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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 142
Gots: 349 | FT: 33
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-22-2012 07:53:24 | More by lpotter
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-22-2012 05:16:10 | More by freduardo
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-22-2012 01:51:14 | More by beerdweeb
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-21-2012 18:29:54 | More by seeswo
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-21-2012 03:51:49 | More by beermeX2
Photo of bsuedekum


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

01-20-2012 09:20:22 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


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

750 ml bottle sharred with 4 other BA's.

A- Nice hazy straw color, yellow brown, thin bubbly ring around the glass.
S- Love the funky aroma, sour, Belgium yeast, sour grape skin aroma, vinegar, barnyard funk.
T- Really nice, love the funky taste, barnyard funk, apricot, sour grape, some spice, citrus, vinegar.
M- Medium mouth feel, puckering, dry finish, well carbonated.
O- Really impressive, nice and sour, funky, nice fruity notes, would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:34:49 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of joshrosborne


4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-17-2012 20:50:25 | More by joshrosborne
Photo of rangerred


3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a hazy orange with a small white head. Good head retention but no lacing.

Aroma is funky barnyard but there is also some citrus in there notably lemon, orange, and raspberry. There is also a touch of oak.

Taste is quite a bit more citrusy than some of the other gueuzes I have tried. Orange and raspberry are there almost on a level playing field with the barnyard notes. A dry oakiness comes in strong on the finish. Tartness is quite prevalent throughout imparting a lemony character. Finish is dry but not quite as dry and clean as I would have liked.

Overall this is a decent gueuze but not the best I have had. There isn't enough funk and it doesn't finish quite dry enough. It isn't bad though and I probably would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:37:59 | More by rangerred
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Pours a white head with good retention. Color is a hazed pale yellow.

Aroma: old funkiness. Some dry spices. A decent amount of fruitiness. Barnyard funk all the way. Old tasting.

Taste: starts out with a barnyard funk. Then I get some fruits and a little citrus. Cobweb and basement must. Oaky with a little spice. Very good.

Mouthfeel: funky and sour. Light bodies with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, this was a really nice beer. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Fits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:22:47 | More by mothman
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-13-2012 23:17:16 | More by ADTaber
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-13-2012 21:02:29 | More by Schade
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of thin head. Good head retention, lively looking carbonation. Very nice.

S: Extremely funky - very barnyardy. Lactic acid aroma with slight white wine aroma. Very dry. There is a great balance of aromas here - good amount of sourness and funkiness.

T: Fairly dry and tart with strong lemon sourness. A good amount of spicy oak, too. Funk is not nearly as strong as it was in the aroma, but shows up again with a barnyard flavor. The moderation and balance are done very well here.

M: Thin and very highly carbonated.

O: A very well balanced Gueuze - moderate amounts of sourness, oak, funk - everything works together to create a great flavor. Not as complex as some others, but it's certainly up there in my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:04:27 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-09-2012 02:52:23 | More by Travisnin
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2012 22:58:45 | More by N8DAGR8
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. 2010 bottle.

A: The beer pours a very cloudy amber with a slight yellow and orange hue. When I pour the beer there are three fingers of pillowy white head. A layer of head remains on top of the beer throughout the pour. 4.5

S: Gueuze. This definitely smells like a gueuze. Lots of funk with some citrus acidity in there as well. Slightly sweet, but that takes a back seat to the funk. 4

T: Just as the smell, this screams gueuze. Light, very tart, and refreshing. A rather large citrus presence, but tartness and acidity. The finish is bitter as the sourness fades. There is an aged hop bitterness that is enhanced by the citrus notes. This is a good beer. 4.5

M: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and one of the things that could use some improvement. 3.5

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The only thing I would pick out to be improved is the finish. I could use more dryness. Light and refreshing, I would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:59:03 | More by oline73
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3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear golden with a thin white short lasting head.
S: sweeter funk than most, a light honey aroma, and slight vinegar.
T: tart with a light sweetness on the back end. Barn yard funk, with light bit of plastic on the back end.
M: light and prickly, no at all coating. But flavor does linger.
O: Ive had both in bottle and on draft, bottle is better in my opinion. Draft wasn't funky enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:44:59 | More by rootbeerman
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3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draught while in Brussels, it was fantastic.
Vintage 2010-2011

Pours a murky golden with a withering finger of white foam. The beer is not much to look at. Smells good and funky with lemon, manure, grass, vitamin, and some hints of peppery sharpness. Smells like it's gonna be tart!

Tart with lemons, and some baking soda character. Nice and dry with a mouth watering finish. Sharp carbonation brings out the lemony sourness and the remaining effervescence leaves a nice medicinal flavor mixed with a good funk. A little much on the alka-seltzer quality at times for me.

Overall a good beer, better when I was in Brussels at a bar (but what beer isn't?). I am hesitant to purchase again given the price tag. Maybe grab a bottle and do a good sized gueuze tasting here in a few. Maybe a couple for the cellar, see how they mature.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 12:41:00 | More by harrymel
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-05-2012 22:08:16 | More by largadeer
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2012 02:30:21 | More by THECPJ
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-04-2012 22:11:47 | More by berley31
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South Africa

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2010/2011 vintage.
Ref A1011
BB 22/01/2011

It has been a long time since I have had a good Gueuze. I have been saving all my sours to do a comparative tasting. I will be having one different sour every day for the next two weeks or so.

Appearance: Beautiful, lightly hazed, golden-apricot body topped by a large white head that lasts pretty well but leaves only minimal lace.

Smell: Holy shit; how I have missed the smell of a well crafted gueuze! The nose is right up there in terms of both power and complexity.
I never know where to start when analyzing a gueuze, so I will merely list the notes that I find over the course of the bottle.
Lemons, tart green apples, a mixture of rotten and not quite ripe apricots, tart white grapes, musty basement, sweaty socks, light oak, and surprisingly some sweetness (appletiser note). Initially the barnyard character was very light, but as the beer warmed it became quite a bit stronger.

Taste: Wow, the initial sip is actually quite a lot tarter than I thought it would be - though I guess it should have been expected since this blend contains both Girardin and Cantillon.
The flavour contains less fruit and more musty funk than the nose. Tart lemon and apricot notes are still there along with musty basements, sweat, old oak and earthy wild mushrooms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high level of carbonation (the bubbles could be a tad smaller for me). Extremely dry finish; tough not quite as arid as Girardin Black Label.

Overall: A great gueuze and one I will certainly have again! I wonder how the Lou Pepe Gueuze that I am drinking tomorrow will compare.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 09:36:03 | More by Thehuntmaster
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-04-2012 03:12:51 | More by tclapper
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-03-2012 03:54:13 | More by surlytheduff
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. The color is clear and golden. There is a nice small white head that shrinks quickly.

The aroma has lemongrass and some spicy yeast.

The taste is dry and tart like lemons. This is mostly clean tasting. This finishes mellower with more wheat malt.

This is nicely cabonated; very drinkable.

This is very tasty. I will look for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:57:21 | More by andrewinski1
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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