The Lamb - Fremont Brewing Company
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2.83/5 rDev -25.1%
Bottle from FalconA. Thanks!
A: Cork comes out with a substantial pop. The pour yields a huge, huge, huge white foaming head. Golden color. Looks pretty nice. PIty it’s somewhat overcarbed.
N: Holy cheddar cheese. This is crazy funky from ten feet away. Some oak, light apricot, and lemon zest fill in the other flavors, but really this about cutting the cheese. Brettanomyces are really chewing this one up.
T: Very, very funky. More of the cheese and a bit of diacetyl. There’s a touch of sourness and there's some grapelike sweetness, but this is mostly funk. Can’t really say it’s good, but it is uh, interesting.
M: Somewhat oily, partly dry, and not great.
O: Pretty substandard for the style. I don’t know that aging this is going to help, either, because it’s already growing overly funky in disproportion to the underlying beer. I hope they re-release it and dial it in.
07-08-2013 03:32:02 | More by writerLJBerg
3.63/5 rDev -4%
A: Poured a goldenish color with a nice white fluffy cap, good amount of bubbles and moderate lacing
S: Yup, brett alright. Apples, pear, grass, barnyard and a mix of light baby diaper and barf
T: Initial taste is a fruit and funky. Fresh orchard fruits like pears, apples. Some emerging hay, grass, baby diaper and funk with a dry lingering finish
M: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation which fits this style. Funkiness lingers on the palate.
O: Really missed th wine barrel influence and it seemd to be a one way Brett street on this beer.
09-10-2012 00:29:14 | More by barleywinefiend
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
Bottle opened on 9.6.12.
A - Pours a nearly clear copper-orange with a large, foamy off-white head that fades very slowly.
S - Mellow funk, wood and mild red wine.
T - Tart cherries, then some buttery popcorn, followed by a woody taste.
D - Tons of carbonation, thin-medium body. A tart buttery finish.
O - I love Fremont, they are usually solid, but this one is not what I was hoping for.
Second bottle opened 10.21.12
More green apple and pear on the nose and tongue. No more popcorn! Still pretty subtle, but mucu, much better.
09-25-2012 05:15:05 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
375ml bottle - sharp design. Corked and Caged tighter than any beer I can recall
appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, hazy pale orange body, thick frothy egg-white fluff with some nice retention
smell: oaky, notes of brett, grassy
taste: I recall having this in January at the Belgian Beer Festival (perhaps sans-barrel aging?) and not being overly impressed. The Lamb has a nice oaky bite with indications of a nice brett strain, but there is an off flavor that I'm assuming is coming from the barrel. In my opinion, this beer would have been much better served in something like a chardonnay barrel, rather than a merlot barrel. Merlot isn't a grape I particularly care for and it seems to be leaving an earthy character that doesnt seem to fit.
mouthfeel: medium, frothy carbonation
overall: good, but not exceptional
09-10-2012 20:38:42 | More by dirtylou
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks a bunch to Derek for sending this beer! Poured into a chalice. There is a huge foamy white head atop a slightly hazy golden straw color. Lots of great lacing here.
The aroma displays the fruitier side of brett; with just a touch of the funky mustiness that is sometimes prominent. The aroma also indicates there may be some mild tartness.
The taste has some nice peppery yeast flavor to go with a touch of citrusy hops to balance out the slightly sweet malt. There is a touch of oakyness in the finish. The brett is really mellow in the flavor.
This is medium bodied, with nice sharp crisp carbonation. This is really good with nice complexity.
10-31-2012 03:57:48 | More by andrewinski1
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
375mL into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a big fluffy white head that leaves behind a few patches of lace; vigorous carb. A few wisps of sediment from a fraction of the last 5% of the bottle make it into the glass before I stop the pour.
Aroma is tart, funky, vinous, a little grassy. Great brett character. Aroma is the best thing about this beer.
Taste leads off with a grainy quality that doesn't quite work for a saison. There's a certain coarseness that conflicts with the refinement of the wine and oak. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Brett gives it a nice dryness. But the overall taste comes off a little flat, dull. As it warms, some crushed aspirin emerges. It's not a bad beer, just doesn't measure up to the top saisons or even top brett-fermented saisons.
Mouthfeel is light, dry. Carbonation tickles the tongue.
Overall, I really like what Fremont tried to do here, and I think they're on the right track. But something—maybe it's in the malt bill, maybe it's the wine barrels—isn't quite working. I've got a few more bottles in the cellar so I'll be interested to see how this evolves over the next couple years.
09-08-2012 05:33:08 | More by draheim
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle. Great to see a beer like this from a local Seattle brewery.
Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderately hazy body and a massively strong effervescence. Head is 3+ fingers of pillowy ivory foam with good retention. Wonderful!
Smell: sweet, very slightly buttery malt with a big dose of farmhouse funk. It's got a grassy character to it and a light hint of tartness as well. The label says "touched by Brettanomyces lambicus", and from this smell, I believe it. The butteriness puts me off a little, but other than that it's quite alluring indeed.
Taste: buttery, grassy, farmhousey and just a tiny bit tart, there's a lot going on here. Honestly the butteriness bothers me less against this particular background, but it still grates on me a little too heavily for my preference.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and a mammoth, mouth-filling creaminess. Kudos!
Overall: this is an interesting and creative Brett-fermented saison. I like it in general, but the diacetyl-type butteriness has got to go.
01-25-2013 03:05:46 | More by flagmantho
3.89/5 rDev +2.9%
Let's see how we're doing a year later.
Took a champagne corker to get the cork out this bitch. Pours golden with a three finger top that falls to a finger quilt of creamy whites. Smells funky with some hay, pineapple, sweet golden apple, soft chardonnary barrel and grape with a hint of grain. It's bitter, grainy, touch of dust, some leather and soily nuts. Thin bodied with high carb and a salivating finish. Better beer than before.
Previous review: 3.5 all the way across. Reviewed on 06SEP12
Just happened to be in town to pick this up!
From the label: "The Lamb is the first release of the Fremont Fermentation Lab, a project of Fremont Brewing created to brew unique small-batch artisan beers, aged in oak and touched by wildness. This saison is brewed with Northwest hops, aged 7 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus to produce pear and apple notes and a distinct but gentle, funky farmhouse character. The Lamb is bottle conditioned and finishes dry and crips. Because Beer Matters!"
Down & Dirty: 2-Row and Wheat malts with Magnum and Cascade hops.
I inquired about the barrels, and was told they are Merlot barrels.
Pours light golden with a solid sheet of fine white foam. Either I'm victim to the power of suggestion, or they hit is spot on with the description here: pears and apples, a hint of wet linen mildew, grass and lemon zest. Flavor initially is dry and woody, with clay like saison yeast flavors, grain, slight bitterness, hints of baking soda and medicinal sharpness. As it warms the merlot tones actually make an appearance, just as the body carries the fullness and silky character a fine merlot has as well. The carb is prickly and moderate with a slick finish. The flavor of the finish is relatively long and holsters some of the barnyard aspects I would like more of up front. Overall the beer is okay, I'd like to hear what the Saison experts out there think of this one. I think the beer was worth the trip, and I'm interested to see how this matures.
08-08-2013 04:06:06 | More by harrymel
The Lamb from Fremont Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.