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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 835
Hads: 1,883
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 6.39%
Wants: 113
Gots: 230 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Discount Liquor for $7.50 quite some time ago (at least 18 months) and cellared although the bottle itself looks much older than that. I’ll have to search it for a date later. Served in a large snifter.

Appearance: pale peach skin body with aggressive white head that quickly dissipates to an attractive, sticky lace.

Aroma: Potent and complex. Loads of apple and strawberry. Sweet lambic notes similar to the Lindemans fruit beers but tons of funk as well. Sour with lots of acidic lemon.

Taste: Fantastic. As foreshadowed by the aroma, this beer has a tremendous amount of sweet/tart fruit flavor, especially apple, and plenty of barnyard funky/citric/rotten hay and lemons. Some pale malt is found too.

Mouthfeel: The funk is much more controlled and purposeful in this gueuze as compared to others I’ve tried. It’s less sour than many but not less interesting. The combination of the tartness from the fruity yeast and the funk from the bacteria is great. The body remains crisp, fairly clean, and very drinkable too.

An A+ beer and much more than I was expecting from Lindemans. (1,113 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my birthday I poured this 750 mL green bottle into a simple wine glass. No date on the bottle, yet the Whole Foods Market label with the price states,"best by 8/04". I'm guessing this bottle must be over four years old (at least). The body was clear and golden on the first pour but hazier upon subsequent pours. The appearance eventually became that of unfiltered apple juice. The minimal head became a ring of bright white foam.

Smell was tart, dry powdery. Rose water.

Taste was apple peel. Woodiness became much more apparent as it warmed further. Multidimensional but easy to drink. Sour yet never puckering. Sweet enough for a very enjoyable balance. Drying tart finish compels you to sip again.

Mouthfeel was smooth with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Medium body. This is the best Lindemans offering I have tasted. (828 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with quite a big head, lacing is also very good... Lots of different aroma's, citrus, funk, fruit... Taste is refreshing and twangy, lots of flavours lie in the depths of this brew... A Great Gueuze for sure.. but split the 750ml bottle with another person! (273 characters)

Photo of stephendr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle- color of hazy mango , with a eggshell colored head - nose of lovely sourness , cobwebs , slight sweetness , apricots , and tobbacco – taste of apricots , sour , tart cherries , cobwebs , and tobacco - body is medium , dry , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of dried apricots , tobacco , tart , dry , and gummy (334 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle:

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy head that slowly descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of candy sugar, tartness, grain, some vinuous fruitiness.

The taste is of sweettart candy - nicely balanced. Some mustiness and vinuous fruitiness. Long, very dry finish. Simple, but tasty.

The body is light to medium, smooth with a nice texture. Very drying.

This is a tasty, drinkable classic/traditional gueuze that is tart/sour but with a nice rounding sweetness. (483 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/16/2007 $8.75 750 mL 5.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazed orange that is imbued by loads of champagne fine carbonation that emanates from the "D" laser etched into the bottom of my Duvel glass. A persistent quarter inch film of creamy head floats adrift on top.

Aroma:

Sharp notes of tart cherries soaked in oak, with subtle vanilla and mushroom notes apparent.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth for the abundant level of carbonation, but blisteringly tart, causing a drying mouth puckering sensation. Fresh cherries are present, along with an abundance of wood. Sadly there is also the presence of wet cardboard which leads me to believe this is skunked a touch. The oxidation is slight though, and mostly unnoticeable in the presence of the cherries, and apple/pear, which makes an appearance towards the finish.

I believe this is my first attempt at this style, and I'm intrigued. I'll definitely have to seek out more, to see how this compares. (984 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DrJay for hooking me up with this beauty for BC2! From a 750 ml, foiled, capped and corked.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, huge soapy white head forms, big bubbles, quickly settles down to a decent layer, leaves some sticky lace on its way down. Smell is insane, very fresh and funky, sharp spice bite, sour fruits, acidity, citrus, apples, nice. Taste is sour apples, citrus, caramel, funk, hay, citric acidity in the finish, nice and sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth. Nice balance, very drinkable Gueuze with enough complexity to keep people happy, and not too intense to keep people away. Thanks a lot Jay! (655 characters)

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours with a deep gold color, actually fairly clear, substantial head formation with lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Outdoor-like, somewhat of a farm aroma, with a bit of sour cherry and wood although these are lighter and definitely dominated by the outdoor aroma.

T: Reminds of sour fruit, especially cherries. Dominated by the sourness with a slight bit of vinegar-like flavor. A very slight amount of oakiness in the flavor. Finishes with a combination of bitterness and sourness, with a woody bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: highly carbonated, somewhat puckering in the finish.

