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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 149
Gots: 368 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

bsuedekum, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Chriscrundwell12, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of joshrosborne
4/5  rDev -7.8%

joshrosborne, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

rangerred, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

mothman, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ADTaber, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Schade
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Schade, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Travisnin, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of N8DAGR8
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

N8DAGR8, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

oline73, Jan 08, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

rootbeerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

harrymel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

largadeer, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

THECPJ, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of berley31
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

berley31, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

tclapper, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

andrewinski1, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review

Hard pour yields a dark straw beer, cloudy, half a finger of white head which goes down quickly to a skim and thin ring, no lace.

Tart and funky lemon with some floral, oak, and hormonal essences in there too. Med. strength, well balanced aroma that is stimulative.

What a taste, man this is good. The funk joins the citrus right off the bat. It has sweet but whoever blended this did it just right. The funk doesn't overpower it has just the right sweat, cheese, and dust to it, oak, earth and citrus, they meld into a wonderful drying end of sip. Very full of flavor, highly balanced, sharp, tart, vinous, citrus, earthy, strongly funky, all of these flavors coming to the fore, and to supporting roles, along the way.

Spritzy, light, easy drinking and refreshing, fantastic finish, wonderful clean cling, interesting and memorable.

One of the best gueuzes out there. I have had the luck of tasting many greats, and this is their equal. Highest recommendation.

cavedave, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

OddNotion, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 - 2011 vintage, 375 ml, Best Before: 15/02/2021. Served in an over sized wine glass. Reviewed on: 12-31-2011.

A - Standard gueuze look. Bright orange amber body with some peach skin tints. Slightly cloudy with rising bubbles. Fizzy off white head that quickly dissolves but leaves some nice edging. Great lacing and retention, tight small bubbles form with a swirl.

S - Lots of brett goodness. Very nice funky aroma followed by some lemons and sour apples. Oak and some faint vanilla towards the end. Really fantastic aroma

T - Starts with the sour fruit. Tart lemons, green apples, and some peach. This leads into the funk. Its light but noticeable. The finish is sightly earthy and oaky, but sour and puckering. I'm getting just a hint of alcohol as well. Very well balanced.

M - Bubbly and highly carbonated. It has a sort of silky smooth feel to it though. Dry finish.

O - This is a very impressive beer. The aroma and flavors are spot on when it compares to cantillon and drie fonteinen. I believe this first batch is a blend of 1 and 2 year lambics, so I can't wait to try a 1, 2, 3 year blend. Tilquin is definitely a contender in the gueuze world!

2011- 2012 vintage, 375 ml, Best Before: 18/01/2022. Served in a tulip glass. Reviewed on: 09-04-2012.

A - Same as the 2010/11. Nice amber body with a frothy white head.

S - The brett is still pretty fresh but pretty noticeable. Lemons and sour apple juice leads into acidic vinegar and oak. Funky with an earthy grassiness.

T - Delightfully sour and balanced. One of the better tasting gueuzes on the market. Tart and bright lemon and apple juice with smooth oak and vanilla tannins. Ends on a funky and acidic note. Crisp and dry finish with no real lingering flavors.

O - This really is one of my favorite gueuzes. Cantillon tends to be bracingly sour and Drie Fonteinen is super funky. This beer fits neatly in the middle. Great balance and high level of drinkability. Excellent vintage.

davey101, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

soriondee, Dec 30, 2011
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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