Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

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From:
Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #27
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,207
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 10.98%
Ratings:
2,257
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 26, 2021
Added:
Sep 18, 2002
Wants:
  140
Gots:
  341
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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4.11 by edthehead from New York on Dec 26, 2021
 
4.19 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
 
4.09 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 15, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a gold color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is slightly fruity. Tastes of apples and other fruits. Sour but not overly so. Crisp and dry.

Oct 04, 2021
 
4.18 by dpr117 from Sweden on Oct 01, 2021
 
4.73 by beerrat from Virginia on Sep 06, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

2019 Blend

I would t push a granny I to oncoming traffic for this one, but I’d probably splash a hipster with my whip during a rainy day. It’s just ok. But Messi g with a hipster is always ok in my book.

Aug 17, 2021
 
4.75 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Jul 25, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woemad from Washington

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
 
4.79 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Jul 06, 2021
 
4 by doctorgary from New York on Jun 06, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by zonker17 from Texas

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
 
4.39 by Donatas from Lithuania on Apr 30, 2021
 
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

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
 
4.35 by kodt from Illinois on Mar 25, 2021
 
4.51 by arini10 from Oregon on Mar 19, 2021
 
4.09 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Mar 08, 2021
 
4.23 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut on Mar 07, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

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
 
4.79 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania on Feb 03, 2021
 
3.94 by Cmm1985 from Nebraska on Jan 21, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BrandonAllaire from Vermont

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
 
4.7 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Jan 02, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Yac_B from Canada (QC)

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
 
4.25 by yuno from New York on Dec 28, 2020
 
4.35 by AlinD27 from Romania on Dec 27, 2020
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3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by stcules from Italy

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
 
3.76 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Nov 01, 2020
 
4.04 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Sep 29, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Brugesman from Oregon

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
 
4.09 by Foeder82 from Belgium on Sep 03, 2020
 
4.1 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Aug 28, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

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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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by misteil from Ireland

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
 
4.19 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia on Jun 15, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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
 
4.1 by smi69 from New York on Jun 07, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

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
 
3.87 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on Mar 03, 2020
Oude Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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