1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

Not Rated.
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,511 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 147
Gots: 367 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-05-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,511 | Reviews: 291 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Saltee:
Photo of Saltee
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Saltee, Dec 27, 2013
More User Reviews:
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.

tectactoe, Sep 18, 2013
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.

MadScientist, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jono0101, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of adamleeeck
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

adamleeeck, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SkiBum22, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of joel66
4/5  rDev -7.8%

joel66, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

warnerry, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Callmecoon, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of mverity
5/5  rDev +15.2%

mverity, May 12, 2013
Photo of Snikwad1020
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Snikwad1020, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

JakerLou, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BillKuhnel
5/5  rDev +15.2%

BillKuhnel, May 05, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Billolick, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -7.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BrandonDZ
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BrandonDZ, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of fo1ksguitar
4/5  rDev -7.8%

fo1ksguitar, May 31, 2012
Photo of sculls65
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

sculls65, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of rob133
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

rob133, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Prospero, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jaminjohnson, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

standardcherry, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of harryragg
4/5  rDev -7.8%

harryragg, Nov 21, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
96 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.