Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne | Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Gueuzerie Tilquin

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.93/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

After the introduction of Tilquin Oude Gueuze, the anticipation rises for more varieties from these masterful blends. With plumb on the canvas, Oude Quetsche burst onto the scene with strong sourness and a plethora of dry fruit.

But like true, mature and unblended Lambic, the ale pours with absolute stillness. With no effervescence, froth or lace- the calm ale rests upon a hazy copper-gold color to carry its visual weight.

Mouth wetting sourness punctures the nose with seriously sour cherries, apples, berries and musty orchard fruit varieties of peach, pear and plumb. Its strong vinous notes are distinctly of dry white wine mixed with damp hay and horse hair. Lightly leathery and with cellar-like must the scent develops into a potent white wine vinegar, sea air and nail polish remover.

And that jaw piercing sourness slices right through the thirst with ease. Sour grapes and vinegar tones are high on the initial palate and is only heightened by the weight of the flat beer to saturate the taste buds fully. A leathery middle palate introduces the more earthen barnyard character just ahead of the taste of under ripened orchard fruits, brine and acetone to finish.

Medium-light in body, the ale's lack of carbonation keeps the beer feeling a bit fuller than usual. Its strong acidity pangs inside the cheeks for mouth-puckering effect. Astringent, salty, and powdery- the ale is as complicated in its textures as it is in its taste.

I can very well concede that I have gotten a compromised bottle and will likely seek that out before much more commentary on the ale.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oude Quetsche Tilquin pours a hazy purple/brown with no head or carbonation.

The aroma is tart and fruity. Notes of plum, cherry, pineapple, and green apple.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is syrupy with light carbonation. The flavor begins tart with plum, raisin and grapes. It finishes funky with a salty flavor. I think the salt is from my tastebuds over reacting. It finishes very dry and once gone the tartness, plum and grape flavor lingers.

Very tart beer with a complex flavor. The flat appearance is a little turn off, but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Oude Quetsche Tilquin - smell, smoked, dried plums, with a delicate hint of orange, the color of the beer intensive - amber. Taste takes us into the time of Christmas, compote or drying agents as mentioned earlier prunes and oranges, pride. Perfect for the holidays.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

just gonna say the only negative thing about this one is a hint of cat pee in the nose, and a bit fishy too, tastes exquisite, plum is subdued but present, I actually prefer this to the gueuze they have though they are both exceptional beers, gorgeous and infinitely enjoyable

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Best before 1/29/2023.

Pours a murky purplish-red with a foamy bone head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is sour and tart with malt, acidic, and plum or other dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour dark fruit and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is definitely a lack of carbonation in this 375 ml bottle, which unfortunately diminishes what has the potential to be a great beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy pinkish brown. Smallish light tannish colored head. No
Lacing. Ara is a blend if sweet and sour. Green grapes, tart apples, a light grapey sweetness. Taste is similar. Light sweetness. Plum? Sure. Nice, pleasant, light tartness. Lighter bodied, tart, but not overly acidic.
A good beer. Not my style, but enjoyable.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle from Cave la Bulles in Paris. Poured in my hotel room in Bruges. Pours murky orange color with a small white head that recedes quickly. Big time aroma of apricots, sweet plums I guess, and lots of funk here, wheat malt, tartness. Flavor follows with a sweet punch of apricot and plum, sourness, sweet wheaty malts, juicy, not as dry as expected. Finish is long and puckering with some oaky dryness, medium bodied with medium plus carbonation. Very nice but I think I liked the Gueuze better. Perhaps this would dry out if I let it sit for a while.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

It's a good beer, but not enough different from gueuze tilquin in my opinion and as I recall to warrant a different label and a jacked up cost. I liked the gueuze well enough and liked this well enough for the same reasons (maybe it's a bit tarter?). But the plum, which I had expected to really be the defining characteristic of this beer, was barely present for me, which makes it interesting that some others here got so much plum character while others got so little. This is the second plum beer I've had and the previous one was the same; surely some of the tartness comes from there, but what I was hoping for was more wonderful perfumey plum flavor and didn't get it. It went nicely enough with Thanksgiving dinner regardlesss. Sours aren't cheap, but the price for a 12.7oz bottle of this was nuts - and I didn't notice it until I'd paid for my whole haul. Would not buy again.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish-tinted apple cider color, opaque and with no head. Looks still. (3.75)

