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Lambic - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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very good

215 Ratings

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 54
Gots: 40 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-26-2011)
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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2.31/5  rDev -42.3%

Poured into a tulip. 2012 vintage. Like the Rivertown Gueuze I had a little while ago, the cap came off of this way, way, way too easily. While this beer may have been flat anyway, the gueuze should not have been.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed orange brown color. No head.

3.5 S: The nose on this is sharp and acidic. Loads of lactic acid with plenty of acetic underneath. Tangy and fruity with peach and apple. Melon and some vinous notes underneath. Hay and dry woody funkiness, but it doesn't hold a candle up to the acid. Oak without much tannic astringency.

1.75 T: Wow. On the pucker-scale, this one shoots right past mouth-puckering and straight to ass-puckering. Most of the time, the first sip makes a sour beer seem more sour than it is. Your palate needs a couple sips to acclimate back to sours. This beer does not apply. It's fully unbalanced with bracing acidity and unrelenting intensity. I can feel my tooth enamel dripping down my esophagus. If you can taste anything past the acid, you might say this beer is tangy and fruity. Again apple, peach, and vinous fruitiness. Hay and oaky woodiness. It's so damn sour that I can't keep it in my mouth long enough to discern any other flavors.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Not really any carbonation. Drinks like a thick water, which is a nice mouthfeel for a lambic.

1.5 D: If I'm dead tomorrow then it's probably because I finished the bottle by myself. Wholly undrinkable, even for the most seasoned lambic drinkers. I'm not a sour noob, so I'm not overreacting. This may be even less balanced that the Cantillon Kriek I had a while back. Brace yourselves, acid is coming.

06-11-2013 01:40:40 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Bright golden, thin lacing

SMELL: Musty, lemon zest, medicinal, bay leaf, pepper, tart, yeast, oak, faintly vinous

TASTE: Fresh sourness, oak, musty cellar, goaty, yeast, bready, lemon, faint cider, mint, strawberries, mineral

Most brewers steer clear of naming their beer a “Lambic” due to the Senne Valley indigenous affiliation and expectations that come with it. Rivertown is obviously paying homage to the originals with their own twist. From the pop of the cork and an amazing aroma, to the freshness of sourness and oak of the wine barrels, this one is here to impress. Top notch.

01-17-2013 03:50:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

09-01-2012 19:13:08 | More by warnerry
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-28-2012 23:47:54 | More by Skye1024
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

10-03-2012 14:01:42 | More by fo1ksguitar
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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%

CBC Clerkenwell bottleshare

A: Dark orange color. Nice sized white head.
S: Lots of sourness and funky lemons. Pleasant.
T: Not as sour as I was expecting, but I did get tons of hay and funky lemons. Some mild wheat notes to balance it out.
M: Small bodied with medium carbonation. I enjoyed the dry mouthfeel. Pretty effervescent. Refreshing.
O: Very good lambic from Ohio out of all places! Very enjoyable.

07-30-2013 04:07:48 | More by standardcherry
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4/5  rDev 0%

08-10-2012 22:18:37 | More by xdefeatsy
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4/5  rDev 0%

08-01-2013 13:14:54 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-21-2013 17:15:02 | More by jminch
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West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

Rivertown Lambic 2012 

Appears apricot hazed hue with a light white head fine streaming bubbled carbonation. Fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma light fruit hints of cherry peach I'm not sure which fruit this lambic uses, wild yeast notes excellent stuff acidic lactic yogurt notes. Flavors are pungent with tart lively acidity, bitterness from nutty earthy yeast and aged hops rolling complexity with hints of peach/strawberry Chobani yogurt dynamic yeast lively flavors great beer. Mouthfeel bone dry lively carbonation effervescent wine like great finish goes down as uber authentic lambic not like a sugar infused Lindemann, I'm in awe. Overall excellence in a bottle, these brewers are inspired keep the sour wild ale program kicking and you will be successful.

08-09-2013 23:54:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-29-2013 18:05:20 | More by Bizoneill
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-12-2012 01:13:31 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

01-20-2013 14:17:33 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-09-2014 14:07:32 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

06-29-2014 21:34:36 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2012 05:31:46 | More by tylermains
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4/5  rDev 0%

03-10-2013 18:32:39 | More by MADPolo
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4.28/5  rDev +7%

Pours a perfect straw gold, hazy and effervescent.

Very light lacing on the glass. Smell is pungent. Plenty of horse blanket here, lemon rind and ginger in the nose.

Alot of mouthwatering sourness is here in the taste. There's a crisp sour apple flavor that seems to hang on, with hints of lemon or lime pith. Very tasty.

Very dry mouthfeel, almost peppery, and very pleasing.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a Lambic done by Rivertown. I am in love with this beer. It seems to really hit the nail on the head style wise. Its very well done.

05-03-2011 21:41:12 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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4/5  rDev 0%

05-18-2013 21:27:24 | More by Photekut
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4/5  rDev 0%

06-03-2013 16:43:33 | More by GimmeGumballHead
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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

Appearance - Pale hazy body. Not a lot of head. Thin white collar.

Smell - Lemony acidic aroma. Malty. A little grassy.

Taste - Very malty. Lemony sourness that builds. Puckering in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy for a sour. Malty. Pretty sour in the finish.

Overall - Not a complex flavor, but it's decent.

09-24-2013 00:17:01 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev 0%

03-01-2012 20:13:53 | More by FalconA
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-17-2013 12:21:41 | More by hiphopj5
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving me this one during our MASSIVE in-person trade when he came down to visit! Thanks buddy! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon zest, funk, and slight tart fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, lemon rine, lemon zest, citrus, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was really surprised at how citrus/lemon forward this one was. The funk aspect was quite nice on this one and played well with citrus however. My only gripe was that this one wasn't as complex as I would have liked, but still managed to come across as a nice brew to all who tried it. Worth trying if you can find it, and worth seeking out for fans of the style or lemony brew fans.

12-10-2011 02:45:29 | More by thagr81us
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-15-2014 23:13:04 | More by mozim
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Lambic from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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