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

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.15%
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
375
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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  72
SCORE
90
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks and smells great- sour, funky, with some clean barnyard notes. In the mouth, though, the more nuanced notes are gone and it's mostly a sour bomb with just hints of that barnyard and saddle blanket. No real funk beyond that, but quite tart and a bit unbalanced. It is clean, however, with no band-aid notes. I'd say past it's prime but still quite drinkable in mid 2019, especially with some rich food that the acidity could cut through and would allow some of the residual flavors to be drawn out.

Aug 06, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled, with champagne style cork and cage. Poured into my gold rimmed Westvleteteren XII glass.
Pours an unsettleingly clear golden body with no head
some skunk notes on opening but the bottle gives vinegar and paint thinner
oily sherry, classic geuze that shouldn't delight the palate but somehow does.

Oct 18, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours up a hazy, slightly darker, straw gold with a quickly receding, creamy, one finger head.
S: Immediate balsamic vinegar-esque sourness, some slight wheatiness, and some white vinegar as well.
T: One of the more sour bottles of Gueuze I have had in a while, very much like a sweet tart right off with a bracing sourness. Quite juicy, a lot of peach, very funky. Some slightly syrupy sweetness as well.
M: Dry, but the body could be lighter.
O: This is a good bottle of Gueuze, but it's not a special bottle of Gueuze, it is very sour, if that's your bag it might be worth looking into, it's okay, it's not great.

Sep 12, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle purchased for $17 at Lures Bar & Grille. This is a sour, funky, oaky, complex oude gueuze. Pours a clear golden yellow with some chunky white floaties from the sediment.

Dec 18, 2017
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great sour. Love the lemony nose and puckering sour mouth feel. Get a hint of woodiness late in the flavour. PH is quite low, so definitely a sipping sour but very bright and lively.

Aug 29, 2017
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BergBeer from Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Look: Transparent gold in color with a thin white head. Very active.

Smell: Bright and salty on the nose. Zippy lemon, green apple, bruised pear, white pepper, floral potpourri, sea salt, and champagne vinegar. There is a light oak note on the finish.

Taste: A burst of tart lemon and champagne vinegar on the attack. This slowly fades to reveal a body of Greek yogurt, sea salt, green hay, wet gravel, apple cider vinegar, chalky smarties, and funk. The finish is long a dry with more champagne vinegar and a light oak.

Feel: Puckering tartness. High acidity. No alcohol. Body is lightly quenching with a bone dry finish. Carbonation is light and natural.

Overall: Just way too acidic and tart. It’s an absolute wallop of lactic acid. So much do that it started to burn my throat a bit and it felt like the enamel on my teeth was getting peeled off. All the flavors beside the tartness are pleasant but they get washed away by lactic acid. If enjoyed gueuze as a style in the past but this one way a bit too much. Not a fan.

Jul 31, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow with little head.
Aroma has sour apricots, hay, barnyard, funk, little raspberry,
Taste is apricots, hay, barnyard, funk and some raspberry.

Mar 28, 2017
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jmasher85 from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 3 years ago, this gueuze pours a clear, amber first glass, and a murkier second. Carbonation is quite present, but head is zilch.

Nose has a slightly lactic quality to it, among the other funky brett odors. Strong lemon and light green apple quality comes through, as well a bit of walnut or hazelnut underneath.

Taste is super lemony, also a bit nutty. No oak or dryness is particularly present. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but quite thick. The beer coats your teeth – practically dissolves the enamel – and thickens your saliva, as if you'd just drank overly tart lemonade.

Overall, it's a very good beer within the style, definitely a winner for sour fans, but not one for tossing back. Anything more than sipping will likely give you canker sores and heartburn.

Feb 08, 2017
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange color, very cloudy. Foam slightly yellowish, quite high, medium blistering, completely unstable.
The aroma of fruit, apple, white grape, orange, lemon, extra silage, cabbage, cucumbers, smell is sour and dry.
The taste is amazing, the fruits are flower accents, is silage and the village. Apples, oranges, ripe lemons, grapes and unripe gooseberries, silage, sour, cucumber. At the finish Gueuze just like water from the pickled cucumbers. Saturation, high ideal.
Light, crisp and incredibly drinkable beer for the summer, hangover and all that you think of.

Jun 24, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper to light brass in color with a hazy complexion. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering the majority of the top. Aroma is of tart and acidic Belgian yeast often referred to as barnyard funk. There's some pineapple and pear notes mixed in. I taste notes of pineapple, pear, and lemon lime. There's a very acidic, dry, and highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Jun 18, 2016
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TruePerception from California

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Timmermans Oude Gueuze Lambicus. 5.5% ABV. Brewed in 2012; bottled in 2015.

A: Lot of sediment in that bottle. A bit over a finger of head. Orangeade color in the glass. Foggy yellowish white in the dimple. Nice sheeting. A little lacing, but it slides easily.

S: Hay and citrus, mostly. Peach skin.

T/MF: Mmm. Bracingly acidic, in that sour patch powder sort of way. Light barnyard funk. Some puckery lemon acidity on the outsides of the tongue. Crisp, and refreshing (not trying to sound like a commercial...). Very slight doughiness.

I think this is a better starter sour than the Petrus Aged Pale. I might have to lean to it when selling.

Poured from a 12.68 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Apr 03, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As hard as I've tried (and it is over 50 bottles), it is very hard for me to get used to this style. This art of blending old and new gueuze has its adherents and devotees. I am not one of them. Perhaps you should trust the review of someone who understood the style as well as anyone and explained it better.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
Michael Jackson's "Great Beers of Belgium" says of this "Gueuze, at 5.5 volume, has a pronounced malty sweetness, in a gentle interplay with a tangerine acidity in the finish."

