Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne Avec Prunes De Namur
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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #28
Ranked #1,326
4.32 | pDev: 4.63%
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne Avec Prunes De NamurOude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne Avec Prunes De Namur
Notes: The Quetsche Tilquin à l’ancienne (6.4% alc / vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer obtained from the fermentation of destoned fresh purple plums (variety Prune de Namur) in a blend of 1 and 2 years old lambics for a period of 4 months. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, it is re-fermented in the bottle for a minimum period of 3 months. The lambics used were fermented and matured in our own oak barrels at the blendery. They are made from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon.

The taste is slightly tart but also fruity and round which makes this Quetsche à l’ancienne may be more accessible for non-experts or less sophisticated palates. It also has a slight dryness from the skin of the plums. The nose perceives a plum brandy perfume.
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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like my Lambics a bit tart and this one was.

Look: amber/orange with a thin white head

Aroma: plum, lemon, oak.

Taste: It is tart lemon and plum, some oak and funk, quite tart and dry but very delicious.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015-2016 vintage; drank 5/4/19 @ the Beer Temple.

This was a fruit-forward prune bomb; the flavor was perhaps a tad too sour for my gentle soul, but overall this is one I'd have again. Very nice.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, May 05, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This tastes like a sweeter version of the original, with the barrels adding a layer over the top. Both are good, but for different reasons. This one has a perfumey smell that is fuller with the brandy and plum forward elements, could be a air freshener. The taste is less complex, with the funk being cut into a bit, more wood though, but otherwise still bursting with flavor. A sweet sipper of a lambic.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Dec 08, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A hazy pinkish-orange color with a small white head. Aromas were all over the place, with plum, flowers, diesel fuel, and straw. The taste was equally complex with plums at the center. A nice tartness and grassy/hay quality. Esters were everywhere for me, kind of like watching clouds. Dry clean finish.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Jul 17, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle 2015-2016 batch. Super hazy orange even though it's been upright for a year and poured carefully. Aroma is some lambic funk, slightly fruity. Flavor is zingy, tart, fruity, full. Mild carb makes this extremely easy to drink quickly

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Jun 11, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into glass. Label has Best Before Date of '11/01/2027'.
Cloudy, tangerine amber colored body. No head by slight ring is fed by rising bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma of lemon and plum, and oak/leather.
Taste of acidic plum, quite dry, with some tartness and funk/oak. There is some sweetness at the beginning.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Acidic and dry.
More of a rounded lambic than complex. Definitely tart, with a little bit of funk.

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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a reddish amber color lambic with a light bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of plums pits is dominant with nice funky notes and light acidic notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix of plums pits with funky barnyard notes with some oak and acidity notes also noticeable. Body is about average for style with very low carbonation. Nice plums taste but a little bit too much acidity and lacking some carbonation.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Feb 23, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kind of an odd one to me. Grapefruit gut appearance w/ absolutely no head. Sweet Pune scent w/ a sharp aroma of the “you know this is gonna be tart AF” feel. Kind of an odd flavor...it’s almost like olives...but it works. And yeah, it’s pleasntly tart. Full bodied feel that leaves an extremely dry aftertaste but the flavor lasts throughout. All in All, thrown of by the olive flavor but a dam fine lambic. Would have again and will.

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von_kaiser from Connecticut, Dec 23, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a beautiful murky peach color. With a fairly vigorous pour it produces only about a finger of white head which quickly fizzles out, leaves just a few specs of lace behind on the glass. It has a very appetizing look to it.

The nose has a decent amount of plum up front with nice funky aroma. There is an old basement mustiness, along with some damp hay. I am also getting scents of citrus, oak, some acidicness, and bit of spice.

Like the nose, the flavor starts off with a nice bit of plum, and that Lambic funkiness that we all love. It is acidic and there is some mouth puckering sour tartness from the plum. The oak flavor comes through nicely, and I’m getting flavors of lemon, apples, and grapes. There is some sweetness in the background. The finish is dry with a touch of bitterness. Fruit, funk, and acidity ring the whole way through. .

This has a fairly light body with ample carbonation. It has a juiciness to it, along with a good amount of acidity, and some mouth puckering sourness. There is some sweetness in there from the plums. The finish is dry with a bit of bitterness.

Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a good representation of the style. Belgium just does it right. It has a lot of intense flavors going on that all compliment each other. It is very drinkable, and each sip leaves you wanting more and more. I definitely recommend picking this up if you come across it.

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JizackFH from New York, Sep 26, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into correct glasssware at Cafe Rose Red in Bruges.

Pours a murky purplish orange, with just a ittle bit of foam.

Smell is funky with loads of plums and lime.

