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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2,134
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907
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of justintcoons
3.16/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage.
750ml poured into a wine glass.

Appearance
Slightly cloudy golden-straw with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Moderate-heavy carbonation.

Nose
Lemon juice, Sweet Tarts and vinegar.

Taste
Sour lemon juice, peach and Granny Smith apple skins. White wine vinegar and Sweet Tarts. Finishes with musty basement and hints of oak.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, moderately sour, crisp and clean.

Overall
Primarily loads of lemon juice, apple skin and vinegar. Not necessarily my favorite style of Sour.

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Photo of Morpheus
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On to beer #2 this fine New Years' Eve. Thus far I enjoyed a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (If you can say that 6 times without screwing up give you one --- no I won't (more for me)) and finished my 'from scratch' BBQ Pizza. The pizza was rich, so I need a contrasting beer.

Too lazy to get another glass, I wash out the mug and pour a July 2012 vintage. Sacrilege
perhaps, yet not a concern in this review IMHO. The bottlecap got wedged in the bottle opener, an event that has never happened to me in 30 years of inebriation! Were the beer gods trying to communicate? 8:1 foam ratio on pouring, with a milky blonde-red color. I do the Homer Simpson Lip Smack in anticipation.

Smell: Tart! More tart than a Welsh Tart! Lemon and lime sour - reminds me of Rose's lime cordial -- and a yeast funk. A-won't-u-take-me-to-...-...-funky-tart?

Taste: Instant tartness disippates into a fruity character, then a late musty finish. Perhaps a little on the mellow-side, but overall a very nice beer which is far too easy to drink. A beer to cellar, and open under the right circumstances.

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Photo of GRUUMSH
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of avgjoseph
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Converge
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Technically my first gueuze, though certainly not my first sour. Bottled March 21st, 2011.

A - Pours a super hazy golden amber, with a thick foamy head of off-white suds. Solid head retention, with above average lacing of sticky foam.

S - Mild funk and tart. Not much 'barnyard' character in this one. Mild grassy notes, with some sweeter notes pushing through. Slight hay aroma, but not much else.

T - Certainly not big on the sourness, but there's definitely a tartness to it throughout the profile. Mild funk, especially in the finish. Slightly musty, with some hay, grassy sweetness, and even some mild fruity notes. Green apple, white grape, and some lemony notes.

M - Light bodied, slightly tart, with some crisp carbonation that matches well. Very good.

D - An excellent brew, and for the style, based on my limited knowledge, is done very well. Possibly a tad sweet for a traditional gueuze. Super drinkable, with a nicely balanced profile and crisp, refreshing feel.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of TubaManJack
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is also the first formal gueuze.

Appearance- A bit of lacing yielded from a goldenrod yellow cloudy body. There also was a fair bit of carbonation and a light yellow tan head.

Smell- Like the bottom of a cold rock carved cellar or cave. There is a bit of wet rock and funky sourness. This is really different.

Taste- A mix of fruity sweetness and yeasty funk. As expected there isn't any malt or hops just a yeast driven brew. The sweeter portions of the beer are more of the typical characters: cherries, raspberries, sour unripped blackberries. The funk and tartness are next with a measure of musty minerals, like a soil collection of gruss or shale (I guess I really am a geologist). Not quite my thing, but I can still appreciate it.

Mouthfeel- Tart, dry, and funky. Its pretty typical but between the carbonation and its tartness it has a lighter mouthfeel.

This is a experience and something you should seek out.

