Timmermans Gueuze Lambic - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
Another first: my first Gueuze... not even sure how to pronounce it but luckily the guy at the bottleshop couldn't pronounce it either. Never really had any beers that could be considered "sour" as American's see it. Sour in beers to me has always been like the tang you get from Greek yoghurt or sour cream, and nothing like that tart mouth-puckering sensation that one would find in a sour apple warhead (a type of lolly from my primary school days, not even sure if they make them now), anyhow - I digest.
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.
A: Cloudy amber body, thin white haze of lacing on top.
S: Sourdough yeast, lemons, and notes of sour apple, brut champagne and Tartaric acid. This is by far the sourest aromas I've experienced in a beer - "Welcome to Gueuze country" it jokingly taunts.
T: First off lets discuss the elephant in the room - sourness; and it's not really that sour, at least not as much as expected. There is some mouth-puckering, but otherwise it is balanced off with candy lemon sweetness. The taste is upfront candy lemon, sour green apple mid-palate, followed by vinous white grapes, sourdough and finishes a slight sour dry champagne flavour.
M: Medium bodied with dense but light carbonation.
D: Must say I am liking the Gueuze style - it intrigues me, like a classic noir-film protagonist I find it brooding and citrical (or is it cynical?). As for this particular brew we have a decent alternative to other Belgian beers... makes me want to fill my fridge with Belgian beers now. All bow to the master race of brewing: Belgium! Before I started my beer odyssey the country was only known to me as the birthplace of vegetables I hate (sprouts you say?) and the place of Napoleon's defeat (he met his Waterloo), but now it is home to the most diverse and amazing beers - I tip my hat to you Belgium (I'm actually wearing a hat right now).
Food match: Sour beers are interesting to match for as they create a mouth watering sensation that must be met with equally mouth watering food. Filet mignon wrapped with bacon, stewed mushrooms, celeriac mash and a side of roasted broccolini... damn I'm hungry.
11-14-2012 08:50:51 | More by doktorhops
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
A - Light murky straw, tons of white head...leaves slow. Lots of cling lace.
S - Sharp acrid nose. Promise of malt somewhere underneath.
T - Nice. Sweet malt, tangy lemon, astringent flavors and sweet meld.
M - Medium body, great carb and balance.
D - Very sessionable. Nice beer!
11-06-2011 05:27:24 | More by srandycarter
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass
A - Pours a slightly hazey golden colour witha white head thad disappears real quick.
S - Smells of sour tinned peaches, and vanilla.
T - Nice sourness to it that is balanced out by the sugars. Some nice peachyness about it,
M - Light body with medium carbonation.
D - A easy drinking geuze that I found very enjoyable.
12-04-2010 15:03:09 | More by eric5bellies
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
Bronze with a small white head. Good nose of earthy funk, lemon, apples that hints at the sourness to come. The first sip is mouth puckeringly sour but a couple of sips in and you're fine. Kind of cidery and also champagne-like at the same time in flavour with a nice acidic balance to it. Flavour is mouth filling and pleasant. The complexity is interesting and I'm enjoying the beer but I probably need to pick my gueuze moments more carefully.
10-20-2009 09:26:57 | More by juju7
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
12.7 ounce bottle, poured into a tulip glass, either a 1988 or 1998 bottle, could not read the date fully as it has faded, golden yellowish orange color, 1/2 inch bubbly white head, some retention, not much lacing, cardboard, lemons, funk, wild yeast, orange peel, oak, and champagne, starts off with mellow tartiness, mostly citrus in the middle, finish is dry but not near as sour as I had hoped, this if a funkier gueuze rather than a mouth puckering one, actually even sweetens up by the end, dry, somewhat acidic, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, thin bodied, overly carbonated and definitely gushed when it was popped, aftertaste did not last long, easy to drink and very light overall, no alcohol in the flavor
06-21-2009 19:59:40 | More by Floydster
3.7/5 rDev -7.3%
Bought this beer today whilst out driving to settle the twins from Coaldale Cellars. Shared with Teaser.
Poured a bright golden into a tulip glass, can't remember how the head was, Tease poured it. Seemed to dissipate quickly into a fine layer of foam.
Aroma of horseyness, sour fruits and apples and pears. Slightly cheesey, not as fresh as others that I've had.
Tatses as glorious as ever, slides down the gullet well. Leaves hints of fresh apple juice, bitter lemon and vanilla. Tangy and sour, finishes clean and crisp.
Always a winner, maybe I'll re-review with a fresher sample at a later date.
07-08-2007 09:41:20 | More by revdrjbob
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Darkish golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that quickly falls away.
Green apple & lemon sourness in the smell with some yeasty and dry white wine aromas.
The taste is pretty much along the same lines with some sweetness added but luckily not too much.
