Oude Pinot Noir Tilquin à L'ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #38
Ranked #1,535
4.37 | pDev: 5.26%
Gueuzerie Tilquin
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Notes: Also known as Oude Pinot Noir Tilquin à L'ancienne - Moeder Lambik 10 Anniversary Edition.
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2019/2020 brew season, poured into a flute

A- A clear reddish orange with a small off white head.

S- Sour, grapes, oak, leather, some barnyard funk, tannins.

T- Sour, grapes, some lemons, oak, tannins, mild barnyard funk, leather, slightly herbal.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty lambic, 8% ABV is well hidden as this drinks like a lambic that is around 5%.

Oct 31, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep red amber coloration with a small, fizzy head that soon fades to a wispy ring around the glass and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of light doughy malt and aromas of ripe, sweet red grapes and tannic oak, as well as hints of estery fruit and musty funk. Taste is an excellent balance of light doughy malt, a distinct character of ripe, sweet and sour red grapes, strong notes of old, musty oak, with some rather tannic highlights, lighter, fruity esters of tart green apple, pear, strawberry and gooseberry, as well as some leathery, blue cheese funk and a good underlying acidity, with just a hint of balsamic vinegar. Finishes quite dry with a medium tartness and some red grape, tannic oak and leathery funk lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent, sparkling mouthfeel with a medium body and strong carbonation.

An excellent Lambic that is very much dominated by a vibrant red grape presence and distinctly oaky and tannic notes, lending a certain red wine character to this, which is highlighted by its rather dry finish and accents of fruity esters, with the rich, leathery funk playing into this as well. While there is just a hint of sweetness to it, it's rather dry and acidic overall, with a certain tannic bitterness as well, making it feel just a little harsh in the finish, which doesn't take away from the rich complexity and harmonious balance of flavours though. While I think that I prefered Pinot Gris' softer and more refreshing flavour profile, this has more richness of flavour and bite to it, perhaps making it a bit more suited to be had in front of a nice fireplace in the evening, rather than outside on a warm summer day.

Sep 05, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1pt. 9.4 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Fenway Beer Shop, Boston, MA
2018 2019
Best before: 10/01/2029
Served in a gueuze tumbler

Gorgeous appearance. A billowing, four-finger tall mass of crackling, off-white foam topped the slightly hazed, crimson-amber liquid. The head quickly fizzled down to a small collar, which soon disappeared. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was really interesting and complex. Super yeasty and dry initially. As the head receded, wet hay and damp earth notes came through big time. Loads of mustiness too. Touch of funk. There was a strong oaky barrel presence as well. Some red wine notes were detectable initially, but they dissipated after a few minutes. With time, the woodsy, musty, funky notes intensified.

The flavor was very similar to the nose and nearly as impressive. Huge damp earth and woodsy qualities. Super leathery. Dry oaky barrel notes also came through strong. Lemony on the back end and in the finish. Moderately tart and acidic. Touch of earthy hop bitterness. More lingering, dry oak and tannins after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, greater-than-average effervescence that turned light and prickly on the palate.

Oude Pinot Noir Tilquin à L'ancienne is an outstanding gueuze that showcased a depth of character found in some of the best examples of the style. Even though the Pinot Noir notes were barely noticeable, this beer still really blew me away.

Jun 14, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: This one definitely had the color influenced by the grapes. Medium amber color with some red influence. It looks a lot like iced tea. Some thin, loosely packed, bone white bubbles form a finger of head that disappears immediately. Some visible carbonation. It seems clear than the Pinot Gris. Translucent, but a little cloudy.

Smell: Sweet, floral, powdery. Some spicy aromatics that come through to me as cinnamon/clove/allspice/baked apple.

Taste: Red grape sweetness up front that shifts mid palate to moderate level of lemon juice acidity. A little musty. Some of the peanut skin dry, earthy and bitterness.

Feel: This one has more lively carbonation than the Pinot Gris and I enjoy the feel of it much more. Prickly carbonation, thin and dry on the palate.

Overall: This lambic is very nice, but I actually prefer the Pinot Gris a little more because I find it more complex in aroma and flavor.

May 24, 2020
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janubio from Spain

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

75 cl. corked botle, bought at Belgian Beer an d Food, 2018. servec at home in a stem glass. Clear amber colour, small head that fades soon, leaving some lacing.
Aroma is funky, leather, grapes, vinegar, wood, some citrics.
Medium body, oily texture, normal carbonation. Tart finish.
Taste of vinegar, grapes, acid apples, wood, well, just like the aroma.
A great complex beer. In the end is just brwon due to the amount of lees, that yu can even hear fizzing when serving the last pour.

May 19, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color lambic with a medium size foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some tart notes and oak is enjoyable. Taste is also a mix of barnyard funky with some tart notes, some oak and light acidic notes. Pinot noir notes are not as dominant as I was expecting with light vinous notes are perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable as usual for Tilquin but Pinot Noir notes were not as perceptible as I was expecting.