5/3/17 Had a bottle of 2012 brewed and 2015 bottled. This had gone off. If you like gueze, do not wait this long.

Mar 29, 2016
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hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expected more from one of this brewery's finest products. This one was bottled 3 years ago. Orange colour, no foam, not very attracrive appearance. Smell is the best aspect of this beer, lemony and moldy. Taste is even more lemony, one of the sourest beers I've tried. Too sour, too simple. Not a match to the finest beers in this style, for example to Lindemans Cuvee Rene Gueuze, with which we compared it.

Feb 27, 2016
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pagriley from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottling into snifter

L - Pours golden straw. a touch oily, but with a fluffy white head
S - Soft lemon zest and funk
T - More lemon with a touch of funk and tart sour. well balanced and just off dry - lovely
F - A little fuller and thicker than I prefer. hefty for the 5% ABV

Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable shelf Geuze. Nothing about it is amazeballs, but everything is correct. I would probably go with Lindemans Cuvee Renee as a slightly better beer, and it is also 30% cheaper, so I will probably come back to this only occasionally.

Feb 20, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with white, foamy head. Aroma is intense and fresh. Farmhouse funk, hay and lemons. Taste starts sour up-front. Piercing lemon, grass, floral notes, not really funky on the taste. Also no bitterness. Body is medium bodied and highly effervescent. Very clean and fresh but lacks some complexity.

Jan 07, 2016
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frasergrove from California

3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2/2014 bottling. Super pale pilsner malt based body, thin head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is smooth and crisp, straight forward but enjoyable. Some hay, some wood sap. Flavor has a hint of vinegar acidity (acetic acid), then lot of lemon. Not much funk, and not much complexity. A mediocre Oude Gueuze.

Dec 27, 2015
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CraigS119 from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled the 26th of February, 2014; drank the 16th of December, 2015. Pours a nice straw-to-orange color. Smell is of brett funk (barnyard hay), some peach/apricot pit, and lemony citrus. Taste is quite tart, almost lemon juice-like acidity w/ light, barely perceptible vinegar notes. Finishes sweetly, but not cloying with traces of acid lingering. Overall, this beer definitely quenches the sour-beer-lovers' thirst, though it does lack some of the subtle complexities of other sours I've had. 7.7/10

Dec 17, 2015
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rand from California

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL corked bottle to Lost Abbey teku glass. 2012 bottle

A: Orange-tan appearahcne, cloudy. Looks like an orangesicle with the creamy head.

S: Tart and citrusy nose, a little sweet. Suggestions of lemon zest and dried grass edge the bouquet.

T/M: Light and refreshing on the palate. Tart, but cellaring has bent the flavor profile toward sweeter aspects (I've had this fresh and it's much more tart). Earthy mid-sip with floral tones. Finishes quickly without much lingering between sips.

Refreshing and easy to drink...has held up well given the ABV.

Oct 12, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lively dirty blonde with no head. 4
Funky wax with citrus rind on the nose. 4
Candy sugar, clean acid, and piles of grapefruit. 4.25
Lime zest end and slightly cheesy linger.
Dry, light, crisp. 4

Super bright! Sour more than funky and way drinkable. Exceeds expectations. 4.25

Oct 05, 2015
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JackiO from Arizona

4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one was bottled 2/26/2012.

Appearance is deep, hazy gold with lots of carbonation, but no head. Smells vibrant, lemony, stone fruit, and a hint of barnyard. Tastes almost identical to how it smells, very pleasant, light funk and oak in the aftertaste. Highly effervescent.

Ultimately, this is a beautiful beer.

Jul 19, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a straw yellow color with fizzy white head.

The smell is funk, lemon, cheese, barnyard must, zesty. The flavor is lemon, white grape, good funk character, a little cheese, hay and straw. The mouthfeel is pretty balanced, not too acidic, pretty drinkable.

Overall, this was a big hit for me.

Jun 24, 2015
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense, puckering bitterness. Almost like lemon juice. Dry, white wine-like quality. White grape flavor. Mild oak. High carbonation is unexpected yet warmly welcomed on the palate. When I think of a gueuze, this is exactly what comes to mind.

May 23, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft copper gold with little haze on the initial pour, moderate champagne like carbonation, and 5 fingers of off white head that fades moderately fast.

Sour, funky, musty, macaroni, very much like a dank cellar.

Sour but light initially in the body, then the acid level increases. Funky, hay, horse blanket, musty macaroni, dank musky cellar.

Light dry body with a moderately high amount of champagne like carbonation.

Excellent brew. No sweetness in this one, bringing it back to the style of Cantillon. Very sour, very dry, seems to get more acidic near the end of each sip. Found in Kunming, drank here May 2nd, 2015 after a long day of dissembling my house to prepare for our move to Thailand in 4 days.

May 02, 2015
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shleepy from California

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A proper golden color. Decent carbonation but small head. Smell is fairly subtle, stonefruity, with a touch of "rust." Quite sour; lots of lactic acidity. Fruitiness in the middle and finish, but the sourness lingers for a while in the aftertaste. No discernible funkiness.

Apr 30, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

A killer Gueuze we have here, and they have to tease us by stating it’s a limited batch—hopefully limited to only a yearly release. This rivals many of the more-hyped Lambics that beer geeks and snobs alike rave about. Highly recommended if you’re into sours.

STYLE: Gueuze
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Deep straw, exceptional lacing

SMELL: Big tartness, lemon peel, slight musty cellar, mint, wood, medicinal herbs, walnut skin, funk

TASTE: Crisp, smooth, slightly creamy, very tart, dried grass, lemon pith, bitters, eucalyptus, crackers, wood tannin, sour plums, mild funk, lingering tartness, lemon juice, very dry

Mar 26, 2015
Oude Gueuze Limited Edition from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 375 ratings