Oude Cassis Tilquin à l'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #56
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,581
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 5.42%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
45
From:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
 
Belgium
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  5
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: The Cassis Tilquin à l’ancienne (6.3% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer obtained from the fermentation of frozen blackcurrants in young lambics, blended with 1, 2 and 3 years lambic to reach a final concentration of fruits of 200 gr fruit per liter. This is a different version from the Experimental Draft Versions #1 and #2, as no Meerts lambic was used to lower the ABV of the blend. Served for the first time as a premiere at BxlBeerFest 2019 and sold at the blendery from 6th-7th of September.
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018-2019 vintage consumed in 2021. Murky red pour with a quickly disappearing off-white head. The nose is rich with fruit. Blend of sourish currants and an earthy funk. The tartness walks right up to the too sour line and refuses to cross it. A classic!

Aug 08, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 2018-19 season.

A clear deep red with a dense off-white head that falls off rapidly leaving no lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of mushroom, lemon, and a rich, savory black currant note, with notes of blackberry and cranberry. The meaty, savory black currant flavor is noticeable here. A faint solvent character is present. Lovely nose. The palate earth a rich, meaty, savory black currant character, a blend of blackberry, cranberry and licorice, richly expressed. This is followed by preserved lemon, a mild mushroom and earth funk. Drying, tart, mildly funky and fruity on the finish, with lingering skin tannins, this is great stuff. A touch overcarbonated on the palate, but that dies down quickly.

Jul 04, 2021
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid fruit lambic, a touch sour for my liking. The currants are very prominent and it is quite reminiscent of Russian River Consecration. Solid lambic but not one I want to collect.

Apr 11, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep purple coloration with a medium, fluffy head that fades quickly. Smells of doughy malt and strong aromas of blackcurrant and leathery funk, as well as lighter fruity and spicy yeast esters and just a hint oak. Taste is an excellent balance of light, doughy wheat malt, quite a vibrant blackcurrant presence, strong leathery and earthy funk, some fruity and spicy esters of red apple, gooseberry, clove and black pepper, as well as some quite tannic oak and just a hint of balsamic vinegar, with a good underlying acidity. Finishes rather dry, with a medium acidity and some blackcurrant, spicy esters and leathery funk lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

An excellent Lambic with a fantastic balance of equally strong and vibrant fruit and funk notes, as well as as distinct, quite tannic, oak and lighter fruity and rather spicy esters, finishing with a great acidity. The dark and bitter character of the blackcurrant just works very well with the leathery funk and tannic oak here, lending a certain vinous, quite earthy quality to this that is further enhanced by some estery spice and just a hint of vinegar. Overall this makes for a superb, quite complex and full-flavored Lambic with a rather dry and vinous character and a sublime balance of fruit, funk, acidity and spice.

Jan 09, 2021
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emerge077 from Illinois

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

Crimson in the glass, bright clarity with ample carbonation, and a finger of foam that hangs around for a few minutes. Looks more like a red pet-nat if you hadn't seen the bottle.

Aromas of tannic dark fruit, black currant's earthy notes of bell pepper, vinous and slightly vegetal. Musty wet wood.

Dark berries, black cherry skins, a lot of drying tannin and a moderate sourness. Earthy vegetal notes add to the complexity, a deep vinous character and dry oaky finish that are reminiscent of a natural red wine. Medium bodied and fruit forward, well carbed and easily sipped. The unique signature of black currants come through nicely.

Overall, this is a highly unique beer and it really showcases the black currants well. I'd recommend it to wine lovers especially.

Fruit Lambic #162

Dec 31, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, with a neck label of 2018-2019, and a best before date of 25th March 2029. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy reddish orange brown colour with a slightly more than one finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a very thin but replenishing cap, while leaving some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Wonderful blackcurrant, with light notes of funk and oak.

Taste: Tart, lightly sour, blackcurrant, oak, with notes of funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It may not be as complex as other great lambics, but I really love blackcurrant flavours and this has it in spades. Super enjoyable and easy to drink. I could just keep drinking this over and over again.

