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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1408
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


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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texashammer

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange and foamy out of the bottle, not untypical for the style. tart and dry nose, some vinegar. slightly complex gueze but not terribly so -- only average. tastes of lambic funk, tart and dry with some acetic qualities. scrubbing bubbles in the mouth, fairly light body.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 13:12:41 | More by texashammer
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corporatejim

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

By far not my style of beer so my review may bang it a bit more than it deserves. Pours an orangeish amber into the glass. Minimal head and minimal lacing. Sweet fruity aroma. Astringent melony taste. Probably the best gueuze I have had to date, but still far from what I would buy. Perhaps my tastes are changing, yet again. I guess we shall see.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 19:51:56 | More by corporatejim
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL corked-n-capped, green champagne bottle with '05 notched on the label. It pours a mildly-hazy bright orange with medium carbonation and a 1" off-white head that reduces to almost nothing by the end. The aroma is acidic and lightly sweet with lemon, a mild earthy/musty character, and some phenols that are a tad fruity. It is light to medium on the palate with an equal finish, and it is lightly drying with a taste that is tart, bitter, sour, and acidic, with lemon juice and phenols. It almost has more mouth-puckering sensation than flavor. It's a bit difficult to drink if you're not in the mood as it is quite sour and bitter, but as far as gueuze goes, it's not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 20:34:47 | More by mmmbeer
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scottfrie

California

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle into Cantillon gueuze glass. It’s hard to read but I think this was bottled in 2008.

A: Pours a fizzy burnt golden with a thin white head that quickly faded into a nearly invisible film.
S: Light notes of dry funk, a twinge of citrus, and good dose of gueuzey earth and straw. I get light notes of golden fruits, peppery spices, and Belgian sugar as well.
T: Hints of peach come through alongside notes of dry funk, citrus, earthy must and straw. Peppery yeast and spices bring up the finish, and the aftertaste is sweet with hints of lemon zest.
M: Medium body, drying mouthfeel, light sweetness, with very fizzy and bubbly carbonation. Bubbles feel big and prickly on my palate.
O: A bit plain in flavor and too spritzy for my liking, but this was an easy drinking gueuze with a moderate acidic bite. Worth checking out if you are getting into the style, but it doesn’t compare to the other great gueuzeries of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:38:22 | More by scottfrie
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a thin Lindemans pilsner.

clear golden orange with an inch of foamy, sticky head that retains well. tons of bubbles stuck to the sides and rising like champagne.

aroma is pretty weak. a hint of tartness, but dominated by a lemony, soapy-fresh aroma.

taste is better; assertively tart with some sour apple and lemon rinds. acidic, vinegary, slightly off-putting finish. lacking in character and complexity compared to some other gueuzes, with more of a straightforward tartness, but far better than Lindemans' other gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 12:22:31 | More by Prufrock
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WesWes

New York

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades quickly. The aroma is average. It has little malt or yeast aroma. It's moderately sour with a light funk to it. The taste is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor that's accompanied with a dry, musty Brett character. It's mildly sour with some horse hair taste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average gueuze. It's not as sour as it should be and the malt character is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 12:42:08 | More by WesWes
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Tomas77

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Light-medium gold color. Pretty clear with a slight cloudiness to it. Small,thin head that lasts to the finish. Good looking beer.
Aroma-Some good funky notes of barnyard and horseblanket are in there with slight fruitiness in background. No hop to speak of.
Flavor-Acidic but not very acidic. I like my mouth to pucker just a little. Sourness up front but fades fast to a seltzery dry finish. Barnyard flavors also end quick. Background of rhubarb is evident. High carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 23:38:08 | More by Tomas77
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours godlen amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows a mix of sour and sweet light malt, musty stables, faint lemon and kumquat oils. Pretty damn nice.
Flavours are dominated by the acidity initially but soon reveal sweet light malt, and large amount of that musty stable character and some definate cheesy notes. Too much barnyard/stable, otherwise it'd be pleasant and refreshing.
Carbonation seems low, especially given the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 05:33:27 | More by CrazyDavros
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with an amazing head. Head has awesome retention. No lacing. Smells fruity and a bit spicy. Taste super sour. Picking sour pear, sour apple and maybe some cherries. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Feels very clean. Drinkability is ok. Being my first gueuze I didnt know what to make of it. Its a pretty simple straight foward beer. It was good but I wouldnt pay 8 dollars for this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 02:27:52 | More by depechemode1983
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Gueuze from a 750 ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, produced a thin head, decent retention and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of light malted grain and tart fruit. Light in body, the tartness of this brew comes through first, very smooth mouthfeel, malted grain, earthy undertones and finishes dry. For me this is a great beginner lambic brew- Ive had some outstanding lambics, this done is simple, does the trick.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:29:51 | More by GossageBrewery
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ebin6

California

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Long lasting head; thin, but persistent

S - Great nose. A lot of citrus and floral notes to it

T - Fairly one dimensional, although it does have a great puckering sour taste on the back end which is what I was looking for. But, again, it just didn't have much else going on

M - Quite good; hits all the right spots, though none spectacularly

D - Very drinkable, though not diverse enough to capture my palate's attention for a second bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:36:39 | More by ebin6
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doughanson78

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Gueuze. First sour period. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden/yellow color. Pretty clear. One finger head with big bubbles, slightly off white and good retention.

