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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: aromas of mild fruity funk, wet wool, over ripe slightly bruised fruit, some berry and a faint hint of honey.

L: hazy peach generating very little head. It has a champagne-like effervescence and initial streams of fast rising bubbles quickly disappear.

T: It starts with a big tart berry lemon attack with traces of apple. The sour flavors are moderate to moderately high, the funk is moderate, the wheat is moderately low with the balance to the tart. There are no enteric, smoky or cigar like flavors. Ii is a touch vinegary. There are no hop flavors or bitterness and no cheesy hop flavors.

F: The body is medium light to light and the carbonation is medium high.

O: This is a very refreshing and flavorful drink.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brownish gold with a large fizzy head and bib bubbles. The aroma has dusty soilbarnyard, sour orange juice, and apple cider vinegar as components. The flavor is bright and semi sour, with tones of apple cider vinegar, and dusty barnyard qualities. The mouthfeel is light, tart, and boldly fizzy. Overall this is an awesome beer - refreshing and bold, and utterly enjoyable.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive geueze but it works well and tastes balanced. The plums provide a great backdrop. Tastes more heavy handed than cantillon geueze, looks murky, darker than other geuezes. Deep farmhouse funk. Tartness is above average but balanced and not too aggressive in that it takes away from enjoyment. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. A clear orange color with an effervescent frothy white head. Active bubbling up from low enucleation points. The funkiest aroma I have experienced, with diesel fuel, hay, grass, and leather. Moderately tart. The palate is more fruity, with white grapes, cherries, lemons, apricots, and cheesy, funky notes.

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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 cmcleanleitch
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in London, purchased from Craft Beer Co. in Clerkenwell. Drunk from a standard red wine glass.

S: apples, dry white wine.

A: dark golden/orange, thick white head that persists as a light covering.

T: dry cider/wine, moderately sour, bright on the tongue with acidity and effervescence. Bitterness comes on the finish.

F: light body, high carb.
O: really balanced, delicious gueuze. Extremely carbonated; the cork shot out like a bullet.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden in color with a frothy half-finger head that has great persistence. Heavy oak and straw in the nose. Light aroma of apples and honey also present in good balance with the sour tone. Tart embrace on the tongue that is quickly mellowed by apple, honey, and a touch of vanilla. a touch of oak and earthiness round out the flavor and carry nicely into the finish. The sourness is never overwhelming and is in great balance with the rest of the beer. Medium-high effervescence cuts through the sourness well.

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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 PBRmeasap1980
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

14/15 bottle

A- Orangy-red with white head the disappears fast
S- Nose is pretty subtle - tart, overly ripe fruit, pear, oak, funk, straw
T- Not too tart at all. Tons of complexity that comes together very, very well. Great balance of tart, oak, and funk
F- Light and refreshing
O- Great gueuze

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is a beautiful beer! Seriously right up there with the best of the gueuze's! I don't understand how it doesn't get more love on here. I wish it was easier to get!!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool geuze because you still get some of the malt character. It's not just about big sour or crazy funk or whatever other oddities spontaneous fermentation can often provide. To that end, I dig it. Also, absolutely lovely looking, hazy orange glow, head for days. Nose is mineralic, a touch wheaty, lightly sour, a bit of fuel-like phenols, maybe some light earth and a bit of citric tartness. Palate is again accessible, pleasingly tart, "beery", a bit of tannic funk and phenols, but generally quite drinkable. Great balance of fizz to body. Maybe not a transcendent lambic, but one you'd be happy to find in your stable no doubt.

(Edit: suppose this goes without saying when it comes to lambic, but I've had a good amount of variation among bottles of this. The former review was from a good bottle. Since then, I've had some absolutely exquisite ones, replete with dried out Brett phenolics and beautifully green barnyard funk. This one can get a little pricey, and you never quite know what you're gonna get, but I can't not recommend it -- too much of a chance for great stuff!)

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Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours darker and more golden than other gueuze - fluffy white 1 inch head that leaves slight ring
Lemongrass, muted funk on the nose
More lemongrass, soft acid and crisp Riesling notes - very balanced
Sparkling carb, but not over done; light bodied

A really great Gueuze - instantly a favorite.

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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 amalburg
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L hazy straw color. Small white head covers entire class.
S hay, sour acidic, tartness, earthy. As it warms I get a little malty sweetness.
T straw, lemon, sour,
M extreme carbonation, chalky,
O I must say this is not my favorite style of beer. For my 1000th tick I figured I would try something I know very little about. I can't see myself wanting this again. My rating is slightly raised because of the overall rating.

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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 rodbeermunch
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice yellow and orange appearance, solid 1/2" head, white. Hits the sour, rubbery, husky, musty lemon notes.

Very tart and sour, 7.5 on a 1-10 scale. Real gritty amount of wheat. Sticky. Good dry oak mouthfeel. Pungent flavor.

Man I remember the days when these were all over shelves for $20. . . wish I had bought a lot more.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014-2015 750ml

Pours a light golden color with next no no head. Aroma of lemon, white grape, honey, pear, sour melon?, wheat, malt, slight cheesy aged hop aroma, spicy barnyard funk.. Flavor is right there with the aroma and has a malty-wine thing happening. A very nice blend. .. very complex. Nice balance of funky, tart, fruity, malty, wheat.. Light feel with sparkling carbonation which pops the flavors off your tongue. Nice Gueuze.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time with this style so I am not sure how a geuze is supposed to taste. It poured a hazy straw gold color with a thick white head. The bubbles are small and stayed around the whole time it was consumed. The smell is weird to me. The smell is moldy but lemony. There is a brightness to the smell but the malt is barely perceptible in the nose. The taste is fruity and sour with an ending taste that reminds me of a moldy and stinky cheese like Roquefort or Gorgonzola. After the swallow I perceive fruit sweetness and a lingering bitterness.

I am not going to say that I now have a love of this style but the depth of flavors make this an interesting beer and one I will experiment with again.

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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 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 Cannabanoid
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 750ml fresh this summer. I thought is was pretty good. Today I had a taster of a bottle a few years old. I thought it was outstanding. Hold off drinking as long as you can possibly resist the temptation.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic gueuze. The carbonation and mouthfeel were absolutely perfect and the flavor was so complex. This one stands up to the more popular Cantillon competition in every way.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014/2015 vintage; 12.7 oz bottle; Best before 17/11/2024.

Removing the cork unleashed the loudest pop I've ever heard from a bottle of beer. Light amber in color with a soft white head. Carbonation is high, with a constant stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention and some patchy lacing left behind.

The aroma is a citrus fruit explosion, predominantly orange and lemon. Earthy, with moderate sour acidic notes.

Gone is the fruit upon tasting, as it gets replaced by the classic "barnyard" funk, light malts, and even a hint of vanilla. It's sour but balanced.

Light bodied, tart, and effervescent, it is remarkably easy to drink despite its complexity. A well balanced, beautifully blended gueuze. I don't see myself purchasing it often given the high price tag, but I may try to find a couple more bottles to age. Definitely recommended.

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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 StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Film over hazy dark orange. 4
Apple and slightly off Seville orange on the nose. 4
Snap wheat, a blast of vinegar, an herb hit, and some goat. 4.25
Herbal bite and mellow but zippy linger.
Round, smooth, just under medium. 4

Quite aggressive and rural. Cidery in its acid. Drinkable - still not hugely funky - but not refined or easy. Also on the strong end of the scale (6.4%) for a geueze. 4

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