Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
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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:
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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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2,138
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pDev:
10.98%
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Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of abeerwiseguy
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this as a gift from a rare find in life, a brother-in-law who is also a friend. This was my first venture into the world of Belgian Gueuze. And I'm most happy with the results.

Before opening the bottle I read up on this style and the Brouwerij brewery in Belgium. An amazing style with an even more amazing history.

The 355 ml. bottle was capped normally and also had a cork reflecting the secondary bottle fermentation process common to this style. The bottle had a date stamp of 10/6/2011.

Poured into a tulip beer glass with a cloudy amber color and a thick, lacy, whitish head.

Lots of aromas going on here from sour citrus to wet grain, to apple cider vinegar.

The first thing that hits the tongue is a moderate sweet taste of fruit and then sour acidic taste with a grainy, yeast presence through the finish. There's a lot going on here. Very structured and complex.

The beer has a rich creamy mouth feel with enough carbonation to support the complex taste profile.

I liked this beer. It is something that I will seek out to try again.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultimate
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Effervescent gold with tight white cap of head.

S: Sour and citric. Nothing overpowering, but unmistakably a lambic.

T: Very tart and acidic, crisp, lemony, musty lactic funk, finishes dry.

M: Light, dry, refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, but you could sip slowly and really savor it.

Outstanding.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Effervescent strawberry blonde with piles of loose eggshell foam that fades to a steady film. Nose is yellow pears, crayons, young barrel, a grapey champagne tang, along with flower nectar and a touch of vinegar - intoxicating.
Assertive but not overwhelming acidity overlaying light caramel and yellow plum notes followed by a burst of bready pale malt sweetness and floral, herbal notes (from hops?). Fruity finish and lingering apple cider vinegar tartness.
Light, crisp, lively, soft yet somehow a bit of chew.

Wow. So much more going on here than sour. Not hugely experienced with Gueuze, but this is the first I've had that actually still tastes like a beer. Not hugely funky, but maybe that what's working for me and my rookie palate. I suddenly see the fuss over sours.

Note: Labeled as 5.5%

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden orange, mostly transparent but with a definite cast of haze. Sizable head forms that is slow to fade. Mild lacing.

S - Mostly this is a nose of acid notes, with a hint of barnyard in the background, which promises a true sour experience. Notes of lemon, grass, cut hay, over a vinegar base.

T - It follows the nose, with lemon and herbal notes, and a core of acid elements delivering a driving, but very controlled attack. As sour as it is, there is not a missed step, and everything is dialed in, without any noticeable off flavors.

M - Puckering and punchy, but delivered with enough care to avoid punishing sourness.

O - Lindemans has a place in my heart, because it introduced me to the wonder of Belgian brewing. That said, it has been years since I bought a fruit lambic from them. This goes a long way to clarify that they bring the goods.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of July 1st, 2010. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep yellow-amber color--very similar to cider or apple juice. Intense, effervescent carbonation provides several fingers of fluffy white head and a constant champagne-like stream of bubbles up the side of the glass. Good retention.

S - I immediately get deep, rich aromatic malts and a slightly spicy note reminiscent of an authentic pilsener. Tart green apple underlying the malt.

T - Immediately sour up front, yet it retains a light, sweet malt flavor that balances reasonably well. Dry, crisp apple flavor and bready grains through the middle and finish. A lasting tartness remains on the sides of my tongue and in the back of my throat.

M - Thin body with intense carbonation. A delight to swish each sip around a bit. Finishes semi-dry and tart (but not puckering).

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Photo of scott451
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let his warm up a fair bit, then poured into a flute. Poured a clear gold with a thin bubbly head the disappeared after a bit. Good carbonation.

Dank barnyard smell that is apparent as soon as the bottle is opened. A nice round sour mouthful. Just enough sweetness to balance it out. Sour lemon notes. The carbonation helps the crisp dry finish.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is very good. Usually after one of these I want another right away.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from a local store...and was pleasantly surprised! Poured from a "magnum"(I think it's called) heavy duty 750ml bottle into my Lindeman's champaigne glass. Pours a hazy watery golden color, with little fizzy white head. The head retention is week, and leaves no visible lacing. Even long after pour, and drinking commences, carbonation continues to fuzz through with tiny little bubbles.

The aroma is musty for sure! Very funky and Brett like. A slight crimp lemon, and no booze noticable...and that's about it.

MMM...very tasty and enjoyable. Extremely funky...fizzy/carbonated, tart. Again, not boozy at all. Very crisp, smooth, and light body. I'm not picking up much of a fruit taste at all...if I was too stretch it, I'd say lemon. But that's probably due to the tartness. Best Lindemans beer by far...to date! Way to go Lindemans!

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 2008. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A foamy creamy solid two finger head that is white. The color of the beer is light yellow with light amber highlights. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity is clear with some haziness. There is some yeast particles in the glass. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich honey, citrus, hay, barnyard like aroma. There is a sour lemon aroma also.

Taste: Very lemony, straw, hay, a subtle hint of flowers, and honey.

The mouth feel is very sour, bitter, and very dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is light with a full blown sour finish. This is one of the most memorable time drinking a beer. I was totally taken off guard by the way this beer presented itself on my palate. I will seek this beer out again and age it for several years and see how it plays out in the future.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle (packaged 3/11) into a (512) chalice.

A yellowish-golden apple juice color sparkles in the sunlight, with an endless supply of carbonation streaming upward through the clear body. Head is well retained and pearly white. The aroma is an intoxicating blend of funk: wet paper, leather, earth, white grape rinds, and a hint of lemony tartness in the background.

