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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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83 Reviews
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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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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 metter98
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for my friend Jen for picking up a bottle of this and sharing it with me and a few other people we know. This brew poured out into a wine glass gave off a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top that fizzled away rather quickly. The smell of the beer is tart and funky much like a typical Gueuze should smell. The taste was also tart and acidic flavors coursing through the beer. The taste was still tolerable though and not overwhelming. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the light side, it was dry like and leaving a tingle on the taste buds. Overall I found this to be a pretty good drinkable Gueuze. I can't say that I'd purchase a bottle for myself or anything but I am glad I got to try some.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brew Year: 2011 Bottle Year: 2013

Appearance: Pours out with a slightly hazy golden color; compared to others, the head bubbled up to an inch of foam and leaves very leggy lacing for a low carbonation beer

Smell: Not all about the funk here though there is plenty of horseblanket to go around; there is also a floral, apple/strawberry tone that adds a nice dimension

Taste: Starts out with yeasty bread, green apple and strawberry fruit; by the mid-palate, the lactic tartness builds and, after the swallow, the funk arrives; there is a bit of surprising sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: There aren't too many reviews that are clearly identified as being from this brew year and, as the source of each bottling is different it is hard to compare what I tasted to others; I was very pleasantly surprised, however, both by the carbonation and the flavor; this is not the tartest or the funkiest of lambics, but it does have a nice balance and a very interesting combination of flavors

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rock stars of Zenne Valley often lies in the art of the master blender rather than the master brewer. The finesse that exists in lambics and gueuze are the painstaking properties that these artists dwell over with meticulous attention to detail and fine honing of tasting skill. All that manifests brilliantly in this importer's try beer creation.

Their Lambickx pours with a sandy-yellow hue and a powdery haze that harks a little to yeast heavy witbier. A build up of creamy white foam caps the beer with a quiet calm and is sprinkled with bits of yeast. While not the most appealing beer to the eye, its aesthetics are likely that of a hundred years ago.

Aged, mellow, and earthen aromas decorate the nose with aromas of dried limes, sea air, wet straw, saddle leather, and aged woods. The shapness of the aromas and the promise of acidity evokes mouth watering properties immediately. White pepper, cider, and crab apples pronounce themselves as the beer warms and the nose becomes acclimated to the complexities herein.

Mature flavors pull ahead of the younger and sharper tartness for a mellower taste than is expected from the nose. Sure, the lime, cider, and chardonnay character is well represented, but the intensity dials down to allow the earthen woods, straw, yeast, leather, and tobacco flavors to dictate the flavor spread. These varying flavors are deeply embedded in a weave of marzipan, sea brine, and vegemite. The horsey character of the nose translates to a rustic creamy taste of oak and hay. A minerally balance with mild yet pleasant grassy hop bitterness layers onto the beer beautifully and closes the beer with confidence and grace.

Light bodied, but the sheer complexity of taste and its creamy carbonation makes me want to read a touch of fullness to start. But as the carbonation is supplanted by the brunt of acidity, mild alcohol, and tannin; the beer turns powdery dry with an aura of arid astringency in closure.

Subtlety is well played in this rustic ale as the finer qualities are light but certainly worth the concentration. I love the downplayed sourness in favor of mature earthiness throughout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Ave in DC. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a clear golden color with a short white head and not much in the way of lacing. From there, it gets much, much better. The nose brings loads of ripe acidity and citrus, with a good bit of lemon and some faint stone fruits. A bit of mineral quality alongside some nice earthiness and hay.

The flavor is a good blend of acidity and funk. It's more toward the Cantillon and Tilquin end of the spectrum, though it has a bit more funk than either of those without quite as much acidity. Really nice lemon rind and puckering lactic acidity throughout. Dry and funky. Light body with spritzy carbonation and a nice dry, sour finish. Really impressive.

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sources & bottling amount varies from year to year, all are listed under one entry.

Brewed 2008, bottled 2011.
Source: De Troch
2000 bottles produced.

a: 3.5 s: 4.5 t: 4 m: 4 o: 4.5

This is the most traditional lambic released from De Troch (available in the US), and it's pretty impressive that V&D has sourced their unblended lambic for this project. Glad to see that they are still capable of producing a quality traditional product, despite being responsible for the lowest common denominator Chapeau line.

