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.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light yellow. With a paper thin head.

S: Sour citrus, bready yeast.

T: Sour lemon, funky Belgian yeast.

M: Medium/high pickley carbonation. Leaves the mouth slightly puckered.

O: Not too complex, but it's a really nice clean sour.

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Photo of naloxone
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours out bright clear yellow at the edges and forms a deep orange core in the center of the glass with little to no junk in it. My preference for unfiltered beers, I imagine I'd favor a bottle. Lively thick head quickly settles to a thin layer of bubbles, leaving lots of lacing on the glass

S- funkish sour smell backed up with mild, nose filling yeast. Taking a whiff makes me was to dive in.

T- Starts with a quick bite of sour but before you mind, it turns into a nice acidic and tarty but not overwhelming letting flavors of lemon, oak, and a hint of grapes and something almost cherry-like come through

M- light, pleasantly thin, smooth with just a hint of carbonation

O- Great introduction to lambics for this new sour appreciator. Pleased to say I can now understand the fuss over sour/fruity beers!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom. Where else?

Tilquin Gueuze off the spout has a light gold color with yellow surroundings, very faint like. Nice popping bubbles keep a firm surface of white foam up top, no lace. After time the foam dies down and the beer becomes still.

Smell is faint at first and some warming brings on the hay, faint fruit like apples and pear. A nice breath of oak/wood and some souring bugs. It's not all that pungent so get your nose in there.

A nice tart punch right up front. Tilquin gives off gueuze and farmhouse qualities ala a fresh saison. Some light fruit with some earth, hay and oak. Everything is really light and it all comes together in the end. Not a rock em sock em type of gueuze(at this young stage)

Feel is light and refreshing and spritzy like ones in this style should be. I found this to be a bit mellower in acidity it went down a bit easier because of that.

Glad to have tried both versions. I found the bottle version more to my liking as is with 99% of sours that I come across, especially Belgian Lambics. This is insanely drinakble though.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to find this on tap at a local spot after a beer festival. Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon, orange peel, funk, slight tart, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, funk, citrus, and lemon. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I have been lucky enough to try this both on draught and out of the bottle. I know they are listed separately here on BA which was confusing to me at first. However, after trying this it is quite clear why. Both taste completely different to me and seem to be completely different brews. I enjoy the bottle version better for the record by the way. Worth trying if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into a Tilquin glass. Enjoyed during the original launch party; apparently my review, which was entered under the regular Tilquin Gueuze before there was a separate listing for the draught version, got deleted.

A: Hazy gold body under two inches of creamy, frothy white foam. Great retention, light lace. Appealing.

S: Fairly light aroma of lemon, lime and orange zests, grass, cheese, and faint barnyard. Nice mix of fruity tartness and Brett funk, with a bit of breadiness in there for good measure. Clean and hugely refreshing.

T: Opens with sharp sourness (very, very lemony), and finishes with some cheesy, earthy funk. At first it's a bit quick to make this switch, but as it warms a bit of malt sweetness emerges to bridge the gap between sour and funky. Tasty.

M: Very lively and creamy. Lovely.

O: Terrific, refreshing beer. It doesn't have nearly the depth of some of the best G(u)euzes, but it's a great example of how fresh and refreshing the style can be. I'd gladly drink it every day if I could, and I very much look forward to future offerings from the blender.


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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 emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying the draft "meerts" version, lower abv draft Gueuze Tilquin. Served in a footed goblet.

Hazy saturated orange, initial layer of thin white foam that rapidly fades to nothing but a thin strand of bubbles around the edges.

Bright citrus, wet hay, cheese rind aromas, sort of mellow. Trace vinegar and acidity.

Lighty fizzy, oaky and citrusy. Lemon, dry wood, clean dry finish. Fairly straightforward lemony sourness. Pulls the cheeks inward, light funky flavors, dry oak in the end. Overall a nice alternative to 3F and Cantillon, somewhere in the same league. Can't wait to see what the future holds for Tilquin.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy colored, light yellow beer with some lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Some funk, decent bit of barnyard. This one has a little lemon citrus and some nice tartness to it.

T - A pretty sour, and a little bit fruity, gueuze. The taste is very pleasant, a little bit puckering, and pretty easy to drink. It's got some funk, but one of the more tart and acetic gueuzes I can remember drinking.

M - Medium bodied, decently carbonated, nice dry and tannic finish.

