Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 93
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Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.71%
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Gots: 235 | FT: 38
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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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Photo of ACarp
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Not much of a looker, poured a cloudy apricot with little head

very cantillon-esque in its aggressive tartness, not terribly much funk though. notes of plum skins and slight hint of plum sweetness. a very unique lambic and one that id buy again in a heartbeat

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing offering by Guezerie Tilquin. 2014 750ML Poured into Tilquin Tumbler

The look of this beer is an golden opaque orange and slightly purple color. Very little head, but with age, a thicker head will undoubtedly be present. This is not a drawback, as this fruited Lambic is outstanding. On the nose: baby plums and grapefruit seem to dominate. Some orange peel, and classic barnyard funk.

Taste is similar to the nose, and the sourness balanced with the fruit will remind you of any world-class Lambic you have had before. There is a spicy and dry finish that rounds out the experience quite well. The sourness does not overwhelm whatsoever in this beer.

The mouthfeel is akin to Cantillion Saint Lamvinus. The dry finish is almost identical. This beer is soft in the mouth as well as going down. Some people claim that this beer isn't too fruit forward, I disagree, if you have ever plucked a baby plum and eaten it on a farm, this beer will remind you of that experience verbatim. An unbelievable Lambic that really shows the talent of the fresh on the scene blender Pierre Tilquin. I have purchased this over and over, and have many in my cellar.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle into two snifters. Best before 6/2/24!!
Pours a hazy orange to dark peach color. No head, just a film. Good carbonation.
Smell is horse funk and sour plum. Taste is amazing sour plum and funk with hints of other fruitiness. Mouth-feel is light to medium body with at first a sweet feel and then straight to tartness from acid dry.

What a awesome beer! A must have, must buy and must covet.

I think the bottle pictured is from the first batch of the Quetsche as stated in the contributors review. Plum/Quetsche now has a notation line below the last line of text and above the fluid oz number saying brewed with plums.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

375ml poured into snifter. Batch 2.

A - Pours a very hazy purple-ish orange. No head to speak of, yet signs of carbonation when swirled. Looks more like a light colored wine. It looks different and interesting.

S - Hints of plum mixed with cheesy funk and a touch of lactic sourness. Thankfully the funk doesn't overtake the other two. The fruit smell is noticeable and inviting. This combination leads me to believe this is going to be almost refreshing!

T - Oh, here we go! Plums and grapes mixed with some vanilla oak up front which is then washed away in a bath of lemon funky sourness. It leaves with some tart sweetness. This is excellent! Each part of the sip is as enjoyable as the last. Very unique as a cross between a gueuze and some variation of a Flanders.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. The refreshing aspect is definitely true. An easy drinking sour. The slight pucker in the middle doesn't overwhelm the experience.

O - I'm a big fan-boy of Tilquin's regular gueuze, and I have looked forward to this one for quite awhile. I am not disappointed at all. This is an outstandingly balanced fruited lambic. Just enough sour, funk, fruit, and sweetness to make for an extremely enjoyable experience. Go get one of these!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

'13-'14 bottle, opened Apr '15

A - Hazy, ruby grapefruit juice and plum skin body. Low white head settles quickly with low retention and lace.

S - Wow, what an incredible nose. Honey, cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, yellow raisins, tart grape skins, dry wood and a pleasantly sharp acidic sourness. The complexity is remarkable for the style.

T - Dry, tanniny opening with bread crust, acidic lemons, tart plum skins, and a touch of cinnamon and allspice. Fantastic flavor profile. Really unique for the style.

M - Smooth, almost creamy, and super dry.

O - Absolutely stellar with wonderful complexity and balance.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle split with my wife tonight.

The beer is a beautiful color. Pinkish orange with a soft, off-white head.

The aroma is fabulous. Plums, plum juice, stone fruit, lambic. Wow. Can't wait to dive in.

Beautiful balance. Elegant and remarkably smooth. Abundant plums with a nice tart/sour character throughout. The finish is the definition of awesome. Zero sharpness, acidity, acetic burn but yet this beer retains all that is great about a lambic.

I'm so glad I have a few more of these. This was the best new beer I've had in a long time. Something I'd like to stock in quantity in my cellar.

Overall, phenomenal.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a thin off white head that settles down pretty quickly.

S: This just gives you so much to process. It's incredible. Has the great slightly cheesy funk and sharp tartness that the classic Tilquin has, but it also has this overlying spicy oak barrel and sweet red plum aroma to it that's amazing.

T: It starts by just stabbing the crap out of your tongue with tart lemon flesh, grapefruit and green plum skin. Then it kind of evolves into this rich middle, filled with barnyard, green apple, underripe kumquat and just a little touch of damp barrel. Leaves a lingering lemon/tart green apple note on your tongue that just sticks forever without being unpleasantly sour. This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Boski
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Both out of a 750ml bottle and a 375ml bottle. 2013 vintage, poured into a Drie Fonteinen wine stem.

