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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 72
Gots: 149 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002)
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Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Light shade of amber with a fairly generous head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus notes pair up with some mild barnyard funk notes. The beer finishes on a fairly dry note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a fair level of carbonation (the cork popped fairly loud).

Overall: Not the most complex tasting gueuze, but a good tasting example that's a bargain to boot. This beer is readily available and priced very well for a gueuze. This is definitely one of my go to beers.

IKR, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a cloudy, pale orange color; active carbonation but thin, white, fizzy head that dissipates to a thin haze. The aroma is malty with sourish fruit notes: citrus and lemon peel along with spicy peppercorn and coriander. Ample Brett aroma. Flavor is rather sour and tart; definitely funky but the Brett does not overpower the taste, as the fruit and spice notes come through also. It becomes sweeter as the palate adjusts. The mouthfeel is thin but crisp from the carbonation.

goldbot, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

This is one of my favorite lambics, and one I drink on a regular basis, as with most of Lindemans brews a top notch sample of the art of Lambic's.

The beer as it separates from the 750ml green bottle set in the glass a beclouded golden amber color with a magisterial bright white head that is creamy in texture and as it erodes, the lace forms a solid and somewhat thick sheet to meld with the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour front, with a citrus crispness, fresh and clean to the senses, start is also somewhat sweet with the top light to moderate in its feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops pleasantly mild and the aftertaste tart and very dry, a great beer to have here in the desert especially now as its in the 110's and the humidity quite high.

Gusler, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

My first taste was a few years ago thanks to a big bottle from masterski. I wasn't familiar enough with the style to feel comfortable in reviewing but i thank slovaksniper (ratebeer) for this one.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle, bottled Jan. 2010 & expiry date Jan. 2016.

Appearance: Pours a honey colored body, hazy with barely 2 fingers worth of head that fizzle away.

Smell: Sweet, not too much tart with some fresh apples, peaches and yeasty bananas?

Taste: Mouth puckering right off the bat. Some fruit, barnyard, musty, green apples and a dose of salt in the finish. Intriguing and nice.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and fresh. Sucks the palate clean with a bone dryness. Tartness is in all the way.

Overall: I found it to be challenging but good. Strong from start to finish. Not a style for everyone maybe but worth giving it a try.

papat444, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Bottled on 4/2/10.

A- pours a clear shade of light orange with a one finger white head. The head actually sticks around for awhile, which is a little stunning. Looks gorgeous

S- getting a decent bit of apple and pear out of this one...its OK

T- good tart flavor without being very overwhelming at all. Lots of pears in the flavor...the tartness really isn't puckering, but it lets you know its there

M- body is fine, maybe a little thin. I'd expect nothing less

O- very solid beer. Great beginner sour

bigfnjoe, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with a fair amount of sediment/yeast that is visible in the pour (and remains in suspension after the pour). The beer has a medium thick head (less than a quarter of a thing) that reduces to an extremely thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to light aromas of barnyard funk and light amounts of sourness. There are additionally some very light vinous notes as well.

T: Starts out with some barnyard funk and sourness but eventually some vinegar like vinous notes come out as well. There is almost a bit of a bite to the taste of this beer but it is slightly sweeter than others in the style.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink for the style with the extra sweetness and not as intense sour/funk. Definitely a sipping beer though.

dbrauneis, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jar2574
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Great big white bubbly head, good head retention. Nice carbonation.

Sour apple smell, with sweet yeast and malts as well. Intriguing.

Sour apple taste as well. Grainy mouthfeel. Yeast, malts. Cool. Different.

My first beer in this style. A winner.

jar2574, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

G – Snifter, flute, tulip. In a bitter contest, flute wins over snifter.

A – Hazy orange-yellow, brassy, with a quickly receding head and no lace. Ehhh.

S – Sour and tart apple, pear and peach, some sweet chardonnay oak; at very moderate levels for a Gueuze.

T – Wood, cork, lightly tart and sour. The woody notes are somewhat pronounced, but are generally mild, like oaked California chardonnay. Though it tastes good, it has too little carbonation, too little punch. I am underwhelmed.

M – This beer has the body and aroma of Champagne, but not the proper pleasantly prickly carbonation.

D – Very likable beer, in general. It is not exceptional within its stylistic realm, but it is very solid and certainly quite exotic to the uninitiated. But for me, I would always take Oude Gueuze, Girardin, or Boon over this.

ktrillionaire, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured froma 33cl bottle into a Lindeman's Fluted Glass. I bought this pre aged and it has a bottled on date of 15 Nov 2007. Sadly I have no idea about the aging conditions so I'm hoping for the best, especially with the green bottle.

