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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 ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011-2012 version, best by 03/16/2022

The beer pours a cloudy orange-yellow with an effervescent white head that settles down into a thin blanketing. The nose is sweet and sour with a touch of tangy citrus. Its taste presents an initial sweetness which soon transitions into a potent, saliva inducing sourness, and finishes with a slightly herbal, champagne-like dryness. The herbal characteristic is so subtle I'm wondering if it's just my imagination... The beer is light bodied and drinkable with ample carbonation and sweetness to counter its immense sourness. Honestly, this beer gives cantillon and 3F a serious run for their money and for the price it is definitely worth trying.

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

A: A light amber with good clarity and a lot of fine bubbles. The long lasting head is made of rocky off-white bubbles.

S: Moderately strong grapefruit hits your nose just after you pop the cork. Once you get it in the glass you can smell a balance moderate sour aroma with an earthiness. There is a light bit of rhubarb.

T: A clean refreshing, moderately-strong tart sourness that is in balance with the malt. There a light touch of honey and oak. The balance is pretty tart, although there are a few that are more sour. The finish is very dry with a linger grapefruit tartness.

M: A medium-light body with strong carbonation.

O: The beer initially makes your mouth water then dries it out. This is a well balanced Gueuze that is refreshing and tart.

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Photo of liamt07
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Steve, 375ml into a tulip.

Clear orangeish, with a light white head, film of retention and some lacing. Nose of dill, lemons, green apples, grains, barnyard, sweaty socks and butthole (srs, but a clean one). Some earthy tones as well and light barrel. Taste has more lemons, apples, barn-y funk, acetic but sweeter malt character. Not as sour as I expected, and it's awesome for this. Medium high carbonation, and excellent balance. Awesome.

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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 Hopbrizio
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked/caged bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Let bottle warm slightly after taking out of fridge and pouring.

A - Light hazy golden orange with very little head (about a quarter finger, if that).

S - Apples, funky barnyard (that good stank), slight citrus.

T - More apples and other fruit, some vinegary sourness, some bitterness too that sticks around with finish.

M - Smooth and good carbonation. Sour and bitter.

O - Very drinkable gueuze. Solid, true to form, and accessible.

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Photo of popery
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle. Pours a pale, orange-shaded gold color. Quite cloudy. Small white head, lots of little bubbles. Aroma has lots of earth, sour lemons and a pleasant mineral tone. Lots of musty fruit - apples, berries, grapes. Medium vinegar and oak. Taste is sour lemons upfront, then some fruity malt flavor and back to more sourness that follows through into a long-lasting finish. Fairly dry. Solid pucker. Nice tannic oak flavor. Mouthfeel is a light sparkle on top of a relatively full body for a lambic. This is an excellent beer, and it's wonderful to have another traditional lambic brewer available in local stores. I hope to see more lambics available from Tilquin in the future.

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Photo of Offa
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent, characterful gueuze, although a bit more on the sour/tart citric side and weaker on the earthy side than my favourites.

Slightly hazy deep gold, it has a med-big off-white head slowly shrinking to frothy ring.

Aroma is wonderful gueuze character, rich rustic fruit, fermented apples and plums, hint of vinegar, pungent bread dough and flowers.

Taste is juicy citric character, but not too tart or sour but almost, some grassy herb bitterness, lightly tart/bitter fruit skins. It needs more rustic earthiness, though, to be truly great in my book. It has a nice, engaging and lively feel.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin's gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color. The head is a one finger white shade, with the best texture and retention of the three.

S: Tons of tartness, a lesser white wine-esque fruitiness, and some buried earthy funk. The most seemingly sour of the three.

T: First thing that comes through initially is the combination of pear/apple esters and white wine tartness. The tart sourness breaks through more aggressively through the midtaste, while the finish is mild brett funk. Out of the three, this was the most sour, the least earthy - and the least subtle. Certainly a nice beer, however.

M: Super dry and puckering. Lots of carbonation, too. It lacks the delicate touch of the Cantiloon/3F gueuzes, though it's softer than, say, a run of the mill Flemish red.

O: It's a nice sour ale. I wouldn't call it beginner friendly at all, though, due to the tartness. I would point fans of Flanders sours to this one, however. Shame it had compete against the two titans of the style - even though it came in third in the gueuze showdown, I reckon it would be superior to any other gueuze on the market (not from Cantiloon or 3F, that is).

