Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 1,830
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.35%
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 07-05-2011

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 mattsander
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite hazy apricot in color with a rather long lasting 4mm white head. Lovely.

S: Musk, earthy brett, ripe pears, slightly cheesy with a big lemon-candy wallop. Very fruity, slightly muted brett character when compared to Cantillon Gueuze. Some bubblegummy sweetness shows up as it warms, very nice.

T: Plenty of lemony lactic acidity, wood/oaky, some cheesier notes. Lots of tannins. Again, less Brett than Cantillon.

M: Very creamy and luxurious, wetter than most Gueuze I've had.

An awesome unfussy Gueuze, recommended for the price! (543 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, best before date of 5/03/2021, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a finger of bubbly white head that recedes to a collar, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is amazing. Very funky and fruity. Sour apple and pear aroma, citrus and vinegar, also a pronounced sulfur and hay funk and some mushroom.

T- Very tart, more crispy apple and lots of lemon, funk has nice complexity, with some hay and mushroom flavors and a nice wood character.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, has a smooth, bubbly feel, dry finish.

O- A really awesome gueuze, the aroma on its own sets this beer apart. Has nice complexity and is highly drinkable. (699 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle, 6.4% ABV.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden straw hue, with persistent rising bubbles, and one finger of tight, off-white surface yeast head, which settles slowly, leaving a few vertical streaks of lace around the glass.

It smells of tart fruit - cherry, lemon, apple and a bit of raspberry, some backing white vinegar, moderate aged cheese funk, some soft wheaty graininess, and mild earthy, musky hops. The taste is more sour, acidic, denuded fruit, stripped of any sugary aromatic association, a nice even musky funk, some soft lactic sweetness, and a subtle astringent white wine essence.

The bubbles are, as previously alluded to, quite effervescent, but they tire soon enough to a steady hum, the body medium-light in weight, and actually somewhat smooth, given the swirling maelstrom of edgy acetic acid. It finishes surprisingly a tad off-dry, the underappreciated wheat malt perking up a bit, though the acerbic fruit edge never really wavers.

An approachable enough, if that's a real thing, gueuze. The sour and tart notes are there, for sure, and the funk is restrained to a bit part, so no one should be all that overwhelmed - a single extreme flavour at a time, and all that. As for me, I found this to be nicely in my face at first, and then forgiving as I acclimatized, and then rode out happily to the end. (1,362 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with a creamy white head fading into a ring after a few minutes.

Aroma is apple skin, lots of funk some of it the bleu cheese variety I sometimes get from gueuzes. Lemon and vinegar.

Starts out pretty mellow with some lemon and apple. Intense tartness (but not quite sour) slowly creeps in and it finishes funky and dry.

Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation levels.

Pretty enjoyable. Probably not as good as most Cantillon stuff, but lots of complex flavors and subtles. (499 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip. 2011 bottle.

A: Pours a glowing gold with a nice white head.

S: Sour, earthy wheat. Nice mellow berry and floral sweetness comes out. Some chalky mineral notes as it warms, a tiny bit of funk.

T: Starts out moderately sour. Raspberry skin, apricot, bit of lactic funk, slight metallic note, strong lemon, wheat and weak vanilla on the end. Tartness increases greatly as it warms.

M: Frothy, light, nice.

O: Bright, acidic - not the most complex but really tasty and well-done. (515 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'10/'11 Bottling, served in a Cantillon taster glass.

Pours a slightly bright orange and sunny yellow color, rather hazy, with a bright white finger and a half of head. Dissipates relatively quickly, but keeps to a nice bubbly ring.

The aroma is tart, with a sort of green apple/cider/vinegary aroma. There's some underlying funky musk pushing through. It's mildly sour, but primarily on the high end of tart.

The taste has a slight sour bite, almost puckering, with some green apple skins, lemon rind, white wine grapes, musk and a hint of funk, followed by some more tart fruit notes on the finish.

Slight effervescence, crisp, light bodied. It's rough on the palate, especially being some what of a noob at this stuff.

I've heard this is one of the less sour gueuzes around, and I in fact did not find it real sour. I think for that reason, I was able to truly enjoy this. (884 characters)

Photo of xenjoiii
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010-2011 Vintage bottle (750ml) - Best before 16/02/2021 Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

A: Bright golden body with about a two finger fluffy white head. Great looking beer.

