Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #9
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
96
Ranked #529
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.03%
Reviews:
397
Ratings:
2,143
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Gueuzerie Tilquin
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
96
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Notes: Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne (6.0% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer, produced from the blending of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambics. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and refermented in the bottle for at least 6 months. The lambics used were fermented and oak aged in our installations. These lambics are coming from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon breweries.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample from 375 ml corked green bottle, at Cardinal’s stand at Øl- og Akevittmessen in Stavanger. Hazy golden colour, fizzy white head. Complex and funky aroma and flavour, fairly acidic, notes of farmhouse and lemons. Proved quite popular at the festival.

Jun 08, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft, poured a cloudy reddish-orange with 0.5" frothy head, no lacing. Nose is lactic forward but with very deep undertones of leather, dried wood, hay, grass, and sweeter, mulchier vibes. Taste leads with lactic tartness but the underlying oakiness really rounds out the flavor nicely and gives the beer great shape. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, very refreshing.

Jun 08, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 / 2020 vintage; drank 5/27/21 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded a minimal white head; minimal lace.

Orange citrus, tart lemon, dry clove & soft wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart lemon & grapefruit flavors up front; soft wheat & sea salt notes on the finish.

Elegant but with an edge; a fine argument for the blender's art.

May 28, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018-2019 vintage, best by 11/27/2028

It's been a while since I've had a Gueuze, and I wish they were more readily available. It's a very unique style that I love to explore, albeit with limited experience. Let's see what this one is all about

Pours a hazy orange gold with less than a finger of white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves no lacing

Wow, this has a complex aroma even by the standards of the style, really one that just draws you in with the scent. I'm picking up on aromas of funky leather, lemon peel, smoky tobacco, white wine vinegar, sharp oak, bready malt, and a touch of grass

What this loses in complexity taste wise, it is more than made up for by the intense tartness. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting white pepper, white wine, sharp oak, and a touch of leather. The swallow brings notes of lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, green apple skin, funky oak, and a firm bready malt

A light medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a zippy and lively beer. Finishes mostly dry with a malt backbone that carries on into the aftertaste to support the tartness

This is really good stuff! It would be elevated considerably if the complexity found in the aroma was matched in taste, but maybe a few more years on it would help with that

Apr 24, 2021
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015-2016 vintage tasted 3-24-21

LOOK - dull brass, excellent clarity just shy of brilliant, low film of white head with fine lace fed buy lively carbonation.

AROMA - sour, musty, wet hay, huge cantaloupe, clover, baby's breath, mint, grass, a hint of new leather. Pretty classic but not super enticing

FLAVOR - massive lemon rind/pith, cantaloupe, more clover/ floral dimensions, rhubarb, a little bitterness in the finish, some lime, nice bready/grainy malt character-taste more like barley beer than a wheat beer. Thats about it. Not super complex but very flavorful and pleasant. No solvent or vinegar character at all. This is 100% how a gueuze should taste. Bright finish.

Feel - Where this beer really outshines most others like it. Light bodied with a forceful acidity that never bites, stings, or burns, slides on slowly to add texture and mouthfeel and etches the teeth. medium-high carbonation.

Overall - Never been that impressed with Tilquin in the past so quite surprised by how good this is. Classic gueuze and well worth the very reasonable price paid.

Mar 25, 2021
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janubio from Spain

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a teku glass. Hazy orange colour, medium head with short retention, normal lacing. Aroma of barnyard, bretts, citrics, apples, and some pepper. Medium body, viscous texture, good carbonation. Tart finish. Taste is tart, citrics, fruits, flowers some pepper and fruit stalk. Great.

Jan 27, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First of this style, not impressed. Low carbonation, no foam, kinda of skunky smell, tart taste. Not really fruity, not hoppy either. And this was pretty expensive for a single bottle ($14). Makes me wonder if that was not a bad bottle, it is not matching description from other reviewers. Will have to try this style again but a different one, to compare.

