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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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pDev: 9.01%


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)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to t0rin0 for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour citrus, funk, and some earthy aromas. Taste is very much the same. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze and I'm glad I got a chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:50:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:44:18 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Bobby for sharing this beer.

A: The beer pours a hazy orange color with a big white head that dies down somewhat quickly.

S: A very funky nose nose to this with a lot of the must and sweaty sock type of smells you get out of Drie Fonteinen beers. Lots of grass and green apples with a mild oak note and quite a bit of citrus.

T: The citrus and sweaty sock funk stand out quite well. Still plenty of grass and must, with a very earthy note that is reminiscent of mushrooms. As with the aroma, a mild oak note, but overall, the flavor is not quite as good as aroma.

M: The body is medium with medium to high carbonation.

O: This is a really nice gueuze. I would be happy to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:53:11 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lambic with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light sour notes with light funky ester. Taste is also a mix between some sour and tart notes with light acidic undertones and some light funky ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well put together lambic mix except it may be a bit too balanced toward sour and acidic notes for my liking. I would have preferred more green apple and barnyard notes personally.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:30:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The steady streams of sour ale that pours out of Belgium and into Central Kentucky seems endless in supply. The newly arrived Tilquin beers borrow unfermented worts from some of the most celebrated brewers and blenders of Belgium for their masterfully blended sour ales. The results are nothing less than stellar.

Golden rod in color, the beer pours with a zesty yet subdued carbonated character. The champagne-like spritziness constructs a lumbering loosely knit head that breaks apart rather quickly. But a gentle swirl of the tulip rebuilds the white head and releases pungent aromas. Low-lying lacing is also a testament to the low pH of the beer as it struggles in the foam department.

Intense tart aromas strike the nose with pungent earth notes and zesty fruits. Limes, wild berries, granny smith apples, tart green cherries, and lemons elude to highly acidic character while the musty, goaty, wood rot, and the scent of saddle leather round out the fruits and balance the beer. With only a modest hint of wheat in the background.

Where the taste is intense, its balance is delicate. A thin veil of dry pilsner and wheat malts support strong taste of fruit and earth as each vie for the taste bud's attention. Dried limes, lemon zest, and grapefruit play off of the rich leather and tobacco notes, as well as the hay-like hops. Under ripened fruit flavors reach through the taste of sod, oak, and must. All of these deeply earthen attributes still weave in 'oude' tastes of vinous wine rot, briny sea water, swiss rind, iron, and white cider vinegar. The beer is rich in complexity and seems to reveal new aromas and tastes as the beer warms, right down to the very last sip.

Thin in body, the beer is actually supported by a semi-firm malt base. The spritzy carbonation slices right through the malt as they pull the beer from the mouth's surfaces, then giving impressions of lightness and intensifying the sourness. But its near-powdery finish surprises the palate because of its unexpected refreshing qualities. With any alcohol warmth embedded into the sheer acidity and pleasant astringency, the beer is dangerously easy to drink.

The beer's overall fruit-earth, brine-malt, mineral-bitter interplay; the beer begs for a rustic pairing with mussels or fisherman's chowder. It's a wonderful beer that easily compares favorably with many more famed sour ale makers of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 17:14:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst last Sunday. Actually purchased by a local who bought a round, and this was recommended by Yves. At that point, it may have been one of the only things on the menu we hadn't tried! Served in a lambic basket and reviewed from notes.

Poured into a Girardin tumbler.

Poured a nice straw color with a good white head that is a bit fizzy. A bit of lacing, though not a ton. The nose brings forward a good dosing of citrus. Not nearly as cheesy as the draft version. Good citrus flavor and light funk. Bright acidity. Light body and a dry, lightly-puckering finish. Really great for the first run, and something I was very glad to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:40:25 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of funk in the nose.
T: The overall taste is tart and has sour flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a fine example of the style—it has a nice amount of funkiness and sourness—but neither of these is over the top, making this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:59:16 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

350ml bottle - $9.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best before: 15/02/2021.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, dark golden body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Soured citrus juice, a slight rustic quality, stray oak shavings, rubbed leather, and a fair amount of drool-inducing lactic acid entering the nostrils.

