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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 birchstick
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - pours straw yellow with a hint of orange to it. A huge billowing head that dissipates to a nice rim around the glass.

S - smells of Salty lemons with a nice musty funk layering over it. A little bit of sweet air and cheese is lingering in the background too.

T - starts off with tart citric sourness up front. A bit of apple cider vinegar takes over next. Through the middle is a little bit of mushroom must and funk. Ends with some lemons and sour citrus with a bit of salinity. Really solid!

M - the carbonation tickles the tongu all the way down. Has a medium body that leaves dry.

D - this is a really solid Gueuze. Lots of really good flavors intertwined together - everything is balanced really well, not overly sour or too much funk. Highly recommended!

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

Poured a hazy golden color from the 375ml. bottle. About two fingers of white head. Very nice lacing that sticks with the glass after the beer is finished.

Smell is more funky than sour, lactic acid, a little something roasted in there? Also a good bit of hop aroma for the style.

Taste follows the smell well, very funky then sour. Not really sweet or fruity. Again a something kind of roasted tasting, and I get some hops on the back end. Saliva inducing in the mouth, puckering.

Pretty nice overall, I'll be picking up a few more bottles to cellar.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, best before 01/03/2021, served in a big wine glass at around 60F.

Hazy apricot orange color, with a modicum of whitish froth that leaves some lace. Some swirling builds the head up to a nice quarter inch. Looks good.

Smells like tart fruit (grapefruit, mango... papaya?), wet rocks, feta brine, old barrel, and earthy damp dead leaves. Quite aromatic. Deeper down, hints of leather and bubblegum. Bright and appetizing, with great complexity.

Tastes delicious! Surprisingly, there are some earthy, leafy hops, along with a good dose of fruit salad and minerals. Perfectly tart, dry, and refreshing. Lingering finish of sour mango, with salinity and a touch of leafy bitterness, completely dry so I must drink more. Should have bought a 750.

I was looking forward to trying this, but it exceeded my expectations. The world is a better place with this new gueuze in it!

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

Two 375ml bottles were opened at a gueuze tasting we had. One was one of my contributions and the other was courtesy of Komondor. Turns out that I was really glad we had two of these, as it was one of the best ones on the day.

Both bottles were dated best by 15/02/2012.

The color is a bit darker than the other beers opened at the tasting. Its a rustic, old orange color. There is a short wispy head.

Everything here smells really nice, but it just doesn't seem to be turned up as loud as the other beers. Subdued cheese with a honeyed biscuit malty middle. Hoppy citrus is there along with a bright grassy aroma.

Lots of citrus, which makes this beer very refreshing and juicy. But the flavors just aren't as strong as many other gueuzes are. There is a very good level of even sourness that works just right. Plenty of grapefruit covers the palate.

Low carbonation with a very nice and highly dry finish.

One of the better ones in our line up. I'd certainly like to have some more of this. Since its new this beer's full aging potential hasn't been explored, but its really nice when its relatively young.

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Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first release of this gueuze - 750ml Bottle purchased from Hill Farmstead brewery in Greensboro, Vt.
This is a wonderful gueuze, comparable to the March 4 2011 Cantillon gueze in color with a slight bit more darkness but slight less clarity and carbonation. The amount of yeast was pretty mild compared to other gueuzes out there.
Taste was very acidic, steamed shelfish-like, and sour with a little more roasted bread taste hanging on at the end - light on the vinegar flavors of a new bottle of gueuze.
Mouth feel was appropriate - heavy tartness and light bitterness left on the tongue.
I'm excited to taste this gueuze in eight years - looking forward to trying the other work of this gueuzerie.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of mrandypandy
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle purchase at Hop City in Atlanta.

A - Pours a fairly clear, vibrant orange. Medium white head, fizzy.
S - Mild aroma. Slight lactic note with a hint of funk, but you really have to strain.
T - Much better. Nice light lactic tartness, green apples, hay, funk.
M - Medium body, average carbonation.
O - I must say, enjoyable. Restrained level of sour at first, more as it warms. Very good blend.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty excited about finally finding this new gueuze on the shelves near home, I've been looking forward to finding it for about 1/2 year. The only blender outside of Cantillon to use Cantillon lambic, very cool.

This was a 375mL bottle, saving my 750s for a while. The cork pops out with a nice audible, followed by about 2-3 seconds grace period before a slow gush. Everything ended up safely in my Cantillon tumbler. Straw color liquid, a few fingers of tightly celled foam.

Nice nose on this gueuze, horse blanket and funk, a little apple too. Very tart bite, more sour than others had led me to believe. Some citrus juice character, this evokes memories of Cantillon and 3F, very satisfying.

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

A: Cloudy yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S: Misty, funky, minimally acidic. The cherries and fruits provide a sweet and welcomed dimension to the funk. Lemony, earthy, balanced well.

T: Funky, vinegar, tart, dry, acidic come to mind in that order. The funky and tart cherries mix with hints of vinegar, and finish dry with a tingle on the palate. Sweet, musty aftertaste.

MF: Light, bubbly, carbonated really well.

O: Had this on tap earlier, basically the only differences are that this was a bit more funky, and carbonated a lot better. Both are very good.

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

Presentation: Pours with a huge cap of foam that slowly settles to puffy and substantial 1. finger head of pure white foam. Occasionally has some light brown sediment suspended in it. Nice sticky lacing. The beer itself is the color light straw and gets hazier as I get closer to the end of the bottle. Incidentally, the head retention also improves significantly as more sediment is mixed in. Not much sediment remains in the bottle; I believe it was all mixed in.

Smell: Tangy tartness with hints of lemony citrus and a slight earthy funk.

Taste: Tangy acidity upfront, followed by light and spritzy notes of lemon and orange. Slight hint of husky graininess and strawberries. Finishes with a tongue biting and long lingering carbolic acid like acidity.

Mouthfeel: Huge amount of carbonation. Body is thick,yet retains a light and bubbly feeling.

Drinkability: So begins my dedicate foray into the world of sours. My tongue feels like I just ate a bag of candy and has sever little bumps, my stomach is little upset, and yet I am please. Refreshing and interesting drink for certain. I bought two of these and the other one is disappearing into my cave for a few years.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a gently hazed honey amber hue with a slim sudsyeggshell head.

Smell -- Quite funky with barnyard/cheesy aromatics, toasted popcorn, salted lemon, and a modicum of cider vinegar.

Taste -- Well-balanced cider vinegar sharpness, earthy mushroom, cheesy funk, mild malt sweetness, and salted lemon tartness. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair lighter, with tight, crisp carbonation.

Overall -- Better than anticipated! In my mind, this is the mid-point between Cantillon Dre Fonteinen gueuzes. I would put Cantillon above it, but not by much.

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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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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 2,059 ratings