Dec 31, 2020
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Norman_Gelman from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because of nasal surgeries, I have almost no sense of smell and a limited ability to distinguish subtle flavor differences. So I limit myself to categorizing beers. This one is very good but far from world class. The lambic character does not come through in the mix. Flavors do not enhance. They clash. It falls far short of most Flemish sours and straight lambic brews.

Nov 13, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored body; light haziness; aggressive carbonation; thick, white head. Fresh citrus smell emanating from the bottle mouth; dull citrus from the glass; lemon and cantaloupe; nuanced funk. Sweet and tart flavors; lemon, green apple, apricot and white grape; moderately sour. Medium body; crisp, lightly tart and acidic.

This is the 2019 / 2020 version and comes in with an ABV of 7.0% and "Best before 15/11/2029". The beer comes across balanced and flavorful, but I doubt I have the patience to wait a few more years to see how this ages. It definitely satisfies as is...

Nov 01, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light orange color. Completely cloudy almost to the point of being opaque. Nice foamy two finger head dissipates pretty quickly No residual head remains but a slight partial slick of foam remains on top of the beer. Aroma is quite tart with notes of barnyard funk, slight notes of dried lemons and oranges, some light spiced notes with hints of green apple and wet hay.

Taste largely follows the nose with a strong tartness dominating the flavor profile immediately. Notes of leather, dried citrus, green apple, wet hay and a hint of slight sweetness. This one is not as dry on the finish as some of the other ones. Feel is light, but as these geuzes have gone, its a bit more full bodied and heavier. Vibrant carbonation.

This was interesting - it was more aggressively tart than the other ones, but also seemed to have more sweetness. Either way, its a lovely geuze and a joy to savor.

Nov 01, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2013-2014 vintage, best by Feb. 18, 2024. It's bloody good now. I'm not sure what's going to develop in four more years.
Clear burnt orange, two fingers white variegated head, sediment remained intact and only appeared in the last pour.
Bitter orange, lemon, light funk aromas
Tart grape, lemon, quince, yuzu flavors with light funk underlay.
Very nice consistent carbonation, no alcohol presence, fine line between bitter and astringent is straddled.
An expensive bottle that is worth every penny.

Oct 31, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, with a neck label of 2017-2018, and a best before date of 22nd November 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a thin white head that dissipated quickly but settled to a ring around the glass, while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Lemon zest, green apple, straw, hay, barnyard, funk.

Taste: Lightly sour, tart, grapefruit, green apple, grape, lemon, funky, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of my favourite regular Gueuze’s in my opinion. Just great balanced aroma and flavours.

Oct 30, 2020
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augustgarage from California

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017/2018 (best before 11/29/2027) - poured from a caged-and-corked 375mL bottle into my Drie de Fonteinen tulip.

Hazy gamboge liquid with an active champagne cap; good retention; vague lacing.

Complex fruit and funk suffuse the nose - more umeboshi than citrus or vinegar. Some fainter floral and spice elements emerge as well.

Aggressive acidity paired with the sweetness of apples and pears. Finishes medium-dry with a slow building minerality. River stones and floral notes are in there as well...subtle, complex, and superbly blended.

Smooth, soft, but with active carbonation.

A superior example of the style, full of "terroir" without being excessive barnyard/mildew/cheese notes. Would pair well with rabbit, charcuterie, or cheese.

Sep 06, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

350ml 17-18 vintage into a Grimm tulip taster, served around 40-45 F

Golden deep-orange with a slight haze leaning more toward translucent. A half finger effervescent head

Sour yeast, earthy oak, faint lemon and lavender, some basil and rosemary as it warms

Upfront bitter grapefruit and mellow oak, lemon and grapefruit rind, sour candy if you’re imaginative.

Good carbonation, somewhat drying and light to medium body, smooth at times like honey.

Overall a beautiful beer

May 24, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750mL green bottle with a best before date printed on the back label and a vintage date on the neck label. Served in a lambic glass.

Appearance: The rocky, two finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a lot of lacing all over the glass. It's a slightly hazy, bright, straw color.

