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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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91
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883 Reviews
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4.08
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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of cnally
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous pour, raqdiant amberish yellow body, nary a head but small white foam wisps remain.

The aroma is exactly the ascerbic, sour aroma you would want. More white vinegar than apple or balsamic. The yeast component is rank, in the best possible way.

PUCKER UP! Wow, what a flavor. A distinctly yeasty punch just puts you under while the vinegary sour mauls you. Finishes surprisingly fruity, mango, banana.

The mouthfeel is puckering. Dry, fizzy, and puckering.

Awesome stuff. As good as any sour I have ever had. Period.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes:

I’ve been holding onto this bottle all summer long. Waiting for a special occasion to crack it open, and the birth of my buddy’s first seems a worthy occasion.

This pours a cloudy, golden color. Smells wonderfully funky and sour. Thin foam but lots of big bubbles on the pour. Very effervescent which gives it a lightness to the taste and mouthfeel, but really tart. A dry, distinct finish. The tartness dominates. I get some green apple, but in a good way. Reminds me of Bell’s Wild One and Unibroue’s Ephemere.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. I try to pick this up everytime that I'm in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear, golden-yellow color. A coarse, white, champagne-like head rose up very easilty and then disappeared in a flash. A continuous flow of bubbles could be seen rising up the flute. With a much rougher pour, I could get a head that dissipated a little slower and that became nice and dense as it settled down. It left tons of lace on the glass when I did this, but the bead wasn't as pronounced since I had released the bulk of the carbonation..

Smell: The horse blanket aroma typical of a gueuze was very evident when the beer was smelled from the bottle. However, it was very subdued in the glass. Tart sourness, musty old wood, and hints of brett combined to create a terrific aroma. I could sniff this stuff all day long. There is a certain dry, clean component to it that I love.

Mouthfeel: Very lively in the mouth. Light bodied and seemed to dance around.

Taste: A sharp, puckering tartness hit the tongue immediately, though it was not as strong as what I was expecting. Strong flavors of oak and an evident mustiness rise up after the tartness calmed down. That is not to say that the tartness disappeared, because it continued well into the aftertaste. It just lost some of its potency after awhile. Also in the aftertaste was a light sweetness up in the front of the mouth.

While I consider the straight Lindemans gueuze a beginners gueuze, this is what I would call an intermediate one. Nowhere close to a Cantillon, but much closer than the former. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of calebroberts811
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Simply gorgeous golden orange color, plenty of carbonation with a pretty off-white head.

S - Musty old leather, aged cheese, vinegar, champagne, dry mustard, with the sweetness coming from subtle white grape/grapefruit notes.

T - Holy crap, this thing is funky. Sour apple, pineapple, old champagne, citrus rind, and black tea tannins pretty much dominate the palette. If any of you have ever had that fermented tea drink called kombucha, this is like a refined and elegant version of that. Also included is a distinguished white wine vinegar component. Absolutely delicious.

M - Surprisingly refreshing and I'd kill to have some food with this. It could be from the funkiness but the mouthfeel reminds me of a cheese as it is almost creamy.

O - Seriously one of the best beers I've had in awhile and it's a bit disappointing that this is the only readily-available gueuze in my area because I may have a new favorite style.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque orange with a big yellow hue. slightly off white head, mild retention and good lacing.

S: huge sour lemonade aroma, some light sweet citrus.

T: big tart/sour citrus flavor that turns into green apples, granny smith apples. what a great flavor.

M: medium to low bodied. mild carbonation level. very crisp and clean.

D: ridiculously smooth for as fresh as it is. cant wait to see the sours age. wonderful beer.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly murky light amber red color.
S: fruity, apple smell. hints of cranberries. subtle oak
T: Much like the smell. Apple, cranberrie, oak. Lots of subtleties that play out here.
M: Light and perfect amount of bubbles. Sour finished becomes a little much after a few sips.

