Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin
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3.71/5 rDev -15.3%
Best before 1/29/2023.
Pours a murky purplish-red with a foamy bone head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is sour and tart with malt, acidic, and plum or other dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour dark fruit and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is definitely a lack of carbonation in this 375 ml bottle, which unfortunately diminishes what has the potential to be a great beer.
09-12-2013 02:45:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.9/5 rDev -33.8%
After the introduction of Tilquin Oude Gueuze, the anticipation rises for more varieties from these masterful blends. With plumb on the canvas, Oude Quetsche burst onto the scene with strong sourness and a plethora of dry fruit.
But like true, mature and unblended Lambic, the ale pours with absolute stillness. With no effervescence, froth or lace- the calm ale rests upon a hazy copper-gold color to carry its visual weight.
Mouth wetting sourness punctures the nose with seriously sour cherries, apples, berries and musty orchard fruit varieties of peach, pear and plumb. Its strong vinous notes are distinctly of dry white wine mixed with damp hay and horse hair. Lightly leathery and with cellar-like must the scent develops into a potent white wine vinegar, sea air and nail polish remover.
And that jaw piercing sourness slices right through the thirst with ease. Sour grapes and vinegar tones are high on the initial palate and is only heightened by the weight of the flat beer to saturate the taste buds fully. A leathery middle palate introduces the more earthen barnyard character just ahead of the taste of under ripened orchard fruits, brine and acetone to finish.
Medium-light in body, the ale's lack of carbonation keeps the beer feeling a bit fuller than usual. Its strong acidity pangs inside the cheeks for mouth-puckering effect. Astringent, salty, and powdery- the ale is as complicated in its textures as it is in its taste.
I can very well concede that I have gotten a compromised bottle and will likely seek that out before much more commentary on the ale.
07-31-2013 17:02:22 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-07-2014 20:54:03 | More by Phyl21ca
4.26/5 rDev -2.7%
Served in a wedding snifter.
This beer ought only be pronounced with a Yiddish accent. Anyway, it pours a cloudy dark sunset amber topped by a half-finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, tart plum (I had no idea such a thing even existed), and a mild bit of tangerine. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tartness coming on rather strongly and some extra plum making an appearance near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, especially for those who like their sours to live up to that adjective with vim and vigor.
09-02-2013 17:53:24 | More by TMoney2591
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-08-2013 01:51:32 | More by emerge077
4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
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 lace, 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 well to offset the still heady tart and funk 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 Yule season, it was totally worth it, I think. Naw, watch me be able to get this at the better bottles shops 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.
12-30-2013 23:51:34 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a tulip over lunch at Northdown.
A - White foam settles a thin collar, minimal lacing. Hazed purplish body that reveals the meaning of Quetsche.
S - Jammy and quite sweet, with some nice funkiness in the periphery. The use of plums is quite unique relative to other fruit lambics I've had, and this captures more of the ripe flesh character rather than the tart skin. Gets a little bit more tart as it warms up.
T - The taste is a bit more tart, with more of the vinous plum skin character, mixed with funky overripe fruits. Some nebulous stone fruit malt character and lactic acidity in the background, but fruit dominates at this stage.
M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant carbonation. Crisp and extremely tannic in the finish. Spot on for the style.
D - Really unique stuff - curious how it will age, a I can imagine this getting quite sour in time. In any case, another great addition to the lambic world by Tilquin; well worth checking out. I could easily drink a 375ml bottle on my own.
05-21-2013 20:13:09 | More by MasterSki
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
I was pouring this at The Festival, and man was it a good beer. I couldn't wait to get a bottle to drink it. Split with rudzud.
Very light fizzy head, hazy murky reddish orange tangerine color.
Nose is great, great gueuze like sour malt blend, some sour funk and some light fruity mellow sour, no real specific fruit too start but plum eventually comes through faint, but it's there, a light vinous and light hint lemon and vinous like.
Taste brings plenty of tart sour fruit, light vinous quality, some dark fruit plum and little fig like. Fairly sweet to start but eventually dries out, with more caramel like base malts, soured malts, tart base fruit, some acetic acid, nice date like chewy juicy fruit, hint starch. Light sour acidic fruit flavours. Finish is dry with more plum and date, light tart fruity flavours and juicy sour flavours lingering.
Mouth is med, lighter bit decent carb, little syrupy, some tart fruit with light sour.
08-22-2013 19:28:37 | More by jlindros
4.31/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle decanted completely into a #properglassware Gueuze Tilquin tumbler. Cloudy, honey-amber color with slight purple tints, and a small off-white head that receded to a wispy cap but never fully dissipated; minimal short-lived lacing. Beautiful aroma, jammy sweet, plum and peach, funky, tart, acidic. The aroma was well-reflected in the taste, a good snap of lactic tartness up front, citrus, funky grass, mid-palate bringing in cool, sweet flavors of plum and other stone fruit, dry tannic finish, with a lingering plum skin aftertaste. Very tasty, very enjoyable. Body was medium, mouthfeel crisp and prickly, medium carbonation, extremely smooth for the style, especially considering the acidity. Overall a tremendous beer, and I'm glad I have more in the cellar.
06-30-2013 22:43:15 | More by Rifugium
Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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