Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 180
Gots: 466 | FT: 51
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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 BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A really pretty cloudy orange-gold. Very bubbly.

S - Having never smelled anything like this smell before, I don't know what it is I'm smelling. When I first opened the bottle, I thought it was a vinegar smell, but now that's gone and I'm left with whatever interesting smell this is.

T - Wow. This is my first gueuze. Doesn't taste like beer at all. As with the aroma, I'm not sure what I'm tasting here. I hear people talk about "funk" and I wonder if that's one of the elements I'm getting. There's a tartness/sourness on the edge of recognition, less of a flavor and more of a sensation, transitioning quickly to a dry finish. I can see that sourness being what brings me back. The taste is part champagne, part cider, part something else. There's a faintly fruity taste with a general citric acid-y sourness.

M - Dry like champagne. Some apple-peel-esque tannin action going on. The mouth is left dry as a bone afterwards, even a little puckered initially.

O - Well that's very interesting. It's certainly not what I'd reach for when I want a beer. But it's a really nice other category of beverage, and pretty refined. Flavorful, pressing a few buttons, yet tastefully restrained and classy. I could see serving this at a nice dinner party, whether just for the people who aren't into beer or for everyone. More people should know about this category. I love that the expiration date for a 2011 beer is 2021.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml champagne bottle with a BB of Feb 2021. 2010-2011 vintage; ABV stated as 6.0%. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and carefully stored. Described on the label as a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year-old lambics aged in oak barrels and originating from Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon. I've been waiting for a while to drink this - lets go!

A: Poured into a cervoise (repeatedly). Bottle conditioned. A luminous amber hue with faint sediment and moderate carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding.

S: Aroma of tart, dry malt with hints of vinegar, lemon, barnyard funk, hay, mild husky grain, lactic acid and subtle natural yoghurt. Wonderfully balanced - beautiful.

T: Tastes of sour, grainy malt with a bracingly dry finish. Notes of vinegar, lemon juice, lactic acid, barnyard funk, musty hay, husks, faint woodiness and earthy cellars. Exceptionally attenuated and bone-dry, followed by a lingering yeasty tartness that pervades the palate.

M: Mouthfeel is sharp, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and great body. Very acidic and astringent; dries the palate utterly. Aftertaste of funky yeast, lactic sourness, mild vinegar and faint grain.

O: Magnificent. There aren't many beers with this sort of depth. It looks fantastic, while the aroma and flavour are incredible. Sour, funky and dry, with hints of yeast and grain. Excellent body. Challenging but rewarding; this is the pinnicle of Belgian brewing and possibly the best lambic I've had yet. The balance is superb - this is a world-class brew that deserves to be added to your must-try list.

Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't ask for more in a beer

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of cultclassic89
4.6/5  rDev +6%

This is the 2010 - 2011 vintage poured into a tulip glass. 375 ml bottle.

Appearance: Very hazy and dark amber and orange color. Little more than a one finger eggshell white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Love how hazy this is, it almost looks like orange juice.

Nose: Very nice funk. It's not as prominent as Cantillon or 3F, but pretty close. Has that classic Belgian funk to it though, lots of barnyard, dank basement like notes. I get a bit of spicy, herbal notes, maybe some slight pepper. Has a very nice lemony tartness that blends well with the funk.

Taste: A lot of funk with tons of lemony tartness. It's pretty sour, maybe about a 7 to 7.5 out of 10, which I'm sure has a bit to do with the age. That lemony sourness lingers for so long, it's great. I could wait a few minutes, dig my tongue in between my lip and gums and still get a nice punch of sour lemon.

Mouthfeel: Again, pretty sour and bone dry. Medium light feel with lower to mid carbonation. Absolutely perfect for the style.

Overall: This is pretty fantastic gueuze. It's right up there with Cantillon and 3F. If this had just a bit more funk or complex notes, it would put this gueuze over the top. Maybe one day they'll stock this on the shelves in Texas so I can buy it all.

Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

750 ml bottle poured into a RR stemmed glass @ 50 deg f.

A: 4.5 - Huge carbonation, the cork would have never stayed in place without the cage. Large off white fluffy white head composed of large to medium bubbles that slowly dissipate with great lacing and a continuous flow of bubbles from the base of the glass. Color is a straw golden yellow, crisp and clear, simply gorgeous.

S: 5.0 - O god damn Yes! Very characteristic and definitely a classic Gueuze aroma. A nice toasty bterry aroma with a hint of lactic sourness. Very earthy and quite similar in aroma to Cantillon's classic gueuze. Very citric and acid fruit like. This smells amazing!

