Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 114
Gots: 185 | FT: 28
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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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Reviews by davey101:
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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 2012-2013, 375ml bottle into a wine glass. Best Before: 29/01/2023.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy pink grapefruit body that just screams pulpy fruit juice. A fingers worth of bone white foam fades into a thick edging that lasts quite a while. Swirling creates some gorgeous lacing but retention is low here. I was told the 750's carbed up a bit more than the 375's but this is looking pretty damn active to me.

S - Lemons, hay, funky cheese, and some stone fruit. The plums are very subtle here but they provide just enough fruitiness to make this stand out from the normal gueuze. Very brett heavy, I get just a touch of plastic on the end.

T - Super mouth puckering sour. Lemons, hay, plenty of funk, and some woody oak barrel. The plums are present in a light stone fruit juiciness but seem to be squashed out by the huge sourness. Its incredibly tasty, its just not as fruit forward as other fruit lambics tend to be. In fact it's extremely gueuze like. Mouth feel is crisp and lively.

O - This was a damn good fruit lambic. Incredibly sour and mouth puckering. I was hoping the plums would be a bit more noticeable but its still a really impressive beer. Glad to have a few more bottles to age up a bit.

More User Reviews:
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4.45/5  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.

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