Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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2.05/5 rDev -48.1%
$8.09 for a corked and caged bottle @ BigTen. 5.5% ABV per the label. Pours out to a slightly hazy pale golden, forming a voluminous huge white head with tons of staying power, irritatingly so because of the champagne like carbonation, ~4.5 carbs or so. Thick layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, which on the 2nd pour (which is required because of the damn head) turns this beer into an awfully ugly mess. The aroma is of sour gummy bears, dusty basement, barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is very tart with a very light body. I prefer less carbonation, so if you're like me, let the bottle sit opened for a while. The taste is a recap of the aroma...very tart like sucking on citric acid powder or a mouthful of diluted star-san. No bitterness, no hop flavor, no hop aroma, no malt flavor, no malt sweetness...just one dimensional acid funk. Instant heartburn. Spit up within minutes. I had to take 3 Tums and a glass of milk after drinking 1/3 of the bottle. The rest went down the drain.
I haven't had a ton of Gueuze, but this is not my favorite. Way too dry and one dimensional. I like my lambiques with a touch more sweetness to counteract the acidity and with more malt character. It doesn't taste like pure bile (Like Jolly Pumpkins entire line-up), but it's not far removed. I wouldn't bother buying this again and wouldn't recommended it even to people who like lambics.
12-17-2012 23:18:13 | More by Mitchster
2.09/5 rDev -47.1%
Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass
Produced on 16/12/10
A) Light colored - think dirty watered down juice. Very cloudy. Ugly, dead gold color. Big old porous head crackles audibly and is gone in a flash with no retention or lace. Looks pathetic and leaves trails of dried detritus.
S) Smells terrible. The main aroma is soapy fruit juice and apples. No thanks. Swirling turns it into aromas of soapy mustiness. Hints of hand lotion, earthy and wood tones.
T) Tart with a sour kick but it's not really rounded out by much in the way of funk. A bit of dry mustiness underneath but it's mostly just simple tartness.
M) Medium-light body riddles with ample carbonation. Finishes a bit woody and tart.
D) Tastes ok, but it isn't too impressive on the whole.
09-24-2013 01:11:43 | More by Ryan011235
2.33/5 rDev -41%
The only reason for this to be a limited brew is given how horrendous this is. Best by 2028.
A very nice yellow-gold with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a nice looking gueuze. The nose, OTOH, is rather awful. Smells like corn, or to be more accurate, KoRn. Vegetal, sweet and harsh with a solvent character, this is rather nasty. The palate is similar.Sweet, sour and lemony with oxidized malt and for a first for me, at least from a gueuze, this is even a little flabby. Some early reviews mention plenty of lactic character, that is not something I found in my bottle. Sour and drying with a little sweetness on the finish, this is rather bad. So bad, in fact, that I think I'm being generous with my grades.
04-15-2011 03:58:55 | More by DefenCorps
2.48/5 rDev -37.2%
I'm pretty sure this is the correct listing. It's the only Gueuze under Timmermans that matches (almost) the label of the beer we had. I'll put it here, unless I find out that they changed the label on one of their other Gueuzes. Shared by Komondor.
Not a pretty looking beer. I said that my pour looked like diabetic piss. It was really cloudy, to the point of looking white. Its a very pale, ghostly yellow with no head at all once the foam faded down.
Quite lactic and cheesy. Stinky socks and vinegar.
Lactic sourness and a little bit of moldy funk. The sourness is very sharp and abrupt.
Very prickly. Even though the glass had no head or bubbles this stuff feels painfully carbonated.
Not a very good gueuze. I don't prefer the lactic, cheesy stuff and this beer had other crazy things going on.
10-09-2011 22:04:52 | More by MbpBugeye
United Kingdom (England)
2.53/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
11-26-2012 14:05:55 | More by BlackHaddock
2.53/5 rDev -35.9%
This beer poured a nice light gold color with a small white frothy head that dissipates quickly. The smell is very sour with hints of lemon and musty. Tastes very sour and bitter with a dry, crisp finish. Could use some sugar to cut the intense sourness of the Lambicus.
04-23-2013 22:10:58 | More by UstickM
2.68/5 rDev -32.2%
I rarely open bottled with them pointed away, but I was at the dentists and wanted to do it classy style, so I pointed it away from me and as soon as the cage was twisted loose, the cork fired out and made a dent in the siding of the house. Fucking ridiculous. Didn't foam over much though. Pours a turbid tangerine yellow with some fleeting white foam. Nose is funky and sour with plenty of co2, lemon and pepper. Flavor is Nicely tart without being puckering - grain and hot carb with some soda flavor and a good bit of metal and brett flavor. Thin with hi carb and sharp off dry finish. Meh, for a gueuze this isn't really up my alley.
