Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne | Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Brewed by:
Gueuzerie Tilquin
Belgium
gueuzerietilquin.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Fux on 09-30-2012

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Ratings:
1,011
Reviews:
115
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
6.94%
 
 
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition, absolutely stunning. some huge quantity of plums in this gives it just a pink shade and isnt overly fruity or sweet, a testament to its maturity. hazy as orange as it is pink. the nose here is tart from the plums, not sweet, almost not ripe or something, with the lactic funk of quality lambic and the oaky maturity of a well blended gueuze. wishing for nothing else, the flavor just explodes for me, the right mix of sour and funk, its weird and open fermented feeling and farmy and all of that, but its also quite puckery, especially in the finish, but it never really gets acidic or churny in the stomach like many others, its balance there is insane. the fruit adds less than expected, maybe a product of age, but it just adds a touch of sweetness and that tartness you get from the skin of the plum. it really is a cool use of fruit, and an expertly made beer. the tilquin gueuze has come to prominence recently given the sour craze we all seem to be on, but this is a level better than the base beer, its incredible really, one of the better fruited sours i have ever encountered. a beer you have to try to believe.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle at the Accent Lounge (or should I say, local hoarders of this brew?). And hardly a deal at 20+ ducats, either.

This beer pours a hazy, medium pinkish-orange amber hue, with one skinny finger of loosely foamy, bubbly, and stringy off-white head, which leaves a low ring of ebbing setting concrete lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of tart red wine vinegar, a subtle dried prune fruitiness, pleasantly even farmhouse funk, sharp lemon rinds, dry yeast, a rather subdued pale grainy malt, and understated earthy, woodsy, and leafy hops. The taste is more pungently bitter and sour acetic acid-soaked oaken wood, seriously unripe plums (or perhaps lemon - it's a bit hard to tell), gritty pale and wheaty malt, soft notes of horse blanket funk, and weak earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is softly prickly, but generally agreeable and supportive, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in an aerosol frothy sort of way. It finishes still good 'n tart and meekly fruity, which is more than most examples of this subset of the style exhibit.

One more or less well balanced fruit lambic - the guest star doing enough to offset the still heady tart and funky character. It was a bit of a challenge to chase this one down, and as the end cap of my last shopping day of this 2013 Yuletide season, it was totally worth it, I think. Naw, watch me be able to get this at the better bottleshops in the New Year at half the price, the idea of which thankfully doesn't detract too much from the quality or the atmosphere right now.

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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle, served in a 25cL Tilquin tumbler.
Only allowed to settle for 24 hours, a bit longer would probably ensure better clarity.

Opaque orange color with very slight reddish tint from the fruit skins, audibly sizzling carbonation that settles to a smoothly textured blanket of foam on the surface.

Barnyard aromas, oaky sandalwood, mellow fruit. Sightly acidic at first, which mellows after a few minutes.

Taste is oaky and acidic, characteristic yeast from the house barrels lends notes of damp forest floor and citrus. Plum pits and skins are there, not overpowering or overly assertive, but there's a presence that sets it apart from the Oude Gueuze. Plum is such a sweet fruit, but here it's reduced to the acidity of the fruit skins and the slight nuttiness from the pits. Overall it seems a little more oaky than the gueuze somehow, and the citrus character more subdued. A very enjoyable and traditional fruited lambic.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/11/2024. Pours light hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ripe plum, green apple, lemon, lime, hay, straw, grass, white vinegar, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, plums, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big ripe plum, green apple, lemon, lime, hay, straw, grass, white vinegar, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of ripe plum, green apple, lemon, lime, hay, straw, grass, white vinegar, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, plums, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruit lambic style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, plums, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

14/15 season side by side with de Namur

Regular shows more lambic base and is very enjoyable. The Namur is much more sour and tart. Both awesome but my preference goes toward the regular since it isn't as sour and more lambic flavors shine through the fruit. Nice funk, lemon citrus, cobweb, basement must, and wet oak.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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