Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #22
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,684
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.9%
Reviews:
934
Ratings:
2,216
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Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum corked and capped with a vintage of 1994 on the label. The cork was in excellent condition showing no drying and a minimal amount moisture.

Appearance: Thin white lacing but it is a trademark Brussels style lace, spritzy with numerous tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Hazed hue makes it a dim golden colour.

Smell: Musty, chalky, cellar and corky huddle with mellow but sizeable tart aromas.

Taste: Light to moderate body, tartness is solid but modest as it has mellowed out over the years. Incredibly smooth and crisp. Fruity after the initial wake of tartness. Dry malt character is clean under tartness, musty flavours are more towards the end with hints of dry chalky yeast.

Notes: Simple but has depth, flavourful but not boisterous. This brew shows little aging flaws at all and perhaps could see another decade or two without turning as long as the cork holds up. I’ll be seeking more bottles ASAP. This would be a good brew to break a newbie to the world of lambics.

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Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"1998" vintage
Rose-yellow liquid with a whale-blubber-white, energetic head that hisses and spits its way quickly to a surface-hugging pattern of chunky islands. The smell is intense and resembles loads of pressed apples, burning paper, peppermint, brushed steel, and over-ripe sourdough starter. Sour as all get out. An apple with the sugar removed. Barf flavors throughout. Like barfed up apple pulp and crushed apple seeds. Lime, blood, and sour cherries churn on the palate leaving a path of dry destruction and me, dependantly, begging for more. An awesome hell-beer. From the honey-pine forests of Utopia.

Retasted 10-19. Upgraded from 4.8 to 5. Possibly the best food beverage in the world...
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Another sample on 9/13/2003 bottled in 2002. This time no cork.
Is this tamer than the 1998? Is my palate inured to the style? Does it need to age?
Wasted red apples and white paper on the nose but less than before. Simpler, more dilute, less hiss... very clean and refreshing, but hardly pushing the envelope that the 1994 and 1998 did:
4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.0, 4.5
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Nov. 2003...Tasted the 2002 next to a 1994 (Thanks Surly!)
My faith in the 2002 was restored. It's just too young if you prefer what age can do to this beer - as I do. Witness the 1994: It was like drinking molten lemons that had been painstakingly spiced with thousands of Sumatran botanicals. Certainly a 5, 5, 5, 5, 5!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

i really liked this one from lindemans, much better than some of their fruited stuff, and a much lighter take on they style than is available from others. its crystal clear after i pour from the capped and corked green glass bottle. radiantly clear really, yeast cake remains on the bottom of the bottle. head is fizzy and white but settles quickly, and there is a real champagne sort of look to it. the nose is only a bit sour, its still definitely blended lambic, no mistake about that, but it hass less of the lactic hotness of others, instead having a light wheat malt flavor and some yeast character other than sourness. its meadowy, springy, floral and very delicate. not a lugging weighty gueuze, but one to really drink up, like a glass of spring white wine, it seems to be the perfect compliment to a chickpea curry, but i can see it working in about a million food contexts. this is a good beer to introduce folks to the style with too, its less caustically acidic but equally refined as the others. i like it quite a bit, and am more excited to crack the bottle of faro lambic in the fridge now too!

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

750ml bottle layed down from 1994.

A crumbled cork led to bits and pieces in the glass, otherwise hazy gold with a tall, white dense head. Plenty of retention and lacing. Lemon-spritzed apples, cut grass, and a trace of biscuit crumbs in the nose. Light bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Tonic-like and tart on the palate. Minerallic and tannic with lemon pith and apple skins. Finishes dry and fairly sharp.

A very nice Gueuze. The sourness is moderate compared to some, and an aged bottle is even more mellow.

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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 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...


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

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

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

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

O:
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 DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Discount Liquor for $7.50 quite some time ago (at least 18 months) and cellared although the bottle itself looks much older than that. I’ll have to search it for a date later. Served in a large snifter.

Appearance: pale peach skin body with aggressive white head that quickly dissipates to an attractive, sticky lace.

Aroma: Potent and complex. Loads of apple and strawberry. Sweet lambic notes similar to the Lindemans fruit beers but tons of funk as well. Sour with lots of acidic lemon.

Taste: Fantastic. As foreshadowed by the aroma, this beer has a tremendous amount of sweet/tart fruit flavor, especially apple, and plenty of barnyard funky/citric/rotten hay and lemons. Some pale malt is found too.

Mouthfeel: The funk is much more controlled and purposeful in this gueuze as compared to others I’ve tried. It’s less sour than many but not less interesting. The combination of the tartness from the fruity yeast and the funk from the bacteria is great. The body remains crisp, fairly clean, and very drinkable too.

