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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,580 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 141 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

12-04-2008 06:48:10 | More by corby112
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2014 05:03:34 | More by oriolesfan4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

11-18-2009 02:00:31 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a lightly hazed glowing golden colour. Head is an amazing adventure in white frothy bubbling, leaving sticky lacing down the edge of the glass. Surprisingly, the carbonation is hidden or even absent. Otherwise, a very fine looking brew.

Sharp acidity and huge funky wild notes on the nose. Citrus, barnyard and crushed vegetation. Extremely fresh, acidic and forthright. Very expressive on the nose. You can tell this is going to be a rambunctious lambic.

Palate is unfortunately something of a let down. Slight antiseptic medicinal phenols with a mild acidity through the centre. Quite dry throughout, and it lacks something in body and complexity. Oak shavings and wine cork are present, but I was expecting slightly more acidity. Still, it is a very fresh flavoured and very drinkable brew.

Extremely refreshing, and probably more drinkable for its seeming lack of acidity. It gets a little caustic after a while, but you can't beat a beer like this on a hot afternoon. Would have to be one of the cleanest and most refreshing beers I've ever had. Certainly worthy as an occasional treat.

03-20-2010 08:03:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

05-08-2010 02:59:32 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

750ml brown bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2006, Best Before 2010, served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a bright, reddish golden to amber hue, composed of great clarity and rather moderate fizz level; the beer head comes retrained and settles gradually to a rim.
S: absolutely beautiful - savoury-sour notes of marinated starfruits, fresh lemon-juice & apples on a part with old oak-barrel's subtle aroma (French oak) spring to mind, leaving malts/wheat-malts' aroma, light notes of damp yeasts & stinky sulphur, and a whiff of hops behind. Incredibly approachable but well-integrated and reasonably complex at the same time.
T: savoury, tart as well as lactic-sour at the same time in the mildly effervescent swallow, hinting at aromatic lemon rind, leaving a faint trace of aromatic apple-skins, pears, and damp/tannic touches of old oak-barrels creep down the far end of the palate. Slightly bitter, tangy, and lingeringly savoury in the end, but not particularly tart and pungently yeasty as compared with many of its counterparts, while a delicate level of hop aroma in the very end provides an enjoyable "kick" to the dryish and clean finish! Balanced performance.
M&D: slightly spritzy and full of tiny fizz, the palate is therefore clean, refreshing and light, making this a really quaffable session geuze in my book! It's easy to drink the whole 750ml bottle, no sweat, but it takes some extraordinary elements to elevate this ale to the real exciting league.

01-31-2009 18:12:47 | More by wl0307
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

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...

01-02-2012 20:49:30 | More by orangesol
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-11-2007 00:43:13 | More by Georgiabeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

12-24-2009 02:08:49 | More by stakem
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

A foil-wrapped 750 mL bottle that is corked and capped.

A: The gueuze is a light apple juice color that combines orange and iced tea together. Not much head-wise, either on pour or as lace.

S: The nose is pleasantly tart, combining horseblanket funky with an acidic tang. Green apple and caramel malts mix with and accentuate the tartness.

T: This one really grabs you. The tartness is far more intense than the nose lets on, coating the palate with wild fauna. The bite is far more acidic than bretty (and luckily the acetic vinegar is nowhere to be found). A medicinal flavor follows the tartness, an unusual transition that leads back to tartness after a few seconds. The tart apple flavors are slow to fade from the palate.

M: This is a sock-knocker, flooring the tastebuds with sheer tartness. The carbonation does a bit but can't withstand the funk.

D: Only 5%, this ale is a testimony to ingenuity by Belgian brewers. So much flavor in such a small package is a great Christmas eve treat.

12-25-2008 01:05:44 | More by akorsak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

07-01-2012 11:54:08 | More by dbrauneis
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a light golden honey color with a crystal clear body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The big head is very creamy. Nice lace with each sip.

S-Nice sour aroma that is complex, with notes of earthiness and barnyard characters that are not over powering. Very faint rhubarb or green apple smell also.

T- Very well balanced with sour notes and soft wheat blending with barnyard flavor in the background. It finishes with a nice grapefruit tartness.

M- Light mouthfeel with some fizz and a light picker at the finish.

D-This is very well blended. The barnyard flavors add great complexity but are not in-your-face shocking. The tart sour notes are very nice and really add another nice layer to this beer. Much more character and flavor than any sparkling wine.

