Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René Review

Before any beer gets reviewed, I’d like to explain a few things. First, I’m not writing to be a critic. While I may mention aspects of certain beers that I’m not entirely fond of, these are strictly my opinions and you may absolutely love that same element. In fact, I hope this happens, and if it does be sure to tell me in the comments. Enough of that, lets get to the beer. Last Thursday was Belgian Independence Day so this is a review of the Belgian sour that I celebrated with.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René, as the name suggests, is a Belgian Gueuze which makes it part of the Lambic style of beer. Lambic’s are unique because instead of adding a cultivated yeast, they ferment spontaneously using the wild yeast that is native to certain parts of Belgium. This gives it a sour and acidic flavor which is indicative of the style which also include the raspberry flavored Framboise and the sour cherry flavored Kriek.

The Gueuze style is different in that the brewer blends a young, generally aged one year, and an old, aged 2-3 years, Lambic. This occurs before the secondary fermentation so the blend continues to age as one beer. Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René pours a golden/honey color with two fingers of fluffy white head. I poured it directly from the fridge so initially it was very cold. It started out refreshingly tart with a very dry finish and reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head’s Festina Pêche. As it warmed a bit, the flavor changed and it became more sour and acidic. The main flavors at first were lemon and peach but as it warmed, flavors of sour apple and bitter orange peel really came out which kept this beer tasting very complex yet very balanced.

The mouthfeel stays light throughout and is highly carbonated as Belgian beers tend to be.It has many similarities to champagne in the way that it jumps off the tongue. After pouring the bottom of the bottle, a lot of yeast was added which gave it an earthy flavor and almost chalky consistency. I usually prefer beer without adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle but I still usually try it at the end (mostly because I have a problem pouring out good beer).

People who consider beers like Bud Light Lime the “Worlds Most Refreshing Beer” have clearly not tried a Lambic. I’d take a Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René on a hot summer day over just about anything else.

– Philippe

Philippe Gagnon is the founder and writer for Craft Beer Culture. Currently residing in Orange County, California, you can find him at the local brewery drinking craft beer or online through FacebookTwitter, and .

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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