D: A bit startling at first, especially if unaccustomed to this style. After settling in this is a very drinkable beer. Would imagine this would pair well with pungent cheese or a sour fruit tart for dessert. (875 characters)

Photo of icemonkey908
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served from the corked 750ml bottle. This beer is very carbonated. Pours into the glass and a large head immediately forms. The head is maintained and produces a lot of lacing in the glass. The smell of this beer is very tart and so is the taste. I assume this profile is typical among lambics, but this is my first one so I don't have a comparison. This is a good beer, I am just not quite accustomed to the lambic profile. (424 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, slightly hazy, a bit of off-white head, delicate lace.

Smells mainly of tart raspberry, passion fruit, cooked sour cherry, strawberry rhubarb pie, and mildly of bacterial damp earth, musty leaves, vanilla, vinegar. Relatively mild, fruity, clean. Nice.

Tastes mainly of lactic acid, sour fruit - cranberry, raspberry, passion fruit - with old leaves, wood, minerals, biscuit. Not quite totally dry, but becomes so. Enjoyably tart and refreshing. Fairly long, dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel is defined by puckering acidity, with some nice chalky minerality, a bit of astringency, and fine spritzy carbonation.

Not very funky or vinegary, but plenty sour, a gueuze on the simple and approachable side. (722 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at San Roque Market in Santa Barbara, CA. I'm a gueuze novice, so take my critique with a grain of salt. I wasn't overly impressed with the bland pale body, but it did have a healthy looking amount of carbonation. Not a very strong smell, but there is an apple cider and vinegar scent most predominantly. The scent is magnified in the flavor. It's a strong sourness of cider, vinegar and lemon which hits the tongue and numbs it up good. This feels like a sipper, but I found myself gulping it down after I noticed that sipping or gulping didn't effect the level of sourness, and I felt I might as well as drink as much of it as I could considering the cost. (681 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold in colour with a bit of haze and a gentle carbonation. Aromas of wet cedar, sour lemon, and cherry pits. More lactic lemony sourness in the mouth, along with some mild woody astringency. As it warmed, a bit of a toungue coating cheese element revealed itself. Very drinkable and refreshing stuff, although perhaps it lacks a bit of the complexity that you'd find in some other beers of this style. Not overly farmhouse-funky, but I find myself wanting to take larger sips. If there were a "session gueuze", this would probably be it. (543 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared with fisherman34, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazey unfiltered deep orange colour, beautiful colouring. 1/2 inch of head with very mild carbonation, leaves some light lacing. A beautiful beer to look at to be sure. Aroma is very tart with some zesty lemon citrus sourness. Light summer peach aroma in the background. Simple but lively and aromatic.

Taste is just straight up puckeringly dry and sour. Woody flavours with the lemony sourness with a bit of sour cherry. As the beer warms a cheesy character begins to appear, especially in the finish. Not a lot of complexity I find, but it's very tasty. Mouthfeel is very dry and sticky, puckering as I said, and the carbonation is quite mild. I'm not sure If I'd like more than one of these, I'm not the world's biggest "sour" fan but I can respect this beer for the style and what it is. Certainly unique and I'm looking forward to lots more beers in this style in the future. (964 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is on the tamer side for a gueuze, but also very nicely balanced and refreshing with some interesting character. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a huge white rocky head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap that sticks around. Quite good lacing. The smell is a little faint, but pleasant. Notes of lemon, grass, and a slight whiff of ripe cheese. The taste is more substantial with a somewhat restrained acidity for the style, some barnyard notes, some spice, and a lingering bitterness that is not from the hops. Quite nice. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and relatively crisp. Very drinkable. (607 characters)

Photo of xymyl
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy but the color is vibrant deep orange with gold tones. Head is a small dense ring with good lacing.

Aroma is very floral with soft honey notes, complex citrus, straw, sweat/horse blanket/barn yard smells and a light clean malt note in the distance.

Taste is very complex with flavors, aromas and textures climbing over and under each other, everything is scrambling around and difficult to focus on. I don't mean that in a bad way. Overall, this beer is super dry (some would say almost chalky), acidic, fruity with all sorts of citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a peach quality seems to be there too. This moves from Super dry and acidic to a soft and sweet honey note before you realize that the acid never left and clamps back down on the palate.

This beer is very light in body and super dry, not something that you can easily drink quickly. I know many people hate these beers but I love them, this is a real thinking man's beer! (970 characters)

Photo of kms910
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 750ml wire caged cork - very exquisitely designed - purchased from State Line Liquor in Elkton, MD $??

My bottle is still unopened - this was tasted at the Brickseller in Washington, DC 02/07


A - As beautiful as an expensive champagne, very tiny bubbles and a well-established head

S - The smell is distinctive and prepares you for something other than ordinary - maybe, tart???

T - From what I have read about this style of beer as expected it was very sour like unripened green grapes and lemons

M - This also drank like a a very tart champagne (Brut) or sparkling wine

D - I am unsure if I would drink this often. I think I would need to do more exploration with Gueze in order really say if this has a high drinkability factor. I would rate this based on the expectation of a Gueze. (813 characters)

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle this beer pours a deep tangerine color with a bit of foamy head. Leaves lovely lacing in the glass.

