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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,571
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 158
Gots: 384 | FT: 39
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

slvrmon82, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

M27, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Best by 2/15/2021.

Appearance - Golden yellow body with a nice white head that settles into a pillow of foam. Mostly clear, but for a slight haze. Not much sticks to the side of the glass, but it still looks spectacular.

Smell - A well-balanced gueuze. Not as funky as Drie Fonteinen and not as sour as Cantillon or Girardin. Lemon tartness in the nose and a nice dose of funk. A bit of pepper in the background.

Taste - The aromas translate well, although it's not quite as good as it smells. The sourness is a touch vinegary in the finish. Throughout the drink there is a bitterness that grows until culminating in the finish with the vinegar notes. It's still quite enjoyable, if not quite as spectacular as the nose.
Mouthfeel - A bit too light. Refreshing, for sure. The high carbonation and the body make it effervescent, but some of the flavors drop off leaving only the vinegar and bitterness in the finish.

Overall - A great gueuze if not quite living up to its most impressive competitors. I'm glad I have a couple of bottles stashed away so I can partake of this whenever I want.

Alieniloquium, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2011
As I pop the cork off this best by 10/02/2021 375ml bottle I get a waft of raspberries. A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, somewhat creamy textured, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a bright, clear, orange-tinted, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, grapefruit and a touch of cider that is backed by an ample funkiness that provides mushroom notes, phenolic funkiness, fruity oak character, dry woody spicy notes, perhaps a hint of clove even. The nose has a bright fruitiness to it that makes this distinct compared to other Gueuzes; this adds a nice note and at times I would swear there are some raspberries here. The nose is quite nice, dry and appetizing smelling, but with a fair amount of complexity; as one should expect of a Gueuze.

The beer has bright sourness to it that manages to be quite in control and suggests at notes of grapefruit. This is backed by a funkiness that wasn’t quite as pronounced as it was in the nose. There is a fruitiness here in the flavor that again reminds me of raspberries; this might be accentuated by a touch of acetic character that isn’t really at flavor threshold levels. This has a dryness to it that is accentuated by some oak derived astringency and some phenolic character. The body of this beer is just about perfect for a Gueuze, light and refreshing, but with that characteristic slickness and texture to it that keeps this a long way from being watery. The oak character seems to be a touch spicier and astringent than is usual for a Gueuze; given that this is a new Gueuze blender and that the barrels were newly sourced, that is not at all surprising. As the beer warms up the woody character / oak gets more distinct and, along with the funkiness, makes me think of woody mushrooms. The acidity also gets a bit more pronounced, almost sharp, though not quite harsh.

This is a damn good Gueuze already, I can’t wait to have one that is a proper blend of 3, 2 and 1 year old Lambics. This definitely has me excited as this particular blend shows a lot of potential; it could use a more muted oak profile and the acidity might be a bit more rounded, but I really like the fruitiness and the funkiness, and even the oak and acidity. I can’t wait to get more vintages of this.

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jag21, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

beerhorn12, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of dejrrma
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010-2011 Printed on neck of bottle. 370ml bottle for around $11 @aleyeah. Best before 15/02/2021 printed on back. Poured into a southern tier tulip glass.

a- a very lively, hazey orange with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top. less than half an inch of white, foamy head that slips around the glass and leaves little lacing

s- vinegary, sour fruits, some yeast, grains

t- very complex beer. that barnyard taste that people use a descriptor? i finally get it with this beer. tastes like it smells with lots of lemon and very acidic/tart. mouth-puckering. there's a woody, musty taste as well.

m- medium carbonation, light body, very creamy. dry finish.

o- i love this beer. i wish i could make myself pay around $11 bucks every couple of days for 12 oz of this beer. i can't, but i would love to buy again soon-ish.

dejrrma, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

hattingc, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sour with some nice dark, black cherry aromas. There was a touch of caramel.

T - It tasted of sour black cherries with a touch of sweet maltiness. Good balance between the two.

M - It was crisp with a puckering bite. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very good gueuze. I may have to get some more.

zeff80, Feb 11, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe foofaa opened this 750ml for us at our recent gueuze tasting.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of citric fruits, dirty funk, green apples, oak and a touch of breadiness. Nothing too complex yet still very enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a big sour kick slowly giving way to hints of dirty gym locker funk, green apples, fresh cut citric fruit and a touch of vanilla / oak sweetness. Finish is quite dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel that lingers on the pallet long after consumption.

