Hey everyone. Spent a laid back day at home today, only venturing out for a short while to stop at Walmart for some groceries and to pick up Chinese food for dinner. I added a new page to the blog today, which contains links to state maps I have prepared that have markers for the breweries and brewpubs within each state. Right now, I only have New Jersey and New York loaded up, but more will be coming soon. This could be useful if you're planning a trip and want to make a few beer stops, or if you want to get to know the beer community in your area a little better. If you find any breweries that are not included in the maps, feel free to send me a message or comment and let me know!
Tonight I am drinking Lindemans Cuvee Rene, a gueuze lambic beer from Vlezenbeek, Belgium. Gueuze is a blend of young and old lambic beer. The lambic undergoes spontaneous fermentation, and is aged in oak barrels anywhere from 5 months to 3 years. These lambics are then blended to create the gueuze flavor the brewer is looking to obtain.
Gueuze Cuvee Rene
5% ABV (from Beer Advocate)
Brewery Stamp: L D08 HGCR (can anyone help me deciphering this?)
Popped off the cap to find a cork to unscrew out! There was absolutely no hiss from carbonation. It poured a golden orange color with a really small head, which diminished very quickly. The aroma was funky, and smelled of orange and apple peels, and grapes. Taking a sip, a light carbonation plays on my tongue. There is a mild tartness and a sweet lemonade flavor. There are also flavors of oranges, apples and grapes. The body is somewhere between a medium and light heaviness.
Overall: Now, I am not a seasoned gueuze or lambic drinker, but I enjoyed this beer very much. I was afraid it would be too sour, but it wasn't, and actually contained a bit of sweetness which was excellent. I would definitely drink this again, and will be on the lookout for more gueuze!
What do you think of Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene? What is your favorite gueuze? Let me know in the comments!