Sunday, 14 April 2013

Cuvée René

Cuvée René Gueuze Lambic is a tasty sour beer born in Vlezenbeek, Belgium.  Brewed by Lindemans Farm Brewery, it is sold in highly stylish 355mL bottles that have the unusual cap/cork combination beneath gold foil--it takes a while to open.  Good thing it's worth it.

Foil, cap, cork.
Weighing in at 5.5% alcohol, Cuvée René is a cloudy orange gold colour with a fair amount of carbonation and an off-white head. It has a tart, fruity aroma tempered with considerable yeastiness. Not quite sour, but decidedly tart, Cuvée René exhibits notes of fruit, including sour apple, and a mouthfeel not unlike champagne. The aftertaste is quite dry and reasonably quick.

Lambics and gueuze beers are not going to be for everyone. It's about as far from a traditional English ale as a beer can be, and I can see how the sour notes can be off-putting for many drinkers.  Still, I'm a fan.  Cuvée René is a nicely constructed gueuze, a fine exemplar of the style. I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, which is good, because it's a bit on the pricey side.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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