Stout Rullquin
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #817
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,792
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
149
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Gueuzerie Tilquin
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  31
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Beer of mixed fermentation, the Stout Rullquin is obtained from a blending of 7/8 of Rulles Brune (Stout de Gaume) and 1/8 of a blend of 1 year old lambics, which has matured for 8 months on oak barrels. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented for 6 months in the bottle.
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 2018-2019 bottle with an expiration date of 12/04/2021. Sampled July 22, 2021.

A dark brown appearance with ruby red hues underneath a lacing-leaving long-lasting tan head. Attractive.

The aroma makes me think of cocoa, nuts, green apple. overripe fruit, and a wild hop zestiness.

The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I imagined but closing in on medium.

The tartness really jumps forward in the flavor but I still get ample quantities of cocoa, dark roast, nuts, green apple, green grapes, and a tart bite to finish.

Jul 22, 2021
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750ml green bottle with the batch years on a neck label and the best before date on the back label served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The bone white, two finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of lacing in big patches all over. It's a deep brownish color that turns a beautiful, dark amber when held up to light.

Smell: It's a beautiful aroma of caramel, green grapes, lemon and something reminiscent of a barnyard with notes of damp oak and hay.

Taste: It's tart and acidic at first with notes of green grapes and lemon. There's also a touch of bitter oak and a soft, brown sugar sweetness. It finishes with a peculiar roasted nut flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied and quite crisp with high carbonation but it goes down smooth.

Overall: A very interesting beer with a lot of complexity and rich, bold flavors. It's surprising how much of a Lambic character this has considering it's made up of 7/8 oud bruin and just 1/8 Lambic.

Jun 22, 2021
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Suds from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750 ml bottle from a local shop. It pours a deep brownish color, one with crimson hues if held to the light. The head is impressive. Tall, rocky, thick, and intense....cream colored. The smell has a bit of cider-like tartness and deep roasted notes. It is well balanced. Flavorful, with a mix of sweetness and sourness....roastedness and funk...chocolate and fruit. Interesting and engaging.

Mar 13, 2021
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kevanb from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2015/16 on the front label, best before 22/03/2026 on the reverse label, poured into a Gueuze Tilquin tumbler glass.

The beer pours a dark cola brown color, black and burgundy hues with an off white head, about a finger tall with moderate retention and soapy lacing. The aroma is interesting, light roast, a hint of coffee, hearty brown bread, toasted grain, chocolate, fruity funk, light acidity, earthiness lingers. The flavors are nice, lambic funk leads the way, but is quickly overtaken by hearty grains, toasted and bready with a nice element of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, oak, funk, citrus acidity and fruitiness helps draw out some stone fruits at the finish. The mouthfeel is curious, lighter medium body, bright and vibrant with plenty of carbonation, tart, crisp and with a dry finish.

Verdict: A very provocative beer, certainly breaks the mold and explores new boundaries. The lambic is well expressed and in many ways does seem to compliment the stout, but in others does seem a bit distracting and counterproductive. The body and finish definitely feel more like a lambic than stout and the more fruit forward citrus acidity is more puzzling. The important thing is that it's an enjoyable beer albeit a head scratcher.

Jan 24, 2021
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2014/2015 stated on label, best before date of 31/03/2025. Served in a Teku, the beer pours a dark brown color with about an inch light tan head that stuck around for a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit, oak, funk, caramel, green apple and peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some red grapes/wine, dark bread, vinegar, candi sugar and chocolate flavors. Tart, funky and sweet all at the same time, all the flavors seem to mesh well together. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy due to the good amount of soft carbonation. I thought it was an enjoyable brew, worth a try if you've never had it before.

Dec 22, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of lightly tart notes with some caramelized malt is more enjoyable then I was expecting. Taste is also a good mix of candi sugar and caramelized malt with some tart and funky barnyard notes from the Lambic. Body is about average with good carbonation. The mix of these two different beers works better than I was expecting.

Oct 15, 2019
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stcules from Italy

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost black, abundant foam, light brown colored.
In the smell the marry between lambic and stout is succesfull. The lambic is strong, and after that, the toasted notes.
At the taseìte again the darks malts are subdued by the lambic, and they come back in the aftertaste, with liquorice and nut.
Candy sugar, some fruitiness, lambic sourness.
Good.