S: Very yeasty. Smells like a sour hay. Very tart. Lemon. Light sour apples. Slight spiciness. A funky smell.

T: Sour apples. Very tart. Yeasty. Again reminds me of a barn. Very funky.

M: Very thin. Makes your mouth water from the sourness, which is rather nice.

O: Don't have the taste for this style yet. Don't know if I will ever develop one or not. I will keep giving it a shot, for now. As of now I don't like this style. Don't know what all the rage is.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:39:41 | More by doughanson78
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nickhiller

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I'm not the best judge of Lambics as I'm not quite a convert yet.

A: golden brown, straw bubbly head recedes to nothing, no lacing
S: intense funk, leather, sour fruit
T: funk, acid, cider, must and vinegar aftertaste
M: sharp, relentless acid, champagne-like carbonation is the best part
D: I wish that I could say that I was a fan of sours, but I find them a little off-putting. this seems like a fine example of the style though.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 07:20:32 | More by nickhiller
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

5.5% version. Unsure as to whether it's import strength or a newer version.

The appearance is an orange tan, slightly cloudy, with decent head and retention.

The aroma is filled with funk, acidity, and tartness. I almost want to pucker after just the smell.

The taste is right there with the aroma. The only thing I'd add is that it's mildly fruity and the aftertaste is slightly sweeter. There's immense amounts of sourness to this. While it is tasty, the sourness is a bit too much for me. It really dominated the experience.

The mouthfeel is light, but full due to overaggressive carbonation. As soon as the cork came out and it spewed I could have expected it to be a bit like this.

Overall, this wasn't a bad Gueuze, but the sourness left it seeming a bit simple and lacking. Perhaps some age could do this one some good.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:01:11 | More by BBP
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counselor

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not care for this beer. It poured a muddled peach color with a large white foamy head. The aromas were all sour, young grape, and herbal. The only thing I could taste was sour and tart. So much so that the back of my throat and gums felt like an explosion of some sour apple candy. Not even a hint of the tasty earthy, barnyard belgian yeasts I have come to admire and savor. The mouthfeel was overwhelmed by the desire to get this beer outof my mouth. Perhaps I simply do not appreciate this style, but if my description accurately describes what this beer is supposed to taste like, I will not purchase any more gueuze beers

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 23:35:22 | More by counselor
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/13/2007 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy yellow fizzy. White head, small bubbles. Kinda looks like champagne. Very sour aroma, like rotten something, but only the sour. Very sour taste, bubbly mouthfeel. Different feeling. Odd. Different taste if I drink it with my whole mouth versus just my throat.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:08:08 | More by jujubeast6000
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kms910

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 750ml wire caged cork - very exquisitely designed - purchased from State Line Liquor in Elkton, MD $??

My bottle is still unopened - this was tasted at the Brickseller in Washington, DC 02/07


A - As beautiful as an expensive champagne, very tiny bubbles and a well-established head

S - The smell is distinctive and prepares you for something other than ordinary - maybe, tart???

T - From what I have read about this style of beer as expected it was very sour like unripened green grapes and lemons

M - This also drank like a a very tart champagne (Brut) or sparkling wine

D - I am unsure if I would drink this often. I think I would need to do more exploration with Gueze in order really say if this has a high drinkability factor. I would rate this based on the expectation of a Gueze.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 17:01:45 | More by kms910
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kojevergas

Texas

3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green glass (ugh) bottle with gold foil-ed over branded copper colour pry-off pressure cap (which is itself sealed over an internally housed cork) acquired at a local CO bottle shop and served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Reviewed as a gueuze lambic because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Bottled: 22 Mei 2013.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Not too creamy, but pretty fluffy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a gueuze. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't unique or special.

Sm: Faint berries. Maybe raspberry? Crystal malt. Fantastic lambicus yeast character bursting with sourness without coming off puckering. Not as bacterial as many other sours; it isn't loaded with straight lactobacillus; the sourness has a purpose and a defined character. Clean barley. Belgian pale malts. Golden malts. Light hints of flaked wheat. Maybe some lychee. Sourness doesn't seem too high; I doubt this will induce puckering. Hopping is floral. Apple cidre vinegar.

No alcohol is detectable. A pleasant, inviting, alive aroma of average strength. There's obvious acidity.

