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

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
Ernest (7822) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Bottle (2010 vintage). Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of apple, lemon, light note of band-aid. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. A relatively clean-smelling lambic, i.e. the polar opposite to Hanssens. Assertive sourness, pretty well balanced. Very fizzy. Overall just ok.

2.8
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2009
The cork didn’t want to stay put. Right when the cage was off it started to creep up. Loud pop and a sizable gush. Dirty murky witbier-like appearance. Large sized bubbles in a white head, quickly diminishing. First impression of the nose is lemon zest and eggy and fatty wheat. Bit too sweet/sugary/lemon drop/etc. in the nose. Little to no wood character. Fizzy carbonation, weak texture. Eggy, goaty, somewhat oily, but overtaken by a lemon/citrus bite. Really just does not work, and doesn’t come across as traditional geuze. Tastes like a witbier with lemon flavoring.

3.5
JoeinDahlem (1597) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2009
A few glases enjoyed during Toer de Geuze. Cloudy bright yellow color. Lemony aroma, fairly clean. Flavor is more tart than sour, sparkling on the tongue. Drinkable and refreshing, not incredibly complex. Like a lawnmower gueuze.

4.2
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by Chuck Cook. Thanks! Pours a hazy light gold with a large fizzy head and lively carbonation. Aroma is tart lactic chardonnay wine-like funky brett and diesel fuel burn-off, similar to the funk you get in some drie font guese with a bit more pineapple. Flavor is funky and fruity esters, sharp lactic acid, some cleanser and horse blanket farmhouse funk, grapefruit and muscat grapes similar to castleton. Nice oaky woodiness, lacto- clean and no aceto grapeskin tannic and a nice sour astringent woody finish. According to Chuck, this should be available for a March 2009 release.

3.5
fonefan (51109) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle 75cl @ 17th Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2008.
A virtually none appearance, virtually none lancing head. Aroma is moderate hoppy, citrus, moderate yeasty, wood. Flavor is moderate sweet and acidic with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat. (240508)


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