Oude Mûre Tilquin à L'Ancienne
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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #22
Ranked #1,125
4.3 | pDev: 6.74%
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Oude Mûre Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Mûre Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Notes: Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Oude Mûre Tilquin à l’Ancienne is made from the fermentation of 350 gr of blackberries by liter of lambic. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: red purple with a thin white head

Aroma: blackberries, citrus, oak

Taste: The flavor is wheat, slightly sweet, more tart but not too tart, lemon, blackberries, some oak and yeasty funk. It is complex and delicious, another great fruit lambic.

Body/Overall:light to medium body, easy drinking, excellent.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium plum, fizzy carbonation that settles into a thin lacing. Aroma of dry blackberry skin, oak tanin, sandalwood, earthy yeast funk. Palate definitely has a sweet berry quality though not sure i could pinpoint it as blackberry per se - there is lots of vinegary acidity to it as well, a bit too much for me, along with overripe berry. Very tart & vinegary, gets close to the dreaded bile territory but not quite.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Apr 05, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage unknown - drank September 2nd, 2018. Light carb, pleasant and a bit bitter. Fruit/berry nose and taste are nicely understated. I may have been a bit drunk at the time.

Vintage 2018-2019 - drank January 26th, 2020. Quite tart and funky. The blackberries are terrific. I think this drinks better when fresher - that, or my appreciation for funk has grown exponentially over the years. I rated this vintage significantly better than the one I drank in 2018.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Feb 24, 2020
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: A light yellowish orange.
S Light creme notes mixed in with berries.
T: A flat rush into a soft mountain of berries with a bit of fizz. The fizz is very light, not harsh and complements said beer. Extremely smooth finish.
F: Light and airy like a soda.
O: An unimposing light beer that doesn't skimp on flavor.

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BerryKumquat from California, Dec 05, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2018/2019.

Beaming bright copper dark orange to red, absolute color stunner. Slow decant provides only fleeting hints of white bubbled head, as the faint collar nearly dissapears leaving this garnet like light gem in the glass. There is a faint middle column of carbonation in the center but it is really small, while there is some surrounding fine linear amounts all around the glass. Just gorgeous looking, I think I will spend more time looking at this then I am going to be drinking it, I litteraly can't take my eyes off of it.

Aroma is a dearth of big earthy funky notes. Light wine vinegar tones with a sense of thick fruited berry in the mix. Hints a little hot acidic qualities, taking away some hint of the fruited flavor. Very faint hint of jammy spreading flavors also.

Palate is real nice. Soft bodied and almost wine like, with lighter touches of acidity than the nose hints at. Berrried fruit in a light vinegar sweetness, with a quality of matching barely grain hiding underneath. Real good berry finish on the aftertaste, almost like a plum skin flavor coming in.

Real nice fruited lambic.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 17, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in a snifter. 2016/2017 bottle. BBG 14-12-2026. Brought this beer back from Belgium.

Pours a clear, light pinkish color with little head and medium carbonation. Smell is funky, tart, a little fruity.

Taste is super tart. Fruity, maybe berries.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, still. Overall, very nice beer. But it's quite tart.

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snaotheus from Washington, Sep 14, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy purple-ish color lambic with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of blackberry with some tart notes with oak and funky Brett notes that is very refreshing. Taste is also a mix of blackberry notes with some tart notes with some oak and some funky Brett notes with some acidity that is perceptible. Body is full with good carbonation. Right level of funk and fruit but maybe a tad too much acidity.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Jun 01, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle 2016-2017

Pours a hazy dark orange color with little to no head formation. Very few bubbles appear as the pouring stops.

Smell is funky, tart, barnyard, sour red grape, and light vinegar.

Taste is quite enjoyable and very refreshing. I drank the whole 750ml bottle by myself. Taste starts of sweet red grape and as you swirl it in your mouth it becomes vinegary, sour white grape, touch of hay. As it warmed up, the aroma became more intense and the sweetness lingered all the way to the end of the swirling.

Very thin mouthfeel with little to no carbonation, which was a bit of a disappointment. In my opinion it needed just a bit more carbonation to compliment the style.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer which hits the right spots in every aspect, except the carbonation. Will definitely age my other bottles and update this post in a few years time

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a narrow collar of white bubbles around the edge fo the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose along with hints of blackberries.
T: The taste follows the smell and is somewhat funky along with notes of blackberries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the contrast of this beer as it smelled like a gueuze but tasted like a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Jan 13, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

musty grape skin, white grape, oak, grass, hay, funk, spicy peppery note, barnyard - dare i say horse blanket lol?, seedy blackberries, raspberries, slightly leafy, lactic quality, bright acidity invoking lemon, orange and grapefruit peel, moderate herbaceous quality. there is a crisp and prickly slightly effervescent carbonation. this is a robust and complex beer with a gripping amount of tartness that in my opinion comes across very crisp and refreshing. as it warms there is a more pronounced berry flavor, still more so of blackberry sweet tarts or something as opposed to a sweet and lush ripe blackberry. hinting at blueberry and raspberry as well.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Dec 20, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark reddish-cooper without much of a head at all, this one's musty, sharp and skunky. The blackberry is faint and there's a little milky cheese in this crisp, dry lambic.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 09, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is more acidic and tart than others by tilquin, but yet again it is well made and delicious. Big blackberry leads the smell and taste, with supporting lemon, basement musk, raspberry, funky yeast, pepper, grape, red wine, and hay. Thought the cabonation really helped the smell where it slightly cut into the taste. Little thin for style. Very complex in the finish, really enjoyable, would be perfect for a late springtime picnic

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REVZEB from Illinois, Dec 08, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a Pinon Noir type appearance with no head
S - Smell is classic horse blanket and yeast
T - Is classic Lambic tartness with not much of the fruit in the after taste
M- Not enough carbonation here which detracts from the overall experience
O - Was disappointed with the carbonation in this beer which detracted away from the overall experience in the way that a Cantillon does not.

