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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,048
Reviews:
910
Ratings:
2,147
pDev:
10.98%
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4.57
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Corked bottle. Bottled on date: 08 Nov. 2011. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: A nice satisfying "pop" from the cork. Very hazy amber to light orange. Very minimal head, quickly dissipating and leaving little lacing on the glass. Lots of small bubbles; almost looks like stars twinkling in the sky.

Smell: Even before I put my nose to it, I can smell the funk. With my nose in the glass, I also pick up a lot of green apple and apple cider vinegar, as well as oak and even more barnyard funk. There is also a surprisingly fruity sour note.

Taste: Where to begin. The first thing I noticed was the funk, and a lot of it. It seems like a common note that holds all of the other flavors together, leading to a very nice and complex balance. Following the nose, there is also green apple and some sour and tart red fruit, maybe raspberry. As I keep sipping, there is woody oak and some wine like tannins, mixed with balsamic and vinegar. When the beer warms a bit, some sea salt and yeast flavors emerge, only to become even more dominated by horseblanket and funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation, but this might be in part due to the bottling age. The beer is very crisp with a creamy body. The finish is long, mouthpuckering, sour. and lively. It just goes on forever.

Overall: So, so good. The price is right, the beer is incredibly complex while remaining balanced, with none of the flavors overpowering the others; they all work together like a symphony. I would definitely buy this again. This is what beer should be. I don't know what else I can say about it.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to drink this beer again so I could review it. I had the 1994 about a year ago, and it immediately became my favorite beer. This time, I'm having the 1998.

Pours the color of honey with a swirl of lively, dancing carbonation floating aimlessly about the beer. Really quite beautiful. If you don't pour this carefully, the head explodes into a dense, rocky, billowing puff yielding a powerful aroma.

Aromas of tart apples and vinegar -- cider gone bad.

It has a bile sort of feel to it, especially in the back of the throat. Very dry on the tongue, however. An acidic, vinegar taste with a mild hint of apple and pure sour candy (conjure up images of those sour gum balls that were all the rage in like 1992).

This is, for a man who loves a good sour ale, one of the elite beers. Simply fabulous. I've had this beer 3 or 4 times now, and this is the first time I haven't consumed the whole 750 mL bottle myself -- and this is only because this is the first time I've lived with another beer snob, my fiancee. Great beer in every respect.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 1992, bottled in 1994, drank in 2003.

This 9-yeard old beauty poured pure gold and transparently so. Had a big filmy and foamy head, nice bits of stain, tons of lace, and champagne amounts of carbonation. It looked like a publicists dream for picture perfect beer.

Nose was sweet, tart, with notes of apple and a vinuous tone to everything. Also had a toasty champagne-like presence. Smelled intriguing and inviting, nothing like what most would consider beer. Sharp yet not biting, the aging rounded things out without diminishing anything's force.

First taste was the head which literally tasted like sugar. Then came the body of the beer which was dry, tangy, and leafy, like a bite of young mint. Yeast gave some bread notes, but it mostly tasted like a wheat beer gone champagne, in both appearance, feel, and taste. How else to describe this?

Had an amazing mouthfeel: it feels like magic as it evaporates on your tongue. Had no aftertaste in the lingering, coating sense; just the sour, sweet, dry, and leafy details wafting up your nasal passages and tingling the back of you mouth and throat.

Almost a decade of waiting calms and blends this beauty down on a variety of levels, rounds the sharp parts together. THE drink with food, especially fuit and vegetables. Its gueuze at its best – what else do you say? Gueuze is an endlessly fascinating style of beer and the product is nothing if not puzzling, tantalizing, refreshing, and edifying, both to the mouth and the brain.

Still haven't found a gueuze as good as this one. (Aging is key, though, younger bottles have been nearly as good the one reviewed above).

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass from a 750ml bottle

A - a very cloudy copper orange with a one finger foamy almost bubbly white head and little to no lacing.

S - musky, funky, sour, nice hop bite at the end and slight hints of unripened fruits

T - funk, sour, bread yeast, slight hop floral, lots of barley, slight wheat/grain note and a hint of fruit flowers

M - medium plus body, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation, nice balance, nice complexity and a funk to sour to hop bite finish.

D/O - very drinkable,extremely refreshing and every sip is an experience. Really, really well done Gueuze. One of the best beers/ales I have ever, ever had. Worth the price, worth a go, good anytime of year and great with bbq or grilled anything. Had it with a aged cheddar cheeseburger and North Carolina BBQ sauce and it was brilliant.

Final thoughts - $10-12 a bottle is a bit high, however well worth the price tag. The 5.5% ABV is quite low for me, but does and did nothing to not hasten my decision to pick this guy up.

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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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