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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

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

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed deep golden brown with a robust cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Big lactic sourness on the front, with subtler floral notes underneath.sharp citrus notes dominate, but there's an underlying sweetness and slightly musty barnyard character that add complexity.

Flavor is initially reminiscent of sweettarts, though the lightly dry finish and dominant sourness reign in the flavor. Acetic acid and a hint of horse blanket are present. Definitely as sour as I had hoped. Light phenols emerge as it warms, adding a little complexity to the dominant lemon flavor.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Little bit of funk, lots of sour, and enough malt presence to tie things together. Lacks slightly in character compared to some, but a good sour for those who are into that sort of thing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April of 2013 so it's quite new for a Gueuze

A - Pours a dirty brown color with just a 1/4 inch of head that quickly faded to nothing but a ring.
S - White wine vinegar, Tart/sour apple, some grains and fruity yeasts. Even has a bit of muskiness,
T - Intense sour lemon and vinegar. at first then quickly to mild sweetness from the grains, some mild oak and grass. Taste like granny smith apple cider in a while. Not real hops but man is this beer sour!
M - Light to medium in body, intense sour with mild apple and oak finish.

Overall this is my first Gueuze and I don't think I will be "addicted" to sours considering the hefty 8 dollar admission. But it was overall a great experience.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy caramel with a white head that produced lots of lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, cidery apples, and yeast. The flavour mirrors the aroma, with a tart finish. There's a bit of citrus here as well. Everything melds very nicely. Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, and quite dry. Definitely a fine beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- From a hard pour comes only a bunch of spaced out bubbles that snap, crackle and pop their way down to some sparse surface foam. The beer itself is a hazy, golden peach color. Also lacking in the lace department.

S- Crisp and fruity like all the other lambics I've had, with one difference: Funky and astringent overtones that indicate that this is gonna be a sour one.

T- And it is. A rush of tartness upfront, followed by sweet peaches and ends with a pucker that rivals other spontaneously fermented brews I've had. No doubt about it: Tangy, funky and sour.

M- Quite moist considering how tart it is. Medium-low carbonation does much to reinforce the sharp blow it gives to your palate.

O- This one ends up being a bit of a chore for me to drink but that's common with most sour beers I've had. Done well, just not my thing.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color that produced a large fizzy brilliantly white fluffy head with great retention. It is leaving behind tiny bits of lacing here and there.

(S)- A zesty but dry lime citrus with an airy biscuity yeast. Finishes in a sour lemon/lime fruit. The middle has a faint apple juice/cider nuance.

(T)- Wow! A definite sour bite that turns into a super tart lime citrus with lemon zest. Finishes super dry with light; overly yeasty-made biscuits and a barnyard hay.

(M)- Great mouthfeel! Smooth, but with a fizzy carbonation level and a sour punch. Great lime flavors. I could get used to this!

(D)- This is my first Gueuze and am loving it! The sourness packs a punch, but is an interesting and dynamic departure from the norm. Loving the lime & lemon citrus. Great stuff, but anything more than a 12oz. at at time would be too much for me.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a light blond color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sourness with tart apple, cherry and lemon aromas. A bit of mustiness.

Taste: Musty and sour with hints of tart fruits once again. Not as easy to pick out as by aroma. Apple seems to dominate. Funky.

Mouthfeel: Tart and funky. A bit dry but not by much. Different from most other beers.

Verdict: Not quite sour as Boon but still a decent example of the style.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DrJay for hooking me up with this beauty for BC2! From a 750 ml, foiled, capped and corked.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, huge soapy white head forms, big bubbles, quickly settles down to a decent layer, leaves some sticky lace on its way down. Smell is insane, very fresh and funky, sharp spice bite, sour fruits, acidity, citrus, apples, nice. Taste is sour apples, citrus, caramel, funk, hay, citric acidity in the finish, nice and sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth. Nice balance, very drinkable Gueuze with enough complexity to keep people happy, and not too intense to keep people away. Thanks a lot Jay!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1994.

This beer is beautiful in its clarity. A light copper hue. A somewhat fizzy head to begin with turns into more of a creamy and lush looking coating in a minute. Aroma is lovely. Lemongrass, chalk, vinegar, must and tart raspberry. This is one mouth puckering lambic. The pucker quality really comes on after you swallow. As for other characteristics, I'd say this has quite a bit of acidity to it. Vinegar like. Sour apple like. And like lemon juice. There seems to be some grape like attributes as well. Maybe some grape skin. Tart raspberry comes to mind as well, although this beer is not fruity. There is a dryness present in this beer throughout. The tartness in this beer literally coats your whole mouth. Exactly what a good lambic should do.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color with haze and bubbly carbonation. Nice champagne like head. Smell is strong sour/tart lemon with funk comming through nearly as much on the back end. Taste is of sour and tart lemon zest backed with hay and funk. Strange hint of salt on the palate and champagne like taste on the palate after a few sips as my tounge gets used to it. Body is light with prickly champagne like carbonation, pretty dry finnish and suprisingly little aftertaste. Once you get past the strong sour and funk flavors, this really is impressive. Miller Highlife boasts itself as the champagne of beers, but this is much closer with the body, carbonation and taste.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 DefenCorps
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle split with BA Hopheed2113.

