Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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From:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #18
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
97
Ranked #606
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 6.62%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
963
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 06, 2022
Added:
Oct 01, 2012
Wants:
  148
Gots:
  271
SCORE
97
World-Class
Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'AncienneOude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne
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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Rated: 4.37 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Aug 07, 2022
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A 750ml corked and caged bottle, with a neck label of 2020-2021, and a best before date of 23rd December 2030. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and tart, plum, oak, funk, with notes of lemon zest.

Taste: Much like the aroma, tart, sweet and sour, plum, oak, funk, with notes of lemon and stone fruit.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This combination of fruit, sweet, tart and sour is candy like, and the excellent balanced aroma and flavours make this super enjoyable and easy to drink.
Jul 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.89 by MacStinson from Michigan

Jun 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sample from 750 ml bottle at ASKO-messe. Cloudy golden colour, small white head. Aroma of lemons, sour plums, farmhouse and dust. VERY sour flavour, lemons, sour plumskins and brettanomyces galore.
Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
2019-2020 bottle.

A- Opens without any noise when removing the cork and pours with a pretty hazy (for the style) pinkish amber hue. No head with just a bit of foam around the edges and a tiny ring of bubbles around the beer. Some legs temporarily stick on the glass but no lacing. The nice color kinda saves it here.

S- The lack of carbonation makes it a bit of a struggle to pick up much in the aroma. Getting hints of the usual funk, lactic sourness, musty barnyard and fruits but not as easy as usual to really pick out individual things. Certainly ripe and sour stone fruits and plums for sure. Opens up with time and you get nice funky gueuze notes topped off with extra stone fruit.

T- Plums are on the swole, if you will. Plums front and center with massive notes of plum flesh, juice and plenty of that semi-bitter skin. These are some fresh, beautiful plum vibes and it makes me think of the orchard I go to every summer, wonderfully captured. The plums do not drown out the base beer and its complexities, thankfully. Moderately strong lactic acid, musty vinous oak, funk, sour apple, nectarine and lemon. Strength of aroma lost due to flatness made up for here.

MF- As expected and seen in other comments on this vintage, basically flat with the very minimal slight touch of bubbles. Slick and oily acidity throughout without much texture due to lack of bubbles. Medium bodied.

On one hand I am disappointed by the body and lack of carbonation but on the other hand the taste is so on point that honestly it doesn't bother me that much. Will seek out another vintage at some point because the plum flavor is seriously perfect, and I love plums. Maybe my favorite Tilquin so far.
Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A nice light hazy roses amber color with a slight head and lacing.
Aroma has plums hints
The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced tart plum flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A nicely balanced easy drinking Lambic
Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.51 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Sep 04, 2021
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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
 
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Reviewed by johnInLA from California

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Feb 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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
 
Rated: 3.97 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.87 by stephenlee93 from England

Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by octortus from Canada (ON)

Sep 24, 2020
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Reviewed by BerryKumquat from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.44 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jul 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Apr 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Feb 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.85 by KensWorld from Florida

Nov 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Nov 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by edthehead from New York

Oct 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.47 by spoony from Colorado

Oct 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.34 by crobinso from Colorado

Sep 22, 2019
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1111 ratings