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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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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4.09
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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a light blond color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sourness with tart apple, cherry and lemon aromas. A bit of mustiness.

Taste: Musty and sour with hints of tart fruits once again. Not as easy to pick out as by aroma. Apple seems to dominate. Funky.

Mouthfeel: Tart and funky. A bit dry but not by much. Different from most other beers.

Verdict: Not quite sour as Boon but still a decent example of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow, highly effervescent body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Funky, lactic, and altogether sour scent of zombified lemons, stale flowers, a musty cellar, and soiled rags used to cover up a horrific crime.

Taste: Sour lemons, barnyard hay, a slice of week-old bread, and a pinch of sodium-free salt. Whew! All that lactic bacteric is a bit grimace-inducing at times, but the longer you drink it, the quick that phenomenon passes. Finish dry and very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for those times when you're just feeling mighty damn sour.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely reddish gold color with a delicate-yet-hard white head that fades to a collar. The nose has a cidery note and a bit of hard, minerally oxidation, but the main element is a winey note, something like a citrus infused dry vermouth. And there's also a lovely, scratchy, wild barnyard note. On the palate, highly acidic, especially at the front and end of the palate, with big lemon juice flavors and a slightly seedy, yeasty note. Mouthfeel is puckering and intense, but not so much so as some other gueuzes out there. Still, that lack of punch actually makes for an exceedingly drinkable ale that combines a touch of smoothness (for the style) and richness with plenty of acidity, citrus, and barnyard for the classic gueuze characteristics. Excellent beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/5/06.

Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and opaque. An inch of head appears upon the first pour, which settles into a ring rather quickly.

Smell - Mild funk mixed with sour, unripened fruit. Apple cider, vinegar and lemons, hay. Pretty approachable for a gueuze as the funk is fairly reigned-in and mild.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very sour, both lactic and acetic. I'm generally used to Lindemans beers being too sweet and syrupy, so this is a nice surprise. Strong notes of sourdough bread, lemon juice, green apples and vinegar. Tart, fruity notes linger on the palate in the finish. Pretty light-bodied stuff, and very refreshing. Not a top notch gueuze, but a solid one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellowish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a sour fruitiness, somewhat like white grape. In the taste, small tartness and a small fruitiness, and yeasty too. A small sour bite in the mouthfeel and a dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice sourness and fruity presence, very nice.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium straw hue with good clarity and a little head.

Lightly sweet with a strange spicy peppery weed/grass-like aroma and a touch of cinnamon. Smells like an old church.

Not what I expected at all. The word barnyard comes to mind. Little sweetness and fruit flavors give way to barnyard tainted tartness. It kind of tastes like and old church too, or some herbal/thistle tea except it’s really tart. The tartness is more dull than strong and punchy. Finishes with dry and metallic hints. My tongue hurts.

Good carbonation and medium body.

Interesting and weird. This isn’t as tasty as I’d hoped, but it is cool. I look forward to trying more Gueuzes, only they’re so expensive ‘round here.

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Photo of beerking1
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1994. Pours darker than expected, a dark amber color, clear, with a dense, snow white head that lingers long. Aroma is hugely complex, with lots of musty character, some sourness, and very funky, with horse blanket and all you would expect from a true lambic. The flavor is equally complex, acetic and musty but with a balancing sweetness. Aftertaste is equally complex, leaving you wanting more. A great lambic for the true lambic fan.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, dated 2006. Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is old funky yeast and some fruitiness.

The flavor is mostly sweet sparkling cider and lots of apple jolly ranchers with a little wood and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation.

Overall, this tastes a lot more like a sparkling cider or champagne than a beer. I was expecting a lot more traditional sourness - this was very sweet and alco-poppy.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04-05-06, Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Hazes at the bottom the bottle, due t the sediment. Near zero head retention some & lacing

S: Appleskins & a bit of vinegar sourness

T: Sourness, apple vinegar & tartness in your face. A little bit of berry sweetness as this warms. Finishes tart with hints of grapefruit, a bit of sourness & more appleskin

MF: Bone dry & slick with just a bit of carbonation

Drinks a bit slow, due to the dryness & tartness, in style, but not very pleasing to me. Better Guezes out there IMO, lacked complexity to me. Maybe a few more years of aging are in order?

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Discount Liquor for $7.50 quite some time ago (at least 18 months) and cellared although the bottle itself looks much older than that. I’ll have to search it for a date later. Served in a large snifter.

Appearance: pale peach skin body with aggressive white head that quickly dissipates to an attractive, sticky lace.

Aroma: Potent and complex. Loads of apple and strawberry. Sweet lambic notes similar to the Lindemans fruit beers but tons of funk as well. Sour with lots of acidic lemon.