An A+ beer and much more than I was expecting from Lindemans.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/03/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. 2003 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-yellow colored pour. At first a large bubbled spritzy head which turns thick and pock marked and lasting. Chunks of fat lace all over the insides of my glass.

Smell- Slightly barnyard, mainly that musty scent. A combination of tart smelling fruits as well.

Taste- Lemon rind, orange and many other fruits form together to meld into a tart, but not overpowering sour taste explosion. Starts out fairly tart, but mellows out. Not necessarily to the point of sweetness, but on the lower end of the sour spectrum towards a saison like taste.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated and super dry. Bone dry. Quenching and a somewhat light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Of the few Gueuze's I have had, this one ranks right up there with the best of them. Tasty and hit the spot.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and capped bottle with tin foil covering. Poured completely from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pale orange in color. Lots of carbonation flowing toward the top of the glass. Almost no head after the pour. A little white lacing settles near the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Tart lemon and some barnyard funk. The funk and some pale malt are rather assetive here.

Taste: The lemon notes really stand out here. The sour notes are rather straightforward but really work well with the funkiness of the yeast. Nicely balanced. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Aggresively carbonated with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The flavors are intense and very upfront, but they are nicely balanced and work well together. The ABV is manageable and the mouthfeel works nicely.

Overall, a nice take on this style. Balanced with good sours notes. Nothing too complex but definitely something worth trying.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene last month for $7.49 at Cork N Ale. I've never had this beer before, but since i like sours now I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on March 21st 2011.. Poured from a green 12oz foiled bottle that had a cork underneath the bottle cap and I poured it into a Belgian Tulip.

A- The label looks nice, along with the foiled top it's got a nice classy look to it and I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a nice hazy looking brighter yellow color that took on more of a darker golden hue when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- the aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by some fruity sourness being the first to show up, the sourness seems to be around the higher side of medium and the fruity aspect is very citrus like with a good amount of lemon aromas coming through. Up next comes a slight funky barn yard like aroma with some wet hay and grassy aromas coming through. From the middle to the end there's a pretty noticeable skunky aroma that I think might be from the green bottle. This beer had a decent aroma, but I could have gone without the skunky aspect.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by those sour fruit aspects that I got in the aroma and they impart a medium amount of sourness with lemon and other citrus like flavors coming through along with a slight apple aroma. Up next comes the yeast which proves to be much more earthier than it was in the aroma, but the wet straw aspects still comes through and it's followed by that same skunky aspects, but this time it seems to be just slightly lighter. On the finish there was a little bit of lingering sourness along with an earthy, lemon and light skunky like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but the overpowering earthy flavor and the skunky flavors really hold back the taste.

M- Not the smoothest, not too clean, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and as far as I can tell I think it's a pretty average example of the style and it doesn't really have any tastes or aromas that I think are really well done, it kind of falls right in the middle and that skunky and overly earthy aspect doesn't help. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, not too clean, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and I think half is a little more than enough for me and I'm glad that I'm splitting this bottle with my brother and there's no way I would want to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was pretty good and to me it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the skunky aspect and the overly earthy flavors, if this beer didn't have those it might be a lot better. I would buy this beer again, but I would make sure it's a pretty fresh bottle since I don't think aged was too kind to this beer and as it stands now I don't think I would recommend it. All in all I was disappointed with this beer, I had heard good things about and I thought it would turn out to be a good sour, but it just had too many off aspects and in the end that really hurt this beer. This just might be my least favorite Gueuze and my least favorite beer from this brewery. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me, but I hope to try a fresher bottle in the future.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrSeth
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an earthy orange color with a tall white-tan head. Lots of clingy lace on the glass. There is a little nose, some sharp yeasty and citrus aromas. The taste: Wow! Immediately a sharp bitter, unripe citrus fruits, and a crisp strong sour flavor.. when this was described as "sour" I guessed that it would be a sluggish sourness.. this is not the case. The sourness is very neat and clean, an excellent addition to the mouthfeel. This beer would make a great aperitif for a wide range of foods, steak and potatoes or seafood dinner.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some murky... quite a bit actually... pour is apple juice with a nice sized head. sort of a surprise. smell is like a lambic. musty sour apple. mellow gueze. quite grassy actually. no metallic in the aluminum sense but its there with a straw finish in the malt. apple is there. mildly in comparison to most. i'm surprised. the murkier side of the bottle is better but linderman's i thought i hated you. this is nice. and for the price fantastic. quite lemony. no as astringent as expected. will have again. a basic, but between this and oud beersel a good introduction to gueze. i personal think linderman's best.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Oude Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2216 ratings