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Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version) - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 350
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-18-2011

The Gueuze Tilquin - draught version (4.8% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermented beer, produced by blending a low alcohol lambic (called Meerts) and 1 and 2 years old lambics, all fermented and aged in oak barrels. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and it is refermented in the keg. 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 pmsawyer
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange with a decent white head that faded thin

S - Funky, light fruitiness, apple and sourness.

T - Initial musty funk and fruitiness followed by acidic sourness levels. Hints of grass, green apples. Dry finish with lingering sourness and fruit.

M - Medium bodied dry with moderate carbonation.

O - Pricey but worth it on occasion. Balance of sour, funk and fruit notes made for a very well done gueuze.

Served on-tap at Federal Taphouse

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Photo of Corkpuller
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea how my original rating on this beer was only 3.5. For me this is the gold standard for gueuze. I love Drie, Hanssens, Girardin and Cantillon...but Tilquin is my favorite.

The balance of funk and oak is perfect. It reminds me of aged champagne and I often drink and serve it as a stand in. It is nearly perfect with food. A beer above description, so I won't try.


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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice hazy dark straw hue with a big fluffy two finger head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Nice lemon, citrus notes, subtle funk.

T - Taste is very smooth, balance, tart lemons. Super nice and dry on the finish. Complex.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, very solid. Tart, dry, puckering, incredibly sessionable.

O - Overall a very, very good gueuze. Definitely worth the pour if available on draft.

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Photo of spoony
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a gueuze glass. Reviewed from notes dated May 26, 2013.

A-The beer arrived with a tall, two-finger head of dense, barely-off-white foam. The head had decent retention atop the slightly cloudy, golden liquid.

S-The smell is moderately to intensely sour with big notes of white vinegar, tart/sour apple, and white grape. The funkiness is moderate and gives a slightly barnyard/horse-blanket background to the more dominant sour flavors.

T-The taste follows the smell for the most part. There is a lot of acidic, lactic tartness that pulls at my saliva glands from start to finish. A little bit of doughy bread lies underneath and the aforementioned horse-blanket is also present, but these flavors are mostly overwhelmed by the dry, tart, sour flavors.

M-The feel is medium body with a light hit of assertive, champagne-like carbonation that fades quickly on the palate. The finish is a touch wet and watery.

O-This is a good gueuze, but not my favorite. It doesn't have the wine-like complexity of a Cantillon, for example, but that does not mean it is lacking in flavor. On the contrary, this brew packs plenty of sour punch. I would happily drink more of this if my stomach could handle the acid and I could regularly purchase it in Colorado.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe

A - Pours cloudy golden amber with a one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of musty basement funk, light fruitiness, damp earth, apple skins and some light acidic sourness. This draught version has quite a bit more funk than the bottles I have come across.

T - Starts off with the musty funk and fruitiness from the nose but it is much more restrained in the taste while the acidic sourness levels are ramped up a bit. Hints of grass, green apples and some light sweetness round things out. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry, crisp feel throughout.

O - I liked this version. It has all of the flavors I would expect it to have and it is easy to consume. A little too pricy to have all of the time but every now and then is fine with me.

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Photo of wedge
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

@ Tasty Beverage

Poured from a pitcher due to its large, ridiculously thick looking, rocky head. It's more of a hazy, slim white ring by the time I get my pour. Hazy golden body. Funky, sour lemon aromas along with barnyard, leather, slight sweatiness, and light oak. Crisp, tart, lemony citrus, earth, a sort of fresh herbal quality, and hay. Acidic, dry, and massively refreshing with a slight lingering bitterness. Delicious...lots of bright, fresh flavor for 4.8%.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour grain flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but I prefer the bottled version.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Birch. Served in wine glass.

A - Gorgeous head, hazy, lots of lacing on glass.

S - Citrusy, lemony smells.

T - Very smooth and balanced taste. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

M - Sinuous, creamy.

O - This is an excellent beer. So easy to go down. Despite low abv, it's very satisying and still complex.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a 6oz wine glass on draft at the always fantastic Trappist Provisions.

Contains a cloudy, orange-amber appearance, complete with a foamy little head that appears to last quite some time. Not too cloudy in appearance, but it is reminiscent of a cider-infused concoction, with some bronzed edges on the side. No bubbles to be seen rising upwards, despite decent carbonation and slight lacing on the glass. It's definitely thick and filled with viscosity upon swirling the glass each time. Simply put, a solid, traditional looking gueuze with no complaints to be made.

