Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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:
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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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Reviews:
898
Ratings:
2,105
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Reviews: 898 | Ratings: 2,105
Photo of Nedry
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of fruity, citrusy funk. Taste is bubbly and bright this is Brussels champagne at it's finest. A little farmhouse funk mixed with citrus. Very refreshing. Pours light and clear, a little caramel color, unless you stir up the dregs and add it for more flavor like I like to with bottle conditioned beer. Then it's a little hazy. I've had better Gueuzes for sure, but this one is always available and always delicious. There is something to be said about that.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René, 5.5% ABV, 16 IBU. Pours thin and golden, with a huge foamy white head on a careful pour. Nose is lemon sour, taste follows. Excellent mouthfeel, overall decent. First time with this style, and though it's not a new favorite, it is not vile like some other sour beers I've had. I prefer their Framboise and Kriek. Like their other beers, it is sealed with foil, a cap, and a cork - and is in a very thick and heavy bottle.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light golden pour with a small white head. Big funky aroma with some hints of fruit. Great tart taste with some hints of brett and lemon. Light bodied and dry.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first experience with Gueuze, so I didn't really know what to expect (other than this beer style is sour). This version of Cuvee Rene is Oude Geuze, which refers to the more traditional way to brew Gueuze.

Uncorking the bottle a strong funky smell comes from the bottle, almost like bleu cheese. Initial taste is somewhat sour, but more so I could taste lemon and pineapple. Feel is very light, heavily carbonated, but has a clean finish. No hops taste whatsoever, which is something defintely missed, I thought a larger hops presence could help balance this beer out much better. I almost passed this beer by when going to my favorite liquor store, since it appears to be a bottle of champagne.

Ironically, that is exactly what I think of this beer, it has a feel very similiar to champagne of all things.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 1 finger head upon pour. A brilliant slightly hazy light golden color. Head dissipates a bit, but lacing and foam are replenished throughout.
Smell: Slight malt/biscuit, but mostly soured white grape and hints of vinegar.
Taste: Dry sourness right up front. Slight funk and fruit. Some grape and slight cherry soured fruit flavor. Some earthiness. Surprisingly dry. Great Belgian yeast flavors.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel. A bit active on the carbonation side, but not much.
Overall: Good Gueze/Lambic. A bit more dry than I really like, but definitely enjoyed. There more than just sour here. Some fruit flavors and Belgian yeast make this one pretty interesting. Light and malty otherwise.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bartender uncorks the 37cL bottle and I am instantly transported back to the back alleys of Brussels and the lanes of Flanders. The waiter pours the bright orange beer into a lambic glass and carbonation takes over, spinning spells inside the glass, upwards to a solid off-white head of one finger that somehow stayed consistently throughout the whole drink. I take a sip and my nose is filled with the sour smell of unripe fruit. A sweet yeasty kick on the tongue distracts me from the fact that I'm in China for a fleeting sweet second, and then it gives way to hone-covered fruit. This isn't Belgium, but this beer sure is. Each sour sip is better than the last - mostly sour sugar on top of apples and pears. Not sickly sweet, but just enough to be drinkable. Lemon juice underneath. A second pour - cloudy this time from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. It is more sour now with some grapefruit and more green apple. Eye twitchingly sour this time around and just a bit cloying, just in time for the sticky last sip to go down. Good one, if eventually a bit much, just like this review.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful orange with a substantial fluffy white head. Tons of carbonation makes this look and feel like a dry champagne. Aromas and flavors have a complex Brett character that is balanced between pineapple fruitiness and the funky side. Delicious and complex.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very pretty amble-orange body with exceptionally rich white head. The was some funk smell on the cork but not once it was poured, just malt & sour cherries. I was looking forward to trying this but was disappointed. There is not much flavor. A hint of sour, hint of malt & yeast, not much more. Has a water aftertaste. Good carbonation. I am being critical but at this price range, I expected more.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: golden and wonderfully bright. Head is spritzy with tiny bubbles that fade quickly.

Aroma: barnyard funk, which is backed by sweet malt. The funk and malt bear a strong resemblance to left-out-overnight malt liquor. This beer’s funk is much more in line with “barnyard” than other funk descriptors. The lacto comes through only minimally; the aroma by itself wouldn’t indicate this beer to be sour.

