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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 infinitebruner
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

October 11, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, snifter

A – Dark gold to light amber, some ruby tints. An inch-plus of thick, pink-white foam, with long retention. Brilliant clarity.

S – Very clear funky, barnyard Brett character. Some sweet, fruity notes, maybe some esters from the yeast. Bright and fresh profile.

T – Bracing acidity, farmhouse hay, and mild, wild berries. Sauvignon blanc and Brettanomyces. No aftertaste to speak of. A light tinge of green apple, not necessarily acetaldehyde.

M – A lot of tiny, thick bubbles, very high carbonation. Acidity, tart but not puckering; just a slight tingle on the finish.

O – I very rarely get to drink gueuze, so to find a renowned example and have the whole bottle to myself was pretty exciting. This is a beer that a lot of people would try and say “this is beer?” I let a couple people sip this and that was the exact reaction I got. It’s very brisk, refreshing, and seems simple and complex at the same time. Each taste felt new. I don’t LOVE it, but I think it’s a fantastic beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle received in trade from Phyl21a

Appearance – Golden yellow colour with a small size fizzy/rocky white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, vinegar, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste tart citrus (lemons/grapefruit), green grapes, and some vinegar. There is also some straw/grass and some light hops.

Overall – Really good stuff. There is a grapefruit pith type flavour that keeps its tart and refreshing. Maybe not a whole lot of complexity but still an interesting beer to drink. One of the better gueuzes I've had.

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Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

750 ml bottle poured into a RR stemmed glass @ 50 deg f.

A: 4.5 - Huge carbonation, the cork would have never stayed in place without the cage. Large off white fluffy white head composed of large to medium bubbles that slowly dissipate with great lacing and a continuous flow of bubbles from the base of the glass. Color is a straw golden yellow, crisp and clear, simply gorgeous.

S: 5.0 - O god damn Yes! Very characteristic and definitely a classic Gueuze aroma. A nice toasty bterry aroma with a hint of lactic sourness. Very earthy and quite similar in aroma to Cantillon's classic gueuze. Very citric and acid fruit like. This smells amazing!

T: 4.5 - Wow, very smooth carbonation with a gentle sourness and great but subtle Brett funk with very earthy citric notes. Very drinkable and refreshingly dry.

M: 4 - Very dry and refreshing with a slight bitter and a little bit tanic finish. Gentle Brett character that lingers and friendly lactic sourness. Very citric in acidity but very nice and very classic to the style.

O: 4.5 - This is a very tame yet complex lambic. A definite classic flavor profile but a little too smooth and clean. I couldn't wait to drink this but that's most likely my problem. It will definitely improve with age but a must have without to truly get a feel for this amazing lambic. A definite must try.

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Rating is based on Batch 1 from 2010/2011. Also had 2012/2013 side-by-side which was also nice, but not quite as good as the older iteration. Both poured from bottle into gueuze glass at Monk's in Philadelphia.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice vibrant and hazy golden, aromas of sweat, blue cheese funk, mild black pepper, and a strong tartness. High carbonation, juicy flavors and moderately drying. Very nice.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a solid gold with little head, slight bubbles.

Smell is old and danky sourness, like an old lemon. Some oak in there, and tartness that stings your nose. Not alot of vinegar really

Taste is similar with loads of lemon and hay. Quite bitter, with a soft puckery essense that lasts on the tongue for a while.

Carb was ok, they told me it was flat, it was not. This is just about right.

Overall not my favorite gueuze, but still an amazing beer.

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Photo of Tele
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A: 4.25 A bit of a gusher once opened. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with an aggressive off white head that dissipates after a couple minutes.

S: 4.25 A good does of oak, toasted, bready malts, lemon, and pepper on the nose. Green apple, grapefruit, funk, and seawater are also present, but are a bit subtler.

T: 4.5 Very tart with similar characteristics as the nose. It could be a bit more sour. The tartness, lemon, and pepper are extremely well balanced by a light sweetness with oaky, toasty flavors. Grass and green apple linger on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 The mouthfeel is fairly light, while substantial enough to carry all the flavors. Carbonation is a little high, but it’s very nice and gives the beer a lively feel. A slightly dryer finish would be a nice compliment to the sour flavors.

