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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 sierratwohearted
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

slightly hazy, golden yellow in color. smell is tart, vinegary, maybe ciderish. tastes great. just as i would expect of this slightly big gueuze from Lindemans. tartness up front, slightly dry-like a white wine in the finish. fruity, twangy and makes my mouth water with each sip.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnished gold with a tint of orange, and forms a thick, fluffy white head with good retention. Lacing is crazy good. Carbonation runs rampant through the body of this beer, far moreso than any other I've seen.

Smell: Mustiness, funk, and bread grains with fuzzy stuff growing on them form the bulk of the aroma, along with some delicate citrus notes that seem like a sour tangerine. There's also something that reminds me of mown grass, lurking faint and far off in the distance of the aroma.

Taste: This strikes right up front with the sort of sour tang that feels like it is pulling something out of the glands under the corners of the lower jaw. Flavors shift continually as the liquid moves along the tongue, with notes of sour orange and tangerine, ancient library mildew, tall dry grass, and light bread, all tied together in a miasma of sharp, pungent funk. The finish leaves a lingering taste of tart, underripe tangerine and green apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and quite lively with carbonation.

Overall: This is my first foray into gueuze territory, and it may be safe to say I'm hooked. So much yeast character, so little hop influence, such intensity of flavor without sacrificing complexity. This does seem to peg the style guidelines well.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked 750 with gold foil, and a green bottle. Date code was 21/12/08 and it was produced in 2006.
Pours a beautiful clear gold color with a white head that subsides at a moderate pace. Plenty of bubbles cascading up from the bottom of the tulip.
The aroma is full of crisp granny smith apple, barnyard funk, and a dry bready character. Very nice and complex.

The taste begins with a rush of sourness that is intensified by the carbonation. It is nice and crisp reminding me of a dry champagne but it is much more complex with the sour/funk flavors going on this is a very refreshing beer.
Drinkability is very high once you get used to the sourness.
I think this is the best beer that Lindeman's makes and they should stop mixing good lambic like this into the overly sweet and syrupy fruity beers they make. This stuff is excellent.

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Photo of rarbring
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear sparkling deep brass brew, a small white head with little lacing and small curtains.

Funky stable notes, earth, horse and vinegar.

Starting with a perky dextrose sweetness, then lemon, yeast, stable, very balanced.

High carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a refreshing texture, medium small body, a sour dry finish.

A very well balanced and smooth gueuze. School!

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Photo of phishsihq
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pronounced either as GOO-zah, sometimes as gur-ze. Anyway you say it, Gueuze is a blend fo two or more lambics of different ages, usually a blend of one, two, and three year old varieties.

Lindeman's Cuveee Rene (Grand Cru), pours a cloudy, hazy gold with a pillowy, white one-inch head that provides plenty of lace. Sweet and funky aromas burst from the glass, with suggestions of green apples, lactic acid, wood, and horse-blanket (Brettanomyces). The brew begins mellow and sweet, slowly building to the funk and mouth puckering tartness only found in a Gueuze. Flavors included green apple, pear, grapefruit, earthiness, mustiness, barnyard funk, and some lactic-sourness. Amazingly subtle and complex, this highly carbonated brew also had a medium-light body. We are going to cellar a few to see how well it ages. A GREAT beer, and a good entry level sour beer as well!

Cheers!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into snifters.

Not much head. A wonderful tangerine-like glowing orange. Pretty clear. Splotchy foam remainers on the surface.

Incredible Bretty sour aromas. Lemon, white grape juice, flooded basement, dead grass, and a nice touch of acetic acid.

Upfront tart in a big way, and then a clean dry finish. A lot of hay, lemon peel, sour twang from citrus and wild yeast. Very complex. Great tartness--like a tongue on a battery.

Spritzy without being too carbonated. Wet and clean on the palate.

This is a great geuze! Wonderfully priced and a great aperitif, as well!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has a nice funky, tart, citrus aroma. Taste is pretty much the same but the tartness is amplified. Very high quality. Very good.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unsure of bottling date, code is LBB100GC. Huge billowing head, with a super clear pale body. Nose is a mixture of fruit - blackberry, tart cherry, some sweet and sour mixture including a tinge of lemon. Smell includes a fresh rose. Taste consists of light buteric acid/fermented wood, earthy and tartness of berries. High carbonic acid - some green apple as well. Overall extremely enjoyable - one of my favorite Oude Gueuzes.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy and orange. With little head. lacing is moderate.

S: bouquet is mild, dominated by lemon juice and granny smith apples.

T: when was the last time you bit into a lemon? This is one of the more sour brews I've had. Cuvée René is quite dry with notes of lemon, apples, pears, and moist earth.

M: light body with moderate carbonation.

D: one of the only gueuzes that is widely available in the US. This brew is great for anybody that likes the sour side of beer.

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Photo of photomike
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice head and good sticky lacing.

Smell is intoxicatingly sour lemon and alcohol, surprising given the low ABV.

