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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne
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Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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 russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a resounding pop! BBD of 08 2024

Pours a hazed amber with 3 fingers of fast falling cream colored head. Head stabilizes after a while. Above average lacing & head finally fades away

S: Sourness, oxidized hops, some raspberry

T: Berry tartness, a little cherry as well up front, hints of vinegar as well. Vinegar, sour apples and cherries as this warms. Finishes acidic with choke cherry & a little apple vinegar twang

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation

Super drinkability, I sure this would be interesting with some age on it. Taste delivered, didn't quite deliver in other areas

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange into my tulip. Thin white head lingers for a while. Smells of hay, lactic acid, some lemons, and slight acetone spew out of the glass. The first sip is an explosion of tart funk all over the mouth. Some lemons and lactic acid linger before vanishing. The finish is pretty clean. There is a muted tartness that can be perceived but the finish is quite quick. Prickly on the tongue and a little thin.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Warning: contents under pressure. This beer is bottle conditioned and the explosive cork removal lets you know it. The bottle will require a minute to get itself sorted out as the carbon dioxide is set free.

Pours a cloudy dark orange. Funky aroma with a kind of sweaty element to it. Slight lemon note as well. Flavor is definitely more tart than sour, and in a big way. Effervescence and tartness combine to produce an extremely drying quality in the mouthfeel. There were some champagne like qualities to this, which is perhaps par for the course with lambics? I'm certainly no expert in this corner of the beer world, blended (as in a gueuze) or otherwise.

I might not favor this to the same extent that fans of the style do, but this was tasty. Worth trying as a reference point for gueuze beers.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Pours golden and apricot-like in color with a fizzy quality that produces a bubbly champagne-like head. A lacy film settles over the well-carbonated liquid awaiting the sipping to commence.

Tart orchard fruitiness with a touch of earthy saltiness. Peach come to mind with the fruit aroma. A sprinkle of citrus appears layered over the orchard aroma. Perhaps a bit one-dimensional, but nice-smelling.

Peach and apricot are all over the flavor here. Touches of sweetness and vanilla mid-palate. Again, there's no wealth of flavors here, but what is here is delicious.

It's tart and a tad earthy with a clean feel to it and a touch of acidity. Hints of sweetness, medium-carbonation and a dry but lip-puckering finish.

This is a nice damn brew. Not much more to say.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz corked bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a 2 finger gushy bright white head that reduces slowly to leave a layer of foam.

Aromas of funky horseblanket, basement, tart citrus, vinegar, straw, barnyard. Very nice. On the tongue is sour lemon juice, apple, hay, funky yeast, vinegar, the finish is dry and tart.

Overall solid, a great example of the style. Balanced and nicely funky.

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Photo of Slack
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden hue with a fair amount of head. Smells funky, sour, musty, and earthy. Taste is sour and acidic reminescient of yogurt. Notes of tartness, maybe lemon, oak, and vinegar. Mouthful is light and very carbonated. Overall, an awesome sour that will clean a palate.

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Photo of antott0523
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy honey and amber. No visible carbonation or lacing.

S: Dry white wine, oak, white pepper. Bursts of super sweet raspberry jam with herbal notes of basil and bay leaves. Incredibly complex and enjoyable.

T: Waves of bright, semi sweet citrus and fresh berries, followed by bursts of more tart pith, grapefruit and musty, dry white wine. Followed by heavier notes of oak, and a subtle buttery finish.

M: Well carbonated and smooth mouthfeel.

D: This was a slight gusher and began with too much carbonation. The nose and flavors are complex and delicious. Over time the carbonation settled making this beer extremely drinkable and probably the best gueuze I have had. Flavors take you on a roller coaster ride of bright and earthy, sweet and tart.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml champagne bottle with a BB of Feb 2021. 2010-2011 vintage; ABV stated as 6.0%. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and carefully stored. Described on the label as a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year-old lambics aged in oak barrels and originating from Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon. I've been waiting for a while to drink this - lets go!

A: Poured into a cervoise (repeatedly). Bottle conditioned. A luminous amber hue with faint sediment and moderate carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding.

S: Aroma of tart, dry malt with hints of vinegar, lemon, barnyard funk, hay, mild husky grain, lactic acid and subtle natural yoghurt. Wonderfully balanced - beautiful.

T: Tastes of sour, grainy malt with a bracingly dry finish. Notes of vinegar, lemon juice, lactic acid, barnyard funk, musty hay, husks, faint woodiness and earthy cellars. Exceptionally attenuated and bone-dry, followed by a lingering yeasty tartness that pervades the palate.

M: Mouthfeel is sharp, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and great body. Very acidic and astringent; dries the palate utterly. Aftertaste of funky yeast, lactic sourness, mild vinegar and faint grain.

O: Magnificent. There aren't many beers with this sort of depth. It looks fantastic, while the aroma and flavour are incredible. Sour, funky and dry, with hints of yeast and grain. Excellent body. Challenging but rewarding; this is the pinnicle of Belgian brewing and possibly the best lambic I've had yet. The balance is superb - this is a world-class brew that deserves to be added to your must-try list.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml into Chimay goblet.

