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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 911
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 143
Gots: 241 | 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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 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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange hue with a hazy clarity and no head, just a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses tart citrus notes and cork. Taste follows nose with a light saltiness. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and an easy astringency. Just an overall solid lambic - maybe not as nuanced as Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen, but quite respectable in its own right.

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Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light orange color.

The flavor hits of slight stone fruit and tart plum, then onto tart and funk. A bit of oak drying.

A balanced brew with a restrained fruit quality.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Top of cage cap says BB 06-2024.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that soon dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Somewhat medicinal aroma of lactic acid, stone fruit and a bit of oak.

T- Good punch of sour with some slightly sweet honey and fruit trailing. Moderate funk presence with a clean finish. Easy to drink but lacking funky complexity.

M- Very dry with a solid amount of pucker. Medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- Not as good as the regular Tilquin IMO. I get a bit too much of the cough syrup quality in the nose that I get out of a lot of fruited lambics. Also, there wasn't as much funk as in the original I feel. Don't get me wrong, this is a great gueuze, but I'm drinking it side-by-side with a Hanssens Oude Gueuze and the Hanssens is clearly better.

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

Dark golden bodied beer with short lived white head that drops down to no head quickly. Smells of acetic sourness, minerals, and a light funk. Taste is much the same as the nose with the additions of a light plum flavor. medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Fairly dry just slightly more than semidry finish. 6.5 out of 10 on a sourness scale. This reminds me a lot of regular Tilquin. I would have liked a little more plums since this was brewed with plums.

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Photo of popery
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an red-orangish brown color. Probably a bit too red for a wood stain, but it would be a bright cherry pine, kinda garish, really. No real head. We're in lambic country, so normal rules do not apply, not that I'm much of a believe in appearance ratings. The aroma is plum jam on top of mild vinegar and gueuze funk, but the fruit is dominant. The plum smell is on the apricot end of the plum world. It definitely smells like plums, but there's a fair bit of variation within plums. This beer smells more like what is sold as fresh French prunes, around here, rather than the juicier, sweet-tart Santa Rosa plum that I more closely associate with the fruit, though I have no idea what Tilquin actually used, of course. The funk is mildly cheesy with some nice horse blanket tendencies bouncing around (it's been too long since I used "horse blanket" in a review). The taste is light to medium tart with more of that fruit flavor. It's still relatively sweet and a tad lacking in flavor for what I expect from a plum sour, but I don't mean that as a knock. It's just a tad different than expected. The fruit flavor is refined and melds nicely with the tartness. There's a big lemony note. The vinegar tartness is actually pretty restrained, and there's none of that back-of-the-throat burn that many American sours suffer from. Tilquin does a magnificent job balancing the flavors, showing off that quality lambic brewer touch. Carbonation is normal. Mouthfeel is a tad slick with fruitiness. Moderate pucker. I quite enjoyed this beer. It's not a dramatic beer, but it has a lovely fruit flavor and oozes lambic complexity and refinement.

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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 Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%

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 papat444
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

***2014 Vintage*** 500TH DIFFERENT BREWERY ON BA!

Best before 17/06/2024.

Looks exactly like grapefruit juice in the glass. Tart flavor with some sweet fruit. From the first sip it prickles the tongue, very good stuff.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a thin off white head that settles down pretty quickly.

S: This just gives you so much to process. It's incredible. Has the great slightly cheesy funk and sharp tartness that the classic Tilquin has, but it also has this overlying spicy oak barrel and sweet red plum aroma to it that's amazing.

T: It starts by just stabbing the crap out of your tongue with tart lemon flesh, grapefruit and green plum skin. Then it kind of evolves into this rich middle, filled with barnyard, green apple, underripe kumquat and just a little touch of damp barrel. Leaves a lingering lemon/tart green apple note on your tongue that just sticks forever without being unpleasantly sour. This is a fantastic beer.

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

Best before: 29/01/2023

Pours a very lightly hazed orange with a fine white ring of a head. Aromas of dusty funk, plummy sweetness, lemons, apples, wet hay, and spicy wood. First sip really brings a bold sour fruit flavor...less mustiness, more citrus acidity. Lemon, grapefruit, light oak, and vinegar. Light, acidic, and super dry on the gums like all Tilquin offerings. Quite a nice Lambic, but I still prefer their Gueuzes.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the Tour de Geuze 2013 at Tilquin. Consumed while brewing up an IPA the other day. I've learned that lambic is excellent for morning brewdays.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Batch 2 (2012-2013)
250g of plumbs per liter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy, opaque scarlet red with a small, medium looking off-white or light pink head that quickly fades to a half wisp and ring. No carbonation visible. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end and leave dots of lacing down the glass. Nice looking for sure.

SMELL: Tart lemon and slightly acidic sourness on the nose, with light plumbs fruitiness and some mild funky notes, but more tart lemon and sweet plumbs here.

TASTE: Lemon tartness and slightly acidic sourness up front, which is expected from Tilquin. Very nice. Fruity sweetness accompanies some tart lemon and citrus flavors at the swallow, and then some sweet plumbs come through nicely at the finish. Bold and clean aftertaste is slightly funky with tart sourness and sweet plumbs balancing the sour acidity. Very nice, and very well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite dry. A hint of astringency lingers long after the swallow.

OVERALL: This was excellent. A lovely and well-measured dose of plumb sweetness balanced the tart sourness and Tilquin acidity perfectly. This was very complex, enjoyable and easy to drink. A pretty lambic to look at as well. I should have loaded up on this when at Tilquin, but hopefully I run into more of this at some point. Well worth tracking down and worth drinking now while fresh. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 JayQue
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most recent vintage. Drank at Torst bar. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a wine glass. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy peach-orange. Lacing is minimal with thin but oily legs. Average. The plum reveals itself here. Nice color.

Nose is a slightly sweet and tart plum, lemon rind, hay, and some funky cheesiness. Wood integrates itself nicely into the aroma. Moderately aromatic but pretty unique.

Lemon rind, tart citrus, apricot, hay, dried wood, a mellow cheesiness and a faint, sweet, tart plum character in the back. Finishes lemon rind and wet wood. Tart on the finish. Pretty gueuze-y but the plum addition, though faint, is noticeable and appreciated. A pretty unique beer though the fruit component isn't too prominent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth with some bubbles and dry going down. Puckering finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Very good.

Tilquin is a very under-the-radar blender at this point. However, make no mistake, their beers are very good and Quetsche is no exception. A plum lambic is very unique and here, its done very well. The fruit is subtle but it works and the aroma, look, and feel round things out nicely. Definitely one of the beer lambics I've had.

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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 Roguer
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick, opaque light-colored brew (orange/peach), topped by a thin white head.

Extremely funky aroma: sharp and acrid, quite musty.

Aroma carries over to the flavor, which is very funky and sharp up front. Fruit peel - but no sweetness - sneaks into the mid-palate, mingling with yeast and light, wheaty malts. Finally, just when I was about to abandon the thought, tart and sweet plums start to shine on the finish.

Remarkably discrete progression of flavors.

Lively brew, slightly sticky, otherwise lighter mouthfeel. Quite puckering.

This is a very nice Gueuze/Lambic before the plums even come into play. Once they do, they add a nice, unique twist to the brew. I could use more plum flavor, certainly, but this is a very tasty beer.

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