O - I have had this one three times now and it is really growing on me. It has quite a bit of flavor yet it remains easy to drink. I will have to stock up on this one when I see it.

orangesol, Feb 10, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2010; reviewed 2/2012

A: This poured clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like tart apple cider vinegar and funky oak, with some sour white grapes and unripe apricot, and a bit of citrus zest.
T: It tasted very tart and funky, with sour apple and vinegar and dry oak and lactic acid, and a bit of unripe apricot and citrus zest. It had a musty but crisp aftertaste with some lasting tartness.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, like champagne.
D: This was an excellent gueuze. Maybe I just haven't had one in a while, so I forgot how great they are. But this is hugely complex and delicate and bold. Great scent and taste, with refreshing and fitting body. Definitely needs to be sipped, but the finish is nice and clean. Age forever or drink whenever. Recommended.

Pencible, Feb 09, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Clear, golden yellow and orange with slight sediment at the bottom of the glass. Quickly forming bone-white head that eventually leaves specks of lacing down the glass.

Huge aroma of funk, hay, grass, sweet lemon and tart apples, along with a lot of musty basement. Love it!

The lemon and apple components of this beer shine though nicely along with the big, sweaty, funk notes and musty basement/cobwebs. There isn't as much earth and brick flavor as I found in other gueuzes, though I'm not really missing it. This is delicious, as is.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A terrific gueuze. I hope I can find this in a shop near me soon.

ehammond1, Feb 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

dwbrews, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TJBurgess, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Diomede, Feb 05, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle while in Chicago earlier this week. I really enjoyed it the first time I tried it at Three Floyd's Anniversary Party.

This beer pours a light bodied and highly carbonated honey gold in color with slight turbidity and constant bubbling. The nose is on the funkier side even for a geueze. It has plenty of wild yeast, Brett going on as well as an ever so slight sweetness on the backed. The flavors are right up my alley. There are boatloads of very dry Brett, lemon, barnyard, sour apple, dehydrated fruit and it has moderate acidity. I'm a pretty big fan. It drinks light with plenty of carbonation and finishes dry with a slight pucker. This is a really nice Geueze. I'd place it behind only Cantillon's Classic Geueze and Hanssens Oude Geueze.

aasher, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Miamilice, Feb 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

brez8791, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

zchall23, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

whartontallboy, Feb 01, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I tried this one based on a suggestion from a beer salesman. I am always opened to different types of beers. I guess I am just not a fan of any type of lambic. The aroma of this was very nice, crisp, clean with some apple and pear over tones.
The taste was a bit awkward for me. One minute it was like a extra dry sparkling wine with a touch of sweetness, next minute and was too sweet.
The one thing I did very like was it was very crisp. Much more than any other beer I have tasted. As I mentioned above, about sparkling wine, it presented itself almost champagne like.

rdilauro, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Kaydogg, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

138th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. I opened this bottle at bspringer's birthday celebration. An epic night for sure to celebrate his golden day of birth!

A: Burnt yellow. Three-quarter (dull white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Hay, cracked wheat/field, spider web, funk, aged cheese. Very, very nice.

T: Oh so nice hear. Straight and to the point...just funky, weird, and awesome. Hay, must, funk, and oldness. Hints fruit balanced with dull spice and earthy flavors.

M: Light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: I really solid beer all around! Pretty sure this was from a fresh batch, but I can't wait to age it a bit. I think it will surely hold up quite well over time. Very nice for sure!

spdyfire83, Jan 28, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1065th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 ml

Not sure of year

Thanks to T0rin0 for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A very light-medium yellow color with soft golden edges and a small bit of head that settled rather quickly.

Smell- Classic notes of the style. A bit dry and bit funky and a little bit of sour in the glass. Maybe a couple whispy touches of vinegar in there.

Taste- Wasn’t sure what to expect but a pretty good beer. Had a nice dry grape skin flavor with some funk, tart and lemony citrus notes.

Mouth- A light-medium body with a good dry medium carbonation. A lot of funk, citrus and damp residual flavors.

Drink- Another one of those beers I always wanted to try and poof there it was at this tasting. Bobby thanks for sharing. Appreciate it very much. I would really like to sit and savor on a bottle of this one.

FosterJM, Jan 24, 2012
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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