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

Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited EditionTimmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition

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BA SCORE
88
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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Mitchster

Michigan

2.05/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 23:18:13 | More by Mitchster
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.09/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Produced on 16/12/10

Thanks Walt

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:11:43 | More by Ryan011235
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:58:55 | More by DefenCorps
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
Quite lactic and cheesy. Stinky socks and vinegar.

Taste
Lactic sourness and a little bit of moldy funk. The sourness is very sharp and abrupt.

Mouthfeel
Very prickly. Even though the glass had no head or bubbles this stuff feels painfully carbonated.

Overall
Not a very good gueuze. I don't prefer the lactic, cheesy stuff and this beer had other crazy things going on.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:04:52 | More by MbpBugeye
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 14:05:55 | More by BlackHaddock
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UstickM

Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 22:10:58 | More by UstickM
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harrymel

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2012

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:42:51 | More by harrymel
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 05:04:48 | More by BearsOnAcid
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TexIndy

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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]

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:02:22 | More by TexIndy
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

C+

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:18:20 | More by kojevergas
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:16:34 | More by Thorpe429
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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:52:14 | More by cjacobsen
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 02:49:11 | More by Halcyondays
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:14:31 | More by Etan
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:40:14 | More by bluejacket74
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 22:20:58 | More by hooliganlife
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DaveHS

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

A-Pours clear straw blond with a thin, fizzy eggshell white head. Fizzes down without a trace of lacing.

S-Lemon rind, barnyard funk, sun baked leather, musty old wood.

T/M-First thing, this is too carbonated. I usually bemoan the lack of carbonation in gueuze, but this takes it to the opposite end of the spectrum. Prickly, bright carbonation. Once you get past that, it's a fairly decent gueuze. Very lemony, with a touch of earthy funk. The finish, which had the potential to be so lemony and funky, is cut off by sharp, dry carbonation. Mouth feel light and tart, with a dry, prickly finish.

O-Lower carbonation and a bit more attention paid to the more nuanced flavors would make a big difference. Gueuze is all about nuance, and this beer is very blustery and to the point. Still, this beer is leaps and bounds above every other beer I've had from Timmermans.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 02:59:16 | More by DaveHS
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snaotheus

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into two large snifters

Pours straw yellow, cloudy, with a pretty creamy looking head that fades into a little clumps. Smell is sour grapes, sour apple, yeast.

Taste is super sour. Makes my jaw clench a little. More green apple flavor, a little grape flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 22:35:50 | More by snaotheus
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed along side the reviewer below me. Thanks to Kramer for sharing.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. The brew appears a clear yellow with a solid 4 finger's worth I white head. The cap is comprised of large bubbles an a light swirl easily agitates more bubbles from solution back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is grassy with some minor inclusion of earth and peppery notes. A faint note of funky cheese blends with some vinous aspect of white grape skins. As it warms, it goes to a light citrus zest aspect and then back to grassy and dry.

The taste mimics the aroma fairly well with earth and funk along side some citrus zest tartness. Unlike the aroma, there is a fairly solid inclusion of sulfur that is present and breaks things up a bit. Across the back, this brew has a greenness about it that blends into mild vinous aspects.

This is a light bodied brew with an excessive amount of carbonation. It is very lively and bubbly in the feel. The alcohol is seemingly nonexistent. Fairly decent across the board but on a day like this, it paled in comparison to some of the other geuze offerings sampled.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 18:24:43 | More by stakem
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IKR

California

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:26:20 | More by IKR
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with four fingers of head on a very careful pour. This beer is unbelievably carbonated - lots of bubbles floating from the bottom of the glass. Retention is truly amazing - I get a finger of foam that sits there the entire time I drink the beer.

S: Lemon zest, wheat, and ginger upfront, though none of these flavors are overly strong. Behind this I get some musty funk, but it's in the background for sure.

T: Much more sour than the aroma let on, I get quite a bit of lemon and guava sourness. The beer stays very well balanced between dry and sour, though.

M: Moderate thickness with strong carbonation, though not as distracting as I thought it'd be based on the appearance.

O: A flavorful, well balanced gueuze. Solid, but not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:22:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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ADZA

Australia

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This bottle is from 2010 and pours a very hazy golden hue with a one finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is fresh green apples,vinegar,a touch of oak and white grapes,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and has tastes of green apples,acidic vinegar and finished with a white grape tartness and overall it's nicely paired with my fish and chips but not one for the first timers cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 09:44:21 | More by ADZA
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7ways

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pee yellow. Loud white head.

Raw, salty aroma. Lemon, apple, eye-watering funk.

This thing immediately grips the tongue and does not let go. Like biting into a lemon and a crab apple at the same time. So dry and sour it's hard to swallow. Not nearly as sweet as the other Timmermans available here. I like it, but it is a little too much. It's like it is still in the test stages, because with some tweaking, this could be awesome.

Vicious carbonation, needs to breathe a few minutes. After that it's quite nice.

I don't know if I can finish this 750 by myself, but every sip leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:52:07 | More by 7ways
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 16/12/10

Pours a clear gold body with a white head. Acidic, funky aroma with notes of green apple. The flavor is nica and sour. The acid is medium soft which keeps it from being overly aggressive. Crisp carbonation perfectly pairs with the acidity. Not the most complex or layered Gueuze, but is has an enjoyable sourness to it with some nice fruit character. Would make an excellent intro to the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 21:59:43 | More by BradLikesBrew
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kramer for sharing this one at our recent gueuze tasting.

A - Pours clear straw yellow with a fizzy two finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of light sourness, lots of barnyard funk, fresh cut grass, lemons and some light sweetness. Decent balance but it really laced the wow factor.

T - Starts off with a big sour kick slowly giving way to light funkiness, lemon zest, wet oak and a touch of sweetness at the end of each sip. More sour, less funky than I thought it would be. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. This one tastes like a sour spritzer thanks to all that carbonation.

O - Compared to some of the other gueuze's we were drinking this one was not up to par. It had some good qualities but I doubt I would spend a bunch of money to get one for myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 17:59:58 | More by orangesol
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Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.