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Lambrucha - Vanberg & DeWulf

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 18.65%


Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Blend of two ancient and unique fermented beverages, Lambic and Kombucha. Brewed and bottled at De Troch by Vanberg & DeWulf.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-17-2010)
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of the Kombucha tea and lemons in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: The flavors in the overall taste are essentially evenly divided between sourness and the tea.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely has a very unique smell and taste. I would definitely try this again if I have an opportunity to do so.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 01:05:59 | More by metter98
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +27%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:41:28 | More by burnheartsMKE
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opening beer for another Map Room adventure. Low alcohol, good friends, and a pretty nice pour welcomed me to this style.

A- Pleasant single finger of head lasted its required minute before running off to become a bare minimum cloak of bubbles. The pure white head quickly left me with the tangerine-esque hues. Lots of carbonation that will disappear fast if you don't drink this beverage in time.

S- Great tart odor that cherries give off up front with a musk tag-along. The musk may have been the tea coming through as earthy, peat-like, and funk. I enjoyed the fruit tones, but the funk just made me realize this is not a beer i should bask in before each sip. Still enjoyable.

T- Tart spikes of bittersweet pleasure up front. Mild bitterness but no funk of tea. I'm wanting the tea that I signed up for! Where is it? It isn't bad that it is missing this, but you can't be proud of what failed to come through. Every sip is the same. No matter how I tried, I was left with just plain jane tartness.

M- In the beginning the crisp nature of carbon dioxide was perfect for pairing. If only it lasted longer, but it couldn't be the marathon runner I wanted. Watery to medium-watery composition gave me a reprieve from the strong tart nature.

D- One and I was done. Never again for me, but I wouldn't mind sharing with others. People said they might like to try it again in the future, but it wasn't what they wanted on that visit. Maybe I was thinking too much of my tea adventures in my house and was let down. Once again I'll try it, but probably not for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 00:19:12 | More by Khazadum
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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
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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:41:25 | More by WankelEngine
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.29/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:58:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 21:52:42 | More by Axnjxn
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ehammond1


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:40:02 | More by ehammond1
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 18:12:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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Chelsea1905

Washington

3.96/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:36:13 | More by Chelsea1905
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 07:24:10 | More by ngeunit1
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DmanGTR

New York

4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:40:40 | More by DmanGTR
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 13:49:43 | More by xnicknj
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kojevergas

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

C

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:43:13 | More by kojevergas
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

6.9/10

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:15:56 | More by AlexFields
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 05:00:16 | More by thecheapies
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harrymel

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 04:41:25 | More by harrymel
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:54:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:35:23 | More by WastingFreetime
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 04:59:07 | More by Halcyondays
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | 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. Maybe a hint of lemon and ginger.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated with a lingering sour vinegary aftertaste.

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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 06:12:49 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:12:59 | More by zaphodchak
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:24:20 | More by Sammy
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peabody

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really clear with a slight yellow tint. One finger of white suds and lots of effervescent bubbles keep rising to the top.
Smell is vegetable and lemon. Almost a sour spinach or asparagus. Some sugar and a yeast burn finish this one off in the nose.
Taste is vegetable again with a sour lemon peel added. The tea doesn't come through unless it's the vegetable flavor right before the sour hits.Following are the sugar and spice that really wake up when warmed up.
Mouthfeel is very clean and finishes well. Lambic for sure. Sour is the theme here.
Overall this is a pretty unique sour beer and the abv makes this more of a cider than anything.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:03:43 | More by peabody
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read about this brew many times, and have always wanted to try it. Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into my Russian River glass.

A: Pale straw yellow with a slight haze, with a thick white head that settles slowly. Actually reatins head better than other sours I've tried.

S: A bit of musty funk, with lemon notes and some herbal character.

T: The tea is prominent up front, with some herbal quality and a bit of tannin, while the mid-palate is tart, somewhat funky and slightly grassy. The finish is quite dry and crisp.

Notes: Light to moderate in body with a very clean mouthfeel. It's tart, but not overly so like some younger Lambics tend to be. Very refreshing, and although a bit pricey, It's a perfect sipper for on a hot day. Reminds me a bit of sumac tea. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 04:51:40 | More by WYVYRN527
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Lambrucha from Vanberg & DeWulf
84 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.