Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne | Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Gueuzerie Tilquin

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first release of this gueuze - 750ml Bottle purchased from Hill Farmstead brewery in Greensboro, Vt.
This is a wonderful gueuze, comparable to the March 4 2011 Cantillon gueze in color with a slight bit more darkness but slight less clarity and carbonation. The amount of yeast was pretty mild compared to other gueuzes out there.
Taste was very acidic, steamed shelfish-like, and sour with a little more roasted bread taste hanging on at the end - light on the vinegar flavors of a new bottle of gueuze.
Mouth feel was appropriate - heavy tartness and light bitterness left on the tongue.
I'm excited to taste this gueuze in eight years - looking forward to trying the other work of this gueuzerie.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a vintage 2011-2012 bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip. Served around 55 degrees.

Appearance- Almost clear copper/red color with a half fingered foamy white head. Left leaving no lacing.

Smell- Incredible. Immediately I get vanilla (presumably from the oak aging), lemon, tobacco, some vinegar and earthy smells.

Taste- Lemon, tart apples, vinegar. Yeasty/ earthy flavors with a mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. Tart mouth puckering actions.

Overall- This is incredible. Damn near perfect gueze.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml cork and cage 2010 bottle
Smell is very enticing: sour wild yeast - acidic to the nose. Exciting aromatics, I like it. Thin layer of frothy head, with surprising head retention. Looks like a wheat beer with a good haze and yellow-orange hue. Flavor wise, you can't ask for much more in a traditional Gueuze. I can't believe I've never seen, or heard of this beer before as it is truly outstanding. Bright lemon citrus brettanomyces character - tart and puckering. Lingering subtle yeast flavors in the after taste. Mellow oakiness. Pleasant raw wheat body. Decent ABV for a lambic. Will certainly keep an eye out for this one in the future.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, excellent brew! Poured cold with a large, off-white, foamy, frothy, thick head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a load of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, sour, bread dough, malt - a fresh and clean quality. Flavor's like nose, fresh and clean, very dry with bitter and carbonic working very well with each other. Back of the tongue is left with an astringent feel. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, with a slight dry champagne flavor and again very clean. Outstanding.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark clover honey gold, and forms a thick head of long-lived foam that's just off-white beige. Despite the excellent retention of the head, lacing is patchy at best, and tends to slide off the glass back into the beer.

Smell: Powerful. The aroma strikes from the moment the cork is popped, and does not relent! Musty hay and moldy grain form the backbone of the aroma, with strains of soured light fruits weaving through - white grape, melon, pear, green apple. A note of bleu cheese winds through the aroma as well.

Taste: Right up front, this gueuze blends tartness and funk rather beautifully, opening as a mouthful of old book mildew and musty hay - almost like a dried moldy lemongrass - wrapped around a core of fruits that seem at once both under- and over-ripe - tangerine, white grape, cantaloupe melon, and sharp green apple. Moldy cheese rind, reminiscent of bleu but verging towards a softer cheese, surfaces in the flavor profile as it moves along the palate, and just the right amount of coppery tang manifests late in the tasting process as well. The aftertaste lingers as a blanket of sour tangerine, tart melon, and mildewed grass upon the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and tart, but without much of the pulling sensation at the salivary glands. Carbonation appears to be quite present, contributing to the sharpness, while the beer itself is fairly light of body.

Overall: This may well be the best gueuze I have tasted thus far, balancing sourness and funkiness quite well. I'll repeat this one.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

BJCP 17E Gueuze
12.7 Fl oz bottle poured into two maple syrup glasses (excellent head and smell retention)
Pours a huge head initially that dissipates to a nice thin layer with some lacing left behind that drops back into the thin layer. Golden in color. Smell is earthy, hay and horseblanket. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is amazing. Simply put: a session sour. Some apple is left on the tongue with very light acid at the end.
Decent clarity (hard to pour this without some disturbance of the settled layer) and great carbonation.

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Photo of Jow
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can compete with the best lambics in Belgium and should be in my personal top 5.

Comes in at the same level as Old geuze 3 fonteinen and marriage parfait from boon.

This one is very subtile.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip. Bottle dated 05/03/2021.

