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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,582 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 141 | FT: 7
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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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz capped and corked
Bottled: LA12JGCR
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a typical Gueuze look: hazy, light orange color. Lots of carbonation. Three fingers of bright white head. Tiny bubbles up the bottom of glass.

S: Smelled it as soon as I popped it. Funky. Digging in there I do get a touch of sweetness, as I have heard. Green apple. White grape the normal stuff.

T: I was expecting more tartness on the tip of the tongue. It's there, just not that much. You do get that prickly carbonation. Definitely some fake green apple character. Sweetener added? It is dry, but not bone dry as you see with others.

M: Light bodied with big carbonation.

O: It's good, maybe B+ to A-. I just think that in this category there are much better options out there.

08-03-2012 13:00:56 | More by inlimbo77
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shortbus7

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a tulip from a bottle dated July 2010.

A: A nice yellowish orange with a thin haze. A 3 finger, very light, yellowish head was produced that left way to a thin lace around the rim of the glass.

S: A mixture between sour apples and barn yard. Definitely an interesting smell.

T: Very tart and sour. Very good. Pick up hints of grass and apples along with a little lemon. The finish is slightly metal like/chemical, but not off putting.

M: Good carbonation and produces a nice tingle on the tongue.

O: A good beer. This is not something I could drink everyday, but definitely enjoy on occasion.

09-16-2011 01:19:20 | More by shortbus7
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottled Oct. 2010.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden light brown color about the same shade as a piece of oak furniture. There is a 1 & ½” fluffy white head that soon recedes to a ring and layer of foam about 1/16” thick. Before long there are just the ring and some irregular thin islands of foam. There are lots of small streams of bubbles especially from the nucleation points created by the engraving into the bottom of the glass. Sipping creates some widely scattered speckles and legs of lacing which mostly cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light musty/mushroom character to it with hints of green apple, citrus and faint traces of the oak.

Taste: The flavors are fresh and mild with some green apple tartness and lemon zest bundled in. There is some mustiness and oak with just a hint of the barnyard in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and crisp. The carbonation is light but persistent. The long finish includes tartness with a touch of sweetness that becomes dry about mid-way through and remains dry as a bone all the way to its ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed sipping my way through this one more than I expected to given my earlier experience with their Faro. (That beer was overly sweet and contained an artificial sweetener. Almost all artificial sweeteners give me a metallic aftertaste that I find unpleasant, to say the least.) My overall impression is that this is indeed a good well made geuze that I’ll be happy to have again given how well the flavors work together and its price relative to others. This is also a good starting point to try the geuze style since it is nowhere near as sour or aggressive as some can be.

02-05-2012 01:21:55 | More by drtth
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -1%

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow topped by a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is mildly sour, slightly skunky/funky, with a sweet citrusy tartness. It drinks noticeably funky with an initial sweetness that quickly washes away and leaves behind a dry, slightly grapefruit rindy bitterness, and a petri dish worth of culture. This is definitely a light bodied, effervescent, straightforward sour that's quite approachable. However, it has a bit too much sweetness and lacks the super dryness I look for in good gueuzes. I think it also lacks some of the complexity I'd expect to find in other gueuzes, but for its price and availability, this is a solid go-to gueuze.

04-21-2013 23:13:36 | More by ThePorterSorter
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mjtiernan

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

355ml bottle poured into a flute. Bottled 3 Feb 2012.

A: Generous white head. Crystal clear golden body with fizzy bubbles. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving an attractive cap.

S: Very bright and zesty with a beautiful bretty mustiness. Nice light fruit and citrus.

T: Pucker up. Tons of lactic sourness. Sourness hits heavy at the start, moderately in the finish and the citrus and light fruit flashes mid-palate.

M: Drinkability seems pretty high for the style. It's aggressive, yet delicate like champagne. Body is light-to-medium. Carbonation very high.

O: Wonderful to drink as long as you know what you’re getting. It’s a beginner’s gueuze, but gueuze is not a beginner’s beer...at least not in the U.S. I am having some trouble reviewing this because it’s the only gueuze that I’ve had (I’ve had this three times). The best comparison I can make is between this and Beatification which was far more intense.

