Zure Van Tildonk 2014
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Zure Van Tildonk 2014Zure Van Tildonk 2014
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Style:
Belgian Lambic
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 7.88%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
65
From:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  11
SCORE
91
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Photo of ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into a stange. Best by 7/17 (oops)
A: Dark yellow/pale brown with a thin head
S: Sour/vinegar, a touch of metal, citrus
T: Lemon, sour raspberry, a bit of vinegar and a hint of floral
M: Light-bodied, crisp
O: I think I would have liked this better sooner but the style is certainly capable of aging and for an aged beer this is still drinking nicely

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Photo of kitch
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12.7 fl oz bottle with a best before date of July 2017. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden colour with a just over one finger white head with decent retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Sour, funky and bretty with some nice fruity lemon, apricot and a hint of vinegar.

Taste: Sour, tart and lemony. Light oak and sweetness on the finish with a touch of berries.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: It’s nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, and earthiness. Fits the style of a Lambic - Unblended. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, hint pale malt, hint sweet malt, slight alcohol, hops, slight citrus, and earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. I have only slight concerns; body is not complex and it is too carbonated.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy straw-gold with a large head. The aroma is medium intensity with notes of wet hay, citric acid, and tart plums. The flavor presents much less barnyard that the aroma, instead there is a tocuh of tart plum and very mild cherry, almonds, and digestive biscuits (those English ones). The mouthfeel is full and characterized my plentiful small bubbles. Overall this is a super balanced beer - not irresistably exciting, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly 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, lime, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, cracker, bread, leather, pepper, oak, light vinegar/funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, cracker, bread, leather, pepper, oak, light vinegar/funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/yeast spiciness and light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, pepper, oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness after the finish as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this a damn nice unblended lambic style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity and elevated carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Cheesy_Hop_Pun_Number7842
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Poured into a Harpoon tulip from a 12.7 oz bottle. Light golden like a classic Belgian but not transparent. It's a cloudy golden blonde. A little less than a finger of foam with good lacing.

S. A hint of that yeast / brett smell, smelling a bit sweet. Some light herbal notes and also seemed to have a hint of banana like a hefeweizen.

T. At first sip, it seems sweet for a moment but then the character changes and the sourness takes over.
The taste is complex and the sourness is certainly present but not overwhelming. The golden character of the beer gives it a lighter taste than many sours.

M. A crisp light mouthfeel contrasted by the tartness of the sour. The acidity seems to linger on the tongue, even with a small sip. Even after the foam has died down, the beer still has a bit of a bubbly mouthfeel.

O. Overall, a solid take on the classic Belgian sour. It's not overwhelmingly sour, but to those not familiar with the style, it may seem like it. The blonde nature of the beer seems to lighten up the taste, when compared to a Flanders red or other sour style. The alcohol is well hidden and it does not seem like 6%. It's quite a refreshing beer and I suspect it would pair well with goat cheese or a summer salad. Great for a summer day for sure. The lightness of the beer might make it more approachable to those who are just getting into sours. But overall, a well crafted classic Belgian blonde sour that'd I'd gladly have again.

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Photo of shleepy
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Small-medium head. Murky golden. Smells a little Bretty and a bit citrusy. Taste is surprisingly toasty. Lots of lemon and an unpleasant brettiness. Has a bit of sweetness that just makes for a bad combination of everything.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of leather are present in the nose along with some hints of apples.
T: The taste somewhat differs from the smell, having flavors of yeast, leather, and wood. Only faint bits of sourness are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very interesting smell. I don't think I've ever smelled leather in a beer before.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great sour for the price.

Look is Belgian Gueuze all the way as is the barnyard smell.

The taste is reminiscent to me of Oud Beersel's Oude Gueuze, which I really enjoy. The sourness is on par with any very sour Gueuze. As far as complexity, this beer is refreshing and has a lemony citrus finish that is slightly herbal. It is more of a relaxing drink as opposed to a drop dead serious Lambic effort. But, for what it is, it gets high marks!

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Zure Van Tildonk 2014 from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 65 ratings