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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.

Added by Jason on 07-05-2011

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Photo of muttyd
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured gently into a tulip glass. Yields a cloudy golden orange/yellow body with a fizzy white head that fades into about a 1cm layer of foam.

Aroma is rather well-balanced. Lemon/vinegar acidity mix well with a wet hay/musty barn yard funk. As the beer warms up the dry, funky barnyard aroma starts to really become more pronounced. Flavor hits you up front with the feeling of biting into a lemon, follows with an earthy/wood flavor and then finishes dry and tart. Wild yeast leaves a mushroomy/earthy flavor behind well after the beer is gone. Effervescent and well carbonated, as it should be.

Very enjoyable gueuze, glad I picked up a bottle of this.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010/2011 375ml caged and corked green bottle. Best Before: 2-15-21

Opens with a forceful pop.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a tad orange. A mostly white head crowns the beer and is slow to recede. When it does it leave behind a healthy dose of lacing. Smells of beautiful funk – mostly wild yeast dominate with a nice lemon citrus note adding to a wonderful nose. It is heavy enough to increase my anticipation. First sip is puckering sour that simultaneously hits in the front and middle of the mouth. Though it is fairly dry, there is just enough sweetness to think more age might increase the sourness. But I must say the sourness is quite desirable right now. Nice sour lemon and green apple flavors highlight this fine beer. Light carbonation tickles the tongue creating a very good mouthfeel. This is a great lambic and is worthy of being sought out by sour freaks.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This finally landed in Columbia. I'm glad I got to try this one and am even gladder I can get more after trying this. 375 poured into a tulip glass.

yellow, hazy,with a big white head on top. Lemony sour notes in the nose, some green apple and a bit of barnyardy funk in the end.

Taste follows the nose, some lemony notes, more green apple, a light funkyness with a nice sour finish. Some grainy notes in the middle before the sour kicks in. medium body, lots of carbonation.

Overall a really nice gueuze. Typing this up I realize I'm not good at describing the flavors in this style. That said I really like this and think it compares favorably to others in the style. nice mix of funk and sour. I'll be interested to see how this ages but I have no problem drinking it as is.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good orange peach like appearance to the beer, nice sizeable head. Great sour aroma, heftier than just lemon, but still plenty light with aroma of sour green apple. You get the armpit and rubbery aroma from it as well.

Very tart, shart and sour puckering effect immediate upon the first sip of consumption. Gritty edge keeps the liquid sticking raw to your teeth and yet is a dry gueuze. A sizeable amount of oak/wood in the mouthfeel when you can get through the heavy sour aspects of it.

Very nice, I got to drink 3 of these (shared with others of course) in a 24 hour period. One big bottle left to share sometime years down the road. Should appeal to anyone who likes Cantillon's Classic Gueuze.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Apperance: The pour is a very hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head. The head remains mostly an island with a few spots of lace.

Smell: Tart and acidic. A nice level of barnyard funk as well. Some soft malt presence in the back.

Taste: Tart lemon, a bit of grainy malt, lots of pleasant sour flavors. The finish has a good level of funk in it.

Mouthfeel: Definitely acidic. Light to medium body, light bubbly carbonation. Lightly puckering.

Overall: A solid gueuze.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by date: 18/02/2021.

Opened with a small pop, observed the liquid to start up the neck and poured it quickly into a Cantillon ridged glass with no gushing. Body is hazy gold with a white head that forms a cap and ring. Motile bubbles run down the side of the glass back into the brew leaving no lacing behind.

Smells lemony with just a little funk--a little cheese and sulfur--and old wood.

Tastes mildy lemony tart and sour apples with a touch of bitterness and a dry peppery finish. Some old oak coming through and tannins. Pleasant enough now, this would probably taste better in 5 years.

Body is light and carbonation is fizzy, giving this a cleansing and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent oude gueze, and a nice example of gueuzerie blending.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle with a best by date of 1/22/21 poured into a Cantillon tumbler. This brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of off-white head. It fades back to a lacing across the top that holds with less than a half finger strength around the edge of the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the islands of lace that sit atop the brew. A light swirl brings forward some large bubbles that support the formation around the edge of the glass but do not form a layer across the entire surface.

The aroma of this brew is quite inviting with a scent of funky lemon zest that gives way to more deep fruited tones of pulp and flesh lightly reminiscent of lemon and oranges with a bit more tropical aspect. The funk comes across mildly of stinky feet and cheese with some raw oak character a bit like mildew. A light swirl releases some sulfur tones and more stinky funk as it warms.

