Lambrucha - Vanberg & DeWulf

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 214
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  3.50% ABV

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-17-2010

Blend of two ancient and unique fermented beverages, Lambic and Kombucha. Brewed and bottled at De Troch by Vanberg & DeWulf.
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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to stop in at the raved-about, The Map Room and immediately felt right at home. Amazing tap & bottle selection. This place warrants a visit all on it's own, but a quick stop for a Vanberg & DeWulf's Lambrucha was just what I needed to strip away all the Mexican fats & flavors of Arturo's tacos. It's probably one of the most refreshing beers I have ever tried! Two of my favorite yeasty fermented flavors (lambic & kombucha) blended into one low ABV, palate cleansing beverage. Highly recommended if you can find it (apparently it's only currently available in Chicago). (585 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75cl bottle poured into several tulip glasses. A big thanks to Tony for opening up this beer late into a great May tasting.

It pours a hazy golden straw with a bright white head that lasts for a while.

The smell is one of the most interesting things to pass over my nose. While I've had a lot of lambics and drank a lot of tea I am completely unfamiliar with kombucha but very interested. This smells just like it should. It's as if a straight lambic and a black tea got mixed 50/50. It's almost impossible to grade it according to a style but it's totally up to personal preference. In this case I'm all over this blend.

The taste is an intense grapefruit/lemon tart and sourness. There is just a ton of lemon taste to this beer. The tea influence then becomes noticeable. This beer just is the most interesting mindfuck of a beer I've ever had. These two fermented beverages blend perfectly in my mind and I absolutely love this beer and think this isn't the last you see of beer and kombucha blended together. (1,015 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a big, fizzy/foamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A super strong, tart, sour aroma. Very, very aromatic.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, other light fruits, some alcohol esters, a little hops and the advertised tea thrown in. This last element is very mild by comparison. Very tart and a little sour, but extremely vibrant, complex and flavorful.

M: A whole lot of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: One of most interesting lambics I've tried in a while. Very focused and very easy to drink. (654 characters)

Photo of volklshred
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a wine glass.

a-When i popped the cap it sprayed a sandy/dirt like substance everywhere. It was off putting to say the least, however, the beer poured just fine. The color was that of pineapple juice and totally opaque.

s-Tart grapes, candy, vinegar, citrus fruit, and of coarse tea.

t-I am very impressed by the taste. Much of the nose matches the taste. Fresh citrus fruit juice and a tart vinegar funk that i cant seem to get enough of. This beer is somewhat reminiscent of a qeueze or rene.

m-The medium carbonation quickly subsides to a very clean finish.

d-Can't stop drinking this beer due to the flavor which is refreshing. Its very low alcohol which helps too. (696 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I could make no greater endorsement than to say mixing Lambic and Kombucha makes as much sense as mixing iced tea and lemonade; Lambrucha is as successful a marriage as the Arnold Palmer is.

A - It pours a pale golden-copper hue with a big white head that is short-lived. It appears to be a quality Gueuze. Closer inspection reveals the characteristic strands of Kombucha culture. Nice integration of the two components, in terms of visually.

S - It smells quite nice and inviting; it has an obvious refreshing quality. I am getting aromas of the tea, lemon juice and zest, a discernible white pepper and coriander note, and some lactic tartness.

T - It is somewhere between a Lambic and a Berliner, in terms of flavor. The themes of the nose are repeated in taste. It tastes really good. I think it is about as refreshing as a brew could be, and it also fully melds Lambic and Kombucha into a superb libation, while retaining individually identifiable traits of each.

M - Light, effervescent and very refreshing. Tart on the finish.

D - Excellent brew. My favorite Kombucha, G.T.'s Kombucha, has been pulled off of shelves by the FDA as a result of a Lindsay Lohan (seriously!) instigated investigation into alcohol content in the G.T.'s. This Lambrucha quenched my considerable Kombucha thirst, while passing muster relative to my high esteem for Lambic. (1,362 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an Unibroue tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Hazy pale tangerine body under a thin layer of fine, frothy white head that settles into a ring. Fine.

S: Sour, intensely lemony acidity on top of a distinct aroma that must be from the tea. Nicely herbal, fresh, and vibrant.

T: Lovely fresh tartness, mellow malt, big lemon, and some clean herbal complexity on the finish. Terrific.

M: Light body with a moderate dose of fine, lively effervescence. Great.

