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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.33
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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writerLJBerg

Oregon

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

750mL split.

A: Golden orange with a lazy white head. Clings to glass.

N: Tons of oak, acidity, some cinnamon and lavender and coriander. Lemon zest and grapefruit sourness. Lots of yeast and funk. In addition to the oak, it has a cedar element.

T: Tons of sour lemon and lime zest. The wood is quite prominent. Balanced with a nice malt presence/sweetness.

M: Light and incredibly drinkable.

O: Gets better and better the more I drink. Must age to see its development.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 16:13:24 | More by writerLJBerg
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mroberts1204

California

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

375 ml bottle dated 2012
Pours a hazy golden orange color. A bit darker than most other gueuzes (3F, Cantillon). The head is an off white color that hangs out for a little while with an aggressive pour. The aroma is bright and pronounced. Lemon brettiness. Moldy funk. Really wonderful. Flavor follows suit with a more pronounced funk and sour profile. Finishes dry with a great sweetness reminiscent of underripe peaches and lemon juice. Dry, complex, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 22:30:38 | More by mroberts1204
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Lucho

Florida

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

This is my first Gueuze review. So please bare with me.
First off I would like to say that I handled this bottle with care all the way from the shop and when I opened the cage, Boooom, the cork popped out but it did not overflow. popped so hard it hit my 12 ft ceiling. that was a close one. Crisis averted so lets begin.

A: pours a nice orangey yellow with a one inch off white head that fades fast.

S: Mmm thats yummy. Sour apples, maybe some grapes and some slight funky yeast. very enjoyable and nothing seems to overpower.

T: sweet and sour apples just like on the nose. hit it perfectly on the tongue. very well balanced with the sour notes and incredibly drinkable. finishes very clean and keeps you wanting more.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation. there is almost a chewy factor to it.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. not 100% sure what I am looking for in the style but I do know a balanced beer and this is it. Well done and one that should be sought out. And dont forget to duck! Cheers

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:54:23 | More by Lucho
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Jonada

New Jersey

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

375ml bottle, best before March 16 2022. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden, light orange color with one finger of a pure white soapy head. Body is very hazy with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemon, vinegar like acidity, musty, some citrus, and green apple.

Taste: Nice punch of medium strength sourness upfront which gives way to flavors of white grape, lemon, orange, and earth. There's a medium strong funky and musty character throughout as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Soft mouthfeel despite carbonation that's bordering on high. Finishes very dry.

Overall: This is an excellent, and probably a bit under appreciated, gueuze. This is extremely well balanced and can certainly hang with some of the more well known producers of the style. Definitely worth picking up if you see it on a shelf.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:07:27 | More by Jonada
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SatlyMalty

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL poured into a tulip. 2010/2011 with a best before of 05/03/2021.

1/2 inch white head with tight bubbles. Dissipates after a minute or two but returns nearly completely after a swirl of the glass. Light amber color.
Smells of lemon with a touch of pear. Mildly funky. Tastes lemony up front but leaves me with an aspirin quality on the back end. Lemon rind sticks around.

EDIT: changed a few scores after my second bottle. This one a 375mL with a best before of 02/03/2021. The aspirin quality that was distracting in the first bottle wasn't present in this one. A little less carbonation too. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 03:15:43 | More by SatlyMalty
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which recedes rapidly. The color is pure cotton white. There are only specks of lacing left behind. The body is a hazy and light golden straw color with a few tiny bubbles in it. It glows a very hazy straw yellow when held up to the light.

Nose- Lots of lactobacillus- this is very tart and very enjoyable. Green apples, strawberry, cherry, and Sweet Tarts. This is combined with spicy yeast. There is somewhat of a vinous character to it. All of this is good. All of this is very promising. I just hope that it isn't too tart on the palate. It will kill me! Lemons and oranges as well. The aroma is very citric. Lots of esters.

