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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 845
Hads: 1,930
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 120
Gots: 244 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light orange with a large white head with decent retention into a duvel tulip
S: smells of sourness with some funk and other paint thinner like aromas
T: vinegar sourness up front with a little fruitiness, slight sweetness, a but of wood and some funk. aftertaste is more funk with some residual sourness and a bit of wood
M: light body with soft carbonation with a dry finish
O: very impressive with a strong sourness and some great flavors. easy to find and well priced

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL. Champagne bottle
This is a near perfect beer, but not for every beer drinker I am sure. Lambics are something of an esoteric mystery to me, but regardless I find them a style of infinite discovery. Lindemans poured a opaque golden color with a fairly descent sized head and plenty of small lace up and down. Smell was full of cranberry, grassy aroma, and a fair bit of CO2 escaping into my nose. The taste was crisp to the point of mouth puckering. There was tons of tart lemon bitterness, seltzer like carbonation, dusty as an attic and a dry assertive finish. Went perfectly with chicken and shallots cooked in a white wine cream sauce.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a great opportunity to try the 1998 version thanks to the awesome Brian, at Merchant Du Vin. He picked my sample up at the brewery-thanks a mill!! The beer pours a nice orange honey color and serves up a good creamy beige head . The lace is moderate to good. Aromas are nicely sour with plenty of horseblanket and barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and very dry. Flavors are sour cream like-very tart while at the same time mellow and elegant. This is a complex gueze that has taken on a very winelike persona with age. Layers of flavor unfold as the beer finishes. Damn I love this style of beer, and thank Brian for the rare treat!

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Photo of Morpheus
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On to beer #2 this fine New Years' Eve. Thus far I enjoyed a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (If you can say that 6 times without screwing up give you one --- no I won't (more for me)) and finished my 'from scratch' BBQ Pizza. The pizza was rich, so I need a contrasting beer.

Too lazy to get another glass, I wash out the mug and pour a July 2012 vintage. Sacrilege
perhaps, yet not a concern in this review IMHO. The bottlecap got wedged in the bottle opener, an event that has never happened to me in 30 years of inebriation! Were the beer gods trying to communicate? 8:1 foam ratio on pouring, with a milky blonde-red color. I do the Homer Simpson Lip Smack in anticipation.

Smell: Tart! More tart than a Welsh Tart! Lemon and lime sour - reminds me of Rose's lime cordial -- and a yeast funk. A-won't-u-take-me-to-...-...-funky-tart?

Taste: Instant tartness disippates into a fruity character, then a late musty finish. Perhaps a little on the mellow-side, but overall a very nice beer which is far too easy to drink. A beer to cellar, and open under the right circumstances.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy white head that leaves abstract patterns of lace all over the chalice

Smell: Belgian funk, tart green apples, lemons, apricots and a floral perfume underneath; woody tones as well

Taste: Starts with a combination of tart lemon and green apple flavor combined with floral sweetness; the sourness builds mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness continues to expand and joins the other flavors along with a bit of cork in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with fizzy carbonation; puckering mouthfeel from the tart flavors, too

Drinkability: The underlying floral tones make this an intriguing taste treat even for someone, like me, who would rarely reach for a sour beer

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Photo of Norfolkbarry
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- champagne like.

S- citrus like.

T- fizzy sourness, tart and citrus like. Minimal hops except in the aftertaste.

Summary- just a very pleasant gueuze all around. I have enjoyed it on several occassions and found the different lots to be consistent.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a golden yellow honey color, slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation. 3 finger off-white billowy head has lots of retention and makes good lace.

S: Funk, funk, and more funk. Some champagne notes, decaying fall leaves.

T: Mild cider notes, finishes with a thin sweetness. No malt, no hops, but a puckering sourness comes without warning, and then disappears. Faint bit of lactic sourness, very tame and pleasant. Green apples.

M: Well carbonated, light body, and a velvety quality that's pretty unique. Creamy.

O: Wow. Sweet tarts for grown ups. I think this one might take me from "sours as a novelty" to "sours as a style I really like."

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark golden color with a modest head. The aroma is citrus big time with some barnyard smells lying beneath. This beer is tart and sour. It brings flavors of lemon and sour apple. Acidic, dry, and puckery. Yet somehow I can set this drinkable brew down. A great beer. Definitely give a try if you have not had a chance.

