Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #29
Ranked #12,543
4.29 | pDev: 3.73%
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Notes: Gueuze with maple syrup
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Arrowine February 2020 for $34.99. 2017/2018 vintage. Corked and caged with a best by date of 9/10/2028. Poured into a tecnu glass.

Certainly, underwhelming for the price. I did like the metallic notes. 4.25

A – Bottle gave me a nice pop when the cork was removed. Poured a clear orange amber but slightly hazy with a two-finger rocky off-white head. Head dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Minor lacing with some alcohol viscosity on the glass but not leggy. 3.75

S – Aromas of lactic, followed by funk, green apples and hints of citrus sweetness. 4.0

T – Sour, no maple flavor, minor minerality and metallic notes, no detectable alcohol, very faint sweetness. No perceived bitterness. 4.25

MF – Medium light bodied, with a dry, sharp finish, slightly metallic on roof of mouth. Almost acrid at the very end. The alcohol eventually makes itself evident as you get that warming feeling. 3.75

May 05, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 2017-18 vintage, purchased at ABV and split with Brian, Sam and the guys.

A light pop and this beer pours a light amber with a thin, white head with minimal retention or lacing. The nose is a wonderful blend of lambic funk and maple, rather extraordinary that the maple was able to assert its presence. Funky, earthy, mildly mushroomy, with an accent of maple sugar. The palate, though, is all lambic. Bright, funky, earthy with a moderate barrel presence, this is moderately sour. Bone dry with the alcohol shockingly well-hidden, there's preserved lemons and a mild maple flavor that lingers on in the finish. Oak, must, damp basement, this is awesome. Despite the high ABV and the dry finish, this is medium light in body with the lemony acid adding a fullness. Carbonation is light, allowing the lambic to dominate and the maple to attempt to raise it's hand. Excellent, though a little too pricey for regular consumption

Feb 25, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Showing that tradition can always use and update, the Gueuzerie Tilquin employs the popular maple flavoring and uses the sweet adjunct as a fermentable and then layers it on the classic unfermented worts from some of the most celebrated brewers and blenders of Belgium for their masterfully blended maple sour ales. The results are once again stellar, ...but curious.

Deeper golden and amberin color, the beer pours with a zesty yet subdued carbonated character. The champagne-like spritziness constructs pungent aromas along with intensely tart aromas that strike the nose with earth notes of and limes, wild berries, granny smith apples, tart green cherries, and lemons which elude to highly acidic character while the musty, goaty, wood rot, and the overall scent of saddle leather. With modest hint of wheat in the background the nose picks up on the supple maple character and its nutty, woodsy charm.

Where the taste is intense, its balance is delicate. A thin veil of dry pilsner and wheat malts support strong taste of fruit and earth as each vie for the taste bud's attention. The maple subsides even more, giving the beer a slightly butter pecan whimsy on the middle palate. Dried limes, lemon zest, and grapefruit play off of the rich leather and toasted nuttiness, as well as the hay-like hops. Under ripened fruit flavors reach through the taste of sod, oak, and must. All of these deeply earthen attributes still weave in 'oude' tastes of vinous wine rot, briny sea water, swiss rind, iron, and white dry cider. The beer is rich in complexity and seems to reveal new aromas and tastes as the beer warms, right down to the very last sip with only remnants of maple in its wake.

Dry in body, the beer is actually supported by a semi-firm malt and maple base. The carbonation slices right through the malt as they pull the beer from the mouth's surfaces, then giving impressions of lightness and intensifying the sourness. But its tannic finish surprises the palate because of its unexpected refreshing qualities. With any alcohol warmth embedded into the sheer acidity and pleasant astringency, the beer is dangerously easy to drink, but those who crave high maple character will be left wanting more.

Jan 28, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Foggy copper-amber with a short khaki foam that dies to a fine chain around the glass.

Welp, she sure is quite gueuzy! A nutty, funky oak pairs with aged balsamic-like grapefruit via an airy froth that finishes dry. As it warms, blue cheese develops while a slight, faint hint of maple comes out on the nose and middle palate, but it's not at all forward or adding a lot of character to the gueuze. There is, however, a good white wine-like presence, and the oak adds a unique nougat note to the beer overall.

Jan 21, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at the source during Tour De Geuze, April 2019.
Bottle sampled March 2020.

Dark saturated orange, lively sparkling foam and spotty lacing.
Aroma is where the maple comes through, woody and nutty, with a seamless natural blend with the more citric lambic elements.

Taste is a blend of grapefruit citrus and woody, earthy notes, dry oak in the finish. Maple isn’t overt but is a subtle compliment to the oak for sure. Medium bodied, spritzy carb and creamy texture. Full and lively.

Overall this was a great experiment from Tilquin, and far more subtle than any American maple adjunct bombs. All the sugar ferments out and leaves an ephemeral signature of natural maple goodness. Pretty cool stuff.

May 06, 2019
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