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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,778
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 92
Gots: 183 | FT: 6
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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 feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time with this beer, scared away through the years by the higher price tag. Well, I've plenty more expensive beers since, so there's no excuse for putting it off. Here we go!

Pale peach hue, flush carbonation, rushing up the glass, with a sturdy, off-white head...a very appetizing glass of brew.

Aroma, sour and citric, a little spicy, super funky, that unique smell that only comes out of a gueuze.

Taste, oooh! Puckering, then lip-smacking, sour bite at first, then all is mellow...big lemon rides through the flavor, with yeast character right behind.
Interesting. Tartness is king in this, dominates the feel, but in a gentle, delicious way. Very sophisticated stuff, and, past the powerful tartness, especially approachable.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Hazy gold with a nice tight bubbled three finger head that breaks down slowly.

S: sour or tart with some grassyness and funk to it as well.

T: A pleasant tartness, white wine vinegar, the grassyness and funk found in the nose also come through as well.

M: crisp and refreshing, almost dry. The carbonation is fine and enjoyable, champagne like.

O: really quite an enjoyable beer. My first experience with the type and I want more. I find the tartness and funkyness to be so very different than what I am used to drinking. It is a great and exciting change of pace that I will seek out in the future.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Lost Abbey Teku. 12 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a orangish/burnt color with a soft/prickly white head. The head leaves a white ring around the perimeter, and sticks around for the entire life.

N: Bright sour fruit notes like pear and apple along with some slight tangy vinegar. There's some malty bread like character deep in there as well.

T: Alot of that tart fruit forward with some funky yeast present. Bit of a spice hidden in there, with some vanilla/oaky flavor.

M: On the lighter side, with a prickly sensation and lively mouthfeel. Bit of dryness, and leaves you satisfied.

D and O: Really enjoyed this beer. Bout time I got to giving it a formal review.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, slightly hazy, a bit of off-white head, delicate lace.

Smells mainly of tart raspberry, passion fruit, cooked sour cherry, strawberry rhubarb pie, and mildly of bacterial damp earth, musty leaves, vanilla, vinegar. Relatively mild, fruity, clean. Nice.

Tastes mainly of lactic acid, sour fruit - cranberry, raspberry, passion fruit - with old leaves, wood, minerals, biscuit. Not quite totally dry, but becomes so. Enjoyably tart and refreshing. Fairly long, dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel is defined by puckering acidity, with some nice chalky minerality, a bit of astringency, and fine spritzy carbonation.

Not very funky or vinegary, but plenty sour, a gueuze on the simple and approachable side.

Photo of woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle split 3 ways at Delaney's. Poured into a nonic half-pint.

A: Crystal clear light amber body with an inch of frothy white foam. Acceptable retention and light lace. Not at all bad for the style, but not exactly memorable.

S: Classic gueuze aroma of cheese, horse blanket, apple skin, grape skin, white wine vinegar, and lemon. Funky, fruity, and fun.

T: Tart and acidic throughout, with grape, apple, and barnyard funk. Not quite as complex as the nose, but still solid.

M: Medium bodied with moderate, spritzy, lively carbonation.

D: Very, very easy to drink for a gueuze. Plenty of acidity, but not so much as to be overwhelmingly puckering.

Notes: This one really hit the spot. While its aroma delivered plenty of funk, the flavor was quite user-friendly (i.e., my friends, who are less familiar with sours than I am, enjoyed it too). Very fruity and refreshing, with plenty of sourness. I'd gladly have this again, even though I didn't think it was quite up to the level of Cantillon Classic Gueuze, and wasn't even close to Girardin. Those are tough acts to follow, of course, and Lindemans have done themselves proud with this brew.

Cheers!

Photo of katalijne
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Consumed alongside some cheese tortelleni.

This beer poured a beautifully clear golden color with persistent carbonation floating to the top. The head was a two finger cloudy white even after a carefully gentle pour. Left some nice lacing, too. Gotta love Belgians.

The nose was primarily musty. Deep down in there, there was a slight fruit note, but this is definitely funky. Not a bad funky... but it's definitely the dominant smell.

The taste is fairly drinkable and layered. The citric bite is pervasive in the flavor and can range from sharp to a lemony finish. I get some notes of a fruit that tastes something like apples or pears. Drawing air over it, I get some funk tastes. None of the flavors are overpowering, but they all show up.

The carbonation level is high, but that's the way I like it. Hits my mouth quite well and is always inviting.

I'm just starting to get into sours (no thanks to living in Texas) and I'm glad that this one is always available in my local grocery store. Definitely a good beer and I'll br having this again.

Photo of SebD
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of yeasty funk, tart lemons, grapes and some green apples.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart lemons, yeasty funk, sour apples and some white grapes.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1994 bottling, corked and capped. Cork was moist at the bottom, even after being upright for a significant period of time, which is a good sign. Poured a deep golden with bronze color with a pillowy white head into a traditional Belgian hexagonal tumbler. Intricate lacing left behind as the head subsides. Currant skin aroma, herbal, woody and some musty barnyard funk with an apparent acidity that is affirmed with the first sip. It's subtly sweet, followed with a fruity acidity like sour green apple and lime. Some of your more traditional lambic funk is pretty low, maybe due to the fact that it's 10 years old and had a significant time to mellow and meld flavors, but still a major role in this beer. It, overall, seems to be a little bit sweeter that other blended lambics I've tried, but a good gueuze, nonetheless. Very spritzy and well-carbonated, affirming and dry on the palate. Quenching like quinine in tonic water, and at 5%, I could drink this like it was tonic water.

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a completely transparent golden yellow with a tight fluffy head, good retention and a thin lace left behind.