08-13-2012 02:42:51 | More by harrymel
2.88/5 rDev -27.1%
Golden hue with no head and a white collar around the liquid. Very tiny bubbles of carbonation. It tingles the tongue. Very turbid looking gueuze almost. I wonder what it would take to clear this beer after reading reviews. Smells eggy and lactic. It tasted a little one dimensional. Odd for a gueuze. More like an unblended lambic. Tastes unrefined and doesn't seem like a gueuze to me.
07-07-2010 05:04:48 | More by BearsOnAcid
3.18/5 rDev -19.5%
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]
11-09-2011 02:02:22 | More by TexIndy
3.21/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
06-15-2014 07:51:40 | More by eric5bellies
3.25/5 rDev -17.7%
2012. 1 pint 9.36 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Gouden Carolus stem-goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I'm in the mood for a sour and like John Martin. Acquired at Tipsy's Liquor World in Colorado.
Served a fair bit warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm further over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a three finger beige colour head - fairly thin - of no real cream but of above average retention. Lacing is decent. Colour is a hazy nontransparent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nicely vibrant.
Sm: Biscuity floral wild yeast, bacteria, bretts, floral background hops, orange peel, lemon fruit, and a general tone of funk. A mild to moderate strength aroma.
T: Funky tart fruit. Orange and lemon peel do come through, but seem to emerge from the otherwise floral hops. The bretts are nice and funky, lending it pleasant but drinkable lightly sour character. It isn't horribly complex, but it certainly has some subtlety. Very enjoyable to drink. I like it, but I've had better in the style. The sweetness aids it. Not particularly pucker-worthy, but certainly sour in a timid sense.
Mf: Fragile and light on the palate. Smooth and wet, aiding its drinkable yet sour feel. Nicely thin.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, yet lacking the complexity and subtlety of far better sours. I'd have it again, sure - but it's far from amongst the best sours I've had. Affordable as an import. It's a good introduction to sours for beginners, but true sour fans can skip it.
07-15-2012 03:18:20 | More by kojevergas
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
Picked up this bottle at State Line in Maryland. Bottled on December 16, 2010. Served in an In de Verzekering Tegen de Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.
Pours a clear golden straw color with plenty of visible carbonation. Fizzy white head pops up and goes away quite quickly withOut leaving any lacing behind. The nose brings a light acidity plus some lemon rind and general citric character. Slight mineral quality and faint earth and funk.
The flavor is overcome with a strong citric and lactic acidity. Green apple is strong as is the lemon rind character. The funk is basically gone, leaving behind an acidic brew without any real complexity. Light body and high carbonation. Brisk acidic finish. Decent enough, but not something I would go after again.
10-13-2011 00:16:34 | More by Thorpe429
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
08-17-2011 00:52:14 | More by cjacobsen
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
750ml bottle into a wine glass.
A: Pours a light hay color with a decent white head.
S: Very sweet and somewhat funky. Cherry flesh, horseblanket and wet wood, bright wheat and a bit of fruity acidity. Not what I was expecting from an oude gueuze but interesting enough.
T: Mild, fruit-heavy tartness hits the palate first - lemon, slight raspberry, coarse sugar, a bit of oak. The tartness is soon washed away by unmalted wheat and yeasty esters. The beer finishes like a domesticated Belgian pale ale with a bit of acid lingering.
M: Light-bodied and soft, with slightly overbearing and frothy carbonation.
O: This was decent enough to drink, but too much sweetness and a frothy mouthfeel detract from the experience. The pleasant funk in the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste also.
08-29-2012 01:14:31 | More by Etan
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
750 mL bottle,
A: Pours a super hazy light orange, with a fizzy short-lasting white head. No lace.
S: Lemony lactic acid, with floral notes of peach and rose. Not terribly funky.
T: Peach and mandarin orange, tart fermented lemons.
M: Mild acidity, tart for sure. Light-bodied, crisp.
O: A good sour beer, the lack of funk and so-called Belgian terrior makes this taste a lot more "American" than most Belgo-made gueuzes. Pricey, but it's nice to see another true gueuze on the market.
08-18-2012 02:49:11 | More by Halcyondays
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
09-17-2011 23:40:14 | More by bluejacket74
Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.