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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,615 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 151 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head on top. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Head lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a very thin ring around the top. Thin and sporadic lacing forms on the sides.

S: A little musty, nice tartness, has a little bit of lemon and light peach and apricot. It has a nice barnyard funk.

T: Dry and tart, retains that barnyard/musty funk. Nice flavor of apples, white grape, and a little bit of lemon.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp, with light tartness. Slightly dry finish.

O: Really nice beer, nice and approachable gueuze at a great price. Certainly going to be picking up some more of this.

mdaschaf, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Bottled in 2008

A- Capped and caged 750ml poured into a snifter. The cork makes a very loud pop when removed from the bottle. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white colored head that leaves some sporadic lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is sour with a lot of Belgian funk along with green apples and citrus, must and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is very tart and acidic with a lot of citrus flavors (lemon) and a little spicy. I love beers like this that make you think after every sip as you discover new flavors as the beer warms up.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry and acidic with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very solid Gueze. The drinkability suffers a bit from the acidity, but this is something that I would love to age a little more. Definitely worth a shot! Recommended!

cjgator3, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of katalijne
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 6 July 2012, poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A: Pretty straw gold with lots of champagne-like bubbles, tall eggshell colored head that recedes slowly, eventually leaving just a ring. Lots of floaty sediment as the carbonation slows.
S: Some good barnyard funk, lemon zest
T: Some sour lemon and a little raw ginger flavor, tart green grapes. Some nice sourness, although a little less than I was hoping for.
M: Light bodied with just about the right amount of carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable, a little less sour than I would like. Very good and much better than I expected from Lindeman's, my only other memorable experience being with their Framboise before I really drank beer.

katalijne, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of DESTRO
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is the 1997 vintage. i cracked this beotch open on new years eve, forget champagne. pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a decent head. champagne like carbonation. smells sour and stanky, "corky" and grassy. whew. flavor wise? big on tartness, fruity and grassy, a tad sour and damn interesting. not as sweet at my previous experiance with a gueze. bubbly on the tongue and finishes a tad dry. this was a great treat and i will for sure get more of these. one hell of a cool beer.

paid $8.99 for the 750ml 97 vintage.

DESTRO, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Somewhat funky barnyard aroma with hints of hay and lemon-lime. Not as big as I would of thought.

The flavor really picks up. Tart fruitiness that is complimented by the funk. Not as pungent as Cantillon beers but pleasantly tart. Dry and acidic is just what this beer should be. Finishes with some grassiness.

Light body with lively carbonation.

A truely enjoyable Gueuze that is widely available.

morimech, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into my Bell's tulip with a murky brown/orange color and about a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Tart and sour apples, pears, and green grapes. This is immediately followed by a barnyard funk/musty aroma.

Taste - Wow...I barely get a drop on my tongue and my whole mouth begins to pucker and water because of the intense tartness. I can easily pick up apple right away, and there is a definite note of pear flavor that comes in after the stronger apple begins to fade. There is an overall mustiness to the drink that does not kick in per say, but is more so always prevalent.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, loads of carbonation, and finishes extremely dry and crisp.

Drinkability - Definitely a sipper. I only got a 375ml and I think that should be enough for me. There is a bit of an acidic bite to this and I have a feeling this may affect me later on. But I must say this is a refreshing beer that has great flavor and sure wakes you up with its sour/tartness. I would have this again in the future.

SpdKilz, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, green corked-and-caged 750ml bottle

A - Golden straw with a thin white head.

S - Sour funk, lemon, pear and grass. Delicious!

T - Very tart with lots of green apple, pear, lemon and "horse".

M - Crisp and refreshing with a light body and a dry, mouth-puckering finish.

D - I shared this with friends and I kinda wish I didn't. I want more!

