Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #22
Ranked #2,674
4.13 | pDev: 10.9%
Brouwerij Lindemans
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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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Photo of octortus
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), 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

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Photo of Apellonious
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.

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Photo of eppCOS
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.

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Photo of opieo
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of dcotom
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.

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Photo of WA_Brian
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of Junior
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured hazy golden honey with a small head that never fully dissapated and left little lacing.

Aroma is that of funky apples, pears, and grapes. Full and tart, anticipating some slightly sour funk.

Taste is exactly what the aroma suggested - tart, funky, and delicious.

Feel is terrific medium-light with great carbonation.

Overall, this is a lovely geuze. Great example of the style without the normal steep price tag. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a wine glass. 2014 bottle. Pours out an amazing clear golden color. Look somewhat like apple juice with a off white thick and well retained crown. The smell is funky and tart. Has notes of apple, pear, peaches and even some pineapple. The taste is a mirror image of the nose and the mouthfeel is very tart and acidic leaving you pucker up. Overall, this is very refreshing and I love the amount of sour it brings.

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Photo of DBosco
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good all around. Tart but not overly sour. Crisp flavors. Excellent look and smell. Based on bottle code (google will lead you to how to decode it) it was bottled Feb 19, 2016, so had a good amount of age on it. Definitely worth trying and revisiting occasionally.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy golden color with a nice quarter inch head. Smell is fruity and and slightly more sour. Sourness is is strong on the tongue and in the way groats going down. Fruitiness is hard to detect because of the sourness. I like sour beers, so this is my favorite style of lambic.

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Photo of Nass
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the first Geuze sour ale that I have sampled. It's sour & dry just as I expected based on previous reviews that I have read. When your in the mood for a different type of beer this is the beer for you. It's also quite pungent in both the aroma and taste. A little spearmint in there as well. This is very impressive as well as a real palate stretcher. I highly recommend trying this out if you can get a hold of a bottle. A-

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: BB19PGC bottling code

Poured into a smal snifter. First couple pours were crystal clear, yellow gold body and nice fizzy thin layer of white head. Smell is green appley, green grapes, lemon. Taste is lots of zesty lemon funk, earthiness, green grapes, green apple. Last few pours with more spent yeast got more opaque and deeper in flavor. More funk, lots of acidity but still extremely balanced. Nice fizzy and medium thin mouthfeel with just a slight dry finish. So glad to have finally tasted this brew.

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Photo of Themorg826
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- a little hazy- champagne like bubbles that quickly subsided. Could be mistaken for a cider.

Smell- Fruity and earthy tones, very sharp. No malt or hop smells- slight tinge of wood, and faint waft of possibly leather

Taste- Very unique flavor, unlike anything I have ever had. First notes is a champagne like sweetness, with a tart, lemony bite. Quite bubbly; no malt or hop flavor. After taste has a slight warmth. Taste of green apple prevalent.

Feel- Very bubbly and tart. Warmth on the end of the sip.

Overall- My first gueuze, great experience. Very funky and acidic beer that stimulates and heightens the senses.

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Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a bright copper color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very fruity, sour aroma of apples, yeast, and a funky quality.

T: Tasted of a hint of Belgian yeast, a whole lot of the funky / musty quality, a good shot of apples, a hint of pears, an earthy quality, and a citrus element (lemon, in particular). A big tart / sourness here, one that's balanced by the musty / earthiness. Vibrant, sweet, and fruity.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An incredibly solid and likable gueuze. Very easy to drink and well made.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

March 15th, 2015 - The regular fruity Lindeman's are unbridled, undisciplined and shamefully sweet. But the family name shouldn't spoil the personality, so I wanted to give the Lindeman's Cuvee Rene a chance to be something better than the fizzy fruity fracases one normally finds on liquor store shelves. Hazy but almost a foxy brown, the head barely supports itself before toppling into the glass of sweet and sour smelling brew. With a slight vinegar twang and a sharp acidity, it has a high note like apple cider vinegar. The floaty, fluffy carbonation is around for when I take my sip, softening the sourness. Notably, the sweetness has been checked, apparently restraining Lindeman's bad habits from other beers and letting a more traditional lambic geuze note come through.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 750 mL Capped Cork Bottle

L- Pours a beautiful deep gold/amber hue with a foamy 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. A thin ring of fizz around the edge of the glass and constant streams of fine bubbles, very reminiscent of Champagne.

S- Tart Lemons with a clear and defined must.

T- Stonefruit followed by an Alsace Riesling-like minerality and a lemon tartness. Very pleasant on the palate with low IBU's.

F- Medium-Light body and steady moderate, champagne-like carbonation.

O- This being my first Lambic, I don't think I could've had a better experience. The taste was very pleasant and fruity with the perfect amount of tartness and funk. Excellent stuff that I plan to get more of very shortly.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from Brewdog Doghouse, Glasgow:
Quite a fresh & crisp beer from the start, it was lively with some nice tart & funky flavours kicking things off alongside plenty of citrus & a few subtle spices. Further on there was some lighter fruits with apples, grapes & pears all featuring at points before some acidity seen things out. It was a balanced & easy-going offering that I enjoyed & would definitely have again.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Weird date code...

Pours a crystal clear blond copper with a couple fingers of beige head that rapidly settles to a film. (3.75)

Musty funky tartness in the nose, underripe pears, old barnwood, acetic tartness, sage. (4.25)

Tart and bright with an earthy backbone, green apple, crackers and musty funk. (4)

It is tart, refreshing and light with medium carbonation and a lingering twang. (4)

This is a very nice sour.
There is a nice balance of bright fruity tartness and musky stank. It is drinkable and funky without being overblown.
I am no expert, but this is a good one. (4.25)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Lindemans "Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René"
750 ml green glass bottle, corked and capped; without freshness dating but labeled "Bottled: L BA21PGC"
$9.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy deep gold, almost amber colored body beneath a finger thick head of bright white that holds surprisingly well but leaves little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Mustiness, wet straw, leather, wet wood/oak, dried apricot, and grainy malt.

Taste: Tart but not puckeringly sour as some Gueuze can be. It's fruity (apple, apricot, lemon), mineralish, earthy, and musty/funky/moldy - reminiscent in some ways to the blue veins of mold within a wheel of English Stilton - and lightly leafy. It's only mildly bitter, less than 20 IBUs, but dry in the finish with a mild, short lingering acidity and earthiness/mustiness/woodiness.

Feel: Light-medium in body and gently effervescent and delicately crisp, influenced as much by its acidity as its carbonation.

Overall: If it can be said that an ale brewed from wild yeast is highly refined, then this is one of the finest example to be had. It offers a great deal of character while remaining perfectly balanced in flavors, bitterness, acidity, and mouthfeel. Compellingly drinkable. A classic.

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