O: 4.5 A lot of classic gueuze flavors going on in this beer and overall done very well. It could be a bit more sour in my opinion, but I’ll age one for a while and see how it develops.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very happy to see this finally on the shelf here in Minnesota to enjoy
A-pours a cloudy golden color with a huge white head that recedes and settles with lacing and a fresh collar
S-sour barnyard funk with ripe fruit wet hay wood and leather
T-Tart sour apple fruit with wet hay and earthy notes wood and leather and musty funk very nice
M-dry and tart and sour on the palate
O-superb in the style a pleasure to drink so glad we have distro on this now

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 2013/2014 batch. Best by 08/01/14. After a slight tug on the cork it actually shot out with a huge POP.

A: Pours a couple fingers of thin, sudsy bone colored head which instead of dissipating remains constant. The body is a very hazy orange.

S: One of the stinkiest beers I've ever smelled. Brings to mind all the worst aromas of a barn. Stinky cheese, smelly feet, old hay, Greek yogurt, sea salt, citrus fruit and white wine barrels.

T: More of the same decaying barn funk with a yogurt tang and lemon juice middle. Finishes with a smokey, burned rubber mineral note and some wine forward toasted oak. Really opens up as it warms.

M: Medium feel with a medium carbonation and lots of lip smacking tartness. Begs to be sipped on non stop.

O: A very layered and complex gueuze that I wish I could try next to some of the other well known lambic blenders. This seemed less acidic and bright than the Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Overall recommended and worth cellaring to see what time will bring. Brings a wide variety of weird funky and sour flavors to the table.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Aggressive cork pop, then a gush. Pours a very cloudy yellow colors head is white and bubbly. Head dies off leaving bubbly lacing.

S-Very funky and rustic. Tart lemons, damp, rotten wood. Very musty. Hay and earth. Smells like it will be super sour.

T-Inexplicable sourness and tart fruit. Lemons, apples, white grapes. Soggy oak. Earth and sour cheese. Pale malt. Vinegar.

M-Lighter bodied but nearing medium. Airy feel. Very bubbly. Puckering. Dry. Acidic.

O-An intense Gueuze. Packed more punch that I anticipated. I was happy with this; I was expecting something less authentic, so this was nice.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into teku. Perfect blend of sourness, creamy mouth, and low heat. Wonderfully drinkable and not too tart. Still the sourness does come through and doesn't disappoint. A nice lingering sour aftertaste as well. Doesn't seem overly dry to me. Instead, it has a crispness to it. If anything, any dryness is subtle. Excellent representation of this style. Never disappoints.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Peachy gold and cloudy with fine bubbles rising fast and furious, seen only with close observation. 3 fingers of white foamy head.

S: Awesome sour, hay, barnyard, funk, old aging wood from the barrels, macaroni, burnt rubber, volcanic rocks, mineral quality. Lemons and peaches, nectarines and apricots.

T: Sour lemon juice, rubber, macaroni and aged wood, volcanic rocks, mineral qualities all come in. A hint of the stone fruits mentioned above also comes in, macaroni or boiled pasta as well.

M: Thick acidic, with lots of fine epervescent carbonation. Dry and vinegary.

O: Definite 9 out of 10 from me. Excellent on all accounts. To know Boon and Cantillon’s lambics amongst other great breweries’ are in this, makes me appreciate it all the more. I found this in Whole Foods, Birmingham AL, and am drinking it in Hopkinsville, KY.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013/2014 printed on the bottle. Pours white amber with a white meringue like head. Super frothy and very fine bubbles. Surprisingly good lacing for a lambic.

Fresh fruit mingling with barnyard funk in the aroma. Thoroughly musty and rustic. Spices, oak, earthy blue cheese, and berries. Very complex but surprisingly balanced and approachable.

Tart upfront quickly followed by tea and mushroom. I often get overripe fruit in wild beers, but there's an interesting fresh fruit quality in this one. Bready malt can still be found given the relatively young age of the beer. Complex and drinkable.

High carbonation with loads of tannins. Firmly sour but not mouth puckering (for me at least).

An excellent complex and balanced gueuze. I'm sure Tilquin will soon be in the ranks of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen.

