Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf
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Reviews by Goliath:
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This beer pours a slightly hazed bright golden color and produces next to no head on the pour. A thin bright white head appears and disappears in seconds.
The aroma is nice. There are some traditional scents that I enjoy. Wild yeast provides some bretty notes, there is some citrus and a light sweetness.
The taste is alright. It's tart, with some light fruity notes. I don't find it to be highly complex, but it's nice nonetheless.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of efforvescent carbination.
Overall its a very nice beer. I'm pretty sure the label says this is a blended lambic, so the style probably needs to be changed. Anyway, the flavor profile is relatively simple and very satisfying. I don't always have an easy time describing lambics, but I do really enjoy them anyway. Definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2012 23:28:29 | More by Goliath
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4.24/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml cork and caged green bottle poured into a tulip.
6.75% ABV, Brew Year 2008, Bottle Year 2011
A - I've heard mice farts louder than the carbonation escape from the cork pull. Lambickx pours almost still with loose bubbles forming a ring around the top of the faintly hazed golden beer.
S - Waves of heavenly ripe sour funk permeate every pore of the nostrils with tart citrus rind and damp sweat sock leaving oak and biting acidity on the back end covering up what little "beer" character one might pull from this lambic; unique and classic!
T - Grainy pale malts and soda cracker barely manages to poke through the overtly funky flavor of Lambickx, traipsing across the tongue with dry oak, gym socks, and a tart finish of lemon oil.
M - Notably lower in carbonation during the pour, this single year blend of lambics has a slick feel with just a trickle of bubbles dancing down the throat as this bone dry beer finishes with a combination of tart acidity and downright sour power.
O - Vanberg and DeWulf's Lambickx is a unique drinking experience that distances itself from the other sour beers that grace the shelves. Layers of funky complexity burrow deep into this beer with tart and sour components with descriptors that would make the uninitiated sour drinker question why anyone would consume such a "beer". This blended lambic is not, for many reasons, a training wheel sour but it's a damn good beer for those who know what to expect.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 00:10:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.61/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
On-tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.
Lambickx came served in a wine glass and, indeed, has the visual sophistication to suit it; a lambent amber-peach tone with a pearl white crowning, this looks spectacular. Its haziness is a natural consequence of the fact that it was brewed and subsequently stuffed into a barrel in 2011 and not released until 2013; two years in oak will inevitably lead to cloudiness.
Like an animal that hisses or growls before attacking, Lambics give you fair warming: the aroma is expressively, definitively sour. This particular bouquet is a little more restrained than many but one can still make out acidic and tart notes of lemon and grapefruit. There's also a strong cork flavour (if a wine had this smell you'd surely assume it was cork taint and send it back).
Lambickx may have a couple extra letters in its name, but it's definitely missing a few things: sweetness nearly edges out sourness, there's little barrel character, and the acidity is considerably muted. Often when swallowing a Lambic one imagines the enamel stripping from their teeth and a little sting at the back of the throat - this experience is nothing like that.
The flavour has elements of dried grass, peaches, and sour apples set to a 'barnyard-y' backdrop but again it falls on the palate a little flat. There's not enough sour lemon juice or oak barrel characteristics for my tastes. This one has a notably abundance of sweet wheat malt and only a superficial amount of the style's trademark 'funkiness'. It actually tastes remarkably like a buttery California Chardonnay, sharing the oaky, tart apple, and lightly acidic qualities.
I like the idea behind Lambickx: each year Vanberg & DeWul (the importers responsible for it) select a single batch of lambic - as opposed to a blend of lambics of several different ages - from a different producer, the idea being that each individual cask matures and tastes different and reflects the specific characteristics of the vintage, the brewer's tastes, the "terroir", etc...
The problem with this one, however, is that Brouwerij DeTroch - maker of 'Chapeau', some of the most pathetic, intensely sweetened and artificial tasting "lambics" ever to see market - is not exactly known for "complexity, brilliance and drinking excellence". This particular lambic is half-hearted - nothing more - but I do see the potential for some great releases to come.
Serving type: on-tap
01-09-2014 18:47:30 | More by biegaman
Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.