Jul 27, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great head production, retention, and lacing. Body is dark brown, and appears clear during the pour - but is dark enough to be essentially opaque in the glass.

Classic Gueuze nose: rustic, musty, funky, and sharp. Oak, tannins, vanilla, pepper, vinegar, and Baker's chocolate.

Fascinating presentation on the palate. Peppery, musty Brett mingles with powdered cocoa from the malt, along with vinegar and tannins for a modest sourness. It's very difficult to pick the malt base out of this; this is anything but a simple brew. Rye, red grapes, and lighter tones of dark fruit.

Crisp and lively on the palate. Very little pucker; this leans toward funky more than sour.

Feb 07, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours like only a Belgian can, with a three finger tan head billowing above the cola colored liquid; excellent retention and copious lacing

Smell: Funky and leathery, with green apple, cider vinegar, sour cherry, oak and stinky cheese

Taste: Oak, apple cider vinegar and sour cherry flavors with a touch of caramel and cocoa developing; leathery, with a stinky cheese element, through the middle; very dry, after the swallow, with charred oak tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Interesting that while being only 1/8 lambic this aspect dominates the flavors; complex and satisfying

Dec 16, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lambic +stout seems.oike it shouldn't work but this works really well. Not overly dark and coffee which works really well.with the lambic blend. Better than most of the other "sour' stouts.

Oct 21, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2018-07-30
750ml corked/caged bottle served in a large snifter. 2016 on the left, 2017 on the right. Best By date is 27/03/2027.

Pours dark brown with a pretty large head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, tart, and plummy.

Taste is tart and lambicky, with again a plummy flavor. Strong bitterness coming across, too.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick. Overall, it's good. Not fantastic, but good.

Jul 31, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In my teku the beer was dark brown in color with a modest tan head. The head retained well and there was a bit of lace.
The predominant aromas for me were cherry, chocolate, and caramel.
Tart cherry taste, followed by caramel and cocoa. A little bit of oak snuck in, and there was some funkiness.
A smooth, enjoyable beer.

Jul 01, 2018
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craftaholic from New York

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is funky. Sour and salty chocoate!? Like a sea salt dark chocolate, heated to fudge in a bourbon barrel with rasberry tart mashed in. Fruit, tart, salt.

May 06, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Served in a wine glass. Pours a darker brown body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, a bit of lacing but otherwise not much residue. Smell is milk chocolate and toasted malt, at first like an American stout; the wild aspect of the beer is in the background providing lemon, mild-moderate acetic acidity, a bit of hay which complements the toasted malt fairly well. Flavour is mostly stout flavours up front; toasted malt, a trace of char, milk chocolate, touch of cocoa, no dark fruit. Midway through, the lambic gives it a nice mild-moderate acetic acidity which gives it a new dimension. The stout portion wasn't particularly sweet, which I thought helped the two blends play well with each other. Still, the beer is mostly the stout component. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly prickly for a stout but appropriate for a lambic/wild ale, so that works for me. An interesting experiment and blend, though the price tag is way too high on this one for what you get.

Mar 24, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/25/2024. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart cherry, lemon, lime, raisin, plum, fig, berries, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread; with lighter notes of nuts, cocoa, pepper, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cherry, lemon, lime, raisin, plum, fig, berries, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread; with lighter notes of nuts, cocoa, pepper, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness, yeast/oak spiciness; and light herbal/grassy/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart cherry, lemon, lime, raisin, plum, fig, berries, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light leather/vinegar, yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp/acidic, and lightly tannic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this an awesome blended Lambic/Belgian dark ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/spicy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Using "stout" in the name is pretty misleading, based on the two base beers alone. Really great well rounded fruity/funky Brett/Lacto/Belgian yeast complexity, balanced malts, and surprising amount of oak presence for this only being 1/8 lambic. A really enjoyable, unique, and well made offering.

Mar 17, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy burnt brown copper red with a creamy, persistent tan blanket leaving fluid quickly falling curtains of lace and cheetah spots on the glass.

Smell is salted caramel with red wine oak, red grape, and mocha coffee.

Taste is coffee and toasty roast with a light, slightly sour mocha and cigar through a softly carbonated medium body, finishing semi-dry.

Feb 03, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

15-16 batch $32.99, whoa. Dark brown, huge head. This was a strange blend of beers. Smells like lambic but also kind of farm-like. Flavor is sour and sweet, brett funk, its ok but I won't be seeking this out again. Also, if it is only 1/8 lambic why is it so damn expensive?

