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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 1,633
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 157
Gots: 401 | FT: 43
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne (6.0% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer, produced from the blending of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambics. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and refermented in the bottle for at least 6 months. The lambics used were fermented and oak aged in our installations. These lambics are coming from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon breweries.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-05-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

cjckson, Feb 02, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml
$8.99
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

2012/2013

I'm greeted by a loud pop and gunsmoke galore when pulling the cork. The pour is calm at first but the bubbly, dish soap head starts growing quickly, maxing out at three fingers in height before spilling over. Surprising staying power. The first pour is amazingly clear and glows such as a penny fresh from the mint. Carbonation shoots up the center of the body in bursts.

From the second the cork popped the air smelled of damp oak and saliva inducing lemon. Tilquin's blend shows good depth right off the bat. Damp oak and minerality are the first things come to mind. White grape is mild but there while there's a bright lemon acidity that drives me wild. Deeper pulls reveal wildflowers. The malt bill is unique as well adding a little wheat tang and some shortbread. A deep whiff is rewarding. Overall it's bright and acidic.

The flavor profile runs along with the nose but it doesn't seem as bright. Damp oak is slightly tannic upfront. Minerality, in the form of damp rocks, and damp forest swing through in the middle. The signature lemon acidity hits toward the finish and lingers on the swallow along with a mellow herbal bitterness. Shortbread emptiness and wheat tang again make up the base.

Lemon acidity creates a pucker along the cheeks that lasts from one sip to the next. Slightly tannic oak dries out the finish. The body s on the light side of the spectrum and the carbonation is active enough that it's a little prickly across the tongue.

Tilquin blends a good gueuze. It really showcases my favorite aspects of the style, minerality and bright lemon acidity. It's tart and puckering, complex and easy drinking. It's great to be able to grab a gueuze of this quality whenever you feel like it.

joe1510, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

snansel, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

YoudownwithABV, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of scootny
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of the 2011-2012 at 750 ml. A big spritzy head that stays but doesn't leave much on the side of my glass. Beer stays covered all the way through. Cloudy golden amber with a visible amount of carbonation going on. Nose is superb and hits all the notes in the scale of greatness. Wine, hay, grass, vinegar, oak, funk, pale malt, faint honey, and the list can continue. Taste is ridiculous. Supremely balanced with lots of tart acidic notes that follow a surprisingly malty front. Oak is big but not overwhelming as it seems to bind the malt and vinous elements together into an amazing whole. The honey from the nose flows ever so gently underneath it all carrying the flavors to a firm but not overpoweringly sour and dry finish. Oh there is quite a pucker, but one that takes you back to the glass for more and more. It's almost addictively good. Feel is silky, and vigorously creamy in its carbonation. The weight is perfectly balanced and combined with the other seductive qualities of this beer I found myself seasoning what should have been a sipper. Sipping this one is an act of incredible self restraint. I had this with amy favorite cheese and my wife who is not a big fan of sours joined me in the hearty consumption of this stellar brew.

scootny, Jan 31, 2014
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ThreeFishes, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Rion, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

freemanj, Jan 28, 2014
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510a, Jan 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

layinbrix, Jan 28, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/20/2022. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon/lime zest, green apple, pear, white grape, oak, clove, hay, straw, grass, leather, pepper, white vinegar, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon/lime zest, green apple, pear, white grape, oak, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, leather, light bread, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/lime zest, green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funk yeast oak barrel flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp, smooth, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Gueuze! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 27, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Gueuzerie Tilquin's Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne a couple weeks ago for $9.49 at The Lager Mill. Well it looks this well be review #800 and I always try to review something that I normally wouldn't get, so I thought I would take a chance on this Gueuze. I don't have very much experience with this style, I tried a Gueuze once at a beer festival and I thought it was pretty unusual and interesting, so lets see how it goes. Best by 21/03/2022. Poured from a green 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Belgium Tulip since I don't have proper Gueuze glassware.