Pour: Pours a hazy, blood orange, with some purple hues mixed in. Was lucky to get a 375ml bottle with carb, and a finger of frothy, cream colored head forms and sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Funky with hay, barnyard, and a light old book up front, with an equally large lactic presence. Some lemon rind and juicy red grapes. I suppose there is an aspect of plum in there, but this is more vinous than expected. Still, smells amazing.

Taste: Up front, lots of hay and barnyard funk, and some lactic bite. In the middle, overripe red grapes and some plums mix with lemony bite and doughy yeast. Finishes funky and tart, yet with a lingering oak and "juicy fruit" (yes, the gum).

Mouthfeel: Nice tartness and rather refreshing. Warming from the 6.4%. Nice.

Overall: I love this lambic, simple as that. Can't wait to age some.

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Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

BBD of 06/02/24; hell I , might not make it that long, let's get to it!

Pours a murky amber with a sliver of ivory colored head. Clears nicely, no lacing & not much head retention

S: Sourness, grassiness, some metallic notes when warm, a little bit of plummyness as well

T: Tartness, a little raspberry, sour cherry, plus sourness. Sourness & tartness are through the roof, slight acidic notes as well. Faint leafy hops fighting through the choke cherry & raspberry as this warms, much woody dryness too. Finishes with mouth numbing sourness/tartness

MF: Light/medium body, delicate carbonation, feels like the enamel is coming off my teeth!

Drinks great, be ready for puckery sourness, so refreshing. Nailed the style

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Photo of jrenihan
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB Jan 29, 2023. I am a big fan of the Tilquin Gueuze and was very excited to try this.

The beer is hazy orange. Small white head. Recedes slowly.

Nose contains funky yeast, a beautiful scent. Plum is strong. The yeast is heavy but moderated by the plum. Lots going on.

The taste is beautiful. Funky yeast, moderately soue. Lots of plum, but wonderfully integrated into the funk. Other fruits as well. Very dry. Finish is all horse blanket funk, with some plum. Wow! Really good.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Drying and refreshing. Very crisp.

Overall, terrific. A lovely beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy reddish color, like the inside of a ripe plum, with a small off white head.

S- Sour, plums, , some cherries, lemons, barnyard funk, slightly sweet.

T- Sour plums, sour cherries, lemon, some funk, slight sweetness, great sour punch with good balance.

M- Crisp, light to medium body, nice carbonation.

O- A good lambic that is well balanced, just as good as their gueuze. I know it is pricey, but I feel it is worth and will pick up more soon.

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Photo of GJ40
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 375ml bottle purchased from Bier Temple in Brussels and taken home to the US.

A strong plum hue with a small white head. The plums dominate the aroma with a deep and varied scent that makes me expect something sweet though I know it won't be. The plum notes extend nicely into the flavor but the sour and tarts aspects balance the fruit nicely. Very smooth and very tasty. A moderate consistency and carbonation.

A fantastic beer! What a great use of the plum.

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Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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!!!

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A reddish-orange, murky gueuze with pretty small, fizzy head.

S: Acidic and earthy funk, plenty of oak and just a slight hint of background sweetness that I anticipate is plum.

T: Lots of oak and tartness, gentle and natural sweetness that gives to a dry and well oaked finished. The plum is detectable towards the end, and come across under-ripe thanks to the tartness and dryness.

M: Wonderfully full bodied, seemingly from the plums. Carbonation feels great despite the small head. Exceedingly dry finish. This beer feels fantastic start to finish.

O: I was surprised how subtle the plum was, but I am not at all disappointed by that - this is an awesome drinking gueuze!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Best before 29/01/2023
Served in a flute

The beer poured a hazy, medium amber with a slight violet tinge. Quite attractive. The liquid was topped by a creamy, frothy, bubbly, bright white crown that faded to a lasting ring. Drops of lacing dotted the glass.

The aroma was super musty and funky. Tons of barnyard character. Quite woody. Crisp and tart with strong lemon notes. Dry and yeasty. Somewhat wheaty. There was a slight fruity sweetness as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to the aroma. Crisp, tart and wheaty with loads of tart lemony character. Definitely more lemony and acidic than the nose. Dry, yeasty notes came through strong. The finish was exceptionally oaky and slightly tannic. Some aged hops were also detectible. Tart, lemony notes lingered after every sip.

On the palate, the beer was crisp and lively with a spritzy yet mellow effervescence. The carbonation however soon died down and the liquid turned soft and smooth.

Even though I picked up no plum notes in either the aroma or the flavor profile, this Tilquin offering is considerably smoother and more complex than their original gueuze. While the date on this bottle indicates that it is rather fresh, I would love to sample something even younger to see if the plums are more noticeable.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from the 2012-2013 vintage (as on the label), poured into a GLBC snifter today, 1/12/2014.

Appears like a typical gueze. Straw yellow+orange, hazy, with a very dense yet expansive white head that retains incredibly well. Lacing starts but eventually drops in.

