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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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BA SCORE
86
very good

245 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%


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

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unlike Gueuze this is a blend of lambics all drawn from the same year. As such there is minimal carbonation.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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
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VincentFrey

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour / Appearance: Next to no carbonation. Cork came out with no pop or hiss, and even a heavy pour yield only a few millimeters of head that quickly disappeared. Otherwise a very beautiful, straw colored beer. Not much to really comment on here, as it hits its marks in spades.

Aroma: Very nice, subtle belgian yeast funk that somehow dominates while letting peaks of acidity and pilsen malt through. Not a complicated aroma, but a nice one. Again, hits the mark.

Taste: Here's where I have an issue: without carb, and I know it's traditional, it's like drinking a white wine. Yes there are very nice upfront funk notes and some hints of acidity, but there is way too much cheap white wine oak note dominating the beer. It did everything else right, but it is entirely one dimensional here. I'm very disappointed.

Overall: Not worth the price, and very disappointing. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I don't think so. There is plenty of funk if you're looking for an example of yeast activity, but there's not much beer behind it.

Bottom Line: Don't bother unless you gotta try every lambic.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 00:09:59 | More by VincentFrey
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not as good as i wanted this to be, the 2010-11 vintage in oak and chestnut. it pours a still apple jiuce color, not bubbles at all. hazy, but sunny and bright still. the nose is really funky, authentic lambic smelling with lactic tartness and high acid content. lots of citrus too, smells wild and strong, it fills the room with its funky aromatics. the taste is a little more subtle, sour only in the finish, with rustic wheat malt and lemon juice making up the bulk of the taste. as it warms a yellow grapefruit complex really comes out. fleshy grapefruit is the exact flavor, its uncanny. i have a real problem with the lack of carbonation. i know its one vintage of lambic and is supposed to be this way, but it makes it hard to get into it, i want sour beer like this to resonate and sing, this just falls short of that by quite a bit, its almost dead on the palate. i am glad i got to try this, but at 23 bucks or so per bottle, it is absurdly overpriced. i know there are a number of vintages and barrels released of this, and others may exhibit other characteristics, but at this price i am unlikely to continue experimenting with lambickx.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 16:37:47 | More by StonedTrippin
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superspak

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours lightly hazy pale golden straw color with no head or lacing. Some light streaming carbonation from the glass . Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, grape, leather, wood, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of wood and yeast notes; with good strength. Feels drier and more oak/wood forward than most lambics I have had. Taste of tart green apple, grape, lemon, leather, clove, pepper, wood, hay, straw, grass, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, grape, lemon, leather, wood, clove, pepper, hay, straw, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of wood and yeast flavors; with a moderately dry finish with no cloying flavors. Minimal carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, earthy, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice lambic style. Very dry with nice complexity and balance of wood and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with no carbonation and light acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:12:05 | More by superspak
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark pale yellow in color. It poured with only delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little bit of acidity with hints of tangerines.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This unblended lambic was neither too acidic nor too sour so it wasn't that difficult to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 01:30:24 | More by metter98
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at the Apex Beer Dispensary. Brewed 2008 / Bottled 2011.

A - Yellowish, golden with good clarity and no head.

S - Fruity with apples, peaches, cherries, melons and more.

T - A nice sour / tart bite but not as one dimensional as others. Some nice depth from fruit and sweetness to balance it out. I got a lot more depth than other reviews seem to indicate.

M - Smooth with a low carbonation.

O - I'm on a big time lambic kick right now so I really enjoyed this one but I can't say the price was worth more than a single try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 07:52:33 | More by GJ40
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color and almost still. No head.

Nice tart acidic smell. Apples and lemon.

Taste is nicely tart with hints of fruit in the background. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall good, but lacks complexity. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:01:33 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Phelps

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a lambic flute at World of Beer in Tempe. This is the "Private Domain" version, which I believe came from Lindeman's.

Pale gold with perfect clarity. A minimal amount of watery, off-white bubbles clumps together before dissipating entirely. Occasionally, single bubbles make a slow, slow rise from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Funky aroma, almost smoky. There's a little cat pee, sure, along with some pungent, bretty barnyard funk. Alongside that we have wet grass, fresh-ground peppercorns and a bit of pear. Complex, balanced.

The smokiness is apparent in the flavor as well -- lots of clovey phenols. Grass again, this time fresher and more bitter. A dry, saltine cracker malt character is offset by salty tartness that lingers into the next sip.

