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

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

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Photo of JackiO
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one was bottled 2/26/2012.

Appearance is deep, hazy gold with lots of carbonation, but no head. Smells vibrant, lemony, stone fruit, and a hint of barnyard. Tastes almost identical to how it smells, very pleasant, light funk and oak in the aftertaste. Highly effervescent.

Ultimately, this is a beautiful beer. (320 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened at a good temperature to a serious pop and poured with a mammoth off-white foamy, billowy head that quickly settled and no lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is an intense blend of yeast, citrus peel, and funk. Flavor's much like nose, tang and wild yeastoids up front, citrus, yeast, malt in the back. Barest hint of sweet. Body/carbonation are perfect, especially for style. Finish is like flavor, good burps, tang lasts forever, slightest alcohol warmth. Can't say it's very drinkable, more sippable. Excellent gueuze. (529 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft copper gold with little haze on the initial pour, moderate champagne like carbonation, and 5 fingers of off white head that fades moderately fast.

Sour, funky, musty, macaroni, very much like a dank cellar.

Sour but light initially in the body, then the acid level increases. Funky, hay, horse blanket, musty macaroni, dank musky cellar.

Light dry body with a moderately high amount of champagne like carbonation.

Excellent brew. No sweetness in this one, bringing it back to the style of Cantillon. Very sour, very dry, seems to get more acidic near the end of each sip. Found in Kunming, drank here May 2nd, 2015 after a long day of dissembling my house to prepare for our move to Thailand in 4 days. (716 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 17/04/12. Drunk on June 27, 2013.

A: This poured a clear (first half of the bottle, hazier for the second half) light gold with tons of rocky white head.
S: It smelled like exceptionally funky oak and dry horse blanket, with some sour milk and vinegar and a little unripe apricot and lemon zest.
T: It tasted like funky oak and earthy horse blanket, with some tart vinegar and citrus zest and a little copper hops and unripe apricot. It had a string and lasting dry sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with tons of carbonation. Nice light and bubbly body.
D: This was a great gueuze, but not for the faint of heart (or anyone who isn't already a fan of this sour style). It had wonderfully bold but complex scent and taste. It showed an old world character that most modern sours can't replicate. The body was perfect for the style, helping make it easier to drink despite the intense finish. Would likely age for decades, and would probably improve with extra time. Impressive. (990 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense, puckering bitterness. Almost like lemon juice. Dry, white wine-like quality. White grape flavor. Mild oak. High carbonation is unexpected yet warmly welcomed on the palate. When I think of a gueuze, this is exactly what comes to mind. (249 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Kevin, thanks again for sending this rarity from overseas, I took this to the Bruery during their 1st Anniversary celebration, it seemed to go over well too, poured into a Bruery tulip glass, reviewed from notes

A-Golden yellow color, one inch aggressively bubbly white head with some decent retention, some legs but no lacing
S-Lemon juice, funkiness, brett, yeast, toasted grains, oranges, oak, grapefruit, and wheat
T-Starts off with a big tart welcome, citric acid and fruits in the middle, finish is both sour and dry, stays that way even as it warms, just gets more fruity in the long run, great tartiness and sour pucker
M-Citrusy, dry, acidic, and sour mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, way too much carbonation, aftertaste lasts a long time
D-Decent drinkability but quite acidic, young and could mellow with some cellaring, refreshing, sparkling-wine like which makes it harder to get down if it was not as carbonated, still pretty drinkable

This cork came off more fiercely than any other one I have ever seen, thank goodness it was not pointing at anybody, only lost four to five ounces thankfully, originally I was told this was an older vintage which is partially true, it is an older lambic but it was bottled this year for the celebration of Spontaneous Fermentation in May, it was made in very limited quantities and will only be brewed one time, wish I had more as I think this one will be even better once it has some age under its belt in the bottle too, recommended (1,532 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A nice and sweet aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a good amount of light fruit, a little malt, and some yeast. A lot of sourness, but that's what you expect from a gueuze. Very lively, vibrant, and complex flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This a good, solid example of a gueuze. Light, sour, refreshing and tasty. (572 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle (75 cl.) with a cork and a steel cage. Looks very luxurious!

A: Pours hazy pale golden with faint red/orange tone. With a large white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some lacings.

S: Yeast! (Breattanomyces), but also citric notes. A bit funky and very dry. Is there wheat in this one?

T: Dry and acidic, refreshing and citric. Tastes like the smell of blackpowder after you fired it. Yes, there is wheat in this one.

M: Medium body with heavy carobnation that really tickles your tounge.
The aftertaste is very long, acidic and dry, with some faint sweetness at the end (and that feels pretty strange when it comes to a Gueuze).

D: A nice well balanced Gueuze that has a little of everything in a Gueuze. This may be a good first time Gueuze - since it isn't quite as dry as Cantillon's Gueuzes. (826 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a straw yellow color with fizzy white head.

The smell is funk, lemon, cheese, barnyard must, zesty. The flavor is lemon, white grape, good funk character, a little cheese, hay and straw. The mouthfeel is pretty balanced, not too acidic, pretty drinkable.

Overall, this was a big hit for me. (315 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a wine glass. Pretty nice for just over $10. Much nicer than their Tradition Gueze. Pouirs a nice golden tan with a thin white head. Nose has a mix of sour yeast and funks. Palate is well balanced, but also has a good amount of tartness. Crisp, clean body drinks well. (291 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (682 characters)

Photo of ucusty
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for sharing this one with me! Hazy golden pour with a thick and fizzy egg shell colored head. Aroma is white grapes, green apples and white wine. Tart and refreshing. Not super complex but still really solid. If this was an American sour or gueze it would be extremely hyped (289 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully blended and preferring the "young" taste over the "old", Timmermans Old Gueuze offers up a racy adicity and champagne-like carbonation to highlight is fresh lime and salty character.

