Grand Cru Oude Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Grand Cru Oude Gueuze Cuvée RenéGrand Cru Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
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Grand Cru Oude Gueuze Cuvée RenéGrand Cru Oude Gueuze Cuvée René

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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 ADR
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/05/96...

A deepish shade of ginger brown, hazy in appearance. Good pop to the cork but the head settles quickly to a skim in an open chalice. Minimal lace in the first glass, better in the second. Aroma with a bit of yeastiness, slightly tart but with lots of pie apples in it. Body of this one is decent, carbonation lighter than some, but its there. Lightly challenging flavors, tart with unripe fruit, a sense of woodiness and rose petals. Not overpowering to start, actually pretty drinkable for style. Just at the end, the mouthfeel flattens and that kick in the butt more-sour-than-grapefruit seeds character makes itself known. Not a showdown Gueuze, but good in its pleasantly aged way.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this interesting Belgian style at a local liquor store that's probably better known for its macro and low-end craft beers than stuff like this. Every so often a gem gets in and usually at a pretty good price. At $7.95 for a 750ml bottle, I figured it was a good deal, one I couldn't pass by. The bottle had markings on the bottom of the label indicating a 2002 vintage. Poured into a tall flute glass.
Appearance: clear golden color, lots of fine carbonation and a lumpy, quickly shrivelling white head that left no lace.
Smell: sharply acidic, sour aroma.
Taste: immediate puckery tartness, like getting one of those really sour Sweet-tarts. Faint fruitiness and hayfield malt flavors that were easily brushed aside by the pervasive sourness.
Feel: light, Death Valley-dry, and lively.
Drinkability: well, I had no trouble drinking the 750ml in a couple hours, though it did leave me with a mild headache. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable brew that went well with some sea salt and pepper crackers and Gouda.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. I try to pick this up everytime that I'm in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear, golden-yellow color. A coarse, white, champagne-like head rose up very easilty and then disappeared in a flash. A continuous flow of bubbles could be seen rising up the flute. With a much rougher pour, I could get a head that dissipated a little slower and that became nice and dense as it settled down. It left tons of lace on the glass when I did this, but the bead wasn't as pronounced since I had released the bulk of the carbonation..

Smell: The horse blanket aroma typical of a gueuze was very evident when the beer was smelled from the bottle. However, it was very subdued in the glass. Tart sourness, musty old wood, and hints of brett combined to create a terrific aroma. I could sniff this stuff all day long. There is a certain dry, clean component to it that I love.

Mouthfeel: Very lively in the mouth. Light bodied and seemed to dance around.

Taste: A sharp, puckering tartness hit the tongue immediately, though it was not as strong as what I was expecting. Strong flavors of oak and an evident mustiness rise up after the tartness calmed down. That is not to say that the tartness disappeared, because it continued well into the aftertaste. It just lost some of its potency after awhile. Also in the aftertaste was a light sweetness up in the front of the mouth.

While I consider the straight Lindemans gueuze a beginners gueuze, this is what I would call an intermediate one. Nowhere close to a Cantillon, but much closer than the former. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of shapudding
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No dating seen on the bottle- maybe there was something on the cork when the bartender had it? I was watching the guitarist and vaguely remember this being corked and capped...
Poured out from the bottle to a Chimay glass a clear and golden with just a bit of a thick and cloudy head that swirled across beautifully. Wonderfully dark wine cellary scents, very vineous with tons of fresh pipe tobacco scents. Difficult for me to describe the body on this one... maybe medium... Give it a swirl and you can get some carb, but not too much, not obnoxious amounts, there is good feel to it, it has a good fit. Wow, this is good stuff! This is what I want when I order a gueuze!! You feel the tartness coming at you before it hits your tongue! Yum! Lemon juice and tart granny smith apples, deeply wonderfully vineous and semi-sour. This is just amazingly good and goes down so easily. I was so happy to see this one in the Dawson's fridge! Happiness!

