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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 1,888
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 181
Gots: 488 | FT: 53
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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 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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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a resounding pop! BBD of 08 2024

Pours a hazed amber with 3 fingers of fast falling cream colored head. Head stabilizes after a while. Above average lacing & head finally fades away

S: Sourness, oxidized hops, some raspberry

T: Berry tartness, a little cherry as well up front, hints of vinegar as well. Vinegar, sour apples and cherries as this warms. Finishes acidic with choke cherry & a little apple vinegar twang

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation

Super drinkability, I sure this would be interesting with some age on it. Taste delivered, didn't quite deliver in other areas

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Warning: contents under pressure. This beer is bottle conditioned and the explosive cork removal lets you know it. The bottle will require a minute to get itself sorted out as the carbon dioxide is set free.

Pours a cloudy dark orange. Funky aroma with a kind of sweaty element to it. Slight lemon note as well. Flavor is definitely more tart than sour, and in a big way. Effervescence and tartness combine to produce an extremely drying quality in the mouthfeel. There were some champagne like qualities to this, which is perhaps par for the course with lambics? I'm certainly no expert in this corner of the beer world, blended (as in a gueuze) or otherwise.

I might not favor this to the same extent that fans of the style do, but this was tasty. Worth trying as a reference point for gueuze beers.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz corked bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a 2 finger gushy bright white head that reduces slowly to leave a layer of foam.

Aromas of funky horseblanket, basement, tart citrus, vinegar, straw, barnyard. Very nice. On the tongue is sour lemon juice, apple, hay, funky yeast, vinegar, the finish is dry and tart.

Overall solid, a great example of the style. Balanced and nicely funky.

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Photo of Slack
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden hue with a fair amount of head. Smells funky, sour, musty, and earthy. Taste is sour and acidic reminescient of yogurt. Notes of tartness, maybe lemon, oak, and vinegar. Mouthful is light and very carbonated. Overall, an awesome sour that will clean a palate.

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Photo of antott0523
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy honey and amber. No visible carbonation or lacing.

S: Dry white wine, oak, white pepper. Bursts of super sweet raspberry jam with herbal notes of basil and bay leaves. Incredibly complex and enjoyable.

T: Waves of bright, semi sweet citrus and fresh berries, followed by bursts of more tart pith, grapefruit and musty, dry white wine. Followed by heavier notes of oak, and a subtle buttery finish.

M: Well carbonated and smooth mouthfeel.

D: This was a slight gusher and began with too much carbonation. The nose and flavors are complex and delicious. Over time the carbonation settled making this beer extremely drinkable and probably the best gueuze I have had. Flavors take you on a roller coaster ride of bright and earthy, sweet and tart.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml into Chimay goblet.

L - Hazy, medium amber-gold with an inch of lacy white foam.

S- Tart/sour, wet straw, and yeasty funk.

T - Sour lime, bitter salad greens, spicy yeast. No malt or hop flavors to speak of.

F - Crisp, fizzy carbonation, not overly astringent.

A well balanced lambic as none of the flavor notes are overpowering. Each takes its turn on your palate and you're left with a refreshing beverage.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Pour is hazy yellow, a bit of "whiteness" due to the haze. Head is fluffy at edges, some patterns forming on the surface from where the head is being sustained from below. Nose is pink grapefruit tartness level (some sour milk can be noted) on top of farmhouse (hay/earthy/lightly funky). Nothing outrageous or exceptional, just spot on in my mind.

Taste follows the nose,with a bit more white grapefruit sourness (means something to me). The lingering sour milk that I can enjoy never comes, as a quite wooden taste is what wipes the sour bite away, fading the sour from sour cherry to Granny Smith. The fading is slower in some sips than others, I think it has to do with time between sips, somehow. Feel is light and carbonated, and mildly puckering up front.

A very solid representation of what I understand the style to be. This pour was a tad expensive, so have to consider that for future purchases, but this should stay on my radar, since I see bottles at my local shops.

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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