Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 91
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rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 2.09%
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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 Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,464 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.   (1,159 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.57/5  rDev +6%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of justforrazors
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,384 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
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!!! (684 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,684 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.57/5  rDev +6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (559 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (339 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (938 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange with a slight pink tinge. Good white head.

Smell - Bright lemony tartness. Some funkiness. A hint of fruit, but definitely not what I'd call plum.

Taste - Fruitier. Lots of lemon and citrus acidity. Some grape notes. Less funk here. Sharp sourness. Plum only really comes together in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Bright sourness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good stuff, but I'd like a more distinct plum flavor. (485 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

b2 375 into a HF stem

A- pours a murky cross between the color of red grapefuit and lighter purple plum tones, barely a head to speak of. if the color wasn't so nice, itd be easy to grade this lower here

S- some light hay, lemon, tangy plum tannins, sweet plum, stone fruit,

T- even better than the nose, the plum works so well with the lambic, The plum adds a really nice semi-tart, sweet counter balance to the funk, lemony acidic punch of the lambic, wonderful

M- im guessing maybe the lambic used for this is a little young, as the cork barely popped and there was just a touch of carbonation and the body of the beer was too thin to really hold up as well as I would have liked, touch more carbonation wouldve put this beer into my top 5 sours, easily

O- Amazing, nearly perfect brew and I hope Tilquin continues to experiment with different fruit. I love this, but it makes me want to see what Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen could do with plums (953 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a snifter. 1/29/2023

pale brown color, mild head.

tart, vinegar on the nose. not much plums, but its there. taste is also vinegary and sour. some fruity notes. I'd say blend of a gueuze and fruity lambic. medium bodied and medium carbonation.

overall good, not as good as regular gueuze. high price tag. good once. (336 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.93/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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. (1,584 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2012-13, poured into a Gueuze Tilquin tumbler.

The beer pours a very murky plum flesh color, very opaque, with about a finger and a half of fizzy, white head that has decent retention and leaves a spot or two of lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, lots of funk, fresh plum fruit, red grape, woody oak, lactic sourness with some dark grapefruit tanginess. Lots of funky fruit on the tongue, plum, dark grapefruit, red grape with great funk behind it, the lactic qualities are a little overbearing and really bring out the tang factor. The wood is more subtle on the tongue, and the malt is hardly noticeable. The body is lively albeit a bit thick, with great carbonation (hooray) that coats the mouth well, and has a nice creamy soft touch with just a bit of prickliness as it goes down.

Verdict: A really nice lambic from Tilquin, the plum came across quite nicely and I was lucky to get a carbed 375ml bottle. The body is a bit heavy for a fruited lambic, but overall, this is delicious, tangy for sure, but delicious. (1,037 characters)

Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
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