First thing that gets your attention is the smell. Holy Moses! Sour, fruity, metallic and raw. Smells of sour grapes that have been sitting a tin fruit bowl.

Taste is like the most mouth puckering lemon has been drained of all its moisture and shoved into your mouth. Quite tasty and unusual. This is my first gueuze as you can probably tell. Very dry in the finish with a long linguering lemony/grapey aftertaste. Suprising and good. (562 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a cloudy straw color with a thick white head. It has the distinctive sour aroma that is present in lambics and other sour beers. The flavor is very tart and sour and gives me a tingling sensation beneath my jaw in my neck. The flavor is dry, but not overly so. It leaves a dry feeling on my tongue and the carbonation creates a tingly sensation. The bottle I got was a 750ml, and it was a bit much for this beer. This is by no means a session beer. (457 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, dated 2005. Poured into a wine glass.

Pours a light amber/dark gold color, a bit more of a head is raised than many lambics.

Aroma is pleasing, sour, lemony, smells like a real lambic, how else to describe that yeasty sour scent. Not a lot of really dirty funk, however.

Highly carbonated in the mouth. Crisp and pleasant with bracing and refreshing lemony sour tanginess. Finish is fairly bitter, tasting of the white part of the lemon peel. This isnt necessarily bad, but makes it a better foil for food than a beverage for sipping on its own. And yet with each sip you are irresitably drawn back. Wow it's tart. Yum.

A solid effort, a real lambic, bone dry, no relation to the sweet fruit "lambics" made by this producer. The flavor profile is simple and pure, might be even better if they let it get a bit dirtier. (845 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, capped and corked, $9.99 at Wilburs Total Bev in Ft. Collins, CO.

Pour into tall champagne flutes is a very foamy frothy one -- indeed, you must pour very slowly and carefully to avoid having a flute of foam! Pretty looking, very much like champagne. Head stays briefly, then fades away completely. Lots of streams of bubbles.

Smells like a dry champagne with a slight hint of biscuit. Decent enough, but there's not much there.

Tastes like a light dry champagne. Fascinatingly light sour-cherry flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fluffy from the overt carbonation.

Decent enough drinkability, although the high carbonation produces many burps.

Overall, not as sour or as fruity as I expected; but then, I am not familiar with the style. Likeable, but a bit expensive for what you get. (825 characters)

Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy pale orange with a dense lumpy head. Smell was sweet and floral with a hint of sourness and oak. Taste was sour apple cider, dry, none of the sweetness here, astringent and mouth-coating -- in a good way. I wish this beer was thicker, more full-bodied. Finish was dry as a bone and felt like another sip. Very good, but oddly frustrating, because you wish it were just a little bit better. (401 characters)

Photo of scott
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

V.06
Cloudy full-headed beauty, minimal carbonation as far as appearance.
Enticing aroma, but not as room-filling as I would have hoped for. Sour/vinegar/funk that projects itself on your tongue, but then falls a little flat. Maybe a tad bit too much sour apple, and slightly out-of-balance.
Moderately refreshing, and drinkable, but not fantastic. How is this a Cuvee? (372 characters)

Photo of tkarsies
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased for 8.99 at Grapes of Mirth in Columbus, Ohio. Served slightly chilled in a wine glass from a 750 mL caged corked bottle. This was our beer replacement for Champagne for New Year’s Eve.
Appearance was clear golden color with lots of tiny bubbles. Began with a small white head that left some lacing.
This is one interesting smelling beer. There is a musty smell that is more pronounced than I have noticed in other Gueze beers. There are also fruity, sour smells as well. I love the smells here.
On first sipping this, all I noticed was SOUR. Once I got by the initial blast of sourness, there were the musty, fruity, funky flavors I was expecting from this beer. Ends with more sourness.
This had a nice carbonated mouthfeel. It was a good substitute for Champagne. Dry at the end.
Overall this is a great example of Gueze. It is so much better than the more commercial fruit lambics from Lindemans. I don’t think I could drink this very often and definitely needed others to help me finish, but for the style it is very drinkable. It was enjoyed by several who only rarely drink anything other than BMC. I continue to be amazed at the flavors and smells produced in this beer style and will seek out this and other examples as I get the chance. (1,263 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and capped

Served in a champagne flute

Pours with a dark canary yellow body, murky amber hints. Spritzy body, lots of little bubbles, egg white head with bubbly patchy lacing down the glass.

Smell, musty old blankets, citrusy, lemongrass, dry lingering sherbet.

Taste, crisp sourness on the palette, dry and sour citrus fruits, grapefruit, slight saltiness on the finish, a little sweetness too but very slight, Effervesant and spritzy mouthfeel. Slight chalkiness also on the mouthfeel, lingering sourness

A fantastic gueuze, balanced, drinkable and full of flavour (605 characters)

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.