Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

278 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 05-21-2009

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Ratings: 278 | Reviews: 103
Reviews by eric5bellies:
Photo of eric5bellies
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a hazy light copper colour with no head.

S - Brett, sour grape and apple.

T - Plenty of woody notes to this one. The finish is slightly apple and nominal sourness.

M - Light body with low to medium carbonation

O - Not the best Geuze around but worth a hit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer was produced on Dec 16, 2010 and so is almost exactly 4 years old. Poured into a snifter glass, with a glass of water for sipping on the side.

With a gentle decanting of the beer the pour produces a lightly hazed dark golden color and 1/2" white foam head. The beer shows lots of fine, champagne-like carbonation. The head gradually recedes but persists for a good while leaving speckles of lacing here and there when sipping. Eventually the foam recedes to a ring around the glass and a few patches on the surface but even then it continues to leave speckles of foam when sipping. By the end of the beer there is minimal foam and carbonation.

The aroma is mostly a light musty funk with a slight acidic character and a background of citrus (mostly lemon) and green apple.

The flavor is much as expected from the smell but with the balance swinging the other way so that most prominent up front is the tart sourness and lemon. Then the funk slowly emerges and the long finish is mostly dry and astringent.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with the moderate persistent fine carbonation.

My overall impression of this beer is that it leans towards the tart and acidic end of the scale and downplays the funky character found in several other Gueuzes. Thus it would make an excellent counter point to others as part of a tasting session involving gueuze from several breweries. Alternatively, it seems a fine beer for having with a meal or for sharing with others rather than being something to be consumed solo in one sitting.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

A killer Gueuze we have here, and they have to tease us by stating it’s a limited batch—hopefully limited to only a yearly release. This rivals many of the more-hyped Lambics that beer geeks and snobs alike rave about. Highly recommended if you’re into sours.

STYLE: Gueuze
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Deep straw, exceptional lacing

SMELL: Big tartness, lemon peel, slight musty cellar, mint, wood, medicinal herbs, walnut skin, funk

TASTE: Crisp, smooth, slightly creamy, very tart, dried grass, lemon pith, bitters, eucalyptus, crackers, wood tannin, sour plums, mild funk, lingering tartness, lemon juice, very dry

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some tart lemons, Belgian yeast and some light funk. A very nice smelling gueuze. The flavor is very tart and acidic. I get a lot of sour lemons notes, as well as some horseblanket funk, wheat and Belgian yeast. There is also a little bit of white pepper mixed into the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice gueuze. Glad to have this one available here in Texas.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 17/04/12

A- This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a stream of quick tiny bubbles pluming to the surface. The sound of the fizzing snow white head quits as the foam fades to a thin broken film.

S- The great earthy smell of dampness has some bright tartness with some soft hay notes in the finish. Some white cheese character from Brett comes through as it opens along with a dried oak boards note and some wet fresh plaster aromas.

T- The gentle tartness has some slight fruity hints that turn more into pineapple character as it opens. There is an acid note that is mostly lactic but not harsh and grows stronger and brighter as the beer opens but stays mellow with some rhubarb character to it. The bright tartness lingers for a moment after each sip.

M- The full fizz bites the tip of the tongue but there is no astringency or alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a light bright well blended gueuze that leans a bit more toward the young lambic but in a good way. Lots of soft layers that is very drinkable and sessionable aswell. Worth the price of $16 dollars.

Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a pale gold pour, cloudy with a fizzy cap.

Fresh citrus aromas, acetic with a mix of spring meadow, autumn hay and some leather. Who am I kidding-smells like a fuming old paint can with lemons mixed in but I'm digging it.

Upfront smack of huge lemon-lime puckering power. Nice sweet balance and a Brett spiciness.

Very refreshing with some dryness to it. Prickly carbonation smattering the tongue.

Well rounded gueuze for me. No problem finishing off the bottle.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy peach color with a smallish white head on top. Decent retention with a little bit of lacing on the sides.

S: On the musty/funk side with less of a tart/sour aroma. Some straw and barnyard aromas with a bit of lemon and oak.

T: A flip from the aroma with a more sourness. Lemon rind, faint green apple, and some vinegar. Still some light funky/brett and barnyard flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, rather dry finish.

O: A pretty good gueuze, would seek it out again as well as the other Timmermans gueuzes.

Photo of ThomasKroess
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottled 12.16.2010

(A) Yellow golden straw color with hints of orange and darker toward the edges. Slightly hazy with a decent white head.

(S) Straw and earthiness. Has a bit of funk to it. Some spices linger about. Oranges and other citrus. Lemon rind.

