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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dansmcd
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge sudsy head. Light yellow in body with drools of lace throughout.

S - Sour and vinegary, yet also sweet and cider-like. Dry white wine.

T - Very sour. Under-ripened peach, lemon juice, green apple and champagne.

M - Crisp and bubbly, super-high carbonation, dry finish.

O - Clean and crisp, a refreshing sour beer. Perhaps a bit shallow.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice rich amber color with a fluffy white head

S - Nice and yeasty, like a wild ale

T - Smooth and sour and just a little bit salty. This was my first gueuze, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

M - Nice mouthfeel, a little light with a bit of carbonation

D - Very high

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Photo of OStrungT
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow color, with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving very minimal lace.

This beer has a dominate funky and earthy yeast aroma. I can detect a slight tart aroma. Some sour fruit. It has a very slight grainy aroma as well. It is nice to smell a sour beer that isnt totally dominated by sour aroma.

This beer tastes much more sour than it smells. It is very sour, with some fruity flavor. I can still taste that grainyness, but it is in the shadow of the sour. It has a yeasty funk flavor to it too.

This beer is very carbonated, suiting the style. It leaves a sour fruit aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. The highly carbonated, sour flavor would become cloying after a while.

Overall: This is a pretty decent beer. Maybe just a bit too carbonated, and the sour flavor is a little over the top. I love a sour beer, but this one is just a tiny bit too much.

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Photo of bmwats
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lindemans glass.

A: Golden hue. Large, cascading, foamy, white head. Tons of rising effervescence. Craters slowly and unevenly, forming dry peaks and valleys as it does. Plenty of sticky, spiderweb lacing.

S: Sour raspberry and sourdough bread.

T: Sour indistinct fruits accentuate a sour bready base.

M: Sour and bitter on the palate. A little mouth-puckering. Dry, pungent finish.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really good. Great head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is sour fruits and bread. Tastes like it smells... bready grains accentuated with sour fruity tones. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a bubbly white head that recedes quickly to a cap on top.
Smells of citrus fruits, I pick out lemon right away but there are sour cherries and possibly apricots in there as well. There's a tart lactic sourness on the nose, some horsey aromas in there as well. This smells wonderful.
Taste is tart and puckering, like chewing on that lemon you got with your water. With every sip I can feel the acid as it travels down on it's journey to my stomach. I am going to be paying for this one tomorrow. Tart and semi dry with a bit of barnyard funk in the finish.
Lactic acidic mouthfeel, high level of carbonation, medium to thin body. I would have loved a bit more body. This is one sour brew. I think it smelled a lot better than it tasted but it didn't taste half bad. I certainly couldn't drink to many of these, but for Lindemans this one impressed me.

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Photo of damienblack
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of apple juice. Only a bit of a head, even with an aggressive pour. Quickly settles to a tranquil surface. Strong mustily sour smell, not in a fruity way, almost more in a bacterial way (though obviously not really offensive). Taste isn't really sour apple, but more acidic, more vinegaric. More of a barnyard feel. Very try, like a very tangy saison. At first, overwhelmingly sour, but a bit overly ascetic. Sticky coating despite thin feel, once the sour subsides there's not much in the way of substance. Taste after is kind of cheesy, almost cottony. Drinkability isn't that great compared to the other gueze I had (Girardin 1882). I was a bit let down by this one. Not bad for a starter, but there is at least one gueze better.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey gold topped by a thick, frothy bone-white head.

The aroma is all apple cider vinegar, barnyard, granny smith apples, grass and white wine. Funky.

Sour and funky. Sour and tart green apple. Like hay straight from the barn. Finish is dry and acidic with a light dusting of white pepper.

Mouthfeel is a light and vinegary.

Easy drinking for a style that's hard to take, but I can't help feeling it's a little green right now.

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Photo of atomeyes
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my second smell-driven beer I tasted this week (the first being Westvleteren Blonde).

Smell: sulphur, minerals and hot springs. A little bit of apple in the smell, but also an acrid smell. I didn't pick up on the manure smell that some posters said they smell (that was more of the Westy Blonde). The smell is somewhere between unique, comforting and off-putting, if possible. Its like that SNL skit about smelling sour milk and how you have to go back for a second whiff.

Taste: less complex than the odour. It has a good gueuze taste without any of the sweetness I was afraid of finding (and that tends to be in inferior gueuzes). It was more of an apple taste than a sour lemony taste. Decent carbonation. Wish it had a fuller mouth feel to it. Wasn't as refreshing as I'd expect and palate-wise, was on the emptier/lighter side. Not a bad beer, but slightly disappointing.

Appearance: like a nice cider.

Overall, its a decent beer but slightly disappointing. Definitely a good entrance beer for those interested in lambics or gueuze, but not worth the $6/bottle that it costs in Ontario. I had 2 bottles and am not running out to buy more. Will age the 2nd bottle to see if any of the funky smell dissipates.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml -> Noble Pils Glass (Girlfriend used the Lindemans Flute)

My first Gueuze.