The flavor left me longing for more sour (especially after a year in the bottle), but the tartness is there along with fresh-cut wood and melon rind. The body is juicy, yet equally dry on the finish with no room for lingering flavors. Carbonation is spot-on, making the mouthfeel light and crisp. Overall, a tasty Gueuze that really caught me by surprise. I bought this on a whim, and was glad to see it outshine Lindemans' sugary-sweet counterparts (framboise, kriek, etc.).

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Photo of wl0307
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2006, Best Before 2010, served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a bright, reddish golden to amber hue, composed of great clarity and rather moderate fizz level; the beer head comes retrained and settles gradually to a rim.
S: absolutely beautiful - savoury-sour notes of marinated starfruits, fresh lemon-juice & apples on a part with old oak-barrel's subtle aroma (French oak) spring to mind, leaving malts/wheat-malts' aroma, light notes of damp yeasts & stinky sulphur, and a whiff of hops behind. Incredibly approachable but well-integrated and reasonably complex at the same time.
T: savoury, tart as well as lactic-sour at the same time in the mildly effervescent swallow, hinting at aromatic lemon rind, leaving a faint trace of aromatic apple-skins, pears, and damp/tannic touches of old oak-barrels creep down the far end of the palate. Slightly bitter, tangy, and lingeringly savoury in the end, but not particularly tart and pungently yeasty as compared with many of its counterparts, while a delicate level of hop aroma in the very end provides an enjoyable "kick" to the dryish and clean finish! Balanced performance.
M&D: slightly spritzy and full of tiny fizz, the palate is therefore clean, refreshing and light, making this a really quaffable session geuze in my book! It's easy to drink the whole 750ml bottle, no sweat, but it takes some extraordinary elements to elevate this ale to the real exciting league.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off-white head that soon fades away and leaves small traces of lacing.

Tart aroma of apples and lemon with some funk.

Taste starts off mildly sour with tart apple upfront followed closely by lemon and grapes with a somewhat funky finish.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a great starter into the realm of sour beers.

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Photo of svenness
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden straw. 1/2 white head that melts down and creates a thin active layer of bubbles that then transform into spotted white mounds.

S - Sour tart apples, a sweet candy aroma, acidic cider character, musty old church pews, dank wheat, sharp grapes.

T - Sour fruit off the start that is gentle at first, then as you open your mouth a moderate tangy lemon bite takes over. Acidic but refreshing with mild woody notes. A funky yeast is evident in the background. Finishes crisp and dry with a touch of lingering sweetness.

This is a fun beer to drink and quite enjoyable. The sourness is more pronounced as it warms.

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Photo of dherling
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear copper color, with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly with nice lacing. The aroma is strong, sour, and tart. The flavor is still quite tart, but the flavor has a nice fruity apricot roundness with hints of overripe apple and a bit of funk in the finish. Acidic and dry smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear golden color with a big head that faded quickly to a quarter inch. Little lacing. The aroma was tart, earthy and funky, with a slightly sour tinge. The taste was tart and funky, with just the right touch of barnyard. The mouthfeel was light, with lots of carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, the tart funkiness really hits the spot, very nice.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of katalijne
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 6 July 2012, poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A: Pretty straw gold with lots of champagne-like bubbles, tall eggshell colored head that recedes slowly, eventually leaving just a ring. Lots of floaty sediment as the carbonation slows.
S: Some good barnyard funk, lemon zest
T: Some sour lemon and a little raw ginger flavor, tart green grapes. Some nice sourness, although a little less than I was hoping for.
M: Light bodied with just about the right amount of carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable, a little less sour than I would like. Very good and much better than I expected from Lindeman's, my only other memorable experience being with their Framboise before I really drank beer.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Consumed alongside some cheese tortelleni.

This beer poured a beautifully clear golden color with persistent carbonation floating to the top. The head was a two finger cloudy white even after a carefully gentle pour. Left some nice lacing, too. Gotta love Belgians.

The nose was primarily musty. Deep down in there, there was a slight fruit note, but this is definitely funky. Not a bad funky... but it's definitely the dominant smell.

The taste is fairly drinkable and layered. The citric bite is pervasive in the flavor and can range from sharp to a lemony finish. I get some notes of a fruit that tastes something like apples or pears. Drawing air over it, I get some funk tastes. None of the flavors are overpowering, but they all show up.

The carbonation level is high, but that's the way I like it. Hits my mouth quite well and is always inviting.

I'm just starting to get into sours (no thanks to living in Texas) and I'm glad that this one is always available in my local grocery store. Definitely a good beer and I'll br having this again.

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Photo of dd43
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Neophytes to the style should definitely give this gueuze a try. It hits on a lot of the hallmarks one should look for, and it isn't that hard to find.

Pours mostly clear orange, a touch of haze, color is well saturated. Head forms easily and recedes just as quick. Aromas of wildflower, musty hay and grass, funky past ripe orchard fruit, some grape skin. Tartness is really nice, puckering but still in balance so as to not cause the heartburn reaction some folks experience when drinking a sour beer. The finish is very dry, smooth as silk. Carbonated well, making this a really refreshing drink, especially at 5.5% which means you won't get into trouble if you drink an entire bottle. A great gueuze to have on hand for others to try.

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Photo of SebD
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of yeasty funk, tart lemons, grapes and some green apples.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart lemons, yeasty funk, sour apples and some white grapes.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 87.6% out of 100 with 2,138 ratings
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