Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Mûre Tilquin À l’ancienne – Lambic – Fruit at 6.4% ABV

Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Mûre Tilquin À l’ancienne Lambic – Fruit at 6.4% ABV (C$15.34 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, best before 23-Nov-2025, acquired 18-Aug-2016, reviewed 24-Jan-2017)

Appearance: hazy reddish pale to medium amber with a short loose foamy head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: dusty barnyard funk, green apple and plums, lemon, woody and vinous notes. (9/10) Taste: mild to moderate sweet, strong tart, mild funk. (9/10) Palate: light body, prickly to moderate carbonation, very dry tart funky finish. (4/5)

I’m going to continue to damn this with faint praise to some extent, and say it’s very, very good – but hell if I can discern a significant difference between this and the other variants I’ve had, or if I can detect any mûre (blackberry). I want to say it’s about as good as the original (Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne) I’ve had a couple of times now, and slightly better than the avec Prunes de Namur I had last year. Unlike the situation with the avec Prunes de Namur, I don’t find that this one is less bright and tart than the Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne, but rather find it to be an intensely tart yet very well-balanced Lambic, with a lovely dry finish that invites the next sip. Highly recommended. (18/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze

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