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 ecoboy
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy clover-honey hue with Just about no head. I never should have let the French server pour... she seemed to not want any bubbles for me to live in. Quel domage...

Fairly fresh and sparkly edition. Intense "Belgian" (really, that's summing it up) apply-yeasty note in the aroma. Aroma is sweet-fruitier than the flavor which is loaded with various fruit notes, most sour and/or vinous. Explosion of flavor on the front of the tongue and the tart quality fills the back of the cheeks in that area where one clenches one's teeth in a sharp intake of breath.

Mouthfeel is very light, finish unusually clean for something I associate with larger and more cloying regional examples.

How does one control the wild yeasts to this degree????

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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 10/11/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow and it starts with a bit 2 and 1/2 fingers of frothy white head with decent retention; head eventually fades to a full and thin cap; body is slightly cloudy, but still clear enough that one can see through it; body shows moderately strong and quick carbonation bubbling up:

Smell: Tart, tart, and more tart -- a very sour/funky smell beer upon uncapping/uncorking the bottle -- a blast of a bit of stale skunk spray; citric and acidic fruit presence, kind of a combination of lemon, grapefruit and green apple; bit of a musty cellar scent with some wet hay; my eyes kind of water a bit when smelling this one deeply, as does my mouth... Can't wait.

Taste: Absolute solid blast of sour and tartness dominates the palate the second it touches off; once the acrid acidity passes there's a lingering presence of a combination of citric and acidic lemon and possibly green apple; eventually, the citric end falls off and there's a light malty sweetness with a bit of an artificial saccharine aspect that reminds me of Atomic War Heads; awesome flavors for a Gueuze that is relatively affordable.

Mouthfeel: The tartness makes me pucker a little bit, and it really causes the mouth to continually water after it goes down; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left hanging on the roof of the mouth while the insides of the cheeks stay pretty moist; the belly is left burning with warmth from the acidic nature of the beer.

Drinkability: What a great beer - I really regret waiting as long to try it as I have, but I feel that I really had to develop my palate far enough to actually appreciate a beer of this level of craftsmanship. The ABV is definitely moderate, and the body isn't heavy -- the only aspect that would probably slow me down is the acidity as I could see it causing some heartburn it too much was consumed; definitely easy enough to sip through the 355 mL bottle.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty light orange colored body with a healthy sized off-white head that shoots up the glass. Not a lot of lacing or retention.

The smell is all kinds of tart and sour. I also detect what a lot of people would deem a funky "horse blanket" or "barnyard" aroma. Definitely a gueuze here, gueuze aroma all the way through.

The taste, like the aroma, is also classic gueuze and very sour and tart. up front is puckeringly sour and is followed by some light, fruity notes that come through. Even the fruity notes are sour though. Next comes the "barnyard" type of flavor that I hate to describe with that word, but I'm at a loss right now how else to put it. The finish is slightly sour, but is by far the most mellow portion of the beer.

Mouthfeel is light and thin body. Slightly puckering, very smooth.

If you like sour, this one is pretty drinkable. Not terribly complicated, but tasty and smooth. Considering the price and availability of this one, it rocks, although flavor-wise it doesn't stack up against the best in class.

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Photo of thekoz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date Nov. 2010 (so probably a little young)

Poured this (corked & crowned!) beer in to a tulip glass with an off yellow color. It had a snow white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The initial smell was best described as apple juice with a little funkiness. I would say the smell was the lowest point of this beer.

Had a mild sour tartness to it. Not really a suck your lips in, but more of a slightly sour lemonade.

Very dry, with hints a apple and citrus.

Lightly carbonated, I think that anything more would detract from the beer.

Would certainly buy again, and would like to get a few bottles to age and let develop a little more.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy caramel with a white head that produced lots of lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, cidery apples, and yeast. The flavour mirrors the aroma, with a tart finish. There's a bit of citrus here as well. Everything melds very nicely. Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, and quite dry. Definitely a fine beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opens with a big "pop"...poured into a regular water glass, which is my vessel of choice for lambics, saisons, and the like. Really great nose - tart, lemony, musty, with an aspect of cheese and flaky bread. Flavor was pretty tart, some lemon, a bit of cheese, with a slight lingering sweetness, very slight, barely enough to be noticable.

