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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brouwerij Lindemans

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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Photo of granger10
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1994 vintage
Poured a crystal clear orange with tons of little bubbles racing to the top. Thin but extremely bubbly white head that continually gave little explosions. Quite beautiful. Smell was quite acidic and musty but in a good way. The taste was very tarty and slightly sour. Sharp twangs of fruit continually came at me. The main flavor that I got reminded me of a granny smith apple. Yeast flavor was definitely present and it provided a base to this beer along with a very dry finish. Sourness increased the more I drank. I couldn't imagine drinking this fresh considering how acidic and sharp the flavors were now! Definitely adviseable to pair this with some cheese and crackers (jarlsberg and onion toasteds for me). Very good choice for a special occasions but I couldn't drink this too often.

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Photo of mschofield
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange-gold spiked with floating particulates, well carbonated. Thin stark white head, laces well but thinly.
Robust tart, citrus aroma, hay, wood and wet wheat, a mustyness pervades the whole aroma.
Very tart taste, notes of cherry and peach, quite astringent, apple and a touch of mushroom.
Thin bodied, dry and again tart. Not something I would turn to everyday, but an excellent beer.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is the 1997 vintage. i cracked this beotch open on new years eve, forget champagne. pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a decent head. champagne like carbonation. smells sour and stanky, "corky" and grassy. whew. flavor wise? big on tartness, fruity and grassy, a tad sour and damn interesting. not as sweet at my previous experiance with a gueze. bubbly on the tongue and finishes a tad dry. this was a great treat and i will for sure get more of these. one hell of a cool beer.

paid $8.99 for the 750ml 97 vintage.

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Photo of Jables
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangish amber with meduum head and clingy lace.

Smell is of a tart apple cider with some breadiness, love the aroma.

Intense fruity flavors, zesty tartness characteristic of the style. Sweet, tart flavor.

This is a deliciously intense brew, well worth the price every now and then, and never, ever boring.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange with a light golded tint with a grear fluffy head that just leaves incredable lacing,aroma is ctrius and some soapy aromas in there as well.Taste a little subdued for the flavor (wich is fine with me)still rather sour and dry some real ripe green apple flavors in there,did I pick up some nutiness in there ass well?Although not a huge fan of the style this beer deserves good marks well made and not overpowering.

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

Vintage Bottled 2002, Sampled February 2004
This was served in an antique Lindeman's, hourglass shaped tumbler glass. Pours a beautiful, very clear, orange-gold color that is topped by a pale off-white head. There is a light dancing carbonation that releases bubbles in wavy streams from the bottom of my glass. The aroma wafting from my glass is made up of grass, lemons, musty notes, dry, and a hint of cat pee. The taste is nice and tart with a certain soft creaminess to it. Fairly soft for a traditional Lambic, but it does have a lot of lemony sourness. As the beer warms up a soft vanilla note develops in the finish. Any musty Brett character is hard to detect in the in the taste. Light and refreshing though, and quite clean tasting for a Lambic. In the end this beer is lacking the complexity and character that would make it so much better.

Vintage bottle date 1994, Sampled November 9, 2003
As I pop the cork, an immediate enticing sour aroma springs forth from the bottle. It pours a cloudy orangish red color and has an off white head. It is definitely carbonated but not superly so. The aroma is sour with citrus notes, a bit of musty character as well. This beer is very dry and sour throughout. There is a definite Brett character as well, reminds me of a musty-leathery something or other, though the Brett character is somewhat subdued compared to other I have sampled. This beer is not as complex as some of the other traditional Gueuzes, but it is proof that Lindemans can make something other than alco-pop if they wanted to.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2001 Vintage. 750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep orange/brown color with two fingers of head. There is minimal lacing on this one. The smell is a little musty with some white grapes and lots of acidity. The taste starts very sour, very very sour, with a bit of a dry sherry finish. There is a slight metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. Due to the high acid content, I was not able to stomach too much of this one. Maybe I'll like Lindeman's sweeter gueuze better.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the Cuvee Rene 1998

A hint, just a hint of metal at "start", but compared to the metallic demeanor of the 1996 vintage Cuvee Rene, this bottle of ’98 was devoid of that strange bewildering, yet temporary flavor.

After the metal sheen had worn away from the start of the ‘96, I'd declare its flavor to be more complex and engaging - a bit more of the yeast and bucolic overtones than its slightly newer sibling.

The 1998 Cuvee Rene cascaded from the bottle bearing a light amber color- with a hint of turbidity-- just enough to whet my anticipation for the possibilities years of bottle conditioning wrought.

