Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 829
Hads: 1,872
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 108
Gots: 228 | FT: 8
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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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne. Not boozy at all. Musty aroma, even barnyard. Light golden color. A moderate geuze sour-wise, not too aggressive on palate. 2003 edition, ageable for 3 more years. Pepper, fruit as in apples and other. Sweet and tart aftertaste. I had to even consider drinking this with mates, and so I did. (302 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The cork came out of the bottle with no pop or anything so I hope there isn't something wrong with this one. Pours a murky honey orange with no head and no lace. The lack of head and lace combined with the absence of cork sounds make me think there is a carbonation issue at hand. Smell is of cork, damp wood, and some funky/sour aromas. Taste is mainly of funk and sour flavors but pretty tame overall. A bit acidic in the throat. This beer has almost no carbonation with a pretty flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good gueuze as is but I have had other bottles of this that were much better (and more carbonated). I am sure there is some sort of issue with this particular bottle. I will have to revisit this one in the future. (737 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (473 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours cloudy yellow with a big, white frothy head that dies down quickly. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There's a pleasant earthy aroma of wild yeasts with some notes of sourness. The smell is intriguing and invites you to take a sip.
T: The taste is sour, but the tart and acidic flavors are not in any way overpowering. The taste becomes more balanced as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends smoothness.
D: It's strikingly drinkable for a gueuze and isn't overly sour, however this is probably a beer you want to sip. (668 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a mild amount of funk and some lemon. Nothing too complex, but fairly nice. The flavor doesn't take it to the level that I expect from a really nice gueuze, but it does go down easily. Nice funk, but it needs to be a bit strong with greater complexity. Light body and good carbonation. Dry finish. Funk throughout, though it's mild. Pretty good and easy-drinking. (559 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (742 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

i really liked this one from lindemans, much better than some of their fruited stuff, and a much lighter take on they style than is available from others. its crystal clear after i pour from the capped and corked green glass bottle. radiantly clear really, yeast cake remains on the bottom of the bottle. head is fizzy and white but settles quickly, and there is a real champagne sort of look to it. the nose is only a bit sour, its still definitely blended lambic, no mistake about that, but it hass less of the lactic hotness of others, instead having a light wheat malt flavor and some yeast character other than sourness. its meadowy, springy, floral and very delicate. not a lugging weighty gueuze, but one to really drink up, like a glass of spring white wine, it seems to be the perfect compliment to a chickpea curry, but i can see it working in about a million food contexts. this is a good beer to introduce folks to the style with too, its less caustically acidic but equally refined as the others. i like it quite a bit, and am more excited to crack the bottle of faro lambic in the fridge now too! (1,110 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Belgian Sour beer. Smells tart and moderately sour. Slight fruity aromas behind, and a little yeasty. Looks mostly clear yellow with a slight wheat haze to it. Tastes have a good blend of barley and wheat malt flavors and textures with a complex citrus sourness and acidity. Very efforvescent to the toung. Pleasantly creamy and tart. Not astringent, just nicely tart. Finish is dry and champaign like. Aftertaste is moderately sweet and tart. Lingers for quite a while. (477 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Gueuze pours out as a really nice bright golden yellow with a pretty nice looking head to which was interesting. The smell was not as acidic as most beer of this style out there but it gave me some reassurance that this brew would be drinkable. The acidic smell was balanced with a sweetness on the nose. The taste was also balanced in the same manner. I really was surprised on how drinkable this was for me. Most of the time a Gueuze is just too much for me. (465 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (383 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/5/06.

Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and opaque. An inch of head appears upon the first pour, which settles into a ring rather quickly.

Smell - Mild funk mixed with sour, unripened fruit. Apple cider, vinegar and lemons, hay. Pretty approachable for a gueuze as the funk is fairly reigned-in and mild.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very sour, both lactic and acetic. I'm generally used to Lindemans beers being too sweet and syrupy, so this is a nice surprise. Strong notes of sourdough bread, lemon juice, green apples and vinegar. Tart, fruity notes linger on the palate in the finish. Pretty light-bodied stuff, and very refreshing. Not a top notch gueuze, but a solid one. (679 characters)

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

375ml bottle, at Beer Bistro in DT Toronto - weirdly unavailable back home in Alberta - I'm sure that will change.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden amber colour - very reminiscent of fresh-squeezed apple juice - with two fingers of loosely foamy, generally soapy off-white head, which leaves some spotty, cloud-like lace in its fairly slow and meandering wake.

It smells of sour earthy yeast, tart fresh lemon juice, and only a hint of pale grainy malt, with an echo of the hops that were. The taste is quite tart, due to a mostly indistinct citrus (lemon, mostly, I guess) extract, some sour, mildly skunky yeast, and an underlying pale, grainy white malt.

