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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
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1,772 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 92
Gots: 180 | FT: 5
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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 mgbickel
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Piraat tulip. Split with the wife.

A single finger of snowy white foam formed on top of the golden honey body. The head quickly dissipated, leaving zero lace behind.

Brett funk, lemon zest and grass make up the nose. Something else in the background has me puzzled...almost a plastic odor...

The sourness crawls under your tongue right at the beginning of the taste and linger there throughout. The initial tartness fades to a mellow center where the citrus lemon comes out for a brief instance. The finish is almost sweet in comparison to the start.

Medium bodied, well carbonated with a dry finish.

This is pretty much the standard I judge all others in this style by. Acidic and tart...puckering...tasty!

Photo of frlrv1020
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewMaster
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1994 bottle cellared by a friend of mine in excellent conditons. The beer pours a glowing orange with a little head. The aroma is of dry white grapes or the cork from a merlot bottle. The flavor kicks you in the mouth. I am not a fan of very sour things, so this was not too appealing to me. Sour, sour, sour. Very citrusy and sour. There are also some woody notes, perhaps oak. Green apple peel, pear, and white grape juice flavors all fill the glass. This beer overall is excellently complex but I just don't like the intense sour flavor.

Photo of Jfriz25
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours a hazey orange. Couple cm of head which fades but leaves tiny bubbles floating on the surface. Musty faintly sour smell. Tastes exactly how it smells which is a good thing. I would prefer a little more but it has a nice sour flavor. Good enough to get my fix without spending a fortune. Overall a very refreshing brew for a 90 degree day laying in a hammock!

Photo of Converge
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Technically my first gueuze, though certainly not my first sour. Bottled March 21st, 2011.

A - Pours a super hazy golden amber, with a thick foamy head of off-white suds. Solid head retention, with above average lacing of sticky foam.

S - Mild funk and tart. Not much 'barnyard' character in this one. Mild grassy notes, with some sweeter notes pushing through. Slight hay aroma, but not much else.

T - Certainly not big on the sourness, but there's definitely a tartness to it throughout the profile. Mild funk, especially in the finish. Slightly musty, with some hay, grassy sweetness, and even some mild fruity notes. Green apple, white grape, and some lemony notes.

M - Light bodied, slightly tart, with some crisp carbonation that matches well. Very good.

D - An excellent brew, and for the style, based on my limited knowledge, is done very well. Possibly a tad sweet for a traditional gueuze. Super drinkable, with a nicely balanced profile and crisp, refreshing feel.

Photo of nqualls
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle corked and capped, with 2005 on the bottle.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a two finger white head. Lacing was abundant, but not the typical lacing I'm used to. Very random small patterns.

Smell: First notes are dank and musty, almost moldy. Fades into a tart aroma.

Taste: Initial flavor tastes like a good champagne to me. The quickly fades to green apples with pear notes and a lingering green apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, with a light body and good carbonation.

Drinkability: I rated this low because I think this beer would be too much after a while.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Bright Glowey gold colored with a small white head. Not a lot of retention and once the head fades you never see it again. Very pretty color though.
S:
Fermented tangy juicy fruits-cherries-oranges-apples-lemon-raspberry and light cereal grains. Very fun, sunny, and stinky.
T:
Flavor is tangy and refreshing. Earthy, fruity, funky and appealing. Fermentd black cherry and light tingly even bitterness.
M:
Very swirlable in the mouth. Perfect super fine carbonation bubbles.
O:
Very nice.

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

Bottled in 1994.
Pours a relatively clear deep golden. Spastic lacey head sizzles its way to oblivion.
Intense aroma of sourness (lime and otherwise), hay and other pungent hues. Ghosts of the past, as it is similar to sticking your nose into that really potent baggy that you just scored....Well anyway, it's been awhile, but that is what it smells like. Literally fills the room and I love it.
Hugely, but not overburdeningly sour with, alternately, lime and cider. This puckering sourness lasts the duration. Somewhat musty and hay-like in the middle. Vinegar notes, though not intrusive. Finishes searingly dry. Forces the next sip.
Very interesting. Not an everyday beer, but more of a special treat when looking for something different. Very drinkable. Not as much of a trip as some gueuzes, but this is a winner.

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

A - Cloudy yellow with a splash of orange. There is no head and no lacing. Streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Sour is the only word that works here. Tartness comes to mind like a fresh granny smell. You can just smell it. A distinct funkiness I have smelled before from a gueuze. Its a smell I haver come to expect and look forward to.

T- A funky sourness hits your tongue on first sip. There is a fruity after taste reminding me of a very sour apple or any sour fruit. The alcohol is well hidden here. The taste matches the smell perfectly.

