Oude Gueuze Cuvée René Special Blend 2010
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Belgian Gueuze
4.37 | pDev: 4.81%
Brouwerij Lindemans
Retired (no longer brewed)
Oude Gueuze Cuvée René Special Blend 2010Oude Gueuze Cuvée René Special Blend 2010
Notes: A brewery would be no brewery if they in honor of this festive time introduce appropriate millésime. The Cuvée René Special Blend 2010 is an exclusive Assembly where 10,000 litres, 5 years old Lambic aged in oak wooden barrels is blended with a small amount of young lambic. This unique beer for several months then undergoes a natural refermentation in the bottle. This Limited Edition is limited (worldwide only 15,000 bottles).
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Photo of kitch
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle, bottled in June 2014 and a best before date of 2024. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a just over one finger white head that had pretty good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy lemon, lime, hints of orange, oak, pepper, damp hay, wet leather and a good amount of barnyard funk.

Taste: Lemon-lime, pear, apple peel, oak, lots of funk, barnyard, hay, lemon rind, vinegar bite and mustiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium to light bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This surprised me in a good way. Very enjoyable with lots of funk, barnyard, wet hay and leather.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Clear orange. Big white head that settles out quickly. Smells really nice. Oaky, peppery, a little citrus, hay. Tastes of orange citrus, a little lemon tartness, substantial sweet maltiness. Oaky throughout. Pretty funky throughout, too. High carbonation. Better as it settles out. Smells much better than it tastes, but it’s a very nice lambic.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity. Head is half an inch, loose and settles into a consistent slick. Nose expresses must, cork and a hint of pepper. Taste is fairly mellow - citrus, must and yeast. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, even carbonation and dull acidity. Overall, solid and easy drinking;however, not awe-inspiring.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark golden color with fluffy off-white head. Aroma has lots of farmhouse funk with barnyard and hay notes. Taste is really balanced with all the good farmhouse funk you love in a lambic. Light body with a nice, smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. Excellent gueuze, one of the best I ever had. Really smooth and easy drinking with low acidity but dry and just the right amount of sourness.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Capped bottle with cork. Simple wine waiters opener and off we go with a solid pop.

Pale orange body, to almost rusted yellow color with an opaque appearance, with a nice small stream of middle carbonation rising through the glass. Nice rising bits of streamed pinhead carbonation along the sides, rising to a small formed head, barely half a finger. Simple white puck in color, but nice and bowled and always being repopulated. Nice looking brew, the body color is a little bit dull though.

Aroma hits real nicely. Soft tartness at first, kind of like a classic lemon quality, but then some sweetness comes in afterwards. Good big earth bent as well mixing with a soft sweetness, almost hinting towards a caramel to crystal sweetness strangely it seems to me. Really nicely balanced and unique.

What an excellent but simple and refined palate. First sip gives excellent bubbly tartness, and a flavor that hits of peach fruit right off the bat. Sharp earth and great controlled stinging tongue feel, with lively carbonation and rocky mineral flavors. An almost hot Perrier like quality but more controlled depth of sweet malts and quenching fruity wild ester flavors. A sharp almost stuck meaty quality as well, where does that come from? Fruit flavors and hot but not peppery funk mixing in with each sip.

This is a real sleeper right here. If you are a gueze fan you will want to get this down your gullet as soon as possible.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light straw yellow-orange body, two finger effervescent white head, good retention, and actually a fair bit of lacing. Smells of dry oak, mild cheesy funk, moderate acetic acidity, a fair bit of lemon, graininess. For the most part, it smells like Cuvee Rene on steroids as far as intensity and even complexity goes. Flavour is similarly robust, with lemons aplenty, crumbled cheese, oak, moderate acetic acidity, minimal grainy sweetness. Again, it's a more intense Cuvee Rene, with plenty of the profile but racheted up quite a bit. Very tasty, nice complexity with a fair bit of acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and delicate at the same time that it is intense, good carbonation, dry oak on the finish. Wonderful oude geuze with a lot of flavour to it without losing complexity. If you enjoyed the regular Cuvee Rene, you'll enjoy this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Jow
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can only repeat what has been said in the posts beneath. Very very nice blend and in this one you can really taste the "funk". I was not sure what it meant until I tried this blend!