Overall a great beer. So many subtle flavors I could talk about it for a good while. Goes down smooth. Very unique and impressive.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a light bit of orange. Huge fluffy white head. All I can smell is some serious acidic citrus notes, followed by an intriguing subtle mustiness. Highly carbonated - the mouthfeel is great! Very dry. Fantastic sour flavor that subsides quickly and finishes crisp.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at just over refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Label reads "Botteld in 2008" (sic)

A - Poured a thick two-fingered head, with a reddish-brownish-golden body. The brew reacts to even the slightest swirl of the glass.

S - Sweet, peppery, and funky. I get lots of apricot, lemon (and meyer lemon!), musky old basement, peach, white grape, and the slightest hint of vinegar. Of course there are the requisite gueuze smells that have no name.

T - What a remarkably long finish, even for a gueuze! Surprisingly fruit-forward, with apricot, lemon, and apple flavors stepping up the most. Deliciously sour and tart.

M - The flavors sparkle on your palate. Very effervescent mouthfeel because of the high carbonation in conjunction with the flavor profile of sour, farmy, and fruity.

D - Absolutely a joy to drink. This style is my go-to warm weather brew, and the Cuvée René does not disappoint one bit. Be sure to take your time with this brew, as it only gets better as it warms - that's why I start with a refrigerated bottle and enjoy the progression. One of the best examples of gueuze that I've encountered.

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Photo of BlankFrank
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first lambic, and I must say it's very wierd, but in a good way.

Appearance: From a vintage 1990 champagne bottle to a cylinder glass, it looks golden orange with a fizzy white head. It left a small, thin coat of lace.

Smell: Crazy. Basically, it stinks. It smells sour and sharply fruity with a strong musk. For some reason though, I love it.

Taste: This being my first lambic, I knew to expect sweet and fruity, but it's seriously like no beer I've tasted before. Tart apples, pineapple, and very sour with sweetness. I can definitely taste the fermentation and some of the yeast. If you're not prepared, it could probably put you off, but despite it's sharp and crisp almost reeking taste, I somehow like it. It's almost like a sour, skunky champagne.

Mouthfeel: Small, light bubbles, perfectly complements the sharp fruity taste. Light in body.

D: I like it more at each sip, but I can certainly see how someone would turn it away. If you like unique, it's something that'll entice you till the very bottom of the bottle.

Absolutely strange and odd. My brain tells me not to drink something so sweetly rotten, but I can't help loving it so much.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene

Appearance: hazy yellow, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: lambic fruity sourness.

Taste: lambic acidic notes and a bitter fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice lambic. The flavor is pure and smooth. It has some great well balanced flavor as well.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked and capped, foil wrapped. A very nice presentation. Pours a clean copper orange color with very little, if any, yeast in suspension after a careful pour. Big white, bubbly head that lasts long. Very intricate lacing in the wide-mouth goblet I've poured into. The nose is complex and pungent, but all in good ways. Decidedly musty and earthy, this beer smells of history and masterful technique. The "barnyard" scents are here in full force, along with an almost fruity sweet accent floating around to tame the pungent nature of this wild beer. This beer is far less sweet than the Lindemans Gueuze, and more accurately reflects the traditional style and nature of what a good gueuze ought to be. The palate is forcefully tart up front, with bitter fruits and straw asserting themselves early. Slight Vinegar-like character which causes the mouth to water in a wonderful way ... something I actually love in a Lambic beer. Fruity and quite acidic throughout, the gueuze warms to a slightly smoother malted wheat foundation. Finishes quite dry and lively with aggressive carbonation levels from start to finish. This is, in my mind, standard for the style and a great example of the age-old craft of producing fine, champagne-like beers through the magic of spontaneous fermentation. A truly excellent beer and a beer that redeems my hope in Lindemans ... a brewer typically known for their sugary sweet "soda pop" lambics here in America. If you buy this beer thinking it'll be something like one of those, boy are you in for a shock. A great Gueuze!

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Photo of Rodrickor
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked the bottle and - holy crap, did someone sneak some farm animals into the house? This has a funky, stinky smell from the wild yeast strains and I love it!

Poured into champagne flute, yielding further funk that fills the room as well as a nice goldenrod, cloudy appearance with a fluffy white head. I take a strong whiff of the aroma once more and drink.

