Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
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1,858 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 102
Gots: 221 | FT: 7
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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 silverking
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: It pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: The aroma is slightly woody, with strong notes of vinegar. Light fruity notes as well (apple, lemon.)

T: extremely tart. lemons and vinegar. Light woody notes again. There is also a mild bitterness on the finish.

M: clean, refreshing. Light bodied, with less carbonation than I expected.

O: not too sure about this one. Its pretty acidic.

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle corked and capped. Bottled on 10 Aug 2012. Imbibed on 6 April 2013.

A- Cloudy dark gold or straw in color. Thin but lively barely off white head with good retention due to the very visible and active carbonation. Minimal lacing.

S- Sour, funky, fermented cabbage, stinky cheese, lemons past their prime, some grassy malty barnyard smells.

T- Definitely tastes very sour and finishes even more sour. There are some yeasty, estery, tart, lemon citrus and hard to pinpoint flavors. Almost reminds me of tonic water with lemon, or a rich dry champagne. It could also be compared to drinking a soured hard cider make with sour green crab apples. I'm assuming none of the flavors are off for the style, but they are a little intense and not quite to the liking of my palate. However, I am admittedly a neophyte to the Gueuze style.

M- Very fizzy and carbonated with a thin champagne like body. There are also some strong alcoholic fumes and flavors, especially during retro-olfaction.

O- There are some flavors and aromas here that are enjoyable, but others are off putting and not quite pleasant. Overall, it was an enjoyable new beer experience, as I am always excited to expand my beer horizons.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light burnt orange color with a decent cap of fizzy white head. It smells like a gueuze (which makes sense I guess). A tart lactic aroma up front with a light brett funk behind it, definitely in the wet hay spectrum of aromas. The taste was good, not terribly complex but interesting enough to keep me coming back for more. The mouthfeel was very nice, a medium high level of carbonation and very dry body make this extremely drinkable. Overall, a very solid everyday gueuze, readily available though not as complex as some of the other offerings out there.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: honey/golden color with thin white head that dissolves quickly
S: sour, apples, sour lemon, hay, earth
T: funky and vinegary. Initially my first full reminded me of acidic vomit but then as I continued to drink the geuze, I tasted sour cherries and green apple. Funky and different. My first geuze.
M: very bubbly and effervescent. Almost like champagne but not as drying.
O: definitely interested in trying other geuzes now. I don't think I have a strong palate for the flavors yet I well definitely develop one!

Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans' Cuvee Rene, Gueuze Lambic.

A: Honeyed-apple cider look to it, with a few tiny little black flecks floating around. Frothy white head. Slight lacing. Sheeting hold quite a while.

S: It's got sort of a dry peach/pear smell, with a mild acidity. Honey. Dry apples. Very slight caramel.

T/MF: Hmm. I was expecting a little sweetness, but this is damn near bone dry. Acidity is much more mellow than the other Lindemans' Lambics, and more front-focused. Pear flavor only apparent as it settles. A very light acidic tingle holds to the tongue; all there is of a finish, pretty much.

I'd take one of the fruited cousins over this any day, but this is not bad.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of PerHops
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like a good lambic. Straw color, golden pale orange.

S- Very funky. Lemons, apples, barnyard.

T- I love lambics, but this one, for me, is just a touch too funky. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but I think a little too one dimensional.

M- Very good carbonation and drinkability.

O- I would buy this again, but wouldn't name it among my top five favorite lambics.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Gueuze pours out as a really nice bright golden yellow with a pretty nice looking head to which was interesting. The smell was not as acidic as most beer of this style out there but it gave me some reassurance that this brew would be drinkable. The acidic smell was balanced with a sweetness on the nose. The taste was also balanced in the same manner. I really was surprised on how drinkable this was for me. Most of the time a Gueuze is just too much for me.

Photo of heygeebee
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Platinum. BB 2017

First of style.

Pours a hazy gold. Two finger fluffy white head.

Aromas of lemon zest, a little yeast, funk, barnyard.