S: Wonderful plum and dark fruit (black currant), almost wine-like, with some funky barnyard character. (4.25)

T: Wheat malt, earthy barnyard flavors, and just a touch of dark fruit, along with mild-medium tartness and a longish finish. Flavors are mild and not a lot of complexity here. (3.75)

M: Medium-light body and nearly no carbonation. (3.5)

O: Decent enough, but nothing outstanding. The plum comes through on the nose but less so on the palate. (3.75)

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Photo of aleigator
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Lovely, cloudy orange-lila color, reminding me of the pulp of a plum, no head at all.

Has a very sour, tart nose with fruity hints in it. I honestly can’t tell for sure that I am actually getting plum, but I try to imagine that :). If so, its reminding me of the pulp of unripe plums, with stone hints to it, blended with leather, old cheese and hay.

Unexpected low carbonated with a very sour, dry, citric foundation. Underneath the dominant, acidic tartness, refreshing sour notes become recognizable, with a subtle, lovely hint of fermented fruit to it. The fruitiness itself is surprisingly sour, of unripe plums and green apple, which is very soft on tongue, while the brett acidity dries out the palate. Not too fruity, compared to the sour aspect of the beer, a subtle addition. During the finish, acidity reaches its peak, overwhelming the fruit flavor completely, leaving back a slick, tremendous sourness.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temperature into a chalice type glass in the hotel room; vintage 2014-2015
Look = 3.75 Pours a murky pale orange or yellow color with a thin ring of white head and loose lace. Lots of carbonation around the glass.
Aroma = 4.25 Lightly fruity, stone and dark fruit aromas, tart and acidic, the plum comes through nicely.
Taste = 4.75 Intense sour initially on the tongue followed by a terrific, sweet stone fruit flavors, a very mild amount of funk. Taste great.
Feel = 4.0 Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, smooth yet crisp, fits the flavor profile well.
Drinkability = 4.75 Very tasty, easy drinking.
Overall = 4.3625 Terrific fruity lambic, great taste and easy drinking.

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Photo of Treebs
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375 ml C&C bottle served in a 3F tumbler. 2012/2013 bottle.

A: Pours a murky brown color with some amber edges from the light. A thin white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring.

S: Tart and slightly funky. Bursts of plum skins, some fruity berry flesh and light oak. The oaky is woody and slightly sweet. Some grape skins as well.

T: A little puckering with some sourness that hits the back of the throat. Oaky with a slight malty sweetness to it. A little red wine grape to it with a nice funky undertone.

M: Low carbonation. Not quite flat, but pretty close. Tart finish. Light body.

O: Despite the low carbonation this was still an enjoyable beer. It had just enough carbonation to keep the body lively and light across the tongue.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Smells like vinegar, macerated grapes, prunes, barnyard funk. The taste follows the same notes, very sour and acidic. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a vinegar and unripe fruit sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -7.4%

2013-2014 bottle.

A: Pours a mostly still turbid dark orange. Looks like grapefruit juice!

S: Lots of soft plums, acidic skin, some mild funk and oaky notes behind. Juicy.

T: Taste is milder than the nose lets on. Tannic plum skin, wheat, mild lactic acidity, a bit of cobweb and oak.

M: Medium-bodied with very light carb.

O: Tastes awesome, but wish it were a bit more carbed and had a bit of a more advanced acid profile.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange hue with a hazy clarity and no head, just a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses tart citrus notes and cork. Taste follows nose with a light saltiness. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and an easy astringency. Just an overall solid lambic - maybe not as nuanced as Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen, but quite respectable in its own right.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light brown/reddish color lambic with a large foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma consists of tart a funky noes with some very subtle notes of plums. Taste is dominated by tart notes with subtle notes of plums with a light barnyard finish. Acidity level is well balanced with some oak notes easily distinguishable. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Enjoyable but I would have thought the plum notes would have been more pronounced.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't say this is a pretty appearance of a beer, comes in looking like an overrated East coast turbidity kind of ipa.

