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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 147
Gots: 366 | FT: 38
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Belgium

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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

starrdogg, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

FutureCowboy, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ej285701, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a hazy orange color with a big white head that dies down somewhat quickly.

Aromas begin with a decent amount of funk; some hay, straw and sour white vinous grapes. Some grass and green apples with a mild oak note and a decent amount of citrus.

The tastes begin with barnyeard funk, hay, straw, lemon and light citrus. Slightly more funky as it warms. Plenty of grass and must, with a very earthy notes.

The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a mild amount of carbonation, would kind of like a little more to be honest.

Overall this was a nice beer. I am not too familiar with Gueuze, to be honest, but it was mildly enjoyable and quite drinkable. Maybe I just don't get it or what but this style just does not do it for me. I am a brown or fruited (anything but cherry) sour ale fan, these light ones just don't do it for me, so take my review for what it's worth.

claspada, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +3%

This is a great beer, it is kind of the fill in for the lack of Cantillon lately, seemingly for the DC area and beyond!

A: Great look. Bubbly orange with bubbles even hanging on the glass a ring of white bubbly head as well. Just a little lacing.

S: Very nice dry and fruity smell, quite nice tartness. Some oak, cranberry, old cellar, straw barnyard funk, grapes, bright citrus fruit, very nice overall and a great gueuze smell.

T/M: Nice juicy fruit front and beautiful dry finish. Lots of great wild yeast tapered by white grape and a little wood pulp. Some tart notes are great paired with the fruit and yeast brightness. Effervescent feel I've come to expect from great Gueuze. Berries come through as well, great beer.

Overall a steal at the price and availability these days especially with no Cantillon. Excellent and recommended.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Into a tulip.

A: The champagne of Belgium indeed. One-finger head off the pour, into a refined bubbly ring clinging to the edge of the glass, with a few bubbly islands (they eventually disappear completely). Effervescent, yes. The carbonation release is ceaseless. Orange, cloudy, cider body. Great look.

S: Sour, oak-y, grassy. Acetic. Some sour fruits. Touch o' the barn.

T: WOW. The sourest I've had. Super sour, funky apple skin. Crabapple core. This gueuze takes your tonsils and your soft palate into an alleyway and beats 'em down, and it's wonderful. And even though the ABV is only 6%, there's a light alcohol warmth that sticks around to keep you company after the beatdown.

M: Dry, dry, dry. Dry. Lovely.

O: I'm blown away. I love sours, and this just took me to another realm that I hadn't been to, and I'm much better for it.

Heavenisbeer, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Picked this up at Stateline a few weeks back. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2010-2011 vintage, best by 15/02/2021 on the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. No lacing left on the glass but two inches of head stay throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, cheese, lemon and citrus, earthy barnyard notes, and some brett and acedic notes. Funk is definitely there and up front, but not as cheesey as the draught version. More citrus and tart lemon. Still, a really nice nose.

t - Tastes of barnyard funk, brett, cheese, tart lemons, grapefruit, citrus, some wood, lactic and acedic notes. More funky than the nose, which I like a lot.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Dry finish, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really great gueuze. Nose and taste are quite funky and has a good amount of citrus. Liked the taste a little more than the nose as I found it a little more funky, but both were great. Easy to drink the whole bottle of and will certainly have it again. Pretty on par with the draught verion; would order either anytime.

mdfb79, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

375ml bottle Best Before 10/02/2021 which I guess means February 2nd 2021. Cloudy, hazy orange, wispy head with a surprising amount of lace. Smells like rotten oranges, citrus, wheat, straight gueuze! Taste is a little rough around the edges, sour, citrus, a bit of plastic, still delicious. I probably should have waited a couple months until this had been in the bottle a year but oh well. Impressive for a a new gueuze blender and one I'll be happy to add to my collection at any time.

ArrogantB, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

11/6/2011

Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks!

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with an inch of white foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Big horsey funk notes with cheese and oak. Lemon is pronounced, and I get leather, damp forest floor, and barnyard notes. Smells very good.

T: Tart up front with an insistent moderate level of citric acidity. Leather blends with oak and a moderate lactic sourness. Goaty, with notes of cheese, lemon, and wheat.

M: Light body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Impressive, especially as a first offering.

HopHead84, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of jimbus
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours an opaque and fizzled sunglow orange. Spriteful carbonation is lively as the sudsy head fizzles away. Smells of citrus, earthy musk, and slight sourness - not super impressed with the nose, but it is inviting. Initial taste - woah - extreme bitterness and acidity shoot out of the gates, make their mark, and are quickly thereafter accompanied by orange and lemon zest, musky gym shirts, and shock tarts. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the pleasantness of the flavor fades rather quickly. A very tasty beer however and is yet another gueuze offering that has impressed me with the style. Looking forward to getting more experience with the this unique craft.

jimbus, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

A clouded orange brew, a warm white high and compact head, that settles and leaves good lacing. Some curtains.

