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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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pDev: 9.01%


Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin visit their website
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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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a highly anticipated tasting for me, a Gueuze "coming from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon breweries..." It was enjoyed at the fine establishment called 'The Blind Tiger' in NYC. Aesthetically, this beer is right on the mark when it comes to the style, with its pale straw color, slight haze, and thin ring of white over top. After a few deep inhalations of the nose, I picked up a certain powdery cue, something like powdered sugar, or closer still, actual baby powder. Other than that, assorted bittersweet fruit esters. Flavor wise, it's much more sour than I would have guessed, almost pucker-inducing, which is just fine by me! Also a tad earthy, which blends well with the overall flavor. A bit grassy, with rinds of citrus fruits coming to mind. Overall, this has that good balance of acidity and funkiness that the best examples of this style demonstrate. Very much worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:15:17 | More by Neorebel
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010-2011 bottle

Pours a clear golden orange with a white head. Nice retention for the style.

The nose comes off very fruity(veering into orange fruit territory with peach and tangerine), acidic and musty.

Very drinkable level of tartness. Citric and fruit heavy on the flavor. The funky flavors are hanging out more at the finish.

The carbonation lends itself to giving it a fuller feel than some other gueuze I've had. Very nice and dry. Spot on.

These guys know how to blend.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:40:10 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before 15/02/2021

Thanks Steve and Walt

A) Hazy, cloudy gold. A bit watery at the stem. Pale. Suspended particles. Thin, scattered head retention with a few spots of lace. Wispy head.

S) Tame aroma but clean and pleasant. Grassy with floral notions; a bit pollen-like in that respect. Juicy notes of fruits which add a soft sweetness. Deeper down are funky tones. Swirling finds puffs of dust and yeast. More of a residual funk.

T) The nose is so unassuming but this is has a tart, juicy punch that hits quick and is tempered by a moderate amount of dusty, wooden funk. Excellent balance of tart, funky and musty.

M) Light-medium feel. Carbonation is lower and it has more of a creamy feel. Dry finish with residual mustiness and fruit.

D) Really nice with superb balance and drinkability. Complex enough to keep things interesting and easy enough to be a daily drinker. My favorite thus far.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:08:58 | More by Ryan011235
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 4
Golden honey yellow body with thin incomplete white head, that quickly dissipates to nothing.

Smell: 3.75
Dominated by lemon with slight funk. Also notes of rocket candy/ sugar sweetness.

Taste: 4.25
Moderate to strong sourness with lemon notes as well as soft presence of malt and funk. Midway get faint hops presence. Finishes with a persisting lemon sourness.

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Mild carbonation and thickness of body. Strong puckering sourness with lingering strong sour aftertaste.

Overall: 4.25
Strong sour presence with lemon and funk. Not incredibly complex, but still very interesting and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 18:33:04 | More by EnemyWithin
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Velvety amber, possibly a little darker than expected for a gueuze, but it's definitely nice and radiant. Cloudy and hazy body, topped off with a thick, off-white nimbus head that grows softy to a few fingers before quickly crackling away into nothing but a thin film and thicker collar. Nice looking for the style, I suppose... no lacing is left behind.

I was expecting good things for this beer, but not necessarily *great* things. Well, shame on me. Because the aroma is great. It's absolutely beautiful. Funky-ass barnyard Brett, old musty waves of cork, dirty sweat socks, sour apples, biting lemon rinds, and a sharp continuum of acidity that slashes through and gapes everything in its way. So sour and so tart, just from the aroma. I can already tell that this is a finely made gueuze.

Pssshh, the taste is impossibly sour.... Okay, well, maybe not an impossible level of sourness, but it's pretty damn sour. Even more sour than I was expecting. Puckering notes of lemon flesh and lemon drops, pears, and apples, coupled with copious amounts of must and wet hay. Incredible sourness throughout, and it's surprisingly not quite as acidic (although a solid, acidic bite is still present) as the aroma may have you believe. Hello, drinkability.