Smells fantastic. So intensely tart and acidic- vinegar and lactate are both here. There is a nice fruit sweetness that isn't intense or overpowering. There is a lot of barnyard funk along with some wooden oak. Very complex, but some of the components are still so intense. Really love the smell, though the acidity of the nose falls off a bit in intensity as it warms.

Flavourwise, very tart and acidic like in the nose. Lemon zest, vinegar, faint plum juices, lots of barnyard funk and horse blanket. Earthy and oakey on the end. Very complex and very enjoyable.

Thinner bodied, typical for a lambic. Good carbonation, a bit creamy and gets more creamy as it warms up while keeping the finish dry. Some may like that, some may not. But very good mouthfeel. A nice earthy horseblanket covers the palate on the back end.

Really nice fruit lambic that has an incredibly strong geuze character with the plums being complementary. If you see this on the shelf, you should strongly consider buying it as it is a whole other level beyond the regular Tilquin geuze. It can be expensive, but I would argue that it's a world class lambic that deserves to command the asking price.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

b2 375 into a HF stem

A- pours a murky cross between the color of red grapefuit and lighter purple plum tones, barely a head to speak of. if the color wasn't so nice, itd be easy to grade this lower here

S- some light hay, lemon, tangy plum tannins, sweet plum, stone fruit,

T- even better than the nose, the plum works so well with the lambic, The plum adds a really nice semi-tart, sweet counter balance to the funk, lemony acidic punch of the lambic, wonderful

M- im guessing maybe the lambic used for this is a little young, as the cork barely popped and there was just a touch of carbonation and the body of the beer was too thin to really hold up as well as I would have liked, touch more carbonation wouldve put this beer into my top 5 sours, easily

O- Amazing, nearly perfect brew and I hope Tilquin continues to experiment with different fruit. I love this, but it makes me want to see what Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen could do with plums

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Photo of Pahn
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 into a wide red wine glass.

Appearance: Slight red hued orange. Murky from yeast. Big fluffy fizzy head.

Smell: Mildly acetic. Soft fruit aromas, strawberry and plum (see my other reviews for "Everything smells like strawberry to me," and take my apologies). Inviting albeit uninspired.

Taste: Whoa whoa whoa, there's the inspiration. Unassuming aroma gives way to superb flavor. Enamel peeling sourness carries deeply complex plum and wild yeast and bacteria induced flavors, floating on a thick lactic sourness base. Barrel comes in via interesting woody notes, nothing like the garish vanilla of most American barrel aged beer (don't take this as me being overly precious: I actually prefer the "garish vanilla" of new oak / heavy handed oaking, but I'm impressed by this). Long, succulent finish, with the huge flavor playing off the persistent tingle of sourness.

Great lambic. None of that hard water mineraly-ness of Cantillon, more mouth enveloping lactic sourness and a whole lot of interesting fruit and yeast flavors. I taste plum (if not "the plums")--and a bunch more. No offputting flavors at all. It's a little funky and dirty, but those notes are completely backgrounded (and delicious, like everything else in the flavor).

Mouthfeel: Powerfully sour without being heartburn-inducingly acidic. Thick lactic sourness coats the mouth--I *love* it. Long succulent and sour aftertaste lets the taste go on and on. Perfect.

Overall: It's absurd that you can buy this beer off the shelf in a world where people line up to drink Zwanze at bars.

Excellent beer, I really loved it. Worth whatever you see it being sold for at the store. I paid about $16, and will have trouble not dropping $30+ when I see it around Manhattan. Tilquin are delivering. Don't sleep on them if you like lambic, because they won't be as readily available as they are now forever (unless they price like Drie Fonteinen I suppose... though maybe not even then).

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Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky orange leaning slightly towards red. Small, thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing as well as legs.

Smell of barnyard funk, a hint of vinegar but not out of balance. Fruity, lemony, and a bit of oak. Wet hay and overripe fruit. Peaches and mango. Earthy tea aroma as well. Nice forest floor aroma.

Tart and fruity in the taste followed with tea-like tannins. Extremely juicy but dries out quickly. Super acidic with lacto and a bit of acetic, but still within reason. Earthy and oaky.

A bit under carbonated but not thin. Dry and tannic.

Complex and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This beer is "aged on plums."

The beer poured a lovely pink color, super citrusy taste, almost like I am drinking grapefruit juice (but without the associated bitterness). I would describe this as more of a funky and lightly tart beer than anything that was very sour. Quite good, and for a citrus nut like myself very tasty.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.  

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in a flute.

2013 Edition marked Best Before 29/01/2023.

A: Big pop when opened, it pours a hazy mix of orange and rose color forming a medium, very bubbled and fizzy light rose head. Good retention and lots of lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity. Strong notes of plums and grapes. Pale malts. Vinager, wood and flowery hops. Metallic notes and the traditional Lambic yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Funky. Notes of plums, grapes, vinegar and pale malts. I'm overall, quite dry with moderate acidity. A bit metallic and earthy finished

M: Light body. Fizzy carbonation. Fruity and acid aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Lambic for sour beer lovers

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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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