The appearance is good, a slightly hazy very pale yellow color with a slight golden hue, the head was very large and in off white, but its quickly dissipating. The smell I get some cider vinegar, a little musty, a little funk and some sweetness. The feel is mostly light and quite a bit of tartness. The taste is pretty good, I get mostly the tartness at first, but its more mellow than I expected (I've never had this fresh so I figure its mellowed out because of the age), after the initial tartness, I get a little fruity sweetness. This is way better than the overly sweet fruit lambics they also produce, too bad its so far to find around where I live (Framboise is everywhere though). Overall a pretty good beer, one I'd love to try fresh when its full force, but still good stuff.

DavidST, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured this three ways, like I saw in some video: two regular glasses without stopping and then the residual in a third. My first gueuze, and really my first sour.

Mine pours an opaque, pale gold with a one finger head that dies away quickly, whereas the pour I did for the lady had a much bigger head and good retention. On the nose there seems to be lemon, dry straw, something everyone seems to call funk, and maybe some cyprian latakia. In the mouth, the tartness attacks the very tip of the tongue upon touching it, a strange sensation for me. There are green apples and sour lemons, and the straw seems to disappear a little bit on the tongue. The tartness seemed to hang on forever even though the brew goes down very quickly. It's a super dry, champagne type finish, slightly acidic, with some bread starting to peek out just at the very end. There is an awful lot going on in this brew. This isn't something I could drink every day, but once in a while this would hit the spot for sure. Totally unlike most beers I seem to like, and I'll be looking into more sours because of this.

EricCioe, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Lars3
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

A typical 750mL corked bottle in a Lindemans - Merchant du Vin flute.

This beer looks like thick gold (if that makes any sense to you). This is what TV tells you beer should look like. A thick golden color, with a perfect fizzy white head.

The smell is quite tart and sour, but not citrusy. Something else all together, yet something I cannot identify. I suppose in the future I'll identify this smell to this beer.

Wow! That is unlike anything else I've ever tasted. My first Gueuze, and I'm blown away. This is tart, sour, acidic, and amazingly dry and refreshing. The Lindemans flute is a small glass and I have to slow myself down. I could easily drink this whole bottle in 10 minutes. As the beer warms the taste stings my tongue longer and with greater intensity. Now it is sipping time.

It is tough to judge the mouthfeel on this one, the beer attacks my tastebuds leaving my other senses slightly numbed. The beer does feel light on the tongue, however.

Dry beers tend to give me heartburn, so I would rule this out would when it came to regular drinking. However if I found a way to get around this peculiar genetic oddity I would like to think I could drink this beer on a regular basis. Today is a hot and muggy day, and I can think of no better beer than a low alcohol, light and dry Belgian ale for a day like today.

Lars3, May 03, 2010
Photo of raffy313
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

750 ml poured into a big Duvel tulip, shared with the mrs., and some close friends on NYE night. Never had this particular gueuse before... but have been craving it for the longest.

A cloudy golden/orange color, with 2 fingers worth of a frothy white head. Excellent retension, with some lacing spotting the glass.

Smells are fruits and honey, with tart, funky undertones giving you a hint of what to expect on the tongue. Fruits are soured(apples, grapes), with bits of sweetness. Quite alot going on in the nose.

As expected, flavors follow the nose well. Sour/funkyness is abit more prevalent on the tongue. Getting a earthy, woody funk. A sour grape, white wine-like dryness is present. Green apples... YUM! <---- *Never thought I'd ever say that, but it works well in this beer.

Light bodied, somewhat high carbed, dry mouthfeel. Could drink the crap outta this, for a sour, but it's more enjoyable as a sipper.

Really like this style, really like this beer. Will definately have again, and absolutely recommend.

raffy313, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of EPseja
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Served from a 750ml bottle in a Duvel tulip at just below cellar temperature.

A - Glowing orange color with rusty hints. Head is four fingers to start, settling down to a marshmallowy pillow that never reveals the beer beneath. Beautiful!

S - Normal turned apple-cider sour notes, almost over the edge. Funky sweetness laced with honey and wildflowers. Crisp and refreshing.

T - The first thing in the mouth is not so much taste, but rather sensation (see below). Immediately after, the burst of sourness is mildly jarring, with wisps of apple cider vinegar. In the middle, a honeyed sweetness comes through as an excellent counterpoint and subsequent balance. The finish is mildly acetic and drying.

M - The inital mouthfeel note is the squeeze of your salivary glands, coming before your brain actually receives and processes the sourness. Carbonation is lively, but not overly active - which is good. Swallow is crisp and refreshing.

D - This is definitely a go-to gueuze. It's solid across the board, and easy to drink if you're ready to drink a brew of this style.

