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
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