The aroma is filled instantly with large funky notes classic to the gueuze style, but the fact that this is a blend of not one, or two, but FOUR world class Lambic breweries definitely adds an experimental twist to the recipe. I admit I've only had Cantillon's gueuze (and that's the "100% Bio-Lambic" recipe, so I'm not sure if it's the one employed here), and I definitely am instantly brought back to the time I first opened one of their gueuzes and melted in fascination and sour funk. This is especially notable at the finish, yet the other breweries are doing their job just fine, and what's left are tarty white grapes, lemongrass, and spiced citrus notes of various kinds. Definitely not as excessive as Cantillon's, but very complex and stands out as any gueuze should.

The flavor continues the initial tartness and sour aspects to the next level, with everything I pretty much want in a gueuze. Dry, filled with puckered citrus, and contains a long-lasting aftertaste of acidity, as well as fruity, herby notes. This is the equivalent of sucking at a giant soured orange coated with wild, wood-infused yeasty flavors! Definitely gets to the point in terms of sourness, yet the blending continues its effects throughout consumption, often going from wet to dry, herby to fruity, yeasty to woody, all in a matter of seconds! Definitely becomes more intense as it warms up, but this thing is hard not to sip.

This peaked my interest in getting the bottled version when I have the chance. My assumption is that it is relatively tamer on tap, but that doesn't stop it from being delicious. This is a gueuze I could turn myself to more often without the fear of getting dried out by all its acidity. How the brewmaster figured out how to blend a beer this complex and make it so drinkable is beyond me, but it's definitely inspirational. Don't miss a chance to try this.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Cloudy copper pour with a finger or so of fluffy white head that sank to a thin layer, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was funky and earthy, grassy, citrusy. The taste reflected the nose, funky, wet grass, earthy, green apple, lemon, with an expected tartness. About medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, and a semi-sour, dry finish. Very good overall.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into mini Duvel tulip at Avenue Pub NOLA 10/2/12. Nice hay/golden color with good foamy white head. Great funky citrusy yeast...slight lemony zest maybe?
Taste is fantastic for the style...its a little more malty than most Geuze, sweet malts and the citrusy funk blend well. Very smooth for being so bitter. Really great Geuze, and what a treat to have on tap!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Football Pub in Rome.

Slightly transparent gold body with white head that erupted. Bartender had to wait a bit. The head settles down quickly though to a nice cap leaving lace.

Lovely musty odor here. Underlying that is some lemon and granny smith fruitiness.

This is light and easy to drink. Little fizz. No overpowering sourness at first but does hit with just enough kick for the sour fiend to love it. It feels like it layers up a bit and gets more sour as you drink it. Or I could be imagining things. Tastes really musty and is complemented by the tart and sour fruitiness of lemon and granny smith apple.

Really enjoyable geuze.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at moeder Lambic Fontainas.

The beer is copper orange, mildly hazy, with a half inch of thick white head that coats the tumbler in lacing. The aroma is bold for the style. Aggressive and forward, more so than the bottled version. Funky, earthy, dank. Light in body with fairly low carbonation. Smooth on the palate initially, finishing zesty with a touch of vinegary sharpness. A tasty brew, I would have this again.

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Photo of Guden
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Delerium Cafe in Brussels

A- Typical thin head with a slightly cloudy gold color. Looks like a nice Geuze.

S- The nose is more powerful than some others I've had with fruit (apples, cherries and lemons), oak and bright grain but also with strong notes of sweat and bile that are both intriguing and off putting.

T- Incredibly complex with none of the vomit/sweat of the nose. Instead the flavor starts brisk with lemon and decaying fruits with cherry, oak (lots of vanilla and some light tannins) coming in and giving way to a lactic puckering finish. One of the best I've had in this category.

M- A touch fuller bodied and chewier than typical for the style, and I enjoy the full sensation it gives. High carbonation combines with the lactic acid to keep it puckering.

D- Aggressively sour but also a bit chewy and complex. This is a geuze that let me contemplate its flavors over and over and never disappointed. The smell was really the only set back.