Taste is very tart and really, really good. Lemon juice is the star here, with a bit of a sweet fruit background to balance it out...orange, maybe. Still, the undeniable taste is lemon juice. Very sour, and unfortunately not very complex. A very slight hay/barnyard flavor. Really delicious.

This is a puckeringly tart beer when consumed fresh. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is not very high, but mostly due to the intense sourness. This is a hard one to rate on style; it is a great gueuze, but how many really sour, really great gueuzes are super drinkable? Well, I made it through half a 750 no problem. Quite drinkable, I guess.

One of my favorite gueuzes, to be sure.

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Photo of hellbilly
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hazy pale orange gold (lightened orange pekoe iced tea) with a short lived agitated white head.

the aroma is very dusty/cement/mineral/stony with notes of pale malty sweetness, grass, flowers, blossom honey and some cinnamon-y spiciness.

the palate is very tart, almost eye watering (more so than i ever would have expected given the reputation of the flavored stuff from this brewery) but there is a respectable amount of malt to keep it quaffable and yet refreshing. there's flavors of stone, grass and bloomy white mold (in a pleasant way) with a lemony sour finish. an aftertaste of dust and must lingers for a bit. thin mouth feel is dry and parching along with a prickly mouth feel from the tartness. it gets a bit "milky" thick in the back of the throat.

it is not as funky as others but it is clean and refreshing.
this is much better than i could have ever imagined. at the price i will always have this on hand...
8/4/8/4/18/4.2

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Photo of alcurtsinger
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first gueuze. Also my first lambic and sour beer.

A. Pour an orange/yellowish color. A small head with with lacing that recedes quickly.

S. It smells funky, citrusy, sour, and of lemons.

T. Taste like it smells but more sour and tart. Very good. I taste some grapes.

M. Acidic, carbonated, and a little creamy.

D. Very drinkable. It is light and the taste is not too overpowering. I wish I could try more Gueuze's to compare this too, but sadly the only Gueuze available in Texas.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color. The first smell that hits you is one of funk, with some vinegar and fruit mixed in as well. The flavor is very fruity with a good bit of funk and sour tart. This is not a beer with an extreme amount of sourness, but it has a near perfect mix of fruit, sourness and funkyness. This beer is extremely drinkable and finishes very dry. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 25 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Hazy light orangey color with a finger of big bubbled head. The head fades pretty quickly but leaves a decent film that clings to the glass after each drink. The smell has so much going on. A light skunk comes through first, a buggy funk, much like a sour pilsner. Flavor wise has a light up front sour which builds, more funky bugs, and the finish reminds me of Brie mold. Amazingly complex. Nice soft bubbly texture. Finishes very dry and sour. My first Gueuze. I want more!

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Photo of stumac
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been recommended to me by some respected beer peeps...

it pours up a brilliant gold color with a nice fluffy white head. the nose is wood, tart fruits, sourness. the taste is tart as hell! it tastes the same as the nose but with a lot of lemon flavor, I get oak, it leaves a chewy feel on your teeth. a very smoothe brew, full bodied, medium smoothe carbo. A nice, sour treat.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(bottled: 21 MAR 2011, consumed: 07 FEB 2013 - poured into a tulip)

A: 2" dull-white head, wells up on pour but doesn't quite overflow, spritzy/soft-foamy, yet compact in spots, with surprising initial retention, leaves a top ring of foam....the liquid is light amber, light-moderate haze with micro-tiny sandy-looking specks floating around.... the collar and some swirls keep throughout....not bad at all

S: excellent! what I'd hope for and what I love about the style....from having worked around horses for a couple months last year, I now have a reference for the "horse-blanket" thing, and I get it here: dirt and dust, equine skin and sweat, and hay flour....initially there's also a strawberry or blueberry-like fruit aroma blended with a lactic-souring or maybe acetic acid thing (similar to the smell of adding apple-cider vinegar to milk to make buttermilk substitute)...later on, too, some hints of malt (mostly wheat?) and a medicinal/ginger spice (w/o the ginger "flavor").... was just in love sniffing this, however, it didn't explode out as much as I would've liked

T: the "infection" (Brett, etc), as I like to call it, is not out front (thankfully), and is balanced so wonderfully and kept in check by a tart, dry pear/apple cider quality (fruit and feel)....not enough (malt) sweetness (but that's understood), the fruit flavor begs for a little.... a nice fruity pop on the tip of the tongue in the aftertaste....the taste is great , the balance is superb - a touch of creamier fruit presence is all it needs...

F: only lightly sprtizy.... has a pleasant, smooth-ish, light-medium body - floats over the tongue.... no sharp or acidic-biting sensations (an issue I have with up-and-coming examples - perhaps it mellows out in the bottle with age...)

