Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne | Gueuzerie Tilquin

106 Reviews
no score
Send samples
For Trade:
Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne

Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Fux on 09-30-2012

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 946
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't say this is a pretty appearance of a beer, comes in looking like an overrated East coast turbidity kind of ipa.

Aroma was nice though, plenty of sour and tartness, plum, oak.

Taste was good stuff, more plum, oak, dark cherry, very acidic, too acidic if you ask me. White wine like notes accompany the plum.

 321 characters

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at Hill Farmstead on May 6, 2016.
Pours up a medium amber with just a hint of haze. Half a finger of head and great lacing.
Aromas are sour yeast and some good fruit as well. Sticky.
Taste is big and sour right on the front of my tongue, after that passes mellow fruit sweetness is present.
Finishes really clean and dry.
Overall, a beautiful lambic, not too sweet. Lots of sourness and tart.

 415 characters

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

Big thanks to Beervana for the bottle.

Really nice geueze here with a strong musty, dank nose, funk nose with some spice, pepper, oak, grass/hay. The taste also has strong funk, acidic sourness, white pepper, oak, with a beautiful white grape finish. A stelar geueze!

 270 characters

Photo of gcamparone
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2015 vintage poured from a 375mL bottle into a Tilquin Tumbler. Acquired as an extra in a trade with CSO, thank you!

Pours a cloudy orange body with a purple tinge, a somewhat fizzy two finger white head reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention. The orange/purple/maroon-ish body is beautiful.

Aromas are fruit forward and funky - definitely get fruit here, not sure I could pick out plums if you didn't tell me but I'd definitely guess there to be stone fruit in here. Funky tartness, oak, acetic aromas.

On the tongue it's absolutely fantastic - Upfront is are tart sour apple notes mixed with a light woodyness and some funky barnyard, over-ripe fruits, dry white wine, the follow through is very tart and dry, finishing with citrus and lactic notes. Not as carbonated as expected, medium-light, easy drinking body.

I was very impressed with this offering - the "fresh" lambic character including bright fruit and a crisp tartness was really nice. Would be interested in seeing what a few years would do.

 1,033 characters

Photo of wellsnb
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2013-2014 vintage. I had the previous vintage a few months ago and found the older version much more sour and tart. This new vintage is a little more accessible, so drink it younger if warheads are not your thing. Overall has a nice complexity.

 257 characters

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

37.5cl bottle poured into Cantillon Balloon.

Hints of dark and stone fruits on the nose, accentuated by grapefruit-like citrus. Slightly medicinal to a degree with hints of ginger and cinnamon, followed on by some of that dusty funk, wet hay, and tree bark that we've come to admire so much from Tilquin.

Piercing tartness is the initial impression on the tongue. The plum isn't quite in your face, but rather sets a nice contrasting undertone between the tart and funky flavors.In terms of the funk, there's a lot of oak going on, and grainy ginger-ness resides on the tongue as well. The aftertaste is ever so slightly bitter.

Medium-light body, just a tad bit stickier than what I'm used to in lambics. Decent amount of carbonation teetering on the light side, overall a very refreshing eye opener.

 804 characters

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL poured into a tulip.

The funk is strong with this. Not hugely fruity either on the nose or palate, but the beer has a pulpy thick feel mid-palate to go with a potent but well-placed tartness.

This beer is great for it's cleanness and nice wine-like drinkability.

 273 characters

Photo of kbwalters
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temperature into a chalice type glass in the hotel room; vintage 2014-2015
Look = 3.75 Pours a murky pale orange or yellow color with a thin ring of white head and loose lace. Lots of carbonation around the glass.
Aroma = 4.25 Lightly fruity, stone and dark fruit aromas, tart and acidic, the plum comes through nicely.
Taste = 4.75 Intense sour initially on the tongue followed by a terrific, sweet stone fruit flavors, a very mild amount of funk. Taste great.
Feel = 4.0 Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, smooth yet crisp, fits the flavor profile well.
Drinkability = 4.75 Very tasty, easy drinking.
Overall = 4.3625 Terrific fruity lambic, great taste and easy drinking.

 713 characters

Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Piercingly sour yet melds into a delicious plummy finish that lingers and leaves my mouth watering for more... This is a terrific beer... Not for beginners, the sourness is intense, bordering on mouth burning, yet the way it vanishes into the sensation of just having eaten a big bite of plum is quite astounding... Earthy, dank, funky... All of those and more... Sipping away and happy as hell...

 402 characters

Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light red orange color. Almost like the color on the I side of a plum. Aroma is tart and sour. Flavor is very nice. Very tart and sour, with a salty quality in the front. The finish is tart but that does off to a pleasant aftertaste. Almost in the same way when eating a plum. Overall this is a great example of a lambic.

