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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Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep gold with a swiftly rising column of effervescent bubbles geysering from the bottom of the goblet where the stem is attached. The pour produces 1.5 fingers of champagne like, rapidly declining, effervescent, white head that recedes to a solid 1/8th inch cap of dense foam leaving wisps of lacing. Aroma is dominated by sour apples, oranges & tart lemons backed by barnyard wet hay, Brett yeast mustiness & phenolic hints with something like lime sherbet mixed with blue cheese & a little skunk hint buried underneath. Taste is very sour & dry. Phenolic with Brett like barnyard funk, orange, lime & very tart green apples mix with sherbet cream. Finishes smooth, mellow, fruity & bitter but the flavours are short lived producing an aftertaste that is a rapidly fading wet hay bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry, slightly chalky, bracingly tart & very crisp with a faint prickle & astringency.

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Photo of Guden
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy copper with some carbonation bubbles and a lot of haze. A nice one finger head that's larger and has better retention than is common in sours.

S- Yogurt, seawater, lemon pie, old wood, a touch of vinegar and vanilla. A nice blend, really inviting and complex, the oak really blends well here.

T- Medium tartness, lemon, wheat, apple and an oak and funk character that seems woody, dank and mysteriously dessert like. Not as complex as the smell with a higher cider character. The sourness becomes a bit stronger as it warms, letting the oak and grain shine less.

M- A bit thin and dry, as expected for the style but a bit lower carbonation would have allowed the flavors to come through better.

D- Not the most complex geuze that I have had but it is nuanced and blends well. Not so sour that I would mind drinking a few in a sitting, unlike some of this style (Oud Beersel for example).

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Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into flute.
A: Pours a pale greenish-yellow with high carbonation producing 1-2 inch bubbly white head that quickly recedes.
S: Stong funk on the nose. Musty, horseblanket, and wild funky yeast. Very nice.
T: Very tart...dominates even the strong funk. Follows nose with the added tartness and a mineral note too.
M: Mouth-puckeringly tart. Light body. Some effervescent tingle. Excellent.
D: Highly drinkable, but the tartness limits how rapidly you can do so. A very enjoyable brew and certainly the best I've had from Lindemans. Would pair well with food.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely reddish gold color with a delicate-yet-hard white head that fades to a collar. The nose has a cidery note and a bit of hard, minerally oxidation, but the main element is a winey note, something like a citrus infused dry vermouth. And there's also a lovely, scratchy, wild barnyard note. On the palate, highly acidic, especially at the front and end of the palate, with big lemon juice flavors and a slightly seedy, yeasty note. Mouthfeel is puckering and intense, but not so much so as some other gueuzes out there. Still, that lack of punch actually makes for an exceedingly drinkable ale that combines a touch of smoothness (for the style) and richness with plenty of acidity, citrus, and barnyard for the classic gueuze characteristics. Excellent beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased corked from Livingston, NJ...
Pours a hazy, murky, tawny hue with hardly any head and very little lacing...
Sour, oaky aroma with hints of honey and yeast...
Taste, was equally sour and very pepperish with firm nuances of bittersweet grapefruit and lemons...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability, especially considering the modest 5% ABV...
Good stuff...

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear yellow, very thin white head that did not last very long.
S: funky, a little fruity, the typical brett barn yard and plastic. No hop at all.
T: very tart, dry almost no sweetness. A bit fruity and the funk and a bit of lemon.
M: very dry, crisp, make my mouth water after each sip.
O: good first in style for me, and makes me want to try more.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My first gueuze, my final entree into the world of sour beers.

My interest in sour beer was an offshoot of my love for saisons. I loved the funk and mild tang of farmhouse ales, and I thought I would take naturally to sour beers, which I heard BAs raving about on the forums. At first, any sour flavored beers made me pucker and gag. Duchesse De Bourgogne was my first toe dip in the water, and I found those waters foul.

But I knew I couldn't give up.

I figured that a slower easing into the sour funk would help build my appreciation. I started with Vrienden from New Belgium last year and loved it. Just enough stank on that shit to give me a taste.

