Zure Van Tildonk 2013 No.1
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Zure Van Tildonk 2013 No.1Zure Van Tildonk 2013 No.1
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Lambic - Traditional
3.83 | pDev: 9.92%
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Zure Van Tildonk 2013 No.1Zure Van Tildonk 2013 No.1
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Bluecrow from New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow bottle pour has no visible carbonation. Aroma is is limes and Brett. The flavor is mildly tart with grape and oak notes. This is a quite palatable unblended lambic. The mouthfeel is very wet for the style.

Jan 13, 2018
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12.7oz cork and caged bottle, poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly cloudy gold color with just a thin cap of white head that instantly dissipated and left zero lacing.

The aroma was fairly benign, just some light grain in the base, and a tart component. On the tongue though, more of a floral taste appeared alongside the grain, and the tartness was amped up to where it was just shy of sour. There was a slight fruit taste (grapes?) in there too.

The body was on the light side medium, but better than thin. Drinkability was good, the bottle was gone quickly. Overall, a nice little brew. Probably worth a shot if you see it, but not worth seeking out, unless you're a huge fan of the style.

Apr 09, 2016
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip
(A)- Pours a bright golden honey colored orange. Some decent white froth that dissipated quickly
(S)- Large levels of barnyard hay funk meets some musty Brett. Very light lemon rind acidity
(T)- Bright but light lemon-like acidity meets lots of Brett barnyard hay funk. Some subtle biscuit and cereal notes on the finish
(M)- Good carbonation level and balance. LIght, but flavorful; lightly tart and refreshingly crisp
(O)- Not overly complex, but definitely enjoyable for a straight unblended lambic

Sep 07, 2015
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TubaManJack from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It has a light yellow color with light effervescence. Deep funk within a medium farmhouse base. Delightful "Sessionable" Sour. It does have a thinner tarter body than many of the guezes or other sours I have been enjoying, but the light tang and body is really nice. It pairs nicely with rye or wheat bread enhancing everything.

Jan 25, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Not much of a head. Just a little bit of a thin white collar.

Smell - Ooh. Smells like cardboard. At 2 years old, that's very odd. Smells sweet too.

Taste - Cardboard, sugar, and some sourness. A little bit woody. Cardboardy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Sweet and heavy for something brewed in the lambic style.

Overall - The more I drink it, the more it seems that the cardboard is just an off flavor, not a result of oxidation.

Jan 20, 2015
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sneth019 from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is typical of a sour but just makes me think of rolling rock for some reason.

One of the better sours I have had in 2014.

Def recommend this one.

Fruit notes, decent amount of carbonation, just the aroma

Jan 05, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable light sour blonde ale. Perfect accompanying a rich steak dinner or other such offering. Lemony zest mingles with an undertone of barnyard funk. Very well balanced overall.

Jan 04, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle sealed with cork and cage. whimpy "pop" as cork leaves bottle neck.
poured into HF wine stem.
vintage 2013.

Appearance: translucent straw yellow bodied beer with almost two fingers of bone white head. The head drops down to a thin cap that lingers the entire drink.

Smell: The beer smells fruity, grainy, and mildly funky. Smells like this might have some acidity to it as well.

Taste: Not much tartness here at all. Sweet and grainy. Fruity notes that taste of golden delicious apples and white grape skins. Apple juice. Some bready and grainy malt sweetness with clover honey. Mild and musty funk; oakiness and slight earthy note. Just a little hint of acetic flavors that acts as a teaser especially since my expectations were that this beer was going to be pretty sour(because it was labeled as anunblended lambic).

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It feels slightly crisp with creamy carbonation. It even has a little driness in the finish as well. Really really drinkable and it goes down fast. Refreshing beer with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Overall: I am going to call this beer "almost a lambic". Its very very mild; if you drinking this with the mindset that you are drinking an unblended lambic according to the classification that this beer is identified as. I would almost say this is closer to a belgian pale ale than an unblended lambic or something like a mild gueuze plus a malty saison blended together. All that a side...it is still a really tasty belgian style beer.

Nov 02, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Stepping out of the Senne Valley and Brussels landscape and into the Tildonk region the Hof ten Dormaal brewers demonstrate the vastly "wild" flavors that exist all over Belgium.

