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

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Gueuzerie Tilquin

Style: Belgian 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 HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks!

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with an inch of white foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Big horsey funk notes with cheese and oak. Lemon is pronounced, and I get leather, damp forest floor, and barnyard notes. Smells very good.

T: Tart up front with an insistent moderate level of citric acidity. Leather blends with oak and a moderate lactic sourness. Goaty, with notes of cheese, lemon, and wheat.

M: Light body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Impressive, especially as a first offering.

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Photo of jimbus
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque and fizzled sunglow orange. Spriteful carbonation is lively as the sudsy head fizzles away. Smells of citrus, earthy musk, and slight sourness - not super impressed with the nose, but it is inviting. Initial taste - woah - extreme bitterness and acidity shoot out of the gates, make their mark, and are quickly thereafter accompanied by orange and lemon zest, musky gym shirts, and shock tarts. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the pleasantness of the flavor fades rather quickly. A very tasty beer however and is yet another gueuze offering that has impressed me with the style. Looking forward to getting more experience with the this unique craft.

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Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded orange brew, a warm white high and compact head, that settles and leaves good lacing. Some curtains.

Smelling acid, vinegar, then cats pee, stable and in general funky.

The taste is starting sweetly, dextrose, white vinegar, green apples and rhubarbs.

Medium carbonation, a very refreshing and watery feeling, a small body a dry acid finish.

Very well balanced, possiibly a bit young.

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Photo of larryi86
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12.7 oz bottle best before 15/2/2021 poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden color with a touch of orange with one finger white head.

S- Sour, lemons, tart apples, getting some funk and earthiness. It is making my mouth water.

T- Sour and complex, getting sour lemon, tart apples, hint of funk, white wine flavor in the finish. Very bright and lively.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry.

O- I love this Gueuze and can't wait to get more. As soon as the aroma hit me I knew I was in for a treat, and it did not disappoint!

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

pours a golden blonde with hints of orange. slight haze. fizzy head that retains fairly well.

very bright and vivid on the nose. lots of lemon zest and oak. funk hides a bit beneath.

very tart and sour. starts out more tart up front, and a deeper sour through the finish. typical lemon up front with a deep oak and funk. sour green apple emerges towards the finish.

lots of carbonation, a bit too much at times. some dryness.

very young but good. i am curious what age does to this. i can see it drying out a bit, maybe some more oak coming out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More gueuze on the beach? Well...ok.

Hazy orange with a big, white head and plenty of lacing. Similar nose to the Girardin black label, though perhaps just a notch less. The flavor is of authentic Belgian gueuze lambic, though perhaps more raw and aggressive than is customary. Sharp and acetic , though not quite harsh. Lots of oak. Citrus notes are there as well. Acetic finish, light burn. Overall, a really enjoyable beer.

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

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. $11/375mL. Top label says 2010 * 2011. Back label says Best Before 10/02/2021. 375mL green glass cork and caged.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with thin white head. Nose is full of lemon essence/zest and fresh cut boards and a little funkiness. Palate is zippy and sour with a focus on lemon juice/lemon rind flavor. Hay/straw and lychee also come to mind. Finish is long and sour. There's a faint bitterness there too, like a lemon rind would have.

Notes: I think this is a little more structured than the draft version that I had at Monk's Cafe a couple weeks ago. Hard to say which is better though... :) EDIT: Ok, according to my ratings...this version is better...

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I 375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head, no lacing. Nose is lightly funky note, slight band and and Brett.

Taste is tart and light, lots of Brett, a nice slightly sweet finish. It's very easy drinking and has a crisp finish.

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Photo of 100floods
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped open this bottle almost immediately after taking out of my fridge. The bottle is very cold, even frosty. I pour it into a tulip glass to reveal a hazy, pale yellow with some white head that doesn't hold up very well.

Bold notes of grassy citrus. Very clean. Reminds me of something close to Pinesol, but not the toxic part, likely phenolic.

This punches with a strong lemon-like sour flavor with and even stronger finish. There seems to be a very subtle sweet not hiding in the beginning of each sip. I taste apple cider vinegar, but not nearly as strong, or lip puckering. The carbonation tickles, but is not that strong, despite the cork feeling like it was going to burst as I opened it.

Definitely very true to form and quite enjoyable. I'd love to grab a few more of these and see what age does to it.

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

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Vintage 2010/2011. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind minimal lacework. Body is a semi-transparent apricot color with a nice glow to it, while streams of bubbles visibly rise upwards throughout.

S - White wine vinegar, lemons, tart Granny Smith apples, some unmalted wheat, sweat, sulfur, slightly rotten stone fruits, and a hint of oaky vanilla. The acidity is very Hansenns-esque, but this has a bit more balance to it.

T - The initial taste is bracingly sour, however the beer mellows into earthy mushroom and musty attic collection of flavors mid-palate. Finish is mainly citrus and acetic acid, with a light medicinal note. Lacks some of the complexities of the aroma, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Pleasant, zesty carbonation, medium body, extremely dry and tannic texture, and fast-acting acidity that started causing unsettled stomach almost immediately.

