Gueuzerie Tilquin Stout Rullquin Belgian Ale

The label of this beer is a bit of an enigma. It has half a dude's face and half a tree on the top label, and it has the dude (creepy as hell dude) leaning on the name of the beverage on one side of the main label with the other side as a black abyss from which no man shall walk out alive. Don't know what vibe they're going for, but this would be the bottle on the counter in a good slasher movie.

The very dark brown beer has a tight, tan head of tiny bubbles. If you were to judge by simple appearance, you might say that the reason it says "Stout" so large on the front of the label is that it is, in fact, a stout. The aroma is NOT that of a stout, though, as it is wild Belgian yeast, spices, and honey. It's pretty nice.

First sip is a goddamn sour. Is that what Rullquin means? Sour? Jeebus. What is wrong with this world when people can't label their beers properly? Well, it's sour and yeasty. I'm not happy about this right now, but I have a large bottle that I paid good money for, so I'm going through my process.

Tip-in is moderate carbonation tingle and that damn Warheads sourness. There are spices along with yeast in the background, but the sourness is Dad driving the minivan on the highway, and he rules with an iron fist. The middle finds no pee-breaks in this journey. Dad is taking this car to the house on the beach for his one damn vacation in five years, and he HAS to take you kids with him, so shut up and play on your iPads. The finish is a breath of fresh air with spices, some raisins, plums, and... and there is the sourness again.

Bottom Line: If you brew a sour, label it a sour.



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