A ~ Poured very carefully with a huge head. Murky dark pumpkin with some golden highlights. Has alot of character.

S ~ Clove, oak, barnyard, faint barley. Very astringent.

T ~ Tart! Pepper, Grass, Hay, Mud, Pineapple, Grannysmith, Cumquat, Dill, Okra, Kiwi, Smoked wood. A lot going on.

M ~ Prickly and vinegaresque with great carbonation.

D ~ I love Sours. I'll buy this again and again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangy-gold with a foamy white head. No lacing, tons of bubbles rising.

Light malt, but some tart fruit aromas, not rind, but skin. Some musty funk as well.

Sour malt up front, then some mineral/chalk, tart appleskin element (this does have a sour apple quality to it). Acidic edge clears the palate quickly, and you a mild bitter finish. Tart, mineral, bitter.

Nice carbonation and some astringent elements. Enough body to know what you are drinking. Good structure here.

Overall, a decent rep of the style, although thee are others that have more complexities. I got 12 oz. bottle, and that was enough. $8? Worth a try.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

355 ML bottle with an orange foil cap stamped LL01HGUCR at the top. I'm assuming that means it was bottled on 12/01/2008. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Ap: A gentle pour produces a very thin finger of white whispy head and a dark golden/orange hazy body. Lots of tight tiny continuous bubbles and creamy lacing. 3.75

A: Lots of tart apple cider vinegar, pain thinner, white wine, rubbery cork, tangy lactic acidity, faint musk and a bit of wheat malt. 4.0

T: Starts off with green apple and apple cider acidity, rubbery funk, crushed vitamins, tart yogurt and a bit of old musty wood. Grain malt finish with a bit of barrel bitterness. 3.75

Mf: Light, airy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation and a good hit of acidity. You can feel the sting on your gums and the imminent heartburn. 3.75

Overall: A good gueuze style beer with fruity sourness up front and some nice lactic tang in the middle. However, it doesn't have the complex funk and bugs I've experienced in other examples. At about six years, Cuvee Rene is a much more cleaner and straight forward gueuze than others. Still, a shelf gueuze that delivers.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

This brew pours a golden/yellow color with a huge head that takes a while to disperse. It is mostly clear with heavy carbonation. Lots of yeast floating in the glass when you get down to pouring from the bottom of the bottle.

The smell is slightly fruity and musty. The sour comes through even in the smell.

The taste is sour, wow, is it sour, very plain with a heavy yeast component and sour fruit. Very dry, like a dry champagne.

Overall this is a good Lambic. It is not very complex and it lacks the fruit component, at least it lacks one specific fruit component, that I am used to from Lindemans but overall it is a solid offering. Personally, I would prefer the Lambics from Lindemans that are flavored with apple, pear, peach etc.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is similar to a dry white wine, not really champagne like, more stinky... more Pinot Grigio. This has a musty taste, not too musty mind you. It is also sour, not too sour mind you. Basically this has all the refreshing light pleasantries of a traditional Gueuze without too much funk, without too much horse. Take from that what you will, I prefer a little bit harder a lambic, but this is tasty. I like that this has become more available in my area.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(375ml bottle). Pours yellow-orange color with dissipating white head. small sediment in suspension. Aroma of funk, grapes and some wood. Taste is sour, but some sweetness balances the beer. Thin to medium bodied with oily texture. Smooth finish. A nice beer

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 355 mL bottle, dated 15 Nov 2007, into a Tulip.

A: Poured a massive 1.5 fingered creamy head, in a tulip this appears huge. The color is a glorious Tawny. The carbonation is rising nicely in the glass and it seems as if the head is hardly going anywhere. This head appears as it's staying for the long haul and this head does.

S: This smell is definitely something that is memorable. The smell of this is simply a vinegar-like grass. This is definitely the first time I have picked up this smell on a beer, but this is my very first Gueuze.

T: At the very beginning of this swallow a very sharp sweetness comes and goes. This becomes really sour. The lining that this leaves in the mouth is oddly really great. As it warms it feels as if this becomes more tart rather the sour I first tasted.

M: This is a nice creamy, crisp, beast that it a delight to take in. The carbonation feels aggressive at first, but medium and the body is also medium.

O: I was promised this would taste like multiple aged Lambics and I can't say that they lied. I could picture myself casually drinking a Lambic, but this is something I could honestly say I was not prepared for.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2010 (july)

pours a hazy golden orange. massive head just eats up the space in this tulip. slowly dissipates. lots of foam.

very vibrant. heavy on the lemon and oak, mainly oak though. slight funky backbone.

mild flavor, light flavors of lemon and apple. oak is very dominant. nothing besides the oak really stands out. would like to see more depth to the flavor.

lots of tingle from a very lively carbonation. light and easy.

decent gueuze, but in this price range i would pass for a few others.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear but effervescent golden color with a humungous head. The nose is lemony and vinegar with a little soap. The taste reminds me of sparkling wine - there are sour apples for sure. The finish is very dry.