Nov 06, 2020
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officerbill from New York

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

2018/19 bottling with a 03/25/29 BB date, poured on 11/01/20. Easy pour into my Allagash chalice to avoid sediment.
L: Deep lavender/lilac/purple with a thin pinkish head that quickly dissolved into a ring. Slight darkening and a murkiness after pouring in the sediments.
S: Can't give a smell because my nose is stuffed up from moving boxes in the basement
T: Black currant, tart blackberries, hay, grass, cider vinegar, lime zest, damp leaves, and wet leather
F: Almost no carbonation, but there is a slight peppery tingle over the tongue with a mild oaky tannin dryness at the end
O: Very, very good. Well balanced with the currants playing the leading role without overshadowing the supporting flavors. The mild, but noticeable, citrusy tartness keeps this from becoming cloying and the dry funky feel gives a little bit of a pucker that makes you come back for that next swallow.

Nov 01, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2018/2019 on the label, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a bright burgundy red color, amber and brown hues, cloudy with a thin finger of off-white head that doesn't offer much retention and some spotted lacing. The aroma is nice, ripe currant, stone fruits, light funk, red wine, soft oak, crusty bread, candied hops and lingering lemon peel. The flavors are great, really well developed funk, nice red wine barrel that brings out the currant, some berry and cherry as well with a nice citrus quality that is pleasantly tart and finishes with some graininess. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively and crisp medium body, assertive but not unpleasantly tart at the finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A very nice fruited lambic from Tilquin. The currants really shine and bring forward excellent wine qualities and the funkiness of the beer really delivers.

Jun 04, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep fuschia with a miss of pink foam; honeysuckle, cherry stones, wet limestone, lime zest, and horse blanket on the nose; very gentle white green apple tartness up front, then chalk, earth + wet hay, followed by a hit of berry juice that hints at black raspberry, a funky rotting wood comeback, then tart, tannic, rich currant skin + a touch of pepper to end; dry + fizzy.

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Already mature + rounded - no big barnyard notes. Also very much Brett over lacto; this is not all that sour. Cassis manages to be sweet, tart + earthy all at once; this is one of the only fruits that can do that + so is a perfect fit here. Rounded, complex, deep - it’s so easy to drink you must remind yourself to pause + notice how good it is. Body is a bit heavier + less carbed than expected, which only serves to enhance. Not cheap, but a pleasure to drink.

May 03, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Great color. Nose is fresh fruit. Black currant and lime. Fresh mint. Refreshing and crisp. Lightly tart. Jammy. Almost minty. Beer opens mint. Seedy tartness. Some lemon zest freshness with a nice hay and wet wood funk in the middle. More mint and lightly pithy towards the end. This one's interesting. The currant flavor comes through cleanly but its a pretty unique fruit profile. Tart and juicy on the finish. Body is light with ample carbonation. Sparkling on the palate and goes down dry, puckering with a messy, lingering finish. Surprisingly light and drinkable.

A really unique lambic that really showcases this fruit profile.

May 02, 2020
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eric5bellies from Australia

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

A - Pours a clear red colour with large bubbled head that dies quick
S - Usual Funky
T - Very sour with faint Blackcurrant notes
M - Light body and fullish carbonation
O - If you expect Blackcurrant then you will be disappointed. Plenty of classic Belgian sour though.

Apr 18, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Reddish body. Smells of currants, dried grass, barnyard funk. Tastes of currants with accompanying tartness, citrus acidity, oak, dried grass. Earthy yeast and currants in the back end. It's very earthy. Medium body. Pretty good.