O - Really nice beer. Drank it side by side with Cantillon Classic Gueuze, and while I preferred the Cantillon, this one held its own.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option.

A - Pours a light yellow color, thin ring, some wisps on top.

S - Sweet funky notes, Sweet Tarts (the candy), some barn. I would mostly describe this one as less funky and more sweet, but not overly so. In a good way...

T - Sweet Tarts, funk, barn. Again, more sweetness then overall funk. I would love to find out exactly what the blend is. I would say less Cantillon and more of whatever else.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Impressive. We had this one side-by-side with Cantillon Classic Gueuze and it was neck-and-neck for me. I had another pour after the first one...really liked this one. The blender knows what he's doing, no doubt about it.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Publick House

A: The pour is a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of dense white head.

S: Smells fairly funky. Lots of different earthy funk notes like grass, dirt, and mushrooms. There is a nice tartness to it, though it is not all that pronounced. Mostly just lemon zest with a touch of green apple.

T: Like the aroma, heavy on the grass and earth funk characteristics. Some lemon zest and green apple sourness, but nothing overpowering. There is a light sweetness to it as well, maybe peaches?

M: Medium bodied with full, rolling carbonation.

O: I liked this, but the bottled version certainly seemed to be better to me.

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

Three glasses on tap at HFS (Greensboro, VT). September 30, 2011.

Hazy, light-gold with a finger or so of white head. Filmy lacing.

Lemon acidity, some acetic acid, barnyard and damp hay funk, and a good dose of oak make up the nose. Definitely more funk than what shows on the palate.

Similarly acidic and tart, featuring lemon juice, acetic acid, and underripe white stone fruit. Some balancing sweetness, and the oak lends some woody and white wine notes to boot. Decently dry on the finish.

This was very quaffable. Medium-bodied with just under medium carbonation. Woody/tannic and dry on the finish. Perhaps not as complex as some of the other gueuzes out there, but this is a good showing, and it went down easily.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, some cirrus-esque wisps, and a bit of splotchy lacework. Hazy white peach flesh body.

S - The aroma is extremely funky, with notes of must, farm, old barn, light sulfur, and faint cheese. There is a bit of acetic acid, as well as light vanilla, pale malts, and more oak than I typically get from gueuze. Perhaps some of Tilquin's barrels aren't totally neutral yet.

T - Taste is significantly more sour than the aroma, with plenty of lemon, acetic acid, tart citrus, and some stone fruit sweetness for balance. Even though the finish is fairly clean there is some mild acid burn going down.

M - Dry medium body, lower carbonation, tannic and oaky finish, and a bit of residual stickiness.

D - A solid gueuze that I enjoyed a fair bit. Probably won't order this often at $9 a glass, but the bottles seem competitively priced so I'll give those a shot (even though they are a different recipe). Has some decidedly unconventional attributes for the style, but won't be unpleasant for those weened on American Wild Ales.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy gold with light white head. Spotty lacing.

S - lemon, some funk, little fruit and wood. Touch of grass.

T - slight honey, lemon and nice art sourness. Dryer the more I drink.

M - sharp carbonation, medium body

O - great nose and a little sweet, but very drinkable. Will seek this out again.

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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 SFLpunk
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Monks Cafe. Golden hay color with thin white head. Nose is pleasantly earthy hay with bitter lemon and yellow grapefruit. Palate is sour but fairly balanced, a little watery on the finish. Sour yellow grapefruit, straw, and lemon rind.

First lambic on draft for me, lovely!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a clouded golden yellow with a layer of bubbly white head on top. Some filmy retention with a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Hints of acidity and white wine in the nose with oak and tartness. Grape skin and lemon peel with sour phenols.

Biting sourness up front with tempered fruit tones. White grapes with pear and softer citrus. White wine tones with suggestions of chardonnay and some oak. Finishes slightly bitter and dry with a lingering tartness.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, extremely dry on the tongue. A fantastic gueuze which blends sour and white wine into a delicious concoction.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer Store. Pours a hazy light amber with a small white head. The aroma is light barnyard funk, some light lemon, grapefruit, hay, wheat, and a bit of oak. Not terribly complex with the flavors being much lighter than in some other lambics. The initial taste is lemon, going into a bit of funky oak, some light grapefruit, and some hay. A brett funkiness on the finish with a light tartness. Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. You can definitely tell this is younger lambic than most gueuzes. I'll be curious to try Tilquin gueuzes made from 3 year lambic. This was enjoyable, but not quite in the class of the great gueuzes.