Taste is full of funk, with nice hits of plums, lime and elderflower all over it. Not overly sour, just the right amount of acidity.

Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation.

Overall, another solid offering from Tilquin. Well balanced and fairly complex.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Sep 19, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although this is quite good, it kinda seems like they ruined a great beer with prunes. That said, maybe the base wasn't the best of the barrels, and they've created a very good brew!

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Derek from British Columbia (Canada), Aug 18, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose is funk, lime, and then plum. Inviting. Palate starts with funk and light-to-moderate acidity, then moves to plum and blackberry, and finishes with lime. Oak is present throughout. Tastes young, but still delicious. It will be fun to watch this develop.

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floyd_pugman from California, Jun 17, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with white head, light pink hue, slightly cloudy
S: Earthy, funky cheese, plum/blackberry, white grape, apricot, hint of plastic, sweetarts
T: Lactic sour up front, earthy funk, blackberry, hint of plum/stone fruit character that comes out more and more with each drink, oak tannin, acidic, vinous, white grape, grapefruit rind, cherry, cereal grain
M: Light and kind of fluffy character
O: Very good, would be better if the acidic sour was dialed down a little but it still allows other flavors to come through

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Mar 11, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottom line: this is really fricking sour. Too much so for my palate, which is too bad, really, because the nose is absolutely gorgeous, displaying that unique Tilquin house character of paradoxically clean funk, a certain greenness, like some sun-drenched field in Wallonia. To be fair to the beer, plums can be really damn tart, and while I may never have had the Namur varietal, the acidic tartness seen here does make me think of early/mildly underripe plum. Taken together with the bacteria and acidity levels of the lambic, though, it's just too much. This rates well because of that incredible nose, and I think it'll absolutely appeal to warhead-loving sour fiends, but I would love something that displays as much depth as the nose promises.

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breadwinner from California, Feb 02, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach color with a pinkish hue, off-white head. Aroma is quite funky with nice barnyard notes but also fresh fruit. Taste is tart but not puckering, fruity yet balanced, slightly bitter on the finish with fruit skin flavor. Medium body and carbonation, really easy to drink. A really good fruit lambic, not as acidic or harsh as others.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Oct 15, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is extremely cloudy yellowish purple in color, looking like a dense fog. It poured with short white head that died down, leaving just a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some wisps of lacing on the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of funk are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is very funky but is a little balanced with notes of plums.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely funky and lot for the faint of heart. It is more like a gueuze than a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Sep 25, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015/1016 bottle

White head. Golden orange color.

Nice lambic flavor. Funky with a light acidity. Lemon. Not very tart. Fairly dry. Vibrant mouthfeel. The plums show enough to be there but not overtake the lambic. Hints of green apple skins.

Another great offering from Tilquin. This is well done.

14/15 season side by side with regular. Drank 3/17

Regular shows more lambic base and is very enjoyable. The Namur is much more sour and tart. Both awesome but my preference goes toward the regular since it isn't as sour and more lambic flavors shine through the lambic. Namur is sour and acidic with a lot of lemon citrus.

15/16 label consumed 12/17
Sour and acidic. Great funk and cobweb with a big grapefruit citrus. Lemon. Really fun vintage. 4.3

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mothman from Minnesota, Sep 24, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy amber color, with a bubbly, immediately disappearing head.

Smells of a wet hay accompanied tart fruitiness of young plums. A pleasant tartness mingles into a ripe fruit fermented quality, supported by funk driven citrus zest.

Has a lower carbonation, while the beer still turns out to be quite refreshing, as for its high fruit tartness, which almost numbes the tongue.

Tastes of sour citrus peel and dusty malts, revealing a leathery, sweeter note, once mingled together with the plum pulp quality of the beer. Its sourness is there from the beginning, while beautifully complimenting the fruit, showcasing plums which start in a very early, sour stage, slowly evolving riper, juicier and sweeter qualities, which gets added a flowery earthiness during the finish.

Beautifully, well composed beer, with a multi layered plum fruitiness, ending with a unique richness, in which all flavors are allowed to benefit from each other.

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aleigator from Germany, Apr 30, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Harvest Wines & Spirits, West Hartford, CT
2014 2015
Best before : 27/01/2025
Served in a tulip

Hazy, burnished orangey-amber appearance. Even with a careful pour, some yeast particles sneaked into the beer, clouding it significantly. The liquid was capped by a tight, foamy, one-finger tall, light tan crown that quickly fell to a thin film. Minimal lacing. A few drippy streaks trickled down the glass after each sip. The head eventually transformed into a lasting collar.

