Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René - Brouwerij Lindemans
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3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Presents with a pale orange color which is clear at first until the yeast works its way in to cloud things up. An airy white head, about 1/2" thick makes a brief appearance before fading to leave a thin white cap on the beer.
Aroma is full of funky sourness at first, but it tones down pretty quickly to reveal a sweeter background with some estery and musty aromas mixed in.
Again, like the aroma, the taste is sour and tart up front, but it doesn't stop there. As your taste buds get used to the tartness, they start to pick up on other flavors, including fruits and a bit of a musty finish.
Mouthfeel is light and dry, providing a nice crisp feel. A slightly chalky yeast note can be felt more than tasted, making for a nice overall balance.
Overall, this beer is one of the classic examples of its style and a great intro to sours. By the very definition of its style, I hardly consider sours to be highly drinkable, but this light and dry character of this beer really gives it a boost in terms of drinkability.
10-12-2010 18:47:43 | More by Kinsman
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene
Appearance: hazy yellow, medium head, and some good lacing.
Smell: lambic fruity sourness.
Taste: lambic acidic notes and a bitter fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.
This is a very nice lambic. The flavor is pure and smooth. It has some great well balanced flavor as well.
08-05-2011 18:20:38 | More by megahurts4
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
Cloudy light orange with a finger of cream-colored head that drops to a wispy layer and ring in a few moments. Leaves no lacing on the glass.
The aroma... oh my.... intense, harsh brett sour in the back, along with a hint of crab apple, some lemon, harsh citrus-sour. Cat urine in there too, but little vinegar/horse sweat. The light sweet candi sugar note fights its way through the sour sometimes, but only in small whiffs. This aroma is freaking wonderful.
Flavor/mouthfeel. Harsh tannins bring a soft dryness, even in the middle of each sip. The sugar notes are there in the back, but the lemon sourness, and even the same feeling in the back of the throat as strong homemade lemonade, dominates. No cheesy notes at all, which is both a good thing and surprising for the style... very well done and hard to do. Finish is puckering, but in the middle of the throat. Honestly not an overly complex flavor, just incredibly good.
This is an excellent, affordable example of the gueuze style. Delicious. Highly recommended.
12-21-2008 04:31:06 | More by khiasmus
2.68/5 rDev -34.3%
Appearance - Lots of sediment in the neck of the bottle. Very cloudy apple juice. Dark yellow body. White, very foamy head that dissipates quickly.
Smell - Bitter, slightly stale.
Taste - Extremely dry. Cardboard. Medicinal quality to it. Like aspirin. Tastes like lemon or lime skin. Sour.
Mouthfeel - Very dry, a bit of a stale aftertaste.
Drinkability - Only poured about 4 ounces. Don't really even want to finish it. I'm not sure if this is just the style of the beer, or if I got a bad bottle. I'll be sure to re-rate this when I get more knowledge on this style. (edit) after reading some of the other reviews, I'm comfortable that this was not a bad bottle. I am now able to enjoy this more now that I know this is what it's supposed to taste like.
03-03-2011 04:22:38 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
A- Deep tangerine in color with a frothy 2 finger head that faded fairly quickly.
S- Faint smell, slightly acidic, lemony.
T- Apricot, lemon, funk, slightly acidic on the back end.
M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.
D- A fairly drinkable if not tame example of the style.
05-28-2011 01:51:54 | More by Lothore
4.08/5 rDev 0%
One of the more beautiful 12 ounce bottles I've seen, corked and capped. Slightly-hazy golden body with lots of visible carbonation. Light cover of airy white head. No lacing.
On the nose: tons of yeast and minerals, similar astringency to white wine, unripe green apple and light but noticeable funk. Wheat and light sweetness.
Lots of brett funk and substantial citrus sourness, though not quite puckering. Balanced candy sweetness, wheat and herbal hops. Fermenting fruit on the finish.
Light body with an effervescent carbonation and dry finish. Suits the beer well.
Most of my experience so far with sours has been with Cantillon, so there is a level of complexity that I'm missing here but comparing anything to Cantillon is a little unfair. Still, this is obviously a very solid gueuze presenting more than enough funkiness to satisfy. I've seen it stated that Cuvee Rene offers the best quality for your dollar when it comes to gueuze and I wouldn't doubt that. I would love to have a bunch of these around for the summer.
12-20-2011 02:27:53 | More by eat
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque orange with a big yellow hue. slightly off white head, mild retention and good lacing.