D - A gueuze is to be savored. I liken the drinking experience to be like a high abv stout. You do not slam this one, it is a sipper. I rated the drink-ability based on the style not against other beers.

Photo of d2daj
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cafe Veloce' in Kirkland, WA
355ml (12oz) bottle
Bottled date: 10/6/2011
Poured into cylinder glass-
Light fine/golden white head- creamy smooth looking
Very fine consistent bubbles
Taste- wow! First impression, this is one SOUR son-a-b! 2nd sip complex lemons, grape sweet entangled in granny smith apple bite. Tongue feels the sour "bang" which then flows smooth and bubbly like champagne.
I wonder if bottled date changes complexity, tart/sour depth as I see many more recent reviews and bottled dates.
Price is $7- reasonable. Very enjoyable and complex beer. Not for the sour faint at heart, but a fun and dramatic beer to try and enjoy the brewer's work.

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

Too lazy to look, but I think this might be my first gueuze.

Slightly orangish-tan, cloudy, large swelling head that goes down to about two fingers, then one, then lasts, leaving thick chunks and sheets of sticky lacing.

Smell is apple-y, with tinges of delicious, a bit of granny smith, and a notable portion of crabapple. Also very earthy and tart. You can smell a light sourness too.

Taste is dry and tart, no trace of hops but plenty of pungent mallt flavors, the apple smell translates to the taste but more subtly than you'd expect.

Overall I'm really liking this brew. It mixes various aspects of beer that I happen to really like, such as sourness, fruitiness, dryness and ease of drinking. Coming from this brewery, I'm not surprised it's good.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Vibrant orange colour with a light orange head. This beer has a great feel to it already.
S - It has a tart, fruity aroma.
T - Very fruity, tart, dry, sour taste. Tastes like sweet tarts candy to me. Brings me back to my youth.
M - It has a splendid light body.
D - This is a great beer overall but I am not sure that it has great drink-ability for me. It seems like its tart flavour would start to rub me the wrong way after a few of these.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/12/2011. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge sour apple, pear, lemon, grass, wet hay, leather, vinegar, earth, pepper, funk, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of tart lemon, pear, apple, grass, earth, wet hay, pepper, herbal, light funk, and yeast spices. Fair amount of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, pepper, herbal, grass, hay, and earth on the finish for a bit. Moderately dry on the finish. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying tartness or acidity at all. Very moderate and refreshing amount of tartness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Gueuze! Very well balanced with good complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Though this is not as complex as some of the other higher regarded offerings; this is a beer than any true gueuze fan would definitely enjoy. Great value for the price as well.

Photo of MisterClean
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a golden-yeloow, with 1 fingered white head, which disappeared upon impact. What lacing?

S - Honey, caramel, sour brett, with notes of citrus and light alcohol.

T - Lots of sour bret, some caramel, citrus and slight bit of honey. No alcohol this time around.

M - Definitely malt dominated, which left notes of sweet and sour mixed. Very intriguing.

D - Definitely good, would like to up my samplings and spelling of the gueuze.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly orange with a head that doesn't stick around much. Pretty looking

S: Fruity and tart. Great for a Gueze

T: Stout and tart. The sourness comes through first followed by a pleasing tartness. The fruit taste lingers until the end. It's a great balance of all flavours.

M: A bit thin on the mouthfeel. It doesn't really help or hurt the beer.

D: For a gueze yes.

Photo of bump8628
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked bottle with best before of 2017.

Pours a hazy gold/orange into a tulip with 3 fingers of froth.

Aroma is complex with barnyard funk, lactic acidity, and a bracing, spicy tartness.

Taste is sour, tart, mildly cheesy and funky, musty, and just a touch acetic. All of the lambic characteristics are well in balance with no individual one coming to the forefront.

The finish is dry and tart and the heavy carbonation scrubs the tongue and palate.

Overall, a very enjoyable, balanced lambic that may be more approachable than some of the really sour ones out there. So far, this beer has aged extremely well and would easily hold up for another 10 years in the proper conditions.

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

Hazy orange-straw color with a thin white head. Decent lacing.
Smell is tart and sour, with some heavy yeast notes. White grapes, grapefruit, as well as some acidic, woody notes.
Taste is quite tart and sour, with some more white grapes, grapefruit, and oak notes. Slightly acidic towards the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and very dry to the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good.

Photo of MrDave
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of winomark
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold with a champagne-like bone white head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Sour notes dominate, but a slight sweet peach aroma comes through on the nose. Mild berry tones noticable. Lots of sour black cherry dominates the palate. Dry, somewhat short finish. Amazing flavor upfront. Mild mustiness in the back. Dry, crisp effervescent mouthfeel. Quite refreshing. One of the few beers I could mistake for a champagne. My wife even thought it tasted like champagne, only more sour. A very good beer. I will try this one many times over. Try this one!!

