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

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 300
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | FT: 4
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Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

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Photo of Jonada
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottled 4/17/2013. Served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours light golden yellow with 1 finger of a white head that settles to a thin ring. Body is only slightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Barnyard, lemon, green apple, light mustiness and a faint malt sweetness. Aroma strength is somewhere between mild and medium.

Taste: Tart, puckering sourness hits right away. Stronger than I was anticipating but not overwhelming. Taste has a strong presence of green apple along with sour lemon, noticeable lactic presence (not overwhelming, but stronger than in most gueuze), cheese and damp wood. Funk is more mild than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Relatively high champagne like carbonation. Finishes dry

Overall: A nice gueuze, that's enjoyable, but by no means in the top tier for the style.

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the best ive had from timmermans, or one of them. this blended lambic is really well done, with notes of oak and lemony lactic funk in the nose and taste, without caustic tartness of others. light hazy rusty golden color with a soda style head on it pure white but short lived. the nose is all lemony funk and wood. i get a pinch of pale wheat malt, but its awfully light, made even lighter in the taste by fierce carbonation. a nice blend of flavors, tartness and sharpness of young lambic up front with the more refined yeasty dryness of mature lambic on the back end, quality. acid is there but not as puckery as so many gueuze beers. more approachable for the uninitiated i think. a little light for me on the body, which may be a product of slight overcarbonation, but it really does work. clean finishing for the style too. a little expensive on shelves, but a solid example of belgian gueuze. timmermans best work arguably.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottled on 04/17/13

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw color with a two finger, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spots and streaks of soapy lace left behind. Pretty pale and almost clear on the edges but otherwise looks pretty good.

Musty aroma with a prominent earthy barnyard character but it's not too funky. Slight horsey character with damp wood, funky bugs, cobweb and lactic cheesiness. Dank basement and oak along with light fruit and citric acidity. Hints of apple and lemon peel sweetness countering the earthy bugs and lactic funk. Pretty tame/delicate by lambic/Oude Gueuze standards but still smells authentic.

Tart, puckering and way more sour than I expected. Strong sour acidity but not harsh or acetic. Dry with crisp, champagne-like effervescence and a very strong citric acid flavor. Prominent lemon juice flavor with lingering acetic vinegar but its not solvent like at all. Slightly earthy and musty with a decent lactic presence but overall not too funky. Some light fruit sweetness as well. Feels like there is some artificial sweetners in there. Dry finish. Decent sourness but not very complex and the mouthfeel falls off toward the end of the palate. A decent attempt at the style but kind of tame(once your palate adjusts to the initial sour shock) and one dimensional.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle of the 2010 vintage pours an uber clear, light gold color with a fizzy white head. Not much for retention of lace.

Nose is champagne, rotting wood, light sourness and alot of brettanomyces. Interesting, but doesnt really smell all that great for a gueuze.

Sourness comes out of nowhere on this one and lays a surprising slap across my face...in a good way. Acidic to be sure, but doesnt hold the malt and overall complexity many of the finer gueuzes show. I figured the brett would be stronger than the bacteria based on the nose, but it is exactly the opposite here - the brett is hidden on this one. All that said, I am enjoying this one more than I thought I would and for someone who hasnt met a beer that is too sour, it fits the bill well. I like it, in fact I think I will pick up a couple more. More intense than Cuvee Rene, though not as well rounded.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.04/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in a Duvel glass from a 750ml bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC.

A - Gold with a large white, creamy head. A nice steady rise of bubbles. Good lacing.

S - Fruity, funky and earthy. It really reaches out to you and grabs hold.

T - Super tart, lemony bite! I've never had one this strong. I like it but it's completely one dimensional. The tartness covers up just about anything else. No depth or subtleties to explore.

M - Lots of fine bubbles make for an interesting presentation.

O - What a bite! It was worth a try but not one I'd go back to.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden, pours with a very healthy head for a lambic. Aroma of bubble gum and sour cherries. Very tart, dry, and light bodied. High carbonation. Sour grain with some slight sour fruit and oak at the finish. Leans toward the sour side, even for lambics.

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Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. bottled on 4/17/2012

Pours a hazy pale golden color with an inch and a half thick white head. Very fizzy and carbonated. Smell is typical for the style - vinegary tart white grapes. This particular one is a bit faint compared to some others, though. As for the taste there is a good initial tartness followed by a big fruity flavor. tart green apples grapes. the overall sourness is less than a lot of other gueueze's ive had in the past. However, because of this there is a very high drinkability. this one is easy to gulp down if one so chose to do so. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall a solid example of a gueuze, though nothing that stands out above the rest. Got this on sale for $6.99 and i'm glad i did. For that price, i'd buy another.

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Photo of UstickM
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.11/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass, produced on 4/17/12. This pours a slightly light yellow straw color with a massive off white head which quickly dissipates and leaves nothing. The smells are of funk, vinegar, ripe cherries, malt. The feel is medium with high carbonination. The taste is good, very vinegar like sour, some funk, maybe a little brett, very acidic, my girlfriend thought it reminder her of bile, I find it quite good though. .

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled 4/17/12.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and an active effervescence. Head pours two fingers of fizzy white foam but dissipates rather quickly with little lace. Not too bad, though.

Smell: nice combination of malt sweetness, a hint of tartness and a moderate funk. This beer seems very well balanced; I like it.

Taste: extremely tart right up front; way more than the aroma would suggest. Funk and sweetness are subdued, at least with respect to the acidity. At the end of the acid is a mild chalky flavor which I think helps reset the palate for the next sip. A very tart, but otherwise balanced and pretty tasty beer. I feel like it's growing on me.

Mouthfeel: light body but big, big carbonation. The creaminess is mouth-filling, but rather evanescent. Good, but not great.

Overall: tart and ... tart. But refreshing and drinkable nonetheless. There are not a ton of gueuzes available in the United States, so I will take what we can get.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.