Smell: It's a powerful, rustic aroma of fresh hay, lemon, apricot and damp wood. In the background, some flowery and grassy notes show up.

Taste: It's very tart and sour right away. There's fresh lemon, green grapes and green apple. As the fruitiness subsides, it finishes with earthy, oak and grain notes along with some yeast funk.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied and relatively creamy thanks to the refined, soft, medium carbonation. However it's still quite refreshing. It gets cloying after a while as expected. The finish is dry.

Overall: What else can be said about Tilquin that hasn't already been said? Even though they're relative newcomers to the lambic scene in the grand scheme of things, their blending produces a fantastic Oude Geuze.

May 17, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I haven't reviewed this gem. 2018/2019
Pours a light fizzy head with almost no retention, typical for gueuze, without pouring the funk yet, crystal clear golden tan color

Nose brings awesome funk, more funky than many of the other greats, cheesy funk, little barnyard funk, acetic and lactic acid and probably other acids, a bit of generic fruitiness, little malty note, dank cheese, but quite nice

Taste brings fruity flavors up front, some apple cider, pome fruits, little stone fruit even, then into the acidic bacteria funk, acetic acid with a little lemony citrus, and a little creamy lactic acid, fair amount of funk in general, barnyard and alittle wet blanket funk, a touch of buttery oak as well, little flemmy but pretty good otherwise

Mouth is med bod, higher foamy carb, fair acidity

Overall a great gueuze as expected, more of the barnyard funk in the nose, more acidity and fruit on the taste, great one to enjoy as usual

May 11, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep golden amber coloration with a medium, foamy, lasting head. Smells of light doughy malt, estery fruit notes of green apple, pear and white grape and just a hint of funk and oak also coming through. Taste is a good balance between light, doughy malt, strong estery fruit notes of tart green apple, pear, white grape, gooseberry and a hint of red berries, as well as some hay and a light citric acidity, with just a hint of funk and oak also coming through. Finishes quite dry, with a light tartness and some green apple, white grape and hay lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Not quite what I expected, being quite dominated by the estery fruit and a stronger malt presence than I'm used to from a Geuze, while the acidity and funk are relatively low-key, especially for a bottle that is over 5 years old. Still, there is a certain depth of flavor to the estery fruit here, with quite distinct and varied notes, but white grape and gooseberry standing out particularly, lending a certain white wine character to this along with the subtle oak notes and while this starts out with a certain malt sweetness, it actually turns bone-dry in the finish. The acidity and funk may not be quite as pronounced here as I would have liked, but integrate themselves well into the overall flavor profile, creating a nice subtle balance. Not one of my personal favorites, but still a quite a profound and complex example of the style that is a bit heavier on the estery fruit than the funk.

Mar 29, 2020
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orangy-gold body, like an apricot candy, unfiltered and hazy. Rapidly forms a bone white head, airy and full, with a couple minutes strong retention before reducing to a thin film.
Blend of fresh & funky apple wafting from the glass. Mild acidity. Straw, sourdough bread.
Fantastic ride of flavour. Fresh orchard fruit & orange juice, low residual sugar, balanced by a lingering palate-cleansing bitterness like orange rind with its pith, and medium acidity. The pithy bitterness, unpleasant in any other context, is a great foil to the fruitiness, funk, and acidity here. Addictive. Medium body and carbonation. Remarkably easy drinking, no cloying sugars or sense of alcohol.

The variety & interplay of discintive flavours is exciting, even if the flavour isn't particularly complex, if you catch my drift. It's no subtle brew, it's got punch.

Mar 20, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you are a fan of this style, then don't read my review.
I've now had 11 of the top 15 rated Gueuze. None I gave a rating above the BA average. And just to show how consistent I am, not one of the 17 I've rated are above the BA average. I must have a bias. And I must not be rating these guys relative to their style as I try to do for other styles. And I have not had a traditional Gueuze since 2016, and that was a Boon and a Cantilion because I was checking off the world's Best Beer lists. So lately, I'm clearly avoiding gueuze (possibly because I feel assaulted by the American Wild trend.) Enough of my prejudices.

