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Brewed by Timmermans (John Martin)
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Itterbeek, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Oude Gueuze is an appellation controlee : its label is protected. It is also known as the champagne of beers, especially as it is only available as a limited edition. Timmermans Oude Gueuze’s special flavour derives from its time-honoured method of preparation. It is a blend of old lambic, which has been aged for three years in wooden barrels, and young lambic which ensures spontaneous fermentation in the bottle. The different lambics are carefully selected by the brewer to obtain a perfect flavour. After it has been produced, Timmermans Oude Gueuze, which is refermented for four months in the bottle, continues to improve for 20 years.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5325) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS. A white golden beer. Softer malts and fruit in the aroma. Some funk is tasted with apples and lemon. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2381) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2015
75cl bottle bb2031. Murky golden pour. Immediate lemon and green apple sulphurs, some funk in aroma. Taste is on the rougher side of 3F with less dryness: lemon juice, massive green apple with its peel, sulphurous finish. Missing some complexity and fresh sparkle here, but curious to see what happens to the aging bottles.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (880) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2015
From a bottle. Not my usual style but, wow, what a flavour punch. This grew on me and I will definitely have it again. Tastes like a sour warhead.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (10117) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2015
from Apothibières - lightly hazy blond beer with no foam; aroma of cellar, old apples and vinegar; subtle carbonation and a solid sourness; medium-bodied, dry and long very sourish aftertaste of cider, dust and horse blankets - nice one

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (1003) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 29, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 37.5cl au Kilarney à Besançon, couleur blonde, dorée, mousse présente mais très déliquescente, effervescence importante, bière assez acide en début de bouche sur le citron pressé et le pulco, puis continuité sur la pomme acide et fin de bouche boisée sur le tonneau neuf.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1096) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Purchased from Leary’s, the Amesbury location, yesterday afternoon. $19.00 ($18.95 + $0.05 container deposit) for the 751 mL bottle. To stumpy, ultra-clean white wine glass, it pours an mellow apricot (dark yellowish orange)-tinted marigold with which a quickly diminishing snowy owl white head 1 pinky nail in length stood. So far so good. On backside of label, it reads: "Produced on: 26/02/14". Perhaps I should have waited, but I’m curious. To hell with it. A. Aromas of papaya/pawpaw, honeydew melon, sidewalk chalk (very prevalent in these oudes, I’d say), chopped chives, stale pineapple juice, exercise perspiration, celery, horse blankets, pickled pears, and pizza sough. T. It is just how I expected it: Tastes the same with the addition of acidulated malt/lactic acid, young oak, unripe kiwifruit, grits, and mashed plantains. Waterier than had anticipated. Stomach acid, puke funk and a hint of sea salt experienced by swallow.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3255) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle @ Gnoff. Pours hazy yellow with a small frothy offwhite head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sour and funky with crackers, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, green apples, dry soil, hay, horse blanket, barnyard and lemon zest. Taste is sour with crackers, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, yuzu juice, green apples, hay, dry soil, minerals, horse blanket and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is dry, tart, mouth puckering and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour with crackers, citrus juice, green apples, hay, dry soil, minerals and lemon zest. Nice bretty complex nose but the taste is all citric acid centered.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Renobob (1084) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 17, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 37,5cl. Les gueuzes ne sont vraiment pas mon style ;) Très acidité, finale sur la pomme non sucrée.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2977) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma was of yeast, citrus and some sourness. The taste was of sour with lemon and a touch of white wine. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (791) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bomber from Supermarket Liquors. Appearance: slight white head that is gone instantly, poor lacing, gold yellow, clear, Aroma: leather, grapes, tart funky fruity yeast, light diacetyl. Palate: light body, soft carbonation, dry finish, crisp, puckering. Taste: sweet grapes and fruity yeast that goes almost immediately into very tart/sourness of sour green apples, puckering even. Finish is residual tart and fruity sweet. Overall, much more tart than I was expecting, extremely good, very well balanced. Much enjoyed.


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