Oude Mûre Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #23
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,167
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 6.51%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
287
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Gueuzerie Tilquin
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  56
SCORE
95
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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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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 19-20 season.

The nose has a lot of the classic Tilquin funk, earthy and mushroomy with preserved lemon with mild blackberry notes. Moderate oak. The palate opens tart and sour with a blend of preserved lemon, key limes, mushroom, earth. Blackberries are present, floral, fruity, mildly tannic with vanilla and oak. Minimal seed character. Medium light in body, great fruity finish.

Nov 14, 2021
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at ~40 degrees F and allowed to warm during consumption.

L: Pours an opaque ruddy plum-flesh pinkish red, and forms virtually no head which lasts virtually no time.

S: Sharp tartness, wound through with underripe berry, mildew, used sock, and red wine.

T: This opens as a tongue-puckeringly tart unripe berry, and swiftly manifests additional fruits in the form of plum, nectarine, and an almost grenache grape vinous quality. A soft metallic tone underlays the entire sip, and a haze of mildew and cheese mold lurks in the backdrop beside some almost oaky tannins. The finish lingers as tart berry, mildew, and vinousness.

F: Light to medium, and fairly still.

O: This is a delight, as Tilquin generally produces.

Oct 10, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

18/19 vintage, best by 1/17/29

Here we have yet another trade extra from the generous fo1ksguitar! This one I'm quite excited to try. Authentic Lambics are always a pleasure, and I'm not sure I've ever had one conditioned on blackberries. Other sours sure, but not a Lambic, and I'm wondering how the complexity will work with the fruit. Let's find out

Pours a cloudy brownish maroon with just a finger of off white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

It's definitely intensely funky in the nose, but the blackberry really adds a nice round jammy character, even for a bottle with nearly 3 years on it. I'm picking up on aromas of wet hay, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, juicy blackberry, old leather, sharp oak, straw, and white pepper

The fruit is actually even more intense in taste, quite the opposite of what I expect in beer but it's more than welcome. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting tart blackberry, lemon rind, leather, white wine vinegar, green apple, and smooth oak. The swallow brings notes of wet hay, super sharp oak, jammy blackberry, white pepper, lemon rind, and light bluberry

A medium body pairs with moderate tingling carbonation, resulting in a super tart and dry beer. Finishes crisp and refreshing

Oh man, this is one hell of a lambic. The fruit adds much more than I expected and I'm all about it. Great stuff, really a pleasure to drink

Oct 09, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rose-colored pour with a fleeting here and gone head. The blackberries come up full bore, somewhat sour, but not overly so. A bit of vinegary funk comes in later, which is the only reason I didn't rate this excellent lambic more highly. If you embrace the funk, you've got a lambic to love.

Jul 19, 2021
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bobv from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml. bottle.
Best before: 19/02/2030.

Vigorous pour yields a fleeting one inch off white head over a pinkish rose colored body with minimal lacing. Nose of blackberries, slight funk, and even slighter citrus. Taste is full on blackberries with a medium sourness from middle to end. Fantastic experience! Highly recommend to all you classic sour beer drinkers out there.
Cheers to Pierre Tilquin, Master Blender!

May 10, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip
Best before 18/2/2030

A- pours a clear amber color with a vibrant ruby hue, one-finger foamy white head reduces to a ring

S- smells of juicy tart blackberries, lemon peel, wet wood, forrest floor, red wine vinegar, musty basemen and barnyard funk and goat cheese

T- juicy tart-yet-sweet black berries up front are followed by tart notes of lemon peel, red wine, ripe apples and white grape. The finish gives earthy wood, cracked pepper, dried hay and some musty funk. Lingers of blackberry, lemon and light funk

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubbly effervescent mouthfeel that continues into a light creamy finish

O- the blackberries cut through some of the tartness of he base beer, making for a great balance and a solid sipper

May 02, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2019/2020 vintage. Pours from the bottle a clear reddish orange, brief foam, big visible carbonation. Nose is strong funk that carries tart berries; musk, peat, charred wood, and menthol; almost has a scotch-like, savory quality. The berries, however, are far more pronounced flavor-wise than on the nose. Still, they impart only a slight sweetness, as the sour tart base is most dominant. There's an earthy, musky, woodsy undercurrent as well that's suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is slick and full, with the carbonation dissipating quickly (about 20 minutes) into the drink. A very complex, even inscrutable beer.