Taste: A refreshing wash of Matt Simpson's Gas Line Lemonade with a fruity underpinning, an additional distant hint of lime rind, traces of antique pressed flowers, a dusty, leathery funkiness, and oaken planks. Moderately acidic but not enough to knock your teeth out, just enough, really. Dry, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Politely discreet, refreshing, and just a good gueze overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:25:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 04:13:50 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Vintage 2010/2011. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind minimal lacework. Body is a semi-transparent apricot color with a nice glow to it, while streams of bubbles visibly rise upwards throughout.

S - White wine vinegar, lemons, tart Granny Smith apples, some unmalted wheat, sweat, sulfur, slightly rotten stone fruits, and a hint of oaky vanilla. The acidity is very Hansenns-esque, but this has a bit more balance to it.

T - The initial taste is bracingly sour, however the beer mellows into earthy mushroom and musty attic collection of flavors mid-palate. Finish is mainly citrus and acetic acid, with a light medicinal note. Lacks some of the complexities of the aroma, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Pleasant, zesty carbonation, medium body, extremely dry and tannic texture, and fast-acting acidity that started causing unsettled stomach almost immediately.

D - A worthy gueuze that I suspect I will be drinking plenty more of in the future. Future blends should only improve, with the addition of older lambic and more experience blending. It's quite easy to drink a 375ml on your own, although the acidity could prove challenging with larger serving sizes.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:13:58 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time sampling the bottled version, 750mL bottle.

Cork ejects with a bang, hitting the ceiling, the floor, and ricocheting a third time two feet into the air. Wispy, ethereal gunsmoke wafts from the bottle, followed by a creeping column of white foam in the neck. Into a pair of tulip glasses, it pours a saturated sunset orange in the center with orange yellow edges when held to the light. The foam forms a compact layer at first, slowly dissipating into a broken crescent of skim. Clarity is average, it's still a bit hazy after the bottle had rested over 24 hours.

Aromas of damp hay, musty old blankets, citrus zest, lychee, dried eucalyptus, damp wood. Some flinty wet stone minerality at first that fades quickly, then the citrus and woody elements begin to come forward more.

Sour lemon, bitter orange zest, dry oak tannin in the aftertaste. Nicely citrus forward with a puckering feel, and a distinctly dry oaky finish that is softly refined and mellow. Spritzy carbonation, micro bubbles. Feel is a bit light, though it is the first bottling, and could take more time to mature. The essential depth and complexity are already present however.

Overall, a solid first effort from a promising new Gueuze blender. Not only does Tilquin carry an impressive resume, having worked at 3F & Cantillon, but also the only blender allowed to buy wort from Cantillon. Here's to a successful future for Gueuzerie Tilquin.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:23:41 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is the #19 top gueuze on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Bottle at a local bar and then I split another half of a bottle with craytonic, thanks Matt.

Beer is clear, until you get to the bottle, yellow / amber, soft white head of small bubbles, no lacing, moderate and steady carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is nice, acetic, oaky, mild funk, good brett and lactic character in the mouth.

I went back and forth several times concerning which one I liked the best, this or the jonge lambic. The jonge was quite bright and acetic, this was probably more acidic overall and more oaky / funky in the back. This probably wins in the long run, a great little gueuze, very nice to try. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:04:00 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sour with some nice dark, black cherry aromas. There was a touch of caramel.

T - It tasted of sour black cherries with a touch of sweet maltiness. Good balance between the two.

M - It was crisp with a puckering bite. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very good gueuze. I may have to get some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:00:45 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2011
As I pop the cork off this best by 10/02/2021 375ml bottle I get a waft of raspberries. A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, somewhat creamy textured, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a bright, clear, orange-tinted, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, grapefruit and a touch of cider that is backed by an ample funkiness that provides mushroom notes, phenolic funkiness, fruity oak character, dry woody spicy notes, perhaps a hint of clove even. The nose has a bright fruitiness to it that makes this distinct compared to other Gueuzes; this adds a nice note and at times I would swear there are some raspberries here. The nose is quite nice, dry and appetizing smelling, but with a fair amount of complexity; as one should expect of a Gueuze.

