Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Gueuzerie Tilquin
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #19
Ranked #618
4.38 | pDev: 6.62%
Thursday at 11:29 PM
Oct 01, 2012
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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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Ratings by Sigmund:
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3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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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4.89 by MacStinson from Michigan on Thursday at 11:29 PM
4.34 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jun 11, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by cbutova from Massachusetts

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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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia

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
4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Nov 28, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

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
4.51 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 04, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

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
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Apr 20, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

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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4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by johnInLA from California

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
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 28, 2021
4.33 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 28, 2021
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Feb 14, 2021
4.46 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Feb 12, 2021
4.5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

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
3.97 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 12, 2021
3.87 by stephenlee93 from England on Dec 25, 2020
4.13 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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
4.21 by paresis from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2020
4 by octortus from Canada (ON) on Sep 24, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BerryKumquat from California

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
4.44 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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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4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hopley from Massachusetts

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
4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Apr 04, 2020
4.18 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Feb 17, 2020
4.85 by KensWorld from Florida on Nov 18, 2019
4.31 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Nov 08, 2019
4.24 by edthehead from New York on Oct 24, 2019
4.47 by spoony from Colorado on Oct 16, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Gajo74 from New York

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
4.34 by crobinso from Colorado on Sep 22, 2019
4.19 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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
4.38 by gardner254 from Ohio on Aug 03, 2019
4.23 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Aug 02, 2019
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