Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #23
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,066
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.9%
Reviews:
950
Ratings:
2,249
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
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Notes: Gueuze Cuvée René is one of the jewels of our brewery. With its golden colour, its sparkle and its beautiful sherry aromas, this is the queen of gueuzes.

This old gueuze is a blend of old and young lambic matured in large oak barrels called foudres. It is then bottled in a beautiful champagne bottle where a second fermentation takes place. After 6 months, the gueuze obtains a golden colour and is slightly carbonated and tart. But kept in a cellar for a few years, it becomes truly exceptional!
The use of a champagne bottle dates back to an uncertain time period when lambic brewers specialized in recovering empty bottles from great restaurants and other establishments where a lot of champagne was consumed. That is why we chose the most noble of bottles to hold our noblest beer.
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woemad from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz/355mL bottle purchased at Huckleberry's, in Spokane, WA, several months ago. My first Geuze, I believe. No obvious freshness date, just a code where the freshness date should be.

Poured into a flute, this was a clear, golden color, with many tiny bubbles rushing skyward. A tight, bone-white colored head quickly formed and quickly dropped, but wouldn't die away completely.

Musty and funky nose, slightly vinuous, slightly earthy.

Tastes tart, vinegary, grassy and bitter. And dry. Very dry.

Fairly light bodied, not as effervescent in the mouthfeel as I expected, but not heavy, either.

Interesting, but not something I'd drink on the regular. This might be the only Geuze available, locally, so I'm not sure if I'll have another to compare it to. Guess I'll have to go to Brussells.

Jul 19, 2021
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zonker17 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 2013 bottle consumed May 2021. Perfect. Dark golden, fluffy white head, good lacing. Nose white wine, wood, chamomile. Taste is balanced with so many flavors. Green apple, wood, mild sourness. Medium body and carbonation.

May 08, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lindeman’s Oude Gueuze is crystal clear and a golden amber in color. Head is light, and bone white in color.
My first impression of Oude Gueuze’s nose is that it’s got a gentle earthiness. The immediate second perception is that of an assertive and enticing sourness. All of this is supported by a subtle barnyard quality. That barnyard quality presents itself in the form of aromas of horse blanket combined with a grapefruit scented citrus quality. What makes this beer’s aroma so enticing is how those earthiness and barnyard aromas are secondary to the beer’s overall tartness. They help give the nose character and complexity.
Taking a sip, Lindemans Oude Gueuze is crisp, dry, and spritzy. Lemon tartness leads the charge. Oude Gueuze’s tartness is supported by a subtle flavor of malt in the form of soda cracker. At this point I’m also picking up a bone dry woodiness. Not the more intense flavors of oak, more of a general, neutrally woody character. All of this combines to provide an interesting overall flavor profile. Lemon tartness up front, with other flavors providing balance.
Lindeman’s Oude Gueuze 2018 is a delicious, engaging example of a blended lambic. It’s tart, dry, and balanced with a subtle barnyard character common to so many of the best Belgian styles of beer. My only caveat for the average beer drinker is that the tartness is slightly more assertive than some people may enjoy. That being said, this beer’s other qualities provide great balance to that initial tartness.

Apr 02, 2021
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Production code is L BB19PGC
So according to what I can find on the internet that means it was bottled on 02/19/16.

L: Pours a pale to deep gold with a low haze. A gentle pour gives a 1 finger off white head with decent retention. After a few minutes the head has fallen to about 2 mm with a sheet of head in the middle of the glass. Leaves a decent webbed lacing as the beer goes down.

S: Lemon, a bit of green apple, a note of woody funk, and hint of grainy malt character.

T: Following the nose I get lemon, some green apple, some nice funky notes (both woody and herbal) come in mid palate along with some slight grainy notes. The back end brings a nice spiciness with a sourness that builds and crescendos on the finish. As the beer warms the funky notes continue into the backend become more prominent.

F: Light body with medium-high carbonation. Mouthfeel is crisp with some tingly carbonation on the tounge and top of the palate. The finish has a gentle dryness.

O: Very nice and would buy again. The palate is very nice and well balanced, but for me the mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. Recommended.