A: The first glass is a golden amber with a nice white head and a steady stream of carbonation that adds to the appearance

S: Sour with vinegar and a complex profile with a nice oaky flavor with a hint of vanilla. Decidedly less complex than the 1882 or the Beatification but at 11$ for a 750 - it's fantastic value for money

T: Starts off sour with a pleasing vinegar note with a mildly sweet flavor. The finish is sour and dry. Good stuff

M: Nicely carbonated, great dry finish.

D: I'll drink this again!
4/4/4/4/4.5

**Edit 05 August 2012**
I've been drinking gueuzes for 4 years now, and I need to re-review this.

The nose is musty up front, pleasantly so. It's not got the deep earthy mustiness that a Drie Fonteinen has, instead it's more like a damp, papery basement. A touch of spice is also present. A raw, untoasted oak character is present. Nice.

The palate opens with a refreshing lemony sourness along with a moderate lactic character. Pronounced oak character is present, rather raw and woody. Not terribly funky. Drying and oaky on the finish with lemon and mild lactic character, this is quite nice. A good deal at its price for the style.
4.5/3.5/4/4/4

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 bottle with cork and pressure cap; small almost not existant pop as cork is removed.

poured into tulip glass.

bottled 11/23/12.

Appearance: Golden body with 2 fingers of egg white head that fizzes down into a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: moderate tart and funk. Fruity and yeasty. oak, musty, dusty, sweaty, oaky, earthy, hay/straw notes. Honestly, I smell something similiar to the smell of concentrated urine. First sniff was almost offensive, but once I got a few whiffs in on the beer, I made the determination that it really has a big nose thats better after you settle in with the beer a little bit. It not a bad a I originally thought it was. I could actually smell this when i poured from a little ways away from my glass without even really putting my nose into the beer.

Taste: Tart lemons and white grapes. Vinious like white wine. Green apples and light cherry fruitiness. Its fairely yeasty. And then the oak, earth, dusty sweaty funk shows up about midpalate. Finishes with a touch of tart green apple and fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high end of low carbonation. The mouthfeel starts off a touch syrupy like wine and then has a ticklish carbonation that comes alive on your tongue. Semi dry finish.

Overall: What a really complex beer style. There is a lot of things to take in. This is not a style of beer that is for someone who is new to craft beer. $5 for a 375ml bottle of beer. Great price to get your feet wet with this style of beer to trial and see if you like the style.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Shared with a friend. From notes.

A - Poured gold with no visible carbonation. Bright. No lacing left and just a ring of retention.

S - Nice. Full of grape, sour notes, and lemon.

T - Much nicer than the aroma which seemed a little muted. Lot's of grapes, dust, and lemon. A stingy sour note up front turns to a little sweetness then back to sour.

M - Strong carbonation with a medium body.

O/D - Not a bad Gueuze but not a great one. Seems run of the mill. Worth a try though. Nothing really jumps out about it.

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Photo of dgilks
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden colour. Effervescent with a lovely, tight white mousse for a head. Quite good.

Slightly tart aroma with some nice brett funk. Some light fruitiness is pleasant with some citrus and apple. Very good.

Quite tart yet well balanced. Unfortunately the balance seems to come from a nothingness. No perceived bitterness. On the whole it isn't bad but it's a little bit "empty" and lacks something special.

Medium-light body with very high carbonation. Very dry and a bit puckering.

This isn't a bad gueuze especially for the price. Nonetheless other examples such as Cantillon Classic Gueuze are more satisfying and provide a better experience.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 375ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a cloudy orange/gold with a very light white head that rises about a finger and fades quickly. There is very light lacing.

The aroma is pretty light and its mostly musky tart horse blanket.

The taste is ok, not overly complex. It starts pretty neutral, not much flavor at all. It fades to the end with a bit of tart, but you really don't get much of a tartness until after you swallow where you are hit with some tart.

The feel is so-so.

For a gueze its pretty drinkable because you're ont overwhelmed with flavor, but I don't think you'd necessarily want to drink it because its pretty boring.

Overall, a pretty average to below average gueze. Its not complex, or overally flavorful so this might be a good one for beginners of lambics.

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

750mL bottle, corked and capped, $9.99 in OH. I've never picked this up before because Lindemans fruit lambics are so sweet, like soda, and I wasn't sure how good the gueuze would turn out without the fruit. But after reading some reviews I figured it was time to give their gueuze a go.