09-11-2005 02:46:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -11%

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves barely a trace of lace. Medium carbonation. Light cloudy, amber color. Nose is cidery. Starts and finishes as a strong, tart cider flavor with absolutely no aftertaste. Light bodied. $11.59 for 750ml bottle.

03-28-2004 00:04:00 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

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".

04-29-2010 05:45:36 | More by DoubleJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

10-22-2010 14:07:37 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

04-07-2010 16:47:34 | More by BARFLYB
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +14%

750ml bottle bought from a small little beer museum in Granby, MA withing the past year or two. Gold foil over cork, 1994 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white, extremely effrevescent (hear the fizz!), head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is tart, slightly leathery, with fruit on full display. Taste starts sweet upfront, but quickly goes pleasantly tart, with a touch of funk int he middle, and a dry close. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and drinkability is exceptional. I'd be thrilled to see this again.

Same rating - 6/12/05

750ml bottle bought from The Wine Society, Tyngsboro, MA. Orangey-copper foil over cork, 2003 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Foamy head lasts well, and lacing are is nice for the style. Aroma is piercing tartness with an earthy tinge to it. Taste starts with a subtle smoothness, but quickly turns to the tartness expected, but doesn't overdo the effect. Flavor linger sin the mouth, but that's a compliment, not a fault. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent for the style, almost risking "dumbing down" the style a bit compared to others, almost a gateway brew for the style. Very enjoyable.

02-23-2008 03:13:35 | More by ppoitras
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

10-15-2012 02:52:42 | More by superspak
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

12-10-2010 06:58:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

11-29-2013 19:24:54 | More by BillRoth
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

11-30-2011 22:24:02 | More by brandoman63
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

35 cl bottle corked and capped. With a 'best before' of 2017 this can be considered more than reasonably fresh.

A clear and well polished body with glimmering peach hue; it is scintillating and bright in colour. A ring of white puts bold traces around its perimeter and spreads a thin sheeting across its middle. This looks like a sunny summer day; it triggers a response that not only says "I'm thirsty" but also "life is good."

The aroma is unmistakably that of a lambic. While it doesn't boast as much of the 'barnyard' character, it certainly boast enough sourness, and some portion of acidity, to consider this a great smelling gueuze. Plenty of sugar, buttery oak, and tart green apples.

The flavours continue with notes of soured orchard fruit, vanilla coated oak, light citrus, light clove, unrefined sugar, green grapes, and a bushel full of earthy barnyard wheat. The flavour is not unlike a champagne or white wine that has been diluted with sugar and intensely soured.

With lambic, the name of the game is sour and unlike his sweetened lineup of fruit beers, Rene Lindeman certainly plays by the rules with his gueuze. While he doesn't boast the level of 'funk' that some of his peers do, this gueuze offers a great depth in flavour, full leathery texture, and more than pleasurable drinkability.

Further unlike the sweetened fruit lineup, nothing about the Cuvee Rene tastes commercial. Strains of wild yeast, be they Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brettanomyces lambicus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae or whatever other cultures entered through the barn's walls impart a tremendous character to the beer. It is every bit as distinct as it is tart.

In the future I'll have to empty out the wallet for the wine sized bottle because this personal sized serving was simply not enough. Although it didn't impress me as much as some of what Belgium's other (more traditional) lambic producers offer, this was still hands down every bit as charming and pleasant I've known gueuzes to be.

08-26-2008 03:27:18 | More by biegaman
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%

03-22-2014 22:04:39 | More by afsdan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

08-03-2011 02:43:53 | More by smakawhat
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Pours a light golden orange color with a thin creamy white head. A noticeable amount of floaties and haziness was detected.

S: The nose brought forth some sour oranges, tart green apples and citrusy lemons on nose. A big funky barnyard sourness as well, that was full of sour fruit.

T: a nice yeastiness and barnyard muskiness of wet grains, hay, and sour fruit. There was a big tart and acidic nature to the beer with fresh squeezed lemons and some vinegar. Finishes with a big funky sourness from the yeast, sour apples and oranges, peaches, and lemon with some old bread notes.

M: Body is light, tart and acidic with a spritzy carbonation.

D: Complexity of flavor is okay but not a lot going on but is decent overall and best shared with a friend. .

10-13-2008 23:16:29 | More by beerthulhu
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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