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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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4.09
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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +13.2%
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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Photo of whynot44
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, hazy light orange color, sizeable off-white head that sticks around and leaves loads of nice lace. There are lot's of tiny bubbles like champagne.

The aroma is acidic, like apple cider vinegar, sour milk, musty, earthy, traces of lemon, hay, bread, apricot and other things I can't even name.

Taste is along the same lines - mouth puckeringly sour green apples, lime, wood, yeast, wheat, sour cherries. Intensely dry finish that demands another taste. This is a very quirkily unique style of beer.

If you like really dry wine, sour green apples, iced tea with no sugar and extra lemon, or ever thought of stuffing a whole lime in your corona, you might want to give this a try. Not an everyday beer!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this quite a few times over the years and it's been consistently great, if not getting better the more I try it. I now seek this bottle out where ever I go and at $10 average a 750 bottle its by far the best overall Oude Gueuze experience. Only issue i see with it is the smell. For some reason it's lacking that de Cam/Cantillon/3F aroma that is so addictive.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rather hazy, golden orange color. One finger of quickly dissipating head. Light and fluffy.

Aroma is of lactic acid, leather, citrus, barnyard, and bit of funk.

I really enjoy the taste of the beer. Highly carbonated, with a moderate amount of tartness. Solid amount of funkiness with predominate leather notes, and some green apple skin. This beer is very smooth and complex.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and well descriptive of the style. It is very well-balanced with both tartness and funkiness. I see this pairing well with a more astringent cheese maybe an aged cheddar. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml green, champagne bottle poured into a snifter.

1994 Vintage.

Murky golden with shades of oak. Inch-high, off-white foam that settles to the snifter's sides, leaving a quarter inch, porous sheet. Trails of thin lace cling randomly to the sides.

Bright acidic-smelling, alcohol soaked sour cherry. Light hints of orange, green apple, and currant. A generous oak-laden mustiness and an added touch of cedar. Notes of pepper/corriander, and cream sherry.

Oak and spruce initially that soon act as a stiff, yet warming background to a bright, full cherry and apple tartness. Although the sour quality is full and wonderfully pleasant, its acidity is not bitingly overwhelming nor long lasting. A mellow touch of carbonation precedes notes of clove and pepper. Ripe fruit smoked in oak linger in the aftertaste.

Light in body; very mellow and smooth. Well aged to say the least. The carbonation is at a minimum; perfectly drawing from a typical, younger Gueze's acidity.

What else can I say? A beautifully crafted ale, aged to near perfection stylistically. What a wonderful introduction to Browerij Lindemans. I'm curious to try a more recent vintage to compare.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75 cl green bottle.

Surprisingly clear golden amber with a thin white head.

Nothing smells like a gueuze! Green apple peel, barnyard funk, vinous, musty wood: you got to dig it!

A wildly dry and astringent, mouth puckering experience. Pleasant sourness matches well with malts that all but disappear in a cascade of carbonation. Talk about dry.

Man, I love the shit out of Gueuze! Very nice beer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 1994.

Shared with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey. Thanks for breaking out this rare gem Ernest. It was phenomenal.

Dark Peach.

The nose was funky and very complex and had notes of sour apples, grapes, snake-skin, farmhouse mustiness and barnyard.

This was truly a great gueuze. Very sour, dry, fruity and complex with notes of lemon, grapes, apple, horseblanket, body sweat and dough. Light bodied. Hints of oak on the finish.

The best gueuze I have ever stumbled upon. If Lindemans filtered and sweetened lambics provide the bucks for this lambic, then I am all for it! Middle Aged Women: Keep buying the framboise!

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Photo of WiscoTerr
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this beet is insane. I wish my wife would wear this as a perfume. I don't the she wants a slight scent of horse blanket, but it would do it for me.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

Look (3.5/5) - the look was a bit disappointing, really. The color is a rich gold. It's much too cloudy for the style, a little less than a witbier actually. The head rose quickly and was fairly large, but fell too fast and without any lacing.

Smell (4.5/5) - The smell was ideal. Some sourness, of a sharp sour-grape, berry, or crab-apple sort. The brunky-brett aroma (goat, hay) was in there as, but more gentle and balanced. Slight vanilla in the nose. A little bit reminiscent of sour sugar candy.

Flavor (5/5) - the flavor is excellent and well-balanced. A touch more malt than on the nose with a hint of sweetness to it (overall it is tart wheat and some biscuit). Medium-light sourness is certainly present, but not overpowering. It has the same fruity tones to it and the brett is a little less intense on the tongue than on the nose. The finish has a nice lasting tang.

Feel (4.5/5) - Very good. Light body and very high carbonation. Any more body and the sharp flavors wouldn't play all that well. Fizz compliments the long, sour finish.