11-05-2012 03:10:57 | More by mjtiernan
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute, this Gueuze has a cloudy golden yellow body with a good 3 fingers of fluffy head on top. The head has lots of retention, and creates some nice lacing on my glass. Initial aroma is a lemony, sour / funk that is typical with the style. Very tasty, a nice tartness upfront, the lemon / floral hints start to come through as the sour fades on the tongue, also an earthy funk kinda finish that I like. Medium bodied, lots of carbonation - great mouthfeel.

Ive had a few of these in the past, and will continue to grab a couple bottles when available. A very affordable example of the style.

12-13-2010 01:11:44 | More by prdstmnky
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Big pillowy off-white head sits on top of a hazy orange body. Lots of rushing bubbles keeps the head around for a while, and sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

Smells of lemon zest, yeast and a fairly strong citric tartness. A very fresh feel to the nose, as if the aromas are very alive.

Really tart, right from front to back. Citric in nature, with a faint yeasty funk throughout. There is a little bit of melon sweetness underlying it all.

Light bodied with fairly high carbonation and a stickiness to it that coats the mouth a bit. It's a fine feel for the style, but nothing outstanding.

Good beer, worth trying if you like sour brews or if you are just starting to check them out.

12-09-2009 03:26:32 | More by elricorico
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GRG1313

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a nice yellow with a nice white head.

Nose is assertive grapefruit, ripe pineapple and fresh green apple with that "sour" character.

Mouthfeel is thin but full of character, citrus and flavors.

Wonderful lemon, grapefruit flavors with undertones and layers of green apple flavors. Fresh, pleasant and bright with medium sour character.

Finish is all green apple and grapefruit juice tones. This one is very pleasant; very consumer friendly and very drinkable.

11-13-2009 04:22:36 | More by GRG1313
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

355mL bottle (bottled on 7/6/12) into a Duvel tulip

A: Quite cloudy with a fair amount of sediment. It had a nice head on it after the initial pour. It looks exactly like apple cider vinegar with the mother.

S: Extremely fruity with a dry, plain kombucha scent throughout. I can't really place the exact fruit notes, but it seems to be like a tart pear or apple.

T: It is quite dry on the finish and the slight sweetness is up front and mellows quickly in the mouth. Tastes like a plain/original kombucha, with more sweetness and less apple cider vinegar tartness. Actually, it is a bit like apple cider vinegar, but much sweeter.

M: Quite smooth with very little carbonation that might just be that it has so many bubbles that it is smooth again, which I think is the case.

O: This is my first geuze and I am surprised that Lindeman's actually releases this, since their other lambics and stuff are all sweetened (to my knowledge). I was thinking it was going to be similar to the Rodenbach Classic, but I realize now that that is a different style. Quite good, but very unlike beer and more like kombucha.

04-09-2013 02:04:27 | More by gillagorilla
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Pours a light golden orange color with a thin creamy white head. A noticeable amount of floaties and haziness was detected.

S: The nose brought forth some sour oranges, tart green apples and citrusy lemons on nose. A big funky barnyard sourness as well, that was full of sour fruit.

T: a nice yeastiness and barnyard muskiness of wet grains, hay, and sour fruit. There was a big tart and acidic nature to the beer with fresh squeezed lemons and some vinegar. Finishes with a big funky sourness from the yeast, sour apples and oranges, peaches, and lemon with some old bread notes.

M: Body is light, tart and acidic with a spritzy carbonation.

D: Complexity of flavor is okay but not a lot going on but is decent overall and best shared with a friend. .

10-13-2008 23:16:29 | More by beerthulhu
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KDawg

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a solid orange color with a good foamy head

Very funky aromas strike right off the bat with sour apples, a bit of sherry vinegar, funk, and a good amount of blood oranges

Great medium/full feel. Very smooth with a slight bit of bite that you want from a gueuze. Backed up with excellent flavors of sour apples, sour citrus flavors, blood oranges and funky flavors

a good and complex gueuze. Really well balanced and is about everything you want from a gueuze.

02-06-2012 22:28:42 | More by KDawg
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellowish color beer with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of funky barnyard, wild sourness and Belgian yeast. Taste is sour (as expected) with some faint sweetness and some funky yeast. Acidity is well balance, which I appreciate and body is quite full. Overall this is a nice Gueuze remove from the sweet fruit lambic that they also produce.

07-04-2005 19:48:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Age and bottling date not known.