Amazing example of the style, this was the last one on the shelves and I need to figure out how to get them to order more...

jsanford, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color with haze and bubbly carbonation. Nice champagne like head. Smell is strong sour/tart lemon with funk comming through nearly as much on the back end. Taste is of sour and tart lemon zest backed with hay and funk. Strange hint of salt on the palate and champagne like taste on the palate after a few sips as my tounge gets used to it. Body is light with prickly champagne like carbonation, pretty dry finnish and suprisingly little aftertaste. Once you get past the strong sour and funk flavors, this really is impressive. Miller Highlife boasts itself as the champagne of beers, but this is much closer with the body, carbonation and taste.

rfgetz, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with great lacing.

Smells of pilsner malt and a barnyard. Very intriguing and complex. Light hints of what I think is lactic bacteria.

As for taste, wow, I was not expecting something so tart and sour. I was expecting more of the straight leather/horse traits, but this beer is highly acidic, almost like a cross between grapefruit juice and sour milk. I don't mean that in a bad way, though, as this beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation.

It's definitely an interesting beer, and perhaps a good introduction to the world of sours, as it's not a vinegary as some. Caught me off guard at the beginning, but I began to really enjoy it as I went on.

Andrewtherooster, May 31, 2010
Photo of KevinSP
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Gueze in my beer drinking experience so I don't have any frame of reference to compare to.
Enjoyed the cap/cork bottling. Poured into a fluted glass. This beer has plenty of foamy, bubbling head which eventually settles down to a thin lacing. Lots of small carbonated bubbles rising to the top after the initial pour dissipating a bit after about 5 mins.
Aroma has an interesting mix of light funkiness, with strong hints of apple and lemon and some overall earthiness.
Initial taste is crisp, definitely tart and sour with more of those apples and lemons coming through.
The feel is very light and refreshing on the tongue with the fizz hitting the back of the throat.
Dry finish, lingering on the back of the tongue and throat.
Very enjoyable and unique.

KevinSP, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cbutova for sharing this 750ml.

Pours hazy orange, huge fluffy white head. Sticks around at about half a finger and leaves good lacing.

Smell is funky, vinegary, white wine. Fruit in the background.

Taste is also very sour and vinegary. Tart light fruit, green apple skin, lemon. Very dry but leaves you wanting another sip like a good gueuze should.

I thought this was more sour than Cantillon gueuze, at least as good as that if not better. Definitely one to split with friends.

Chico1985, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice medium golden color with a few fingers of crisp white head. There's a little cloudiness and a bit of apparent effervescence which round out the nice picture.

Smell: somewhat sour, musty aroma. This is my first plain gueuze, so I don't have much with which to compare it, but it smells good to me. I get an after-aroma which smells rather like black tea to me, which I do like. It is interesting.

Taste: very bright and tart. Malt flavor is hidden at first but comes through in the end and is a little sweet, a little dry and a little musty. I must say I quite like this, and possibly prefer it to any of the Lindemans flavored lambics, which tend to be cloyingly sweet. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body but with huge carbonation which creates a deliciously creamy brew. I'm a big fan.

Drinkability: quite high. I find sour beers highly refreshing, and this is no exception. Since it doesn't have the strong fruit flavoring of some lambics, it refrains from being one-dimensional as some of the more subtle flavors can come through. I quite like it.

flagmantho, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Effervescent strawberry blonde with piles of loose eggshell foam that fades to a steady film. Nose is yellow pears, crayons, young barrel, a grapey champagne tang, along with flower nectar and a touch of vinegar - intoxicating.
Assertive but not overwhelming acidity overlaying light caramel and yellow plum notes followed by a burst of bready pale malt sweetness and floral, herbal notes (from hops?). Fruity finish and lingering apple cider vinegar tartness.
Light, crisp, lively, soft yet somehow a bit of chew.

Wow. So much more going on here than sour. Not hugely experienced with Gueuze, but this is the first I've had that actually still tastes like a beer. Not hugely funky, but maybe that what's working for me and my rookie palate. I suddenly see the fuss over sours.

Note: Labeled as 5.5%

StJamesGate, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of July 1st, 2010. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep yellow-amber color--very similar to cider or apple juice. Intense, effervescent carbonation provides several fingers of fluffy white head and a constant champagne-like stream of bubbles up the side of the glass. Good retention.