T: 4.5 - Wow, very smooth carbonation with a gentle sourness and great but subtle Brett funk with very earthy citric notes. Very drinkable and refreshingly dry.

M: 4 - Very dry and refreshing with a slight bitter and a little bit tanic finish. Gentle Brett character that lingers and friendly lactic sourness. Very citric in acidity but very nice and very classic to the style.

O: 4.5 - This is a very tame yet complex lambic. A definite classic flavor profile but a little too smooth and clean. I couldn't wait to drink this but that's most likely my problem. It will definitely improve with age but a must have without to truly get a feel for this amazing lambic. A definite must try.

Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Velvety amber, possibly a little darker than expected for a gueuze, but it's definitely nice and radiant. Cloudy and hazy body, topped off with a thick, off-white nimbus head that grows softy to a few fingers before quickly crackling away into nothing but a thin film and thicker collar. Nice looking for the style, I suppose... no lacing is left behind.

I was expecting good things for this beer, but not necessarily *great* things. Well, shame on me. Because the aroma is great. It's absolutely beautiful. Funky-ass barnyard Brett, old musty waves of cork, dirty sweat socks, sour apples, biting lemon rinds, and a sharp continuum of acidity that slashes through and gapes everything in its way. So sour and so tart, just from the aroma. I can already tell that this is a finely made gueuze.

Pssshh, the taste is impossibly sour.... Okay, well, maybe not an impossible level of sourness, but it's pretty damn sour. Even more sour than I was expecting. Puckering notes of lemon flesh and lemon drops, pears, and apples, coupled with copious amounts of must and wet hay. Incredible sourness throughout, and it's surprisingly not quite as acidic (although a solid, acidic bite is still present) as the aroma may have you believe. Hello, drinkability.

The palate shows a good balance of sour and funk, though sour might win out just a bit in the flavor, despite the heavy notes of funk in the aroma. The back-end shows a bit more wet oak, damp cork, and forest-y, earthy, mushroom-y funk notes, finishing with a crisp bite and a dryness that should be a standard for the style. Each sip will have your mouth aching for another.

Wow, this stuff is damn good. And what's even better - it's relatively available and moderately priced for the style. This stuff could certainly stand up to some of the greats, and I believe this beer can be overlooked by many (yeah, yeah, the rating is high... but still, this is a very impressive brew). Sourheads rejoice, funkheads rejoice, gueuze lovers celebrate... Go get yourself some Tilquin and thank me later.

Photo of MadScientist
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A light amber with good clarity and a lot of fine bubbles. The long lasting head is made of rocky off-white bubbles.

S: Moderately strong grapefruit hits your nose just after you pop the cork. Once you get it in the glass you can smell a balance moderate sour aroma with an earthiness. There is a light bit of rhubarb.

T: A clean refreshing, moderately-strong tart sourness that is in balance with the malt. There a light touch of honey and oak. The balance is pretty tart, although there are a few that are more sour. The finish is very dry with a linger grapefruit tartness.

M: A medium-light body with strong carbonation.

O: The beer initially makes your mouth water then dries it out. This is a well balanced Gueuze that is refreshing and tart.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 5/3/21

Nice pop as the cork comes out. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours clear golden brown with one finger of off-white head. The glass is absolutely covered with tiny bubbles. Head eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves no lacing.

S - Tart aroma of lemon and green apple. Quite a bit of oak coming through and a nice yeast funkiness. Nice depth to the aroma.

T - Very crisp tartness, again largely lemon and green apple. Earthy funk is persistent throughout, but at this stage it is taking a backseat to the tartness. Also a bit grassy with a dry oak taste as well. Very tasty. The aroma seemed to have much more funk than the taste.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is quite dry throughout.

O - More on the crisp/refreshing side than the earthy/funky side at this point, though there is a nice funkiness. Looking forward to seeing how this develops. Hopefully the flavor will be equal to the aroma someday. Still, a very enjoyable gueuze.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too small bottle, caged and corked. Purchased at DeCicco's in ardsley, NY.

Gotta love a beer with best before date of 15/02/2021!

Pours medium tangarine, cloudy, light tan head, goes to a thicker film and leaves some low sheeting and blobs of thicker lacing.

Funked up nose, sweat sox come to mind, with a back sniff of diluted clorox.

Bright lemon flavors, orange undertones, moderatly sour, super flavorful and complex. Each sip is to be savored...nice effort here on a style that not easy to get right

Photo of standardcherry
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BobZ for this one!