Mar 01, 2021
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BrandonAllaire from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look in the glass is orange with a big head on the pour that mellows out. On the nose you get a classic geuze funk, however, it doesn't carry over much in the taste. Bright, lemon and citrus, flavors with a little oak character. Funk lingers on the palette at the end. Mouthfeel is good, but more acidic than other geuzes. Overall a great treat that will satisfy a geuze craving and keep you from digging into the cellar.

Jan 02, 2021
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Yac_B from Canada (QC)

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2019 - 37,5 cl.

*Beautiful golden/orange colour. Thin but dense head.

*Aroma is relatively restrained. Brett is the most forward, reminiscent of straw. Then leaves room to some subtle zesty citrus notes. Noticeable cidery notes, as the glass warms up.

*Soft acidity and delicate funk. Bitterness is highly noticeable but dissipates slowly, leaving some earthy flavours for a moderately long finish. Overall, reminiscent of the pith from preserved limes.

*Effervescent, with a light body. Pleasant finish.

The glass goes down effortlessly. Not extremely complex, but a very pleasant beer that fits any occasion. I am curious as to how this one would age.

Jan 01, 2021
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stcules from Italy

3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lightly veiled orange appearance. Abundant white foam.
Gueuze: wild, cellar, salami skin, relatively delicate.
At the taste the sourness is well in evidence, but still smooth and pleasant.
No peaks, but a good, real gueuze.
Citric, dusty.
The sourness rises more strong and clean.
Easy to drink but not banal. Intriguing fruitiness, flora, white grapes, lychee.

Dec 10, 2020
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Brugesman from California

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big bottle. Served in a wine glass. Bottle code is L BG07PGC. Pretty sure that means bottled in 2016, maybe on Feb 7, but there seems to be an extra character (the first G) that doesn’t make sense. I don’t know why one should be forced to try to decode so many bottling dates. Just put the damn date on the label! But I digress.

Appearance: Clear orange/golden hues, topped by a gorgeous dense small bubble foam. A visual delight.

Smell: Lemon zest, microflora funk

Taste: Quite lemony, to the point of being pleasantly puckery. Hay, earth, flowery. Wonderfully complex, which each sip evoking different flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light, fizzy. Coats the tongue with a lemony essence.

Overall: A mouth-watering beer, a testament to the skills of lambic production and blending. A wonderful beer to pair with oily fish, many cheeses, sausages and more. At around 14 bucks a big bottle, this beer is an incredible value, and widely available. If you’re serious about beer, try a gueuze like this. Gueuze, the Champagne of Belgium!

Sep 14, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2016 (I think, based on a quick web search and my decoding of the code L BB26PGC) This puts it at about 53 months old. These are the bottles on the shelf around here, I'm uncertain if this is common or if it is a function of the store I get these at.

Beautiful clear golden beer with a wonderfully active presence that creates a mountain of dense white foam.
Wafting from that foam is a wonderful summertime scent of honey and fruit blossoms and a soft hayfield in the distance. Tip tops
Taste leads with a sharp and dry minerality, the sulphurs of apple peel and horse sweat. Such a wild and wonderful beer with each sip offering up something new, ripe pear and peach blossoms, dry white wine and underripe currants. Just crazy layers, and it's still chilly.
Crispy and intensely bubbly with a great refreshing bite.
Excellent beer, we see these for $13 a piece and man, I'm hard pressed to name a better value. If you like lambic, spontaneous, farmhouse type brews. This one is a great option

Jul 14, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: one finger white head which dissipates to a decent layer of bubbles which retain for a good while, beer is a lovely golden colour, quite foggy, decent stream of bubbles flowing up the beer.

smell: a most pleasant smelling beer, a nice amount of lambic sour character, lots of champagne notes, vinous, white grape, pear, green apple, a herbal earthy character to it, pomegranate, definitely acidic smelling but in a nice way, smells complex and exciting.

taste: a lovely sour beer, it is quite tart but not overwhelming, there is a certain malty character to it, some white bread, almost a tobacco smokey flavour at times, it’s really earthy, oak, some nuts like walnut or hazlenut maybe, somewhat salty, those fruit flavours too of course, lots of pear, green apple, there’s a definite similarity to champagne, nicely bitter finish, very pleasant to drink indeed.

feel: light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, very dry, very crisp, lovely mouthfeel really, a touch of warmth from the alcohol, incredibly enjoyable to sip.

overall: a very elegant beer, and very enjoyable to drink, easy to drink while still being full of character and complexity, good stuff indeed.

