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Lambrucha - Vanberg & DeWulf

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very good

103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 215
Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with abundant, effervescent carbonation bubbles and a one finger bubbly head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice lambic in color, perhaps a bit too much carbonation for an unblended lambic, but quite on point for a Geuze. Scents of funky barnyard yeast, a bit of a smokey and enteric quality, which while usually demerits for a lambic are not unpleasant here, though these aromas fade quickly, replaced by light fruity, including citrus and apple, hints of honey, light hints of tea and mild honey aromas. Overall impression of aroma is of a sour ale that is quite nice, sour, wild, barnyard and fruity combine nicely to form a good aroma profile. Flavor begins highly sour with notes of barnyard funk, Kombucha tea, light lemon juice and light green apple. Middle is still sour, with notes of tea, Kombucha tea and barnyard funk with notes of hay. Finish is tart and somewhat dry with notes of hay, Kombucha tea, tea leaves and light green apple. Aftertaste is tart with notes of Kombucha tea, green tea and light fruity flavors. Overall impression of flavor is of a very funky, barnyard-forward sour with a very apparent Kombucha flavor also present. Unique and quite pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a tart, puckering feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a light, highly carbonated sour that is quite refreshing. Overall this is a nice beer. Perhaps a bit too simple in flavor, but its aroma makes up for that, and the flavor is still quite nice. A good, refreshing beer and an interesting version of a lambic.

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Photo of founddrama
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So yeah. My first lambic. Sour. Tangy. Interesting and I'll need to try another lambic sometime but not sure these are going to be my jam. In part reserving my judgment because of the kombucha angle here. Lovely color though. Like a rosé.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date seen.

A: Pale, golden yellow body with surprising clarity off the top. 1 finger of fizzy, white head that quickly dissipates. Gets murkier as you work down the bottle. No lacing of note.

S: Kombucha tea with musty, fermented notes. Herbal. Grass. Honey.

T: Assertively sour initially with a marked kombucha presence. Becomes rather dry mid-way and closes out as such. Herbal. Lemon. Citric acid. Lingering earthy tea tannins in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence, as expected for 3.5% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Effervescent and refreshing.

O: Think Berliner weisse plus tea leaves and you're partly there, but mostly this one tastes like kombucha with extra carbonation. Great if you want some kombucha, less great if you want some beer. Admittedly, its beer-like properties grow towards the end of the bottle. And I like kombucha.


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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, pear, green apple, hay, straw, grass, herbal tea, wheat, leather, oak, musty funk, light vinegar, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, herbal tea, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, pear, green apple, hay, straw, grass, herbal tea, wheat, leather, oak, musty funk, light vinegar, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very slight tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, green apple, hay, straw, grass, herbal tea, wheat, leather, oak, musty funk, light vinegar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/funky yeast, herbal tea, and oak barrel flavors; with a great balance of the tea and lambic character with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is a very nice spiced unblended lambic. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, herbal tea, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

im not a big kombucha guy, so its hard to be objective about this one, which i have been looking at forever and afraid to try. surprised by its clarity, looks like champagne in the glass, clear yellow pale with a bit white bubbly head, very clean and neat fancy looking. the nose is brutal though, like straight yellow mustard, unappealing as it gets, acid and vinegar and cheap mustard. the flavor is far better, and the lambic is tasted ahead of the tea, which i appreciate. very very sour, and way more carbonated than anything else i have had from these guys. super dry and sour funky, but just too weird for me to get into or drink much of, sits weird in the belly, and now the tea really gets going. the carbonation is through the roof, and it seems to exacerbate the sourness of the beer. the flavor isn't all that bad, but i can't get past the yellow mustard nose, it turns the whole thing for me. i like the idea, and see it gaining in popularity with crooked stave and all, but it has yet to really catch on with me. maybe ill come around, maybe not.

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Photo of Brendog9
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden-straw color. There is a bubbly, off-white head which quickly fades to the slightest, oily remnants of foam. Spotty lacing.

S: Kombucha is very forward. Tart, funky, earthy tea combines with the brighter tartness of lambic. A little bit vegetable/grass.

T: Opens with the familiar barnyard funk and lemon tartness of a lambic. A light vinegar flavor in the mid-palate gives way to the Kombucha flavors. Earthy black tea and a citrus flavor round out the finish.

M: Medium thin with moderate but effervescent carbonation.

O: An very interesting beer. The lambic and tea flavors actually blend very well. I wish it was a little bit less sweet overall, with a heavier emphasis on funk. It could have been better if they blended the Kombucha with a funkier lambic.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Big head atop a clear yellow body. Nice retention.

Smell - Smells like pickles. Nasty.

Taste - Tastes like pickles, but doesn't taste as bad. Cleaner sour. Slight malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Light, sour. Good carbonation.

Overall - Really kinda gross. Not the worst I've had though.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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 .

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Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light hazy golden color lambic with a medium size bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light funky notes. Taste is refreshing with easy drinking tart notes with some light funky notes. Kombucha tea was harder to detect. Body was about average with good carbonation. Nice refreshing drink for summer with just the right amount of complexity.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light hazy yellow and orange hue

S - Crisp pepper tartness, with the tea like substance coming through

T - Initial hit of the tartness and what you'd expect from a Lambic hits, and then when you swallow expecting the sour funkness you actually get the deeper taste of the tea.

M - Light crisp and exactly as you'd expect from a Lambic, but there is a smoothing that the tea gives.

0 - Decent offering with a few strange tastes but worth trying for sure.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.28/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks brian, i think

Pours a pale golden color with thick, frothy foam resting on top. Webbed lacing coats the glass, slowly dissolving.

Incredibly odd nose with funky, musty yeast and extremely vegetal notes. Touches of lambrucha and tea leaves, dirt, and herbs. Lactic tartness completes the muddled mess.