A light orange to hint of red hued body with a slightly opaque quality. A soapy white head forms but falls a little quick. Lots of rising carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a great mixture of sea salt and bret. Hints of lemon candy sour fruit as well. Smells wonderful.

Taste is matching the nose. Salty but not briny, a little wet in the texture but leave a good tart finish. Mild acid on the swallow with lemon, but leaves a clean light feeling. Very mild and easy drinking.

Overall pretty good, but can't say I was blown away by this. It definitely feels salty more than anything which is interesting. Enjoyable I would have it again, and probably a reason why this is the most reviewed Gueze on beer advocate.

08-03-2011 02:43:53 | More by smakawhat
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

As my initial gueuze I was really pleased with this one. Lots of head on the pour, lots of little tight little bubbbles, hazy, orange color. The nose is initially a little tangy, a little funk, followed by some green apples or white grapes with sourdough bread - maybe my favorite part. Taste followed the smell for me - strong tart and sour green apples and 'farmy' funk on top of the bready sourdough flavor. Very tight bubbles and finishes extremely dry.

02-08-2014 20:11:59 | More by jwchestnut
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Pours a cloudy Golden amber colour with a decent size head that retains well.

S - Aromas od grass and lemon citrus are dominant
with a nice backup of sourness.

T - Well balanced between funk, sourness and grassy earthness with the classic green apple and lemon.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation is medium.

O - A very solid Geuze

10-23-2011 13:25:38 | More by eric5bellies
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Leffe glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color with no head. Almost looks like apple juice.

Smell: Funky, musty smells with hints of sour apple.

Taste: Tart, sour apple, slight funky taste with small traces of chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: My favorite of all of the Lindemans that I've had. Very taste gueuze that doesn't have the artificial syrupy taste of the others. Overall a decent sour beer for about $6 that I will definitely have again.

02-16-2010 01:27:22 | More by Axic10
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a clear orange with a fine white head and fades quickly and laces.

Smells a bit of brett with some apple and pear notes coming through along with some slightly sweet and honey like notes.

Taste is up front tartness that fades into a sweet, green apple flavor, and ends on a more carbonated pear note with some brett funk in the middle. The funk is pretty mild and well balanced. Quite nice, tough, I would prefer a bit more sour.

High carbonation and lighter body work perfectly for the style.

Tart, apple, pear, highly carbonated, slightly funky....a nice gueuze overall.

12-16-2011 22:15:41 | More by TenHornsProud
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

01/03/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. 2003 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-yellow colored pour. At first a large bubbled spritzy head which turns thick and pock marked and lasting. Chunks of fat lace all over the insides of my glass.

Smell- Slightly barnyard, mainly that musty scent. A combination of tart smelling fruits as well.

Taste- Lemon rind, orange and many other fruits form together to meld into a tart, but not overpowering sour taste explosion. Starts out fairly tart, but mellows out. Not necessarily to the point of sweetness, but on the lower end of the sour spectrum towards a saison like taste.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated and super dry. Bone dry. Quenching and a somewhat light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Of the few Gueuze's I have had, this one ranks right up there with the best of them. Tasty and hit the spot.

01-04-2006 22:46:50 | More by GClarkage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white cap of foam across the top that receeds to a faint white film quickly. Spotty lacing about the glass. Nose is a blend of scents that I can best relate to as being musty but also includes funk and citrus. Taste is a blend of all the aroma indicators (funk, must, citrus) but also is sour and tart with a somewhat dry finish. Has some taste characteristics that are similar to a lemonlike bite. Light bodied with a medium amount of carb.

12-24-2009 02:08:49 | More by stakem
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks a lot to BEERchitect for this one!

A: Cloudy yellow color with off white head. Good amount of head, it's creamy, retention is ok and lacing is ok.

S: Well it's a Gueuze and it smells like one. There is a definitive tartness and pucker. Some lemon juice, green apples as well as a light graininess. Some light coriander, fresh mint, pepperand cardamom. Light peach. Light funk that you expect from a gueuze with the horse blanket and hay. Light smell overall.

T: Well it's all about the lemon juice. There are definitive green apples too. The spices and herb are still there but lower. Very dry, no residual sugars at all. The funkiness is there for sure with good amount of horse blanket and hay.

M: Very dry light body with high carbonation, what you'd expect.

O: very sweet beer considering the price. A must buy for any gueuze noobs.