Three year old unblended lambic. One bottle on the shelf bore the embossed Lindemans monogram on the bottle oddly enough, recycling at it's finest. Opened with a tiny pop, but no carbonation, as is expected... unblended and traditional, without priming sugar.

Hazy saturated orange color, string of juice bubbles around the edges. Still glassy surface. Color glows when backlit.

Farmy rustic aroma of damp wood and hay, forest floor, sawn wood and citrus. Soft and mellow, not sharp or acetic.

Grapefruit juiciness, crabapple, dry oak, a soft acidity that puckers but isn't overbearing. Still and medium bodied like natural fruit juice. Overall pretty impressive, we can only hope De Troch might bottle an Oude Gueuze one day.

Brewed 2009, bottled 2011.
Source: Private Domain
5333 bottles produced.

a: 3.5 s: 4.5 t: 4 m: 4 o: 4.5

Served cool at cellar temperature. Into a tulip glass it pours a bright glowing orange, sharply clear. A loose cluster of larger bubbles forms in the center as it's decanted from the bottle, but soon enough there's no foam at all. Second slow pour yields a thin veil and an equally thin ring around the edges of the glass.

Complex briny aroma, sour citrus and wet wood. Fresh sawn oak and mushroomy funk. Hay and musty barn blankets. Just about as authentic as they come.

Big citrus flavors at first, lemony with some grapefruit and a slight creamy cheesiness too. Tannic bitterness, moderate puckering sourness. Bone dry oaky aftertaste, slightly honeyish. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Nice work on this lambic, it's legit and highly drinkable. If I had to wager a guess, maybe it's a 2 year old lambic from De Cam, as V&D imports them also...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Yeah, it was expensive, but, dammit, sometimes ya just gotta splurge, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy tawny-straw topped by over a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, lemon rind, light lime peel, tart pineapple, sour green apple flesh, spicy white grapes, and a touch of oak in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with all of the fruits really coming into their tart own. A small splash of white vinegar and a very brief cobweb encounter round out the highlights. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a pretty enjoyable brew all-around. My buddy's girlfriend (more of a wine drinker, really) thoroughly enjoyed her pour and went back for seconds and thirds. I would have followed suit, but I knew other beers were waiting in the wings, and I wanted my 'buds in prime condition. Good times.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some gueuze. So what we have here is a distributor that decided to blend some lambics up and bottle it? Hey, why not. I'll take whatever I can get.

This one seems a bit full in flavor in a way that hampers a display of complexity. But it still brings a lot of the character I expect for the style. Seems a bit lactic, but it all comes together. Nice (mildly) funky tones with some citrus in the mix as well. It's pleasant to drink and fits the style for sure. If this were cheaper, and by cheaper I mean a LOT cheaper, I could drink more of this on the regular.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Stateline in MD a month or two ago. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Brewed in 2009, bottled in 2011.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange-yellow color with one finger of fluffy off white head that lasts for a minute, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, cheese, light citrus, floral notes, earthy notes, and lightly sweet fruity malts. Funk is not overpowering, but it there up front, and very nice.

t - Tastes of funk, cheese, lemon, citrus, earthy notes, floral hops, sour fruits. More sour fruits and funkier then the nose, and some nice acidity. A step up from the nose for me.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. A tiny bit thin, and some nice acidity. Pretty easy to drink a whole bottle of it.

o - Overall a very nice lambic. I had never heard of this and was pleasantly surprised. The nose was lightly funky, and the taste had even more sourness and funk. Would definitely look to get more of this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's - somewhat pricey at $22.99. 2009 lambics blended together, then bottled in 2011. Not really a gueuze, but not unblended either. 5333 total bottles. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Thin white foam comes and goes quite quickly - look away and you'll miss it. Richie's claim of 15 seconds is probably 5x too long. Otherwise it's a still looking lightly hazed peach color.

S - The smell is quite enjoyable, and evokes some of the earthier Drie Fonteinen offerings. There's a blend of mushroom, forest floor, and attic complemented by some white wine vinegar, lemons, stone fruit sweetness, and a touch of diaper. As it warms it gets fairly intense.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the complexity of the aroma. Slightly bland, with a glimmer of pale malt sweetness and tons of wood, earth, and mushroom flavors. Less funky and acetic to taste.