Starts off tart and funky, masquerading itself as a lambic for a brief moment with a dash of citrus peel and peppery spice. The entire experience goes completely off the rails in a flaming trainwreck shortly thereafter, obliterated by musty beans, dirt, offensive vegetal notes and rotting tea leaves. Random flavors of herb and meat (rosemary chicken?), increasing funk and tartness into the liberating finish.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly and unfortunately lingering on the tongue. I think "what the fuck is this?" was the overall consensus on this beer. I've tried it more than once and hopefully this was the last time.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork acquired at an L.A. bottle shop for $12.99 and served into a New Belgium stem goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; it was recommended by a friend and I'm in the mood for a good sour.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour frothy foamy head of good cream and thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is quite low so this isn't particularly impressive. No lacing whatsoever. Body colour is a pale lemon-gold. Semitransparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Medicinal notes are dominant. Pale malts, a lemon twang, and some light hints of sourness. I expected far more from the aroma. Crystal malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Citrusy lemon/orange twang is a highlight, with pale malts providing the foundation. Some herbal notes on the backend; I'm not fond of them. I've never had kombucha but if it tastes like this count me out. A bit bitter and earthy as well. Bleh. Imbalanced and not well built.

Mf: Tingly coarseness brings out the crystal malt. A bit champagney. Overcarbonated. Too thick. Good wetness.

Dr: Surprisingly difficult to drink for its low ABV. This is mostly because of the bothersome kombucha flavours, which I'm not at all a fan of. Maybe this is one I can chalk up to personal taste, but I wouldn't recommend this. That said, it is nicely refreshing.


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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into tulip.

Good looking golden beer with nice foamy head, looks like a saison.

Smells like mustard seeds. Mustard seeds and saison yeast and some pepper, but mostly tart mustard.

Wow, yep, this tastes like mustard! Definitely notice the kombucha, more of a tea like tartness than lambic sourness. Tastes of dill, black pepper, Belgian yeast, a little funk. Mustard is really predominant though, what a strange beer! Definitely enjoyable though.

Decent carbonation, mouthfeel reminiscent of a berlinerweiss.

Unique beer, never had a beer that tasted like mustard before. Really a pretty good beer though.

PS I mixed this with a goudenband later--ketchup and mustard blend ftw.


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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lambrucha. Served in wine glasses.

Hazy pour of very pale straw color. Slightly honeyed in color. The head is bright white tuft of suds that reduces to surface foam and a ring. Looks okay.

Extremely funky in the nose. Horse blanket, molded gooseberry jam, soft cheese, pear juice, lemon tea, cherimoya, and hibiscus. Tantamount complexity. One of the funkiest lambics I've ever had. A bit sweet, but it has tartness.

Upfront tartness that diminishes quickly to reveal cheese and sock-water funk. Lemon rind, pear, wheatberries, straw, white tea, and pickled onion. Nothing simple about it. Some sugars are leftover and almost accent the wheat in the malts. The tea isn't overpowering, per se, but it contributes a lot to the flavor and aroma. I've never had Kombucha tea before, but I can pick up a sweetened tea-like flavor, lactic acid, acetic acid, and malic acid.

Crispy suds and a medium body; a bit thick for a lambic. Puckery, but not hurtfully so.

I'm going to have to consider stocking up another bottle for myself down the line. Lambrucha was an enjoyable lambic, after all.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this.

Pours an almost hollow yellow with a fine whtie foam. Smells strait up brats & sauerkraut, sole lemons, nice traditional kombucha character, bits of pepper. I like the nose. Flavor is tart with black tea of the kombucha and a nice lemon tartness and a slight hit of meat and a good run of herbal and depthy character. Medium with a fun fizzy, nice wet finish. I like this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some kombucha tea aromas. Taste is much the same with a pretty sour flavor and a mild spice finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very interesting.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lightly clouded butter sort of yellow color with a fizzy flash head, no lacing. Hearty carbonation and a lighter, refreshing body.

Aroma resembles lemonade with a touch of white vinegar aroma and sure enough, a distinctive black tea emphasis. Flavor is again mostly tart puckery lemon with a black tea emphasis and a certain light mustiness that develops as the glass warms up towards room temperature. I like this... it's simple yet refreshing, acidic and tart without being too overwhelming to the gut, and the lemon / tea blend is a really nice combo.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a light white head, no lace.

S: Dandelion greens, fermented vegetables, earth.

T: Sauerkraut juice, lots of lemon and funk, good flavour.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, quite acidic, a direct blend.

O: I like lambic and Kombucha, so I was very exicted to try this. It is a very interesting hybrid, the acidity is very good, for fans of the 2, I'd say get a bottle.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Pours an ugly cloudy golden color with a surprisingly thick head that sticks around a good while. Lots of lacing that slides right back into the beer.

Smell – Pickles and vinegar – WTF??? Am I the only one that hates the smell? Maybe others have acquired a taste for Kombucha; I haven’t.

Taste – Taste isn’t as bad as the smell. Sour and somewhat vinegary, with a touch of lemon and ginger.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated with a lingering sour vinegary aftertaste.

Drinkability – Definitely not one my favorites. My wife liked it, but she loves Kombucha tea.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden body and thin white head.

Incredibly potent sour, kombucha/lambic nose with a trace of ginger. Serious funk.

Sour and acidic, but decently balanced. Light in body and taste, and the finish is not too lingering. Tastes more like kombucha than beer.

Airy and foamy.

Decent beer. Not worth the price but kombucha is expensive to begin with.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puckering sour yet fun, thanks for sharing Americo. Definitely some mushroom and rope with vinegar. Strong fruit and wild yeast aromas. Cloudy peach colour with a nice small head. For tart fans only, and even then a few ounces is all I could tolerate.

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