The taste is sour lactates, champagne, and stale hops; a great flavor that went well with the brie I grabbed from the fridge. A lot of carbonation, but it works very well with this style and adds to the enjoyability.

Overall, this is great to sip with a light cheese or some such snack to go along. This would be great to introduce the style to newbies, as it makes for a very interesting experience and a wonderful drink.

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Photo of david131
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, light orange liquid with a thick and creamy white head. Very nice.

S- A beautiful bouquet of funk and fruit. Very aromatic and pungent.

T- A very intense sourness hits at first and then the light fruit comes in at the end. For the ABV, this sure packs a flavor punch.

M- Crisp and dry, but very acidic. The carbonation level is just about right.

D- A huge sipper. Not quite as drinkable as I would expect for the ABV. A very tasty, memorable, and expensive treat.

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Photo of beerking1
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1994. Pours darker than expected, a dark amber color, clear, with a dense, snow white head that lingers long. Aroma is hugely complex, with lots of musty character, some sourness, and very funky, with horse blanket and all you would expect from a true lambic. The flavor is equally complex, acetic and musty but with a balancing sweetness. Aftertaste is equally complex, leaving you wanting more. A great lambic for the true lambic fan.

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Photo of goblet
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle is a 375 ml with a cap and foil around it ,that i popped and poured out into my glass .

Appearence:its an amber copper gold color with a nice tight bubble foamy head that lasts the whole experience with loads of carbonation very clear.

Smell:the aroma is on the mark ,sweet dry hops and lemon/grape fruit sourness low to no malt and a bit of wood quility.

Taste:medium to lite body some mild citrus sweetness like beautiful fresh lemon and grapefruit with a dry hops flavor that just tops this off .it`s so good .

Mouthfeel:this is a mild to rich sour heaven ,lemon juice and grapefruit peels that are pure enjoyment, mouth pucking? great.

Drinkability:this is a great beer,world class ,if this was a bit darker and more alcohol this would be a perfect beer,the flavors are fantastic,the sourness is close to perfection a bit more,perhap some ale qualities would do it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (37,5 cl., vintage 2010) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : medium yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : sour fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : tart flavours, round but very dry, sparkling.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style traditional Gueuze. Drunk "too young" but at cellar t°.

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Photo of kjyost
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired via trade last year via Ontario. Poured at ~7C into wine glasses. Paired with cherry pie. Bottle stamped L E10KGC

Pours a yellowish hue with a fizzy head that isn't lasting, though remains as a ring for longer than expected. Aroma is delicious with cherries, tartness and citrus on the nose. Body has many of the same flavours in it, and matches to perfection with the chosen food. Acidity is light, which keeps this as a solid sour that is "entry-level" perhaps, but it has won a friend of mine as a convert.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A score of 4.5 in the "smell" category would lead even the most un-Sherlockian of us to correctly deduce my love for the Gueuze, this being a good one...

Poured into my large tulip with an inviting golden-hazy hue, the small white head dissipates quickly. The nose is vintage Lambic barnyard (in the best possible way of course), with traces of grapefruit and faint malt. Why do I love that so much. Tastes of fresh, tart,yellow grapefruit intertwined with lemon zest that trail off into the aftertaste much like it stared, the hop presence un-detectable of course. Great, easy going, light (but with substance) mouth feel that would lend to an easy consumption of a 750ml on a warm summer day.

It's not the cleanest nor the most puckering Gueuze I've ever had, but it might just be the most refreshing. Served with a three cheese tortellini, with a brown butter, sage, & Greek myzithra cheese sauce, and I couldn't get enough of either. Enjoy.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden copper with a finger of foamy white head. Leaves a good web of lacing down the glass.

Smells tart, with some fruit and spice, with a strong musty, horse blanket smell.

Tart, but not too strong. Some fruit, spice, and again, a little musty. Very strange.

Light body and some carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth.

A good beer. Has that pure, farmhouse style flavor. Complex, yet approachable for newbies to the world of sours. Low alcohol makes it quite sessionable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene'

Appearance: 12 oz corked bottle into a flute. Pours a rich gold with a nice bubbly, pillowy froth leaving some webbing on the glass. Tons of carbonation bottles rising to the top. Heavenly looking.

