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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 928
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 21.3%
Wants: 147
Gots: 253 | FT: 41
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Gueuzerie Tilquin
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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 BrownNut
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

It's a good beer, but not enough different from gueuze tilquin in my opinion and as I recall to warrant a different label and a jacked up cost. I liked the gueuze well enough and liked this well enough for the same reasons (maybe it's a bit tarter?). But the plum, which I had expected to really be the defining characteristic of this beer, was barely present for me, which makes it interesting that some others here got so much plum character while others got so little. This is the second plum beer I've had and the previous one was the same; surely some of the tartness comes from there, but what I was hoping for was more wonderful perfumey plum flavor and didn't get it. It went nicely enough with Thanksgiving dinner regardlesss. Sours aren't cheap, but the price for a 12.7oz bottle of this was nuts - and I didn't notice it until I'd paid for my whole haul. Would not buy again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly fresh bottle.

Hazy orange. Think some yeasties got in. White head.

Smells like super solid lambic blend with juicy plum sitting nicely above in the bouquet.

Plenty of tartness and sour resonates through the palate. Dark plum flavor comes through. Citric and stone fruit in the lambic that also has a musty funk.

Plenty dry, active carbonation.

The dude behind Tilquin is amazing. This is great stuff.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of aleigator
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Lovely, cloudy orange-lila color, reminding me of the pulp of a plum, no head at all.

Has a very sour, tart nose with fruity hints in it. I honestly can’t tell for sure that I am actually getting plum, but I try to imagine that :). If so, its reminding me of the pulp of unripe plums, with stone hints to it, blended with leather, old cheese and hay.

Unexpected low carbonated with a very sour, dry, citric foundation. Underneath the dominant, acidic tartness, refreshing sour notes become recognizable, with a subtle, lovely hint of fermented fruit to it. The fruitiness itself is surprisingly sour, of unripe plums and green apple, which is very soft on tongue, while the brett acidity dries out the palate. Not too fruity, compared to the sour aspect of the beer, a subtle addition. During the finish, acidity reaches its peak, overwhelming the fruit flavor completely, leaving back a slick, tremendous sourness.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged 2013/14 bottle poured into tulip 19/10/14

A murky orange amber, the bubbles cling to the side of the glass in a big way, no much for head or lace

S heavy funk, plum, some strawberry, hay, more funk, vinegar, sour apple, barn yard, a little cereal, faint wood and more funk

T more of the same with more vinegar and sour apple, very funky, some lemon, not as fruity as the nose but still crazy complex, hard to wrap your head around

M tart and sour, slick almost to the point of slimy on the palate, lots of bubbles, the puckers strong almost turning my mouth inside out, funk and green apple linger for ages

O shes a sour alright, lots going on that's for sure, I could drink another and even with the hefty price tag I think a few will end up in the cellar

Another nice little rarity added to the crowded shelves in Alberta, I don't need too trade anymore if I just wait long enough everything will just come to me

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition, absolutely stunning. some huge quantity of plums in this gives it just a pink shade and isnt overly fruity or sweet, a testament to its maturity. hazy as orange as it is pink. the nose here is tart from the plums, not sweet, almost not ripe or something, with the lactic funk of quality lambic and the oaky maturity of a well blended gueuze. wishing for nothing else, the flavor just explodes for me, the right mix of sour and funk, its weird and open fermented feeling and farmy and all of that, but its also quite puckery, especially in the finish, but it never really gets acidic or churny in the stomach like many others, its balance there is insane. the fruit adds less than expected, maybe a product of age, but it just adds a touch of sweetness and that tartness you get from the skin of the plum. it really is a cool use of fruit, and an expertly made beer. the tilquin gueuze has come to prominence recently given the sour craze we all seem to be on, but this is a level better than the base beer, its incredible really, one of the better fruited sours i have ever encountered. a beer you have to try to believe.

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Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

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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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good sour. Pours a reddish orange very hazy color with almost no head or head retention. Plenty of dark sediment at the bottom of the flute.

The key aspects of this beer are aroma and taste. A mixture of sweet dark fruit (the plums I guess) and a vinegary sourness that is prominent but not over done.

Mouthfeel is tart and crisp. I detected a little alcohol and some peppery spicing too.

If you want to call a tart slow sipper as "goes down easy", then this beer goes down easy.

