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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 jgammoniv
1.92/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Thin head. hazy amber gold with small chunks of floatsum.
Sour apple nose.
Green unripe apple bite. kumbucha backed up with cider vinegar.
Sour/bitter finish. very similar to eating very small green apples.
Instant hartburn. I don't think i can finish this beer. considering the only beer i dumped in the last couple years had shards of broken glass in it, that's saying alot. by far one of the worst 'great' beers i have had in a while. starting to wonder if every beer is c+ or better on beer advocate.

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Photo of Libationguy
2.27/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy with a straw-gold color. Medium, white, compact head with medium- retention.

Lactic, sour melon, lemon zest, horse hair, lemon-lime soda, oiled baseball glove, cheese rind.

Sour candy, cheese rind, gym socks, sour cherry, old leather, sour lactic tone, grapefruit, dirty.

Lean mouthfeel that is very linear and acidic. Very dry.

Super funky, even for a style that is sought out for it's funkiness. Maybe a bad bottle? Honestly, just this side of undrinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.82/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Usual cork and caged 37.5 cl bottle: BBD 12 Apr 2021. Shared between four at the first ever Shrewsbury bottle share on 27th Jan 2014.

Cooking apples!

I don't drink cider and I certainly don't drink old sour dry cider that a vinegar fly has got into: it reminded me of that.

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Photo of pluppykatie
3.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking out of a mini Duvel glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy with the first pour. A bright pumpkin color.
Smell - a single level of scent.
Taste - Not overwhelming with flavor, but strong enough to enjoy what you're drinking.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth and straight.
Overall - I'm enjoying the experience. It's a taste I can expect when I open a bottle.

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Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1pt. 9.4 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
2011 2012 vintage
Best before: 29/03/2022
Served in a traditional lambic tumbler

A careful pour yielded a slightly hazed, medium amber body that was topped by a crackling, two-finger tall crown of eggshell colored froth. Steady streams of carbonation ascended the liquid. The head quickly dissolved to a thin, lasting film that left no lacing in its wake.

The aroma was super crisp, powdery and dry initially. Lots of lemon rind. Slightly musty and funky. Touch of earthy hops. Overall, not super complex. As the beer sat, the nose became funkier, mustier and more interesting. Some oaky notes appeared as well.

Dry, yeasty notes and bitter lemon pith dominated the flavor profile. The beer was bracingly tart and tannic. Oaky notes appeared in the center. Lots of grapefruit peel and white vinegar-like acidity. The finish contained many of the same flavors found on the front end, but on an even more intense level. The lemon rind was overwhelming and it lingered long after every sip. There was a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness as well. All in all, the beer was quite astringent and rather simplistic.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was impossibly light and frothy, yet it turned super creamy and supple once it settled. A finely beaded, lively effervescence gave the liquid a crisp, sprightly, Champagne-like quality.

Gueuzes typically exhibit a rounded profile of tartness, funk, oak and barnyard character. Even with two years of age, this beer was a bitter, pithy, sour bomb. It reminded me more of an over-hopped American wild ale than any type of gueuze I have ever sampled.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013-14 edition. Very hazy beer, extremely carbonated (gushed a good amount - perhaps due to shipment). Pale orange body with a billowing head. Aroma is earthy and a bit funky, some dirt and burnt rubber mixed in. Extremely phenolic and woody. The burnt rubber/wood aroma transfers over to the palate, but is a bit more balanced. Some lemon on the tongue, medium acidity and a medium light body. Overall a solid brew, but the wood/rubber essence made some of it a bit harsh.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not in the habit of purchasing Belgian beers (excepting Fantome) while in North America because having seen the vastly reduced price of Belgian beers in Europe (and Belgium in particular), I cannot justify shelling out. Earlier this week I made an exception for this beer because of its mounting reputation and my desire for a good sour.

Acquired for $12.00 USD at a local SoCal beer store. This currently sits on shelves. 12.7 fl oz green glass (ugh) bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I think it's an apt glass for a lambic. Reviewed as a Gueuze; it identifies itself as such on the label. 6% ABV confirmed. "Best before 30/01/2022." Assuming they project it will age well for ten years, I figure it was bottled March 1st, 2012. Imported by Twelve Percent LLC.

Blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.