The beer is clear, bright orange, with a beautiful white frothy head that laces in thick layers with clumps. Off to a very good start, and the aroma follows through as well. Musty funky gueuze aromas, a little lemon, very good. It tastes tart and approachably sour, but still feels authentic. A little dry which is good, lots of citrus acidity.

This is hands down the best beer I've tried from Lindemans. And I'm kind of a fan of their other beers anyway, even if they are just lambic and fruit juice rather than actual fruit fermentation.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Served in a geueze tumbler 3/6/2015.

A- Light golden-orange body, pours clear initially, very effervescent three finger white head that settles down fairly quickly. Nice retention, lots of rings of lacing.

S- Peppery, funk, a bit cheesy, wheat, a small bit of lactate, floral aromas. Has all the aromas that a good geueze ought to have.

F- Solid sourness with some lactate and mild vinegar, moderate funk bringing cheese and musty oak, a bit of bretty citrus zest, solid wheat base. I taste less of the floral aspects than I smell it, presumably this is coming from the aged dry hops. Good complexity, lacks nothing that I've come to expect from a good geueze. This is excellent.

M- Medium bodied, pricky carbonation that softens up as it settles down. Very drinkable, not too sour or funky.

O- This is a classic that I'm surprised to have not reviewed yet. It's a solid geueze that brings all the components and would be a nice introduction for someone who is looking to expand his/her palate in Belgian lambics. It has plenty of the hallmark aromas and flavours that geuezes tend to have, but with a general softness behind these that won't immediately push you away from the glass.

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Photo of drpimento
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a supermarket here in Brussels, so it's on the fresh side. Poured with nice fine, foamy off white head that shortl settled down to the edges of the glass and a little lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is nice and of peaches, spices, armpit sweat, musk, yeast, and champagne. Flavor's very similar but dominated by tartness. There's just the barest hint of sweetness in there somewhere. Body's ok and carbonation is almost like sparkling wine. Finish is a very early green apple. Great beer, but can't drink a lot.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle purchased at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts, wheat, and moderate funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with a wheat twang up front with wet hay and herbal hops coming in near the back end. The ending is crisp with a light hint of tartness. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, and not surprised despite the name as I’ve heard many good things. A nice and readily available beer for the style, worth a shot.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml corked and capped bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy golden orange with a tight, frothy, bright white head that receded into a half inch cap. Thick bands of lacing were formed as the head dissipated. Nose is predominantly tart, light fruit (apple and lemon) with a hint of must in the back. Taste consistent with nose - exactly as anticipated; quite a bit of citric acid on this one. Mouthfeel is fairly light in character with a mild background effervescence that culminates in a slight pucker and a fairly dry finish. Still exploring this style, but a pretty enjoyable sipper with a low abv. Looking forward to trying some more of these.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite lambics, and one I drink on a regular basis, as with most of Lindemans brews a top notch sample of the art of Lambic's.

The beer as it separates from the 750ml green bottle set in the glass a beclouded golden amber color with a magisterial bright white head that is creamy in texture and as it erodes, the lace forms a solid and somewhat thick sheet to meld with the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour front, with a citrus crispness, fresh and clean to the senses, start is also somewhat sweet with the top light to moderate in its feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops pleasantly mild and the aftertaste tart and very dry, a great beer to have here in the desert especially now as its in the 110's and the humidity quite high.

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Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A foamy white head forms, but recedes fast. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Some barnyard funk and hey. Light dough and biscuit aromas.
T: This is SOUR. To me this tastes like sour hard candy. I can't pick up any other flavors. Cloying sweetness.
M/D: Good carbonation. A light to medium body. The sourness really takes away from the drinkability.

Did I mention this was sour? I prefer Lindemans other gueuze to this (much more fruit flavors and depth IMO). It is still interesting, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange yellow with a 1 finger white head,

smell: sour, tart, apples, funk, brett,

taste: sour, tart, apples, brett,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very good representation of the style. totally different then anything else I've had from Lindemans. definitely recommend this beer.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

corked & caged 750ml bottle, The Publican Chicago

paired with pork-shoulder and sweetbread entrees

cell-phone notes

appearance: served in a nice tulip - aggressively carbonated. straw-golden body with a vigorous foamy white head

smell: distinct sour aroma - citrus tartness, lemon zest, funky as hell

taste: unreal. maybe i've never really had a geuze (can't recall offhand). I seem to recall someone on BA describing the flavor profile as featuring dirty bandaids but i digress. The first thing that hits the palate is an insane element of funk, wood, and barnyard hay. Immediately following is the literal tongue-buckling effect of the sourness...apples, champagne, peach, sugar. An interesting introduction to the style - very enjoyable. flavors seem to change and adapt to food-pairings without overpowering anything.

mouthfeel: superemely sour, tongue-buckling and lip-smackingly so

drinkability: 1/2 x 750ml no issue

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
91 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.
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