Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,862 Ratings
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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 Teleweizen2
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René is a highly sparkling golden beer with a thick, fluffy, slightly yellowed white head that has outstanding retention and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite powerful and carries notes of funk, cheese, horse blanket, cave and mud. It is light bodied, fluffy and bubbly on the tongue. The finish is crisp and dry. It is very sour, musty and funky, with no noticeable sweetness. There are notes of champagne, bleu cheese and hay. It's a very bretty affair. The finish is full of green apples. It is tart through and through. What a unique beer!

Photo of rajendra82
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cuvée René was picked up in a 750 ml. green bomber, with gold neck foil, and a crown cap, which when popped was underlain by a cork. After opening, the Gueuze Lambic was poured into a flute glass, where it looked deep golden, with a two finger head fed by Champagne like constant carbonation. Taking a whiff yielded a smell with a mixture of sweet and sour elements, but little of the farmhouse smells like leather or sweat found in other Gueuze Lambics. I could also detect a marigold like floral hop presence. The sip confirmed what the nose had revealed. This was quite mild for an unflavored Lambic. There was a lot of sourness of course, but it was a clean and crisp sourness like a lemon juice poured into a regular beer. Not a lot of funkiness in this one at all. The beer was crisp and light in the mouth, and was very easy to gobble down. Drier than the lunar seas, this would be a good introduction into unblended Lambics for an uninitiated drinker, but if you are looking for a ton of flavors go for something else (e.g., Cantillon) instead.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle about nine months ago, and I aged it in my cellar (basement). I opened this bottle to pair with crab cakes.

This beer reminds me of a thicker version of biere de brut. You get a lot of foam coming up from the bottom of the glass, and the bubbles are very tiny.

The flavor is very dry with a bunch of sour presence. There is a lot of venous quality in each sip.

This fits the flavor bill for the geuze style. If you haven't tried one, then this is very easy to pick up at most stores with a decent beer selection.

Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense, golden-yellow color with copper tones kind of spread around the edges a bit. It's cloudy and murky, especially throughout the middle, with a huge and fluffy, slightly off-white head. Volatile and quick to expand, yet also pretty quick to settle into a fine skin. Not much lacing left behind.

The aroma is dense, somewhat heavy, and definitely "gueuze-like" - whooda thunk it, right? Chalk, mild sweet malt, barnyard funk, wet wood, tart fruit (apple skins, pear), mild sulfur and slight vegetation. Lots going on here, and you can definitely tell from the aroma that this one will be more funky than tart. As it warms up, the smells develop into deeper and more robust version of their former selves. Lots more funk from the yeast and tartness from the fruit.

First sip begins with an immediate, initial tart spike and an intense fruitiness; apples, pears, light banana, and maybe even some cherries. Not a moment later, the tartness is challenged and eventually replaced by an incoming funk that hits with a sharp bite midway through. Wet wood, damp cellar, lots of cork, funky yeast, musky and faintly sulfuric notes.

Lots of earthy and fruity esters scatter in the background. The finish leaves you with a lingering sweetness, a dying tartness, and a strong funkiness. Dry as can be - this will scrape the enamel off your teeth with it's unabashed dryness. Thin-medium body, carbonated out the wazoo.

Nothing world-class here, but it's tough when your competition includes breweries like Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Nevertheless, this is still decent for a "shelf gueuze", especially considering the fact that it can be purchased almost anywhere in the United States. Relatively cheap for the style, too.

Photo of morebeergood
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, still tart and bubbly.

Photo of veinless
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear, pale, dull gold, with a slight tinge of green at times. Head is like very fine and soft fizz, with a bit of spotty lacing and not much retention.

Nose is funky, mildly tart, and has some green apple fruitiness to it. Very musty, almost like I took a peek into an attic. Has a slight wet towel smell too, and as unpleasant as this all sounds, it works with the other scents. Tartness is not as strong on the nose as I was expecting.

Taste begins funky, moves to tart apple fruit, then returns to musty and to a nice dry finish. Chalky and mellow, the tartness is not overpowering at all, and in fact I'd like it to be stronger. Green apple really comes out during a large swig, really helping the beer get over the dusty smells a bit. There is a lot going on in the background in every sip of this beer, something I can appreciate, even if all the flavors are a bit jumbled at times.

Mouthfeel is really good, as the beer approaches watery without ever getting there. This is how a refreshing beer should be weighted. Carbonation is healthy but not combative to the palate. Contrast of textures from chalky to smooth and crisp is effective. Drinkability is good as a result, and the dry finish helps a lot too. Sourness is not as strong as it should be however, as I'd want it to wipe clean the palate at every sip.

Photo of OddNotion
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful transparent golden color. One and a half finger white head that sticks around but does not over stay its welcome.

Smell: Light funkiness. Not too much sourness detected in the nose. I wish I would catch a little more sour. Behind the funk I detect some candy type scent.