Relatively full mouthfeel with quite high carbonation.
This is highly drinkable actually. I was expecting it to be much more sour and tarty. A style I'll be looking out for more of.
05-30-2007 10:03:35 | More by brendan13
3.95/5 rDev -1%
Golden / pale amber, white dense head with good bubbles.
Sour aromas, green fruit / appley. Some wild gamey / hessian sack notes.
Flavours tart of course, touch band-aid, citrus. Slightly vinous, hint of grape vinegar.
Crisp & light, long sour touch with light body.
01-13-2007 01:52:13 | More by vancurly
3.75/5 rDev -6%
i'll admit im a bit unsure what to expect here. havent had much exposure to lambic at all, so i consider this a crash course (hopefully NOT in brain surgery).
little 250ml bottle, similair label to the pic, just the name text is in a round pattern. 5%abv and best before 2/07.
this one is filtered and pours a lightly hazy gold. high carbonation produces a big foamy head at first, this settled quickly to a thin lace.
funktastic smell. wife says bad apples. i say CoUGh ugh.
note to self: dont sniff too hard. let the smell come to the nose, not the other way around.
at first i thought apple cider. not so much now. if a smell can be thick, this is Thick. feels heavy going though, like the nose has to lift the vapors. pretty complex. swirling seems to give it another dimension.
enough foreplay. hmm, not as much funk as i expected. a bit of sweet/tart there, not so much sour. a bit crisp with a fruity type sweetness. finish leans towards dry, but not too much.
good light mouthfeel. goes down nicely, but for me, its definitely a sipper. not something im going to drink much of, but enjoyable on occasion.
05-12-2006 10:28:31 | More by joecast
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
This beer poured an odd yellow with a large head which went away within a few moments. Smell was very odd, almsot had a chardonnay aroma to it that I have never seen in a beer. Taste was also very odd, but in a good way. Never have I tasted a brew that was so tart yet sweet at the same time. Again, white wine flavors were dominant with some vanilla and oak tastes coming through too. Mouthfeel was light bodied, which made it a very easy beer to drink. I could certainly see myself drinking a few on a hot day. Final Comments: A beer that everybody should try at least once. The fact that it has so many interesting complexities makes it totally worth it.
03-27-2006 08:37:05 | More by jamie2dope
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
25cl bottle, poured into a delirium tremens tulip
Pours with a fizzy off yellow body. Off whote head with fair retention
Smell, some acidic tartness, little bit of vinegar. A slight estery hint too
Taste, crisp tart fizzy body. Some slight barnyard funk but very slight, a fair bit of sweetness for a gueuze
A drinkable gueuze but just too sweet to be anything outstanding or particularly memorable
09-30-2005 22:45:20 | More by cypressbob
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
250ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast
Poured a pale golden colour... Head was slightly off white and had a nice thick, creamy appearance with small beading.
Aroma - Sharp citrus notes (lemony), grassy...
Taste Quite sweet and lemony, earthy, flowery notes...
Feel - Quite sharp with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth aftertaste..
Overall - A good and very drinkable gueuze. Not the best example in the world but certainly recommended...
07-25-2005 09:06:37 | More by mdagnew
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
I split a bottle of this brew with Stopper last weekend. The beer was cellar temp and I sampled in a small glass from a real ale fest.
The beer poured a gold color with some white head that faded quickly to a surface layer. Aroma is fruity and floral, I get some banana and green apple mixed in there. Overall a sweet aroma.
First sip reveals a very tart flavor up front, glides to a candy sweet middle and then rolls quickly to a puckering lemon and white grape finish. The carbonation is prickly with average body. The beer exhibits some white wine characteristics and is slightly drying onthe finish. This was a very tasty brew and unique in flavor. Only try this if you know what you are getting into.
Thanks for the sampling Stopper!
05-25-2004 20:11:01 | More by sulldaddy
4.53/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured from a corked and capped 375ml bottle. There's a touch of dark brown sludge left on the bottom of the bottle. There was not even a pop when I loosed the cork.
The body is a hazy yellowish orange, with a very insignificant head of big bubbles. The aroma is very tart and acidic with a bright mustiness. The mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with a surprisingly substantial and sticky body, but an immense puckering initially distracts from any other perception. The flavor profile is complex and evolves nicely, starting with a sour, slightly citrus, candy sweetness, then becoming a tart fruitiness akin to chewing juicy grape peels. This is joined by a slightly grainy malt flavor as the sourness fades from the tongue, with a very gentle hop spice at the very last. An impressive lace is left around the whole glass as it drains.
This is a really nice gueuze with a great farmy profile of funky yeasts and bacteria, especially in the aroma, and a substantial and delicious fruity sourness without being abrasively tart.
03-29-2004 04:35:44 | More by Stopper
Timmermans Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.