Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version) - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 334
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 3.15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 nataku00
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a light yellow, a bit of haze, and half a finger of soapy head with a few large bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, as expected, leaving some light lacing here and there that slides quickly back into the glass. Decently carbonated, with many small bubbles floating up slowly initially but gradually became less active.

Nose is very funky and earthy, deserving of the barnyard funk description, with some wet soil, and wet grass mixed in. Some acidity, sour lemon juice and sour green apple, apple skin. Despite being poured a little cool, pretty nice and interesting aroma.

Taking a sip, some nice bright acidity initially, lemon and green apples, a little bit of lactic acid as well. Then mostly wheat malts, with only a little funk from the nose near the finish. Finish is very clean and crisp, with only a light sour and funk that lingered for a short duration.

Light bodied and well carbonated initially with fine champagne like quality, soft small bubbles that really helped make it refreshing. Carbonation started to lose its potency after 15 minutes in the glass though, and the last bit of my glass was only lightly carbonated.

Pretty easy to drink geuze, but the complex funkiness on the nose didn't translate too well to the taste. (1,292 characters)

Photo of voteforgoat
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Spuiten Duyvil in Brooklyn during Zwanze day.

Appearance is a murky yellow.

Smell: funk and lemon

Taste: citrus rind, wood, funk, lemon for sure. Tart. Much more delicious beer than anticipated from this new blender.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated.

Overall: another world-class gueuze available. Granted I love true lambics more than my own soul, so my ratings are going to lean high, even though I am trying to be as fair as possible! If you see this beverage on tap, don't pass on it! (500 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Hazy yellow pour with no head and a minimal amount of bubbles. Acidic smell with hints of tart cherries. Undertones of vinegar and funk. The taste matches the smell, lightly acidic with the tart cherries providing a nice balance. The barnyard funk sort of holds the beer together and is not overpowering. Light and carbonated well. Dry taste overall. Thought this was a great beer. Haven't had many guesses before. This was a nice intro. (459 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's after Zwanze 2011 kicked on Zwanze Day.

A: Hazy-cloudy lemon-yellow body. One inch fizzy white head. Nice stick lacing coated the glass after each sip.

S: Lemon-citric notes. Funky with a nice sweaty, cheesy must. Some hay and barnyard notes. Much more earthy than the bottled offering.

T: Similar notes as in the nose. Clean, acidic lemon plays center stage. Earthy, funk notes fill out the remainder of the flavor profile. The nose, despite the complexity, was better defined. The flavor profile is a little muddled.

M: Medium to light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Moderate acidity. Mild funk in the after-taste.

O: A solid offering. Looking forward to Tilquin continuing in the US market. Hopefully both the draft and bottled offerings are regulars (the bottle offering is better in my book). Its clear Pierre knows what he is doing, so this should continue to improve as he gets more blends under his belt. (950 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Churchkey. This was the last pour from the keg.

A mildly hazy yellow with a thin white head with good retention, this is a good-looking gueuze. The nose is surprisingly great! The Girardin is quite prominent with a beautiful, clean lemony sourness. The funk character is mild, this is mostly a blend of lemon and orange rind. The palate is similarly bright and refreshing, with a clean, lemony sourness, a mild funk and a little bit of oak. Medium-light in body, this beer has a great, refreshing finish, zippy and lemony and thoroughly enjoyable. The funk isn't as fully developed here, but I guess that was the point of this blend. Well done. (654 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle 'n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sourness along with hints of funky yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is both tart and sour and has earthy flavors from the yeast along with some hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style because the sourness is not overpowering. (667 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I, moving this to the appropriate locale,

A: Pours a cloudy gold. A medium white head persists, which leaves good Belgian lace.

S: Sweaty socks and lemon juice. The hallmark of good gueuze. Some Bretty old leather notes in there add to the classic bouquet.

T: Full lemony lactic acid with horse blanket and funky wet wool. A complex true to style flavour. Very traditional.

M: Medium to high acidity. A tart lactic beer. Nice funky long aftertaste. Frothy, but a tad overcarbonated.