S-the nose has funk and mushroom up front, notes of citric acidity and just a touch of lemon.

T-the funk and mushroom is right up front, citric acidity, hint of sourness in the back. notes of sour grapes and a lingering bite in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy, good carbonation holding throuhgout, medium body and crisp and dry finish.

D-this is well balanced and easy to drink, it has a good balance between funk, sweet, and sourness. very solid beer and great on the palate.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007. Although there is a confusing notch between a 5 and 6 on the label. Gold label with a matching foil top. Beneath the foil top is a cap and cork. 750 mL poured vigorously into a tall pilsner.

A- Pours beautifully into the tall glass, showing great variation in color from top to bottom. A pale-gold morphing into a deeper gold with even haze. Crab-nebula-like lacing.

S- With a quick whiff, only a sweetness similar to cane-sugar. A deeper huff reveals a green apple funky tartness and some yeast character.

T- Funk sourness throws a hook put doesn't know you out. It catches you, but doesn't sting for very long. Green apple again, leaving an "equal" like sweetness once the tartness dies down.

M- Light on the palate and spritzy with meadium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D- Low alcohol, easy to drink, a great "intro" gueuze or a great bargain for the gueuze oriented.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of admiral
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A benchmark for the style - well balanced and delicious

aroma: sweet and sour funk with lemon citrus, pepper and musty notes.

taste: lemon citrus, pepper, funk, wood, slight sherbet and some grapefruit bitterness. Great balance of sweet, sour and spice.

two words: quality beer!

Photo of kmcnair
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale copper color and makes a huge creamy white head. Smells like a musty old barnyard with some hints of citrus. Flavor is very tart with lemon and grapefruit. Very asstringent and light to medium bodied with a very dry acidic finish. A quite drinkable and tasty brew.

Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrOH
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a billowy white head. Good retention.

Slightly nutty, earthy aromas, with a touch of lemon peel. Not much in the way of barnyard, more forest floor sort of earthy.

Tart, lemony, a bit of earth. Malt is present, but very very subtle. Some astringency.

Light-bodied and effervercent, as it should be.

Definitely not the greatest gueuze out there, but a good introduction to the style, and the most affordable by far.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2004: Pours with a good head. Body is a light straw color. Some sourness in the nose, as well as some malt notes.

The taste is well balanced between the malt, the citric sourness, and slight funk. Not as shocking to the palate as Cantillon. Lively mouthfeel from the carbonation, and insanely drinkable. Maybe a good introduction to the style for the uninitiated.

Photo of srroos
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped and corked bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip-type stemmed glass. Pours a golden orange with a huge fluffy white head, which has excellent retention. Aromas of tart apples and lemon. Tastes like a granny smith apple, finishes sweet and tart like a lemon. Light body with lots of fine carbonation. Overall, much less tart than other lambics. A nice, approachable, easy to drink starter.

Photo of Pahn
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into Duvel tulip. LL 01HGUCR 0614 might indicate the bottled on date, but I neither understand it nor really care to (if it's "fresh", great, if it has a few years on it post being bottled, also great).

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch fizzy white head that quickly dissipates into a lasting foam ring around the surface of the beer and leaves no lacing (nor does the beer). Pours a hazy yellow/amber.

Smell: Effervescent, yeasty, and tart. Sour apple and lemon. A little fainter than I would like.

Taste: First sip: aggressively tart and sour with lots of popping carbonation up front for a few seconds, then quickly transitions into a musty, creamy flavor that tastes oak aged. The tart/sour flavor seems to be characterized by apple, green grape, and lemon. Each sip is a little different; sometimes it's all sourness and fruit, others it's light tartness up front followed by a long deep and musty finish. That occasional musty creaminess has a bit of a strawberries and cream character to it. Overall, the flavor is very interesting, well-balanced, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with lots of welcome carbonation. Obviously, quite puckering from the sourness, but not overboard.

Drinkability: Extremely refreshing beer. I can't imagine ever turning one of these down on a hot day.

I can see why so many people suggest this as an intro to gueuze. It's a masterfully crafted beer, with excellent balance and distinct, delicious flavors.

Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Effervescent gold with tight white cap of head.

S: Sour and citric. Nothing overpowering, but unmistakably a lambic.

T: Very tart and acidic, crisp, lemony, musty lactic funk, finishes dry.

M: Light, dry, refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, but you could sip slowly and really savor it.

Outstanding.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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%

Photo of rundocrun
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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).

Photo of scott451
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let his warm up a fair bit, then poured into a flute. Poured a clear gold with a thin bubbly head the disappeared after a bit. Good carbonation.

Dank barnyard smell that is apparent as soon as the bottle is opened. A nice round sour mouthful. Just enough sweetness to balance it out. Sour lemon notes. The carbonation helps the crisp dry finish.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is very good. Usually after one of these I want another right away.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from a local store...and was pleasantly surprised! Poured from a "magnum"(I think it's called) heavy duty 750ml bottle into my Lindeman's champaigne glass. Pours a hazy watery golden color, with little fizzy white head. The head retention is week, and leaves no visible lacing. Even long after pour, and drinking commences, carbonation continues to fuzz through with tiny little bubbles.

The aroma is musty for sure! Very funky and Brett like. A slight crimp lemon, and no booze noticable...and that's about it.

MMM...very tasty and enjoyable. Extremely funky...fizzy/carbonated, tart. Again, not boozy at all. Very crisp, smooth, and light body. I'm not picking up much of a fruit taste at all...if I was too stretch it, I'd say lemon. But that's probably due to the tartness. Best Lindemans beer by far...to date! Way to go Lindemans!

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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