A: Hazy orange colored. Nice, creamy white head with some great lacing.
S: Acidic aroma, lemons, peach. Bready yeast and funk. A bit of a rubbery aroma.
T: Lactic acid, lemons, peaches, wheat/bready taste, funky yeast flavors. Nice tartness and oakiness. Big on the oak.
M: Light and extremely drinkable. Nice spritzy finish.
O: Complex, dry, refreshing and delicious. Would love to have more of this one!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I 375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head, no lacing. Nose is lightly funky note, slight band and and Brett.

Taste is tart and light, lots of Brett, a nice slightly sweet finish. It's very easy drinking and has a crisp finish.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"2011-2012 Vintage" 12.7 cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

The cork easily pops off resulting in a near gusher, but leaving ample time to pour in a glass. Lots of carbonation visible. The pour yields a nice 2 fingers of white fizzy head that quickly receeds to nothing eventually, but lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles. A nice hazy, light sunshine orange body.

Smells like a gueze. Acidic tart lemons, other citrus fruits as well as some softer fruits, peach. Some bready yeast with some sour yeast funk. With that lambic yeast is maybe even a bit of plastic which is not a bad thing here as it adds complexity. Somewhat lactic as well.

Acidic tart lemons, lactic feel, stone fruit, a bit of peach, some funk lambic yeast with a slight bready note. A very nice tart sourness. Some nice old oak barrel funk.

Starts off quite carbonated, but the carbonation dies down towards the end of the glass. Very crisp and refreshing, really nice for this hot summer day.

A really well put together gueze, definatly not to harsh on the sourness which some tend to be, but a nice first time gueze. Have I had better? Yes, but this still has its place.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Clear, golden yellow and orange with slight sediment at the bottom of the glass. Quickly forming bone-white head that eventually leaves specks of lacing down the glass.

Huge aroma of funk, hay, grass, sweet lemon and tart apples, along with a lot of musty basement. Love it!

The lemon and apple components of this beer shine though nicely along with the big, sweaty, funk notes and musty basement/cobwebs. There isn't as much earth and brick flavor as I found in other gueuzes, though I'm not really missing it. This is delicious, as is.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A terrific gueuze. I hope I can find this in a shop near me soon.

Photo of Libationguy
2.27/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy with a straw-gold color. Medium, white, compact head with medium- retention.

Lactic, sour melon, lemon zest, horse hair, lemon-lime soda, oiled baseball glove, cheese rind.

Sour candy, cheese rind, gym socks, sour cherry, old leather, sour lactic tone, grapefruit, dirty.

Lean mouthfeel that is very linear and acidic. Very dry.

Super funky, even for a style that is sought out for it's funkiness. Maybe a bad bottle? Honestly, just this side of undrinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good orange peach like appearance to the beer, nice sizeable head. Great sour aroma, heftier than just lemon, but still plenty light with aroma of sour green apple. You get the armpit and rubbery aroma from it as well.

Very tart, shart and sour puckering effect immediate upon the first sip of consumption. Gritty edge keeps the liquid sticking raw to your teeth and yet is a dry gueuze. A sizeable amount of oak/wood in the mouthfeel when you can get through the heavy sour aspects of it.

Very nice, I got to drink 3 of these (shared with others of course) in a 24 hour period. One big bottle left to share sometime years down the road. Should appeal to anyone who likes Cantillon's Classic Gueuze.

Photo of mahak213
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 750mL bottle, big thanks to Korey for hooking me up with this one!

Appearance- Bright golden orange, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass and clinging to the sides. Head fizzles away to leave a thin cap of bright white, soapy foam

Smell- Tangy, citric sourness with earthy funk. Smells very bright and effervescent, green apples and maybe a touch of a white wine, vinous aroma

Taste- Green apples and tart white grapes, which moves forward to a deep, earthy funkiness. Nice and sour, with a big lemon character coming in along with the funkiness.

Mouthfeel- I'm impressed with how easy this is to drink, it's light and crisp with lots of carbonation, finishes dry but has enough sweetness to not be overpowering.

Overall- Really impressed with this, and I'll definitely be seeking out some more. Perfect for this beautiful Sunday afternoon

Photo of jeonseh
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip

A - Dark golden with a small white head. A bit hazy which I'd expect given it's unfiltered. Small, crisp white head that settles on top.

S - Light sour tartness with light oak and farmhouse funk mixed in as well.