The nose was crisp and moderately funky. Very plastic-y initially. BAND-AID notes came through strong. Crisp and lemony. Lots of oaky barrel. Slightly fruity. The fruitiness intensified as the beer sat. I probably would not have guessed that this beer contained plums, but I was not surprised that it did. Touch of sweetness. Barnyard notes came forth as the beer sat. Musty and funky. Slight bready malt presence. The malts crescendoed by the drink's end.

The flavor profile was really crisp, tart and dry. Quite oaky and tannic. Again, BAND-AID notes came through big time. Huge lemony presence. Somewhat rind-like as well. Super acidic. Loads of white vinegar. The finish was immensely dry and contained even more vinegar. Subtle oaky tannins lingered after the swallow. All in all, intensely sour and acidic but not very well rounded or complex.

Light and fluffy mouthfeel. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence. Frothy and slick on the palate. After each sip, the beer's acidity felt as if it was stripping the enamel from my teeth.

Geuezerie Tilquin makes some amazing offerings, such as their Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)², but this lambic fell a bit short in my opinion. At $18 for a 375 ml bottle, I was expecting more complexity and fruit flavor.

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Damian from Massachusetts, Apr 26, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

37cl bottle. Dark orange pour with visible carbonation and a modest white head. Smells sour, of fermented fruit, prunes, apple cider, barnyard funk and grapefruit. Incredibly sour, with notes of prunes, vinegar and white wine. Very refreshing, high carbonation (like a sparkling wine) and a sour aftertaste.

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Marius from Netherlands, Feb 09, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, dated 2014-2015, poured into a Gueuze Tilquin tumbler glass. Enjoyed on 1.16.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a murky amber color, pink and apricot hues, hazy and cloudy with very little off white head that has no retention or lace. The aroma is wonderful, super plum, really funky, stone fruits everywhere, freshy, pitty, oaky, almost gueuze-y as well with tart wine like acidity. The flavors are great, very sour and acidic, not unwelcome though as there is just tons of plum flavor, earthy and oaky, really funky with some floral qualities that bring out some crisp lemon zest as well. The mouthfeel is really crisp, lively, coating, very dry, light to medium body with a strong tart puckering sensation at the finish.

Verdict: An awesome fruited lambic from Tilquin and in my opinion, a slight improvement over the typical Quetsche Tilquin. This was a bit brighter, a bit more intense with the plum flavor and had some more gueuze like qualities in that the funk snuck up on me more and really elevated this beer. Top notch.

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kevanb from Illinois, Jan 21, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plums people, not prunes. Prune is French for plum. This doesn't smell or taste like prunes whatsoever. Moving on...

Pours a lightly hazed orange, ample carbonation and a compact head of frothy foam that leaves some spotty lace around the edges, forming irregular arcs around the edges.

Aroma is nebulously fruity, tart and juicy, completely dry with a mild acidic presence.
The Namur plums seem to have a slight woody spice to them, likely from the pits, noticeable in both the smell and taste. Juicy tart underripe plum in the taste, again less defined since the sugars ferment out completely. Crisp biting acidity, puckering and dry in the finish. Ample carbonation, smooth and very drinkable. A slight variation from Quetsche, still very much worth trying.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Nov 25, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle of the 2014-2015 vintage. Served in a tumber glass.

Pours a hazy, moderate orange-brown body with a purple hue. One finger white head that dies out fairly quickly. No lacing. Smells of acidic lemon, citrus, stone fruit, oak, a bit of cobweb and funk, wheat. It's quite acidic in the nose, and makes me salivate a bit. Flavour is a bit on the very acidic end of the spectrum; it's moderately stone fruited with oak and a bit of funk. Mild wheat. More citric acidity. Again, it's quite acidic and that surprised me a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, satisfactory carbonation, mouthpuckering acidity yet quite drinkable for me. Overall, it's quite a bit more sour with a bit less sweet fruit flavour. A nice rendition on a burgeoning classic from one of the newer lambic blenders.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Nov 14, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely the best Tilquin I've had. They're regular gueuze is great, but I find it less interesting than Drie Fonteinen's. The plum character on top of their lambic is a great fit. The plums come out very well. Some funk, not too acidic but definitely has a nice punch. I'm not sure how much better the 2015 bottles will get.

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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this a few times. Didn't realize I hadn't written a review. Splitting a 375mL bottle with Brad.

Golden orange body with a small, off-white collar. Aromas of authentic Belgian lambic and all the wonderfulness that brings. Plum, raisins, grapes. Musty, funky, earthy, with some cellar / basement scents and flavors. Medium-high acidity. Good stuff.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Oct 30, 2015
Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne Avec Prunes De Namur from Gueuzerie Tilquin
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 143 ratings