The taste is tart with lots of funk. Some lemony fruit notes are present before the onset of raw oak. The oaked flavor imparts some mildew quality that transfers back to more of a zesty fruit element not too different from grapefruit. It finishes tart with some earthy elements that are even herbal at times and it lends a bit of herbal bitterness like the previously described grapefruit bitterness that lasts inside the mouth and long into the finish. Yet it is crisp enough that I find myself going right back for more very quickly.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 6% abv is integrated quite well. This brew is easy drinking and quite refreshing. It boasts a broad array of funky and sour character that was easily approachable. I look forward to opening another one of these with some age on it. My only gripe is that this offering was a bit more bitter than I am use to in the style. Regardless it was enjoyable.

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10/02/2021

A-Pours straw yellow with a thin, fizzy brilliant white head. Streaky, soapy lacing.

S-Funky, lemony tartness. Fairly light on the barnyard funk.

T/M-Very dry and lemony with bright, vibrant carbonation.Very simple and straightforward. The finish is extremely dry and sharp.

O-Very nice. Tastes young. Could be very interesting in a few years.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my friends told me that this was good, so I figured I'd try it! 12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle, best before date of 15/02/2021, $9.99 a bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like hay, lemon peel, sweet and tart apples, and some oak and funk. The tartness is noticable but not strong in the aroma. Luckily, the tartness really comes out in the flavor of this brew. It tastes like tart apples, lemon peel, hay, oak, and funk. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's dry and has decent carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I'll have to buy another bottle of this and age it for a while.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst last Sunday. Actually purchased by a local who bought a round, and this was recommended by Yves. At that point, it may have been one of the only things on the menu we hadn't tried! Served in a lambic basket and reviewed from notes.

Poured into a Girardin tumbler.

Poured a nice straw color with a good white head that is a bit fizzy. A bit of lacing, though not a ton. The nose brings forward a good dosing of citrus. Not nearly as cheesy as the draft version. Good citrus flavor and light funk. Bright acidity. Light body and a dry, lightly-puckering finish. Really great for the first run, and something I was very glad to try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is the #19 top gueuze on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Bottle at a local bar and then I split another half of a bottle with craytonic, thanks Matt.

Beer is clear, until you get to the bottle, yellow / amber, soft white head of small bubbles, no lacing, moderate and steady carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is nice, acetic, oaky, mild funk, good brett and lactic character in the mouth.

I went back and forth several times concerning which one I liked the best, this or the jonge lambic. The jonge was quite bright and acetic, this was probably more acidic overall and more oaky / funky in the back. This probably wins in the long run, a great little gueuze, very nice to try. I'd have it again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml cork and caged green bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6% ABV, Best Before 10/02/2021, ref A 1011 on cork.

A - Über hazed dirty apricot orange in color, the beer looks awesome sitting next to the incredibly well-designed bottle. Complimentary colors! (Gah, the graphic designer bursting out of me.) Plenty of carbonation keeps the dense off-white head afloat while thick lace clings to the glass.

S - Funky wild yeast produces armpit, barnyard, damp straw, and goaty notes. Light sweetness reminds of pils malt in this fresh, green-ish, and young gueuze. Strong tartness but low acidity in the aroma.

T - Sharp acidity and tartness is striking but gladly accepted. Funky and wild, there's plenty going on here but it's definitely young. A rough, raw feel accompanies the damp straw, wet rock, and lingering sweet malt. Barnyard funk is present of course.

M - Well-carbonated, shockingly, with strong acidity and sourness; the key to my heart. Medium-bodied and "green" feeling on the palette.

O - A little young but damn good, this beer'll be fantastic when it matures, picking up more nuances and subtlety as it goes. Candidly, it's hard to go wrong with a) a sour and b) a gueuze. Tilquin is gonna blow up like Hollywood with a beer this well-done young. Get it now while it lasts.

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Photo of foogerd
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy murky yellow with white clear bubbles.

S- Dried leather, apple rinds, fresh lemons.

T- Sour lemon and acidic apple flavors, yellow grapes.

M- Really dries out the palette, thin smooth body.

O- Excellent balanced Gueuze with extreme dryness that doesnt throw off the brew and still maintains its balance.

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Photo of julian
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

37.5cl bottle brought back from a trip to Belgium.

