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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of Harrison8
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbles rising through a hazy orange, with a foamy white head that retains indefinitely. Notes of yeast, lemon, and vinegar in the aroma. The taste has a bit of yeast spice with some lemon notes. It is sour. Mouth feel is medium bodied, effervescent, and foamy. As the beer hits the palette it feels like it expands into some extra foam. Overall, it's a fantastic beer with wonderful and interesting notes all around. Definitely effervescent, and an experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with plenty of carbonation. Head is nice, frothy with big watery lacings.

Classic lambic aroma; musty oak, champagne, floral/herb bouquet.

Bittersweet tartness mixes with musty oak, wet hay and other earthy notes. Some citrus and fruit presence with a very dry aftertaste.

Well carbonated, good moutfeel.

Excellent representation of the style, while I prefer the fruitier lambic.

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bryehn
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most certainly my first in the style, thought I was buying a regular Lambic, not a "double".

Pours a hazy, wheat-ish, almost American IPA pencil yellow. A decent sudsy collar stays after the moderate tan-coloured head burns off.

Witbier-esque banana and bubble gum come off the top of my regular-sized wine glass. After that, I get an undersized apple and ripe cherry citrus fruitiness.

Wow, that's a sour beer! Tart and sour, like unripened apples, rhubarb or white grapes. Very tart, bitter and I can't seem to find anything else. Tastes great though despite the imbalance, could have easily gone gross.

Very prickly and tart on the front of the tongue. Smooth; like a creamy light white wine.

Sour, yet highly drinkable. Awesome unripe, but overrripe fruit tones.

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with great lacing.

Smells of pilsner malt and a barnyard. Very intriguing and complex. Light hints of what I think is lactic bacteria.

As for taste, wow, I was not expecting something so tart and sour. I was expecting more of the straight leather/horse traits, but this beer is highly acidic, almost like a cross between grapefruit juice and sour milk. I don't mean that in a bad way, though, as this beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation.

It's definitely an interesting beer, and perhaps a good introduction to the world of sours, as it's not a vinegary as some. Caught me off guard at the beginning, but I began to really enjoy it as I went on.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first gueuze.

A - Cloudy straw colored with a giant and very bubbly head.

S - Grassy and earthy malts. A bit of funk and an underlying sweetness.

T - Tart, funky and quite fruity. Reminds me of a complex white wine. Takes a bit for a newb to get used to, but quite quaffable. I get what the barnyard funk descriptor is all about now! Even semi-sour beers have nothing on this. I've had a couple of American Wilds and nothing touches the funk of this; I am sure the earthy tones of this brew come from that.

M - Pretty light and bubbly, not sure the range of mouthfeel on this style, but it seems like most would be thicker, but I don't know the nature of brett. Quite dry as well.

D - Light and refreshing, just be ready for the sour. If this is a beginner sour then I am slightly hesitant to try more, but I definitely will! I find it very interesting that sours are becoming the new big thing, I guess it's because people have to work a bit to enjoy them.

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Photo of spycow
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of infi
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gueuze! 2008 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a snifter.

After a few minutes trying to figure out my wine key and a broken cork later, I could immediatelly smell lemons and a bit of that 'funk' that I've been passionately hearing. Cuveé René pours very smoothly straight out of the bottle and reveals a very thin champagne-like head - white and very bubbly and dissipates in a matter of seconds and leaves no sort of lacing. The appearance is a clear golden yellow, sort of like a light apple juice, with streams of bubbly arising towards the top. The aromas instantaneously reacquaint me back to the lambic style. Tart fruit, namely lemon, apple skin and pear, wood barrels and that slight funk from the yeast are all funneling from the glass. Not quite the 'horse blanket' smell, not that I would know of that scent, but there's nothing of that potency. It's actually quite vinous, like a merlot or something.

As it hits the palate, I initially get a slight citrus and lemony flavor and apple tartness, which then leads to the renowned Brettanomyces funk characteristic. If let sit on the tongue for a while, that funk really becomes pronounced. A nice yeasty breadiness concludes the flavors in the finish and leaves a slight and dry puckering feel. Not as uberly sour or puckering as I was anticipating this was going to be, but it's still identifiable.

Mouthfeel was like drinking a champagne, being light-bodied, dry and crisp and fairly effervescent on the tongue. Drinkability is definitely a slow sipper as it's lively and sour.

This was definitely a nice introduction to the sour world for me and was quite a pleasant experience. I am now definitely interested in trying many others and slowly understanding the big desires for Cantillon, RR and the like.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into my Surly tulip. For the life of me I cannot find a date on this bottle. Seriously.

