Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #12
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4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Gueuzerie Tilquin
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Notes: Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Old Quetsche Tilquin is made from the fermentation of a minimum of 260 gr of purple plums by liter of lambic. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at ~40 degrees F.

L: Poured a thoroughly opaque ruddy peach-amber, not unlike what you might expect if you were to puree peeled plum flesh. Formed no head whatsoever, with little to no carbonation visible.

S: Soured plums and acetic acidity, with an odd mineral tinge.

T: Sharp and tart right out the gate, which does not relent until after the swallow. Plummy indeed, with notes reminiscent of unripe nectarine. Some white grape emerges as it moves along the palate, alongside a minerality that reminds me of licking freshly broken quartz-studded feldspar as a tiny child. The bleu mold quality is manifest throughout the entire tasting process, of course, along with some subtle tones of damp black mildew. After the finish, a metallic tinge lingers, alongside the ghost of the black mildew and the soured plums.

F: Fairly still, yet nonetheless medium-bodied.

O: Quite tasty. I did just try Cantillon offerings for the first time on the Zwanze Day that fell not even a full week before this review, so I may be scoring sours a tad more harshly than I used to. This is nonetheless quite a tasty Tilquin offering.

Sep 29, 2021
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2019 version 500 ml bottle into the test glass.
A - Dark straw cololred backdrop, very little carbonation, a thin off white ring resides during the experience.
S - Acetic, at first, then with temperature increase, the fruit and base all come out. Plums for sure, the mixed culture adds, grape skin, apple peel, a bit of white pepper
T - Follows that nose well, with a bit of cheese rind, and sharp plum skins
M - Sharp, edgy, acidic, with an ashen finish
O - A very good, blend. The fruit acts as a side kick to a lovley Lambic

Aug 19, 2021
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lambic is life.
Been sitting on this one for a while, I wish I had popped it open sooner. The best thing is that there’s a bottle shop on my way to/from work that always has it in stock!

Apr 18, 2021
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johnInLA from California

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At the outset I will call out this my second beer, so my palate is not clean.

375ml , serving temp 40 degrees, poured into a teku glass.

L: Cloudy, Yellow/Brown, head disipatea,

S: Peach, Plum, Minerals

T: Flzvors in nose, plus lemon, vanilla, cat pee, wild wheat

F: Full body, dry aciditic finishes

O: A well done lambic, admittedly I don't recall ever having a plum lambic, I like the way they balanced the fruit with wild favores while modetating the acidity.

Apr 01, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this bottle at a nice bottle shop in Pittsburgh over Christmas break.

Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy pinkish brown color with decent initial head and good lacing. Tart cherries smell and taste. Ripe plums and lemon. Earthy and floral. Goes very well with food.

Jan 30, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, salmon to crimson red coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smells of light doughy malt, some plum and lighter estery fruit, with notes of apricot and gooseberry, as well as distinct funk and oak aromas. Taste is a decent balance of light doughy malt and fruity notes of fresh plum and estery, tart green apple, gooseberry and apricot, as well as pronounced musty, leathery funk and some lightly tannic and earthy oak notes, underlined by a strong lactic and quite citric acidity with a certain lime feel to it. Finishes quite dry, with a strong acidity and some plums, leathery funk and tannic oak lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I found this to be a little disappointing due to its strong and rather citric acidity, with the lemony sourness really feeling a bit overwhelming here while the plums are not coming through quite as much as I would have liked as well, although there are some good, musty, leathery and tannic funk and oak notes to this. Still, the overall balance seems off here, with the sourness being too pronounced for my personal taste and while I'm usually quite a big fan of Tilquin, this just doesn't do it for me at all, to be honest, which may be due to age or batch variation though. I will certainly seek this out again and see if I enjoy it more, as I have with different vintages of other Lambic before.

Oct 31, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A yellowish-red beer. A light reddish amber color
T: Solid plum.
T: A simple solid plum beer.
F: A simple plum drink.
O: A very simple drink that shows off the power of plum.

