Stout Rullquin | Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Stout RullquinStout Rullquin

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Gueuzerie Tilquin

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by 77black_ships on 10-21-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 92
Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown body with a half inch of beige collar. Lambic aromas jump out. A chocolate gueuze?!? Tilquin has really married these styles beautifully.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Great give and pop off the cork, barely any effort to get out and punches with a good pop and whisp of smoke. Vintage 2014/2015.

Deep chocolate like walnut body, brown with excellent ruby to rust glowing red edges and orb light-bulb appearance. Head is classic Belgian frothy thick, whipped and foamy. Easily on a controlled pour has no problem making three fingers, and hanging around with ease. Creamy meringue like island top, thick retention, ans side plentiful ultra fine streams of carbonation hitting the bottom head and always repopulating. Great real amazing looking brew.

Aroma does not dissapoint. Light wild notes of funk and hay, a small subtle milk chocolate sweetness in the background over excellent fruit tones of plum and dark sour cherries.

Palate does not disappoint. Light and full wine like body, almost red wine deep but with some playful muted carbonation on the palate. Mid palate gives to red cherry and plum like sweetness, with moderate oude bruine like malt character and low acidity. Soft bodied but a little lighter than expected, with a bread thick dark finish, and fruity effervescence. Mild hints of milk chocolate with a twinge of sour fruit as well. Mild roast, molasses, and brown sugar come out slowly after repeated sips as well.

A great take on a brew that is more in the funky and earthy tone realm, with just a hint of darkness to it. Works incredibly well, very nice creation.

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Photo of aleigator
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant ember-brown color, with a small, lasting head.

Smells of a vinous oakiness among biscuity malts. Its gentle tartness provides a pleasant depth, adding to the malty foundation of the brew. Sour and sweet aromas blend enjoyable together, balanced by the present oak.

Has a fitting carbonation, revealing a very smooth mouthfeel, together with a medium body.

Begins with bread, earth, as well as toffee and lemon peel. The lemon, as well as wine infused sweeter malts grow stronger, convincingly balanced by wood. During the finish, the beer turns quite dry, while the oak turns a bit dusty with crisp, long lasting lemons.

Its sweeter malt aspect is coated up well by lemon and acidic, fermented grapes. This highlights the balancing oak in a convincing fashion, leading to a very interesting, unique beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color dark brown, not very clear. Foam small but leaves the crown, smell eeeeech, coffee, cheese, a fantastic thing. That's what brings the first sip is heaven ..., delicate, velvety cherries that for a moment passes in the taste of coffee, amazing and fantastic. I will definitely return to Togo Tilquin.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Ample khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Hmm. Roasty malts. Lemony acidity. Some oak. The oak and heavily roasted malt aroma are very similar.

Taste - Pretty sour. Lemon sourness, but it's quickly cut by roasted malt. Kinda ashy. Coffee malts. Gets kinda bitter. Oak lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Very roasty and bitter for the style. Ample sourness.

Overall - I expected the flavors to blend a little differently. It's not a sour stout at all. It's a very roasty lambic.

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Photo of alandartevelle
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Le 1/8 de gueuze prend bcp trop le dessus sur les 7/8 restants, du coup ça a presque uniquement le goût de gueuze, on ne sent pas le goût de la brune, dommage

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Photo of ADZA
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky ruddy brown hue with a touch of lacing, smells of old leather, stonefruits, oak and a touch of honey, spritzy medium feel and tastes are light sour cherries, oak and finished with a sour bitterness cross of brett and stonefruit, overall def no stout but a delicious sour cheers.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting hybrid blend, it's reminscent of Flanders Oud Bruin without any acetic acid. Not so much a stout as a unique dark wild ale blend.

Pours a ruddy copper chestnut color with good clarity, creamy khaki foam that lasts a long time. Great retention, a head remains for the duration of the glass. Lacing coats around the edges. A sticky collar forms seamlessly to the surface after a second pour.

Pleasantly tart with leathery Brett around the periphery. Hints of clover honey in the aftertaste. Light maltiness, dry aftertaste with notes of straw and tart berries. A wisp of ashy roast is very minor, but present. Strangely there's an odd note of olive brine that surfaces after awhile, thankfully it's subtle. Medium bodied, smooth with ample carbonation.