Aroma was nice though, plenty of sour and tartness, plum, oak.

Taste was good stuff, more plum, oak, dark cherry, very acidic, too acidic if you ask me. White wine like notes accompany the plum.

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Photo of Jonada
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Best before January 29, 2023. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dirty red/orange color with almost no head whatsoever. Body is nearly opaque.

Smell: Plum, grape, grapefruit citrus, oak. There's a light wet hay in the aroma as well but the overall funk it pretty subdued.

Taste: Nice tart lactic acidity right upfront. Oak, plum, red wine grapes, tart citrus, and just a slight hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Finishes dry

Overall: I've been wanting to try this for a while and it didn't disappoint. I probably like their gueuze a little better, but this is still an excellent beer.

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Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

I had this a Borefts 2014. I remember that I was quite excited about the beer. Being used to the strong tartness of Cantillon brews, I was surprised to get this nose of quite typical geuze flavors, but more retrained than usually and combined with the scent of sweet plums. The beer tastes tart enough to qualify for the honorary title of "Oude" but with the fruitiness comes along pretty harmonic and drinkable. Like it!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle dated Best By 06/02/2024. Served in a little plastic Holiday Inn cup in Paris. Purchased at some random shop in Brussels.

Pours hazy amber with no head. Fairly carbonated, but little retention. Smell is tart and gueuzey, maybe a little bit of apple.

Taste is quite tart. Lemon, unripe cherries. Very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light but filmy. Overall, very good.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a snifter. 1/29/2023

pale brown color, mild head.

tart, vinegar on the nose. not much plums, but its there. taste is also vinegary and sour. some fruity notes. I'd say blend of a gueuze and fruity lambic. medium bodied and medium carbonation.

overall good, not as good as regular gueuze. high price tag. good once.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most recent vintage. Drank at Torst bar. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a wine glass. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy peach-orange. Lacing is minimal with thin but oily legs. Average. The plum reveals itself here. Nice color.

Nose is a slightly sweet and tart plum, lemon rind, hay, and some funky cheesiness. Wood integrates itself nicely into the aroma. Moderately aromatic but pretty unique.

Lemon rind, tart citrus, apricot, hay, dried wood, a mellow cheesiness and a faint, sweet, tart plum character in the back. Finishes lemon rind and wet wood. Tart on the finish. Pretty gueuze-y but the plum addition, though faint, is noticeable and appreciated. A pretty unique beer though the fruit component isn't too prominent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth with some bubbles and dry going down. Puckering finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Very good.

Tilquin is a very under-the-radar blender at this point. However, make no mistake, their beers are very good and Quetsche is no exception. A plum lambic is very unique and here, its done very well. The fruit is subtle but it works and the aroma, look, and feel round things out nicely. Definitely one of the beer lambics I've had.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.16.13

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a touch of purple. A fizzy light tan head forms with good retention.

S - Subtle funk and earthiness with a hint of sweetness.

T - Same as the nose, tart-tunky and earthy with a hint of fruity sweetness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nice light funk, I wish there was a bit more of it, but great flavor.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy tangerine-red colored ale with but a brief bubbling at the surface off the pour; naught but a slim wisp of film rimmed the edge of the ale

S: fruity and tart - apples, vinegar, plum, and lemon; hints of oak

T: right in stride, brings lots of tart fruit and subtle plum to the tongue; tart apples and drying lemons, dry oakiness

M: slick, slim, and tangy; refreshing, light; acidic tingle and pucker

O: I tried to be moderate here, but this seems to be an ale on top of its style - full of tangy tart fruits, it is clean, fresh, and bright. I'm sure fans of the style know all this - and if you're ready to take on the style, or sour ales in general - this is a great place to start.

This is my first fruit lambic, and I can appreciate that it is an outstanding ale, but didn't feel comfortable going higher in my scores considering my lack of reference points within the style. I don't know that lambics or fruity or sour beers will ever be a go-to for me, but I have really enjoyed them when I've had them. Certainly an enjoyable and easy drinking ale that fans of the style must really dig.

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