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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 1,921
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 183
Gots: 497 | FT: 52
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Gueuzerie Tilquin
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Style | ABV
Gueuze | 6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-05-2011

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne (6.0% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer, produced from the blending of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambics. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and refermented in the bottle for at least 6 months. The lambics used were fermented and oak aged in our installations. These lambics are coming from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon breweries.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice yellow and orange appearance, solid 1/2" head, white. Hits the sour, rubbery, husky, musty lemon notes.

Very tart and sour, 7.5 on a 1-10 scale. Real gritty amount of wheat. Sticky. Good dry oak mouthfeel. Pungent flavor.

Man I remember the days when these were all over shelves for $20. . . wish I had bought a lot more.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014-2015 750ml

Pours a light golden color with next no no head. Aroma of white grape, honey, pear, sour melon?, wheat, malt, slight cheesy aged hops aroma, spicy barnyard funk.. Flavor is right there with the aroma and has a malty-wine thing happening. A very nice blend. I feel like I can taste Boon & Cantillon in there for sure.. very complex. Nice balance of funky, tart, fruity, malty, wheat.. Light feel with sparkling carbonation which pops the flavors off your tongue. Nice Gueuze.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time with this style so I am not sure how a geuze is supposed to taste. It poured a hazy straw gold color with a thick white head. The bubbles are small and stayed around the whole time it was consumed. The smell is weird to me. The smell is moldy but lemony. There is a brightness to the smell but the malt is barely perceptible in the nose. The taste is fruity and sour with an ending taste that reminds me of a moldy and stinky cheese like Roquefort or Gorgonzola. After the swallow I perceive fruit sweetness and a lingering bitterness.

I am not going to say that I now have a love of this style but the depth of flavors make this an interesting beer and one I will experiment with again.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark clover honey gold, and forms a thick head of long-lived foam that's just off-white beige. Despite the excellent retention of the head, lacing is patchy at best, and tends to slide off the glass back into the beer.

Smell: Powerful. The aroma strikes from the moment the cork is popped, and does not relent! Musty hay and moldy grain form the backbone of the aroma, with strains of soured light fruits weaving through - white grape, melon, pear, green apple. A note of bleu cheese winds through the aroma as well.

Taste: Right up front, this gueuze blends tartness and funk rather beautifully, opening as a mouthful of old book mildew and musty hay - almost like a dried moldy lemongrass - wrapped around a core of fruits that seem at once both under- and over-ripe - tangerine, white grape, cantaloupe melon, and sharp green apple. Moldy cheese rind, reminiscent of bleu but verging towards a softer cheese, surfaces in the flavor profile as it moves along the palate, and just the right amount of coppery tang manifests late in the tasting process as well. The aftertaste lingers as a blanket of sour tangerine, tart melon, and mildewed grass upon the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and tart, but without much of the pulling sensation at the salivary glands. Carbonation appears to be quite present, contributing to the sharpness, while the beer itself is fairly light of body.

Overall: This may well be the best gueuze I have tasted thus far, balancing sourness and funkiness quite well. I'll repeat this one.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013-14 edition. Very hazy beer, extremely carbonated (gushed a good amount - perhaps due to shipment). Pale orange body with a billowing head. Aroma is earthy and a bit funky, some dirt and burnt rubber mixed in. Extremely phenolic and woody. The burnt rubber/wood aroma transfers over to the palate, but is a bit more balanced. Some lemon on the tongue, medium acidity and a medium light body. Overall a solid brew, but the wood/rubber essence made some of it a bit harsh.

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Photo of Cannabanoid
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 750ml fresh this summer. I thought is was pretty good. Today I had a taster of a bottle a few years old. I thought it was outstanding. Hold off drinking as long as you can possibly resist the temptation.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic gueuze. The carbonation and mouthfeel were absolutely perfect and the flavor was so complex. This one stands up to the more popular Cantillon competition in every way.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014/2015 vintage; 12.7 oz bottle; Best before 17/11/2024.

Removing the cork unleashed the loudest pop I've ever heard from a bottle of beer. Light amber in color with a soft white head. Carbonation is high, with a constant stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention and some patchy lacing left behind.

The aroma is a citrus fruit explosion, predominantly orange and lemon. Earthy, with moderate sour acidic notes.

