Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

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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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange with a fluffy 3-finger white head. Moderate retention with soapy, bigger-bubbled lace.

The nose is a heady, musty mix of barnyard aromas and tart fruit- a grainy malt not unlike animal feed (either that or the barnyard smells are so huge that I'm just associating it as animal feed), an intense yeasty chalkiness and sour aromas of apple, pear, cherry and orange.

The medium-bodied palate kicks off with a big rush of sour green apple, that same animal feed-like grain and a delicate chalky creaminess sitting quietly in the background. Hops are undetectable, while the mouthfeel gains a much-needed robustness as you get more into the yeasty latter-half of the brew. A mild sweetness joins on the finish but the overall presentation remains wholly tart and the flavors are mostly funky.

My first Gueuze, technically, but it definitely mirrors the experiences I've had with a lot of sours- a touch harsh and unharmonized upon first pour but nicely comes together over half an hour. The flavors in this were pretty straightforward, but they were intense and balanced- that is if you prefer your sours to lean more toward the barnyardy side of things- and the brew itself wasn't puckeringly tart either. There was enough of that chalky creaminess and slight sweetness to round out the acidity. I don't think I'd take a Gueuze over an Oud Bruin but this is solid for the style.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip after a struggle with the cork that I'm glad nobody else saw.

Pours a hazy medium golden yellow with half a finger of foamy eggshell head that leaves foamy blobs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of underripe orchard fruit and sour citrus. Green apple, white grape, sliced lemon, wildflowers and mild cheesy funk.

Tastes of intense green apple, lemon and orange, sour grape juice, mild sweet pineapple and more soft funk.

Feels light and foamy. Medium-light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes off dry and pleasantly tart.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Intense, complex and refreshing.

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Photo of carlborch
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden-amber with a large head that dissipated quickly. Fresh, slightly sour nose with hints of the aromas you get when biting into a Granny Smith apple combined with a funky, hay, and citrus pith nose. The body is medium, with bright effervescence. Just slightly sour with hints of Brettanomyces. Delicious as an aperitif or with foods, such as a vinaigrette based salad, that needs the counter-punch.No lace whatsoever. Very pleasant lingering. Bone-dry! A joyful Gueuze that will be repurchased. This is fun to drink. Not at all "beer like" although it is clearly a beer (ale). I wish they would let some of their fruit Lambics get this dry!

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Photo of jdhowe
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

clear golden color, light white head, clean light citrus with a moderate tart/funk character. Slight pepper, moderate to high carbonation, dry finish. Great for its price.

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Photo of bret27
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Estarrio
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with plenty of carbonation. Head is nice, frothy with big watery lacings.

Classic lambic aroma; musty oak, champagne, floral/herb bouquet.

Bittersweet tartness mixes with musty oak, wet hay and other earthy notes. Some citrus and fruit presence with a very dry aftertaste.

Well carbonated, good moutfeel.

Excellent representation of the style, while I prefer the fruitier lambic.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light burnt orange color with a decent cap of fizzy white head. It smells like a gueuze (which makes sense I guess). A tart lactic aroma up front with a light brett funk behind it, definitely in the wet hay spectrum of aromas. The taste was good, not terribly complex but interesting enough to keep me coming back for more. The mouthfeel was very nice, a medium high level of carbonation and very dry body make this extremely drinkable. Overall, a very solid everyday gueuze, readily available though not as complex as some of the other offerings out there.

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Photo of Badger6
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a Petrus goblet. Brewed in Apr 2013.

A: Golden color. Very bubbly, some head, that quickly recedes.

S: Orange rind, grapes, a little spice, some earthiness.

T: Green grapes, citrus up front. A sour flavor comes through quickly and follows to the end. Some malts are apparent as it finishes. There is an earthiness to the flavor as well.

M: One word, light. A little sharp on the carbonation, but nothing harsh.

O: Tasty and interesting, but not overly complex. Flavors are not particularly bold or clear, but the lightness to the brew makes it enjoyable. Some to the character of this brew is a direct result of its age, 10 months. Older might be much better on this style.

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Photo of blackc5
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A radiant orange, with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Lots of funk - damp basement, yet lemony and yeasty. Odd to my nose, but interesting.

T - Fairly aggressive sour and tartness, but not overly vinegary. Crisp and fruity with a fair amount of the funk from the nose coming through as I sip it. Just a bit of malt.

M - Fairly crisp and light bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

D - One bottle was enough for me in a sitting, and it lacked something for me. Will try others of the style.

