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Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Belgium
gueuzerietilquin.be

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.

Added by Jason on 07-05-2011

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2,011
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.69%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Adam. Really delicious first rate Gueuze.

Pours straw orange with a short white head. Nose is complex funk, tart, tangerine and green grass; yet, very inviting, fresh and appealing.

Mouthfeel is tart, light carbonation, fresh and you really want to gulp it - just very inviting.

Flavor profile is more complex than most with layers of funk, green apples, green peppers, grass, tangerines and sweet citrus front tones. All in all just layers and layers of flavor.

Finish if funky but long lasting and pleasing, setting you up for another taste.

This competes with the very best of them. Loved it.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to t0rin0 for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour citrus, funk, and some earthy aromas. Taste is very much the same. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze and I'm glad I got a chance to try this one.

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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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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a bright hazy orange color with a foamy white head on top. Pretty standard for the style. The retention is pretty solid but no noticeable lacing. The smell of the beer is acidic, sour and tart smelling. There is a subtle sweetness as well. The taste of the beer is tart like a lemon or other citrus fruits, with a pretty good pucker to it. The malts come in lightly in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a solid carbonation. Overall it's a good representation of the style, worth checking out for sure!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of funk in the nose.
T: The overall taste is tart and has sour flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a fine example of the style—it has a nice amount of funkiness and sourness—but neither of these is over the top, making this very drinkable.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The steady streams of sour ale that pours out of Belgium and into Central Kentucky seems endless in supply. The newly arrived Tilquin beers borrow unfermented worts from some of the most celebrated brewers and blenders of Belgium for their masterfully blended sour ales. The results are nothing less than stellar.

Golden rod in color, the beer pours with a zesty yet subdued carbonated character. The champagne-like spritziness constructs a lumbering loosely knit head that breaks apart rather quickly. But a gentle swirl of the tulip rebuilds the white head and releases pungent aromas. Low-lying lacing is also a testament to the low pH of the beer as it struggles in the foam department.

Intense tart aromas strike the nose with pungent earth notes and zesty fruits. Limes, wild berries, granny smith apples, tart green cherries, and lemons elude to highly acidic character while the musty, goaty, wood rot, and the scent of saddle leather round out the fruits and balance the beer. With only a modest hint of wheat in the background.

Where the taste is intense, its balance is delicate. A thin veil of dry pilsner and wheat malts support strong taste of fruit and earth as each vie for the taste bud's attention. Dried limes, lemon zest, and grapefruit play off of the rich leather and tobacco notes, as well as the hay-like hops. Under ripened fruit flavors reach through the taste of sod, oak, and must. All of these deeply earthen attributes still weave in 'oude' tastes of vinous wine rot, briny sea water, swiss rind, iron, and white cider vinegar. The beer is rich in complexity and seems to reveal new aromas and tastes as the beer warms, right down to the very last sip.

Thin in body, the beer is actually supported by a semi-firm malt base. The spritzy carbonation slices right through the malt as they pull the beer from the mouth's surfaces, then giving impressions of lightness and intensifying the sourness. But its near-powdery finish surprises the palate because of its unexpected refreshing qualities. With any alcohol warmth embedded into the sheer acidity and pleasant astringency, the beer is dangerously easy to drink.

The beer's overall fruit-earth, brine-malt, mineral-bitter interplay; the beer begs for a rustic pairing with mussels or fisherman's chowder. It's a wonderful beer that easily compares favorably with many more famed sour ale makers of Belgium.

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle, 6.4% ABV.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden straw hue, with persistent rising bubbles, and one finger of tight off-white surface flotsam head, which settles slowly, leaving a few vertical streaks of lace around the glass.

It smells of tart fruit - cherry, lemon, apple, and a bit of raspberry - some backing white vinegar, moderate aged cheese funk, some soft wheaty graininess, and mild earthy and musky hops. The taste is more sour, acidic, and denuded fruit, stripped of any sugary aromatic association, a nice even musky funk, some soft lactic sweetness, and a subtly astringent white wine essence.

The bubbles are, as previously alluded to, quite effervescent, but they tire soon enough to a steady hum, the body on the light side of middleweight, and actually somewhat smooth, given the swirling maelstrom of edgy acetic acid. It finishes a tad off-dry, surprisingly, the underappreciated wheat malt perking up a bit, though the acerbic fruit edge never really wavers.

An approachable enough, if that's a real thing, gueuze. The sour and tart notes are there, for sure, and the funk is restrained to a bit part, so no one should be all that overwhelmed - a single extreme flavour at a time, and all that. As for me, I found this to be nicely in my face at first, duly forgiving as I acclimatized, and then rode out happily to the end.

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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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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time sampling the bottled version, 750mL bottle.

Cork ejects with a bang, hitting the ceiling, the floor, and ricocheting a third time two feet into the air. Wispy, ethereal gunsmoke wafts from the bottle, followed by a creeping column of white foam in the neck. Into a pair of tulip glasses, it pours a saturated sunset orange in the center with orange yellow edges when held to the light. The foam forms a compact layer at first, slowly dissipating into a broken crescent of skim. Clarity is average, it's still a bit hazy after the bottle had rested over 24 hours.

Aromas of damp hay, musty old blankets, citrus zest, lychee, dried eucalyptus, damp wood. Some flinty wet stone minerality at first that fades quickly, then the citrus and woody elements begin to come forward more.

Sour lemon, bitter orange zest, dry oak tannin in the aftertaste. Nicely citrus forward with a puckering feel, and a distinctly dry oaky finish that is softly refined and mellow. Spritzy carbonation, micro bubbles. Feel is a bit light, though it is the first bottling, and could take more time to mature. The essential depth and complexity are already present however.

Overall, a solid first effort from a promising new Gueuze blender. Not only does Tilquin carry an impressive resume, having worked at 3F & Cantillon, but also the only blender allowed to buy wort from Cantillon. Here's to a successful future for Gueuzerie Tilquin.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. 2010 bottle.

A: The beer pours a very cloudy amber with a slight yellow and orange hue. When I pour the beer there are three fingers of pillowy white head. A layer of head remains on top of the beer throughout the pour. 4.5

S: Gueuze. This definitely smells like a gueuze. Lots of funk with some citrus acidity in there as well. Slightly sweet, but that takes a back seat to the funk. 4

T: Just as the smell, this screams gueuze. Light, very tart, and refreshing. A rather large citrus presence, but tartness and acidity. The finish is bitter as the sourness fades. There is an aged hop bitterness that is enhanced by the citrus notes. This is a good beer. 4.5

M: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and one of the things that could use some improvement. 3.5

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The only thing I would pick out to be improved is the finish. I could use more dryness. Light and refreshing, I would definitely have another.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lambic with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light sour notes with light funky ester. Taste is also a mix between some sour and tart notes with light acidic undertones and some light funky ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well put together lambic mix except it may be a bit too balanced toward sour and acidic notes for my liking. I would have preferred more green apple and barnyard notes personally.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sour with some nice dark, black cherry aromas. There was a touch of caramel.

T - It tasted of sour black cherries with a touch of sweet maltiness. Good balance between the two.

M - It was crisp with a puckering bite. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very good gueuze. I may have to get some more.

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