Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

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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Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was recommended by other BA's as a good start for getting my taste buds wet for lambic beer. And I must say they were right on.

Good carbonation. Think white head that dissipates pretty fast. Just a touch of lacing but not much. Nice deep golden color to it. Smell has some spicy/clove-like aromas in it. Nice clean malt aroma and no sourness at all in the nose, which really shocked me for a lambic.

Taste: very well rounded and smooth. Man, this was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a mouth-puckering sour attack on my palate, but it's not the case at all. There is a touch of tartness to it but it's smooth. There is no vinegar flavor in this at all which makes it even more drinkable in my opinion. I was simply shocked by this beer. It's the best sour/lambic beer I've ever had. There is some earthy, herbal flavors in it but it's hard to pin down.

Very nice. If you've never had a lambic I would recommend this one to start with. It's simply great!

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Photo of DCon
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ML bottle of this from 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $16.99. Poured from the gold foiled bottle around the cap and top into a Budweiser Holiday Tulip Glass. Has no sign of freshness date but has destroyed series of letters & numbers on the back of bottle in white.

Aroma- Starts with a nice sour aroma with a huge goaty background. Has a light oak aroma here also and this compliments the style COMPLETELY! Very good attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 5 finger, thick head that seems to last forever! A bit hazy but might have been from throwing the bottle around from the Wine Bar to the flat... Has a pale orange color body and has a ton of lace left behind. Can't get any better!

Flavor- Huge sour, upfront taste and then has nice malt sweetness next. Honey-like and gouty once again and doesn't seem to draw any negatives. No hop bitterness or even any taste for that matter. PERFECT Gueuze!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, VERY highly carbonated., Thirst Quenching but then a huge Puckering flavor at the end.

Overall Impression- This is now tied with one of my favorite Gueuze beers! Great qualities, sour, mouth puckering, and the goaty and malty characteristics are well blended. The only complaint with this one was the price... Will be looking to see if I can get a reduced price @ the Liquor store!

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Photo of Phi11
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright orange with a thin but very bubbly head.

You can smell it from the pour. Lots of yeast. Rotten fruit almost. Strawberry, grapes. No malt on the nose whatsoever. All the aroma seems to be from the yeast/bacteria. Really really nice.

Taste. Nice and sour. A tiny bit of grain if you really go looking for it. Fruity, almost like sour fruit candy. A really nice balance of sweet and sour. It finishes surprising dry compared to how sweet it is on the tongue. Continues to dry the tongue for a few minutes. Extremely nice. Maybe the best lambic I've ever had.

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Photo of galengueuze
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first broke into sours, this was the first beer that I tasted and it has left its mark. A literal assault on the palate, the tartness of this beer is for lack of a better word...amazing. A beautiful golden color invites you to have sip and get ready for a trip. Aroma of that leathery farmhouse funk typical of sours that makes most shy away. The taste of this beer is what defines gueuze styles for me, the fizzy, pounding tartness that does not let up and sticks with you long after your glass is empty.
Hands down a great beer, haven't tried it on tap yet but I'm sure it's great. This beer really makes me appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into this beer. One could look at the label and see from the bottling date that this beer has been aging for some time before it got to you. Try at least once.

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Photo of kilo_005
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1-year-old bottle into a white wine glass.
A: stunning yellow-orange color that almost matches the color of the paper in the bottle (coincidence?) when first poured lots of swirling bubbles like champagne but that stopped and did not reappear in subsequent pours
S: extremely potent. I could smell the beer immediately after opening standing three feet away. Both the funky weird aromas and the delicious sour aromas are present in spades.
T: incredible. You just can't stop sipping it because the sour taste is so refreshing and delicious. And, unlike what you see with a lot of Belgian sour ales (ie not lambics), you don't get any unpleasantness at all on the aftertaste
M: great of course. The tartness works perfect with the level of carbonation.
O: excellent. If you like funky sour beers this one is a no brainer.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Beautiful bottle.

Faint musky smell when first opened. Pour reveals a dusty straw color. Smell is immediate sweat and funky, but not overpowering. Taste is mindblowing. The funk is up front, but there's malt in there too. This, unlike Cantillon IMHO, is what a funked beer should be. Very elegant flavors. Mouthfeel is great as the bubble is not too shocking. Easily the best bacteria-fied beer I've had.