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this bottle of 1994. Pours an orange color with a tall head that dies off quickly and leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very tart. Way sour and funky. The flavor is exactly the same as the nose. Hits you with a huge tart/sour punch at first, then continues to be sour. Acid abound. Not my style - I don't care for the puckering sour. It's very well made, but not my style.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale copper color and makes a huge creamy white head. Smells like a musty old barnyard with some hints of citrus. Flavor is very tart with lemon and grapefruit. Very asstringent and light to medium bodied with a very dry acidic finish. A quite drinkable and tasty brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1994. This is my New Years beer. This one pours a slightly oranged yellow color with a 3 finger head that falls to a quarter inch over top of the beer. The nose is really sour, lots of tart and bits of lemony acid, but just sour is all about what it is. The flavor on this beer is just awesome. A huge tart and sour, wtih some lemon and acidy that almost puckers your mouth. Wow. I think this beer is awesome. Full of funk and all that goodness. The feel is nice light moderate, but right where it should be for the tart and sour. Very much an aquired taste, but I love it. For a hugely sour beer, this is really drinkable. I am going out to buy another bottle of this vintage tomorrow. Hot Damn.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml bottle (2002) in a generic chalice glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color, fairly hazy. Good head retention for a gueuze.

Aroma: Sour fruit aroma, with slight sweat notes.

Flavor: Exceptional complex blend of flavors: nutty, woody, sour-grape, fresh hay, a touch of horsiness. All with a wonderfully refreshing tartness and a dry, very dry in fact, finish. First time I've given a 5 on flavor.

Body: Lots of carbonation. Light body, almost powdery at the finish.

Easily the best beer of the Lindemans line, this is a fine example of a Gueuze, one of the most refreshing, yet also a beer worth savoring.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1994 bottle cellared by a friend of mine in excellent conditons. The beer pours a glowing orange with a little head. The aroma is of dry white grapes or the cork from a merlot bottle. The flavor kicks you in the mouth. I am not a fan of very sour things, so this was not too appealing to me. Sour, sour, sour. Very citrusy and sour. There are also some woody notes, perhaps oak. Green apple peel, pear, and white grape juice flavors all fill the glass. This beer overall is excellently complex but I just don't like the intense sour flavor.

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Photo of winomark
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold with a champagne-like bone white head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Sour notes dominate, but a slight sweet peach aroma comes through on the nose. Mild berry tones noticable. Lots of sour black cherry dominates the palate. Dry, somewhat short finish. Amazing flavor upfront. Mild mustiness in the back. Dry, crisp effervescent mouthfeel. Quite refreshing. One of the few beers I could mistake for a champagne. My wife even thought it tasted like champagne, only more sour. A very good beer. I will try this one many times over. Try this one!!

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Photo of counselor
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not care for this beer. It poured a muddled peach color with a large white foamy head. The aromas were all sour, young grape, and herbal. The only thing I could taste was sour and tart. So much so that the back of my throat and gums felt like an explosion of some sour apple candy. Not even a hint of the tasty earthy, barnyard belgian yeasts I have come to admire and savor. The mouthfeel was overwhelmed by the desire to get this beer outof my mouth. Perhaps I simply do not appreciate this style, but if my description accurately describes what this beer is supposed to taste like, I will not purchase any more gueuze beers

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Photo of ecoboy
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 Rastacouere
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1994 issue. Opaque golden-amber. Honest 1cm foam lasts for a 10 yr old. Superb aged gueuze aroma. Funky horsey and barnyard flavors, citric fruits (grapefruit, lemon), a good dose of hay. Sniffing harder will inspire new words like sweat, cheese, earth, cork, wood... Tart funky cider taste, although there are good notes of pears and lemon juice. This tastes like a field under the sun. Acid (balsamic, citric, lactic), yet very malty gueuze. Somehow salty finish, very dry, moderately astringent, complex. Firm authoritarian thick body, nice lasting carbonation. Marvellous. A real pleasure to study.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne. Not boozy at all. Musty aroma, even barnyard. Light golden color. A moderate geuze sour-wise, not too aggressive on palate. 2003 edition, ageable for 3 more years. Pepper, fruit as in apples and other. Sweet and tart aftertaste. I had to even consider drinking this with mates, and so I did.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1994 bottling, corked and capped. Cork was moist at the bottom, even after being upright for a significant period of time, which is a good sign. Poured a deep golden with bronze color with a pillowy white head into a traditional Belgian hexagonal tumbler. Intricate lacing left behind as the head subsides. Currant skin aroma, herbal, woody and some musty barnyard funk with an apparent acidity that is affirmed with the first sip. It's subtly sweet, followed with a fruity acidity like sour green apple and lime. Some of your more traditional lambic funk is pretty low, maybe due to the fact that it's 10 years old and had a significant time to mellow and meld flavors, but still a major role in this beer. It, overall, seems to be a little bit sweeter that other blended lambics I've tried, but a good gueuze, nonetheless. Very spritzy and well-carbonated, affirming and dry on the palate. Quenching like quinine in tonic water, and at 5%, I could drink this like it was tonic water.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2002.
Pours a clear dark gold color with plenty of carbonation. Big creamy, tight and tiny bubbled head. Nice lace patterns.
Musty barnyard smell. Stale wet grain and old apple cider on its way to vinegar. There was a mild honey aroma throughout.
Funky tart and acidic taste. Pippin apples, lemon and sour orange.
Finishes cheek quenching dry with a bit of sweetness at the edges of the tongue. This really gets the old saliva glands working overtime.
Light bodied with an effervescent, chalk dry mouthfeel.
Tart, crisp and certainly refreshing. Different but enjoyable.
I had a Gueze years ago in Belgian and remember liking it just because it was a bit different and I liked the tradition of spontaneous fermentation. Back to the roots of beer so to speak. My, haven't we come a long way! Looking forward to trying more of this style.