Served cold and allowed to warm substantially over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

When I remove the hood-and-wire apparatus, the cork adjusts upwards - suggesting either poor corking or overcarbonation. There's definitely pressure in this bottle.

A miniscule tug upwards is all it takes to pop the cork out; lots of carbonation here, but no liquid surges out.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. No creaminess or frothiness here. A bit thin. Incredible retention after it reduces to a half-finger; easily 15 minutes or more. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass. No "legs."

Body colour is a glowing vibrant orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks apt for the style. The appearance is not wonderful, and it's not immediately evident the beer is alive. But I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Heavy straightforward oak notes. Lambic yeast lends it a pleasant sourness. Buried fruits, including peach, apricot, tangerine, and stonefruit. Bready malts. It's quite bready indeed, evoking sourdough and general doughy fermentation in general. Cedary wood. Sourness is present but contained. It's also got some funkiness, but no brettanomyces are obvious; the funkiness is much better integrated. Sour apple. Fairly acidic, but on the lower end for the style. Some lemon. Somewhat salty. I do get some leathery notes - probably from the wood. It's got some farmhouse character - hay and barnyard notes are present. I wouldn't call it a clean aroma. Mild to moderate in strength. Any hopping was minimal and floral. No alcohol is detectable. A good aroma overall for the style, but it does not match the best I have experienced.

T: Ah. Lovely lambic sourness is present throughout; more timid than you might expect. Crisp green apples with murkier notes of peach, tangerine, and stonefruit. Bready malt backbone allows the lambic yeast to preside. The sourness grows until blossoming on the climax. Quite tasty and well balanced, if somewhat simple for the style. Not puckerworthy. Some subtle lemon rind complements the general farmhouse/barnyard notes well. Oak is more of an undertone here, along with a bit of cedary character. Nice light subtlety.

It does have some light lavender, which is a turn-off to me personally. Along with licorice, lavender is one of the few flavours I can't stand. No alcohol comes through. The lambic yeast isn't quite as developed here as I'd hoped; this might change with age.

Mf: Nicely crisp, dry, fizzy and refreshing. Surprisingly dry, actually. Acidic. Effervescent, redolent in some respects of champagne. Good thickness, supporting the flavour profile nicely. Smoothness/coarseness balance is interesting; the light coarseness drags on the palate, coaxing out the flavours more but also limiting the refreshing feel. Complements the flavour profile well, but the blending doesn't quite make the texture a perfect marriage to the taste. Perfect carbonation. Well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style, but certainly not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style. Good blending for the relatively simple build; it achieves the desired effect. A reasonably priced gueuze of good quality. I'd love to try it aged. In its youth, it's good but not great. This may change with time. Refreshing and tasty. I'm glad this is widely available, but I don't know that its current high reputation is justified; it's not on par with the best in the style, but is quite tasty. I'll likely pick up a couple when I'm back in Belgium.

Low B

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Photo of teromous
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

BE CAREFUL WHEN OPENING THIS! I untwisted the cage and set it on my desk. Before I could even touch the cork, it shot off with a loud POP and hit my ceiling.

This is a review of the 2013-2014 bottle.

Appearance: Hazy darker shade of orange with a light white film of bubbles on the surface. No lacing.

Smell: I get this odd smell of popcorn. It is followed by a familiar musty cellar smell. Kudos for having something new...never smelled popcorn in beer before.

Taste: Strong sour apple flavor, like green Jolly Ranchers. Quickly this is taken over by funky old house...if that were a flavor. Then I get some of the popcorn.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and tart feeling. A sipper.

Overall: It's a very good Gueuze that already tastes like it has a good deal of age on it. While it's possible to drink it fresh, It has a "best before" date of 08/01/2024 on the bottle. I will revisit this beer somewhere down the line when it has aged out some more. That "popcorn" flavor and aroma is very strange. It doesn't taste bad, it just tastes odd. Un-aged I would not drink another bottle.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Yellow golden color with a very small white head.
Smell: Horse Blanket, funk, lemon and some grass
Taste: Grapefruit, Funk, lemon, some spicy oak. Quite fruity for a geuze. Medium sourness
Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a bit thin mouthfeel
Overall: I am happy to see a new geuze blender in Beglium! It is even the first one in the French speaking part of Belgium. Their beer however, still lacks the complexity of Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen. Also I like the geuze more sour. A nice geuze to drink though

