Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version) | Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Gueuzerie Tilquin

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-18-2011

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Photo of PerHops
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S- On draft and in bottle.

A- Beautiful slightly pale golden orange. Almost perfect for this style.

S- Wonderfully funky and sour. Cherries, fig, lemons, minerals, barnyard.

T- Very similar to the smell, but intensified. Same flavors but additionally i get richer cherries, rhubarb, strawberries and lime

M- Fantastic. Perfection in carbonation.

O- As close to a perfect example of this style that I've had.

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Photo of Corkpuller
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
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 pmsawyer
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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 voteforgoat
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on tap at Monk's Cafe!

Look: Very light yellow with about a finger of head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Very brett-y smelling. Picking up a very light lime escence and light citrus.

Taste: This beer tastes incredible, a bit of funk, lime, and citrus with a very dry finish. Not quite as sour as I would have expected.

Feel: It's thin, as would be expected. Very dry finishing and super refreshing!

Overall: This beer is incredible! I really would like to explore more of this style!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with off white head. Nice funk on the aroma. It's lightly tart, but clean for lambic. Less of that red pepper character I've gotten in some gueuzes. This isn't technically gueuze, but it's a super drinkable beer. I love this and if I could have this all year round, I would.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a bright slightly hazy straw yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon, lime, some tart funk, and grassiness.

This is unsurprisingly very good. It's beautifully puckering, bitter, and earthy. There's lots of citrus here, sour and very tart orange, lemon, and line, with some earthy almost minty flavors, and some herbal grassiness. There's a lot of delicious stuff going on here.

This is medium bodied, crisp and tart and biting, with a higher level of carbonation.

A big winner here, super drinkable and as tasty as it gets, really.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served On-Tap (Obviously)

A – Pours a deep bright yellowy orange, head is is bright white, sticky, tall, leaves behind spotty and thick lacing.

S – Smells tart, funky, barnyard, light oak, bitter, salty, vinegar, hay, grassy, peppery.

T – Tart and bright, sour, complex notes of oak, pepper, barnyard, hay, soil, funk, vinegar, apple, lemon, apple, citrus, spice.

M – Effervescent, champagne like, astringent and drying, absolutely wonderful.

O – Fantastic Gueuze, delighted to have tried it, so complex, tart and balanced. Excellent.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is very intriguing. Like flowers that have been marinading in the summer sun for a long time. Lemony funk, musky wood, mystery flowers all really really well combined. Flavor is dustily dry, lemony sour, apple, floral, woody, musky. Harmoniously wacky. Like it a lot.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Moeder Lambic served chilled in the appropriate glassware.

The color is deep golden with amber peachy hues with thick haze and fast rising bubbles visible with thick white head with fine bead and speckles of lace stick. The aroma has a strong funkiness with floral accents and light lemon/herbal fragrance with mild hint of wood and slight lactic scent with tangy juicy odor. The feel is tangy, dry and highly carbonated with moderate sour and light lactic acidity in the middle wtih dry and woody texture in the finish with subtle sour texture lingering after the swallow.

The flavor is pretty intense with a dry tart tangy and puckering sour yet refined flavor with wood and lemony lactic element yet malt is slightly balancing as it evolves with a mild sweet/fruity combination of wild yeast in the flavor. The taste has a subtle earthy funk in the background adding to the complexity of flavor with a mineral dryess perhaps from the high carbonation as it finishes tart. The flavor is great and so is the drinkability- I never had the bottle, but now that I have had the draft version I would like to try it. This is a wondeful Gueuze with subtle and drinkable qualities in every way.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Such a lovely gueuze, to be sure. Had it on tap at the Bier Station in Kansas City, MO (one of the best beer bars around). Dry yet tart and deeply refreshing. Could drink liters of this beer and not get sick of it. Great spring/summer/early fall beer. Complex yet accessible. Good gueuze to try if you have not had many.

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Photo of Guden
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

oh man, this is so good. something i have wanted to find for a long time, definitely a different blend than the stuff they bottle, with these lower alcohol lambics blended in. its stunningly woody and weird and complex, this is the essence of gueuze, and this is one of the best. not as carbonated as i would have liked it to be, but thats really my only critique of this. really farmy and more funky than sour, with only moderate acidity, especially compared to some of the other tilquin beers, but an almost overdeveloped wild character, complex and fruity brett, notes of red apple and white wine and oddly enough mustard seed, not sure where it comes from, just one of the esters here, but there it is. wheaty malt base of course, aged hop complexion, grassy non bitter, smooth and with some body for how light it is on the alcohol. i think this is every bit as complex as the bottled versions, awesome blend! more carbonation would really make this for me, a little bummed its not effervescent, but thats the nature of lambic sometimes. a treat to finally get into this!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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 MattSweatshirt
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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 mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/09/11 notes. Had on tap at NOTF in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of barnyard funk, funky cheese, lemons, and citrus hops. Surprised by the citrus, and loving the mix with the funk.

t - Taste again is very cheesey and funky which I'm loving, and veyr light citrus hops and fruits, though not as much as the nose. Again, really great.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome gueuze. Would love to have this one again and going to try and get some of the bottled version.

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Photo of hoserking
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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 mikeburd1128
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, CT.

So good. Big raspberry throughout. Some funk, hay, barnyardy flavors. Finishes dry and slightly sour. Nothing too overwhelming. Love this.

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