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

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RATINGS: 409   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.


JorisPPattyn's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8226) - Ursel, - NOV 7, 2012
Small, but relatively stable yellowish-beige head over fully cloudy orange-ochre beer. Farmyard odour, hard leatherfat, citrus (lemon especially); only very faintly fruity, all the more gueuze-y. Sharp lemony flavour; flowery, fruitzeste, again - if restrained - leatherfataroma as a flavour. Finish is rather abrupt, just the lemony sourness tangentially fleeting. Sharpish, very tart, dry-out effect to quite some extent. Maybe medium bodied still. Phenomenally refreshing. Just as experienced with other (non-lambic) quetche beers, there’s not a very distinct, recognisable fruitflavour. What remains is a superb lambicbeer... bettering all the time @ Tilquin. Grand merci à Jean ML


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2963) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2015
(Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne) Poured from a bottle at Borefts Festival. Pale orange to red/pink colour on the body, quite hazy and murky. Last pour of the bottle maybe? Small off-white head with low retention, leaving light lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, fruity, light wheat, grass. Very nice taste, moderate sour with some red grapes. Medium thin body, quite carbonated. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hallstein (220) - Skogn, NORWAY - APR 18, 2015
37,5cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours a really nice murky and bright red/pink color with aromas of plums, sour green apples and a perfumy brett with some barnyardy, musky and mossy notes. The first that hits my mouth is that the carbonation is really soft and the mouthfeel is soft. Flavor has perfumy sour plums, vanilla with slight wood, not particularily sour, with a nice fruity finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2537) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2015
Bit of bacterial fur around the brim and cork, hope that’s not a bad omen! Into a chalice at just on cool. Murky and opaque with little evident life and a shallowing white foam. Nose is brett. dominated, sour and horsey with inklings of sawdust and dry oak, moss and hessian. There is plenty of tart and tight fruit on the nose too, piercing the olfactories with a perfume musk. Very light bodied and soft on the palate. Sharp, oak and damp moss notes underlie the fruit of the nose. There is softer Lambic notes showing wheat and Brett. hessian and horse mane character but it is in balance with all that is going on. The finish is remarkably dry with a vinous, white grape astringency that twists thee tongue just a little. This is met by residual fruit which draws on the salival glands and replenishes the palate. This is a fantastic fruit Lambic. I got to get a few more bottles of this vintage. Loved it! (2013 vintage, 37,5cL, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1537) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 12, 2015
Light amber with a small white head - Sour wood aroma - Sour malr, wood and small hints of fruits - Long sour finish - This was good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dodskenta (43) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2015
37,5 cl bottle at home(2013/2014). Pours a hazy copper red color, got no head at all.Nose is very interesting, getting that classic funk, wet hay, manure, plums, lemon, getting some burnt rubber here aswell. Flavour is very nice and well balanced, initially getting the funk, the not over the top sour fruitiness comes after and an oaky character follows, somewhat vinous. A bit dry finish with a plum-forward aftertaste. Little carbonation and overall very easy going. This was indeed tasty and a well balanced lambic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (477) - USA - APR 8, 2015
A hazy brownish copper with a light pink hue, no head. Smells of sour funk, perm, plum, vanilla, cinnamon, peppermint. Taste is a light fruit sour, some barnyard funk, cheesy hops, some salt. Very little carbonation, somewhat dry, refreshing and light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
corkyrory66 (804) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2015
Lambic dans lequel on a mis des prunes à raison de 250 gr par litre. Titre abv de 6,4 %. Fermentation spontanée bien sûr, non filtrée, non pasteurisée. Couleur orangé abricoté, avec un voile assez important Bulles moyennes, un peu partout, pas vraiment nombreuses. Mousse qui est un nappage blanc assez ténu. Arômes de vinaigre fort, poire au vin, lambic, rien d’autre … (où sont passées les prunes?). 1ère bouche liquide et affreuse, du vinaigre à crier au secours !! Arrière-bouche qui n’arrête pas la grimace. 2ème aigre, c’est vraiment très vilain. Arrière-bouche sans aucun intérêt, et sans la moindre prune !!! 3ème inqualifiable .. Arrière-bouche d’une nullité époustouflante. Longueur sur l’acide sulfurique, gomme arabique, béton pas sec … horrible. Jambes tout à fait lisses. Levure de très faible niveau. Alcool inutile, et de toute façon inopérant. Finale sans nom. CONCLUSION : une horreur au sens propre et étymologique du terme, sans la moindre nuance de prune... Pour buveur de vinaigre !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1101) - Rome, ITALY - APR 5, 2015
375ml bottle shared @Mad For Beer (Rome) with ippopotamo36. Pours a deep amber color, a bit unclear, with a medium white foam. Aroma is wild yeasts, barnyard, fruits (apricot, plum), nice. Flavour is sour with some fruits notes, quite balanced and easy to drink. Medium body, medium to low carbonation. Maybe it’s a bit too "young" but very good!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - 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 (127) - 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.


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