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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 157
Gots: 399 | FT: 43
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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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Photo of Sludgeman
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before 3/27/22. Poured into a large white wine glass.

A wine-like experience. An easy drinking gueze.

A - Pours slightly cloudy golden honey color with a 2-finger white champagne head, which quicly disipates. Massive carbonation. Minimal lacing.

S - Sourness.

T - Quite tart, dry, no hoppiness, sour finish, no diiscernible fruitiness.

MF - Dry

Sludgeman, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of JulianB
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JulianB, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KingKong for the generous extra. 375ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash Coolship glass. 2011-2012 indicated on the front label; best before 21/03/2022 indicated on the back label. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a loose, bright white head the quickly sizzles and pops as it collapses into sudsy slick that eventually disappears completely - no lacing on this one. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Nose expresses citric acid, rind and is quite sharp. There's also a slight medicinal quality present as well. Taste is quite tart, with the characteristics present in the nose also present in the flavor profile, minus the medicinal character. There's also a suggestion of cork. Mouthfeel is light and bright with quite a bit of acidity and a lively, almost prickly carbonation. Overall, a solid gueuze; however, a bit young. Definitely would like to see how this beer develops with some time.

Jwale73, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: 2010-2011 bottle
Glass: Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Tilquin has a very fresh, bright, and easily drinkable gueuze with their dual-year blend (the 2010-2011 version only used one and two year-old lambics if I remember correctly). Quite nice, though perhaps not as complex as 3 Fonteinen, Girardin, and Cantillon, though those blend from a wider array of base lambics, years, and thus have more to work with from the very beginning. Definitely glad that this new gueuzerie is able to survive and hopefully prosper, they certainly produce a beer that I could sip for hours a day.

Pours a 1.5cm head of white foam, made up of small, white bubbles. Retention is average for the style, about one-and-a-half minutes, the foam falling to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass with some peninsulas of wispy foam reaching into the center. Lacing is moderately present, again typical for the style, a Body is a light caramel brown-orange color, with light bringing out orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the transparent body, and it appears in medium amounts and acts with medium intensity.

Aroma of both clean and soured bread dough, bright lemon zest, fresh cut green apples, and sour apricot (if you can imagine such a thing) with heavier, moderate scents of oak barrel and Brettanomyces characters. Complex, but generally bright; pleasant.

Front of palate balances acidity and sweetness from wort, with unripe apple esters, hints of potent lemon and grapefruit, and sweetness from the pale wheat malt base. Mid-palate finds medium-intensity tartness, as from sour lemon and grapefruit, slightly puckering, light to moderate toasted oak barrel, Brettanomyces influences including difficult-to-describe esters, a bit of farmhouse, and very slight cheese. Back of palate picks up slightly harsher acidity with stronger fruit flavors (lemon, grapefruit, green apple, slight tangerine and mango), slight farmhouse, mustiness, and very faint cheese. Aftertaste of mild tartness from lactic and acetic acid, slight compensating sweetness, lingering oak, and lemon-like residual esters.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a pleasantly soft, gentle foaming that mixes well with the notable acidity of the beer. Closes quite dry, with minor stickiness lingering across the palate.

falloutsnow, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -7.8%

IpeeA, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a tulip. 2012 bb 20/12/2022

massive carbonation huge head that quickly dissipates, pale orange. Massive vinegary smell, I mean huge. I love it. taste is so sour and acidic and vinegary, dominanted by white grapes. exceptional. medium bodied, high carbonation.

overall a world class guezue. one of the best in the world.

Axnjxn, Apr 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

irv2424, Apr 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

YaKnowBrady, Apr 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

jfcaa193, Apr 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

tbadiuk, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

thegerm87, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. I want to give a big thanks to Jon for bringing this to the tasting as well! Bottle says that it will age well until 2022. No time to wait, then! Poured into a teku glass from a 330ml green bottle.