T - Tart sour lemon warhead hits you up front. There is also a vinegary sourness that comes through. There is a slight oaky funkiness that lingers on the backend. Nice, easy drinking sour

MF - Nice, heavy carbonation that makes this surprisingly full and smooth. It also gives it a nice, full body for this.

O - A nice sour, vinegary beer that is nice to drink. Definitely will pick up some more of these if the next time I see it as it lets you get a nice Gueuze fix that you can actually find.

Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is murky (though bright), the color of a ripe apricot or very close to it. A fluffy, slightly yellow-tinted head rises to one finger and shows itself to be resilient as it rests densely. It falls at a moderate pace and leaves some patching on the glass.
Like the appearance, this beer's aroma displays lots of apricot at the opening of the bottle, accompanied by a variety of fresh tropical fruits with some very juicy sourness. Funk is firm but well integrated, earthy and leathery with plenty of acidity tingling.
Everything passes over the tongue and forces some thought; but, while individually identifiable, every note plays together into the flavor. A little sweetness on the tongue just takes the edge off so the strong sourness and acidity can play their full parts without being too harsh. Lots of fruits are on the tongue as they were in the nose, and the funk is almost chewy, more earthy with a bit of barnyard effect. It's extremely bright, and some green apple skin tartness comes through the whole way as well.
The body is medium and there's a certain creaminess to it even with the dryness. It is also, though, very crisp and bright. It's extremely refreshing, acidic without being harshly astringent, with a powdery and clean finish even as the puckering sourness makes it a little juicy, and carbonation is nearly perfect.

Photo of timc100
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Glowing, hazy to the point of opaque, sunrise orange. The head was bright white and faded into nothing within a few minutes.

S: Dank barnyard funk, sharp lemon citrus and lime zest. With a harsh swirl there are notes of sweet blueberries. Some vinegar and apple skin. Great, well balanced funky tart aroma

T: Barnyard funk, huge citrus zest, and some vinegar. Much less complex than the nose. Pretty sour.

P: Nice for the style - fuller side of light body, active carbonation, long finish.

O: Considering it's in its youth, it's a pretty damn good beer with a beautiful aroma.

Photo of rdilauro
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I tried this one based on a suggestion from a beer salesman. I am always opened to different types of beers. I guess I am just not a fan of any type of lambic. The aroma of this was very nice, crisp, clean with some apple and pear over tones.
The taste was a bit awkward for me. One minute it was like a extra dry sparkling wine with a touch of sweetness, next minute and was too sweet.
The one thing I did very like was it was very crisp. Much more than any other beer I have tasted. As I mentioned above, about sparkling wine, it presented itself almost champagne like.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle, 6.4% ABV.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden straw hue, with persistent rising bubbles, and one finger of tight, off-white surface yeast head, which settles slowly, leaving a few vertical streaks of lace around the glass.

It smells of tart fruit - cherry, lemon, apple and a bit of raspberry, some backing white vinegar, moderate aged cheese funk, some soft wheaty graininess, and mild earthy, musky hops. The taste is more sour, acidic, denuded fruit, stripped of any sugary aromatic association, a nice even musky funk, some soft lactic sweetness, and a subtle astringent white wine essence.

The bubbles are, as previously alluded to, quite effervescent, but they tire soon enough to a steady hum, the body medium-light in weight, and actually somewhat smooth, given the swirling maelstrom of edgy acetic acid. It finishes surprisingly a tad off-dry, the underappreciated wheat malt perking up a bit, though the acerbic fruit edge never really wavers.

An approachable enough, if that's a real thing, gueuze. The sour and tart notes are there, for sure, and the funk is restrained to a bit part, so no one should be all that overwhelmed - a single extreme flavour at a time, and all that. As for me, I found this to be nicely in my face at first, and then forgiving as I acclimatized, and then rode out happily to the end.

Photo of joeseppy
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gentle pour yields generous two inch off white head. Bubbly and poppy that reduces quickly to paper thin edge. Cloudy honeyed apricot appearance.

Sour fruit. Fresh sanded oak flooring. Sea brine. Fruits of lemon and apricot skin.

Sweet and sour. Lemony and fruity (how bout that for redundancy). Not saying there's raspberries there but the tartness from fresh raspberries is there for me moreso than lemon. Woodsy and yeasty in the middle. Apricot sweetness and lemon rind. Some mineral on the back end.

Very smooth and surprisingly enough not head tilting or wincing. I'm really drawn into the fuzzy apricot sensations here. Spritefull carbonation.

Overall sophistication. Putting this in my chambers. More of a wild ale session but all in all quite enjoyable.

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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