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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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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

1994 edition but the Sharp Edge manager told me that it was bottled back in 2000 must have been barrel aged for the six in between years. Appearance: Amber orange hue with an off white cream colored head leaves immensely detailed frivilous amounts of lacing, nice. Aroma: Tart cider like character with a woody cask ridden oak finish to it, excellent farmhouse wild notes very different from anyother Lindemann's product. Taste: Tart flowing character subtly sweet great puckering complex very acidic thick wild notes with a tones coming through from the barrel aging process a truly great tasting geuze. Mouthfeel: Effervescent medium bodied lambic, great stuff. Drinkability: Amazingly clean tartness swarms the senses yet with each sip it grows more and more satisfying adding to the addiction of the overall experience of tasting this brew.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2002

Sweet sour touch of horse blanket and berries in the nose. Large fluffy very carbonated white head on the pour. Sparkeling light gold color and look in the glass. Wonderful lace on the glass as well. Wow taste is sweet and coating upfront with a tangy puckering touch of berry (raspberry?). Nice balence in the sweet and sour notes. Unreal smooth silk mouth. The brew just slides down effortlessly. A nice treat. Worth seeking out... opens up as it warms. I need to cellar a few of these...

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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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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,163 ratings