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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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Photo of drpimento
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a supermarket here in Brussels, so it's on the fresh side. Poured with nice fine, foamy off white head that shortl settled down to the edges of the glass and a little lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is nice and of peaches, spices, armpit sweat, musk, yeast, and champagne. Flavor's very similar but dominated by tartness. There's just the barest hint of sweetness in there somewhere. Body's ok and carbonation is almost like sparkling wine. Finish is a very early green apple. Great beer, but can't drink a lot.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with three and a half fingers of frothy white head; fades quickly, no lacing.

S: Smells yeasty and cider-y: tart green fruit and white wine, musty.

T: Tastes very tart; fruity but no real sweetness apparent; has a dry, bitter finish which I don't believe derives from hops but from the yeast; medicinal.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light; this is very crisp with lots of fine carbonation.

D: It's funny, this is one of those beers that's greater than the sum of its parts. I would not want to drink it all night but still worthwhile.

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Photo of JamesS
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice muted copper with some very nice head and excellent lacing. It has a very tart, if understated, aroma, with almost nothing else beyond that tartness. Same for the flavor, although it is very excellent and right in line with the style. Nice smoothness, starts as extremely nice and is just a bit rough at the very end. Really nice desert beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sandstone for this one. Cloudy goldenrod color with a large white head. Aroma is pleasantly tart with lemon and orange notes. Flavor is medium acidic with unripe citrus and apple and a touch of lactic funkiness. Semidry finish with a very smooth mouthfeel. More of an intro gueuze than a tooth-enamel-destroyer with massive complexity, but still very solid.

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Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright orange color with a hazy look. White head with moderate retention and some lacing present.

Aroma of funky grains, fresh cut flowers and spices.

Flavor is dominated mostly by funky yeast. Slightly acidic with a lemon-like quality. Citrus flavors mixed in. Heavy on the spicy notes. White pepper comes to mind.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Coarse texture with a slightly dry finish.

Nice complexity but slightly off-balanced. I would like to see more focus on the sour notes as opposed to the funk and spices. Still worth a try.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pumpkin orange, nice lasting head.

Lots of orange peel, yeastiness, the standard brettiness.

Sour apple, citrus, pear. Sweet and sour, nicely balanced.

Yeast is predominant in the mouthfeel, dry finish.

I'd like to age this, good potential; I think it's too young.

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Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle I picked up in Greens off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. I have heard good things about the Cuvee Rene and figured it was about time to give it a try. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice color. It is a peachy color that really reminds me of good apple juice when poured. It has that gold to super light brown to yellow in color. The pour bubbled up a good amount of head, a little over a finger in height. The head is a crisp white in color. Sadly the retention is a bit lame and doesn't have much lasting power, quickly disappearing. Slight bubbles of lace stick on the glass and slowly side back into the body. Tons of carbonation is just flowing up the body. The shimmering color is really the shining point of the brew.

S: Smell is a bit muted to be honest. Very light aroma is coming out. Getting a nice and earthy smell coming out. Maybe some rain and grass coming through. Getting some tartness coming through. Reminds me a bit of some granny smith apples soaked in sour mix. Getting some vinegar as well. Other than that, not a whole lot coming out and the smells that are there are very toned down.

T: That granny smith apple flavor is really coming through. I think the sour mix soaked apples is right on. More tart and sour than regular apple flavor. Apple cider vinegar coming out. Touch of peach and lemon and lime coming out. A bit of fruitiness that reminds me of a Chard. That earthiness is not exactly the show stealer as it is in the aroma but its there. Got a lot of grass and wet hay. The finish comes out with more tartness that reminds me a bit of yellow sweet tarts. Very nice.

M: Medium to light in body that is nice and light. The carbonation gives you a ton of crispness and absolutely adds to that lightness. Still avoids being watery somehow. Nice and dry with a good amount of acid to it. Tart on the palate. Aftertaste is all those tart flavors lingering on the palate. Damned nice.

D: I usually link the feel to drinkability because it makes sense, but it doesn't translate as well here. Although the feel is really good, it becomes too much at times and makes this a bit of chore to get down after glass number one. This is absolutely a brew to share with a group. It has a nice wine like profile but it is so dry it feels like drinking a bottle of dry white. With that said, shared this is a great beer. Would absolutely visit again.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a good inch of foam, pretty good retention too.

Aroma was a pleasantly funky at first but as it warmed up it got sweeter, maltier. There's some faint lemon peel, crackers, cheese, mineral water, and some tropical fruits. Not too impressed.

Lemon upfront with some dry salty crackers in the second half. Not overly complex but actually good for the price. Wish the aftertaste was a little longer, it just seems to fall flat rather quickly. A little alka-seltzer too.

Good carbonation.

