Brewery: Gueuzerie Tilquin, Rebecq, Belgium
Beer: Gueuze Tilquin à l’ancienne
Serving: 375 ml cork and caged green bottle
Glassware: The Bruery tulip
Information: 6% ABV, Best Before 10/02/2021, Ref A 1011 on cork.
Purchased at: Groppi’s
Grade: 82 / 100 (4.08) – Very Good
A – Über hazed dirty apricot orange in color, Gueuze Tilquin looks awesome sitting next to the incredibly well-designed bottle. Complimentary colors! (Gah, the graphic designer bursting out of me.) Plenty of carbonation keeps the dense off-white head afloat while thick lace clings to the glass.
S – Funky wild yeast produces armpit, barnyard, damp straw, and goaty notes. Light sweetness reminds of pils malt in this fresh, green-ish, and young gueuze. Strong tartness but low acidity in the aroma.
T – Sharp acidity and tartness is striking but gladly accepted. Funky and wild, there’s plenty going on here but it’s definitely young. A rough, raw feel accompanies the damp straw, wet rock, and lingering sweet malt. Barnyard funk is present of course.
M – Well-carbonated, shockingly, with strong acidity and sourness; the key to my heart. Medium-bodied and “green” feeling on the palette.
O – A little young but damn good, Gueuze Tilquin will be fantastic when it matures, picking up more nuances and subtlety as it goes. Candidly, it’s hard to go wrong with a) a sour and b) a gueuze. Tilquin is gonna blow up like Hollywood with a beer this well-done young. Get it now while it lasts.