Overall, an exceptional sour beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish-tinted apple cider color, opaque and with no head. Looks still. (3.75)

S: Wonderful plum and dark fruit (black currant), almost wine-like, with some funky barnyard character. (4.25)

T: Wheat malt, earthy barnyard flavors, and just a touch of dark fruit, along with mild-medium tartness and a longish finish. Flavors are mild and not a lot of complexity here. (3.75)

M: Medium-light body and nearly no carbonation. (3.5)

O: Decent enough, but nothing outstanding. The plum comes through on the nose but less so on the palate. (3.75)

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle from Cave la Bulles in Paris. Poured in my hotel room in Bruges. Pours murky orange color with a small white head that recedes quickly. Big time aroma of apricots, sweet plums I guess, and lots of funk here, wheat malt, tartness. Flavor follows with a sweet punch of apricot and plum, sourness, sweet wheaty malts, juicy, not as dry as expected. Finish is long and puckering with some oaky dryness, medium bodied with medium plus carbonation. Very nice but I think I liked the Gueuze better. Perhaps this would dry out if I let it sit for a while.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
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 wethorseblanket
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy red orange color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-plums, funk, vinegar, slight sweetness, little oak

T-plums, tart apples, funky, light wheat malt, oaky, little sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart with a slight dryness to the finish

O-great fruit lambic, another great beer from this brewery

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Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Cantillon balloon. 2014 vintage.

Appearance is a turbid and murky ruby orange. Small one finger head settles rapidly to a small ring around the edge. I love the murky look of fruit sours.

Aroma is very lambic forward with horse saddle, wet hay, goat cheese, and light leather. The fruit is faint but gives off apple, pear, grape juice, and blueberry.

Taste brings brighter fruit flavors with citrus notes not present in the aroma. Tart lemon and clementine morph into red grape, tart young plum, and cranberry. Some apple cider vinegar and balsamic lactic notes come in mid palate aggressively. The funk notes get lost in the fruit and acidity.

Mouthfeel is light with carbonation on the low level of medium. A bit more carbonation would be nice but overall it's close to most other fruit lambics. Sweetness mid palate but drys out nicely on the finish.

A delicious, fruity lambic that doesn't quite showcase the plum fruit but delivers on other flavors. Two complaints, needs a bit more carbonation and a more assertive funk presence in the flavor profile. Other than that most all marks are hit right and drinks akin to a grape infused sour with tannic and bright fruit notes.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Boski
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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 biegaman
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An off-putting blend of murky pink and orange hues, Oude Quetsche Tilquin looks something like pulpy grapefruit juice or apricot purée, which is odd given the fact it's brewed with purple (Quetsche variety) plums. Unappetizing sediment dots the glass like a snow globe. This ugly appearance's only saving grace is its cushion-y, glinting, pristine-white crowning.

The aroma has enough funky bacterial tartness that it could give you a nose infection; luckily it also has enough sharp lemony citrus to sanitize it. The first smell blew me away like the guy in the Maxell logo - *this* is the stuff, the real deal. Musty, mildewy, lightly vanilla-accented woody notes and the sourness of countless indigenous bacteria and wild yeasts run wild.

As is typically the case with Fruit Lambics, which fruit was used is virtually next to impossible to determine; it's hopeless in the midst of so much sourness and wet barn/basement funkiness. Nevermind the plums, the only fruit tasted is lemon (and plenty of it). The finish is dryer than a Canadian winter wind and, likewise, can eventually lead to a sore throat.

Quetsche plums are said to be much sweeter than standard purple plums and supposedly lack any tartness at all; facts hard to believe given the overwhelming sourness of this beer. All this acidity comes over the palate like flood waters, though there's some hay and wheat to soak it up. Indeed, the malt provides more sweetness than the fruit.

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne is one of the best lambics in Belgium, so the fact that adding plums to it didn't result in much of a change really doesn't matter. Bastardized, commercial fruit lambics are defined by their fruitiness but authentic, traditional fruit lambics are defined by their lambic-ness; great lambic is great lambic. And this is certainly that.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 375ml green gueuze bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris. I'd tried the original Gueuze Tilquin (both the on-tap and the bottled varieties), but had yet to come across this version, infused with Quetsche plums. Drunk at my hotel in San Gimignano out of a plastic cup, because I'm a classy dude.

Pours a very hazed rose colour, perhaps a little like freshly crushed watermelon juice. Lots of fine, vibrant carbonation that forms a steady lightly frothy head. Lacing forms in rings. Body is quite light and fluid. Overall, it looks good indeed.

Nose is great, taking everything that is wonderful about the original gueuze, and twisting it slightly with the fruit characters. It's certainly still extremely tart, although some of the funky, plasticky and horsey characters seem to be smoothed over a little from the plum addition: the plum acidity itself perhaps is what so strongly suggests the acidity on the nose. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is clean and bright and very pleasantly tart, especially towards the back. Soda acidity with tart lemon rind characters and an underripe fruit astringency. Some of the funky, vegetative gueuze characters are indeed present on the front, with a leading plasticky twang. Back has a hint of stonefruit peel, almost tending towards a tannic bitterness. It's very complex and good.

Feel is sharp but smooth, with a tingle on the back from a combination of acidity and vivacious carbonation.

Overall, cracking stuff, as I knew it was going to be. While it's not extremely dissimilar to the original gueuze, it adds enough of a twist to make it a welcome diversion from Tilquin. These guys really know their stuff, and have to be one of the best lambic producers in the world.

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Photo of GJ40
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
95 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.