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Lambrucha - Vanberg & DeWulf

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 18.38%
Wants: 22
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of WastingFreetime


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
Photo of Halcyondays


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
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03


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
Photo of MarkyMOD


4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-18-2012 17:51:33 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of pwsoldier


4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-17-2012 14:31:30 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of siddhartha


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

08-14-2012 01:34:52 | More by siddhartha
Photo of zaphodchak


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
Photo of 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
Photo of peabody


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
Photo of Magery


4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-01-2012 22:30:46 | More by Magery
Photo of WYVYRN527


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
Photo of jjanega08


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a light peach sort of color with a half finger of cocaine white head on it that falls quickly to a thin skin and leaves little lacing.

S= Smells weird. Pickles come to mind as well as some of those dill pickle chips. A little bit of tartness to it but mostly dill pickle chips.

T= The taste is much better. A strong tartness hits your tongue first and sort of leaves a coat. After the next sips you get some of that pickle sort of puckering. The tea comes through a little bit as well in a more subtle way. I've had a limited smount of kombucha and I get a little bit of that sort of poopy tea taste.

M= Ultra high carbonation. I actually like it.

O= This is one strange beer. Between the pickle taste and the tartness it's not too bad. I would actually buy this again and again for some reason. Strangly good.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:35:38 | More by jjanega08
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-05-2012 00:19:45 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of PuFtonLyfe

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-03-2012 06:39:35 | More by PuFtonLyfe
Photo of drpimento


4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:22:49 | More by drpimento
Photo of nevins


4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-20-2012 00:24:14 | More by nevins
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly dark amber with heavy carbonation that fades quickly into a razor thin blanketing. There is obvious sediment and negligible lacing. The nose is excellent and far from expected. There is a far more pronounced bitterness... almost like a floral hoppiness which blends so well with the underlying fruity yeast sweetness. The taste is as expected from experience consuming these two beverages. They blend very well together and the mouthfeel is less sour/dry/intense than a cantillon gueuze and far more drinkable than a raw kombucha.
Obviously there is heavy carbonation, but the aftertaste is a slightly bitter ginger and only semi-drying.
It cleans off the palate during a meal and provides cultures to help you digest...perfect for eating with.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:34:23 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of Proteus93


4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 00:49:12 | More by Proteus93
Photo of cowboy83

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-06-2012 14:32:33 | More by cowboy83
Photo of falloutsnow


3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Lambrucha is an interesting idea that, in practice, seems to fail. While some kombucha I've had is like "gueuze light," the kombucha that is blended here seems to be flavored with ginger or some other herbs. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of tart or sour character, either being drowned out by the sweetened ginger kombucha or young lambic; not sure which. While this was interesting to try, I don't think I'd partake of this more than once. There are much better lambics out there, even if they aren't merged with anything else.

Pours a tall, fizzy head that has fairly good retention, gradually declining to a perpetual white cap. The head leaves minimal lacing as it descends. Body is a pale golden orange, somewhat hazy, with visibly active carbonation supporting the head.

Aroma is somewhere between a lime margarita and a sage with ginger drink. No apparent tartness, lemon citrus, or oak character.

Taste is of ginger and sage with very mild lambic-style tartness. There is a slight edge of lime. Very minimal to nonexistent Brettanomyces character, or they somehow co-opted the yeast to produce the ginger and sage characters instead of the usual. Again, very mild tartness, no lemon citrus, or oak character.

Beer is medium light with a fairly high carbonation level that settles as the beer ages in the glass. The result is a somewhat prickly feel that transitions to a smooth, light beer running across the palate. No puckering or tartness on the tongue or other parts of mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:59:26 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vanberg & DeWulf (courtesy of Brewery De Troch)
Style: Lambic - Unblended
ABV: 3.50 %

LOOK: Hazed light golden color. Bone white head forms and stays the duration. Active carbonation rising to the top. Minimal yeast sediment in the 25oz bottle.

SMELL: Sour, barnyard, oak, and a big whiff of a flowery exotic tea of which I must admit I am unfamiliar. The herbal tea aroma is very present and sticks out above the funk.

TASTE: Very nice sour upfront, lemon peel, musty basement, wet oak. Then the tea comes in, some tasters have detected lavender, heather, mint, wood, earth. A bit like a Chai tea. Then more lactic sour, bitter, intense flavor paired with herbs and ginger.

FEEL: Finishes dry with a clean herbal note and lingering tartness. Light bodied feel, aggressive carbonation. Pretty spot on.

OVERALL: This is an interesting blend of flavors, and it makes for a good drink. Being a fan of sours, the tang of the De Troch base beer is better than ever in Lambrucha. For a beer of little ABV (3.5%) it packs a punch in the flavor dept. This could easily be set down in a cellar for years with no ill affect. Purveyors turned blenders Vanberg & Dewulf picked some nice barrels of sours to make this, hopefully there will be more experimentation to come.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 00:02:37 | More by Stinkypuss
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fizzy pale yellow color with a buoyant head that fades like a soda

Smell: I've never had Kombucha so I am only guessing that it is responsible for the herbal tea elements in this brew, which has a lavender character as well

Taste: A hint of lavender, up front, and then the tart, lemon and green apple flavors take over; after the swallow, the Kombucha elements appear and linger in the finish alongside the lavender

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with effervescent carbonation

Overall: Very unusual and glad I tried it but doubt I would seek it out again; a bit bland for my palate

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 22:55:53 | More by brentk56
Photo of rtepiak


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 05:19:33 | More by rtepiak
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks to Masterski for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours like ginger ale though the color is more vibrant Small 1-2 finger head but the real show is the hundreds of tiny bubbles racing upwards non-stop.

Smell: Dry tea leaves, minty a bit and mixed with a soapy lemon. Tea really shines.

Taste: Herbal tea right in the middle with a bit of sour citrus. Mint leaves. Some funk but the brewed tea makes itself present.

Mouthfeel: Tiny bit tart at first but ends bone dry. Strong carbonation at first sip.

Overall: Interesting but kind of on the fence. The flavor is mildly one-dimensional but still manages to be good.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 11:18:00 | More by papat444
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation (though it is cloudy when you get to the yeast in the bottom of the bottle). The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that dissipates to a thin tiny patch in the center of the glass almost immediately. No lacing is observed.

S: Smells of brett and very similar to plain kombucha - lightly funky and lightly sour. There are also some light floral/citrus hints.

T: Very similar to the aroma though I also get some light hints of ginger ale/ginger beer. I feel like the flavor of the kombucha is pretty dominant in this offering, with the brett coming through though not as strongly. There is a very enjoyable lingering citrus tartness/sourness.

M: Light bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Crisp and effervescent.

O: I really enjoyed this one but I am a regular drinker of kombucha (something that you can definitely tell is an ingredient in this beer). Very light and refreshing, I could drink this one all day long.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:53:03 | More by dbrauneis
Lambrucha from Vanberg & DeWulf
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.