Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'Ancienne
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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #36
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,463
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 4.72%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
56
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  5
Gots
  10
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93
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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.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TheGent
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.

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TheGent from New Jersey, May 23, 2020
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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!

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

Stellar.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Mar 16, 2020
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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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Dec 10, 2019
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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.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Nov 11, 2019
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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.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Sep 18, 2019
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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

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REVZEB from Illinois, Jul 05, 2019
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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.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Jun 10, 2019
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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.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, May 28, 2019
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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.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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mothman from Minnesota, Feb 16, 2019
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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.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 20, 2019
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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.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Dec 02, 2018
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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.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Nov 19, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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.
Dry oaky finish, supple juicy feel, medium bodied, light carb.

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

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emerge077 from Illinois, Oct 20, 2018
Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 56 ratings