Apr 09, 2020
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floyd_pugman from California

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 54F in a wide 3F tulip. There wasn't a lot of hype on this one so I didn't expect much, but wow. Nose is unsurprisingly red grape, oak, and funk. Palate follows, but the marriage is wonderful. Full of funk, oak, and red grape, with little acid bite. Keeps me drawing me back for the next sip; excellent.

Feb 25, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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

2018-2019 vintage - drank November 2nd, 2019. Quite funky - light grape must, wine tasting notes. Measured and very pleasant sourness. Nice body. Fantastic beer.

Feb 24, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle into 3F stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Great color. Nice foamy head that sticks around. Nose is grape juice, foam, and a sparkling champagne tartness. Pretty muted. Beer opens funky. Hints of hay, straw, foam and tart lemon. A grape skin tartness in the middle with a virgin oak presence on the finish. More sour grapes in the aftertaste with a vinous, dry finish. Solid. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down crisp, accented, refreshing and puckering. Lingering finish.

Solid but I wish this one had a more pronounced and not just tart fruit presence.

Dec 12, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazing that some bottles of this made it to idaho, huge thanks to my homie for picking one of these up for me as a little wedding present, not sure i was ever going to get the chance to drink this one. i love grapes in wild ales, saison, and lambics, and so i was extra stoked for this one for more than just the tilquin name and the rarity! it has a rose pink color, some uniform haziness, and a fizzy white head from the bottle, incredible funk, woodiness, and tart grape tannins in the nose, my mouth waters crazily, but i smell this a long while before i ever taste it. hints of blackberry and cranberry from the grapes too, but this doesnt seem over fruited to me, is lambic first, nice and mature and familiar as tilquin. oak and iodine in the taste, raw wheat evident, light vanilla from the wood, white and red wine notes alike, rose hip and cut flowers in the fruit profile. as much as this has an obvious grape complexion, im not sure i could call them out as pinot noir in here, the lambic is tart and funky and compelling enough to sort of assert itself in front of a lot of the grape nuance, but i see this as a positive. i could see this doing incredibly well in the bottle over time, definitely tastes a little newer than some other fruited ones from these guys i have had, but i also just think the grapes are more subtle and well integrated, its a gorgeous lambic, and the fruit highlight that so well. i really like the effervescence too, it sings on the palate and is almost refreshing oddly enough for the style, as lively as i have known any of these to be. expensive but worth it if you can find it, i feel like not much new lambic has come around in recent years, its always the same blends and brewers, so this was a treat for sure. this has me overly stoked for the white grape edition!

Nov 17, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The gueuzerie of Tilquin has acquired quite a name and a reputation in short order for creating masterful flavors of traditional sour Belgian ale, yet also to the delight of those seeking imagination, advancement and whimsy. The brewer-blenders of Tilquin do the later with the help of specific and coveted Pinot Noir grapes.

Rusty plum in color, the beer pours with a racy carbonation that calms quickly to a robust but muddled red wine appearance. The nearly champagne level of fizz builds a lumbering, loosely knit head much like their original Lambic. A gentle swirl of the glass releases pungent aromas of cork, funk, fauna and fruit. Light on lacing, the beer's acidity plays a big part on the beer's austere as well as scent.

Intense tartness strikes the tongue with the zesty fruits of limes, wild berries, granny smith apples, tart cherries, and lemons ahead of the more robust dark grapes. Acidic and moderately musty with a deep yeast spice of peppercorn, light acetone and medicinal quality, the beer dives quickly into a retro-olfactory sensation of saddle leather, sweaty, goaty and dry wood rot sensations as its aromatic properties play a role on the late palate.

Medium light in body, the beer's thin veil of pilsner malt and wheat malts support the strong and fully fermented fruit taste. Dried limes, lemon zest, dark berries, and currant play off of the rich leather and more oaken tobacco notes, along with a hay-like hop character. The vinous fruit flavors reach through an aftertaste of sod, oak, and general attic-like conditions. All of these deeply earthen attributes still weave in 'oude' tastes of vinous wine rot, briny sea water, swiss rind, iron, and off-vinegar. Its strong Pino Noir grape influence really steps up the character in the base Lambic but without overtaking its most prized assets in flavor, feel or aroma.

Sep 17, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark honey hue with a slight haze to the clarity and not head. Nose expresses some vinous notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of some earthy notes. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a nicely nuanced fruit lambic.

May 28, 2019
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours up a hazy, reddish amber, small, half finger head, fizzy, quickly fades.
S: Instant pinot grape and funk, some subtle sweetness, vinegar, some tannic woodiness.
T: Deep grape and apple, surprisingly bitter, tannic, and a bit sweet.
M: Dry, medium body.
O: A lot of people like this but I will stick with the gueuze, fruit lambic is not my cup of tea, I think fruit diminishes the complexity of lambic personally.