Opens with a modest pop, and pours an orange amber color with some modest head at first - which slowly retracts as all volatile beers within this style do. There's some surprisingly moderate lacing on the glass, but that slowly dries out and vanishes. It's definitely syrupy looking, and quite thickened in feel. Different from the draft version that I had a few months ago, this one is not as lively in terms of carbonation or feel. In fact, the best way I could consider it is to be dead looking and hazy... Almost like an unfiltered white wine of sorts. It even leaves some grime on the glass as the dregs get poured in. However, I really love stuff like that. Again, this isn't winning a beauty contest or anything, but to me it wins me over with the ever timeless "rustic" appearance.

The flavors in the bottled version of Gueuze Tilquin can only be described as "hazy." Not muted or anything, but "hazy" in the sense that everything truly blurs together in a pretty lively and fascinating way. This being a blend of four batches of different gueuze makers, as well as differences in up to three years in the blend, you'd expect this to retain some complexity. Funky flavors are everywhere here (probably due to Cantillon), and yet there's sweet sharpness (Lindemans), and fruity, bittered orange rinds that abound (Boon). It's amazing how much this gueuze reaches for *balance*, however, when so many just allow the yeast to go crazy. There's some tangerine-filled yeastiness here, as well as a sharp soured flavor, but otherwise, it's truly jubilant and way above average for the style.

The flavor is filled with citrus, juicy funkiness, and loads of other flavors I don't think I even got on the draft version. Apricots, oranges, lemon juice, hay straws, cheese rind pungent aromas, and other bold sour yet not too overwhelming flavors. My favorite part of drinking this is the lack of overbearing acidity that always gets to me in a grueling way with gueuzes. The dregs only added more to the beer, in the fact, and reduced the boozy sweet notes and adding more to the syrupy texture. Absolutely all over the place with the blending, but again, it's very pleasant and very drinkable.

In my opinion, this surpasses the draft version for upholding the yeasty texture that makes this beer really one of a kind in the world of oude gueuzes. I could seriously drink this every day if I had the budget and patience to do so, as it's refreshing, complex, yet ridiculously balanced overall given the variety of flavors it provides. Pleasant to drink. World class for sure!

magictacosinus, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Evan, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

OleDixie, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Dirtinabottle, Apr 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerBucks, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Callmecoon, Apr 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

CarolinaKevin, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Cubatobaco
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Single 12.7 oz bottle
Best before 21/03/2022

A - hazy, golden amber in color, 1/8" white head with slippery lacing, nice effervescence

S - sour notes, light funk, green apples, citrus, white grapes,

T - sourness that puckers your cheeks, like a mouthful of sweet tarts, vinegar, green fruit, Brett, flavors I've only found in white wine,

M - very wet and thirst quenching, extreme acidity, puckering, crisp and refreshing

O - My first Gueuze that I recall. If this is how most of them are, I can see me hunting down more of this style. What a remarkable beer!

Cubatobaco, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

freewill35, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

JohnQVD, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

chefduff2, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says best before: 21/03/2022.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full two fingers worth of head that retains decently before slowly collapsing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a fluffy sheet of surface foam. Slippery lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Extremely bright aroma rushes into the nose and perks me up. Invigorating barnyard funk with lots of hints toward a sour flavor. There's that astringency that I get out of most gueuzes but it actually mingles with some lemon, cherry and white grape notes quite well.

T- Bold, sharp sourness in the flavor but it eases into a fruity complexity I've not witnessed in a lambic before. The astringency shoots up but then backpedals as the citrus notes take hold. Slightly vinegary and plenty of tart to keep the fans of the sour happy.

M- Dry and puckering but with a nice balance between that and some slick, thirst-quenching moisture. Lightish body and medium-high carbonation.

O- Finally! A gueuze I can really get down with! After having the overly intense Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, I was hesitant to drop another $12-$15 on a little 12.7 oz. bottle of something I thought I might dislike. But I'm glad I took the risk as this is a very enjoyable beer. Not too sour, not too harsh. A great example of the style IMO.

Immortale25, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Lare453, Apr 15, 2013
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
97 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.