Mar 07, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale purple coloration with a small, fluffy head that fades away quickly. Smells of light doughy malt, with some tart blackberries, funk and hints of tannic oak coming through. Taste is a great balance of light doughy malt, a good, rather tart blackberry presence, some lighter fruity esters of cherry and apple, as well as some blue cheese funk and hints of musty oak. Finishes quite dry, with a medium/strong tartness and some blackberry, cherry and funky, oaky accents lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth, effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This makes for a very nice Lambic and I think it's quite interesting that they chose blackberries for their regular range here, instead of the more popular raspberries. It seems to give a bit more a dry and earthy character to this, with very little sweetness coming through, which also goes well with the musty funk and oak notes here. There's quite a nice balance of fruitiness and lighter acidity and funk to this, with that dryness really being quite distinct and the musty, slightly tannic oak accents rounding things out nicely. Definitely my favorite of their regular range, with a beautiful coloration and intoxicating aroma as well, although it kind of develops a somewhat excessive, lemoney acidity as it warms, similarily to their Oude Quetsche, which doesn't seem quite as bad though.

Jan 16, 2021
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours somewhere between ruby and amber, fine white head lingers. Tons of funk on the nose, very bitter and bretty. Taste is much different- an initial wave of funk and moderate tartness leads way to soft red fruit, maybe plum. Also getting grape, cranberry, trace of bubblegum. Very lively mouthfeel with sour, followed by dry finish.

Jan 01, 2021
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stcules from Italy

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish to purple, pink foam, quite evanescent.
Fruity smell, blackberry over all.
In the mouth a sharp acidity, a lot of berry fruit, and an intense freshness. Citric notes.
Sour, but smooth.
Good!

Dec 15, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle dated 2015, best by 08/01/2025.
Crystal clear, reddish, copper colored body floating a 1in head of mixed white bubbles, falling to a ring and leaving erratic, webbed lacing.

Funky tannic odor wafts from the chalice with berry, green apple, and stone fruits. Such a joyous aroma.

Flavor of fresh and fermented, tart berries along with apricot, green apple, and wet wood.

Mouthfeel is light and drying.

Overall a pleasure to drink and pairs well with smoked meats and cheese.

Oct 31, 2020
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adrock314 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016/2017 Season

Very pretty deep pink/orange hue. The color is striking. A small head forms with a semi-rigorous pour and disappears after 5-10 minutes.

Aroma is almost all tart berries. Blackberry, red raspberry, and sour cherry. Maybe some green apple and white grape in there as well.

Taste is similar to aroma in many aspects. Berries and sour apple up front. Gives way to vinous flavors: one sip is dry rosé, the next screams vinho verde. More tart than sour, the acidity is well in check. Suggestions of funk appear here and there, but they are mostly fleeting. The finish brings a sweet berry wave that is quickly overcome with some tannic bitterness. The aftertaste doesn't linger and calls for another sip.

Mouthfeel is nice. Relatively low carbonation, but it feels fitting.

Overall it's a really nice bottle. I had one of these when it was fresher and it was nearly flat. The extra time in the bottle certainly helped as it's demonstrating a reasonable amount of carb currently. Tilquin is pretty solid across the board and the Oude Mûre is no exception.

Oct 30, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip on 10/30/20 with 02/19/2030 BB date.

Where has this been all of my life?
Tart blackberries with a barnyard funkiness that builds in the background without detracting from the fruit.
Pours a deep, murky lavender/pink, what little head there is quickly dissolves. Almost no carbonation, very small "poof" from the cork and pretty much flat in the glass.
Unripe apples, lemon, straw, hay, grass, a little cider vinegar
Imagine eating a handful of ripe & almost ripe blackberries from canes growing inside a horse barn.
This is truly an outstanding unsweetened fruit lambic

Oct 30, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a classic rock band, Deep Purple. Well actually it kind leans pink when held up to the light, but I wanted to make a Dad joke.

Aroma is more of a super sour woodiness than it is blackberry. Does smell of berries though, but underneath, definite noticeable difference from the gueuze.

Taste has more of a citrus acidic aspect going for it, lemon and blackberry, this is really sour. It also has a really dry mouth feel to it, not as dry as the plum one, (prolly bc of the blackberries sweetness comparatively), but still impressive how you can have a sweet berry and the mouth feel is pretty dry. Sourness is around an 8 on the 10pt scale. Acidity is probably a 5. Doesn't produce much in the way of funky aspects, its pretty clean and dry, wood tannin presence. Carbonation was fine on mine. This is a review of the 2015-16 bottle (375ml).

Another winner from Tilquin. Haven't been any losers yet. About the only negative thing there is to say is the cost. They're pricey, usually around $20/375ml, oof.

Jun 22, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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.

May 04, 2020
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 05, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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.

Feb 24, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

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.

Dec 05, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Nov 17, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2019-09-13
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.

Sep 14, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Jun 01, 2019
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BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

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

May 21, 2019
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metter98 from New York

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

Jan 13, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 20, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Dec 09, 2018
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