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Timmermans Oude Lambiek

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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6784) - 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 (2973) - 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 (5337) - 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 (2912) - 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 (4698) - 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 (1148) - 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 (3406) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (4610) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2014
Pours unclear blonde . Smell is funk , not intense . Taste is sharp sour , bit metallic , Boiled vegetables . Ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (14271) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2014
Tap @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Let hazy yellow with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and barnyard. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 120714

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (2881) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Draught. Hazy hay yellow liquid with small white head. Aroma of grain, apple skin, lemon and bread. Taste is dry and light sour with notes of apples and lemon. Medium bodied with very low carbonation. OK.

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