Smell: Greeted with a nice sour aroma. Hints of lemon juice, brett, a bit of funk.

Taste: Wow. Bitter and sour upfront. The flavor almost mimics a lemon flavored sweet tart. Has a vineous, wine type aftertaste. Some yeasty earthyness is there, but the acidity and sourness lasts through the entire experience and is in the forefront here. Little to no malt flavor, cracker like but overpowered. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, stings the palate and drops alien flavors onto my tastebuds. A fairly dry feel with a lingering sour note.

Drinkability: This is a great example of the style. Unique and delicious, the Cuvee Rene is a nice change of pace beer, and one worth revisiting.

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Photo of bruachan
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bought this at my inaugural trip to chuck's in chagrin falls. big green bottle with a classy orange label

the brew is a light peachy amber. a snow white head sits up top and leaves some nice frosting. the nose is sour, fruity, corky and spicypopourri-ish. i believe this is the damp pony aroma people speak of

lactic. it's sharp up front, but finishes like a sweet lemonade. pear, raspberry

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amberish gold hazed with tons of wheat with a thick bubbly white head and tons of lacing. Smells of ester, musk, and tartness. Tastes of sour apple with a mild funk flavor with heavy wheat flavor. Tons of awesome sourness. Mouthfeel is very nice with tons of carbonation. Drinkability is almost unmatched. I could drink tons of them.

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Photo of brdc
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large corked and capped bottle. Date on label 04/05/06.

Poured into my Lindmenas flute, it is a very good looking clear, light golden brew with a nice white head that holds well and then sticks in large clumps to the bottle sides, very good looking.
I have trouble defining the aromas of a gueuze, but this one has that usual "funky" smell, some spiciness and fruitiness, more on the sweet and tart side, think raspberries.
Taste is actually quite mellow, a little bit sour and acidic, but not much, citric notes all over, particularly lemon.
Easy going, very nice, pleasant; not the big mouth puckering I was expecting, but nonetheless quite pleasant and easy to drink, nicely carbonated adding to the mild "puckering effect".
A good start for someone trying to get into gueuzes; not extreme but well representative and easier to drink than most.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label says 5.5, LCBO sticker says 6.7. Big discrepancy there.

Pours a clear bronze gold with tons of huge, frenetic carbonation bubbles rushing in streams to the giant foamy white head. Retention is incredible, lasting most of the glass. Rustic funkyness, straw, wheat malt in the nose. Tart green apple, wet hay, citrus rind, stinky cheese, vinegar, cherries and many other lambic flavors fill the taste. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a full, prickly carbonation. The finish is ultra dry and quite sour.

This is a great Gueuze, perhaps not as extremely sour as some example, its full of complexity and funk. A standard for the style and a must try. I find the other Lambics of this brewery to be too sweet.

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Photo of Jarod
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 1998
750ml bottle

This beer poured a golden yellow color that had hints of brown when held to the light, it almost seemed to glow. It was, for as old as it was, it was super carbonated. The foam that was created was a off white color, creamy consistency, tight bubbled and long lasting. The taste of the foam was on the sour side. The lace was tight bubbled as well that was patchy in spots and sheety in others. The aromas were of sweet fruits, champagne notes, lots of grapes and berries, sweet malts, as it warmed i started to nose a fresh barn yard and yeast notes. Nice. The flavors were as good as the aromas. Sometimes sour, sometimes sweet. Like a fine champagne, grapes, both sour and sweet, light malts, hints of grapefruit, fresh fruits, as it warmed a dry ash became present and a nice blend of fresh bread and yeast and it finished with a sour/dry finish on my tongue. The body was on the light and refreshing side. It left a dry hop hint in the back of my throat which was pleasing. Over all, bubbly and sour, lots of flavor. It was mouth watering and very easy going. I really enjoyed it and held up very well with age.

This beer was consumed on the night of the birth of my daughter, which was on July 19, 2005.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.