Taste- The sourness is very dominant to begin with and is followed by a dry characteristic. The sourness continues rise (but doesn't become unbearable) and meets a slight yeastiness. This is very different from any beer I've had before- in a good way. There is so much going on that it is hard for me to describe all the tastes. There's a slight funkiness (not as strong as Brett) from the yeast and considerable grain notes in the flavor profile. I detect a little bit of saltiness as well. Of course, there are all the fruits of the aroma which is complimented by the subtle but very nice tasting yeast and the grain flavors. This is not a beer I would drink everyday but I understand why this is so highly regarded. As I start to drink this more, there is definite hay. This is very representative of barnyard and horse blanket. The sourness stays at an acceptable level and each new drink shows something different. I really like this beer. The sourness starts to turn more lemon as it opens up. Bitter fruits start to come out as well- I really understand the mention of stone fruits. Peach, apricot, prune, and plum. Grapefruit is in there as well.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with a vinous quality to it. The carbonation might tingle if this weren't so dry.

Drinkability- This is definitely a sipping beer but that is in no way a negative. This is a beer to be enjoyed for its nuances. And at 11 bucks a pop, not be taken lightly.

Overall- This is a solid A. Not a style I would drink every day but I enjoy it. I imagine that is representative of the style. I will be seeking out others like it. Perhaps Mariage Parfait?

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:52:09 | More by artoolemomo
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RashyGrillCook

California

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip. Bottle dated 05/03/2021.

A:Perfectly clear golden, amber with an orange hue through the middle. A thin, maybe 1/4 inch, bone colored head with some impressive staying power for a Gueuze. Fine textured bubbling can be seen rising up constantly. Really no room for improvement here. 5

S:Earthy but in a fresh way like a walk through a citrus grove during a sunshower(Lol). Salt water taffy comes to mind along with some acidity coming through. 4.75

T&M: The low pH is very noticeable and forces salivation at an incredible pace. Sweaty start with a well balanced effervescense but mellows out into a typical barnyard Gueuze profile. This one finishes out nicely with some clean citrus notes. 4.75-4.75

O: This is definitely a top 10 Gueuze for me. The mouth watering quality is just out of this world, its ridiculously refreshing and the head stuck around for the entire time I enjoyed this brew. I will definitely buy again. 4.75

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 14:20:20 | More by RashyGrillCook
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danieelol

Australia

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

Pours a lovely mango-yellow with good head/lacing.

Smell is delicious and luscious stonefruits. Almost hoppy in that fruitiness, but I know it's really yeast driven. A lovely blue-cheese funk. There is a bit of rubberiness and almost a macro, ricey quality. Also get spanakopita.

Taste and mouthfeel has that dry and watery fruitiness and stone fruits. Definite apricot.

Think blue cheese and quince paste, but with the extremes of salt and sugar replaced with sourness. A lovely gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 11:19:49 | More by danieelol
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Best Before: 18/01/2022

Mostly clear orange with a low, fluffy head on top that settles to a creamy ring. Tart, lactic aromas of funky lemon, granny smith apples, grass, sour citrus, berries, and a light sweetness. Sour, woody flavors...earthy lemon, leather, damp hay, and mustiness. Crisp, light, and super dry. Excellent! The draught version is a little brighter and more outright refreshing, but this has deeper complexity. Both are noticeably lemony and not over the top with acidity and you really can't go wrong with either.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 14:18:33 | More by wedge
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draheim

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL (best before 2/15/2021) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy glowing orange w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is tart and funky; grassy, earthy, acidic and alive. A deep whiff is so strongly pungent that it almost brings tears to my eyes. But in a good way.

Taste is likewise puckerlingly tart and lemony, a little vinous. Green apples, Smarties. Sweet and sour in almost equal proportions. Biscuity pale malt provides the canvas for the exotic yeast. Of the three gueuzes I've had so far, this is easily the most sour (and my favorite). In some ways it reminds me of RR Temptation.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp; refreshing w/ a bone-dry finish.

Overall a crisp, bright, drinkable, well-made beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:55:52 | More by draheim
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden amber glow to it and a white bubbly head on top. Retention is mediocre. Deep and bright aroma. Dark fruity berries, wild flowers, rooty plants, stinky stinky stinky. Flavor is tangy and delightful. Fermented fruit, dark and smokey and very bitter. Mouthfeel is great. Overall an excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:12:17 | More by tastybeer
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had the bottle version of this a few times. This particular review was from a 2011-2012 750ml that was shared at a saison/sour tasting.

Cork comes out easy, foams a bit out of the bottle. Pour is hazy darkish orange with a big ol white head. It retains well and leaves some decent lace behind.

