Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
898
Ratings:
2,105
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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132
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Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum corked and capped with a vintage of 1994 on the label. The cork was in excellent condition showing no drying and a minimal amount moisture.

Appearance: Thin white lacing but it is a trademark Brussels style lace, spritzy with numerous tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Hazed hue makes it a dim golden colour.

Smell: Musty, chalky, cellar and corky huddle with mellow but sizeable tart aromas.

Taste: Light to moderate body, tartness is solid but modest as it has mellowed out over the years. Incredibly smooth and crisp. Fruity after the initial wake of tartness. Dry malt character is clean under tartness, musty flavours are more towards the end with hints of dry chalky yeast.

Notes: Simple but has depth, flavourful but not boisterous. This brew shows little aging flaws at all and perhaps could see another decade or two without turning as long as the cork holds up. I’ll be seeking more bottles ASAP. This would be a good brew to break a newbie to the world of lambics.

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

A: Light gold in color with a bit of cloudiness/haze and lots of carbonation.

S: Great combination of funk and tartness on the nose. Green apples and lemon are the dominant fruits. A bit of a champagne smell to it.

T: A nice tart bite, with the lemons and apples quite present. There's a great funkiness to this beer as well, definitely "wild."

M: Not too much carbonation, crisp and a bit dry.

D: I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from this one and I was very pleasantly surprised. A great mix of sour, funk, and fruit.

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Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for a little while now, finally found a stash of them at a local shop.

A - Pours light golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass. If the carbonation had stuck around this one could have been better...

S - Smells of tart sourness, barnyard funk, apples, lemons, damp earth, and wet hay. Smells like your typical gueuze but it never really gets to the point of being great.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of tartness quickly giving way to a mix of the typical barnyard flavors; damp earth, hay, funky basement, etc.; green apples, lemon rind, and a light mineral quality. The finish is pretty dry with some lingering funk.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Decent carbonation initially becoming dead still toward the end of the glass.

O - I wouldn't turn one of these down in the future but it really isn't anything mind blowing, just a solid example of the style. I may have to go back and grab a few more of these and see how they are drinking in a few years...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with a bit of white head. Funky, lemony, tart aroma. Taste starts tart and fruity with pleasant farmhouse notes. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Really classic, rustic lambic, not overly funky or sour, really easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - The cork comes out with hardly a pop. Pours with very little apparent carbonation. Hazy orange body with a little bit of whispy lacing.

Smell - Vinegary tart aroma. Wheat and lemon. A bit of a funk to it, but not much.

Taste - Acidic body that masks any complexity, I think. Otherwise, there's some lemony citrus flavors and some wheat. In the back is a lingering sourness of the vinegar persuasion and funk that is pretty appealing.

Mouthfeel - Could be crisper with more carbonation. It feels a bit flat and it makes it feel heavier than it is.

Overall - I liked this the first time I had it. It was the first gueuze I ever had. I now realize how mediocre this is in comparison to some of the greats. It's still drinkable and even enjoyable, but not what I'd call a good example.

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white cap of foam across the top that receeds to a faint white film quickly. Spotty lacing about the glass. Nose is a blend of scents that I can best relate to as being musty but also includes funk and citrus. Taste is a blend of all the aroma indicators (funk, must, citrus) but also is sour and tart with a somewhat dry finish. Has some taste characteristics that are similar to a lemonlike bite. Light bodied with a medium amount of carb.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1994 edition but the Sharp Edge manager told me that it was bottled back in 2000 must have been barrel aged for the six in between years. Appearance: Amber orange hue with an off white cream colored head leaves immensely detailed frivilous amounts of lacing, nice. Aroma: Tart cider like character with a woody cask ridden oak finish to it, excellent farmhouse wild notes very different from anyother Lindemann's product. Taste: Tart flowing character subtly sweet great puckering complex very acidic thick wild notes with a tones coming through from the barrel aging process a truly great tasting geuze. Mouthfeel: Effervescent medium bodied lambic, great stuff. Drinkability: Amazingly clean tartness swarms the senses yet with each sip it grows more and more satisfying adding to the addiction of the overall experience of tasting this brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gazed orange hued gold with a white head. Nose is grassy funky with a sweet edge. Flavor is grassy. Mix of sweet edges on a mildly funky tone. Feel is a fairly vibrant carbonation and the liquid is slick. This is a good starter gueuze as many have said before. If you don't want to dive all the way in with something super funky, this is the one to go for.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Age and bottling date not known.

