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Brewed by Gueuzerie Tilquin
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Rebecq-Rognon, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Quetsche Tilquin à l’ancienne (6.4% alc / vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer obtained from the fermentation of destoned fresh purple plums (variety Prune de Namur or Quetsche véritable d’Alsace, close to the Damson) in a blend of 1 and 2 years old lambics for a period of 4 months. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, it is re-fermented in the bottle for a minimum period of 3 months. The lambics used were fermented and matured in our own oak barrels at the blendery. They are made from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon. The taste is slightly tart but also fruity and round which makes this Quetsche à l’ancienne may be more accessible for non-experts or less sophisticated palates. It also has a slight dryness from the skin of the plums. The nose perceives a plum brandy perfume.

First batch (2012) with a BB date of 23/02/2022 is made with ’Prune de Namur’ and limited to 500 bottles.

Second batch (2013) limited to 5000 * 75cl and 10000 * 37,5cl.


JoeinDahlem's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeinDahlem (1350) - Berlin, Berlin, - NOV 14, 2012
From bottles, at the brewery. Hazy orange-amber with the impression of a pinkish hue. Nose of plum liquor, lemons, grapefruits and must. Sparkling and tart, floral and juicy, with the suggestion of red-grapeskin tannin. Finishes dry. That perfumed impression of fine plum schnapps is pleasant and stands throughout. Superb piece of work, an interesting and somewhat intense drinking experience.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Lambic funk pierces the juicy plums in this balanced, nicely fruity example.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the pale red murk.
-Carbonation is relatively low.
-This is very tasty and rustic, but cannot reach the heights of their Gueuze, for me, in terms of refinement and complexity.
-Prices for this in North America are absurdly high.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (115) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2015
Pours hazy orange yellow.. Nice combination of mineral fruity plum and wild yeast. Elegantly fruity - no over the top sweet fruits. Flavours follow suit with fresh mouthsmacking acidity and ballanced fruity flavours. Drinks pretty easy and nothing scary sourwise.. Like it a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (691) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
2013 vintage, from bottle. Cloudy peach color head, soapy off white head, intense citrus, lot’s of funk, barnyard. Very sour hints of funk, fruit, apricot, delicious.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
King_Alex_II (305) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Muddy brown red colored with no foam. The smell reminds of sour old feet, temptingly beautiful. The taste is dry and insanely sour, without lacking the fruit flavors of apple and a bit of prune in the finish. The carbonation is fine and omnipresent, i.e. perfectly matched for my taste. Very worth it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (564) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2015
2013/2014 vintage. Orange color with small head that goes down quickly. A bit of the plums, oak, good funk. Taste is intense, first the old cheese bit, then red apple tartness (reminds me of Girardin), and in the back, more soft plums. Very complex. I am willing to give this one a 10 in the taste, now that I’ve found the plum in the taste. Not disappointing, and I had very high expectations. Lovely!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rodbod (51) - SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
This is why I drink beer. So much flavour, so complex, so interesting, blooming delicious. Sour, oaky, lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rodenbach99 (3397) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Une bouteille partagée. 06-02-2024. Un liquide brun orange, pas le plus beau mais il fait le travail. Un superbe nez de fruit nous saute au visage, les fruits laisse place à de léger brett. La bouche est tout simplement superbe avec des prunes qui laissent une impression d’éternité en bouche. Cette bouche qui n’est pas trop acide, juste assez ! Des saveurs de prunes qui rappellent les beignes de Wawel. Une finale sèche sur les fruits. Une bière délectable, du grand art. À reboire encore et encore.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2222) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Pours hazy light amber with low to no head. No lacing. Aroma is of peaches, fruits, acid, cheese. Taste is of sourness, peaches, fruits, tartness, acid, some barnyard notes, plums I guess. Palate: Light-medium body. Soft carbonation. Well balanced. Overall: Packed with fruits. Not overdone. Nice tart stuff. Outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PlutonowyMan (68) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Oude Quetsche Tilquin - zapach, w którym mo?na doszuka? si? w?dzonych, suszonych ?liwek, z delikatn? nut? pomara?czy, zapewne st?d te? troch? bardziej intensywna barwa piwa - bursztynowa. Smak przenosi nas w czas ?wi?t Bo?ego Narodzenia, kompot z suszek czyli tak jak wspomina?em wcze?niej suszone ?liwki i pomara?cze, pycha. Idealne na ?wi?ta.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (289) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to Echobeer! Pours like a margarita - very layered and colourful in appearance, there are sharper and rather vivid tones of grapefruit red at the bottom of the glass progressively getting lighter to a peachy colour on the top. Minimal white head which quickly disappears. Aroma is lime, funk and slight hay. Taste is tart initially, quickly followed by lip-puckering sourness which then leads on to under-ripened plums. Finish is quite dry.


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