Gone is the fruit upon tasting, as it gets replaced by the classic "barnyard" funk, light malts, and even a hint of vanilla. It's sour but balanced.

Light bodied, tart, and effervescent, it is remarkably easy to drink despite its complexity. A well balanced, beautifully blended gueuze. I don't see myself purchasing it often given the high price tag, but I may try to find a couple more bottles to age. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011/12 bottle. Instant rose water nose. Lemon peel. Hints of aged cheddar. Taste is brightly lemony but never acidic or sour. Tartness is balanced by a developed malt sweetness. Carb is perfect.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Film over hazy dark orange. 4
Apple and slightly off Seville orange on the nose. 4
Snap wheat, a blast of vinegar, an herb hit, and some goat. 4.25
Herbal bite and mellow but zippy linger.
Round, smooth, just under medium. 4

Quite aggressive and rural. Cidery in its acid. Drinkable - still not hugely funky - but not refined or easy. Also on the strong end of the scale (6.4%) for a geueze. 4

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/gold with a fluffy, bubbly chalk white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Seems to hint at high levels of carbonation.

Smell has a noticeable funk/skunk, some white pepper spice, and a nice light peach and apricot note from the yeast.

Taste has the funk upfront. Not tart exactly but a slight puckering on the tongue. Not overly funky/horse-blankety but enough present for those who may like that. A nice note of peaches lurks somewhere in the background mingling with an nice earthy, spicey, yeasty quality. White pepper coats the tongue and lingers with some earthy flavors. Fairly tannic as well it seems.

Mouthfeel is very dry. The dryness also leaves this tannic quality on the tongue, reminiscent of (for lack of a better descriptor) cat tongue.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is remarkably clear, with a head of bubbles that lasts forever. Nose of funk and lemon and oak and all the wonderful things about gueuze. This is a fabulous gueuze, and one of the better that I've had. Finishes lively and fruity, with excellent carbonation and mouthfeel. Great job

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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with best before date 3/27/2022. 2011/2012 label.

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a finger of soft off-white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film that left a few wisps of lace down the glass. The film lasted the whole beer through.
S: The nose is full of funk but it’s a fruity type of funk. Not too acidic or tart smelling, but fairly dry and definitely musty. Peppery as well with a nice underlying wheat/grain bill.
T: Like the nose, the yeast and flavors are on the fruitier side of the funk spectrum. The acidity is surprisingly low, but there is a touch of bright tartness near the finish. I also get flavors of lime, wheat, and musty straw. The aftertaste turns rich and creamy with a hint of lemony tartness.
M: Medium body, soft and fluffy carbonation, smooth and rich mouthfeel. Surprisingly creamy as opposed to dry, although this finish is lightly tannic. Low acidity overall.
O: Exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Not as complex and funky compared to other gueuze I’ve had, but I’ve also had other vintages of this beer that were super acidic, bright, and tart. This bottle was mellow, smooth, and delicious. I wish I had more.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014-2015 bottling

Fantastic offering. Smell is full of bright acidity while at the same time cushioned by a light funkiness. Flavor is full of lemon juice, oranges, hay, an earthy minerality and, of course, a good amount of "ok, what the fuck am I tasting"-type funk.

Mouthfeel if medium to medium-plus. mouthfeel is rather 'filling' and the beer itself is rather round.

I like it. Not cheap but not expensive Belgian offering that has all the qualities of a poor man's Cantillon.

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange, 2 fingers of white head, good lace. Smell is big and funky, lemon, green apple, oak, barnyard and musty horseblanket, bit of a lactic greek yogurt and cheese. Taste is sour with a puckering tart fruit, apple and lemon acidity, lots of funky barnyard flavours, lactic and earthy, drying finish. Dry body, high-medium carbonation, medium body. Absolutely incredible, just a top tier gueuze, would love to revisit this as often as possible.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is beyond me, too good for me etc. not a beginners lambic for sure but truly exceptional

A: a beautiful orange, good thick head with good lacing and good retention

S: citrusy, briny, funky and acidic, quite pleasant, the funk (in a subdued way) is like a stale astringent burn, astringent in a good way strangely, tinge of black pepper, all in all smells like straight up age

T: sour but not mouth puckeringly so, acidic, Very dry and fruity, almost a subtle (yet unsweet) sense of pineapple, relentlessly complex and intriguing, lingers on the palate

O: wonderful but no matter the price this should still be a beer held back and not often consumed, funk is the big note here, this is worth the money if you like sours, if you don't don't let this be your first, this is a lambic for lambic people

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love gueuzes and this one takes the cake so far. Immense flavor going on for such a light body. Super tart, peaty, sour. Pure funk juice. This one and Haansens Artisinal definitely top my list for good, accessible gueuzes.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a feeling my one extra 2013-2014 bottle would step its game up even further with one year of cellering. I was right.

