Phone: +32 (0) 472 91 82 91
Address: Chaussée Maieur Habils 110 Rebecq-Rognon, 1430
Founded by Pierre Tilquin in early 2009, Gueuzerie Tilquin is a blendery in Bierghes, a borough of Rebecq located approximately 30 kilometers south-west of Brussels. Tilquin is the only lambic blendery in the mainly French-speaking, southern region of Wallonia. It opened its doors to the public in the summer of 2011.
Gueuzerie Tilquin is the first new lambic blendery to open its doors in nearly 15 years. After beginning to reserve lambic throughout 2009, owner Pierre Tilquin - who holds a PhD in statistics and genetics - opened his blendery to the public for the first time on the weekend of May 28th, 2011, introducing two new lambic blends, Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne and Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version).
Tilquin produces blends of one, two, and three-year-old lambics with wort acquired from Boon, Lindemans, Girardin, and Cantillon for the Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne. While the first 2010-2011 labeled release of Oude Gueuze was reportedly a blend of just one and two-year-old lambics, all subsequent batches have been blends of one, two, and three-year-old lambics. The first known bottling of the gueuze occurred in December 2010 and was labelled as "1ier soutirage" (english: first racking). Tilquin has consistently produced lambic blends in 750ml and 375ml bottles for export every year since its opening.
In February 2012, Tilquin also introduced its first fruited lambic with the release of a very limited batch of Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne, sold in 750ml bottles. The initial batch was limited to purchases at the brewery, but a second batch produced in January 2013 saw widespread release in Europe and North America later the same year. It was debuted to coincide with the 2013 Toer de Geuze.
In 2012, Gueuzerie Tilquin joined the High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers (HORAL). Tilquin is the first HORAL member outside of Flanders and lies just 200 meters past the language border in the French-speaking municipality of Rebecq.
In March 2015, the Belgian daily newspaper La Capitale reported that 75% of Gueuzerie Tilquin's production was reserved for export with 40% of that being sent solely to the United States. Tilquin also participated in the 10th Anniversary Toer de Geuze in 2015. The weekend also saw the release of Tilquin's second fruited lambic, Oude Mûre Tilquin à l'Ancienne, a lambic fruited with blackberries. In addition to the Toer de Geuze, Tilquin also hosted an English beer festival.
In 2017, Tilquin began to expand their capacity with several more stainless steel tanks. These tanks will be used to continue larger scale production of fruited lambics following the first experimental fruit series.
- Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version)
- Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l'Ancienne
- Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)² à l’Ancienne
- Oude Mûre Tilquin à l'Ancienne
- Oude Pinot Noir Tilquin à l'Ancienne
- Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l'Ancienne (Prunes de Namur)
- Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l'Ancienne (véritable d'Alsace)
- Quetsche Tilquin (Draught Version)
- Mûre Tilquin (Draught Version)
Experimental Fruit Series #1
Main article: Tilquin Experimental Fruit Series #1
During the 2016-2017 lambic season, Gueuzerie Tilquin produced nine experimental fruited lambic batches that were released during the summer and fall of 2017 at various festivals in Europe. Called Experimental Fruit Series #1, these batches were all keggged in very small amounts and include, cassis, framboise, griotte, redcurrant, mirabelle plum, blueberry, wild blueberry, rhubarb, and elderberry lambics.