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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,575
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 72
Gots: 141 | FT: 7
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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 flagmantho


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

02-10-2010 18:03:12 | More by flagmantho
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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%

09-13-2011 21:10:19 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of rundocrun


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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).

12-02-2011 23:30:36 | More by rundocrun
Photo of thekoz


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

04-01-2011 03:08:14 | More by thekoz
Photo of WetCoaster


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

07-03-2013 07:13:10 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of Onibubba


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

05-15-2009 18:16:59 | More by Onibubba
Photo of barknee

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

08-04-2008 23:50:28 | More by barknee
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

11-20-2008 18:56:25 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

01-25-2011 03:43:58 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of colts9016


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

04-26-2010 00:42:40 | More by colts9016
Photo of wagenvolks


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.).

03-30-2012 03:52:30 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

01-31-2009 18:12:47 | More by wl0307
Photo of mrandypandy


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

02-16-2010 02:25:26 | More by mrandypandy
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

11-01-2009 22:05:07 | More by JayNH
Photo of Vengeance526


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off-white head that soon fades away and leaves small traces of lacing.

Tart aroma of apples and lemon with some funk.

Taste starts off mildly sour with tart apple upfront followed closely by lemon and grapes with a somewhat funky finish.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a great starter into the realm of sour beers.

08-09-2011 05:05:26 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of StaveHooks


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

A - Pours a pale golden straw. 1/2 white head that melts down and creates a thin active layer of bubbles that then transform into spotted white mounds.

S - Sour tart apples, a sweet candy aroma, acidic cider character, musty old church pews, dank wheat, sharp grapes.

T - Sour fruit off the start that is gentle at first, then as you open your mouth a moderate tangy lemon bite takes over. Acidic but refreshing with mild woody notes. A funky yeast is evident in the background. Finishes crisp and dry with a touch of lingering sweetness.

This is a fun beer to drink and quite enjoyable. The sourness is more pronounced as it warms.

08-14-2010 20:35:15 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of goochpunch


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottled in 2005

Pours out a clear apricot with a thin yet frothy head. Very little carbonation makes this look almost still. Some lacing here and there. Smell is of musty attics, oak, wheat, and citrus peel. I pick up a little spiciness along with an acidic tinge married with some faint sugars. Flavor is, at first, a fairly loud sour presence, which quickly backs down to a barely sweet middle. Tastes are of the typical musty old house accompanied by lime pith and tart, underripe fruit. I hoped for this to be a bit more balls-to-the-wall, but its subdued elegance is satisfying enough. Mouthfeel is light, slightly bubbly, and, overall, drying in the finish, but could be drier. Really refreshing and complex enough to be highly drinkable, but the faint residual sugars need to go and this needs to dry up.

06-11-2006 05:22:46 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

This 750 ml bottle, purchased about a year ago at Hi-Time Wine (price not documented), sat aging in my closet then in the fridge for a nice while. If I read the label right, this was bottled in either 2002 or 2003. Consumed in December 2006. The cap and cork are removed without a sound, without a sight, without anything.

Pours a crystal clear golden into my Cantillon Gueuze glass, with a nice frothy head and a large amount of carbonation when first poured (where was that when I opened the bottle?). This is the clearest gueuze I have ever seen.

Aroma of moderately harsh organics, tart green apples, wet hay.

Flavor similar to, but also quite different from the other gueuzes I have tried. It has the standard sour, but the organic earthy farmyard is much more subtle. The sour is easily recognizable as green apple, both in tartness but also in underlying sugar sweetness. A really good Jolly Rancher. You know, I like this one as a very good representative of the style, but to be honest, it's a little too candy-like to be my favorite.

12-11-2006 00:48:18 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours cloudy yellow with a big, white frothy head that dies down quickly. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There's a pleasant earthy aroma of wild yeasts with some notes of sourness. The smell is intriguing and invites you to take a sip.
T: The taste is sour, but the tart and acidic flavors are not in any way overpowering. The taste becomes more balanced as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends smoothness.
D: It's strikingly drinkable for a gueuze and isn't overly sour, however this is probably a beer you want to sip.

04-11-2010 19:15:25 | More by metter98
Photo of joeysmokedporter


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 750 mL corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours with a deep gold color, actually fairly clear, substantial head formation with lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Outdoor-like, somewhat of a farm aroma, with a bit of sour cherry and wood although these are lighter and definitely dominated by the outdoor aroma.