(T) Tart and very sour (may be due to the fact that this was after some oude bruins). Lemon zest and citric acid are pretty large.

(M) There's a heck of a bite to this one. It's pretty damn sour. Medium to full body.

(O) This was pretty fresh and VERY sour because it's so fresh. I'd like to see what a couple of years would do to this one.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled on 12/10

pours a slight golden and straw yellow, a bit pale. lots of effervescent head.

very oak and mineral forward. dry and tart with a hint of funk.

taste is rather weak, nice sourness and lemon flavor up front but very faint and subtle flavors through out. lacks any complexity. lemon flavor is pretty spot on though.

nice moderate carbonation really brings out the sourness.

overall, meh. not really impressed. i would not actively seek out more.

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing (2.75)

S: Sourness, wet hay, pears (4.0)

T: Follows the nose, very tart, sourness up front. Tartness & sourness as this warms Finishes with much sourness & tartness (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied with delicate carbonation, sticky, can feel the enamel peeling off my teeth (4.25)

Drinks very easy, super refreshing , well done take on the style (4.0)

Photo of IKR
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw-yellow with a generous frothy white head. Good looking beer.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk, with maybe a slight hint of citrus.

Taste: A mixture of sweet and sour Citrus fruits (think oranges mixed with lemon and grapefruit). this results in a slightly sweet gueuze. The sourness is slanted more towards the tart side than the sour side. The semi-sweet Citrus notes are the backbone of the taste.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation.

Overall: The taste profile is good but it's based on the Citrus notes and lacks the complexity of the very upper echelon. But the price is very good for a gueuze and while it has simple flavor profile it's a good tasting beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with caSSino the night before Brewvival! Bottled 12/16/10! Served from bottle into into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the lacing. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, lemon, citrus, lemon rine, tart, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, citrus, lemon rine, tart, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a really nice brew. The aroma on this one was pretty inviting and really nice. The flavor was the standout on this brew as it was really nice and acidic as you would expect from the style. All the right flavors were present and made themselves known. A definite must try if you get the opportunity.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, "produced on: 10/16/10" on the back label.

Sustained pop from the cork, wispy gunsmoke from the bottle. Into a tulip glass it pours a hazed glowing orange, tinged with pastel yellows on the outer edges. Frothy white suds around the rim, not especially sticky, settling to a thin ring at the edges. Second pour, a finger of white foam seemed to last for a bit longer. Swirling brings a momentary congregation of sparkly, soapy bubbles, that leave as quickly as they came. This stuff is charged like champagne, nonstop streams of carbonation.

Lactic aromas of Greek yogurt, also white wine, lemon, and minerals. Slightly funky but seemingly mild in that department. Second pour yielded some wet hay and musty barn blanket notes.

Sharp lemon sourness, wet stone minerality, crabapple, some tannic oak dryness in the finish. Nothing off about this, it's clean with prickly champagne carbonation, feels somewhat light, not far off from Boon Oude Gueze with a bit more lemon sharpness to it. Easily drinkable and particularly quenching in hot summer weather.

Glad to see Timmermans can still turn out a traditional product. This far surpasses any of their low-tier sweetened fruit sodas masquerading as "lambic".

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottling date of 12/16/2010. Served in a flute, the beer pours a hazy light gold color with a couple inch fizzy carbonated white head that went away quickly. Aroma seems light to me, the brew smells like tart apples, oak, straw, lemon peel, funk and a bit of an earthy aroma. The sour lemon/lemon peel taste is dominant, and there's also some green apple, oak and funk noticable. But overall, I think the lemony flavors overpower the other ones. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high carbonation and also a dry finish. I think it's a decent enough brew, but there are other gueuzes I would buy again before this one. $14.99 a bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a medium slightly hazy yellow color lambic with a huge foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light barnyard notes with nice tart notes and some very light oak. Taste is a nice refreshing mix between notes of tart and oak with a mix of green apple and light barnyard notes. Body is about average with great carbonation. Not the most complex lambic out there but a thousand time better then the other crap they brew. Somewhat reminiscent of Girardin as a very refreshing lambic though lacking the complexity.

Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of loose white foamy head. Head dissipates quickly to leave no head. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is light, a little lemon, pear, and green apple. A little bit of funk but barely there when the beer warms.

Taste is a bit more interesting, leading with lemon, pear and green apple, a bit of light earthy funk and herbal flavor. Some lingering tartness on the tongue.

Light body and easy to drink, pretty refreshing.

