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Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)²Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)²

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Gueuzerie Tilquin

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a higher abv version of the Oude Gueuze Tilquin containing the blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old lambics in oak barrels. Due to over-carbonation, the beer underwent a second barrel aging process before being bottled a second time.

Added by trxxpaxxs on 10-08-2014

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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 52
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml of the 2012-2013 bottling. Served in a snifter glass 1/1/2015.

A- Hazy light yellow-blonde body. Two finger white head, very nice longevity and retention, with a mild-moderate amount of lacing and film left over.

S- Oak, heavy funk, clean lemon zest, fruity citrus bite, mildly spicy wheat, hay, must. This is a very funky, oaky beer which isn't a surprise based on the backstory of this beer. Nice complexity to the smell, relatively unique in the world of Belgian lambics.

F- Wow, very rich lemon and fruity citrus bite; vinegar acidity, minimal lactic yogurty acidity, lots of funk and hay, plenty of woody barrel presence with a clean lemon zest flavour that makes this insanely drinkable. The overarching flavours are incredibly strong but without affecting drinkability.

M- Medium bodied, not quite thick bodied but definitely substantial. Plenty carbonated. Drinkability is at a high despite the acidity, very nice complexity. Very drinkable.

O- This drinks awesome with just the right amount of acidity and barrel complexity. I would definitely recommend buying a nice supply and aging it for the years to come. But I even more so recommend drinking this fresh, I'm not sure it would be any better than it is now.

Final score: 4.49

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Photo of Damian
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Best before: 30/01/2024
Served in a traditional Gueuze tumbler

Beautiful appearance. The nearly crystal clear, medium amber liquid was topped by a crackling, finger tall cap of bubbly, off white froth. The head quickly dropped to a patchy film. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was really funky and interesting. Huge amount of must and barrel character. Damp wood came to mind. Woodsy. Super oaky. Crisp and zesty. Fairly lemony. Lots of lime too. Good dose of vinegar. Bit of wheatiness. Some sweetness rounded things out. There was a bit of a wine-like character. I would not be surprised if this was aged in Chardonnay barrels.

The flavor profile was amazingly complex and very unique. Immensely crisp and tart but not overly sour or acidic. Super oaky and dry. Uber lemony. Lemon rind dominated. Some lime too. Very bitter. Really pithy and dry with a hint of candy-like sweetness. Definitely like nothing I have ever tried before. The finish was all bitter lemon and lime peel. Almost a touch soda-like. Italian soda (gasosa) came to mind. Super crisp and clean. Ultra tannic and bone dry. Really interesting. At 7.6% ABV, the alcohol was nowhere to be found.

The mouthfeel was frothy and fluffy. Medium bodied for the style. Smooth on the palate. Although the beer did not seem overly acidic, the more I drank of it, the more I could feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth.

Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)² is definitely one of the best Gueuzes I have ever tried and one of the most interesting and complex beers overall. This is simply a mind blowing offering that truly pushes the limits of the style. I can only hope that this will be brewed again someday.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such decadence, to be able to try this side by side with the 2010-'11 Oude Gueuze. And it just happens to be that I'm drinking this on my 8 year BA anniversary.

Pouring a slightly darker amber when compared to the regular Tilquin, this beer has a dense, off-white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is fantastic. A combination of acidic brightness, earth, mushroom and a mildly brooding petrichor and loam character. Mildly salty and sweaty. It makes me think of sitting by the ocean watching the storm headed my way. Swirling my tumbler brings out some more potent acidic notes with grapefruit rind, rotting lemons. This has elements of the best gueuzes ever (1999/ Blauw), but falls a little short thanks to the aggressiveness of the sourness.

