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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

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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Ranking:
#2,041
Reviews:
910
Ratings:
2,147
pDev:
10.98%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
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Photo of Tracker83
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grodd87
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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 calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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%
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 +12.7%
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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4.14/5  rDev +1%
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 MGibbons
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omniwar
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of KevinL
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbles rising through a hazy orange, with a foamy white head that retains indefinitely. Notes of yeast, lemon, and vinegar in the aroma. The taste has a bit of yeast spice with some lemon notes. It is sour. Mouth feel is medium bodied, effervescent, and foamy. As the beer hits the palette it feels like it expands into some extra foam. Overall, it's a fantastic beer with wonderful and interesting notes all around. Definitely effervescent, and an experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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 meanmutt
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hammerhead79
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of 54V4G3
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfcairns
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MurphDog14
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,147 ratings
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