I'm Looking at a slightly above-average Looker; an interesting orange pale. Smells overwhelm me with vinegar at first, then much later I can start to sort it out after I've Tasted a very cidery, tart. I do like that brett is mute and barely noticeable. It makes for a more tolerable finish and mouth.

Gueuzerie Tilquin claims to be the only blender in French speaking Belgium. OK. Their website doesn't tell me much more, although it does have an English button.

Tilquin paired OK with Bob's World Famous Veggie soup. But it was no saison. As part of my beer diet, I drank only half of this bomber. Who will drink the other half?

Mar 10, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as I expected. I love the balance of tart and funk. Medium mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Super complex on the tongue. I might like 3 Fonteinen a touch more and would need to try it next to Cantillon to see who’d win of the big 3 for me.

Feb 17, 2020
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

appearance: Slight hazy gold to amber body with medium bubbles to the body. Head came off a touch off-white with an initial rise of a subtle 6mm off the body.

Smell: Yeast aroma which feels a bit lemony.

Taste: Sour right from the beginning with extra yeast and slight rye feel mixed with green grape juice. It's a little bit all over the place.

Mouth: Full body with a medium carbonation coming off extra sticky with a sour finish.

Overall: beautiful palate cleansing brew which I reserve for in the middle of a couple of beers. Super refreshing coming off like a yeasty lemonade which is super easy to drink.

Feb 11, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

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

750 mL Bottle. ABV 6.4%.
Appearance: Veiled honey/gold, Half a finger of off white head, Little retention, Medium carbonation, Collar remains.
Aroma: Barnyard funk, Nicely integrated Belgian yeast, Musty, Lemon, Fantastic balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Dry finish.
Flavour: Not as sour as expected, Citrus zest, Slight cherry, Spice, Slight stone fruit, Barnyard funk after first pass.
Overall:

Review: 104

Jan 03, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Jeffrey, NYC.
Pours an elegant looking white wine/champagne looking color. A wispy head soon dissipates, however, there is a ring of lace throughout.
The nose opens relatively clean, however, soon there are notes of sweet breads and blueberries. Surprisingly, the tartness in the aroma is relatively light. Additional aromatic notes of sweet grass, hay, melon, and honey.
In contrast, the taste is significantly tart with notes of lemon, sour berries and spicy lime. The rustic flavors evoke spicy wood and peppery spices. The wheat adds smoothness to the mouthfeel, while there is even a some hops bitterness. Vinous overall, with notes of white grape, green apples, white wine vinegar and dry cider. Medium to light bodied, crisp and yet with a soft malt backbone. Champagne like effervescence and a mouth puckeringly tart and bone dry finish.
A delightful and complex lambic. I could definitely go back to this.

Oct 16, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top of the bottle says "2016" on one side and the other "2017."
This was poured into a pokal.
The appearance was a fairly bright yellow/copper color with a slim transparency. The foamy white head seemed to topple off fairly quick. No lace.
The aroma had some white wine, wine vinegar, red wine, some raspberry esters, funky character, sweet woody tones, green apple tartness, sour citrus rind and some sweet oak bliss. Some barnyard hay.
The flavor seemed to pull all of those prior mentioned aromas together through funky sweet, ample sour, a pulled tart character, adding in some lemon, and earthy funky tone. No aftertaste of anything, just barren altogether!
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with no such sessionability whatsoever. The tart to sour and funky earthiness grips my tongue with an obsession of not letting go but even though I haven't too many gueuzes, I do understand enough to say I accepted this sort of 'feel' here. I'd say a fairly quick tannic lemony tart crisp finish.
Overall, I like this gueuze, I'd definitely have again.

Jul 27, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A standard golden yellow.
S: Very strong wood notes.
T: Oddly light rather than typical overpoweriing flavor.
F: Light and crisp rather than usual bold or loud notes.
O: Excellent gueuze with it's different array of soft notes.

Feb 15, 2019
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2143 ratings