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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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#2,062
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911
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2,149
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10.98%
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Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense, golden-yellow color with copper tones kind of spread around the edges a bit. It's cloudy and murky, especially throughout the middle, with a huge and fluffy, slightly off-white head. Volatile and quick to expand, yet also pretty quick to settle into a fine skin. Not much lacing left behind.

The aroma is dense, somewhat heavy, and definitely "gueuze-like" - whooda thunk it, right? Chalk, mild sweet malt, barnyard funk, wet wood, tart fruit (apple skins, pear), mild sulfur and slight vegetation. Lots going on here, and you can definitely tell from the aroma that this one will be more funky than tart. As it warms up, the smells develop into deeper and more robust version of their former selves. Lots more funk from the yeast and tartness from the fruit.

First sip begins with an immediate, initial tart spike and an intense fruitiness; apples, pears, light banana, and maybe even some cherries. Not a moment later, the tartness is challenged and eventually replaced by an incoming funk that hits with a sharp bite midway through. Wet wood, damp cellar, lots of cork, funky yeast, musky and faintly sulfuric notes.

Lots of earthy and fruity esters scatter in the background. The finish leaves you with a lingering sweetness, a dying tartness, and a strong funkiness. Dry as can be - this will scrape the enamel off your teeth with it's unabashed dryness. Thin-medium body, carbonated out the wazoo.

Nothing world-class here, but it's tough when your competition includes breweries like Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Nevertheless, this is still decent for a "shelf gueuze", especially considering the fact that it can be purchased almost anywhere in the United States. Relatively cheap for the style, too.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of sapper1252
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Near perfect (at least for me), as sour beers go. Definitely not the most sour gueuze I've ever had, but who are we kidding - some of these just get obnoxiously sour.

Very bubbly, lots of great Brett/pedio aromas. Let's not forget the price point in comparison to it's competition. I got some red apple right in the midst of all that sour. Very complex and tasty.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml with a bottle date of 06 Oct 2011

Pours with a nice off white head, about a finger and a half high. Decent lacing. Murky/hazy golden or straw colored beer. Smells of tartness and sour apple, white wine, slightly like a warhead, citric/lemon qualities, light funk and hay, earthiness. Strong aroma and yet it's not overpowering either. Taste follows suit. Apple cider vinegar, sour apple tartness, white wine, warheads, lemon, hay, dry earthiness, and lightly fruity maybe pear and grapefruit. Pleasant taste for sure. Light body, light, bubbly consistency, round carbonation, tamer than champagne, and a finish that is light and leaves some tartness behind.

Overall this certainly a pleasant beer. I haven't had many Gueuzes thus far but this is certainly one that's worth a try and quite easy to find. Comparing this to Drie Fontienen Oude Gueuze, I like Lindemans Gueuze less overall but it has a much better value and is certainly easier to come by than almost any 3F offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, readily available gueuze that doesn't break the bank, drinks easy, and isn't too sour for the less hardcore drinkers amongst us. Pours hazy gold with a small head that dissipates rapidly. Somewhat tart, lemony green apple aroma with a pleasant, mild funky barn note and hints of hay.

Flavor follows the nose; not the most complex example of the style, nor the most extreme (by a long shot), just tart and lemony with some musty, barnyard hay funkiness lurking underneath. Hints of black pepper and mild vinegar notes. Sweetness is pretty restrained, something that's rarely true with a Lindemans beer.

Medium to slightly light body, solid carbonation, has a fairly crisp and refreshing feel. One of the best products from this brewer, I'd say. Under 10 bucks for a 750ml bottle makes this a excellent bang-for-your-buck purchase as well.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful hazy golden color, wine-like carbonation and head on pour. Good looking but nothing mind blowing

S- Smell has all the hint s that the taste follows with. Citrusy, sour apple, other tart notes. Very hard to describe

T- Sour apple, champagne grape flavors some, musty, funk. Very good.

M- Very smooth, drying finish, very good.

O- A wonderful example of a Gueze.

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Photo of badandy
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Oragne/copper. Non impressive head. Appears to be heavily carbonated.