Capped and corked bottle into tulip. Pours a golden orange color with an off white head that leaves minimal lacing around the glass.

The nose is sour and tart, with some funk. Sort of musty or woody, but very sour. I think I'm going to enjoy this!

The taste doesn't let down. Sour and tart, very acidic. Each taste is a new adventure and has different qualities as the last. Starts out very tart and light, but as it warms it becomes more acidic and sour. Lip puckeringly sour. Me likey!

Mouthfeel is light and dry, very acidic. Crisp feeling from the lively carbonation. Drinkability is great, if you love sour things of course.

Overall, this is a great Gueuze. Given my limited knowledge on the style, I can pretty much guarantee there are better and more highly regarded choices out there, but Lindeman's proves here they can make a quality brew that can stand the test of time. I have no idea how old this bottle is (my guess is no older than 2 years) but I would love to see how it changes with another year or two on it.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The epitome of its style, alas a style my own palate has not yet developed sufficiently to fully appreciate...

Beautiful reddish golden colour, very well carbonated with miniscule bubbles. Head dissipated quickly, but mouthfeel is champagne-like. This bottle was purchased less than a year ago with a 2010 date code, so it could have been cellared far longer.

Fruity, yeasty and bready aroma is enticing. However the sourness of the taste overwhelms all else for me. Realize this is my own tasting deficiency rather than a fault of the beer, but it will be some time before I invest in another bottle.

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Photo of cbl2
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/16/2007 $8.75 750 mL 5.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazed orange that is imbued by loads of champagne fine carbonation that emanates from the "D" laser etched into the bottom of my Duvel glass. A persistent quarter inch film of creamy head floats adrift on top.

Aroma:

Sharp notes of tart cherries soaked in oak, with subtle vanilla and mushroom notes apparent.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth for the abundant level of carbonation, but blisteringly tart, causing a drying mouth puckering sensation. Fresh cherries are present, along with an abundance of wood. Sadly there is also the presence of wet cardboard which leads me to believe this is skunked a touch. The oxidation is slight though, and mostly unnoticeable in the presence of the cherries, and apple/pear, which makes an appearance towards the finish.

I believe this is my first attempt at this style, and I'm intrigued. I'll definitely have to seek out more, to see how this compares.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foiled, capped and corked this gueze pours a rust tinted orange with a slightly hazy complexion and an ecru colored head. The fizzy head falls to a whisper of a cap, but manages to leave some limited lacing.

The scent is very complex. There's tart apple that dominates and a wonderful underlying current of wood. These lively scents are mellowed by a slight mustiness. A little like a damp old horse blanket. It truly transofrmative.

The first few sips shock my palette with its initial overwhelming tartness. Very fruity and emphasizes the sour apple of the nose. Some lemon tartness on the end. Not quite everything that was evident in the nose.

This gueze is well carbonated and its fizziness percolates the palette. Very light and effervescent. Despite the high impact of the sour and tart flavors it is easy to enjoy the full glass and look for more.. Works well with many different foods, especially many seafood dishes.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a very thick head. Musty, barnyard and citrus and sugar in the nose. Strong front hints.

Bitter, dry-champagne and cidery profile. Apples, lemons and yeast. Definite barnyard-y character; very earthy.

A great geuze, pairs nicely with a good farmhouse cheese.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml into tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a short, white head over a chill hazed golden body, with fair amount of carbonation flowing up the middle. Head fades to perma ring.

Aromas are inviting. Up front is mostly a musty, Belgian yeasty quality with a light citrus tart in the secondary.

Flavors are great - same path as the aromas, with hay and funk leading off, and tart apple, and lemon coming into play. Some cardboard-like quality in the finish.

Mostly dry mouthfeel, with some bright sour peaking through in middle. Finishes quite dry.

This could be my favorite in the Lindeman's lineup, and while it might not get the high accolades of some others in the style, it's a readily accessible and relatively inexpensive offering. Good value!

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml with a bottle date of 06 Oct 2011

Pours with a nice off white head, about a finger and a half high. Decent lacing. Murky/hazy golden or straw colored beer. Smells of tartness and sour apple, white wine, slightly like a warhead, citric/lemon qualities, light funk and hay, earthiness. Strong aroma and yet it's not overpowering either. Taste follows suit. Apple cider vinegar, sour apple tartness, white wine, warheads, lemon, hay, dry earthiness, and lightly fruity maybe pear and grapefruit. Pleasant taste for sure. Light body, light, bubbly consistency, round carbonation, tamer than champagne, and a finish that is light and leaves some tartness behind.