Decent for the price.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first foray into gueuze-land. Corked bottle pours a honey amber with the froth you would expect from this style. Aroma is acidic, funky, sour fruit, some barnyard with vinous overtones like balsamic vinegar. Taste starts with lemon and pina colada, quickly shifts to sour vinegar, ripe honey, white grape, gooseberry, unripe bramble fruit, all tied together by an earthy funk that at times veers into unpleasant pukey territory but this is probably my inexperience with lambic. Its gets better and more interesting as I tough it out. All acid and no bitter. This has a reputation as a good "starter" gueuze and I'd recommend it as such. Morbidly curious regarding what a more advanced gueuze would taste like. Underneath the sour persists a pleasant tropical fruitiness and some cork. Not too hard to track down if you want to dabble in this style.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear bright pale orange with a small white head of foam. Dissipated rather quickly.

S - lots if acidity at first. A bit of barnyardy funk. Slight sweet bready malts. A little bit buttery.

T - very similar to the nose with bright acidity and a very slight malt sweetness. Some green apple character in the middle. Some funkyness toward the end. Dry and tart finish.

M - medium bodied. Very crisp with bright carbonation.

O - I just wasn't crazy about that little funk bit in the end but otherwise a very refreshing beer for a sticky summer eve.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René is a highly sparkling golden beer with a thick, fluffy, slightly yellowed white head that has outstanding retention and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite powerful and carries notes of funk, cheese, horse blanket, cave and mud. It is light bodied, fluffy and bubbly on the tongue. The finish is crisp and dry. It is very sour, musty and funky, with no noticeable sweetness. There are notes of champagne, bleu cheese and hay. It's a very bretty affair. The finish is full of green apples. It is tart through and through. What a unique beer!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cuvée René was picked up in a 750 ml. green bomber, with gold neck foil, and a crown cap, which when popped was underlain by a cork. After opening, the Gueuze Lambic was poured into a flute glass, where it looked deep golden, with a two finger head fed by Champagne like constant carbonation. Taking a whiff yielded a smell with a mixture of sweet and sour elements, but little of the farmhouse smells like leather or sweat found in other Gueuze Lambics. I could also detect a marigold like floral hop presence. The sip confirmed what the nose had revealed. This was quite mild for an unflavored Lambic. There was a lot of sourness of course, but it was a clean and crisp sourness like a lemon juice poured into a regular beer. Not a lot of funkiness in this one at all. The beer was crisp and light in the mouth, and was very easy to gobble down. Drier than the lunar seas, this would be a good introduction into unblended Lambics for an uninitiated drinker, but if you are looking for a ton of flavors go for something else (e.g., Cantillon) instead.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle about nine months ago, and I aged it in my cellar (basement). I opened this bottle to pair with crab cakes.

This beer reminds me of a thicker version of biere de brut. You get a lot of foam coming up from the bottom of the glass, and the bubbles are very tiny.

The flavor is very dry with a bunch of sour presence. There is a lot of venous quality in each sip.

This fits the flavor bill for the geuze style. If you haven't tried one, then this is very easy to pick up at most stores with a decent beer selection.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of veinless
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear, pale, dull gold, with a slight tinge of green at times. Head is like very fine and soft fizz, with a bit of spotty lacing and not much retention.

Nose is funky, mildly tart, and has some green apple fruitiness to it. Very musty, almost like I took a peek into an attic. Has a slight wet towel smell too, and as unpleasant as this all sounds, it works with the other scents. Tartness is not as strong on the nose as I was expecting.

Taste begins funky, moves to tart apple fruit, then returns to musty and to a nice dry finish. Chalky and mellow, the tartness is not overpowering at all, and in fact I'd like it to be stronger. Green apple really comes out during a large swig, really helping the beer get over the dusty smells a bit. There is a lot going on in the background in every sip of this beer, something I can appreciate, even if all the flavors are a bit jumbled at times.

Mouthfeel is really good, as the beer approaches watery without ever getting there. This is how a refreshing beer should be weighted. Carbonation is healthy but not combative to the palate. Contrast of textures from chalky to smooth and crisp is effective. Drinkability is good as a result, and the dry finish helps a lot too. Sourness is not as strong as it should be however, as I'd want it to wipe clean the palate at every sip.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful transparent golden color. One and a half finger white head that sticks around but does not over stay its welcome.

Smell: Light funkiness. Not too much sourness detected in the nose. I wish I would catch a little more sour. Behind the funk I detect some candy type scent.

Taste: Surprisingly sour/tart in comparison to the nose. Slight metallic taste while cold, lets hope this goes away with a little warmth. Some slight funk that follows the nose. Metallic taste does disappear after a little time in the glass. Sourness/tartness/fruitiness stays on the tongue for a while after the sip, very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium bodied, not too thin at all which is very welcome after my previous geuze experience.

Overall: I hate the 750ml format for sours because a lot of the time I drink them by myself. 750ml is a bit much but that is due to the style, not the taste. Very affordable at about $8. Would revisit and certainly introduce someone to sours with it.

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Photo of dfclav
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a snifter - 2006 bottle - served at 55 degrees.

