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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne | Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne
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Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a cool geuze because you still get some of the malt character. It's not just about big sour or crazy funk or whatever other oddities spontaneous fermentation can often provide. To that end, I dig it. Also, absolutely lovely looking, hazy orange glow, head for days. Nose is mineralic, a touch wheaty, lightly sour, a bit of fuel-like phenols, maybe some light earth and a bit of citric tartness. Palate is again accessible, pleasingly tart, "beery", a bit of tannic funk and phenols, but generally quite drinkable. Great balance of fizz to body. Maybe not a transcendent lambic, but one you'd be happy to find in your stable no doubt.

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

2014

Pours darker and more golden than other gueuze - fluffy white 1 inch head that leaves slight ring
Lemongrass, muted funk on the nose
More lemongrass, soft acid and crisp Riesling notes - very balanced
Sparkling carb, but not over done; light bodied

A really great Gueuze - instantly a favorite.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 14-15.

Pours a great orange hue, it is effervescent as all hell. You can hear the soft purr of the head as it dissipates. Truly the champagne of beers. From that effervescence radiates a lemony citrus aroma and some mild wash rind cheese funk. This takes me straight back to Brussels. There is lemon and some earthiness in the flavor. It's balanced. It's not vinegary. It's composed. I love this gueuze.

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Photo of amalburg
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L hazy straw color. Small white head covers entire class.
S hay, sour acidic, tartness, earthy. As it warms I get a little malty sweetness.
T straw, lemon, sour,
M extreme carbonation, chalky,
O I must say this is not my favorite style of beer. For my 1000th tick I figured I would try something I know very little about. I can't see myself wanting this again. My rating is slightly raised because of the overall rating.

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Photo of Jow
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can compete with the best lambics in Belgium and should be in my personal top 5.

Comes in at the same level as Old geuze 3 fonteinen and marriage parfait from boon.

This one is very subtile.

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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 lemon, white grape, honey, pear, sour melon?, wheat, malt, slight cheesy aged hop 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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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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