Overall this certainly a pleasant beer. I haven't had many Gueuzes thus far but this is certainly one that's worth a try and quite easy to find. Comparing this to Drie Fontienen Oude Gueuze, I like Lindemans Gueuze less overall but it has a much better value and is certainly easier to come by than almost any 3F offering.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1994.

This beer is beautiful in its clarity. A light copper hue. A somewhat fizzy head to begin with turns into more of a creamy and lush looking coating in a minute. Aroma is lovely. Lemongrass, chalk, vinegar, must and tart raspberry. This is one mouth puckering lambic. The pucker quality really comes on after you swallow. As for other characteristics, I'd say this has quite a bit of acidity to it. Vinegar like. Sour apple like. And like lemon juice. There seems to be some grape like attributes as well. Maybe some grape skin. Tart raspberry comes to mind as well, although this beer is not fruity. There is a dryness present in this beer throughout. The tartness in this beer literally coats your whole mouth. Exactly what a good lambic should do.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with a hint of orange. Two of the three pours were translucent and almost transparent. Mine was a bit cloudy as I got the last of the bottle. Decent amount of foamy head and some medium-to-large bubbles in the glass.

S: Crisp apple, funk, horse blanket, hay. Reminds me of a fall morning on a farm when apple picking. I don't know how to better characterize it, but it's amazing.

T: Very tart, moderately acidic, and quite refreshing. A bit funky, but less than the scent would have led me to think. Sourness rises after a few sips. As it warms and as my tongue adjusts, it becomes more moderate and almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider, but with significantly less sweetness or apple flavor.

M: Somewhat champagne-like, but with slightly larger bubbles. Again, almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider.

O: Good gueuze. Too bad many people avoid it just because it's from Lindemans. It'd be interesting to see how much funk develops in this if it were laid down for a few years.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a nice white head. Scent is ver funky with a bit of leather. I love this scent...Great taste...Funkiness with some cheese flavors and more leather. Lots of lemon with more funky cheese and grassy flavors. Mouthfeel is very puckering and crisp. Drinkability is high. My favorite from Lindemans BY FAR!

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Photo of valianes
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4ster
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in to some snifters and enjoyed with some eggs Benedict on the last day of vacation.

A- hazy yellow orange. An inch of loose billowy head from a hard pour that settles to a mirror finish.

S- oak on top of leather and lemon. A deep musty layer and a touch of powdery biscuit.

T- very tart and sour. Tons of old funky oak, horse blanket and leather. Lemon zest and a dry scone.

M- low carb and a slippery mouth feel. Nice pucker going.

D- the best brew from them by far. The aggressive flavor and low abv makes for a great second but its bugs are tuff. Worked well with the eggs to cut through the hollandais it was amazing. Do it.

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Photo of mick303
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a quick immediately dissipating head with an active carbonation, leaves some wisps of film and decent lacing. Colour is an orangey brown gold, a sort of burnt tawny.

Aroma is very defined, very boozy plums, red wine vinegar, fermented berries with a lot of fruitiness. Some dryness and the underlying sourness.

Taste is quite sour, with a raspberry/cherry note. The sourness is really strong on the palate. Quite fruity as it warms, shows some berries and plum character with a lot of tartness. Good depth and complexity, finish is tart and dry.

Mouthfeel is quite full, dominated by the bitter sourness. Quite a full body, nice mouthtingle/sting, notice the carbonation slightly.

I don't know if I will even be a huge fan of this style, sourness and sting is pretty overwhelming. However, this one has a lot of complex fruit flavour to it. Great depth, this beer is an experience for sure. Fans of Lambics should give it a try, but not sure I'll be stocking up.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of desint
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yamar68
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy honey gold body topped with a full finger of noisy white carbonation that laces incredibly well... thick streaks of head all across the glass until it's gone.

Tart green apple, phenols, fresh fruit, warheads, wet hay, grass clippings, crisp and tart. No bullshit.

More of the same... sour apple, faint spicy yeast, phenolic qualities, barnyard deliciousness, approachable in its sour character but complex enough to satisfy. The finish isn't quite as dry as some others of the style but it actually works well here. The tart bite fades fast in the wet finish which would make for a great introduction to the style I think.

This has become one of my go-to beers. Delicious stuff.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,147 ratings
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