S: Oak and wine tannins. Fruity aromas mixed with a dank cellar. Very interesting and complex aroma. Smells almost of champagne yeast.

T: First taste is very sour, almost of vinegar. I find it a little overwhelming, but then this is my first lambic. I find it hard to detect any malt and hops. Not particularly pleasant, but not unpleasant either.

M: Light bodied. Leaves a sour film behind.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml (bottled 02 MAA 2012) into a tulip.

A-The beer poured an amber color with orange overtones. It was mostly clear, with a few floaties in the bottom of the bottle that I let escape. A gentle pour produced a solid 3-plus finger head of dense, off-white foam. The head stuck around for quite a while.

S-I picked up a funky, earthy smell punctuated by tart apples, lemon, and orange. Pleasing, but not all that powerful or inspiring.

T-The beer was quite sour with tart, lactic notes dominating. There was an earthy, funky, wet undercarriage to go along with the tart citrus fruits. While the taste was complex, it was not quite as concentrated or interesting as some of the better gueuze varieties out there.

M-Drinkable for the amount of sour-power this beer has. The carbonation is noticeable, but really well suited to the flavor and weight of the beer. The finish is subtly puckering.

O-I suppose this beer lived up to its billing as a drinkable, if not unique brew. I was not bowled over by it, but it paired pretty well with the smoked salmon burgers I had for dinner. An easy drinking gueuze, if there is (or should be) such a thing.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a flute. Bottled 3 Feb 2012.

A: Generous white head. Crystal clear golden body with fizzy bubbles. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving an attractive cap.

S: Very bright and zesty with a beautiful bretty mustiness. Nice light fruit and citrus.

T: Pucker up. Tons of lactic sourness. Sourness hits heavy at the start, moderately in the finish and the citrus and light fruit flashes mid-palate.

M: Drinkability seems pretty high for the style. It's aggressive, yet delicate like champagne. Body is light-to-medium. Carbonation very high.

O: Wonderful to drink as long as you know what you’re getting. It’s a beginner’s gueuze, but gueuze is not a beginner’s beer...at least not in the U.S. I am having some trouble reviewing this because it’s the only gueuze that I’ve had (I’ve had this three times). The best comparison I can make is between this and Beatification which was far more intense.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a surprise! This beer is awesome!
Somewhat hazy pour. Aroma had a hint of plastic in the smell which is the only reason I marked it down. This beer has a dry finish that makes it easy to just keep drinking. This is in part due to the really vigorous carbonation which makes the drink light and airy. Such a nice example of the style and I'm so happy that it's locally available.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/12/2011. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge sour apple, pear, lemon, grass, wet hay, leather, vinegar, earth, pepper, funk, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of tart lemon, pear, apple, grass, earth, wet hay, pepper, herbal, light funk, and yeast spices. Fair amount of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, pepper, herbal, grass, hay, and earth on the finish for a bit. Moderately dry on the finish. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying tartness or acidity at all. Very moderate and refreshing amount of tartness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Gueuze! Very well balanced with good complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Though this is not as complex as some of the other higher regarded offerings; this is a beer than any true gueuze fan would definitely enjoy. Great value for the price as well.

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Photo of Guden
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy copper with some carbonation bubbles and a lot of haze. A nice one finger head that's larger and has better retention than is common in sours.

S- Yogurt, seawater, lemon pie, old wood, a touch of vinegar and vanilla. A nice blend, really inviting and complex, the oak really blends well here.

T- Medium tartness, lemon, wheat, apple and an oak and funk character that seems woody, dank and mysteriously dessert like. Not as complex as the smell with a higher cider character. The sourness becomes a bit stronger as it warms, letting the oak and grain shine less.

M- A bit thin and dry, as expected for the style but a bit lower carbonation would have allowed the flavors to come through better.

D- Not the most complex geuze that I have had but it is nuanced and blends well. Not so sour that I would mind drinking a few in a sitting, unlike some of this style (Oud Beersel for example).

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,149 ratings
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