The palate shows a good balance of sour and funk, though sour might win out just a bit in the flavor, despite the heavy notes of funk in the aroma. The back-end shows a bit more wet oak, damp cork, and forest-y, earthy, mushroom-y funk notes, finishing with a crisp bite and a dryness that should be a standard for the style. Each sip will have your mouth aching for another.

Wow, this stuff is damn good. And what's even better - it's relatively available and moderately priced for the style. This stuff could certainly stand up to some of the greats, and I believe this beer can be overlooked by many (yeah, yeah, the rating is high... but still, this is a very impressive brew). Sourheads rejoice, funkheads rejoice, gueuze lovers celebrate... Go get yourself some Tilquin and thank me later.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 11:16:23 | More by tectactoe
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timc100

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011/2012

A: Glowing, hazy to the point of opaque, sunrise orange. The head was bright white and faded into nothing within a few minutes.

S: Dank barnyard funk, sharp lemon citrus and lime zest. With a harsh swirl there are notes of sweet blueberries. Some vinegar and apple skin. Great, well balanced funky tart aroma

T: Barnyard funk, huge citrus zest, and some vinegar. Much less complex than the nose. Pretty sour.

P: Nice for the style - fuller side of light body, active carbonation, long finish.

O: Considering it's in its youth, it's a pretty damn good beer with a beautiful aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:03:14 | More by timc100
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a good foam head. No lace.

Big sour funk aromas, with primary scent of apple skin. Some flowery perfume.

Nice combo of bitter and sour, all in one sip. Lots of acidic bite as the tart and funky blend with the bitter notes. Palate clears to a yeasty and mildly bitter finish. Very nice and balanced beer.

Medium light brew with a good carbonation tingle.

Lovely for the style. Nice balance and enjoyable flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:46:21 | More by OtherShoe2
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange with a tight white head. There's a decent amount of sediment thats dark and chunky, looking like little sand pebbles.

Lemon zest, barnyard funk, oak, and musty aromas.

The flavor is tart and citrusy. Lemons, and tangerine. Super funky. White sweet tarts. Pear. Champagne-like.

Mouth puckering with a slightly dry finish. Prickly carbonation.

As expected, an excellent beer. It you like sours it's a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:58:39 | More by Vonerichs
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne has layers of glowing orange-yellow tones. It's got more highlights than a broadcast of Sportscenter. It also has the perfect bubbling of a Krug Brut or Veuve Clicquot (and is probably worthy of fetching similar prices).

Gueuze are beers that speak loudly *and* carry a gigantic stick. This aroma builds on layers of musty oak - the barrels in which it's been aging for upwards of three years - with fruity tartness and citrus-like acidity. It's a startling wake-up call for the senses.

It's not entirely unfair to liken Lambics to vinegar. Gueuze, however, is more reminiscent of a vinaigrette; there's lots of lemon juice, a drop or two of champagne and a grate of citrus zest (this particular one tastes like it was drizzled over tart green apples). Unusual though it may sound and difficult as it may be to describe, the taste is absolutely delicious!

They may not be to everyone's taste (certainly not at first anyhow), but there are few things as refreshing as Gueuze. Sparklingly effervescent, bracingly tart and amply malted - this beats lemonade hands down any day of the week. Not positive whether 2010/2011 refers to brewing or blending period, but it's wonderfully lively (despite the trademark mustiness).

There may not be many, but Tilquin à L'Ancienne is definitely one of the best Gueuze out there. Anyone in possession of a bottle should treasure it like a precious and priceless family heirloom. Anyone planning to age one would be wise to invest in a safety deposit box. All hyperbole aside, it is honestly one of the finest beers I've ever had (and could have again and again).

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:55:43 | More by biegaman
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impending

California

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-

375ml into a wineglass. Pours a hazy apricot orange, pure white head, ok lacing.

The scent is a clearly defined vagueness, cidery but of unnamable light skinned fruits.

