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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 1,920
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 183
Gots: 496 | FT: 52
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Gueuzerie Tilquin
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Style | ABV
Gueuze | 6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013/2014 printed on the bottle. Pours white amber with a white meringue like head. Super frothy and very fine bubbles. Surprisingly good lacing for a lambic.

Fresh fruit mingling with barnyard funk in the aroma. Thoroughly musty and rustic. Spices, oak, earthy blue cheese, and berries. Very complex but surprisingly balanced and approachable.

Tart upfront quickly followed by tea and mushroom. I often get overripe fruit in wild beers, but there's an interesting fresh fruit quality in this one. Bready malt can still be found given the relatively young age of the beer. Complex and drinkable.

High carbonation with loads of tannins. Firmly sour but not mouth puckering (for me at least).

An excellent complex and balanced gueuze. I'm sure Tilquin will soon be in the ranks of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen.

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

A: tanned-caramel in color, little haze, with foam that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving lace on the glass.
S: bretty funk, musty earthiness, apple, cloves
T: sour cherry, unripe grape, apple, lactic sour, some lemon-rind bitterness, some chewy caramel
M: very refreshing and dry. lingering bitterness
O: nice sour, balanced between sour and fruitiness

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

Brilliant golden color, with almost no head. Aroma is lactic, acetic, and earthy, with a toasted oak character. There's almost a blue cheese sharp funk to it. Flavor reveals sour cherry notes, along with a clean, acetic and lactic character that dries nicely in the finish and becomes slightly barnyard/phenolic. Very impressive in the sourness that erupts and fades, cleansing the palate perfectly.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Silky hazy golden. Poured a massive false head that dissipated quickly. Left a thin continuous ring around the glass. Highly carbonated. Excellent color and super smooth consistency, but the head was the only downside.

S: Mild funky mustiness of old library books with grape and lemon lime zest.

T: Starts off with bright sweet sour lemon lime candy. Has a light saltine malt with a tangy white pepper. Sour green grapes. Bright tart green apple. Finishes with a white vinegar.

M: Thin light and extremely crisp. Mouth puckering with a salty dehydrating finish.

O: A little over exuberant on the sourness. Lots of complexity of both bright and mellow flavors, but you really have to work to get through all that tanginess.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml best by 12/20/22 (bottled 12/20/12)

Hazy amber golden pour with quickly reducing bubbly white head. Pungent aroma of barnyard funk, grass and hay, sweet peach and grape, lemon peel. Aromas carry through to the taste; coats the tongue with malty sweetness and fruit flavor (peach, orange, bright lemon peel) mixed with earthy funk and lactic acidity that dries out towards the end in oaky tannins. The finish has a nice lemon peel pop I like in a Geueze but the finish is marred by some astringent bitterness like biting into a pill. I opened up a 2012/13 when it fresher and it wasn't quite ready yet; It's now coming together nicely and may benefit from a little more time. This is a great gueuze that is easier to find but not quite as good as 3F or Cantillon.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Best before 05.03.2022.

A: Nice bottle art. Simple but beautiful label in a corked bottle. Pours a hazy orange color forming a small, bubbled and quite fizzy white head. Medium to small retention and only very few lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity in the nose. Strong notes of apples, pears, white grapes. Apple vinegar, pale malts and a quite earthy and metallic Lambic end

T: Funky, dry and sour. Very fruity. Strong notes of green apples, pears, green grapes. Sour. Notes of pale malts. Dry and sour end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Sour and very fruity aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent Gueuze. Classic

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Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle states 2012 and 2013. I assume bottled in 2012 and released in 2013? Label also states best before 12/02/2023 (so probably 6 months old).

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with a lot of chunky sediment. Tall, frothy and thin white/off-white head. Bottle threatens to foam over constantly. Thin, patchy tufts of lacing everywhere.

S: Surprisingly subtle around. Very tart lemon and berries maybe? Quite tannic - approaching leather. Hints of oak.

T: Yup, pretty much as expected. Super tart lemons initially. Funky in the middle - very acidic and bile-like at points. Sour apples. Lightly leathery in the finish. Aftertaste is oaky and dry with lots of leather now. Sometimes get some burning rubber flavor, especially lingering around between sips.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied. Very tart and dry.

O: Big funky and sour gueuze for sure. Very funky, like chewing bile-soaked leather at times. Acidity is extremely high to boot. Not bad but a little too funky for me.

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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is murky (though bright), the color of a ripe apricot or very close to it. A fluffy, slightly yellow-tinted head rises to one finger and shows itself to be resilient as it rests densely. It falls at a moderate pace and leaves some patching on the glass.
Like the appearance, this beer's aroma displays lots of apricot at the opening of the bottle, accompanied by a variety of fresh tropical fruits with some very juicy sourness. Funk is firm but well integrated, earthy and leathery with plenty of acidity tingling.
Everything passes over the tongue and forces some thought; but, while individually identifiable, every note plays together into the flavor. A little sweetness on the tongue just takes the edge off so the strong sourness and acidity can play their full parts without being too harsh. Lots of fruits are on the tongue as they were in the nose, and the funk is almost chewy, more earthy with a bit of barnyard effect. It's extremely bright, and some green apple skin tartness comes through the whole way as well.
The body is medium and there's a certain creaminess to it even with the dryness. It is also, though, very crisp and bright. It's extremely refreshing, acidic without being harshly astringent, with a powdery and clean finish even as the puckering sourness makes it a little juicy, and carbonation is nearly perfect.

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Photo of SebD
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of a lemony tartness, funk, green apples and a slight breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of tart lemons, sour green apples and yeasty funk. A sour punch in the face.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. World class Geuze!

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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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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
94 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.