Sep 05, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light amber to reddish to light pink. There’s a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and covering a quarter of the top. The aroma is of faint plums. I’m tasting lactic sourness and faint plums. The mouth is crisp and dry.

Jul 26, 2020
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019/2018 bottle, drank 07.15.20 out of a tulip. Very tart and sour. Nice looking beer that was a translucent reddish brown, or the color of plums. Best when room temp. Plums masked by the tartness and sourness in my opinion, but they were there. Quite enjoyed it, definitely a sipper with the high level of acidity.

Jul 16, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Jeffrey, NYC.
Pours a hazy red grapefruit color. Moderate and stately looking head shows good retention and yields lacing. An elegant looking drink overall.
The nose displays tartness with notes of sour plum, white grape and citrus fruit. Furthermore, the woody aromas from the barrel aging is strong and adds a vinous quality.
Wonderfully tart taste that is complimented by flavors of plum. Notes of lemon, lime, white grape and green apple add to the blend of fruit. Complex taste overall, with the barrel aging adding notes of wood. Additional flavors include dry cider, white wine, peppery spices and a light touch of earthy hops bitterness. Medium bodied with a sharp tartness and mouth puckering and dry finish. Moderate carbonation, along with the acidity, adds a refreshing crispness.
I feel like my tasting notes don’t even begin to describe how delightful this beer was. A true masterpiece.

Oct 10, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours the pinkish color of a summer dusk sky, with a highly hazy body. Medium thin ring includes some medium bubbles to increase its girth. Sipping this doesn’t help any lace form as the body reclaims what sticks to the side.

A tangy sort of tartness, one like overripe fruit that is starting to go bad. Impressions of sour watermelon with some strawberry. The plum is noted more easily after a swirl, but fades quickly.

More direct tartness in the taste, like a clean and light citrusy vinegar. I again get a sour-infused watermelon - sort of like a lower-umami balsamic appetizer. The picker and moderate carbonation combine to give a brief feel of a spritzer. When this leaves, we get some plum and a little less sourness. There’s a little lime in the late taste.

A fairly sour beer that also keeps from being dominated by the acidity. There are some nuances, with the main fruit involved but not taking the lead.

Aug 10, 2019
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alexallcaps from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tilquin is obviously deserving of its pedestal. We had an event where we were lucky enough to serve this on draft in conjunction with a Cantillon Kriek. I love lambic in general so to be able to try these in this fashion was rare and anticipated and awesome.

Granted this beer is not presently in front of me, but I am a bartender and poured it enough as ‘my favorite’ at the time to want to write at least a small review.

Poured into a tumbler at 48 degrees F
Look - a darker pastel pink-orange-purple; like a fantastic sorbet.
Nose - plums definitely come through immediately with the vinegar lambic smell. Also darker aromas of shoe leather or saddle, poetically with the tiniest amount of barnyard brett.
Palate - super complex - immediate dark stone fruit/ plums—not so much prunes— but somehow with that light airy juice-feeling I love in good lambic.
Feel - light, very light carbonation - easy to drink; very complex and layered

Mar 13, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2015-2016 Bottle, Best before 02/02/2026. 6.4% ABV, Imported by Twelve Percent LLC.

Pours a beautiful ruby haze, like grapefruit juice. The carbonation is almost nonexistent on the pour, which is a bit concerning. Tiny bubbles outline the beer but no noticeable head or lacing around the glass.

The nose is fantastic, initially reminiscent (for those who have tried it) to the aromas found in Trillium's Plum Fated Farmer. Notes of tart plum skin, stone fruit, and melon, with subtle hints of ammonia, yeasty barnyard funk, and lemon zest.

Unfortunately the carb here is almost nonexistent, and while this is a shame in complimenting such a wonderfully balanced beer, it doesn't detract from the great array of flavors that hit the tongue. Like the nose, a quick re-introduction to sour plums. More ammoniated funk and barnyard flavors than on the nose, but it is countered nicely by flavors of lemon and a touch of sour green apple.