Zure Van Tildonk pours with a striking lemony pour, pale yellow in color. Casting a strong cloudy haze, a dainty cotton-white creme swirls above and emits a kaleidoscope of aroma. Bright with dried lemon and lime, an acute citric acidity strikes the nose and evokes mouth whetting. With a backdrop of whole wheat bread and candied sweetness the early palate is soft and delicate even as cork must, vinous white wine, weathered wood and attic-like aromas swirl above.

Intensifying sourness soon overtakes the lingering starch and confectioner's sweetness and the lemon and lime sour-bitter interplay seeps deeply into the tastebuds with its tangy fruit. Lightly of brine and sea salt, crabapple, under-ripened berry weave with the mustiness of leather, drunken vinous oak and dry cider.

Its beautiful finish remains salty, bitter and sour even as supporting malt offers balance even late. Lacking the full mustiness of unblended lambic from Brussels, the dryly piquant citric sourness leaves the palate clean and refreshed, more like stronger flavored Berlinerweiss.

Oct 28, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%

Likely the 14 version. Aroma is almost cidery, with leather and must notes. Flavor is lactic dominant, fairly sour, with a bell pepper fruitiness. Notes of tart lime add complexity. Malt is fairly doughy, and lingers in the finish.

Oct 27, 2014
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2014 vintage. Best buy July 2017 printed on the lable.

Pours a golden, straw color with minimal lacing present around the glass.

Smells of brettanomyces, hay, straw, bread malts. Kind of an interesting brew. Flavor is that of a highly carbonated Belgian farmhouse ale. Very different.

Tastes very carbonated with a nice Belgian yeast profile. Very fruity, but very delicious.

Mouthfeel is over prickly and not sour enough. Blah...

Overall not the best lambic but this is the 2014 vintage. Maybe the 2013 was different?

I paid $9 for one bottle. Would I do this again? The answer is no. I would not

Oct 22, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, green apple, pear, white wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, light vinegar, cracker, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of fruity/funky yeast, pale malt, and oak notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart lemon, green apple, pear, white wine, hay, straw, grass, light vinegar, cracker, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, green apple, pear, white wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, light vinegar, cracker, bread, and light musty funk on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, pale malt, and oak flavors; with a nice sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good unblended lambic style. All around good complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, pale malt, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the lighter acidity. A bit lacking in complexity overall, but given the unblended style it was still adequate. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Sep 13, 2014
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CowsandBeer from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12.7 oz C&C green bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Best by 2017-12.

Appearance: Pours a cap of thin almost clear head that quickly fizzes away to a ring. Hazy gold body.

Aroma: Up front white wine, lemon juice, strawberry yogurt, musty grains, gravel and toasted oak barrel.

Taste: Lemon juice and a sweet, fruity yougurt tang, tart white wine leading into some musty Brett and an almost bitter dry oak barrel. Toasted grain (wheat) finish.

Mf: Lots of prickly carbonation which really brings out the sour in first few sips. Not too acidic though and very drinkable. Dry finish.

Overall: A very enjoyable, easy drinking, fruity sour ale. This shows up as the 13' bottling but I hope they're saving some of each batch to make a blend of different years in the gueuze style. Recommended to fans of lambic and all sour ales; this is definitely worth trying and cellaring.

Aug 21, 2014
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Clear yellow-orange pour with a quickly fading one finger white head with decent lacing. The nose is pretty subdued with moderate funk along with hints of cereal grain, lemon, oak, and tart citrus. The taste is pretty fruity with hints of apple, pear, and tart lemon along with some subtle barnyard, oak, and a ton of grainy malt on the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, somewhat subdued sourness, and a sweet, tart finish. Overall, this reminds me a lot of most of Hof Ten Dormaal's beers, just a slightly sour version of them. The balance definitely leans to the sweet side, and the grainy notes are too dominant.

Jul 31, 2014
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small bright white head that quickly dissipated away with a fizzy sound. A small ring of bubbles is left on the edge of the micro snifter. Golden yellow color with a mild to moderate haze and a constant stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Moderate level of sourness in the nose, no vinegar or nail polish, very crisp. Mild level of pleasant funky brett aroma - the barnyard, horse hair, rustic character. A light fruity impression comes through also.

T: Moderately tart sourness with slight funk. Very low bready malt taste hiding underneath. The sourness has a slight citrus fruit vibe with lemons and orange that has an impression of sweetness. No hop character or alcohol.

M: elevated levels of carbonation that give it a spritsy refreshing finish. Very dry finish too. The tartness hits in the cheeks and the roof of the mouth giving a slight tingling sensation.

O: A refreshing, tart lambic with a slight fruity character. No harshness just a pleasant beer with a nice funky undertone.

