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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,544 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 69
Gots: 133 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
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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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opens with a big "pop"...poured into a regular water glass, which is my vessel of choice for lambics, saisons, and the like. Really great nose - tart, lemony, musty, with an aspect of cheese and flaky bread. Flavor was pretty tart, some lemon, a bit of cheese, with a slight lingering sweetness, very slight, barely enough to be noticable.

***This was an old review, I've had this beer many times since then, freesher vintages and older ones. The fresher ones are more full in the mouth and have a bit of peach sweetness, while the older ones have more of a well-aged citrus quality that I enjoy. The quality of the older bottles vary. It's a really nice geueze, a tremendous value.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:03:08 | More by JAXSON
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2007

A - Very clear yellow with orange tints and a slight white head that doesn't stick around.

S - Lactic acid, hay, wet stone, lemon, tart apple, musty earth and a slight bready aroma.

T - Tart with a biting sourness and a slight sting. Sour lemon, green grapes, tart apple, wet stone and a slight medicinal finish.

M - medium body with good carbonation and a dry lingering tartness.

D - Not as sharp, tart as other Gueuze I have tried but still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 03:01:40 | More by brewcrew76
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matttttYCE

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml with a bottle date of 06 Oct 2011

Pours with a nice off white head, about a finger and a half high. Decent lacing. Murky/hazy golden or straw colored beer. Smells of tartness and sour apple, white wine, slightly like a warhead, citric/lemon qualities, light funk and hay, earthiness. Strong aroma and yet it's not overpowering either. Taste follows suit. Apple cider vinegar, sour apple tartness, white wine, warheads, lemon, hay, dry earthiness, and lightly fruity maybe pear and grapefruit. Pleasant taste for sure. Light body, light, bubbly consistency, round carbonation, tamer than champagne, and a finish that is light and leaves some tartness behind.

Overall this certainly a pleasant beer. I haven't had many Gueuzes thus far but this is certainly one that's worth a try and quite easy to find. Comparing this to Drie Fontienen Oude Gueuze, I like Lindemans Gueuze less overall but it has a much better value and is certainly easier to come by than almost any 3F offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 06:46:35 | More by matttttYCE
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1994.

This beer is beautiful in its clarity. A light copper hue. A somewhat fizzy head to begin with turns into more of a creamy and lush looking coating in a minute. Aroma is lovely. Lemongrass, chalk, vinegar, must and tart raspberry. This is one mouth puckering lambic. The pucker quality really comes on after you swallow. As for other characteristics, I'd say this has quite a bit of acidity to it. Vinegar like. Sour apple like. And like lemon juice. There seems to be some grape like attributes as well. Maybe some grape skin. Tart raspberry comes to mind as well, although this beer is not fruity. There is a dryness present in this beer throughout. The tartness in this beer literally coats your whole mouth. Exactly what a good lambic should do.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 23:11:27 | More by Bighuge
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with a hint of orange. Two of the three pours were translucent and almost transparent. Mine was a bit cloudy as I got the last of the bottle. Decent amount of foamy head and some medium-to-large bubbles in the glass.

S: Crisp apple, funk, horse blanket, hay. Reminds me of a fall morning on a farm when apple picking. I don't know how to better characterize it, but it's amazing.

T: Very tart, moderately acidic, and quite refreshing. A bit funky, but less than the scent would have led me to think. Sourness rises after a few sips. As it warms and as my tongue adjusts, it becomes more moderate and almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider, but with significantly less sweetness or apple flavor.

M: Somewhat champagne-like, but with slightly larger bubbles. Again, almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider.

O: Good gueuze. Too bad many people avoid it just because it's from Lindemans. It'd be interesting to see how much funk develops in this if it were laid down for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 13:57:11 | More by jnn4v
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uustal

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a fizzy white heat. Aroma of grapes, apple, pears and yeast. Flavor begins with some sweet apple cider notes and pears. Sweetness gives way to tart white grape notes. Good counter to the sweetness. A bit of yeast and more sweetness kick back in on the very dry and light finish. Very fizzy, crisp and light.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 22:42:07 | More by uustal
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DovaliHops

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a nice white head. Scent is ver funky with a bit of leather. I love this scent...Great taste...Funkiness with some cheese flavors and more leather. Lots of lemon with more funky cheese and grassy flavors. Mouthfeel is very puckering and crisp. Drinkability is high. My favorite from Lindemans BY FAR!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 08:22:32 | More by DovaliHops
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach juice pour with a bone white head that left some nice lacing on the glass as it dropped to a film. Musty nose with the slightest hint of horseblanket, which is then cut through by zippy lemon and dry white wine aromas. This gueuze has a nice sourness with a dry funk in the finish, and it exhibits a great balance which ups its drinkability considerably. Each sip calls to mind under-ripe fruit, grape skin and lemon with a little bit of hay and oak in the tail. Pleasant and remarkably easy to consume for a sour. Medium-light body with a creamy carbonation works well.