An interesting look into how Lindemans' beers taste pre-massive fruit addition. Not the best lambic ever, and certainly pricy for what it is, but interesting nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 23:19:12 | More by Phelps
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MattLBC

California

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely lie carbonation but a nice sourness. Color is cloudy as expected, nose is light with hints of apple. Initial flavor is medium sour with apple, finishes tart and a bit flat. Overall a decent sour for a festival sampling but not the best for just drinking alone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 03:48:25 | More by MattLBC
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Zenne Valley Private Domain (Oak & Chestnut Barrels) Brewed 2009 Bottled 2011

A: Pours a hazy golden straw yellow in color with minimal amounts of active visible carbonation occasionally surfacing from the bottom of the glass and some apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of tart apple (like granny smith), lemon citrus, wood (mostly oak), and hay/barnyard funkiness.

T: Very similar to the aroma - there is a moderately tart flavor of granny smith apple, lemon citrus, and wood/oak right upfront. That is followed by lighter flavors of not quite ripe grapes and funky hay/barnyard.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not as tart or funky as some of the other beers in this style (which is most similar to a Gueze rather than a Lambic - Unblended as it is in fact a blend of lambics all from the same year). Definitely an enjoyable beer but not for newbies to the style... Well worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 19:06:30 | More by dbrauneis
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, lemon, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lemon and funky flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 02:15:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 16:08:52 | More by tectactoe
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up no head but that was expected. If there were head, it would most likely be a pure cotton white. The body is a hazy yellowish orange with many tiny bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. It glows an opaque and light amber/orange when held up to the light.

Nose- Very nice and very strong as one would expect from a good lambic. Sour cherry, tart apple, some acetic acid. There is a slight mustiness which has a greater presence when I smell the bottle. Some hints of raspberry as well. Lemon, orange, and other citrus are also present.

Taste- Acetic acid followed by even more tart apple and sour cherry than was expressed on the nose. Lots of lactic acid going on with a subtle finish of bitterness and must. I can instantly see the difference between blending different aged lambics and lambics of the same age- the simply does not have the same complexity. The tartness seems strong in the beginning but it becomes quite manageable. Some notes of white grape and a definite vinous quality. Lots of presence and balance but it lacks the complexity I expect from a blended lambic or a gueuze. However, I do enjoy its simplicity. Some strawberries and other red fruit. Some peach and stone fruits start to emerge and despite the age on this, they taste a little green. This green stone fruit quality increases and makes this beer much more interesting. There are citrus notes (orange and lemon) as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with practically no carbonation. Fairly crisp and dry on the finish. The minimal carbonation does not lessen my opinion of this beer.

Drinkability- Very easygoing on the palate. What it is not easy on is the wallet. At 23 bucks for a 750 mL bottle, this will be a onetime purchase.

Overall- Solid beer. If you like lambics and don't bat an eye at spending 20-30 bucks for a bottle of beer, buy it. It's worth a try but for many, it won't be worth the price. B+/A-. A 3.75 N 4 T 4.25 M 3.75 D 4

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:35:31 | More by artoolemomo
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magictacosinus

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't believe I forgot to give this a proper review. I had this about two weeks ago in a surprise extra tasting I was a part of. 2012 vintage. Poured into a 6oz wine glass.

Pours an oily looking, slightly hazy amber-pale color, much in vein of many great Lambics that I have had. There's a smallish, slightly foamy head (in the realm of sparkling wine) that slowly dissipates, leaving behind a ring. Shines pretty well, and definitely looks pretty resinous. Lacks the charm of many top notch gueuzes, and the color is a bit off overall, but it is inviting.

The aroma is of tart white grapes, citrus peel, farmhouse must, and lightly tinged oak. Superbly subtle - haven't had one of these do it this way for me since encountering Gueuze Tilquin for the first time. The initial fruitiness and tart aroma is quickly awash by a bready character that melds nicely with the oak, which finishes slightly earthy and rustic overall. A zesty character seeps through, although just like the initial funk it is not too overblown. Very pleasant - some would say that it lacks complexity, but it's flavorful enough to hold interest anyhow.

The flavor is quite similar, although definitely a little bit more on the tart side this time around. Dried, white raisins meld with white grape skins and lead to slightly musty farmhouse flavors (wet hay, tree sap, wet soil), and then a kiss of oak that is very subtle and not intrusive by any means. Slightly woody and tannic at the finish, with notes of yeasty must and slight earthy spices. Comfortable to drink, although very delicate. Luckily, the funk doesn't cut in too much and leaves behind only a mere soured aftertaste, and the oak doesn't feel heavy at all during consumption. Bubbles are plentiful, but, alas, could use a little bit more carbonation.