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Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Sight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, strong tartness, strong sourness, and a hint of grapes. Fits the style of a Gueuze. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong acidity and tartness. There is no noticeable sugar addition. Tastes of slight pale malt, sharp acidity, tartness, and a hint of grape. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and feel.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an exciting beer to try. It's a mix of a sour lemon character and an oaky backend that is nothing like I've had before. I definitely get the lamic qualities, but it also shares features of a wild ale. Very neat beer, absolutely worth trying, but it's rather expensive and probably isn't one you'll want to buy often.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/12 vintage (fresh, just released)

poured into an 8oz glass. light 1/2" head, clear light golden yellow.

sour lemon and dry oak on the nose. some pale malt.

light and slightly sour up front, some light acidic notes. light mineral and light lemon and apple. towards the finish a strong emergence of oak.

very light and easy, a bit airy. dry finish.

comes off very fresh. very lightly sour, but enough to taste refreshing. great oak flavor. excited to try a bottle now.

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

On tap @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12. Served in a tumbler.

Pours a hazed apricot color in the glass, with a thin 1-2 fingers head of off-white foam. This maintains some rich edges, leaving back a cascade of light spotty lace. The aroma is bright and tart in the nose, with a touch of underlying cheesy funk. A gentle sugary sweetness mixes in off the edges.

The taste has a bracing tartness to it yet still manages to stay fairly refreshing. Touch of softer fruit is present, along with some mineral notes and a light sugary backing. Funk and wood comes in off the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation that hits the roof of the mouth before getting a little thicker feeling on the tongue. This has a pretty quaffable feel to it overall.

This is a really nice Gueuze that stayed more tart than sour and benefited from a sprightly feel in the mouth that helped keep this on drinkable side. I’m glad I tried this one.

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Photo of hoserking
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Delirium Cafe

Excellent beer. Bartender recommended it and it was just what I was looking for. My Texan drinking buddy wasn't nearly as pleased, and was sick of me serving him sours.

The beer had a great barnyard character to it but also followed through with a very balanced sweet and tartness.

Quite enjoyable and was nice to try something I hadn't heard of.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res

Served in a tall glass with an emblem on the edge nice pale yellow straw color. 4

The aroma is tart sweet with an apples. The sweet and tart linger with an earthyness

The taste starts with a tart apple and slowly an almost woody earth flavor finishes nice

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Pour is mostly transparent straw yellow with a tight off white head. The nose is nice, huge ridy chessy funk, light mineral note, sweet peach and some lemon with a touch of citrusy hop. The taste is less bright, notes of mineral and some lighter rindy funk. Light spice to it with a fair bit of sweetness in the back, light lemon and very subtle sourness. The body is light and airy, a bit active on the back of the tongue, not very dry and strong carbonation. Well rounded and tasty, a touch flabby, not as expresssive as 3F but decen funk. Should have a strong future.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light, seethru brownish body with some white head and lace. A somewhat sour, funky aroma, I pick up pears, grape skin and touch of citric (hop bitterness?) in aroma and very little malt base. Light bodied with a good sour funkiness, this beer isn't overpowering with its sour peak but instead mixes sourness with tart fruit and a little bit of oakiness and finishes with some sweetness (relatively speaking). Casual sipper that I really enjoyed w/ light dinner..

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with orange highlights. Stark white head. Funky tart, lemon aroma. Definite barnyard funk. Funky lemon is the main idea here. Moderate carbonation, wheat like twang leads to a puckering finish. Lemon is the main note in this tart citrus taste. Touches of bread and honey mid palate but sour start to finish with the finish being very dry and puckering. This is a great gueuze, not metallic notes that some give off. Right on the money.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light yellow. With a paper thin head.

S: Sour citrus, bready yeast.

T: Sour lemon, funky Belgian yeast.

M: Medium/high pickley carbonation. Leaves the mouth slightly puckered.

O: Not too complex, but it's a really nice clean sour.

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Photo of naloxone
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours out bright clear yellow at the edges and forms a deep orange core in the center of the glass with little to no junk in it. My preference for unfiltered beers, I imagine I'd favor a bottle. Lively thick head quickly settles to a thin layer of bubbles, leaving lots of lacing on the glass

S- funkish sour smell backed up with mild, nose filling yeast. Taking a whiff makes me was to dive in.

T- Starts with a quick bite of sour but before you mind, it turns into a nice acidic and tarty but not overwhelming letting flavors of lemon, oak, and a hint of grapes and something almost cherry-like come through

M- light, pleasantly thin, smooth with just a hint of carbonation

O- Great introduction to lambics for this new sour appreciator. Pleased to say I can now understand the fuss over sour/fruity beers!

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Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version) from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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