The overall balance is just astonishing. The acidic character, where it before felt slightly too sour or sharp, is now a near perfect tartness.

The yeast as wild as ever, the smell of fresh apples intoxicating.

A beautiful beer.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'10-'11 found recently on a dusty shelf in SD.

Nice cork pop, no gusher, big, thin head that goes away somewhat quickly. Nose is immediate lemon, wood and funk. Taste is funky, tart, cheese, pickle juice and some red fruit. Quite bubbly on the mouth and thin, very dry. Overall, a decent brew and shared w/ my brother who had never had anything like it.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Released 2014-11-07 at Systembolaget in Sweden. Best before 2026-03-13. ABV: 6.4%

Hazy, deep orange beer with a two finger high, white head.

Nose: Wood, vinegar, apple, plum, oak and sourness.
Taste: Tart, orange peel, oak, plum amd citrus.
Body: Juicy, tart medium body with a great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

This is excellence! So beatiful and great taste! Just love it!

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a resounding pop! BBD of 08 2024

Pours a hazed amber with 3 fingers of fast falling cream colored head. Head stabilizes after a while. Above average lacing & head finally fades away

S: Sourness, oxidized hops, some raspberry

T: Berry tartness, a little cherry as well up front, hints of vinegar as well. Vinegar, sour apples and cherries as this warms. Finishes acidic with choke cherry & a little apple vinegar twang

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation

Super drinkability, I sure this would be interesting with some age on it. Taste delivered, didn't quite deliver in other areas

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange into my tulip. Thin white head lingers for a while. Smells of hay, lactic acid, some lemons, and slight acetone spew out of the glass. The first sip is an explosion of tart funk all over the mouth. Some lemons and lactic acid linger before vanishing. The finish is pretty clean. There is a muted tartness that can be perceived but the finish is quite quick. Prickly on the tongue and a little thin.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Warning: contents under pressure. This beer is bottle conditioned and the explosive cork removal lets you know it. The bottle will require a minute to get itself sorted out as the carbon dioxide is set free.

Pours a cloudy dark orange. Funky aroma with a kind of sweaty element to it. Slight lemon note as well. Flavor is definitely more tart than sour, and in a big way. Effervescence and tartness combine to produce an extremely drying quality in the mouthfeel. There were some champagne like qualities to this, which is perhaps par for the course with lambics? I'm certainly no expert in this corner of the beer world, blended (as in a gueuze) or otherwise.

I might not favor this to the same extent that fans of the style do, but this was tasty. Worth trying as a reference point for gueuze beers.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Pours golden and apricot-like in color with a fizzy quality that produces a bubbly champagne-like head. A lacy film settles over the well-carbonated liquid awaiting the sipping to commence.

Tart orchard fruitiness with a touch of earthy saltiness. Peach come to mind with the fruit aroma. A sprinkle of citrus appears layered over the orchard aroma. Perhaps a bit one-dimensional, but nice-smelling.

Peach and apricot are all over the flavor here. Touches of sweetness and vanilla mid-palate. Again, there's no wealth of flavors here, but what is here is delicious.

It's tart and a tad earthy with a clean feel to it and a touch of acidity. Hints of sweetness, medium-carbonation and a dry but lip-puckering finish.

This is a nice damn brew. Not much more to say.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz corked bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a 2 finger gushy bright white head that reduces slowly to leave a layer of foam.

Aromas of funky horseblanket, basement, tart citrus, vinegar, straw, barnyard. Very nice. On the tongue is sour lemon juice, apple, hay, funky yeast, vinegar, the finish is dry and tart.

Overall solid, a great example of the style. Balanced and nicely funky.

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