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle split two ways at Moeder Lambic. Reviewed 4 June 2011

Ar: Chalky, floral/fruit, unique aroma, grassy, dusty, light fink, very old dry wood

Ap: Thick white head, good retention, lace, hazy dark straw

T: Slightly sweeet, mild acidity, mild taste, acid more present at the end, lingering grapefruit-like bitterness, dusty, grassy, good subtleties, light tropical fruit, chalky, mild

M: Chalky end with warm acid, medium body, ends heavy for a geuze, very light acetic acid burn at end

O: Shows good promise, subtle, unique, chalky

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I 375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head, no lacing. Nose is lightly funky note, slight band and and Brett.

Taste is tart and light, lots of Brett, a nice slightly sweet finish. It's very easy drinking and has a crisp finish.

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Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draught while in Brussels, it was fantastic.
Vintage 2010-2011

Pours a murky golden with a withering finger of white foam. The beer is not much to look at. Smells good and funky with lemon, manure, grass, vitamin, and some hints of peppery sharpness. Smells like it's gonna be tart!

Tart with lemons, and some baking soda character. Nice and dry with a mouth watering finish. Sharp carbonation brings out the lemony sourness and the remaining effervescence leaves a nice medicinal flavor mixed with a good funk. A little much on the alka-seltzer quality at times for me.

Overall a good beer, better when I was in Brussels at a bar (but what beer isn't?). I am hesitant to purchase again given the price tag. Maybe grab a bottle and do a good sized gueuze tasting here in a few. Maybe a couple for the cellar, see how they mature.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to the draft, bottle is a bit brighter, very light funk level to this, still. This is rather fresh, citrusy and hoppy notes are present. Faint sourness in the finish. Light cob web funk. The nose is about the same as draft and not as bright as the flavor in this one. Going to be develope well imo.

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Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle states 2012 and 2013. I assume bottled in 2012 and released in 2013? Label also states best before 12/02/2023 (so probably 6 months old).

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with a lot of chunky sediment. Tall, frothy and thin white/off-white head. Bottle threatens to foam over constantly. Thin, patchy tufts of lacing everywhere.

S: Surprisingly subtle around. Very tart lemon and berries maybe? Quite tannic - approaching leather. Hints of oak.

T: Yup, pretty much as expected. Super tart lemons initially. Funky in the middle - very acidic and bile-like at points. Sour apples. Lightly leathery in the finish. Aftertaste is oaky and dry with lots of leather now. Sometimes get some burning rubber flavor, especially lingering around between sips.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied. Very tart and dry.

O: Big funky and sour gueuze for sure. Very funky, like chewing bile-soaked leather at times. Acidity is extremely high to boot. Not bad but a little too funky for me.

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Photo of BigMike
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A straw yellow color. Tons of effervesence off the bottom. Very traditional looking.

S: Light funky notes. Tart lemon and a musty earthiness. Some funky citrus notes. Wet hay.

T: Tangerine, Lemon earthiness. Not overly tart for a Gueuze. Floral notes.

M: light, lots of carbonation, acidic.

Overall: A very unoffensive Gueuze. Not a bad place to start for a beginer to the Gueuze world.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

37cl bottle at home. Hazy muddy orange with a thin white head. Smells like macerated grapes, unripe apricots, vinegar, barnyard funk. Moderately sour and bitter, much milder than the nose suggested, with a high carbonation and a bitter and sour aftertaste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. this pours a darker than average brassy color, dull and cloudy, with some floating yeast and a huge white head several inches high with good retention. the nose is a little funky, but not nearly as blatantly sour as I am used to in the style. it is evident that there is a lot more malt in here than usual. the flavor confirms that, its got a gentle caramel sweetness to it that really softens the most acidic edges of the gueuze, a characteristic that is not particularly becoming in this context. there is some lemon acidity, but not as fresh or as pungent as it could be, and a lot of the yeast intricacies feel somehow muted to me. I want this style to snap my head back and dry my mouth out, this one doesn't do that at all. it is not unpleasant, and may be a good introductory beer to the style, but its a far cry from some of the best in the business. fuller body, still with excellent carbonation. I really don't dislike this beer at all, I just feel like its not the best example of the genre. still, a good bottle that is fairly widely available.

