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


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4454) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pours pale yellow into a tumbler. Bright white meringue head fills 2/3 of the glass. The meringue slowly recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet yeast, caramel and lemon aromas. Medium bodied with sour lemon upfront turning to sweet dry caramel in the lasting tart pie-like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2076) - BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2014
John Martin has never done much to promote lambic culture after taking over Timmermans, on the contrary I would say, but thanks to the efforts of others, traditional geuze became somewhat more popular in Belgium in recent years and the style seems to be saved from oblivion nowadays; only then, in 2009, John Martin decided to embark on this all but evident style too and came up with this. Limitedly produced and qualifying as an oude geuze in the strict sense of the word, this has a thick cream white head and warm, hazy yellow blonde colour; the aroma has all the lovely lambic funkiness, old sherry, hay, oak, lemon peel, wine vinegar, esters, but strangely some iron as well. Fresh citrus acidity in the onset, rather ’mals’, soft malty and wheaty background, elegant and somewhat subdued lambic character but everything is certainly there, with a long, dry and tart finish. As good as any traditional geuze can be but still a bit too restrained in comparison with the true great ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Sampled via bottle at WTWBA 2014. Hazy yellow pour. Tart fruit notes. Lemon. Slight barnyard. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ulysse (46) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
Good pick for a first geuze. Sour first impression. Long aftertaste. Looks like champagne when poured in a stemmed glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (3492) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Pours yellow hazy with a small head, aroma of barnyard, cherries, brett, very pleasant, flavor is sour with lemon, barnyard, green tea and fruits, lots of brett, medium to full bodied. great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syfher (40) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle of 75 cl. Nice cider yellow color, hard palate and citric, apple taste. We’re in front of one of the greatest "Oude Gueuze" with the Cantillon and Boon ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - OCT 7, 2014
Bona cervesa, tocs àcids clarament marcats tant en aroma com en gust, però en gust té un puntet cítric. Buena cerveza, tonos ácidos claramente marcados tanto en aroma como en sabor, pero en sabor tiene un puntito cítrico.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NBird (386) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2014
Looks.. Orange straw.. Little head. Smells.. Citric, green apples, farmyard. Tastes.. Acidic green apples and citrus spike, sour is dulled by the wet oak notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuelMTL (107) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
From 37.5 cl bottle in tulip glass. Pour is a hazy orange with a quickly disappearing head. Nose is citrus with a lot of green apples. Very sour. A bit of funk. White grapes. Taste is very funky. Almost like cider. White wine and oak barrel notes. Punchy sourness. High carbonation. Very good gueuze for a low price!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2210) - GERMANY - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle barnyard, basement aromas, golden, clear, minimal head, white foam, lightly bitter, heavily sour, medium body, thin feel, fizzy,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
75cl caged and corked bottle pours up with a clear deep gold body that supports a thin white head. The aroma is nice and offers up farmhouse kind of funky flowery meadow, a spicy woody sort of note and then citrusy acidic lime to lemon tartness. The taste is pulsing with nearly abrasive acidic tartness and tart candy notes that have a citrus edge to it. There’s a funkiness going on well off into the background that is just too mild to gain anything against the acidic tartness that rules this experience. This is a solid refreshing puckering brew but a bit over the top for my taste.

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