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Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing, a really really amazing beer, probably one of the best beer I've had in a really long time. Smell is some what sour, taste is little citrusy but also a bitter in the finish. It is incredibly crisp, having several characteristics similar with champagne and the finishes with flavor of a tea. Has a crisp mouthfeel this is truly the champagne of beer.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 355 ml green bottle is foil wrapped, capped and corked. It was purchased at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI for $7.19. The bottling code indicates that this was bottled in July 2010. The cork came off with a nice pop. It was poured into Lindeman's proprietary glassware.

As with every Lindeman's product I've ever purchased, this is a volatile brew. The pour, though careful, produced well over 50% head in the glass. The head begins to dissipate rapidly at first, but retention begins to stabilize a minute later. Lacing holds steady where the massive head had once been. A high degree of lively carbonation is seen through the glass. The beer is just a shade darker than yellow, with a nice soft wheaty look. It looks like a celebration

With such a lively amount of carbonation it comes as no surprise that this is fairly aromatic. Anyone who has sampled any Lindeman's product is familiar with this smell. Lactic sourness up front combines with some fruity, melon-like sweetness that is soft yet assertive on the nose. Wheat makes a solid appearance. It is a pleasant aroma that surpasses any of their fruit lambics, while adhering to the primary characteristics that are unique to this brewery.

This style of beer also produces an assortment of unique flavors. Tartness washes over the tongue like dry granny smith cider. Other fruity essences include melon and a tinge of banana. The acidic bite is similar to that of a raspberry and somewhat puckering to boot. Fruity as this is, it is very dry with no hop bitterness to be found. It finishes clean and leaves the palate completely neutral. It is very different from the norm, and quite remarkable.

The beer is light bodied; and though the extreme level of carbonation aides to give the body some additional lift, the rush of bubbles becomes mildly abrasive in the mouth. However, with such a dry, clean flavor and such a light body, this spontaneously fermented beauty is very refreshing. It is perhaps the most refreshing grain-based brew of them all.

Lindeman's Cuvee Rene' scores highly where it counts. It is easy on the eyes, a temptress in the nostrils, and a joy to imbibe. It is pretty easy drinking and is one of the most unique beers on the planet. The biggest negative going for this is the relative high cost, as $7.19 could grab 6-packs of other lesser, though solid, beers. Still, for the cost and style, I would much rather be ringing in a New Year with a flute of Cuvee Rene' than I would with sparkling wine. Cheers!

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about this Belgian treat and standard bearer of the style.

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Photo of ElegantRose
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gosh-darn this is a refreshing beer. I enjoyed opening it-- the process is a little different, as one unravels the foil and then uses a wine-opener to release the petite cork. A lovely little process which enunciates the rustic element.

The smell is the only score that I did not give a perfect score on, not because it is a perfect example of the style, but because the rubbery scent was a little off-putting.

The brettanomyces is very playful in regards to the taste profile. Quite refreshing, and I would say that while this lambic geuze style is different from the traditional style of Rodenbach, I would say that both are equally excellent examples of a successful variation on a theme.

The previous beer I tried (Urthel Saisonniere) I put away in the refridgerator, perhaps to drink later, though probably not. This beer I will probably finish, just because of how good it tastes.

The finish is clean and elegant. The previous beer left a earwax taste in my mouth that lingered, but this beer has cleaned it away quite wonderfully, and now I taste almost cherry-like freshness amidst the sour after notes.

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Photo of karst
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since 1880, Lambic was bottled to simplify transport but also for conservation properties. This method was the birth of Gueuze: Before the bottling of the Gueuze, a blend is made of 2/3 young Lambic and 1/3 old Lambic. The right ratio young/old is depending on the maturation degree (end attenuation) of each of them. The bottles, with the wild-spontaneous yeast flora, are refermented in the cellar (Method Champenoise).

After 6 months the Gueuze obtains a golden color and a cidery, winey palate; reminiscent, perhaps, of dry vermouth with a more complex and natural flavour.Popped cork and poured a yellow splashed golden sheened. Thick and quickly rising big bubbled carbonation into wine sniffer from 750 ml Champagne bottle filled in Belgium (and named for owner Rene' Lindemans). Hugely foamy and lively as champagine with nuttiness of a Palo Cortdo sherry, a soft rounded sweetness then a long, drying finish that puckers the puss in all possible places.

