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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 147
Gots: 366 | FT: 38
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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 brystmar
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Love this stuff, how have I not reviewed this by now?! Best before 2021 (don't remember the day/month).

Good color and white head. Cheesy, funky aroma. Full of yeast, citrus, and more cheese.

Lemony citrus, funky and grassy. Earthy notes fade into the background as the citrus takes center stage midway through. Yeast imparts mild bitterness towards the end, plenty of funk and a little cheesy to round things out. Really good.

Ranks among the best off-the-shelf sours available in America.

brystmar, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -7.8%

roblund, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Best before 3 Feb 2021. I suspect that means it was bottle on 3 Feb 2011. Enjoyed 14 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow. Two fingers of white head, really nice retention and lacing. Tons of visible carbonation.

Smell is a complex deep lemony sour. It's full, with a nice rounded sense, providing some depth where a lot of gueuzes feel shallow. There's a bit of funk to the sour, as well.

Taste is a nice tart sour, clean and dry, but a bit hollow in the back end.

Mouthfeel is nicely light-bodied, with a LOT of carbonation. Dry, dry finish.

A tasty gueuze, not amazing, but nicely sour and distinctly dry. Flavor has decent depth, but it's a little on the dry-thin side.

zeledonia, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Best by 5/3/21

Nice pop as the cork comes out. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours clear golden brown with one finger of off-white head. The glass is absolutely covered with tiny bubbles. Head eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves no lacing.

S - Tart aroma of lemon and green apple. Quite a bit of oak coming through and a nice yeast funkiness. Nice depth to the aroma.

T - Very crisp tartness, again largely lemon and green apple. Earthy funk is persistent throughout, but at this stage it is taking a backseat to the tartness. Also a bit grassy with a dry oak taste as well. Very tasty. The aroma seemed to have much more funk than the taste.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is quite dry throughout.

O - More on the crisp/refreshing side than the earthy/funky side at this point, though there is a nice funkiness. Looking forward to seeing how this develops. Hopefully the flavor will be equal to the aroma someday. Still, a very enjoyable gueuze.

warnerry, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

Lists both 2010 and 2011 on the label. BB is 04/03/2021, so I am guessing that this was bottled early 2011.

Cork almost explodes off once the cage is removed, but thankfully no gushing. Beer is a cloudy orange colour, almost caramel in colour. Moderately sized white head dissipates quite quickly, leaving nothing but some white film.

Quite a beautiful smell, and noticeable even far from the glass. Apple, pear, lemon. Seems very tart. Brett. Funky, horse blanket scents. Floral. A bit of oak. Lovely. I'm almost afraid to taste it as I don't see how it can live up to the smell.

Well, the taste is perhaps not quite as good as the smell, but it is excellent nonetheless. Tart but not overly so, the flavour is a marriage of funky brett and light fruits (apple, pear). The oak is there as well. Complex and flavourful but subtle, a very soft blend of flavours.

Quite light bodided, moderate carbonation, velvety soft. Puckering.

Overall, fantastic. A really excellent gueuze. Wish I had bought more!

jrenihan, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of mbiscombe
4/5  rDev -7.8%

mbiscombe, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +15.2%

patm1986, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%

Bottle poured into snifter. Appearance is hazy orange with dense creamy white head, great retention, some lacing. The nose has a lot going on...notes of sourdough, lactic acid, and oak come through the biggest. Some delicate waves of lemon and funk come through as well. The taste incredibly tart and fruity. Note of white wine, oak, and loads of lactic acid are present. There is some underlying funk that is at the perfect level for my taste. The front is puckering tart which develops into a balance with some moderate sweetness. This one is delicious. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this is one of my new favorite gueuzes. Great range of flavors and delicious balance. Very tart and definitely worth seeking out.

homebrew311, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of NewPorter
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 12.7 oz. to a tulip, 2011 bottle.

A : Very hazy, deep golden in color. A finger of nice white head that transitions quickly to a persistant ring.

S : Bright meyer lemon, somewhat muted earthy aroma. Sweetness comes out as it warms.

T : Quite tart, a crispy green apple.