A light orange to hint of red hued body with a slightly opaque quality. A soapy white head forms but falls a little quick. Lots of rising carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a great mixture of sea salt and bret. Hints of lemon candy sour fruit as well. Smells wonderful.

Taste is matching the nose. Salty but not briny, a little wet in the texture but leave a good tart finish. Mild acid on the swallow with lemon, but leaves a clean light feeling. Very mild and easy drinking.

Overall pretty good, but can't say I was blown away by this. It definitely feels salty more than anything which is interesting. Enjoyable I would have it again, and probably a reason why this is the most reviewed Gueze on beer advocate.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle:

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy head that slowly descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of candy sugar, tartness, grain, some vinuous fruitiness.

The taste is of sweettart candy - nicely balanced. Some mustiness and vinuous fruitiness. Long, very dry finish. Simple, but tasty.

The body is light to medium, smooth with a nice texture. Very drying.

This is a tasty, drinkable classic/traditional gueuze that is tart/sour but with a nice rounding sweetness.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time with this beer, scared away through the years by the higher price tag. Well, I've plenty more expensive beers since, so there's no excuse for putting it off. Here we go!

Pale peach hue, flush carbonation, rushing up the glass, with a sturdy, off-white head...a very appetizing glass of brew.

Aroma, sour and citric, a little spicy, super funky, that unique smell that only comes out of a gueuze.

Taste, oooh! Puckering, then lip-smacking, sour bite at first, then all is mellow...big lemon rides through the flavor, with yeast character right behind.
Interesting. Tartness is king in this, dominates the feel, but in a gentle, delicious way. Very sophisticated stuff, and, past the powerful tartness, especially approachable.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/03/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. 2003 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-yellow colored pour. At first a large bubbled spritzy head which turns thick and pock marked and lasting. Chunks of fat lace all over the insides of my glass.

Smell- Slightly barnyard, mainly that musty scent. A combination of tart smelling fruits as well.

Taste- Lemon rind, orange and many other fruits form together to meld into a tart, but not overpowering sour taste explosion. Starts out fairly tart, but mellows out. Not necessarily to the point of sweetness, but on the lower end of the sour spectrum towards a saison like taste.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated and super dry. Bone dry. Quenching and a somewhat light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Of the few Gueuze's I have had, this one ranks right up there with the best of them. Tasty and hit the spot.

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Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of earthy resin, tart malt, yeast, dry hops, and slight grape. Fits the style of a Gueuze. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a tartness and dryness present. Tastes of yeast, tart malt, dry hop, slight grape, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a tart and dry beer that fits the style quite nicely.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, forms a white head of small bubbles, steady carbonation of tiny bubbles.

Aroma is super pungent -- in a gueuze good way. Sulfur and sourness, acetic and lactic.

Flavor is not as harsh as you may assume from the aroma. Medium to light in body, good carbonation in the mouth, acetic and lactic sourness. Nice connectivity.

This is an excellent gueuze. If you factor in cost and availability, its an amazing example. I would recommend it to anyone wondering what this whole gueuze thing is about. Its not the best I've had but its really really fine. I would recommend it, I would buy it again, and I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

335 ml corked, capped and foil covered bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pulled from the cellar, this is probably only a few months (under 6) old. Served at cellar temperature around 60ºF.

A: Fairly clear orange copper body with the slightest bit of haze the more you pour and get closer to the yeast bed at the bottom. A slightly off-white fluffy and very bubbly head sits atop. The retention is really wonderful, keeping a complete cap throughout as well as some minor lacing.

S: Funky barnyard hay, a tiny whiff of milky lactose, grass and some finely milled grain. I don't necessarily get any hop qualities, but a very grainy malt base does show off a bit.

T: Dry and funky up front with a little pucker. It's quite earthy, barnyard like again with a nice malt undertone. A simple grassy bitter hop note comes through, and leaves this finishing quite dry. A lingering hay quality stays a few seconds after swallow.

M: Very effervescent still, light to medium bodied and smooth with a milky creaminess to it almost. It's very spot on for the style and helps deliver the flavor all over the palate. Very nice here.

