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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 05-21-2009)
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:08:04 | More by drpimento
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Pencible

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:42:50 | More by Pencible
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 03:01:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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Floydster

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 04:30:15 | More by Floydster
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 15:00:59 | More by Sunnanek
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rye726

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 03:03:14 | More by rye726
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ucusty

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 15:45:10 | More by ucusty
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:03:16 | More by thagr81us
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peabody

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 11:22:38 | More by peabody
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 05:35:53 | More by BEERchitect
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:20:53 | More by superspak
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:31:01 | More by Mora2000
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 20:03:01 | More by beerwolf77
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:25:08 | More by joeseppy
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joe1510

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:53:57 | More by joe1510
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 05:11:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 21:39:49 | More by thecheapies
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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".

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:07:12 | More by emerge077
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this for $12.49 at a store and said fuck it, glad I did. There was a huge pop when I opened it and then the bottle started gushing. The first wine glass I poured up was bright yellow with a huge white pillow of a head. I'm used to gueuze being orange but this was quite yellow. Aroma was interesting, brett and a bit of mineral. The flavor was nice, hint of brett, mildly sour, touch of lemon, very much a gueuze but also struck me as being similar to Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere. Weird. Overall I am glad I picked this up but won't be buying any more. I will say that this might be a tad better than Cuvee Rene but is not close to the Hanssens/Girardin/Cantillon/3F/Tilquin level.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 19:09:14 | More by ArrogantB
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a goodntwonfingers of fluffy white head, carbonation can be seen raising from the middle of the bottom of the glass. A nice light touch of lacing for the style.

S: tart lemon with a giant hint of floweriness, a very faint touch of vinegar. And a very faint barnyard funk. Not a ton of oak character.

T: much like the aroma... Tart lemon with a touch of apple and a hint of vinegar, not much floweriness. Really like the tartness. Very tasty.

M: very high crisp carbonation, almost reminds me of ginger ale, carbonation brings a touch of dryness on the finish. At the same time, lightly sweet on the finish like sour patch kids.

O: this is a very nice gueze, really like the tartness and the way the mouthfeel works with this brew.... If your a fan of a good gueze deffiantly give this a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:26:33 | More by PeterIngemi
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randomly encountered this at Binny's and figured I'd give it a shot. Bottled December, 16th, 2010. Served in a tumbler while watching football with friends.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to pretty much nothing - no lace, cap, etc. Slightly hazed dark apricot body.

S - Mushrooms, hay, earthy and musty, with some surprising oak, a touch of vanilla, wheat, and pale malts. Only faint lemon and acetic sourness present.

T - The taste is significantly more sour than the aroma suggests, with a hefty dose of lemons, white wine vinegar, and under-ripe stone fruits. Less oak and mustiness here, although there's still a low level. I like this more than the aroma by a significant margin.

M - Pretty dry stuff. Medium-light body, pleasant, zesty, moderate carbonation. No alcohol, and fairly restrained acidity.

D - Really drinkable, and shockingly good for a Timmerman's product. My friends liked this quite a bit even though they were lambic n00bs. It lacks the complexity of some of the best lambics, but it's competitive with Boon, Hanssens, et al.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 15:58:11 | More by MasterSki
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a champagne flute.

L - clear golden yellow with a white head that was fueled by constant carbonation bubbles.

S - tart lemon zest.

T - tart lemon flavor with a hint of funk midway through.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp, dry feel.

O - one of the good gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 23:09:07 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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gottabetweed

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pourde from 750 ml. Bottle into tulip glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a generous head. Disspated rather quickly. Minimal lacing

Smell is tart, lemons, pickles,

Taste is sour to the max. Quite possibly the sourest beer I have eve had, but no hint of vinegar flavor. Lemons, no hops to be found.

Mouthfeel would be my one drawback. It's almost like it's over carrbonated. It explodes when it hits your mouth. I see many burps in my future.

Overall I really enjoyed This beer. I love sours and this is the extreme version of a sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 22:54:06 | More by gottabetweed
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 00:58:35 | More by yamar68
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2028; Sampled October 2009
This beer has been sitting in my fridge for months as I waited for it to clear, it never really has though so I figured it was time to crack it open. I was barely able to catch the cork before it came explosively out of the bottle. A very careful extraction still saw an immediate foaming that I ever so gently poured into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I still ended up with six-fingers, including a finger above the rim, of pale, just off-white colored foam that disappears to a thin layer after two or so minutes. The beer is a lightly hazed, pale orange tinted, straw gold color. The aroma smells of pineapple and green apples from a distance. A more concentrated look at the aroma sees the green apple note taking the lead, but there is also a musty, earthy note that forms a base note here. There is a soft muskiness as well as some hints of cat pee. The long finish has a nice fresh thrushed grain character to it that makes me think of wheat, but there is some lemon notes here as well. There is a sort of Brettanomyces driven, funkiness here that perfumes the whole of the nose. This aroma is quite fruity when compared to other Oude Gueuzes, but this smells nice and refreshing and does have enough rusticity to clearly make it at least fairly authentic.

Very dry tasting as this first hits my tongue, it is also quite light bodied and refreshing. It has a zippy, lactic acidity that reminds me somewhat of lemons, but it has a sort of pith like, lightly astringent, tannic note to the end as well. While the sourness isn't huge here, it is clearly the dominant note. The green apple note invades the oral-nasal cavity as you first take and sip and then it tends to contribute to the flavor in the finish of the beer as well. This beer is exceedingly quaffable, it doesn't have that "thickness" that many Lambics somehow achieve (despite there low finishing gravity), instead this is very light and the perky carbonation and lively tartness make this a great refresher.

The second and third pours of this are quite a bit murkier, opaque even and the orange-tint has been deepened just a bit. Perhaps a touch of yeastiness has been picked up, but the flavor remains much the same. A light touch of Brettanomyces perfumes each sip of this beer; perfumes is definitely the right word here as it sort of accents the rest of the flavor profile with a touch of musky, musty notes that remain fairly subtle throughout. The 750ml bottle of this beer just seems to disappear, it is not overly complex and the acidity is also not too hard, so this beer just disappears without a lot of thought. I like that this has a sort of lemon, sort of grapefruit (perhaps it is really a Meyer lemon thing) like flavor to it.

I perhaps prefer my Gueuzes to have a touch more complexity, a bit more bracing acidity, and be more funky, but this is still a very nice Gueuze. If this were widely available it would easily give the newer vintages of Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvée René a run for their money. A very enjoyable beer, especially for anyone who loves Lambics.

Serving type: bottle

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