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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 72
Gots: 149 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -2%

A-Light amber with an inch and a half of bubbly white head that fades quickly, leaving minimal soapy lacing.

S-Musty old basement, hay, damp leaves, fruit acidity, heartburn.

T/M-Compared to other gueuzes I've had, this one isn't particularly tart. It has a mild, pleasant maltiness, with notes of hay and damp wood. Like an old barn after a rainstorm. The acidity hits mid-palate and fades quickly. A very reserved take on the style. The finish is thin and earthy. Moderate to low carbonation.

D-One of the most accessible gueuzes I've had. A less extreme version of the style that doesn't sacrifice quality.

DaveHS, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of karst
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

Since 1880, Lambic was bottled to simplify transport but also for conservation properties. This method was the birth of Gueuze: Before the bottling of the Gueuze, a blend is made of 2/3 young Lambic and 1/3 old Lambic. The right ratio young/old is depending on the maturation degree (end attenuation) of each of them. The bottles, with the wild-spontaneous yeast flora, are refermented in the cellar (Method Champenoise).

After 6 months the Gueuze obtains a golden color and a cidery, winey palate; reminiscent, perhaps, of dry vermouth with a more complex and natural flavour.Popped cork and poured a yellow splashed golden sheened. Thick and quickly rising big bubbled carbonation into wine sniffer from 750 ml Champagne bottle filled in Belgium (and named for owner Rene' Lindemans). Hugely foamy and lively as champagine with nuttiness of a Palo Cortdo sherry, a soft rounded sweetness then a long, drying finish that puckers the puss in all possible places.

I found aromas unique to lambic - sour apple acetic acid and horse blanket over the flank and stifle (urea) but not the lactic acid I expected. This was a nice experience and I am glad I had this classic now rather than earlier when I might not have appreciated it as much.

The traditional Gueuze (the Gueuze Grand Cru "Cuvée René") would pair well with a warm slice of apple pie. It is often served as an happy hour drink in Brussels. It is the traditional beer for carbonade, as well as a beautifully based beverage with seafood or other salty meals. It's also delicious with cream sauces.

Thanks to Derek for sharing a glass of this world class "Gooze".

karst, May 28, 2005
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4/5  rDev -2%

wdarcy77, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

psoriasaurus, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2004. Poured into my Russian River stem.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head that slowly settles. Lacing is very good, and sticks to the side of the glass.

S: The nose is faint, but still present. Lemon, green apple, and barnyardy funk are prominent, with just a hint of oak lingering in the backround.

T: Though this beer has some age, it's incredibly youthful still. Quite tart, with flavors of lemon and sour apple. The wild yeasts and bacteria lend a good dose of barnyard and earthiness. Finish is dry and very refreshing.

Notes: Perhaps this is the best beer I have had from Lindemans. Light bodied, crisp and dry, this is a great sipper. I'm glad I snapped up the last bottle in the store.

WYVYRN527, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

355 ml bottle poured into my Surly tulip. For the life of me I cannot find a date on this bottle. Seriously.

Capped and corked bottle into tulip. Pours a golden orange color with an off white head that leaves minimal lacing around the glass.

The nose is sour and tart, with some funk. Sort of musty or woody, but very sour. I think I'm going to enjoy this!

The taste doesn't let down. Sour and tart, very acidic. Each taste is a new adventure and has different qualities as the last. Starts out very tart and light, but as it warms it becomes more acidic and sour. Lip puckeringly sour. Me likey!

Mouthfeel is light and dry, very acidic. Crisp feeling from the lively carbonation. Drinkability is great, if you love sour things of course.

Overall, this is a great Gueuze. Given my limited knowledge on the style, I can pretty much guarantee there are better and more highly regarded choices out there, but Lindeman's proves here they can make a quality brew that can stand the test of time. I have no idea how old this bottle is (my guess is no older than 2 years) but I would love to see how it changes with another year or two on it.

