Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had Cuvée René, my first Belgian (real) Gueuze, poured from 25.4-oz. bottle, label stamped bottled on "L BG010GC," apparently meaning July 1, 2015, into a tulip. Amazing complexity after only one year, which calls for cellaring another bottle.

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Photo of MrDell
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Lindemans Cuvée René Oude Gueuze
Gueuze – 5.5% - 750ml Capped and corked bottle – Bottled Bot. 17.12.2014 Best Before 17.12.2020

From Beer Advocate:

Appearance: Big pop and loads of smoke when cork removed. Deep orange colour with fine carbonation (lots of). Nice lacing from persistent white head. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Lots of horse blanket, leather and some funk.

Taste: Aroma carries over into taste, lots of leather and horse blanket – from the brett.

Mouthfeel: Dry and astringent as one would expect.

Overall: I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this one. From a price and availability point of view, excellent value for money, here in Switzerland. Will be interested to see how this ages.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy amber orange with a quickly receding and retaining creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like slightly smoked wood, barnyard funk, horse blanket, toasted hay, orange, apricot, peppercorns, mild vanilla, apples, grape, and wheat. Tastes like sour lemony citrus, smoked wood, barnyard funk, toasted hay, orange citrus, tart apricot, berries, horse blanket, peppercorns, sweet spice, vanilla, apples, wheat, with a slight dusty dry grape finish. Feels light bodied, active and lively, yet creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really complex and interesting gueuze.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells incredibly dusty and musty, with some slight medicinal funk underlying that. As it warms, a little bright/tart acidity begins to prickle the nose.

The beer tastes sort of dusty and old at first, with just a tinge of tartness on the finish. As it opens up, the palate becomes brighter and fresher, with notes of lemon, lime, orange and berries. The sourness also becomes slightly more intense and a leathery Brett flavor kicks in at the end, along with a very slight cheesy funk.

There's a reason this is a benchmark geueze. It's deep and complex, but also fun and approachable (my wife loves this beer and she's far from a sour beer geek).

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Photo of janubio
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden orange colour, with a small head full of tiny bubbles. YThere's always a ring on the top and a tear lace. Aroma of grapes, citrics, wood, cider, cellar, notes of apple, sour. Medium body, crispy and creamy palate, fizzy carbonation. Taste is sour, there's citrics, grapes, wood, cider, notes of apples. Great.

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Photo of gibgink
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange/yellow with a small white head. Initial smell was big on the funk, was my favorite part of the experience. Taste is slightly fruity(apples for me) and a pleasant tart finish that doesn't make me want to bring out the heartburn meds.

I think this is the perfect "starter" gueuze as it is not overly sour. Would have again.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is candied fruit, white wine grapes, green apple, and just a hint of funk. Taste is some honey sweetness, lemon peel, citrus, stone fruit, and a mild tartness with a dry finish. A good gueuze, especially on an insanely hot day.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour apples. Yes that simple and that delicious. The pour is a very pretty, hazy thick golden yellow. Aroma is vanilla, taste is sour bitter apples. Like biting into the crazy sour crabapples fresh from the tree at my grandparents in south Jersey as a kid. Overall outstanding, will have again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright shiny copper color penny colored with a touch of haziness. There's a fingernail of off white around part of the rim. I smell hints of pear and faint green apple. I taste pear, faint peach, and a touch of green apple. The mouth is very dry, a touch acidic, crisp, and quite refreshing.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lindeman’s Cuvee Rene
Bottle stamped LA22NGC. DFH Tulip.
Appearance (3.25): Pours a bright, full gold, crystal clear, with ample carbonation. One finger bubbly white head quickly recedes to a thick frothy skim on the surface. Second pour contained some yeast sediment, turning the beer slightly cloudy, with a couple of loose chunks of yeast floating about. Not much lacing to speak of, and the retention was kind of poor, too.

Smell (3.5): Smells “beery,” like an American Adjunct lager, but with a touch of sourness, and something vinous, almost like champagne. A little noble hop aroma, too, spicy like Saaz, but that is faint. Not really getting the horse or barnyard aromas, but I am getting a funky smell; it is far less off-putting or intense than I expected in that respect.

