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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

836 Reviews
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Reviews: 836
Hads: 1,888
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 111
Gots: 232 | 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 feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time with this beer, scared away through the years by the higher price tag. Well, I've plenty more expensive beers since, so there's no excuse for putting it off. Here we go!

Pale peach hue, flush carbonation, rushing up the glass, with a sturdy, off-white head...a very appetizing glass of brew.

Aroma, sour and citric, a little spicy, super funky, that unique smell that only comes out of a gueuze.

Taste, oooh! Puckering, then lip-smacking, sour bite at first, then all is mellow...big lemon rides through the flavor, with yeast character right behind.
Interesting. Tartness is king in this, dominates the feel, but in a gentle, delicious way. Very sophisticated stuff, and, past the powerful tartness, especially approachable. (749 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/12/2011. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge sour apple, pear, lemon, grass, wet hay, leather, vinegar, earth, pepper, funk, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of tart lemon, pear, apple, grass, earth, wet hay, pepper, herbal, light funk, and yeast spices. Fair amount of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, pepper, herbal, grass, hay, and earth on the finish for a bit. Moderately dry on the finish. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying tartness or acidity at all. Very moderate and refreshing amount of tartness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Gueuze! Very well balanced with good complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Though this is not as complex as some of the other higher regarded offerings; this is a beer than any true gueuze fan would definitely enjoy. Great value for the price as well. (1,267 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for a little while now, finally found a stash of them at a local shop.

A - Pours light golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass. If the carbonation had stuck around this one could have been better...

S - Smells of tart sourness, barnyard funk, apples, lemons, damp earth, and wet hay. Smells like your typical gueuze but it never really gets to the point of being great.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of tartness quickly giving way to a mix of the typical barnyard flavors; damp earth, hay, funky basement, etc.; green apples, lemon rind, and a light mineral quality. The finish is pretty dry with some lingering funk.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Decent carbonation initially becoming dead still toward the end of the glass.

O - I wouldn't turn one of these down in the future but it really isn't anything mind blowing, just a solid example of the style. I may have to go back and grab a few more of these and see how they are drinking in a few years... (1,076 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 drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, forms a white head of small bubbles, steady carbonation of tiny bubbles.

Aroma is super pungent -- in a gueuze good way. Sulfur and sourness, acetic and lactic.

Flavor is not as harsh as you may assume from the aroma. Medium to light in body, good carbonation in the mouth, acetic and lactic sourness. Nice connectivity.

This is an excellent gueuze. If you factor in cost and availability, its an amazing example. I would recommend it to anyone wondering what this whole gueuze thing is about. Its not the best I've had but its really really fine. I would recommend it, I would buy it again, and I would drink it again for sure. (693 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (970 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a hazy yellow orange.

Aroma: Very funk. Horse blanket, acidic, lemon zest, and oak. This one has some tartness to it.

Taste: Sour, tart, and funky. It is musky and dust flavors show with cobweb. Horse blanket funk and sour acidic lemons.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Funky, tart, mouth puckering. Ends a bit tart, but clean.

Overall, a decent gueuze, especially at the price. It is pretty funky, however. I dig it. Above average. (509 characters)

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

A: Pours slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head on top. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Head lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a very thin ring around the top. Thin and sporadic lacing forms on the sides.

S: A little musty, nice tartness, has a little bit of lemon and light peach and apricot. It has a nice barnyard funk.

T: Dry and tart, retains that barnyard/musty funk. Nice flavor of apples, white grape, and a little bit of lemon.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp, with light tartness. Slightly dry finish.

O: Really nice beer, nice and approachable gueuze at a great price. Certainly going to be picking up some more of this. (663 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

335 ml corked, capped and foil covered bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pulled from the cellar, this is probably only a few months (under 6) old. Served at cellar temperature around 60ºF.

A: Fairly clear orange copper body with the slightest bit of haze the more you pour and get closer to the yeast bed at the bottom. A slightly off-white fluffy and very bubbly head sits atop. The retention is really wonderful, keeping a complete cap throughout as well as some minor lacing.

S: Funky barnyard hay, a tiny whiff of milky lactose, grass and some finely milled grain. I don't necessarily get any hop qualities, but a very grainy malt base does show off a bit.

T: Dry and funky up front with a little pucker. It's quite earthy, barnyard like again with a nice malt undertone. A simple grassy bitter hop note comes through, and leaves this finishing quite dry. A lingering hay quality stays a few seconds after swallow.

M: Very effervescent still, light to medium bodied and smooth with a milky creaminess to it almost. It's very spot on for the style and helps deliver the flavor all over the palate. Very nice here.

I can see why this is such a highly rated beer from Lindemans. It's not overly sweet, sugary or off course and obscure for the style. To me, it tastes very traditional and grounded in its Belgian roots. Since this was the only bottle in my cellar, I will most certainly be grabbing more to lay down and have on hand when a Gueuze strikes my mood. (1,469 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades quickly. The aroma is average. It has little malt or yeast aroma. It's moderately sour with a light funk to it. The taste is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor that's accompanied with a dry, musty Brett character. It's mildly sour with some horse hair taste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average gueuze. It's not as sour as it should be and the malt character is lacking. (515 characters)

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

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. (481 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color. The first smell that hits you is one of funk, with some vinegar and fruit mixed in as well. The flavor is very fruity with a good bit of funk and sour tart. This is not a beer with an extreme amount of sourness, but it has a near perfect mix of fruit, sourness and funkyness. This beer is extremely drinkable and finishes very dry. Outstanding beer. (378 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (938 characters)

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

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. (1,553 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (986 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (798 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent gold with a soft white bubbly head, champagne-esque.