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Photo of goethean
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Intense sharp tart aroma and flavor. Intense, complex aromatics...higher alcohols? Something made me cough. Very tart flavor profile. Lemon fruit, lemon rind, red grapefruit. The sour flavors completely obscure any malt sweetness. Only a slight vinegar component. I like this better than the more vinegary RR Compunction or Cantillon Rose de Grambrinus. Startling amount of flavor packed into this low-alcohol, light-colored beer. Doesn't have a lot of depth, though. It's all right there in front.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown colo with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as well. The nose has a sour citrus front accompanied by musky oak, and funky fruits. Taste is again very tart with some earthy funk behind it. Not as complex as the nose lead me to beleive. Crisp and refreshing body. A good example of the style and definately Lindeman's best brew.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" cream coloured head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Sour funk, dandelions, floral hops, and grassy hops.

T: Bitter and sour floral presence up front with a grassy and floral finish.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Very drinkable, one of the more approachable Gueuzes I have ever tried.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the missing link between Rodenbach Grand Cru(Flanders Red Ale) and the Oude Geuzes! That may seem strange to you, because they are complete different syles. But if you 'taste closer' you'll find parallels.

L: nice golden/yellow, almost the same colour as the label;
S: a great bouquet of brettanomyces bruxellensis and a bit oak ofcourse (but less than the traditional Oude Geuzes), with a little element of orange, ripe apple and lactics.
T: a good follow up from the smell; bitterness comes up in the right quantity and stops at the right time, and the little sweetness invites you then to take the next nip; elements of champagne and the real Normandic apple cider (from the region of Calvados);
M: perfect;
O: I don't know how many hectoliters they brew from this kind of great beer, but it feels to me that this Cuvée René has the best commercial potential of all Oude Geuzes. Nice to try if you don't know this kind of beer; but also for specialists: I think it's a classic.

The missing link!

Bottle 37,5 cl.

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Photo of dukew456
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz corked and capped bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a light-medium golden color, with a huge burst of carbonation that forms a very active head, eventually settling down to a thin ring.

The aroma on this beer is very sharp. Green apples permeate through a funky-yeast character. A malty-graininess also peeks its way through.

Crisp, sour, and funky are the three fire words when describing the flavor of this beer. Apples and pears dominate up front, but move aside to allow for that funkiness that I expect. The high carbonation allows for this beer to finish extremely dry, which matches the crisp flavors very well, and allows for high drinkability.

It's been a while since I've had a good gueuze, and this one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the most subtle framboise I've ever had. But it isn't a framboise; it's a gueuze. And that's fucking amazing.

Lindeman's Cuvee Renee packs a kriek nose, mildly earthy, with prickly raspberries on the tongue. The fruitiness quickly evolves into characteristic, controlled lambic funk, cheddar, and completely bareable tartness.

It's difficult to believe this isn't a fruit lambic and that makes it all the more impressive. Though it lacks the deep funkiness of Cantillon, it's more than you'd ever expect from Lindeman's.

This is one of the world's great beers.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of IceAce
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with a bottling date of '05

Had to go two out of three falls in order to remove a very stubborn cork...but it was definitely worth the effort.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a quickly collapsing stark white collar of foam. Aroma is as musty as Grandma's cat-filled basement on a humid Michigan summer day. Some may say horse blanket, but in the words of Col. Sherman Potter, that's just "Horse Hockey". This is cat pee all the way...but in a good way.

Prepared for anything, I take my first sip. Entry shows perfect mouth caressing carbonation, quickly followed by funky wee beasties and soured crabapples.

The finish?







...and did I mention how dry it is?

I'm not sure what I expected, but this was a rare treat. Not as over the top as I imagined...but 750 ml goes pretty quickly even when savoring evey sip.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Nice hazy golden colored liquid, almost cloudy. One finger head of foam that dissipates smoothly to leave a nice filmy covering. Very good lacing.

Smell is powerful to the point of room-filling. Not that that's a bad thing, though. It's quite pleasant. Tart sour apples. Honey sweetness. Band-aid phenols. Slight pepperey spiciness.
Overall it smells like a nice big basket of tart fruits.

Man that is one good sour-bomb! Taste is very much like cider on steroids. Big, powerful and tasty. Definite sour apple presence. Light honey sweetness that brings a small bit of balance. Acidic presence of fresh squeezed lemons or slightly under-ripened peaches. Nice bit of spice on the back end. All wrapped up in a slight bit of musty funk.

Nice crisp and clean in the mouth. Nothing overpowering. Kind of unexpected for a sour, but quite enjoyable. Very satisfying and easy to drink.

Mmmm! This is one tasty, tasty bottle. Would like to have it over and over again. Very highly drinkable, as long as you aren't opposed to sours.