Jun 27, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance of rose wine with a small white head and very little lacing. Unique, funky, vinous aroma with hints of green apple, cheese, wood, lemon peel and leather. Tart, acidic flavors of dried fruit and damp cellar. Sour aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a lingering finish.

Jun 13, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle. Poured into tulip

Effervescent and translucent, goldenrod in color. Tight to loose bubbles in a two finger rocky and spritely head

Sour Yeast esters and lemon essence, hint of dank cellar. A tad spicy in the nose

Orange rind, grapefruit, sour yeast strains, Oyster mushrooms, white grape and Swedish fish candy on the back end.

Fizzy with good carbonation. Tingly on the tongue, medium mouthfeel with a terminating levity. Drying and somewhat acidic

Very well done and a classic in the style. Borders on saison in some of its qualities. Age has done this wonders, a lovely beer that hits all the right marks for me

Jun 05, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. Poured from a foil topped and corked bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Crystal clear light golden pour to start with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing... sediment clouds the end of the pour.

S: Funky... citrus and green fruit. Vinegar, apple cider, yeast, and grains.

T.F: Complex. Tart without a pucker. Loads of funk and apple cider vinegar. Yeasty... old oak and barnyard. Green apple, pear, and grape/white wine. Mild to moderate acidity... effervescent carbonation. Medium bodied. More funk and fruit at the finish.

O: An outstanding gueuze... great flavor and complexity. Tart and very drinkable. Great beer... wish I had a few more bottles for the cellar.

Mar 01, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL Bottle. ABV 6%.
Appearance: Veiled gold, Over half a finger of fizzy/fluffy off-white head, Streaming carbonation, Great retention, Creamy cap remains.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, Slight farmyard funk, Citrus (Lemon), Sweaty, Earth, Wet hay, Herbal, Soft grainy malt.
Mouthfeel: Good weight, Under medium body, Gentle fizzy carbonation, Tart, Dry finish.
Flavour: Citrus (Lemon), Wet hay, Herbal, Soft grainy malt, Spice, Slight farmyard funk.
Overall: This is an exceptional gueuze! I tried not to 4.25 everything, but it's just all around outstanding. There isn't any overpowering "farmyard funk", instead the flavours are well integrated and fairly well balanced. With subtle confidence, beauty and depth, she asserts herself as "Queen of Gueuzes".

Review: 130

Feb 08, 2020
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 2015. A nice mix of dry sour and cider. Some funk. The nose is initially off, but it centers back within a minute of uncorking. Carbonation is medium low with a smooth feel. If you are a sour fan, it’s worth picking one up. Especially with a few years on it.

Dec 25, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Gives nothing away that you wouldn't expect; good foam/head retention, delicate lacing; bracing cider appearance but...
S - This is where the Cuvee Rene shines; Brett and wood and funk and barnyard all on the nose, with notes of apple and grape in the background
T - More funk on the front palate than one might expect; double down on the smell, but with a little less interest.
F - great carbonation and bottle conditioned fermentation here. just black magic, folks. Great for a different kind of Lambic experience that isn't just cherries galore.
O - a really interesting Gueuze that you should try if you like Brett; if you like barnyard funk.

Aug 10, 2019
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opieo from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A superb brew that seems to combine champagne with white wine with cider. Very dry, sour, and fizzy. Beautiful clear golden color. Carbonated. Slightly fruity, like a cider, but not a fruit base. A great warm weather brew. Definitely a sour. Prepare to pucker. Worth the money for a special drop if you are celebrating something.

Jul 14, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage; drank 5/28/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A slow pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head (careful pouring!); strong, frothy lace.