The head-- a foamy froth that like a shaky card house came tumbling down as its foundation undermined thanks to the relentless ravages of the air

The nose- some hints of yeast, some hints of malt, some hints of grapes and tannin.

The flavor- transparent and perhaps even thin. I awaited with anxious taste buds poised for the deus ex machina to emerge saving the day-- where was the white knight of complexity riding into the scene-- unleashing and unshackling that vagabond of wonderful flavor images; of rural Belgium, of the vineyards, of the old brewery with its master brewer transfixed by the fruits of his flavorful art?

At heart this Cuvee Rene possessed a light, tart flavor-- an unmistakable austerity laden with dryness. A cordial mouthfeel kept me craving for more.

A clean lasting finish followed every sip.

In conclusion: I tasted nothing to sneer at, but nothing with which to declare the end of all gueuzes.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes from the 20/09/2003 "de Lambikstoempers" tasting event...

Appearance: quite a beautiful geuze; golden, good clarity, lots of fine champagne-like bubbles, creamy resilient layer of off-white foam (like a dollop of egg whites!)

Aroma: strangely enough there was a noticeable raspberry/blueberry aroma to this one, but not much else

Flavor: disappointingly bland and watery; very light on the sweetness and all the lambic characteristics, short finish and a neutral aftertaste

Mouthfeel: thin and watery

Overall Impression: This might be a good "starter geuze" for someone who has never tried it. Sort of ease them into it. However, of the ones we tasted that evening, the Mort Subite Oude Geuze seemed a much more flavorful and balanced "starter geuze".

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Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

Rich amber color with a well-retaining white head. Trails of lace reside on the side of the glass.

Smell is a bit more subdued than is typical of most oude gueuzes, but barnyard aspects from the wild yeast linger in addition to some sugar, apricot and green apple.

Taste is well-integrated with sweet-and-sour notes -- tart apple, semisweet sugar, apricot. Quite acidic and bone dry. Incredibly complex, yet makes one thirst for more.

Mouthfeel is fantastic with a subtle, but omnipresent effervescence that makes its mark.

Quite drinkable for a gueuze and very refreshing. One of Belgium's better gueuze lambics. Seek it out, especially older vintages if they can be found. If you thought Lindemans lambics were all sweet fruit bombs, think again. This is the real deal.

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Photo of hyuga
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2001 bottling. Presented in a gueuze tumbler, this really is a beautiful beer! Light golden with a very slight haze and a big foamy white head that settles quickly to a good level for drinking. Leaves a nice lace. The aroma is very mellow and complex. Barnyard and medicinal aromas mixed with a very tart and like a nondescript fruit with no sweetness whatsoever. Very interesting and nice. On the palate, it's massive acidic sourness packed into a light body. That feeling that your teeth are being eaten away, like when you bite into a lemon. Vinous in the front. Increasingly tart as it moves to the back. More of that nondescript fruitiness is abound. Even vegetable-like character is showing up. A little old, damp, and decaying wood character here and there with cork character showing up and adding some great complexity near the end. Finish is as dry as an Arizona riverbed. This is a great gueuze, and I can't wait for more! However, as complex as it is already, it really would benefit with more aging to bring out more. I'm going to try to get some 1994 bottles soon, then perhaps my ratings will be even higher. This is an amazing beer and an amazing style. Definitely best served at cellar temp. to bring out all of its subtleties.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first lambic, and I had no real idea what to expect. But I had the good fortune of drinking this unique brew along with a magnificant french chicken dinner. The lambic poured a slightly cloudy copper color with a modest white froth. The smell was more like wine really than beer, very fruity, and the taste was shall I say unusual: tart, lemony cranberry with just a hint of grassy malt. The initial tang gives way quickly, but the effervescense remains. I would not want to drink a whole lot of this stuff--couldn't afford to anyway--but what a complement to a fine dinner; better than champagne or wine as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL. Champagne bottle
This is a near perfect beer, but not for every beer drinker I am sure. Lambics are something of an esoteric mystery to me, but regardless I find them a style of infinite discovery. Lindemans poured a opaque golden color with a fairly descent sized head and plenty of small lace up and down. Smell was full of cranberry, grassy aroma, and a fair bit of CO2 escaping into my nose. The taste was crisp to the point of mouth puckering. There was tons of tart lemon bitterness, seltzer like carbonation, dusty as an attic and a dry assertive finish. Went perfectly with chicken and shallots cooked in a white wine cream sauce.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001, Drank in 2003. This 2 year old sample of gueze was rather exceptional. It poured a bright yellow/orange-ish colour with a small white head of whispy foam. The aromas were of lambic funk, horse blanket junk, a dirty old drunken monk, and a beer worshipping skunk. The taste was a funky, astringent, sour, dry, excellent melange of non-fruit and fruit flavors. The mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing and the drinkability was excellent as well. Almost as good as Cantillons wonderful gueze and quite worth the $13 a 750ml bottle price tag I paid for it. Simply "world-class"

The 1994 vintage was a bit more complex than the 2001 sample I had before.