Flavor: the aroma carries through to the flavor – barnyard funk and sweet malt. Without the sour to balance the malt, this beer would be too sweet. This beer’s funk is quite different than all of the US wild ales’. The oft-used “horse blanket” fits this beer accurately.

Mouthfeel: light-medium, but a tad bit heavier than expected given the low(er) alcohol and the beer’s acidity. The body is light enough that a 750 ml is easily a solo effort to drink.

Overall: enjoyable and a good value: $10 / 750ml. Better sours exist regardless of the specific style. I would opt for other Lindemans before I purchased this one again.

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Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37cl bottle. Clear orange with a tall white head with poor retention. Smells funky, with notes of vinegar, barnyard, lemon zest, white grapes. The taste follows the same notes, with additional notes of apple cider, unripe apricots and champagne. Light bodied with a high carbonation and a sour and refreshing aftertaste.

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Photo of mynie
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a non-descript pint glass, cus that's how Michael Jackson did it. It's a very lovely, hazy yellow with a fearsome head.

Smells wonderful. Medium skunky, like a good saison, only loaded with tart yeast that is very distinctly Lindemans. Good "horseblanket" aroma from the brett, balanced against floral nodes and light skunk. This is, I believe, what most American brewers are *trying* to do when they make a brett saison, only here the yeast profile is simply unbeatable.

Tastes, thank god, like it smells. A dry tartness that never gets puckering, and a fantastic complexity that never becomes overwhelming. Sour-sweet up front, moving into a middle that's grassy, musty, and tart. The finish is bone dry, with only some light floral weediness remaining.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had Cuvée René, my first Belgian (real) Gueuze, poured from 25.4-oz. bottle, label stamped bottled on "L BG010GC," apparently meaning July 1, 2015, into a tulip. Amazing complexity after only one year, which calls for cellaring another bottle.

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Photo of MrDell
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

13.08.2016

Lindemans Cuvée René Oude Gueuze
Gueuze – 5.5% - 750ml Capped and corked bottle – Bottled Bot. 17.12.2014 Best Before 17.12.2020

From Beer Advocate:

Appearance: Big pop and loads of smoke when cork removed. Deep orange colour with fine carbonation (lots of). Nice lacing from persistent white head. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Lots of horse blanket, leather and some funk.

Taste: Aroma carries over into taste, lots of leather and horse blanket – from the brett.

Mouthfeel: Dry and astringent as one would expect.

Overall: I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this one. From a price and availability point of view, excellent value for money, here in Switzerland. Will be interested to see how this ages.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy amber orange with a quickly receding and retaining creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like slightly smoked wood, barnyard funk, horse blanket, toasted hay, orange, apricot, peppercorns, mild vanilla, apples, grape, and wheat. Tastes like sour lemony citrus, smoked wood, barnyard funk, toasted hay, orange citrus, tart apricot, berries, horse blanket, peppercorns, sweet spice, vanilla, apples, wheat, with a slight dusty dry grape finish. Feels light bodied, active and lively, yet creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really complex and interesting gueuze.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells incredibly dusty and musty, with some slight medicinal funk underlying that. As it warms, a little bright/tart acidity begins to prickle the nose.

The beer tastes sort of dusty and old at first, with just a tinge of tartness on the finish. As it opens up, the palate becomes brighter and fresher, with notes of lemon, lime, orange and berries. The sourness also becomes slightly more intense and a leathery Brett flavor kicks in at the end, along with a very slight cheesy funk.

There's a reason this is a benchmark geueze. It's deep and complex, but also fun and approachable (my wife loves this beer and she's far from a sour beer geek).

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Photo of janubio
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden orange colour, with a small head full of tiny bubbles. YThere's always a ring on the top and a tear lace. Aroma of grapes, citrics, wood, cider, cellar, notes of apple, sour. Medium body, crispy and creamy palate, fizzy carbonation. Taste is sour, there's citrics, grapes, wood, cider, notes of apples. Great.

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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 OmahaKF
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is candied fruit, white wine grapes, green apple, and just a hint of funk. Taste is some honey sweetness, lemon peel, citrus, stone fruit, and a mild tartness with a dry finish. A good gueuze, especially on an insanely hot day.