O: this was fantastic! after trying some newer, hyped gueuzes and other sours lately, and not being impressed, approaching and enjoying this "older" example was a thrill!... i had an epiphany that this would go great with a salty, cured meat, and I was right! had a sliver of proscuitto di parma with the last couple sips and it was bangin'!...gotta retry a bunch of gueuzes now and put this one into perspective...this is truly one of the best!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Belgian Sour beer. Smells tart and moderately sour. Slight fruity aromas behind, and a little yeasty. Looks mostly clear yellow with a slight wheat haze to it. Tastes have a good blend of barley and wheat malt flavors and textures with a complex citrus sourness and acidity. Very efforvescent to the toung. Pleasantly creamy and tart. Not astringent, just nicely tart. Finish is dry and champaign like. Aftertaste is moderately sweet and tart. Lingers for quite a while.

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Photo of bret27
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell: Tart, brett, estery

Appearance: Deep gold, slight haze, but bottle-conditioned w/yeast at bottom so may be results of raters poor pour or natural look. Good head retention w/good lace at end of glass.

Taste: Sharp on tip of tongue, very complex, old cherry sourness, oak/cork funkiness. Full mouthfeel.

Finish: Dry and tart, pear cider aftertaste.

Overall: Delicious, and for $6 for a good gueze a real bargain.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02 April 2010

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a finger and a half’s worth of head that fades fairly quickly to a thin coating of bubbles

S: Barnyard funky yeast and some spices, maybe some lemon in there as well

T: Same as the smell, fairly sour and definite barnyard funk. This is what is mostly there, along with hints of lemon peel. Sticks with these, which is great in a gueuze

M: Fairly light bodied with full carbonation. Carbonation helps the sourness out a bit

O: A great gueuze by Lindemans, definitely on the sour side if you like your gueuze like that. Good for the summer time, as it’s fairly low in abv and hits the spot on a hot day

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Photo of royalenfield
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb gueuze. Poured into a champagne flute. Developed a half-inch head that dissipated almost immediately. The top half of the bottle poured crystal-clear and became progressively cloudier as I made my way down to the dregs. Big, chewy body. Powerfully funky nose with hints of lactic acid, truffle, wet grass, and burnt rubber. The funkiness is more muted on the palate, which is dominated by citrus/green apple tartness that smacks you in the salivary glands. Fruity but bone-dry with no perceptible sweetness - one of the most well-attenuated beers I can remember tasting. Subdued, crisp finish that does not linger. I had this with a dish of seared beef tongue and oven-roasted asparagus. A truly sublime drinking experience!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden-orange with two fingers of loose, dingy white head and lots of speedy bubbles. Aroma of sour lemon, grass, and mild funk.

Moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel that starts crisp and dry but finishes a little thin. Lots of puckering lemon up front mixed with apple, a touch of grape, and grass/hay funk that lingers for a long while.

This is a tasty gueuze that, at seven bucks, wasn't prohibitively expensive or too hard to find. Would have it again!

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange yellow with a 1 finger white head,

smell: sour, tart, apples, funk, brett,

taste: sour, tart, apples, brett,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very good representation of the style. totally different then anything else I've had from Lindemans. definitely recommend this beer.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy honeyed yellow color with white head.

Nose has fruity chalk, some cardboard (in a good way), and musty fruit.

Sour bomb on the palate, but that's expected with this style. Fruitiness reminds me of peach, apricot, and more. Finishes sour as well, but not overwhelmingly sour.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (with a date reading "OKT 2010") into Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange-golden color with a substantial off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind only a few tiny spots of lace and a little bit of floating foam. The large head surprised me due to the style of the beer.

Smell: A strong, musty/woody aroma backed up by sour lemon.

Taste: Begins with a stinging sourness on the tongue along with a slight bitterness reminiscent of lemon peel. The beer only gets more sour as it goes down- it's not really a vinegary lemon-esque sourness, it's just, well, sour. The finish does reveal some musty and woody notes. I must say, despite the assertive sourness, this beer is not a sour bomb. After a bit more drinking and getting used to the sourness, some fruity flavors make themselves faintly known and the yeast asserts itself a bit more

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with strong initial carbonation that mellows out. The finish is dry and very champagne-like, and even a bit refreshing.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that I would be happy to drink again and again. Only my second geuze overall, but it's another winner. I would like to see what this tastes like with more age on it.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle from 41st Ave Liquors in Santa Cruz, CA. Paired with some 5 year old gouda. My first gueuze -- taking advice from the forums to start with this one.

A - Huge 3-4 finger head on the initial pour. Recedes to a thin cap with plenty of patchy lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, a bit of mustiness and funk. The stinky cheese REALLY sets this off.

T - Orange zest, lemon, and funk in the front. Tastes like the barnyard a bit, some dust in the middle, and then a hint of some berries in the back with more citrus. Very yummy. And the gouda is only helping to bring out some of the background flavors in this one.

M - Medium body with a light and dry finish. Not heavy in any way, doesn't really coat the mouth, and just glides down the throat easily.

D - Off the charts for me. It's just dry enough, and the citrus really makes this feel refreshing. I immediately wished I had bought another one. Like others have said, it would be a great daytime beer. I'd love to try this with some seafood in the backyard this summer. A little pricey for sessioning but I could still drink a ton of this.

Overall, my first gueuze has me wanting to try lots more of them. I can tell where a lot of my time (and money) will be going in the near future.

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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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