S: huge sour lemonade aroma, some light sweet citrus.
T: big tart/sour citrus flavor that turns into green apples, granny smith apples. what a great flavor.
M: medium to low bodied. mild carbonation level. very crisp and clean.
D: ridiculously smooth for as fresh as it is. cant wait to see the sours age. wonderful beer.
12-22-2008 19:28:51 | More by paulthebeerguru
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange with a half-finger white head. There was no lacing on the glass, but it's quite the good looking beer. Scents of brett/barnyard funk, lemon, sour apple and slight sweet notes. Flavor is incredibly sour, with notes of lemon, sour apple, and slight vinegar. Very dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's tart, dry and refreshing. It's also not for everyone. It's incredibly sour natureis fitting only for those of us who like things sour. But with a palette that enjoys those flavors you'll find it excellent.
04-26-2013 06:08:37 | More by Auraan
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
12oz corked, capped, and foiled bottle poured into a Lindemans flute.
My first ever Gueuze (and I've actually only had one or two lambics before...). I saw this in the cooler as I was leaving and had to go back and get it as it's hard to find back home and is quite a bit more expensive. Win/win.
A - It is fairly light, about a real faint straw color. It has a ton of head and carbonation, but leaves little to no lace at all. Retention on the creamy, egg-shell colored head is fairly moderate, it reduces to a cap pretty quickly. Clear body.
S - Smell is bold and in your face. I was able to smell this beer before my corkscrew even completely removed the cork, and once it was able to breathe in the kitchen, it wasn't long before it wafted to my nose. It was even faintly traveling to the next room. The first thing I thought of was skunk, and a potent one at that. As I focused more, however, I was able to pick up some really country smells, bringing me back to my days as a child visiting my grandparents, who lived in a very rural part of Pennsylvania. Very musty, dank, an old barnyard type of smell. Some beginning to mold cheese? After that is some citrus, apples, and beers. At first repulsive, as it becomes more familiar its actually quite enjoyable...
T - The taste is sour beyond what I thought a beer could achieve. I've heard stories, but the first-hand experience is more than I could've imagined. Lots of the flavor just immediately goes to the sides of my mouth and activates the sour taste buds, and the back half of the roof of my mouth. Tart, almost like a concentrated Warhead. The sourness mixes with the apple and lemon to make it sort of seem as they are a bit overripe or molding, but it's pleasant in a weird sort of way. The fruits really shine in the finish, which is sour and citric.
M - Mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation. Has a similar mouthfeel to champagne but obviously worlds more sour. Leaves a lasting sourness in the sides of the cheek, but is dry.
D - Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is non-existent. I'm hoping that with a few more sours under my belt these will go down easier, but at the moment its a total sipper. Potential though!
12-28-2010 04:59:16 | More by nhindian
3.56/5 rDev -12.7%
37,5 cl poured into a lindemans glass
A - a clear bright pale orange with a small white head of foam. Dissipated rather quickly.
S - lots if acidity at first. A bit of barnyardy funk. Slight sweet bready malts. A little bit buttery.
T - very similar to the nose with bright acidity and a very slight malt sweetness. Some green apple character in the middle. Some funkyness toward the end. Dry and tart finish.
M - medium bodied. Very crisp with bright carbonation.
O - I just wasn't crazy about that little funk bit in the end but otherwise a very refreshing beer for a sticky summer eve.
05-11-2013 16:09:43 | More by beerpirates
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
A: A lot of carbonation in this one, the crisp white head maintains throughout the experience and the liquid itself is a clear orange color reminiscent of a medium honey.
S: Defiantly get the sour fruit - Peaches and pears mostly. Behind the sourness I also get a fresh-baked-bread aroma. Smells quite nice, it's a nice combination of scents.
T: Quite funny, it took me a while to pick up the flavors in this beer, but I am settling on lemon and grass. The sourness is present, but not over-powering at all. Very interesting (and good) flavor profile.
M: Oh wow, tart is the first thing I get. Through and through this beer is very dry, highly carbonated, light bodied, and has a solid puckering effect.
D: Quite drinkable, defiantly a good beer - my favorite of the Lindemans so far.
10-29-2011 16:18:17 | More by tlazaroff
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured out a clear copper color, with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly with nice lacing. The aroma is strong, sour, and tart. The flavor is still quite tart, but the flavor has a nice fruity apricot roundness with hints of overripe apple and a bit of funk in the finish. Acidic and dry smooth and drinkable.
11-08-2006 02:36:37 | More by dherling
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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