Overall this was really unique, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'd like to know more about how they arrived at this type of blend to release, it reminds me of a cross between an Oud Bruin and the extinct Aarschotse Bruine which involved a blend of young and old beer also.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a lambic tumbler. Big voluminous eggshell colored head. Nose is largely lambic, musty and tart with a touch of sweet plum. Crisp and dry body. Note of cherry in the finish. The lambic portion of this beer seems to have taken over, which is likely a good thing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Beautifully sculpted from La Rulle's sour brown ale and Tiquin's young lambic blend, the individual tastes intertwine into a taste that's just as seductive as the dance of Ginger and Fred.

With the dark sour pouring, its russet brown appearance is hazy, tawny and curiously of mauve. With that first whiff that breeches the glass, jaw tightening and salivating sensations quickly command the mouth. Sour plum, cherry and red grape carry faint balsamic, cider and lime acidity through the nose and then resonating with taste. Even with the subtle candied sweetness and dry caramel undertow, it is no matched for the sour balance.

With such dryness spreading across the middle, its citrus and stone fruit are awash with crabapple, dry cider and red wine- just shy of vinegar yet carrying a piquant sourness that's front and center thereafter. Weaving in the musken tone of mushroom, burlap and damp sod, the beer's rich balance to acidity comes on strong in finish and aftertaste.

Nearly bone-dry, its "brown" influence is hardly toasty, nutty or chocolaty enough to control the nosedive toward a sour finish of warhead and sour patch kid candies. But those earthen wafts and spicy alcohols and peppery phenols suggest something much more meant for the legal drinking crowd.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i was the only one in our tasting group who loved this as much as i did, so maybe im the weirdo, but this is one of the more distinct beers ive ever had. its a blend of stout and gueuze in something like a 7 to 1 ratio, but the darkness of the malt in the stout and all that body adds something special to the tilquin. its murky in appearance, yellow and brown at the same time, and holding a nice head for something like this. its got a nose more akin to the gueuze, oaky and funked to the max, with some lacto sourness in there. what the stout adds for me is a raw cocoa character in the smell, and some needed malty bitterness from roasted barley. these traits come through in the flavor, but this is much more dynamic on the palate than my grasp on our language allows me to articulate. its powerfully flavored and carbonated, and lemon acidity, dry chocolate, and mature oak are all driven home pretty hard. its amazing what the stout adds to this blend, and while others thought it was a gimmick or an incompatible addition, i thought it brought this to the next level. i know its expensive, but its not to be missed, especially for those in search of the new. elite level stuff right here.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber brown with very light tan/off white head with significant retention considering the acid. Nice lacing too. Slightly murky.

Smells earthy and oaky. Some roast and dark fruits. Barnyard and wet hay, tart cherries. Some cracker and biscuit malt.

Vinous tartness and roasted malt. Not as much dark fruit as I would expect. More roasty and coffee like malt character. Tart cherries. Finishes with funk and oak. Vanilla and raisin notes as well. Even some black tea notes.

Medium carbonation, slightly thin body, but very tannic. Tart cherries and tea linger on the palate.

Very complex but still pretty refreshing. Wasn't sure what to expect from this one. About as good as a stout/gueuze could be I reckon. Any more roast character or tartness might throw it off balance.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Brewery description, translated from French.

To elaborate, La Rulles Brune (Stout de Gaume) underwent a second fermented for 8 months together with 12.5 % (1/8) of the Tilquin lambic blend in oak barrels. After this the beer was fermented once more in bottles for 6 months. Eh yes, in order to do thing well, one needs to take time… Cheers!

My apologies for any translating errors, my French is not that good.

2 * 15 cl. of bottle samples @ Brassigaume 2013. 75 cl. bottles sampled. Long time in the making this one. Totally gushing bottle, this is still very, very lively at this point, gushing all over the place, keeps foaming even when half emptied. They are still waiting for these bottles to calm down. Dark brown, beige bubbles which fizzy away immediately. Nose is surprisingly huge on geuze despite it constituting only +/- 12 % of this beer. Lots of funk, barn, tart, lemon, barn, complete geuze profile, very nice with a touch of chocolate & faint dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, cocoa, grainy quality with lots of geuze, funk, barn, tart, brett, touch lemon, tangy, lots of lambic, combined with some tart chocolate, light dark fruits. Great combo, brown beer compliments well, lots to love for geuze lovers. First sample had the body of an infected beer but zero defects & highly enjoyable, odd. Second sample had great body. Pretty light & grainy. Body is not top but this beer is wonderful, great combo.

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Stout Rullquin from Gueuzerie Tilquin
4.11 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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