Dec 27, 2018
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've missed out on this beer every time I've been to Moeder, so scoring a bottle at my local shop was awesome. But. Woefully mediocre lambic.

Opaque pink color with zero head and quickly disappearing lacing. Small whisp of foam around the rim of the glass.

Jammy blackberry nose. Funk, grass, and grape skin. Acidic and midly sweet.

The taste is kind of bland. Both the fruit and the funk that you expect from a lambic are diluted and there's an astringent tartness.

Dead flat body.

I dunno. I love lambic and I love Tilquin but this is a miss, especially given the hype and rarity.

Dec 17, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fruit lambic that is red wine based and jammy, with sour grape, apple, cherry and blackberry. Good woodiness in the smell with the funk, with big fruit note after and grape must finishing. Taste is not as complex as one might expect, though enjoyable and highly drinkable. Little thin on the end, but with grape must and funk that is a good thing I found

Dec 08, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml - 2018 vintage - 8.2% abv

Intense aromas and flavors that are delicately balanced, barnyard horse blanket, woody cork, oak barrel, spice, fruity pinot noir red wine grapes, bready wheaty malts, with mild dusty earthy herbal grassy hops

Nov 11, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a light clear reddish color, with a very small and nearly immediately dissipating head, and no lacing.

This smells like jammy grape, red wine, prickly funk/lemon rind, pear, and cherry.

This is just wonderfully jammy, with almost a sweet cherry flavor, along with an old musty lemon funk that is just the bee's knees. It's slightly lactic, and a little bit sour, and super drinkable.

This is lighter bodied, with a definite lower level of carbonation. It's not completely still, but the carbonation level is very light. With a little bit more bubbles, this could pop even harder.

Even with the carb issues, this is one of the best Tilquin beers that I've ever had.

Oct 31, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and caged bottle, served at The Sovereign in DC in a tumbler glass. Pours a dark pink body, reddish hue with a one finger white head, short retention and a bit of lacing. The bubbles are big and don't last very long. Pretty much what was expected based on the carbonation talk with regards to Tilquin. Smell is lemon, lactic acid, fruity red wine grape, grape must, oak, wonderful barnyard funk, though ultimately on the mouthfeel, the carbonation is insufficient and the finish is a bit watery. Compared to the likes of St Lamvinus, this is still very good but does not reach that level of complexity. A lot of it is due to the lack of carbonation. That being said, this was a delicious grape-forward lambic that I would still recommend. Just imagining this to have sufficient carbonation is enough to get me excited.

Mar 24, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Reddish clear body. Smells of oak, dried grass, wine-like grape. Tastes a little bit of grape and wine, but mostly lambic influences. Oak, a little citrus, kinda bitter and woody in the back. Low carbonation. Excellent lambic without heavy-handed fruit influences.

Feb 01, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 10th anniversary bottle at Moeder Lambic, 30€. Color was a mild reddish-pink but it was nighttime in a bar so the lighting wasn't great. Aroma was delicate lambic and grapes. The flavor was fantastic, not really sour at all, mild grape flavor that was delicious but did not overwhelm the base lambic. I liked this better than the Cantillon Carignan and St. Lamvinus Gran Cru that I had on the same trip. Fantastic lambic.

Jun 11, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours entirely flat, has a dark orange-reddish color.

Smell is defined by old oak, sweet grapes which contrast beautifully the sublime tartness, lingering underneath, building the foundation in this, together with a wet cellar quality.

Has practically no carbonation but drinks very nice nontheless, due ro a velvet mouthfeel, paired with a well nuanced sour refreshment.

Tastes of a musty tartness, which compliments to lighter, sweet grapes, featuring a stone pit note, mingling into blue cheese. Turns even fruitier during mid palate, developing a bright lemon sourness, together with a tongue tingling dryness. Finishes wooden, dusty, moldy, yummy - with lots of ripe grapes mingle into lemon zest.

Very well nuanced grape lambic, flawless, with an intriguing depth, showcasing the pinot noir in a very compelling way.

May 07, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Moeder 10th Anniversary Edition (B1) 2015-2016

Raspberry hued copper color. Off white head.

A nice amount of funk here and not overly sour. The grapes show a lot but don't overpower the lambic. Lemon zest, citrus, oak, and fruit, Soft feel to it. Light bodied. Green apple skins in the finish.
17/18 bottle bb 04/01/2028
Light pop to the bottle. White head. Light ruby pink color.

Jammy grapes, but tart. A bit acidic. Lemon citrus, earthy, grape must, tannins. Tilquin house flavor in terms of tartness and acidity. 4.3. Will be curious to see how this ages.

Apr 11, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish / cognac with no head.
Aroma has red grapes, sour cherries, green apples, hay, lemon, tart.
Taste is red grapes, tart, sour cherries, lemon, tannins in the finish. Very drinkable.

Mar 29, 2017
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