S: Brett funk, leather, horse blanket/sweat and lemons.

T: Lemon and big acid upfront. As the taste evolves, yellow and green apples come to the forefront with the great Brett yeast flavours. Nice lactic acid finish and good mix of flavours.

M: Off-dry, vibrant acidity, little over-carbonated for me though.

D: A quality Gueuze right here. A 180 change from their well known sweet lambics, this is traditional dry, funky lambic, well made. (539 characters)

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

750 mL gold foil topped green bottle, poured into a snifter.

Clear, effervescent, apple cider-ish gold color with a thick, but quickly receding bubbly white head with little lacing. As soon as I pop the cork I hit by an (delicious) aroma of pungent, sour, funky aroma, citric lemon, must, dirt, etc. Everything expected from a gueze, but not quite as complex or tart as exceptional ones. First sip is extremely sour and musty, followed by citric lemon and earthy notes and as it warms up the finish is slightly sweet before the high carbonation cleanses the palate and leaves a dry, mild sour finish. Overall body is lighter side of medium with an effervescent quality. Lacking the depth of some other guezes, but an excellent example for the availability, accessibility and price. (782 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's go sour right now. Pucker up! On to the beer:

A pale orange color that shines brightly, almost like the color of an oktoberfest or amber ale. When then entire bottle is poured in, the yeast comes along and gives the beer a darker orange look. The head is soapy on top, but has been holding on top. Aroma is mouthwatering. A little musty, but bursting with sorts of tart fruits. It's like Sweet Tarts. And a little side of malt.

It goes from tart to sour. I'd place the sourness around average for the style, maybe a touch lighter than that. This one has more of a sour lemon flavor than that of apple. I'm also getting some sour/tart berries into the picutre. There's enough oak/wood to muscle itself into the tasting notes. Something weird is in that Lindemans yeast strain, and it's characterist can be found in all of the beers I've tried. Don't worry, I like it a lot. Light bodied, just a touch light.

Lindemans makes good stuff, and Cuvée René is just another reason why. And as a bonus, this gueuze is "affordable". (1,034 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - The cork comes out with hardly a pop. Pours with very little apparent carbonation. Hazy orange body with a little bit of whispy lacing.

Smell - Vinegary tart aroma. Wheat and lemon. A bit of a funk to it, but not much.

Taste - Acidic body that masks any complexity, I think. Otherwise, there's some lemony citrus flavors and some wheat. In the back is a lingering sourness of the vinegar persuasion and funk that is pretty appealing.

Mouthfeel - Could be crisper with more carbonation. It feels a bit flat and it makes it feel heavier than it is.

Overall - I liked this the first time I had it. It was the first gueuze I ever had. I now realize how mediocre this is in comparison to some of the greats. It's still drinkable and even enjoyable, but not what I'd call a good example. (835 characters)

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

Picked up a bottle from Abe's for $10.50 and split it with friends. This isn't a big ripping gueze like some of the legends. Rather, this is a touch more balanced and approachable. While the aroma has a mix of spice and farmhouse funk, the aroma is gentler with sour, tangy lime and a hint of sugar. Worth a try or a decent introduction to the style. (350 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene'

Appearance: 12 oz corked bottle into a flute. Pours a rich gold with a nice bubbly, pillowy froth leaving some webbing on the glass. Tons of carbonation bottles rising to the top. Heavenly looking.

Smell: Greeted with a nice sour aroma. Hints of lemon juice, brett, a bit of funk.

Taste: Wow. Bitter and sour upfront. The flavor almost mimics a lemon flavored sweet tart. Has a vineous, wine type aftertaste. Some yeasty earthyness is there, but the acidity and sourness lasts through the entire experience and is in the forefront here. Little to no malt flavor, cracker like but overpowered. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, stings the palate and drops alien flavors onto my tastebuds. A fairly dry feel with a lingering sour note.

Drinkability: This is a great example of the style. Unique and delicious, the Cuvee Rene is a nice change of pace beer, and one worth revisiting. (924 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 johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a bubbly white head that recedes quickly to a cap on top.
Smells of citrus fruits, I pick out lemon right away but there are sour cherries and possibly apricots in there as well. There's a tart lactic sourness on the nose, some horsey aromas in there as well. This smells wonderful.
Taste is tart and puckering, like chewing on that lemon you got with your water. With every sip I can feel the acid as it travels down on it's journey to my stomach. I am going to be paying for this one tomorrow. Tart and semi dry with a bit of barnyard funk in the finish.
Lactic acidic mouthfeel, high level of carbonation, medium to thin body. I would have loved a bit more body. This is one sour brew. I think it smelled a lot better than it tasted but it didn't taste half bad. I certainly couldn't drink to many of these, but for Lindemans this one impressed me. (900 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with a thick foamy head. Funky tart aroma that is sweet, sour and vinuous at the same time with yeast and light crisp frruit notes. Sour and puckering with a nice amount of carbonation. Champagne-like with sweet crisp light fruits (apple, pear and grape) and a very dry sour finish. Acidic. (330 characters)

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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