Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
Thanks to Blake for sharing this one - I always eye it up at the store, but the price tag has forbade me to pick it up thus far. I guess I can finally see whether or not I made the right choice. This is the "Zen Valley, Private Domain) bottling, made 2009, bottled 2011. It pours a straw yellow color with some murky translucency and essentially no head. Carbonation was present in the form of wisping bubbles, though it didn't appear to be booming.
The aroma follows a close suit to a typical gueuze, though this beer, by definition, is technically not a gueuze since the blended components are all from the same year. Tart notes of apples, lemon, a light touch of acidity, and an oak-ridden funk wave asserts itself quaintly up front. The back end explores some mild grassy notes, though it never loses it's tart and sour mojo. More fruity acidity near the finish, with very apparent lactic sourness.
More of the same on the palate, as my first impressions of this beer (according to my notes) were "tart" and "oaky". A lactic acid covered stave brushes along the sides of your mouth while an undercurrent of unripe fruits and fruit skins hoard real estate on the tongue. Apple, pear, lactic lemon juice, and even a faint strawberry sweetness that comes colliding in towards mid-palate. Not quite as tart as some other Belgian gueuze, but enough to get the saliva flowing for sure.
Funk isn't quite as belligerent as I'd like, though Lambickx does incorporate a bit on the back end in the form of a musty old barnyard floor. As dry of a finish as you could imagine with a smooth and almost creamy body to it. Despite other reviews noting the clear absence of carbonation, my beer had quite a bit. Again, not like a typical gueuze or lambic, but the carbonation was very apparent and treated my mouth well.
A very good lambic that is seemingly sitting on shelves nearly everywhere (around me, at least) even though it was last made in 2011. Perhaps this is due to the steep price tag. So, was it worth the 25$ it asks for? Well, I'd be hard pressed to spend that now that I've already had it. But I would certainly encourage other lovers of the style to pick one up if they haven't had it before - I wouldn't have been upset at all, had I been the one to finally purchase the bottle.
08-02-2013 16:08:52 | More by tectactoe
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
Lambickx Vanberg & DeWulf lambic- Unblended 2012 bottle year, brewing years 2010-11. 5.75% alcohol content 750ml corked and caged bottle.
A- A light to moderate pour produces a flat slightly bubbled golden hued fluid with absolutely zero head and and lacing well known for the unblended style. Nice eye appeal. Almost like a cider with less carbonation.
S- Scents of sour apples and pears come to mind with a musky wine cellar fume that comes to note on the backend of the nose. I also get a hint of muscadine grape sweetness.
T-M- Taste upfront is sharp, almost like a sharp chedder cheese that curls your upper lip. Tart and tangy apple cider with a less alcohol presence and flat texture. White muscadine grape wine kick at first with a musky hay like yeast flavor sum up the middle of this one. The backbone is a mildly acidic tartness that follows the lines of a table wine with wild yeast properties. Mouthfeel is smooth and lacking carbonation to make a acidic tingle on the taste buds.
Overall this is a good beer to try for the Unblended Lambic style but lack the sophistication of a 20+ dollar a bottle beer. Might be better aged but as a beer seeker might say at the price, worth a try, but with the caliber not worth a revisit... cheers!
10-10-2012 06:28:23 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):
LOOK: Pale golden and clear
SMELL: Medicinal, mineral, horse blanket, musty cellar, aloe, lemon peel
TASTE: Tart berries, lemon juice, smooth, musty cellar, horsey, oaky, nutty, crackers, dried grass, bone dry
The latest offering from this importer-gone-independent beer creator and blender. Each batch of Lambickx is a blend of Lambics (Gueuze) tasted and selected by V&D founder Don Feinberg. Wonderful complexities up front; however, the flavor is short lived. Regardless, fans of the style should seek this out.
05-02-2012 10:32:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
I bought this after drinking at a Mad Mex happy hora while Hop Slam was just tapped, guess what? It was really expensive, I'm thinking 19 to 22 dollars, give or take a few bucks. However, it's a solid sour ale, blended gueze made by the folks who started importing most of the early Belgians and started Ommegang. I've enjoyed their other offering Hop Ruiter, so I have been eager to try this new blended lambic ale.
Pours into my oversized tulip chalice and the body is a bright lemony yellow gold hazed color with a bright white head forming nicely and dwindling pretty quickly, fine speckled lace left behind on the sides of the glass.
Nose brings out the acidity of the beer with tarte white wine grapes, funky brett tones, some horse blanket, hay, and other barnyard funk with a pleasant overriding floral/citrus tone. Slight bees wax, touch of biscuit malt/honey notes, and an herbal earthiness to finish off this wild ale. Oak and the barrel effects the nose as well, a bit of acidic vinegar but enough sugar/malts to blend nicely.
Super drinkable absolutely drying with each sip but the rounded wild yeast notes and barrel aging brings the tartness all together, fruity green apple notes/white grapes with enough sugar making this beer an effervescent palatable experience. Lemon lime with some pith, green apple tartness, light balsamic vinegar notes because of the oak and acidic nature of the beer. Earthy wild funky notes, more leather, horse blanket, barnyard funk a really nice sour blended gueze that isn't gut wrenchingly sour.
Mouthfeel is upfront tart/sour with drying edges and oak barrel notes bring a lingering earthiness to the party, carbonation isn't champagne effervescent but it brings it's own texture quality to the party.
Each sip leaves me wanting another even after the sour sips keep producing belches that clear my nasal passages and airway with a slight acidic burn. Doesn't induce acid reflux like some of the really sour Jolly Pumpkin beers here in the states.
01-23-2012 07:17:29 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-15-2014 16:34:26 | More by Brenden
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
750 mL bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. 2012 bottle.
Appearance - Clear golden with nothing atop the beer. Flat as can be. I expected it, but it's still always disappointing.
Smell - Lemony citrus acidity. Muted, but permeating, earthy tones. Not an outright funkiness, but some good must and a strong pepper character.
Taste - Tangy but not what I'd call truly sour. The musty and earthy notes come out more here, I guess because the acidity is less intense. The finish is very peppery and spicy. There's a spike in lactic sourness just at the end and it all drops off with a strange aftertaste I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel - Well it's flat. As much as that's to style for an unblended lambic, it still isn't pleasant. Otherwise I don't find much fault with it. Maybe that strange aftertaste...
Overall - Muted flavors, but they're all pretty nice. Doesn't have the complexity of its Belgian counterparts. I know this bottle is pretty pricey (around $22 in these parts) and I wouldn't pick another one up at that price.
10-02-2012 09:56:58 | More by Alieniloquium
Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
86 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.