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


This beer is beautiful in its clarity. A light copper hue. A somewhat fizzy head to begin with turns into more of a creamy and lush looking coating in a minute. Aroma is lovely. Lemongrass, chalk, vinegar, must and tart raspberry. This is one mouth puckering lambic. The pucker quality really comes on after you swallow. As for other characteristics, I'd say this has quite a bit of acidity to it. Vinegar like. Sour apple like. And like lemon juice. There seems to be some grape like attributes as well. Maybe some grape skin. Tart raspberry comes to mind as well, although this beer is not fruity. There is a dryness present in this beer throughout. The tartness in this beer literally coats your whole mouth. Exactly what a good lambic should do.

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Photo of nomad
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 1992, bottled in 1994, drank in 2003.

This 9-yeard old beauty poured pure gold and transparently so. Had a big filmy and foamy head, nice bits of stain, tons of lace, and champagne amounts of carbonation. It looked like a publicists dream for picture perfect beer.

Nose was sweet, tart, with notes of apple and a vinuous tone to everything. Also had a toasty champagne-like presence. Smelled intriguing and inviting, nothing like what most would consider beer. Sharp yet not biting, the aging rounded things out without diminishing anything's force.

First taste was the head which literally tasted like sugar. Then came the body of the beer which was dry, tangy, and leafy, like a bite of young mint. Yeast gave some bread notes, but it mostly tasted like a wheat beer gone champagne, in both appearance, feel, and taste. How else to describe this?

Had an amazing mouthfeel: it feels like magic as it evaporates on your tongue. Had no aftertaste in the lingering, coating sense; just the sour, sweet, dry, and leafy details wafting up your nasal passages and tingling the back of you mouth and throat.

Almost a decade of waiting calms and blends this beauty down on a variety of levels, rounds the sharp parts together. THE drink with food, especially fuit and vegetables. Its gueuze at its best – what else do you say? Gueuze is an endlessly fascinating style of beer and the product is nothing if not puzzling, tantalizing, refreshing, and edifying, both to the mouth and the brain.

Still haven't found a gueuze as good as this one. (Aging is key, though, younger bottles have been nearly as good the one reviewed above).

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Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach orange hue with a light haze. Covered by an off white, persistent, creamy head that trails wisps of lace. Waft of tart, woefully upripe berry hits the nose at first, then is superceded by lactic and acetic tartness derived from mixed acid enteric fermentation. As the beer breathes, pungent, yet rounding notes of wet horse and mild woody oak surface. Mellow yeast must and hints of cheesy, aged hop add additional depth in aroma. Just a touch shy of complete aromawise. Although assertively tart allaround in flavor, an unripe, yet bright raspberry-like note permeates throughout. A pronounced combination of sharp, acetic tartness and mellower, lactic acid along with subtle chalk overshadow any trace of residual sweetness, lending a bone dry feel. Notes of hay and cork emerge mid palate along with earthy must both from the suspended primary yeast and wild Brettanomyces character. Subtle, grainy hints of wheat struggle to emerge through the dominant tartness. Although bone dry in overall profile, the mouthfeel retains an elegant crisp smoothness, and is far from thin. Finishes slightly astringent, with lingering grapeskin tannin tinged tartness. Almost a beautiful beer. The trace roughness precludes greatness, but that may change with a few years of cellaring. Delicious. Bottled 2001.

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Photo of marburg
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to drink this beer again so I could review it. I had the 1994 about a year ago, and it immediately became my favorite beer. This time, I'm having the 1998.

Pours the color of honey with a swirl of lively, dancing carbonation floating aimlessly about the beer. Really quite beautiful. If you don't pour this carefully, the head explodes into a dense, rocky, billowing puff yielding a powerful aroma.

Aromas of tart apples and vinegar -- cider gone bad.

It has a bile sort of feel to it, especially in the back of the throat. Very dry on the tongue, however. An acidic, vinegar taste with a mild hint of apple and pure sour candy (conjure up images of those sour gum balls that were all the rage in like 1992).

This is, for a man who loves a good sour ale, one of the elite beers. Simply fabulous. I've had this beer 3 or 4 times now, and this is the first time I haven't consumed the whole 750 mL bottle myself -- and this is only because this is the first time I've lived with another beer snob, my fiancee. Great beer in every respect.

