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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899
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2,109
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
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Photo of MattyV
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very gentle pour into a Duvel tulip still yields 1.5 fingers of white head sitting atop a hazy deep golden beer. Aroma's a mix of funk/musty notes along with tart green apple, perhaps slightly dominated by the tart/sour components. Funk is more noticeable as it warms. Taste is of citrus (mostly lemons?) as well as the noticeable barnyard funk. Not overpowering in terms of sourness, but still provides a lingering reminder in the cheeks while remaining crisp and refreshing. Light to medium-bodied and high carbonation gives this a nice lively mouthfeel. Inexperienced with the style, so waited until my 2nd bottle to give this a review. The sourness was not as intense as I expected, but I found this to be refreshing in this warm weather, all the while hoping for a bit more complexity.

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Photo of JayNH
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a small short lived head.

S- Musty and very tart with a pleasant subtle fruitiness.

T- A dry, acidic tartness upfront... Fades to a slightly yeasty mild fruitiness.

M- A nice acidic, dry tartness on the palate. Just the right carbonation makes the brew very smooth.

D- Excellent, plenty of tartness but still very drinkable. If I could afford it I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of DannyS
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasantly golden color with a nice full head.

S - Not very powerful, but unique, winey aroma. Coincides with notes of crisp fruit

T - considering the Lindeman's beers I've had in the past, the sour punch of this one took me by surprise. Was initially turned off to it, but I stuck through it and it grew on me. I love sour flavors, and the bright, eye-opening fruity sour in this beer is a refreshing change of pace.

M - Slightly harsh on the palate, with its smoothness cut right through by the acid. Decent carbonation.

D - Definitely a one-at-a-time beer. I definitely enjoyed it, but you'd have to be nuts to drink more than one bottle of this beer at a time.

Overall, this one won't be for everyone, but it definitely warrants a tasting session.

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Photo of endovelico
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with low perceived effervescence, little lacing, some floaters and a white head that quickly fizzles out leaving a thin crown.

Aroma: Medium to medium high in intensity. Funky barnyard town right here. A lot of cheese, horse blanket, socks and some powerful cat urine. Some fruit does come through, mainly orange.

Taste: Medium high to high intensity. Citrusy (Lemon and Lemon Balm) and Funky. The funk overwhelms everything though.

Palate: Light bodied, medium low carbonation, medium high acidity, medium high sourness.

Overall: Could use more balance and complexity. It's good but Lindemans has better offerings.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a thin Lindemans pilsner.

clear golden orange with an inch of foamy, sticky head that retains well. tons of bubbles stuck to the sides and rising like champagne.

aroma is pretty weak. a hint of tartness, but dominated by a lemony, soapy-fresh aroma.

taste is better; assertively tart with some sour apple and lemon rinds. acidic, vinegary, slightly off-putting finish. lacking in character and complexity compared to some other gueuzes, with more of a straightforward tartness, but far better than Lindemans' other gueuze.

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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 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 Sam21
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This is my first gueze and therefore don't know what to expect.

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Appearance - Pours a vibrant amber with a large white head. Lots of carbonation both in the body and the head. Nice lace in spots.

Smell - Citrus fruit (as if someone just squeezed a lemon), floral notes, funk, and some Belgian spice. Easy to pick apart what you are smelling.

Taste - Starts off with a mouthful of tart fruit, like biting into a slice of lemon. Puckering at times, but not overly sour. The heavy musty funk enters next as the sourness mellows. Finish pulls all the complexity into a dry and acidic finish. Really intriguing stuff. The citric acidity stricks to the teeth and leaves pockets of sourness around the mouth. Each sip pulls me in a little bit more.

Mouthfeel - Very effervescent. Light and fluffy. Champagne-like in many ways.

Drinkability - This beer has a lot going on so I am drinking it nice and slow and enjoying each sip. The sourness really adds a great character to the wild nature of the beer. Definitely something everyone should try at some point, although it's not for everyone. I would definitely be interested in having another bottle after this one, although I think I would rather only have one at a time in order to full appreciate it. One wild beer!

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Photo of fields336
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 mL served in lindemans flute
Appearance: looks like apple juice, little Lacing, no haze, cloudiness, champagne like bubbles when poured.

Smell: tart, lemon, some funk, yeastiness, citrus, barnyard

Taste: very similar to smell, tartness, sourness, followed by a fruitiness and a slightly tart/sour finish. I taste some woodiness, such as oak. This is my first gueuze. I like it, it's different though.

Mouthfeel: light and carbonated, very light. Refreshing, but one of the driest beers ive ever had. Would be nice on a summer day. I can imagine myself sitting on a local farm drinking this with some cheese

Overall: first gueuze, I like it but its hard to review your first beer of the style. I will revisit this style again later

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Photo of Aenema
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart, green apple and funk.
Taste - Puckering, sour tartness with a barnyard funk flavor.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with light carbonation and a dry, crisp finish.
Drinkability - Enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of July 1st, 2010. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep yellow-amber color--very similar to cider or apple juice. Intense, effervescent carbonation provides several fingers of fluffy white head and a constant champagne-like stream of bubbles up the side of the glass. Good retention.