The palate opens with a big, juicy sourness, earthy, lemony, grapefruity and with faint melon characteristics. The mid palate brings out the barrel character with deep, woody tannins, mildly woodsy, mild vanillin and a mild pear preserve note. Layered and structured, the finish brings out some salty and mushroomy flavors before the tannins take over, leaving a long, drying finish, sour with preserved lemons, grapefruit, a mild vinegar character. The strong oak tannins on the finish remind me of some unblended lambics (Broucsella and maybe the Boon Mariage Parfait?). Alcohol is reasonably well hidden, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and and fantastic on the palate. Excellent. I'm not sure this should be cellared, drink it fresh if you have it on hand.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2013 vintage bottled on 1/29/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, green apple, pear, white grape, white vinegar, pepper, leather, oak, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, green apple, pear, white grape, white vinegar, pepper, leather, oak, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness and peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, white vinegar, pepper, leather, oak, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and lightly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible gueuze style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. Just as impressive as the normal with increased oak and Brett intensity; and a little more malt presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky orange color with intensely evident carbonation. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. Its texture is ugly and rough, and the retention is horrible. Basically, it looks like your typical sour ale - in other words, ass-ugly. (2)

Smell: Wow. The brett here comes off as being ridiculously nuanced - I'm getting notes of moss, gruyere, funk, earth, manure, and fungus. Yes, a few of those notes are...shall we say, less-than-desirable (to put it diplomatically), but as with any good gueuze, it just works. Part of that is thanks to the oak cutting through the wild yeast nicely. Did I mention its sourness? Yeah, it smells like it will be puckering. A gentle kiss of fruitiness rounds out the strangely fantastic nose. (4.25)

Taste: The initial tartness is somewhat light - certainly, this doesn't stab my tongue with acid. Rather, it delights the palate with nuanced complexity. As the sourness fades, it's subsumed by notes of citrus peel, earth, lavender, lemon, funk, black pepper, stank-ass gruyere, and mushroom. In fact, I'd suggest that mushroom is its dominant flavor - NOT the sourness (to be fair, though, that's a close second). Holy crap on a pita, this is a complex beer... (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Yes, it's a bit heavier than the standard gueuze. It's still light on the tongue, if not quite bone dry. I'd even call it slightly syrupy. Because of this, it isn't spectacularly drinkable. This starts off well carbonated, only to fall off like a rock faster than...a rock being pushed off of a cliff. Shitty simile or no, its (relative) heft seems to enhance its complexity, if nothing else. (3.5)

Overall: Wow, this is stunningly deep. It's not your stereotypical scorched earth sour ('course, being a gueuze, it WILL become like that with time); instead it relies more on funk-laden flavors. As a showcase for brett, this is right up there with Orval as far as I'm concerned. (4.25)

4.06/5: Not the most sour, but who cares? The brett notes are fantastic!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger coarse white head with little retention. Beer is a clear bronze. No lacing with thin legs. Average.

Nose is super funky. Hints of oak, cheese, barnyard, hay, horse blanket and sweat. Outstandingly aromatic.

Opens lightly tart citrus, persimmon and light vinegar. Oak and hay in the middle with a sprinkle of lemon and cork. Ends dry funky wood and more tartness. Lots of barnyard, yeast, and a biting dry tartness throughout. Awesome!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and goes down sparkling, crisp, and refreshing. Finishes dry with a bone dry and filmy aftertaste. Very good.

This might be one of the best base gueuzes that I've ever come across. Get it while you can before others catch on!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great amped up version of an already amazing beer. Slightly more sour, lots of funk in the nose. Flavor has an acidic lemony tartness with an extra dimension of barnyard funk and fruity tang quality. Just as good as the original.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With quite the journey in its rear view mirror, the distinctive and stronger gueuze from Tilquin now greets the palate with intense sour taste and equal parts of untamed acidic youth and earthen maturity.

Its hazy straw austere gives the ale a dull looking body but it sparkles as heavy carbonation pops on the surface, releasing waft after waft of its earthy perfume. What's sour with musty citrus and vinegar in one pass is then sweaty and sea-like with the next. But as that sour elixir drops on the tongue, its sharp and tangy taste pierces its short-lived wheaty sweetness, en route to a complex and challenging session.