The carbonation is mild, and rather frothy, the body a certain light weight, with a fairly dry and peckish smoothness. It finishes dry as a bleeding desert, the yeast and sour, acidic fruitiness lingering in kind.

For its particular frontal assault on the tongue, this is a decently sippable (somewhat), sour lambic, just a tad less egregious than the Cantillons of the world. I am slowly coming to discover that I actually kind like this sort of thing, in measured doses. (1,137 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B+ / 3.975
Overall score is an average of two reviews, 1994 & 2005 vintages.

Red "1994" print on lower front label.

B+ / 3.8
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4.5

Dirty, moldy cork under the cap. Straw colored orange color, creamy head with a ring of intricate lacing. Aroma of wet stone, cork, showing it's age a little with defined mustiness.

Easy tart feel, it's one you can put down if you were so inclined. Not a sharp sourness that is common in traditional Lambic. Light tartness, a little fruit cocktail mixed with wood. Green apple and juicebox notes. Musty cellar with a light & wimpy pseudo Lambic impression. Almost too clean and seltzer-y. I was stoked to find this old bottle, but it still doesn't hold a candle to most other traditional Lambics.

Original review:

Label notched "05" on the side.

A- / 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

Pours a bright jewel-tone orange, plenty of racing carbonation, generating a good head of foam. Lacing is present, and streams of tiny champagne bubbles are rapid and constant. It certainly doesn't look dull...

Citric lemon, sourdough, hay, mid level sharpness, not all that intimidating. Low level of wild yeast funk, fairly clean smelling actually. Personal preference is for the bizarro funk though.

Taste is pleasant, sour lemon pith with a green apple tartness. Like tiny, underripe green grapes. Light fading wheat, hinting at clover honey in the aftertaste. Clean and spritzy mouthfeel, it will definitely get the salivary glands working. Sourness and acidity are at a medium level, and fairly approachable for non-diehard Gueuze fans. The bottle disappeared with dinner very quickly, probably in less than an hour. Great with seafood or aromatic cheese. (1,770 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was wonderful. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass.

Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. . The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.

overall much better then i was expecting (756 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, very bubbly, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace on the fluted glass.

S - It smelled funky with a farmhouse-like, horse blanket aroma. There was also a phenolic/band aid smell, too.

T - It tasted fruity with notes of apple and pear. It had a good deal of funkiness and sourness, too.

M - This is one of the driest beers that I've ever had. It was light and very crisp. However, the sourness made it a slow sipper.

D - This is a very good beer. It was my first gueuze and I really liked it. (568 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange with a light golded tint with a grear fluffy head that just leaves incredable lacing,aroma is ctrius and some soapy aromas in there as well.Taste a little subdued for the flavor (wich is fine with me)still rather sour and dry some real ripe green apple flavors in there,did I pick up some nutiness in there ass well?Although not a huge fan of the style this beer deserves good marks well made and not overpowering. (436 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold in color with a bit of cloudiness/haze and lots of carbonation.

S: Great combination of funk and tartness on the nose. Green apples and lemon are the dominant fruits. A bit of a champagne smell to it.

T: A nice tart bite, with the lemons and apples quite present. There's a great funkiness to this beer as well, definitely "wild."

M: Not too much carbonation, crisp and a bit dry.

D: I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from this one and I was very pleasantly surprised. A great mix of sour, funk, and fruit. (527 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow, highly effervescent body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Funky, lactic, and altogether sour scent of zombified lemons, stale flowers, a musty cellar, and soiled rags used to cover up a horrific crime.

Taste: Sour lemons, barnyard hay, a slice of week-old bread, and a pinch of sodium-free salt. Whew! All that lactic bacteric is a bit grimace-inducing at times, but the longer you drink it, the quick that phenomenon passes. Finish dry and very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for those times when you're just feeling mighty damn sour. (628 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Soft, lactic sourness with some mild funk. Bready malt backs up the wild yeast character along with fruity notes of green apple and mild, sour cherry.

T - Sour, with a bit of lemony sweetness and a surprising note of lime. Bready malt appears in the middle to contrast the tartness an wheat that dominates early. The acidity fades a bit in the finish, though the musty notes remain and combine with a bit of peppery spice.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nice and sour, though not as intense or funky as some brands such as Cantillon. There is a good balance of malt and acidity that helps the drinkability and lends some contrast to the funk. An enjoyable and authentic lambic that is a good bit cheaper and slightly easier to come by than most other examples of the style. (946 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A handsome pour with a blanket of foam that Great yeasty aroma. Tastes of bark and dry fruit. The Belgian dry yeasty flavor is distinctive but not overly strong. Hints of apricot and biscuits.

