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 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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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle 'n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sourness along with hints of funky yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is both tart and sour and has earthy flavors from the yeast along with some hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style because the sourness is not overpowering.

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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 harrymel
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap @ Delirium Taphouse June 20, 2011. I've been holding these notes for the beer to show up on BA, finally. Served to me in a branded pseudo-pint

A: Yellow golden ale with near excellent clarity. Single finger of bone white foam falls over several moments to a sheet of the same. No lacing. 3

S: Tart and funky. Really dry nose with a good dose of the farmhouse on a hot, stagnant summer day. This is balanced well with a nice lemony citric acidity. 4

T: Nice and tart. Well done gueuze with a balance of fine, musty flavors with a good sour wild punch. I'm struggling to really do justice here with the flavor profile as I'm writing on a napkin, but this is really good. 4.5

M: light and crisp. A finish that is both dry and satiating. Good. 4

O: Great gueuze. Wish it was stateside. 4

Note: after this, I came to find this beer is now available stateside. I advise anybody into Gueuze to try this out. It reminds me of a mix between 3F and Cantillon Classic gueuzes. A really nice beer.

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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 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 DaveJanssen
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Tilquin 'draft geuze' at Moeder Lambik for the 3 June 2011 release. reviewed 4 June 2011. Served in Tilquin tumbler. I was told by the bartenders it is a young low gravity lambic from Boon (a march 2010 lambic) made from 2nd runnings.

Ar: Mild hay, subtle lactic acid, light lemon, definitely young, surprisingly assertive aroma

Ap: Moderate white head, fair retention, hazy pale straw

T: Lemon, tropical fruit ,pleasant citric acidity, mild grassy character, light pineapple, very crisp, moderate sweetness, a touch of sulfur

M: Medium carbonation, very light body, crisp, nice acidity

O: It shows that this is young, good beer for a hot day, crisp and slightly sweet

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

I am moving my review to a new entry because this is a different beer than the bottled version Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne that is currently (mistakenly) referred to on this site as "Gueuze Tilquin" at . These entries should be kept separate because they are different blends and despite the information on beeradvocate have different ABV, the ABV on the other gueuze should be 6.0%. This is the draft only version which is a blend of two beers rather than three. Don't believe me, you don't have to, from the brewer:

"The bottle version is called "Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’ancienne" and is 6% alc/vol (it is either in 375ml or 750ml), and the draught version is called "Gueuze Tilquin on draft" and is 4.8% alc/vol."

On tap at a local beer bar, served in a tumbler. Beer is yellow and really hazy with a nice white cap for a head, no lacing, moderate and steady carbonation.

Aroma is lactic, mild oak, some funk from the yeasts, some acetic.

Beer is bright on the palate and dry on the finish, light in body, effervescent on the palate, a fun fun beer here. Nice round body, pops on the palate, I enjoyed it but probably liked the oude slightly more.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Groppi's. Served in an 8oz snifter.

A: Hazed golden pale yellow hue. About a finger of stark white head rests comfortably on top and hangs around for awhile. Sticky bits of lace remain.

S: Nice burst of musty funk. Good amount of wet barrel wood and moldy gym socks. The lactic sourness is present but not real strong. Mild hints of lemon and used wet straw.

T: Mild lactic sour with a good amount of lemon. The funk is mild in the flavor. Some green apple and moldy wood but not the unbridaled funk I look for in my gueuze. The flavors are young for sure.

M: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: This one is very young and it shows. I'm looking forward to what this beer will do in time though.


To lazy to write a full review on a bottle. So I'm blending the two. Like a lambic blender.

Flavor and aroma get a bump in the bottle. Much more sour and funky. Glad I was able to try both.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy in the body. The lace is quite good, especially for a gueuze. The nose is spot on; pleasant with some horse blanket and some lemon. Then we go to acid city, which is the taste. Even for a gueuze, this is acid and more acid. Bittering with traces of grass and very subtle lemon. Not bad for what it is, I just expected something a little different from what I got.

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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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