I can see why this is such a highly rated beer from Lindemans. It's not overly sweet, sugary or off course and obscure for the style. To me, it tastes very traditional and grounded in its Belgian roots. Since this was the only bottle in my cellar, I will most certainly be grabbing more to lay down and have on hand when a Gueuze strikes my mood.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a bright golden amber with a two finger pure white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of fruit and sourness are evident immediately on opening the bottle, which is both crown capped and corked, kinda classy. Aroma in the glass is similar, sour apple and grape with funky yeast. Flavor is lemon citrus, apple and grape juice, very tart with wild yeast funkiness. Finishes tart and funky with hints of woodiness. Nice active carbonation makes it look good in the glass and gives a nice mouth feel. The tart fruit and yeast funk were actually not too much more intense than other old lambics, which worked well for me. I'm not a big sour fan, but wanted to try this style, and this satisfied my taste for a champagne like, light sour ale. A fairly classy looking bottle and it looks great in the glass. If I liked sours a bit more, this would be in my fridge all the time.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice finger of head which had good retention and left bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was quite pleasent consisting of citric acidic lemons, funky oak barrel notes, cork, slight brett, and some faint tart vinous notes as well. Upfront the taste was quite sour starting with the acidic citrus lemons striking first alongside funky barrel, brett, and vinous accents. It also had a touch of vinegar at the tail end. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight ssweet but sour and dry finish. It drank really good and a 375ml bottle was good enough for me plus I could feel the heart burn kicking in.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Abe's for $10.50 and split it with friends. This isn't a big ripping gueze like some of the legends. Rather, this is a touch more balanced and approachable. While the aroma has a mix of spice and farmhouse funk, the aroma is gentler with sour, tangy lime and a hint of sugar. Worth a try or a decent introduction to the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/4/11. Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a bright medium orange colour with two or three fingers of thick bubbly head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sour, funky yeast notes and some apple in the background.

T - A dry tartness is evident up front giving way to some green apple and slightly sweet malt flavours. The finish is dry and tart.

M - Light body; moderate carbonation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear orange-ish yellow, with a half inch head, and a smaller level of lacing.

Smells pretty potently sour, some vinegar, barnyard, and citrus.

This is pretty good, but tough to drink a large amount of. There's musty mood, lactic acid, vinegar, barnyard, orange, grapefruit, and a sort of "damp flavor." The sourness is fairly puckering, but far from the most sour beer I've ever had.

This beer is a slow sipper, due to the intense flavors. It's got a tart and creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a pretty good entry level gueuze with some solid flavors.

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Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades quickly. The aroma is average. It has little malt or yeast aroma. It's moderately sour with a light funk to it. The taste is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor that's accompanied with a dry, musty Brett character. It's mildly sour with some horse hair taste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average gueuze. It's not as sour as it should be and the malt character is lacking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's go sour right now. Pucker up! On to the beer:

A pale orange color that shines brightly, almost like the color of an oktoberfest or amber ale. When then entire bottle is poured in, the yeast comes along and gives the beer a darker orange look. The head is soapy on top, but has been holding on top. Aroma is mouthwatering. A little musty, but bursting with sorts of tart fruits. It's like Sweet Tarts. And a little side of malt.

It goes from tart to sour. I'd place the sourness around average for the style, maybe a touch lighter than that. This one has more of a sour lemon flavor than that of apple. I'm also getting some sour/tart berries into the picutre. There's enough oak/wood to muscle itself into the tasting notes. Something weird is in that Lindemans yeast strain, and it's characterist can be found in all of the beers I've tried. Don't worry, I like it a lot. Light bodied, just a touch light.

Lindemans makes good stuff, and Cuvée René is just another reason why. And as a bonus, this gueuze is "affordable".

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 355ml into a tulip.

Poured a translucent golden orange, 3+ fingers of white ehad which fades to a collar and some light head. No lacing to speak of. Nose is mildly funky, lemon, green apple, skins of an unripe green grape, dried citrus fruit character and a mild sour note. Some general champagne-like character. Taste is quite tart off the bat - acetic, lemon and orange zest. Very dry, and mildly wheaty. Flavour is somewhat short lived on the palate, although the tart feel lingers well on into the finish. This helps quite a bit in terms of helping you pull this back to your mouth for more! Highly effervescent and active on the palate, and this helps add a substantial refreshing characteristic to this. Light body and feel, a simple and effective gueuze.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color. The first smell that hits you is one of funk, with some vinegar and fruit mixed in as well. The flavor is very fruity with a good bit of funk and sour tart. This is not a beer with an extreme amount of sourness, but it has a near perfect mix of fruit, sourness and funkyness. This beer is extremely drinkable and finishes very dry. Outstanding beer.

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4.09 out of 5 based on 2,105 ratings.
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