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

First off, this bottle has a date of 1994 on it.
Pours a pale golden color with a nice somewhat rocky/chunky yet fizzy white head that retains nicely. Musty attic and basement with some slightly tart fruitiness as well with a bit of a grassy/hay undertone. Excellently sour and tart with lip puckering goodness that is very intense Plenty of farmish type tastes combine with the great tartness to make this an outstanding brew. Great crisp and dry mouthfeel with a relatively light medium body. I could drink this every day of the week and I probably would if I lived in Belgium.

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Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum corked and capped with a vintage of 1994 on the label. The cork was in excellent condition showing no drying and a minimal amount moisture.

Appearance: Thin white lacing but it is a trademark Brussels style lace, spritzy with numerous tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Hazed hue makes it a dim golden colour.

Smell: Musty, chalky, cellar and corky huddle with mellow but sizeable tart aromas.

Taste: Light to moderate body, tartness is solid but modest as it has mellowed out over the years. Incredibly smooth and crisp. Fruity after the initial wake of tartness. Dry malt character is clean under tartness, musty flavours are more towards the end with hints of dry chalky yeast.

Notes: Simple but has depth, flavourful but not boisterous. This brew shows little aging flaws at all and perhaps could see another decade or two without turning as long as the cork holds up. I’ll be seeking more bottles ASAP. This would be a good brew to break a newbie to the world of lambics.

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

Bottled in 1994.
Pours a relatively clear deep golden. Spastic lacey head sizzles its way to oblivion.
Intense aroma of sourness (lime and otherwise), hay and other pungent hues. Ghosts of the past, as it is similar to sticking your nose into that really potent baggy that you just scored....Well anyway, it's been awhile, but that is what it smells like. Literally fills the room and I love it.
Hugely, but not overburdeningly sour with, alternately, lime and cider. This puckering sourness lasts the duration. Somewhat musty and hay-like in the middle. Vinegar notes, though not intrusive. Finishes searingly dry. Forces the next sip.
Very interesting. Not an everyday beer, but more of a special treat when looking for something different. Very drinkable. Not as much of a trip as some gueuzes, but this is a winner.

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Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"1998" vintage
Rose-yellow liquid with a whale-blubber-white, energetic head that hisses and spits its way quickly to a surface-hugging pattern of chunky islands. The smell is intense and resembles loads of pressed apples, burning paper, peppermint, brushed steel, and over-ripe sourdough starter. Sour as all get out. An apple with the sugar removed. Barf flavors throughout. Like barfed up apple pulp and crushed apple seeds. Lime, blood, and sour cherries churn on the palate leaving a path of dry destruction and me, dependantly, begging for more. An awesome hell-beer. From the honey-pine forests of Utopia.

Retasted 10-19. Upgraded from 4.8 to 5. Possibly the best food beverage in the world...

Another sample on 9/13/2003 bottled in 2002. This time no cork.
Is this tamer than the 1998? Is my palate inured to the style? Does it need to age?
Wasted red apples and white paper on the nose but less than before. Simpler, more dilute, less hiss... very clean and refreshing, but hardly pushing the envelope that the 1994 and 1998 did:
4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.0, 4.5

Nov. 2003...Tasted the 2002 next to a 1994 (Thanks Surly!)
My faith in the 2002 was restored. It's just too young if you prefer what age can do to this beer - as I do. Witness the 1994: It was like drinking molten lemons that had been painstakingly spiced with thousands of Sumatran botanicals. Certainly a 5, 5, 5, 5, 5!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this till last tonight, glad I did. This is drier than the Sahara, sharper than a Razor Blade, as bitter as my ex-girlfriend, has more acid than a lemon orchard, as sour as 4 month old Carton of opened Milk, is as pungent as my overflowing laundry basket after 3 weeks, and has a "cheek-suck" stronger than a hoo..... well I will leave that to your imagination, I don't want to get ejected from the Site!.
Man, this is Bloody Good. I never understand how Lindemans can churn out their normal filtered product at the detriment to this traditional Gueuze. An expensive purchase, a treat really for me - but well worth it. More culture than a Petri Dish, a truly Artisanal Beer, and up with the best of the Gueuze.

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Photo of rastaman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy/earthy stinky barnyard nose, also a bit of wood, citrus and grassyness. Insanely sour!!!!! Almost too sour, very mouth puckering acidity, lots of citrus, veryu dry yeast flavours, earthy, even refrshing, insanely good!!!! Stay away from the sweetened lindemans stuff and stick to this!!!!

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