S - I immediately get deep, rich aromatic malts and a slightly spicy note reminiscent of an authentic pilsener. Tart green apple underlying the malt.

T - Immediately sour up front, yet it retains a light, sweet malt flavor that balances reasonably well. Dry, crisp apple flavor and bready grains through the middle and finish. A lasting tartness remains on the sides of my tongue and in the back of my throat.

M - Thin body with intense carbonation. A delight to swish each sip around a bit. Finishes semi-dry and tart (but not puckering).

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

A-pale amber color with a large white head.

S-big yellow grapefruit smell with a hint of mandarin oranges canned. A sourness in the background.

T-Very tart grapefruit with a bit of sweetness. A lemon peel flavor is also noted after the tartness goes away. Malty aftertaste is present with a bit of goat cheese.

M-light and bubbly, maybe drinkable in large amounts, not sure because I only had a glass and would go for more, not sure if acidity would cut on this.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Finger and a half of slightly off white head on top of a lighter copper body. The beer is totally clear with lacing. The head just does not go away.

S: Not as pungent as I expected. Some cherry with a hint of a sour aroma. Some other fruits as well, citrus? It was also a bit musty.

T: Starts with a fruit flavor and then comes a complex sour flavor. There is a bit of green apple and a hint of bitterness, as well as some grapefruit. There is a also a bit of hay flavor as well as general mustyness.

M: The beer had a lighter to medium body, with good carbonation leaving it not tasting thin.

D: I was expecting the beer to be a bit more sour and it was slightly thicker than I expected. I will definitely be trying more sours, even though I did not exactly fall in love with this beer. Even though I didn't fall in love with it, I did find the beer to be pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

very musky sour. excellent carbonation. bottled 11 months prior to tasting. light color, clear until you get to the bottom of the bottle pour then cloudy. slighty sour from front to back but not intensely tart like some other sours. for the price a excellent beer. mild hints of apple and grass. will be buying a few more and cellaring to see what a few more years does.

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Photo of YeastInception
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey color with a huge head to start that eventually dissipates. Smells of sour pear/apple/grape and funk that reminds me of many other belgian lambics. Taste is a nice level of sourness along with the aroma flavors. Very good lambic thats easy to find.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in Dec. 2009

Pours a hazy pale golden color with an off white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

Smell is musty, lemon, and a bit citrusy.

Taste is fantastic! Very well balanced and easy to drink. Some Gueuze and lambic can be very tart and dry making it a chore to drink, not this one. Sits on the palate nicely also. Upfront is a big hit of orange and lemon tartness, followed by an apple sweetness. Has a musty flavor in the middle. The end of the beer is a bit like a strawberry that isn't quite ripe yet. The finish is of course dry but not an overpowering one.

Overall a nice little beer that I'm proud to have plenty of access to. It seems like it may be a little to fresh right now, I'm sure with some age this could be an outstanding beer.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from October 2010 poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a pretty clear yellow-gold, bordering on tangerine. A one-finger pure white head lasts a little while, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. A little bit of suspended yeast that I couldn't quite keep in the bottle, but not too much.

Tons of tart green apples in the aroma. The sourness really doesn't remind me of lemons, limes or other citrus fruits. Instead, I'm reminded of that first bite of a Granny Smith. There's a little cheesy funk in the mix, too, but overall it's quite sweet-smelling.

Sour and slightly tart up front in the taste, with an unmistakable sweet green apple finish. Though the taste is more sour than the aroma would indicate, this is far from mouth-puckering. Some underlying grassy funk at work, but I'd be hard pressed to identify any horse blankets or moldy barnyards. Sweet, if a little muted.

The mouthfeel is great, with solid carbonation. This is a very drinkable gueuze.

There are a host of reasons why Cuvee Rene is a great starter sour. In addition to the relatively innocuous tartness, the price tag really cannot be beat - my $10.75 bottle was on a shelf next to a $13 375 mL of 3F Oude Geuze. In a pinch, this is a great sour pickup.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml with a bottle date of 06 Oct 2011

Pours with a nice off white head, about a finger and a half high. Decent lacing. Murky/hazy golden or straw colored beer. Smells of tartness and sour apple, white wine, slightly like a warhead, citric/lemon qualities, light funk and hay, earthiness. Strong aroma and yet it's not overpowering either. Taste follows suit. Apple cider vinegar, sour apple tartness, white wine, warheads, lemon, hay, dry earthiness, and lightly fruity maybe pear and grapefruit. Pleasant taste for sure. Light body, light, bubbly consistency, round carbonation, tamer than champagne, and a finish that is light and leaves some tartness behind.