O: This was a terrifically refreshing beer, perfect for drinking outside on a warm summer evening. I'd rather have a straight Geuze, of course, but the Kombucha really went well with the vibrant Lambic sourness. Wonderful stuff.

Cheers! (719 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer that blends two of my favourite beverages... I suppose I go into this a little biased.

A: Poured a somewhat hazy straw hue into a Delirium Tremens snifter. A half finger of head formed just above the plimsoll line, more robust than a typical kombucha, yet a little more fizzy and quick to recede than most beers.

S + T: I picked up a bottle of this from two different locations and tried them on separate occasions. I picked up on an almost 'meaty' quality in both, something of an element in the funkiness. It's got a pretty notable barnyard scent, perhaps some hints of lemon spritzer, modest hay and some white-fleshed fruits. The flavour is very similar, with an additional leathery taste.

M + D: Crisp, with an assertive and lightly sparkling carbonation. Like most sour styled beers, it has a very refreshing finish, with a nice hint of dryness, yet not as puckering as some. I found this to be a fantastic beer, and I hope to see other breweries experimenting with this style. In the meantime, I'll be happy with this. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really nice light peach color with only the slightest head and no lacing.

S: slightly acidic with a small amount of funk. Some slight citrus rind and fruit essence, although im having a hard time picking out specifics.

T: didn't really get much tea in he nose but i get a bt of that bitterness here. Again, slight funk and some sourness. More like.a berliner swiss in that regard as opposed to an unblended lambic.

M: mild acidity; nice and light. Fairly low carbonation.

D: all around this is a nice supper and good on a hot summer afternoon. Thanks, Alex. (572 characters)

Photo of gueuzer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lostcook for sharing this!

App- Straw colored with a slight white head.

Sm- Brett dominates in a medicinal way but get notes of grapefruit and mustiness.

Ta- Much more lactic than I was expecting lemons, limes and a bit of wheat. A medicinal bitterness helps to balance it all.

Ov- Really surprised this came from De Troch lambic. I think the kambucha culture really kicked this one up. Hope to find it again. (423 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. great concept. avante guarde and it works for me. hazy burnt gold with some glowing pink highlights. white head that fades pretty quick. Nose is barn, wet hay, lemon, preserved lemon, lemon rind, grapefruit, spice, minerals... sort of like a lambic, but sort of like something else. this is a very tough beer to review, and it must be even harder for people with no experience with kombucha. taste is tart/sour preserved lemon, wet hay/ barn and kombucha. perfectly blended to me. very good job. the line is blurred between what is beer and what is "tea" (or adjunct), and generally, that is the point in specialty/adjunct beers. light-medium body that seems beefed up by the prickly carbonation. supremely refreshing and super easy to drink. think gose, geuze, berliner-weisse with a little twist. great value as well as being a little milder than some of it's relatives, leaving your palate craving for more abuse. it may sound strange, but this beer reminds me of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. It may seem harsh and biting to someone that doesn't know what they are getting in to, or to a mind that isn't open, but the raw, primal, living essence and soul of this beer speak volumes about where we've been and where we're going. extremely complex and flavorful for a beer with such a low abv. i'll be drinking several of these this summer. AND>>> I agree about this beer being classified wrong. NOT just an unblended lambic. way way way more. (1,456 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden-straw-yellow-peach pour with a nice had and a touch of lacing

Smell: Arnold Palmer (ice tea and lemonade) almost, nice light lemon up front with perhaps a touch of orange

Taste: Again, arnold palmer with a touch of funk and a nice sourness. Light bits of funky cheese.

Mouthfeel: Very light, spritzy carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: Very enjoyable and a charm at 3.5% abv. Well done. I'd love a few in the picnic basket. (449 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting! Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, off-white head that soon setted to nothing and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber and no bubble trails. Aroma is tea, spice, malt and mild. Flavor's similar to nose and the lambic really comes out and works well with the tea. Body and carbonation are great. It's kind of a tea-geuze beer and nicely done. Excellent summer beer. (403 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: While others have reviewed this as an Unblended Lambic, this beer is should not be categorized as such. First, it is blended; Second, it is blended with Kombucha (fermented tea), not another lambic, not fruit; which IMO makes this beer more appropriately categorized as a Belgian Specialty Ale. My review was conducted as such.

A- Poured from the bottle with a diffuse white head, which was reasonably retained. The body was almost completely opaque with haze, and otherwise a strong yellow color. No visible carbonation.