Opening with strikingly bright appearances of straw, its nearly bright initial pour is followed by a disturbance about the yeast that hazes things up a bit with subsequent pours. Its high effervescence fuels a stark white head that's part-froth and part-fizz; regenerated with a steady swirl of the glass. With no real anticipation of lace, the beer relaxes with its broken spider-webbing that floats the ale.

Sharply acidic in its aromas, the scent of this distinctive ale starts off with lemons, limes, a brisk whiff of sea air, light leather and an aura of old attic wood. Lightly musty but mostly tart- its scent borrows a fruity tone from sparkling white wines even with the musty scent of damp straw and hay.

To taste, the beer isn't nearly as delicate. Its brash with its sourness and clean with its refreshing taste. Short-lived bready sweetness is quickly broken up by piercing sourness in the middle. Limes with one taste is salty with the next, and then is corkish with a certain wood mustiness thereafter. Its finish is palate stripping with an utmost sour taste that's similar to gin and tonics. Somewhat sweaty in between, the rustic taste of straw mimics the finishing scent of the nose. Sure, a mild grassy bitterness endures but is easily dismissed as earthen taste.

Its light body is attributed to the dry malt taste that's somewhat cracker-like in its quick malt texture. Yet its sudden dryness is citrusy-dry, minerally-crisp, and vinous-warm. Lasting tastes of straw and sweat linger pleasantly and earthly in aftertaste.

Timmermans exquisite Oude Gueuze demonstrates what's best about the blend of Lambics that prefer more of a younger and tarter taste over that of the more elden leather and must. Although I often enjoy a pep of vinegar in such beers, its seem that this ale avoids such polarizing taste and prefers the effects of cellar-like Brettanomyces and the clean lactic tartness of Lactobacillus instead- clean and dry sour refreshments are the rewards. (2,185 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/17/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger foamy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big sour apple, lemon zest, pear, grape, apricot, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, grass, vinegar, leather, funk, herbal, white wine, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of wild yeast ester and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour apple, lemon zest, pear, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, grass, vinegar, leather, white wine, funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy tartness/sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour apple, lemon, pear, grape, hay, straw, grass, pepper, clove, oak, vinegar, leather, funk, white wine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of wild yeast and oak barrel flavors; with a great crisp malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and moderately prickly/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Gueuze style! All around great complexity and balance of wild yeast and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,513 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange yellow hue. Solid mouth watering lactic sour nose. Good amount of funk. Wet wood and mold straw. Lemons and dusty library books. Flavors are mouth puckering and tasty. Lemon and modest funk. Medium body. The rest of the Timmermans line is garbage but this is a shining star. Very worthy gueuze in my book. (319 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$10.99
Standard Market - Westmont, IL

Produced on: 17/4/13

Timmerman's Oude Gueuze exits the bottle straw golden but fills the glass tarnished 10kt, a little pale, a little tarnished.The head is brilliantly white, tightly bubbled, and shows excellent staying power for the style. There's no fizzing out here. Six, seven, eight streams of carbonation rush through the mildly hazy body.

The softest oak around wraps itself around a lactic lemon acidity that makes my mouth water. The malt profile is faint with a sugar cookie quality, which is the only sweetness present. A sprinkling of wildflowers and mildewed hay bring some funk. As this beer warms it doesn't only show lemon acidity but also an acidity that reminds me of tart berries. There's not a ton of depth but what's there is very nice.

There is a quick flash of that sugar cookie maltiness before puckering lactic lemon acidity kicks in. It's got that Sweet Tart thing going on but with a mild sweetness and bracing tartness instead of balance. With some warmth comes wet stone and the mildewed hay but the white vinegar and lemon acidity are what shines. The finish brings a mild herbal bitterness that's flushed out by the sourness.

The body is light and the carbonation a little aggressive. I'm being picky here but the bubbles could be toned down a bit and I wouldn't mind. The puckering tartness invades every nook and cranny of the palate. The cheeks pucker, the tongue tingles, the teeth are on edge and my whole mouth feels awakened. The sourness lingers. I'm a fan.

Timmerman's can produce a straight up funky sour bomb of a gueuze. It's a shame that for years their standard offerings have been of the overly sweetened fruit beer type. I've heard this is the best of the bunch but I enjoy the gueuze so much the kriek will be purchased on my next trip to the store. A damn fine gueuze worth keeping on hand. (1,890 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw colored beer with some light haziness. A ring of foam adorns the beer. Looks right-on.

Lots of cheesy funk. Wild yeast spunk, old lemon rot, goat cheese, hint of cannabis, sour green apple, unripe berry, and melon rind. Nice aroma. Has a softness to it, even though she's got some bright sourness.

Big sourness. Lots of lemon and green apple skins. Funky and bruisingly tart. Pith, peel, chevre, sour apple, wet hay, acetic notes, and general bright acidity. Excellent.

Very bright. Rather light. Slick. Has a swishiness to the body. Decent.

A very good gueuze. Tasty and solid. Probably the best beer I've had from Timmermans. Recommended. (650 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a crystal clear deep gold with a white head that retains decently well. Champagne like carbonation rises busily to the surface.

SMELL: Oak, sour, crusty bread, wheat.

TASTE: Very sour, lingering puckering flavor. White wine and dry oak notes. Aggressive bugs in full force. Light hops and wheat. Tastes like small unripe citrus fruit, very sharp and acidic.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated and semi dry. Has an oaky, champagne like taste.

OVERALL: Nice tart sour, more sour than anything I've had from the brewery. This is the straight funk no doubt. (572 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +7%

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) (448 characters)

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