Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René (2010)

My friend Henry brought over a bottle of Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René to drink and review. I've never had an authentic Belgian lambic or gueze before so it was really interesting to see what the style is supposed to taste like. I'm still a little confused on what exactly the difference is between a lambic, a gueze and a sour.

Here's my 2013 text review:
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (924) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Lindemans flute glass. It was bottled on July 6, 2012 and cost $7.49 ($0.64 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale white gold hue, slightly hazy. Plenty of carbonation visible throughout. Forms a small, white, foamy head which mostly fizzles away and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Only trace farmhouse scents and a hint of green apple.

Taste: Sours seem to be all the rage these days, however, the gueuze is a traditional style that goes back quite a ways. Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René is probably the most accessible sour[ed] beer on the major market, but it’s far from the best. I’ve had this a few times and I’ve enjoyed it, but it’s never really wowed me all that much. I think the bottle for this review may be a bit of dud as it seems much less sour than I remember. That being said, the taste that’s here is pretty good for what it is.

There’s a sharp tartness as soon as it hits the tongue. Then some mild grainy malt through the middle. Not particularly sweet, but enough to give it a classic Belgian quality. Almost no bitterness is discernible, mostly due to the fact the sourness at the peak of the swig overrides any hop character. In previous experiences with this beer it was a nice candy-like flavor, but this time around it’s a sharp, dry, acidic sour. It’s pleasant for a brief moment, but washes away fast. This is an ideal introductory sour, but seasoned palates will likely need more than this to truly satisfy.

Drinkability: While the flavor to Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René may be milder than I prefer, it’s no challenge to get down. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but noticeably effervescent. The sour fades quickly and completely, leaving no lingering aftertaste, making it drinker-friendly (especially for newbies). At 5% ABV it seems about right for its weight as it’s a relatively light beer, but hardly anything approaching sessionability.

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