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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans

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1,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 97
Gots: 196 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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 wl0307
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped and corked bottle into a tulip.

pours a dark golden color with a nice head. smell of traditional vinegar, very acedic..lovely. taste is right on point . quite tart..not lip puckering but close. very funky and acedic and just awesome if you're a gueze fan. mild carbonation ... mild body.

overall one of the better readily available gueuzes. and the price point rocks.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 355ml into a tulip.

Poured a translucent golden orange, 3+ fingers of white ehad which fades to a collar and some light head. No lacing to speak of. Nose is mildly funky, lemon, green apple, skins of an unripe green grape, dried citrus fruit character and a mild sour note. Some general champagne-like character. Taste is quite tart off the bat - acetic, lemon and orange zest. Very dry, and mildly wheaty. Flavour is somewhat short lived on the palate, although the tart feel lingers well on into the finish. This helps quite a bit in terms of helping you pull this back to your mouth for more! Highly effervescent and active on the palate, and this helps add a substantial refreshing characteristic to this. Light body and feel, a simple and effective gueuze.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 355mL bottle to tulip glass at RFD in DC on 5/28/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant and crisp yellow-gold. A three finger head is the product of a good pour. Very little lacing remains as the head fades.

S: Tart apple and a bit of musty limburger.

T: Fresh pear, apple tart and mouth-watering malic acid overwhelm the palate. It's quite complex, yet light and easy to drink. The balance of dry fruit and sour funk is close to perfect.

M: Fizzy - it drinks like a flute of Cava on a warm summer's night. The bubbles reall help to curtail the intensity that would be present without the carbonation.

O: Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene is the perfect entry-level Gueuze. It's approachable for the novice, yet worth returning to time and again for the ol' pro. This may not be the top Gueuze I've had, but it's consistantly one of the best.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. .

Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, readily available gueuze that doesn't break the bank, drinks easy, and isn't too sour for the less hardcore drinkers amongst us. Pours hazy gold with a small head that dissipates rapidly. Somewhat tart, lemony green apple aroma with a pleasant, mild funky barn note and hints of hay.

Flavor follows the nose; not the most complex example of the style, nor the most extreme (by a long shot), just tart and lemony with some musty, barnyard hay funkiness lurking underneath. Hints of black pepper and mild vinegar notes. Sweetness is pretty restrained, something that's rarely true with a Lindemans beer.

Medium to slightly light body, solid carbonation, has a fairly crisp and refreshing feel. One of the best products from this brewer, I'd say. Under 10 bucks for a 750ml bottle makes this a excellent bang-for-your-buck purchase as well.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/4/11. Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a bright medium orange colour with two or three fingers of thick bubbly head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sour, funky yeast notes and some apple in the background.

T - A dry tartness is evident up front giving way to some green apple and slightly sweet malt flavours. The finish is dry and tart.

M - Light body; moderate carbonation.

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of earthy resin, tart malt, yeast, dry hops, and slight grape. Fits the style of a Gueuze. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a tartness and dryness present. Tastes of yeast, tart malt, dry hop, slight grape, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a tart and dry beer that fits the style quite nicely.

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy caramel with a white head that produced lots of lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, cidery apples, and yeast. The flavour mirrors the aroma, with a tart finish. There's a bit of citrus here as well. Everything melds very nicely. Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, and quite dry. Definitely a fine beer.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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