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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Added by Fux on 09-30-2012

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Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a lambic tumbler.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orang-ish amber color. A solid head of off-white froth. Decent retention.

(S)- An intense acidity meets some very dry oak. Some chessy funk meets subtle plum fruits.

(T)- A nice sour acidity level. A great oaky funk dryness as well. Plum fruits are extremely subtle. Finishes ever so slightly sweet and fruity.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Everything is right where it should, I just wish the plums showed up more I guess, but the base is excellent.

(O)- Easily a great lambic for sure, just not as fruit forward as I had hoped it could be. Nonetheless, the base is superb and has a great balance to it.

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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 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 Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Top of cage cap says BB 06-2024.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that soon dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Somewhat medicinal aroma of lactic acid, stone fruit and a bit of oak.

T- Good punch of sour with some slightly sweet honey and fruit trailing. Moderate funk presence with a clean finish. Easy to drink but lacking funky complexity.

M- Very dry with a solid amount of pucker. Medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- Not as good as the regular Tilquin IMO. I get a bit too much of the cough syrup quality in the nose that I get out of a lot of fruited lambics. Also, there wasn't as much funk as in the original I feel. Don't get me wrong, this is a great gueuze, but I'm drinking it side-by-side with a Hanssens Oude Gueuze and the Hanssens is clearly better.

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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 Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from the 2012-2013 vintage (as on the label), poured into a GLBC snifter today, 1/12/2014.

Appears like a typical gueze. Straw yellow+orange, hazy, with a very dense yet expansive white head that retains incredibly well. Lacing starts but eventually drops in.

Smells fantastic. So intensely tart and acidic- vinegar and lactate are both here. There is a nice fruit sweetness that isn't intense or overpowering. There is a lot of barnyard funk along with some wooden oak. Very complex, but some of the components are still so intense. Really love the smell, though the acidity of the nose falls off a bit in intensity as it warms.

Flavourwise, very tart and acidic like in the nose. Lemon zest, vinegar, faint plum juices, lots of barnyard funk and horse blanket. Earthy and oakey on the end. Very complex and very enjoyable.

Thinner bodied, typical for a lambic. Good carbonation, a bit creamy and gets more creamy as it warms up while keeping the finish dry. Some may like that, some may not. But very good mouthfeel. A nice earthy horseblanket covers the palate on the back end.

Really nice fruit lambic that has an incredibly strong geuze character with the plums being complementary. If you see this on the shelf, you should strongly consider buying it as it is a whole other level beyond the regular Tilquin geuze. It can be expensive, but I would argue that it's a world class lambic that deserves to command the asking price.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden bodied beer with short lived white head that drops down to no head quickly. Smells of acetic sourness, minerals, and a light funk. Taste is much the same as the nose with the additions of a light plum flavor. medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Fairly dry just slightly more than semidry finish. 6.5 out of 10 on a sourness scale. This reminds me a lot of regular Tilquin. I would have liked a little more plums since this was brewed with plums.

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

Bottle, 2012-2013 vintage, best by 24 Jan 2023, which should put this at what, 20 months old?

Pouring a mostly clear reddish plum (ha!) with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is lambic, alright. Quite funky with a blend of earth, mushroom, grapefruit peel, a mild sulfury note that dissipates rapidly. Ripe lemons. The plum character is quite delicate, a mild perfumey,sweet plum/nectar/ sugar character. Some skin bitterness is also perceived. A faint cotton candy sweetness also appears once the beer has had time to breathe. Excellent.

The palate opens very sour with a blend of lemon and lactic acids, biting, sour, cleansing and refreshing. The sourness segues into the mellow fruitiness - plums, mild peach, grapefruit and juicy lemons. The plum character is delicate and ephemeral, with a blend of sugar, juice, ripe purple dandy pluots (those are all I have on hand to compare to), and is most noticeable juts before the finish. Moderately funky, though not as strong as the nose would suggest, there's must, mushroom and petrichor. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes long with a blend of plum sweetness, vanilla sugar and grapefruit peel. Excellent.

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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 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 Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thank you to Jeffo!! 750ml 2012/2013 bottle

Appearance. Pours a rich, hazy orange-amber with a very slight tint of blue. Topped with a finger of white head.

Smell. Lovely sour prune plums (reminds me of picking them from my grandpa's trees when I was young), musty woody funk, berries and light orchard fruits. Very nice.

Taste. Sour prune plums again, very woody and lightly musty funk, lime juice and a bit of sour berries. Fantastic stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body ...maybe more on the light side. Fine medium carbonation.

Overall. I was expecting this to be good, but it's exceed those expectations. These plums make an amazing lambic. Thanks again Jeffo!!!

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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 dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge

I figured locating this one at a remotely reasonable price in the US was unlikely so I was pleased to find one at a reasonable price in this landmark beer bar. "250 grams of plums per liter of lambic" - this impacts all aspects of the beer, starting with its deep orange/pink body down to its tart fruity nose and finish. Plum seems to be a nice, and possibly underused, ingredient in lambic due to the nice balance of tartness and sweetness. Tasty.