A - pours a rich orange gold color with a very nice 2 finger head. Very lively carbonation after getting the cork off. Very nice thin sticky lacing hangs to the glass.

S - musty, with mild citrus notes of lemons and tangerines. A bit of pepper in the mix as well. Pretty low on the funk in my opinion. 

T - very tart, vinegary, with citrus notes picking up in the middle followed by a lot of must on the finish. Apples notes pick up more and more as the beer reaches room temperature as do the barnyard tastes.

M - very light on the palate, very nice prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

D - I let my girlfriend take a sip of this and she told me "it tastes like a crybaby in liquid form". I enjoyed that quote. Drinkability is just average to me, but even though slow when my mouth is away from it for too long it starts to water for another sip. Ok, so i'll knock it up .5! Pretty good starter gueuze.

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Photo of wadecats
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 355ml that said it was bottled: 22 Nov 2012 ! Future beer?
Anyway, It had a lovely head with the right amount of carbonation for a gueuze, pretty darn clear and golden. The smell is not heavy but almost musty and sweet. The fruit flies decided to abandon the huge boxes of peaches to come to my class.
I enjoy most guezes/lambics at warmer temps. than suggested and found this to warm up from tart and slightly sharp to more fruity and mellow sour. The initial taste that stood out was of mussels! I would pair this beer to a plate of straight up steamed and unspiced mussels. I enjoyed this super affordable gueuze from the Budweiser of lambic producers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a mild amount of funk and some lemon. Nothing too complex, but fairly nice. The flavor doesn't take it to the level that I expect from a really nice gueuze, but it does go down easily. Nice funk, but it needs to be a bit strong with greater complexity. Light body and good carbonation. Dry finish. Funk throughout, though it's mild. Pretty good and easy-drinking.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle poured into a 9oz tulip.

A - Slightly dark golden color with a big fluffy white head. Rather bubbly. Slight bit of haze.

S - Big nose of bananas hits me first. As I put my nose closer, there's bits of lemon and some barnyard / horse blanket.

T - Tart, and slightly more sour than I was expecting from a Lindemans, but well balanced acidity overall. Not a huge amount of depth. Mostly lemon zest, sour apple, and slight funk, with a bit of a nutty after-taste.

M - Dry and sparkling, almost champagne-like.

D - Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing. While there's not as much going on as some others, this is a very drinkable geuze.

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Photo of Aenema
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart, green apple and funk.
Taste - Puckering, sour tartness with a barnyard funk flavor.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with light carbonation and a dry, crisp finish.
Drinkability - Enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $6.99 from Beer Run. Can't find a date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours orange with a slight haze that mostly clears as it warms. Bone white head fades down but never completely goes away.

Smell: Sour lemon juice. A little apple cider. Some mustiness. Good, but not the most complex.

Taste: Sour lemon and bitter lemon peel/pith. Really as much bitter as sour, and slightly astringent. Hint of acetic. Much more sour/bitter than funk in this one.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really wrong here. Appropriately high carbonation-- lively but not harsh. Dry.

Overall: Too much sour and bitter lemon flavor and not enough else going on. (Relatively) cheap and accessible if you're in a pinch, but there are better ones out there. Maybe some age would help. Damn good compared to other Lindemans.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Cuvée René pours a bright golden color with a bubbly white head that sticks around on top of the beer and leaves some delicate lace.

Smell: Tart and lactic, with a little bit of light funk. Mostly tart lemon and lemon zest with some musty barnyard notes.

Taste: A little bit of dry crackery malt, a generous dose of tart lemon, chalky yeast and some must and grassy notes at the end. This is clean, simple, and the flavor is fairly short.

Mouthfeel: Vivacious carbonation, light to medium bodied, with a pleasant acidic tartness. Crisp and fairly dry.

Overall: This is a nice introduction into the gueuze family.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/4/08. 750 mL bottle. Poured a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, tart fruits. Taste was of tart raspberries and apple. I liked this one because it wasn't TOO sour and was easy to drink. An excellent gueuze. 8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of AwYeh
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bomber poured into tulip glass, shared with Jesse13713.

A: Hazy golden color with a finger of dense, foamy, white head. Good retention and lacing, tons of carbonation bottles flowing up through the glass.

S: Tart and musty, with tons of lambic yeast and a good deal of cloves. Light hints of an earthy, lemongrass aroma.

T: Tart and approaching sour, quite funky and reminiscent of vinegar (you are not reading a review from one of the most experienced gueuze drinkers). Funky, citrusy- lemon rind in particular, and a bit of grass make this one complex and enjoyable.

M: Light/medium body, with light carbonation. A sour coating of the palate, much like with lemon juice but less intense.

D: The complexity of the flavor keep me coming back to this one, and the low alcohol means I could have a few glasses of it. Definitely enjoyable, and a highly recommended first gueuze (as it was for me). Good price point too.

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