Awesome smell, potent and deep. Lots of earthy mushroom funk, sour lemon apple goodness.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the scent, but still a very solid gueuze. A good mix of earthy farm and funk, bracing amount of sourness, lemon and citrus, some light notes of white wine.

Good mouthfeel, I felt it could use a bit more carbonation/oomph, but overall fine.

As far as gueuzes you can pretty much find at anytime go, this is the one to get. I don't think it quite matches the intensity/mastery of some other Belgian brewers but certainly close.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 18:27:42 | More by Chico1985
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a bright hazy orange color with a foamy white head on top. Pretty standard for the style. The retention is pretty solid but no noticeable lacing. The smell of the beer is acidic, sour and tart smelling. There is a subtle sweetness as well. The taste of the beer is tart like a lemon or other citrus fruits, with a pretty good pucker to it. The malts come in lightly in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a solid carbonation. Overall it's a good representation of the style, worth checking out for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:46:26 | More by Knapp85
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Treebs

Illinois

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

Bottle shared by pmoney. 2010/2011 bottle. Served in a FFF Teku.

A: Pours slightly hazy orange color with a thin white ring forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind some splotchy lace.

S: A ton of funk is present with a nice light lactic underbody. Mild acidic with some lemon peel notes. Lemon grass with a light oaky body.

T: Lactic with some tart green apple. Nice bit of funk to this guy with some oaky notes as well as some vanilla. Lemon zing.

M: Light bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Very easy drinking with no realy pucker.

O: Very delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and will definitely be setting some aside for storage.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 18:01:53 | More by Treebs
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mahak213

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 750mL bottle, big thanks to Korey for hooking me up with this one!

Appearance- Bright golden orange, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass and clinging to the sides. Head fizzles away to leave a thin cap of bright white, soapy foam

Smell- Tangy, citric sourness with earthy funk. Smells very bright and effervescent, green apples and maybe a touch of a white wine, vinous aroma

Taste- Green apples and tart white grapes, which moves forward to a deep, earthy funkiness. Nice and sour, with a big lemon character coming in along with the funkiness.

Mouthfeel- I'm impressed with how easy this is to drink, it's light and crisp with lots of carbonation, finishes dry but has enough sweetness to not be overpowering.

Overall- Really impressed with this, and I'll definitely be seeking out some more. Perfect for this beautiful Sunday afternoon

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 20:21:12 | More by mahak213
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish golden body with giant head thanks to great carbonation on top of an aroma that I can really only describe as both sweet and sour. These tart cherries and splash of funk hit me along with sour apple or grap smells, and then I get this yeasty, woody aroma that has a touch of sugariness in it. Light to medium body and goes down easy, extreme sour and funky notes that are like sour apple/pear and have a veggie-like graininess to them, as well as a good amount of tartness to it as well. Enjoyable sipper, the yeast and oakiness help smooth it out and it has a touch of sweet fruit notes on the backend to make a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 12:51:31 | More by clayrock81
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden orange with copper highlights. It also pours with a healthy finger’s width head of pebble like, creamy white bubbles that are constantly fed by a maelstrom of bubbles racing up throughout the glass. The head leaves a lacing of fat dry bubbles that clump into sheets on the glass. In body, the beer is properly hazy, though the other side of the glass is slightly discernable. On the nose, the beer smells wonderfully funky with big cherry leather scents and pineapple with light spicy notes and distinct lingering horse sweat. There is even some slight cheesy notes tending towards a blue or parmesan cheese. On the tongue, the beer tastes acidic and sweet with just a touch of herbal bitters and some nice rounding salty notes. In flavors, the beer begins with spicy pepper but moves quickly into sweet and funky pineapple and cherry leather flavors with sweaty nuances and a touch of cheese. The pepper returns on the finish with a faint touch of wheat and a lot of sweet funk and acidic pineapple. The aftertaste moves into lingering cherry leather flavors with a funky spice accenting it. This beer tastes very nicely funky. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, perhaps a touch below medium, with a thick carbonation that peppers and then caresses the taste-buds, allowing for the sweetness of the funk to do its thing, but also for the beer to note get cloying in nature. The mouth is left gushing with acid neutralizing saliva, and begging for more beer. Overall, this is a tremendous gueuze that I will regularly return to. Of the gueuzes I can regularly find, I believe this has become my new favorite. Rich and complex funk really shows itself in this beer, but the sweet and acidic components are nicely balanced, perhaps with just a touch too much acidity. This is a great beer, and wonderful for summer sipping. If you like funk then you will like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 19:56:51 | More by Maxwell
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. this pours a darker than average brassy color, dull and cloudy, with some floating yeast and a huge white head several inches high with good retention. the nose is a little funky, but not nearly as blatantly sour as I am used to in the style. it is evident that there is a lot more malt in here than usual. the flavor confirms that, its got a gentle caramel sweetness to it that really softens the most acidic edges of the gueuze, a characteristic that is not particularly becoming in this context. there is some lemon acidity, but not as fresh or as pungent as it could be, and a lot of the yeast intricacies feel somehow muted to me. I want this style to snap my head back and dry my mouth out, this one doesn't do that at all. it is not unpleasant, and may be a good introductory beer to the style, but its a far cry from some of the best in the business. fuller body, still with excellent carbonation. I really don't dislike this beer at all, I just feel like its not the best example of the genre. still, a good bottle that is fairly widely available.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 20:07:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before 3/27/22. Poured into a large white wine glass.