The beer has bright sourness to it that manages to be quite in control and suggests at notes of grapefruit. This is backed by a funkiness that wasn’t quite as pronounced as it was in the nose. There is a fruitiness here in the flavor that again reminds me of raspberries; this might be accentuated by a touch of acetic character that isn’t really at flavor threshold levels. This has a dryness to it that is accentuated by some oak derived astringency and some phenolic character. The body of this beer is just about perfect for a Gueuze, light and refreshing, but with that characteristic slickness and texture to it that keeps this a long way from being watery. The oak character seems to be a touch spicier and astringent than is usual for a Gueuze; given that this is a new Gueuze blender and that the barrels were newly sourced, that is not at all surprising. As the beer warms up the woody character / oak gets more distinct and, along with the funkiness, makes me think of woody mushrooms. The acidity also gets a bit more pronounced, almost sharp, though not quite harsh.

This is a damn good Gueuze already, I can’t wait to have one that is a proper blend of 3, 2 and 1 year old Lambics. This definitely has me excited as this particular blend shows a lot of potential; it could use a more muted oak profile and the acidity might be a bit more rounded, but I really like the fruitiness and the funkiness, and even the oak and acidity. I can’t wait to get more vintages of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:19:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a bright hazy orange color with a foamy white head on top. Pretty standard for the style. The retention is pretty solid but no noticeable lacing. The smell of the beer is acidic, sour and tart smelling. There is a subtle sweetness as well. The taste of the beer is tart like a lemon or other citrus fruits, with a pretty good pucker to it. The malts come in lightly in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a solid carbonation. Overall it's a good representation of the style, worth checking out for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:46:26 | More by Knapp85
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.81/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Usual cork and caged 37.5 cl bottle: BBD 12 Apr 2021. Shared between four at the first ever Shrewsbury bottle share on 27th Jan 2014.

Cooking apples!

I don't drink cider and I certainly don't drink old sour dry cider that a vinegar fly has got into: it reminded me of that.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 22:31:58 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Say what now? A gueuze producer I have yet to hear of? And they're blending lambics from all the major houses? Oh yes please. Dear God, yes.

Nice tones throughout on this beer, though it doesn't really "blow me away" in any particular way. It's just "good." Nice character, nice feel, nice all the way around. I guess that's the bottom line on this one: it's "nice." definitely holds all the character you really hope for a gueuze. If you enjoy the style, highly suggested. I think I may get several of these and let them rest for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:40:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. this pours a darker than average brassy color, dull and cloudy, with some floating yeast and a huge white head several inches high with good retention. the nose is a little funky, but not nearly as blatantly sour as I am used to in the style. it is evident that there is a lot more malt in here than usual. the flavor confirms that, its got a gentle caramel sweetness to it that really softens the most acidic edges of the gueuze, a characteristic that is not particularly becoming in this context. there is some lemon acidity, but not as fresh or as pungent as it could be, and a lot of the yeast intricacies feel somehow muted to me. I want this style to snap my head back and dry my mouth out, this one doesn't do that at all. it is not unpleasant, and may be a good introductory beer to the style, but its a far cry from some of the best in the business. fuller body, still with excellent carbonation. I really don't dislike this beer at all, I just feel like its not the best example of the genre. still, a good bottle that is fairly widely available.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 20:07:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Stateline a few weeks back. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2010-2011 vintage, best by 15/02/2021 on the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. No lacing left on the glass but two inches of head stay throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, cheese, lemon and citrus, earthy barnyard notes, and some brett and acedic notes. Funk is definitely there and up front, but not as cheesey as the draught version. More citrus and tart lemon. Still, a really nice nose.

t - Tastes of barnyard funk, brett, cheese, tart lemons, grapefruit, citrus, some wood, lactic and acedic notes. More funky than the nose, which I like a lot.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Dry finish, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really great gueuze. Nose and taste are quite funky and has a good amount of citrus. Liked the taste a little more than the nose as I found it a little more funky, but both were great. Easy to drink the whole bottle of and will certainly have it again. Pretty on par with the draught verion; would order either anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:58:53 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not in the habit of purchasing Belgian beers (excepting Fantome) while in North America because having seen the vastly reduced price of Belgian beers in Europe (and Belgium in particular), I cannot justify shelling out. Earlier this week I made an exception for this beer because of its mounting reputation and my desire for a good sour.