Taste: Surprisingly sour/tart in comparison to the nose. Slight metallic taste while cold, lets hope this goes away with a little warmth. Some slight funk that follows the nose. Metallic taste does disappear after a little time in the glass. Sourness/tartness/fruitiness stays on the tongue for a while after the sip, very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium bodied, not too thin at all which is very welcome after my previous geuze experience.

Overall: I hate the 750ml format for sours because a lot of the time I drink them by myself. 750ml is a bit much but that is due to the style, not the taste. Very affordable at about $8. Would revisit and certainly introduce someone to sours with it.

Photo of dfclav
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a snifter - 2006 bottle - served at 55 degrees.

A - pours a rich orange gold color with a very nice 2 finger head. Very lively carbonation after getting the cork off. Very nice thin sticky lacing hangs to the glass.

S - musty, with mild citrus notes of lemons and tangerines. A bit of pepper in the mix as well. Pretty low on the funk in my opinion. 

T - very tart, vinegary, with citrus notes picking up in the middle followed by a lot of must on the finish. Apples notes pick up more and more as the beer reaches room temperature as do the barnyard tastes.

M - very light on the palate, very nice prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

D - I let my girlfriend take a sip of this and she told me "it tastes like a crybaby in liquid form". I enjoyed that quote. Drinkability is just average to me, but even though slow when my mouth is away from it for too long it starts to water for another sip. Ok, so i'll knock it up .5! Pretty good starter gueuze.

Photo of wadecats
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 355ml that said it was bottled: 22 Nov 2012 ! Future beer?
Anyway, It had a lovely head with the right amount of carbonation for a gueuze, pretty darn clear and golden. The smell is not heavy but almost musty and sweet. The fruit flies decided to abandon the huge boxes of peaches to come to my class.
I enjoy most guezes/lambics at warmer temps. than suggested and found this to warm up from tart and slightly sharp to more fruity and mellow sour. The initial taste that stood out was of mussels! I would pair this beer to a plate of straight up steamed and unspiced mussels. I enjoyed this super affordable gueuze from the Budweiser of lambic producers.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a mild amount of funk and some lemon. Nothing too complex, but fairly nice. The flavor doesn't take it to the level that I expect from a really nice gueuze, but it does go down easily. Nice funk, but it needs to be a bit strong with greater complexity. Light body and good carbonation. Dry finish. Funk throughout, though it's mild. Pretty good and easy-drinking.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle poured into a 9oz tulip.

A - Slightly dark golden color with a big fluffy white head. Rather bubbly. Slight bit of haze.

S - Big nose of bananas hits me first. As I put my nose closer, there's bits of lemon and some barnyard / horse blanket.

T - Tart, and slightly more sour than I was expecting from a Lindemans, but well balanced acidity overall. Not a huge amount of depth. Mostly lemon zest, sour apple, and slight funk, with a bit of a nutty after-taste.

M - Dry and sparkling, almost champagne-like.

D - Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing. While there's not as much going on as some others, this is a very drinkable geuze.

Photo of Aenema
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart, green apple and funk.
Taste - Puckering, sour tartness with a barnyard funk flavor.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with light carbonation and a dry, crisp finish.
Drinkability - Enjoyable sipper.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $6.99 from Beer Run. Can't find a date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours orange with a slight haze that mostly clears as it warms. Bone white head fades down but never completely goes away.

Smell: Sour lemon juice. A little apple cider. Some mustiness. Good, but not the most complex.

Taste: Sour lemon and bitter lemon peel/pith. Really as much bitter as sour, and slightly astringent. Hint of acetic. Much more sour/bitter than funk in this one.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really wrong here. Appropriately high carbonation-- lively but not harsh. Dry.

Overall: Too much sour and bitter lemon flavor and not enough else going on. (Relatively) cheap and accessible if you're in a pinch, but there are better ones out there. Maybe some age would help. Damn good compared to other Lindemans.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Cuvée René pours a bright golden color with a bubbly white head that sticks around on top of the beer and leaves some delicate lace.

Smell: Tart and lactic, with a little bit of light funk. Mostly tart lemon and lemon zest with some musty barnyard notes.

Taste: A little bit of dry crackery malt, a generous dose of tart lemon, chalky yeast and some must and grassy notes at the end. This is clean, simple, and the flavor is fairly short.

Mouthfeel: Vivacious carbonation, light to medium bodied, with a pleasant acidic tartness. Crisp and fairly dry.

Overall: This is a nice introduction into the gueuze family.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/4/08. 750 mL bottle. Poured a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, tart fruits. Taste was of tart raspberries and apple. I liked this one because it wasn't TOO sour and was easy to drink. An excellent gueuze. 8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of AwYeh
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bomber poured into tulip glass, shared with Jesse13713.