Photo of TexIndy
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottled into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on date of 12/16/10 clearly marked on back label. It was a very hazy golden yellow with massive carb streams...but it barely had any head it - just short burst of fizzy that disappeared quickly. No sheeting.

The smell was mix of lemon and other citric fruits and some brett funk. Would have liked more of the funk and less of the lemon. The taste was very tart and sour from the lemon with a bit of the funk to keep it from being a total tart show. Even less of the funk in the flavor than the aroma - not a good thing. Only had a few gueze so not sure which ones truly represent the style but I tend to believe the others one were more like it. This is overly lactic acid with not enough brett and too much tart to it. Mouthfeel was light with way too much carbonation which fills you up quickly and makes you way too gassy.

Overall, I really wanted to like this one but it's a bit of a mess IMHO. Going to try some other gueze here next and hope they are better. Don't recommend. Rotation - avail now in TX. Rotation - one was enough [N;N]

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Made Feb 26th 2014.

Deep apricot and opaque solid body. Very little or noticeable carbonation at first through a thick body, but a good rising column in the middle, some that rises along the sides, at a good pin head width. Head is off white, barely making two fingers, but gives to a creamy puck that always gets reborn.

Mild hints of acid and pepper, but with a good fruity candied lemon and crabapple chewy fleshy quality. Kind of has a spritzy feel to it, without a lot of mineral or seltzery senses it seems, very clean. Quite nice, seems very different also than most gueuzes.

Palate comes with a big tart punch. Good puckering lemon, and a very quick finish that almost has some bakery apple pie quality, but it's a bit fleeting. Tonic dryness creeps up a bit, with lots of linger lemon oil and zest which really does last and blast all over. Mouthfeel hints to a little bit of wetness but not too bad,

Overall a good fruity lemon gueuze that's quite refreshing if not totally mind blowing.

Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, hazy straw gold with a finger of wispy starch white head. Great lacing.

Subtly funky on the nose... lemongrass, wet hay, wheat, slight citrus qualities, very smooth.

Very refreshing - sweet and tart, fresh lemonade, white wine, lingdonberries, rhubarb, very bright, crisp.

I was surprised by this one. Good stuff.

Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy orange amber with lots of white small bubbles. Good head retention.
Smell is orange and lemon zest with leather and pepper notes in the background. You can smell the yeast and not the alcohol.
Taste is sour lemon and spice with a sweet almost sticky aftertaste. Kinda like apple cider mixed with unsweetend lemonade.
Mouthfeel is clean at first then sticky towards the end.
Overall this is a great gueze for the price. Will buy this again if I can get it.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced 16/12/10

Pours a very clear golden color with a bright white fizzy head. It stuck around for less than a minute.

Smell some funk with some citrus and sweetness.

Funk up front with a sharp puckering sourness. Finishes with a white grape sweetness and apple tartness. High acidity and sourness kinda forced me to savor this one.

Thin body with bubbly carbonation. Very dry finish.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that took a long time to die down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately aromas of barnyard funk in the nose along with some notes of lemon.
T: This beer is rather tart and has flavors of lemon citrus, hay and a light to moderate amount of sourness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Even with a very careful pour, pouring this resulted in approximately 90 percent head and 10 percent beer. It’s quite easy to drink and is especially refreshing when compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Limited edition my arse: already 210 rates on RB and 57 reviews on BA, some might be the same people, but it is a bit of a con stating such rubbish on the labelling.

0.75 Litre bottle: poured into four short tumblers on 23 Nov 2012. Hazy light orange/dirty dull peach/grimmy lemon colours in the glasses: each with a small, thin head of white for a while anyway.

The smell and taste were of bruised cooking apples that had gone sour: vinegarous from start to finish: even the most toothless cider freak I know would have had trouble finnishing off this brew. Glad I didn't pay much for it and also glad I opened it with family and not beer geek mates.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle -2008 ltd ed-. Timmermans Flute glass. Enjoyed several times since dec´09. Looks like a lemon candy in color. Foggy. Short & fading froth –just a thin layer lasts on surface. Barrel aromas: moldy wood, fresh grass & moss. Sour fruit flavor yields to an sparkling explosion, no bitterness. Dry palate. Lasting acidic sensation does no lingers to throat. Tastes like Ribeiros & Alvariños – Spanish Galician acid white wines- without sourness associated with grape tannins. Excellent company for parties & celebrations. Should be served at a very low temperature. Suggested pouring: short drops into a Pint glass. Perfect pairing: “lacón con cachelos” – cooked jam with red hot pepper baked potatoes-, barbecue ribs or spiced grilled meat. Note: bottle could be aged in cellar for 25 years .

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Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.