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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 912
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 143
Gots: 243 | FT: 40
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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 orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.16.13

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a touch of purple. A fizzy light tan head forms with good retention.

S - Subtle funk and earthiness with a hint of sweetness.

T - Same as the nose, tart-tunky and earthy with a hint of fruity sweetness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nice light funk, I wish there was a bit more of it, but great flavor.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 6,4% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Batch 2

Appearance: Tilquin Quetsche pours a hazy (surprisingly so, since I had let is settle for 2 weeks) pinky-orange (reminiscent of guava juice) and a rough pour yields a good sized off-white head. The head displays reasonable retention and leaves a few small patches of lacing as it recedes. The beer seems a little thicker than most lambics, with a swirl coating the glass in a light film.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic; there is a perfect combination of tart plum flesh and sour lambic. Notes include: Tart plums (they become sweeter as the beer warms), musty notes, tart apple, undergrowth, mildewy notes, oak, lactic tartness and a little oak.

Taste: The flavour offers a solid tartness upfront with the first few sips resulting in a little puckering. As with the nose, there is a solid amount of tart plum flavour that combines fantastically with notes of tart apple, lemon, lactic notes, undergrowth, some woodiness and a mildewy note. As the beer warms the plum character becomes a little sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (the fruit addition is certainly noted here), with a medium level of fine-bubbled carbonation. The mouthfeel and the acidity make this an amazingly drinkable beer!

Overall: Another fantastic beer from Tilquin and one I hope to having again soon. Plums make a fantastic addition to lambic and I am surprised that there aren't more blenders making use of them.

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

Bottle, 2012-2013 vintage, best by 24 Jan 2023, which should put this at what, 20 months old?

Pouring a mostly clear reddish plum (ha!) with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is lambic, alright. Quite funky with a blend of earth, mushroom, grapefruit peel, a mild sulfury note that dissipates rapidly. Ripe lemons. The plum character is quite delicate, a mild perfumey,sweet plum/nectar/ sugar character. Some skin bitterness is also perceived. A faint cotton candy sweetness also appears once the beer has had time to breathe. Excellent.

The palate opens very sour with a blend of lemon and lactic acids, biting, sour, cleansing and refreshing. The sourness segues into the mellow fruitiness - plums, mild peach, grapefruit and juicy lemons. The plum character is delicate and ephemeral, with a blend of sugar, juice, ripe purple dandy pluots (those are all I have on hand to compare to), and is most noticeable juts before the finish. Moderately funky, though not as strong as the nose would suggest, there's must, mushroom and petrichor. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes long with a blend of plum sweetness, vanilla sugar and grapefruit peel. Excellent.

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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 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 justforrazors
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, 375 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy red (plum skin colored?) with a thin layer of off white head that quickly fades to a thin coating around the top with some larger bubbles circling the edge of the glass.

S- Tons of sour fruit that remind me of lemon peel, plum, apricot, and a touch of sour cherries along with a dank, musty fungal aroma. Over the top acidity, mostly lactic, although a touch of acetic on the nose as well.

T- Up front there is a ton of stone fruit (plum, sour cherry, apricot) mixed in with orange zest, lemon tartness, and some brett aroma following up the assault of fruit flavor. On the back end, the acidity that was apparent on the nose comes through and meshes some big brett barnyard.

M- Low mouthfeel with lower carbonation, as expected for the style. It has a great drying effect on the end, and honestly I feel that the way this beer feels is the biggest highlight besides the amazing fruit flavors. The dry finish isn't over the top like some beers, but it lends itself in convincing you to take another taste.

O- Glad I got to try this one fresh, it really leans toward the huge stone fruit flavor and acidity over the brett barnyard, and while I obviously haven't tried this one aged, I think the fruit really shines in it's current form. I can't see it improving much- absolutely great right now.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy pinkish brown. Smallish light tannish colored head. No
Lacing. Ara is a blend if sweet and sour. Green grapes, tart apples, a light grapey sweetness. Taste is similar. Light sweetness. Plum? Sure. Nice, pleasant, light tartness. Lighter bodied, tart, but not overly acidic.
A good beer. Not my style, but enjoyable.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oude Quetsche Tilquin pours a hazy purple/brown with no head or carbonation.

The aroma is tart and fruity. Notes of plum, cherry, pineapple, and green apple.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is syrupy with light carbonation. The flavor begins tart with plum, raisin and grapes. It finishes funky with a salty flavor. I think the salt is from my tastebuds over reacting. It finishes very dry and once gone the tartness, plum and grape flavor lingers.

Very tart beer with a complex flavor. The flat appearance is a little turn off, but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle purchased in Maine. Poured into HF sherry glass.