Definitely a tart, sour lambic. Acidic, but not uncomfortably so, with a warming feel as it goes down. Dry yet soft, with a nice vinous, tannic quality like from a fine wine. As mentioned, a regrettably low carb, nearly flat. A detriment no doubt, but impossible to take away from an amazing beer otherwise.

Feb 03, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a thin head. Sour taste with acidity. Has a sour aftertaste as well with tastes of fruit. Didn't think this beer was particularly notable.

Jan 23, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale plum color, appropriately. This beautifully made lambic comes on strong at first taste, and makes you think it will be quite sour. But then the sweetness from the plum creeps in for balance.

Jan 07, 2019
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

There is a halo on this brewer and it is well deserved. This is the 2012 -2013 edition and it is a mixed fermentation work of art. Oh yes, and prunes contribute and do not detract. Balanced. Wonderful nightcap.

Dec 26, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the 14 beers we have had in one session of some bad-ass tasting brew.
Still murky yellow
Prunes on the nose and taste with a funky character. Not overly sour
Very low carbonation.
It seems like a young lambic

Nov 06, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of 2015-2016. Bright orange, not quite clear even though it has been upright for a few months now. Aroma is awesome, fruity, grassy, slight rubber, slight alcohol, nice. Juicy flavor, tart, fruity, puckers my cheeks, pretty darn sour.

Oct 25, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from just under fridge temp and allowed to warm. Pours a beautiful dark orange with quickly dissipating tan head. This looks amazing. Aroma is just spectacular. I get a lot of citrus right away, and then a melon (cantaloupe and honey dew). There is a bit of sourness/funk, wheat. Taste is sour immediately, with a funky, acidic, tart following. Citrus (lime), raisin, plum, and a grassy taste. It's quite sticky and the sourness lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spot on for the style. Overall, this is really nice stuff.

Oct 24, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle with best by 8/2/28, so I think we're safe here. Poured into standard IPA glass. I dunno. What is the right glass for this?

L: Small white head, no lacing, white ring, no retention really. Beer is a largely clear dull pink salmon color.

S: Tart citrus and stone fruit nose, yeasty.

T: Woo, that is tart. Maybe I should have held it for a while. Lemony and plummy, yeasty and a bit oaky. It tastes good, but young.

F: Light bodied, fully carbonated. Dry and tart, maybe a bit too tart though I suppose that could change over time.

O: It's puckering good.

Oct 20, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great plum lambic. Has all the wonderful signatures of all of the spontaneously fermented Tilauin beers, but somewhat masked by the intense tart plums.

Sep 21, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12.7oz bottle into glass. Best before '08/02/2028'.
Murky body, color is reddish amber. Thin fizzy head quickly disappears, leaving a bubble fed ring. No lacing.
Aroma of tart lemon and slightly sweet plum. has leather, tobacco and funk also.
Sweet tart taste. Lime, plum, green apple. Has close to a chocolate whiff. Full of horse blanket funk, leather. Tannic notes of oak.
Dry, crisp mouth feel. Carbonation is low, but bubbles rise throughout the glass.
Expands the beer experience, with wild yeast at work. Just tastes like a live beer that is still evolving.

Sep 01, 2018
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robotnewyork from Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's delicious and they did everything right. I want more. 10/10

Had again at World of Beers in Canton for World of Sour Event 7/31/19. Simply the best! Better than all the rest!

Aug 10, 2018
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart and sour, with plums fairly prominent in flavor. Adds a little sweetness to balance the sour. This is really flat though and no carbonation whatsoever. Caught me off guard a bit at first and is quite drastic of a departure from what I expected. Comes across flat, thin, and watery. I'm sure if allowed to age, the natural fermentation would provide body and carbonation, but as it was drank (fresh) it is lacking on that end.

Aug 09, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish orange, with no foam whatsoever.

Smell is acidic, with notes of plums, lemon and orange.

Taste is very sour and fruity with notes of ripe plums and a lot of lime. Complex and evolving flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and completely flat.

Overall, a superb sour with so much going on. The mouthfeel is a bit jarring if you're not prepared for it, though.

Feb 13, 2018
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