Taste: Fantastic. As foreshadowed by the aroma, this beer has a tremendous amount of sweet/tart fruit flavor, especially apple, and plenty of barnyard funky/citric/rotten hay and lemons. Some pale malt is found too.

Mouthfeel: The funk is much more controlled and purposeful in this gueuze as compared to others I’ve tried. It’s less sour than many but not less interesting. The combination of the tartness from the fruity yeast and the funk from the bacteria is great. The body remains crisp, fairly clean, and very drinkable too.

An A+ beer and much more than I was expecting from Lindemans.

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Photo of brdc
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large corked and capped bottle. Date on label 04/05/06.

Poured into my Lindmenas flute, it is a very good looking clear, light golden brew with a nice white head that holds well and then sticks in large clumps to the bottle sides, very good looking.
I have trouble defining the aromas of a gueuze, but this one has that usual "funky" smell, some spiciness and fruitiness, more on the sweet and tart side, think raspberries.
Taste is actually quite mellow, a little bit sour and acidic, but not much, citric notes all over, particularly lemon.
Easy going, very nice, pleasant; not the big mouth puckering I was expecting, but nonetheless quite pleasant and easy to drink, nicely carbonated adding to the mild "puckering effect".
A good start for someone trying to get into gueuzes; not extreme but well representative and easier to drink than most.

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Photo of Cresant
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my birthday I poured this 750 mL green bottle into a simple wine glass. No date on the bottle, yet the Whole Foods Market label with the price states,"best by 8/04". I'm guessing this bottle must be over four years old (at least). The body was clear and golden on the first pour but hazier upon subsequent pours. The appearance eventually became that of unfiltered apple juice. The minimal head became a ring of bright white foam.

Smell was tart, dry powdery. Rose water.

Taste was apple peel. Woodiness became much more apparent as it warmed further. Multidimensional but easy to drink. Sour yet never puckering. Sweet enough for a very enjoyable balance. Drying tart finish compels you to sip again.

Mouthfeel was smooth with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Medium body. This is the best Lindemans offering I have tasted.

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Photo of Onslow
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with quite a big head, lacing is also very good... Lots of different aroma's, citrus, funk, fruit... Taste is refreshing and twangy, lots of flavours lie in the depths of this brew... A Great Gueuze for sure.. but split the 750ml bottle with another person!

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

25.4 oz. bottle- color of hazy mango , with a eggshell colored head - nose of lovely sourness , cobwebs , slight sweetness , apricots , and tobbacco – taste of apricots , sour , tart cherries , cobwebs , and tobacco - body is medium , dry , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of dried apricots , tobacco , tart , dry , and gummy

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle:

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy head that slowly descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of candy sugar, tartness, grain, some vinuous fruitiness.

The taste is of sweettart candy - nicely balanced. Some mustiness and vinuous fruitiness. Long, very dry finish. Simple, but tasty.

The body is light to medium, smooth with a nice texture. Very drying.

This is a tasty, drinkable classic/traditional gueuze that is tart/sour but with a nice rounding sweetness.

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Photo of cbl2
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/16/2007 $8.75 750 mL 5.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazed orange that is imbued by loads of champagne fine carbonation that emanates from the "D" laser etched into the bottom of my Duvel glass. A persistent quarter inch film of creamy head floats adrift on top.

Aroma:

Sharp notes of tart cherries soaked in oak, with subtle vanilla and mushroom notes apparent.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth for the abundant level of carbonation, but blisteringly tart, causing a drying mouth puckering sensation. Fresh cherries are present, along with an abundance of wood. Sadly there is also the presence of wet cardboard which leads me to believe this is skunked a touch. The oxidation is slight though, and mostly unnoticeable in the presence of the cherries, and apple/pear, which makes an appearance towards the finish.

I believe this is my first attempt at this style, and I'm intrigued. I'll definitely have to seek out more, to see how this compares.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DrJay for hooking me up with this beauty for BC2! From a 750 ml, foiled, capped and corked.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, huge soapy white head forms, big bubbles, quickly settles down to a decent layer, leaves some sticky lace on its way down. Smell is insane, very fresh and funky, sharp spice bite, sour fruits, acidity, citrus, apples, nice. Taste is sour apples, citrus, caramel, funk, hay, citric acidity in the finish, nice and sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth. Nice balance, very drinkable Gueuze with enough complexity to keep people happy, and not too intense to keep people away. Thanks a lot Jay!

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours with a deep gold color, actually fairly clear, substantial head formation with lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Outdoor-like, somewhat of a farm aroma, with a bit of sour cherry and wood although these are lighter and definitely dominated by the outdoor aroma.

