Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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Ratings:
2,118
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902
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of Jmamay22
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4ster
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of Freiberger14
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of desint
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yamar68
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of jrsaffert
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geryeb624
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review; poured from a 750 mL champagne style bottle.

A- Dark gold to orange in color, with very tall, foamy head. Head is retained fairly well, and considerable lacing.

S- Lots of funk, some sour apple and lemon notes. Sourness and lactic characteristics are up front.

T- Wow, that is a sour beer. Same lemon and apple-like notes. Fruity and sour, which I am a big fan of. Tastes reminiscent of their Kriek with the tartness turned way up. Quite delicious.

M- Fairly light mouthfeel, but substantial enough for the style.

D- Very drinkable despite the sourness, I could go through a 750 mL bottle no problem, though I could see the sourness turning people off after a glass or two.

Overall, an excellent brew. My second foray into lambics, the Lindeman's Kriek being my first. I like this style a lot, and could definitely drink this again.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice orange/amber color with a nice white head. good looking beer.

not sure if all lambics/gueuzes smell like this but i think it smells horrible. it's a sweet/funky smelling beer, it honestly reminds me of a skunked coors light, natty light, etc but a little sweeter.

so glad this tastes 10x better than it smells. a nice tart but not overpowering sour taste.

refreshingly light, goes down smooth. a nice smooth sour beer, way different than most beers i drink.

i want to start branching out to styles i seldom, if ever, drink and this is my first gueuze/lambic. refreshingly light and tart, things i like. the smell is offputting but the taste is fantastic.

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Photo of MrBoh
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinSP
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Gueze in my beer drinking experience so I don't have any frame of reference to compare to.
Enjoyed the cap/cork bottling. Poured into a fluted glass. This beer has plenty of foamy, bubbling head which eventually settles down to a thin lacing. Lots of small carbonated bubbles rising to the top after the initial pour dissipating a bit after about 5 mins.
Aroma has an interesting mix of light funkiness, with strong hints of apple and lemon and some overall earthiness.
Initial taste is crisp, definitely tart and sour with more of those apples and lemons coming through.
The feel is very light and refreshing on the tongue with the fizz hitting the back of the throat.
Dry finish, lingering on the back of the tongue and throat.
Very enjoyable and unique.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355mL bottle, produced on LA22NGC(have to look up how to decode this).

A-Burnt orange body, minimal white head produced during the pour. No lacing or head retention. Clarity is hazy.

S-Herbal, medicinal, grassy with a fruity bouquet. Sharp pineapple and lemon/lime round up the citrus/fruit components I am picking up. The sour/tartness of this gueuze is easily found in the aroma.

T-Sourness is all over the palate. Not overwhelming and remains very drinkable. Bretty barnyard with lactic acid souring. The malt bill keeps the yeast/bacteria flora in check.

M-Thin bodied, effervescent, dry finish.

O-A good gueuze thats drinkable and not expensive. Will definitely be picking up a couple other bottles to age and see how this blended lambic progresses as it matures.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/05/96...

A deepish shade of ginger brown, hazy in appearance. Good pop to the cork but the head settles quickly to a skim in an open chalice. Minimal lace in the first glass, better in the second. Aroma with a bit of yeastiness, slightly tart but with lots of pie apples in it. Body of this one is decent, carbonation lighter than some, but its there. Lightly challenging flavors, tart with unripe fruit, a sense of woodiness and rose petals. Not overpowering to start, actually pretty drinkable for style. Just at the end, the mouthfeel flattens and that kick in the butt more-sour-than-grapefruit seeds character makes itself known. Not a showdown Gueuze, but good in its pleasantly aged way.

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Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml corked and capped green bottle, purchased from Party Town, poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a deep peachish color that's nearly opaque. Large white head forms a bit loose but holds for a bit before falling and leaving tons of lacing.

S: Clean fruity tartness. Plenty of green apples and green grapes. Yeasty, nearly champagne. Light wheat and biscuity malts.

T/M: I would have to imagine that this bottle has a bit of age on it... Pretty damn sour and tart, all the way to puckering. The green apples and grapes actually taste much closer to the peel/skin with some dry, powdery taste and feel. Overall the drink is very dry. A bit of apricot comes out once you get a bit acclimated to the pucker. Loads of yeast flavor. The wheat and biscuity malts definitely take a back ground but still hold things together. Body is medium light to light with strong carbonation. Very dry with plenty of linger.

D: Dry and refreshing and certainly drinkable.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About time i reviewed one of these bad boys.

Pours a clear yellow with slight orange tint and a fizzy white head that does not stick around for very long.

Nose is good horseblanket farm funk wild yeast. Some tartness is apparent in the nose for sure. a bit of fresh white fruit too, crisp apple.

Taste is a mirror image. Crisp green apple and good stanky funky horseblanket flavors right off the bat. Incredibly dry on the finish, with great tartness throughout. Aftertaste is farm funkage and dry apple. Some slight pepper in here as well, very slight.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be. Carbonation is a touch high, but this is expected in gueuze from time to time. Viscosity is just right. Great dryness on the finish and aftertaste.

Drinkability is where this one shines. A perfect medium between tart and sour makes this one a very drinkable gueuze. A tiny bit high carbonation makes it that much more slammable as well.

Overall, this is certainly the best beer in Lindeman's regular lineup. A solid gueuze that I'm sure gets less attention than it deserves because it is from the notorious sweet panty peeler lambic producer that we all know and give to girls. This however, is a solid representation of the style, and is not one to be neglected, a good gueuze for sure.

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Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, brassy-gold in hue, the color is truly lovely! White head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. I am impressed at how fluffy the foam is plus it has damn good staying power too. In other words, head retention was good; it took many minutes before the head faded noticeably. A soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and not very widespread. From top to bottom this is an attractive beer!

The nose doesn’t jump out of the glass but the potency is still loud enough. I really like what it is saying. Bright tartness but retrained at the end, woody notes, apples, lemon, musty barnyard like the morning after a heavy dew. The bouquet is earthy but not in a “dark” way. I am impressed that the rustic vibe harbors warmth, I can’t think of two many Guezues that accomplish it. Granted, other Guezues are much more complex. No complaints with this one though, it says everything I want it to. Lovely. Inviting!

Holy hell! I’ve had enough Guezues to know what is coming on the palate but the nose lolled me to sleep. BAM! I was sucker-punched with a big, beefy blast of tartness! I love it! What I am a rookie? This beast is making me pucker! I love it! Jaded no longer? Tart apples and pears upfront, followed by lemon rinds, grass too, and some cork. The finish is acidic and briefly fruity sweet with hints of rhubarb. Very dry aftertaste, clean too… sharp but kind of empty for my tastes. I really like the palate but, IMO, it lacks a bit of complexity but the tartness and dry finish is no joke. Sadly, by my second glass I was use to the tartness and the lack of depth was more noticeable. I was ready to score this beer high but I can’t any long. At best, this is a very good Gueuze… not outstanding, just really good. There is nothing wrong with that. While Lindemans might brew some overly sweet beers this one is more traditional. I like it.

The mouthfeel is very ordinary but fitting for the style; medium/medium-light in body, lively, zippy carbonation… very refreshing.

I’ve had this 2002 edition since 2004 when I purchased it in Minneapolis, MN. Why did I wait to drink it? I wasn’t cellaring it. I just didn’t drink it. I guess I figured it wouldn’t be this good. Now I am happy I can buy more in Kansas City. I’d be happy to drink this again on a hot summer’s day or with a salad or with bleu cheese… or all by itself. Recommended!

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,118 ratings.
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