Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #29
Ranked #1,069
4.45 | pDev: 4.72%
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Notes: Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Old Pinot Gris Tilquin is made from the fermentation of 280 gr of Pinot Gris grapes by liter of lambic. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with excellent clarity, vibrant carbonation, and no discernible head. The aroma is of light wheat, light malt, and Pinot Gris grapes. I’m tasting light wheat, Pinot Gris grapes, and light malt. The mouth is highly carbonated and very crisp and refreshing.

Jun 04, 2021
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aleigator from Germany

3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Pours an orange to golden color with a medium sized white head, which vanishes immediately after pouring.

Smells of muscat, white pepper and sweet honey, together with old banana peel and lime zest. This gets complimented by old basement, dry oak and lighter leather among white wine grape skins.

Has a lighter, well carbonated body with a slightly velvet, yet sparkly mouthfeel.

Tastes of a prominent dryness from the very beginning together with a honey accompanied white wine grape sweetness. Turns a tad more leaf forward then, with a natural appearing tartness, seemingly resulting from the ripe grapes. Finishes dusty, with a hint of earth and prominent, moldy oak among a late, surprisingly powerful grape fruitiness and matured hop dryness.

Intense, well balanced with a well put grape fruitiness, which shows off a great flavor complexity.

Jan 08, 2021
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a golden color Lambic with a large white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some slightly funky ester and some vinous notes with clear notes of oak. Taste is also a mix of tart notes with some slightly funky ester with some vinous notes and subtle acidic notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but Pinot Gris notes did not come out as much as I was expecting.

Dec 27, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, 2017-18 season, best by 21/12/2027. Thanks, BelgianChris!

A clear golden orange with a dense, white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose has the unique Tilquin fruit expression- super juicy and concentrated with real depth, jammy and bright with a mild skin tannin note. There's quite a bit of funk here, rich, earthy, mildly mineral like, with horseblanket, barnyard (which pairs especially well with the grape acidity) and a rich, vinous oak character that pairs nicely with the grape. Impressive.

The palate opens sour and bright, an earthy, hay like barnyard note, with lots of straw the pairs wonderfully with the grape character. Despite the relatively modest fruit level( when compared to the sometimes absurd numbers Drie Fonteinen churn out), this has a really rich and deep grape character, reminiscent of beerenauslese with a rich, deep fruity sweetness with some funk in there. A really rich jammy grape character is here, really well integrated into the oak, with its soft vanillin and supple yet firm tannins. Drying, sour and phenomenal on the finish with the perfect blend of grape and lambic, a blend of fruit and sourness with layers of funk, this is excellent stuff. I do wish this was a little less than 8.4%ABV, though.

Dec 14, 2020
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Jack_14 from Italy

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Auburn yellow color tending to light orange.
Evanescent foam.
Poured into the glass still hints of wine and a very slight hint of sulphate, but really just hinted.
In the mouth the balance of Tilquin Lambic predominates, which always proves to be of great class.
The acid is gentle and non-astringent and the "sour" of the white grape used is perceived.
On the tongue sensation of grape skin.
Perhaps due to the large quantity of grapes used, this should have been sharper but this is just one thing that comes to thin, I do not exclude that a greater incisiveness of the grapes could have undermined the perfect balance achieved by this product.
Overall: I think that this is a truly amazing beer

Oct 30, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, with a neck label of 2017-2018, and a best before date of 21st December 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly to a small lasting collar around the glass, while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Apple peel, yeast, doughy, green apple, white grape, vinous, oak, with some light funky notes.

Taste: Sour, tart, white grape, vinous, oak, straw, funky, apricot, with some light pear and citrusy grapefruit and lemon notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.

Overall: Excellent, super enjoyable. The aroma was perfect, followed by great flavours, complexity, lots of fruit, and vinous, balanced with oak and funk. Looks like I’ll need more for my cellar.