O: This was a fun beer to drink. The makers of true gueuze lambic are limited so it's always fun to try a new maker of the style. True to Belgium and true to its place, I'd love to see more from Tilquin in the coming months. (732 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap @ Delirium Taphouse June 20, 2011. I've been holding these notes for the beer to show up on BA, finally. Served to me in a branded pseudo-pint

A: Yellow golden ale with near excellent clarity. Single finger of bone white foam falls over several moments to a sheet of the same. No lacing. 3

S: Tart and funky. Really dry nose with a good dose of the farmhouse on a hot, stagnant summer day. This is balanced well with a nice lemony citric acidity. 4

T: Nice and tart. Well done gueuze with a balance of fine, musty flavors with a good sour wild punch. I'm struggling to really do justice here with the flavor profile as I'm writing on a napkin, but this is really good. 4.5

M: light and crisp. A finish that is both dry and satiating. Good. 4

O: Great gueuze. Wish it was stateside. 4

Note: after this, I came to find this beer is now available stateside. I advise anybody into Gueuze to try this out. It reminds me of a mix between 3F and Cantillon Classic gueuzes. A really nice beer. (1,007 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey DC, into a tumbler, similar type Cantillon gueze style glass. Vintage 2010. (review moved previous under regular Tilquin).

A very tight bubbled head that disappears quickly off the pour. White in color, managing a small collar on top of a hazy somewhat dark muddy yellow. Some pin head rising carbonation can be seen in the light but otherwise hard to spot.

Nose is a funky yeast (brett? lacto? etc..) sense very wet smelling, and filled with a watery lemon and acidity. Sense of sparkling basic white bubbly wine from the corner store.

Taste brings more than on the nose. A light bodied crisp palate with lemon notes hitting in the front, giving to a sharp white baked bread and very dry finish. Great viscosity on this with just enough teeth coating mouthwash action. Lemon comes stronger without overpowering acid sourness, just enough tart and malt like density to give it some body.

Overall with a light enough abv this drinks so quickly like nothing and hardly any sense of alcohol. A mix of lemon like Hefe style and Gueuze like goodness and a marriage to enjoy! That's what I get off of it. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a HORAL mini tumbler.

Pours a nice golden-yellow color with a good, stable white head and a bit of lacing on the way down.

The nose brought quite a bit of nice funk and bright citrus. Lots of lemon and orange zest and some citric acid. The flavor was very citrusy with light funk and a moderate acidic presence.

Light body with good carbonation and a very dry finish. Nice acidity throughout.

A very impressive beer. I hope to have this more often. (570 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Tilquin 'draft geuze' at Moeder Lambik for the 3 June 2011 release. reviewed 4 June 2011. Served in Tilquin tumbler. I was told by the bartenders it is a young low gravity lambic from Boon (a march 2010 lambic) made from 2nd runnings.

Ar: Mild hay, subtle lactic acid, light lemon, definitely young, surprisingly assertive aroma

Ap: Moderate white head, fair retention, hazy pale straw

T: Lemon, tropical fruit ,pleasant citric acidity, mild grassy character, light pineapple, very crisp, moderate sweetness, a touch of sulfur

M: Medium carbonation, very light body, crisp, nice acidity

O: It shows that this is young, good beer for a hot day, crisp and slightly sweet (677 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am moving my review to a new entry because this is a different beer than the bottled version Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne that is currently (mistakenly) referred to on this site as "Gueuze Tilquin" at http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/25923/70745/ . These entries should be kept separate because they are different blends and despite the information on beeradvocate have different ABV, the ABV on the other gueuze should be 6.0%. This is the draft only version which is a blend of two beers rather than three. Don't believe me, you don't have to, from the brewer:

"The bottle version is called "Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’ancienne" and is 6% alc/vol (it is either in 375ml or 750ml), and the draught version is called "Gueuze Tilquin on draft" and is 4.8% alc/vol."

On tap at a local beer bar, served in a tumbler. Beer is yellow and really hazy with a nice white cap for a head, no lacing, moderate and steady carbonation.