Saison-Brett from Boulevard gave me a further taste of the funk. Next I tried Duchesse again, grew to like it, and tried Rodenbach Grand Cru, Monk's Cafe, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, the Dissident, La Folie, and others.

I still hadn't had a gueuze though, and I figured the readily available, inexpensive, and highly regarded Cuvee Rene was a must try.

And I was right. Damn.

The smell is a hurricane of wet funk, dry stank, hay, lemon, slate, spice, must, apples, peaches and brine.

The taste is the same, but leans more towards lemon juice and spicy apple pie.

Mouthfeel is wet.

This shit is right.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Soft, lactic sourness with some mild funk. Bready malt backs up the wild yeast character along with fruity notes of green apple and mild, sour cherry.

T - Sour, with a bit of lemony sweetness and a surprising note of lime. Bready malt appears in the middle to contrast the tartness an wheat that dominates early. The acidity fades a bit in the finish, though the musty notes remain and combine with a bit of peppery spice.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nice and sour, though not as intense or funky as some brands such as Cantillon. There is a good balance of malt and acidity that helps the drinkability and lends some contrast to the funk. An enjoyable and authentic lambic that is a good bit cheaper and slightly easier to come by than most other examples of the style.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear golden amber color. There are tons of rising carbonation bubbles. It has a 2-finger white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a bit of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose is musty, sour, funky, and there is some tartness. I am also getting some wood and some citrus as well.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off sour, vinous, and slightly acidic. There are some light malt flavors, as well as some citrus. I am also getting some tartness and some musty funk. The finish leaves some lingering sourness and vinous flavors behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and high carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. There is some prickliness from the carbonation, as well as some sour and tartness. There is some bitterness and some dryness on the back end.

O - This is a really drinkable beer. It goes down easy, and the flavor is really nice. It has a bit of a refreshing quality to it. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I think it is a really nice example of the style. I recommend trying this one out. It tastes great and the price tag is low compared to a lot of other Gueuzes out there. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of gibgink
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange/yellow with a small white head. Initial smell was big on the funk, was my favorite part of the experience. Taste is slightly fruity(apples for me) and a pleasant tart finish that doesn't make me want to bring out the heartburn meds.

I think this is the perfect "starter" gueuze as it is not overly sour. Would have again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Sun Devil liquors, a dusty green bottle, thick as yo mamma's rear end.

Poured out light, clear yellow with super frothy white head, extremely tiny bubbles. Has a simple tartness to the aroma, green apple, lemon. Taste as expected, slightly sour, not over the top, but a very reasonable amount given the low price point ($6).

Don't really get a ton of fruit feel from this gueuze, rather dry, again, apple/lemon. Slight white wine and light oak feel along with it. Slightly complex, a good start for style, champagne like at times. Worth getting everytime at $6, not too many examples in this price range that are quality (le terroir I guess).

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy honey color into a thin tulip with a few fingers of nice champagne head that lingers as a half finger. Beautiful art deco bottle...odd it's both corked and capped.

Nose is sour fruits, mostly lemon, some subtle vinegar and light hay.

Body is medium and dry, with a nice crisp carbonation acidity. Mostly tart lemon and not terribly sweet, either, which I enjoyed.

I really liked this one. Could easily enjoy more sourness, but for the style I think this was right on. Great sipper.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.95 for a 355ml bottle. Served at `12deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens a true lambic- cork and cap. Pours a 2" high fluffy white head that is gone in two minutes or so. Medium gold colour and filtered clear.

S- Reeks of mold and yeast. Super good. Very rotten scent

T- Sweet yet sour. Yeasty good. Good blend between two styles. Sours up at the end and gets real tart. Nice gueuze heavy brew.

M- Dry and tart to say the least. Hits the tongue hard throughout the sip

O- Nice brew. Like this one. Will pop a few away for later years to see what happens.

Food Pairing

This nice little sour went well with....... Pad Thai. The spice blend brings this brew out and cuts right through the spices. Nice part is that many different proteins can be used


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Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Cloudy golden yellow orange with a huge head that builds and has good retention. Great thick lace and cloud/ring.

