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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 158
Gots: 383 | 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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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
Photo of surlytheduff
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
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ajs4bd, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

hurfer, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010-2011 bottle at Railroad Street bar. Thanks, Mike!
Appears a hazy light gold with streams of co2 rising to the top. A fluffy off-white cap slowly fades away into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streams of lacing are left around the class.
Smell is of earthy funkiness with tart Meyer lemons, sweaty gym sweatshirt, vanilla, oak, and mild farmhouse.
Taste is of the aromas with tart horseblanket, with earthy mushroom and a citrusy, mildly acidic base.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balances towards the acidic end but not overly in the vinegar world. Really nice brew!

weeare138, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of infi
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into brandy snifter.

Hazy and vibrant, tangerine-orange body. Great carbonation. White streaks of foam line glass.

Smells of mild funk, malted cereals, soured apples and lemon and damp wood. Nice balance of tart and sourdough bread. Incredibly appealing to the nose.

Taste begins with a big yeasty character, which is complemented with the funk and lactic sourness. Slight tannin amounts from the casks. Sourness isn't too puckering, but it's defining presence especially towards the end of the profile. Incredibly drinking gueuze, like the Cantillon Classic. Probably due to Tilquin utilizing wort from them.

Medium body with nice carbonation. Beautifully blended with great flavors. Definitely a fave for me.

infi, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Wisconsinality, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

youkinorn, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml cork and cage 2010 bottle
Smell is very enticing: sour wild yeast - acidic to the nose. Exciting aromatics, I like it. Thin layer of frothy head, with surprising head retention. Looks like a wheat beer with a good haze and yellow-orange hue. Flavor wise, you can't ask for much more in a traditional Gueuze. I can't believe I've never seen, or heard of this beer before as it is truly outstanding. Bright lemon citrus brettanomyces character - tart and puckering. Lingering subtle yeast flavors in the after taste. Mellow oakiness. Pleasant raw wheat body. Decent ABV for a lambic. Will certainly keep an eye out for this one in the future.

mlazzaro, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

CelticAleMan, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Stigs, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice straw yellow color with a thin white head that recedes rather quickly. the smell is tart lemony with hints of apple and a nice funk. the flavor starts off with a light funk, followed by a crisp tartness. the mouthfeel is light and well carbed, overall a superbly balanced gueuze

rowingbrewer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant bright orange. Two inch, fluffy white head with incredible retention which leaves a solid amount of lacing down the glass. One of the best looking gueuzes ive seen. Smell is mild vinegar, a tiny bit of funk, and some lemon. Fairly straightforward aroma.

Taste is very nice. Starts off with a large wave of sour, which rounds out to show a good amount of sweet and sour lemon. Finishes tart and dry, with some great notes of brett in the background. Very well made gueuze. Too expensive, though.

HURTemHIZZY, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

gdodd12, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Leftofthedial, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of pluppykatie
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking out of a mini Duvel glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy with the first pour. A bright pumpkin color.
Smell - a single level of scent.
Taste - Not overwhelming with flavor, but strong enough to enjoy what you're drinking.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth and straight.
Overall - I'm enjoying the experience. It's a taste I can expect when I open a bottle.

pluppykatie, Dec 17, 2011
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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