Taste (4.5): Wow. That tastes like super dry champagne. Tart arrival, but not acidic in the way a vinegar is acidic; more like champagne or wine. Moderate sourness continues through mid-palate, with a salty and quite refreshing middle, and a little hint of medicinal hop just barely pops in to say hello right before the swallow. Turning ever so slightly bitter at the end, with a lingering, white wine-like tartness. I don’t get the horse/goat/barnyard/funk that I was expecting. The only other beer that I have had that was supposed to have those characteristics was Sorachi Ace, and it did have them, and I found it disgusting. This on the other hand, is lovely.

Mouthfeel (4.5) Decidedly light, perhaps on the heavier side of light. Quite actively carbonated – continuing with the “this tastes like Champagne” trend of my review. Clean as can be on the finish. Definite “puckering” quality.

Overall (4.5): I know what I’m drinking on New Year ’s Eve 2017! In terms of appearance and taste, this really gets low points for the style. The head did not last long at all, and there was virtually no lacing. Perhaps my glass had some residual soap or something. As for taste, it was not overwhelmingly tart, but didn’t have much in terms of the barnyard characteristics, which I suppose is off for the style, but is good for me. All told, this was spectacular, and I would be glad to drink it again, at the soonest opportunity. I am becoming a fan of sours.

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Photo of dd43
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Neophytes to the style should definitely give this gueuze a try. It hits on a lot of the hallmarks one should look for, and it isn't that hard to find.

Pours mostly clear orange, a touch of haze, color is well saturated. Head forms easily and recedes just as quick. Aromas of wildflower, musty hay and grass, funky past ripe orchard fruit, some grape skin. Tartness is really nice, puckering but still in balance so as to not cause the heartburn reaction some folks experience when drinking a sour beer. The finish is very dry, smooth as silk. Carbonated well, making this a really refreshing drink, especially at 5.5% which means you won't get into trouble if you drink an entire bottle. A great gueuze to have on hand for others to try.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rather hazy, golden orange color. One finger of quickly dissipating head. Light and fluffy.

Aroma is of lactic acid, leather, citrus, barnyard, and bit of funk.

I really enjoy the taste of the beer. Highly carbonated, with a moderate amount of tartness. Solid amount of funkiness with predominate leather notes, and some green apple skin. This beer is very smooth and complex.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and well descriptive of the style. It is very well-balanced with both tartness and funkiness. I see this pairing well with a more astringent cheese maybe an aged cheddar. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, super effervescent amber appearance with a thin off white head. Very little lacing.

The aroma is moderately funky and tart. Notes of lemon, green apple, white vinegar, mildew, and hay.

The taste is not overpowering, but is nicely balanced. You get a light vinegar acidity, but mostly tart green apple and green grape must flavors. The tartness is sharp upfront, but subtle on the finish. Dries out on the end with a good dose of funk--dusty wood, mildew, sweaty armpits, lemon, and straw. The aftertaste is mostly clean with a only faintly puckering green apple taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, but feels heavier due to ample carbonation. Fizzy and drinks very easily.

This is quite a pleasant gueuze. Fairly common and definitely worth your money.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy golden colour with a two fingers head that doesn't last

S - Funky barnyard, herbal, grain

T - Follow the smell but less complex as the smell could let you hope. A bit of brett

F - A bit overly carbonated

O - A good gueuze, less complex than some but not as sour than some and it might be a good crossover gueuze. Some aging might do the trick

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbles rising through a hazy orange, with a foamy white head that retains indefinitely. Notes of yeast, lemon, and vinegar in the aroma. The taste has a bit of yeast spice with some lemon notes. It is sour. Mouth feel is medium bodied, effervescent, and foamy. As the beer hits the palette it feels like it expands into some extra foam. Overall, it's a fantastic beer with wonderful and interesting notes all around. Definitely effervescent, and an experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear but effervescent golden color with a humungous head. The nose is lemony and vinegar with a little soap. The taste reminds me of sparkling wine - there are sour apples for sure. The finish is very dry.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle layed down from 1994.

