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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 132
Gots: 216 | FT: 41
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Fux on 09-30-2012

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Ratings: 805 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by corby112:
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, 2011/2012 vintage. 75cl split with sideshowe.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a one finger off-white foam head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky barnyard aroma with lactic cheesiness and musty horseblanket along with damp, earthy oak and vinous dark fruit.  After it warms, there's lots of sweet plum and juicy fruit flesh.  Great balance of lactic funky, musty bugs, damp oak and dark fruit.    

Medium bodied with a really nice balance of acetic acid, lactic funk, earthy oak and sweet, fleshy dark fruit.  Aggressively sour and tart but not harsh, overly acidic or tough to drink.  Really mellowed out by lactic funk, earthy oak, sweet fruit and acetic vinegar.   Really sweet and refreshing wih light fruit, apple and pear along with musty bugs, lactic cheese and sweet plum flavor.  Some dry, earthy pit of the fruit but otherwise it's really juicy and fleshy.  Lingeng acetic vinegar in the finish but not solvent like or harsh at all.  The plum flavor really shows in the finish and balances out the sour and funky gueuze flavors very nicely.  

More User Reviews:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a dark green 750 mL bottle with a classic cork & cage topper. The label on the neck indicates that this is a 2013 vintage. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - a moderately aggressive pour yields and effervescent and highly dynamic head about a finger and a half deep, but it doesn't stay that large for long, dissipating fairly quickly to leave a fizzy ringlet around the edge of the glass and no film or lacing. The foam is mostly white, with just the slightest cherry pink hue to it. The body, on the other hand, isn't subtle in the slightest, providing a bright reddish-pink tone, reminiscent of red grapefruit flesh/juice. Around the bottom of the glass, there is a slight lightness to the hue, and the overall body is cloudy, with zero visibility through the murk.

Smell (4.25) - Wonderful aromas of musty, funky wood and sharp acidity from the lacto and souring bacteria, and while you can definitely detect notes of red plum, my only complaint is that it's not present enough. The acidity and notes of red wine vinegar dominate the subtle touch of fruit. The finish brings to mind hints of granny smith and lemon zest.

Taste (4.5) - Perhaps the plums were hiding in the aroma in order to appear with fanfare on the tongue. The subtle notes of plum have now grown into a more robust representation of the fruit. It's a good fruit to choose, because for all it's shyness on the aroma, the touch of tartness from a ripe red plum is very complementary to the more piercing tones of the souring bacteria and wood aging. Some faint vinous notes give a slightly jammy characteristic to the taste.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Light bodied and moderate to low carbonation--with just enough to put on a show of head at the beginning before hiding away. The feel provides moderate puckering, and the finish is very dry.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic beer, and while I'm not surprised, given the adeptly done Gueuze Tilquin, the plum adds a fantastic depth to the otherwise classic sour beer. Not too many are doing plum lambics, but based on the taste of this one, perhaps more brewers should be.

Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S - Tart lemon, lactic acid, and sweet plums. The plums add a nice sweetness to the normally tart Tilquin nose

T - Tart lemon, good funky blue cheese, and a light plum presence that adds a slight sweetness.

M - Light dry funk with a dry finish that lingers on

O - Nice sour with a good plum presence that helps cut the overall tartness

Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle at the Accent Lounge (or should I say, local hoarders of this brew?). And hardly a deal at 20+ ducats, either.

This beer pours a hazy, medium pinkish-orange amber hue, with one skinny finger of loosely foamy, bubbly, and stringy off-white head, which leaves a low ring of ebbing setting concrete lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of tart red wine vinegar, a subtle dried prune fruitiness, pleasantly even farmhouse funk, sharp lemon rinds, dry yeast, a rather subdued pale grainy malt, and understated earthy, woodsy, and leafy hops. The taste is more pungently bitter and sour acetic acid-soaked oaken wood, seriously unripe plums (or perhaps lemon - it's a bit hard to tell), gritty pale and wheaty malt, soft notes of horse blanket funk, and weak earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is softly prickly, but generally agreeable and supportive, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in an aerosol frothy sort of way. It finishes still good 'n tart and meekly fruity, which is more than most examples of this subset of the style exhibit.