A:Perfectly clear golden, amber with an orange hue through the middle. A thin, maybe 1/4 inch, bone colored head with some impressive staying power for a Gueuze. Fine textured bubbling can be seen rising up constantly. Really no room for improvement here. 5

S:Earthy but in a fresh way like a walk through a citrus grove during a sunshower(Lol). Salt water taffy comes to mind along with some acidity coming through. 4.75

T&M: The low pH is very noticeable and forces salivation at an incredible pace. Sweaty start with a well balanced effervescense but mellows out into a typical barnyard Gueuze profile. This one finishes out nicely with some clean citrus notes. 4.75-4.75

O: This is definitely a top 10 Gueuze for me. The mouth watering quality is just out of this world, its ridiculously refreshing and the head stuck around for the entire time I enjoyed this brew. I will definitely buy again. 4.75

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

While there are some pretty remarkable and amazing gueuzes out there, like 3 Fonteinen Golden Blend, others that are very distinctive, like Cantillon, and some pretty poor ones, like St. Louis and Mort Subite, this one is in the golden middle, moderately moldy on the nose and pleasantly sour in taste, just like 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, Boon Mariage Perfait and Lindemans Cuvee Rene. It's more expensive, though, so I don't think I'll buy it again soon. For the price of three Lindemans Cuvees I'd expect something more distinctive.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

2012-2013. Brought directly home, and the bottle gushed when opened.

A: Deep amber with a slight offwhite head.

S: Dandelions, chamomile, honey, grass, hay.

T: Flowers, grass, hay, honey, sweet malt. Brett and pediococus characteristics are present.

M: Prickly and dry with a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: Beautiful, it doesn't get much better than this for a gueuze.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tumbler.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow, almost orange color. Produced a good frothy white head that dissipated after a minute or two. Good lacing too actually.

(S)- Love the smell. A dry, dusty earthy floor type smell to it. Deep lactic acidic notes that turn into almost a funky cheese type of must. Bits of lemon and just overall, funktastic.

(T)- Similar to the smell. An awesome sharp acidity that flows into the dry, funky cheese, dirty floor from the smell. I know gueuzes do not have fruit added, but I swear there is some acidic lemon in this one. An all over awesome and classic taste that further reminds me why this is my most favorite style of beer ever.

(M)- A wonderful carbonation level and an even better balance. While some really stick to either the funky side or the heavy acidic side of the style, this one centers right in-between so it has the best of both worlds at the same time. The sourness is spot on and the dry funk with subtle fruit sweetness just makes this all come together.

(O)- I had heard good things about this one, and am glad they were true. An absolutely classic example that is both dynamic and a perfect balance of everything I like in a gueuze. World class.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says best before: 21/03/2022.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full two fingers worth of head that retains decently before slowly collapsing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a fluffy sheet of surface foam. Slippery lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Extremely bright aroma rushes into the nose and perks me up. Invigorating barnyard funk with lots of hints toward a sour flavor. There's also that lovely cheesy, musty funk that’s Tilquin’s signature.

T- Bold, sharp sourness in the flavor but it eases into a fruity complexity I've not witnessed in a lambic before. The astringency shoots up but then backpedals as the citrus notes take hold. Incredibly tasty with that super subtle yet captivating complex sourness and funk.

M- Dry, tingly and puckering but with a nice balance between that and some slick, thirst-quenching moisture. Lightish body and medium-high carbonation.

O- Finally! A gueuze I can really get down with! After having the overly intense Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, I was hesitant to drop another $12-$15 on a little 12.7 oz. bottle of something I thought I might dislike. But I'm glad I took the risk as this is a very enjoyable beer. Not too sour, not too harsh. A great example of the style IMO.

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Photo of antott0523
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy honey and amber. No visible carbonation or lacing.

S: Dry white wine, oak, white pepper. Bursts of super sweet raspberry jam with herbal notes of basil and bay leaves. Incredibly complex and enjoyable.

T: Waves of bright, semi sweet citrus and fresh berries, followed by bursts of more tart pith, grapefruit and musty, dry white wine. Followed by heavier notes of oak, and a subtle buttery finish.

M: Well carbonated and smooth mouthfeel.

D: This was a slight gusher and began with too much carbonation. The nose and flavors are complex and delicious. Over time the carbonation settled making this beer extremely drinkable and probably the best gueuze I have had. Flavors take you on a roller coaster ride of bright and earthy, sweet and tart.

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Photo of peabody
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a champaigne color with very small white bubbles. Lots of effervescence and this one keeps bubbling all through the drinking process.
Smell is lemon peel and sour apple with a slight bubble gum right out of the bottle.
The aroma gets more malty as it warms.
Taste is the star here. Lots of refreshing lemon peel and green apple skin. No alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel is only a bit sticky but the sourness keeps the palate very clean. Pairs well with cheese and apples.
Overall this would be a 4.65. One of the better gueuzes out there. Gives the other belgiums a run for their money.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml green bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. I'd tried the draft version of this in Belgium, and I was extremely excited to see the bottled version make it to our shores. Shared with my brother Sam.

Pours a clear orange hue with a fluffy white head that stays pretty persistently. Lacing streaks across the glass as the beer goes down. Body is light but vibrant, and the carbonation is pleasantly fine. It looks the picture of a gueuze.

Nose is wonderful, clean crisp apricot characters, sharp Gueuze-like pungent funk. Some of that classic overtone that reminds me of plastic, but which Sam just pointed out is also quite akin to roasted sesame. It's so classic, so fresh, so funky and so perfect. I love a good gueuze, and Tilquin is really pumping out the good gueuze.

