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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 366
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 21
Gots: 74 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

Unlike Gueuze this is a blend of lambics all drawn from the same year. As such there is minimal carbonation.
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 366
Photo of wowbagger
1.76/5  rDev -54.8%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No head at all. Odd funk in the nose with just a hint of oak. Flavor is just slightly acidic with an over the top off putting earthy funk that overwhelms the palate. Literally tastes like eating soil. Light to medium body. Weak carbonation. Lacks the nice dry feel you get from a good sour. Overall, pretty weak.

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Photo of jwjon1
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Damn you Vanberg & DeWulf for relabeling Lindemans lambic and charging me 6 more bucks for a 750mL! Seriously, if the "private domain" isn't principally Lindemans (if not wholly Lindemans), I'd be surprised. I absolutely could be wrong, in which case you have here another less than stellar example of a lambic w/ the same characteristics as Cuvee Renee. Cloudy, negligent carbonation, smells of Lindemans bugs, limited mid palette and short, simple bitterish finish w/ a weak acid backbone.

Appearance, smell, taste all average. Mouthfeel below average--bitterness and lack of mouth watering acid are off for the style. Overall below average due to mouthfeel and poor qpr ratio.

Was excited for this one: V and D know their Belgians. And while perfectly quaffable, it's just another mediocre lambic sold at a premium price point. Perhaps V and D blended to their own sweet spots, and we just have different tastes. Oh well, it's always fun trying new lambic.

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Photo of Rutager
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not impressed at all with this one, there's an ever-present phenolic harshness floating around it, less noticeably in the nose than on the palate, where it tastes a bit like prickly soured wine. The body is too flat and slick. The palate hints at some decent sour notes but then gets caught up in those awkward phenols again. The best part about this beer is that I found it on sale for $8 instead of the $25-$30 I usually see it at. Even at $8, not something I'd revisit.

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Photo of Santanax
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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...

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of alamere
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that immediately settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with a good amount of barnyard horsey character along with some acetic vinegar, lactic funk and citrus acidity. Slightly vegetal with some mushroom and grass as well as stinky cheese and lemon rind.

Thinner bodied than expected with a slightly watered down mouthfeel and a less complex flavor profile than the aroma suggests. Softly carbonated with some tart, puckering funk but it's more lactic and earthy than acidic. Some lactic funk along with a grassy, vegetal character that lingers into a citrusy acetic finish. Some citrus peel and other light fruits toward the end of the palate which has some tame vinegar-y acidity.

Overall this isn't a bad beer, just a tame blend that falls off toward the finish. Lighter bodied and not as complex, funky or tart as I prefer. Refreshing and easy to drink but kind of mediocre compared to other options in the style.

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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow liquid with two fingers of very fine white suds and no lacing to speak of.
Smell is lemon peel with Belgian spices with a hint of yeast and a woody barnyard aroma.
Taste is bitter lemon with coriander and allspice then some sugary syrup followed by another sourness and ending with a woody peppery flavor.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the lemon keeps the palate clean like a fresh sour white wine.
Overall this is OK but not great. On the good side you can't taste the alcohol but this one is not full bodied enough to be a great lambic.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottled in 2011, thanks to Alex for the share.

A - Hazy peach colored orange/yellow with a non existant head and nothing in the way of stick or bubbles.

S - Some really nice funk, little barn yard, some decennt sweet tartness. Complaint is a little too much harsh oak on this. Slight bit of old cheese, but that's not exactly a bad thing.

T - Initial taste is really powerful funk and tartness with some wood so harsh that it almost hurts. Gets better as you drink it when you become accustom to the harsh wood and huge funk.

M - Very low carbonation, medium bodied, a little syrupy.

O - Not a bad beer, became very easy to drink and Alex and I did the bottle together without much trouble. Not a great Gueuze, and probably not worth the price tag, but had some good characteristics.

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Photo of MattLBC
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Oh it had some head... for all of 15 seconds. No lacing, no retention. Very bubbly, hundreds of medium sized bubbles collect on the edges of the glass and cascade up regularly. Colors right at least, a gentle cough drop yellow, murky and glazed.

S- Funky, bathroom towel. Musty, bare hints of lemon zest, picking up some citric acid presence after that cleaning all the rest away from the palate. Sharp as the molecules collect together.

T- First thoughts are high levels of citric acid, brief moments of funk. The musty kind rather than anything extreme. Quick blasts of acidity giving a tart and cidery nature. Citric acid smashes, overwhelms, and leaves you with a splattering of not so much tart and sour, but bitter. Tad bit sulfur-y occasionally.

Finishes with a sharp lingering bite right in the center of the tongue and unbelievable a wheat flavor. The wheat slowly wears itself down and fades leaving you with the first presence of any barrel aging. A nice grainy flavor that doesn't really seem oak and must be the chestnut coming through. Its like a gentler popsicle stick flavor.

M- Fluid, watery, crisp carbonation pulling in just like I want it to. Super long lasting flavors, sticky if you will.

Its... okay. Maybe even good. Probably one of the best examples of where a gueuze can start from. A good jumping off point. To further explain why I don't like this beer, the citric acid-like, possibly a mixture of lactic and citric really, flavors don't just hit you... they destroy you. Like drinking a bit of water oversaturated with warhead powder. You aren't left with anything complex from acidity and just a burnt out feeling with bitter tastes.

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Photo of Phelps
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A: Hazy orange-yellow body. Small fizzy white head crashed almost as quickly as it formed. No lacing.

S: Acetic notes, oak, wet hay, some lemon and green apples.

T: Falls off a bit from the nose. Doesn't quite have the depth in the nose and is dominated by a muted musty oak flavor.

M: A bit thin towards the middle with a dry sourness in the finish. A tad undercarbonated.

O: A decent lambic, but a little simple when you take the beer in its entirety. Can't really complain about having another lambic offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 2011, Bottled 2013.

Look: Cranberry red in color; opaque. Pours with almost no head, just a thick layer of white foam that disappears quickly without a trace. Has kind of a dead appearance.

Smell: A little musty, mild sour/funky aroma with scent of cranberry.

Taste: Cranberry, spices and lots of sour.

Feel: Medium body, mild tingle from the carbonation with a definite pucker from the sourness.

Overall: I really enjoyed the flavor and the feel of this beer. The look and smell were just okay. This would be a good choice with Thanksgiving.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of julian
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bottleworks and shared with my friend rem5 who's visiting from NYC right now, which is coincidentally where this beer was imported to.

A: Golden yellow color with a bit of haze and minimal snow white head that quickly fades to a thin layer on the surface. Lots of visible bubbles rising from the depths.

S: Barnyard funk, musty, acidic, tart apples, earthy and just funky. Smells as good as the best of them!

T&M: Mouthfeel is very smooth. Almost creamy like in texture, if that's even possible for a gueuze. Taste is tart, lemon tangy acidity, ripe green apples, earthy barnyard funk, musty oak.

O: Slightly less carbonated than most classic alternatives, funk is well presented in the nose and rivals that from the best of the style. Taste on the other hand doesn't follow suit. Funk is not as strong as it could be, mouthfeel is too smooth for me, and general acidic twang isn't as prevalent. Other than that, this is not bad.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.