M - That being said, there is still some acidity although it never strays into uncomfortable territory. Medium-light body, dry finish, and pretty much no bubbles present.

D - It was easy to drink - Mike and I destroyed the 750ml bottle. A bit of carbonation might brighten the flavors up, although too much might over-accentuate the woodsy character. Unfortunately, there are better options at this price point so it's unlikely I'll see how this develops over time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, beer served in a snifter just because.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin lazy head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nice, oak, lactic, mild acetic, overall nice.

Beer is light in body and has this sort of funky / sour finish to it. An interesting lambic for sure but not a very strong funk or sour, easy drinking for sure. I'd probably have it again.

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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 BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle split with oglmcdgl, been sitting on this for a few months since release to let something happen. Poured into some glasses.

LambickX pours out a straw colored yellow with some golden hues drawing towards the corners. Bronze spots with a trace amount of sparse bubbles that are sparkling, yet die, leaving a still beer, no lace.

Smell is pretty nice with a gueuze scent, some grassy tones, faint fruit. Not expecting the oak to come out, Im glad to sniff it after some warming. Wet wood with some old earthy hop scent. At this young stage, a nice smeller.

Taste is probably a bit brighter than when fresh. It's still fairly fresh, yet this probably did not have any muster when 1st on the market. A nice sourness with old earthy hop flavor, some pale malt in the back with a faint sweetness. A smal hit of fruit in the middle with some wood in the end.

Feel is pretty still but a faint spritz comes and goes on certain sips. I've had flatter unblended lambics, if you can call this a labic. Body is a step up from light, with a nice pleasant sourness that wont kill your stomach.

Pretty nice product here, I am sure it will hold up for a year or two, but will it get better? Only time will tell.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vanberg & DeWulf
(bottled 2011)

Pours a mostly clear bright golden color, bone white crackling head forms and then recedes to nothing. Aromas of pear, lemon citrus, damp hay, musty basement and white vinegar. In the taste, nice lactic twang, acetic edge, lemon rind and grapefruit pith, funky, with a nice sour. Mouthfeel is effervescent, lighter bodied (almost thin), medium carbonation and slightly dry. Overall, a solid quasi-Gueuze and the importers Vanberg & DeWulf know how to blend some lambics. Has aging potential, sitting on a bottle indefinitely.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy lemon drop yellow color with a nice white cap, bubbles and light lacing

S: Immediate sour lemons, hay, and a big musty horseblanket

T: Lemon and funkiness whop the palate but neither really compete, just meshed well and there is a ton of flavor. It has a dry, acidic sting on the back with more lemon, hay and funk

M: ThWell carbonated, light to medium body, loads of taste on the mouthfeel. This beer is tasty until the very end.

O: Exceptional. I enjoyed every drop and happy to pay the hefty price for the beer and will do so again. Very tasty and a beer that Farmhouse and Gueze lovers can applad.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied dirty sanded, tarnished gold in color with a white lacing. It smells of funk, a boatload of brett, apparently bat guano according to a colleague, and a tad fruit sour. Funk laiden nose. The flavors are very dry and bretty. It has a very acetic sour. The flavors are ever so slightly fruity with a heaping truckload of brett and funk. This is heavy on barnyard for sure. It's light and well carbonated. It's a nice sour. Is it different than most? Marginally. I do like it though.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2009 brew date, 2011 bottle date

A: Light cork pop, a few bubbles if poured aggressively, but not much. Nice clear, golden-orange.

S: Lemony, bits of tropical fruit, some musty barnyard but not much.

T: Not very tart at all. Somewhere mid-way between lemon and orange. A bit more malty than typical. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M: Barely carbonated. Has a savory, mouth-coating aspect that's a little odd, but not unpleasant. Not as dry as typical either.

O: This is classified as gueuze, but I'm not sure that's really accurate. The bottle describes it as lambic and indicates it's aged 2 years (rather than a mix of different years). The level of carbonation is also quite low, although most gueuze wouldn't referment this rapidly either. But, despite these stylistic uncertainties, I still find this rather enjoyable. I'll probably try to find another bottle and cellar it for a couple years to see if it picks up carbonation.

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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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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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