Intensely sour puckering flavours of lemons, vinigrette / vinegar. Astringent tart aftertaste. Sour candy. Very complex.

Mouthfeel lively and well carbonated.

All in all a well made beer, and glad to be on the sour journey...

Photo of amphion1065
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from October 2010 poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a pretty clear yellow-gold, bordering on tangerine. A one-finger pure white head lasts a little while, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. A little bit of suspended yeast that I couldn't quite keep in the bottle, but not too much.

Tons of tart green apples in the aroma. The sourness really doesn't remind me of lemons, limes or other citrus fruits. Instead, I'm reminded of that first bite of a Granny Smith. There's a little cheesy funk in the mix, too, but overall it's quite sweet-smelling.

Sour and slightly tart up front in the taste, with an unmistakable sweet green apple finish. Though the taste is more sour than the aroma would indicate, this is far from mouth-puckering. Some underlying grassy funk at work, but I'd be hard pressed to identify any horse blankets or moldy barnyards. Sweet, if a little muted.

The mouthfeel is great, with solid carbonation. This is a very drinkable gueuze.

There are a host of reasons why Cuvee Rene is a great starter sour. In addition to the relatively innocuous tartness, the price tag really cannot be beat - my $10.75 bottle was on a shelf next to a $13 375 mL of 3F Oude Geuze. In a pinch, this is a great sour pickup.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 355ml.
appearance is quite perfect really. holding the glass up to the light yields a nice thick golden hue that i wish i saw more frequently. fairly long lasting head thats glides nicely down the side of the glass every time i take a sip. it smells lightly funky but not overwhelming by any means. little bit of granny smith apple that comes through quite a bit more in the taste. its fiarly sour and i enjoy the balance. this being said i think its a good jumping off point for those new to the style. its definitely drinkable in that sense and makes a nice treat to share with my girl as a treat after dinner tonite... yum!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. No date or info.

A - A light haze forms in the pale golden yellow beer. A small white head rises up to just lower back down right away. Specks of lace are dotted on the glass randomly. For how acidic it smells, this seems fair.

S - A slight skunky waft enters my nose but disappears just as quickly as it came. Afterwards I pick up a lightly funky, slightly acidic pale malt scent. A swirl brings out more of the acidity as well as an old cheese funk.

T - Tangy acidic sour smacks the mouth right away bringing with it a zingy Sweet Tart-like finish with a hint of fruit. Mainly white grapes. A bit of bananas as well perhaps. Not much else is going on here. The sour, wet wood, acidic funk overtakes all.

M - Tart acid is mouth-puckering in this medium-light bodied beer. Low carbonation is surprising and unwelcome here.

D - I was hoping, from all I heard, that this beer would be a great way to kick off my next 1,000 reviews, but alas, it;s actually rather bland besides the sourness. I'm not sold on the idea that this beer is really light-struck although the information points to that. I'm definitely up for a second try though.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml into a tumbler, no decipherable date or vintage marking on the bottle.

Upon pouring, the liquid appears a some what hazy straw golden yellow with a one finger head. Effervescent bubbles dance to the top in rapid fashion and rest under the head.

The smell is forward with hay and lemon rind, with musty notes throughout. Kind of subtle for a gueuze, really. Less aromatic than most other gueuzes I'm used to drinking.

Big citric notes on the tongue at first, like biting into a lemon. Followed by sweet, airy wheat flavors and some funk similar to hay and a damp cellar. Not exactly cheesey but not a clean citric acidic flavor to this either, it seems like there is some lactic in there as well. Finishes with more of that tart lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium and spritzy. A little sticky as well. Drying on the palate upon swallowing.

Overall, an okay gueuze. Lacking in aroma but the lemon and earthy hay flavors are nice. A more approachable take on the style, and something I try to suggest to people when wanting to try a gueuze for the first time. Also, it's availability and price is nice which helps my overall opinion of the beer.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a chalice

fluffy white head reduces to a collar on top of a hazy gold body of liquid. Smell is acidic, green apples, pear, pretty clean smell. Not really funky. Taste is moderately sour up front then changes to sweet apples. Sweaty, fatty and lactic. Finishes dry and a little tasteless. Refreshing for the style and easy to drink.