Much more citrus tart presents in the flavor, relatively clean minor sour brightness. Very crisp dry twang is its signature. Mouthfeel is approprately thin, it finds all the crevices of your tongue. lip smacking good
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:16:06 | More by impending
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HoppyKilaMonster

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Derved out of a bottle

A- Straw colored brown, minimal head.

S- Strong lactic smell. Lemons, slight grapefruit.

T- Lemony at first, not as sour or bitter as some other Gueuzes.

M- Sourness, good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good gueuze, especially for one that is readily available.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 07:44:29 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BobZ for this one!

A: Hazy orange colored. Nice, creamy white head with some great lacing.
S: Acidic aroma, lemons, peach. Bready yeast and funk. A bit of a rubbery aroma.
T: Lactic acid, lemons, peaches, wheat/bready taste, funky yeast flavors. Nice tartness and oakiness. Big on the oak.
M: Light and extremely drinkable. Nice spritzy finish.
O: Complex, dry, refreshing and delicious. Would love to have more of this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:41:43 | More by standardcherry
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a hazy pale orange color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-lemon, yeasty funk, malt, sourness

T-lemon, apple, tart grapes, yeasty funk, grainy malt

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a nicely crafted Gueze, good balance and flavor, crisp and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:46:01 | More by MDDMD
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EliotRosewater

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - hazy, golden orange. Light carbonation. Pours just about a finger of head with little retention.

S - some lactic sourness/vinegar. Good bit of barnyard funk. Vinous notes as well.

T - pretty subdued sourness. I was expecting quite a bit more of a tart bit so I'm a little let down. Good amount of Bretty funk. There's an off astringent quality to the beer that is not wholly pleasant. Not particularly bad but there's a lot better out there in this category.

M - nice carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

O - this wasn't nearly as sour as I expected or hoped for. For someone interested in gueze's but not looking for anything too puckering, this is a nice option. Ended up finishing this off with some smoked Gouda and that paired nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 21:47:21 | More by EliotRosewater
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottle open with a moderate pop as the cork is removed from the bottle. Poured into tulip glass.

best before date: 03/26/2022.

Appearance: straw yellow / pale orange bodied beer. A bit more than a full finger of bone white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: wet hay, musty basement funk, lemons, green apple skin, and white grapes.

Taste: mild tartness not really sour. This beer is lemony and almost a bit more funk forward than anything. Wet hay and straw notes. Grainy malt flavor. Grassy bitterness and slightly earthy. Pears and white grapes. Oak in the finish is mixing with more musty funk and a hint of tart lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Soft and mellow carbonation. Really drinkable. I could use a bit more carbonation in this gueuze.

Overall: Solid beer thats a nice offering, but it didnt blow me away. Good entry level gueuze, but I recommend that you just pay the extra money and get something with more complexity for a beer from the Gueuze beer style. Examples like Drie Fountienen Oude Gueuze or Golden Blend.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 04:44:40 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from 2011/2012 vintage, poured into a Cantillon taster glass today, 7/17/2013.

Aroma: Vinegar and some tangerines and lemon zest. Possibly some sweet green apples. Slight funk, but more acidic than funky.

Colour: Slightly hazy golden body with a somewhat effervescent 2.5cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a bubbly collar. Not much lacing to speak of. Looks like a solid geuze, nothing super special.

Flavour: More tart and acidic than actual sourness. Mostly some vinegar, lemon zest, a little bit of oak, with some dry sweetness reminding me of green apples. Not superbly sour but definitely acidic.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with great carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly lemon and apple tartness with a trail of mild funk. Not super sour or particularly dry. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Like a good champagne. Not particularly funky or sour, but comes with a nice refreshing carbonation and good acidity. It's good on a hot day. I prefer 3F or Cantillon's regular geuzes, but this is a lot more easily obtainable where I am. So I recommend trying this at least once, if it hits your spot, great. If not, well keep on looking for that delicious and easily+reasonably obtainable geuze.. if there is a such thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:48:53 | More by Stevedore
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, orange-shaded gold color. Quite cloudy. Small white head, lots of little bubbles. Aroma has lots of earth, sour lemons and a pleasant mineral tone. Lots of musty fruit - apples, berries, grapes. Medium vinegar and oak. Taste is sour lemons upfront, then some fruity malt flavor and back to more sourness that follows through into a long-lasting finish. Fairly dry. Solid pucker. Nice tannic oak flavor. Mouthfeel is a light sparkle on top of a relatively full body for a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 12:20:15 | More by jbaker67
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bark

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011/2012.