A- The label looks ok, but it's pretty simple looking and It's not too eye catching. It poured a hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a darker golden/orange color when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of white head that almost instantly died down to a very thin ring that eventually faded away with no lacing. This isn't the best looking beer, but I think it's fairly inline with the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that was almost bordering of being on the highly sweet side and it's followed by some funky barnyard aromas being the first to show up and imparts some earthy, grassy and wet straw like aromas. Up next comes a vinegar like aroma that's quickly followed by a nice fruity citrus aroma with lemon and citrus rinds seeming to show up the most. This beer had a very nice aroma, the funky yeast works nicely with the citrus fruit aspects.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly malty and grainy flavor up front that quickly gives way to the barnyard funk that imparts all those funky and barnyard like aspects that I got in the aroma. Up next comes a lower amount of high sourness with some nice citrus fruit aspects with some nice lemon flavors seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a lingering tartness with a citrus and slightly funky yeast like aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, the sour level seemed to be just enough for me and I thought it worked well with the other aspects.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, a little acidic, on the somewhat lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought thought this was a very nice beer and even with my very limited experience with this style I'm still pretty sure that this is a good example of the style. I liked that the sourness was almost at the edge of being too sour but it wasn't super acidic and that made it easier to drink than I expected. This beer had nice drinkability, I sipped on it faster than I i expected, it was fairly smooth, clean, crisp, not too acidic, not to filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention but I think one of these 375ml bottles would be my limit, I think it would start to wear one me if I had more than that. What I liked the most about this beer was that it wasn't overly sour and overly acidic, I think both were at a good level. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, I just wish there was some decent head and lacing. I would get this beer again, it's a little expensive, but I think it's nice to have for special occasions and I would recommend it to anyone who likes sour beers. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I didn't fully know what to expect from this beer, but it turned out to be something I enjoyed and I'm glad I took a chance on it, it made for a nice beer to have for my 800th review. I'm for sure interested in trying more beers from this brewery and more Gueuze's. Great job guys, this was a very nice and memorable beer, keep up the great work.

StoutHunter, Jan 27, 2014
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waddellc2, Jan 26, 2014
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JamieDuncan, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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bubseymour, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Burt, Jan 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Eriktheipaman, Jan 23, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 375ml bottle purchased from Bier Temple in Brussels and taken home to the US.

Gold and slightly hazy with a moderate white head. Lemony aroma with good depth and complexity. Sour but smooth flavor with no rough edges. It has quite a champagne quality. A moderate consistency and a high carbonation.

A complex and elegant blend. Very tasty.

GJ40, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jpepe08, Jan 22, 2014
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JakerLou, Jan 21, 2014
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dmhurdle, Jan 20, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Briefly.

What a gueuze should be.. Delightful head in glass over straw body. Good barnyard and funk on nose, add lemons and unripe green apples. Vinous notes and a good sour kick to refresh. Lively and zesty carbonation.

Very well made, and on the money for style.

heygeebee, Jan 19, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

have enjoyed this brew on many occasions, but never reviewed...til now (although i imagine there are 4 or 5 reviews of this scribbled in notebooks somewhere). 2012 / 2013 12.7oz poured into a cantillon tumbler.

a - brew has a rich golden color...a bit thicker and richer than some of the others. thin creamy head of tiny bubbles holding hands. some visible carbonation and a touch of yeast floaters.

s - nose is killer. grass, hay, some funkiness...but also some nice lemon sweetness. more on the cantillon side than the 3F side of the spectrum.

t - really something else...spot on. fantastic for such a young gueuze. much more grassy than the nose suggested, but still has the lemon sweetness to balance things out.

m - very smooth with a hint of prickle.

o - overall, a world class shelf gueuze...let's hope the cat stays in the bag on this one so it stays gettable.

cosmicevan, Jan 19, 2014
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
97 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.