D - A worthy gueuze that I suspect I will be drinking plenty more of in the future. Future blends should only improve, with the addition of older lambic and more experience blending. It's quite easy to drink a 375ml on your own, although the acidity could prove challenging with larger serving sizes.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Fantastic carbonation. Tons and tons of bubbles cascade throughout my glass in singular fashion, not a stream but a many individual adventures. The head is creamy, but not pharmaceutically. The variety of minuscule bubbles create the illusion of meringue. Great lacing, retention on par with what it should be. This all sits above a carmelly yellow. Cough drop memories.

S- Lemon, almost antisceptic in nature but right before then. Delightful, doesn't remind me of a men's bathroom but I can see a resemblance. Following that is that characteristic aroma you only get from white wine. Herby, and acetic acid. Barely any citric. The last notes you get are toasted wood, floral bouquets, but not too much in the way of oak.

T- First impressions are instant sour presence and white grapes. Hits of white wine jump and bite the center of the tongue as well as the characteristic bittering of citric acid. Very nice complement to the dominating acetic acid that is the overall main flavor. Its all about how to complement the acetic acid here. Its strong, its lingering, but its not overwhelming. There is a minor bitter that is reminiscent of lemon rind, finish keeps it going in manner that joins and becomes indistinguishable from citric acid. Otherwise this beer leaves you thinking you are moments away from a clean break.

M/D- Moderate body, fluid, creamy, sharp, minorly bitter, clean, stringy ending. Its crisp right off the bat but the carbonation benefits the overall picture. If that finish was just a tad bit less present this would be a perfect mouthfeel. I'm left with tart presents on the insider of my cheeks and lips as I drink further onward. Love the leftovers, don't care if their sloppy.

This beer has reminded me why sour is the best 'style' of beer. It is so balanced while still maintaining a harsh, aggressive personality. Delicious and worth drinking every so often, regardless of the price. Probably one of the best gueuzes I've ever had. I can't wait to share this beer with others.

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

Poured into a Ommegang flute from a 12.7oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice golden color with some nice clarity. I was kind of surprised it wasn't hazier. There is a nice lively white head that is about i inch tall and recedes fairly quickly.

S - Nice sharp tartness comes up quick with some nice slight salty aromas. Nice earthy grain notes mixed in with some nice funk. There is some good woody oak notes. Very faint nose.

T & M - Starts off with nice woody tartness. There is some slight saltiness in the middle of the beer. Very sharp vinegar notes come up quick but don't linger too much. This gives the beer a bit more of a drinkable profile. Its not too intense on the sour side. Very good funky yeast notes on the back end that match up well with the woody notes. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

O - Yumy Gueuze. Very refreshing and has some good subtle favors for a sour ale. Simple and delicious.

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

375mL into a snifter. Liked this the first time but think I drank it too quickly. So let's take our time, girl..Get to know one another.

Cloudy pee yellow with a bit of yeasty floaties. Big sexy white head that diminishes and eventually fully retreats.
Big lemon tartness on the nose with some brett earthiness in the background.
With the warmth in the glass, the sourness really opens up, pricks the mouth joyously. We dance the forbidden dance. The sour is backed by some barn brett and lemon. Acidity is excellent.
Not as complex as Cantillon or 3F, but standing tall right now for a first batch. Time should also do this beer quite well.

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Photo of Verecund
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010-2011 vintage [batch one]. 375ml opened on October 14, 2011.

Pours a luminous safety orange with a large bubbled one finger head that recedes after some fifteen seconds. Scattershot lacing.

Mellow, balanced nose comprised of (bright) lemon acidity, white wine vinegar, acetic acid, and wet hay. Hints of mushroom funk.

Citric and acetic acid hit the palate full force; pleasantly tart, like biting into a green apple. Definitely musty on the mid-palate, but not harshly funky, it's more of a chalky feel than anything else. The finish does showcase some nice oak tannins to complement the fresh citrus and straw.

Medium body with appropriate carbonation (maybe leaning in the too-heavy direction at this young age), though it feels a bit chalky. Nice acidity. A very enjoyable blend. Like most, I'm looking forward to seeing how this ages.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear yelow pour from a C&C 750 into a duvel tulip. Clear on the first glass, cloudier with following pours. Pleasing to the eye white head that has nice staying power. A gentle swirl brings it back up to a nice quarter inch. Grassy and cheese rindy smell. Some bright lemon citrus as well. Becomes less citrusy and more funky on later pours as the sediment enters the glass. Initially, the carbonation is sharp and prickly, but everthing smooths out. This is a very dry gueuze. Taste is full of lemons, and somewhat earthy, mineral like, and slightly bitter.

This really hit the spot. Satisfys the craving and then some. Top tier stuff worth stocking up on.

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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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Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 2,074 ratings