One more or less well balanced fruit lambic - the guest star doing enough to offset the still heady tart and funky character. It was a bit of a challenge to chase this one down, and as the end cap of my last shopping day of this 2013 Yuletide season, it was totally worth it, I think. Naw, watch me be able to get this at the better bottleshops in the New Year at half the price, the idea of which thankfully doesn't detract too much from the quality or the atmosphere right now.

Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick, opaque light-colored brew (orange/peach), topped by a thin white head.

Extremely funky aroma: sharp and acrid, quite musty.

Aroma carries over to the flavor, which is very funky and sharp up front. Fruit peel - but no sweetness - sneaks into the mid-palate, mingling with yeast and light, wheaty malts. Finally, just when I was about to abandon the thought, tart and sweet plums start to shine on the finish.

Remarkably discrete progression of flavors.

Lively brew, slightly sticky, otherwise lighter mouthfeel. Quite puckering.

This is a very nice Gueuze/Lambic before the plums even come into play. Once they do, they add a nice, unique twist to the brew. I could use more plum flavor, certainly, but this is a very tasty beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most recent vintage. Drank at Torst bar. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a wine glass. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy peach-orange. Lacing is minimal with thin but oily legs. Average. The plum reveals itself here. Nice color.

Nose is a slightly sweet and tart plum, lemon rind, hay, and some funky cheesiness. Wood integrates itself nicely into the aroma. Moderately aromatic but pretty unique.

Lemon rind, tart citrus, apricot, hay, dried wood, a mellow cheesiness and a faint, sweet, tart plum character in the back. Finishes lemon rind and wet wood. Tart on the finish. Pretty gueuze-y but the plum addition, though faint, is noticeable and appreciated. A pretty unique beer though the fruit component isn't too prominent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth with some bubbles and dry going down. Puckering finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Very good.

Tilquin is a very under-the-radar blender at this point. However, make no mistake, their beers are very good and Quetsche is no exception. A plum lambic is very unique and here, its done very well. The fruit is subtle but it works and the aroma, look, and feel round things out nicely. Definitely one of the beer lambics I've had.

Photo of dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge

I figured locating this one at a remotely reasonable price in the US was unlikely so I was pleased to find one at a reasonable price in this landmark beer bar. "250 grams of plums per liter of lambic" - this impacts all aspects of the beer, starting with its deep orange/pink body down to its tart fruity nose and finish. Plum seems to be a nice, and possibly underused, ingredient in lambic due to the nice balance of tartness and sweetness. Tasty.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 12/13 vintage

pours a cloudy bright ruby, very much like ruby red grapefruit juice. little to no head but plenty of pop from the bottle and carbonation.

vibrant and juicy. complex oak, lambic, and fruit. very balanced.

similar to the nose, perfect blend of lambic, oak, and fruit. add the perfect amount of sourness to this equation. the tart lemon and bright oak, blend with the plum. almost has a bit of a light kriek flavor going on.

mild to moderate carbonation. nice dryness.

this was delicious and easy drinking, i had no issues killing this bottle and was blown away by how much i enjoyed it. worth the $30

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange with a slight pink tinge. Good white head.

Smell - Bright lemony tartness. Some funkiness. A hint of fruit, but definitely not what I'd call plum.

Taste - Fruitier. Lots of lemon and citrus acidity. Some grape notes. Less funk here. Sharp sourness. Plum only really comes together in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Bright sourness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good stuff, but I'd like a more distinct plum flavor.

Photo of antott0523
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange around the edges to ruby red in the middle. The color spectrum found upon sinking your teeth into semi ripe plum. No visible carbonation and no head, but the color imparted upon this beer from the plums makes it one of the most attractive beers I've seen.

S: Incredibly complex nose ranging from sweet and sour to earthy and grassy. Citrus notes of grapefruit and plum. Sugary notes of powder and pixy stix. Musty notes of wet hay, followed by green tea and lemon grass.

T: Oak, grapefruit juice, unripened plum, dry white wine and a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice. More tart and acidic than sweet, and less complex than the nose. Flavorful.

M: Moderate mouthfeel and semi dry.

H: Highly drinkable. Complex as all hell nose and straightforward, yet flavorful and refreshing flavor.

