we came to this bottle. Bright granny smith apple and unripe pear immediately that enhances the lactic pucker we love in our guezes. I am reminded a bit of Petrus Aged Pale, but the orchard fruit notes really shine through in this beer. Citrus zest complements thoroughly in the taste, pretty much in all three phases. A touch of yeast in the finish with the green, unripe orchard tartness lingering.

Mouthfeel is, right, champagne like. This is a top notch brew. I read Garret Oliver's selection on Gueze's after this and wish it were the other way around. I definitely plan on a food paring with this beer in the near future.

Photo of Wobbly
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Outside of Cantillon, this is the best gueuze I have ever tried. While I have enjoyed the fruitier lambics from Lindemans, this is clearly their masterpiece. A complex classic, with crisp, citrus flavors; a refreshingly bitter, dry tartness; and long lasting finish.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River Goblet. This is just a 2010. Have a bunch aging though. Can't wait to open them in 10+ years.

Pours a slightly hazy straw golden color. No head or lacing.

Aroma is amazing. So funky. Barnyard and lemon tart. Smells great.

Taste is pretty much just funk. Not alot of sour. A little bit though.

Mouthfeel is super dry how I like em. High carb.

Overall a tasty gueuze and a good example of the style.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1994 issue. Opaque golden-amber. Honest 1cm foam lasts for a 10 yr old. Superb aged gueuze aroma. Funky horsey and barnyard flavors, citric fruits (grapefruit, lemon), a good dose of hay. Sniffing harder will inspire new words like sweat, cheese, earth, cork, wood... Tart funky cider taste, although there are good notes of pears and lemon juice. This tastes like a field under the sun. Acid (balsamic, citric, lactic), yet very malty gueuze. Somehow salty finish, very dry, moderately astringent, complex. Firm authoritarian thick body, nice lasting carbonation. Marvellous. A real pleasure to study.

Photo of jmich24
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip

A: Golden honey with orange hues. Huge 4 finger fluffy off white head. Tons of carbonation from etched glass. Quite a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Instantly reminds me of Duvel, then come the Sour green apples, pear, lactic acid lemons, bread like yeast qualities. Also some funkiness.

T: Starts mildly sour, huge tart granny smith apple lactic acid lemons again some pear. Funkiness is perfect for me, its there but not crazy overpowering.

M: Super carbonated, starts wet, finishes fairly dry. Very refreshing.

O: This was my first gueuze and I am upset I haven't tried the style sooner. Super refreshing, tart and the perfect amount of funkiness for me. Outstanding.

Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum corked and capped with a vintage of 1994 on the label. The cork was in excellent condition showing no drying and a minimal amount moisture.

Appearance: Thin white lacing but it is a trademark Brussels style lace, spritzy with numerous tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Hazed hue makes it a dim golden colour.

Smell: Musty, chalky, cellar and corky huddle with mellow but sizeable tart aromas.

Taste: Light to moderate body, tartness is solid but modest as it has mellowed out over the years. Incredibly smooth and crisp. Fruity after the initial wake of tartness. Dry malt character is clean under tartness, musty flavours are more towards the end with hints of dry chalky yeast.

Notes: Simple but has depth, flavourful but not boisterous. This brew shows little aging flaws at all and perhaps could see another decade or two without turning as long as the cork holds up. I’ll be seeking more bottles ASAP. This would be a good brew to break a newbie to the world of lambics.

Photo of lnashsig
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 2010. Poured into my brooklyn tulip, pours a murky gorgeous orange yellow color. Awesome foamy head that stays around forever. Big bubbles, and the funky smell permeates from the bottle. Smell- funky cherries, tart barnyard funk, white wine grapes, peppery lemon scent? Taste- puckering sour, cherries, maybe a hint of pepper and lemon sourness. Wow. I'm in love.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, served in oversized wine glass.
Reviewed from notes.

Lightly hazed orange body with a fluffy meringue head. Excellent lacing and retention.
Smells like apples, pears, oak, sour lactic and citric acid, and a little vinegar note. The taste follows suit.
Wow. Considering how little I think of Lindeman's other beers (except Cassis), I cannot believe how good this beer is.
I've had lots of gueuze-- buy at this pricepoint and availability, Cuvee Rene is top-notch.
Light airy body with a strong sourness that pulls at my cheeks; this beer is a delicious treat that I can drink anytime!

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy light orange with a finger of cream-colored head that drops to a wispy layer and ring in a few moments. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

The aroma... oh my.... intense, harsh brett sour in the back, along with a hint of crab apple, some lemon, harsh citrus-sour. Cat urine in there too, but little vinegar/horse sweat. The light sweet candi sugar note fights its way through the sour sometimes, but only in small whiffs. This aroma is freaking wonderful.

Flavor/mouthfeel. Harsh tannins bring a soft dryness, even in the middle of each sip. The sugar notes are there in the back, but the lemon sourness, and even the same feeling in the back of the throat as strong homemade lemonade, dominates. No cheesy notes at all, which is both a good thing and surprising for the style... very well done and hard to do. Finish is puckering, but in the middle of the throat. Honestly not an overly complex flavor, just incredibly good.

