Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Brouwerij Lindemans

Oude Gueuze Cuvée RenéOude Gueuze Cuvée René
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Brouwerij Lindemans
Ranked #36
Ranked #6,055
4.1 | pDev: 10.98%
Apr 02, 2024
Sep 18, 2002
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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Ratings by edthehead:
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Rated by edthehead from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A lambic that checks all the boxes. Golden color with a substantial white head that laces your glass. The nose is sour, lemony. How the flavor unfolds is where this beer elevates. Light sourness, flavors of green apples, lemon, and white grapes. Then a nice Farmhouse funk creeps in to remind you where this beer comes from. So much better than Lindemans single fruit lambics.
Apr 02, 2024
Rated: 4.4 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Mar 29, 2024
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A 750ml gold foil covered and corked bottle, bottled on 14th April 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Pear, green apple, apple peel, funky, damp wood, with notes of wood shavings.

Taste: Lightly sour, tart, lemon, fruit sweetness, apple peel, apple, pear, white wine grapes, funk, wet wood, with oaky notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Easy drinking and extremely quaffable.
Mar 20, 2024
Rated: 4.84 by Monty89

Mar 03, 2024
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Reviewed by azi5757 from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I became interested after watching Michael Jackson’s “The Beer Hunter,” as I’m sure many others did. Very strange beer. Smell-wise, it smells like nail polish remover (I saw any review mention this), maybe with hints of dates, plums, or raisins. The taste is sour. I think I would need to drink it again to look past that and develop impressions beyond that. It was nice to try a true Old World beer made with wild yeast.
Mar 01, 2024
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Brouwerij Lindemans 'Cuvee Rene Oude Gueuze' @ 6.0% , 2021 blend served from a gold foil cap/corked 375 ml bottle
A-pour is light gold from the bottle to a hazy gold in the glass with a small size white head leaving a spotty lace along the teku glass
S-similar to a sherry upfront , lots of pear & apple in the background
T-true tart & refreshing lambic , very complex , acidic finish
MF-ok carbonation (fizzy) , medium body
Ov-I will buy and cellar this beer , it's that good
prost LampertLnd
Jan 20, 2024
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Reviewed by Holistervildercamp from Oklahoma

4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I think I had the 2018 version recently, a couple times. It definitely is better if you leave all the shit on the bottom. It's got as much shit in it as kombucha. So, let It settle, pop the top and enjoy a refreshing tart beer, that is overpriced. Someone who is familiar with the smell of nail polish remover may try to tell you that's what it smells like. Listen not. Accept nature's fickle funky odors and commerciality be damned!
Oct 14, 2023
Rated: 3.84 by TheIPAHunter from California

Oct 13, 2023
Rated: 4 by shigg85 from Japan

Jul 19, 2023
Rated: 3.7 by a_pal0 from Italy

Jun 11, 2023
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Reviewed by C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2018 Blend.

L: opaque burnt orange with thick white head
S: orange cream, lemon, honey, and peach flower
T: tart, almost like a lemonade, grape juice, orange, and fruit candy
F: excellent carbonation

An interesting, tart beer. Probably would go well with a greasy but mild food like sausages. No alcohol bite.
May 15, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle into a tulip. 2015 vintage.

Looks quite nice, slightly hazy honey colored body with a small bright white head. Aroma and taste are lightly sour, and the the finish is a little off. Not as good as I hoped.
Apr 25, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Apr 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2018 vintage

With this being considered “the only Lindemans beer that matters” and things of the sort, I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get around to it. Not that it hasn’t been available, I’ve been seeing this one at my local shop for quite some time now, but it just wasn’t calling my name until yesterday. Now I’m excited, let’s get into it

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold with 3 fingers of soapy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

I know this is a style that tends to have a musty vibe, but goddamn this one really just runs with that. I’m picking up on aromas of wet hay, petrichor, crabapple, sharp oak, lemon juice, crackery malt, white wine vinegar, light honey, white pepper, and leather

In taste it’s simultaneously mustier and funkier, just more intense in general. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lemon juice, white wine vinegar, sharp oak, wet hay, leather, dried apricot, grass, wildflower honey, and crackery malt. The swallow brings notes of dried apricot, lemon zest, crabapple, wet hay, crackery malt, tannic white wine, white pepper, dry oak, and wildflower honey

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp and puckering beer. Finishes absolutely bone dry with a tart and earthy balance

This isn’t nearly the best Gueuze I’ve had, but it has a certain charm to it. Quite cheap for the style and still nicely done. I may have to pick up a few more bottles to cellar
Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
DATE: February 25, 2023... OCCASION: celebrating Will's sixteenth birthday without him, as he continues to retreat at Antioch... GLASSWARE: Lindemans fluted pokal... pours a fizzing, lively orange amber body roiling with bubbles that build a creamy, third-of-a-finger snow-white head... its center sports a jacuzzi jet... pear and apple, metallic noble hops, ginger, garden herb, white grape, and heavy candied sugars... wow, this is tart! a buzzing, vibrating presence at the teeth that dives just as aggressively to the throat... medium-bodied, quite acidic, and warming--bigger than its 5.5% presence... its dryness late makes its pokal appropriate.... crisp apple and pear, white wine, rust, pepper, garden herb, and tart sugars--again, bigger than its body, a calling card of the lambic experience... this packs a bunch of flavors into each sip, with a staunch mouthfeel that lingers long after each sip... an enjoyable, complex beer that is a worthwhile, slow sipper whose ABV doesn't necessarily require that care...
Feb 26, 2023
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Well this was certainly something else. My first lambic I think. Pours apple juice yellow, with only half a finger of white head. Smell is dominated by funky yeast, with a bit of straw and pepper in the background. The taste likewise begins with that yeasty funk, and a very tart sourness, giving way to a distinct apple note. Being as tart and sour as it is, I can't say it goes down super smooth, but it does make you want to drink more. Overall an interesting beer but not one I would reach for regularly.
Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by Shiredave from New York

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by RoyalKaiju from Kentucky

May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by skyballs from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Purchased several in Hancock, Michigan in 2002. Cellared for 20 years. I remember I tried one right away, I was very turned off by the musty smell and taste. Since then I have had many more wild and sour beers, so it's possible my taste has changed just as much as this oude gueuze. Popping the cork did not cause the bottle to erupt like I feared. Color is a deeper golden than I remember. The head is just as thick and long-standing as it was back then. Smells strongly of raw apple cider and wet hay with additional esters. Taste is similar, mostly right down the center of the tongue, but then the alcohol begins to warm the edges. I thought I'd had enough after one glass, but the lingering acid was so nice I went back for more, only to find that sitting open for half an hour might have improved it. If I could do it all over again I would.
May 06, 2022