Not infinitely complex nor is it one dimensional. Very good value and a good place to start when you want to ease your way into the style.

Photo of Reaper16
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a pale orange that glows brightly when held to light. Its sort of a chrome yellow (school bus color). The head billows up to a 2.5 finger sized mound of white fluff, though it dissipates within a minute or two. I'm not getting any real sense of lacing.

Zingy wheat and lots of orange zest in the aroma. Sort of like an imperial wit without the brewing spices. Instead there is the unmistakable smell of spontaneously fermenting yeasts. A squeeze of lemon juice tartness tempered by some medicinal astringency. Not much funk at all; at most there is a kiss of dried-out hay. This beer smells like you expect a gueuze to smell like and brings nothing else to the table. Pretty restrained, really.

That element of restraint is present on the tongue as well. In fact the flavors mirror the nose without any variation. Lightly tart lemon/orange/generic citrus balanced by some drying band-aid taste and grass. Wheaty, zippy, well balanced.

I like the mouthfeel. The carbonation level is on point; it isn't overactive but scrubs the palate enough to matter. This is super drinkable because of the very things that hold back the scores for aroma and taste -- the beer is subdued and balanced while being refreshing.

I can think of no better gueuze to serve as an introduction to the style. Its tasty, not intimidating, and hints at what the style can do.

Photo of slentz
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice bottle. Gold colored foil wrapper on the top. A bottle from the future. Bottled date reads Nov 23, 2012. Cap and cork, awesome. Very light pop when pulling the cork. Poured at 50 degrees into my Allagash tulip glass.

A: Pours light pale golden hue with 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin ring of tight bubbles. No lacing on the glass nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells a little musty with banana, lemon, and orange notes. This one doesn't have an awfully strong aroma. Definitely reminds me of the smell of champagne.

T: Nice sharp slightly sour and tart taste. Goes down fairly easily. Tastes of lemon and orange come out as detected in the aroma. Very little alcohol detected. Definitely a good beer for the warmer weather.

M: Carbonation is prickly on the tongue which makes it nice and light. Slightly oily consistency.

O: Good but not tart or sour enough to my liking. This is my first Gueuze so I am not sure if they are regularly more tart/sour or not. Overall a very nice beer and I'm glad I got to try this. I think I would pick this up again once or twice a year.

Photo of beerpirates
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

37,5 cl poured into a lindemans glass

A - a clear bright pale orange with a small white head of foam. Dissipated rather quickly.

S - lots if acidity at first. A bit of barnyardy funk. Slight sweet bready malts. A little bit buttery.

T - very similar to the nose with bright acidity and a very slight malt sweetness. Some green apple character in the middle. Some funkyness toward the end. Dry and tart finish.

M - medium bodied. Very crisp with bright carbonation.

O - I just wasn't crazy about that little funk bit in the end but otherwise a very refreshing beer for a sticky summer eve.

Photo of heebes
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light wheat golden with some white head. Nose is funky, yeast, banana, apple. Taste is sour, tart, bit of wheat in the finish; mostly sour apples, sweet. Mouthfeel is moderate, medium body. Overall, not digging the style, not something i'll return to.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/4/11. Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a bright medium orange colour with two or three fingers of thick bubbly head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sour, funky yeast notes and some apple in the background.

T - A dry tartness is evident up front giving way to some green apple and slightly sweet malt flavours. The finish is dry and tart.

M - Light body; moderate carbonation.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always passed this one up, and have always regretted it. I've been meaning to try harder to access more gueuze and this one is the one that should have came first. I found a 375ml bottle, I've never seen this in the half bottle size before.

Poured into a Mikkeller wine-style glass.

Appearance
I got a little bit of anti-gueuze in my glass so there is a very light haze with some small specks of sediment at the bottom. Its a honey orange color crowned with a lively, pure white head. Some lacing is left, retention is excellent.

