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

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Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited EditionTimmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition

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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 05-21-2009

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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".

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.32/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of ucusty
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle (75 cl.) with a cork and a steel cage. Looks very luxurious!

A: Pours hazy pale golden with faint red/orange tone. With a large white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some lacings.

S: Yeast! (Breattanomyces), but also citric notes. A bit funky and very dry. Is there wheat in this one?

T: Dry and acidic, refreshing and citric. Tastes like the smell of blackpowder after you fired it. Yes, there is wheat in this one.

M: Medium body with heavy carobnation that really tickles your tounge.
The aftertaste is very long, acidic and dry, with some faint sweetness at the end (and that feels pretty strange when it comes to a Gueuze).

D: A nice well balanced Gueuze that has a little of everything in a Gueuze. This may be a good first time Gueuze - since it isn't quite as dry as Cantillon's Gueuzes.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kyle for sharing this rare beer at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary Party on May 16, 2009.

First reaction of this beer was "HOLY SHIT!" That cork could have taken my eye out! Never seen a cork shoot out of the bottle like that, with the cage still attached. Surprisingly, not too much beer was lost.

Poured a clear straw yellow with a massive head on top, soapy and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma had some light brett funk upfront, lots of lemon, lemon verbena, tangy wheat, and herbal flavors. As it warmed up the malt come through with some lightly toasted bread and crackers.

Very similar to the aroma. Lemony and funky on the tip of the tongue with a medium-high dryness in the finish. Good level of tartness. Light toast and crackers in the background, herbal in the end. Later on the flavor reminded me of lemon flavored sweet-tarts, it had a level of sweetness at some point.

Slightly aggressive carbonation on the tongue for the most part, very carbonated. Easy to drink overall, even with the level of acidity although a whole bottle might hurt in the end.

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Photo of Floydster
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Kevin, thanks again for sending this rarity from overseas, I took this to the Bruery during their 1st Anniversary celebration, it seemed to go over well too, poured into a Bruery tulip glass, reviewed from notes

A-Golden yellow color, one inch aggressively bubbly white head with some decent retention, some legs but no lacing
S-Lemon juice, funkiness, brett, yeast, toasted grains, oranges, oak, grapefruit, and wheat
T-Starts off with a big tart welcome, citric acid and fruits in the middle, finish is both sour and dry, stays that way even as it warms, just gets more fruity in the long run, great tartiness and sour pucker
M-Citrusy, dry, acidic, and sour mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, way too much carbonation, aftertaste lasts a long time
D-Decent drinkability but quite acidic, young and could mellow with some cellaring, refreshing, sparkling-wine like which makes it harder to get down if it was not as carbonated, still pretty drinkable

This cork came off more fiercely than any other one I have ever seen, thank goodness it was not pointing at anybody, only lost four to five ounces thankfully, originally I was told this was an older vintage which is partially true, it is an older lambic but it was bottled this year for the celebration of Spontaneous Fermentation in May, it was made in very limited quantities and will only be brewed one time, wish I had more as I think this one will be even better once it has some age under its belt in the bottle too, recommended

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