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Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Belgium
gueuzerietilquin.be

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
383
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
19%
 
 
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 383
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 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 Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has really nice farmhouse funk and fermented fruits. Taste is quite sour but not puckering. It has nice fruity flavors like lemon, lime, unripe plums and apricots and also lambic funk flavors like hay and barnyard. Body is dry and well carbonated. Overall it's a really nice, easy drinking gueuze.

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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 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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at Moeder Lambic in Brussels - fantastic spot! A little lighter and more sessionable than its bottled brother, but expect the same tart, dryness with greater drinkability.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had last night at Cask Republic on tap served in the glass seen in the picture. Nice cloudy and bright gold color, small head that sticks around. Sour and funky aroma, a bit on the lighter side, though. Nice strong flavor but nothing like the bottled stuff. Starts a hint sweet but is blown away by tartness. Barrel flavors in the middle remind me of peat. Hints of funk at the end. Very light and very drinkable.

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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 cherche
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark golden with little cotton white head. Smells tart and acidic but with some fruity, earthy sweetness. Taste is acidic, fruity and tart. Mouthfeel is high carbonation. Overall a very, very enjoyable beer!

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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 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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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 KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of tangy sour vinegar qualities in this with some honey and Apple cider on the nose. The flavor is more white wine, champagne, Apple cider vinegar, straw or barnyard grain, Apple and pear. The feel is very light, with what seems to be no carbonation, much like a cider.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$3.50 on draft @ Duckworth's Park Rd - Charlotte NC.

Looks the part - straw colored brew with a lot more carbonation than I expected, massive cloudy head and a tad of oily lacing lingering on the now empty glass. The nose is very floral, charred wood and lemon are imminently present. The taste is surprising, not as tart as I'd hoped and very dry, lot's of wood there. Interesting how much pepper is present. Very nice beer that fell short of my expectations. But I'll definitely give it another shot down the road.

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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 HeatherN
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap twice at Federal Taphouse, Harrisburg PA. Was from different kegs, and it showed. The first time, this Gueuze was absolutely amazing, an excellent blend of fruity hints, without being overwhelming fruity, a little tartness, picked up hints of the lambic flavors and body. It was absolutely amazing, especially since it was $12 a glass.

A month or two later, had the same Gueuze from the same bar, new keg... it was so bland, lacked all the diverse flavors and notes I had experienced the first time. The color was also noticeably lighter, was not very enjoyable.

Bottom line, either the bar didn't handle the keg properly, or this varies significantly in quality over batches. I know to always expect variations but this was night and day.

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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 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.

Great.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice hazy dark straw hue with a big fluffy two finger head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Nice lemon, citrus notes, subtle funk.

T - Taste is very smooth, balance, tart lemons. Super nice and dry on the finish. Complex.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, very solid. Tart, dry, puckering, incredibly sessionable.

O - Overall a very, very good gueuze. Definitely worth the pour if available on draft.

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Photo of spoony
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a gueuze glass. Reviewed from notes dated May 26, 2013.

A-The beer arrived with a tall, two-finger head of dense, barely-off-white foam. The head had decent retention atop the slightly cloudy, golden liquid.

S-The smell is moderately to intensely sour with big notes of white vinegar, tart/sour apple, and white grape. The funkiness is moderate and gives a slightly barnyard/horse-blanket background to the more dominant sour flavors.

T-The taste follows the smell for the most part. There is a lot of acidic, lactic tartness that pulls at my saliva glands from start to finish. A little bit of doughy bread lies underneath and the aforementioned horse-blanket is also present, but these flavors are mostly overwhelmed by the dry, tart, sour flavors.

M-The feel is medium body with a light hit of assertive, champagne-like carbonation that fades quickly on the palate. The finish is a touch wet and watery.

O-This is a good gueuze, but not my favorite. It doesn't have the wine-like complexity of a Cantillon, for example, but that does not mean it is lacking in flavor. On the contrary, this brew packs plenty of sour punch. I would happily drink more of this if my stomach could handle the acid and I could regularly purchase it in Colorado.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe

A - Pours cloudy golden amber with a one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of musty basement funk, light fruitiness, damp earth, apple skins and some light acidic sourness. This draught version has quite a bit more funk than the bottles I have come across.

T - Starts off with the musty funk and fruitiness from the nose but it is much more restrained in the taste while the acidic sourness levels are ramped up a bit. Hints of grass, green apples and some light sweetness round things out. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry, crisp feel throughout.

O - I liked this version. It has all of the flavors I would expect it to have and it is easy to consume. A little too pricy to have all of the time but every now and then is fine with me.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour grain flavor on the finish. There is a medium 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 very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but I prefer the bottled version.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Birch. Served in wine glass.

A - Gorgeous head, hazy, lots of lacing on glass.

S - Citrusy, lemony smells.

T - Very smooth and balanced taste. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

M - Sinuous, creamy.

O - This is an excellent beer. So easy to go down. Despite low abv, it's very satisying and still complex.

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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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