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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Floydster on 05-21-2009)
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Photo of warbear
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

warbear, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

orangesol, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Bottled on 12/16/2010.
Poured into a bowed pint glass on a stout glass column.

Pours a spritzy, ~3cm head off medium-sized bubbles that are white to off-white in color. The large bubble size makes the foam look fairly insubstantial, and the head dissipates to virtually nothing within a minute or two, leaving no lacing. Body is a hazy yellow-orange out of the light, mostly hazy yellow when in light. Carbonation is active and readily visible.

Aroma is, at first, sweet, then offers a slight bit of cheese and barnyard funk-scent before culminating in a bit of old citrus (that is, lemon or grapefruit rinds that have been left out in the air for a bit too long), tart apples, and apple cider vinegar.

Opens, taste-wise, with fairly strong sourness/tartness from acidity, mimicking essence of lemons, limes, and green apples in a bath of apple cider vinegar (acetic acid). At times, I even pull in a faint and short-noticed coconut flavor. Quite delicious, with an undetectable level of alcohol, very easy to put down an entire 750cl bottle.

Medium-light bodied with a carbonation level that is a bit too high and aggressive for the beer's heft and the style in general. Over time, this becomes less off-putting, though, and the beer is quite pleasant on the palate perhaps 30 minutes after uncorking the bottle. Prior to waiting, the mouthfeel is prickly and foamy on the palate; after waiting, the carbonation generates a mildly prickly, then fairly foamy and smooth-flowing feel. Finish is quite dry, slightly tannic appropriate for the style.

Overall, this seems to be a fairly underrepresented and underrated gueuze. Pleasurable and generally on target across the board, though not "perfect" compared to Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, etc. Would definitely pick one up again if available and in the mood. Retailed $14.99 for a 750cl bottle, whereas a bottle of Girardin, Drie Fonteinen, or other gueuze are that price for a 375cl bottle.

falloutsnow, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

stakem, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at a recent tasting hosted by foofaa, thanks to whomever contributed this. enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is golden blonde with a light haze and thin ring of beads with subtle spotting on the glass. The smell is gentle sour with subtle fruit notes and mild floral sweet ester with light melon and general funk. The feel is good with subtle dry and acidic aspects, but mild tannin and gentle sweetness balance things out with moderately high carbonation level and very crisp dry finish.

The flavor is mild yet pleasant in most ways with dry wheat sourness with lemony sweet tart and low puckering flavor. There is a mild sweet pineapple tinge with gentle spice accent and slight hint of honey along with the sour notes. Overall a very good beer, I was pleased to try the drinkability is pretty high even if it is not over the top in the sour department

Slatetank, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

WeisGuy, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

beerwolf77, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

denimdemon, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

snaotheus, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Gonzoillini, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

drummermattie02, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up at the Kirkwood Spec's a week or so ago. It is a little cold now, but I will let it warm as I am drinking it as I have no intention of finishing this 750mL bottle in a hurry. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color and is quite carbonated, though not too many are sticking once they make it to the top...this is not unusual for this style IMO. The bubbles are small and white and are pretty solidly collecting at the glass edge. There is no lacing to speak of when

Aroma: The aroma of the very cold beer is still showcasing the funk and it seems to be giving me as much green apple as anything right now. As it is sitting a little bit, you can pick up some sweetness in there that is quite malty, so I am assuming that the wheat additions are minimal for this example. As the beer sits, it is getting a little more of the wet-straw aromatics that make a gueuze nice, but there is a little bit of cardboard in here too that hints of oxidation somewhere.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much in line with the aroma in that you are getting some fruitiness from the sour beer and yet there is a strong malty backbone to this beer to keep it from drying out. There is some lemon in the flavor that wasn't noticeable in the aroma at first. As the beer warms, it is getting a little more funky, but overall it is staying pretty well behaved. The mouthfeel is light, but it is pretty heavy for this style. The balance in the finish is provided as much from the acidity as anything else.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent example of the style. I certainly prefer a gueuze that is more on the wild side and makes you pucker. This one is not quite a sweet as Lindeman's Gueuze (Not the Cuvee Renee), but it is getting close. I guess this one is made more to appeal to the masses, which is fine. I will stick with Girardin and such if I want a Gueuze to savor.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of RuckusDu
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

RuckusDu, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy yellowish body. Big white head. Good retention, nice lace and legs.

Smells a bit lactic, but otherwise quite nice. The lactic note dissolves into the rest of the rest of the flavor profile to give it a nice sour bit on the end of a decent little flavor profile. It isn't the best gueuze around by a ling shot, but it is very nice for being able to buy it on the shelves anymore I go.

A hair overcarbonated.

Overall, pretty impressed. This is much better than the fruit lambics released by this brewery!

AleWatcher, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of PlinytheFarter
5/5  rDev +26.6%

PlinytheFarter, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced 16/12/10

Pours a very clear golden color with a bright white fizzy head. It stuck around for less than a minute.

Smell some funk with some citrus and sweetness.

Funk up front with a sharp puckering sourness. Finishes with a white grape sweetness and apple tartness. High acidity and sourness kinda forced me to savor this one.

Thin body with bubbly carbonation. Very dry finish.

IdrinkGas, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

rowingbrewer, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored. 1 finger of white head that fades slowly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: funky, earthy, grapefruit, lemon, peppery.

Taste: tart, grapefruit, lemon, acidic.

Mouthfeel: Tart, super crips, high carbonation, light bodied, acidic.

Overall: A very tasty gueuze. Very acidic, lots of citrus.

phichifiji00, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nppeders
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – yellow orange hue a little hazy. Very nice color. Some head that dissipates but is retained due to the high carbonation

Aroma – funky cheese, sour, wheat

Flavor – starts out tart, hits you real hard in the middle with citric acid and/or lactic acid that lingers long and then turns into a sweetness like the candy, lemondrops. A little one dimensional in that the flavor is so acidic with the citrus. No idea how they get it to finish sweet…back sweetened? Very interesting.

Mouthfeel – spritzy, and mouth fills up with extremely high levels of carbonation. This may be the highest carbonated beverage that I have ever had. It tastes great though!

Overall – An interesting lambic for sure. Never had one with so much citrus acid. Not as funky as I thought it would be. Not getting much funky brett. It’s definitely a great great extremely acidic beverage! I think that the high level of carbonation takes away from the depth of flavors that may be deep in this beer. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again when I want something extremely acidic!

nppeders, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
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]

TexIndy, Nov 09, 2011
Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.