Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
375ml bottle from 2011/2012 vintage, poured into a Cantillon taster glass today, 7/17/2013.
Aroma: Vinegar and some tangerines and lemon zest. Possibly some sweet green apples. Slight funk, but more acidic than funky.
Colour: Slightly hazy golden body with a somewhat effervescent 2.5cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a bubbly collar. Not much lacing to speak of. Looks like a solid geuze, nothing super special.
Flavour: More tart and acidic than actual sourness. Mostly some vinegar, lemon zest, a little bit of oak, with some dry sweetness reminding me of green apples. Not superbly sour but definitely acidic.
Mouthfeel: Lighter body with great carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly lemon and apple tartness with a trail of mild funk. Not super sour or particularly dry. Refreshing and easy to drink.
Overall: Like a good champagne. Not particularly funky or sour, but comes with a nice refreshing carbonation and good acidity. It's good on a hot day. I prefer 3F or Cantillon's regular geuzes, but this is a lot more easily obtainable where I am. So I recommend trying this at least once, if it hits your spot, great. If not, well keep on looking for that delicious and easily+reasonably obtainable geuze.. if there is a such thing.
07-18-2013 01:48:53 | More by Stevedore
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4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-18-2013 11:16:23 | More by tectactoe
4.46/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
01-27-2013 21:47:05 | More by MadScientist
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
08-06-2012 02:43:35 | More by warnerry
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
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
12-08-2011 00:47:12 | More by Billolick
4.39/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
07-30-2013 03:41:43 | More by standardcherry
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