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Photo of akahn
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this bottle hidden away in a liquor store that doesn't normally sell beer like this. $6.99 for a bottle printed 1994, with 1998 written in marker.

Pours a golden yellow color, fairly clear, with a reluctant skim of white bubbles on top.

Aroma is not all that funky, mostly just sour, a bit of urine and some chinese food.

Very tart flavor, sour. A hint of sweeteness, faintly malty, steps in to balance things up, but this beer remains dry in the finish. Unlike Rose de Gambrinus, I found this beer quite drinkable -- its tartness was not so unyeilding. This beer is light-bodied and actually fairly refreshing. A good beer to celebrate moving into a new place.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy clover-honey hue with Just about no head. I never should have let the French server pour... she seemed to not want any bubbles for me to live in. Quel domage...

Fairly fresh and sparkly edition. Intense "Belgian" (really, that's summing it up) apply-yeasty note in the aroma. Aroma is sweet-fruitier than the flavor which is loaded with various fruit notes, most sour and/or vinous. Explosion of flavor on the front of the tongue and the tart quality fills the back of the cheeks in that area where one clenches one's teeth in a sharp intake of breath.

Mouthfeel is very light, finish unusually clean for something I associate with larger and more cloying regional examples.

How does one control the wild yeasts to this degree????

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle in a tumbler (don't judge it was away from home you make due with what you have)
A:very effervescent, pours a lovely pale orange, head quickly dissipates
S:funky and fruity, also a hint of peppercorn, a subtle floral note comes out in the nose too, there's a lot going on here
T:lemon, orange and a touch of pineapple are all immediately apparent, obviously tart (but not overwhelmingly so) and funky as is common for the style, very dry, but also crisp and refreshing, very subtle hints of alcohol but they are barely apparent and actually pleasant in the degree that they are present. Black peppercorn is also present, that seems like it would be offputting by it is refreshing and complementary.
M:dry and lingering, tartness stays in the mouth
O: an exceptional beer. If you have never had a gueuze, you should start with this one, it is easy to drink without pandering, it is a good representation of the style and it is easy to find not to mention also being quite affordable (way cheaper than gueuze tilquin) if you like lambics, there's really no reason not to try this one and constantly have a bottle in reserve, a great beer all the way.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.57/5  rDev +12%
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 cerevisiaephilus
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This lambic is a bit tame compared to the other two I've tried, but it still has the funk. The nose was quite earthy, but not so Bretty, i.e. horsey, barnyard etc. Definately some, but I just got more of a dirt kind of smell, none of the real sharpness, but very rich, full, round type scents. Pretty sour beer, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice sour fruityness and very very dry. Still a touch of residual sweetness, but perhaps what little there is is just super obvious because the beer is so dry otherwise. I like this one pretty good, but I couldn't drink more than a glass or two per sitting.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liight orange towards golden in color; hazy. Pours with a rich 2+ finger head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving the slightest amount of foam on the surface of the beer and lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice sour (think green apple), citrusy aroma; made me want to taste the beer. Starts slightly acidic and citrusy, the progresses to a nice smooth sour finish that is slightly tart at the end. I found the taste refreshing and thirst-quenching. Light to medium body, lots of light carbonation that leaves a slight tingly sensation in your mouth. Overall I found this beer to be a solid sour that I would enjoy drinking again.

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Photo of scott
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

V.06
Cloudy full-headed beauty, minimal carbonation as far as appearance.
Enticing aroma, but not as room-filling as I would have hoped for. Sour/vinegar/funk that projects itself on your tongue, but then falls a little flat. Maybe a tad bit too much sour apple, and slightly out-of-balance.
Moderately refreshing, and drinkable, but not fantastic. How is this a Cuvee?

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 AndoBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*I like it will buy again*

app: very crisp sparkiling wine look to it. lotsa bubbles! nice lookin.

smell: kinda mild, lil pepper litlle tart.. something pungent?? when I first heard the cork pop. some grassy smells for sure.

taste: kinda mild for the family its in. 100% nothing offensive. its got some nice tartness, nice drying effect in the mouth, I wanna say there is small hints of white grapes that pop in for a min. or two. under all the pepper grassy tart.

mf: nice and bright and dry, but in all the right ways.

drinkable??: I really think so. This is a great drink for women children and men alike. I kinda see it as gueuze light.