Feb 02, 2018
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Fountain Porter, Philly.

I was glad to see this on tap, because the price tag has always prevented me from picking up a bottle. I'm not much of a "sour stout" fan, but fortunately this truly was more of a "dark lambic" than a sour stout. Half pint pour, dark brown-black with low carb and basically no head. Good mix of lambic funk and roasty malts in the nose. Again, I was expecting a sour stout, but this actually just came off more like a mildly roasty lambic. And despite being only 1/8 lambic, that was the character that came out the most for me in this beer. So it was not really what I expected, but in a good way. I still don't think I'd pay $30+ for a bottle, and I'm not sure how something like this would age, but I'm definitely glad I got to try it.

Oct 21, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at Consume on August 26, 2017. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented for six months in the bottle. Recommended.

Aug 27, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at the Brussels Beer Fest in August 2017. Look is very dark brown, bordering black. Nose is lambic and a smoky roasted malt. Amazing considering the combination. I am also getting barbecue sauce and smoke. Taste is more lambic than expected from nose. Not too sour, and the roasted notes really balance it out. Mouthfeel is medium and nice.

Aug 27, 2017
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a trip to Ghent this past May. Brought it back to Canada to share with the crew.

From a 75cl into a tasting glass.
Vintage: 2014 / 2015

APPEARANCE: Pours out thin brown and yields a big, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a full wisp. Murky brown body with no real carbonation evident. A faint wisp remains until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lambic dominates here, obviously. Aromas of hay, barnyard and some wet grassy character as well. Notes of the stout are there, with some chocolate, butterscotch and light cream aromas too, but the lambic is definitely more dominant.

TASTE: Hay, barnyard, citrus flavors and some obvious sourness at the swallow. A lingering finish of hay, grass, sour lemon, funky flavors and a touch of roasted malt works nicely. Flavorful, interesting and enjoyable; not acidic at all.

PALATE: Light on the palate with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy, goes down fine and finishes slightly puckering.

OVERALL: This was really good. It’s definitely more lambic than it is stout, but that’s certainly to be expected here. The lambic qualities were very enjoyable and the lack of acidity was appreciated. There is certainly some stout character in there if you pay attention, which makes it a fun drink. This was a big hit at the party and is something I’d enjoy having again. Worth checking out if you like this style of beer. Cheers!

Sep 02, 2016
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floyd_pugman from California

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Highly carbed. Nose of roasted malts and signature Tilquin lambic notes. Palate of roasted malts, light roasted coffee, lemon, oak. Actually quite good; pleasantly surprised at how well the blend works with just 1/8 young lambic. At the price point would probably prefer straight Tilquin on most occasions, but this is a nice change, and definitely worth trying at least once.

May 12, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Foundry, Northampton, MA. Very reasonable price and purchase for the NosBawz birthday. Notes taken during consumption.

A- Black but not pitch brew falls out of the 750ml into several small chalices. Dark brown hues can bee seen at the edges. Light nutty-tan, foamy well-lived cap. Thick pillow of lace with spotty patches around it.

S- Lactic acid bacteria and toasted to charred darkened grains. Sour stone fruit comes to mind, underripe mango or something. Wet degraded oak. Lemon. Hint of cocoa.

T- Slight band aid added to the above but just a tiny bit of that Brett feel as well as horsey must. Lemons, tart underripe stone fruits, plum, raisin, fig jam, toasted nuts and slight cocoa. Fairly sour and the centerpiece is still the lactic acid bacteria ferment.

MF- Foamy light body and very dried out. Sour finish after a very high foamy carbonation delivers the brew.

Interesting. I like how the stout quality is fairly laid back preventing any clashing, and it can be easy in dark sours. Solid lactic sourness and some oaky musty vinous funk.

Mar 29, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at a tasting. Dark brown pour with a modest tan head. Smells funky lambic, with notes of cocoa. Tastes like vinegar, cherries, apple cider. Medium body with a high carbonation and a light sour aftertaste.

Mar 26, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy dark brown pour with beige head. Aroma has some roasted notes and cacao with farmhouse lambic notes. Taste is sour, funky and roasty. Medium body with high carbonation. Interesting but not something really special.

Mar 19, 2016
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