Over the course of the middle palate, a saline sourness takes hold with lime, lemon, orange, kiwi, white grape and crabapple. Wrapped in an envelope of burlap, saddle leather, parmesan and deeply weathered oak- the retro-olfactory senses capture the evaporation of earth that floats above the palate and informs the taste; coaxing out notions of cellar wood, sea brine and barnyard.

With the soft underpinnings of wheat, a delicate bread character bounces against the highly piquant textures, alcohols and wood spice to give the ale a tepid sense of balance. Still, its peppery and vinous character crispens the taste and dries the palate with utter ease. Its a wild taste and meant for the most serious of connoisseur. Its simply a drinker's beer.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a champagne-looking yellowish color with over a finger and a half of fluffy white head that sticks around. Smells of oak, sour fruits, barnyard funk, and some zest. Taste follows exactly. Wow. So refreshing. Very spritzy mouthfeel. Awesome stuff. One of the better gueuzes i've had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Best before 1/14/2024.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, funk, grass, hay, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour funk, hay, grass, and lemon juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, opened Jun 2015

A - Deep straw gold with an earthy off-white head. Low retention and lace.

S - A truly world-class nose. It is the earth beneath an orchard by the ocean at harvest; wet slate, apricots, salt, tart white peach, dry grass, and soft oak. Outstanding complexity.

T - Excellent balance. Bright opening with hay, lime, and salt. Savory center of clay , oak, tarragon, and tequila. Nice, soft finish of cedar, sage, and grapefruit rind.

M - Prickly medium-light frame.

O - Delicious, complex, and well balanced. One of the best gueuzes I've had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cool story on this one, thanks to my brother for scoring this one! i liked it even better than the base gueuze, which obviously is one of the pace cars for the style. this one has a lot more wood on it, a lot more bubbles, and is frankly way more sour and acidic, without sacrificing any of its funk. maybe the extended time with high carbonation has added that usually unwelcome carbonic acid to the mix, its not an off flavor or feel here, it cuts the coarse wheat malt and ancient oak, very cool on the palate with the lacto sourness to and a citrus quality i dont remember in the base beer. the abv is higher, but i still dont taste it. what i taste is a maturity, despite its lively carbonation, its decadent, one to let warm up and open, and highly tannic like an acidic white wine. the oak flavor is raw to me, unsweetened, not charred, not vanilla, just wood. a very developed yeast profile is what i get in the finish, and its not like other belgian blended sours, its sharp and old at the same time, like a guy turning 100 years old who wields a cane not as a crutch but as a weapon, and who is as mentally sharp as he ever was. this has that spry longevity to it, and i super dig it. i hope it comes back around!!!

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Photo of pagriley
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 from 375 into snifter

Pours thick and deep orange minimal head
Smell is big funk and lemongrass
Taste is numbing blue cheese funk with tart lemon peel
Chewy and thicker than the average gueuze

Overall a lovely beer. More like a very old straight lambic but fantastic none the less

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a light golden amber color. Fairly cloudy, which is probably my fault. Medium, fizzy white head. The aroma is deep and rich with sour, lambic funk. Lots of fruit - lemon, oak, pear, peach, grape. Musty with some lactic flavor. Nice lactic sourness in the taste. More of the same fruity funk. Medium-light sour. It’s a big, rich gueuze. Very good. Full feel with some effervescent bubbliness.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A decent head that falls moderately quickly. Hints of a pastel yellow in the lace. Body is slightly cloudy and a gorgeous pale orange color. Aroma is strong and filled with tart lemon and a little sweetness to it. Not any funkiness but maybe a little dry dust and a slight burn. Taste is not what I remember from the last bottle I had. A weird sour bitterness that I pick up on the back of my tongue. More lemon and a little orange peel. Some green apple, tons of oak, and the alcohol is there in the background. Mouth is a little light bodied but carb is good. Overall, I enjoy it but miss the funkiness of other Gueuze. This is more citrus rind than musty goodness.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DahWag
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lateralundertow
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris_Panos
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.65/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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