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

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Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited EditionTimmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jmasher85
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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" says of this "Gueuze, at 5.5 volume, has a pronounced malty sweetness, in a gentle interplay with a tangerine acidity in the finish."

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of pagriley
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.54/5  rDev +17%
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

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Photo of rand
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +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

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Photo of JackiO
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of shleepy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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%

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

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange body and a huge thick white head builds asap before slowly crackling away.

Mild musty funk and cork with lots of citric fruitiness and acid.

Light bubbly and a sharp tartness.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer was produced on Dec 16, 2010 and so is almost exactly 4 years old. Poured into a snifter glass, with a glass of water for sipping on the side.

With a gentle decanting of the beer the pour produces a lightly hazed dark golden color and 1/2" white foam head. The beer shows lots of fine, champagne-like carbonation. The head gradually recedes but persists for a good while leaving speckles of lacing here and there when sipping. Eventually the foam recedes to a ring around the glass and a few patches on the surface but even then it continues to leave speckles of foam when sipping. By the end of the beer there is minimal foam and carbonation.

The aroma is mostly a light musty funk with a slight acidic character and a background of citrus (mostly lemon) and green apple.

The flavor is much as expected from the smell but with the balance swinging the other way so that most prominent up front is the tart sourness and lemon. Then the funk slowly emerges and the long finish is mostly dry and astringent.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with the moderate persistent fine carbonation.

My overall impression of this beer is that it leans towards the tart and acidic end of the scale and downplays the funky character found in several other Gueuzes. Thus it would make an excellent counter point to others as part of a tasting session involving gueuze from several breweries. Alternatively, it seems a fine beer for having with a meal or for sharing with others rather than being something to be consumed solo in one sitting.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A nice and sweet aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a good amount of light fruit, a little malt, and some yeast. A lot of sourness, but that's what you expect from a gueuze. Very lively, vibrant, and complex flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This a good, solid example of a gueuze. Light, sour, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Review according to BJCP2008 (style 17E). Bottle 75cl - Batch L13.04. AROMA: acidic aroma, with na interesting balance between horsy, goat, and some fruits. APPEARANCE: gold color and very clear. average white head with medium retention. TASTE: moderate sour/acidic taste with a horsey balance and some fruit notes. no hop flavours and no bitterness. PALATE: light body and medium tartness. médium-high carbonation. OVERALL: an average gueuze that lacks a bit more fruity character.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing (2.75)

S: Sourness, wet hay, pears (4.0)

T: Follows the nose, very tart, sourness up front. Tartness & sourness as this warms Finishes with much sourness & tartness (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied with delicate carbonation, sticky, can feel the enamel peeling off my teeth (4.25)

Drinks very easy, super refreshing , well done take on the style (4.0)

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Made Feb 26th 2014.

Deep apricot and opaque solid body. Very little or noticeable carbonation at first through a thick body, but a good rising column in the middle, some that rises along the sides, at a good pin head width. Head is off white, barely making two fingers, but gives to a creamy puck that always gets reborn.

Mild hints of acid and pepper, but with a good fruity candied lemon and crabapple chewy fleshy quality. Kind of has a spritzy feel to it, without a lot of mineral or seltzery senses it seems, very clean. Quite nice, seems very different also than most gueuzes.

Palate comes with a big tart punch. Good puckering lemon, and a very quick finish that almost has some bakery apple pie quality, but it's a bit fleeting. Tonic dryness creeps up a bit, with lots of linger lemon oil and zest which really does last and blast all over. Mouthfeel hints to a little bit of wetness but not too bad,

Overall a good fruity lemon gueuze that's quite refreshing if not totally mind blowing.

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Clear goldenrod, nice head of white foam that sticks well for the style. The aroma is tame at first - a bit one dimensional with simple lactic sourness. The palate gets smacked by a huge dose of tartness - mostly lactic but some acetic acid also peeks through. Traditional lambic funky notes eventually come through - brettanomyces - musty leather, moist wood. Pretty traditional gueuze here, but with the focus much more on the tart than the funky. Worth a buy for sure, and in my case, given the price and lack of decent lambics here, worth several buys.

As an aside, why do breweries like Timmermans and Lindemans insist on pumping out heinous, syrupy fruit concoctions when they are capable of producing a solid beer like this?

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 17/04/12

A- This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a stream of quick tiny bubbles pluming to the surface. The sound of the fizzing snow white head quits as the foam fades to a thin broken film.

S- The great earthy smell of dampness has some bright tartness with some soft hay notes in the finish. Some white cheese character from Brett comes through as it opens along with a dried oak boards note and some wet fresh plaster aromas.

T- The gentle tartness has some slight fruity hints that turn more into pineapple character as it opens. There is an acid note that is mostly lactic but not harsh and grows stronger and brighter as the beer opens but stays mellow with some rhubarb character to it. The bright tartness lingers for a moment after each sip.

M- The full fizz bites the tip of the tongue but there is no astringency or alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a light bright well blended gueuze that leans a bit more toward the young lambic but in a good way. Lots of soft layers that is very drinkable and sessionable aswell. Worth the price of $16 dollars.

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