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Photo of Jeffo
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the epic nine gueuze lineup a few days back. Too bad only Doopie was around to see it. Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 37,5cl corked and caged bottle into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010-2011
Best before 4 March 2021

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, medium-thin, white head with good retention. Fades to a good foam cap. Hazy gamboge orange, though more amber when held to the light, with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a decent cap that sticks around for the ride.

SMELL: Funky for sure, with lots of lemon and green apple tartness. Light cheese notes, with plenty of green grapes and white wine on the nose. Very acidic as well.

TASTE: Funky notes with plenty of tart lemon, green apples and pears. Very sour, sporting a heavy green grape and white wine flavors through the middle into the finish. Acidic and very vinegary after the swallow, with plenty of sour white wine, tart lemon and apples, and plenty of puckering sourness. Hints of floral bitterness as well, but this is all about the acidity, vinegar, and tart estery sourness.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry and puckering.

OVERALL: This was a good and challenging gueuze, thought the vinegar and acidity was perhaps a touch too much to really make it an enjoyable drink. A full bottle might be rough. That said, this was one of my favorites of the evening, and is definitely more my style. It also mixed really well with the Cantillon once I started belnding myself. Well worth checking out. Recommended.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 15/12/12

A hazy golden orange liquid with lots of tiny bubbles and a thumbs width of fast falling foam, looks like its glowing, just a few spots of lace

S smells like a dried up field with some earth and dried hay and grass, quite funky with some lemon and wet wood, there's some orange marmalade without the sweetness, I'm liking the earthy funk it works very well

T quite tart and sour, more sour lemon and a little less of the funk, some cereal and its very dry, I preferred the nose but it still tastes pretty good

M has quite the pucker to it, quite sour and pretty slick, pin prick bubbles work well and it almost turned my mouth inside out, works well for the style

O nice sour going on here, I love the smell and don't have anything to complain about elsewhere

not cheap but not ridiculous, I might grab a few more for trading and aging depending on what hits the market here in Alberta as I've already spent my beer budget for the year... next year that is

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Photo of cbeer88
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly in Blind BIF #7 as 1 of 5 gueuzes. Poured into snifter.

A: Golden, small head, more cloudy than others, spotted lacing

S: Hay dominates, wheat, lemon, and funk

T: Very sour, citrus flavor, wheat on backend.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbed.

O: Great gueuze. Very tart, but still nicely balanced and complex. This beer was a close 2nd place in the blind tasting of the 5 gueuzes.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-2012 12.7oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip. The pour is clear and orange-gold with a nice head that hisses at you while it dissipates. On the nose I get musty cedar, white wine, sour apples, cider vinegar

Light body and a rather thin feel considering the carbonation and acidity. The feel serves the flavor quite well. The beer is quite tart, but not over-the-top sour. On the front of the mouth, the flavors include apples and white wine grapes. At mid-palate, there is a sharp musty bite that overtakes the palate and sets the stage for a stony-dry, champagne-like finish with a little bit of oakiness. Not much of a lingering flavor other than that cedary note, but quite mouth-drying. A few moments after swallowing, you are ready for more. Highly drinkable.

This style is still somewhat new to me and my judgement means very little. I am glad to see other BAs enjoy this brew as much as I did. It tells me my appraisal is probably accurate and my approach to this style seems to be developing my palate in the proper way. I'm glad this beer was suggested to me. It's easy to find where I live, so I anticipate buying a bit more of it. The quality of this beer cannot be denied.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge bubbly white head that held on for over a half hour while I made dinner! Wonderful tart and fruity and funky aroma. Smells of lemons, sour oranges and sour apples, pepper and yeast esters, a bit of funk and a hint of acetic. The flavor is a nice mix of funk and tart with peppery and yeasty funk up front followed by some light tart fruits, plastic phenols, and finishing with a long lingering lactic and lemon finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart funky lightly puckering mouthfeel. I can see what all the fuss is about here this is a damn fine example of the style if not a hint on the bold side of things. I really enjoyed this, if only they sold it local to me.

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Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz green bottle, caged and corked, served in a snifter.
2011-2012 vintage, best before 01/18/2022.

