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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,785
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 168
Gots: 453 | FT: 51
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Belgium

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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12.7oz corked/caged bottle poured into a large snifter. Label says 2010 on one side, 2011 on the other. "Best before" date is 02/03/2021.

Pours clear golden with an initially small head that fades to almost nothing. Fairly still. Smell is tart and grapey.

Taste is super sour. Lemony, puckering. Crisp, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, quite happy with my first gueuze in a long time.

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"2011-2012 Vintage" 12.7 cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

The cork easily pops off resulting in a near gusher, but leaving ample time to pour in a glass. Lots of carbonation visible. The pour yields a nice 2 fingers of white fizzy head that quickly receeds to nothing eventually, but lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles. A nice hazy, light sunshine orange body.

Smells like a gueze. Acidic tart lemons, other citrus fruits as well as some softer fruits, peach. Some bready yeast with some sour yeast funk. With that lambic yeast is maybe even a bit of plastic which is not a bad thing here as it adds complexity. Somewhat lactic as well.

Acidic tart lemons, lactic feel, stone fruit, a bit of peach, some funk lambic yeast with a slight bready note. A very nice tart sourness. Some nice old oak barrel funk.

Starts off quite carbonated, but the carbonation dies down towards the end of the glass. Very crisp and refreshing, really nice for this hot summer day.

A really well put together gueze, definatly not to harsh on the sourness which some tend to be, but a nice first time gueze. Have I had better? Yes, but this still has its place.

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a - poured a one finger thick off-white, bubbly head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring that dissipated quickly. the body was a bubbly amber color.
s - lemon, barnyard, funk.
t - musty barnyard funk, puckering sour, lemon.
m - bubbly and dry, lip-smacking.
o - a terrific queuze and one i'll go back to again.

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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.

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