This is very classy and refined. nice flavors, like i said its on the light side, but what a treat. Use this as an intro to the style for yourself or your friends. then wander toward the big ones.
maybe not the most traditional.. I dont really know, its good though, and I like that.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the missing link between Rodenbach Grand Cru(Flanders Red Ale) and the Oude Geuzes! That may seem strange to you, because they are complete different syles. But if you 'taste closer' you'll find parallels.

L: nice golden/yellow, almost the same colour as the label;
S: a great bouquet of brettanomyces bruxellensis and a bit oak ofcourse (but less than the traditional Oude Geuzes), with a little element of orange, ripe apple and lactics.
T: a good follow up from the smell; bitterness comes up in the right quantity and stops at the right time, and the little sweetness invites you then to take the next nip; elements of champagne and the real Normandic apple cider (from the region of Calvados);
M: perfect;
O: I don't know how many hectoliters they brew from this kind of great beer, but it feels to me that this Cuvée René has the best commercial potential of all Oude Geuzes. Nice to try if you don't know this kind of beer; but also for specialists: I think it's a classic.

The missing link!

Bottle 37,5 cl.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a light bit of orange. Huge fluffy white head. All I can smell is some serious acidic citrus notes, followed by an intriguing subtle mustiness. Highly carbonated - the mouthfeel is great! Very dry. Fantastic sour flavor that subsides quickly and finishes crisp.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Cuvee Renee into pint.

Giant rocky head on clear deep yellow body. Stupid long retention and
lacing. Good looking stuff, impossible to pour without getting all
head and only a little body.

Aroma is all over. Old leather, herbs, lemons, barnyard, musty cellar,
horseblanket.

Taste follows nose. Great acidity that's not overpowering. Bright
lemon sourness. A bit of funk and mustyness, and some old leather.

Body is medium with a brisk carbonation which leads to a pretty clean finish.

Despite being a beer that most would shun, this is a great drinking
beverage that can help clear the digestion after a super heavy meal.

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Photo of Lukie
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever Gueuze. I have no idea what vintage, as I couldn't find the date.

Poured out into a flute, a bubbly golden straw, with very little head. It does look like a wine.

Sour apples and pear dominate the aroma. It smells acidic. Like the actual smell itself.

Very sour apples and lemon. It is so incredibly sour and dry, but yet amazingly refreshing.

Very dry, but the mouthfeel is quite watery. Lot's of acidity and carbonation. It is very drinkable, but more then one, and I don't think the tastebuds would be existent any longer.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium head with dark yellow color. Can't put my finger on how it smells. It smells like a typical lambic beer is all I can say. Taste is somewhat champagne but no sweetness. Nice carbonation, sour and a very slight bitterness at the finish. Tastes like it smells. Has that funkyness that everyone talks about. A very nice beer.

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Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Rene pours a slightly cloudy ten carat gold with a thin evenly slicked head. Furious carbonation rises from the base of the glass.
Essence of sweet corriander candied citrus with a barely discernable element of funk wafts through your olfactories, as you yearn for that funk to amplify as the brew warms. Wow! What a trick.. sour and bright in the mouth; a long way from my expectations, as I was anticipating a sweeter flavor profile as the nose tends to suggest. This is not a criticism in any way; this brew is fresh, lively and delicious. CR certainly has a great personality, projecting the terroir of the region where this brew is made. Visions of the open fields that "pollinate" this beer giving it its natural initial fermentation are cause to reflect upon the internal beauty of this product. This mild funkiness is also present in the mouth, providing the taster with a unique and exciting taste experience. Flavors of tart citric fruits seem to present the acids in this beer. I noticed other reviewers describing a heavy vinegar profile present in this brew, but there is absolutely none of these types of acids present within nor does the nose even remotely suggest this.
A classy, enjoyable gueuze that will thrill all who love this style.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first gueuze.

A - Cloudy straw colored with a giant and very bubbly head.

S - Grassy and earthy malts. A bit of funk and an underlying sweetness.

T - Tart, funky and quite fruity. Reminds me of a complex white wine. Takes a bit for a newb to get used to, but quite quaffable. I get what the barnyard funk descriptor is all about now! Even semi-sour beers have nothing on this. I've had a couple of American Wilds and nothing touches the funk of this; I am sure the earthy tones of this brew come from that.

M - Pretty light and bubbly, not sure the range of mouthfeel on this style, but it seems like most would be thicker, but I don't know the nature of brett. Quite dry as well.

D - Light and refreshing, just be ready for the sour. If this is a beginner sour then I am slightly hesitant to try more, but I definitely will! I find it very interesting that sours are becoming the new big thing, I guess it's because people have to work a bit to enjoy them.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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