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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne

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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 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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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3 Feb 2021. I suspect that means it was bottle on 3 Feb 2011. Enjoyed 14 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow. Two fingers of white head, really nice retention and lacing. Tons of visible carbonation.

Smell is a complex deep lemony sour. It's full, with a nice rounded sense, providing some depth where a lot of gueuzes feel shallow. There's a bit of funk to the sour, as well.

Taste is a nice tart sour, clean and dry, but a bit hollow in the back end.

Mouthfeel is nicely light-bodied, with a LOT of carbonation. Dry, dry finish.

A tasty gueuze, not amazing, but nicely sour and distinctly dry. Flavor has decent depth, but it's a little on the dry-thin side.

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

Best by 5/3/21

Nice pop as the cork comes out. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours clear golden brown with one finger of off-white head. The glass is absolutely covered with tiny bubbles. Head eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves no lacing.

S - Tart aroma of lemon and green apple. Quite a bit of oak coming through and a nice yeast funkiness. Nice depth to the aroma.

T - Very crisp tartness, again largely lemon and green apple. Earthy funk is persistent throughout, but at this stage it is taking a backseat to the tartness. Also a bit grassy with a dry oak taste as well. Very tasty. The aroma seemed to have much more funk than the taste.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is quite dry throughout.

O - More on the crisp/refreshing side than the earthy/funky side at this point, though there is a nice funkiness. Looking forward to seeing how this develops. Hopefully the flavor will be equal to the aroma someday. Still, a very enjoyable gueuze.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lists both 2010 and 2011 on the label. BB is 04/03/2021, so I am guessing that this was bottled early 2011.

Cork almost explodes off once the cage is removed, but thankfully no gushing. Beer is a cloudy orange colour, almost caramel in colour. Moderately sized white head dissipates quite quickly, leaving nothing but some white film.

Quite a beautiful smell, and noticeable even far from the glass. Apple, pear, lemon. Seems very tart. Brett. Funky, horse blanket scents. Floral. A bit of oak. Lovely. I'm almost afraid to taste it as I don't see how it can live up to the smell.

Well, the taste is perhaps not quite as good as the smell, but it is excellent nonetheless. Tart but not overly so, the flavour is a marriage of funky brett and light fruits (apple, pear). The oak is there as well. Complex and flavourful but subtle, a very soft blend of flavours.

Quite light bodided, moderate carbonation, velvety soft. Puckering.

Overall, fantastic. A really excellent gueuze. Wish I had bought more!

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

Poured from a 12.7 oz. to a tulip, 2011 bottle.

A : Very hazy, deep golden in color. A finger of nice white head that transitions quickly to a persistant ring.

S : Bright meyer lemon, somewhat muted earthy aroma. Sweetness comes out as it warms.

T : Quite tart, a crispy green apple.

M : Very light and watery, excellent carbonation that dissipates quickly and leaves a pleasant effervescent feel.

O : Not as complex as I expected but balanced and enjoyable. Very approachable for the style.

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Photo of mattsander
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite hazy apricot in color with a rather long lasting 4mm white head. Lovely.

S: Musk, earthy brett, ripe pears, slightly cheesy with a big lemon-candy wallop. Very fruity, slightly muted brett character when compared to Cantillon Gueuze. Some bubblegummy sweetness shows up as it warms, very nice.

T: Plenty of lemony lactic acidity, wood/oaky, some cheesier notes. Lots of tannins. Again, less Brett than Cantillon.

M: Very creamy and luxurious, wetter than most Gueuze I've had.

An awesome unfussy Gueuze, recommended for the price!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, best before date of 5/03/2021, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a finger of bubbly white head that recedes to a collar, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is amazing. Very funky and fruity. Sour apple and pear aroma, citrus and vinegar, also a pronounced sulfur and hay funk and some mushroom.

T- Very tart, more crispy apple and lots of lemon, funk has nice complexity, with some hay and mushroom flavors and a nice wood character.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, has a smooth, bubbly feel, dry finish.

O- A really awesome gueuze, the aroma on its own sets this beer apart. Has nice complexity and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
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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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,973 ratings.
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