Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf
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Reviews by BlackBelt5112203:
4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2012 750 mL bottle poured into a flute at cellar temperature.
L – Pale gold color with a tiny half-finger head of white bubbles that fades rapidly. Slightly hazy with almost zero bubbles. For everyone complaining about the lack of carbonation, unblended lambics are supposed to be this way.
S – Musty Brett earthy and barnyard aromas are apparent along with tart green apples and lemons.
T – It starts off with sweet and moderately tart apple, orange, and lemon flavors and quickly shifts to earthy, funky, barnyard Brett. Musty and woody oak flavors are apparent at the finish. While the tartness is there, the balance is definitely shifted toward the Brett end of the scale.
F – Light-to-medium-bodied with no carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a very dry and moderately tart finish. Dry wood and Brett flavors linger the longest with some tart fruits creeping in there, too. Again, no carbonation is normal for the style.
O – This is the first unblended lambic that I’ve had, so I can only base my thoughts on style guidelines, but I think that this beer fits the style nicely. Even though it’s a bit heavier on the funky side, it has a nice balance between tart and Brett flavors. It’s tasty and certainly drinkable for a sour beer. I’m glad I got to try this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 04:08:21 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This Lambic is a pale yellow-gold that's not quite clear but almost. It's not hazy enough to be called translucent, even, but maybe "dusty." It builds up a small white cap to about half a finger, maybe slightly less, that leaves more like a frothy foam within a few minutes. It puts down some light patching. Some floaties are visible, and some rise with and settle into the slightly tinted head.
There's something almost like old leather in herein the aroma, lots of earthy must with a mineral aspect to it, lemon zest, an underlying tartness, straw, grass, wood and a bit of white pepper.
The flavor follows suit, plenty funky with a particularly earthy bent, while the mineral element turns toward a hint of something salty or briny, but just enough to add to the character without being "clammy," per se. There's lots of must and it gets quite dry, more hay than grass here, while the lemon juice and almost cranberry-like tart/sour aspect even it out.
At once fluffy and bitingly crisp, the medium body sits well and flows smoothly, though it's powdery dry particularly in the finish. It works quite well for a Lambic, though a hint of astringency mars it slightly at the very end.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 16:34:26 | More by Brenden
Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
86 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.