***This was an old review, I've had this beer many times since then, freesher vintages and older ones. The fresher ones are more full in the mouth and have a bit of peach sweetness, while the older ones have more of a well-aged citrus quality that I enjoy. The quality of the older bottles vary. It's a really nice geueze, a tremendous value.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2007

A - Very clear yellow with orange tints and a slight white head that doesn't stick around.

S - Lactic acid, hay, wet stone, lemon, tart apple, musty earth and a slight bready aroma.

T - Tart with a biting sourness and a slight sting. Sour lemon, green grapes, tart apple, wet stone and a slight medicinal finish.

M - medium body with good carbonation and a dry lingering tartness.

D - Not as sharp, tart as other Gueuze I have tried but still tasty.

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Photo of BWED
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (bottled on July 6 2012) poured into a tulip

A- Turbid gold with pale yellow highlights. Lots of sediment. Fizzy off white head retains well, slight lacing.

S- Tart, fruity and musty aroma. Pretty funky overall, but very interesting. I'm intrigued.

T- Sour, lemon without a looming tang finish, and then a bit of an apple crispness.

M- Fairly light, nice tingly fizziness, and loads of pucker. Lip smacking.

O- My first gueuze. And it was a very pleasant experience. Drinking this has opened a world of beer attributes to me. I think that's why this style is so interesting. The blend of flavors and aromas are exclusive to the gueuze.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Weird date code...


A:
Pours a crystal clear blond copper with a couple fingers of beige head that rapidly settles to a film. (3.75)

S:
Musty funky tartness in the nose, underripe pears, old barnwood, acetic tartness, sage. (4.25)

T:
Tart and bright with an earthy backbone, green apple, crackers and musty funk. (4)

M:
It is tart, refreshing and light with medium carbonation and a lingering twang. (4)

O:
This is a very nice sour.
There is a nice balance of bright fruity tartness and musky stank. It is drinkable and funky without being overblown.
I am no expert, but this is a good one. (4.25)

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uustal
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a fizzy white heat. Aroma of grapes, apple, pears and yeast. Flavor begins with some sweet apple cider notes and pears. Sweetness gives way to tart white grape notes. Good counter to the sweetness. A bit of yeast and more sweetness kick back in on the very dry and light finish. Very fizzy, crisp and light.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach juice pour with a bone white head that left some nice lacing on the glass as it dropped to a film. Musty nose with the slightest hint of horseblanket, which is then cut through by zippy lemon and dry white wine aromas. This gueuze has a nice sourness with a dry funk in the finish, and it exhibits a great balance which ups its drinkability considerably. Each sip calls to mind under-ripe fruit, grape skin and lemon with a little bit of hay and oak in the tail. Pleasant and remarkably easy to consume for a sour. Medium-light body with a creamy carbonation works well.

A classic gueuze, which can act as a model for the style but doesn't go so far as to completely wow you in any respect.

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Photo of THoffner
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bbeane
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage...

A- Poured into a snifter... still has a nice white finger thick head that disappears relatively quickly and leaves behind some light spotted lacing. Beer is a brilliant amber color with light sediment

S- Very aromatic... smells very much like champagne

T- Not to much to explain... sour and tart, but delicious. I drank one of these about 2 years ago (from the same case) and remember it tasting very similar. That being said, the 8 yrs of cellering has left it tasty but similar to what it tasted before IMO

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

D- Very... If you like sours, this is definitely for you. I'm pretty sure I could drink this all night... besides the price tag

CHEERS!!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green glass bottle with cork and crown cap. No date.

Appearance: Poured into Duvel chalice. Light white head that recedes quickly leaving a little lacing. Cloudy orange-tan, like iced tea with lemonade. Some sediment, but not a lot.

Nose: Sour fruit esters. Sour pear, wild lilies, wheat, hot river rocks, minerals, and a little doghair or horsehair smell.

Palate: Intensely sour! Wow! I'll continue my earlier analogy about iced tea with lemonade...except it's more like lemonade discolored by iced tea. Light bodied with a little, quick, carbonation. Flavors of lemon juice, pear, granny smith apple, pine (cut wood), lemon zest, lime zest.

Notes: Really sour! Did not expect that from the same company that provides us with sticky-sweet candy beers. The body is a little lacking in texture, but still, this is probably the best beer they make (that we get here).

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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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Photo of jakemn91
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geryeb624
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinSP
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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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