Overall this certainly a pleasant beer. I haven't had many Gueuzes thus far but this is certainly one that's worth a try and quite easy to find. Comparing this to Drie Fontienen Oude Gueuze, I like Lindemans Gueuze less overall but it has a much better value and is certainly easier to come by than almost any 3F offering.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 355ml.
appearance is quite perfect really. holding the glass up to the light yields a nice thick golden hue that i wish i saw more frequently. fairly long lasting head thats glides nicely down the side of the glass every time i take a sip. it smells lightly funky but not overwhelming by any means. little bit of granny smith apple that comes through quite a bit more in the taste. its fiarly sour and i enjoy the balance. this being said i think its a good jumping off point for those new to the style. its definitely drinkable in that sense and makes a nice treat to share with my girl as a treat after dinner tonite... yum!

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Photo of MrOH
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a billowy white head. Good retention.

Slightly nutty, earthy aromas, with a touch of lemon peel. Not much in the way of barnyard, more forest floor sort of earthy.

Tart, lemony, a bit of earth. Malt is present, but very very subtle. Some astringency.

Light-bodied and effervercent, as it should be.

Definitely not the greatest gueuze out there, but a good introduction to the style, and the most affordable by far.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75 cl green bottle.

Surprisingly clear golden amber with a thin white head.

Nothing smells like a gueuze! Green apple peel, barnyard funk, vinous, musty wood: you got to dig it!

A wildly dry and astringent, mouth puckering experience. Pleasant sourness matches well with malts that all but disappear in a cascade of carbonation. Talk about dry.

Man, I love the shit out of Gueuze! Very nice beer.

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Photo of trep
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'03 Champagne bottle shared with my girlfriend and poured into a Lindeman's Flute, stolen from Winking Lizard Columbus. *jk feds*

Superbly clear golden body with a creamy white head that leaves tons of lacing down the glass as it settles. Some carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass, some randomly shoot to the surface.

I can smell this one a few feet away. Raspberries, cherries and some tart grapes with a little earthy funkiness. Very pleasant aroma overall.

Very tart initially with some metallic background notes. Raspberries and cherries come through as it warms and finishes with a white-grape aftertaste. Not bad.

Very thin and high in carbonation. That's about all there is to it. Pretty easy drinking despite the carbonation and the funkiness. I enjoyed it but likely not something i'll seek out in the future.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful golden yellow straw color. 3 fingers of frothy white head, moderate lacing. Retention is great, tons of carbonation, looks like a funnel cloud in the middle of my tulip glass.

S - A lot of funk & sourness in this. Apples, lemons, it reminds me of champagne a little bit.

T - Wow that's funky! This thing just flat out tastes sour & I'm liking it. Green apples, pear, sour cherries, lemon. Lots of flavor here!

M - This sucker is dry as hell, but just works so well! Light body, huge carbonation, great feel.

D - This was my first Gueuze and it most definitely won't be my last. This is like nothing I've ever tasted beore. I hope I can get my hands on a continuous supply of this stuff.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 355 ml green bottle is foil wrapped, capped and corked. It was purchased at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI for $7.19. The bottling code indicates that this was bottled in July 2010. The cork came off with a nice pop. It was poured into Lindeman's proprietary glassware.

As with every Lindeman's product I've ever purchased, this is a volatile brew. The pour, though careful, produced well over 50% head in the glass. The head begins to dissipate rapidly at first, but retention begins to stabilize a minute later. Lacing holds steady where the massive head had once been. A high degree of lively carbonation is seen through the glass. The beer is just a shade darker than yellow, with a nice soft wheaty look. It looks like a celebration

With such a lively amount of carbonation it comes as no surprise that this is fairly aromatic. Anyone who has sampled any Lindeman's product is familiar with this smell. Lactic sourness up front combines with some fruity, melon-like sweetness that is soft yet assertive on the nose. Wheat makes a solid appearance. It is a pleasant aroma that surpasses any of their fruit lambics, while adhering to the primary characteristics that are unique to this brewery.

This style of beer also produces an assortment of unique flavors. Tartness washes over the tongue like dry granny smith cider. Other fruity essences include melon and a tinge of banana. The acidic bite is similar to that of a raspberry and somewhat puckering to boot. Fruity as this is, it is very dry with no hop bitterness to be found. It finishes clean and leaves the palate completely neutral. It is very different from the norm, and quite remarkable.

The beer is light bodied; and though the extreme level of carbonation aides to give the body some additional lift, the rush of bubbles becomes mildly abrasive in the mouth. However, with such a dry, clean flavor and such a light body, this spontaneously fermented beauty is very refreshing. It is perhaps the most refreshing grain-based brew of them all.

Lindeman's Cuvee Rene' scores highly where it counts. It is easy on the eyes, a temptress in the nostrils, and a joy to imbibe. It is pretty easy drinking and is one of the most unique beers on the planet. The biggest negative going for this is the relative high cost, as $7.19 could grab 6-packs of other lesser, though solid, beers. Still, for the cost and style, I would much rather be ringing in a New Year with a flute of Cuvee Rene' than I would with sparkling wine. Cheers!

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about this Belgian treat and standard bearer of the style.

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Photo of Trombone69
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm trying to get into these Gueuze type beers lately, as I enjoy sour food items, like grapefruit, and sweet-tarts. This one just didn't really fly for me. I may need to give it a second chance.

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