It's a delicate explosion of flavors. You can taste all aspects of the sum of the flavor and the sum is magnificent. I will buy some more:).

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Photo of kevanb
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Drie Fontenein '3' wine glass. Enjoyed on 11.8.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice copper color, orange hues, hazy and cloudy with a big foamy white head, two or three fingers high that has decent retention but yields little lace. The aroma is really nice, funky, a bit sweet, oaky, dirty with dead leaves, hay, spice, citrus rind, a touch of wheat lingers well. The flavors are nice, very citrusy, hop spice, funk, wildflower, delicate and bright with chewy oak sweetness, a touch of earthy dirtiness and light bready wheat. The flavors are so much brighter and engaging than the nose led on. The mouthfeel is crisp, assertively carbonated, lively, coating but finished softly and gently.

Verdict: An exceptional gueuze from Lindemans, bright, clean, complex and very well balanced. Definitely a gem in their lineup, and a really top notch product. While the nose suggested something a bit more blunt and earthy, this gueuze is definitely anything but, up there with any of the best.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. The brew appears a clear golden color with firm white cap.

It smells like classic lindemans cuvee rene with oak and funky brett/wet leather leading the way. It has a very familiar smell about it with slightly more oak and a fruity pear and apple character than typical cuvee rene.

It tastes tart with an oakiness being pretty aparent before bretty earth dryness than fruited quality like pear and apple. The taste is pretty much a reiteration of the aroma. Its not excessively sour just well rounded and very, very drinkable.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Honestly, the 5 year old component of this blend was evident but I didnt feel like it was so noticeable as to justify the limited availability and cost on this one. Truely a good brew but save yourself the effort and stockpile several normal cuvee rene bottlings instead of just this one.

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Photo of aleigator
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden, vibrant color, with a fizzy, soon disappating head.

Smells of a musty, yogurty funkiness among crisp lemon peel and fermented apple. Tomato straw gets wrapped up by moldy earth, with a fungus note and old leather, defining the rich tartness, coming along with a present fruitiness to it. Its cheese funkiness blends beautifully into the sappy lime qualities of the beer, creating an overall very crisp nose.

Has a vivid carbonation, while the mouthfeel remains pleasantly soft, with a stony minerality during the finish.

Tastes of crisp lime peel, almost juicy if it wasn't for a prominent, dusty earth funkiness, revealing notes of leather and rustic cheese. Its bubbly carbonation brings a lemony dryness to the palate, also revealing a stony quality among old leather and wet hay. Finishes with apple stone pits, even more cheese, a touch of vinegar among the profound milk acidity, tied together by fermented, sweeter apple peel.

A truly refreshing Gueuze, heavy on the fruits, showcasing a distinct, unripe fruit sourness among soothing earth. Drinks fairly easy, focussed, while featuring a multi layered, rock infused minerality, keeping the beer utmost invigorating.

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Photo of Jonada
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon balloon glass

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with 1+ fingers of an off white head with good retention. Body is hazy but still barely transparent with good amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Smell was noticeable as soon as I popped the cork. Barnyard, hay, oak, pear, green apple, lemon and some musty basement.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Ripe pear, really funky, lemon like citrus and hay. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, but a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Highly drinkable.

Overall: Excellent gueuze, and definitely a step above the regular Cuvée René (which is a good beer in its own right). Worth seeking out.

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Photo of leighton
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours clear gold with a creamy white head. Great aroma, grass, lemon peel, funky hay bale. Light to medium sweet flavor with rindy citrus, grass, good funk, acidic bite. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Great balance on the finish, dry and funky, a little musty, with more lemon rind, hay, mellow acidity, wood. Excellent.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 7/15
Not sure how this is different than the regular one, but I enjoyed this one just as I enjoy the regular. Sour, tart, and acidic. Lemon zest with some funk. Earthy. Wet horse blanket. Really solid.
Edit: I now know this is mainly 4 year old Lambic.
Consumed 6/19
Nice pop. Large white head. Lemon and oak. Very light funk. Mineral notes. Very great drinkability. Starting to get complex, but I think 10 years will do this wonders. 4.25

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Oude Gueuze Cuvée René Special Blend 2010 from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 56 ratings