A classic gueuze, which can act as a model for the style but doesn't go so far as to completely wow you in any respect.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 13:24:54 | More by bobsy
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in to some snifters and enjoyed with some eggs Benedict on the last day of vacation.

A- hazy yellow orange. An inch of loose billowy head from a hard pour that settles to a mirror finish.

S- oak on top of leather and lemon. A deep musty layer and a touch of powdery biscuit.

T- very tart and sour. Tons of old funky oak, horse blanket and leather. Lemon zest and a dry scone.

M- low carb and a slippery mouth feel. Nice pucker going.

D- the best brew from them by far. The aggressive flavor and low abv makes for a great second but its bugs are tuff. Worked well with the eggs to cut through the hollandais it was amazing. Do it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 15:47:54 | More by oglmcdgl
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage...

A- Poured into a snifter... still has a nice white finger thick head that disappears relatively quickly and leaves behind some light spotted lacing. Beer is a brilliant amber color with light sediment

S- Very aromatic... smells very much like champagne

T- Not to much to explain... sour and tart, but delicious. I drank one of these about 2 years ago (from the same case) and remember it tasting very similar. That being said, the 8 yrs of cellering has left it tasty but similar to what it tasted before IMO

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

D- Very... If you like sours, this is definitely for you. I'm pretty sure I could drink this all night... besides the price tag

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 04:18:46 | More by bbeane
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studentofbeer

California

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee Rene-- this isn't one of Lindeman's sweet "lambics"-- this is the real deal.

color-- light pilsner color with a dirty white head. good lacing down the side of the glass. lots of carbonation, and dry dry dry.

green apple, hay, lemon, grass, dirt/ground, little musty, but not as intense as some guezes. nothing widely funky like cat pee or horse blanket in this one.

very dry and light on the tongue. zesty, sour lemon and floral characterstics. sourness on the sides of the tongue. very spritzy, tart and refreshing--you really get a flavor for the wheat. feel like there is almost some hop character to this one.

this is a good gueze but i think cantillon and others are certainly more deep, funky and complex. nonetheless, i can see this being a bit more widely appealing just because its not as funky and sour as some. this would make an amazing apperetif--dry, bubbly and not too overwhelming. just right to whet an appetite. Very champagne-like.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 04:15:57 | More by studentofbeer
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the more beautiful 12 ounce bottles I've seen, corked and capped. Slightly-hazy golden body with lots of visible carbonation. Light cover of airy white head. No lacing.

On the nose: tons of yeast and minerals, similar astringency to white wine, unripe green apple and light but noticeable funk. Wheat and light sweetness.

Lots of brett funk and substantial citrus sourness, though not quite puckering. Balanced candy sweetness, wheat and herbal hops. Fermenting fruit on the finish.

Light body with an effervescent carbonation and dry finish. Suits the beer well.

Most of my experience so far with sours has been with Cantillon, so there is a level of complexity that I'm missing here but comparing anything to Cantillon is a little unfair. Still, this is obviously a very solid gueuze presenting more than enough funkiness to satisfy. I've seen it stated that Cuvee Rene offers the best quality for your dollar when it comes to gueuze and I wouldn't doubt that. I would love to have a bunch of these around for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:27:53 | More by eat
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, amber-gold with a big 3 fingers of white head.

Smell. Sour apples and white wine, some nice funk, all light and inviting.

Taste. Sour with some nice dry citrus flavours. Some earthy, woody funk. Some bitterness left in the mouth. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel. Light body with above medium, lively carbonation.

Overall. Nice sour beer. Wish I had tried this sooner. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:52:52 | More by Rutager
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

335 ml corked, capped and foil covered bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pulled from the cellar, this is probably only a few months (under 6) old. Served at cellar temperature around 60ºF.

A: Fairly clear orange copper body with the slightest bit of haze the more you pour and get closer to the yeast bed at the bottom. A slightly off-white fluffy and very bubbly head sits atop. The retention is really wonderful, keeping a complete cap throughout as well as some minor lacing.