M : Very light and watery, excellent carbonation that dissipates quickly and leaves a pleasant effervescent feel.

O : Not as complex as I expected but balanced and enjoyable. Very approachable for the style.

NewPorter, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -7.8%

savagepm, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of mattsander
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Quite hazy apricot in color with a rather long lasting 4mm white head. Lovely.

S: Musk, earthy brett, ripe pears, slightly cheesy with a big lemon-candy wallop. Very fruity, slightly muted brett character when compared to Cantillon Gueuze. Some bubblegummy sweetness shows up as it warms, very nice.

T: Plenty of lemony lactic acidity, wood/oaky, some cheesier notes. Lots of tannins. Again, less Brett than Cantillon.

M: Very creamy and luxurious, wetter than most Gueuze I've had.

An awesome unfussy Gueuze, recommended for the price!

mattsander, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

samEBC, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.34/5  rDev 0%

12.7 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, best before date of 5/03/2021, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a finger of bubbly white head that recedes to a collar, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is amazing. Very funky and fruity. Sour apple and pear aroma, citrus and vinegar, also a pronounced sulfur and hay funk and some mushroom.

T- Very tart, more crispy apple and lots of lemon, funk has nice complexity, with some hay and mushroom flavors and a nice wood character.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, has a smooth, bubbly feel, dry finish.

O- A really awesome gueuze, the aroma on its own sets this beer apart. Has nice complexity and is highly drinkable.

WillCarrera, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Mavajo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Mavajo, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of apocalypsezombie
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

apocalypsezombie, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of TheoV
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

TheoV, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of viettran07
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

viettran07, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Rempo, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

biboergosum, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours light orange with a creamy white head fading into a ring after a few minutes.

Aroma is apple skin, lots of funk some of it the bleu cheese variety I sometimes get from gueuzes. Lemon and vinegar.

Starts out pretty mellow with some lemon and apple. Intense tartness (but not quite sour) slowly creeps in and it finishes funky and dry.

Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation levels.

Pretty enjoyable. Probably not as good as most Cantillon stuff, but lots of complex flavors and subtles.

jmarsh123, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip. 2011 bottle.

A: Pours a glowing gold with a nice white head.

S: Sour, earthy wheat. Nice mellow berry and floral sweetness comes out. Some chalky mineral notes as it warms, a tiny bit of funk.

T: Starts out moderately sour. Raspberry skin, apricot, bit of lactic funk, slight metallic note, strong lemon, wheat and weak vanilla on the end. Tartness increases greatly as it warms.

M: Frothy, light, nice.

O: Bright, acidic - not the most complex but really tasty and well-done.

Etan, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

AdamP, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev -6%

'10/'11 Bottling, served in a Cantillon taster glass.

Pours a slightly bright orange and sunny yellow color, rather hazy, with a bright white finger and a half of head. Dissipates relatively quickly, but keeps to a nice bubbly ring.

The aroma is tart, with a sort of green apple/cider/vinegary aroma. There's some underlying funky musk pushing through. It's mildly sour, but primarily on the high end of tart.

The taste has a slight sour bite, almost puckering, with some green apple skins, lemon rind, white wine grapes, musk and a hint of funk, followed by some more tart fruit notes on the finish.

Slight effervescence, crisp, light bodied. It's rough on the palate, especially being some what of a noob at this stuff.

I've heard this is one of the less sour gueuzes around, and I in fact did not find it real sour. I think for that reason, I was able to truly enjoy this.

EgadBananas, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of xenjoiii
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

2010-2011 Vintage bottle (750ml) - Best before 16/02/2021 Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

A: Bright golden body with about a two finger fluffy white head. Great looking beer.

S: Sour lemons. Sour green apples. Sour green grapes. There is also a beautiful marriage of funk and oak that hangs behind the sour fruit aromas.

T: Massive mouth puckering tartness upfront with notes of lemon and green apples. By the middle of the oak begins to emerge and follows through to the finish.

M: Light to medium body. The brew is carbonated perfectly.

O: What an excellent blend Gueuzes. I am super impressed with this beer and very happy to have more of this in my cellar.

xenjoiii, Jun 26, 2012
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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