Gueuze Cuvée René is one of the jewels of our brewery. With its golden colour, its sparkle and its beautiful sherry aromas, this is the queen of gueuzes.
This old gueuze is a blend of old and young lambic matured in large oak barrels called foudres. It is then bottled in a beautiful champagne bottle where a second fermentation takes place. After 6 months, the gueuze obtains a golden colour and is slightly carbonated and tart. But kept in a cellar for a few years, it becomes truly exceptional!
The use of a champagne bottle dates back to an uncertain time period when lambic brewers specialised in recovering empty bottles from great restaurants and other establishments where a lot of champagne was consumed. That is why we chose the most noble of bottles to hold our noblest beer.
A blend of 1/3 old lambic that is at least 2 years old and 2/3 young lambic that is at least one year old matured in huge 10,000-litre oak barrels (foudres). Young lambic still contains enough yeast and sugars to continue to ferment in the bottle. This process produces carbon dioxide, resulting in a slightly carbonated beer with a nice foam.
Conservation and Storage
Due to the second fermentation process in the bottle, its shelf life is the same as that of a good bottle of wine. Bottles can be stored in a cellar lying on their sides. After transportation, a 3-day rest period will allow the yeast to settle to the bottom of the bottle. This makes it possible to serve the beer without it becoming cloudy.
Complex tart and well-balanced taste with a nice crisp, dry and tart finish
- Veal, chicken
- Fish, salmon on toast, mussels
- Mild blue cheese (eg. Stilton or Bleu des Causses)
Good to know : Lambic and wine are closely related. Lambic brewers may use beer ingredients, but the fermentation and maturation processes are similar to those for wine. When lambic undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle to turn into an old gueuze, its natural carbonation and foam formation are similar to those of champagne. That is why old gueuze is often called the 'champagne of beers'.
Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvee Rene is the traditional gueuze from brewery Lindemans. A non-sweetened mix of young and old lambic. It has a hazy, dark yellow color and a strong carbonation. Its flavor is dry and sour with some hints of fruit. It has an alcohol content of 5.5%.
Serving temperature: 5°C
In this same authentic lambic range, Brewery Lindemans also has a Kriek Cuvee Rene, which has already won several international prizes.