S: Sour lemons. Sour green apples. Sour green grapes. There is also a beautiful marriage of funk and oak that hangs behind the sour fruit aromas.

T: Massive mouth puckering tartness upfront with notes of lemon and green apples. By the middle of the oak begins to emerge and follows through to the finish.

M: Light to medium body. The brew is carbonated perfectly.

O: What an excellent blend Gueuzes. I am super impressed with this beer and very happy to have more of this in my cellar. (680 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a finger of white foam on top. Decent retention eventually leaving a small white cap on top. Lots of bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Nice combination of lemon and green apple mixed with some barnyard funk. There is a little bit of oak too. Nice level of funk.

T: Fantastic level of sour/tartness. Some green apple and apricot with a little bit of lemon zest and more musty funk.

M: Light to medium bodied, great level of carbonation. Easy drinking. Nice level of tartness/acidity.

O: A very nice gueuze, wish I had bought more than one bottle of it. Could drink this one all day. (642 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, excellent brew! Poured cold with a large, off-white, foamy, frothy, thick head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a load of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, sour, bread dough, malt - a fresh and clean quality. Flavor's like nose, fresh and clean, very dry with bitter and carbonic working very well with each other. Back of the tongue is left with an astringent feel. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, with a slight dry champagne flavor and again very clean. Outstanding. (540 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Label says best before 2/15/2021; I think this is a 2011 bottling.

Appearance: nice medium-golden hue with a moderate haze and a very good effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. I like it!

Smell: a nice, moderately acidic tartness comes first with a backing of light sweetness. Mixed in with that is a deeper funk with some cherrylike quality, under which there is yet another layer of rich malt aroma. Beautifully blended, this smells wonderful.

Taste: big sourness right off the bat; much more tart than the aroma would suggest. There is a nice sweetness here which is still pretty balanced. There's also less funk in the flavor than in the aroma. Tart and enjoyable, but not as sublime as the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a high level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Very enjoyable.

Overall: this is a very good beer which I'm really enjoying; however, I wish the flavor had the same wonderful complexity as the aroma. (1,018 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Label is 2010-2011. Pours a clear golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is funky brett, some light lemon, and a light earthiness. Not terribly complex, but not bad. The taste has a light initial sweetness with some barnyard funk, light lemon, and a decent tartness. The finish has a funky earthiness. Medium body. Light carbonation. Not bad, but not nearly as complex as the best gueuzes. I'll be curious if the 3-year blend is a big improvement over this 2-year blend. (558 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Say what now? A gueuze producer I have yet to hear of? And they're blending lambics from all the major houses? Oh yes please. Dear God, yes.

Nice tones throughout on this beer, though it doesn't really "blow me away" in any particular way. It's just "good." Nice character, nice feel, nice all the way around. I guess that's the bottom line on this one: it's "nice." definitely holds all the character you really hope for a gueuze. If you enjoy the style, highly suggested. I think I may get several of these and let them rest for a while. (540 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this at city beer store in San Francisco. Pours a light, hazy yellow. Tastes nicely sour with some tartness. Fruits like green apples and some lemon come through on the taste. The sourness wasn't overpowering. Drank down really smooth. This style is really opening my eyes to these type of beers. very tasty. (312 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer; hazy, burnished gold; a fluffy white head with strong retention; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is tart and funky, notes of green apple, hay, pepper, lemon. Acidic, oaky and a bit musty.

Very tasty. Sourness is present but not overpowering, my bottle had a pleasantly musty, light funk/barn aspect but it sat well with the acidity, lemon and tart apple flavors. Shared this with someone relatively new to sour beers and they enjoyed it thoroughly and weren’t put off by the funkiness, which again is there but is fairly restrained. Underneath the stronger flavors are hints of oak, vinegar, spice, mild malty sweetness.

Light-bodied with lively carbonation. Very dry, clean drinking and refreshing. Paired extremely well with some locally-made goat cheese and crackers while spending the weekend in wine country on Long Island. A bit on the expensive side or I’d buy a whole lot more of this. (928 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (411 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.64/5  rDev +10%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of DSlim71
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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! (1,004 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Cheers! (920 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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). (590 characters)

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