This is an excellent, affordable example of the gueuze style. Delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of gdfan47
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off I know its cool to hate on this beer, I dig it.. its also ( im told) that its the cheapest gueze per ounce

A- an inviting yellow with a little bit of head and lacing
S- Tart, champaign like smell with some other fruit smells that are hard to pinpoint, very inviting with good carbonation
T- extremley refreshing, tart, slight sour apple, not overly sweet at all
M- pleasant, the carbonation is very nice and very smooth
D- very high in my book , I could drink this all day and the low abv is right up my dorky alley

hands down my favorite from Lindemens that I have tried so far

a great beer to enjoyed by fans of this style and also a gateway beer for people wanting to get into this style

Photo of bubseymour
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional sour. Great horseblanket and funk going on. Moderate sourness. A touch dry. Nice brew.

Photo of aepb1
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Honey yellow with a frothy white head

S- Vinegar and what my girlfriend describes as "feet." Definite funk

T- Very citrus lemony sour and some funk in there too. As this warms, green (sour) apple definitely comes through

M- Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation

D- The sour's not overwhelming, love it!

Photo of frank4sail
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2002

Sweet sour touch of horse blanket and berries in the nose. Large fluffy very carbonated white head on the pour. Sparkeling light gold color and look in the glass. Wonderful lace on the glass as well. Wow taste is sweet and coating upfront with a tangy puckering touch of berry (raspberry?). Nice balence in the sweet and sour notes. Unreal smooth silk mouth. The brew just slides down effortlessly. A nice treat. Worth seeking out... opens up as it warms. I need to cellar a few of these...

Photo of guthrie
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm a sour freak, so take this with a grain of salt if you're not...

12 oz bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Golden color, slightly hazy. This, yet sticky head.

Smell of barnyard Brett funk. Sour apple? A nice earthiness, yet bright.

Taste is a nice sourness. Lots of the funk. Some sour apple, but slightly more bread like(?). Sourness starts in the middle of the tongue and rolls back with the swallow. Punchy sour aftertaste. Light carbonation. It's almost the sourness of lemons, without the exact lemon taste.

Thin mouth feel. Light, small carbonation.

For me this is hella drinkable. I would, and could, drink this all night.

Even if you're not a huge fan of sours try it just to see what the Brett/barnyard thing is all about. It's a good representation of that.

Photo of rangerred
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a beautiful clear orangey gold with a tiny head that quickly fades. No lacing.

The smell has an initial skunkiness from the green bottle but this fades quickly. There is a definite funk with some barnyard, wet hay, and straw. Also some fruit comes through in the way of oranges and peaches.

The taste is quite tart from the beginning along with some fruity flavors. Some lemon, apple, and orange. The same barnyard funk present in the smell also comes through but to a lesser degree. Finish is dry and puckering.

Overall, this is my second example of the style, first was Oud Beersel and this is probably my second favorite. The one thing that would make this beer better would be more prominent funk in the taste. No matter this is an excellent beer and one I will come back to again.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Beautiful blond colour with lively champagne-like carbonation rising to form a slightly off-white head which starts off huge, almost gusher-like, and then calms and drops back to almost nothing. Almost no lacing to speak of.

SMELL : First nose has some citrus, but mostly barnyard funk, yeasts and some hay. Slight metallic tinge. Second nose opens a rich woody aroma. Third nose calms down the citrus and funks and definitely brings out the yeast profile. Beautiful.

TASTE : Acidity is present, but backed up by a real freshness. Citrus and herbs are also present, but not so much as the nose seemed to announce. The wood that was present on the nose almost completely disappears once in the mouth.

MOUTHFEEL : Great carbonation, fine bubbles, more ample than champagne. You get the kind of earthy/dusty feeling so typical of the barnyard funk.

OVERALL : One of the best balanced gueuze I've had the pleasure of drinking. I'm aging a few of I have left, see what happens with this big boy in a few years' time. I'll probably chuck out another review.

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle, served in oversized tulip

A - semi-cloudy apple juice colour with thin, bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hops, bitter, some vinegar, apple, pear

T - Some wheat, apple, barn, hay. Sour at the end, knocking everything else out. Tart.

M - Medium-high carbonation off the top, giving way to a medium density.

O - This is my second time having a gueuze. The first was the same brew about 3 years ago. I thought it was too much then, now it's delicious. Easy move from oud bruin and flanders red to this. Delicious.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into some sort of glass (didn't write it down apparently).

A: Pours clear & golden with much active carbonation visible. Medium white head.

S: Wonderfully sweet/sour aroma with an overtone of funk.

T: Fruity, funky, sour goodness. Dry finish but not overdone.

M: Pleasantly mouth-puckering all the way through - you know you're drinking a gueuze.

O: I miss the more fruity finish of a kriek (personal preference) but this is very good.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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