Photo of Boski
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pinkish orange... Absolutely heavenly color and appearance. Very hazy with chunks of goodness. Fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Clean citrus. Subtle funk.

T: The red plums really shine through. Big unfiltered fresh squeezed citrus, plum. Salty. Great funk. Refreshing tart bite.

M: Medium to full bodied. Rich. Decent pucker factor.

O: What a treat. Expected big things and wasn't disappointed. Incredible complexity and depth to this libation. Incredibly refreshing, salty, funky treat from one of the finest breweries on the planet.

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle, served in a 25cL Tilquin tumbler.
Only allowed to settle for 24 hours, a bit longer would probably ensure better clarity.

Opaque orange color with very slight reddish tint from the fruit skins, audibly sizzling carbonation that settles to a smoothly textured blanket of foam on the surface.

Barnyard aromas, oaky sandalwood, mellow fruit. Sightly acidic at first, which mellows after a few minutes.

Taste is oaky and acidic, characteristic yeast from the house barrels lends notes of damp forest floor and citrus. Plum pits and skins are there, not overpowering or overly assertive, but there's a presence that sets it apart from the Oude Gueuze. Plum is such a sweet fruit, but here it's reduced to the acidity of the fruit skins and the slight nuttiness from the pits. Overall it seems a little more oaky than the gueuze somehow, and the citrus character more subdued. A very enjoyable and traditional fruited lambic.

Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thank you to Jeffo!! 750ml 2012/2013 bottle

Appearance. Pours a rich, hazy orange-amber with a very slight tint of blue. Topped with a finger of white head.

Smell. Lovely sour prune plums (reminds me of picking them from my grandpa's trees when I was young), musty woody funk, berries and light orchard fruits. Very nice.

Taste. Sour prune plums again, very woody and lightly musty funk, lime juice and a bit of sour berries. Fantastic stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body ...maybe more on the light side. Fine medium carbonation.

Overall. I was expecting this to be good, but it's exceed those expectations. These plums make an amazing lambic. Thanks again Jeffo!!!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light brown/reddish color lambic with a large foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma consists of tart a funky noes with some very subtle notes of plums. Taste is dominated by tart notes with subtle notes of plums with a light barnyard finish. Acidity level is well balanced with some oak notes easily distinguishable. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Enjoyable but I would have thought the plum notes would have been more pronounced.

Photo of nataku00
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2012-2013 release, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a reddish orange color, hazy, with a thin off white half a finger of head. Head dissipates immediately leaving no lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is plums, sweet fruit and tart and astringent skin, with some sweeter stone fruit like peach and apricot, light almond note, and a earthy and funky wet soil brett, with some light lactic acidity.

Taste leads with a sharp sourness, lactic, but lemony with a bit of the plum skin astringency, mellowing to sweeter plum and peach flavors, pineapple and earthy brett. Lingering sourness on the tongue, but not too dry.

Light body with zesty and sharp carbonation that stings at the tongue and really opens up your taste buds. Big flavor with nice brett character.

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 75cl bottle into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.

Real nice looking beer. Looks a real dark version of grapefruit juice. Deep orange and dark pink color, with a cloudy consistency and some cola like bubbles. Head is off white sort of starting off soapy but then always settling to a solid creamy white collar, with the odd whisp of lacing. Real nice appealing looking beer.

Tilquins always seem to smell lemony to me, and this one is no exception. Zesty lemon, with fruit basket action more sensations of strawberry to me than plums. Fruit pulp, light acid, not much heat coming off this either. Very controlled and nice.

Palate continues much of the bouquets' senses. Lemon fruity zest with a mild tartness. Low acid without too much heat either. No vinegar but a big malt wheat chewy backbone that lets the flavors hang. Strawberry and jammy like aftertaste, with nice tart plum skin like rind. Really coats your teeth as well.

Overall a real solid memorable gueuze from these guys. The parts all fit, they may not be the greatest, but the all add up to a real impressive and very drinkable lambic.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a murky, turquoise purplish red color, with a small fizzy head, and no lacing.

Smells very, very sour, it stings my nose. Very tart aroma-wise, tons of plum, some lactic acid. It smells incredibly musty, too, in a great way.