EPseja, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of sommersb
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Tasted On: 12-09-2011
Freshness: Bottled on 03-21-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. green bottle, corked and capped
Glassware: Lindemans flute
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance is a clear, brilliant gold color with tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. The white head is frothy and stands 4 fingers high. Both lacing and retention are good.

Aromas are fruity, with a lemon character, with other smells I'd describe as musty, earthy, hay-like and funky.

The taste carries over from the aroma, with a very tart and sour, lemony citrus flavor. Crisp and highly carbonated, the body is medium and finish is very dry and sour.

This is my first gueuze, so I can only compare it to descriptions of the style, which it seems to match well. To me this tastes more like a wine or champagne than what I'm used to calling a beer. May take some time to get used to sour beers!

sommersb, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

feb 2010 vintage

appearance - bright straw in color. good solid head, around 2 inches on controlled pour, doesnt stick around. lacing is minimal.

smell - barnyard (with hay), grapes, apples, a bit of rye (not sure where this is coming from)

taste - minor sour, minor acid. sour/tart grapes, bread, not much barnyard anymore.

mouthfeel - sharp, crisp, good carbonation. body is good for the style. dryness makes it very refreshing for me.

wish it was a little more bold in the nose and mouth.

claytong, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz bottle ($6.79 @ Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME) poured into Allagash Coolship tumbler.

A: Pours a rusty amber with marmalade highlights. 2-finger head with excellent retention sits atop a towering cascade of bubbles and doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. Attractive gueuze.

S: Lemon, vinegar, faint spice. Sweet caramel undertones. Not particularly sour in the nose.

T: A blast of green apple up front. Tart, lemongrass-heavy center transitions nicely into a malty, yet acetic finish of caramel and lactic acid. Dry.

M: Like any good gueuze, highly effervescent while somehow coating the tongue. A pleasure to drink.

O: All in all, I was very surprised by this beer, as I've enjoyed exactly none of the Lindemans beers I've tried in the past. This is an exceptional geuze, leaning heavily upon notes of green apple and lemongrass. While perhaps a step down from 3F and Cantillon, it's a very, very acceptable substitution; especially at this price point.

A great gueuze and a pleasant surprise.

sk8man121, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

355ml corked and capped bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy golden orange with a tight, frothy, bright white head that receded into a half inch cap. Thick bands of lacing were formed as the head dissipated. Nose is predominantly tart, light fruit (apple and lemon) with a hint of must in the back. Taste consistent with nose - exactly as anticipated; quite a bit of citric acid on this one. Mouthfeel is fairly light in character with a mild background effervescence that culminates in a slight pucker and a fairly dry finish. Still exploring this style, but a pretty enjoyable sipper with a low abv. Looking forward to trying some more of these.

Jwale73, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of MattyV
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

A very gentle pour into a Duvel tulip still yields 1.5 fingers of white head sitting atop a hazy deep golden beer. Aroma's a mix of funk/musty notes along with tart green apple, perhaps slightly dominated by the tart/sour components. Funk is more noticeable as it warms. Taste is of citrus (mostly lemons?) as well as the noticeable barnyard funk. Not overpowering in terms of sourness, but still provides a lingering reminder in the cheeks while remaining crisp and refreshing. Light to medium-bodied and high carbonation gives this a nice lively mouthfeel. Inexperienced with the style, so waited until my 2nd bottle to give this a review. The sourness was not as intense as I expected, but I found this to be refreshing in this warm weather, all the while hoping for a bit more complexity.

MattyV, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

A bright gold color fills the glass along with a good (for a gueuze) white head which sticks around a while and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of tart citrus tempered by a bit of mustiness.

Sour apples dominate the taste. In fact I couldn't really pick out anything else. Not as tart as most other gueuze's I've had. No sign whatsoever of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was typical for this style beer. Slightly thin, but with a fair amount of carbonation prickliness.

If you like gueuzes, this one is worth a try, especially if you don't like them really tart. Not sure I'd grab this one again though. For a few $ more you can do better.

JBogan, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of endovelico
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Amber with low perceived effervescence, little lacing, some floaters and a white head that quickly fizzles out leaving a thin crown.

Aroma: Medium to medium high in intensity. Funky barnyard town right here. A lot of cheese, horse blanket, socks and some powerful cat urine. Some fruit does come through, mainly orange.

Taste: Medium high to high intensity. Citrusy (Lemon and Lemon Balm) and Funky. The funk overwhelms everything though.

Palate: Light bodied, medium low carbonation, medium high acidity, medium high sourness.

Overall: Could use more balance and complexity. It's good but Lindemans has better offerings.

endovelico, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
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.

inlimbo77, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of shortbus7
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.

shortbus7, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of drtth
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.

drtth, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
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.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
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.

mjtiernan, Nov 05, 2012
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 1,608 ratings.