Oct 30, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden amber coloration with a small, fluffy, lasting head. Smells of doughy malt and vibrant white grape notes, with some fruity esters of apricot and gooseberry also coming through, as well as hints of blue cheese funk and oak. Taste is an excellent balance of doughy malt, a distinct, sour white grape presence, some fruity esters, with apricot standing out particularly, lighter pear and gooseberry, straw and some blue cheese funk and musty oak, with a good, underlying acidity. Finishes semi-dry, with a medium tartness and some white grape, apricot and funk lingering in the aftertaste. Velvety mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

An excellent lambic with a superb harmony of vibrant fruity, funky and woody notes that are all rather distinct, yet form a subtle balance of flavors with an impressive underlying complexity. This starts out a little sweet from the rich malt and fruity esters, but the sourness from the grapes and bacterial, citric acidity serve as the perfect counterpoint, while it mellows out in the semi-dry finish. The interplay of the white grapes and fruity esters is quite lovely as well, giving a vibrant, fresh vibe to this that is reminiscent of white wine along with the musty, woody oak presence, while the rich, leathery, cheesy funk makes this feel truly special. (Vintage 2018/19)

Aug 23, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1pt. 9.4 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Fenway Beer Shop, Boston, MA
2018 2019
Best before: 08/01/2029
Served in a gueuze tumbler

Crystal clear, medium amber appearance. The body was topped by an inch-tall, fluffy, bright white crown that fizzled down to a frothy cap. There was no lacing. Later, the head transformed into a thin, lasting collar. On the second pour, the liquid turned slightly hazy.

The aroma was very yeast driven initially. Super crisp, powdery and dry. As the head receded, the nose became more complex. Apple notes came through strong. Apple cider perhaps. There was a damp, earthy, woodsy quality too. Bit of oakiness as well. Moderately sour and funky. With time, the nose mellowed and the apple cider presence took over. Later, however, the musty, funky notes reappeared. More oaky barrel too.

The flavor profile was impressive and very similar to the aroma. Big lemony tartness from the get go. Loads of earthy woodsiness too. Fairly funky and acidic. Good dose of oaky barrel as well. More lemony tartness on the back end and the finish. The beer finished crisp and dry with some lingering earthy hop notes. Like the nose, both the funk and the acidity intensified as the beer warmed.

Nice fluffy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a finely beaded, somewhat prickly effervescence that was spot-on for the style. After a few sips, the acids in the beer became quite apparent.

Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'Ancienne is an enjoyable gueuze that drank much better on the second day than the first. My only major knock against this was that the Pinot Gris juice was nowhere to be found. For this reason, I definitely preferred the Pinot Noir variant.

Aug 22, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: This version looks darker to me than Tilquin Oude Gueuze. Like apple juice. Deep gold to pale amber. Some thin, loosely packed, bone white bubbles formed while pouring but eventually completely disappeared. Some visible carbonation. Very clear with just an ever so slight haze.

Smell: The smell of this beer is sweeter to me than Tilquin Oude Gueuze. The grapes definitely have an influence on the aroma. White grapes, golden raisins, peach, pear, dried apricot. Some floral, powdery, earthy and musty aromatics.

Taste: Some golden raisin and white grape sweetness on the tip of the tongue. That quickly shifts mid palate to medium level of lemon juice acidity and tart peach. Some peanut skin dry, earthy, bitterness.

Feel: Almost still. The cork barely popped when I opened the bottle. The body seems more full to me than the traditional Tilquin Oude Gueuze.

Overall: An excellent offering from Tilquin. The grapes significantly alter the aroma and flavor profile. I don’t love the relatively low level of carbonation for this style, but overall a great lambic.

May 23, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

spendy but i am so glad i picked this one up. popped it last night from quarantine, shared with my wife, who didnt love it the way i did, but lambic is for sharing so thats what i did. its got a little bit of an orange glow, obvious carbonation even though it doesnt hold its head very long, creamy and bone white when it is there though, i love great carbonation in lambic like this, so i am thankful for it here. aroma is mouthwatering and mature, funky and tart, lemony and orangey, bright and full of minerals, aged hops, and other herbal character, hay and straw and dried flowers to me, the tart grape skins but less outright wine than i thought it might have, slightly musty too, bretty, old, wooden, awesome. the flavor is all of this, again somewhat light on the fruit to me for how much is in here, or, rather, its so well integrated as to not even really obviously be fruited. i thought the pinot noir one was too, but this is even more so. like the fruit is there but i kind of have to look for it. tons of wood, a little sweetness from the grain through it, a honey note, kiwi and golden raisin fruitiness, massively funky, light iodine, wet earth, moderate acidity. this warms up beautifully, is super complex, and is expressive and alive in feel the whole time. incredibly good, unique, and darn near the top of the heap as far as i am concerned. what a joy to drink!