A crumbled cork led to bits and pieces in the glass, otherwise hazy gold with a tall, white dense head. Plenty of retention and lacing. Lemon-spritzed apples, cut grass, and a trace of biscuit crumbs in the nose. Light bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Tonic-like and tart on the palate. Minerallic and tannic with lemon pith and apple skins. Finishes dry and fairly sharp.

A very nice Gueuze. The sourness is moderate compared to some, and an aged bottle is even more mellow.

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Photo of Phi11
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright orange with a thin but very bubbly head.

You can smell it from the pour. Lots of yeast. Rotten fruit almost. Strawberry, grapes. No malt on the nose whatsoever. All the aroma seems to be from the yeast/bacteria. Really really nice.

Taste. Nice and sour. A tiny bit of grain if you really go looking for it. Fruity, almost like sour fruit candy. A really nice balance of sweet and sour. It finishes surprising dry compared to how sweet it is on the tongue. Continues to dry the tongue for a few minutes. Extremely nice. Maybe the best lambic I've ever had.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great traditional gueuze that I figure is less popular because it's super easy to find. This is the genuine article... Price point, ubiquity, and mild funk/tartness make this an approachable, accessible sour beer.

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Photo of OldBrewer
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a capped and corked 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

L - Slightly hazy, deep golden orange colour. One or two fingers of large-bubbled foam which dissipated within seconds. Lots of carbonation - tiny bubbles. No head retention, no lacing.
S - orange, apple, lemon.
T - sour, tart, orange peel, apple, lemon, pear. Dry finish.
F - smooth, light body, good carbonation, dry, sour, tart finish.
O - excellent beer. Will definitely try again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml corked bottle served at cellar temperature into a tulip. Purchased from the LCBO for $4.95 CDN.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden hued beer, lots of tiny bubbles and a fine two fingers of fluffy white head. Modest retention and not much in the way of lacing. Some film left on top of the beer.

Smell - Dank, earthy and yet fruity with cherry and cranberry being the lead roles. Also some apple and grape with a heavy vinous nose. A certain musty aroma as well, leads one to imagine a bottle being discovered in an abandoned old farmhouse. There's a bit of a funky off smell initially, that dissipates by the time you get to the second half of the glass.

Taste - Complex and fairly sour, but not overwhelmingly so. The fruitiness of apples, grapes, cranberries and maybe pear combine for a delightful tipple, although the earthiness just doesn't come across as nice as some of the other sours I've experienced.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light body with sprtitzy carbonation. Dry mouth puckering finish.

Overall - A top notch sour, as others have commented, it's complex but not so far off the beater path that it remains a viable option for a newbie to sours. Lindemans has another fine lambic offering on its hands here, could see myself picking up another bottle or two for cellaring purposes in the near future.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a wine glass. It came out a dark, golden orange. The head was rather large, but it quickly dissipated. The brew left crystalline bubbles to line the glass as I drank. At the bottom of the pour was a very small amount of dusty fragments. It smelt fruity, perhaps of pears. It smelt like a wine. The feel was medium to full bodied. It was very carbonated. It left a dry and aggressive aftertaste lingering in the mouth. It has a strongly tart and sour taste. It was somewhat of lemons and yeast. Overall, it was a superbly tart, aggressive, and fruity beer. This beer should only be drank by those ready to handle the tartness.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.95 for a 355ml bottle. Served at `12deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens a true lambic- cork and cap. Pours a 2" high fluffy white head that is gone in two minutes or so. Medium gold colour and filtered clear.

S- Reeks of mold and yeast. Super good. Very rotten scent

T- Sweet yet sour. Yeasty good. Good blend between two styles. Sours up at the end and gets real tart. Nice gueuze heavy brew.

M- Dry and tart to say the least. Hits the tongue hard throughout the sip

O- Nice brew. Like this one. Will pop a few away for later years to see what happens.

Food Pairing

This nice little sour went well with....... Pad Thai. The spice blend brings this brew out and cuts right through the spices. Nice part is that many different proteins can be used


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Photo of JPNesker
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love sour beers. Love lambics. So this sure don't disappoint. We are robbed of so many Belgian beer choices by the mighty LCBO in Ontario it's nice that this old staple is readily available.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
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