Drink (4.5/5) - This was a great brew. Both very drinkable ad intensely flavorful. The brew would have been perfect, if not for the problems with its looks.

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Photo of MetricOcean
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A warm sourness permeates throughout your mouth. Slight yeast flavor, but the tartness overcomes. Oily like butter. Very sharp and almost musty. The flavor of this thing pops, I mean just POPS. Amazing. Tastes like: fresh leather, sour apricot, non salted popcorn. 92/100

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Photo of francisweizen
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001, Drank in 2003. This 2 year old sample of gueze was rather exceptional. It poured a bright yellow/orange-ish colour with a small white head of whispy foam. The aromas were of lambic funk, horse blanket junk, a dirty old drunken monk, and a beer worshipping skunk. The taste was a funky, astringent, sour, dry, excellent melange of non-fruit and fruit flavors. The mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing and the drinkability was excellent as well. Almost as good as Cantillons wonderful gueze and quite worth the $13 a 750ml bottle price tag I paid for it. Simply "world-class"

The 1994 vintage was a bit more complex than the 2001 sample I had before.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 into tulip. Pours a slightly hazy orange-apricot with a white head that has a yellow cast to it, really bright champagne fizz sound. Dissipates quickly, again not unlike champagne. I mean, even the bottle looks somewhat like a champagne bottle.

The aroma is faint, the tiny, aggressive bubbles not giving off much of a hint of what is to come. The expected sour is there, some green orchard fruit, some citrus zest, a hint of yeast, and really no malt.

The flavor is of course why we came to this bottle. Bright granny smith apple and unripe pear immediately that enhances the lactic pucker we love in our guezes. I am reminded a bit of Petrus Aged Pale, but the orchard fruit notes really shine through in this beer. Citrus zest complements thoroughly in the taste, pretty much in all three phases. A touch of yeast in the finish with the green, unripe orchard tartness lingering.

Mouthfeel is, right, champagne like. This is a top notch brew. I read Garret Oliver's selection on Gueze's after this and wish it were the other way around. I definitely plan on a food paring with this beer in the near future.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Outside of Cantillon, this is the best gueuze I have ever tried. While I have enjoyed the fruitier lambics from Lindemans, this is clearly their masterpiece. A complex classic, with crisp, citrus flavors; a refreshingly bitter, dry tartness; and long lasting finish.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River Goblet. This is just a 2010. Have a bunch aging though. Can't wait to open them in 10+ years.

Pours a slightly hazy straw golden color. No head or lacing.

Aroma is amazing. So funky. Barnyard and lemon tart. Smells great.

Taste is pretty much just funk. Not alot of sour. A little bit though.

Mouthfeel is super dry how I like em. High carb.

Overall a tasty gueuze and a good example of the style.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 bottling, sampled in Jan of 2006

Clear copper in color, with a thin, spotty off-white head that soon dissipates to reveal a streaked glassy surface. The aroma is strong, sour, and enticing. Grapey and tart. One sniff and I'm back in Brussels, spending late nights in the Mort Subite...

Not quite as much bite in the flavor as the aroma would have led me to expect. It's still quite tart at the start, mind you, but the flavor has a nice fruity apricot roundness to it in the center, with hints of overripe apple and a bit of funk in the finish. Acidic and dry as Tucson in June, but amazingly smooth and drinkable.

This is miles away from the fruity crap this company puts out. Definitely worth sampling, and worth sitting on for a good long while if you can restrain yourself. Amazing.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1994 issue. Opaque golden-amber. Honest 1cm foam lasts for a 10 yr old. Superb aged gueuze aroma. Funky horsey and barnyard flavors, citric fruits (grapefruit, lemon), a good dose of hay. Sniffing harder will inspire new words like sweat, cheese, earth, cork, wood... Tart funky cider taste, although there are good notes of pears and lemon juice. This tastes like a field under the sun. Acid (balsamic, citric, lactic), yet very malty gueuze. Somehow salty finish, very dry, moderately astringent, complex. Firm authoritarian thick body, nice lasting carbonation. Marvellous. A real pleasure to study.

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Photo of jmich24
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip

A: Golden honey with orange hues. Huge 4 finger fluffy off white head. Tons of carbonation from etched glass. Quite a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Instantly reminds me of Duvel, then come the Sour green apples, pear, lactic acid lemons, bread like yeast qualities. Also some funkiness.

T: Starts mildly sour, huge tart granny smith apple lactic acid lemons again some pear. Funkiness is perfect for me, its there but not crazy overpowering.

M: Super carbonated, starts wet, finishes fairly dry. Very refreshing.

O: This was my first gueuze and I am upset I haven't tried the style sooner. Super refreshing, tart and the perfect amount of funkiness for me. Outstanding.

