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

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RATINGS: 323   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
The beer poured a golden haze with a little head on top. The flavor of the beer is sour with some flowery notes. A great Lambic and one of my favorites. If you like sour beer then you must try.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aarond (149) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is barnyard funk, pear, horsey, grass, and citrus. Appearance is a cloudy, bright, golden color. Taste is sour lemon, funk, earth, and brett. Good carbonation with a dry finish. Overall an excellent gueuze.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3530) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2012
75 cl. thuis – gekocht bij ALBO. Op de fles staat “Belgium’s Finest Lambic Beer” – straffe claim moet ik zeggen, zou extreem verbaasd zijn mocht dit waaar zoen, ik moet het waarschijnlijk lezen als heel hoge kwaliteit lambic bier uit België (andere landen noemen wel hun spul niet lambic. Moest veel moeite doen om de kurk er niet uit te laten vliegen. Ziet er heel lichtjes wazig, citroen, gouden, beetje pilsachtig uit, kraag is bijna onmiddellijk bijna kompleet weg, blijft wel een beetje aan de kanten plakken. Ruikt citroenzuur, vers geperste citroen, lichte horseblanket, lichtjes fruitig, pure platte lambiek. Citroen zuur, vers geperste citroen, vers hout smaak, zuur, heel lichte kruiden, aspirine smaak op het einde, witte wijndruiven, zure appels / cider toets, zure vitaminen, brett, lichte azijn en een aanzienlijke dosis kinderchampagne, lekker citroenzuur, blijkbaar heb ik een kleine wondje op mijn lippen want het doet pijn, practig. Mondgevoel is als goedkope cider. Echt wel zwaar verbaast van dit – geen slechte prijs en echt wel een heerlijke Geuze, heeft zijn stijl en echt wel leuk om te drinken. Bedankt dat dit nog gemaakt word en niet moeilijk om te verkrijgen is. Ik zal echt wel aan dit bier in de toekomst denken. Als dit geen geuze uit België was maar een nieuwe zure bier van pakweg iemand als The Bruery of Lost Abbey – de reacties dat dit zou krijgen… Hoe dan ook ik heb hier echt van genoten en dit heeft mijn drang naar zuur bevredigd. Het moet niet allemaal ingewikkeld of gesofistikeerd zijn, dit is ook meer dan prima.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Slightly hazy gold with a perfect lasting head. Big sour smell with some funk in the aroma. Acidic bite that slightly stings then strong tart almost crab apple like. Light syrup residue. As it warms a light dough banana finish starts coming out.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPP (2) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012 does not count
Cette bière est excellente! J'ai rarement eu la chance d'apprécier une aussi bonne gueuze! Son acidité est bien présente mais n'offusque pas le palais! Au contraire! À chaque gorgée, les glandes parotides (situées de chaque côté du visage au-dessous et en avant des oreilles) explosent de salive laissant savourer une bière sans pareille pour finalement laissé une note d'acidité sur le milieu de la langue. À essayer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2014
750mL bottle, bottled 4/17/13, drunk on 1/11/14
Deep golden brass body is bright, with plentiful small bubbles producing an initially large, but mostly receding white head. Plenty of sediment left behind in the bottle. So far so good...
WOW! Is this a bottle of Cantillon gueuze? This is the closest aroma to Cantillon’s gueuze that I think I’ve smelled outside of Cantillon beers. Sulphur, burnt rubber, full-on valeric acid tartness, wood tannins and a fair amount of barnyard. Very good strength of aroma as well, and just infinitely sniffable. I seriously doubt you could tell this apart from some cantillon gueuzes in a blind smelling. It’s also entirely possible that I have a big bias to that sulphur/rubber note and because it’s so present here and in Cantillon, that I’m being a little blinded to the rest of the aroma.
The flavor dosent disappoint either, being nicely dry, woody and quite lactic. Soft, oily mouthfeel belies the relatively high amount of carbonation. Lemons, oranges, barrel tannins and plentiful barnyard character are all present here. It’s perhaps a touch too sweet on the finish, and dosent have quite the depth of some of the best (not as much weird funk) but it’s tough to find flaw with this batch. Shockingly good, but cantillon gueuze is also my favorite beer, so again, I’m pretty biased to gueuzes that are similar to it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2152) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Opened at a good temperature to a serious pop and poured with a mammoth off-white foamy, billowy head that quickly settled and no lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is an intense blend of yeast, citrus peel, and funk. Flavor’s much like nose, tang and wild yeastoids up front, citrus, yeast, malt in the back. Barest hint of sweet. Body/carbonation are perfect, especially for style. Finish is like flavor, good burps, tang lasts forever, slightest alcohol warmth. Can’t say it’s very drinkable, more sippable. Excellent gueuze.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (4023) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
Provdatum: 2009-09-11, Flaska 10 grader, ölprovning hos Tidde. UTS: molnigt pissgul (ser utom som någon som har socker sjuka), lätt skum D: ladugård, surt, och lite halvjävligt. S: citrusbeskt, inget för amatörer, återkommer med mer kommentarer när den egna flaskan prövas PS: kollegan sa att det var en tam Gueuze Passar bäst till: Oude Gueuze provning... Förslag på liknande öl: Hoegaarden Grand Cru

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4636) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2010
This beer is underrated and overlooked. I think most European raters have a natural bias against Timmermans & have a hard time with them brewing a quality unsweetened lambic. This beer isn’t an extremely complex gueuze. If you have it next to a Cantillon or 3F, its going be lacking the big sourness or deep woody character. It seems to have more in common w/ US sour/plambics than the more traditional BE brewers. If you put it blind against the likes DDG, Beatification, Brute, or Cable Car, I’m guessing this beer would have a chance to win the flight. Its a really lively beer which I like. I wish more sours had heavier carbonation (like brute). It has an almost fruity white wine character. At about 7Euro/750ml, this beer is a great buy. Even if you pay to have it shipped in quantity, you are probably only looking at the $20-25 level shipped compared to a Cable Care/DDG/etc! A great buy and if the bottle said Lost Abbey or RR, it would be a top 10 sour.


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