T: Reminds of sour fruit, especially cherries. Dominated by the sourness with a slight bit of vinegar-like flavor. A very slight amount of oakiness in the flavor. Finishes with a combination of bitterness and sourness, with a woody bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: highly carbonated, somewhat puckering in the finish.

D: A bit startling at first, especially if unaccustomed to this style. After settling in this is a very drinkable beer. Would imagine this would pair well with pungent cheese or a sour fruit tart for dessert.

05-25-2007 23:43:49 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of Casey10


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

This is a great beer to get started with the gueuze style. Pours a hazy orange yellow very thin head plenty of carbination with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

Smell definate funk tartness slight apple.

Taste is sour apple/ lemon.

Mouthfeel definate sour with some puckering but not overwhelming.

Drinkability is nice a definate must have for someone looking to get into this style.

04-17-2010 00:09:49 | More by Casey10
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A slow pour got me a finger and a half of very fizzy, noisy off-white head. This very murky brew is about the color of apple juice. No lacing to be noted. This beer is very nondescript looking.

Whoa. This beer is definitely a beast in the nose. White sparkling wine is very strong, along with yeast and funky apples.

Again, white sparkling wine is very prevalent. I get a very funky wheat flavor with a bit of yeast, apples and bananas.

The carbonation on this is high. It's a light bodied beer due to this, and keeps flowing over the tongue, doesn't leave a sticky residue or get bogged down.

02-04-2012 01:44:22 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of bamadog


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Review is from notes taken on 10/11/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow and it starts with a bit 2 and 1/2 fingers of frothy white head with decent retention; head eventually fades to a full and thin cap; body is slightly cloudy, but still clear enough that one can see through it; body shows moderately strong and quick carbonation bubbling up:

Smell: Tart, tart, and more tart -- a very sour/funky smell beer upon uncapping/uncorking the bottle -- a blast of a bit of stale skunk spray; citric and acidic fruit presence, kind of a combination of lemon, grapefruit and green apple; bit of a musty cellar scent with some wet hay; my eyes kind of water a bit when smelling this one deeply, as does my mouth... Can't wait.

Taste: Absolute solid blast of sour and tartness dominates the palate the second it touches off; once the acrid acidity passes there's a lingering presence of a combination of citric and acidic lemon and possibly green apple; eventually, the citric end falls off and there's a light malty sweetness with a bit of an artificial saccharine aspect that reminds me of Atomic War Heads; awesome flavors for a Gueuze that is relatively affordable.

Mouthfeel: The tartness makes me pucker a little bit, and it really causes the mouth to continually water after it goes down; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left hanging on the roof of the mouth while the insides of the cheeks stay pretty moist; the belly is left burning with warmth from the acidic nature of the beer.

Drinkability: What a great beer - I really regret waiting as long to try it as I have, but I feel that I really had to develop my palate far enough to actually appreciate a beer of this level of craftsmanship. The ABV is definitely moderate, and the body isn't heavy -- the only aspect that would probably slow me down is the acidity as I could see it causing some heartburn it too much was consumed; definitely easy enough to sip through the 355 mL bottle.

10-12-2010 00:54:52 | More by bamadog
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a bright golden orange color that is quite hazy and has a nice amount of viable sediment floating around, pours with three fingers of pure white fluffy head that appears very light and airy and lingers for a nice amount of time, leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: pears, apples, overall sweet and tart fruits
T: such an interesting taste, reall diverse, hits with the sweetness initially like apple juice then hits in the middle with a bit of funky wheat like flavors then slowly falls off the back of the palate with a ton of tartness, leaves a tart taste in the mouth
M: medium carbonation beginning to end, then leaves an interesting feeling on the palate kind of like after sucking on a slice of lemon, overall pleasant
O: a really great brew, so interesting and complex, really nice, glad to have this as my first gueuze

12-06-2011 00:50:55 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

355ml into tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a short, white head over a chill hazed golden body, with fair amount of carbonation flowing up the middle. Head fades to perma ring.

Aromas are inviting. Up front is mostly a musty, Belgian yeasty quality with a light citrus tart in the secondary.

Flavors are great - same path as the aromas, with hay and funk leading off, and tart apple, and lemon coming into play. Some cardboard-like quality in the finish.

Mostly dry mouthfeel, with some bright sour peaking through in middle. Finishes quite dry.

This could be my favorite in the Lindeman's lineup, and while it might not get the high accolades of some others in the style, it's a readily accessible and relatively inexpensive offering. Good value!

08-27-2011 20:34:13 | More by BeerImmediately
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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