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 russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

BBD of 06/02/24; hell I , might not make it that long, let's get to it!

Pours a murky amber with a sliver of ivory colored head. Clears nicely, no lacing & not much head retention

S: Sourness, grassiness, some metallic notes when warm, a little bit of plummyness as well

T: Tartness, a little raspberry, sour cherry, plus sourness. Sourness & tartness are through the roof, slight acidic notes as well. Faint leafy hops fighting through the choke cherry & raspberry as this warms, much woody dryness too. Finishes with mouth numbing sourness/tartness

MF: Light/medium body, delicate carbonation, feels like the enamel is coming off my teeth!

Drinks great, be ready for puckery sourness, so refreshing. Nailed the style

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Photo of vfgccp
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

'13-'14 bottle, opened Apr '15

A - Hazy, ruby grapefruit juice and plum skin body. Low white head settles quickly with low retention and lace.

S - Wow, what an incredible nose. Honey, cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, yellow raisins, tart grape skins, dry wood and a pleasantly sharp acidic sourness. The complexity is remarkable for the style.

T - Dry, tanniny opening with bread crust, acidic lemons, tart plum skins, and a touch of cinnamon and allspice. Fantastic flavor profile. Really unique for the style.

M - Smooth, almost creamy, and super dry.

O - Absolutely stellar with wonderful complexity and balance.

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Photo of papat444
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

***2014 Vintage*** 500TH DIFFERENT BREWERY ON BA!

Best before 17/06/2024.

Looks exactly like grapefruit juice in the glass. Tart flavor with some sweet fruit. From the first sip it prickles the tongue, very good stuff.

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Photo of ACarp
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Not much of a looker, poured a cloudy apricot with little head

very cantillon-esque in its aggressive tartness, not terribly much funk though. notes of plum skins and slight hint of plum sweetness. a very unique lambic and one that id buy again in a heartbeat

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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 dar482
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light orange color.

The flavor hits of slight stone fruit and tart plum, then onto tart and funk. A bit of oak drying.

A balanced brew with a restrained fruit quality.

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Photo of superspak
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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Photo of antott0523
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange around the edges to ruby red in the middle. The color spectrum found upon sinking your teeth into semi ripe plum. No visible carbonation and no head, but the color imparted upon this beer from the plums makes it one of the most attractive beers I've seen.

S: Incredibly complex nose ranging from sweet and sour to earthy and grassy. Citrus notes of grapefruit and plum. Sugary notes of powder and pixy stix. Musty notes of wet hay, followed by green tea and lemon grass.

T: Oak, grapefruit juice, unripened plum, dry white wine and a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice. More tart and acidic than sweet, and less complex than the nose. Flavorful.

M: Moderate mouthfeel and semi dry.

H: Highly drinkable. Complex as all hell nose and straightforward, yet flavorful and refreshing flavor.

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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 Tele
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
2013-2014 Vintage

A: 4.5 The color is a hazy, yet very pretty ruby grapefruit with a one-inch white head. Not much retention and not as carbonated as expected.

S: 4.25 Funky right up front with lots of hay and oak. After the initial funk, the lemon and pepper aromas are very similar to their gueuze. The fruit is pretty mild and seems more like a compliment to the funk rather than the main event. However, there is a subtle medicinal quality unique to this beer (and other fruited sours) that’s absent in the gueuze.

T: 4.5 Like the nose, funk, lemon, pepper, and oak dominate. The fruit comes in a bit more than the nose but doesn’t taste like strongly like plum. Rather, the plum brings a very light berry flavor that goes very well with the gueuze-like qualities of the base beer. The balance of this beer is very nice as the initial sourness is transitioned smoothly into a mild sweetness on the finish.

M: 4.25 The body on this beer is excellent and there’s a nice dry finish, but overall, it really feels undercarbonated. I thought this was going to be a gusher and was expecting a lively beer, but it could really use a bit more.

O: 4.5 I didn’t really know what to expect with this beer and was pleasantly surprised with it. I thought this might be like a kriek a more plummy flavor, but it’s very different. The flavors and aromas I love in their gueuze are present here with subtle fruity flavors. It’s rare to have a unique beer that this well-balanced.

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Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick, opaque light-colored brew (orange/peach), topped by a thin white head.

Extremely funky aroma: sharp and acrid, quite musty.

Aroma carries over to the flavor, which is very funky and sharp up front. Fruit peel - but no sweetness - sneaks into the mid-palate, mingling with yeast and light, wheaty malts. Finally, just when I was about to abandon the thought, tart and sweet plums start to shine on the finish.

Remarkably discrete progression of flavors.

Lively brew, slightly sticky, otherwise lighter mouthfeel. Quite puckering.

This is a very nice Gueuze/Lambic before the plums even come into play. Once they do, they add a nice, unique twist to the brew. I could use more plum flavor, certainly, but this is a very tasty beer.

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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 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 MattSweatshirt
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly fresh bottle.

Hazy orange. Think some yeasties got in. White head.

Smells like super solid lambic blend with juicy plum sitting nicely above in the bouquet.

Plenty of tartness and sour resonates through the palate. Dark plum flavor comes through. Citric and stone fruit in the lambic that also has a musty funk.

Plenty dry, active carbonation.