Mar 28, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sparkling yet foggy burnt gold with an airy foam head that dies to a mostly clear surface with a thin fine chain around the edges.

This has a nice clean funk to pair with a pleasant, perfectly acidic sourness. Toasted sesame seed cracker notes are lifted by a nice froth that also brings a really fitting white wine grape burst that adds a perfect balance before finishing semi-dry.


Mar 16, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Slightly hazy orange. Smells of bright citrus, strong dried grass, wine, zany grape complexity. Taste is slightly less complex. Bright citrus grape and dried grass. Oak. Zippy tartness. Oaky finish. Low carbonation. This is delicious.

Dec 16, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Foamy head. Nice color. Nose is lemon zest, hay, wet wood and grape skin. This is funky but it needs time too. Beer opens champagne yeast, white grape skin and lemon tartness. Zesty in the middle with a touch of onion, some hay and almost a slight peatiness. Floral towards the end with a clean, bone dry puckering finish. White grape tartness is there with a vinous presence but its almost too tart for the fruit in it. Body is light with ample carbonation. Sparkling and prickly on the palate and goes down bone dry. The finish is excellent.

A solid beer as is but I'd really like to see how this one develops.

Dec 10, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like intensely funky white grape, with some grape jam, wine, oak, lemon, and cheese.

I think I like the Pinot Noir variant a little bit more here, but this is still super tremendous. There's a ton of grape, funky, slightly acidic, and quite jammy, with a dry oakiness and white wine character, and some funky, lemony, and even slightly cheesy flavors on the back end. This is highly enjoyable.

This is light bodied, dry, and well-carbonated, with a pretty refreshing feel on the back end. It's quite drinkable.

Nov 11, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 now do the later with the help of specific and coveted Pinot Gris grapes.

Hazy goldenrod in color, the beer pours with a racy champagne turbulence that calms quickly to a racy but milky white wine appearance. The nearly sparkling wine level of effervescence releases a loosely knit head much like that of their original Lambic. A gentle swirl of the glass releases pungent aromas of aged cork, floral, funk and fauna. Nearly void of lacing, the beer's acids plays a big part on the beer's austere as well as its tangy and flowery scent.

Intense tartness strikes the tongue with the zesty fruits of lemon, green berries, crabapples, white grapefruit, and weathered limes ahead of the a rustic and faint grain structure. Acidic and moderately musty with a deep yeast spice of peppercorn, light acetone and a peppery medicinal quality, the beer dives into a retro-olfactory sensation of saddle leather, sweaty, goaty and dry wood rot sensations as its aromatic properties play a role on the palate late

Medium light in body, the beer's thin veil of pilsner malt and wheat support the strong and fully fermented white grape taste. Those citrus dried fruit peel flavors play off of the rich leather and more dry wood notes, along with a hay-like hop bitterness. The vinous fruit flavors reach through a brisk aftertaste of sod, oak, and general attic-like conditions. All of these earthen attributes weave in an 'oude' tastes of white wine rot, briny sea water, swiss rind and off-vinegar. Its strong Pino Gris grape influence really steps up the character in the base Lambic but without overtaking its most prized assets in flavor, feel or aroma.

