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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 1,870
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 181
Gots: 483 | FT: 52
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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 Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Big, fizzy carbonated head. Extremely lively dark orange/copper brew. Head retention is fine; lacing is spotty but clingy.

Big funky nose of wild yeast; slightest bit of skunk; lemon citrus and a hint of sour, wheat, dust, musty cheese.

Flavor follows the nose, with a barely-citric sourness up front; straw, hay, wheat, and wood in the main body; and a huge note of musty funk at the end.

Medium-light feel, with enough body to feel full and oily in the mouth. The sourness is light enough that there is little puckering. Long, semi-dry, sticky finish. Great retention. Lively, with little sting.

This is a good Gueuze, but I don't feel it ranks up near Cantillon or 3F Golden Blend for pure overall taste and experience. Nothing Tilquin does here is poor, but only the mouthfeel stands out as truly superb. Worth a try.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an '11 vintage.

The beer comes in a hazy peachy amber with a small white head.

The aroma has a big funkiness throughout of hay, farm, stinky socks. There is green apple peel, a lemony tartness, a bit of malty sweetness, slight restrained in general.

The flavor follows with green apple peel, lemon juice tartness, a light breadiness in the middle with some fruity sweetness even, a deep funkiness of stinky socks and farm quality. There's white wine character throughout. The beer is extremely dry.

A more restrained beer than Drie Fonteinen, as I had two blind. Still absolutely delicious though.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gentle pour yields generous two inch off white head. Bubbly and poppy that reduces quickly to paper thin edge. Cloudy honeyed apricot appearance.

Sour fruit. Fresh sanded oak flooring. Sea brine. Fruits of lemon and apricot skin.

Sweet and sour. Lemony and fruity (how bout that for redundancy). Not saying there's raspberries there but the tartness from fresh raspberries is there for me moreso than lemon. Woodsy and yeasty in the middle. Apricot sweetness and lemon rind. Some mineral on the back end.

Very smooth and surprisingly enough not head tilting or wincing. I'm really drawn into the fuzzy apricot sensations here. Spritefull carbonation.

Overall sophistication. Putting this in my chambers. More of a wild ale session but all in all quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1pt. 9.4 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
2011 2012 vintage
Best before: 29/03/2022
Served in a traditional lambic tumbler

A careful pour yielded a slightly hazed, medium amber body that was topped by a crackling, two-finger tall crown of eggshell colored froth. Steady streams of carbonation ascended the liquid. The head quickly dissolved to a thin, lasting film that left no lacing in its wake.

The aroma was super crisp, powdery and dry initially. Lots of lemon rind. Slightly musty and funky. Touch of earthy hops. Overall, not super complex. As the beer sat, the nose became funkier, mustier and more interesting. Some oaky notes appeared as well.

Dry, yeasty notes and bitter lemon pith dominated the flavor profile. The beer was bracingly tart and tannic. Oaky notes appeared in the center. Lots of grapefruit peel and white vinegar-like acidity. The finish contained many of the same flavors found on the front end, but on an even more intense level. The lemon rind was overwhelming and it lingered long after every sip. There was a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness as well. All in all, the beer was quite astringent and rather simplistic.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was impossibly light and frothy, yet it turned super creamy and supple once it settled. A finely beaded, lively effervescence gave the liquid a crisp, sprightly, Champagne-like quality.

Gueuzes typically exhibit a rounded profile of tartness, funk, oak and barnyard character. Even with two years of age, this beer was a bitter, pithy, sour bomb. It reminded me more of an over-hopped American wild ale than any type of gueuze I have ever sampled.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2012-3 vintage with a "14/12/2022" best before date, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot snifter and drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - tannish coloration, tight white bubbles, initial 1/2 finger frothy white head resolves into an attractive glass lacing

S: 9/12 - more enteric notes than I'm accustomed to with other guezes but not off-putting; little malt, hop or alcohol character detectable

T: 16/20 - again, there is a immediate enteric quality that dominates throughout the drinking; there is some biscuity malt flavor on the back of the palate it they're generally subtle; finishes moderately dry

M: 4/5 - moderate-to-high carbonation, slick coating of the tongue

O: 8/10 - again, this is more enteric than other guezes that I've tried but it's still an enjoyable blended sour; I prefer other guezes that I've recently tried, e.g. The Bruery's Rueze, but this is still a flavorf sour but definitely not a 96 for me

TOTAL - 39/50

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a golden, slightly darker orange with a bit of cloudiness. About a two inch, bubbly, off white head remained atop for quite a while. Visible carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - Smells of funk, tart/sour, lemon zest, sour cherries

Taste - similar to the aroma; sour cherries and citrus zest

Mouthfeel - bubbly and tart; delicious

Overall - an excellent representation of the style, love it!

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011/2012 Vintage bottle

A- Golden orange with a slight haze, nice bubbling, some lacing, nice white head
S- Lemon, tart, slight funk, maybe some hibiscus
T- Surprisingly sweet, sour taste comes afterwards, a bit brie chees-y on the palate at first
M- Refreshingly crisp, semi-dry, carbonation becomes lower after time
O- Really great representation of the style and the bottle is affordable on a part-time work budget. Would like to find another one to age.