T: Reminds of sour fruit, especially cherries. Dominated by the sourness with a slight bit of vinegar-like flavor. A very slight amount of oakiness in the flavor. Finishes with a combination of bitterness and sourness, with a woody bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: highly carbonated, somewhat puckering in the finish.

D: A bit startling at first, especially if unaccustomed to this style. After settling in this is a very drinkable beer. Would imagine this would pair well with pungent cheese or a sour fruit tart for dessert.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served from the corked 750ml bottle. This beer is very carbonated. Pours into the glass and a large head immediately forms. The head is maintained and produces a lot of lacing in the glass. The smell of this beer is very tart and so is the taste. I assume this profile is typical among lambics, but this is my first one so I don't have a comparison. This is a good beer, I am just not quite accustomed to the lambic profile.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, slightly hazy, a bit of off-white head, delicate lace.

Smells mainly of tart raspberry, passion fruit, cooked sour cherry, strawberry rhubarb pie, and mildly of bacterial damp earth, musty leaves, vanilla, vinegar. Relatively mild, fruity, clean. Nice.

Tastes mainly of lactic acid, sour fruit - cranberry, raspberry, passion fruit - with old leaves, wood, minerals, biscuit. Not quite totally dry, but becomes so. Enjoyably tart and refreshing. Fairly long, dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel is defined by puckering acidity, with some nice chalky minerality, a bit of astringency, and fine spritzy carbonation.

Not very funky or vinegary, but plenty sour, a gueuze on the simple and approachable side.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at San Roque Market in Santa Barbara, CA. I'm a gueuze novice, so take my critique with a grain of salt. I wasn't overly impressed with the bland pale body, but it did have a healthy looking amount of carbonation. Not a very strong smell, but there is an apple cider and vinegar scent most predominantly. The scent is magnified in the flavor. It's a strong sourness of cider, vinegar and lemon which hits the tongue and numbs it up good. This feels like a sipper, but I found myself gulping it down after I noticed that sipping or gulping didn't effect the level of sourness, and I felt I might as well as drink as much of it as I could considering the cost.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold in colour with a bit of haze and a gentle carbonation. Aromas of wet cedar, sour lemon, and cherry pits. More lactic lemony sourness in the mouth, along with some mild woody astringency. As it warmed, a bit of a toungue coating cheese element revealed itself. Very drinkable and refreshing stuff, although perhaps it lacks a bit of the complexity that you'd find in some other beers of this style. Not overly farmhouse-funky, but I find myself wanting to take larger sips. If there were a "session gueuze", this would probably be it.

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

Bomber shared with fisherman34, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazey unfiltered deep orange colour, beautiful colouring. 1/2 inch of head with very mild carbonation, leaves some light lacing. A beautiful beer to look at to be sure. Aroma is very tart with some zesty lemon citrus sourness. Light summer peach aroma in the background. Simple but lively and aromatic.

Taste is just straight up puckeringly dry and sour. Woody flavours with the lemony sourness with a bit of sour cherry. As the beer warms a cheesy character begins to appear, especially in the finish. Not a lot of complexity I find, but it's very tasty. Mouthfeel is very dry and sticky, puckering as I said, and the carbonation is quite mild. I'm not sure If I'd like more than one of these, I'm not the world's biggest "sour" fan but I can respect this beer for the style and what it is. Certainly unique and I'm looking forward to lots more beers in this style in the future.

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

This one is on the tamer side for a gueuze, but also very nicely balanced and refreshing with some interesting character. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a huge white rocky head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap that sticks around. Quite good lacing. The smell is a little faint, but pleasant. Notes of lemon, grass, and a slight whiff of ripe cheese. The taste is more substantial with a somewhat restrained acidity for the style, some barnyard notes, some spice, and a lingering bitterness that is not from the hops. Quite nice. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and relatively crisp. Very drinkable.

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Photo of xymyl
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy but the color is vibrant deep orange with gold tones. Head is a small dense ring with good lacing.

Aroma is very floral with soft honey notes, complex citrus, straw, sweat/horse blanket/barn yard smells and a light clean malt note in the distance.

Taste is very complex with flavors, aromas and textures climbing over and under each other, everything is scrambling around and difficult to focus on. I don't mean that in a bad way. Overall, this beer is super dry (some would say almost chalky), acidic, fruity with all sorts of citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a peach quality seems to be there too. This moves from Super dry and acidic to a soft and sweet honey note before you realize that the acid never left and clamps back down on the palate.

This beer is very light in body and super dry, not something that you can easily drink quickly. I know many people hate these beers but I love them, this is a real thinking man's beer!

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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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