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Timmermans Oude Lambiek

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


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   ABV: -
Please note the age of the sample you are reviewing when entering your rating. While many factors determine whether you have had "Jonge" or "Oude" Lambik, a general rule of thumb is to enter 1 year-old or older lambik under "Timmermans Oude Lambik" and anything less than 6 months-old under "Timmermans Jonge Lambik".

For those between 6 and 12 months of age, you should take in to consideration the character of the lambik. Samples presenting themselves as hazy/cloudy, with some head-formation and residual sugar should be entered as "Jonge Lambik", while those that are drier, higher in clarity and with little/no head formation should be entered as "Oude Lambik".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2015
from bag in box t Kulminator. Pours clear golden yellow, no head. Aroma is citrus, milk sour and green apple. A total lack of bretty character. Makes one think of typucal American style sour, including the lacto impressions. Light body, extremely sour, even at room temperature. Taste is green apple, citrus, and lactic notes. Total lack of brett for an "old" lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 18, 2015
[9/20/15] Cask at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst in Eizeringen. Clear golden. Great funky aroma with oak, cobwebs, and fruits. Dry sour flavor with oak, citrus. Quite light-bodied. Really good and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2015
On tap at Grote Dorst. Pours slight hazy orange with a few bubbles. Aroma of light tart fruits, a floral note, yoghurt, light citrus and light funk. Flavour is moderate acidic with a soft mellow palate. Above light bodied with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2015
Keg at kulminator. Pours hazy orange, nose is funky, oak, toffee, taste is dry, sour, toffee, vanilla, fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3201) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Draft at Kulminator. Aroma of horseblanket and oldness. Taste has tart, old hop, barnyard and oak. Nice easy lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5604) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2015
Draught: Timmermans Tumbler/Shaker: Clear golden orange body with no head. Aromas of wood, light fruity, light funky... Flavour is good tart/sour, light dry, yoghurt sour, grapes, wood... Aftertaste is tart with grapes, yoghurt sour and some wood. Low to no carbo, medium bodied, dry watery mouthfeel. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (3155) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2015
Brown orange, no foam. Weak aroma, light sour taste. Very Refreshing drink. (Antwerpen 201507) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2015
2011 version from a bag in a box at Cotteridge Wines tasting room; clear golden yellow pour with a tiny bubbly translucent head, aroma has funk and sharp cider apples, taste is lip puckering sour, with some barnyard funk, a hint of sharp lemons, soft carbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElManana (1297) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 AVERAGING 2 RATES: From barrel at Toer de Geuze 2015. Smell is very acid-like, vinegar, lemon. Very heavy acid, not easy on the stomache. Not very pleasant. Very weard I’ve had it before and then I apparently mentioned it needed more sourness. While this one was sour as hell. Total Score: 3.2
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2014 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Kulminator. Pours dark orange. Nose is bread, citrus. Taste is little sour, tarty, grapes. Couldve benefited from more sourness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3674) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2015 Offered as a surprise at ZBF, a rare treat indeed to taste this in its pure form. Came from a small plastic keg. Very slightly hazy light blonde colour and, as expected from an unblended lambic, no head whatsoever. The aroma and flavour have all the elegance, complexity and tartness you’d expect from an old lambic: tons of sour berries, lemon peel, leather, pineapple freshness, sour yoghurt, wood, basal wheatiness, dry white wine, old sherry, wet hay, apples; soft acidity, more ’easy’ lactic sourness than sharp citric sourness as you’d expect from an old lambic, very fruity, very wheaty, very quenching and very complex, with a noble woody tannins drought in the finish. Soft sourness is key here, this is extremely refreshing. A draft sample at In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst proved a bit sharper, more lemony and even more refreshing; needless to say, each batch will be different, as is essential to lambic. I remember how difficult it was to obtain this kind of beer when I started getting interested in it, more than a dozen years ago, but I am glad that the epitome of sour beer styles gains so much attention nowadays (thank you, American craft beer geeks...). Very nice way to kick off a tiring tasting session at ZBF. Too bad Timmermans is in the clutches of John Martin’s, I guess, but even they have apparently understood that it is worthwile to confront the beer festival visitor with the basic thing their ’commercial’ lambic are made of. John Martin’s "rises in my esteem", if I may litterally translate Dutch idiom...

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