Located in the town of Bierghes, Belgium, Gueuzerie Tilquin was founded by owner Pierre Tilquin in 2009, but did not officially open until the summer of 2011. The gueuzerie—or gueuze blendery—debuted with only two different lambic blends: Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne (6.4 percent ABV) and Gueuze Tilquin Draft Version (4.8 percent ABV), although brewery now has produced more than 10 different beers.
As mentioned above, Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne was one of the two original releases for the brewery and is fairly unique, in that it is a gueuze blended from wort produced by Brasserie Cantillon, Brouwerij Boon, Brouwerij Girardin and Brouwerij Lindemans. The final blend is composed of a combination of one-, two- and three-year-old lambic, and it is currently the only commercial gueuze on the market to contain lambic from Cantillon outside of Cantillon itself.
According to the brewery, only aged hops are used in this blend, and the beer is made from 60 percent malted barley and 40 percent wheat. In addition, the gueuze undergoes spontaneous fermentation in oak barrels for one to three years before being blended together and undergoing another fermentation in the bottle for at least an additional six months.
The cork pops out with almost no help at all, so I am not overly surprised when I get more than five fingers worth of head off of my gentle pour of the extremely cloudy golden yellow Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne. Aroma from the glass is a combination of strong apple Jolly Ranchers, hay, sour lemons, funky horse blanket, creamy oak and a touch of tobacco, and the thick fluffy head remains intact on top of the beer the entire time I am drinking it.
The Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne opens with a combination of funky cheese and tart lemongrass on the palate, followed by flavors of creamy oak, tobacco, barnyard, earth and a touch of vanilla sweetness. The finish features a huge creamy oak note, interspersed with a touch of vinegar. The carbonation is perfectly effervescent, and the body is light to medium bodied, which combines nicely with the profile.