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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,635
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 157
Gots: 402 | 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.

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Photo of wyatt
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

wyatt, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lambic with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light sour notes with light funky ester. Taste is also a mix between some sour and tart notes with light acidic undertones and some light funky ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well put together lambic mix except it may be a bit too balanced toward sour and acidic notes for my liking. I would have preferred more green apple and barnyard notes personally.

Phyl21ca, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork comes right off with a huge pop, and out pours a lovely golden straw colored beer, instantly a huge head starts forming, about 3 fingers high. The head quickly gives way and recedes to about a single finger and has decent retention and ample lacing. Lots of bubbles rise through the hazy texture of the beer, a great sight to see for this style. Nice big nose and not surprisingly, funk jumps out right away, lots of it. Once the funk dies down, tart green apples, some lemony citrus notes and even some sweeter berry aromas come to life. Some faint straw and dried hop resin is noticeable, but there is a lot of complexity to the nose. The flavors are wonderful and follow the nose very well, yeasty funk is definitely present, but not overwhelming, some nice dried hop flavors pair well with the abundant citrus, notably lemon and orange zest, straw is again present with some very crisp champagne-like tart apples and just the slightest bit of blueberry and sour cherry notes add some sweetness that bring out some nice chewy sweet oak flavors. The body is standard for the style, very carbonated, very dry and crisp with a nice sour pucker to the finish.

Verdict: Exceptional gueuze from the Gueuzerie Tilquin. The flavors are exceptionally complex, the body is spot on, and it has just enough to sourness to satisfy any sour lover while being accessible to anyone looking to try a great gueuze.

kevanb, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

zonker17, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Gonzoillini, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Winslow
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Winslow, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of uustal
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, straw yellow/light orange color with a bright white one-finger head. Goes quickly. Aroma of lemon zest, orange peel, sour apple a bit of barnyard funk and nice tart cherry and berry notes. Flavor begins with a nice amount of tart citrus. Lemon peel, green apples, tart berries and lesser sour cherry notes. Grass and slight earthiness in the middle before a middling funky, musty ending. Bubbly, light crisp mouthfeel. Overall, good flavor, not too tart, not too funky, great combination of the flavors that changes from sip to sip.

uustal, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev -7.8%

fehrminator, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this a while back at Julio's. Its a 2010/2011 bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden light amber hue with a thin off white halo and and light clouding. Not that bad.

S - Smell is light citrus and cherries with a nice belgian funk. Light oak notes too. Just...all rather faint. As it warms up ALOT of apple comes out.

T - Stuff is tasty. Nice green apple sourness and tartness along with tasty oak. Mostly just a sour apple with a faint, faint cherry quality. Good oak finish. Very clean.

M - Mouthfeel has an excellent sour finish. Great oak notes, sour apple. Stuff goes down real easy. Unfortunately though as it warms the carbonation really fades on this one.

O - This is a very tasty gueuze. Again, rather accessable for me. Love the green apple tartness. Very crisp and clean.

rudzud, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a cork caged 750ml dated 2010/2011, poured into a duvel tulip

A- pours a nice hazy orange straw color with a almost one finger fizzy head, that settles out quickly, looks crisp and effervescent. No lacing.

S- smells starting wafting out as soon as I open the bottle, a lot of funk and citrus notes, combined with oak, smells very sour and the oak smells almost toasty, at least imam assuming that is from the oak. I'm reminded of hay.

T- nice and sour, notes of citrus and apples mixed with a strong oak character, which again reminds me of oak and hay... Citrus notes remind me of sour apricots, grapefruit, tart green apple, complex and interesting, although the oak has a strange bite at times, wonder if this will mellow out and blend a little better with age?

M- medium bodies with medium effervescent, tight bubbl carbonation, in all honesty I felt as though the carbonation could have been a touch higher, or maybe the body a touch lighter.

O- a very nice gueze, however the oak notes can be a bit strange at times, hoping this one will improve a little with some age, although it is very pleasant to begin with. The only thing that stopped me from marking this higher was the strange oak bite.

PeterIngemi, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

MiguelMandingo, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375 mL corked and caged bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Best by date of 10/02/2021 on the bottle. Served at just below cellar temperature.

Appearance: Golden orange to yellow in color with a nice one and a half finger, white, creamy head. Recedes into a nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Very fruity aroma for a gueuze. I get some raspberries and tart green apples. A big oak character as well. A light touch of funk in there as well. Really interesting.

Taste: Again, the fruit notes really stand out and seperate this from others in the style. Although there is no fruit, I get a lot of raspberry, green apple and lemon. Not as tart as others in the style, but with a strong oak character. Light on the funk.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, light and nicely carbonated upfront. A subtle, dry finish.

Overall, a really worthwhile and enjoyable gueuze. The fruit notes definitely what sets this apart from others. Drinking very nicely right now and definitely should age with the best of them. Definitely one I would pick up often at the price.

Gosox8787, Feb 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

csustar001, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of amphion1065
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Lord Hobo, served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear shade of gold. Really no head at all, though there is some great lacing.

Really funky, buggy nose. Strong lemons and hay, with a truly wild yeast character coming through. Very tart. A slight hint of what seems to be acetone.

The taste follows the nose closely. This is very sour and wonderfully tart, with a strong citrus acidity. Though the nose seems a little out of control with the funk, the taste is very clean, with well defined apple and lemon flavors and a palate-coating sourness.

This is so effervescent, it almost reminds me of champagne. Pretty close to flawless for the style.

Very well done, I'm very excited to see what new projects come our way from Tilquin.

amphion1065, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

slvrmon82, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of M27
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
Photo of hattingc
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
Photo of orangesol
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
Photo of Pencible
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
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
97 out of 100 based on 1,635 ratings.