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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 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 popery
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an red-orangish brown color. Probably a bit too red for a wood stain, but it would be a bright cherry pine, kinda garish, really. No real head. We're in lambic country, so normal rules do not apply, not that I'm much of a believe in appearance ratings. The aroma is plum jam on top of mild vinegar and gueuze funk, but the fruit is dominant. The plum smell is on the apricot end of the plum world. It definitely smells like plums, but there's a fair bit of variation within plums. This beer smells more like what is sold as fresh French prunes, around here, rather than the juicier, sweet-tart Santa Rosa plum that I more closely associate with the fruit, though I have no idea what Tilquin actually used, of course. The funk is mildly cheesy with some nice horse blanket tendencies bouncing around (it's been too long since I used "horse blanket" in a review). The taste is light to medium tart with more of that fruit flavor. It's still relatively sweet and a tad lacking in flavor for what I expect from a plum sour, but I don't mean that as a knock. It's just a tad different than expected. The fruit flavor is refined and melds nicely with the tartness. There's a big lemony note. The vinegar tartness is actually pretty restrained, and there's none of that back-of-the-throat burn that many American sours suffer from. Tilquin does a magnificent job balancing the flavors, showing off that quality lambic brewer touch. Carbonation is normal. Mouthfeel is a tad slick with fruitiness. Moderate pucker. I quite enjoyed this beer. It's not a dramatic beer, but it has a lovely fruit flavor and oozes lambic complexity and refinement.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy red orange color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-plums, funk, vinegar, slight sweetness, little oak

T-plums, tart apples, funky, light wheat malt, oaky, little sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart with a slight dryness to the finish

O-great fruit lambic, another great beer from this brewery

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Photo of jrenihan
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB Jan 29, 2023. I am a big fan of the Tilquin Gueuze and was very excited to try this.

The beer is hazy orange. Small white head. Recedes slowly.

Nose contains funky yeast, a beautiful scent. Plum is strong. The yeast is heavy but moderated by the plum. Lots going on.

The taste is beautiful. Funky yeast, moderately soue. Lots of plum, but wonderfully integrated into the funk. Other fruits as well. Very dry. Finish is all horse blanket funk, with some plum. Wow! Really good.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Drying and refreshing. Very crisp.

Overall, terrific. A lovely beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the Tour de Geuze 2013 at Tilquin. Consumed while brewing up an IPA the other day. I've learned that lambic is excellent for morning brewdays.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Batch 2 (2012-2013)
250g of plumbs per liter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy, opaque scarlet red with a small, medium looking off-white or light pink head that quickly fades to a half wisp and ring. No carbonation visible. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end and leave dots of lacing down the glass. Nice looking for sure.

SMELL: Tart lemon and slightly acidic sourness on the nose, with light plumbs fruitiness and some mild funky notes, but more tart lemon and sweet plumbs here.

TASTE: Lemon tartness and slightly acidic sourness up front, which is expected from Tilquin. Very nice. Fruity sweetness accompanies some tart lemon and citrus flavors at the swallow, and then some sweet plumbs come through nicely at the finish. Bold and clean aftertaste is slightly funky with tart sourness and sweet plumbs balancing the sour acidity. Very nice, and very well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite dry. A hint of astringency lingers long after the swallow.

OVERALL: This was excellent. A lovely and well-measured dose of plumb sweetness balanced the tart sourness and Tilquin acidity perfectly. This was very complex, enjoyable and easy to drink. A pretty lambic to look at as well. I should have loaded up on this when at Tilquin, but hopefully I run into more of this at some point. Well worth tracking down and worth drinking now while fresh. Highly recommended.

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

Best before: 29/01/2023

Pours a very lightly hazed orange with a fine white ring of a head. Aromas of dusty funk, plummy sweetness, lemons, apples, wet hay, and spicy wood. First sip really brings a bold sour fruit flavor...less mustiness, more citrus acidity. Lemon, grapefruit, light oak, and vinegar. Light, acidic, and super dry on the gums like all Tilquin offerings. Quite a nice Lambic, but I still prefer their Gueuzes.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a thin off white head that settles down pretty quickly.

S: This just gives you so much to process. It's incredible. Has the great slightly cheesy funk and sharp tartness that the classic Tilquin has, but it also has this overlying spicy oak barrel and sweet red plum aroma to it that's amazing.

T: It starts by just stabbing the crap out of your tongue with tart lemon flesh, grapefruit and green plum skin. Then it kind of evolves into this rich middle, filled with barnyard, green apple, underripe kumquat and just a little touch of damp barrel. Leaves a lingering lemon/tart green apple note on your tongue that just sticks forever without being unpleasantly sour. This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL poured into a tulip.

The funk is strong with this. Not hugely fruity either on the nose or palate, but the beer has a pulpy thick feel mid-palate to go with a potent but well-placed tartness.

This beer is great for it's cleanness and nice wine-like drinkability.

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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 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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