Jun 20, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a light golden amber with two finger white head kept intact by constant carbonation. Looks great in the glass. Aroma of sour lemon, wheat and aromatic grain, light stone fruit. Flavor follows with sour citrus dominating, but supported by light wheat, pear and apple juice, hints of stone fruit, perhaps also a hint of oak. Light bodied with active carbonation. A well balanced wild sour beer that has some interesting flavors under the dominant citric tartness. I detect a faint hint of Hof Ten Dormaal's yeast and fruity pale ale body under the beer. Looks good and a well made example of Belgian sour.

Jun 08, 2014
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SebD from Canada

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart lemon, some oak and grainy malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart lemons, grainy malts, a slight breadiness and faint oak.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

May 25, 2014
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brianmandell from California

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle best before 2017-12

Pale straw yellow with head reducing to very little lacing. Moderately pungent, earthy smell with lemon, apple, oak and vinegar. The palate is dominated by sweet bready malts and a cloyingly sweet apple and bitter lemon rind. There is a moderately amount of funky bitterness that is covered by the sweetness. There is a bright acidity that is more vinegary than I'd like. The finish is dry but an unpleasant aftertaste remains. Drink cold - gets worse as it warms. Is this beer sweetened? Not recommended, there are better options for a sour fix at a cheaper price.

May 08, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is light pale yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that rapidly disappeared.
S: Light aromas of sour fruits and oak are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell, but doesn't seem to be as sour.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very complex, but this is explainable given that it is unblended. It has nice mellow flavors of oak and sour fruits.

Apr 26, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is some crazy funky old school belgian weirdness, in a good way. have yet to be real impressed by their beer, but this one certainly takes the unique cake. ugly old pour on it, hazy brass color with all kinds of sediment, not just yeast chunks but black stringy pieces that m,ay be parts of a barrel, and a lot of white fuzzy stuff in the dregs. nice white head though, and visible carbonation. it smells funky, sour, and grain heavy. usually sour beers this color are so sour and yeasty that the malt is almost irrelevant. not in this beer, the grain dominates the smell and the taste, especially in the finish, which is cheerios or chez or some other sort of healthy simple low sugar cereal. there is a good mix of lactic acid sourness and farm yeasty funk, its a well balanced mix of all these strange flavors, and even a red apple hit for just a second before the long sour finish. its not too sour though, i can taste it all the way through, enjoying the malt and appreciating the yeast. it also has the odd property of being both refreshing and filling. small doses suffice for me with this one. bubbly with a mellowness from the wood. one of a kind beer, old world belgium style, it feels like a relic of past brewing traditions, and i like it for that. the best I've had from hot ten dormaal i think.

Mar 01, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a clear light, gold color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of fruit with lemony notes and caramel. Sweet fruitiness with sour lemon and apple. Some oak and vanilla notes.

Feb 15, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden peach in color with very light hints of gentle visible carbonation, moderate amounts of fine particles in suspension, and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sour grainy malts along with hints of light fruit (apricot) and oak.

T: Upfront there is a moderately sour flavor over the top of slightly grainy malts and just a hint of light fruit (apricot and pear) sweetness. Light hints of oak towards the finish. The tartness lingers slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Enjoyable and not overly sour but still tart enough for those of us that love really sour beers - nice combination of light fruit and oakiness. Definitely a great mouthfeel on this one.

Feb 14, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

2013 vintage. Expire date 12/2017.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain and cracker flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 pretty good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

Jan 26, 2014
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Quite a funky kind of aroma, with hints of fruit as well.

T: Tasted of a light fruit, yeast, and very funky barnyard quality as well. A different type of flavor for a lambic - it almost has aspects of a saison in it - but interesting nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with an overly funky finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole a unique lambic. Somewhat uneven, but still pretty tasty.

Jan 24, 2014
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml bottle into a HF wine glass. I'm not sure this should be categorized as an unblended lambic

A: Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. The foam quickly recedes to a thin film, but leaves great lacing.

S: Quite musty and a bit funky - certainly barnyardy.

T: All over the place. First candy sweet, then quite earthy and funky, then a bit tart. Some cardboard and a bit of plastic. Also a bit astringent. Not enjoyable.

M: A bit thick with fairly strong carbonation.

O: Not very good - the flavors do not go well together, and there are off flavors all over the place.

Jan 17, 2014
Zure Van Tildonk 2013 No.1 from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 158 ratings