Hazy, golden copper in color beneath a carbonation-driven white head with pretty good retention. Some patches of condensed lacing, but lacking in strength.

Fresh citrus and vinous fruit-based tartness with just a touch of sweetness. The dry, earthen must character is certainly present, but not overstated; a very nice balance between competing aromatics.

Initially, dry and musty and honestly a bit bland before a fresh, sharply tart raspberry, cherry, and orange component rushes to the forefront. As expected for the style, the sour quality is rather intense, but not offensive as the lingering dryness does a pretty good job of cutting tartness.

A light, medium bodied. A burst of carbonation doesn't have a chance against the Gueuze's slickness.

A very solid version of the style. Not the best I've had, but nothing to really complain about either.

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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 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 JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good one. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into my Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel flute. Dark gold clear color, plenty of carbonation and a long lasting bubbly white head. Sood potent smell, sour apple and a little vinegary/funk thing as well. I had this with fruit and cheese and it went down really well.

Taste is really good. The sour fruit flavor is enhanced by the more potent vinegary sourness. There is a touch of saison like funk and a little oak flavor to add to the complexity.

Mouthfeel is good. The level of sourness is more than my usual Lips of Faith comfort zone but the balance between the sour apple (which I usually like) and the vinegar (which I only like in small doses) is very good.

I would drink this one again. Very good.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne is a very nice gueze. Yup...

A: Yellow orange colour and a 4 mm head that lasts quite well. 4

S: Strong funky smell. Like a stinky barnyard. Some unripe fruit aroma too. 3.5

T: Sour with unripe fruit and some slight bitterness. More of that in the finish, especially the bitterness. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of jeonseh
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip

A - Dark golden with a small white head. A bit hazy which I'd expect given it's unfiltered. Small, crisp white head that settles on top.

S - Light sour tartness with light oak and farmhouse funk mixed in as well.

T - Tart sour lemon warhead hits you up front. There is also a vinegary sourness that comes through. There is a slight oaky funkiness that lingers on the backend. Nice, easy drinking sour

MF - Nice, heavy carbonation that makes this surprisingly full and smooth. It also gives it a nice, full body for this.

O - A nice sour, vinegary beer that is nice to drink. Definitely will pick up some more of these if the next time I see it as it lets you get a nice Gueuze fix that you can actually find.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really solid gueuze I was able to try out. The sour notes are upfront and long lasting making this a great sipping beer. The mouthfeel has a wonderful texture and the taste is perfection. I great example of a powerfully flavor sour beer. Not sure how hard it is to find, I know it's not available in my state though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my large St Feuilien goblet, Tilquin gueuze is dark gold with an off-white head that leave scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is classic gueuze, nice mineral citrus, funky, lemon rind, dusty, but with a clean brightness.

Taste is very balanced, light soapiness, decent funk, sourness, but not puckering.

Mouthfeel is dry, sprirtzy, medium light bodied, a little oily.

Drinkability pretty high, this is an excellant blend, nice depth, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of madtrixter787
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the butcher shop downtown. Uncaged the bottle, set it on the counter and then cork just shot out of it. Didn't know I wanted a geuze mark on the ceiling, but I like it! Poured into my coolship Allagash glass to a nice hazy yellow with a decent and lingering head. Wonderful aroma, definite farmhouse funk that is very reminiscent of the cantillon geuze. Pretty decent mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Taste is tart and refreshing that vanishes well, leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle
Unmarked tulip at Teresa's Next Door

A: Pours a traditional Gueuze cloudy yellow orange. Faint quarter finger bright white head. No lacing.

S: White grape. Funk. Barnyard. Green apple.

T: Lots of tart white grape up front. It's not so sour that its off putting. Very pleasant, for a sour lover. After drinking on this a while, it does effect the tongue with that aggressive sour. It's a beautiful blend.

M: Light

O: A-

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Photo of brystmar
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this stuff, how have I not reviewed this by now?! Best before 2021 (don't remember the day/month).

Good color and white head. Cheesy, funky aroma. Full of yeast, citrus, and more cheese.

Lemony citrus, funky and grassy. Earthy notes fade into the background as the citrus takes center stage midway through. Yeast imparts mild bitterness towards the end, plenty of funk and a little cheesy to round things out. Really good.

Ranks among the best off-the-shelf sours available in America.

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,986 ratings.
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