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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | 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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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
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.48/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

MbpBugeye, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

rye726, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

bluejacket74, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of 7ways
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

7ways, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$14.99 for a 750ml bottle

A: clear, dirty light amber color that poured with a nice head that quickly dissipated
S: traditional gueuze with musty horseblanket lactic acid
T: decent beer, spritzy, horseblanket middle of the road but respectable, not incredibly dry but good late taste pucker factor

wisrarebeer, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

DaveHS, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec. 16, 2010 - 750ml

A: Hazy golden-yellow body. Lively carbonation, with a moderate-sized white cap that slowly faded.

S: From the initial impression, you can tell this one is going to be sour. Sharp citric notes, oaky-must and some sweat.

T: Yup, this is on the sour end of things as lemon and orange rind dominate. Mild oak and earthy funk. Unexpected residual sweetness.

M: Well carbonated with a piercing, but not distracting, sourness. Refreshing.

O: A respectable but underwhelming gueuze considering other offerings on the market.

callmemickey, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 16-12-10.

(A)- Pours a cloudy lemon/peach orange color. Some good bubbly white froth.

(S)- A big funk: straw, leather, dirt, and dusty. Mildly oaky. Plenty of lactic bits.

(T)- Very sour. Tons of lemon rind and an almost sugary sweetness behind it. Bits of oak, but primarily a big sour and fruit sour patch aspect.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Sour and robust in fruit, but a smooth oak profile.

(D)- A big sour profile. I am rather impressed with this considering Timmerman's very poor fruited lambic line. I look forward to seeing what time will do to this one.

sweemzander, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jacob.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden straw color with a tall white head.

S: Very, very funky. Lots of Brett and earth notes to it right away. There's also a lot of fruit to the nose: lemon, green melon, and some sweeter citrus. Also quite heavy on the straw and grass.

T: The level of funk on the palate does not quite match that of the nose. It is, however, very sour. Lots of the same lemon and melon flavors as well as some musty oak and grass, the main sources of funk.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: A good gueuze but not a great one. Nicely sour and refreshing, though.

womencantsail, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

cjacobsen, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver. Around $12. Cork notes this as 2010. Into a NB Globe.

A: Hazy gold with about half an inch of head that recedes to almost nothing, just a few spots of head, no lacing to speak of. A few bubbles of carbonation move lazily through the glass. Pretty decent looking beer.

S: Funk, wheat malts, some oak barrel, and a definite lemon profile. Some definite acidity from the nose. Pretty decent amount of funk, but I would definitely like to see some more it gets to that borderline shit/barnyard/farm animal but doesn't quite cross it.

T: Starts out nicely with some definite acidity, a bit of funk and a definite lemon sourness. I get some sour cherries in here as well. Nice amount of oak barrel in here to aid in dryness as well as a slightly woody flavor.

M: Light and very dry, medium carbonation, and a slight amount of pucker pour. Definite lacto presence coagulating my saliva. Decent, but just seems a little thin.

O: Not a bad gueuze, especially at the entry level, competes quite well with Lindemans Cuvee Rene, and I think gets the slight edge at this moment. Pretty refreshing sour for the summertime, not to mention that it is affordable and fairly easy to get as well. Not the best, but certainly a well made beer.

pokesbeerdude, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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".

emerge077, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
2.33/5  rDev -41%
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.

DefenCorps, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of ucusty
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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

ucusty, May 29, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 08, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.