T: Sour green apple/apple cidre vinegar. Lovely lambicus yeast-induced sourness. Not so sour as to pucker, but enough to please fans of the style. Belgian pale and golden malts provide the unobtrusive, admittedly simple base. Pleasantly acidic. Some lighter notes of wet hay and clean barley do make an appearance. I don't get much in terms of bacterial character, but there is some light restrained funkiness, which gets buried underneath the sourness. It does have a nice lactic quality. I've never really craved funkiness in a sour beer anyway. The hops get buried beneath the lambic sourness (to style).

Balanced, if admittedly simple and straightforward for a lambic. It's a bit sweeter than I'd expect for a gueuze; maybe they used too much young lambic in the blend? I'd like more sourness; it's not intense to style. Cohesive, and almost gestalt but not quite. The lambicus yeast certainly guides the flavour profile, and rightfully so. It's a bit tart; I'd like more of that. Average depth and duration of flavour for the style. Below average intensity of flavour. Nice complexity and subtlety, but there's lots of room for improvement. Not a nuanced or intricate gueuze. I'm a bit disappointed, but it's pleasant enough.

No alcohol or hop character comes through. No spice. No off flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with slight coarseness to coax out more flavour. Perfect carbonation; bottle conditioning has done it well. Refreshing and approachable. Not as acidic as would be ideal. Has a nice smacky feel. Great presence on the palate; it's very welcoming, soft, and comforting.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Satisfying for what's probably the most widely available gueuze, but the discerning drinker will find this rather tame for the style. Sour intensity is quite low. I'm a bit alarmed by its current high ratings; maybe this has been better in the past or varies by bottle. Certainly a gueuze varies by batch. In any case, it's a very drinkable gueuze that any sour-lover could easily kill a bottle of. I might get it again if I'm craving a sour and this is the only decent offering at a bottle shop/bar. Might be interesting aged.

B-

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:28:14 | More by kojevergas
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a hazy yellow orange.

Aroma: Very funk. Horse blanket, acidic, lemon zest, and oak. This one has some tartness to it.

Taste: Sour, tart, and funky. It is musky and dust flavors show with cobweb. Horse blanket funk and sour acidic lemons.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Funky, tart, mouth puckering. Ends a bit tart, but clean.

Overall, a decent gueuze, especially at the price. It is pretty funky, however. I dig it. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 14:07:37 | More by mothman
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adrock7309

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bells tulip glass - had to wait for some of the head to settle before i could pour the whole bottle in.

Tons of light yellowish white head. Tried to keep most of the yeast in the bottle.

First sip puckered my lips. This is my first experimenting with sours and wow - didnt know what to expect. Tons of great zing and zip of lemony acrid tartness. Nice light crisp malt present and just a hint of belgy yeast.

Smell was great and pleasant.

Mouthfeel was full enough. Had to take many small sips.

I have realized that I may not be ready to delve into the world of sours. Not really my cup of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 13:12:39 | More by adrock7309
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle in a tulip glass.
The first of the style.

A - Cloudy gold color with a large white head. Medium retention. 4/5

S - Tart, lemony, crispy, some earthy character. Nice and fresh! 4/5

T - Acidic, I pick out notes of wood. 3/5

M - Medium tartness, the medium carbonation is spot on. Body is on the middle side. Relatively dry finish with a medium bitterness. 4/5

O - A good beer to get used to the style. Very refreshind and easy to drink! I was expecting some more complexity though... 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:43:31 | More by duracell
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 02:00:16 | More by assurbanipaul
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icemonkey908

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served from the corked 750ml bottle. This beer is very carbonated. Pours into the glass and a large head immediately forms. The head is maintained and produces a lot of lacing in the glass. The smell of this beer is very tart and so is the taste. I assume this profile is typical among lambics, but this is my first one so I don't have a comparison. This is a good beer, I am just not quite accustomed to the lambic profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 00:06:55 | More by icemonkey908
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blackc5

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A radiant orange, with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Lots of funk - damp basement, yet lemony and yeasty. Odd to my nose, but interesting.

T - Fairly aggressive sour and tartness, but not overly vinegary. Crisp and fruity with a fair amount of the funk from the nose coming through as I sip it. Just a bit of malt.

M - Fairly crisp and light bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

D - One bottle was enough for me in a sitting, and it lacked something for me. Will try others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 03:40:03 | More by blackc5
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AwYeh for this one.

Appearance - Very carbonated with a prominent head that presents itself with force. A full glass of head here. Poured constantly between three glasses among friends. Awesome soapy lacing. Pours a vibrant gold color.

Smell - Well this is bad. I expected this smell. Very musty with hints of cloves. A slight lemon tart.

Taste - Surpisingly sour. A kind of dirty well-water taste. Yet, it is very fruity. Very acidic and filled with light fruits. Once I get past the smell and initial taste, I really enjoy this beer. A good balance of sour.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly watery. A good balance of sourness. Quite fruity. Easily drinkable and light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:15:08 | More by Jesse13713
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