S- A pungent nose; ripe with phenolics and esters of wild yeast. Impressions of wet hay, barnyard, and wet tea. Subtler impressions of fermented lemon rind as well. Intriguing... and wildly intense aroma for a 3.5% ABV beer!

T- Strong flavor, despite the fact that this beer was served cold. Starts out with flavors of wet hay, which are quickly overwhelmed by a lactic tartness midway... which ultimately finishes somewhat acetic. The finish is short-lived with a mild vinegar and citrus character. Overall intense, yet oddly "bright" and "clean" in flavor.

M- Would be a thin body if it weren't for the pervasive carbonation, which bumps it up to medium body. The carbonation is so plentiful that this walks the line of "bloating", without ever crossing said line. Moderate astringency here. Overall, this mouthfeel works well with the aroma/flavor profile.

D- Wonderfully tart, crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day. Very drinkable, and AMAZINGLY rich in aroma/flavor for such a low alcohol beer!!! (1,537 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Ginger Man in NYC and watched as the bartender opened the bottle and poured it into a stemmed snifter. The foam rose quickly and disappeared just as quickly. "Live beer", she commented as she handed me the glass and the bottle. I asked for a sample glass, so I could pour some for the writer/artist seated next to me. He had kombrucha before so was really interested in this beer.

I picked up my glass and saw a pale straw-colored beer with a lot of carbonation rising up, but not in support of any type of head. The look and feel almost approximated champagne, but not the smell...not in the slightest. This stuff is extremely interesting in aroma and is hard to nail it down in words. A lambic sour comes off with some Brett funk. Some earthy tones appear paired with a citrus/floral scent.

The taste follows the smell and the citrus turns to 7-Up, but not in a bad way at all. You just get it out of the flavor. The major flavor component is the sour. It's a dry sour, but not an over-the-top dry, like Duchess de Bourgogne or Rodenbach Grand Cru. Some sour apple strives to be noticed as a flavor that is at once both floral and earthy is content to sit in back. That must be the tea.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever tasted and very satisfying to drink. The whole 22 ounce bottle didn't even give me a buzz, so this one is eminently sessionable and refreshing enough to quench the thirst I built up walking from Penn Station over to East 36th...well worth the walk! (1,511 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i think i sat on this bottle for about 6 months

more so lambic yeast dominanated than kombucha and bone dry. very light in color coming in light yellow orange.. nose is crisp ashtray sour with what smells like tire inter tubes when still. mineral bare bones. palate is dry and hunger inducing. wondrous for such a low abv and of rather high standard. a sour most. (364 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes. Had this during our 10 year anniversary.

Poured brilliant hazy yellow, like a deep lemon with a nicely formed white head in my Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Left a touch of lace as it diminished into a thin froth. The nose is quite nice with a huge bouquet. I felt like I was in a citrus stand on a fine mid morning in summer near a farm. Lots of tartness of lemon, orange, and acid that is meshed with the tiniest whiff of a well tended field behind a farm. The quaff is refreshing, crisp, and effervescent. I can easily down the whole glass but I do prefer to savor it. It pairs very well with shrimp cocktail. Overall, a steal for $12/750ml. I will pick up more next time I see it. (704 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-pours a golden straw colored ale with a bubbly white head.

S-the nose is quite spicy and big, lots of pepper, corriander, notes of lemon, a touch of citrus, fresh ginger in behind.

T-the taste is juicy and fruity. the spice is there, corriander and light pepper, hints of lemon, some lactic acid, light to moderate acidity, peaches, mango, grapefruit sweetness and bitterness.

M-soft, smooth, syrupy, medium body, great carbonation to balance, dry finish.

D-this is a solid beer, lots of good fruits and a nice spice balance with notes of acidity. easy drinking beer and quite good. (588 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2012)

Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

Gold straw with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. Leaves the glass fairly clean.

Lots of mustard seed in the aroma, along with bright, earthy, pepper character, grass, and a touch of pickle. Some acid as well. I really like the way this smells. It may not sound that good on paper, but it really comes together. Very bright and fresh aromas.

The flavor is similarly successful as the aroma, perhaps even more so. Lots of the mustard seed, pepper, and pickle character is well, and it comes together in a very refreshing, bright, quenching fashion. Some grass and some acidic sour character. Lots of kambucha flavor.

Thinner bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic. This is an incredibly successful and delicious experiment. (786 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours a fizzy white head that fades down fast. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Some sour notes and oak. The tea flavors are unique, but I like it. It has some hay and barnyard funk to it with slight lemon flavors.