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tinfang
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Blobra
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Maxwell
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light copper color, bordering on light orange and dehydrated piss yellow. A fizzy white and rocky head appears and quickly fizzles away like a soda, leaving a light scrim and ring on the glass. The beer’s body is very cloudy, with haze hiding all of the other side of the glass from view. Carbonation bubbles are a constant stream running up from the bottom of the glass. On the nose the beer smells richly funky, with spicy hay, light fruit leather, and heavy brett smells. Light smells of cherry are also present in the sweet fruit leather smell. The beer tastes sweet and fruity with wonderful barnyard funk in the beginning of the taste. Tart flavors are light and controlled, but lovely, and lemon notes definitely come through in the tart taste. The beer begins light grass and hay, moving into barnyard funk and light fruit leather before opening into lovely lemon characters and then moving into more barnyard hay and the supposed “horse-blanket” flavor. The aftertaste is grassy with nice hay notes and as it warms there are also notes of wheat spice and light banana in the esters. On the mouth the beer feels sharp with carbonation before mellowing into a medium to light body with nice tart puckering in the mouth. The mouth is left quite clean with only a slight scrim of saliva. Overall this is a solid gueuze, some nice barnyard character, and some great balance between the tart, sweet, and funky flavors. This beer is a success from Lindemans, with some great lemon characteristics. A must try for sour fans.

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Photo of Absumaster
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange, clear beer with a small head. Some light carbonation visible.

Smell is mostly lactic acid with fruity notes. The smell reminds of peach and grapefruit. There is some wood present.

Taste is quite tart at first, with the sour being mostly lactic acid and some minor aetic acid tones. After 2 sips the beer is tart but never goes overboard on the sour. No aggresive tartness. This is one of the greatest benefits of this beer, it is tart but never mouth puckering. The beer nicely balances the tartness with enough body. There are nice fruity, earthy flavors which are backed up by a subtle wood taste. The beer is quite drinkable and for me a very rounded gueuze.

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

Bottled on 08 Nov 2011, poured into a flute

A - Golden yellow. Pilsner-like but with more of a bright neon glow. Fluffy white head starts at 3 fingers, then reduces down to a lasting half finger with good uneven lacing. There is lots of carbonation.

S - I am first hit by a funk which brings to mind fireworks/gun powder, or something industrial (machines running, oil, burning rubber). Strangely, it's not at all bad! Soon hints of very sour fruit come into the mix.

T - I first notice the prickly, fluffy mouthfeel as the initial taste is subtle.On the back end is sour green apple candy and a spicy peppery dryness. As I continue to smell and taste, the industrial quality transforms into some earthy vegetables and black peppercorns.

O - My first gueze! I am a bit surprised that I found the sourness to be relatively subdued, but it really enhances the whole experience. This stuff is beyond complex - I will definitely be exploring the style further, and will pick up more of this one for sure!

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Photo of cmoody91
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of emergency_beef
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of hpeli
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades away. The head is very similar to champagne and there is also tons of bubbles that continue to develope like champagne too.

S: There is a good amount of tartness/ sourness on the nose that hits you right in the face. There is also a good amount of sweet fruit like bananas, peaches and even some green apple.

T: LIke the smell, the tartness/ sourness really are the defining part of the flavor. As the beer fades, the flavors start to become a little sweeter, but also very dry.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation that tingles on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat as it goes down.

O: This is a pretty damn good Gueuze and I am glad that I can find this around now. I will for sure stock up on this for the cellar.

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Photo of MinnTwins
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually my first Gueze. Not my first sour.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Beautiful hazy rusty orange with a quick one fingered white head.

Smell- Champagne yeast, vinegar, some musty apple or pear, funky earthy notes. Smells more sour than it tastes.

Taste- Reminds me of champagne in taste. Dry grapefruit pulp and bitter apple. Yeast presence (brett?).

Mouthfeel- Bubbly and refreshing. Not too tart that it makes my mouth water. More bitter than tart. Smooth.

Overall- I liked it. A lot different than other lambics. I'd love to try more Guezes.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boom.

Anyway, the head is large and white-bubbled at first, but gradually fades into a short, but tight and constant layer that maintains throughout the period of blessed enjoyment.

The smell is laid back gueuze. It's gentle, but certainly present, and accurately implies the beer's flavor profile, though understates it. Nothing too sweet, but barely tart.

The flavor is awesome. A wonderful way to introduce a friend to lambic beer in general, and a challenge to match it's cleanliness. Mouthfeel, similarily, with all that oozing gueuzy au-natural micro carbonation, activity, and general excitement.

Not much needs to be said. Sit down with one of these and learn something about beer, and about yourself.

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Photo of JellyJacket
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,134 ratings.
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