The colour is pale orange (10 EBC); the liquid is clear. The two finger white head sinks quickly to a thin lid, leaving no lacing. Lots of large bubbles are visible.

The smell is tart (vinegar) and fruity – green apples, tangerines and lime. Vanilla and minerals, quite a lot of iodine. Some horse/stable and touches of acetone and lactose.

The taste is fresh and tart, passing notes of white wine vinegar (no distilled vinegar). Iodine and iron, pickled cucumbers and ripe apples. Medium body. The aftertaste is less tart with some malty sweet flavours; they are very clean. Earthy notes and some bitter herbs. The dry tart gets comes back in the finish, as does the iodine.

The carbonation is strong; the mid-sized long lived bubbles are fresh. The liquid is tart with some smoothness.

A solid and balanced gueuze, perhaps not the most complex or deep but very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 16:41:05 | More by bark
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ptykozoon

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light sedimenty yellow with sparse head which dissipates into a fine layer with lacing hither and thither.

Funky, light fruit - lemon, lime. Oaky.

Light pear and lemon. Grape peel. A medium amount of sour. Good ageability I would say.

Medium to high carbonation - which seems to fit. Light mouthfeel.

Overall nicely done. A tasty little sour that lacks depth, but with a few years or perhaps a decade, who knows what is possible.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:15:56 | More by ptykozoon
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Libationguy

Nevada

2.18/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy with a straw-gold color. Medium, white, compact head with medium- retention.

Lactic, sour melon, lemon zest, horse hair, lemon-lime soda, oiled baseball glove, cheese rind.

Sour candy, cheese rind, gym socks, sour cherry, old leather, sour lactic tone, grapefruit, dirty.

Lean mouthfeel that is very linear and acidic. Very dry.

Super funky, even for a style that is sought out for it's funkiness. Maybe a bad bottle? Honestly, just this side of undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 23:10:43 | More by Libationguy
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snaotheus

Washington

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz corked/caged bottle poured into a large snifter. Label says 2010 on one side, 2011 on the other. "Best before" date is 02/03/2021.

Pours clear golden with an initially small head that fades to almost nothing. Fairly still. Smell is tart and grapey.

Taste is super sour. Lemony, puckering. Crisp, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, quite happy with my first gueuze in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:41:59 | More by snaotheus
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dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"2011-2012 Vintage" 12.7 cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

The cork easily pops off resulting in a near gusher, but leaving ample time to pour in a glass. Lots of carbonation visible. The pour yields a nice 2 fingers of white fizzy head that quickly receeds to nothing eventually, but lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles. A nice hazy, light sunshine orange body.

Smells like a gueze. Acidic tart lemons, other citrus fruits as well as some softer fruits, peach. Some bready yeast with some sour yeast funk. With that lambic yeast is maybe even a bit of plastic which is not a bad thing here as it adds complexity. Somewhat lactic as well.

Acidic tart lemons, lactic feel, stone fruit, a bit of peach, some funk lambic yeast with a slight bready note. A very nice tart sourness. Some nice old oak barrel funk.

Starts off quite carbonated, but the carbonation dies down towards the end of the glass. Very crisp and refreshing, really nice for this hot summer day.