Mistofminn, Jun 30, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Amp, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Ri0, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DavidHume, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of scottum
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a very slightly hazed brown amber with a solid head of whiteness. Sweet and sour yum. Certainly one of the best lambics available in new england. The acidic tart flavor is well done and leads to a good full mouth of brew. A super drinkable beer.

scottum, Mar 29, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jeffrey2310, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ThreeFishes, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ChipMurray, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Pens1967, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Wayne17, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

leedorham, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into flute.
A: Pours a pale greenish-yellow with high carbonation producing 1-2 inch bubbly white head that quickly recedes.
S: Stong funk on the nose. Musty, horseblanket, and wild funky yeast. Very nice.
T: Very tart...dominates even the strong funk. Follows nose with the added tartness and a mineral note too.
M: Mouth-puckeringly tart. Light body. Some effervescent tingle. Excellent.
D: Highly drinkable, but the tartness limits how rapidly you can do so. A very enjoyable brew and certainly the best I've had from Lindemans. Would pair well with food.

mwilbur, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Cuvée René

75 cl bottle poured into Lindeman's flute. Purchased at Surdyk's for 8.99 (a couple dollars below the usual)

Bright hay colored and very effervescent, Cuvée René pours with a fluffy white head that departs rather soon and leaves no lacing. Certainly young but not as young as it claims on the bottle (bottled 18 August 2012!) --- I can detect the malty sweetness so there is a lot of room for development. Of course there is some funk but it's dominated by a lot of spicy, phenolic notes. The funk is musty, and storage like as opposed to Sarah Jessica Parker-ish.

I like the taste much better: slightly tart, hints of malt in sweetness and in the body, with a bitter and slightly tannic finish akin to fruit peel. Phenolic. Funky notes here and there but very subtle. Prickly carbonation and dry finish. Very bubbly and refreshing. I will buy it again when I am feeling sour, but I wish it were more intense.

tewaris, Oct 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

nathanjohnson, Jun 12, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz bottle poured in to a flute.

Pours a yellowish orange with a thin head but steady stream of bubbles.

Smell is a sharp, grassy, appley, earthy, complex.

Taste is a very dry, tart, blend of sour, grassy malt, and odd yeast.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Overall this is a very tight, focused beer that is all that I expected.

aubuc1, Jun 11, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

750 ml bottle I picked up in Greens off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. I have heard good things about the Cuvee Rene and figured it was about time to give it a try. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice color. It is a peachy color that really reminds me of good apple juice when poured. It has that gold to super light brown to yellow in color. The pour bubbled up a good amount of head, a little over a finger in height. The head is a crisp white in color. Sadly the retention is a bit lame and doesn't have much lasting power, quickly disappearing. Slight bubbles of lace stick on the glass and slowly side back into the body. Tons of carbonation is just flowing up the body. The shimmering color is really the shining point of the brew.

S: Smell is a bit muted to be honest. Very light aroma is coming out. Getting a nice and earthy smell coming out. Maybe some rain and grass coming through. Getting some tartness coming through. Reminds me a bit of some granny smith apples soaked in sour mix. Getting some vinegar as well. Other than that, not a whole lot coming out and the smells that are there are very toned down.

T: That granny smith apple flavor is really coming through. I think the sour mix soaked apples is right on. More tart and sour than regular apple flavor. Apple cider vinegar coming out. Touch of peach and lemon and lime coming out. A bit of fruitiness that reminds me of a Chard. That earthiness is not exactly the show stealer as it is in the aroma but its there. Got a lot of grass and wet hay. The finish comes out with more tartness that reminds me a bit of yellow sweet tarts. Very nice.

M: Medium to light in body that is nice and light. The carbonation gives you a ton of crispness and absolutely adds to that lightness. Still avoids being watery somehow. Nice and dry with a good amount of acid to it. Tart on the palate. Aftertaste is all those tart flavors lingering on the palate. Damned nice.

D: I usually link the feel to drinkability because it makes sense, but it doesn't translate as well here. Although the feel is really good, it becomes too much at times and makes this a bit of chore to get down after glass number one. This is absolutely a brew to share with a group. It has a nice wine like profile but it is so dry it feels like drinking a bottle of dry white. With that said, shared this is a great beer. Would absolutely visit again.

everetends, May 05, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Raziel313, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

LightnerLiquorKS, Apr 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Beezee, Sep 01, 2012
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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