L - Hazy, medium amber-gold with an inch of lacy white foam.

S- Tart/sour, wet straw, and yeasty funk.

T - Sour lime, bitter salad greens, spicy yeast. No malt or hop flavors to speak of.

F - Crisp, fizzy carbonation, not overly astringent.

A well balanced lambic as none of the flavor notes are overpowering. Each takes its turn on your palate and you're left with a refreshing beverage.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Pour is hazy yellow, a bit of "whiteness" due to the haze. Head is fluffy at edges, some patterns forming on the surface from where the head is being sustained from below. Nose is pink grapefruit tartness level (some sour milk can be noted) on top of farmhouse (hay/earthy/lightly funky). Nothing outrageous or exceptional, just spot on in my mind.

Taste follows the nose,with a bit more white grapefruit sourness (means something to me). The lingering sour milk that I can enjoy never comes, as a quite wooden taste is what wipes the sour bite away, fading the sour from sour cherry to Granny Smith. The fading is slower in some sips than others, I think it has to do with time between sips, somehow. Feel is light and carbonated, and mildly puckering up front.

A very solid representation of what I understand the style to be. This pour was a tad expensive, so have to consider that for future purchases, but this should stay on my radar, since I see bottles at my local shops.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

2012-2013. Brought directly home, and the bottle gushed when opened.

A: Deep amber with a slight offwhite head.

S: Dandelions, chamomile, honey, grass, hay.

T: Flowers, grass, hay, honey, sweet malt. Brett and pediococus characteristics are present.

M: Prickly and dry with a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: Beautiful, it doesn't get much better than this for a gueuze.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour yellow, cloudy. White head but delicate, light, coral. Beer aroma, slightly fruity. The taste of cucumber, apple, lemon, some bitter and sour, tart, heavily saturated. Not for everybody. Super.

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Photo of stcules
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly amber color. Gueuze foam, quickly disappearing.
Interesting smell, quit eintense. Leather, all the right things. Less extreme than others gueuze, but good.
Easy drinkable, but still interesting.
The right amount of sourness, fresh and pleasant. Gueuze note, all quite light.
Good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with me by Curran.

Pours a murky, hazy light yellow-orange, with not much of a head or lacing.

Smells like tart and funky citrus, really juicy smelling. As far as I know, this wasn't made with any fruit, so the fruity smells coming off of this are really impressing me.

This is really fruity and dry and wonderful. Huge citrus presence, with lactic acid, some mustiness, but not a lot. There's some barnyard-like funk. It's got quite a bite to it, from both the high carbonation, and the sour quality.

This has a highly carbonated and spritzy mouthfeel, with a fairly light body. It's pretty damn drinkable.

This is highly excellent. It's nice that it's much easier to get than some of the big guys.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy gold with a massive plume of off white hand. Handsome devil this
smell: Loads of tart citrus and earthy funk. Is that good? Hell yes.
taste: more of the same. No way I can explain a Geueze and make it sound it good, but this is so tasty. Much like the nose, mostly dry and damn good.

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Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a glowing orange-amber color, with a fizzy, small head.

Very sour, fruity aromas with tart notes among subtle hints of white wine and vinegar.

Begins slightly sour with a notable fruitiness of lemon rind and unripe peach, also musty yeast which helps to keeo the beer in balance. Then sour, dry acidity becomes more and more detectable. It hits the palate in an intense, but refreshing way. The sourness in this Gueuze goes through different stages on the palate. At first, defined by a subtle fruitiness, then with slick yeast and soft yogurt notes, to finish with a dry, tart aftertaste.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this bottle at Cafe Brugges in Carlisle -served chilled from the bottle in a pilsner type glass.

The color is tarnished golden with light hazed and white snowy head that rises and falls with very fine bead. The smell is moderately sour -lemon zest and slight woody aroma with nice wild yeast in the aroma. The feel is moderately sour with medium high carbonation with subtle woody element in the feel and relatively low sweetness with a smooth sour finish.

The taste is great -lots of wild yeast flavor with a somewhat lemony taste with slight hint of wood in the back-end which brings a subtle tannic or spice to the flavor with mild malt which seems dry on the palate with herbal element and sour flavor the most dominant into the smooth relatively dry finish. Overall I really enjoyed this both on draft at Moeder and this bottle which had 2012/2013 on the neck label -very vibrant and a joy to drink!

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Photo of teromous
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

BE CAREFUL WHEN OPENING THIS! I untwisted the cage and set it on my desk. Before I could even touch the cork, it shot off with a loud POP and hit my ceiling.

This is a review of the 2013-2014 bottle.

Appearance: Hazy darker shade of orange with a light white film of bubbles on the surface. No lacing.

Smell: I get this odd smell of popcorn. It is followed by a familiar musty cellar smell. Kudos for having something new...never smelled popcorn in beer before.

