Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #12
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
97
Ranked #410
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
1,074
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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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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 1,074
Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
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.

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Photo of alexallcaps
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

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Photo of WickedBeer
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of ArrogantB
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.

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Photo of Beersnake1
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
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.

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Photo of csmrx7
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of robotnewyork
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!

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Photo of JLaw55
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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

Outstanding geuze that seamlessly integrates fresh plums into the blend to add a touch of nuanced flavor to an already complex beer.

Pinkish amberish hue most likely from the plums. Thin soapy head atop the colored liquid that fades away. Nice balance of slightly sweet fruit, solid musty attic/funk and oak in the aroma. Lester kicking in the background.

Taste is plum skins, cherry pie filling, green apple, leather and a hint of Chardonnay. Nice wine-like tannins keeps every sip dry and crisp.

Tart, effervescent, funky and ligh-bodied. A real treat worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite things about this beer is how beautiful it is - I mean, objectively speaking, it's really not... but it looks just like plum flesh. I love that. The nose and taste are so reminiscent of plum as well that it's just uncanny. So tart, so sour, and so much fruit.

It's not a beer that I find particularly sessionable or easy-drinking, but for what it is, it's tremendous - the tart and sour notes really destroy your palate though, and (at least for me) incite some pretty serious heart burn and acid reflux. Drink it with cheese or Tums, and don't plan on drinking much else afterward!

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice hazy orange with a decent head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of strawberries, tartness, and something reminiscent of blue cheese but not as strong in a very good kind of way. Strong sour notes tend to overpower the palette. There is dry bitterness on the back end and lemon. Nice carbonation. The one negative was an iron of taste notes. This is worth trying but the sour tends to overpower most everything else.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L) Pours a beautiful ruby-tinted amber. There is a white head when agitated, but it quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

S) The aroma is just oozing with incredibly tart dark fruit notes and a crisp acidity that tickles the nose all the way to the throat. Plenty of green apple, stone fruit, and unripened plum with very little aside from a slight honey-like smell from the malt to round out the intense fruity acids.

T) It tastes as the nose would indicate, but it is even more acidic than anticipated. This baby drinks like a warhead. Notes of black cherry, dark fruit, unripened stone fruit, green apple, passion fruit, guava! This is a sangria of acid, and what small amount of malt aroma I could pick up in the nose I am having a difficult time relocating on the tongue.

F) Medium carbonation and body. Incredibly spritzy. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty ideal for the style, not much more to say really.

O) I would give this a pick up any time I saw it, especially to keep on hand for friends who may have never had a true lambic experience.

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Photo of Frudel
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with friends. Pours a golden/orange liquid, with a small white head disappearing quite fast. Aromas are funky, barnyard, citrus zest. Very good spontaneous beer, medium sourness, low bitterness, quite fruity, tart, funk. Loved it!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.27/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hmmmm
What happened here? Very flat pour, quite a flat beer.
Aromas and taste and all muted, and whilst quite sour, it almost struggles to be a gueuze. Not a lot of fruit flavours.
Need to try again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale amber with a large, dissipating head. The aroma is relatively sour, with a very fresh sour plum scent, and lemon juice, green apple skin, and some barnyard notes. The flavor reminds me of sour candy, with strong plum notes, menthol, and a huge citric bite, and s softer finish. The mouthfeel s light and very fizzy. Overall this is very tart, but still nicely complex. The finish is very strong on the plum, and less intense than the start.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, fleshy color. It looks like the flesh of a peach. Not quite as dark as a plum. Nice nose of tart stone fruit. Some funk. There's a lack effervescence that stands out the most. The flavors are there, but greater carbonation would certainly punctuate and accentuate those flavors more. The lack of carbonation is kind of the glaring characteristic here. I'm a big Tilquin fan, but there's something missing in this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle, label says 2014 2015 on it, best before 03/02/2025. Served in a Prairie Artisan Ales lambic glass (tumbler style), the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with almost an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's not much lacing at all. The brew smells like plums, funk, earthiness, and vinegar. I could really smell the plum fruitiness as soon as I opened the bottle. Taste is similar to the aroma wtih plum, funk, vinegar, lemon, floralness, white grape and grainy flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good fruited lambic, this is definitely worth buying if you come across a bottle. $15.99 a bottle.

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1074 ratings