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

A: tanned-caramel in color, little haze, with foam that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving lace on the glass.
S: bretty funk, musty earthiness, apple, cloves
T: sour cherry, unripe grape, apple, lactic sour, some lemon-rind bitterness, some chewy caramel
M: very refreshing and dry. lingering bitterness
O: nice sour, balanced between sour and fruitiness

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Photo of barczar
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant golden color, with almost no head. Aroma is lactic, acetic, and earthy, with a toasted oak character. There's almost a blue cheese sharp funk to it. Flavor reveals sour cherry notes, along with a clean, acetic and lactic character that dries nicely in the finish and becomes slightly barnyard/phenolic. Very impressive in the sourness that erupts and fades, cleansing the palate perfectly.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Silky hazy golden. Poured a massive false head that dissipated quickly. Left a thin continuous ring around the glass. Highly carbonated. Excellent color and super smooth consistency, but the head was the only downside.

S: Mild funky mustiness of old library books with grape and lemon lime zest.

T: Starts off with bright sweet sour lemon lime candy. Has a light saltine malt with a tangy white pepper. Sour green grapes. Bright tart green apple. Finishes with a white vinegar.

M: Thin light and extremely crisp. Mouth puckering with a salty dehydrating finish.

O: A little over exuberant on the sourness. Lots of complexity of both bright and mellow flavors, but you really have to work to get through all that tanginess.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml best by 12/20/22 (bottled 12/20/12)

Hazy amber golden pour with quickly reducing bubbly white head. Pungent aroma of barnyard funk, grass and hay, sweet peach and grape, lemon peel. Aromas carry through to the taste; coats the tongue with malty sweetness and fruit flavor (peach, orange, bright lemon peel) mixed with earthy funk and lactic acidity that dries out towards the end in oaky tannins. The finish has a nice lemon peel pop I like in a Geueze but the finish is marred by some astringent bitterness like biting into a pill. I opened up a 2012/13 when it fresher and it wasn't quite ready yet; It's now coming together nicely and may benefit from a little more time. This is a great gueuze that is easier to find but not quite as good as 3F or Cantillon.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Best before 05.03.2022.

A: Nice bottle art. Simple but beautiful label in a corked bottle. Pours a hazy orange color forming a small, bubbled and quite fizzy white head. Medium to small retention and only very few lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity in the nose. Strong notes of apples, pears, white grapes. Apple vinegar, pale malts and a quite earthy and metallic Lambic end

T: Funky, dry and sour. Very fruity. Strong notes of green apples, pears, green grapes. Sour. Notes of pale malts. Dry and sour end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Sour and very fruity aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent Gueuze. Classic

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Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle states 2012 and 2013. I assume bottled in 2012 and released in 2013? Label also states best before 12/02/2023 (so probably 6 months old).

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with a lot of chunky sediment. Tall, frothy and thin white/off-white head. Bottle threatens to foam over constantly. Thin, patchy tufts of lacing everywhere.

S: Surprisingly subtle around. Very tart lemon and berries maybe? Quite tannic - approaching leather. Hints of oak.

T: Yup, pretty much as expected. Super tart lemons initially. Funky in the middle - very acidic and bile-like at points. Sour apples. Lightly leathery in the finish. Aftertaste is oaky and dry with lots of leather now. Sometimes get some burning rubber flavor, especially lingering around between sips.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied. Very tart and dry.

O: Big funky and sour gueuze for sure. Very funky, like chewing bile-soaked leather at times. Acidity is extremely high to boot. Not bad but a little too funky for me.

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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is murky (though bright), the color of a ripe apricot or very close to it. A fluffy, slightly yellow-tinted head rises to one finger and shows itself to be resilient as it rests densely. It falls at a moderate pace and leaves some patching on the glass.
Like the appearance, this beer's aroma displays lots of apricot at the opening of the bottle, accompanied by a variety of fresh tropical fruits with some very juicy sourness. Funk is firm but well integrated, earthy and leathery with plenty of acidity tingling.
Everything passes over the tongue and forces some thought; but, while individually identifiable, every note plays together into the flavor. A little sweetness on the tongue just takes the edge off so the strong sourness and acidity can play their full parts without being too harsh. Lots of fruits are on the tongue as they were in the nose, and the funk is almost chewy, more earthy with a bit of barnyard effect. It's extremely bright, and some green apple skin tartness comes through the whole way as well.
The body is medium and there's a certain creaminess to it even with the dryness. It is also, though, very crisp and bright. It's extremely refreshing, acidic without being harshly astringent, with a powdery and clean finish even as the puckering sourness makes it a little juicy, and carbonation is nearly perfect.