S- Tart fruit. Some acetic notes but not too much. The wood from the barrels comes into play. I certainly smell cherry and raspberry. The funk is there along with the typical wine/stem notes and grape hints.

T- Tart fruit and really sour at first but it subdues itself. Grape and vinous notes really prevalent and enjoyable. Wood makes itself felt. A level of acetic acid that is enjoyable for the style. Love the grape notes in this one.

MF- Light creamy and highly carbonated. Nice puckering sour/tartness here. Coat of sour fruit on the palate.

DB- Lots of good flavors going on here. Balanced out well and a nice level of sour. Great price for this 750ml bottle.

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Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2006 vintage), purchased in the buy one get one free rack (came to $4.75/bottle...can't go wrong here) of a local store around Christmas '09. Seems like a good day to pour this one into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful translucent amber gold color with 2 full fingers of dense, fluffy white head. Lots of champagne-like carbonation rises constantly from the bottom of the glass. Head has very good staying power and leaves behind a thick layer of lacing on the glass as it slowly fades towards the surface of the beer.

S - A bit fruity and a lot funky in the aroma. The characteristic sweet, fruity and sour aroma of a gueuze. Lots of lemon and some sour apples. Good amount of barnyardy funk too.

T - Funky and tart, but doesn't really give much of a puckering sensation, even on the first sip - surprising. Lactic and acetic acid, a bunch of lemon and some sour apples - all blended together nicely. Funk is present, horseblankety and barnyardy, but not at the level I expected, especially for a 2006 vintage. Overall, this is an incredibly smooth and well rounded gueuze. Very good.

M - Tart and a bit puckering, but well controlled. Body is characteristically thin. Carbonation is medium to medium high - a bit lighter than I typically see in this style. Nice and refreshing...the citrusy, fruity and sour character give a bit of a drying sensation, but strangely, at the same time refreshing.

D - Low in alcohol, high in fruitiness, sour/tartness, funk - all nicely balanced together. Another example of a fine gueuze, and one that is affordable and readily available. I am reminded again by this one - why seek out the rare, high priced American wilds (many of them are extremely good, don't get me wrong - I've sampled a number of them) when I can go down to the local store, spend less than $10 for a bottle of this and get a beer that is pretty much equivalent - maybe better.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey like yellow color with a big pillowy head which recedes to a skim. There are hints of soapy lace on the glass but not much. The aroma is of green apples and pears, a tart smell almost a champagne like smell. The taste is much of the same green fruits are prevalent with a champagne like taste, no hops but a nice even tart green fruit taste. The mouthfeel is dry with a nice carbonation profile. The drinkability is good, its an easy drink without and thing to detract for the drinkability. An nice well rounded flavor.

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Photo of scottum
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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 vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/08, BB 12/14.
Poured contents into Leffe chalice.

a) Inch thick white head, bubbles and crackles, and slowly sinks. Hazy pale orange.

s) Lemon sorbet from a foot away, other spicy tropical fruit, some funky moldy basement, damp hessian sack, cheese rind, nutmeg. Some hop leaf in there too. This is what it's all about. Top class, fascinating..

f) Big sour lemon hit up front, blue cheese on a lavoche cracker, some hung-beef gameyness, or venison even. Remarkable.... charcuterie & fromagerie in a bottle...

m) Very light, spritzig, but teeth-grittingly tart.

d) If I compare this with Timmermans Tradition Gueuze, I get two completely different ales. The former is fruity, cidery, simple and refereshing. This is challenging, sophisticated, and infinitely more interesting.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is on the tamer side for a gueuze, but also very nicely balanced and refreshing with some interesting character. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a huge white rocky head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap that sticks around. Quite good lacing. The smell is a little faint, but pleasant. Notes of lemon, grass, and a slight whiff of ripe cheese. The taste is more substantial with a somewhat restrained acidity for the style, some barnyard notes, some spice, and a lingering bitterness that is not from the hops. Quite nice. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and relatively crisp. Very drinkable.

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Photo of hegelec
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL capped/corked bottle into a lambic flute. Enjoyed at Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario with a supper of lake perch with arugula salad.