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Photo of stcules
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly amber color. Gueuze foam, quickly disappearing.
Interesting smell, quit eintense. Leather, all the right things. Less extreme than others gueuze, but good.
Easy drinkable, but still interesting.
The right amount of sourness, fresh and pleasant. Gueuze note, all quite light.

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Photo of 100floods
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped open this bottle almost immediately after taking out of my fridge. The bottle is very cold, even frosty. I pour it into a tulip glass to reveal a hazy, pale yellow with some white head that doesn't hold up very well.

Bold notes of grassy citrus. Very clean. Reminds me of something close to Pinesol, but not the toxic part, likely phenolic.

This punches with a strong lemon-like sour flavor with and even stronger finish. There seems to be a very subtle sweet not hiding in the beginning of each sip. I taste apple cider vinegar, but not nearly as strong, or lip puckering. The carbonation tickles, but is not that strong, despite the cork feeling like it was going to burst as I opened it.

Definitely very true to form and quite enjoyable. I'd love to grab a few more of these and see what age does to it.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I tried this one based on a suggestion from a beer salesman. I am always opened to different types of beers. I guess I am just not a fan of any type of lambic. The aroma of this was very nice, crisp, clean with some apple and pear over tones.
The taste was a bit awkward for me. One minute it was like a extra dry sparkling wine with a touch of sweetness, next minute and was too sweet.
The one thing I did very like was it was very crisp. Much more than any other beer I have tasted. As I mentioned above, about sparkling wine, it presented itself almost champagne like.

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Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded orange brew, a warm white high and compact head, that settles and leaves good lacing. Some curtains.

Smelling acid, vinegar, then cats pee, stable and in general funky.

The taste is starting sweetly, dextrose, white vinegar, green apples and rhubarbs.

Medium carbonation, a very refreshing and watery feeling, a small body a dry acid finish.

Very well balanced, possiibly a bit young.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color, small white head forming a collar around the glass.

The smell carries a grassy, lemony funk with a bright acidity. It's not overtly funky but I think it stands out a little more. A slight hint of mint in the nose as well.

Leathery dry brettiness upfront in the taste. The sourness hits the back sides of my tongue and sort of lingers there after the finish. It's sharp and lemony. That being said I feel this is quite young. It needs the maturity of the 3 year old to create a stronger connection between the funk and the sour. Right now it's nothing remarkable and slightly better than middle of the road for me.. I will look forward to future batches.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange color with a fizz of a white head that soon dissipates.

Aroma has some funky vinegar notes along with some generic woodiness. A mild fruitiness creeps in as it warms, but it's no lemon bomb like some other gueuzes.

Strong tart flavor is up front, with a really tannic, puckering finish. Tastes a bit rough around the edges. There is plenty of sourness, but the strong wood flavor overwhelms.

There is a substantial mouth coating tannic character on the palate, which may contribute to a fuller feeling mouthfeel. Carbonation level is appropriately high. Overall, an enjoyable gueuze that is probably a notch below the elite versions.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange with a fading head.
Nose shows elderflower, gooseberries, green apple, soft horseblanket, light skunky notes. Quite a big apple juice character.
Flavours include tart green apples, old hops, gooseberries, horseblanket and a bold acidity.
Carbonation feels excessive.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2012-3 vintage with a "14/12/2022" best before date, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot snifter and drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - tannish coloration, tight white bubbles, initial 1/2 finger frothy white head resolves into an attractive glass lacing

S: 9/12 - more enteric notes than I'm accustomed to with other guezes but not off-putting; little malt, hop or alcohol character detectable

T: 16/20 - again, there is a immediate enteric quality that dominates throughout the drinking; there is some biscuity malt flavor on the back of the palate it they're generally subtle; finishes moderately dry

M: 4/5 - moderate-to-high carbonation, slick coating of the tongue

O: 8/10 - again, this is more enteric than other guezes that I've tried but it's still an enjoyable blended sour; I prefer other guezes that I've recently tried, e.g. The Bruery's Rueze, but this is still a flavorful sour but definitely not a 96 for me

TOTAL - 39/50

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