04-08-2011 23:45:56 | More by flipper2gv
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz bottle drank in the morning with some eggs benedict at the compound.

Squeezed tangerine orange with golden yellow tucked in between. A stealth pour yielded a finga of semi fluffy off white head that died off quick. No lacing from this which is typical for the style.

The best part of waking up is some funky gueuze in your cup. An eye opener with hay, horseblanket, a citrus blast of lemon squirts. Great smelling beer, although not my favorite.

The acidity brings forth the pucker, with lemons galore. A nice barnyard thing going on here.it's really hard to explain what a gueuze tastes like this early in the morning, but I know I like it.

Mouthfeel is puckery and light in nature. Carbonation is high and felt and just right. Spritzy with a dry finish. This is a tasty treat and one I really should go for more often. With the availability and price point, you can't go wrong if your into sour beer. My favorite out of the liefman's products without all the extra sweetness.

04-07-2010 16:47:34 | More by BARFLYB
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Hazy, orange over golden yellow color. White head is about half the Cantillon gueuze-ware. Served chilled but it warmed all the way to room temperature before most of the sipping. Almost no lacing remains, but the head itself takes a long time to reduce, while bubbles continue to move skyward.

Fruity, tart, and balanced aroma. Slightly funky, but more musty than truly pungent. A little bit of chalkiness.

Body is moderate for style, definitely not too thin. Tart upfront as expected; very crisp mouthfeel. After the initial bang, there's some fruity flavor, yeasty and chalky again, and just a hint of Brett in the bone dry finish.

Balanced and subtle, full of great flavors that make the mouth water. This should turn a rookie's head and give a seasoned vet something to mull over. Solid offering and reasonably widely available.

05-09-2008 04:39:41 | More by BretSikkink
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Light golden-orange body. Fizzy, one finger head quickly settled to a thin skim with a ring. Just the faintest hints of lacing.

S: Lemon, funk, wheat, green apple. Hints of the tartness to come.

T: Acidic lemon, green apple, pear and funk dominate the flavor profile. Nice and tart. Slightly sour. Good presence of barnyard funk and earthy tones.

M: Medium to light carbonation. Smooth bodied with gentle, even carbonation throughout. Moderate tartness, acidity and sourness in the finish. Lingers for a second or so.

D: A really well balanced effort. Easy drinking and quite accessible. Nice when looking for a less intense gueuze.

05-28-2010 01:03:54 | More by callmemickey
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Vintage Bottled 2002, Sampled February 2004
This was served in an antique Lindeman's, hourglass shaped tumbler glass. Pours a beautiful, very clear, orange-gold color that is topped by a pale off-white head. There is a light dancing carbonation that releases bubbles in wavy streams from the bottom of my glass. The aroma wafting from my glass is made up of grass, lemons, musty notes, dry, and a hint of cat pee. The taste is nice and tart with a certain soft creaminess to it. Fairly soft for a traditional Lambic, but it does have a lot of lemony sourness. As the beer warms up a soft vanilla note develops in the finish. Any musty Brett character is hard to detect in the in the taste. Light and refreshing though, and quite clean tasting for a Lambic. In the end this beer is lacking the complexity and character that would make it so much better.

Vintage bottle date 1994, Sampled November 9, 2003
As I pop the cork, an immediate enticing sour aroma springs forth from the bottle. It pours a cloudy orangish red color and has an off white head. It is definitely carbonated but not superly so. The aroma is sour with citrus notes, a bit of musty character as well. This beer is very dry and sour throughout. There is a definite Brett character as well, reminds me of a musty-leathery something or other, though the Brett character is somewhat subdued compared to other I have sampled. This beer is not as complex as some of the other traditional Gueuzes, but it is proof that Lindemans can make something other than alco-pop if they wanted to.

11-11-2003 17:08:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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mtwentz

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

poured from a 355ml into a pike tulip.
the head quickly dissipates to a thin crescent of straight white around the edge of the glass. The color is an opaque golden honey.
I can smell the tartness: apple, faint pear and citrus zest, and a thin wet mustiness.
the taste is light- to medium-bodied with lightened characteristics of the smells present. like the streams of tiny bubbles running up the side of the glass, so too does the flavor reveal its dry tartness.
I may have overdone this ale in the near past, but its a flavor and aroma I can picture and crave.

01-25-2011 04:32:51 | More by mtwentz
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