S - I immediately get deep, rich aromatic malts and a slightly spicy note reminiscent of an authentic pilsener. Tart green apple underlying the malt.

T - Immediately sour up front, yet it retains a light, sweet malt flavor that balances reasonably well. Dry, crisp apple flavor and bready grains through the middle and finish. A lasting tartness remains on the sides of my tongue and in the back of my throat.

M - Thin body with intense carbonation. A delight to swish each sip around a bit. Finishes semi-dry and tart (but not puckering).

rundocrun, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of thekoz
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date Nov. 2010 (so probably a little young)

Poured this (corked & crowned!) beer in to a tulip glass with an off yellow color. It had a snow white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The initial smell was best described as apple juice with a little funkiness. I would say the smell was the lowest point of this beer.

Had a mild sour tartness to it. Not really a suck your lips in, but more of a slightly sour lemonade.

Very dry, with hints a apple and citrus.

Lightly carbonated, I think that anything more would detract from the beer.

Would certainly buy again, and would like to get a few bottles to age and let develop a little more.

thekoz, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of WetCoaster
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.

WetCoaster, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Onibubba
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to Gueuze. Not the best, but affordable, and never dissappoints. Beautiful pale orange gold pour with a short lived white head. A bit of swirling reinvigorates. Smell is a bit of a toned down lambic. Nice wafts of sour apple and earthy cheese rind funk that never gets too offensive or out of hand. Sometimes you want that outlandish deep funk in a gueuze, but it is nice to know you have a reliable measure of moderation to fall back on in this beer. I respect it for that. Taste is more on the sour side than the funk, more granny smith apple than cheese rind. Highly carbonated and very high on the tongue. Champagne like and almost bubbly. Complements the dryness of the beer very well. For the style, drinkablity is as high as it gets. I like this beer very much as an in between beer when enjoying other more extreme lambics. A wonderful beer that I enjoy frequently.

Onibubba, May 15, 2009
Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Rene pours a slightly cloudy ten carat gold with a thin evenly slicked head. Furious carbonation rises from the base of the glass.
Essence of sweet corriander candied citrus with a barely discernable element of funk wafts through your olfactories, as you yearn for that funk to amplify as the brew warms. Wow! What a trick.. sour and bright in the mouth; a long way from my expectations, as I was anticipating a sweeter flavor profile as the nose tends to suggest. This is not a criticism in any way; this brew is fresh, lively and delicious. CR certainly has a great personality, projecting the terroir of the region where this brew is made. Visions of the open fields that "pollinate" this beer giving it its natural initial fermentation are cause to reflect upon the internal beauty of this product. This mild funkiness is also present in the mouth, providing the taster with a unique and exciting taste experience. Flavors of tart citric fruits seem to present the acids in this beer. I noticed other reviewers describing a heavy vinegar profile present in this brew, but there is absolutely none of these types of acids present within nor does the nose even remotely suggest this.
A classy, enjoyable gueuze that will thrill all who love this style.

barknee, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lithy, a great trader for this beer.

Poured from a capped and corked 12oz bottle into a snifter. Light golden in color with a small white head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a touch of hay and horse (I guess some people call it "barnyard funk". Sound good to me.). Certainly smells tarty and sour. A bit of floralness.

Really quite tart and somewhat salty. Kind of feels like I am drinking sea water. Taste is fruity. Green apples and lemon pith. Really tart.

I havent had too many Guezes but I really enjoy them. I enjoy the sour ones the most and this was pretty sour and tart. I really liked it. Best part is, it is light in alcohol so it is quite thirst quenching. Thanks again lithy.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into wine glass

A: Bright gold with an orange hue, poured with very fine, large head that receded to a white, covering film

S: Barnyard aromas but not over the top, not too many sharp notes, just a little musty

T: Base of a wheat beer, light, no hops, very light malt, but funky, very dry and tart, not quite sour, not as musty as aroma, but has a deep feel to it despite simple ingredients

M: Very dry, like white wine, puckering

D: Light and refreshing but it is complex

Notes: Didn't blow my mind, but it is definitely a very good example of a Gueuze.

dpodratsky3, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 2008. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A foamy creamy solid two finger head that is white. The color of the beer is light yellow with light amber highlights. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity is clear with some haziness. There is some yeast particles in the glass. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich honey, citrus, hay, barnyard like aroma. There is a sour lemon aroma also.

