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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 883
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 2.09%
Wants: 138
Gots: 225 | FT: 37
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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 safaricook
4.05/5  rDev -6%

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! (421 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%

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) (576 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%

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. (554 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (344 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (689 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of Boski
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,826 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,738 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.61/5  rDev +7%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 head, 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 enough to offset the still heady tart and funky 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 Yuletide season, it was totally worth it, I think. Naw, watch me be able to get this at the better bottleshops 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. (1,560 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kramer for busting this one out a few weeks ago at his annual christmas party, been wanting to try this one for awhile now. 2013 750ml bottle.

A - Pours turgid purplish orange with a nice one finer tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of mild barnyard funk, light basement must, dulled jammy plums, dash of red wine vinegar and earthy oak. Solid all around nose.

T - Starts off much like the nose with the funk, must and jammy plums mixing together to form the base. Hints of oak, vinegar, fruit skin and light lactic sourness. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, crisp feel from start to finish, bit of sweetness creeping in toward the end of each sip.

O - Pretty good all around fruit lambic. One of my least favorite of the night but we had some pretty serious beers so that is to be expected to some extent. Glad I finally got to try it, may have to track down a bottle and throw it in the cellar for a few years. (1,091 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Mane Liquor tulip

A - Pours a murky pink copper colour with a white head that retains well for a lambic.

S - Horse blanket and mild plum

T - Front palate nice and plum like with zest middle palate then followed by massive sour horse blanket flavour the finish drops away quickly to a balanced sweetness and the plum return.

M - Medium body and low carbonation

O - A top quality lambic with perfect balance and an absolute thirst quencher (456 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a lambic tumbler.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orang-ish amber color. A solid head of off-white froth. Decent retention.

(S)- An intense acidity meets some very dry oak. Some chessy funk meets subtle plum fruits.

(T)- A nice sour acidity level. A great oaky funk dryness as well. Plum fruits are extremely subtle. Finishes ever so slightly sweet and fruity.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Everything is right where it should, I just wish the plums showed up more I guess, but the base is excellent.

(O)- Easily a great lambic for sure, just not as fruit forward as I had hoped it could be. Nonetheless, the base is superb and has a great balance to it. (686 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (685 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (626 characters)

Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
95 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.