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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,649
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 75
Gots: 159 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -2%

Beezee, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL capped-and-corked bottle from the LCBO; packaging code L D27LGC. The label says 5.5%, but a sticker slapped over top says 6.7% (probably determined during the LCBO's lab testing). Lambics of any stripe are pretty rare around here, so I have been pretty eager to try this one (my first gueuze) since I picked it up a few weeks ago.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow colour, topped with about one finger's worth of fizzy, sparkling-white head. It manages to stick around for a few minutes before thinning out, leaving behind a smooth cap and collar on the surface. Minimal lacing. The aroma is acidic and slightly vinegary, with some funky barnyard/wet hay notes. A little vinous, with hints of lemon and orchard fruit. Fairly pleasant.

Tasty stuff, with just the right amount of acidity - not face-puckering by any means, but still a prominent feature of the profile. Lemon rind, sour plums, white wine and green apple flavours are detectable, alongside some faint wheat malt sweetness, with a musty, funky barnyard flavour coming through toward the finish. Fairly dry aftertaste with some lingering tartness. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation for a relatively fizzy mouthfeel (but not on the level of champagne or macro lagers). Drinkability is ok, but not something I'd be interested in drinking all night - the serving size is about right for me.

Having had almost no previous experience with these sorts of styles (only one framboise and one Flanders red), I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from a beer style that is usually described as tasting 'funky'. It's definitely a novel brew for me, but not something that is likely to jive well with the palates of anyone not already accustomed to lambics, sours, champagne or white wine. An acquired taste, for sure.

Final Grade: 4.1, an A minus. Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvée René is an interesting, refreshing changeup from the IPAs, hefes and ambers that have made up the majority of my beer intake this summer. This is good stuff, perfect for introducing a newbie to the world of gueuzedom, but not something I plan to seek out or hoard in the future. Decent value for the price, and worth a try for anyone curious about the style.

thehyperduck, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Dweedlebug, Aug 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

paulmcm, Aug 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ThinkAgain, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

crobinso, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottled on 3 FEB 2012 into a flute glass.

a: clear golden amber body. off white head quickl towers up then fizzes out. no lacing left behind but plenty of champaign like bubbles rise up.

s: apple cider vinegar. maybe a little pear and some grass. a whole lot of funk going on in there, mellows as it breathes.

t: more acidic than anything. there is some apples and pears amongst a field of fresh cut grass.

m: very champaign like, thin body with alot of carbonation.

o: not a fan and probably wont buy again. does not compare to the few others i've had for the style. way too much acid without having a nice sour blend to it. aftertaste reminds me of acid reflux.

match1112, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

TheBishopco, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

slowdaddy, Aug 21, 2012
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.

Norfolkbarry, Aug 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

OBIrish24, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow. Fairly decent head, in an inappropriate glass.

S - Nose is fruity, chalky with some funk. Tart.

T - Sour, earthy flavours. Faint graininess in the aftertaste. Dry, crisp and clean. Faint bitterness in the back.

M - Light, lightly fizzy body.

D - Very champagne-like. Light, dry, drinkable.

allergictomacros, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

claaark13, Aug 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

RandyKemka, Aug 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

st9647v3, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a quick immediately dissipating head with an active carbonation, leaves some wisps of film and decent lacing. Colour is an orangey brown gold, a sort of burnt tawny.

Aroma is very defined, very boozy plums, red wine vinegar, fermented berries with a lot of fruitiness. Some dryness and the underlying sourness.

Taste is quite sour, with a raspberry/cherry note. The sourness is really strong on the palate. Quite fruity as it warms, shows some berries and plum character with a lot of tartness. Good depth and complexity, finish is tart and dry.

Mouthfeel is quite full, dominated by the bitter sourness. Quite a full body, nice mouthtingle/sting, notice the carbonation slightly.

I don't know if I will even be a huge fan of this style, sourness and sting is pretty overwhelming. However, this one has a lot of complex fruit flavour to it. Great depth, this beer is an experience for sure. Fans of Lambics should give it a try, but not sure I'll be stocking up.

mick303, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

CommonRider, Aug 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

illini4x4, Aug 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

HopBrain, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

szmnnl99, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Giantspace, Jul 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

captainwerd, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Hanzo, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

rolltide8425, Jul 25, 2012
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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