Smelling acid, vinegar, then cats pee, stable and in general funky.

The taste is starting sweetly, dextrose, white vinegar, green apples and rhubarbs.

Medium carbonation, a very refreshing and watery feeling, a small body a dry acid finish.

Very well balanced, possiibly a bit young.

rarbring, Nov 05, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

12.7 oz bottle best before 15/2/2021 poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden color with a touch of orange with one finger white head.

S- Sour, lemons, tart apples, getting some funk and earthiness. It is making my mouth water.

T- Sour and complex, getting sour lemon, tart apples, hint of funk, white wine flavor in the finish. Very bright and lively.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry.

O- I love this Gueuze and can't wait to get more. As soon as the aroma hit me I knew I was in for a treat, and it did not disappoint!

larryi86, Oct 31, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

pours a golden blonde with hints of orange. slight haze. fizzy head that retains fairly well.

very bright and vivid on the nose. lots of lemon zest and oak. funk hides a bit beneath.

very tart and sour. starts out more tart up front, and a deeper sour through the finish. typical lemon up front with a deep oak and funk. sour green apple emerges towards the finish.

lots of carbonation, a bit too much at times. some dryness.

very young but good. i am curious what age does to this. i can see it drying out a bit, maybe some more oak coming out.

hooliganlife, Oct 29, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

More gueuze on the beach? Well...ok.

Hazy orange with a big, white head and plenty of lacing. Similar nose to the Girardin black label, though perhaps just a notch less. The flavor is of authentic Belgian gueuze lambic, though perhaps more raw and aggressive than is customary. Sharp and acetic , though not quite harsh. Lots of oak. Citrus notes are there as well. Acetic finish, light burn. Overall, a really enjoyable beer.

Huhzubendah, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. $11/375mL. Top label says 2010 * 2011. Back label says Best Before 10/02/2021. 375mL green glass cork and caged.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with thin white head. Nose is full of lemon essence/zest and fresh cut boards and a little funkiness. Palate is zippy and sour with a focus on lemon juice/lemon rind flavor. Hay/straw and lychee also come to mind. Finish is long and sour. There's a faint bitterness there too, like a lemon rind would have.

Notes: I think this is a little more structured than the draft version that I had at Monk's Cafe a couple weeks ago. Hard to say which is better though... :) EDIT: Ok, according to my ratings...this version is better...

SFLpunk, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%

I 375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head, no lacing. Nose is lightly funky note, slight band and and Brett.

Taste is tart and light, lots of Brett, a nice slightly sweet finish. It's very easy drinking and has a crisp finish.

kingcrowing, Oct 21, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -12.4%

I popped open this bottle almost immediately after taking out of my fridge. The bottle is very cold, even frosty. I pour it into a tulip glass to reveal a hazy, pale yellow with some white head that doesn't hold up very well.

Bold notes of grassy citrus. Very clean. Reminds me of something close to Pinesol, but not the toxic part, likely phenolic.

This punches with a strong lemon-like sour flavor with and even stronger finish. There seems to be a very subtle sweet not hiding in the beginning of each sip. I taste apple cider vinegar, but not nearly as strong, or lip puckering. The carbonation tickles, but is not that strong, despite the cork feeling like it was going to burst as I opened it.

Definitely very true to form and quite enjoyable. I'd love to grab a few more of these and see what age does to it.

100floods, Oct 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Vintage 2010/2011. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind minimal lacework. Body is a semi-transparent apricot color with a nice glow to it, while streams of bubbles visibly rise upwards throughout.

S - White wine vinegar, lemons, tart Granny Smith apples, some unmalted wheat, sweat, sulfur, slightly rotten stone fruits, and a hint of oaky vanilla. The acidity is very Hansenns-esque, but this has a bit more balance to it.

T - The initial taste is bracingly sour, however the beer mellows into earthy mushroom and musty attic collection of flavors mid-palate. Finish is mainly citrus and acetic acid, with a light medicinal note. Lacks some of the complexities of the aroma, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Pleasant, zesty carbonation, medium body, extremely dry and tannic texture, and fast-acting acidity that started causing unsettled stomach almost immediately.

D - A worthy gueuze that I suspect I will be drinking plenty more of in the future. Future blends should only improve, with the addition of older lambic and more experience blending. It's quite easy to drink a 375ml on your own, although the acidity could prove challenging with larger serving sizes.