 334 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Top of cage cap says BB 06-2024.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that soon dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Somewhat medicinal aroma of lactic acid, stone fruit and a bit of oak.

T- Good punch of sour with some slightly sweet honey and fruit trailing. Moderate funk presence with a clean finish. Easy to drink but lacking funky complexity.

M- Very dry with a solid amount of pucker. Medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- Not as good as the regular Tilquin IMO. I get a bit too much of the cough syrup quality in the nose that I get out of a lot of fruited lambics. Also, there wasn't as much funk as in the original I feel. Don't get me wrong, this is a great gueuze, but I'm drinking it side-by-side with a Hanssens Oude Gueuze and the Hanssens is clearly better.

 941 characters

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

just gonna say the only negative thing about this one is a hint of cat pee in the nose, and a bit fishy too, tastes exquisite, plum is subdued but present, I actually prefer this to the gueuze they have though they are both exceptional beers, gorgeous and infinitely enjoyable

 276 characters

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark orange, beer with a thin, white, head. Very nice color! No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Funk, tart, hay, plum, apple, vinegar, lemon zest and grapefruit.
Taste: Fresh lemon, plum skin, grapefruit, green apple, oak - Beatiful!
Body: Smooth, medium body. Dry. Light but crisp carbonation.

This is so great!

 318 characters

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a teku glass:

Appearance: Hazy and cloudy, with a pinkish orange color, much like grapefruit juice. Small, but persistent head comprised of little bubbles that continuously rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Strong presence of grapefruit and citrus. Lots of tartness and floral character. Really fruity and refreshing smelling, kind of like a fresh mimosa.

Taste: Incredibly potent tartness. Definitely made my mouth pucker, but in a good way. Crisp notes of white plum and raspberry, along with some semi-ripe strawberry flavor. Loads of puckering tartness.

Feel: Very light-bodied and crisp, with a really tight carbonation that enhances the sourness. Has an incredibly strong finish that socks you in the palate with sour on the way down.

Overall: An intensely sour and refreshing lambic with tons of plum flavor. Expensive at $18 for the bottle, but the flavor is incredible, and the craftsmanship is evident in the awesome tartness and excellent body on this brew. Highly recommended.

 1,028 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden bodied beer with short lived white head that drops down to no head quickly. Smells of acetic sourness, minerals, and a light funk. Taste is much the same as the nose with the additions of a light plum flavor. medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Fairly dry just slightly more than semidry finish. 6.5 out of 10 on a sourness scale. This reminds me a lot of regular Tilquin. I would have liked a little more plums since this was brewed with plums.

 462 characters

Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before: 29/01/2023

Pours a very lightly hazed orange with a fine white ring of a head. Aromas of dusty funk, plummy sweetness, lemons, apples, wet hay, and spicy wood. First sip really brings a bold sour fruit flavor...less mustiness, more citrus acidity. Lemon, grapefruit, light oak, and vinegar. Light, acidic, and super dry on the gums like all Tilquin offerings. Quite a nice Lambic, but I still prefer their Gueuzes.

 443 characters

Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pinkish, reddish orange color with a little cloudiness/haziness to it as expected. Pretty color. Head is moderate in size and fades quickly to a thin ring around the surface. Aroma is sweet and tart plums (no surprise there) mingled with citrus, light malts, wild yeasty esters, and wood. All that I'm smelling comes together in a very smooth way. Taste is super tart right off the bat. It smacks your tongue around a bit. The plum is more at the back blanketed by lemony tartness. Nice but sharp. Other flavors of wood, earth, funkiness, berries are pretty apparent. Very refreshing also.

 589 characters

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.

 741 characters

Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle dated Best By 06/02/2024. Served in a little plastic Holiday Inn cup in Paris. Purchased at some random shop in Brussels.

Pours hazy amber with no head. Fairly carbonated, but little retention. Smell is tart and gueuzey, maybe a little bit of apple.

Taste is quite tart. Lemon, unripe cherries. Very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light but filmy. Overall, very good.

 412 characters

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

 735 characters

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.

 626 characters

Photo of papat444
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

 220 characters

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

 260 characters

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Oude Quetsche Tilquin - smell, smoked, dried plums, with a delicate hint of orange, the color of the beer intensive - amber. Taste takes us into the time of Christmas, compote or drying agents as mentioned earlier prunes and oranges, pride. Perfect for the holidays.

 266 characters

Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light orange color.

The flavor hits of slight stone fruit and tart plum, then onto tart and funk. A bit of oak drying.

A balanced brew with a restrained fruit quality.

 190 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
95 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.