Lambrucha - Vanberg & DeWulf
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3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Blind Beer #1 from Khazadum, with the text: "Number 1! I think... No. I know! This... this is the best way to start this partay." I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.
Glassware recommendations say flute or stange, so in it goes into my Sam Adams Infinium flute.
A - The bottle is a 750ml champagne bottle with green glass and a green, oversized cap on it. No cork so I think that eliminates Fantome... After popping the cap, it sprays a little bit, but it's not a gusher thankfully. It's tough to pour as if you go slowly, it just dribbles down the side of the bottle, but if you pour quickly, you are left with 95% foam, 5% liquid in the flute. After some tricky decanting, I'm left with a glass full of a strange colored liquid. I would best describe it as runoff storm water. It sort of looks like a peach wine cooler, or white grape sparkling wine. It has that in-between color of peach, yellow, orange, and clear. It's a little bit hazy, and there is a ton of carbonation rushing to the surface. The head is 2.5-fingers of foam consisting of tightly packed bubbles with some bigger ones flaring out at the top. Retention is solid, probably thanks to the carbonation. Not much lacing, however, as the foam rather sticks to the rest of the liquid. (4/5)
S - My first smell had me thinking what the hell this was. Due to the bottle shape and the first sniffs I had when opening it, I figured this may be a gueuze, but there's something... off about it. I'm getting some more traditional funky aromas, especially at first, such as horse blanket, old cheese, and strangely smelling feet, but there's some spice added to this too, I think. There's definitely something peppery and herbal about this. I'm thinking it's rosemary. After letting it warm up and smelling it more, I'm almost positive there's rosemary or thyme in this. (3.5/5)
T - This has a very interesting taste and it's not entirely what I was expecting. I'm thinking maybe my original guess of gueuze may be wrong here, as it's not really all that sour. It's more tart than that, but I could be off as I haven't had many gueuzes... Again, the pepper and spice is back in full force, and I'm sticking with my original guess of rosemary. The back-end has more of a sour kick than the front. Besides the spice I'm not getting a whole lot else here. (3.5/5)
M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with high carbonation. This goes down pretty easily and the carbonation adds a pop to it in the mouth. The aftertaste and finish leaves a slight puckering in the mouth and is tart. (4/5)
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. At first I took my time with this beer, but as I drink it and it opens up, the flavors coalesce better and it's actually pretty pleasant to drink. Even so, it will be pretty tough to drink this whole bottle alone so I think I may save some for later on. (3.5/5)
Honestly I'm kind of stuck here. My heart is telling me to guess gueuze, but my mind's telling me no.
The reveal: Vanberg & Dewulf Lambrucha. Damn. I wanted to say I got some kind of tea in here but just chalked it up to rosemary. Never had an unblended lambic before and I really messed up the gueuze guess though!
I love this BIF already!
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2011 02:10:46 | More by nhindian
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4.06/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A 750 poured into my Newport Storm balloon glass. A cloudy yellow pour capped with a one finger head that fades quickly.
Standing over the glass on the counter, I could smell it's funky aroma. I can't really place it. Reminds me of a berlinerweiss.
After craving something light and low octane, the sour/tart/funky taste is really doing it for me. I'm glad I picked this up today.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2013 23:42:23 | More by Brendog9
Lambrucha from Vanberg & DeWulf
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