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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
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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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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a large snifter. It pours a pale, clear yellow with an abundant white head. Lacing is left everywhere. The aroma is sour, sweet and funky with a bit of alcohol thrown in. The flavor is tart fruit, maybe apples, with a dry finish. The beer is light bodied and highly carbonated. The beer is a slow sipper. This is my first gueuze so I was not sure what to expect. It was good for a change of pace, but I will need to try another for comparison purposes.

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Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright gold color fills the glass along with a good (for a gueuze) white head which sticks around a while and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of tart citrus tempered by a bit of mustiness.

Sour apples dominate the taste. In fact I couldn't really pick out anything else. Not as tart as most other gueuze's I've had. No sign whatsoever of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was typical for this style beer. Slightly thin, but with a fair amount of carbonation prickliness.

If you like gueuzes, this one is worth a try, especially if you don't like them really tart. Not sure I'd grab this one again though. For a few $ more you can do better.

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Photo of wl0307
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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 guthrie
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm a sour freak, so take this with a grain of salt if you're not...

12 oz bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Golden color, slightly hazy. This, yet sticky head.

Smell of barnyard Brett funk. Sour apple? A nice earthiness, yet bright.

Taste is a nice sourness. Lots of the funk. Some sour apple, but slightly more bread like(?). Sourness starts in the middle of the tongue and rolls back with the swallow. Punchy sour aftertaste. Light carbonation. It's almost the sourness of lemons, without the exact lemon taste.

Thin mouth feel. Light, small carbonation.

For me this is hella drinkable. I would, and could, drink this all night.

Even if you're not a huge fan of sours try it just to see what the Brett/barnyard thing is all about. It's a good representation of that.

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Photo of Keith238
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle with natural cork. Bottled 02OCT07, marked best by 31DEC13.

A=Golden colored with a slight haze when poured into a snifter. Little to no head or lacing.

S= Fruity and tart aroma.

T= Apricot and lemon combine for a clean tart flavor.

M/D= Clean and crisp, I could drink this all night.

My first Gueuze and I'll be looking for others.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml green capped and corked bottle purchased at the liquor store in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours a crystal-clear golden body with virtually no head to speak of. Smells fruity and acidic. Tastes fruity sweet and acidic sour. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. I wish I had more to say about this beer, I really enjoyed it and it's the best Gueuze I've had thus far, and it disappeared more quickly that I would have liked.

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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 midnite2sixman
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ML bottle from Butch's in Holland, MI.

This bottle was poured into a goblet while listening to Know Your Rights by the Clash.

Pours a lightly hazy orange almost the same color as the label on the bottle.

Huge amounts of fruitiness, candy, and grapefruit on the nose. Sweet, light, and apricots also show up a bit. Reminds me of some type of orange/apricot candy I've had before but cannot put my finger on it.

A lot of fruit, tangerine and grapefruit, on the palate. Sour! Very light, very fruity, yet tart but it is quite a curious taste.

Very easy to drink and although I don't see myself buying a lot of Lindeman's myself I will highly recommend this to anyone trying a Geuze! Definitely fits in the style. Has to be one of the best in the category.

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Photo of vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/08, BB 12/14.
Poured contents into Leffe chalice.

a) Inch thick white head, bubbles and crackles, and slowly sinks. Hazy pale orange.

s) Lemon sorbet from a foot away, other spicy tropical fruit, some funky moldy basement, damp hessian sack, cheese rind, nutmeg. Some hop leaf in there too. This is what it's all about. Top class, fascinating..

f) Big sour lemon hit up front, blue cheese on a lavoche cracker, some hung-beef gameyness, or venison even. Remarkable.... charcuterie & fromagerie in a bottle...

m) Very light, spritzig, but teeth-grittingly tart.

d) If I compare this with Timmermans Tradition Gueuze, I get two completely different ales. The former is fruity, cidery, simple and refereshing. This is challenging, sophisticated, and infinitely more interesting.

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Photo of kkipple
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, so it's a Lindemans product... never really cared for their "lambics", I mean, good dessert material but as representations of the style they seem cheap and candylike... still, I'm liking Gueuzes lately and couldn't pass this one up when I saw it in Atlanta...

Pours a very dull dense orange with a beautiful tight white head that is at least 5cm tall... quite nice... lacing is there, sits well in my goblet, looks fine to me... great retention... no issues here...

Smells pretty solidly Guezue-ish, maybe a little tame and simple, but the requisite sour/tart oak funk and lemon-citrus pale malt caramel coolness are there...acidic and lactic, a hint of apricots here... decent and pretty textbook, takes no chances, wins no awards, just clean and solid.

Taste is much the same vein... tart lemon funk with a hefty dryness to carry the day, mildly malty but absolutely not sweet. Cleansing, refreshing, eye-opening... lacks the complexity and character of say, Girardin, but then most Gueuzes do... easy and not as bracing as some, the funk is a little easy and it's almost smooth...a good into to the style, I say, and certainly a fine brew from Lindemans.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit flabby, fine carbonation but not crackling, finish is dry and a continuation of the main flavor - tart and citric, adult.

Cuvee Rene is a solid Gueuze, a surprise from Lindemans for me and something I can recommend. For $10 a 750ml I would buy this again. How about it!