Mar 25, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a rare bottle i treated myself to with my bonus that finally came though, seems celebratory and all, delicious as suspected! its pinkish red in color, not all the way clear but with a pretty ruby glow nevertheless, lots of bubbles in the glass too, short lived fizzy head that burns out kind of quick. the aroma is awesome, classic lambic first, oak and aged hops and light green bottle oxidation, bretty funk, very complex, very old, very appealing. the currants add a medicinal tang that makes my mouth water when i smell it, and there is a slight sweetness there from the fruit too, the currants seem more robust than the other fruits in the other recent editions, but i did not compare dosing or anything. the flavor is awesome, great beer underneath the fruit of course, funky as can be and a little more sour with the piquant currants in the mix, subtle raspberry to me too, lots of oak and fruit tannins, subtle raw wheat and proofing dough, wet old wood, musty basement and even mushroom thing, very funky. the fruit is identifiable as currant which is cool, pretty dry overall, and present the whole time. great complexity to this, enough carbonation, very little residual sugar, and very much still high end lambic at its core. i was really impressed with this, maybe not to blueberry levels, but this is well worth the spend, awesome to have some new beers from these guys in the market, all have been absurdly good and worthy of any celebration or occasion!

Mar 13, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on January 29th, 2020. Tremendously tart, a bit sour, medium funk - more to the nose than taste. Quite good. I'd love to see how this would work with red currants - the color would be quite beautiful, I think.

Feb 24, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep blueish/purple color lambic with a large foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light funky notes with huge notes of cassis is quite enticing. Taste is also a great mix of fresh cassis notes with light tart notes, some oak with funky notes also perceptible and a dry finish. Body is pretty full for style with good carbonation. Superb fruit lambic with strong cassis presence.

Feb 01, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purple/Rose cloudy color; quick white cap; spots of lace; thin ring. Tart berries, lite funk nose. Tart currants, green apples, blackberries, apple cider with a smidge of sugar in the base; some peppery spice as liquid warms; berries and currants on back end. Medium lite to lite body, mildly acidic feel/bite; medium minus carbonation; a tad watery. Overall a lovely fruit forward sour, with plenty of pungent berries flavors complimenting the yeast notes; and so soft and approachable with minimal acidic bite; Nice!

Jan 07, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, burgundy red with very little foam.

Smell is tart with a touch of funk and notes of black currants, lime and a hint of vinegar.

Taste is sour, almost mouth puckering with some coarseness from the currants. Notes of black currants, lime, vinegar and a hint of grass and funk. Nice acidity, really gets the saliva going, but never overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly coarse and well carbonated.

Overall, a great fruited sour by Tilquin. No surprise there!

Dec 17, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With copious amounts of blackcurrant at hand, the Gueuzerie Tilquin gives their blended, 3-year lambic a robust but tangy berry fruitiness, vinous body and a tangy balance to complement the natural sourness that makes their classic Tilquin à l'Ancienne both mouth watering and refreshing.

The fruit forward Oude Cassis graces the nose with those promises of robust dark berries, red wine, cider, citrus and a peppery spice that points toward cellar-like fauna. Underneath all that fruit and funk rests a foggy mauve and slight purple stained shades. Full and juicy with the robust fruitiness of dark berries, a firm malty taste of pulled candy, vine-ripened fruit and a wafer-like crispness greets the tongue with tart and fruit-forward sweetness.

And then the beer unfolds on the middle palate with a piquant tangof sourness begins to tease the tastebud. Andy malt sweetness starts to dissolve and the tartness of dark berries aligns with the natural acidity of dry French cider, robust red wine, citrus, and crabapple. Sharply irresistible, its the blackcurrant that broadens the tongue with a cornicopia of blueberry, cranberry, black cherry, red grape and boysenberry as hallmarks in flavor to blend with the fruit and naturally souring of fermentation.

Like many of their other fruit-forward Lambic, Oude Cassis finishes off-dry, spicy and medium-light in body; the linger of berries gives the ale a mild mannered weight, creaminess and balance that's bold even in the later portions of taste. Taking an edge off of the peppery sourness, the succulence of berry lead into a peppery bite that's light in pectin, pepper and vinous heat.

Dec 04, 2019
Oude Cassis Tilquin à l'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 45 ratings