A: Hazy golden color with a finger of dense, foamy, white head. Good retention and lacing, tons of carbonation bottles flowing up through the glass.

S: Tart and musty, with tons of lambic yeast and a good deal of cloves. Light hints of an earthy, lemongrass aroma.

T: Tart and approaching sour, quite funky and reminiscent of vinegar (you are not reading a review from one of the most experienced gueuze drinkers). Funky, citrusy- lemon rind in particular, and a bit of grass make this one complex and enjoyable.

M: Light/medium body, with light carbonation. A sour coating of the palate, much like with lemon juice but less intense.

D: The complexity of the flavor keep me coming back to this one, and the low alcohol means I could have a few glasses of it. Definitely enjoyable, and a highly recommended first gueuze (as it was for me). Good price point too.

Photo of thepeter
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden with slight haze, lot's of carbonation. Smells of grass, hay lemons, funk and a bit of metal.
Tastes of barnyard hay, lemons, funk and very lactic on the way down the esophagus.
Effervescent, light and crisp. Overall a very good beer but lacking the depth and the delicate nature of some other in the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04-05-06, Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Hazes at the bottom the bottle, due t the sediment. Near zero head retention some & lacing

S: Appleskins & a bit of vinegar sourness

T: Sourness, apple vinegar & tartness in your face. A little bit of berry sweetness as this warms. Finishes tart with hints of grapefruit, a bit of sourness & more appleskin

MF: Bone dry & slick with just a bit of carbonation

Drinks a bit slow, due to the dryness & tartness, in style, but not very pleasing to me. Better Guezes out there IMO, lacked complexity to me. Maybe a few more years of aging are in order?

Photo of roblowther
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Very effervescent, almost champagne-like. Thin, persistent head with a creamy appearance. Right from the pour, smells sharp, almost astringent, but has notes of apricot. Mouthfeel is thinner than the fruit lambics, but creamier than, say, a pils. Taste is sharp at first, then mellows into a pleasant sour note on the back of the tongue. All in all, very enjoyable. Definitely a different experience than the sweet gueuze beers.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange golden color. Very fizzy head (I can hear the beer fizz as I pour into the glass).

S: Grapes, lemon, bit of raspberry, orange rinds, and spice.

T: Grapes, big lemon citrus taste, orange rinds, vinegar, some kind of soapy seedy taste, bready malts on the back end. It has sort of a champagne-like character to it.

M: Pretty light, but expected. This one's got a sharpness to it, if that's the right word. It hits you with that nice carb that goes well with the flavors.

O: Not a bad brew, but I expected more of a complex profile. It would've been nicer for the flavors to be more prominent and for the mouth to be a bit more heavy (just a tiny bit), but I like the light carby feel.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, capped and corked, $9.99 at Wilburs Total Bev in Ft. Collins, CO.

Pour into tall champagne flutes is a very foamy frothy one -- indeed, you must pour very slowly and carefully to avoid having a flute of foam! Pretty looking, very much like champagne. Head stays briefly, then fades away completely. Lots of streams of bubbles.

Smells like a dry champagne with a slight hint of biscuit. Decent enough, but there's not much there.

Tastes like a light dry champagne. Fascinatingly light sour-cherry flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fluffy from the overt carbonation.

Decent enough drinkability, although the high carbonation produces many burps.

Overall, not as sour or as fruity as I expected; but then, I am not familiar with the style. Likeable, but a bit expensive for what you get.

Photo of dansmcd
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge sudsy head. Light yellow in body with drools of lace throughout.

S - Sour and vinegary, yet also sweet and cider-like. Dry white wine.

T - Very sour. Under-ripened peach, lemon juice, green apple and champagne.

M - Crisp and bubbly, super-high carbonation, dry finish.

O - Clean and crisp, a refreshing sour beer. Perhaps a bit shallow.

Photo of Lillie1128
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice rich amber color with a fluffy white head

S - Nice and yeasty, like a wild ale

T - Smooth and sour and just a little bit salty. This was my first gueuze, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

M - Nice mouthfeel, a little light with a bit of carbonation

D - Very high

Photo of OStrungT
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow color, with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving very minimal lace.

This beer has a dominate funky and earthy yeast aroma. I can detect a slight tart aroma. Some sour fruit. It has a very slight grainy aroma as well. It is nice to smell a sour beer that isnt totally dominated by sour aroma.

This beer tastes much more sour than it smells. It is very sour, with some fruity flavor. I can still taste that grainyness, but it is in the shadow of the sour. It has a yeasty funk flavor to it too.

This beer is very carbonated, suiting the style. It leaves a sour fruit aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. The highly carbonated, sour flavor would become cloying after a while.

Overall: This is a pretty decent beer. Maybe just a bit too carbonated, and the sour flavor is a little over the top. I love a sour beer, but this one is just a tiny bit too much.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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