The dude behind Tilquin is amazing. This is great stuff.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing offering by Guezerie Tilquin. 2014 750ML Poured into Tilquin Tumbler

The look of this beer is an golden opaque orange and slightly purple color. Very little head, but with age, a thicker head will undoubtedly be present. This is not a drawback, as this fruited Lambic is outstanding. On the nose: baby plums and grapefruit seem to dominate. Some orange peel, and classic barnyard funk.

Taste is similar to the nose, and the sourness balanced with the fruit will remind you of any world-class Lambic you have had before. There is a spicy and dry finish that rounds out the experience quite well. The sourness does not overwhelm whatsoever in this beer.

The mouthfeel is akin to Cantillion Saint Lamvinus. The dry finish is almost identical. This beer is soft in the mouth as well as going down. Some people claim that this beer isn't too fruit forward, I disagree, if you have ever plucked a baby plum and eaten it on a farm, this beer will remind you of that experience verbatim. An unbelievable Lambic that really shows the talent of the fresh on the scene blender Pierre Tilquin. I have purchased this over and over, and have many in my cellar.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a murky, turquoise purplish red color, with a small fizzy head, and no lacing.

Smells very, very sour, it stings my nose. Very tart aroma-wise, tons of plum, some lactic acid. It smells incredibly musty, too, in a great way.

This tastes awesome. The plums are really strongly forward here, leading to it being much fruitier and jammier than I expected. It's definitely sour, but not as strongly as I expected. It's musty and slightly chalky, and it just tastes...damp, if that makes sense. Awesome.

This is fairly light bodied, with a really juicy and tart mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate. It's really drinkable.

This lived up to the hype. Quite tasty.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a dark green 750 mL bottle with a classic cork & cage topper. The label on the neck indicates that this is a 2013 vintage. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - a moderately aggressive pour yields and effervescent and highly dynamic head about a finger and a half deep, but it doesn't stay that large for long, dissipating fairly quickly to leave a fizzy ringlet around the edge of the glass and no film or lacing. The foam is mostly white, with just the slightest cherry pink hue to it. The body, on the other hand, isn't subtle in the slightest, providing a bright reddish-pink tone, reminiscent of red grapefruit flesh/juice. Around the bottom of the glass, there is a slight lightness to the hue, and the overall body is cloudy, with zero visibility through the murk.

Smell (4.25) - Wonderful aromas of musty, funky wood and sharp acidity from the lacto and souring bacteria, and while you can definitely detect notes of red plum, my only complaint is that it's not present enough. The acidity and notes of red wine vinegar dominate the subtle touch of fruit. The finish brings to mind hints of granny smith and lemon zest.

Taste (4.5) - Perhaps the plums were hiding in the aroma in order to appear with fanfare on the tongue. The subtle notes of plum have now grown into a more robust representation of the fruit. It's a good fruit to choose, because for all it's shyness on the aroma, the touch of tartness from a ripe red plum is very complementary to the more piercing tones of the souring bacteria and wood aging. Some faint vinous notes give a slightly jammy characteristic to the taste.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Light bodied and moderate to low carbonation--with just enough to put on a show of head at the beginning before hiding away. The feel provides moderate puckering, and the finish is very dry.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic beer, and while I'm not surprised, given the adeptly done Gueuze Tilquin, the plum adds a fantastic depth to the otherwise classic sour beer. Not too many are doing plum lambics, but based on the taste of this one, perhaps more brewers should be.

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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 wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged 2013/14 bottle poured into tulip 19/10/14

A murky orange amber, the bubbles cling to the side of the glass in a big way, no much for head or lace

S heavy funk, plum, some strawberry, hay, more funk, vinegar, sour apple, barn yard, a little cereal, faint wood and more funk

T more of the same with more vinegar and sour apple, very funky, some lemon, not as fruity as the nose but still crazy complex, hard to wrap your head around

M tart and sour, slick almost to the point of slimy on the palate, lots of bubbles, the puckers strong almost turning my mouth inside out, funk and green apple linger for ages

O shes a sour alright, lots going on that's for sure, I could drink another and even with the hefty price tag I think a few will end up in the cellar

Another nice little rarity added to the crowded shelves in Alberta, I don't need too trade anymore if I just wait long enough everything will just come to me

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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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 JayQue
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good sour. Pours a reddish orange very hazy color with almost no head or head retention. Plenty of dark sediment at the bottom of the flute.

The key aspects of this beer are aroma and taste. A mixture of sweet dark fruit (the plums I guess) and a vinegary sourness that is prominent but not over done.

Mouthfeel is tart and crisp. I detected a little alcohol and some peppery spicing too.

If you want to call a tart slow sipper as "goes down easy", then this beer goes down easy.

Overall, an exceptional sour beer.

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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 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 coriswrasse
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle into two snifters. Best before 6/2/24!!
Pours a hazy orange to dark peach color. No head, just a film. Good carbonation.
Smell is horse funk and sour plum. Taste is amazing sour plum and funk with hints of other fruitiness. Mouth-feel is light to medium body with at first a sweet feel and then straight to tartness from acid dry.

What a awesome beer! A must have, must buy and must covet.

I think the bottle pictured is from the first batch of the Quetsche as stated in the contributors review. Plum/Quetsche now has a notation line below the last line of text and above the fluid oz number saying brewed with plums.

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Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L'Ancienne from Gueuzerie Tilquin
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,002 ratings.
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