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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 SLeffler27
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice, creamy, white head floats above a hazy, light-amber beer in this chalice glass. Some rings of lace are deposited above legs as yeast sediment is suspended below.

Opens with fruity apples, followed by sulfur, cough syrup, and fresh, raw corn. A light perfume is cut by distant skunkiness.

Enters with very tart apple, followed by grapes and a long tart finish accompanied by spruce, vinegar and saltiness.

The thin body is very dry, with lively carbonation and some astringency.

Probably a digestive. Ranks high as a conversation starter. I knew my father would cringe, but I will have another someday.

date consumed: 29 Sep 2008

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Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René is a highly sparkling golden beer with a thick, fluffy, slightly yellowed white head that has outstanding retention and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite powerful and carries notes of funk, cheese, horse blanket, cave and mud. It is light bodied, fluffy and bubbly on the tongue. The finish is crisp and dry. It is very sour, musty and funky, with no noticeable sweetness. There are notes of champagne, bleu cheese and hay. It's a very bretty affair. The finish is full of green apples. It is tart through and through. What a unique beer!

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into an apple-cidery golden color with a nice crown of white head that leaves lace as it disappears. Very nice.

Smells fruity but not sweet. Apples and grapes lead the pack here.

Taste is very nice. This is a sour brew, don't get me wrong, and it is a departure from typical lindeman's fare, but it is not overwhelmingly so. Hints of the fruits, mostly apple.

This is a very thin and heavily carbonated drink, but without the carbonation, this wouldn't be as good. Very well done on this front as no other combination would seemingly work. This would be a great beer to introduce to those unfamiliar with the style or beer at all.

Drinkability is good. I think I will be able to finish the bottle and although it is pricey, I would love to always have some of these sitting around for special occasions and would like to get one to age. Very great drink overall.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foil-wrapped 750 mL bottle that is corked and capped.

A: The gueuze is a light apple juice color that combines orange and iced tea together. Not much head-wise, either on pour or as lace.

S: The nose is pleasantly tart, combining horseblanket funky with an acidic tang. Green apple and caramel malts mix with and accentuate the tartness.

T: This one really grabs you. The tartness is far more intense than the nose lets on, coating the palate with wild fauna. The bite is far more acidic than bretty (and luckily the acetic vinegar is nowhere to be found). A medicinal flavor follows the tartness, an unusual transition that leads back to tartness after a few seconds. The tart apple flavors are slow to fade from the palate.

M: This is a sock-knocker, flooring the tastebuds with sheer tartness. The carbonation does a bit but can't withstand the funk.

D: Only 5%, this ale is a testimony to ingenuity by Belgian brewers. So much flavor in such a small package is a great Christmas eve treat.

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Photo of hegelec
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL capped/corked bottle into a lambic flute. Enjoyed at Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario with a supper of lake perch with arugula salad.

Deep, somewhat cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Very nice colour. Light wispy lacing.

Smell is fantastic! Given the reputation of this brewery's flavoured lambics, I wasn't expecting anything this complex. Green apple, hay, caramel, and something that can only be described as a yeasty funk.

Taste is even better! Incredibly sour up front with the same funky green apple. Hints of blue cheese? Plenty of malt flavour to balance the sourness as this goes down, but it's actually quite dry. This must be a fairly highly attenuated brew.

The funk is subtle enough not to overwhelm my perch, but this beer is definitely sharp enough to cut through my spicy arugula salad. Exquisite.

Mouthfeel is puckering but refreshing, helped by the moderate carbonation. Somewhat round, but not too full. The drinkability of this beer is very high.

Thank you Lindemans, you exceeded every expectation I had with this classic lambic offering. It's still so remarkable that I can get this in London Ontario.

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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 paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque orange with a big yellow hue. slightly off white head, mild retention and good lacing.

S: huge sour lemonade aroma, some light sweet citrus.

T: big tart/sour citrus flavor that turns into green apples, granny smith apples. what a great flavor.

M: medium to low bodied. mild carbonation level. very crisp and clean.

D: ridiculously smooth for as fresh as it is. cant wait to see the sours age. wonderful beer.

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
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 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 DannyS
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasantly golden color with a nice full head.

S - Not very powerful, but unique, winey aroma. Coincides with notes of crisp fruit

T - considering the Lindeman's beers I've had in the past, the sour punch of this one took me by surprise. Was initially turned off to it, but I stuck through it and it grew on me. I love sour flavors, and the bright, eye-opening fruity sour in this beer is a refreshing change of pace.

M - Slightly harsh on the palate, with its smoothness cut right through by the acid. Decent carbonation.

D - Definitely a one-at-a-time beer. I definitely enjoyed it, but you'd have to be nuts to drink more than one bottle of this beer at a time.

Overall, this one won't be for everyone, but it definitely warrants a tasting session.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with a thick foamy head. Funky tart aroma that is sweet, sour and vinuous at the same time with yeast and light crisp frruit notes. Sour and puckering with a nice amount of carbonation. Champagne-like with sweet crisp light fruits (apple, pear and grape) and a very dry sour finish. Acidic.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/4/08. 750 mL bottle. Poured a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, tart fruits. Taste was of tart raspberries and apple. I liked this one because it wasn't TOO sour and was easy to drink. An excellent gueuze. 8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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