Peach & wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peach & sea salt flavors up front; mild wheat & a faint metallic note on the finish.

Overall, good but not great.

May 29, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, with bottling date code of 'L BA21PGC'. Foil cap and corked bottle.
Clear, deep gold colored body with the first pouring. Two finger of fizzy, bubbly white head with the initial pour, but this disappears in a wonderful show of bursting bubbles. A partial thin ring is maintained by rising bubbles. No lacing. The second pour is much cloudier in the body, with the color of ripe apricots.
Aroma is sour and full of yeast. The funk is expressing a smell of leather, and close to rubber.
Taste is sour and expresses a lot of yeast funk (woody, grassy, leather, and pencil eraser). Has a touch of lemon, but is not fruity. This beer is dry.
Medium mouth feel, with some sharp fizziness in the mouth. Good carbonation.
This beer allows for the tasting of wild fungus. Well done blend.

Mar 09, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a corked and capped 355-ml bottle into a 2018 Zwanze goblet because it just seemed like the right thing to do. Very attractive pour, with three fingers of white foam atop a clear, light-golden colored body. The head dissipated within a couple of minutes, leaving a thin cap and minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity, with mild notes of apple cider vinegar and yeast funk. This has a pleasant, muted sourness, not at all overpowering. The up-front sourness fades to a dry and moderately bitter finish, with a touch of minerality and a hint of clove-like astringence. This would make a fine table beer, with its "winey" characteristics (think Chardonnay). I would recommend this as an approachable example of the style.

Mar 04, 2019
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WA_Brian from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (L BJ06PGC) poured into a tulip at 53°F.

L: Pours a clear, beautiful golden color with big, bright white head showing high carbonation with bubbles singing like you get with soda. The head retention was pretty good, but didn't last seemingly forever as some gueuzes do. Once the head dissipates it leaves a collar on the glass with pockets of bubbles throughout.

S: Earthy, leather, and barnyard. Not getting much fruit.

T: Sour apples. Some funk. Good balance between them but stays a bit on the fruitier side.

F: Medium-light body with really high carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: Lovely gueuze. A perfect example of what the style should taste like when done well. It is not the most complex gueuze on the market but it is very good. It's a good choice for anyone new to the style who might not want a beer dominated by funk. In terms of price and availability, nothing comes close to this which is why it's a regular for me.

Feb 12, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked green bottle coded L BL22PGC poured into a pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours barely hazy golden amber in color with fizzy nearly white head. The head disappears leaving only a few tiny bubbles and no lacing. The aroma is musty and a little fruity. The taste is SOUR, and musty like at old hay barn. The mouthfeel is very thin bodied and highly carbonated. No bitterness, no alcohol with a bone dry finish. Overall, fits the style, which I find extremely unpleasant. Belgian Gueuze ticked, barely.

Jan 08, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale golden amber coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smells of citrus acidity, green apple and barnyard funk, with a certain earthy/woody note as well. Taste is dominated by zesty, acidic citrus notes of grapefruit and lime peel and a strong earthy/woody oak presence, as well as ligher notes of tart green apple and quince, along with a good amount of barnyard funk with a mild blue cheese note. Finishes tart and funky, with some citric acidity lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and lively carbonation.

A great Geuze that is just just fantastic value for money, but still very good on its own. Not that complex, but very nicely balanced, with a good amount of tartness and funk.

Dec 29, 2018
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Junior from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Bright golden honey color with foamy white head.
S - Funky
T - Sour apple.
F - Heavily carbonated with a dry tart finish.
O - This is my first beer of this style. I wasn't sure what to expect. It is pretty good, but very tart.

Dec 06, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice yellow gold color with around a medium body. Carbonation is just above average and has an almost champagne like quality ti it. Overall a nice feel to this beer
Aroma is green apples, yeast, and a tart/ funk/ sour mix with all of it being about equal.
Taste really follows the aroma, comes off a bit dry in a pleasant way. Again the taste has in equal parts that sour, funk, green apple tartness.
This is an exceptional beer that would work great with cheese and fruit or to accompany a rich meal

Nov 04, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2249 ratings