S: Funky barnyard hay, a tiny whiff of milky lactose, grass and some finely milled grain. I don't necessarily get any hop qualities, but a very grainy malt base does show off a bit.

T: Dry and funky up front with a little pucker. It's quite earthy, barnyard like again with a nice malt undertone. A simple grassy bitter hop note comes through, and leaves this finishing quite dry. A lingering hay quality stays a few seconds after swallow.

M: Very effervescent still, light to medium bodied and smooth with a milky creaminess to it almost. It's very spot on for the style and helps deliver the flavor all over the palate. Very nice here.

I can see why this is such a highly rated beer from Lindemans. It's not overly sweet, sugary or off course and obscure for the style. To me, it tastes very traditional and grounded in its Belgian roots. Since this was the only bottle in my cellar, I will most certainly be grabbing more to lay down and have on hand when a Gueuze strikes my mood.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 22:37:02 | More by ShanePB
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goatherder

Australia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a pale golden colour with a tall course bubbled white head which retreated to a patchy but persistent covering over the beer. There is a slight haze and an enthusiastic carbonation working the glass to maintain the head. The aroma is funky and complex. Once you get past the punch in the face of sweaty horse there is subtle sweet fruitiness and a hint of sour. The sour comes with a vengeance once you sip this one. Bone dry, intensely sour, fruity in a grapey, dry white wine kind of a way. So hard to describe, each mouthfull you find something different. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 09:33:10 | More by goatherder
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my birthday I poured this 750 mL green bottle into a simple wine glass. No date on the bottle, yet the Whole Foods Market label with the price states,"best by 8/04". I'm guessing this bottle must be over four years old (at least). The body was clear and golden on the first pour but hazier upon subsequent pours. The appearance eventually became that of unfiltered apple juice. The minimal head became a ring of bright white foam.

Smell was tart, dry powdery. Rose water.

Taste was apple peel. Woodiness became much more apparent as it warmed further. Multidimensional but easy to drink. Sour yet never puckering. Sweet enough for a very enjoyable balance. Drying tart finish compels you to sip again.

Mouthfeel was smooth with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Medium body. This is the best Lindemans offering I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 16:24:09 | More by Cresant
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one bought from TJ's in Paoli. Poured into my Lindemans glass.Clear auburn color with a decent white heading.Lots of action going on here very alive and inviting.

Smell is mostly of soft fruits with a nice grainy touch. It does have that ever so nice lindemans yeast aroma,slightly spicey,slightly funky.

Taste starts off a little tart in which a different vinegar like twang takes over with that good ol' barnyard funkiness quickly being introduced.Some softer notes of apple, peach,pear,and lemon.Very creeping lip smacking puckering in the end.

Mouth is beauitful.Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.Awesome balance on the palate.

One of the very best of the Lindemans group.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 00:01:00 | More by TheFightfan1
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light copper color, bordering on light orange and dehydrated piss yellow. A fizzy white and rocky head appears and quickly fizzles away like a soda, leaving a light scrim and ring on the glass. The beer’s body is very cloudy, with haze hiding all of the other side of the glass from view. Carbonation bubbles are a constant stream running up from the bottom of the glass. On the nose the beer smells richly funky, with spicy hay, light fruit leather, and heavy brett smells. Light smells of cherry are also present in the sweet fruit leather smell. The beer tastes sweet and fruity with wonderful barnyard funk in the beginning of the taste. Tart flavors are light and controlled, but lovely, and lemon notes definitely come through in the tart taste. The beer begins light grass and hay, moving into barnyard funk and light fruit leather before opening into lovely lemon characters and then moving into more barnyard hay and the supposed “horse-blanket” flavor. The aftertaste is grassy with nice hay notes and as it warms there are also notes of wheat spice and light banana in the esters. On the mouth the beer feels sharp with carbonation before mellowing into a medium to light body with nice tart puckering in the mouth. The mouth is left quite clean with only a slight scrim of saliva. Overall this is a solid gueuze, some nice barnyard character, and some great balance between the tart, sweet, and funky flavors. This beer is a success from Lindemans, with some great lemon characteristics. A must try for sour fans.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:50:03 | More by Maxwell
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jefferz5000

Texas

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharing this 750ml bottle with my brother, Chris. Sharing is caring. Label says this bottle is from 02 Okt 2007.