Aroma
There is an unavoidable goat cheese aroma hidden amongst lots of other nuances. Funk is strong and takes on a very goat musky aroma. Rotting wood extends the funkiness. There is a bright fruitiness here as well. Lots of crab-apple drizzled with raw honey. Every other whiff brings out a strong and pleasant aroma of fresh cut flowers and pollen.

Taste
Sourness is actually fairly modest, but acidity remains high. The main flavor of the sourness is crab-apple with a pulpy lemon juice addition. The sourness starts at the front but dies way down by the swallow. The finish is cheesey and very goaty. It tastes almost like licking a billy goat.

Mouthfeel
Very light in body with a high level of effervescence. It dances across the palate and strips it dry.

Overall
This is a decent gueuze, but I'm not expert. Its easy to acquire and affordable. However, I'm certain there are better examples out there, in fact, I believe I've had better.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/1811

Cloudy, slightly faded golden color. Foam billows up quickly to about an inch and a half and immediately starts to decay just the same. Retention settles for a thin layer of bubbles. Not much for lace.

Grassiness leads off the aroma with a hint of watery lemon to back it up. Stray flourishes of tart apple. Funky, musty notes envelop the aforementioned aromas and calls to mind cheese.

The taste is more tart fruit than that of funk, at least upfront. Notes of tart, crisp apples and, at times, apple cider undercurrents. As the beer warms, more funkiness picks up in the middle - musty with notes of water-logged wood. One aspect I don't care like is that the fruit notions creep back in after the funk subsides; I like the tart fruit at the beginning but on the finish it seems like double-dipping. There is a reasonable amount of sour tidings throughout.

Light, crisp body with ample carbonation even after it opens up. Carbonation is prickly at first, mellowing to merely fizzy later in the glass. Dry, musty finish lingers, tapering off and eventually becoming hollow.

On the whole, not bad. However, the prominence of fruit throughout the flavor profile is a bit cutesy in my book. I like it more the warmer it gets.

Photo of jimbus
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden straw yellow in color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Tart funky aroma with some sweetness behind the must. Tartness rolls around the tongue to the back of the mouth while the chalky, acidic cider flavors swell. Champagne-like mouthfeel from the carbonation. The beer is growing on me as I continue to sip.

Photo of DIM
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bottled one year ago.

a: Hazy dark golden color; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Musty grains, apple cider vinegar (more vinegar than apple), lemon rind, and some fairly pronounced woody aromas.

t: Very tart, but more heavy than refreshing if that makes sense. Strong, lingering woody notes mingle with green apples and tart wheat.

m: Light carbonation makes this feel heavy overall.

o: Leaps and bounds better than their sweet lambics, this doesn't measure up to other geuezes.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale gold with a white fluffy head. Aroma is a mix of wet grass, honey and old shoes. Laces fairly well, not extensive but decent.

Taste is a lambic punch in the jaw: Quite citrusy sour, like lemon juice that's gone off. Pale toasty malt, fruity with the grainy flavor of chewable vitamin C tablets. While most of the flavors are sour, it ends with a slight bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and wispy, crisp, thin yet satisfying. Not a real complex gueuze, softer, pretty basic, very user-friendly. Not as musty as it should be, not even a lot of sediment in the bottle, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- From a hard pour comes only a bunch of spaced out bubbles that snap, crackle and pop their way down to some sparse surface foam. The beer itself is a hazy, golden peach color. Also lacking in the lace department.

S- Crisp and fruity like all the other lambics I've had, with one difference: Funky and astringent overtones that indicate that this is gonna be a sour one.

T- And it is. A rush of tartness upfront, followed by sweet peaches and ends with a pucker that rivals other spontaneously fermented brews I've had. No doubt about it: Tangy, funky and sour.

M- Quite moist considering how tart it is. Medium-low carbonation does much to reinforce the sharp blow it gives to your palate.

O- This one ends up being a bit of a chore for me to drink but that's common with most sour beers I've had. Done well, just not my thing.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.