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Photo of SebD
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of a lemony tartness, funk, green apples and a slight breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of tart lemons, sour green apples and yeasty funk. A sour punch in the face.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. World class Geuze!

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Big, fizzy carbonated head. Extremely lively dark orange/copper brew. Head retention is fine; lacing is spotty but clingy.

Big funky nose of wild yeast; slightest bit of skunk; lemon citrus and a hint of sour, wheat, dust, musty cheese.

Flavor follows the nose, with a barely-citric sourness up front; straw, hay, wheat, and wood in the main body; and a huge note of musty funk at the end.

Medium-light feel, with enough body to feel full and oily in the mouth. The sourness is light enough that there is little puckering. Long, semi-dry, sticky finish. Great retention. Lively, with little sting.

This is a good Gueuze, but I don't feel it ranks up near Cantillon or 3F Golden Blend for pure overall taste and experience. Nothing Tilquin does here is poor, but only the mouthfeel stands out as truly superb. Worth a try.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an '11 vintage.

The beer comes in a hazy peachy amber with a small white head.

The aroma has a big funkiness throughout of hay, farm, stinky socks. There is green apple peel, a lemony tartness, a bit of malty sweetness, slight restrained in general.

The flavor follows with green apple peel, lemon juice tartness, a light breadiness in the middle with some fruity sweetness even, a deep funkiness of stinky socks and farm quality. There's white wine character throughout. The beer is extremely dry.

A more restrained beer than Drie Fonteinen, as I had two blind. Still absolutely delicious though.

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

Gentle pour yields generous two inch off white head. Bubbly and poppy that reduces quickly to paper thin edge. Cloudy honeyed apricot appearance.

Sour fruit. Fresh sanded oak flooring. Sea brine. Fruits of lemon and apricot skin.

Sweet and sour. Lemony and fruity (how bout that for redundancy). Not saying there's raspberries there but the tartness from fresh raspberries is there for me moreso than lemon. Woodsy and yeasty in the middle. Apricot sweetness and lemon rind. Some mineral on the back end.

Very smooth and surprisingly enough not head tilting or wincing. I'm really drawn into the fuzzy apricot sensations here. Spritefull carbonation.

Overall sophistication. Putting this in my chambers. More of a wild ale session but all in all quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1pt. 9.4 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
2011 2012 vintage
Best before: 29/03/2022
Served in a traditional lambic tumbler

A careful pour yielded a slightly hazed, medium amber body that was topped by a crackling, two-finger tall crown of eggshell colored froth. Steady streams of carbonation ascended the liquid. The head quickly dissolved to a thin, lasting film that left no lacing in its wake.

The aroma was super crisp, powdery and dry initially. Lots of lemon rind. Slightly musty and funky. Touch of earthy hops. Overall, not super complex. As the beer sat, the nose became funkier, mustier and more interesting. Some oaky notes appeared as well.

Dry, yeasty notes and bitter lemon pith dominated the flavor profile. The beer was bracingly tart and tannic. Oaky notes appeared in the center. Lots of grapefruit peel and white vinegar-like acidity. The finish contained many of the same flavors found on the front end, but on an even more intense level. The lemon rind was overwhelming and it lingered long after every sip. There was a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness as well. All in all, the beer was quite astringent and rather simplistic.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was impossibly light and frothy, yet it turned super creamy and supple once it settled. A finely beaded, lively effervescence gave the liquid a crisp, sprightly, Champagne-like quality.

Gueuzes typically exhibit a rounded profile of tartness, funk, oak and barnyard character. Even with two years of age, this beer was a bitter, pithy, sour bomb. It reminded me more of an over-hopped American wild ale than any type of gueuze I have ever sampled.

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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