MasterSki, Oct 21, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Fantastic carbonation. Tons and tons of bubbles cascade throughout my glass in singular fashion, not a stream but a many individual adventures. The head is creamy, but not pharmaceutically. The variety of minuscule bubbles create the illusion of meringue. Great lacing, retention on par with what it should be. This all sits above a carmelly yellow. Cough drop memories.

S- Lemon, almost antisceptic in nature but right before then. Delightful, doesn't remind me of a men's bathroom but I can see a resemblance. Following that is that characteristic aroma you only get from white wine. Herby, and acetic acid. Barely any citric. The last notes you get are toasted wood, floral bouquets, but not too much in the way of oak.

T- First impressions are instant sour presence and white grapes. Hits of white wine jump and bite the center of the tongue as well as the characteristic bittering of citric acid. Very nice complement to the dominating acetic acid that is the overall main flavor. Its all about how to complement the acetic acid here. Its strong, its lingering, but its not overwhelming. There is a minor bitter that is reminiscent of lemon rind, finish keeps it going in manner that joins and becomes indistinguishable from citric acid. Otherwise this beer leaves you thinking you are moments away from a clean break.

M/D- Moderate body, fluid, creamy, sharp, minorly bitter, clean, stringy ending. Its crisp right off the bat but the carbonation benefits the overall picture. If that finish was just a tad bit less present this would be a perfect mouthfeel. I'm left with tart presents on the insider of my cheeks and lips as I drink further onward. Love the leftovers, don't care if their sloppy.

This beer has reminded me why sour is the best 'style' of beer. It is so balanced while still maintaining a harsh, aggressive personality. Delicious and worth drinking every so often, regardless of the price. Probably one of the best gueuzes I've ever had. I can't wait to share this beer with others.

Khazadum, Oct 16, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a Ommegang flute from a 12.7oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice golden color with some nice clarity. I was kind of surprised it wasn't hazier. There is a nice lively white head that is about i inch tall and recedes fairly quickly.

S - Nice sharp tartness comes up quick with some nice slight salty aromas. Nice earthy grain notes mixed in with some nice funk. There is some good woody oak notes. Very faint nose.

T & M - Starts off with nice woody tartness. There is some slight saltiness in the middle of the beer. Very sharp vinegar notes come up quick but don't linger too much. This gives the beer a bit more of a drinkable profile. Its not too intense on the sour side. Very good funky yeast notes on the back end that match up well with the woody notes. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

O - Yumy Gueuze. Very refreshing and has some good subtle favors for a sour ale. Simple and delicious.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

375mL into a snifter. Liked this the first time but think I drank it too quickly. So let's take our time, girl..Get to know one another.

Cloudy pee yellow with a bit of yeasty floaties. Big sexy white head that diminishes and eventually fully retreats.
Big lemon tartness on the nose with some brett earthiness in the background.
With the warmth in the glass, the sourness really opens up, pricks the mouth joyously. We dance the forbidden dance. The sour is backed by some barn brett and lemon. Acidity is excellent.
Not as complex as Cantillon or 3F, but standing tall right now for a first batch. Time should also do this beer quite well.

dragonWhale, Oct 15, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%

2010-2011 vintage [batch one]. 375ml opened on October 14, 2011.

Pours a luminous safety orange with a large bubbled one finger head that recedes after some fifteen seconds. Scattershot lacing.

Mellow, balanced nose comprised of (bright) lemon acidity, white wine vinegar, acetic acid, and wet hay. Hints of mushroom funk.

Citric and acetic acid hit the palate full force; pleasantly tart, like biting into a green apple. Definitely musty on the mid-palate, but not harshly funky, it's more of a chalky feel than anything else. The finish does showcase some nice oak tannins to complement the fresh citrus and straw.

Medium body with appropriate carbonation (maybe leaning in the too-heavy direction at this young age), though it feels a bit chalky. Nice acidity. A very enjoyable blend. Like most, I'm looking forward to seeing how this ages.

Verecund, Oct 15, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Pretty clear yelow pour from a C&C 750 into a duvel tulip. Clear on the first glass, cloudier with following pours. Pleasing to the eye white head that has nice staying power. A gentle swirl brings it back up to a nice quarter inch. Grassy and cheese rindy smell. Some bright lemon citrus as well. Becomes less citrusy and more funky on later pours as the sediment enters the glass. Initially, the carbonation is sharp and prickly, but everthing smooths out. This is a very dry gueuze. Taste is full of lemons, and somewhat earthy, mineral like, and slightly bitter.

This really hit the spot. Satisfys the craving and then some. Top tier stuff worth stocking up on.

Onibubba, Oct 14, 2011
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
96 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.