A wine-like experience. An easy drinking gueze.

A - Pours slightly cloudy golden honey color with a 2-finger white champagne head, which quicly disipates. Massive carbonation. Minimal lacing.

S - Sourness.

T - Quite tart, dry, no hoppiness, sour finish, no diiscernible fruitiness.

MF - Dry

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:58:22 | More by Sludgeman
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KingKong for the generous extra. 375ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash Coolship glass. 2011-2012 indicated on the front label; best before 21/03/2022 indicated on the back label. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a loose, bright white head the quickly sizzles and pops as it collapses into sudsy slick that eventually disappears completely - no lacing on this one. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Nose expresses citric acid, rind and is quite sharp. There's also a slight medicinal quality present as well. Taste is quite tart, with the characteristics present in the nose also present in the flavor profile, minus the medicinal character. There's also a suggestion of cork. Mouthfeel is light and bright with quite a bit of acidity and a lively, almost prickly carbonation. Overall, a solid gueuze; however, a bit young. Definitely would like to see how this beer develops with some time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:51:15 | More by Jwale73
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: 2010-2011 bottle
Glass: Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Tilquin has a very fresh, bright, and easily drinkable gueuze with their dual-year blend (the 2010-2011 version only used one and two year-old lambics if I remember correctly). Quite nice, though perhaps not as complex as 3 Fonteinen, Girardin, and Cantillon, though those blend from a wider array of base lambics, years, and thus have more to work with from the very beginning. Definitely glad that this new gueuzerie is able to survive and hopefully prosper, they certainly produce a beer that I could sip for hours a day.

Pours a 1.5cm head of white foam, made up of small, white bubbles. Retention is average for the style, about one-and-a-half minutes, the foam falling to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass with some peninsulas of wispy foam reaching into the center. Lacing is moderately present, again typical for the style, a Body is a light caramel brown-orange color, with light bringing out orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the transparent body, and it appears in medium amounts and acts with medium intensity.

Aroma of both clean and soured bread dough, bright lemon zest, fresh cut green apples, and sour apricot (if you can imagine such a thing) with heavier, moderate scents of oak barrel and Brettanomyces characters. Complex, but generally bright; pleasant.

Front of palate balances acidity and sweetness from wort, with unripe apple esters, hints of potent lemon and grapefruit, and sweetness from the pale wheat malt base. Mid-palate finds medium-intensity tartness, as from sour lemon and grapefruit, slightly puckering, light to moderate toasted oak barrel, Brettanomyces influences including difficult-to-describe esters, a bit of farmhouse, and very slight cheese. Back of palate picks up slightly harsher acidity with stronger fruit flavors (lemon, grapefruit, green apple, slight tangerine and mango), slight farmhouse, mustiness, and very faint cheese. Aftertaste of mild tartness from lactic and acetic acid, slight compensating sweetness, lingering oak, and lemon-like residual esters.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a pleasantly soft, gentle foaming that mixes well with the notable acidity of the beer. Closes quite dry, with minor stickiness lingering across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 05:57:42 | More by falloutsnow
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a tulip. 2012 bb 20/12/2022

massive carbonation huge head that quickly dissipates, pale orange. Massive vinegary smell, I mean huge. I love it. taste is so sour and acidic and vinegary, dominanted by white grapes. exceptional. medium bodied, high carbonation.

overall a world class guezue. one of the best in the world.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:14:43 | More by Axnjxn
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magictacosinus

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. I want to give a big thanks to Jon for bringing this to the tasting as well! Bottle says that it will age well until 2022. No time to wait, then! Poured into a teku glass from a 330ml green bottle.