I found aromas unique to lambic - sour apple acetic acid and horse blanket over the flank and stifle (urea) but not the lactic acid I expected. This was a nice experience and I am glad I had this classic now rather than earlier when I might not have appreciated it as much.


The traditional Gueuze (the Gueuze Grand Cru "Cuvée René") would pair well with a warm slice of apple pie. It is often served as an happy hour drink in Brussels. It is the traditional beer for carbonade, as well as a beautifully based beverage with seafood or other salty meals. It's also delicious with cream sauces.

Thanks to Derek for sharing a glass of this world class "Gooze".

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this till last tonight, glad I did. This is drier than the Sahara, sharper than a Razor Blade, as bitter as my ex-girlfriend, has more acid than a lemon orchard, as sour as 4 month old Carton of opened Milk, is as pungent as my overflowing laundry basket after 3 weeks, and has a "cheek-suck" stronger than a hoo..... well I will leave that to your imagination, I don't want to get ejected from the Site!.
Man, this is Bloody Good. I never understand how Lindemans can churn out their normal filtered product at the detriment to this traditional Gueuze. An expensive purchase, a treat really for me - but well worth it. More culture than a Petri Dish, a truly Artisanal Beer, and up with the best of the Gueuze.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gueuze pours a hazy golden color with little bits of sediment and a huge white head. Smells of barnyard funk, a bit of vinegar and maybe a touch of lemon. Tastes of sour apples, lemon, a touch of vinegar, some yeast funk and spice are the most evident. Very tart and puckering.. Leaves the mouth watering from sip to sip as any sour tends to do. This is a Great belgian sour beer. 

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Photo of JPNesker
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love sour beers. Love lambics. So this sure don't disappoint. We are robbed of so many Belgian beer choices by the mighty LCBO in Ontario it's nice that this old staple is readily available.

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Photo of Auraan
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange with a half-finger white head. There was no lacing on the glass, but it's quite the good looking beer. Scents of brett/barnyard funk, lemon, sour apple and slight sweet notes. Flavor is incredibly sour, with notes of lemon, sour apple, and slight vinegar. Very dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's tart, dry and refreshing. It's also not for everyone. It's incredibly sour natureis fitting only for those of us who like things sour. But with a palette that enjoys those flavors you'll find it excellent.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We have a golden, hazy beer, with a creamy, white neck. The aroma and taste bring oranges and grapefruit, with a touch of pepper, other floral and fruit (pear) esters, and expressive "barnyard" notes caused by wild yeast. The tartness is vibrant, present in the aroma, and dominant in the palate. The body is light, and its acidity balances so well with the fruitness and structure of this beer. The Gueuzes are refreshing and wonderful Belgian beers that amaze me in each experience. The Cuvée Rene is simply fantastic.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted out of a 300mL bottle in a Bruery tulip glass.

The Lindemans Gueze pours a honey golden color in the glass with a bright white froth, great retention (froth holds around rim of glass), & nice lacing! For the style, I'm very impressed with the head retention on this beer. The nose is absolutely amazing with a lemon freshness, subtle biscuit yeastiness (like a well made champagne), gala apples, & a powerful, yet elegant floral-like funkiness that all great lambics should have! On the palate, the beer is tart & smooth with balanced acidity & fantastically crisp, yet creamy mouth-feel. Overall, this is an absolutely amazing beer that I'm enjoying throughly! It might even be the highest rated beer I've ever scored! Needless to say, I Highly Recommend this beer!

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

very musky sour. excellent carbonation. bottled 11 months prior to tasting. light color, clear until you get to the bottom of the bottle pour then cloudy. slighty sour from front to back but not intensely tart like some other sours. for the price a excellent beer. mild hints of apple and grass. will be buying a few more and cellaring to see what a few more years does.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first gueuze. I'm excited.

Poured into a wine glass the beer is sparkaling golden hued with little to no head. It looks alot like champaigne actually.

The aroma is very tart. A musky barnyard funk abounds from my glass. Dry fruitiness of lemons and grapefruit.

The flavor is fantastic. Super dry tart fruit. Some sweetness but mostly mouth puckering sour apples and lemons. I love it. Very white wine like. Some of the barnyard funk can be found in the finish.

Light body with just enough carbonation to bounce on the tongue. Super dry finish that litterally makes my teeth crunchy.