A little acidic but I wouldn't call it sour. I think it's what the wild yeast/bacteria style of beer is supposed to taste like, not the vinegar bombs so touted in the American Wild category.

A very drinkable, lighter brew with the classic Belgian yeasty taste and bitterish finish. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. (547 characters)

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

Pours a gazed orange hued gold with a white head. Nose is grassy funky with a sweet edge. Flavor is grassy. Mix of sweet edges on a mildly funky tone. Feel is a fairly vibrant carbonation and the liquid is slick. This is a good starter gueuze as many have said before. If you don't want to dive all the way in with something super funky, this is the one to go for. (364 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum corked and capped with a vintage of 1994 on the label. The cork was in excellent condition showing no drying and a minimal amount moisture.

Appearance: Thin white lacing but it is a trademark Brussels style lace, spritzy with numerous tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Hazed hue makes it a dim golden colour.

Smell: Musty, chalky, cellar and corky huddle with mellow but sizeable tart aromas.

Taste: Light to moderate body, tartness is solid but modest as it has mellowed out over the years. Incredibly smooth and crisp. Fruity after the initial wake of tartness. Dry malt character is clean under tartness, musty flavours are more towards the end with hints of dry chalky yeast.

Notes: Simple but has depth, flavourful but not boisterous. This brew shows little aging flaws at all and perhaps could see another decade or two without turning as long as the cork holds up. I’ll be seeking more bottles ASAP. This would be a good brew to break a newbie to the world of lambics. (1,036 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04-05-06, Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Hazes at the bottom the bottle, due t the sediment. Near zero head retention some & lacing

S: Appleskins & a bit of vinegar sourness

T: Sourness, apple vinegar & tartness in your face. A little bit of berry sweetness as this warms. Finishes tart with hints of grapefruit, a bit of sourness & more appleskin

MF: Bone dry & slick with just a bit of carbonation

Drinks a bit slow, due to the dryness & tartness, in style, but not very pleasing to me. Better Guezes out there IMO, lacked complexity to me. Maybe a few more years of aging are in order? (636 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green glass (ugh) bottle with gold foil-ed over branded copper colour pry-off pressure cap (which is itself sealed over an internally housed cork) acquired at a local CO bottle shop and served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Reviewed as a gueuze lambic because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Bottled: 22 Mei 2013.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Not too creamy, but pretty fluffy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a gueuze. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't unique or special.

Sm: Faint berries. Maybe raspberry? Crystal malt. Fantastic lambicus yeast character bursting with sourness without coming off puckering. Not as bacterial as many other sours; it isn't loaded with straight lactobacillus; the sourness has a purpose and a defined character. Clean barley. Belgian pale malts. Golden malts. Light hints of flaked wheat. Maybe some lychee. Sourness doesn't seem too high; I doubt this will induce puckering. Hopping is floral. Apple cidre vinegar.

No alcohol is detectable. A pleasant, inviting, alive aroma of average strength. There's obvious acidity.

T: Sour green apple/apple cidre vinegar. Lovely lambicus yeast-induced sourness. Not so sour as to pucker, but enough to please fans of the style. Belgian pale and golden malts provide the unobtrusive, admittedly simple base. Pleasantly acidic. Some lighter notes of wet hay and clean barley do make an appearance. I don't get much in terms of bacterial character, but there is some light restrained funkiness, which gets buried underneath the sourness. It does have a nice lactic quality. I've never really craved funkiness in a sour beer anyway. The hops get buried beneath the lambic sourness (to style).

Balanced, if admittedly simple and straightforward for a lambic. It's a bit sweeter than I'd expect for a gueuze; maybe they used too much young lambic in the blend? I'd like more sourness; it's not intense to style. Cohesive, and almost gestalt but not quite. The lambicus yeast certainly guides the flavour profile, and rightfully so. It's a bit tart; I'd like more of that. Average depth and duration of flavour for the style. Below average intensity of flavour. Nice complexity and subtlety, but there's lots of room for improvement. Not a nuanced or intricate gueuze. I'm a bit disappointed, but it's pleasant enough.

No alcohol or hop character comes through. No spice. No off flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with slight coarseness to coax out more flavour. Perfect carbonation; bottle conditioning has done it well. Refreshing and approachable. Not as acidic as would be ideal. Has a nice smacky feel. Great presence on the palate; it's very welcoming, soft, and comforting.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Satisfying for what's probably the most widely available gueuze, but the discerning drinker will find this rather tame for the style. Sour intensity is quite low. I'm a bit alarmed by its current high ratings; maybe this has been better in the past or varies by bottle. Certainly a gueuze varies by batch. In any case, it's a very drinkable gueuze that any sour-lover could easily kill a bottle of. I might get it again if I'm craving a sour and this is the only decent offering at a bottle shop/bar. Might be interesting aged.

B- (3,928 characters)

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