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

375ml bottle

A: Dark golden body with a ton of haze. Floaties settle at the bottle. Head for days.

S: Funk. Cherries, sour apple. Oak. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Delicious waves of sour notes and oak.

M: Bubbly. Heavily carbonated. Fits with the style.

O: Fantastic beer. Wish I could find it around more.

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Photo of 120minuteman
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One bubbly beer with a pale yellow color. One clear beer (light passed right through it).

Smelled pretty funky: vinegar, apples, pear, figs

Fizzy, light mouthfeel.

Taste of pomegranate, sour cherry. Sweet and sour flavor.

Overall, very funky beer with an unusually high drinkability (pricey, but worth repeating).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice to still be able to (at least occasionally) find a good Gueuze, and this is definitely a good one. The popularity of sours in this country has soared, making beers like this harder and harder to fine. Pours a dark straw color with a fine white head that thins and then settles to a ring. Nice tart aromas of green apples and a vinegar tang, as well as some light hay and the tiniest bit of barnyard funk. Much less than in some others. Thankfully, no band-aid. The taste is a bit more complex with all of the elements found in the nose present along with a vinous quality and some nice minerality. Still not a lot of funk, but long, complex sour flavors with a touch of bitterness and a slightly soft finish. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.82/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Usual cork and caged 37.5 cl bottle: BBD 12 Apr 2021. Shared between four at the first ever Shrewsbury bottle share on 27th Jan 2014.

Cooking apples!

I don't drink cider and I certainly don't drink old sour dry cider that a vinegar fly has got into: it reminded me of that.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden in color with very thick head that holds well.

S - Fruity almost like a cider.

T - Malty and fruity. Sour taste is prominent, but not overly sour.

M - Not very heavy, not a lot of burn. Goes down very smoothly. Very active carbonation though.

O - I like this beer. Taste is pretty malty, especially when the sourness passes. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of MCImes
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid Guezue. It is very good, but for $11/375ml I will continue to buy my favorites instead (Hanssens, Cantillon bio, or 3F). its a little less funky than some, and not overly sour. Neither are bad things, I just prefer funky funky guezue, and a fairly sour one.

Overall worth a try. Glad I checked it off my list.

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Photo of joe1510
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL


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.

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Photo of scootny
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

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


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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautifully clear golden yellow shaded just towards orange and amber. Plenty of carbonation can be seen rising to the top to support the surprisingly steady and thick foamy white head. Smells tart with hints of orange, grape must, a touch of acetic acid and a wonderful background of wood, likely oak. Very enjoyable scent where the sourness does not overwhelm.

The flavor begins with a very clean and almost sweet doughy wheat flavor. Moves toward a peach like flavor and quickly followed with a tart sour finish that comes on a little strong with the lactic acid at the end that lingers. Mildly tannic finish as well. Mouthfeel is lively and medium bodied. Sourness warms the cheeks a bit.

Overall a very good beer. The scent is amazing, but the taste does not quite match. Altogether a well blended gueuze that I would recommend trying.

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. into a pint glass

A: hazy yellow with no head to speak of

S: I really picked up the funk on the first smell, lemony citrus and a very clean smell

T: POW Sour all up in my mouth, like a super lemon head. My taste buds were under attack and it left a bitter after taste

M: No Carbonation and very dry

O: It was sour but good. Didn't jump in front of a lot of other beers styles for me. But I wouldn't mind revisiting after my palate adapts.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A bright medium-pale orange body with some white bubbles on top. Even with a slow pour, there is not much of a head to speak of. Body has a slight haze to it, but light shines through. Small trances of yeast sediment, but most stayed in the bottle.

S- Sweet ripe fruit, hints of funk, fresh grass. Pretty potent, but not overpowering.

T- Sweet up front, with tartness coming in almost right away. The middle brings in some of the earthiness with hints of malt, then the tartness takes over again with unripe fruit towards the end.

M- Very prickly carbonation with a huge amount of dryness at the end. Lingering tart taste that stays on the tongue well after each sip.

O- Each sip changes the complexity of the flavors. At first I was getting some fruity flavors and sourness, then almost an earthy funk flavor, then sweetarts, then unripe fruit. It just bounced around, making each sip unique. A really interesting beer. The bottle says the ingredients are simply: water, malt, yeast, hops. Pretty amazing to see how diverse 4 simple ingredients can be.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange with a fading head.
Nose shows elderflower, gooseberries, green apple, soft horseblanket, light skunky notes. Quite a big apple juice character.
Flavours include tart green apples, old hops, gooseberries, horseblanket and a bold acidity.
Carbonation feels excessive.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

BJCP 17E Gueuze
12.7 Fl oz bottle poured into two maple syrup glasses (excellent head and smell retention)
Pours a huge head initially that dissipates to a nice thin layer with some lacing left behind that drops back into the thin layer. Golden in color. Smell is earthy, hay and horseblanket. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is amazing. Simply put: a session sour. Some apple is left on the tongue with very light acid at the end.
Decent clarity (hard to pour this without some disturbance of the settled layer) and great carbonation.

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
94 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.