Deep, somewhat cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Very nice colour. Light wispy lacing.

Smell is fantastic! Given the reputation of this brewery's flavoured lambics, I wasn't expecting anything this complex. Green apple, hay, caramel, and something that can only be described as a yeasty funk.

Taste is even better! Incredibly sour up front with the same funky green apple. Hints of blue cheese? Plenty of malt flavour to balance the sourness as this goes down, but it's actually quite dry. This must be a fairly highly attenuated brew.

The funk is subtle enough not to overwhelm my perch, but this beer is definitely sharp enough to cut through my spicy arugula salad. Exquisite.

Mouthfeel is puckering but refreshing, helped by the moderate carbonation. Somewhat round, but not too full. The drinkability of this beer is very high.

Thank you Lindemans, you exceeded every expectation I had with this classic lambic offering. It's still so remarkable that I can get this in London Ontario.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an earthy orange color with a tall white-tan head. Lots of clingy lace on the glass. There is a little nose, some sharp yeasty and citrus aromas. The taste: Wow! Immediately a sharp bitter, unripe citrus fruits, and a crisp strong sour flavor.. when this was described as "sour" I guessed that it would be a sluggish sourness.. this is not the case. The sourness is very neat and clean, an excellent addition to the mouthfeel. This beer would make a great aperitif for a wide range of foods, steak and potatoes or seafood dinner.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a La Trappe goblet.

A- Pours a hazy, golden body with a gushing white head. Some settling, so pour it slowly.

S- Smells very tart with sour apples and citrus aromas, yeast, belgian funk, grassy.

T- This is quite impressive! The first thing that hits the tongue is a tart, borderline sour note that is reminiscent of lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and grapefruit. Next up is barnyard funk and yeast, and the finish is tart like citrus zest and fruit skins.

M- Light-ish, high carbonation and pretty effervescent. Crisp and refreshing.

Who would have known that Lindemans made such a great Gueze. Pick it up if you're getting into this style of beer, as this is an EXCELLENT representation of the style.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour apples. Yes that simple and that delicious. The pour is a very pretty, hazy thick golden yellow. Aroma is vanilla, taste is sour bitter apples. Like biting into the crazy sour crabapples fresh from the tree at my grandparents in south Jersey as a kid. Overall outstanding, will have again.

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Photo of drrone
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 2011 into Rogue Goblet (only glassware available at the time)

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw/golden color. It produced a finger width of white head that faded quickly. I was surprised that it didn't liberate more head and wasn't as effervescent though.

S - Barn yard funk, earthy, goaty, with citrus fruits(lemon and grapefruit) and slightly sour (like sour apple?).

T - Nicely sour up front, followed but a little muskiness and finishes off acidic.

M- Light bodied, crisp and with nice carbonation. Easy to drink. Again, not as carbonated as I would have expected.

O - I'll admit I'm not a Gueuze expert, but I really enjoyed this. It seemed nicely balanced between sour and acidic. It was complex enough to keep things interesting. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee Rene is about a hazed medium gold in color and pretty bright despite the haze. A creamy off-white head grows on top and situates itself at just over one finger tall. Lacing is deposited in some fairly clumpy patches almost to the very bottom of the glass.
The gentle funk of wet hay, lemon zest, earth, and the raw tartness of green apple skins greet the nostrils. Basically it's every bit as tart and funky as a Gueze should be with plenty of depth.
The flavor displays the same depth. The something like vinegar that makes the strong base for a good gueze lays it down here. Tartness never fades or falls off, and balances excellenty with a subtle chalky dryness that leads particularly from middle to finish. Other than that I expect to find pieces of lemon pulp while I sip this at some point, at least when it's fresh. The nice thing, though, and what's special, is that the overly hard sourness or tangy bite that would come from biting into a fresh lemon is taken completely off by the earth and dryness.
Aged, the carbonation is mellow. Fresh, it's beastly. I like that it's exceptionally creamy, but it's so much so that it just expands in the mouth. It eases off with time, but when you're drinking it fresh there's such a thing as too much. It doesn't take much off, though, and it still starts and finishes crisp.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,105 ratings.
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