Taste: Strong sour apple flavor, like green Jolly Ranchers. Quickly this is taken over by funky old house...if that were a flavor. Then I get some of the popcorn.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and tart feeling. A sipper.

Overall: It's a very good Gueuze that already tastes like it has a good deal of age on it. While it's possible to drink it fresh, It has a "best before" date of 08/01/2024 on the bottle. I will revisit this beer somewhere down the line when it has aged out some more. That "popcorn" flavor and aroma is very strange. It doesn't taste bad, it just tastes odd. Un-aged I would not drink another bottle.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

October 11, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, snifter

A – Dark gold to light amber, some ruby tints. An inch-plus of thick, pink-white foam, with long retention. Brilliant clarity.

S – Very clear funky, barnyard Brett character. Some sweet, fruity notes, maybe some esters from the yeast. Bright and fresh profile.

T – Bracing acidity, farmhouse hay, and mild, wild berries. Sauvignon blanc and Brettanomyces. No aftertaste to speak of. A light tinge of green apple, not necessarily acetaldehyde.

M – A lot of tiny, thick bubbles, very high carbonation. Acidity, tart but not puckering; just a slight tingle on the finish.

O – I very rarely get to drink gueuze, so to find a renowned example and have the whole bottle to myself was pretty exciting. This is a beer that a lot of people would try and say “this is beer?” I let a couple people sip this and that was the exact reaction I got. It’s very brisk, refreshing, and seems simple and complex at the same time. Each taste felt new. I don’t LOVE it, but I think it’s a fantastic beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle received in trade from Phyl21a

Appearance – Golden yellow colour with a small size fizzy/rocky white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, vinegar, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste tart citrus (lemons/grapefruit), green grapes, and some vinegar. There is also some straw/grass and some light hops.

Overall – Really good stuff. There is a grapefruit pith type flavour that keeps its tart and refreshing. Maybe not a whole lot of complexity but still an interesting beer to drink. One of the better gueuzes I've had.

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Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

750 ml bottle poured into a RR stemmed glass @ 50 deg f.

A: 4.5 - Huge carbonation, the cork would have never stayed in place without the cage. Large off white fluffy white head composed of large to medium bubbles that slowly dissipate with great lacing and a continuous flow of bubbles from the base of the glass. Color is a straw golden yellow, crisp and clear, simply gorgeous.

S: 5.0 - O god damn Yes! Very characteristic and definitely a classic Gueuze aroma. A nice toasty bterry aroma with a hint of lactic sourness. Very earthy and quite similar in aroma to Cantillon's classic gueuze. Very citric and acid fruit like. This smells amazing!

T: 4.5 - Wow, very smooth carbonation with a gentle sourness and great but subtle Brett funk with very earthy citric notes. Very drinkable and refreshingly dry.

M: 4 - Very dry and refreshing with a slight bitter and a little bit tanic finish. Gentle Brett character that lingers and friendly lactic sourness. Very citric in acidity but very nice and very classic to the style.

O: 4.5 - This is a very tame yet complex lambic. A definite classic flavor profile but a little too smooth and clean. I couldn't wait to drink this but that's most likely my problem. It will definitely improve with age but a must have without to truly get a feel for this amazing lambic. A definite must try.

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Rating is based on Batch 1 from 2010/2011. Also had 2012/2013 side-by-side which was also nice, but not quite as good as the older iteration. Both poured from bottle into gueuze glass at Monk's in Philadelphia.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice vibrant and hazy golden, aromas of sweat, blue cheese funk, mild black pepper, and a strong tartness. High carbonation, juicy flavors and moderately drying. Very nice.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a solid gold with little head, slight bubbles.

Smell is old and danky sourness, like an old lemon. Some oak in there, and tartness that stings your nose. Not alot of vinegar really

Taste is similar with loads of lemon and hay. Quite bitter, with a soft puckery essense that lasts on the tongue for a while.

Carb was ok, they told me it was flat, it was not. This is just about right.

Overall not my favorite gueuze, but still an amazing beer.

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Photo of Tele
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A: 4.25 A bit of a gusher once opened. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with an aggressive off white head that dissipates after a couple minutes.

S: 4.25 A good does of oak, toasted, bready malts, lemon, and pepper on the nose. Green apple, grapefruit, funk, and seawater are also present, but are a bit subtler.

T: 4.5 Very tart with similar characteristics as the nose. It could be a bit more sour. The tartness, lemon, and pepper are extremely well balanced by a light sweetness with oaky, toasty flavors. Grass and green apple linger on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 The mouthfeel is fairly light, while substantial enough to carry all the flavors. Carbonation is a little high, but it’s very nice and gives the beer a lively feel. A slightly dryer finish would be a nice compliment to the sour flavors.

O: 4.5 A lot of classic gueuze flavors going on in this beer and overall done very well. It could be a bit more sour in my opinion, but I’ll age one for a while and see how it develops.

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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