Taste is everything I remember. Clear direct gueuze-like funk, solid but not overwhelming acidity, and more fresh apricot flavours which really provide some depth and structure to it. It's also light and crisp, with a sharp uptick in the acidity towards the end, which gives it a moreish bite that makes you want to take another sip. It's really, truly remarkably lovely.

Feel is crisp, bright and refreshing. It absolutely backs up the flavour and aroma in every way.

Overall, this is most definitely one of my favourite and certainly most drinkable Gueuzes. It's a style I love already, and when someone does it as well as this, I feel right in being effusive. This is just an absolutely fucking brilliant beer.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a feeling my one extra 2013-2014 bottle would step its game up even further with one year of cellering. I was right.

The overall balance is just astonishing. The acidic character, where it before felt slightly too sour or sharp, is now a near perfect tartness.

The yeast as wild as ever, the smell of fresh apples intoxicating.

A beautiful beer.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is remarkably clear, with a head of bubbles that lasts forever. Nose of funk and lemon and oak and all the wonderful things about gueuze. This is a fabulous gueuze, and one of the better that I've had. Finishes lively and fruity, with excellent carbonation and mouthfeel. Great job

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011/12 bottle. Instant rose water nose. Lemon peel. Hints of aged cheddar. Taste is brightly lemony but never acidic or sour. Tartness is balanced by a developed malt sweetness. Carb is perfect.

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Photo of biegaman
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne has layers of glowing orange-yellow tones. It's got more highlights than a broadcast of Sportscenter. It also has the perfect bubbling of a Krug Brut or Veuve Clicquot (and is probably worthy of fetching similar prices).

Gueuze are beers that speak loudly *and* carry a gigantic stick. This aroma builds on layers of musty oak - the barrels in which it's been aging for upwards of three years - with fruity tartness and citrus-like acidity. It's a startling wake-up call for the senses.

It's not entirely unfair to liken Lambics to vinegar. Gueuze, however, is more reminiscent of a vinaigrette; there's lots of lemon juice, a drop or two of champagne and a grate of citrus zest (this particular one tastes like it was drizzled over tart green apples). Unusual though it may sound and difficult as it may be to describe, the taste is absolutely delicious!

They may not be to everyone's taste (certainly not at first anyhow), but there are few things as refreshing as Gueuze. Sparklingly effervescent, bracingly tart and amply malted - this beats lemonade hands down any day of the week. Not positive whether 2010/2011 refers to brewing or blending period, but it's wonderfully lively (despite the trademark mustiness).

There may not be many, but Tilquin à L'Ancienne is definitely one of the best Gueuze out there. Anyone in possession of a bottle should treasure it like a precious and priceless family heirloom. Anyone planning to age one would be wise to invest in a safety deposit box. All hyperbole aside, it is honestly one of the finest beers I've ever had (and could have again and again).

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Photo of Sheppard
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 14-15.

Pours a great orange hue, it is effervescent as all hell. You can hear the soft purr of the head as it dissipates. Truly the champagne of beers. From that effervescence radiates a lemony citrus aroma and some mild wash rind cheese funk. This takes me straight back to Brussels. There is lemon and some earthiness in the flavor. It's balanced. It's not vinegary. It's composed. I love this gueuze.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter. Appearance is hazy orange with dense creamy white head, great retention, some lacing. The nose has a lot going on...notes of sourdough, lactic acid, and oak come through the biggest. Some delicate waves of lemon and funk come through as well. The taste incredibly tart and fruity. Note of white wine, oak, and loads of lactic acid are present. There is some underlying funk that is at the perfect level for my taste. The front is puckering tart which develops into a balance with some moderate sweetness. This one is delicious. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this is one of my new favorite gueuzes. Great range of flavors and delicious balance. Very tart and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle 750mL
A: yellow-golden. hazy. small head with tiny bubbles. 4
S: amazing aroma. oak barrels. honey. orange. apricots. . yeast. 4.5
T: citrus prominent. delicate lemon-peel bitterness lingers in aftertaste. no residual sweetness. 4.5
M: light carbonation creates silky mouthfeel. 4.5
O: excellent, balanced gueuze. If I had to nitpick, I would say that it has a little bit too mich yeasty character. otherwise, it's one of the best gueuzes available. 4.5

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Photo of SebD
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of a lemony tartness, funk, green apples and a slight breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of tart lemons, sour green apples and yeasty funk. A sour punch in the face.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. World class Geuze!

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Photo of Slack
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden hue with a fair amount of head. Smells funky, sour, musty, and earthy. Taste is sour and acidic reminescient of yogurt. Notes of tartness, maybe lemon, oak, and vinegar. Mouthful is light and very carbonated. Overall, an awesome sour that will clean a palate.

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