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Photo of davey101
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite lindemans product by far! I can find these almost anywhere, which is great for when I want a cheap/accessible gueuze. 12 oz capped and corked bottle poured into a tulip at 45-50 degrees.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a billowing head. Looks great

S - The nose is a bit of a letdown. Its pretty mild but I do smell lemons, sour apples and some light funk.

T - Lemon peel, sour apples, malt and a barnyard funk that isn’t overwhelming. Very tart, sour and refreshing. The carbonation is perfect as well. I let this one warm up to room temperature and some more spices/funk came out. Very tasty!

O - Very good gueuze considering its price and availability. Will be picking up a few more to cellar.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Musty citrus aroma with a good bit of funk.

T- Sharp and tart initially with some leather and funk. A bit of spice in the finish. Sour with a tart green apple flavor.

M- Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry with a mouth-pukcering finish.

O- Overall quite a bit more sour than I was expecting but pretty good!

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Photo of mschind
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML Bottle dated 8-12-11. First time for a Geuze. I see a lot of reviews for bottles that are quite a bit older than this one but this is what is before me so here goes;

A- The cork released easily with a nice pop. Some have described the head as Champaigne like but this has an off white, fluffy texture that stays higher on the edges. Color is a hazy medium gold. The carbonation is giving it a persistent foamy cap.

S- Yeasty and peppery. I'm picking up a hint of sulphur and salt from time to time and then as it warmed up there was some of that earthy barn yard funk.

T- Starts out citrus sour without the puckering astringency which surpirsed me. This is not acidic to my palate. The finish is clean and neutral, how do they do that? I'm not getting a lot of nuance here, might be too young. I can taste some musty notes on top of the sour but each sip finishes clean.

M- Light bodied but gives the illusion of being more full due to the smooth carbonation that inflates each sip a bit.

O- For my first foray, I am very impressed. I would love to try an older version. It went well with strawberries and I'll bet some soft cheese would be good too. I can't say how this stacks up yet so I'll probably revisit this after trying some other examples of the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ph2001
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle in flute

pours smooth with TONS of carbonation maintaining a half finger of head. smells of spice and apples. theres a sweet dry scent too similar to champagne.

smooth with lots of carbonation in the mouth. mouth puckering, but not overwhelming. leaves a dry mouthfeel. has a sweet tartness to it. the flavors are very silimar to lindemans framboise, only without the actual berry flavor itself. it becomes much more bitter as it warms and opens up.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had an impromptu geuze tasting with schen9303. Poured from a 355ml foiled, capped, and corked bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. 2010 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, deep orange-goldenrod. Lacing stays close to the brew. Thick, stringy, and with good retention. Pretty standard overall but lace retention and attractive color put it a step above average.

S: Nose is pretty subdued overall. Cork is prominent. Sweet spices and oak. Conspicuously missing big funk and tartness. Lemon rind and peaches too. Calling this one is a bit awkward but nose is pleasant overall even though its far from what is expected from the style.

T: Oak, sweet wood, tart lemon, apricot, sour peach, and Brett in the back. Sour builds towards the middle. Cobwebs and dirty cotton balls in the middle to end. No real finish as the flavor kind of just peeters out. Drying and puckering aftertaste. Not an intense experience but very enjoyable and the slightest sweetness complements the funk and tartness well here.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly prickly in the mouth. Oily but a bit abrasive going down. Dry finish with a sticky aftertaste. Solid but maybe a tad overcarbonated.

D: I can see why people push this as a "beginner" sour. Not too intense but very enjoyable overall. Nothing to complain about here but nothing that really stands out to make this one unforgettable. Still, a very good beer and one I wouldn't hesitate to revisit.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is different. My first Gueuze.

First impression as it poured in to a tulip glass was very favorable, golden, slightly hazy beer with a thin golden head. The head disappeared quickly with virtually no collar or lacing.

Strong, but not entirely pleasant nose. Really like a lime coolaid, so mostly an artificial smell. Didn't detect the funky horse blanket that others have.

Taste is OK, nothing I would spend much time searching for again. The mouthfeel is OK and the beer is well balanced, but the overall impression is again of artificial lime flavors.

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Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pear in color with just the slightest bit of head at the top. This dissipates immediately.

S: Tart acidic, and maybe just a little bit of horse blanket. But with a little bit of underlying over ripe fruit.

T: Wow. That makes you pucker. Slight barnyard taste at first and then the tart hits.. strong and sour. This is a sipping beer for sure.

M: Thin, but well carbonated.

D: Sorry, but not really.. Good for the style, bad for kicking back a few with the boys.

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