Aroma is lactic, mild oak, some funk from the yeasts, some acetic.

Beer is bright on the palate and dry on the finish, light in body, effervescent on the palate, a fun fun beer here. Nice round body, pops on the palate, I enjoyed it but probably liked the oude slightly more. (1,223 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Groppi's. Served in an 8oz snifter.

A: Hazed golden pale yellow hue. About a finger of stark white head rests comfortably on top and hangs around for awhile. Sticky bits of lace remain.

S: Nice burst of musty funk. Good amount of wet barrel wood and moldy gym socks. The lactic sourness is present but not real strong. Mild hints of lemon and used wet straw.

T: Mild lactic sour with a good amount of lemon. The funk is mild in the flavor. Some green apple and moldy wood but not the unbridaled funk I look for in my gueuze. The flavors are young for sure.

M: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: This one is very young and it shows. I'm looking forward to what this beer will do in time though.

EDIT:

To lazy to write a full review on a bottle. So I'm blending the two. Like a lambic blender.

Flavor and aroma get a bump in the bottle. Much more sour and funky. Glad I was able to try both. (936 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy in the body. The lace is quite good, especially for a gueuze. The nose is spot on; pleasant with some horse blanket and some lemon. Then we go to acid city, which is the taste. Even for a gueuze, this is acid and more acid. Bittering with traces of grass and very subtle lemon. Not bad for what it is, I just expected something a little different from what I got. (437 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz tap pour into a snifter at Groppi's in Bay View. $8

Thanks to Enjoli, the REAL beer goddess, for making my mouth water all day by "sexting" (Thanks Todd) me a picture earlier in the day.

A - Hazy yellow in color with a surprisingly well-retained off white head.

S - Sharp, tart funky aroma loaded with straw, barnyard, and lemon citrus acidity.

T - Dry citrus straw and barnyard funk with a light pale malt finish. Yeasty notes, not the funk, but unsettled yeast.

M - Dry and sour with a clean, crisp, and medium-light bodied finish.

O - A bit cold straight off the tap and obviously young, but quite delicious regardless. (634 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Groppi's in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for putting me on to Groppi's and also to the Tilquin -- a pretty rare treat!

A: very cloudy/milky light amber color - CO2 noticeable but head dissipated quickly (barrel not settled?)
S: characteristic gueuze features but lacks complexity and mature qualities
T: good taste but a bit "rough," this is not a criticism considering this is Tilquin's first offering - nice sharp/sour taste but lacks depth - probably a bit subdued due to yeast in suspension
M: good but not matured enough yet and balanced (560 characters)

Photo of CRooney5787
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pierre Tilquin ia a lambic blender from wallonia, who is blending just a few hundred meters south of the Flemish boarder. He studied under Jean Van Roy, of Cantillon. He is blending Cantillon lambics, and is currently the onl one doing so in a commercial capacity.

Drank this beer on tap at Moeder lambic

Hazy yellow appearance, with little to no head retention

Solid smell, as expected with a Cantillon lambic

Taste is just kind fo bland, like the gueuze hasn't developed yet.

Not to sour, and not overly impressive.

I will revisit this gueuze and re-write my review. I don't believe gueuze should be served on draft. When I drink a bottle, hopefully I'll revise this for the better. (690 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Great beer bar, and this was a great beer to have there.

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow colour with a fine-bubbled, small but tight white head. Minimal lace, probably stemming from the light but clean body. Looks good.

Nose is classic, potent and complex. Hints of rubber, funky organics, appleskin and crushed leaf. Bittering notes of tannin and smooth oak giving a blessing of vanilla. Very complex, very chaotic. Just a brilliant gueuze nose. It was ON.

Taste is also good. Thin character of acidic apple juice, with bitter tannins on the back with oak wood behind. Even the slight rubber aromas infiltrate here. It's gorgeous. The freshness is balanced really nicely with the depth and age. Great gueuze.

Very nice. Such classic characters, all very smooth and integrated. It's that perfect marriage of fresh bite and aged mellowness. Fantastic beer. (898 characters)

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