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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 1,886
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 181
Gots: 490 | FT: 54
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3 Feb 2021. I suspect that means it was bottle on 3 Feb 2011. Enjoyed 14 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow. Two fingers of white head, really nice retention and lacing. Tons of visible carbonation.

Smell is a complex deep lemony sour. It's full, with a nice rounded sense, providing some depth where a lot of gueuzes feel shallow. There's a bit of funk to the sour, as well.

Taste is a nice tart sour, clean and dry, but a bit hollow in the back end.

Mouthfeel is nicely light-bodied, with a LOT of carbonation. Dry, dry finish.

A tasty gueuze, not amazing, but nicely sour and distinctly dry. Flavor has decent depth, but it's a little on the dry-thin side.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 5/3/21

Nice pop as the cork comes out. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours clear golden brown with one finger of off-white head. The glass is absolutely covered with tiny bubbles. Head eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves no lacing.

S - Tart aroma of lemon and green apple. Quite a bit of oak coming through and a nice yeast funkiness. Nice depth to the aroma.

T - Very crisp tartness, again largely lemon and green apple. Earthy funk is persistent throughout, but at this stage it is taking a backseat to the tartness. Also a bit grassy with a dry oak taste as well. Very tasty. The aroma seemed to have much more funk than the taste.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is quite dry throughout.

O - More on the crisp/refreshing side than the earthy/funky side at this point, though there is a nice funkiness. Looking forward to seeing how this develops. Hopefully the flavor will be equal to the aroma someday. Still, a very enjoyable gueuze.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lists both 2010 and 2011 on the label. BB is 04/03/2021, so I am guessing that this was bottled early 2011.

Cork almost explodes off once the cage is removed, but thankfully no gushing. Beer is a cloudy orange colour, almost caramel in colour. Moderately sized white head dissipates quite quickly, leaving nothing but some white film.

Quite a beautiful smell, and noticeable even far from the glass. Apple, pear, lemon. Seems very tart. Brett. Funky, horse blanket scents. Floral. A bit of oak. Lovely. I'm almost afraid to taste it as I don't see how it can live up to the smell.

Well, the taste is perhaps not quite as good as the smell, but it is excellent nonetheless. Tart but not overly so, the flavour is a marriage of funky brett and light fruits (apple, pear). The oak is there as well. Complex and flavourful but subtle, a very soft blend of flavours.

Quite light bodided, moderate carbonation, velvety soft. Puckering.

Overall, fantastic. A really excellent gueuze. Wish I had bought more!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter. Appearance is hazy orange with dense creamy white head, great retention, some lacing. The nose has a lot going on...notes of sourdough, lactic acid, and oak come through the biggest. Some delicate waves of lemon and funk come through as well. The taste incredibly tart and fruity. Note of white wine, oak, and loads of lactic acid are present. There is some underlying funk that is at the perfect level for my taste. The front is puckering tart which develops into a balance with some moderate sweetness. This one is delicious. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this is one of my new favorite gueuzes. Great range of flavors and delicious balance. Very tart and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of NewPorter
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. to a tulip, 2011 bottle.

A : Very hazy, deep golden in color. A finger of nice white head that transitions quickly to a persistant ring.

S : Bright meyer lemon, somewhat muted earthy aroma. Sweetness comes out as it warms.

T : Quite tart, a crispy green apple.

M : Very light and watery, excellent carbonation that dissipates quickly and leaves a pleasant effervescent feel.

O : Not as complex as I expected but balanced and enjoyable. Very approachable for the style.

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Photo of mattsander
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
94 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.