A: Pours a coppery orange color with a ½” thick snow white head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice thin layer on the surface. Hazy. 4.5

S: Tart apples, subtle vinegar, citrus, some grassy/hay, and general lambik funk. 5

T&M: Tart, dry apple flavors, highly carbonated, dry (did I mention that?), citrus/citric acid. Funky. 4.5/4.5

O: Nothing about this beer is overwhelming. Every element is complimentary to every other element. This is an expertly blended Gueze. I hauled it all the back from Belgium, and given another opportunity to do so, I’d fill up a whole suitcase with this godly nectar. 4.5

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
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 cbutova
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour at the Great Thirst 2011, Ebenezers.

A- Hazy golden orange hue with a foamy white head. It's size and retention are decent. Some legs but not much lace action.

S- Really like the funk profile going on here. A musty, cheesy basement feel, socks and sweat and all. Also oak, straw, light fruit and citrus.

T- Again, a unique funk presents itself to me. Cheese, musty old basement, oak barrel, straw grass, light fruit, apples, grapes and fruit pits.

MF- Similar to other examples. Light body with fizzy carbonation and a sharp sourness.

If you like funk this is a great one for it. Enjoyable as most good gueuzes I haves tried.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Bobby for sharing this beer.

A: The beer pours a hazy orange color with a big white head that dies down somewhat quickly.

S: A very funky nose nose to this with a lot of the must and sweaty sock type of smells you get out of Drie Fonteinen beers. Lots of grass and green apples with a mild oak note and quite a bit of citrus.

T: The citrus and sweaty sock funk stand out quite well. Still plenty of grass and must, with a very earthy note that is reminiscent of mushrooms. As with the aroma, a mild oak note, but overall, the flavor is not quite as good as aroma.

M: The body is medium with medium to high carbonation.

O: This is a really nice gueuze. I would be happy to have this again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this as an extra from forgetfu. (he brought this back from a trip he made to Belgium)Thanks Bill!

2010-2011 edition, best before Dec 22, 2020.

Corked & Caged 37.5cl bottle with some added taping by Bill.

When I opened it, the beers rose slowly towards the opening but stopped short...got a good whiff while I watched. First impression was of green apples and a musty horse blanket smell.

Now that it's in my glass, yes to both. Very green apple like tartness, musty notes though not as strong as I originally thought.

In my glass, I see a cloudy orange coloured brew with a small but stubborn head of foam and when I tilt my glass, lots of nice lacing.

First sip and this is deliciously sour. Green apples plus a more than healthy taste of vinegar with only a slight hint of the must I mentioned. Not at all complex to my palate but damn...it works fine. A sour sour that brings ummm..the sour! Can't get any more basic than that!

Medium bodied with the carbonation bouncing back and forth between medium and high side of low, it has a nice mouthfeel and is so very easy drinking. Good lord, I love my beers that bring the sour.

I wonder, really wonder what it would be like to have this closer to the best before date..

Thanks again, Bill!

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle opened at the US debut in Philadelphia at Monk’s Cafe.

A: Hazy golden-wheat colored body. Lively off-white head forms upon pouring. Sticks around for a minute or two, leaving behind spotty lacing in the glass.

S: On the cleaner end of the gueuze spectrum. A soft lemon citric aroma is central here. My palate recognizes it as quintessential Girardin (which is one of the lambics blended into this). Ever so slight mustyness.

T: Like the nose, lemon-citrus dominates. There is also a bit of sharper acidity which I’d guess comes from the Cantillon lambic. I found this to be decently complex. Some constructive criticism would want a bit more earthiness.

M: Moderate effervescence. Light to medium bodied. Restrained sourness in the finish. Acidity wasn’t crazy.

O: I liked this. I’d put its flavor profile somewhere between Girardin and Cantillon, and while it could use more complexity, I think subsequent batches (or some age) will treat this well. Hopefully it comes into the US market at a good price... cause I’d gladly toss this into my normal line up with Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, De Cam, and Girardin.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010/2011 - REF A 1011 cork - 375mL

A - Hazy golden with finger of white head, leaves a ring with spotty lacing.

S - green apples, grass/hay, with lemon.

T - Taste is a nice balance of barnyard brett and lemon rind. Nothing too complex, similar to a Cuvee Rene at a few years.

M/D - prickly and dry, wears on the palate a little more than it should.

A pretty solid gueuze blending from the new guy in Belgium, which can probably only get better,

I sampled this next to a Girardin that was bottled within 6 months of the Tilquin, and the Girardin was the clear winner. I think it would be nice to do a side by side with all 4 of the lambics he uses to really get a feel.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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 rvdoorn
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
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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