This tastes awesome. The plums are really strongly forward here, leading to it being much fruitier and jammier than I expected. It's definitely sour, but not as strongly as I expected. It's musty and slightly chalky, and it just tastes...damp, if that makes sense. Awesome.

This is fairly light bodied, with a really juicy and tart mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate. It's really drinkable.

This lived up to the hype. Quite tasty.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy tangerine-red colored ale with but a brief bubbling at the surface off the pour; naught but a slim wisp of film rimmed the edge of the ale

S: fruity and tart - apples, vinegar, plum, and lemon; hints of oak

T: right in stride, brings lots of tart fruit and subtle plum to the tongue; tart apples and drying lemons, dry oakiness

M: slick, slim, and tangy; refreshing, light; acidic tingle and pucker

O: I tried to be moderate here, but this seems to be an ale on top of its style - full of tangy tart fruits, it is clean, fresh, and bright. I'm sure fans of the style know all this - and if you're ready to take on the style, or sour ales in general - this is a great place to start.

This is my first fruit lambic, and I can appreciate that it is an outstanding ale, but didn't feel comfortable going higher in my scores considering my lack of reference points within the style. I don't know that lambics or fruity or sour beers will ever be a go-to for me, but I have really enjoyed them when I've had them. Certainly an enjoyable and easy drinking ale that fans of the style must really dig.

Photo of stx00lax
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 375ml

A-Pours a hazy shade of pinkish-orange. Lacing and head is pretty minimal, but still lively and effervescent looking.

S- Pretty sweet with a little funk. Plum is evident but not huge on the nose. The overall aroma is not in your face like a lot of lambic, but rather mellow and complex. Very inviting.

T- Mild cheesy funk leads way to plum, lemon, raspberry, red grape skin , a tad oak, a bit of barnyard and finishes tart. The plum is mild but delicious and adds nicely to the overall subtle complexity of this beer.

M- Light to medium body. Crisp, satiating and highly drinkable.

O- Its 80 degrees out and theres nothing i would rather be drinking right now. So refreshing. My only complaint would be for more plum presence, but it would not stop me from drinking this delicious beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Mane Liquor tulip

A - Pours a murky pink copper colour with a white head that retains well for a lambic.

S - Horse blanket and mild plum

T - Front palate nice and plum like with zest middle palate then followed by massive sour horse blanket flavour the finish drops away quickly to a balanced sweetness and the plum return.

M - Medium body and low carbonation

O - A top quality lambic with perfect balance and an absolute thirst quencher

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle shared by Sasha - thanks. Best before date: 1/29/23.

A: Pours a hazy peachy orangish with a thin (1/4-inch) white head which fades quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Funky barnyard next to fruity ripe plums.

T: Fruity, moderate sourness, some wheat, and that barnyard yeast.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Dry, musty and dusty sour finish.

O: Nice tartness and bright fruit overtones.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -8.7%

2013-2014 bottle.

A: Pours a mostly still turbid dark orange. Looks like grapefruit juice!

S: Lots of soft plums, acidic skin, some mild funk and oaky notes behind. Juicy.

T: Taste is milder than the nose lets on. Tannic plum skin, wheat, mild lactic acidity, a bit of cobweb and oak.

M: Medium-bodied with very light carb.

O: Tastes awesome, but wish it were a bit more carbed and had a bit of a more advanced acid profile.

Photo of papat444
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

***2014 Vintage*** 500TH DIFFERENT BREWERY ON BA!

Best before 17/06/2024.

Looks exactly like grapefruit juice in the glass. Tart flavor with some sweet fruit. From the first sip it prickles the tongue, very good stuff.

Photo of jakewatt135
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours with absolutely no head. light carbonation. peachy color. not a ton of funk, and not over the top fruit. just well balanced and well done.

Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

I had this a Borefts 2014. I remember that I was quite excited about the beer. Being used to the strong tartness of Cantillon brews, I was surprised to get this nose of quite typical geuze flavors, but more retrained than usually and combined with the scent of sweet plums. The beer tastes tart enough to qualify for the honorary title of "Oude" but with the fruitiness comes along pretty harmonic and drinkable. Like it!

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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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