A really well put together gueze, definatly not to harsh on the sourness which some tend to be, but a nice first time gueze. Have I had better? Yes, but this still has its place.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:12:43 | More by dogfishandi
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illidurit

California

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours an enchanting apricot hue with a vague blush, with a bubbling white head. Lovely aroma, I mean just really pleasant. Marmalade and rose petals, citrus zest. Meyer lemon sweet/sour balance, dry and acidic. Really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:10:34 | More by illidurit
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled 2012

a - poured a one finger thick off-white, bubbly head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring that dissipated quickly. the body was a bubbly amber color.
s - lemon, barnyard, funk.
t - musty barnyard funk, puckering sour, lemon.
m - bubbly and dry, lip-smacking.
o - a terrific queuze and one i'll go back to again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 14:54:56 | More by GPHarris
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not in the habit of purchasing Belgian beers (excepting Fantome) while in North America because having seen the vastly reduced price of Belgian beers in Europe (and Belgium in particular), I cannot justify shelling out. Earlier this week I made an exception for this beer because of its mounting reputation and my desire for a good sour.

Acquired for $12.00 USD at a local SoCal beer store. This currently sits on shelves. 12.7 fl oz green glass (ugh) bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I think it's an apt glass for a lambic. Reviewed as a Gueuze; it identifies itself as such on the label. 6% ABV confirmed. "Best before 30/01/2022." Assuming they project it will age well for ten years, I figure it was bottled March 1st, 2012. Imported by Twelve Percent LLC.

Blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.

Served cold and allowed to warm substantially over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

When I remove the hood-and-wire apparatus, the cork adjusts upwards - suggesting either poor corking or overcarbonation. There's definitely pressure in this bottle.

A miniscule tug upwards is all it takes to pop the cork out; lots of carbonation here, but no liquid surges out.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. No creaminess or frothiness here. A bit thin. Incredible retention after it reduces to a half-finger; easily 15 minutes or more. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass. No "legs."

Body colour is a glowing vibrant orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks apt for the style. The appearance is not wonderful, and it's not immediately evident the beer is alive. But I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Heavy straightforward oak notes. Lambic yeast lends it a pleasant sourness. Buried fruits, including peach, apricot, tangerine, and stonefruit. Bready malts. It's quite bready indeed, evoking sourdough and general doughy fermentation in general. Cedary wood. Sourness is present but contained. It's also got some funkiness, but no brettanomyces are obvious; the funkiness is much better integrated. Sour apple. Fairly acidic, but on the lower end for the style. Some lemon. Somewhat salty. I do get some leathery notes - probably from the wood. It's got some farmhouse character - hay and barnyard notes are present. I wouldn't call it a clean aroma. Mild to moderate in strength. Any hopping was minimal and floral. No alcohol is detectable. A good aroma overall for the style, but it does not match the best I have experienced.

T: Ah. Lovely lambic sourness is present throughout; more timid than you might expect. Crisp green apples with murkier notes of peach, tangerine, and stonefruit. Bready malt backbone allows the lambic yeast to preside. The sourness grows until blossoming on the climax. Quite tasty and well balanced, if somewhat simple for the style. Not puckerworthy. Some subtle lemon rind complements the general farmhouse/barnyard notes well. Oak is more of an undertone here, along with a bit of cedary character. Nice light subtlety.

It does have some light lavender, which is a turn-off to me personally. Along with licorice, lavender is one of the few flavours I can't stand. No alcohol comes through. The lambic yeast isn't quite as developed here as I'd hoped; this might change with age.

Mf: Nicely crisp, dry, fizzy and refreshing. Surprisingly dry, actually. Acidic. Effervescent, redolent in some respects of champagne. Good thickness, supporting the flavour profile nicely. Smoothness/coarseness balance is interesting; the light coarseness drags on the palate, coaxing out the flavours more but also limiting the refreshing feel. Complements the flavour profile well, but the blending doesn't quite make the texture a perfect marriage to the taste. Perfect carbonation. Well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style, but certainly not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style. Good blending for the relatively simple build; it achieves the desired effect. A reasonably priced gueuze of good quality. I'd love to try it aged. In its youth, it's good but not great. This may change with time. Refreshing and tasty. I'm glad this is widely available, but I don't know that its current high reputation is justified; it's not on par with the best in the style, but is quite tasty. I'll likely pick up a couple when I'm back in Belgium.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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