Opens with a modest pop, and pours an orange amber color with some modest head at first - which slowly retracts as all volatile beers within this style do. There's some surprisingly moderate lacing on the glass, but that slowly dries out and vanishes. It's definitely syrupy looking, and quite thickened in feel. Different from the draft version that I had a few months ago, this one is not as lively in terms of carbonation or feel. In fact, the best way I could consider it is to be dead looking and hazy... Almost like an unfiltered white wine of sorts. It even leaves some grime on the glass as the dregs get poured in. However, I really love stuff like that. Again, this isn't winning a beauty contest or anything, but to me it wins me over with the ever timeless "rustic" appearance.

The flavors in the bottled version of Gueuze Tilquin can only be described as "hazy." Not muted or anything, but "hazy" in the sense that everything truly blurs together in a pretty lively and fascinating way. This being a blend of four batches of different gueuze makers, as well as differences in up to three years in the blend, you'd expect this to retain some complexity. Funky flavors are everywhere here (probably due to Cantillon), and yet there's sweet sharpness (Lindemans), and fruity, bittered orange rinds that abound (Boon). It's amazing how much this gueuze reaches for *balance*, however, when so many just allow the yeast to go crazy. There's some tangerine-filled yeastiness here, as well as a sharp soured flavor, but otherwise, it's truly jubilant and way above average for the style.

The flavor is filled with citrus, juicy funkiness, and loads of other flavors I don't think I even got on the draft version. Apricots, oranges, lemon juice, hay straws, cheese rind pungent aromas, and other bold sour yet not too overwhelming flavors. My favorite part of drinking this is the lack of overbearing acidity that always gets to me in a grueling way with gueuzes. The dregs only added more to the beer, in the fact, and reduced the boozy sweet notes and adding more to the syrupy texture. Absolutely all over the place with the blending, but again, it's very pleasant and very drinkable.

In my opinion, this surpasses the draft version for upholding the yeasty texture that makes this beer really one of a kind in the world of oude gueuzes. I could seriously drink this every day if I had the budget and patience to do so, as it's refreshing, complex, yet ridiculously balanced overall given the variety of flavors it provides. Pleasant to drink. World class for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 04:12:21 | More by magictacosinus
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Single 12.7 oz bottle
Best before 21/03/2022

A - hazy, golden amber in color, 1/8" white head with slippery lacing, nice effervescence

S - sour notes, light funk, green apples, citrus, white grapes,

T - sourness that puckers your cheeks, like a mouthful of sweet tarts, vinegar, green fruit, Brett, flavors I've only found in white wine,

M - very wet and thirst quenching, extreme acidity, puckering, crisp and refreshing

O - My first Gueuze that I recall. If this is how most of them are, I can see me hunting down more of this style. What a remarkable beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:55:53 | More by Cubatobaco
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Immortale25

North Carolina

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

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says best before: 21/03/2022.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full two fingers worth of head that retains decently before slowly collapsing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a fluffy sheet of surface foam. Slippery lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Extremely bright aroma rushes into the nose and perks me up. Invigorating barnyard funk with lots of hints toward a sour flavor. There's that astringency that I get out of most gueuzes but it actually mingles with some lemon, cherry and white grape notes quite well.

T- Bold, sharp sourness in the flavor but it eases into a fruity complexity I've not witnessed in a lambic before. The astringency shoots up but then backpedals as the citrus notes take hold. Slightly vinegary and plenty of tart to keep the fans of the sour happy.

M- Dry and puckering but with a nice balance between that and some slick, thirst-quenching moisture. Lightish body and medium-high carbonation.

O- Finally! A gueuze I can really get down with! After having the overly intense Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, I was hesitant to drop another $12-$15 on a little 12.7 oz. bottle of something I thought I might dislike. But I'm glad I took the risk as this is a very enjoyable beer. Not too sour, not too harsh. A great example of the style IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:21:31 | More by Immortale25
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