The Quetsche Tilquin à l’ancienne is a spontaneous fermentation beer obtained from the fermentation of destoned fresh purple plums 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.
Final Rating: 4.65/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
March 2015 vintage poured from a 375mL bottle into a Tilquin Tumbler. Acquired as an extra in a trade with CSO, thank you!
Pours a cloudy orange body with a purple tinge, a somewhat fizzy two finger white head reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention. The orange/purple/maroon-ish body is beautiful.
Aromas are fruit forward and funky – definitely get fruit here, not sure I could pick out plums if you didn’t tell me but I’d definitely guess there to be stone fruit in here. Funky tartness, oak, acetic aromas.
On the tongue it’s absolutely fantastic – Upfront is are tart sour apple notes mixed with a light woodyness and some funky barnyard, over-ripe fruits, dry white wine, the follow through is very tart and dry, finishing with citrus and lactic notes. Not as carbonated as expected, medium-light, easy drinking body.
I was very impressed with this offering – the “fresh” lambic character including bright fruit and a crisp tartness was really nice. Would be interested in seeing what a few years would do.