Great stuff - amazed that this doesn't have more love on the site, but it's probably because it's such a nice little humble Lambic rather than something puckery and insane. This is an everyday Lambic if I've ever had one. One that you can take to picnics or have during a warm day to refresh yourself. If the oak were heavier, it would definitely be a more restrained beer, but luckily it's not and comes off as simply an easy, flavorful, unique beer to drink. Want to turn people on to "sourish" beers? This is a good one to choose. However, don't pay a fortune for it if you can help it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:08:51 | More by magictacosinus
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N17shelfside

California

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour had some light head that dissipated quickly, while in the glass constant carbonation evident with champagne like bubbling. The appearance is only a slight hazy with a nice golden straw color. Initial scent is full of funky barnyard ang grass. Mouthfeel is a little thick and heavy. Initially hit with typical barnyard funk that starts one dimensional that explodes into a number of different funky flavors. I detected lemongrass, citrus, barnyard, horseblanket at the least. Flavor doesn't really linger a lot, just some citrusy sour bitterness.

It seems that my bottle was very different from the others that I have seen reviewed. I imagine that a lot has to do with which batch you pick up. Mine was the Zenne valley, private domain brewed in 2009 and bottled in 2011.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 19:21:00 | More by N17shelfside
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For the price I paid, I was extra disappointed by this one. Yet based on the reviews, I can see why I was not the only one with a letdown. After paying around $25 at Binny's South Loop, I am entitled to express some angst. The aroma was a sour grape aroma. If you were deciding whether to eat the hypothetic grape on smell alone, you would probably put it back. On the intial taste, one detects dry grape skin and faint sweet berry in the background. As others have pointed out, it tastes a little more like a farmhouse than a lambic with the lemon notes. As many others have pointed out, this lambic is disturbingly flat. The carbonation makes me think the bottle was never corked in Belgium. In fairness, I probably will not being buying another bottle of this unless somebody wants it in trade.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 12:27:38 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Santanax

Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was great My first unblended lambic and it was quite delicious...Vomit smell along with some great citrus lemony hues....pours nicely little to no head...absolutely amazing color golden like a saison...taste like a lemony farmhouse brew super tangy very minimal carbonation with a nice dry finish...will definately grab more if i stop by that spot...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:03:25 | More by Santanax
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

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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wowbagger

Virginia

1.73/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Probably a defect of some kind, but my bottle was flat as a clam sea. Looks yellow and dull. Strong aroma, but hard to place. Smells a little fruity and yeasty, maybe strawberry? The initial taste is nothing but sourness and that doesn't change much nor does the thin mouthfeel. If this is any example, I don't think I care much for lambics, though as I said above, there may have been something wrong with the bottle. After half a glass I didn't want to drink any more.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 15:41:23 | More by wowbagger
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Brew Years: 2010-11
Bottle Year: 2012

Pours a bright fresh looking gold with some slight pale straw notes. Absolutely no head.

Aroma starts off with some tartness. Sharp and slightly acidic with some nice slight lemon notes and some slight vinous notes as well. Upon further inspection there are some yeasty esters in there with some slight sugary sweetness. Definitely some slight funk notes and some nice wood are present.

Flavors starts off with some medium to mild tart notes. Lemony notes with some nice sour apple. There is a lot more funk in the flavor than anticipated by the nose. There are some nice slightly fruity notes in the flavor some nice pear and white wine with apple of course. The funk is definitely present and has some nice barnyard and horse blanket notes. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is barely existent.

Overall pretty good lambic in my book. Nice tart notes some nice slight fruit sweetness. As the beer warms the beer really balances between some fruity yeast esters and the sour notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:07:13 | More by JoEBoBpr
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alamere

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stemless red-wine glass..

A - Yellow.. slightly hazy. No evident sign of carbonation

S - I'll never figure out why beers are put into these green bottles.. especially $20+ beers?? First thing I smell is skunk... as the beer breathes a little bit the skunk does subside and I get a typical sour apple, vinegar-esque, pear laced nose.

T - I'd say the beer really does taste great. Sour apple and pear and though undercarbed obviously... still has a good mouthfeel with a slight sting to it. Has a pretty distinct collision between sweet and sour in it and really as it warms is a quality, 3 dimensional taste. The finish lingers a bit with a warm breadiness or maltiness to it. Fantastic warm weather beer to me.

M - I assumed that I'd be disappointed with the low carbonation as I typically like beers that are pretty spritzy, but for this beer.. I think this is right. Too much more carbonation would've ruined the sourness and made it sting too much in my opinion.

Overall - I dig it. Do I dig it for $25?? would I buy again? not sure... I'm lucky to live in a land rich with beer but I don't regret trying it one bit!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:45:36 | More by alamere
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 06:28:23 | More by wesbrownyeah
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 09:56:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$25 750 from qfc in Seattle early last year.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, light yellow-gold with just a ring of head clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smell. Red apples, some nice woody funk, a little wheaty salted crackers. Not bad.

Taste. That wheaty salted cracker that I could smell is in the taste, just lightly sour, maybe a little pear and apple, some funky and lightly bitter wood. Drinkable, but not the greatest.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall. Wow. At $25 for this, I feel cheated.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:16:52 | More by Rutager
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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
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