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Photo of jdoolin
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750mL bottle, poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance: A dark gold with a slight haze. Effervescent and a nice, big head that lasted for several minutes.

Aroma: Tart, sour apples, citrus... grapefruit and lemon, barnyard/horse blanket brett aroma. Very pleasant, indeed.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very tart at first, with flavors of apples and grapefruit. It mellows out while the horse blanket makes its appearance. Tart, dry, flavorful and very refreshing.

Notes: I love this beer. It is so flavorful and so refreshing. I will always have this or others like it on hand at all times.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1994 edition but the Sharp Edge manager told me that it was bottled back in 2000 must have been barrel aged for the six in between years. Appearance: Amber orange hue with an off white cream colored head leaves immensely detailed frivilous amounts of lacing, nice. Aroma: Tart cider like character with a woody cask ridden oak finish to it, excellent farmhouse wild notes very different from anyother Lindemann's product. Taste: Tart flowing character subtly sweet great puckering complex very acidic thick wild notes with a tones coming through from the barrel aging process a truly great tasting geuze. Mouthfeel: Effervescent medium bodied lambic, great stuff. Drinkability: Amazingly clean tartness swarms the senses yet with each sip it grows more and more satisfying adding to the addiction of the overall experience of tasting this brew.

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Photo of mschofield
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange-gold spiked with floating particulates, well carbonated. Thin stark white head, laces well but thinly.
Robust tart, citrus aroma, hay, wood and wet wheat, a mustyness pervades the whole aroma.
Very tart taste, notes of cherry and peach, quite astringent, apple and a touch of mushroom.
Thin bodied, dry and again tart. Not something I would turn to everyday, but an excellent beer.

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Photo of Someguy1_8t
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought at Whole Foods Market Northridge. Served in a snifter

Appearance - Hazy yellow/orange color. About a finger of slowly diminishing head.

Aroma - Funky tart Belgian yeast. Citrus zest , with a bit do barnyard funk. Hint of spice as well. Hint of candied sugar

Taste - Sour green lemons, and sour green apples. Some spice

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Has a dry, sour, lingering finish.

Overall - I thought it was great. Drinkable and enjoyable sour. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle, served in oversized tulip

A - semi-cloudy apple juice colour with thin, bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hops, bitter, some vinegar, apple, pear

T - Some wheat, apple, barn, hay. Sour at the end, knocking everything else out. Tart.

M - Medium-high carbonation off the top, giving way to a medium density.

O - This is my second time having a gueuze. The first was the same brew about 3 years ago. I thought it was too much then, now it's delicious. Easy move from oud bruin and flanders red to this. Delicious.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into some sort of glass (didn't write it down apparently).

A: Pours clear & golden with much active carbonation visible. Medium white head.

S: Wonderfully sweet/sour aroma with an overtone of funk.

T: Fruity, funky, sour goodness. Dry finish but not overdone.

M: Pleasantly mouth-puckering all the way through - you know you're drinking a gueuze.

O: I miss the more fruity finish of a kriek (personal preference) but this is very good.

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Photo of aepb1
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Honey yellow with a frothy white head

S- Vinegar and what my girlfriend describes as "feet." Definite funk

T- Very citrus lemony sour and some funk in there too. As this warms, green (sour) apple definitely comes through

M- Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation

D- The sour's not overwhelming, love it!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2002

Sweet sour touch of horse blanket and berries in the nose. Large fluffy very carbonated white head on the pour. Sparkeling light gold color and look in the glass. Wonderful lace on the glass as well. Wow taste is sweet and coating upfront with a tangy puckering touch of berry (raspberry?). Nice balence in the sweet and sour notes. Unreal smooth silk mouth. The brew just slides down effortlessly. A nice treat. Worth seeking out... opens up as it warms. I need to cellar a few of these...

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Photo of guthrie
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm a sour freak, so take this with a grain of salt if you're not...

12 oz bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Golden color, slightly hazy. This, yet sticky head.

Smell of barnyard Brett funk. Sour apple? A nice earthiness, yet bright.

Taste is a nice sourness. Lots of the funk. Some sour apple, but slightly more bread like(?). Sourness starts in the middle of the tongue and rolls back with the swallow. Punchy sour aftertaste. Light carbonation. It's almost the sourness of lemons, without the exact lemon taste.

Thin mouth feel. Light, small carbonation.

For me this is hella drinkable. I would, and could, drink this all night.

Even if you're not a huge fan of sours try it just to see what the Brett/barnyard thing is all about. It's a good representation of that.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.