Pours a clear as day copper gold with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears, completely. Once settled, there is little to no movement.

Aroma immediately starts off with strong sour notes, barn floors, farm dirt and slapping horse tails. The more I pull this into my nostrils, the more I feel like a fly, buzzing around a pile of equine hair laced manure. It feels right.

Taste follows the nose, but is even more sour, and slightly less poopy. I'm digging it. While it's quite sour, it's not overwhelming. I want to keep quenching my thirst with it.

Prickling my tongue, René is well carbonated. It would appear to be much more calm than it is when consumed. Not overly fizzy, though, which is good.

This, I believe, was the first Gueuze I ever tasted, when I discovered the style, and I'm happy to be enjoying it again now, for the second or third time.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 02:51:00 | More by jefferz5000
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before August 11 2010
A: Pours a mostly clear light, bright lemon colour with a 1/4" head that looks like it will dip under within a minute or two.

S: Vinegar, astringency, sour lemon, musty, wet grass, orange zest.

T: Bright sour astringency, going into a pleasant lemon sourness. Sour funky/musty taste near the end that goes well into the finish.

M: The carbonation is hard to tell, due to the sour astringency. The sourness makes it very apparent in your mouth. Sour pucker makes you bring it in for another sip.

D: Very sour, though not to the point of being offputting, even after quite a few oz's. Not as dry/sour as other geuezes I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 04:32:11 | More by darklordlager
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Austin Liquors roughly 2 years

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden light amber hue atop which was a nice two finger off white head that faded to leave a big, fat almost one finger blanket!

S - Very nice citrus (lemon), apples, and some light oak.

T - Lots of green apple and bright lemon sour/tartness. A nice funky barnyard with a rather sharp funky almost metallic finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very light and bubbly. Perfect amount of carbonation. Nice sour finish.

O - Overall this is a very enjoyable and easily accessabe gueuze. Lots of really solid aspects too his gueuze. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:25:48 | More by rudzud
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longpondbeerman

Maine

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first lambic, and I had no real idea what to expect. But I had the good fortune of drinking this unique brew along with a magnificant french chicken dinner. The lambic poured a slightly cloudy copper color with a modest white froth. The smell was more like wine really than beer, very fruity, and the taste was shall I say unusual: tart, lemony cranberry with just a hint of grassy malt. The initial tang gives way quickly, but the effervescense remains. I would not want to drink a whole lot of this stuff--couldn't afford to anyway--but what a complement to a fine dinner; better than champagne or wine as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 23:45:20 | More by longpondbeerman
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - light orange, clear, low, but persistent white head, some lace clings to the glass.

S - clean lactic tartness, fruity, light wood,

T - smooth sourness, well rounded funk, tangy fruitiness, earthy/woody

M - drying/puckering finish, light body, med high carbonation, really dances in the mouth

D - lots of sourness and dryness, yet surprisingly smooth

Pretty nice stuff, no screwing around here. It wouldn't call it bone dry like a Cantillon, but it certainly aint sweet. Definitely one of the smoother "real" lambics I have come across.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 02:01:08 | More by markaberrant
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Poured into wide flute glass...

A- Reddish orange with a film of head and a decent lacing on the glass.

S- Sour BBQ sauce. Really, its very sour but has that smokey sweet woody aroma to remind me of good ol southern BBQ. This beer now makes me hungry!

T/M- One of the best values for an off the shelf sour. Very sour and pungent- vinegar. Woody, earthy, and tart citrus all the way. Light body with low carbonation but a nice crisp sour stinging the tongue.

O- Great value. I we could get this in TN because it really is a decent, mouth puckering beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 16:27:10 | More by TheGordianKnot
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a bright golden amber with a two finger pure white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of fruit and sourness are evident immediately on opening the bottle, which is both crown capped and corked, kinda classy. Aroma in the glass is similar, sour apple and grape with funky yeast. Flavor is lemon citrus, apple and grape juice, very tart with wild yeast funkiness. Finishes tart and funky with hints of woodiness. Nice active carbonation makes it look good in the glass and gives a nice mouth feel. The tart fruit and yeast funk were actually not too much more intense than other old lambics, which worked well for me. I'm not a big sour fan, but wanted to try this style, and this satisfied my taste for a champagne like, light sour ale. A fairly classy looking bottle and it looks great in the glass. If I liked sours a bit more, this would be in my fridge all the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 03:13:30 | More by LiquidAmber
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.