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eric5bellies from Australia, Nov 23, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle with expiration date of 2028, so things are looking good.

L: Clear red-plum color beer with no retention or lacing.

S: Sour berries and yeastiness, just like the doctor ordered.

T: Follows nose. Quite tart, but not overpowering sourness and funkiness is held in check as well.

F: Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Construction and balance are very good. Drinks well, nice and crisp.

O: Another nice offering from overseas.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Nov 04, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a 2015-2016 vintage that popped when the cork came out so it was carbonated. Small head but it was definitely better than the 2016-2017. Aroma was indicative of impending sourness, some lambic funk. Flavor was sour fruit, very tart, surprising. It was good but I was not expecting that much sourness from a Tilquin.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Oct 19, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my least favorite beers from Tilquin. Still a very good beer but was hoping for something a little bit more special. That being said has a nice mild funky wet undertown and the blackberries are not overpowering so a well balanced beer.

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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada), Oct 05, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle into Cantillon stemware.

Great color... good head retention too. Nose is funky wet wood, cobwebs, lemon and tart fruit. Beer opens cheese, foam, wet wood, juicy blackberry and lemon rind. Some cobweb, plastic and more tart blackberries in the middle with a zesty, puckering finish. A little less fruity and a little more tart than I want. Nice funk though. Body is light with moderate to low carbonation. Prickly and dry in the mouth and goes down sparkling, puckering and dry. Messy finish with a lingering, tart finish.

Solid overall but this is more tart than I like. The blackberry presence is a bit muted.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Oct 01, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Possibly the prettiest beer I’ve ever seen.

Very whine-y

Pleasantly tart with a sour finish and remarkably smooth beginning

Could use more blackberry but a very well done Belgian fruit lambic.

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BurtStL6 from Missouri, Sep 09, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12.7oz bottle (green) into glass. Label has best by date as '04/02/2028'.
Cloudy, dark crimson colored body. Quick fizzy head quickly disappears. No lacing.
Fruit and funk (leather and horse blanket) in the aroma.
Taste is led by the tart berry (difficult to identify as blackberries) and accompanied by acidic lemon and horse blanket, leather funk. Rather dry but vinous after taste.
Medium mouth feel, but low carbonation.
Beautiful colored body, and funk added aroma and taste. The berry addition is not enough sweet to counter the lemon sour. A beer that expresses no hops nor malts, but has an interesting taste. Such is the wide range of "beer".

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 into a Tilquin Gueuze tumbler. 2015/16 bottle extra’d to me from Merpunk1, thanks!

Pours a cloudy maroon-ruby color with a small off-white/purple head that reduces pretty quick to leave little lacing and retention.

Aromas of BlackBerry, musty oak, Belgian funk, tannic berries, earthy and funky.

Taste is full of musty oak, berry skins, dry red wine, blackberry juice, currants, funky Belgian yeast, finishing dry but juicy. Carbonation was a tad low, body was medium and very easy to drink.

I really enjoyed this - it really embodies the Belgian character and flavor profile and separates itself from other berry sours.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Jul 27, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite hazy purple, no head, quite still

Smell of red fruits, some funk

The taste is quite pleasant, very fruity, some sourness, a bit of sweetness balanced by the light bitterness. Nice complexity

Almost completely flat mouthfeel. Which isn't a good thing here

Overall a nice beer but lack of carbonation

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3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oh so much potential, but a flat pour and lemonade like bubbles over a rose colour body do not look the biz.
Muted aromas of plums (not blackberries!) and lambic goodness
Taste is also really middle of the road, fruits don’t dominate and it’s not zesty... - maybe I should have had fresher.
The real letdown is the lack of carbonation.
(Hideous amounts of residue on side of bottle - not seen that before in a lambic)

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heygeebee from Australia, Apr 07, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 with Lisa at Muted Horn in Berlin. Bartender warned that several bottles gushed - this one barely popped. Poured flat, nearly still, WTF? Great nose and flavors but desperately needs carb....

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grover37 from District of Columbia, Dec 23, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml, caged and corked bottle, a share from a while ago, thanks whoever you were, from notes.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium salmon-tinged amber colour, with one skinny finger of finely foamy, and sort of creamy pale pink head, which leaves zilch in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of musty and earthy old-school yeast, gritty and grainy pale malt, sour red wine cooking vinegar, that wet old wood that you trip over while hiking in the forest, generic white Italian cheese, and some sassy dark berry fruitiness. The taste is rather acerbically tart black stone fruit (so sue me), bready and doughy pale malt, funky middle European cheese, more estery vinegar, damp French barrel staves, and some understated earthy yeastiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its sassy Euro-trash frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and so-so smooth, as all that dark orchard tart fruitiness has a way of making a girl's demeanour dim, if you know what I mean. It finishes trending uber-dry, the tart black fruitiness really the lingering order of the day.

Overall - another rather sincere and subtly stellar offering from this (almost) off-brand producer of true-to-form lambics. Tasty, and not quite as sour as may have been implied here, but enough so that aficionados of the style will have very little to complain about - but they probably still will, amirite?

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Oct 18, 2017
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3.16/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The cork looked fine, but there was almost no carbonation.

Light funk and field berry aroma.

Nice tartness and level of berry flavour, but it's already a bit oxidized. That's a real let down.

Body seems a bit thin, and could use more carbonation.

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Derek from British Columbia (Canada), Aug 19, 2017
Oude Mûre Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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