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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 155
Gots: 419 | FT: 43
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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 SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle. Best before 2/15/21. Poured into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger fine white head. Beer is clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and patchy with little stick. Decent.

Nose is straw, lemon zest, must, rotting wood, and some burnt rubber. Really representative of the style. Aromatic too.

Opens tart apricot and lemon. Tart. Leather, wood, and hay. Spritzy with a slight touch of bitterness at the end. Finishes wood, straw and lemon tartness with some cobweb character. Really clean.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and puckering going down. Finishes messy with a lingering, tart aftertaste. Nice and refreshing.

Given what went into this blend, there's no surprise that the end product is world class. Definitely a winner and a must try in the "easier-to-procure" gueuze category.

Photo of BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A really pretty cloudy orange-gold. Very bubbly.

S - Having never smelled anything like this smell before, I don't know what it is I'm smelling. When I first opened the bottle, I thought it was a vinegar smell, but now that's gone and I'm left with whatever interesting smell this is.

T - Wow. This is my first gueuze. Doesn't taste like beer at all. As with the aroma, I'm not sure what I'm tasting here. I hear people talk about "funk" and I wonder if that's one of the elements I'm getting. There's a tartness/sourness on the edge of recognition, less of a flavor and more of a sensation, transitioning quickly to a dry finish. I can see that sourness being what brings me back. The taste is part champagne, part cider, part something else. There's a faintly fruity taste with a general citric acid-y sourness.

M - Dry like champagne. Some apple-peel-esque tannin action going on. The mouth is left dry as a bone afterwards, even a little puckered initially.

O - Well that's very interesting. It's certainly not what I'd reach for when I want a beer. But it's a really nice other category of beverage, and pretty refined. Flavorful, pressing a few buttons, yet tastefully restrained and classy. I could see serving this at a nice dinner party, whether just for the people who aren't into beer or for everyone. More people should know about this category. I love that the expiration date for a 2011 beer is 2021.

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy yellow gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Sweet apples, some nice fruity funk and a bit of old dank wood.

Taste. Lemony tartness, some nice light dry funkyness, a little bit woody. Pretty nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, fine carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer. No complaints from this guy.

Thanks once again to the fantastic trader, yeahnatenelson!

Photo of angrybabboon
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow-orange - nice white head, fades to a little cap and a nice ring - sticky lacing

Smell: It's like a fist of funk punching you in the face - so much sour - acidic and intense - a serious amount of wood, and it's rather unique - the best way I can describe it is the bark of a young tree, very plantlike - some citrus, and some pale malts

Taste: Sour, musty, tart, and funky - very puckering, but less intense than the aroma (probably a good thing) - some lemon and light orange, and some other (sour) light fruits - some bitterness, but this is all about the sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, acidic and wonderfully puckering

Overall: Very interesting

This is not the best gueuze I've ever had, but it might be one of the most sour. The sour, tart, and the funk is remarkable. Cheers to all of the strains of bacteria that make this so weird.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a bright gold colored beer. Head is bright-white, bubbly and thin. Pours wIth a nice carbonation.

Smell: Oak, tart lemon and citric burn. Loads of wood. Perfume and some mild funk notes. Mild notes of hay, but it's all about the complex tart aromas. Lemon and citric acid with a tiny hint of sweetness. So much wood, but it's nicely balanced by the tart edge. Funky cheese and feet. Pear and mango.

Taste: Mellowed than the nose would indicate. Nice woody backing to a complex tart lemon and apple flavor. Floral and mildly funky. Some notes of hay and flower petals. Fruity like pear, lemons, and a touch of apple. Almost vegetal back notes. Wood is young oak and clean. Fresh and floral.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a light body. Lively carbonation and a lingering dryness. Crisp and full of depth.

Overall: Nice depth of flavor and a good blend of wood and tartness. Easy drinking for the style, but still carries enough tartness to be worth it.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to the draft, bottle is a bit brighter, very light funk level to this, still. This is rather fresh, citrusy and hoppy notes are present. Faint sourness in the finish. Light cob web funk. The nose is about the same as draft and not as bright as the flavor in this one. Going to be develope well imo.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beagle75
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bashiba
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice bright hazy golden orange with a thick and lasting white head.

The nose is amazing, huge amounts of funky yeast, huge sourness and some oak.

The flavor is dominated by the big crisp sour flavor. Some nice earthy yeast And hints of oak.

The mouthfeel is acidic and super dry.

Great classic gueze.

Photo of SalMineo
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle 750mL
A: yellow-golden. hazy. small head with tiny bubbles. 4
S: amazing aroma. oak barrels. honey. orange. apricots. . yeast. 4.5
T: citrus prominent. delicate lemon-peel bitterness lingers in aftertaste. no residual sweetness. 4.5
M: light carbonation creates silky mouthfeel. 4.5
O: excellent, balanced gueuze. If I had to nitpick, I would say that it has a little bit too mich yeasty character. otherwise, it's one of the best gueuzes available. 4.5

Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RandomName7
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of pperez38
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of ASUBeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DSlim71
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Carleton (SpdKilz) for this awesome extra from a little while back. Cheers!

A - A loud pop from the cork leads to a hazy, yellow golden pour. A small layer of white foam quickly dissapates to leave a pretty still body.

S - You definitely get the funk right away, damp cellar and old wood. Green apple and lemon take you into a slight vinegar scent.

T - The taste follows pretty closely, starts with the funk along with lemon and green apple skin. This is a sour beer, but it doesn't overpower and finishes with a strong woody character.

M - Medium body and spritzy carbonation work well with this beer. The wood quality coats the mouth and it ends with a dry, puckering finish.

I haven't had too many examples of this style, but it's certainly one that I will continue to seek out. This was a solid beer that I would be happy to drink regularly, with a nice level of funk and sourness. I'll have to check back on this one after a little more experience with Gueuze. Thanks again Carleton!

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle at De Heeren van Liedekerke. Served in a Tilquin geuze glass.

A: Clear gold body; thin white head. Pretty average.

S: Very fresh, vibrant, balanced aroma with both hay and barnyard funk countered with tart apple and lemon fruitiness. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose, with the emphasis being on the tart fruit. A bit of dry minerality and horseblanket along with assertive lemony sourness. Juicy, lemony finish. Very good, but a bit more funk would have been welcome.

M: Fairly light, lively, mildly tingly. Good.

O: Excellent Geuze, reminding me more of Girardin than anything else in its effortlessly tasty balance of fruit, funk, and sourness. Not as purely tart as Cantillon, not as funky as Drie Fonteinen, but thoroughly enjoyable in its own right. I look forward to seeing how future batches come out, as the future can't be anything but bright based on the quality of this initial effort.


Photo of claaark13
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. This pours a clear golden color with a small layer of white foam.

Nice sharp lemon aromas hit you right away with some apples and a bit of vinegar. Real clean straight forward aroma. The pallet gives off a nice sour beginning with some lemon grass and granny smith apples. Sour start to finish with just a little bit of funk and oak in the finish.

The body is light and crisp with a lingering finish and some good carbonation. Overall this one surprised me. I'll want more of this but I liked it a lot more than I had expected (not that I didn't expect to like it).

Photo of cadaugherty
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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