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Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum corked and capped with a vintage of 1994 on the label. The cork was in excellent condition showing no drying and a minimal amount moisture.

Appearance: Thin white lacing but it is a trademark Brussels style lace, spritzy with numerous tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Hazed hue makes it a dim golden colour.

Smell: Musty, chalky, cellar and corky huddle with mellow but sizeable tart aromas.

Taste: Light to moderate body, tartness is solid but modest as it has mellowed out over the years. Incredibly smooth and crisp. Fruity after the initial wake of tartness. Dry malt character is clean under tartness, musty flavours are more towards the end with hints of dry chalky yeast.

Notes: Simple but has depth, flavourful but not boisterous. This brew shows little aging flaws at all and perhaps could see another decade or two without turning as long as the cork holds up. I’ll be seeking more bottles ASAP. This would be a good brew to break a newbie to the world of lambics.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 2010. Poured into my brooklyn tulip, pours a murky gorgeous orange yellow color. Awesome foamy head that stays around forever. Big bubbles, and the funky smell permeates from the bottle. Smell- funky cherries, tart barnyard funk, white wine grapes, peppery lemon scent? Taste- puckering sour, cherries, maybe a hint of pepper and lemon sourness. Wow. I'm in love.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, served in oversized wine glass.
Reviewed from notes.

Lightly hazed orange body with a fluffy meringue head. Excellent lacing and retention.
Smells like apples, pears, oak, sour lactic and citric acid, and a little vinegar note. The taste follows suit.
Wow. Considering how little I think of Lindeman's other beers (except Cassis), I cannot believe how good this beer is.
I've had lots of gueuze-- buy at this pricepoint and availability, Cuvee Rene is top-notch.
Light airy body with a strong sourness that pulls at my cheeks; this beer is a delicious treat that I can drink anytime!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a huuge head. The head is white, foamy, and just sits on top of the beer forever. The beer itself is a pale yellow color with loads of carbonation, I can definitely see why Gueuze is known as the champagne of Belgium.

The nose is quite subtle, it is lightly vinegary but not nearly as "in your face" as some other sours.

This beer is fairly sour, I would put this at a 8/10. Its pretty damn tasty, and if it was much more acidic, I probably wouldn't like it so much. The beer starts out with just a hint of sweetness and this is immediately obliterated by an acidic sourness. In my opinion this beer is on an equal footing with Cantillon Gueuze, its that damn good.

This is a DEFINITE buy again. For $10.99 it is the cheapest, and in my opinion, one of the best, gueuze's on the market.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy light orange with a finger of cream-colored head that drops to a wispy layer and ring in a few moments. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

The aroma... oh my.... intense, harsh brett sour in the back, along with a hint of crab apple, some lemon, harsh citrus-sour. Cat urine in there too, but little vinegar/horse sweat. The light sweet candi sugar note fights its way through the sour sometimes, but only in small whiffs. This aroma is freaking wonderful.

Flavor/mouthfeel. Harsh tannins bring a soft dryness, even in the middle of each sip. The sugar notes are there in the back, but the lemon sourness, and even the same feeling in the back of the throat as strong homemade lemonade, dominates. No cheesy notes at all, which is both a good thing and surprising for the style... very well done and hard to do. Finish is puckering, but in the middle of the throat. Honestly not an overly complex flavor, just incredibly good.

This is an excellent, affordable example of the gueuze style. Delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off I know its cool to hate on this beer, I dig it.. its also ( im told) that its the cheapest gueze per ounce

A- an inviting yellow with a little bit of head and lacing
S- Tart, champaign like smell with some other fruit smells that are hard to pinpoint, very inviting with good carbonation
T- extremley refreshing, tart, slight sour apple, not overly sweet at all
M- pleasant, the carbonation is very nice and very smooth
D- very high in my book , I could drink this all day and the low abv is right up my dorky alley

hands down my favorite from Lindemens that I have tried so far

a great beer to enjoyed by fans of this style and also a gateway beer for people wanting to get into this style

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light gold in color, semi-translucent with decent clarity. Pours a large, yet thin in density, fluffy white head. Carbonation streams and maintains foam well into drinking.

Bouquet of white grape must, lemon, earthy, damp basement, cloaked in a sweet honey peach aroma.

Flavors are bright up front with citrus, apple, pear and honey. Mild bread malt character and finishes with a building lemon citrus acidity. Throughout is a vinous quality that accentuates the wild funk and oak, mild vanilla closes the finish.

Carbonation is high, which compliments the thin-medium body. The bright acidity, wild yeast, and palate drying carbonation make this a very easy drinking, yet sophisticated and complex beer. This is an easy to find, yet stellar drinking spontaneous beer, a go-to for the gueuze style.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,087 ratings.
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