Overall I am in love with this style. I'm in love with this beer. I will be seeking out more of this style for sure.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%

I heard that this beer is a good starter to introduce yourself to this particular style so looked around and found one that was brewed on 2011. Uncorking it I was hit with a loud pop from all of the carbonation and bright notes of apple and pear on the nose. After pouring it I was able to appreciate its flavor much more. It has bright notes of crisp apple and a slight undertone of bread with a funky kick to it as well. On the palate it has wonderful rich fruit flavor of apple, pear and peach with a sour tone to give it a tangy flavor. Also, there are wonderful undertones of oak and bread all tied together with a funky tang to give it weight. hopefully after I sample other beers in this category, I will be able to broaden my palate and appreciate them more. However, for now I really love it!

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Photo of mikesnotesonbeer
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Smells like funky sour apples, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Taste: There’s a lot going on here. This beer is sour and complex. As it approaches room temperate different sour notes comes to the fore – develops a biting apple punch with a shot of orange and lemon to boot. There’s more than one fruit flavor going on here.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, carbonated. This one has ‘bite’.
Overall: This one is a classic. If you haven’t tried it yet you need to. Take your time with this one – the flavor is intense and demands a ‘slow draw’.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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 majorhavok
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 1st 2010.

Excellent first impressions, the bottle and presentation was nice with a cork, cap, and wrap. The pour didn't disapoint with great fragrance as soon as I popped the cork and a beautiful appearance in the glass. Foamy head that lasted a while and left about 3/4 of the surface with fluffy lacing.

First taste was a very tart, very satisfying sip. This gets all of it's crispness from the sour, and any alcohol taste was completely masked if present. Good mouthfeel and highly carbonated.

Drinkability was good, although my first sips were small to adapt to the sourness and increased through the beer.

Very nice, highly recommended.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle this beer pours a deep tangerine color with a bit of foamy head. Leaves lovely lacing in the glass.

First thing that gets your attention is the smell. Holy Moses! Sour, fruity, metallic and raw. Smells of sour grapes that have been sitting a tin fruit bowl.

Taste is like the most mouth puckering lemon has been drained of all its moisture and shoved into your mouth. Quite tasty and unusual. This is my first gueuze as you can probably tell. Very dry in the finish with a long linguering lemony/grapey aftertaste. Suprising and good.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle bought from a small little beer museum in Granby, MA withing the past year or two. Gold foil over cork, 1994 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white, extremely effrevescent (hear the fizz!), head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is tart, slightly leathery, with fruit on full display. Taste starts sweet upfront, but quickly goes pleasantly tart, with a touch of funk int he middle, and a dry close. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and drinkability is exceptional. I'd be thrilled to see this again.

Same rating - 6/12/05

750ml bottle bought from The Wine Society, Tyngsboro, MA. Orangey-copper foil over cork, 2003 vintage.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear, orangey-golden brew. Foamy head lasts well, and lacing are is nice for the style. Aroma is piercing tartness with an earthy tinge to it. Taste starts with a subtle smoothness, but quickly turns to the tartness expected, but doesn't overdo the effect. Flavor linger sin the mouth, but that's a compliment, not a fault. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent for the style, almost risking "dumbing down" the style a bit compared to others, almost a gateway brew for the style. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hyuga
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2001 bottling. Presented in a gueuze tumbler, this really is a beautiful beer! Light golden with a very slight haze and a big foamy white head that settles quickly to a good level for drinking. Leaves a nice lace. The aroma is very mellow and complex. Barnyard and medicinal aromas mixed with a very tart and like a nondescript fruit with no sweetness whatsoever. Very interesting and nice. On the palate, it's massive acidic sourness packed into a light body. That feeling that your teeth are being eaten away, like when you bite into a lemon. Vinous in the front. Increasingly tart as it moves to the back. More of that nondescript fruitiness is abound. Even vegetable-like character is showing up. A little old, damp, and decaying wood character here and there with cork character showing up and adding some great complexity near the end. Finish is as dry as an Arizona riverbed. This is a great gueuze, and I can't wait for more! However, as complex as it is already, it really would benefit with more aging to bring out more. I'm going to try to get some 1994 bottles soon, then perhaps my ratings will be even higher. This is an amazing beer and an amazing style. Definitely best served at cellar temp. to bring out all of its subtleties.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.
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