Taste: Very lemony, straw, hay, a subtle hint of flowers, and honey.

The mouth feel is very sour, bitter, and very dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is light with a full blown sour finish. This is one of the most memorable time drinking a beer. I was totally taken off guard by the way this beer presented itself on my palate. I will seek this beer out again and age it for several years and see how it plays out in the future.

colts9016, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle (packaged 3/11) into a (512) chalice.

A yellowish-golden apple juice color sparkles in the sunlight, with an endless supply of carbonation streaming upward through the clear body. Head is well retained and pearly white. The aroma is an intoxicating blend of funk: wet paper, leather, earth, white grape rinds, and a hint of lemony tartness in the background.

The flavor left me longing for more sour (especially after a year in the bottle), but the tartness is there along with fresh-cut wood and melon rind. The body is juicy, yet equally dry on the finish with no room for lingering flavors. Carbonation is spot-on, making the mouthfeel light and crisp. Overall, a tasty Gueuze that really caught me by surprise. I bought this on a whim, and was glad to see it outshine Lindemans' sugary-sweet counterparts (framboise, kriek, etc.).

wagenvolks, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2006, Best Before 2010, served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a bright, reddish golden to amber hue, composed of great clarity and rather moderate fizz level; the beer head comes retrained and settles gradually to a rim.
S: absolutely beautiful - savoury-sour notes of marinated starfruits, fresh lemon-juice & apples on a part with old oak-barrel's subtle aroma (French oak) spring to mind, leaving malts/wheat-malts' aroma, light notes of damp yeasts & stinky sulphur, and a whiff of hops behind. Incredibly approachable but well-integrated and reasonably complex at the same time.
T: savoury, tart as well as lactic-sour at the same time in the mildly effervescent swallow, hinting at aromatic lemon rind, leaving a faint trace of aromatic apple-skins, pears, and damp/tannic touches of old oak-barrels creep down the far end of the palate. Slightly bitter, tangy, and lingeringly savoury in the end, but not particularly tart and pungently yeasty as compared with many of its counterparts, while a delicate level of hop aroma in the very end provides an enjoyable "kick" to the dryish and clean finish! Balanced performance.
M&D: slightly spritzy and full of tiny fizz, the palate is therefore clean, refreshing and light, making this a really quaffable session geuze in my book! It's easy to drink the whole 750ml bottle, no sweat, but it takes some extraordinary elements to elevate this ale to the real exciting league.

wl0307, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of mrandypandy
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked bottle picked up at Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a crystal clear light orange/copper. White fizzy head dies down to a nice ring and stays as I drink.
S- A little bit of hay, general barnyard funk. Nice grassy earth like tones. Subtle.
T- Light lactic acid type sourness, not overpowering. Only complaint is that it lacks a realy complexity that would throw it over the top.
M- Light, crips, refreshing. Spritzy and highly carbonated. Dry. Very nice.
D- Despite the lack of complexity I have no issues putting down a 750ml bottle myself. The light body and not over-the-top sourness makes it easy to drink.

Overall - I've had this beer quite a few times but haven't gotten around to reviewing it. A great gueuze, and a STEAL at $10/bottle. Highly recommended.

mrandypandy, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of JayNH
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a small short lived head.

S- Musty and very tart with a pleasant subtle fruitiness.

T- A dry, acidic tartness upfront... Fades to a slightly yeasty mild fruitiness.

M- A nice acidic, dry tartness on the palate. Just the right carbonation makes the brew very smooth.

D- Excellent, plenty of tartness but still very drinkable. If I could afford it I could drink quite a few of these.

JayNH, Nov 01, 2009
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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