Photo of albertjr21
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The following was printed on this 750ml bottle: LJ02IGCR. Consumed on 1.14.11. Poured into a 20 oz. brandy glass.

A: Appears a dull earthy orange gold color and is completely foggy.

S: A wild nose of funky spicy fruit, perhaps burnt orange. Very intriguing.

M/T: A nice off balanced feel between sweet and sour with sour winning the battle. Fruity and complex with notes of wool and burnt orange rind bitterness.

D: A robust champagne-esque body and dry finish contributed very well to a pairing with Italian antipasta and bruschetta.

Photo of xymyl
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy but the color is vibrant deep orange with gold tones. Head is a small dense ring with good lacing.

Aroma is very floral with soft honey notes, complex citrus, straw, sweat/horse blanket/barn yard smells and a light clean malt note in the distance.

Taste is very complex with flavors, aromas and textures climbing over and under each other, everything is scrambling around and difficult to focus on. I don't mean that in a bad way. Overall, this beer is super dry (some would say almost chalky), acidic, fruity with all sorts of citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a peach quality seems to be there too. This moves from Super dry and acidic to a soft and sweet honey note before you realize that the acid never left and clamps back down on the palate.

This beer is very light in body and super dry, not something that you can easily drink quickly. I know many people hate these beers but I love them, this is a real thinking man's beer!

Photo of Squelch
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw colored. Crystal clear. Effervescent Champagne like head.

Smell: Banana aromas shine through with the horsey brett aroma.

Taste: Sour tartness dominates. Very nice and tart. No sweetness. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Puckering tartness is awesome in this beer. One of their best beers.

Drinkability: I was initally scared to drink this beer but after trying it am very impressed. I will definitely be drinking again.

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

Single corked bottle from the LCBO (!), which represents the first authentic gueuze I've seen in Ontario for about two years. Really excited to see this, as I've been eagerly anticipating another Lindemans brew after purchasing a few of the sweeter, fruitier varieties in the states.

Poured into my oft-neglected, rarely used Lindemans fluted souvenir glass. After popping the cork, what flowed forth was very champagne-like, bubbly and effervescent. When things settled down, what remained was a slightly murky honey-golden brew with lively bubbles of carbonation floating to the surface. And, like a champagne, the head, while initially mighty, quickly receded to a fine ring. While not much to look at, this was about right for the style.

The nose is classic gueuze: apple vinegar, hay, funk, wild farmland (how this is a "smell" is beyond me), lemon and dry apple cider. A year ago I would have hated this, but now my mouth is watering a little.

The sourness is quite overpowering at first, but as my tongue acclimatizes, I'm getting some interesting notes of dry apple cider, hay, yeast, a bit of earthiness and champagne grapes. Very, very sour, but oddly enough, I'm quite enjoying it. Light, airy, effervescent.

Though I've had a few brews that stylized themselves as gueuze, this was my first approach at something more authentic, and I have to say I'm digging it. That sour acidic taste is no longer something I'm avoiding, but rather something I'll actively seek out. Brews like this challenge one's perceptions of what a beer is, and the rewards are well worth the exploration. But, I totally understand if a lot of people will hate this, because its very, very different.

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

Surprised to finally find this at a local store where I wasn't expecting to see it. I had heard that this is the best offering from Lindemans and after not being able to finish the last Lindemans from the sweetness of the brew, I thought they deserved another chance.

Appearance- Pours a light bodied golden color with just a touch of haziness as I empty out the bottom of the bottle into my tumbler. A great deal of lively carbonation and a small bright white cap of a head that dies fairly quickly, though the carbonation does not. Very much what I am looking for in a gueuze.

Smell- Mmm, lots of tart green apple and lemony citrus with just a touch of funk and maybe a hint of grassiness. Quite a sharp bite to the nostrils in a good way, and I don't pick up on any of the usual suspect sweetness that I've come to associate with Lindemans. I like what I'm smelling.

Taste- More of the same in a good way yet again. A huge bite of tartness that is comprised of green apple, lemon zest, citrus fruits, and just a bit of barnyard. Mouthpuckering, but not overly so and the tastebuds adjust accordingly as the drink goes down. Quite tasty and certainly is the best Lindemans I've ever had, though to be honest I might be marking it up in taste just a bit because it is so damn good when compared to some of the other offerings by the brewery.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- High marks again for both of these categories. The tartness and lively carbonation is on par and keeps this guy going down the hatch. I could easily have a few of these, especially given that I found it for the same price as the other Lindemans 375ml bottles. I guess I was expecting it to be more on the sticker and was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, hands down the best Lindemans I've had and a surprisingly good representation of the style. Would recommend this and certainly seek it out again.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.