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

pours a very nice light gold color with a good and foamy head.

Excellent aromas of sour oranges, pears, funk tones and some various spices as well. Good depth on the nose with nice complexity

lighter feel with good flavors and mostly sour oranges and funk tones with some spices

a really good geuze. Very well balanced on both the nose and palate with just the right amount of funk to it as well

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: pours with an evanescent finger of head, hazy golden straw in color.

Aroma: funk, hay, citrus peel/pith, tangy ripe stone fruit. At only 2 years of lambic the funk is noticeably young

Taste: tart and citrusy. Finish is soft sweet grain and oak, but very dry.tangy slightly underripe nectarines. Almost like a Belgian take on an american take on a gueuze, if you know what I mean.

M: great! Fluffy and full mouthfeel from excellent carbonation. Bone dry and tannic in the finish.

O: good take, albeit out of the ordinary, on a blended lambic. Look forward to future more mature offerings.

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Photo of OfficerBarbier
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Geuze Tilquin @ City Beer Store, San Francisco, CA

A- Cloudy, golden with thin, short-lived head.

S- Acidey, light peccorino funk; wet cheesecloth.

T- Very acidic, moderately funky, sour nectarines. Flavors become more pronounced with temperature.

M- Biting, crisp, clean, evocative of dry chardonnay. Stings the tongue towards the end of a tulip.

I- An enjoyable young geuze. Age should allow the acidity and tongue-stinging quality to subside... I think I'll be needing some tums. I'd love to see what else Rebecq will come up with in the future.

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Photo of nataku00
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a light yellow, a bit of haze, and half a finger of soapy head with a few large bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, as expected, leaving some light lacing here and there that slides quickly back into the glass. Decently carbonated, with many small bubbles floating up slowly initially but gradually became less active.

Nose is very funky and earthy, deserving of the barnyard funk description, with some wet soil, and wet grass mixed in. Some acidity, sour lemon juice and sour green apple, apple skin. Despite being poured a little cool, pretty nice and interesting aroma.

Taking a sip, some nice bright acidity initially, lemon and green apples, a little bit of lactic acid as well. Then mostly wheat malts, with only a little funk from the nose near the finish. Finish is very clean and crisp, with only a light sour and funk that lingered for a short duration.

Light bodied and well carbonated initially with fine champagne like quality, soft small bubbles that really helped make it refreshing. Carbonation started to lose its potency after 15 minutes in the glass though, and the last bit of my glass was only lightly carbonated.

Pretty easy to drink geuze, but the complex funkiness on the nose didn't translate too well to the taste.

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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 russwbeck
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Hazy yellow pour with no head and a minimal amount of bubbles. Acidic smell with hints of tart cherries. Undertones of vinegar and funk. The taste matches the smell, lightly acidic with the tart cherries providing a nice balance. The barnyard funk sort of holds the beer together and is not overpowering. Light and carbonated well. Dry taste overall. Thought this was a great beer. Haven't had many guesses before. This was a nice intro.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's after Zwanze 2011 kicked on Zwanze Day.

A: Hazy-cloudy lemon-yellow body. One inch fizzy white head. Nice stick lacing coated the glass after each sip.

S: Lemon-citric notes. Funky with a nice sweaty, cheesy must. Some hay and barnyard notes. Much more earthy than the bottled offering.

T: Similar notes as in the nose. Clean, acidic lemon plays center stage. Earthy, funk notes fill out the remainder of the flavor profile. The nose, despite the complexity, was better defined. The flavor profile is a little muddled.

M: Medium to light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Moderate acidity. Mild funk in the after-taste.

O: A solid offering. Looking forward to Tilquin continuing in the US market. Hopefully both the draft and bottled offerings are regulars (the bottle offering is better in my book). Its clear Pierre knows what he is doing, so this should continue to improve as he gets more blends under his belt.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Churchkey. This was the last pour from the keg.

A mildly hazy yellow with a thin white head with good retention, this is a good-looking gueuze. The nose is surprisingly great! The Girardin is quite prominent with a beautiful, clean lemony sourness. The funk character is mild, this is mostly a blend of lemon and orange rind. The palate is similarly bright and refreshing, with a clean, lemony sourness, a mild funk and a little bit of oak. Medium-light in body, this beer has a great, refreshing finish, zippy and lemony and thoroughly enjoyable. The funk isn't as fully developed here, but I guess that was the point of this blend. Well done.

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