From: Rebecq, Belgium
Brewer’s Notes: “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.”
The beer’s label is funky and cool. It has a semblance to the old Belgian brewery labels, but it is much less text heavy, and actually quite minimalist and pretty to look at. I love the color choice of dark, navy blue with orange and light blue highlights. The fonts are crisp and easily read, and also quite funky, and reminiscent of ‘70’s movie posters. I love the tree graphic on the neck. My one complaint is the text that explains the beer on the bottom. It’s plain ugly text where the rest of the label is funky and minimalist. Overall, this label is great, and actually one of my favorite gueuze labels. It is worthy of shelving or scrapbooking.
The beer pours a golden orange with copper highlights. It also pours with a healthy finger’s width head of pebble like, creamy white bubbles that are constantly fed by a maelstrom of bubbles racing up throughout the glass. The head leaves a lacing of fat dry bubbles that clump into sheets on the glass. In body, the beer is properly hazy, though the other side of the glass is slightly discernable. On the nose, the beer smells wonderfully funky with big cherry leather scents and pineapple with light spicy notes and distinct lingering horse sweat. There is even some slight cheesy notes tending towards a blue or parmesan cheese. On the tongue, the beer tastes acidic and sweet with just a touch of herbal bitters and some nice rounding salty notes. In flavors, the beer begins with spicy pepper but moves quickly into sweet and funky pineapple and cherry leather flavors with sweaty nuances and a touch of cheese. The pepper returns on the finish with a faint touch of wheat and a lot of sweet funk and acidic pineapple. The aftertaste moves into lingering cherry leather flavors with a funky spice accenting it. This beer tastes very nicely funky. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, perhaps a touch below medium, with a thick carbonation that peppers and then caresses the taste-buds, allowing for the sweetness of the funk to do its thing, but also for the beer to note get cloying in nature. The mouth is left gushing with acid neutralizing saliva, and begging for more beer. Overall, this is a tremendous gueuze that I will regularly return to. Of the gueuzes I can regularly find, I believe this has become my new favorite. Rich and complex funk really shows itself in this beer, but the sweet and acidic components are nicely balanced, perhaps with just a touch too much acidity. This is a great beer, and wonderful for summer sipping. If you like funk then you will like this beer.