Acquired for $12.00 USD at a local SoCal beer store. This currently sits on shelves. 12.7 fl oz green glass (ugh) bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I think it's an apt glass for a lambic. Reviewed as a Gueuze; it identifies itself as such on the label. 6% ABV confirmed. "Best before 30/01/2022." Assuming they project it will age well for ten years, I figure it was bottled March 1st, 2012. Imported by Twelve Percent LLC.

Blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.

Served cold and allowed to warm substantially over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

When I remove the hood-and-wire apparatus, the cork adjusts upwards - suggesting either poor corking or overcarbonation. There's definitely pressure in this bottle.

A miniscule tug upwards is all it takes to pop the cork out; lots of carbonation here, but no liquid surges out.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. No creaminess or frothiness here. A bit thin. Incredible retention after it reduces to a half-finger; easily 15 minutes or more. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass. No "legs."

Body colour is a glowing vibrant orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks apt for the style. The appearance is not wonderful, and it's not immediately evident the beer is alive. But I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Heavy straightforward oak notes. Lambic yeast lends it a pleasant sourness. Buried fruits, including peach, apricot, tangerine, and stonefruit. Bready malts. It's quite bready indeed, evoking sourdough and general doughy fermentation in general. Cedary wood. Sourness is present but contained. It's also got some funkiness, but no brettanomyces are obvious; the funkiness is much better integrated. Sour apple. Fairly acidic, but on the lower end for the style. Some lemon. Somewhat salty. I do get some leathery notes - probably from the wood. It's got some farmhouse character - hay and barnyard notes are present. I wouldn't call it a clean aroma. Mild to moderate in strength. Any hopping was minimal and floral. No alcohol is detectable. A good aroma overall for the style, but it does not match the best I have experienced.

T: Ah. Lovely lambic sourness is present throughout; more timid than you might expect. Crisp green apples with murkier notes of peach, tangerine, and stonefruit. Bready malt backbone allows the lambic yeast to preside. The sourness grows until blossoming on the climax. Quite tasty and well balanced, if somewhat simple for the style. Not puckerworthy. Some subtle lemon rind complements the general farmhouse/barnyard notes well. Oak is more of an undertone here, along with a bit of cedary character. Nice light subtlety.

It does have some light lavender, which is a turn-off to me personally. Along with licorice, lavender is one of the few flavours I can't stand. No alcohol comes through. The lambic yeast isn't quite as developed here as I'd hoped; this might change with age.

Mf: Nicely crisp, dry, fizzy and refreshing. Surprisingly dry, actually. Acidic. Effervescent, redolent in some respects of champagne. Good thickness, supporting the flavour profile nicely. Smoothness/coarseness balance is interesting; the light coarseness drags on the palate, coaxing out the flavours more but also limiting the refreshing feel. Complements the flavour profile well, but the blending doesn't quite make the texture a perfect marriage to the taste. Perfect carbonation. Well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style, but certainly not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style. Good blending for the relatively simple build; it achieves the desired effect. A reasonably priced gueuze of good quality. I'd love to try it aged. In its youth, it's good but not great. This may change with time. Refreshing and tasty. I'm glad this is widely available, but I don't know that its current high reputation is justified; it's not on par with the best in the style, but is quite tasty. I'll likely pick up a couple when I'm back in Belgium.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 20:47:26 | More by kojevergas
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:47:12 | More by Billolick
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml green bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. I'd tried the draft version of this in Belgium, and I was extremely excited to see the bottled version make it to our shores. Shared with my brother Sam.

Pours a clear orange hue with a fluffy white head that stays pretty persistently. Lacing streaks across the glass as the beer goes down. Body is light but vibrant, and the carbonation is pleasantly fine. It looks the picture of a gueuze.