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Photo of cro250klr
2.54/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this just to say that I completed the Lindeman's tour. I tried all of the other Lindeman offerings and was let down by this one. Maybe because I've never had a gueze before. Nothing sweet about this brew. Drinkability was tough. If there was a scale for tart acidic taste and a lemon was a 10, this drink would be a solid 9. I had a hard time getting this to go down. Gonna have to get back on the horse and try another brand of gueze just for comparison.
Sorry Lindeman's, just wasn't impressed.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite lambics, and one I drink on a regular basis, as with most of Lindemans brews a top notch sample of the art of Lambic's.

The beer as it separates from the 750ml green bottle set in the glass a beclouded golden amber color with a magisterial bright white head that is creamy in texture and as it erodes, the lace forms a solid and somewhat thick sheet to meld with the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour front, with a citrus crispness, fresh and clean to the senses, start is also somewhat sweet with the top light to moderate in its feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops pleasantly mild and the aftertaste tart and very dry, a great beer to have here in the desert especially now as its in the 110's and the humidity quite high.

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Photo of Crosling
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 1994.

Shared with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey. Thanks for breaking out this rare gem Ernest. It was phenomenal.

Dark Peach.

The nose was funky and very complex and had notes of sour apples, grapes, snake-skin, farmhouse mustiness and barnyard.

This was truly a great gueuze. Very sour, dry, fruity and complex with notes of lemon, grapes, apple, horseblanket, body sweat and dough. Light bodied. Hints of oak on the finish.

The best gueuze I have ever stumbled upon. If Lindemans filtered and sweetened lambics provide the bucks for this lambic, then I am all for it! Middle Aged Women: Keep buying the framboise!

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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 daledeee
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Belgian beer on sale. I can't pass it up.

I am not too familiar with Lambics. This one pours a orangy brown with a selter like head.

Lots of bite and tingle to drink this. Fruity and sour. Reminds me a little bit of some of the candy made now. The nose was fruity but other "odors" I don't like come through.

I am not that big of a fan of these kinds of beer. This one is a good representative though.

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

Had a great opportunity to try the 1998 version thanks to the awesome Brian, at Merchant Du Vin. He picked my sample up at the brewery-thanks a mill!! The beer pours a nice orange honey color and serves up a good creamy beige head . The lace is moderate to good. Aromas are nicely sour with plenty of horseblanket and barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and very dry. Flavors are sour cream like-very tart while at the same time mellow and elegant. This is a complex gueze that has taken on a very winelike persona with age. Layers of flavor unfold as the beer finishes. Damn I love this style of beer, and thank Brian for the rare treat!

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Photo of scottum
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazed brown amber with a solid head of whiteness. Sweet and sour yum. Certainly one of the best lambics available in new england. The acidic tart flavor is well done and leads to a good full mouth of brew. A super drinkable beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves barely a trace of lace. Medium carbonation. Light cloudy, amber color. Nose is cidery. Starts and finishes as a strong, tart cider flavor with absolutely no aftertaste. Light bodied. $11.59 for 750ml bottle.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the most subtle framboise I've ever had. But it isn't a framboise; it's a gueuze. And that's fucking amazing.

Lindeman's Cuvee Renee packs a kriek nose, mildly earthy, with prickly raspberries on the tongue. The fruitiness quickly evolves into characteristic, controlled lambic funk, cheddar, and completely bareable tartness.

It's difficult to believe this isn't a fruit lambic and that makes it all the more impressive. Though it lacks the deep funkiness of Cantillon, it's more than you'd ever expect from Lindeman's.

This is one of the world's great beers.

Relax, relax.

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Grand Cru Oude Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,176 ratings