Taste: The funk flavors meld really well with the tea. Some light oak and light medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel: Tart and mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends crisp, a bit dry.

Overall, this beer would be great on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and drinkable. I enjoyed this one. (613 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

pours a hazy off yellow color with a pretty distinct fizzy head. bubbles last awhile and are quite noisy if you put it up to your ear. smell is vinegary and sweet with earthy aromas. it is incredibly appealing. taste is such a treat. vinegar, ginger, Belgian yeast, sweet fruit dominate the palate. quite a complex mix of flavors that come together perfectly. light bodied with high carbonation. very easy to drink.

overall I loved this one. would recommend to everyone . (500 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale gold with a slight hint of haze and a thin white head. Once the beer settles in the glass, a tremendous amount of effervescence can clearly be seen. Very active and lively.

S: Interesting to say the least. Aromas of tea, ginger, pepper, lemon, must, and barnyard funk are present on the nose. Smells like no other beer of which I can think.

T: Tart and funky with notes of lemon, unripened grapes, gooseberries, must, salty brine, tea, pepper, minerals, and ginger. The finish is spicy and salty with tea notes blending with citrus and lactic, funky yeast flavors.

M: Light bodied, spritzy, and very dry. Almost chalky on the palate. It feels odd, but is very drinkable.

O: I'm not really certain how to rate this beer. It's unlike anything I've had before. That being said, it is an intriguing and mostly enjoyable brew that is obviously crafted with care. I'd have no problem buying this again. (916 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Wheat, lemon zest, sour and funky yeasts, tart green fruit, pepper, kombucha, some spices.

T - Wheat, lemon zest, funky and sour yeasts, kombucha, Belgian yeast, some spices, pepper, tart green fruit.

M - Medium-minus bodied moderate carbonation.Smooth with a dry, tart, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Interesting mix of flavors, but the balance is spot on. Very crisp and refreshing. (472 characters)

Photo of rwmiscik
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the concept of this beer. Lambic and kombucha is a great idea and works extremely well together. This beer iswell balanced between the sourness from the lambic and the tea. It is a beer I pick up almost every time i go to the liquor store, i just cant get enough of it. (276 characters)

Photo of DrewShal9
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden almost orange with as quickly as the white head rises, it falls.
S: barnyard funk, lemon, sour tart apple, and should be no surprise - kombucha tea.
T: most unique beer I've ever tasted! Lemon, apple, kombucha tea, pepper, as mentioned in previous reviews- like a berliner weisse
M: thin body with little to no carbonation and just like a geuze,leaves your mouth watering for more
O: very interesting beer and at 3.5% very sessionable. The drinkability is exceptionally easy. Could drink this all day! (511 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours pale golden orangey in color with a mild haze and two fingers of extemely fizzy - snap, crackle, pop! fizzy white head that loudly falls to an uneven skim coat that gets constantly replenished by a steady stream of fresh bubbles eminating from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very, very funky aroma...extreme horse blankets, wet hay, horse manure, wet earth with a bit of floral aromas, some citrus, a dirty kind of tartness. One of the funkier beers I've ever experienced. This smells great!

T - Tart and quite lemony up front. Limes, perhaps other citrus also contribute to the tart fruitiness. Tartness and sourness at a medium intensity level - giving an overall brightness to the flavors and a refreshing, thirst quenching character. A bit puckering and mouth drying on the finish that makes you long for another sip. There is also an herbal coolness that crops up in the middle of each sip (perhaps the tea infusion here). Yeasty and a bit earthy, but sadly, the funk that is so prominent in the aroma is largely missing in the flavor, possibly overpowered by the tart citrus that dominates the flavor profile.

M - On the thin side of medium - definitely not heading towards watery though. Actually a surprising amount of body is present, but within style and desirable. A bit of funk, but mostly tart, lemon/limeade like and a bit yeasty. Carbonation is strong and soda-like - maybe even a bit over the top...getting a bit of a bloated feeling from downing this one in rather short order.

O - This is a bit of a surprise for me. I went into this without a lot of expectations and actually thought it might be a bit gimicky...and maybe it still is. Not sure exactly what the tea added to this. However, I really enjoyed this beer - this makes for a good summer refresher - low alcohol and going down like lemonade. Definitely worth a shot...price point will likely keep me from getting this too often, but I see myself buying this again in the near future. (2,014 characters)

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Lambrucha from Vanberg & DeWulf
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.