Gueuzerie Tilquin burst onto the scene a few years ago with an outstanding, new Gueuze that quickly got the beer world talking about this new Gueuze blender. If you’re not aware, a blender doesn’t brew their own beer, but buys it from other Lambic breweries then ages it in their own barrels. The beer is wort that has just been inoculated via a coolship at the brewery then is shipped to the blender.
Pierre Tilquin started Gueuzerie Tilquin in 2009, making him the first new Gueuze producer in over a decade. Being a French-speaking Walloon, he located his blending operation in Bierghes which is a part of the town of Rebecq which is 200 meters from the official linguistic line in Belgium (the line between the Flemish speaking and French-speaking portions). Pierre holds a PHD in Statistical Genetics and is a bio-engineer. Once he got the bug to start making beer, he trained at Huyghe Brewery (maker of Delirium Tremens), 3 Fonteinen, and Cantillon.
Currently, Tilquin is using wort brewed at Boon, Cantillon, Girardin, & Lindemans. His gueuze batches have thus far been spectacular. Additionally, Tilquin is one of the few Gueuze makers producing a draft version of his Gueuze, a few keg their fruit Lambics but not their Gueuze. The 2010/2011 bottling was the first batch available in the US.
Appearance: Hazy straw blonde, white, ok retention.
Aroma: Pineapple, lemon, earthy notes, vanilla, lime, barnyard notes.
Taste: Earthy, lemon/lime, herbal, peppery. Sharply acidic.
Overall Impression: Tilquin has quickly moved to the top group of Gueuze producers. Sour with a long finish, this is an exceptionally well craft Gueuze. It strikes a nice balance between the fruity and funky flavors. Pierre Tilquin is truly a rising star in the world of Belgian Beers and Lambics. Treat yourself and try this new blender’s beers, they’re excellent!
Availability: Sort of limited due to smaller production. Imported by 12% Imports.