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
Ratings:
2,117
Reviews:
902
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of LambicPentameter
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Enjoyed out of a 375 mL green bottle with a cork and cap, and marked with the vintage of 2012. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - So far, so good. A careful pour yields a large two-finger head of thick, sudsy, bone white foam. Retention is excellent, and it dissipates slowly, with significant pocking. Beneath the pillowy head lies a brassy golden liquid that is translucent, providing a clear view of the stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to replenish the head.

Smell - The aroma is surprisingly nondescript, with some wet hay and barnyard funk, but very little of the tart and vinegar characteristics that I would expect from the style. There also seems to be a faint sweetness, which is surprising, given that I've read that this is one of the only Lindemans brews that doesn't get artificially sweetened.

Taste - Ugh. While the appearance was quite nice, and the aroma was rather dull, I'm just baffled at the scores on this beer, given the taste. I suppose it's possible that my bottle was not kept well before it got to my hands, but there just isn't much here. Generic funk, an almost mildew-like characteristic and an unshakeable impression of bile are really the only things going on here. There also seems to be just a touch of off-putting sweetness that is quite out-of-balance to my tastebuds. And there is almost zero of that puckering sourness that I love about my favorite takes on this style.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and moderate-to-high levels of carbonation that provide for a prickly, effervescent mouthfeel. The finish is mostly dry, but again that odd sweetness lingers, providing for a rather unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall, this beer just misses the mark. I'd read from multiple sources that this was Lindemans best offering, and if so, that is entirely disappointing. I had hoped to find a readily available and reasonably priced gueuze, but that is simply not the case. I'll stick to St. Louis Fond Tradition and Tilquin for my accessible gueuze needs.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured gently from a bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is clear gold with a nice thin frothy head. The nose when undisturbed has a nice stony champagne-like aroma of sour apples. When swirled and aerated, the beer takes on its characteristic funky odor.

The beer has a soft, brief, wheaty note in the front of the mouth, then quickly becomes an intense sour apple. There is not hop profile to speak of, just a mouth-drying, puckery tartness. The taste is slightly grainy and has faint notes of sour apple, pear, and grapes. The dryness gives the beer a wine-like acidic character. The carbonation is moderately high and the mouthfeel is thin-to-firm (ideal for the flavor).

I don't have a lot of experience with this style (this was my first one), and since I want to store some gueuze in my basement I figured I had better try one first to see how I like it. It is tart and refreshing and quite enjoyable, though something I would want to drink only occasionally.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL corked-n-capped, green champagne bottle with '05 notched on the label. It pours a mildly-hazy bright orange with medium carbonation and a 1" off-white head that reduces to almost nothing by the end. The aroma is acidic and lightly sweet with lemon, a mild earthy/musty character, and some phenols that are a tad fruity. It is light to medium on the palate with an equal finish, and it is lightly drying with a taste that is tart, bitter, sour, and acidic, with lemon juice and phenols. It almost has more mouth-puckering sensation than flavor. It's a bit difficult to drink if you're not in the mood as it is quite sour and bitter, but as far as gueuze goes, it's not too bad.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of rypkr
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

809th beer and this is my first gueze? I have no idea how to rate the flavor, all I know is I don't love it off the bat.

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Photo of aleigator
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden, amber color, with a huge, froth head.

Very tart nose, lots of acidity with green apple peel and musty, leathery yeast. Somehow fruity with a complex tartness, very rich in aromas.

Lighter in body than expected, with a decent tart complexity and very high, refreshing carbonation. Carbonation somehow overlocks the acidic sourness, finishing with a dry, slick aftertaste. Lime and apple sourness hit the palate in a dry but pleasant, uncomprimising way. Requires alomst room-temperature to reveal its sour, fruity layer, but starts to get really convincing then. Still, finish is defined by metallic hints and sour brett flavors, a bit watery, then ending quite tart.

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Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Zimm
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Capped and corked 375 bottle.

Pours a hazy gold in color with about an inch of head on the pour. Smell is funky and somewhat sour on the pour. Nice stinky, dirty nose. I guess this is where you'd use the term horse blanket, but seeing as how I've never smelled one, stinky will have to do.
Wow this is one sour, mouth puckering beer. I'm absolutely loving it. The sourness is powerful and an all out assault on your mouth. We recently had this at a sour tasting and it was described as a mini Isabelle. I don't know about that, but it is readily available. This is one that I'll be revisiting quite often.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger head with decent retnetion and an effervesence that maintains itself throughout. Cloudy orange/yellow color.

A little bit of barnyard funk with a sour green apple smell.

Huge sour green apple flavor with a bit of barnyard funk. Hugely dry on the palate with a good amount of sour flavor. The intense dryness isn't puckering though. Very interesting style. I think I like it.

A criticism of the beer is that there isn't enough body behind the sour green apple flavor.

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Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.95 for a 355ml bottle. Served at `12deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens a true lambic- cork and cap. Pours a 2" high fluffy white head that is gone in two minutes or so. Medium gold colour and filtered clear.

S- Reeks of mold and yeast. Super good. Very rotten scent

T- Sweet yet sour. Yeasty good. Good blend between two styles. Sours up at the end and gets real tart. Nice gueuze heavy brew.

M- Dry and tart to say the least. Hits the tongue hard throughout the sip

O- Nice brew. Like this one. Will pop a few away for later years to see what happens.

Food Pairing

This nice little sour went well with....... Pad Thai. The spice blend brings this brew out and cuts right through the spices. Nice part is that many different proteins can be used

Enjoy

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Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A good beer that's a little bit too sour at first, but after a few sips (once you're accustomed to it) is actually a great summer brew.
I honestly prefer the normal Lindeman's Gueuze as it's not quite as sour, but this brew has a more complex series of flavors.
The smell is actually rather sweet, but with hints of clover and citrus.
Flavor is initially sour, but develops a more complex flavor after the initial sourness dissipates.
I'd actually rate the drinkability of this brew VERY high just because I thought it was very addictive. After polishing off a half-bottle I wanted more immediately. That's a trait I don't think most beers have.
If you like this brew, I'd try the normal Gueuze, too!

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Photo of doughanson78
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Gueuze. First sour period. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden/yellow color. Pretty clear. One finger head with big bubbles, slightly off white and good retention.

S: Very yeasty. Smells like a sour hay. Very tart. Lemon. Light sour apples. Slight spiciness. A funky smell.

T: Sour apples. Very tart. Yeasty. Again reminds me of a barn. Very funky.

M: Very thin. Makes your mouth water from the sourness, which is rather nice.

O: Don't have the taste for this style yet. Don't know if I will ever develop one or not. I will keep giving it a shot, for now. As of now I don't like this style. Don't know what all the rage is.

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Photo of 4ster
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,117 ratings.
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