A- Cork pops out with a nice "pop". Pours purplish, brownish color with a slight reddish gold hue to it. Nice carbonation with great consistency, despite what some people have said about the 375ml bottles. Pretty much no head forms despite the carbonation and what little lacing there is slides back into the glass leaving a perfectly flat top with just a slight ring around the edges.

S- Light plum aroma balanced with a very well made lambic that brings notes of tartness, a little bit of barnyard funk, slight hay + grass, and a hint of lemon. When the cork was first popped out of the bottle it had a very aromatic presence but the aroma faded a bit to about average strength. All in all it was fairly complex, displayed qualities of a well made lambic, and was fairly complex yet pleasant smelling.

T- Lightly tart lemons, juicy plums, wet hay, finishes with a light lemony tartness with a hint of sour plums that come out a little bit more in the aftertaste. Extremely well balanced and I love how the plums come out fairly subtle, making their presence known but not dominating the qualities of the lambic.

M- Medium bodied to maybe a tiny bit on the light side, very drinkable and almost juice like despite the mild acidity, perfect amount of carbonation.

O- This was a fantastic fruited lambic that was very well done using some of the best lambic. I'm definitely glad I picked up a couple bottles of this despite the price of $16/375ml (which is on the reasonable end). I think this would do well with some age on it, bringing out the funk a little bit more. Although I'd say it's perfect for drinking now.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge

I figured locating this one at a remotely reasonable price in the US was unlikely so I was pleased to find one at a reasonable price in this landmark beer bar. "250 grams of plums per liter of lambic" - this impacts all aspects of the beer, starting with its deep orange/pink body down to its tart fruity nose and finish. Plum seems to be a nice, and possibly underused, ingredient in lambic due to the nice balance of tartness and sweetness. Tasty.

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Photo of MCain04
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 01/2023. Poured into a 10 oz snifter and split with my brother.

Ruby red/brown cloudy body with minimal white head.

Plum and white grapes, tart cherries, green apple, sweet simple sugar.

Upfront incredibly lemony, dry and tart, as the acidity passes the plum coats the palate and balances the beer nicely. Lingering acidity and tart dryness. Residual sugars are present in abundance.

Feel is puckering and dry. Medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall a great lambic that will improve with age but is fantastic to drink now.

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Photo of Treebs
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375 ml C&C bottle served in a 3F tumbler. 2012/2013 bottle.

A: Pours a murky brown color with some amber edges from the light. A thin white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring.

S: Tart and slightly funky. Bursts of plum skins, some fruity berry flesh and light oak. The oaky is woody and slightly sweet. Some grape skins as well.

T: A little puckering with some sourness that hits the back of the throat. Oaky with a slight malty sweetness to it. A little red wine grape to it with a nice funky undertone.

M: Low carbonation. Not quite flat, but pretty close. Tart finish. Light body.

O: Despite the low carbonation this was still an enjoyable beer. It had just enough carbonation to keep the body lively and light across the tongue.

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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 jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Overall awesome.

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Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy light plum hue with a thin wisp that leaves a light halo.

S - Aromas of faint genetic fruit initially, but plum comes out subtlety and eventually. Light tart aromas.

T - Taste is more if the genetic fruit then sweet, juicy plum comes out, nice and tart, good fruit notes, nice tart. That standard tilquin notes then nice soft subtle fruit.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, tart and refreshing.

O.- Overall I very much enjoyed this beer, great plum flavour. Tart and delicious

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 75cl bottle into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.

Real nice looking beer. Looks a real dark version of grapefruit juice. Deep orange and dark pink color, with a cloudy consistency and some cola like bubbles. Head is off white sort of starting off soapy but then always settling to a solid creamy white collar, with the odd whisp of lacing. Real nice appealing looking beer.

Tilquins always seem to smell lemony to me, and this one is no exception. Zesty lemon, with fruit basket action more sensations of strawberry to me than plums. Fruit pulp, light acid, not much heat coming off this either. Very controlled and nice.

Palate continues much of the bouquets' senses. Lemon fruity zest with a mild tartness. Low acid without too much heat either. No vinegar but a big malt wheat chewy backbone that lets the flavors hang. Strawberry and jammy like aftertaste, with nice tart plum skin like rind. Really coats your teeth as well.

Overall a real solid memorable gueuze from these guys. The parts all fit, they may not be the greatest, but the all add up to a real impressive and very drinkable lambic.

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

S - Tart lemon, lactic acid, and sweet plums. The plums add a nice sweetness to the normally tart Tilquin nose

T - Tart lemon, good funky blue cheese, and a light plum presence that adds a slight sweetness.

M - Light dry funk with a dry finish that lingers on

O - Nice sour with a good plum presence that helps cut the overall tartness

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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
95 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.