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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 Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright shiny copper color penny colored with a touch of haziness. There's a fingernail of off white around part of the rim. I smell hints of pear and faint green apple. I taste pear, faint peach, and a touch of green apple. The mouth is very dry, a touch acidic, crisp, and quite refreshing.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lindeman’s Cuvee Rene
Bottle stamped LA22NGC. DFH Tulip.
Appearance (3.25): Pours a bright, full gold, crystal clear, with ample carbonation. One finger bubbly white head quickly recedes to a thick frothy skim on the surface. Second pour contained some yeast sediment, turning the beer slightly cloudy, with a couple of loose chunks of yeast floating about. Not much lacing to speak of, and the retention was kind of poor, too.

Smell (3.5): Smells “beery,” like an American Adjunct lager, but with a touch of sourness, and something vinous, almost like champagne. A little noble hop aroma, too, spicy like Saaz, but that is faint. Not really getting the horse or barnyard aromas, but I am getting a funky smell; it is far less off-putting or intense than I expected in that respect.

Taste (4.5): Wow. That tastes like super dry champagne. Tart arrival, but not acidic in the way a vinegar is acidic; more like champagne or wine. Moderate sourness continues through mid-palate, with a salty and quite refreshing middle, and a little hint of medicinal hop just barely pops in to say hello right before the swallow. Turning ever so slightly bitter at the end, with a lingering, white wine-like tartness. I don’t get the horse/goat/barnyard/funk that I was expecting. The only other beer that I have had that was supposed to have those characteristics was Sorachi Ace, and it did have them, and I found it disgusting. This on the other hand, is lovely.

Mouthfeel (4.5) Decidedly light, perhaps on the heavier side of light. Quite actively carbonated – continuing with the “this tastes like Champagne” trend of my review. Clean as can be on the finish. Definite “puckering” quality.

Overall (4.5): I know what I’m drinking on New Year ’s Eve 2017! In terms of appearance and taste, this really gets low points for the style. The head did not last long at all, and there was virtually no lacing. Perhaps my glass had some residual soap or something. As for taste, it was not overwhelmingly tart, but didn’t have much in terms of the barnyard characteristics, which I suppose is off for the style, but is good for me. All told, this was spectacular, and I would be glad to drink it again, at the soonest opportunity. I am becoming a fan of sours.

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Photo of dd43
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Neophytes to the style should definitely give this gueuze a try. It hits on a lot of the hallmarks one should look for, and it isn't that hard to find.

Pours mostly clear orange, a touch of haze, color is well saturated. Head forms easily and recedes just as quick. Aromas of wildflower, musty hay and grass, funky past ripe orchard fruit, some grape skin. Tartness is really nice, puckering but still in balance so as to not cause the heartburn reaction some folks experience when drinking a sour beer. The finish is very dry, smooth as silk. Carbonated well, making this a really refreshing drink, especially at 5.5% which means you won't get into trouble if you drink an entire bottle. A great gueuze to have on hand for others to try.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rather hazy, golden orange color. One finger of quickly dissipating head. Light and fluffy.

Aroma is of lactic acid, leather, citrus, barnyard, and bit of funk.

I really enjoy the taste of the beer. Highly carbonated, with a moderate amount of tartness. Solid amount of funkiness with predominate leather notes, and some green apple skin. This beer is very smooth and complex.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and well descriptive of the style. It is very well-balanced with both tartness and funkiness. I see this pairing well with a more astringent cheese maybe an aged cheddar. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, super effervescent amber appearance with a thin off white head. Very little lacing.

The aroma is moderately funky and tart. Notes of lemon, green apple, white vinegar, mildew, and hay.

The taste is not overpowering, but is nicely balanced. You get a light vinegar acidity, but mostly tart green apple and green grape must flavors. The tartness is sharp upfront, but subtle on the finish. Dries out on the end with a good dose of funk--dusty wood, mildew, sweaty armpits, lemon, and straw. The aftertaste is mostly clean with a only faintly puckering green apple taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, but feels heavier due to ample carbonation. Fizzy and drinks very easily.

This is quite a pleasant gueuze. Fairly common and definitely worth your money.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy golden colour with a two fingers head that doesn't last

S - Funky barnyard, herbal, grain

T - Follow the smell but less complex as the smell could let you hope. A bit of brett

F - A bit overly carbonated

O - A good gueuze, less complex than some but not as sour than some and it might be a good crossover gueuze. Some aging might do the trick

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