Nose is wonderful, clean crisp apricot characters, sharp Gueuze-like pungent funk. Some of that classic overtone that reminds me of plastic, but which Sam just pointed out is also quite akin to roasted sesame. It's so classic, so fresh, so funky and so perfect. I love a good gueuze, and Tilquin is really pumping out the good gueuze.

Taste is everything I remember. Clear direct gueuze-like funk, solid but not overwhelming acidity, and more fresh apricot flavours which really provide some depth and structure to it. It's also light and crisp, with a sharp uptick in the acidity towards the end, which gives it a moreish bite that makes you want to take another sip. It's really, truly remarkably lovely.

Feel is crisp, bright and refreshing. It absolutely backs up the flavour and aroma in every way.

Overall, this is most definitely one of my favourite and certainly most drinkable Gueuzes. It's a style I love already, and when someone does it as well as this, I feel right in being effusive. This is just an absolutely fucking brilliant beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:31:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a half finger white head that immediately fades without any lacing.

Musty, funky aroma with some nice earthy barnyard/horsey character, oak and subtle acidity. Some earthy oak with hints of wet hay, lactic funk and faint citrus.

Medium bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel and a decent amount of sour funk and acidity. Lingering lactic funk with some sharp citrus acidity but it never becomes too harsh. Hints of oak, lemon/citrus peel and lingering acetic vinegar. A bit young at this stage but still delicate and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:28:28 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle with a best by date of 1/22/21 poured into a Cantillon tumbler. This brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of off-white head. It fades back to a lacing across the top that holds with less than a half finger strength around the edge of the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the islands of lace that sit atop the brew. A light swirl brings forward some large bubbles that support the formation around the edge of the glass but do not form a layer across the entire surface.

The aroma of this brew is quite inviting with a scent of funky lemon zest that gives way to more deep fruited tones of pulp and flesh lightly reminiscent of lemon and oranges with a bit more tropical aspect. The funk comes across mildly of stinky feet and cheese with some raw oak character a bit like mildew. A light swirl releases some sulfur tones and more stinky funk as it warms.

The taste is tart with lots of funk. Some lemony fruit notes are present before the onset of raw oak. The oaked flavor imparts some mildew quality that transfers back to more of a zesty fruit element not too different from grapefruit. It finishes tart with some earthy elements that are even herbal at times and it lends a bit of herbal bitterness like the previously described grapefruit bitterness that lasts inside the mouth and long into the finish. Yet it is crisp enough that I find myself going right back for more very quickly.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 6% abv is integrated quite well. This brew is easy drinking and quite refreshing. It boasts a broad array of funky and sour character that was easily approachable. I look forward to opening another one of these with some age on it. My only gripe is that this offering was a bit more bitter than I am use to in the style. Regardless it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 00:22:51 | More by stakem
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne has layers of glowing orange-yellow tones. It's got more highlights than a broadcast of Sportscenter. It also has the perfect bubbling of a Krug Brut or Veuve Clicquot (and is probably worthy of fetching similar prices).

Gueuze are beers that speak loudly *and* carry a gigantic stick. This aroma builds on layers of musty oak - the barrels in which it's been aging for upwards of three years - with fruity tartness and citrus-like acidity. It's a startling wake-up call for the senses.

It's not entirely unfair to liken Lambics to vinegar. Gueuze, however, is more reminiscent of a vinaigrette; there's lots of lemon juice, a drop or two of champagne and a grate of citrus zest (this particular one tastes like it was drizzled over tart green apples). Unusual though it may sound and difficult as it may be to describe, the taste is absolutely delicious!

They may not be to everyone's taste (certainly not at first anyhow), but there are few things as refreshing as Gueuze. Sparklingly effervescent, bracingly tart and amply malted - this beats lemonade hands down any day of the week. Not positive whether 2010/2011 refers to brewing or blending period, but it's wonderfully lively (despite the trademark mustiness).

There may not be many, but Tilquin à L'Ancienne is definitely one of the best Gueuze out there. Anyone in possession of a bottle should treasure it like a precious and priceless family heirloom. Anyone planning to age one would be wise to invest in a safety deposit box. All hyperbole aside, it is honestly one of the finest beers I've ever had (and could have again and again).

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:55:43 | More by biegaman
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