Sep 18, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was pleased to come across a bottle of this in my travels. Somewhat cloudy orange body with higher carbonation and some surface bubbles. Smell is pinot gris heavy, both in vinous and grape must, with barrel funk, oak, citrus, grass and a finishing touch of vinegar. Taste has more balance, incorporating the pinot gris elements into the rest of the beer well, with some additional barnyard funk, lime, dry bright wood, leather, and a kiss of souring, but honest more funky overall. Feel is heavily affected by the pinot gris, with vinous and dry grape must carrying most of the body to the funky and grassy finish, very light and bright. Just very well done in every aspect

Jul 05, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly funky, a bit tart sour, but nice grapes. It's quite light - has a similar body to (obviously) a pinot gris wine, but the ABV seems far lesser. It's an easy drink, soft and clean. Very pleasant.

Jun 10, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent honey-colored hue. No head, just a tight band around the edges. Nose expresses wine grapes and acetic acidic. Taste follows nose. Mouthfeel is light in body with an almost still carbonation. Acidic, but not overly so. Overall, quite delightful.

May 28, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at March Madness 2019, and out of about 100 different beers we had, this was top 3 for me.

Pours a golden/light orange pour, good clarity, 1/2" white head, she looks pretty here. Aroma was very adept at conveying the white grape note, so dry, here, smelled like catalina day drinking right away. Musty yet fresh.

The pinot grape didn't just affect the nose, it comes out right away in the taste, right away had me thinking how New Glarus does a similar thing with their berliner. Same kind of vibe, just through a lambic instead. Mega dry mouth feel. The sourness was there but was not so puckering as to where it overshadowed the nuance of what the grapes brought to this lambic. Nothing "sweet" going on, this is dry and sour. Its super easy to drink. Better than Vignerrone. Little notes of hay still abound. Light french oak barrel well placed. Shocked that the alcohol was ramped up on this one, I definitely was not able to taste it.

File this one under: damn this beer is expensive, and the fact that I love it is going to hurt my wallet looking forward, because I wouldn't hesitate to spend $32 on another bottle if given the chance.

Apr 15, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18/19 batch 1 consumed 12/18
Golden sunset color. White head.

White grape must. Tangerine and melon. Lemon citrus. A touch of acidity. Oaky, dry, white wine like. Tannins. Aroma has a little bit of funk and sulfur to it.

Easy drinking, very flavorful. Probably my favorite fruited Tilquin.

Feb 16, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/21/2027. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy red grape/must, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, wet wood, musty funk, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Amazing aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, grapes, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy red grape/must, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, wet wood, musty funk, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour red grape/must, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, wet wood, musty funk, wheat, cracker, bread, light peppercorn/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, grapes, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, and fairly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.4%. Overall this is an amazing fruited lambic! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, grapes, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, and fairly crisp/clean to drink; with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Amazing balance of classic barnyard Brett/Bacteria complexity, and Pinot Gris grapes; with great wine barrel presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier style example. Best lambic I've had from them so far.

Jan 20, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Hazy orange color. Fruity aroma, funkiness in the flavor along with more fruit. I couldn't pick out the grape varietal if I wanted to (despite the label) but this was a really nice lambic. Need more.

update: drank one at the source, upper echelon.

Dec 02, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and caged bottle, 2017-2018 vintage. Tilquin tumbler glass. Slightly cloudy golden body, one finger frothy white head, fair retention, not much lacing. Smell is big white wine grape juice, leathery funk, lemon, a bit of pepper, wet oak, more grape must. It has that funky wet hay character that I've come to associate with Tilquin's lambic, and that all follows through on the palate. Sweet white grape fruit, mild-moderate lemony acetic acid, wet hay, a bit of leather, oak, grape must. Complex all the way through and absolutely delicious; while it absolutely stands on its own, if you're going to compare it to Cantillon Vigneronne, I find this to be a bit sweeter and less tart. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly slick with white vinous character on the finish.

Nov 19, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy saturated orange, thin foam and minimal spotty lacing.

Bretty horseblanket aroma, wet hay mingles with crisp acidic citrus and stonefruit.

Tart and citric, fruit forward, the pinot gris grapes are seamlessly integrated and expressive with a moderate intensity. Dry oaky finish, supple juicy feel, medium bodied, light carb.

Overall this was pretty exceptional, delicate and nuanced with unique fruit character.

Oct 20, 2018
Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 72 ratings